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Title: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 03:57:57 PM
Welcome to the 45th edition of The Diner!


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41lzTk8JISL.jpg)

*turns on neon sign, makes sure all the tables are set up, and ready to go*

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There is no set topic here, feel free to chat about anything you choose.

Pics are welcome, as long as they conform to the forum rules about size (dimension as well as KBs), limited to one pic per post, and are safe for work.

Respect your fellow posters.

Now......get to posting, and having fun!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 03:58:57 PM
*sits and waits for Diners to show up*
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 03:59:59 PM
Yay! Hey Chuck!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:00:41 PM

Here I am!

Willkommen - bienvenue - welcome.

 :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 04:01:25 PM
:laugh:

Mum did not appreciate it in their bedroom.

I would imagine not!   LOL
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:02:03 PM
Here I am!

Willkommen - bienvenue - welcome.

 :)

Joel Gray is beaming.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 04:02:14 PM
I'm going to leave Diner #44 open for a bit, so if there are posts you want to cut from them, and then paste here if you were in the middle of a conversation, you can do so.

Like I just did with Tony's post.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:02:57 PM
Joel Gray is beaming.

He is. And Liza will sing along.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 04:03:49 PM
Me neither.

But Mr S discovered his talents for gardening when we moved here, and now loves it. And does a very good job.


I don't have the patience to do any gardening, and I guess that's a good thing since I'm in an apartment and don't have a garden anyway.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 04:06:16 PM
I'm having some of the Jamaican rum that I found under Earl's desk with some Coke. Tasty! But I'll have to put in less rum the next time, I'm noticing it.

(https://www.dasgibtesnureinmal.de/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1000x1500/c650b367bd60bd8119c639e8aaa6ed7d/a/s/asmussen_jamaica_rum_54_0_7l_.jpg)

The label is a bit different, but it is the 54. Higher than I realized when I poured it.

I was unfamiliar with this brand before, apparently from Flensburg. It's still so puzzling that he has these, and didn't tell me about them.


Fritzie made himself tipsy!!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:06:47 PM

Fritzie made himself tipsy!!!!

Yep!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:06:59 PM
I don't have the patience to do any gardening, and I guess that's a good thing since I'm in an apartment and don't have a garden anyway.

I'm exactly like you.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:07:15 PM
Fritzie made himself tipsy!!!!

 ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:08:08 PM
I'm exactly like you.

Same here. And Louise just doesn't quite understand.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:09:10 PM
Same here. And Louise just doesn't quite understand.

We've got other talents. To each his or her own.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 04:09:17 PM
Good Morning
It is a sunny day for my 300 km drive back home
I went out to dinner last night and had Pan Seared Venison served medium rare, with a cherry & caramelised onion jus, creamy cauliflower puree, roasted beetroot, seasonal vege
Quite nice with an Otago Pinot Gris.

However I like to finish mels with something sweet, if only I had come back to my motel and just eaten some chocolate.  Instead I was tempted by Apple Tart vanilla ice-cream, butterscotch sauce, toasted almonds

Way too much, my chest pains developed, I left over half of it. Was in agony on the uphill 10 minute walk home and brought most of the tart and ice-cream back up when I got to the bathroom.
I do hate that I have to be so careful with what I eat. If only one could get small servings


OH, I'm sorry to hear this, Brian!   I'm sorry that you have to be so cautious of what you eat.  I hope by now you're feeling better.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 11, 2020, 04:10:11 PM
*sits and waits for Diners to show up*

Yaaay!  Hello to the new Diner!

Good evening, Chuck.  Good job.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:14:16 PM
At my former workplace.

(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15439774_1307837165924416_8389262839282076121_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=2&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=fuCqxiav-ygAX9xkxsD&_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&oh=f6ec55b7190b3e5a022ad9f671953315&oe=5FFA9666)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:18:26 PM

today?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:24:33 PM
today?

Oh no, this is at a Christkindlmarkt a couple of years ago, not sure when. But the slab was erected not long after Reunification.

mod: I took this pic in 2016.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:36:36 PM

ok - but could have easily been today
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:38:17 PM
ok - but could have easily been today

Oh definitely.

Obviously the Christkindlmarkt this year was cancelled.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:39:50 PM

As so many other events...  :'(

*sighs*
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:41:47 PM
Hope their statement is stern and effective.

https://www.joemygod.com/2020/12/breaking-supreme-court-rejects-texas-ags-suit/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/11/us/politics/supreme-court-election-texas.html/

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:45:05 PM
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc847d99d0d2031b0faab23472ca2c481ef6ad9dc7a1772489c5141605afc9ed.png)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 11, 2020, 04:46:01 PM
In Australia, Federal & State governments have responded to the pandemic. The prime minister and the premiers and chief ministers meet regularly and make decisions based on the advice of a national committee of medical readers and the States act on the advice of State Chief Health/Medical Officers.

It is unusual for governments here to act promptly on the advice of scientists. The Federal government won't take the advice of scientists in regard to the climate crisis, though the States and Territories are doing more.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:52:25 PM

Bedtime for me. Good night, Diner friends.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 11, 2020, 04:53:02 PM

Won't be much online much until next Thursday, won't post a lot. Miss y'all already!

 :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 04:55:16 PM
Bonne nuit, schlaft gut und besonders viel GlŁck, Ingmarolowiewski!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 11, 2020, 05:01:37 PM
Here I am!

Willkommen - bienvenue - welcome.

 :)
Welcome, Diner people!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 11, 2020, 05:01:47 PM
Im glad you've got some heaters of your own. I hate cold.

Yes, I dislike the cold immensely as well, Tony. My knees just hurt so badly in the cold, even the fixed one.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 11, 2020, 05:07:45 PM
I did get my long-ass walk in this afternoon! Even though the temps were right at the mark I sometimes won't go out for a long walk in, just at 40 F, but little wind, so it was ok. Any more wind and the Wind Chill would be very discouraging for walkers!! After that 'refreshing' time, I FINALLY settled in to watch The Girl on the Train. My, certainly not a film for everyone, but it held my attention. If a film can hold my attention I figure it's fairly decent, regardless of the theme/storyline or cast.

Now for some dinner...........what to cook? I'm leaning towards spaghetti, my own recipe, of course. But since it's so COLD outside, maybe some soup instead. I have Taco Soup in the freezer. Decisions, decisions!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 11, 2020, 05:08:11 PM
And of course our Federal government is missing in action and for every state whose governor and legislature has pushed to equip healthcare folks with more PPE, to pass and enforce penalties for businesses that go over capacity and don't require patrons to wear masks and social distance, and to close the schools as needed, there seem to be two others whose governor and/or legislature are all for keeping things open, refuse to mandate masks and don't wear them themselves, and fail to make their businesses comply with COVID protocols. >:(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 11, 2020, 05:12:59 PM
Hello, Tony! :) Hope all is well with you.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 05:47:05 PM
Good evening Jenny!

:)


On a lark, I decided to load all the Christmas movies I've watched since Nov. 28th into an Excel sheet.   I'm up to 44.  LOL
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 11, 2020, 06:54:21 PM
Hope their statement is stern and effective.

https://www.joemygod.com/2020/12/breaking-supreme-court-rejects-texas-ags-suit/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/11/us/politics/supreme-court-election-texas.html/

I was just hearing about this on CNN, Fritz.  It sounds definitive, sure hope it's the end of that nonsense.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 11, 2020, 06:58:44 PM
Good evening Jenny!

:)


On a lark, I decided to load all the Christmas movies I've watched since Nov. 28th into an Excel sheet.   I'm up to 44.  LOL

Wow!

Aren't you working?   

*runs from Chuck*

:laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 07:01:52 PM
"Uncle Carl Came Out on Christmas"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVIyJ_Psa3E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR104XuHiQanxJ8c8vwmcQkx0O7g2u0OJkjI_YTyrFB-5dtTL1mojgm40FY

Someone on the Notre Dame Gay Alumni Site just posted this.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 07:02:21 PM
I was just hearing about this on CNN, Fritz.  It sounds definitive, sure hope it's the end of that nonsense.

I'm sure T will tell the base he's appealing to a higher court.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 11, 2020, 07:13:01 PM
Hello Jenny

I've just come back from a suspenseful auction of a very beautiful house three blocks up the hill. It's a 1925 weatherboard house with a terra cotta tile roof originally owned by the family of a tram conductor who owned the block next door too. There is a lychgate covered by wisteria at the corner of a beautifully detailed wooden fence under a liquidambar tree with two conifers in the front garden, one of them encircled by an iron seat. There' s also wooden hanging seat and an old-fashioned triple lamp post. The house is on a corner block of 700 square metres. There's a beautiful original tiled pathway curving round to a similarly tiled verandah.

The house has four spacious bedrooms, three of them under a gable roof together with a study and a bathroom all of them with wonderful views for kilometres.The master bedroom has a separate small wardrobe room. Downstairs, there is a formal lounge room adjoining a dining room with bay windows, a bathroom, laundry, modern kitchen and meals area and living room and a back verandah. The main rooms have high ceilings and  the original fireplaces though the house now has ducted heating and cooling. There are good timber floors and a fine though narrow wooden staircase.

At the back there is a spacious paved courtyard with a fountain with putti topped by a cherub with a dolphin and a gazebo for entertaining, another bathroom, and a stables-style triple garage. An external  staircase leads up to a long loft which is currently set up for a professional photographer's studio.

All the main rooms have extraordinarily beautiful cornices and leadlight panes in the doors.

Everything looks well maintained. The vendors have lived there for 20 years.

I really hope the buyer isn't a developer.

The auctioneer started the bidding at $1.6 million. Two people competed for it.  It was sold for  $1,837,500.

On my way home, I passed the house behind ours which was passed in at the auction a week ago. It looked like an interested  party was inspecting it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 11, 2020, 07:27:28 PM
 
"Uncle Carl Came Out on Christmas"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVIyJ_Psa3E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR104XuHiQanxJ8c8vwmcQkx0O7g2u0OJkjI_YTyrFB-5dtTL1mojgm40FY

Someone on the Notre Dame Gay Alumni Site just posted this.

 :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 11, 2020, 07:36:51 PM
"Uncle Carl Came Out on Christmas"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVIyJ_Psa3E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR104XuHiQanxJ8c8vwmcQkx0O7g2u0OJkjI_YTyrFB-5dtTL1mojgm40FY

Someone on the Notre Dame Gay Alumni Site just posted this.



A really good song, Fritz. There is some hope, I guess.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 07:36:55 PM
Wow!

Aren't you working?   

*runs from Chuck*

:laugh:



(https://media.tenor.com/images/2ce44aa0928dd53c779921ed5dac9a16/tenor.gif)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 11, 2020, 07:40:59 PM
Hiya Chuck. I talked to Joe tonight for about an hour, and  yes it was him and not Ernie!! :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 07:54:19 PM
A fun line in the song:

Mom and grandma got up next and cleared the plates without a sound
And us remaining, we said ĎWe love yíall both and dad will come aroundí
One by one we filled the TV room spilling out into the hall
The Cowboys lost, of course, which didnít help at allÖ

https://therandyreport.com/my-favorite-thing-today-uncle-carl-came-out-on-christmas/

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 11, 2020, 07:56:23 PM
Hiya Chuck. I talked to Joe tonight for about an hour, and  yes it was him and not Ernie!! :laugh:

:laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 11, 2020, 07:57:10 PM

OH, I'm sorry to hear this, Brian!   I'm sorry that you have to be so cautious of what you eat.  I hope by now you're feeling better.
Thanks. I was ok after I had brought it up. I usually just need to lie down but that is not possible in a restaurant. The first time it happened (New years Eve nearly 2 years ago) I met some friends, retired nurses and they were worried I was having a heart attack but I know different, it is indigestion.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 08:03:01 PM
Glad that you're doing better now, Brian.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 11, 2020, 08:08:18 PM
Am home again. Left motel at 8.45am (planned about 8am, oh well). Bought petrol about 9.30am. Stopped for coffee about 10.30 am in a historic town at the same cafe (in an old bank) where my sister and I stopped on December 7th last year. Did not realise that, when she flew home 2 days later, I would not see her again for so long. Felt a little sad. Stopped for lunch at 12.15, early for me, but the next and last 80 km there are no towns and I needed the break. Snow on hills (another dusting overnight) and blue sky so very scenic. I have seen similar in winter but unexpected in December. However the winds were strong. Home 1.45pm
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 11, 2020, 08:11:35 PM
I love gardening, have a big garden but I find it tiring, more and more as I age.
The garden was immaculate in June at the end of Lockdown but that was autumn when, after an area is weeded, it stays weeded. Now it is Spring (Summer even) and it is a constant battle, not helped by my going out and on little holidays so much.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 11, 2020, 08:29:02 PM
"Uncle Carl Came Out on Christmas"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVIyJ_Psa3E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR104XuHiQanxJ8c8vwmcQkx0O7g2u0OJkjI_YTyrFB-5dtTL1mojgm40FY

Someone on the Notre Dame Gay Alumni Site just posted this.

That's a good thought. May there be many more such brothers.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 11, 2020, 08:39:20 PM
I've just come back from a suspenseful auction of a very beautiful house three blocks up the hill. It's a 1925 weatherboard house with a terra cotta tile roof originally owned by the family of a tram conductor who owned the block next door too. There is a lychgate covered by wisteria at the corner of a beautifully detailed wooden fence under a liquidambar tree with two conifers in the front garden, one of them encircled by an iron seat. There' s also wooden hanging seat and an old-fashioned triple lamp post. The house is on a corner block of 700 square metres. There's a beautiful original tiled pathway curving round to a similarly tiled verandah.

The house has four spacious bedrooms, three of them under a gable roof together with a study and a bathroom all of them with wonderful views for kilometres.The master bedroom has a separate small wardrobe room. Downstairs, there is a formal lounge room adjoining a dining room with bay windows, a bathroom, laundry, modern kitchen and meals area and living room and a back verandah. The main rooms have high ceilings and  the original fireplaces though the house now has ducted heating and cooling. There are good timber floors and a fine though narrow wooden staircase.

At the back there is a spacious paved courtyard with a fountain with putti topped by a cherub with a dolphin and a gazebo for entertaining, another bathroom, and a stables-style triple garage. An external  staircase leads up to a long loft which is currently set up for a professional photographer's studio.

All the main rooms have extraordinarily beautiful cornices and leadlight panes in the doors.

Everything looks well maintained. The vendors have lived there for 20 years.

I really hope the buyer isn't a developer.

The auctioneer started the bidding at $1.6 million. Two people competed for it.  It was sold for  $1,837,500.


Hi, Tony.  What a beautiful house!  I'd like to live there, if someone else would take care of it for me.   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 11, 2020, 08:44:13 PM
I love gardening, have a big garden but I find it tiring, more and more as I age.
The garden was immaculate in June at the end of Lockdown but that was autumn when, after an area is weeded, it stays weeded. Now it is Spring (Summer even) and it is a constant battle, not helped by my going out and on little holidays so much.

The weeds here grow apace all the way through autumn and winter. Grrr !

I curse the people who introduced all these exotic grasses for lawns and pasture. The hard-hoofed exotic farm animals destroyed most of the native grasses in most places. I'm allergic to several widespread exotic grasses.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 11, 2020, 08:46:07 PM
Hi, Tony.  What a beautiful house!  I'd like to live there, if someone else would take care of it for me.   :)

Yes, much as I admired it, it would require a lot of housework and the stairs would become a problem for me.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 11, 2020, 08:54:51 PM
And for me too, I'm having more of a problem with stairs myself these days.


Good night everyone.  Very glad that that the weekend starts tomorrow!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 11, 2020, 08:57:20 PM
G'nite Debbie!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 11, 2020, 11:07:26 PM
The weeds here grow apace all the way through autumn and winter. Grrr !
Yes I love that in Dunedin (compared to my many years in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney) there is little to do in the garden from May to September.
Also I can garden at any time of the day. In Australian summers it was best to stay inside most days from about 10am to 4pm. While I get up early, I do not tend to get into the garden until 11am at the earliest.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 11, 2020, 11:59:49 PM
Fritz, I had gone looking for WLAguy/Joe Denney on FB yesterday and found that his account had been disabled. It started me worrying, so I sent a message to his husband Ernie. Joe wrote back and tonight we spoke on the phone for about an hour. He's dealing with a badly detached retina that he had to have surgery on. It's going to take about 6 months for recovery from it.  He received it when he and Ernie were wrestling around on the kitchen. I told him he should know better. ;) :D

I told him about Earl and he and Ernie send their condolences. He said to tell all those he knows hello.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 12, 2020, 05:53:36 AM
Good morning Diners!

:)

Up early on this Saturday, to prep for cookie baking.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 06:06:09 AM
Good morning Diners!

:)

Up early on this Saturday, to prep for cookie baking.
Good morning/afternoon! Cosy Christmas baking. I haven' t been baking  since forever, but today I'll make saffron bread for tomorrow's Lucia celebration ( since we have a habit of celebrating that Sicilian saint  here in the world's most secular country).
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 12, 2020, 06:27:58 AM
Good morning/afternoon! Cosy Christmas baking. I haven' t been baking  since forever, but today I'll make saffron bread for tomorrow's Lucia celebration ( since we have a habit of celebrating that Sicilian saint  here in the world's most secular country).

Good baking to you, Elisa!

We've definitely cut back the amount of cookies we are making this year.   We usually make a ton of cookies, and mom and I both pack some up and take them to our jobs to share.

Since neither one of us are going to offices this year, there's no reason for us to have so many.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 07:18:42 AM
Good baking to you, Elisa!

We've definitely cut back the amount of cookies we are making this year.   We usually make a ton of cookies, and mom and I both pack some up and take them to our jobs to share.

Since neither one of us are going to offices this year, there's no reason for us to have so many.
Yes, it feels like it will be low key- Christmas this year in many ways. I' m just grateful if our mums show up. My mum is terrified of ending up in hospital. I tell her  she can sit at a table of her own. We'll see about it but two widows alone in their apartments on Christmas doesn't feel right. :(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 12, 2020, 07:26:25 AM
Yes, it feels like it will be low key- Christmas this year in many ways. I' m just grateful if our mums show up. My mum is terrified of ending up in hospital. I tell her  she can sit at a table of her own. We'll see about it but two widows alone in their apartments on Christmas doesn't feel right. :(

I can understand how you're feeling.  You're right, it doesn't feel right.

How would she get to your place?  Would it be public transport, or does she have a private way to get there?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 07:27:14 AM
Good morning Diners!

:)

Up early on this Saturday, to prep for cookie baking.

Good morning, Chuck.  Very happy cookie baking to you!   ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 07:31:01 AM
Yes, it feels like it will be low key- Christmas this year in many ways. I' m just grateful if our mums show up. My mum is terrified of ending up in hospital. I tell her  she can sit at a table of her own. We'll see about it but two widows alone in their apartments on Christmas doesn't feel right. :(

(((Elisa and her mum)))

Better safe than sick, but I wish you some sort of sharing of the Christmas spirit, as much as you are able.  It's sad having to be apart so much this year.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 07:34:55 AM
Had planned to sleep late today, but woke up too early and got up before 5AM.  Then just when I was headed back to bed (around 7AM) a pickup arrived and parked in front of my house, and set up some electric drilling project in the driveway next door. 

Have been sleeping through the noise as much as possible. Now there's another car parked halfway in front of my mailbox, and halfway in front of the part of my driveway where my car is.  Not that I plan to take my car out today, anyway.  Would still like to get some more sleep, later.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 12, 2020, 07:40:56 AM
Hello Debs!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 07:43:01 AM
Oh, Chuck, you would be interested in today's Daily Challenge in the online games.

It's the crossword puzzle game.  But to win the challenge, you don't have to solve the whole puzzle.  The puzzles come with stars in four of the square (randomly scattered), and if you fill in the correct letter in two or those four squares, that's enough to win this particular challenge.

I saw this at 5AM but my brain wasn't working at that hour, enough to do a crossword, but I'll give it a try now.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 08:08:09 AM
Won the challenge, and finally solved the whole crossword, but that's it for crosswords for today.

Right now I'm looking for hidden objects at haunted sites in Ireland....a castle, to be specific.  It's so green there!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 08:19:57 AM
Fritz, I had gone looking for WLAguy/Joe Denney on FB yesterday and found that his account had been disabled. It started me worrying, so I sent a message to his husband Ernie. Joe wrote back and tonight we spoke on the phone for about an hour. He's dealing with a badly detached retina that he had to have surgery on. It's going to take about 6 months for recovery from it.  He received it when he and Ernie were wrestling around on the kitchen. I told him he should know better. ;) :D

I told him about Earl and he and Ernie send their condolences. He said to tell all those he knows hello.

Oh, thank you for letting me know, and them know. Yes, I remember Joe very well. Glad to hear that he's recovering.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 08:21:55 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy here, relatively mild for December. No precip today probably. No complaint!

Happy Guadalupe Day!

Nancy's birthday is today, after I get back from church this evening we'll gather on Louise's porch over chili and celebrate a little, should be nice.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 08:25:06 AM
Hey Debbie!

Hej Eli!

Hey Chuck!

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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 08:35:13 AM
(((Elisa and her mum)))

Better safe than sick, but I wish you some sort of sharing of the Christmas spirit, as much as you are able.  It's sad having to be apart so much this year.
Hugs back to you, Debbie!
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 08:38:53 AM
I can understand how you're feeling.  You're right, it doesn't feel right.

How would she get to your place?  Would it be public transport, or does she have a private way to get there?
Well, I might be on thin ice language wise, but if there is something in English called patient transportation, then she has ordered that.  :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 08:39:48 AM
Hey Debbie!

Hej Eli!

Hey Chuck!
Hej Fritz
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 08:55:18 AM
Well, I might be on thin ice language wise, but if there is something in English called patient transportation, then she has ordered that.  :)

Yes, we have something similar, we usually call it medical transport. That's how Earl was brought home, as it turned out for the last time, from the rehabilitation center.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 08:56:54 AM
האור יהיה להתגבר

The light will overcome

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Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 09:07:36 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy here, relatively mild for December. No precip today probably. No complaint!

Happy Guadalupe Day!

Nancy's birthday is today, after I get back from church this evening we'll gather on Louise's porch over chili and celebrate a little, should be nice.

Good morning, Fritz.

Good thing it's a mild day, for an outdoor evening celebration.  Stay warm, after dark!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 12, 2020, 09:09:15 AM
האור יהיה להתגבר

The light will overcome

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It will.  It must.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 12, 2020, 09:31:11 AM
Morning all.  So much to do today but I can't seem to get started.  I did get a grocery delivery set up for noon, but I have to get the rest of my Christmas cards done and to the post office, and get a package to the PO, that's going to my sis in Asheville...I have to get that done by Monday to make sure it gets there in time.  Plus lots of housework, floors and vacuuming, dusting...oy vey...maybe I'll just make a list for now  ::)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 09:33:16 AM
Hey Nancy!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 09:41:35 AM
Yes, we have something similar, we usually call it medical transport. That's how Earl was brought home, as it turned out for the last time, from the rehabilitation center.
Thank you Fritz, 'medical transport' s the word. I notice that though I read almost one  book a day in English, I have to look for the words when I haven't practiced writing in English for a while. So there's a difference between using the language actively and passively.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 09:50:48 AM
So true! I hope my German doesn't get too rusty now that I don't speak it regularly.

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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 12, 2020, 10:01:13 AM
Hi Nancy!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 12, 2020, 10:58:19 AM
Hi Elisa!  Your saffron bread sounds delicious, I love any kind of homemade bread.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 12, 2020, 11:33:40 AM
Thank you Fritz, 'medical transport' s the word. I notice that though I read almost one  book a day in English, I have to look for the words when I haven't practiced writing in English for a while. So there's a difference between using the language actively and passively.

You speak English.
English is spoken by you.

(Itís ok, I know what you were saying!)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 11:34:28 AM
Hey Sara!

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Post by: Jenny on December 12, 2020, 11:36:22 AM
Hello, Nancy. It's good. Most often on St. Lucia's Day they make Lussekatter, or saffron buns, but I imagine either would be fine. Here's a recipe to give you the idea https://alwaysusebutter.com/wprm_print/6286


Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 11:38:33 AM
Hey Jenny!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 12, 2020, 11:40:13 AM
Nancy, I am a great fan of replacing the raisins with dried sour cherries, though that's not traditional. :)
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Post by: Sara B on December 12, 2020, 11:44:59 AM
Today I went to a violin and piano recital. It was great to go to something so normal. We sat one person per pew unless you were in a family group, and there were a few distanced chairs where my friend and I sat. The musicians were excellent, though some of the music didnít appeal. Ravelís La Valse was fascinating, but so LOUD. I dint like loud music.
When I was queuing to go in everyone was keeping 2m apart except the couple behind me. Every time I moved forward they came up really close behind me, and in the end I asked politely if they could not come so close. The woman said, ďBut you could move forward!Ē No I couldnít, but she didnít seem to understand. :(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 12, 2020, 11:45:56 AM
Nancy, I am a great fan of replacing the raisins with dried sour cherries, though that's not traditional. :)

I like raisins, but cherries would be even better!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 12, 2020, 12:00:08 PM
האור יהיה להתגבר

The light will overcome

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Fritz, have you noticed a distinct pattern in Jewish holidays? 1) An evil ruler arises and decides to oppress or eliminate Jews; 2) The Jews fight, usually against insurmountable odds, but 3) God intervenes and, miraculously, the Jews are saved and the evil one is defeated. This has made us all hungry, so 4) We eat a ceremonial meal to celebrate our deliverance, or traditional ceremonial foods.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 12, 2020, 12:08:19 PM
Oh yes, very much so!

I've heard it boiled down to a pithier statement:

They tried to kill us.
We won.
Let's eat.

 ;D

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 13, 2020, 04:51:13 PM
back to regularly scheduled programming!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 04:51:23 PM
Hey we're back! Just in time for BB!

Hey y'all, nice here today, but we may get some snow here tomorrow and more Wednesday.

Yesterday we had a very nice birthday party for Nancy over at Louise's house on her porch. Lots of minestrone, roasted cauliflower, cornbread and various other delectables. The weather was very pleasant with a sweater.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 04:51:42 PM
Hey Nancy!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 13, 2020, 04:52:56 PM
hey Fritz!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 13, 2020, 04:57:23 PM
Yes, it feels like it will be low key- Christmas this year in many ways. I' m just grateful if our mums show up. My mum is terrified of ending up in hospital. I tell her  she can sit at a table of her own. We'll see about it but two widows alone in their apartments on Christmas doesn't feel right. :(

Hello Elisa

It would be sad. I hope youm ums will feel able to come to your place.
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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 04:57:43 PM
Oh yes, very much so!

I've heard it boiled down to a pithier statement:

They tried to kill us.
We won.
Let's eat.

 ;D

 :laugh:

That's good, Fritz.

I guess we are back.  Yaay!  I have found many other things to do in the meantime, but came upstairs to get ready for BB now.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 04:59:36 PM
Yesterday we had a very nice birthday party for Nancy over at Louise's house on her porch. Lots of minestrone, roasted cauliflower, cornbread and various other delectables. The weather was very pleasant with a sweater.

I'm glad the birthday party tutned out so nice, Fritz.  I thought about it, even though we couldn't talk in the Diner.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 05:00:10 PM
Hey Debbie!

Hey Tony!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 05:01:12 PM
A quick BB schedule. A fair number of comedies tonight.

7:00 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
ďThe Deep Down MatterĒ (Original air date March 13, 1960. CBS network) (Running time 22:47)

7:20 p.m. The Joy Boys

7:30 p.m. Fibber McGee and Molly
(Original air date December 23, 1947. NBC network.) (Running time 29:02)

8:00 p.m. Gunsmoke
ďClaustrophobiaĒ (Original air date June 26, 1954. CBS network.) (Running time 24:23)

8:30 p.m.  Dragnet
ďThe Big Handsome BanditĒ (Original air date October 5, 1954. NBC network.)(Running time 25:54)

9:00 p.m.  The Great Gildersleeve
(Original air date September 8, 1948. NBC network.)(Running time 28:37)

9:30 p.m. The Lucky Strike Program Starring Jack Benny
(Original air date December 8, 1946. NBC network.) (Running time 26:48)

10:00 p.m. This Is My Best
ďThe Plot To Overthrow ChristmasĒ (Original air date December 19, 1944. CBS network.) (Running time 29:50)

10:30 p.m. The Eternal Light
ďThe Lantern In The InfernoĒ (Original air date December 9, 1945. NBC network.) (Running time 29:03)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 13, 2020, 05:06:35 PM
Fritz, have you noticed a distinct pattern in Jewish holidays? 1) An evil ruler arises and decides to oppress or eliminate Jews; 2) The Jews fight, usually against insurmountable odds, but 3) God intervenes and, miraculously, the Jews are saved and the evil one is defeated. This has made us all hungry, so 4) We eat a ceremonial meal to celebrate our deliverance, or traditional ceremonial foods.

Hello Jenny

I few weeks ago, there was a Jewish contestant on the Australian TV program Hard Quiz. His expert topic was Jewish holidays. He made the same comment about the pattern and celebrating with food.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 05:10:08 PM
Hi, Tony.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 13, 2020, 05:14:31 PM
Today I went to a violin and piano recital. It was great to go to something so normal. We sat one person per pew unless you were in a family group, and there were a few distanced chairs where my friend and I sat. The musicians were excellent, though some of the music didnít appeal. Ravelís La Valse was fascinating, but so LOUD. I dint like loud music.
When I was queuing to go in everyone was keeping 2m apart except the couple behind me. Every time I moved forward they came up really close behind me, and in the end I asked politely if they could not come so close. The woman said, ďBut you could move forward!Ē No I couldnít, but she didnít seem to understand. :(

Hello Sara

Some people   :o


Before the pandemic, I was puzzled by a pattern developing here of people standing far apart in queues, sometimes not even in a line, to such an extent that I often asked people whether they were in the queue or not. With the pandemic, many places now have lines and markings the floor indicating the queue and the appropriate distance apart.
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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 05:22:26 PM
Denver, Colorado!   :laugh:

(But that's their next week, not our next week.)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 05:23:51 PM
They're tending to broadcast the shows in order, so it might be!

I remember the Joyboys from local radio way back when!

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Post by: Jenny on December 13, 2020, 05:38:24 PM
Hello all! :) Missed you all, and I'm happy to be back. :)

Yes, I've heard that formulation, Fritz. It's an oldie but a goodie. I'd say that, "They tried to kill us. We survived. Let's eat!" is more accurate. The holidays are all about God's power to save and perform miracles for us, and remind us that we must worship and perform all the commandments in order to deserve such intervention.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 05:43:21 PM
Hey Jenny!

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Post by: Jenny on December 13, 2020, 06:04:41 PM
Hey Fritz! :)
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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 06:23:20 PM
PEAS, not BEANS!!   :laugh:
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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 06:23:38 PM
 ;D

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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 06:24:26 PM
Hi, Jenny!  We're back, yaay!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:04:07 PM
Hiya Diners!


It's good be back!  ;D
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:05:02 PM
Oh, Chuck, you would be interested in today's Daily Challenge in the online games.

It's the crossword puzzle game.  But to win the challenge, you don't have to solve the whole puzzle.  The puzzles come with stars in four of the square (randomly scattered), and if you fill in the correct letter in two or those four squares, that's enough to win this particular challenge.

I saw this at 5AM but my brain wasn't working at that hour, enough to do a crossword, but I'll give it a try now.


Sounds interesting!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:05:50 PM
Hey y'all, cloudy here, relatively mild for December. No precip today probably. No complaint!

Happy Guadalupe Day!

Nancy's birthday is today, after I get back from church this evening we'll gather on Louise's porch over chili and celebrate a little, should be nice.


Hiya Fritzie!  ;D   I hope you had a nice time at Louise's porch!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:06:40 PM
Well, I might be on thin ice language wise, but if there is something in English called patient transportation, then she has ordered that.  :)


Hello Elisa!   That does explain it, thanks!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 07:07:54 PM
I worked on some of the Animals of the Amazon badges today, and one Nocturnal Animals badge. 

That last one was for the Wombat, which I read up on and discovered that it's an Australian animal. 
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:07:56 PM
Morning all.  So much to do today but I can't seem to get started.  I did get a grocery delivery set up for noon, but I have to get the rest of my Christmas cards done and to the post office, and get a package to the PO, that's going to my sis in Asheville...I have to get that done by Monday to make sure it gets there in time.  Plus lots of housework, floors and vacuuming, dusting...oy vey...maybe I'll just make a list for now  ::)


Hello Nancy!   I hope you were able to get all the above finished!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 07:09:06 PM
Hey Chuck!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 07:10:57 PM
Good evening, Chuck!

While the Diner was down, I did some chores, and wrote a longish note to a couple who had sent me a Christmas card. 

Oh, by the way, thanks for your card, and the sentiments expressed!  Sure am hoping for better 2021.
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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 07:12:51 PM
Fritz, these comedies are giving me some extra time to catch up on evening chores, like gathering dinner dishes and taking medicine.  I'll listen to what I'm here for, but feel no obligation to stay in the room the whole time.

I do want to hear the whole 10PM show.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:14:26 PM
Today I went to a violin and piano recital. It was great to go to something so normal. We sat one person per pew unless you were in a family group, and there were a few distanced chairs where my friend and I sat. The musicians were excellent, though some of the music didnít appeal. Ravelís La Valse was fascinating, but so LOUD. I dint like loud music.  When I was queuing to go in everyone was keeping 2m apart except the couple behind me. Every time I moved forward they came up really close behind me, and in the end I asked politely if they could not come so close. The woman said, ďBut you could move forward!Ē No I couldnít, but she didnít seem to understand. :(


Some people.  ::)  It's been pretty well known for a while now to be socially distant, why is this so hard for some people to understand?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:15:43 PM
Fritz, have you noticed a distinct pattern in Jewish holidays? 1) An evil ruler arises and decides to oppress or eliminate Jews; 2) The Jews fight, usually against insurmountable odds, but 3) God intervenes and, miraculously, the Jews are saved and the evil one is defeated. This has made us all hungry, so 4) We eat a ceremonial meal to celebrate our deliverance, or traditional ceremonial foods.

Oh yes, very much so!

I've heard it boiled down to a pithier statement:

They tried to kill us.
We won.
Let's eat.

 ;D

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:17:21 PM
back to regularly scheduled programming!


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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 07:19:07 PM
Oh yes, Chuck, thank you so much for your card! Appreciate it!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:19:59 PM
Good evening, Chuck!

While the Diner was down, I did some chores, and wrote a longish note to a couple who had sent me a Christmas card. 

Oh, by the way, thanks for your card, and the sentiments expressed!  Sure am hoping for better 2021.


I'm glad it got there so quickly.  ;D

I'm watching "Dashing In December" tonight.  Actually, for the second time.  LOL    Paramount network aired it from 7-9 and now their re-airing it 9 -11.  It was very Brokie-ish.   I think it's safe to say it's my favorite holiday movie this season.

;D
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:35:44 PM

We pared down the variety of cookies we make this year, given that we are not going anywhere for the holidays, and no  one is coming here.


Our first batch was the Triple Chocolate Chip cookies.  Basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, except we split the chips into 3 kinds of chips, dark, milk and white.



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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:37:17 PM

Italian Ricotta Christmas Cookies.  This was the first time we made them, and they were fairly easy. 


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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:37:44 PM

decorated sugar cookies.



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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:38:12 PM

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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 07:41:17 PM
Yum!

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Post by: Jenny on December 13, 2020, 07:49:13 PM
You're making me hungry, Chuck! :)
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Post by: Jenny on December 13, 2020, 07:51:26 PM
Did you like the Ricotta cookies, Chuck?
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Post by: Flyboy on December 13, 2020, 07:57:36 PM
But they don't SHIP those cookies!!  :o ::) ???
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 07:58:21 PM
Did you like the Ricotta cookies, Chuck?

I sure did, very tasty!   Something was missing, though.  Not the same flavor I remember.  My mom found the recipe online that we just.  I just found another, and it's basically the same, but the glaze calls for some lemon juice to be mixed in.  That ingredient was not in the recipe we followed.  I'll have to add it next year.

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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 08:17:34 PM
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Oh, they all look delicious, Chuck!
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Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 08:18:58 PM
I sure did, very tasty!   Something was missing, though.  Not the same flavor I remember.  My mom found the recipe online that we just.  I just found another, and it's basically the same, but the glaze calls for some lemon juice to be mixed in.  That ingredient was not in the recipe we followed.  I'll have to add it next year.

The Ricotta cookies had cheese in them?

Sounds interesting.  A little lemon juice in the glaze sounds yummy, too!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 08:23:42 PM
I guess it's the 10:30 program that I really want to hear, The Eternal Light.  The 10PM program was a bit silly, despite Norman Corwyn.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 08:29:58 PM
Yes, it was a bit one of his minor efforts.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 08:34:58 PM
The Ricotta cookies had cheese in them?

Sounds interesting.  A little lemon juice in the glaze sounds yummy, too!

Yes, there is a container of Ricotta cheese in them.  If you go to the cooking thread, I posted the same pics here, but put the ingredients and instructions there as well.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 08:59:30 PM
These lyrics are very appropriate for COVID year.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 09:02:44 PM
Good night, Chuck, Fritz, Jenny, and all.

Linda, I hope you had a good weekend.

I'll be home waiting for the Heat Pump inspector again tomorrow, and hope they can keep the appointment this time.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 09:10:27 PM
sleep well, Debs.  See you tomorrow
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 09:10:50 PM
These lyrics are very appropriate for COVID year.

Yes, are they ever.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 09:11:47 PM
G'nite Debbie, the weather isn't supposed to be the greatest tomorrow, but Wednesday should be the worst so far this season. We're just about guaranteed some snow then.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 13, 2020, 09:17:11 PM
G'nite Debbie, the weather isn't supposed to be the greatest tomorrow, but Wednesday should be the worst so far this season. We're just about guaranteed some snow then.

I hope I can get to my appointment for a physical on Wednesday, but if it's terrible out, I'll have to reschedule.

See you tomorrow, sometime.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 13, 2020, 09:28:33 PM
G'nite Debbie, the weather isn't supposed to be the greatest tomorrow, but Wednesday should be the worst so far this season. We're just about guaranteed some snow then.


Yes, I saw that on the news, NJ is getting snow Wednesday.  Some areas 1 - 3, some 3 - 6 some 6 -12 and some 12-18.  I think my area is in the 6 - 12 area.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 13, 2020, 09:41:29 PM
Looks like 3-4" in our area on Wednesday. Probably just rain tomorrow.

Last year we didn't have much snow, and Earl was able to take care of it, since he was still able to move around well till about April or May.

I do have the shovels ready near the front door.

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Post by: Jenny on December 13, 2020, 10:14:18 PM
We're in a border area. I'm thinking we might get 6", but we could get more or a little less. It all depends on the track of the storm.
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Post by: killersmom on December 13, 2020, 10:39:26 PM
back to regularly scheduled programming!

Let's hope the program stays scheduled!! >:(
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Post by: Jenny on December 13, 2020, 10:48:46 PM
Is this still the same server with the guy who doesn't have backup?
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Post by: killersmom on December 13, 2020, 11:02:21 PM
Yes, Jenny. We've given them many chances and they have shown that there will continue to be issues. We can't get a hold of anyone and they are not answering the tickets we put in. So we are looking elsewhere.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 13, 2020, 11:04:53 PM
We haven't had snow lately, but our temps have been in the mid 40's for highs and we got down to 18 last night. With wind, so even colder.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 13, 2020, 11:23:31 PM
Goodnight all. I hope to see you all tomorrow. ❤️
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 14, 2020, 03:49:15 AM
Good morning, diners.

Just had a phone call from 88 year old friend asking if I could give her a lift to the local hospital for her Covid vaccine on Wednesday (I can). It all seems to be happening very efficiently!
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Post by: tfferg on December 14, 2020, 03:51:03 AM
Good, Sara.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 07:48:08 AM
Good morning, diners.

Just had a phone call from 88 year old friend asking if I could give her a lift to the local hospital for her Covid vaccine on Wednesday (I can). It all seems to be happening very efficiently!

Yay! Geaux Sara and friend! Hope it continues to go smoothly there, and over here too.

Hey y'all, cloudy cool and dismally rainy here. No snow, probably none till Wednesday. Tomorrow looks good.

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Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 08:00:54 AM
Hey Fritz!

Do you have enough food and other necessities so you don't have to go out in the snow?

Hi Sara, good for you, taking your friend to the hospital, that's such a nice thing to do.  Will you be getting the vaccine?  How is priority being set up there?

Hi Tony

Hi Linda, hope you didn't lose any sleep working on the forum - but I guess you and other admins did, so thanks!

Hey Jenny!  ready for some snow?
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:19:12 AM

Good morning Diners!

;D

Last week of vacation this week.  I'm looking forward to it!  :)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 08:20:33 AM
Hey Chuck!  This is a good week for it, although I suspect you don't have many last minutes things to do...you got an early start and are very good at planning ahead  :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:25:06 AM
Looks like 3-4" in our area on Wednesday. Probably just rain tomorrow.

Last year we didn't have much snow, and Earl was able to take care of it, since he was still able to move around well till about April or May.

I do have the shovels ready near the front door.


Yeah, we're getting rain here now.  I do need to bring my shovel up from the basement.  I also plan to go out and get some salad stuff, and fill the tank with gas.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:27:21 AM
Good morning, diners.

Just had a phone call from 88 year old friend asking if I could give her a lift to the local hospital for her Covid vaccine on Wednesday (I can). It all seems to be happening very efficiently!


Hello Sara!  Glad to hear that things are gong smoothly there, regarding the vaccine.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:30:51 AM
Hey Chuck!  This is a good week for it, although I suspect you don't have many last minutes things to do...you got an early start and are very good at planning ahead  :)

Hiya Nancy!  Good to see you!

Yeah, I'm pretty much done.  Cards are sent and cookies are baked.  I do have a few small gifts to wrap, and I'll get them done today.

I do need to get in touch with Sacha from work, and find out what's a good day to drive to her place and drop off the gifts for her daughters.  I'd like to do it tomorrow, before the storm.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:31:02 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy cool and dismally rainy here. No snow, probably none till Wednesday. Tomorrow looks good.

Good morning, Fritz.  It's raining here, which could mean trouble for the heat pump inspector, since he would have to open up the outside unit.

I could have had PT today instead, at 2 PM, but at this point it's probably too late to change that, and I will just wait to hear about the heat pump.  Our rain could still clear off by this afternoon.

On Wednesday my physical is at noon, which may be before the snow.  But I'm thinking of rescheduling Thursday's dental appointment until about February.  Just too much going on right now anyway, and if it snows on Wednesday, it could still affect Thursday's conditions.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:31:14 AM
Hey Fritz!

Do you have enough food and other necessities so you don't have to go out in the snow?

Hi Sara, good for you, taking your friend to the hospital, that's such a nice thing to do.  Will you be getting the vaccine?  How is priority being set up there?

Hi Tony

Hi Linda, hope you didn't lose any sleep working on the forum - but I guess you and other admins did, so thanks!

Hey Jenny!  ready for some snow?

Hey Nancy! Yes, plenty enough.

Hey Debbie!

Hey Chuck!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:32:44 AM
Good morning Diners!

;D

Last week of vacation this week.  I'm looking forward to it!  :)

Good morning, Chuck.  Enjoy your week off, whatever you do.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:33:35 AM
As little as I watch TV (mostly the news and ND football games), I've been seeing this ad and have been thoroughly charmed by it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS8npcVD4Ik

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:50:02 AM
Just heard from the Heat Pump company, they can't come today due to the rain.

They rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  I have PT at 10AM, and should be home by noon, and the Heat Pump people know that and will call before coming out.

But Wednesday is really in doubt.  I'm still hoping to get to my physical at noon Wednesday, before the snow starts, especially since I need a new prescription to continue PT.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:55:26 AM
Good luck, Debbie!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:57:48 AM
Just heard from the Heat Pump company, they can't come today due to the rain.

They rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  I have PT at 10AM, and should be home by noon, and the Heat Pump people know that and will call before coming out.

But Wednesday is really in doubt.  I'm still hoping to get to my physical at noon Wednesday, before the snow starts, especially since I need a new prescription to continue PT.


Have they predicted when the snow will start?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:58:37 AM
As little as I watch TV (mostly the news and ND football games), I've been seeing this ad and have been thoroughly charmed by it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS8npcVD4Ik

Nice! 

I did just change my dental appointment to February 15, so that's taken care of. 

Now I have another medical call to make, because my eye doctor billed last year's insurance plan instead of the current year's insurance plan, so have to straighten that out.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 09:02:43 AM
Morning Diners! Very COLD here this morning, 20 F.........brrrrrrr!!! Still SNOW around from the weekend, not much though. More of it tomorrow maybe. I haven't got a walk in for two days now, supposed to get up to 40 F this afternoon, so I may get a long-ass walk in today. Hope so........ ;D

Have a great day, whatever you're doing!  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 09:03:53 AM

Have they predicted when the snow will start?

I haven't heard the TV weather, Chuck.  But an online site for local weather goes as far out as 10AM Wednesday, and at that point still says Cloudy, with no snowflake. 

The 10-day forecast says PM Snow for Wednesday, so it may depend on what PM actually means.  Noon may be right on the edge of when it starts, but Noon-to-1:00 (for driving home) could still be okay.  Who knows?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 09:27:08 AM
That was easy, the eye doctor's office checked and admitted they billed the incorrect insurance and they don't know why.  They do have my current insurance info, and will get it taken care of.  One more thing down.

I'm going to do an online Jigsaw now.  It's the Daily Challenge, to solve one (small) jigsaw puzzle.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 09:29:49 AM
Have a great day, whatever you're doing!  ;)

Hi, Jonn.  You too!  Stay warm!
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Post by: Sara B on December 14, 2020, 09:30:08 AM
Hey Fritz!

Do you have enough food and other necessities so you don't have to go out in the snow?

Hi Sara, good for you, taking your friend to the hospital, that's such a nice thing to do.  Will you be getting the vaccine?  How is priority being set up there?

Hi Tony

Hi Linda, hope you didn't lose any sleep working on the forum - but I guess you and other admins did, so thanks!

Hey Jenny!  ready for some snow?

At present it’s over 80s, and I’m not sure if it’s underlying health problems as well. In 4 weeks I shall fit the former criterion, so we’ll see...
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 14, 2020, 09:31:37 AM
Morning Diners! Very COLD here this morning, 20 F.........brrrrrrr!!! Still SNOW around from the weekend, not much though. More of it tomorrow maybe. I haven't got a walk in for two days now, supposed to get up to 40 F this afternoon, so I may get a long-ass walk in today. Hope so........ ;D

Have a great day, whatever you're doing!  ;)

So cold!  :o
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 09:31:58 AM
Hi, Sara.  Good luck with getting the vaccine!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 14, 2020, 09:34:09 AM
That was easy, the eye doctor's office checked and admitted they billed the incorrect insurance and they don't know why.  They do have my current insurance info, and will get it taken care of.  One more thing down.

I'm going to do an online Jigsaw now.  It's the Daily Challenge, to solve one (small) jigsaw puzzle.

Hello Debbie. Glad you got that sorted.

Just done my weekly church sanitising - it was getting a bit dark and I didnít know how to turn the new lighting system up, but I could just about see to wipe!

Now Iím going to read on my Kindle
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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 09:37:27 AM
Yes, it seems that I will fall into the third group, but no idea when the vaccine will be available for this group.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 10:39:11 AM
Some of these Animals of the Amazon are not very beautiful, mostly grays, blacks and browns, such as the Marmoset, a strange-looking monkey with tufts around the ears.

But I found a lovely Egret to work on next.  I guess birds of various types are what I consider the most beautiful animals, and the Egret (it doesn't say Snowy Egret, but probably is) is very beautiful.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 10:39:59 AM
I haven't heard the TV weather, Chuck.  But an online site for local weather goes as far out as 10AM Wednesday, and at that point still says Cloudy, with no snowflake. 

The 10-day forecast says PM Snow for Wednesday, so it may depend on what PM actually means.  Noon may be right on the edge of when it starts, but Noon-to-1:00 (for driving home) could still be okay.  Who knows?


Fingers crossed for smooth travels on Wednesday.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 10:52:03 AM

Fingers crossed for smooth travels on Wednesday.

Thanks, Chuck.  At least it probably won't be very deep, by 1:30 or so, although it's tricky getting out of that doctor's on foot even in dry weather.  (It's in a converted house, with a couple of steps leading in, and an iron railing beside the steps, so the cane would probably be useless.)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 10:56:49 AM
We just got another email from the CEO, this is my favorite part...

In recognition of the challenges weíve faced and the many that remain, I am pleased to announce that we will make a special payment to every employee (except vice presidents) to help provide some extra support for all our families. In the United States, the payment of $1,000 will be made on December 21. Most employees will not need to pay income tax on this relief payment as it is intended to cover costs you have incurred during the pandemic.

I just feel so blessed to be working for this company...
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Post by: Jenny on December 14, 2020, 10:58:56 AM
How wonderful, Nancy! :) And well deserved, too.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 11:04:28 AM
We just got another email from the CEO, this is my favorite part...

In recognition of the challenges weíve faced and the many that remain, I am pleased to announce that we will make a special payment to every employee (except vice presidents) to help provide some extra support for all our families. In the United States, the payment of $1,000 will be made on December 21. Most employees will not need to pay income tax on this relief payment as it is intended to cover costs you have incurred during the pandemic.

I just feel so blessed to be working for this company...


That's great news, Nancy!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 11:04:59 AM
I hope things are going well for Ingy!
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Post by: Jenny on December 14, 2020, 11:07:29 AM
Thanks, Chuck.  At least it probably won't be very deep, by 1:30 or so, although it's tricky getting out of that doctor's on foot even in dry weather.  (It's in a converted house, with a couple of steps leading in, and an iron railing beside the steps, so the cane would probably be useless.)

I expect we'll both be getting rain or wintry mix then, Debbie. But who knows? We're in that transitional area at the edge of the snow zone, so everything depends on if the snow changes over or mixes with rain or sleet.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 14, 2020, 11:07:57 AM
We just got another email from the CEO, this is my favorite part...

In recognition of the challenges weíve faced and the many that remain, I am pleased to announce that we will make a special payment to every employee (except vice presidents) to help provide some extra support for all our families. In the United States, the payment of $1,000 will be made on December 21. Most employees will not need to pay income tax on this relief payment as it is intended to cover costs you have incurred during the pandemic.

I just feel so blessed to be working for this company...

Great news, Nancy!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 11:11:17 AM
I expect we'll both be getting rain or wintry mix then, Debbie. But who knows? We're in that transitional area at the edge of the snow zone, so everything depends on if the snow changes over or mixes with rain or sleet.

Hi, Jenny.  Good to see you!

I do hope it's not sleet, that's the worst.  But I'll just have to see, closer to the time.
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Post by: Jenny on December 14, 2020, 11:11:29 AM
Nancy, I'm all stocked up and as ready as we can be for snowy weather. :) Just a matter of putting the shovel and ice melt near the door and the broom and scrapers for the car where I can get to them.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 11:18:10 AM
Nancy, I'm all stocked up and as ready as we can be for snowy weather. :) Just a matter of putting the shovel and ice melt near the door and the broom and scrapers for the car where I can get to them.

I need to take a quick run to the grocery store, in about 45 minutes.  When I get home, I'll take my shovel out of the basement and bring it to the apartment.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 11:42:26 AM
I need to take a quick run to the grocery store, in about 45 minutes.  When I get home, I'll take my shovel out of the basement and bring it to the apartment.

the store shouldn't be too busy today, hopefully...I think Sunday is the busiest day.  the apartment management takes care of the snow for tenants, right?  Do you just keep the shovel to get your car out?  I hope the plows don't plow you in!  That's if it gets that high...
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 11:43:50 AM
Nancy, I'm all stocked up and as ready as we can be for snowy weather. :) Just a matter of putting the shovel and ice melt near the door and the broom and scrapers for the car where I can get to them.

that's good that you have everything you need.  When I say I want snow and cold weather, I tend to forget about having to use shovels and scrapers  ::)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 11:53:58 AM
besides the money they're giving to employees, this was also in the email...

Our response has been shaped by our longstanding values, including a commitment to make a positive contribution to the community. We have deployed millions of dollars of COVID-19 relief to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, equipment for medical professionals, and funding to protect the long-term health of key nonprofit organizationsóincluding food banks. We are doing this in partnership with employees who are using their creativity to produce face shields and other supplies, or taking advantage of our increased charitable match to fight COVID-19 close to home.

For the yearly holiday food drive, they usually match whatever employees donate, this year they're tripling it.  Feels good to work for a place that does these things...
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 12:12:10 PM
Hey Jenny!

Geaux Nancy!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 12:13:29 PM
Louise's husband brought by some leftover minestrone from the party Saturday night, and some beer too. Nice!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 12:20:21 PM
you definitely don't need to go out with Louise around!  And nice that they thought to bring beer!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 12:49:57 PM
Yes indeed!

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Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 01:10:59 PM
will you have snow on Christmas?

https://www.almanac.com/content/white-christmas-weather-forecast (https://www.almanac.com/content/white-christmas-weather-forecast)


(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/bf/29/3c/bf293cc8c7a5962ac3aebf6316227680.jpg)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 01:20:02 PM
In South Carolina, I hope not. Nor on the way down and back.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 01:23:24 PM
the store shouldn't be too busy today, hopefully...I think Sunday is the busiest day.  the apartment management takes care of the snow for tenants, right?  Do you just keep the shovel to get your car out?  I hope the plows don't plow you in!  That's if it gets that high...


The store was pretty empty, I just needed some milk, and salad supplies.

Yes, the property management takes care of snow removal, but I still need to do some shoveling.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50719773283_fe63d893a0_z.jpg)


The pic above is what our parking lots look like.   Six spots, in between buildings.  The open area in the fence is where the snowplow will push snow.  They also do the sidewalks in front of the buildings. 

If they have enough space, they will run a snow blower between the cars, but they don't always do this, as I guess they don't want to accidentally damage a tenant's car.  So I usually have to shove out behind my car, and a path from where the plow stopped to my driver's door.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 01:24:02 PM
you can enter your city at the link and it will give you the forecast...if it's right or not is another story  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 01:35:04 PM
I bought an inexpensive video camera on Amazon a while back and I got an email from the seller, saying I could get my money back, another camera, or an Amazon gift card for the total, for leaving a review.  So I requested and got my money back and left a review, and now Iím on a list, and they keep sending me stuff to try and review.  The latest is a digital photo frame that I can email pics to and from, you can set up a slideshow, and can add music to videos.  They send money to my Paypal account and then I order the item.  Itís pretty cool. 

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08M9FZTSP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08M9FZTSP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 01:37:04 PM

The store was pretty empty, I just needed some milk, and salad supplies.

Yes, the property management takes care of snow removal, but I still need to do some shoveling.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50719773283_fe63d893a0_z.jpg)


The pic above is what our parking lots look like.   Six spots, in between buildings.  The open area in the fence is where the snowplow will push snow.  They also do the sidewalks in front of the buildings. 

If they have enough space, they will run a snow blower between the cars, but they don't always do this, as I guess they don't want to accidentally damage a tenant's car.  So I usually have to shove out behind my car, and a path from where the plow stopped to my driver's door.

oh you reminded me, I need salad stuff...but I'm not going out.  I'm also not having a snowstorm this week  ;), so guess it can wait.

No snow days this year, the whole year has been a snow day!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 01:50:14 PM
I'm rather glad I didn't have a PT appointment this afternoon, even though the Heat Pump inspector couldn't come.

Was just out to the mailbox, and it's miserable outside.  Not raining at the moment, but it feels very damp and chilly.

I started getting a headache (before going outside, not from the cold) so am having some BBQ chicken pizza as an add-on to my earlier lunch salad (a hungry feeling doesn't help a headache), and then will probably lie down for a while.  Then I have more chores to do later.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 02:11:00 PM
Darn. It's getting cooler here too, I just put the bins out.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 02:35:08 PM
Have a good rest, Debs!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 14, 2020, 03:19:56 PM
besides the money they're giving to employees, this was also in the email...

Our response has been shaped by our longstanding values, including a commitment to make a positive contribution to the community. We have deployed millions of dollars of COVID-19 relief to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, equipment for medical professionals, and funding to protect the long-term health of key nonprofit organizationsóincluding food banks. We are doing this in partnership with employees who are using their creativity to produce face shields and other supplies, or taking advantage of our increased charitable match to fight COVID-19 close to home.

For the yearly holiday food drive, they usually match whatever employees donate, this year they're tripling it.  Feels good to work for a place that does these things...

Hello Nancy

You are lucky. The company seems to be very unusual.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 14, 2020, 03:24:05 PM
Hello Debbie, Chuck, Jenny, Fritz, Jonn

Good luck with managing your wintry conditions.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 03:24:31 PM
Hey Tony!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 03:32:00 PM
Hey Tony
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 03:34:58 PM
ok, it's time for me to buy lottery tickets...I won a prize at work worth $450.  I donated to the food bank and they drew names for prizes, from people who donated.  I'll get details in the mail...
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 03:45:54 PM
Hello Debbie, Chuck, Jenny, Fritz, Jonn

Good luck with managing your wintry conditions.


Hello Tony!  Good to see you today!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 03:49:04 PM
ok, it's time for me to buy lottery tickets...I won a prize at work worth $450.  I donated to the food bank and they drew names for prizes, from people who donated.  I'll get details in the mail...


Wow!  Congrats to you!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 14, 2020, 03:55:09 PM
This morning, Phong said "Air condition!". I took a bit of doing to get him to say what he meant, which is that the wants me to buy an air conditioner for the bedroom. It is something I've been thinking about.

I did notice he tossed and turned last night. It was because he was disturbed by the noise of the antiquated bulky air conditioner on wheels that came from Bob's house when he moved to Sydney. I take my hearing aids off when I go to bed, so I didn't hear the noise.

We had a maximum of 34C yesterday afternoon and the overnight low was in the 20s. Our bedroom is on the western side of the house and the bricks retain the heat. The forecast maximum today is 30C, though it will be a lot cooler later in the week.

I'll go shopping for an air conditioner this afternoon after I've dropped Phong off for his shift at the hotel.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 04:19:37 PM
This morning, Phong said "Air condition!". I took a bit of doing to get him to say what he meant, which is that the wants me to buy an air conditioner for the bedroom. It is something I've been thinking about.

I did notice he tossed and turned last night. It was because he was disturbed by the noise of the antiquated bulky air conditioner on wheels that came from Bob's house when he moved to Sydney. I take my hearing aids off when I go to bed, so I didn't hear the noise.

We had a maximum of 34C yesterday afternoon and the overnight low was in the 20s. Our bedroom is on the western side of the house and the bricks retain the heat. The forecast maximum today is 30C, though it will be a lot cooler later in the week.

I'll go shopping for an air conditioner this afternoon after I've dropped Phong off for his shift at the hotel.

Oh, good luck with the purchase!  I hope it makes you both happy!

I know I wouldn't be able to bear the NJ summers without my A/C.   It can get so hot and humid, comfortable sleep is difficult.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 04:26:09 PM
Same here. And on the hottest evenings, even with A/C, I ran a fan to move air around. Earl had one running year round for white noise, but I don't need that.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 14, 2020, 04:44:54 PM
This morning, Phong said "Air condition!". I took a bit of doing to get him to say what he meant, which is that the wants me to buy an air conditioner for the bedroom. It is something I've been thinking about.

I did notice he tossed and turned last night. It was because he was disturbed by the noise of the antiquated bulky air conditioner on wheels that came from Bob's house when he moved to Sydney. I take my hearing aids off when I go to bed, so I didn't hear the noise.

We had a maximum of 34C yesterday afternoon and the overnight low was in the 20s. Our bedroom is on the western side of the house and the bricks retain the heat. The forecast maximum today is 30C, though it will be a lot cooler later in the week.

I'll go shopping for an air conditioner this afternoon after I've dropped Phong off for his shift at the hotel.

Definitely a necessity these days.  Glad you're getting a new one, it might even save you some money on your electric bill, by being more efficient.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 14, 2020, 05:25:23 PM
Glad you're getting a new one, it might even save you some money on your electric bill, by being more efficient.

Yes, that was the reason I have had getting a new one in mind.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 14, 2020, 05:36:54 PM
Phong came to show me a photo he had just found on his mobile phone and asked if I remember the tall young woman in a red gown standing on a stage and holding a sheaf of flowers. I didn.t recognise her with her hair up and wearing heavy make up. It was Phong's great niece, Om , the volleyball playing high school student. Youngsters grow up so fast.

The village is part of one of the 16 subdistricts of Pak Thong Chai, the district town where there are a number of silk factories, including the well-known Jim Thompson company where Phong's late niece was the payroll accountant.

The town holds an annual silk fair. Om won the third prize in the Miss Silk competition. Apparently she was too nervous to give more than one-word answers to the questions in the interview. The fine-looking elder brother-in-law of one of Phong's other nieces was named Mr Silk. He wore a royal blue Thai costume.

There are quite a few rather handsome men in the complete line up of the Mr Silk contestants. I wish there were some good close ups of them.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 05:39:20 PM
Have a good rest, Debs!

Thanks, Chuck.  I couldn't sleep, so am up, and still have chores to do.  But I hope to get to bed early tonight.  PT is at 10AM tomorrow, then hopefully the Heat Pump people, so it will be a busy day.

Missed the local news/weather, but the Weather Channel tab on my computer says snow should start about 1PM on Wednesday, so it really could be coming down by the time I leave the doctor then.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 05:39:40 PM
Hi, Jonn.  You too!  Stay warm!
I did!! I wore my ski jacket out for my long-ass walk today, there was some SUN too, but very COLD!! I was fine though, only encountered ONE other walker out today, very unusual, maybe tooo cold for others, or, well, it's MONDAY!!  :o
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 05:41:41 PM
We just got another email from the CEO, this is my favorite part...

In recognition of the challenges weíve faced and the many that remain, I am pleased to announce that we will make a special payment to every employee (except vice presidents) to help provide some extra support for all our families. In the United States, the payment of $1,000 will be made on December 21. Most employees will not need to pay income tax on this relief payment as it is intended to cover costs you have incurred during the pandemic.

I just feel so blessed to be working for this company...
WOW!! Didn't you just get $500 from them recently? What a company!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 05:43:58 PM
Louise's husband brought by some leftover minestrone from the party Saturday night, and some beer too. Nice!
Your own personal FOOD BANK!!  ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 05:46:11 PM
Hey Jonn! No complaints!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 05:46:19 PM
Hello Debbie, Chuck, Jenny, Fritz, Jonn

Good luck with managing your wintry conditions.
HELLO TONY!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 05:49:49 PM
ok, it's time for me to buy lottery tickets...I won a prize at work worth $450.  I donated to the food bank and they drew names for prizes, from people who donated.  I'll get details in the mail...
WHAT??! How much FOOD or CASH did you donate?! WOW......Lottery tickets, you know, since I do 'occasionally' support some Casino businesses, many of my friends and relatives just assume I buy lottery tickets every week!! haha.......NOPE, I can count on one hand how many times I've bought lottery tickets over the years it's been around here. Never WON a single penny either!  :P :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 14, 2020, 05:51:13 PM
Ok, all caught up here for now. Gotta get some dinner going here..........catch up to you Diners later!!  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 07:55:23 PM
Finished my chores (the ones that have to be done tonight).

And Fritz, even at this late hour, I did wash my hair.   ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:02:51 PM
evening Debs! 
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:10:27 PM
Yay! Geaux Sara and friend! Hope it continues to go smoothly there, and over here too.

Hey y'all, cloudy cool and dismally rainy here. No snow, probably none till Wednesday. Tomorrow looks good.



Hey Fritz. :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-* 

COLD COLD COLD COLD here! Mid teens for lows and mid to high 30's for highs and wind chills 8į to 15į.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:11:16 PM
Hey Fritz!

Do you have enough food and other necessities so you don't have to go out in the snow?

Hi Sara, good for you, taking your friend to the hospital, that's such a nice thing to do.  Will you be getting the vaccine?  How is priority being set up there?

Hi Tony

Hi Linda, hope you didn't lose any sleep working on the forum - but I guess you and other admins did, so thanks!

Hey Jenny!  ready for some snow?

No, didn't lose sleep, Nancy, just PO'd about the whole situation.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:11:26 PM
Hello Auntie!  Good to see you!

How was school?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:12:01 PM
Good morning Diners!

;D

Last week of vacation this week.  I'm looking forward to it!  :)



Hiya Chuck! I had forgotten you are on vacation this week!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:13:41 PM
Finished my chores (the ones that have to be done tonight).

And Fritz, even at this late hour, I did wash my hair.   ;D

Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:14:51 PM
As little as I watch TV (mostly the news and ND football games), I've been seeing this ad and have been thoroughly charmed by it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS8npcVD4Ik



Yes I have seen this a few times and it is very good!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:14:58 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*   Brrr!!!

Not quite that cold here, but it will get below freezing before too long. Which reminds me, with all the rain we had today, I'd better lift my wipers from the windshield, even though I'm not planning to drive anywhere in the next several days.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:15:38 PM
evening Debs!

Good evening, Chuck!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:17:17 PM
Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

Thanks, Fritz!   ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:17:54 PM
We just got another email from the CEO, this is my favorite part...

In recognition of the challenges weíve faced and the many that remain, I am pleased to announce that we will make a special payment to every employee (except vice presidents) to help provide some extra support for all our families. In the United States, the payment of $1,000 will be made on December 21. Most employees will not need to pay income tax on this relief payment as it is intended to cover costs you have incurred during the pandemic.

I just feel so blessed to be working for this company...

Fantastic news, Nancy!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:21:11 PM
will you have snow on Christmas?

https://www.almanac.com/content/white-christmas-weather-forecast (https://www.almanac.com/content/white-christmas-weather-forecast)


(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/bf/29/3c/bf293cc8c7a5962ac3aebf6316227680.jpg)

Nada for us!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:22:20 PM
Oh, NO!  One of the Nocturnal Animals badges that I just brought up is the SKUNK!!!!!   :laugh:   :laugh:   :laugh:

Yeah, I guess you could run into one of them after dark!

The badge is for a fun game, though, so I guess I'll happily do it.  Sorta happily.   ::)   ::)   ::)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:25:30 PM
Hi, Linda!  Good to see you tonight.

Have a good rest of your evening.  I'm on my way to bed, because morning comes early.  Hope to see you tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 14, 2020, 08:26:11 PM
Good night, Fritz, Chuck, Jenny if you're still around.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 08:27:46 PM
Hiya Chuck! I had forgotten you are on vacation this week!!

I didn't!  LOL  *does happy dance*

I did sign on the work laptop for 20 minutes to update emails, but didn't need to do anything else.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:28:57 PM
Hello Auntie!  Good to see you!

How was school?

I don't understand it. The last two weeks since the Thanksgiving break have been so easy. The wham, this week they are slamming the kids with work!! >:(
UGH!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:30:29 PM
Hi, Linda!  Good to see you tonight.

Have a good rest of your evening.  I'm on my way to bed, because morning comes early.  Hope to see you tomorrow.


Good night, Debbie. I hope your day goes well tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 08:31:45 PM
I didn't!  LOL  *does happy dance*

I did sign on the work laptop for 20 minutes to update emails, but didn't need to do anything else.

Oh that's good!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:37:00 PM
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Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 08:38:42 PM
G'nite Debbie!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 09:14:19 PM
I don't understand it. The last two weeks since the Thanksgiving break have been so easy. The wham, this week they are slamming the kids with work!! >:(
UGH!

well, that sucks!   I hope it all gets finished easily.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 14, 2020, 09:20:30 PM
Today was our last hike for the year. Greg led us. I have told him that I have sent a message to Santa and he will not get anything this year, my legs are sore. There were 18 hiking. We went to Nicols Falls for Morning Tea. There are glowworms there at night. Then up the Pepper tree track to where it joins the Pineapple track. At that point there are excellent views over the city.
https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/pineapple-track/
but today there was a lot of mist although quite warm by Dunedin standards 20"C after the mist  lifted.
"In the 1920s a local grocer guided people up the track and provided a snack of tinned pineapple for the hikers when they rested at the top of a steep section. They would often leave the tins hanging on trees or fences."
People are more environmentally aware now so no pineapple tins.
I think 8 of us went for coffee near the university afterwards.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 09:34:30 PM
well, that sucks!   I hope it all gets finished easily.

I hope so too!

Well I woke up early this morning, so I'm going to head out and go to bed.

Nighty all! ❤️
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 14, 2020, 09:36:54 PM
G'nite Linda!

Heading up soon too.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 14, 2020, 09:39:15 PM
Nighty Fritz. Good sleep! ❤️
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 09:50:31 PM
sleep well, Auntie!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 14, 2020, 09:51:57 PM
Today was our last hike for the year. Greg led us. I have told him that I have sent a message to Santa and he will not get anything this year, my legs are sore. There were 18 hiking. We went to Nicols Falls for Morning Tea. There are glowworms there at night. Then up the Pepper tree track to where it joins the Pineapple track. At that point there are excellent views over the city.
https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/pineapple-track/
but today there was a lot of mist although quite warm by Dunedin standards 20"C after the mist  lifted.
"In the 1920s a local grocer guided people up the track and provided a snack of tinned pineapple for the hikers when they rested at the top of a steep section. They would often leave the tins hanging on trees or fences."
People are more environmentally aware now so no pineapple tins.  I think 8 of us went for coffee near the university afterwards.

Another great area, thanks for the link.  Such great scenery in NZ.  I'll always remember what I saw when I was there.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 01:53:40 AM
Sitting here at breakfast reading about extremes of temperature. Very confusing for my morning brain! Here it’s about 9į - upper 40s?

Another lovely hike, Brian.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 05:45:28 AM
Good morning Sara! Well, our temperature isn't extreme but the weather is more of November than December. The lack of sun is extreme here for the month.

So happy for this  new trailer, Iīve been counting down to the Bridgerton Premiere on Netflix  December 25 th for two months. (Hope their are more suckers for Regency romance in here.  :))

https://youtu.be/gpv7ayf_tyE
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 06:09:44 AM
Iíll give it a go!

Do you like Georgette Heyer, Elisa?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 06:20:49 AM
Iíll give it a go!

Do you like Georgette Heyer, Elisa?
Actually  had to look her up. I haven't read a lot of the older authors except for the original ones that were contemporary back then. I love Julia Quinn's Millenium-2000:s regency which I discovered studying the romance course this summer. They are humoristic, rather hot and very well written.  It seems like the series has captured that very well.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 15, 2020, 06:37:46 AM
Morning Diners!! Still COLD here, supposed to get some SNOW later today, we'll see.

I've got my volunteer work today, so I'm getting ready to head out for that.

Have a great Tuesday!! Catchup with you later.......... ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 07:29:11 AM
Good morning Diners!

:)

I hope everyone is well!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 07:36:34 AM
Hey y'all, sunny and cool here, just climbed above freezing a little while ago. Not looking forward to the snow tomorrow, even though we won't get as much as areas to our north and west.

Hey Sara!

Hej Eli!

Hey Chuck!

Hey Jonn!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 07:47:58 AM
Hey y'all, sunny and cool here, just climbed above freezing a little while ago. Not looking forward to the snow tomorrow, even though we won't get as much as areas to our north and west.

Hey Sara!

Hej Eli!

Hey Chuck!

Hey Jonn!

Hi Fritz! Snow tomorrow, I don't envy you. Though some powdery snow would be welcome for Christmas. But I'm not much for shoveling....
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 07:49:43 AM
Hello Fritzie and Elisa!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 10:26:15 AM
Hello Fritzie and Elisa!
Hi Chuck! Have you finished baking now?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 10:27:45 AM
Hi Chuck! Have you finished baking now?

Thankfully, yes!!!!

My parents have even decided they want to do no meal prep for Christmas, so we'll order some meals from a local restaurant that is going to be open.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 10:28:12 AM
speaking of meals,  how about a pre-holiday buffet?



(https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/health/healthy-living/2017/010/1140-holidays-buffet-aarp.imgcache.rev8a395881efc6035f22dfb54af0b3785c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 10:30:55 AM
Yum!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 10:31:19 AM
Thankfully, yes!!!!

My parents have even decided they want to do no meal prep for Christmas, so we'll order some meals from a local restaurant that is going to be open.

Hi, Chuck!  This sounds like a good idea, avoid some work at Christmas.

And your pre-holiday buffet ^^^^ looks yummy!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 10:35:40 AM
Hey y'all, sunny and cool here, just climbed above freezing a little while ago. Not looking forward to the snow tomorrow, even though we won't get as much as areas to our north and west.


Hi, Fritz.  It's a nice day here today, much better than yesterday, although moderately cold.  Sunny.

I went to PT this morning, and they cancelled me for Thursday (snow day, expecting 6-10 inches last I heard).  But they didn't want to cancel Friday YET, and even asked me to come in Saturday morning for a make-up session!  I'd been looking forward to some snow time off.

At least the Heat Pump inspector is here now, the office called a few minutes after I got home, so that will be out of the way.

And then we'll see whether the PCP office calls about my noon appointment tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 10:46:56 AM
speaking of meals,  how about a pre-holiday buffet?



(https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/health/healthy-living/2017/010/1140-holidays-buffet-aarp.imgcache.rev8a395881efc6035f22dfb54af0b3785c.jpg)

Looks great! (If you promise me thereís no marshmallow on the vegetables ;D )
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 10:50:54 AM
He's gone already, the Heat Pump guy.  All okay until spring.

It's so early, I just finished lunch, and found another beautiful badge to work on this afternoon.  It's in the Animals of the Amazon series....a Blue Morpho Butterfly.  Gorgeous!

Their vivid, iridescent blue coloring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light.

https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJzj4tTP1TcwMi2uSjFg9BJNyilNVcjNLyrIyFdIKi0pSS1Ky6kEALk8C7U&q=blue+morpho+butterfly&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS780US780&oq=blue+morp&aqs=chrome.1.0i355i433i457j46i433l2j69i57j0l4.8738j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 10:52:02 AM
Looks great! (If you promise me thereís no marshmallow on the vegetables ;D )

Hi, Sara.  My guess would be white onions on those green beans....not marshmallows.   :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 10:55:12 AM
Looks great! (If you promise me thereís no marshmallow on the vegetables ;D )

I'll make sure there is some with, and some without.  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 10:56:09 AM
I went to PT this morning, and they cancelled me for Thursday (snow day, expecting 6-10 inches last I heard).  But they didn't want to can Friday YET, and even asked me to come in Saturday morning for a make-up session!  I'd been looking forward to some snow time off.

Good to hear! 
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 11:05:02 AM
Hi, Sara.  My guess would be white onions on those green beans....not marshmallows.   :laugh:

I can only hope so!

I love marshmallows, but with vegetables - absolutely and utterly NO! :D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 11:26:49 AM
Thankfully, yes!!!!

My parents have even decided they want to do no meal prep for Christmas, so we'll order some meals from a local restaurant that is going to be open.
That sounds good. Less stress is maybe the best present.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 11:27:21 AM
Afternoon all...

Sara, you don't like sweet potato casserole?  That's the only thing I have ever seen marshmallows on, veggie-wise...not green beans, slivered almonds go on them. 

(https://asassyspoon.com/wp-content/uploads/classic-sweet-potato-casserole-recipe-a-sassy-spoon-5.jpg)

Hey Chuck!  Jersey & PA are up for quite the snow storm tomorrow

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b2/d1/af/b2d1af1ba12e5b4c11fc4a6d269f6e63.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 11:30:46 AM
Good to hear!

Good to hear that I don't get time off for snow?  Chuck, you're a meanie!   :laugh:   :laugh:

Actually, they said we would see how bad the snow is, and if I can't come in on Friday, just call.  The roads will probably be plowed, but I have a steep driveway, and even when I'm getting around better, I like to leave the car sit full of snow until we've had a few days of melting.  So it will really be a question of whether or not I can get my car out, without falling down.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 11:36:01 AM
I got the prize today...I told him mail was fine but he sent it by courier.  It's a $200 gift card to Perry's Steakhouse in The Domain, a ritzy shopping & restaurant center, north of Austin, and a $250 card to the Archer Hotel.

I thought this was an interesting room at the Archer....
(https://archerhotel.com/images/austin/gallery/rooms/classic-king-guest-room/226.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 11:40:11 AM
Hey Nancy!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 11:40:50 AM
Hey Fritz, what's new?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 11:46:59 AM
Not much! Not looking forward to tomorrow's snow, though it might be less than forecast yesterday. It will go back and forth.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 12:13:40 PM
Afternoon all...

Sara, you don't like sweet potato casserole?  That's the only thing I have ever seen marshmallows on, veggie-wise...not green beans, slivered almonds go on them. 

(https://asassyspoon.com/wp-content/uploads/classic-sweet-potato-casserole-recipe-a-sassy-spoon-5.jpg)

Hey Chuck!  Jersey & PA are up for quite the snow storm tomorrow

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b2/d1/af/b2d1af1ba12e5b4c11fc4a6d269f6e63.jpg)

No! I like sweet potatoes and I like marshmallows, just not together. And it’s not that I don’t like sweet things with savoury - I love jellies and chutneys with meat etc. It’s just such a concentrated sweetness that I find it sickly. (I’ve only had it once.)
Slivered almonds would be great.
Still, chacun ŗ son goŻt!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 12:29:33 PM
Fritz, even if I do make it to PT on Saturday, my appointment is at 11:00, so I would be home in plenty of time for the ND-Clemson game at 4PM.  They're only doing PT makeup sessions on Saturday morning, not afternoon.  But fortunately,  I got one of the later makeup's so wouldn't have to get up too awfully early on a Saturday.  I would hate a 7AM appt for PT!

Anyway, 10AM this morning was early enough, and I had to get up early.  So it's nap time now.  SYL.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 12:33:54 PM
No! I like sweet potatoes and I like marshmallows, just not together. And itís not that I donít like sweet things with savoury - I love jellies and chutneys with meat etc. Itís just such a concentrated sweetness that I find it sickly. (Iíve only had it once.)
Slivered almonds would be great.
Still, chacun ŗ son goŻt!

I understand the mix of sweet and savory  :)  The ex (Brit) was always horrified at cranberry sauce with a turkey dinner, and syrup on pancakes with bacon on the same plate, in case they touched - well, he never ate a pancake, but expressed concern at the notion of the syrup touching the bacon  :D.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 12:35:45 PM
Fritz, even if I do make it to PT on Saturday, my appointment is at 11:00, so I would be home in plenty of time for the ND-Clemson game at 4PM.  They're only doing PT makeup sessions on Saturday morning, not afternoon.  But fortunately,  I got one of the later makeup's so wouldn't have to get up too awfully early on a Saturday.  I would hate a 7AM appt for PT!

Anyway, 10AM this morning was early enough, and I had to get up early.  So it's nap time now.  SYL.

That should work out OK. As you know, I'll miss part of the game since I'll be gone from about 5:10 until 6:45 or so.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 01:12:11 PM
I understand the mix of sweet and savory  :)  The ex (Brit) was always horrified at cranberry sauce with a turkey dinner, and syrup on pancakes with bacon on the same plate, in case they touched - well, he never ate a pancake, but expressed concern at the notion of the syrup touching the bacon  :D.
Heehee... Sara, You should  come here and try pork pancake with lingonberry jam, meatballs with lingonberry jam and, my favourite, herring with sour cream and- guess- lingonberry jam ( and pork). Welcome anytime!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 01:44:54 PM
Sara, this is what my friends (and my Colorado cousins) make for Thanksgiving dinner.  Green bean casserole, which I knew was made somehow with green beans and onions.  This link explains that it's a U.S. dish, created by the Campbell's Soup Company, and consists of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions.  It can look whitish, but definitely no marshmallows:

https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJzj4tTP1TdIycpITjdgdGDwEkkvSk3NU0hKTcxTSE4sLk4tys9JBQC_hAuG&q=green+bean+casserole&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS780US780&oq=green+bean&aqs=chrome.1.0i355i433i457j46i433j69i57j46i433j0i433j0j0i433l2.6281j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

OR:
https://www.campbells.com/recipes/green-bean-casserole/



Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 01:47:05 PM
That should work out OK. As you know, I'll miss part of the game since I'll be gone from about 5:10 until 6:45 or so.

Sounds good.  I hope you get back before it's over, but it seems like you should.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 01:49:23 PM
I understand the mix of sweet and savory  :)  The ex (Brit) was always horrified at cranberry sauce with a turkey dinner, and syrup on pancakes with bacon on the same plate, in case they touched - well, he never ate a pancake, but expressed concern at the notion of the syrup touching the bacon  :D.

 ;D

Cranberry sauce is perfect with turkey (or chicken)!  Itís become a regular part of Christmas dinner nowadays.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 01:56:43 PM
Sara, this is what my friends (and my Colorado cousins) make for Thanksgiving dinner.  Green bean casserole, which I knew was made somehow with green beans and onions.  This link explains that it's a U.S. dish, created by the Campbell's Soup Company, and consists of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions.  It can look whitish, but definitely no marshmallows:

https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJzj4tTP1TdIycpITjdgdGDwEkkvSk3NU0hKTcxTSE4sLk4tys9JBQC_hAuG&q=green+bean+casserole&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS780US780&oq=green+bean&aqs=chrome.1.0i355i433i457j46i433j69i57j46i433j0i433j0j0i433l2.6281j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

OR:
https://www.campbells.com/recipes/green-bean-casserole/

Thanks Debbie.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 01:57:59 PM
Heehee... Sara, You should  come here and try pork pancake with lingonberry jam, meatballs with lingonberry jam and, my favourite, herring with sour cream and- guess- lingonberry jam ( and pork). Welcome anytime!

Lingonberry jam is good!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 02:13:04 PM

Hello Diners!

;D

Message for you!


We would like to give you an update on the status of our forum, and the frequent outages we've had.

On November 14th we had posted a message to you all regarding our outages and the issue with our hosting company.  We had discovered it was basically a one man show, and that one man was in the hospital with an unspecified medical issue.  We were told that this would be resolved soon.

Unfortunately, we were contacted 4 days later to be told that he had passed away.  His family was now taking over the business, and there would be a team of people running the show at this point.  We extended our condolences to his family, and we opted to stay for a while to see if service improved, rather than leave while his family was dealing with his loss.

Given the fact that the forum continues to deal with repeated outages, this last one lasting two days, we decided that it was time to move to a new hosting company.

Nax (Neil) was able to locate a new company that is run by a team of people.  The pricing is comparable to what we are paying now, so there is no increase in cost that will require any budgeting adjustments.   

Nax is also a tech assistant to another forum, and that other forum was using the same hosting company we currently are.  They just moved to the new hosting company we are going to, and Nax said the move went very smoothly, the new hosting company handled the move on the other forum's behalf, and the other forum is working just fine now.

KillersMom, Nax and I are taking the necessary steps to get the Ultimate Brokeback Forum moved to the new hosting company ASAP.   We are hoping to have it finished by the end of this week.

When the move happens, the forum will be down again, for approximately one day, maybe a little longer, given the size of the forum.   When we return, we will be on the server of the new hosting company.

Updates to this post will follow, as needed.

Nax
KillersMom
CellarDweller115
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 02:17:04 PM
Thank you Chuck and Linda and Neil for all of your work to keep us in good chat!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 02:22:55 PM
Good to hear that I don't get time off for snow?  Chuck, you're a meanie!   :laugh:   :laugh:

:laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 02:24:37 PM
I got the prize today...I told him mail was fine but he sent it by courier.  It's a $200 gift card to Perry's Steakhouse in The Domain, a ritzy shopping & restaurant center, north of Austin, and a $250 card to the Archer Hotel.

I thought this was an interesting room at the Archer....
(https://archerhotel.com/images/austin/gallery/rooms/classic-king-guest-room/226.jpg)

Congrats Nancy!!!!

Now, when all the restrictions are off, the first thing you should do is have a great night out!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 02:31:40 PM
Thank you Chuck and Linda and Neil for all of your work to keep us in good chat!

I echo that!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 02:37:40 PM
Still, chacun ŗ son goŻt!

Bless you!   *hands Sara a tissue*  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 02:41:50 PM
Still, chacun ŗ son goŻt!

Or, if the jam is especially messy, chacun ŗ son goo.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 02:41:58 PM
I understand the mix of sweet and savory  :)  The ex (Brit) was always horrified at cranberry sauce with a turkey dinner, and syrup on pancakes with bacon on the same plate, in case they touched - well, he never ate a pancake, but expressed concern at the notion of the syrup touching the bacon  :D.


He would've been horrified the day one of my coworkers brought some chocolate covered bacon to the office for everyone to try.

I must say, it was tasty!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 02:43:02 PM
Or, if the jam is especially messy, chacun ŗ son goo.

*passes tissue to Fritzie*

;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 15, 2020, 02:50:31 PM

He would've been horrified the day one of my coworkers brought some chocolate covered bacon to the office for everyone to try.

I must say, it was tasty!

I'll pass on that one. Grown out of chocolate. Must be old age.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 02:54:24 PM
Bless you!   *hands Sara a tissue*  ;)

Hope itís not a symptom of Covid!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 03:07:45 PM
Hope itís not a symptom of Covid!

Heaven forbid!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 03:13:39 PM
The gift exchange with Sacha and her girls went well.

They loved the gifts I gave them, the craft boxes to make their own tiaras and floral crowns.  My gift to Sacha was practical, but boring.  I gave her cash.  As a single mother in a new home, I know that's what she needs.

I love what they gave me.

This first pic is what was in the box, description below.  You can click on the pic to make it bigger.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50723596468_2ffcd58573_b.jpg)


Across the top are scented soaps in the pride rainbow colors.

Red = Winter Candy Apple
Orange = Peach Bellini
Yellow = Fresh Lemonade
Green = Vanilla Bean Noel
Blue = Crisp Morning Air
Purple = Spiced Clove & Citrus

Across the bottom, in either corner, are two scented candles, and in the middle (left) is a small hand sanitizer, and in the middle is a candle holder.



Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 03:13:48 PM
This is the box they placed it in.  They went searching for a box that was wide enough to fit the layout they wanted.   The image on the box is also on the inside lid.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50724331961_326a98a300_b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 03:14:32 PM
I'll pass on that one. Grown out of chocolate. Must be old age.

Oh, I don't think I'll ever grow out of it.  My mom is 77 and loves chocolate.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 15, 2020, 03:23:13 PM
What a beautiful present, Chuck!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 03:30:39 PM
What a beautiful present, Chuck!

I love it!

The scents on the soaps and candles are soooooo nice.  I have already put the soaps away in my bathroom, and put the candles and holder away for after the holidays.

I closed the lid on the box, and have it standing atop the refrigerator, to "christmas up" the kitchen.  :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 03:33:22 PM
that is a beautiful present for you, Chuck, I even love the box they put the soaps in!  And I'm sure the girls loved their DIY tiaras and crowns, perfect.  As for cash, it might sound boring, but so much better than to get someone something they may never use, or need.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 03:37:49 PM
that is a beautiful present for you, Chuck, I even love the box they put the soaps in!  And I'm sure the girls loved their DIY tiaras and crowns, perfect.  As for cash, it might sound boring, but so much better than to get someone something they may never use, or need.


I feel the same way regarding cash.  I generally don't give it as a gift, but as a single mother of twins, I'm sure it's what she would most need.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 15, 2020, 03:41:52 PM

He would've been horrified the day one of my coworkers brought some chocolate covered bacon to the office for everyone to try.

I must say, it was tasty!

Chocolate is an ingredient in Mexican savoury dishes.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 03:42:57 PM
Congrats Nancy!!!!

Now, when all the restrictions are off, the first thing you should do is have a great night out!!!

Thanks, Chuck!  I never win anything, so this is pretty fun for me.  I emailed the two directors who donated the prize, to thank them.

The steakhouse has an online menu, of course, AND they are on Door Dash.  I've been checking out the menu...it's quite beyond anything I would ever order and I'd love to have a $50 filet mignon!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 15, 2020, 03:45:39 PM
Thank you Neil. Linda & Chuck for your work and keeping us up to date.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 15, 2020, 03:46:44 PM
Hello Nancy

Live it up !
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 15, 2020, 03:47:26 PM
Hello Elisa

Hello Fritz

Hello Debbie
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 03:51:50 PM
Hello Nancy

Live it up !

Hi Tony, thanks...it feels very decadent but I think I can get used to it  :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 04:05:38 PM
Hey Tony!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 04:07:42 PM
9 Lives of Christmas is on now!

:)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 04:11:51 PM
Hello Diners!

;D

Message for you!

We would like to give you an update on the status of our forum, and the frequent outages we've had.

Nax
KillersMom
CellarDweller115

Thanks, Chuck, Linda and Neil!  We always appreciate all you do for us.  Looks like this time, it required some research on your part, but it sounds like you found a good solution. 

I must say that I'm sorry to hear of the passing of the man who had been running our server, that's sad, but at least now we know what had been happening, and why.

Please let us know if you do need any more support from us on the cost of this service.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 04:15:22 PM
I'll pass on that one. Grown out of chocolate. Must be old age.

Hi, Elisa.  You've reminded me that I have some chocolates (for our Halloween) downstairs, and I've been meaning to finish the last couple in the bowl.  (There are more in the freezer, keeping fresh, to add to the bowl at some future time.)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 04:17:40 PM
The gift exchange with Sacha and her girls went well.

They loved the gifts I gave them, the craft boxes to make their own tiaras and floral crowns.  My gift to Sacha was practical, but boring.  I gave her cash.  As a single mother in a new home, I know that's what she needs.

I love what they gave me.

This first pic is what was in the box, description below.  You can click on the pic to make it bigger.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50723596468_2ffcd58573_b.jpg)


Across the top are scented soaps in the pride rainbow colors.

Red = Winter Candy Apple
Orange = Peach Bellini
Yellow = Fresh Lemonade
Green = Vanilla Bean Noel
Blue = Crisp Morning Air
Purple = Spiced Clove & Citrus

Across the bottom, in either corner, are two scented candles, and in the middle (left) is a small hand sanitizer, and in the middle is a candle holder.

What a great gift you received, Chuck!   :D  I never would have imagined they made such a thing.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 04:18:36 PM
Oh, I don't think I'll ever grow out of it.  My mom is 77 and loves chocolate.

My mom was 87 and she never could get enough chocolate.   ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 04:20:40 PM
Hello Elisa

Hello Fritz

Hello Debbie

Hi, Tony!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 15, 2020, 04:25:32 PM
9 Lives of Christmas is on now!

:)

I'm going back and forth between that and Chopped, which has Holly Jolly Grandmas competing!  Gotta love a granny competition!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 04:36:56 PM
What a great gift you received, Chuck!   :D  I never would have imagined they made such a thing.

Well, it wasn't made this way.  Sacha and her girls found the candles and handle, and then the soaps, and lastly the box, and bundled it all together.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 04:37:20 PM
I'm going back and forth between that and Chopped, which has Holly Jolly Grandmas competing!  Gotta love a granny competition!

:laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 04:50:39 PM
Looks like the forecast in this area has been changed, we might only get up to 1" of snow. Hope not to have to use the shovel at all. At least I don't have to commute in it any more.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 04:52:52 PM
Christmas movie review.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/15/bill-barrs-christmas-resignation-is-worst-holiday-movie-ive-ever-seen/

A comment:

Streaming now on the Hallmarkofthebeast Channel.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 05:15:50 PM
Fritz, just heard that Mayor Pete of South Bend has been chosen as future Secretary of Transportation.

(I'm listening to the local news that came on after NBC Nightly News here.  Lots of snow predictions.)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 05:17:19 PM
Looks like the forecast in this area has been changed, we might only get up to 1" of snow. Hope not to have to use the shovel at all. At least I don't have to commute in it any more.

according to what I see online, snow is expected to start tomorrow around 5ish and be over by dawn on Thursday.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 05:17:20 PM
Well, it wasn't made this way.  Sacha and her girls found the candles and handle, and then the soaps, and lastly the box, and bundled it all together.

Still, a great effort on their part.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 05:18:42 PM
Looks like the forecast in this area has been changed, we might only get up to 1" of snow. Hope not to have to use the shovel at all. At least I don't have to commute in it any more.

That's good, Fritz.  For us, they said this will be the heaviest storm in 1,000 days.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 05:20:23 PM
according to what I see online, snow is expected to start tomorrow around 5ish and be over by dawn on Thursday.

Around 1PM here, or between 1-4 PM.  It varies.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 05:39:53 PM
Fritz, just heard that Mayor Pete of South Bend has been chosen as future Secretary of Transportation.

(I'm listening to the local news that came on after NBC Nightly News here.  Lots of snow predictions.)

Yes! Fantastic!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 06:28:30 PM
I'll be watching the snow tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 06:37:05 PM
I'll be watching the snow tomorrow. :)

I hope I will be, too.  From inside.  Hope I'm home in time to watch from my library window.

You have a big window with a good view of the snow, don't you.   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 15, 2020, 06:59:19 PM
I got the prize today...I told him mail was fine but he sent it by courier.  It's a $200 gift card to Perry's Steakhouse in The Domain, a ritzy shopping & restaurant center, north of Austin, and a $250 card to the Archer Hotel.

I thought this was an interesting room at the Archer....
(https://archerhotel.com/images/austin/gallery/rooms/classic-king-guest-room/226.jpg)
You gotta take someone WITH you to that Steakhouse!! Just let me know the date!  :P :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 15, 2020, 07:03:24 PM
I understand the mix of sweet and savory  :)  The ex (Brit) was always horrified at cranberry sauce with a turkey dinner, and syrup on pancakes with bacon on the same plate, in case they touched - well, he never ate a pancake, but expressed concern at the notion of the syrup touching the bacon  :D.
Oh MY!! I have a relative who doesn't like different foods touching on a plate! This is no joke! Doesn't like foods that have several ingredients in them, like veggie soup, or anything mixed-up!! I've never met anyone like that before...lol. Anyway, he should invest in some of those cafeteria-style divider trays!!  :P :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 15, 2020, 07:05:49 PM
that is a beautiful present for you, Chuck, I even love the box they put the soaps in!  And I'm sure the girls loved their DIY tiaras and crowns, perfect.  As for cash, it might sound boring, but so much better than to get someone something they may never use, or need.
CA$H is always GOOD!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 07:18:59 PM
Hi, Jonn.  Did you get out for a long walk today?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 15, 2020, 07:25:29 PM
haha...........Heck NO!! Had my volunteer work today, and it's been snowing all day, light, but still bitter COLD out there! I can handle missing a few days, but don't like to go the fitness center right now, with the Covid and all. I'm waiting till I get the vaccine at least! So, it could be a long WINTER for me..........SUN arrives tomorrow for a couple days, so I'll get my walks in then, I'm sure!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 15, 2020, 07:26:20 PM
All caught up in here now! Time for my recorded news shows!

Catch you Diners tomorrow!!  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 07:37:23 PM
Hiya Jonn!  Hope you're keeping warm.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 15, 2020, 07:44:37 PM
Hi Jonn! Hi Debbie! Hi Chuck! Hi Fritz! :) Hope you're having a good evening. I picked up some supplies for cookie making and some produce at the market today. I go to the one in town, which is not one of the big chains, and though it's more expensive than Shoprite, say, it had what I wanted and was not jammed with people seeking milk, bread, toilet paper or paper towels. So I got in and out fairly easily. I'm making pecan/sour cherry rugelach (a pastry made with cream cheese dough wrapped around a filling). The classic one is walnuts and raisins with cinnamon, but I'm making a couple of substitutions. :) I'm also making chocolate chip cookies because they're easy and delicious.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:00:07 PM
Good morning Sara! Well, our temperature isn't extreme but the weather is more of November than December. The lack of sun is extreme here for the month.

So happy for this  new trailer, Iīve been counting down to the Bridgerton Premiere on Netflix  December 25 th for two months. (Hope their are more suckers for Regency romance in here.  :))

https://youtu.be/gpv7ayf_tyE

Oh WOW, Elisa!! This looks wonderful!! I shall definitely have to watch it. I too am a sucker for Regency romance, be it straight or gay!! 8)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 08:02:10 PM
hello  Jenny!  Good to see you!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:10:06 PM
I understand the mix of sweet and savory  :)  The ex (Brit) was always horrified at cranberry sauce with a turkey dinner, and syrup on pancakes with bacon on the same plate, in case they touched - well, he never ate a pancake, but expressed concern at the notion of the syrup touching the bacon  :D.

Heehee... Sara, You should  come here and try pork pancake with lingonberry jam, meatballs with lingonberry jam and, my favourite, herring with sour cream and- guess- lingonberry jam ( and pork). Welcome anytime!

I have always loved sweet and savory. I eat Oreo cookies and potato chips........ don't laugh!!

Cranberry sauce is wonderful with pork. Also applesauce goes great with all the above meats!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 15, 2020, 08:11:23 PM
;D

Cranberry sauce is perfect with turkey (or chicken)!  Itís become a regular part of Christmas dinner nowadays.
I often have a panini (I know the Italians say panino but we don't) for lunch with chicken, cranberry and brie. I do not like Turkey much.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:21:18 PM
Thank you Chuck and Linda and Neil for all of your work to keep us in good chat!

I echo that!

You are welcome!! ........ as she runs screaming off, into the night!!!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:22:21 PM
I'll pass on that one. Grown out of chocolate. Must be old age.

Nope, I've never gotten too old for chocolate!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:23:49 PM
This is the box they placed it in.  They went searching for a box that was wide enough to fit the layout they wanted.   The image on the box is also on the inside lid.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50724331961_326a98a300_b.jpg)

Oh cool!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 08:24:34 PM
Hi Jonn! Hi Debbie! Hi Chuck! Hi Fritz! :) Hope you're having a good evening. I picked up some supplies for cookie making and some produce at the market today. I go to the one in town, which is not one of the big chains, and though it's more expensive than Shoprite, say, it had what I wanted and was not jammed with people seeking milk, bread, toilet paper or paper towels. So I got in and out fairly easily. I'm making pecan/sour cherry rugelach (a pastry made with cream cheese dough wrapped around a filling). The classic one is walnuts and raisins with cinnamon, but I'm making a couple of substitutions. :) I'm also making chocolate chip cookies because they're easy and delicious.

Hi, Jenny.  Your pastry and cookies sound delicious!  Glad you got your shopping done with no problems.

That's funny, I can see running out for milk and bread before the big storm, but good luck finding toilet paper and paper towels anywhere, storm or no storm, this year.

Stay warm and dry tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 08:26:07 PM
Hi Jonn! Hi Debbie! Hi Chuck! Hi Fritz! :) Hope you're having a good evening. I picked up some supplies for cookie making and some produce at the market today. I go to the one in town, which is not one of the big chains, and though it's more expensive than Shoprite, say, it had what I wanted and was not jammed with people seeking milk, bread, toilet paper or paper towels. So I got in and out fairly easily. I'm making pecan/sour cherry rugelach (a pastry made with cream cheese dough wrapped around a filling). The classic one is walnuts and raisins with cinnamon, but I'm making a couple of substitutions. :) I'm also making chocolate chip cookies because they're easy and delicious.

Hey Jenny! Thank you so much for your card, that was so kind of you to send it.

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Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:26:21 PM
Thank you Neil. Linda & Chuck for your work and keeping us up to date.

Hello Tony!! Thanks! It's been upsetting for the last 6 weeks or so.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 08:27:42 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 08:28:12 PM
Evening Fritzie!

;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:29:06 PM
9 Lives of Christmas is on now!

:)

I really like this movie, and it doesn't hurt that the guy is so good looking!!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 15, 2020, 08:29:17 PM
Hi, Linda.  Nice to see you tonight.

And good night to you, to Fritz, to Chuck, to Jenny, and to anyone else around.

I'm still hoping to get to my PCP appointment tomorrow, at noon, so I probably won't be here until afterwards.  Surprised the doctor's office didn't call today to confirm, so just have to see what happens.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:31:03 PM
Thanks, Chuck, Linda and Neil!  We always appreciate all you do for us.  Looks like this time, it required some research on your part, but it sounds like you found a good solution. 

I must say that I'm sorry to hear of the passing of the man who had been running our server, that's sad, but at least now we know what had been happening, and why.

Please let us know if you do need any more support from us on the cost of this service.

Thanks Debbie. We're OK financially for awhile. It also helped that we got a new account discount for signing up with the new company.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:32:29 PM
Christmas movie review.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/15/bill-barrs-christmas-resignation-is-worst-holiday-movie-ive-ever-seen/

A comment:

Streaming now on the Hallmarkofthebeast Channel.



:laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

Looks as if a lot of the high ranking rats are abandoning the sinking orange ship.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 08:34:03 PM
G'nite Debbie, good luck in getting there. Hope the weather treats you well.

It's in the upper 20's here, just about the coldest so far this season. Brrr!

The current forecast here is calling for snow between about 10 to 1, changing to rain and above freezing at that time, then a little more snow in the very early morning hours of Thursday before clearing up. Still looking like around 1" of accumulation, but we're right on the line between rain and snow, so it could go either way.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 08:34:26 PM
:laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

Looks as if a lot of the high ranking rats are abandoning the sinking orange ship.

I thought you'd like that!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:40:14 PM
Oh MY!! I have a relative who doesn't like different foods touching on a plate! This is no joke! Doesn't like foods that have several ingredients in them, like veggie soup, or anything mixed-up!! I've never met anyone like that before...lol. Anyway, he should invest in some of those cafeteria-style divider trays!!  :P :laugh:

My Dad didn't like his food touching either.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:42:11 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*



Hey Fritz!!!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 08:42:18 PM
I really like this movie, and it doesn't hurt that the guy is so good looking!!!!

Tell me about it!  He looked good as Superman in the Arrowverse crossover.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:43:17 PM
Hi, Linda.  Nice to see you tonight.

And good night to you, to Fritz, to Chuck, to Jenny, and to anyone else around.

I'm still hoping to get to my PCP appointment tomorrow, at noon, so I probably won't be here until afterwards.  Surprised the doctor's office didn't call today to confirm, so just have to see what happens.

I keep forgetting to tell you I got your Christmas card, Debbie. Thanks so much!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:44:09 PM
I thought you'd like that!



DEFINITELY!!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 15, 2020, 08:46:37 PM
Tell me about it!  He looked good as Superman in the Arrowverse crossover.

Oh cool. I didn't know he was in that!!

I keep forgetting the numerous times we have talked on the phone that I got your Christmas card!! Thanks so much!!! 💗 💗 💗
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Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 08:46:46 PM
Oh yes, Debbie, I can't remember whether I told you that I got your card too, thank you so much!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 15, 2020, 08:53:29 PM
It was forecast to be 24"C here today which is hot for Dunedin. However there was a cloud cover due to approaching rain (due before 6pm) so only reached 22'C. I went to town by bus for a haircut. I caught the 10.05 am but but should have caught the earlier. bus at 9.35.  I could have done so with just a bit more pressure on myself. I was told the wait was 30 minutes but it was 50 minutes. I have never had to wait more than 20 minute before so quite frustrating. Just 3 stylists but 3 women having colour.  Of course, I was less than 15 minutes in the chair.  I then had a coffee and mixed berry muffin (coffee was free, every 5th, so that cheered me up).  I went to the Health Food shop for vitamins  (Glucosamine and Zinc) and the pharmacy for panadol (tylenol), you can get packets of 12 at the supermarket but the pharmacy sells packets of 100. Then I had to walk several blocks to an alteration tailor. I have had to buy new garden pants (seems I wear them out every 2 years) and, as always, they are too long. I will pick them up next Tuesday.
I caught the bus home and then drove back down to the supermarket for my weekly groceries. Schools are finishing up for the summer holidays so the traffic is getting bad and kids in the supermarket. It was nearly 3pm when I got home and heated up a lamb and apple sausage roll for lunch.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 15, 2020, 08:59:09 PM
I keep forgetting the numerous times we have talked on the phone that I got your Christmas card!! Thanks so much!!! 💗 💗 💗

I'm glad you got it!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 15, 2020, 09:53:22 PM
G'nite y'all!

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Post by: tfferg on December 15, 2020, 10:13:41 PM
I'm making pecan/sour cherry rugelach (a pastry made with cream cheese dough wrapped around a filling). The classic one is walnuts and raisins with cinnamon, but I'm making a couple of substitutions.
Hello Jenny
Sounds scrumptious !
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Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 01:07:00 AM
Well, it wasn't made this way.  Sacha and her girls found the candles and handle, and then the soaps, and lastly the box, and bundled it all together.

Makes it even better!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 01:10:27 AM
Oh MY!! I have a relative who doesn't like different foods touching on a plate! This is no joke! Doesn't like foods that have several ingredients in them, like veggie soup, or anything mixed-up!! I've never met anyone like that before...lol. Anyway, he should invest in some of those cafeteria-style divider trays!!  :P :laugh:

My Michael was a little but like that, though not so extreme! He preferred them not to get mixed up, and always ate each component separately, which annoyed me a little when Iíd planned them to go well together!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 01:13:02 AM
It was forecast to be 24"C here today which is hot for Dunedin. However there was a cloud cover due to approaching rain (due before 6pm) so only reached 22'C. I went to town by bus for a haircut. I caught the 10.05 am but but should have caught the earlier. bus at 9.35.  I could have done so with just a bit more pressure on myself. I was told the wait was 30 minutes but it was 50 minutes. I have never had to wait more than 20 minute before so quite frustrating. Just 3 stylists but 3 women having colour.  Of course, I was less than 15 minutes in the chair.  I then had a coffee and mixed berry muffin (coffee was free, every 5th, so that cheered me up).  I went to the Health Food shop for vitamins  (Glucosamine and Zinc) and the pharmacy for panadol (tylenol), you can get packets of 12 at the supermarket but the pharmacy sells packets of 100. Then I had to walk several blocks to an alteration tailor. I have had to buy new garden pants (seems I wear them out every 2 years) and, as always, they are too long. I will pick them up next Tuesday.
I caught the bus home and then drove back down to the supermarket for my weekly groceries. Schools are finishing up for the summer holidays so the traffic is getting bad and kids in the supermarket. It was nearly 3pm when I got home and heated up a lamb and apple sausage roll for lunch.

Sometimes I start reading a post before I see who itís from, and when I see a temperature my mind doesnít know whether itís ďnice and warmĒ or ďwow thatís coldĒ! ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 01:18:07 AM
Must get ready to take my friend to the hospital for her vaccine.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 06:26:29 AM
G'nite Debbie, good luck in getting there. Hope the weather treats you well.

It's in the upper 20's here, just about the coldest so far this season. Brrr!

The current forecast here is calling for snow between about 10 to 1, changing to rain and above freezing at that time, then a little more snow in the very early morning hours of Thursday before clearing up. Still looking like around 1" of accumulation, but we're right on the line between rain and snow, so it could go either way.

Good morning, Fritz, whenever you get here.

Another change in plans.  I woke up with a slightly sore throat, and first decided to call the doctor's office to see if they would be in today (but it was only 7:30, and they don't open until 9:00).  Ended up leaving a message saying that even if they would be open at noon (my appointment time) I didn't think I think I should come in because I wasn't feeling completely well, and asked them to call back (whenever) to reschedule the physical.

Also told them I need a new prescription for PT, and sometimes I've seen prescriptions taped to their outside door, when the office is closed, so I'll see what they say about that, and how I could arrange to get the prescription.

Went back to bed briefly but got up to turn up the heat and get a V-8 juice (for the Vitamin C).  Probably won't eat breakfast for a little while.  But I did open the front door to throw some bottles into my recycle can, and it's already "not nice" cold weather out there, starting to feel damp.  So, I just want to stay home, for numerous reasons.

See you later, and stay warm and dry.  Hope you don't get any more than an inch of snow.
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Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 06:27:28 AM
I keep forgetting to tell you I got your Christmas card, Debbie. Thanks so much!!

Thanks, Linda.  You're so welcome!   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 06:28:19 AM
Oh yes, Debbie, I can't remember whether I told you that I got your card too, thank you so much!

Thanks, Fritz.   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 06:31:59 AM
Sometimes I start reading a post before I see who itís from, and when I see a temperature my mind doesnít know whether itís ďnice and warmĒ or ďwow thatís coldĒ! ;D

Hi, Sara.  Same here, about deciphering the temperatures. 
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 06:42:30 AM
Hope your sore throat doesn’t turn into anything, Debbie. Stay warm.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Nax on December 16, 2020, 06:56:39 AM
The migration of this site will begin soon, fingers crossed everyone.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 06:57:19 AM
Hope your sore throat doesnít turn into anything, Debbie. Stay warm.

Thanks, Sara.  It's probably nothing, but I'm doing just what you say, staying warm.  Take care.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 06:57:51 AM
The migration of this site will begin soon, fingers crossed everyone.

Thanks, Neil.  Hope all goes well!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 07:08:22 AM
Hello everyone!

The site transition should be happening today!   If you see that the forum is down again today, it is planned, and when we come back up, that will mean we are on our new server with the new hosting company, which should stop the outages!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 07:17:58 AM
Good morning diners!

Catching up before the move!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 07:19:43 AM
Sometimes I start reading a post before I see who itís from, and when I see a temperature my mind doesnít know whether itís ďnice and warmĒ or ďwow thatís coldĒ! ;D


LOL!   I do that too!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 07:21:04 AM
Another change in plans.  I woke up with a slightly sore throat, and first decided to call the doctor's office to see if they would be in today (but it was only 7:30, and they don't open until 9:00).  Ended up leaving a message saying that even if they would be open at noon (my appointment time) I didn't think I think I should come in because I wasn't feeling completely well, and asked them to call back (whenever) to reschedule the physical.

Also told them I need a new prescription for PT, and sometimes I've seen prescriptions taped to their outside door, when the office is closed, so I'll see what they say about that, and how I could arrange to get the prescription.

Went back to bed briefly but got up to turn up the heat and get a V-8 juice (for the Vitamin C).  Probably won't eat breakfast for a little while.  But I did open the front door to throw some bottles into my recycle can, and it's already "not nice" cold weather out there, starting to feel damp.  So, I just want to stay home, for numerous reasons.


Oh, stay warm and rested!   I hope you're feeling better soon!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 07:23:28 AM
Hi Chuck!  Wanted to say I got your card, and thank you!  before the forum goes down.  If it's down during the storm, stay safe, stay home, eat strawberries & chocolate hummus  :D
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 07:24:55 AM
Hi Jonn, when you get here today, I got your card, thank you so much!
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 16, 2020, 07:27:02 AM
My Michael was a little but like that, though not so extreme! He preferred them not to get mixed up, and always ate each component separately, which annoyed me a little when Iíd planned them to go well together!
T does that and it so annoys his father who really makes food like a symphony.
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 16, 2020, 07:29:08 AM
Good morning, Fritz, whenever you get here.

Another change in plans.  I woke up with a slightly sore throat, and first decided to call the doctor's office to see if they would be in today (but it was only 7:30, and they don't open until 9:00).  Ended up leaving a message saying that even if they would be open at noon (my appointment time) I didn't think I think I should come in because I wasn't feeling completely well, and asked them to call back (whenever) to reschedule the physical.

Also told them I need a new prescription for PT, and sometimes I've seen prescriptions taped to their outside door, when the office is closed, so I'll see what they say about that, and how I could arrange to get the prescription.

Went back to bed briefly but got up to turn up the heat and get a V-8 juice (for the Vitamin C).  Probably won't eat breakfast for a little while.  But I did open the front door to throw some bottles into my recycle can, and it's already "not nice" cold weather out there, starting to feel damp.  So, I just want to stay home, for numerous reasons.

See you later, and stay warm and dry.  Hope you don't get any more than an inch of snow.
Take care Debbie, hope you get better soon.
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 16, 2020, 07:29:54 AM
Hi Chuck and Nancy!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 07:46:34 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy and cool here (barely above freezing). Precip should start soon and continue through the day, snow till mid-afternoon.

Hope everything goes well for the Great Migration! Thanks for all your work, y'all!

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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 07:50:20 AM
Hey Fritz
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 07:53:41 AM
Hej Eli! Tack!

Hey Nancy!

Hey Debbie!

Hey Chuck!

We'll soon be incommunicado!



Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:01:03 AM
Hi Chuck!  Wanted to say I got your card, and thank you!  before the forum goes down.  If it's down during the storm, stay safe, stay home, eat strawberries & chocolate hummus  :D


I shall spend my time watching Hallmark Christmas movies!  LOL
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:04:37 AM
Just hoping for no ice on the power lines. It wouldn't be fun. We have a generator out in the shed, but it hasn't worked right for a long time, and Earl took care of it, I wouldn't know how to begin to use it. Like so very many things.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:04:41 AM
Hi Chuck and Nancy!

Hello Elisa!  Good to see you!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:05:12 AM
Hoping that things are going well for Ingy and his mom and the move!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:05:43 AM
Definitely. The lockdown in Germany has gotten stricter.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:06:00 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy and cool here (barely above freezing). Precip should start soon and continue through the day, snow till mid-afternoon.

Hope everything goes well for the Great Migration! Thanks for all your work, y'all!

Hiya Fritzie!  It's pretty cold here, and snow is predicted to start this evening.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 08:06:39 AM
Hi Elisa!

Chuck, I was wondering about Ingy, too, that is a big move.  I meant to ask him how far they had to drive from his Mom's place to his...hope all is going well.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:07:11 AM
Hope everything goes well for the Great Migration! Thanks for all your work, y'all!

:laugh:  The Great Migration of 2020!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:07:36 AM
The temp is below freezing here again, and the snow is inside the Beltway and approaching. Doesn't look like much, we'll see.

mod: And it's started. So far very small flakes, not much accumulation yet, but there's nothing to melt it, since it's been below freezing overnight and the ground is pretty cold.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:08:59 AM
Hi Elisa!

Chuck, I was wondering about Ingy, too, that is a big move.  I meant to ask him how far they had to drive from his Mom's place to his...hope all is going well.


Yes, I'm not sure if he said.   I believe he said the new apartment is close to where they live now, but I don't know the distance of where she lives now, to where they (Ing and Mr. S) live now.


Definitely. The lockdown in Germany has gotten stricter.


Yes, I had heard about that, and I'm sure that won't help matters!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:11:03 AM
Looks like a bit over 120 miles, 200 km.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:14:41 AM
Just hoping for no ice on the power lines. It wouldn't be fun. We have a generator out in the shed, but it hasn't worked right for a long time, and Earl took care of it, I wouldn't know how to begin to use it. Like so very many things.


If it hasn't worked right, then it's time to toss it.  Trying to use something that is malfunctioning is dangerous.   Buy a new one and read the instruction booklet and learn how to use it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:16:30 AM

Oh, stay warm and rested!   I hope you're feeling better soon!

Thanks, Chuck.  You stay warm too, and enjoy watching the snow.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 08:16:34 AM
Just wanted to say HAPPY WEDNESDAY before the server switchover begins!! Good Luck Mods and Techies with the change!  ;D

Thanks for all your hard work as well!  :-*
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:18:30 AM
Take care Debbie, hope you get better soon.

Thanks, Elisa.   :)  Not feeling that sick, but my throat does hurt a little, so better off inside where it's warm.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:19:18 AM
Hej Eli! Tack!

Hey Nancy!

Hey Debbie!

Hey Chuck!

We'll soon be incommunicado!





Hey Fritz. :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-* before we depart!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 08:21:33 AM
Hi Jonn, when you get here today, I got your card, thank you so much!
You are most welcome!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:22:04 AM
Hi Elisa!

Chuck, I was wondering about Ingy, too, that is a big move.  I meant to ask him how far they had to drive from his Mom's place to his...hope all is going well.

Hi Nancy.

I think he mentioned that she would be about 5 minutes away.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:22:31 AM

I shall spend my time watching Hallmark Christmas movies!  LOL

And my game site just today released a new 8-episode mystery story, with the detective and the woman with special spiritual powers.  The detective's not around for this story, but the woman is down in New Orleans tracking down old family ghosts, so that will keep me busy during the storm.   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 08:23:11 AM
T does that and it so annoys his father who really makes food like a symphony.
Meal sharing can always be an EXPERIENCE!! haha.......I TRY not to let anyone else's eating behavior annoy me, but some just do, you know? Like I need to understand how they got that way, or something!! I'm hopeless!!  :P :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:23:29 AM
Hiya Chuck.

Hi to Debbie, Elisa, Jonn, Sara, and Neil.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:24:14 AM
Just hoping for no ice on the power lines. It wouldn't be fun. We have a generator out in the shed, but it hasn't worked right for a long time, and Earl took care of it, I wouldn't know how to begin to use it. Like so very many things.

Good luck, Fritz.

Have to say, even though it's not at all the same situation, that I understand the feeling.  With puzzle friend not around to help with so many of those technical type things, like he used to do.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:24:54 AM
Hoping that things are going well for Ingy and his mom and the move!

Yes, I hope so.  They can't stay in place if they are moving.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 08:24:58 AM

If it hasn't worked right, then it's time to toss it.  Trying to use something that is malfunctioning is dangerous.   Buy a new one and read the instruction booklet and learn how to use it.
Chuck: The voice of reason!!  ;D :D ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 08:26:17 AM
Hiya Chuck.

Hi to Debbie, Elisa, Jonn, Sara, and Neil.
Morning, Linda!! Still have snow on the ground and streets here. But some SUN today soon!!  :o
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:26:46 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy and cool here (barely above freezing). Precip should start soon and continue through the day, snow till mid-afternoon.

Hope everything goes well for the Great Migration! Thanks for all your work, y'all!



Just cold here, alternating windy and calm and cloudy and clear. Low 20's to high 30's here.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:27:38 AM
Morning, Linda!! Still have snow on the ground and streets here. But some SUN today soon!!  :o

All the snow is gone from here, but the.deep cold has stayed.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:27:42 AM
Just wanted to say HAPPY WEDNESDAY before the server switchover begins!! Good Luck Mods and Techies with the change!  ;D

Thanks for all your hard work as well!  :-*

Happy Wednesday, Jonn.  Get a walk if the sun comes out, but I forget whether that's today or tomorrow for you.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 08:28:01 AM
All caught up in here now. Will await the changeover. I'm FINALLY getting my quad crown installed today, been a MONTH since this saga began! Be glad when it's all done. No time to lollygag around just now........

Have a great day, Diners!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:28:23 AM
Hi, Linda!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:29:02 AM
Just hoping for no ice on the power lines. It wouldn't be fun. We have a generator out in the shed, but it hasn't worked right for a long time, and Earl took care of it, I wouldn't know how to begin to use it. Like so very many things.



I hope you avoid the ice as well, Fritz. Do you have an alternative if the electricity goes out?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:33:21 AM
Just wanted to say HAPPY WEDNESDAY before the server switchover begins!! Good Luck Mods and Techies with the change!  ;D

Thanks for all your hard work as well!  :-*


Hello Jonn!  Good to see you   Hope all is well!
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 08:34:25 AM
Hi Jonn, good luck at the dentist.

Hi Linda, hoping your Christmas vacation from school starts soon!
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:35:32 AM
Hi, Linda!

Hi again Debbie.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:38:01 AM
Hey Fritz. :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-* before we depart!

Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow

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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:39:51 AM
And my game site just today released a new 8-episode mystery story, with the detective and the woman with special spiritual powers.  The detective's not around for this story, but the woman is down in New Orleans tracking down old family ghosts, so that will keep me busy during the storm.   :)

Aha!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:40:03 AM
Hiya Chuck.

Hi to Debbie, Elisa, Jonn, Sara, and Neil.


Hello Auntie!   How are you?
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 16, 2020, 08:42:00 AM
Hello Elisa!  Good to see you!
You too!😊
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:42:29 AM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow



I have your phone number and know where you live!!!! ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:43:11 AM
I hope you avoid the ice as well, Fritz. Do you have an alternative if the electricity goes out?

As an alternate source of power? Not really. As I said, the old generator is out in the shed, and even if it did work, I wouldn't know how Earl connected it with the power inside. I knew he used it mainly for the furnace in winter (which even though it's gas requires electricity to function) and for the freezers in summer.

They're not talking about much ice accumulation if at all. So far it's just light snow.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:44:41 AM
Oh MY!! I have a relative who doesn't like different foods touching on a plate! This is no joke! Doesn't like foods that have several ingredients in them, like veggie soup, or anything mixed-up!! I've never met anyone like that before...lol. Anyway, he should invest in some of those cafeteria-style divider trays!!  :P :laugh:

My Dad didn't like his food touching either.

My Michael was a little but like that, though not so extreme! He preferred them not to get mixed up, and always ate each component separately, which annoyed me a little when Iíd planned them to go well together!

T does that and it so annoys his father who really makes food like a symphony.

Meal sharing can always be an EXPERIENCE!! haha.......I TRY not to let anyone else's eating behavior annoy me, but some just do, you know? Like I need to understand how they got that way, or something!! I'm hopeless!!  :P :laugh:


I'm reminded of some meals with my dad when I was a kid.

Mom would make, say, some steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn.   We would keep them separate, and dad, who served in the Marines, would mix it all together into one massive pile and eat it.

My brothers and I would all go 'Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwh!" and dad would say that's how they ate their food when they were in the Marines, everyone ate their food that way.
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 08:48:07 AM
Hi Jonn, good luck at the dentist.

Hi Linda, hoping your Christmas vacation from school starts soon!

Friday is the last day of school!!! HALLELUIA!!!  Amy's parents are taking the girls from Sunday to Wednesday. DOUBLE HALLELUIA !!!!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:52:03 AM
If absolute worst came to worst, I could go out in the car and turn up the heater. Got a full tank of gas.

But I'd retreat to bed with lots of blankets before doing that.

Weather Underground is now saying 1-3".

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 08:56:20 AM
All caught up in here now. Will await the changeover. I'm FINALLY getting my quad crown installed today, been a MONTH since this saga began! Be glad when it's all done. No time to lollygag around just now........

Have a great day, Diners!  ;D


Good luck at the dentist!   I hope it goes smoothly!
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:08:52 AM

Hello Auntie!   How are you?

I'm doing ok. Didn't sleep well last night. Just a little nervous. I have a slight upset tummy. UGH!
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:09:39 AM
As an alternate source of power? Not really. As I said, the old generator is out in the shed, and even if it did work, I wouldn't know how Earl connected it with the power inside. I knew he used it mainly for the furnace in winter (which even though it's gas requires electricity to function) and for the freezers in summer.

They're not talking about much ice accumulation if at all. So far it's just light snow.



Keeping my fingers crossed!!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 09:10:06 AM
Somebody gave Louise a fruit basket, and they didn't want the pears, so I went over and got them. They need to ripen a little still.

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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:12:21 AM

I'm reminded of some meals with my dad when I was a kid.

Mom would make, say, some steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn.   We would keep them separate, and dad, who served in the Marines, would mix it all together into one massive pile and eat it.

My brothers and I would all go 'Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwh!" and dad would say that's how they ate their food when they were in the Marines, everyone ate their food that way.

Josh pretty much said the same thing about how they ate in the Coast Guard boot camp. They only had 15 minutes to eat and if you didn't mix it all together, you wouldn't be able to finish it. And these were young guys who got worked really hard and got really hungry.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:13:38 AM
Somebody gave Louise a fruit basket, and they didn't want the pears, so I went over and got them. They need to ripen a little still.



Put them in a brown paper grocery bag. They'll ripen quicker.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 09:13:51 AM
I'm doing ok. Didn't sleep well last night. Just a little nervous. I have a slight upset tummy. UGH!


Sorry to hear that!  Do you have some ginger ale to drink?
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 09:14:34 AM
Friday is the last day of school!!! HALLELUIA!!!  Amy's parents are taking the girls from Sunday to Wednesday. DOUBLE HALLELUIA !!!!

Great!  But I worry about the little one getting naps with those people :( ...are they any better about letting her sleep?
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 09:17:18 AM
Josh pretty much said the same thing about how they ate in the Coast Guard boot camp. They only had 15 minutes to eat and if you didn't mix it all together, you wouldn't be able to finish it. And these were young guys who got worked really hard and got really hungry.

15 minutes to eat?  Sounds familiar. 

When I went to Catholic school, we would get 30 minutes for lunch.  The nuns wanted us outside to burn off our energy, so they wanted us done with lunch in 10 - 15 minutes.

This habit remains with me today.  It's a struggle for me to eat slowly, though I do try to.   Eating lunch as quickly as I could from ages 6 - 14 or so turned me into a fast eater.

Those who were slow eaters and remained in the cafeteria would have the nuns walking around them and hanging over them, urging them to hurry up.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 09:17:54 AM
Friday is the last day of school!!! HALLELUIA!!!  Amy's parents are taking the girls from Sunday to Wednesday. DOUBLE HALLELUIA !!!!


Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 09:25:25 AM
Good morning and good bye to the old server! :) Thanks Linda, Chuck, and Neil for all your hard work to get this straightened out.

Good luck with the crown, Jonn.

Stay cozy and feel better, Debbie.
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 09:27:59 AM
Congratulations, Linda, on finishing up the school for this year. :) Great that you have a nice break coming up. I hope your tummy settles down.
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:28:39 AM
Great!  But I worry about the little one getting naps with those people :( ...are they any better about letting her sleep?

 No but I can get some from Amy. She's got 7 UP which I prefer.
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:30:45 AM
Great!  But I worry about the little one getting naps with those people :( ...are they any better about letting her sleep?

No they are not any better. The girls come home exhausted, which won't bode well for Christmas day.
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 09:32:13 AM
Hoping for the best for Inggoodson's move. :)

Sara, I hope the trip went smoothly and your friend got through it all with no problems. :)

Nancy, I hope you and Emmet are doing well. :)

Take care, Tony. I'm hoping those cookies will indeed be delicious. :)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 09:32:58 AM
15 minutes to eat?  Sounds familiar. 

When I went to Catholic school, we would get 30 minutes for lunch.  The nuns wanted us outside to burn off our energy, so they wanted us done with lunch in 10 - 15 minutes.

This habit remains with me today.  It's a struggle for me to eat slowly, though I do try to.   Eating lunch as quickly as I could from ages 6 - 14 or so turned me into a fast eater.

Those who were slow eaters and remained in the cafeteria would have the nuns walking around them and hanging over them, urging them to hurry up.

I always tended to eat fast, but Earl had to eat slowly because otherwise it would upset his hiatal hernia, the one that led to his twisted stomach and his last hospitalization and operation.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 09:33:54 AM
Hey Jenny!

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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 09:34:38 AM
Chuck, I don't have the excuse of nuns hurrying me along--I just eat too fast. Fortunately it hasn't caused me any problems so far. :)
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 09:39:05 AM
Hey Fritz! :) Hoping for no power outages for you and for us. Snow or wintry mix starts around 2 or 3 here. Accumulation will depend on the temp and track.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 09:40:33 AM
Happy Beethoven's Birthday, y'all!

The day caught me unawares this year. In the past Earl would have been playing Beethoven many days prior.

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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 09:42:49 AM
Dum-dum-dum DUM!
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 09:48:50 AM
Hi Jenny!  We're doing good, thanks  :)  Emmett has so many cute habits and things he does during the day that make me laugh.  He used to go under the covers soon after breakfast, but he's started hanging out with me, napping on my laptop or next to my chair.  Then in the afternoon he goes under...after 5 years I finally realized why he always likes it to be dark...when they operated on his eyes, there is a small spot near the top that always lets in light...there's no way for him to close that spot, so he always has light in his eyes.  That's why he buries his face in my hand for naps, and goes under the covers during the day, so he can have darkness.  It must be terrible to never be able to shut the light out  :(  but he's surviving and thriving.  He goes in on Jan 9 for a wellness exam, bloodwork baseline, and then an appointment to get his teeth cleaned.  Wow, didn't mean to go on and on about it, but it's easy for me to talk about him  :)

SOunds like you're ready to ride out the storm, hope no one has any power outages.
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 09:54:51 AM
I put a soft mat on top of the laptop, which gets warm, so he likes it up there.

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/35/04/40/35044089ddcd6daa39b2307afb472ee3.jpg)
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 10:16:08 AM
He's so cute! :) I remember the teeth cleaning; the office wasn't nearby and they did the cleaning under anesthesia, of course. My cats threw up in their carriers afterward, so it was a miserable drive home. :(
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 10:22:46 AM
Storm looks like it will be mostly snow until later in the evening and then give us rain and wind before changing back to snow and ending about 8 a.m. Thursday. If they're right we may get around 9 inches, but it could be less.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 10:27:17 AM
The snow is falling lightly here, the ground and street are covered with a small amount, maybe a quarter-inch at most so far. If it does change to rain (and gets warmer, as forecast), it should melt.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 10:52:01 AM
Josh pretty much said the same thing about how they ate in the Coast Guard boot camp. They only had 15 minutes to eat and if you didn't mix it all together, you wouldn't be able to finish it. And these were young guys who got worked really hard and got really hungry.

I get that our soldiers need to be fast and ready for anything at any time, but I'd like to think that with all their sacrificing, they would at least be allowed to eat leisurely pace.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 10:52:58 AM
No but I can get some from Amy. She's got 7 UP which I prefer.

Ok, I hope it helps settle your stomach.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 10:53:37 AM
No they are not any better. The girls come home exhausted, which won't bode well for Christmas day.

Maybe it will tire them out and they'll sleep well Christmas eve.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 10:55:12 AM
Chuck, I don't have the excuse of nuns hurrying me along--I just eat too fast. Fortunately it hasn't caused me any problems so far. :)


It's not easy to  relearn to eat slowly.  I'm still trying to, all these years later.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 10:58:07 AM
Hi Jenny!  We're doing good, thanks  :)  Emmett has so many cute habits and things he does during the day that make me laugh.  He used to go under the covers soon after breakfast, but he's started hanging out with me, napping on my laptop or next to my chair.  Then in the afternoon he goes under...after 5 years I finally realized why he always likes it to be dark...when they operated on his eyes, there is a small spot near the top that always lets in light...there's no way for him to close that spot, so he always has light in his eyes.  That's why he buries his face in my hand for naps, and goes under the covers during the day, so he can have darkness.  It must be terrible to never be able to shut the light out  :(  but he's surviving and thriving.  He goes in on Jan 9 for a wellness exam, bloodwork baseline, and then an appointment to get his teeth cleaned.  Wow, didn't mean to go on and on about it, but it's easy for me to talk about him  :)


Sounds like Emmett is doing well.  The fact that he can't totally shut out the light explains a lot of his behaviors, huh?
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 10:59:33 AM
Storm looks like it will be mostly snow until later in the evening and then give us rain and wind before changing back to snow and ending about 8 a.m. Thursday. If they're right we may get around 9 inches, but it could be less.


I'm about to run out to the post office, then when I get back, pull out my shovel, hat, and gloves.  I'm going to need them.
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 11:04:36 AM
Maybe it will tire them out and they'll sleep well Christmas eve.

How long has it been since you were a little kid? They DO NOT sleep late on Christmas morning!!!!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 11:05:50 AM
I get that our soldiers need to be fast and ready for anything at any time, but I'd like to think that with all their sacrificing, they would at least be allowed to eat leisurely pace.

Nope, not in boot camp. Everything is made harder !!
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 11:09:36 AM

Sounds like Emmett is doing well.  The fact that he can't totally shut out the light explains a lot of his behaviors, huh?

yeah, it does, I just realized he had that opening about 6 months ago.  I think Linda once suggested that he liked going under the covers to be in darkness, and she's right.

eta: I always knew the opening was there, I just never connected the dots to it letting light into his eyes
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 11:11:01 AM
No they are not any better. The girls come home exhausted, which won't bode well for Christmas day.

this makes me so sad.  what don't those people get, about young children needing sleep!?!?!  >:(
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Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 11:13:16 AM
Hiya Chuck.

Hi to Debbie, Elisa, Jonn, Sara, and Neil.

Hi Linda! Iím going ouy to friend Margaret for our weekly supper in a minute.
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Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 11:13:20 AM
I'm doing ok. Didn't sleep well last night. Just a little nervous. I have a slight upset tummy. UGH!

Hope you're feeling better soon, Linda.

I hadn't checked in here for a couple of hours because I thought the server migration might already be  underway.

My PCP doctor's office just called back.  They will fax a prescription for continuing PT, directly to the PT center, so I don't have to go over to pick that up.  But the PCP does need to see me anyway (even if I pushed the physical into February) before the end of the year for some insurance-required general physical evaluation, so now that's scheduled for next Wednesday at 11AM, followed by PT at 2 PM.  So many appointments!   ::)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 11:15:17 AM
this makes me so sad.  what don't those people get, about young children needing sleep!?!?!  >:(

Because you can't reason with them. In their minds they are experts in EVERYTHING. There is no middle ground with them. It's an impossible situation.
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Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 11:15:34 AM
Great!  But I worry about the little one getting naps with those people :( ...are they any better about letting her sleep?

I was thinking that too!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 11:16:17 AM
No they are not any better. The girls come home exhausted, which won't bode well for Christmas day.

Oh dear!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 11:16:22 AM
Hi Linda! Iím going ouy to friend Margaret for our weekly supper in a minute.

Have fun, Sara!!!
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Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 11:17:01 AM

Stay cozy and feel better, Debbie.

Thanks, Jenny.  Stay warm, too.

The snow hasn't started here as early as they were saying it might, so there's no telling yet what conditions will be like tomorrow, but I'll be inside in any case.
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Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 11:17:20 AM
Hoping for the best for Inggoodson's move. :)

Sara, I hope the trip went smoothly and your friend got through it all with no problems. :)

Nancy, I hope you and Emmet are doing well. :)

Take care, Tony. I'm hoping those cookies will indeed be delicious. :)

Yes, it was fine thanks, very well organised and she said it didnít hurt!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 11:20:57 AM
CONGRATS BBM-99XM,
LINDALITA MUY BONITA!!!!


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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 11:21:11 AM
Hey Sara!

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Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 11:25:48 AM
Congratulations, Linda!

99,000 Posts!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 11:28:27 AM
At 2:30 we've got our weekly rosary call from people at church. None next week, and I won't be around the week after that, so this should be the last one this year.

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Post by: brian on December 16, 2020, 11:44:45 AM
It is cold and showery here today. Forecast 14'C after 22'C yesterday. I have the heat pump on.
I have organised for 12 for our monthly coffee group. It is a week late as I was away last week. We are going to a cafe in some gardens instead of one of the cafes in the city which is usual for us. Unfortunately not good weather for visiting gardens.
 
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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 12:00:09 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8e/67/3d/8e673d2ed0c625f3f0b2162ee20903e5.jpg)
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Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 12:06:05 PM
Thanks Fritz and Debbie!!  This one snuck up on me!!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 12:09:59 PM
Sara, I'm following perfectenglishstuff on Instagram, the one you posted about.  She had this oil painting up today and I'm in love with it!  But the price + shipping to the US is too much, I can't rationalize it - and I'm pretty good at rationalizing antiques to buy!  I really love it...

Stoke Poges church
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ce/ee/5f/ceee5f878111230c9a2f79991710c004.jpg)
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Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 01:41:13 PM
That's very fine, Nancy. :)

I'm surprised we're still up. I have to go back to cookie baking soon, but I thought I'd mention that our snow started around 2:30 and is coming down steadily. It's 29 F. The storm seems like it won't last as long as they initially said before turning to rain and won't switch back until later than they said, so I don't think we'll be getting as much as originally expected. :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 01:48:05 PM
baking cookies seems like the perfect thing to do on a snowy day.  I guess it's good that you won't be getting as much accumulation as they predicted
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 01:53:19 PM
Our snow has turned to falling sleet right now and it's above freezing, or it's supposed to be. Probably less than an inch has fallen, the street seems to be easily passable judging by the car tracks. I hope it will be melted mostly by tomorrow.

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Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 01:56:07 PM
good that cars are able to get around...hopefully it won't freeze overnight.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 16, 2020, 02:20:24 PM
Sara, I'm following perfectenglishstuff on Instagram, the one you posted about.  She had this oil painting up today and I'm in love with it!  But the price + shipping to the US is too much, I can't rationalize it - and I'm pretty good at rationalizing antiques to buy!  I really love it...

Stoke Poges church
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ce/ee/5f/ceee5f878111230c9a2f79991710c004.jpg)

I hadnít seen this. It is rather special, isnít it? (Thatís the churchyard where Grayís Elegy was written.) itís a shame the postage would be so high.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 02:34:15 PM
I hadnít seen this. It is rather special, isnít it? (Thatís the churchyard where Grayís Elegy was written.) itís a shame the postage would be so high.

I'm reconsidering  ::)  told you I was good at rationalization...the total with shipping is about £110, I'd really love to have it...I love the tombstone in the front and the ivy growing on the church and the dark sky...
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 02:35:12 PM
Snow started here about an hour ago.

;D

We'll see how much we get.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 02:36:03 PM
How long has it been since you were a little kid? They DO NOT sleep late on Christmas morning!!!!!


LOL  Yeah, very true.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 02:40:55 PM
Looks like the snow is mostly over for us, it will continue raining, maybe a splash of snow between midnight and 4 with all precip ending by then. It will revert to below freezing before getting warmer tomorrow, sunny and high in the upper 30's. Hope the sun will cause a lot of drying before refreezing tomorrow night. I took the precaution of lifting my wipers off the windshield when I put out the last of the trash on Monday night, and I won't need to use the car, so I hope it will all be gone the next time I'll need to use it on Saturday evening to go to church.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 02:43:05 PM
It's cool in the house, but this time rather than raising the thermostat a couple of degrees, I put on another layer, a scarf and the stocking cap over my ears. It's not that it's so cold in the living room here as much as that with minimal moving about it just feels so much colder.

When I go away for a week I'll put the thermostat down to about 60, then when I get home enjoy a blast of warm air.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 02:51:57 PM
My PCP doctor's office just called back.  They will fax a prescription for continuing PT, directly to the PT center, so I don't have to go over to pick that up.  But the PCP does need to see me anyway (even if I pushed the physical into February) before the end of the year for some insurance-required general physical evaluation, so now that's scheduled for next Wednesday at 11AM, followed by PT at 2 PM.  So many appointments!   ::)


Put that daily planner to use!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 02:56:30 PM
Sara, I'm following perfectenglishstuff on Instagram, the one you posted about.  She had this oil painting up today and I'm in love with it!  But the price + shipping to the US is too much, I can't rationalize it - and I'm pretty good at rationalizing antiques to buy!  I really love it...

Stoke Poges church
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ce/ee/5f/ceee5f878111230c9a2f79991710c004.jpg)


Oh, that is very English
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 02:59:54 PM
Ok, I spent part of the afternoon doing work related things.

;D

It's so much easier to get things done for the job if people think you're away, and they don't bother you.  :laugh:

I just spent a few brief hours doing prep work for the Monster Report.  Given that we'll lose days for Christmas and New Year's, I wanted to get as much prep work done before hand, so that Sacha and I can just jump right into it when it arrives.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 16, 2020, 03:06:09 PM
Ok, I spent part of the afternoon doing work related things.

;D

It's so much easier to get things done for the job if people think you're away, and they don't bother you. :laugh:

I just spent a few brief hours doing prep work for the Monster Report.  Given that we'll lose days for Christmas and New Year's, I wanted to get as much prep work done before hand, so that Sacha and I can just jump right into it when it arrives.

you got that right!  Sometimes it is easier to work when you're off, i.e. vacation days or weekends...you can get double the work done in half the time.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 03:58:07 PM
I'm surprised we're still up. I have to go back to cookie baking soon, but I thought I'd mention that our snow started around 2:30 and is coming down steadily. It's 29 F. The storm seems like it won't last as long as they initially said before turning to rain and won't switch back until later than they said, so I don't think we'll be getting as much as originally expected. :)

And now it's almost 6:00, and I'm even more surprised that we're still up.  I finally got back to sleep for a nap, and am feeling a little better, for now anyway. 

It was white out here at the time you mention, Jenny (2:30 this afternoon); cars and driveway and grass already seeing a dusting.  It doesn't seem to be accumulating too fast even by now, so maybe it won't get too deep.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 04:01:04 PM

Put that daily planner to use!

Oh, you bet, Chuck!  Glad I have one.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 04:25:49 PM
you got that right!  Sometimes it is easier to work when you're off, i.e. vacation days or weekends...you can get double the work done in half the time.


very true!  After my last bunch of posts, I went back to the laptop, took one of my required tests, and composed an email to send to all of my clients, reminding them about our holiday hours for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 04:27:17 PM
And now it's almost 6:00, and I'm even more surprised that we're still up.  I finally got back to sleep for a nap, and am feeling a little better, for now anyway. 

I'm not sure when the forum will go down.  Perhaps overnight, or maybe tomorrow.  I'm sure it will happen at one point soon.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 04:37:45 PM
It will come suddenly, like a thief in the night.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 04:41:54 PM
OMG!  You all have to check out this video!  I cried with laughter!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdNoTdr2Pfk
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 04:43:10 PM
Apt!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 04:52:07 PM
very much so!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 05:12:03 PM
It's not snowing too much now, but the 7PM local news (expanded to an hour tonight) says it's changing over to SLEEET at the moment, which will be worse for conditions. 

I heard a plow go down my street a few minutes ago, but I hope my  driveway doesn't get plowed in, as sometimes happens.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 05:15:11 PM
plows have been running pretty frequently here.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 05:15:38 PM
The poor restaurants!   :(

Because of COVID, the diners have been eating outside lately, with heaters, but the news is talking about how that's impossible in this snowy weather.  A lot of customers are getting restaurant delivery, however.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 05:16:07 PM
plows have been running pretty frequently here.

That's good.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 05:21:15 PM
The poor restaurants!   :(

Because of COVID, the diners have been eating outside lately, with heaters, but the news is talking about how that's impossible in this snowy weather.  A lot of customers are getting restaurant delivery, however.


Yeah, I hope that people order from restaurants during the winter.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 05:32:47 PM
Our street is too unfrequented to get much plowing. I expect it's pretty slippery out there now, but I won't be going out to check. If the paper isn't delivered tomorrow morning, that will be a sign.

When sending a Target gift card to the deliverer, I included a note that I'd be having to stop the paper on occasion, since Earl wouldn't be around to collect it when I'm not at home. I'll stop delivery from Christmas Eve till after New Year's Day.

We had never needed to do that before, since when he was gone to WV for weeks at a time back in the 90's and 00's, I would be around, at work.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 16, 2020, 06:11:36 PM
Somebody gave Louise a fruit basket, and they didn't want the pears, so I went over and got them. They need to ripen a little still.
More CAFE food!! lol......be careful with those pears, they can keep you running to and fro..........so I hear!!  :P :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 16, 2020, 06:25:23 PM
It seems to have stopped here for now, but visibility isn't good because of the wind and the roads are slippery. They're advising people to stay put. :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 06:26:26 PM
The snow is no longer on the sidewalk and walkway here, but it's still wet, and may be icy. I'm not about to go outside to find out.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 16, 2020, 06:36:22 PM
We had our monthly coffee meet up and I was surprised a few told me they were coming who are not usually into coffee dates. They said it was because a last chance to meet before Christmas. Then they presented me with a gift for organising the trip to Stewart Island. It was a box set of two glasses each engraved           
                       Brian
                 Stewart Island
                        2020

Then a Kaka Parrot underneath.
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kaka/

We had a Kaka visiting us where we stayed.


Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 07:39:17 PM
Our street is too unfrequented to get much plowing. I expect it's pretty slippery out there now, but I won't be going out to check. If the paper isn't delivered tomorrow morning, that will be a sign.

When sending a Target gift card to the deliverer, I included a note that I'd be having to stop the paper on occasion, since Earl wouldn't be around to collect it when I'm not at home. I'll stop delivery from Christmas Eve till after New Year's Day.

We had never needed to do that before, since when he was gone to WV for weeks at a time back in the 90's and 00's, I would be around, at work.

Makes sense, Fritz.  I had to keep stopping my paper frequently when I was staying with my mother out in Colorado.  Even though I had someone opening my mail and keeping the bills paid, I didn't want the newspapers piling up for them to have to deal with daily.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 07:40:59 PM
It seems to have stopped here for now, but visibility isn't good because of the wind and the roads are slippery. They're advising people to stay put. :)

Hi, Jenny.  Yes, I've heard we should stay put until morning, and not even try to go out and shovel.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 07:43:40 PM
We had our monthly coffee meet up and I was surprised a few told me they were coming who are not usually into coffee dates. They said it was because a last chance to meet before Christmas. Then they presented me with a gift for organising the trip to Stewart Island. It was a box set of two glasses each engraved           
                       Brian
                 Stewart Island
                        2020

Then a Kaka Parrot underneath.
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kaka/

We had a Kaka visiting us where we stayed.

Nice gift, Brian, that set of glasses.

And the Kaka Parrot looks like a nice bird.   :)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 07:49:14 PM
Still feeling sick, but not so much a sore throat now.  I just keep getting headaches that won't stay gone.  Had some Campbell's Chunky soup (Sirloin Burger variety) and a  bottle of cranberry juice for dinner, and more headache medicine. 

So will probably go to bed for the night soon.  No reason to get up at any particular time tomorrow, probably won't be a Diner by the morning, and no other appointments for me.

See you all sometime soon, on the new server.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 16, 2020, 08:21:27 PM
We had our monthly coffee meet up and I was surprised a few told me they were coming who are not usually into coffee dates. They said it was because a last chance to meet before Christmas. Then they presented me with a gift for organising the trip to Stewart Island. It was a box set of two glasses each engraved           
                       Brian
                 Stewart Island
                        2020

Then a Kaka Parrot underneath.
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kaka/

We had a Kaka visiting us where we stayed.

Good to see your efforts are so much appreciated, Brian.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 16, 2020, 08:23:15 PM
Still feeling sick, but not so much a sore throat now.  I just keep getting headaches that won't stay gone.  Had some Campbell's Chunky soup (Sirloin Burger variety) and a  bottle of cranberry juice for dinner, and more headache medicine. 

So will probably go to bed for the night soon.  No reason to get up at any particular time tomorrow, probably won't be a Diner by the morning, and no other appointments for me.

See you all sometime soon, on the new server.

I hope you will feel better in the morning, Debbie
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 16, 2020, 08:30:23 PM
It is Phong's day off today. We had a bit of shopping to do at the hardware place. He was thinking of going for falafel for lunch but at the mall we found an Italian restaurant open. The special was panfried snapper fillet with some salad greens and fregola. He didn'tlike the latter and gave me the last few forkfuls.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 08:31:00 PM
G'nite Debbie! Gute Besserung!

Hey Tony!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 16, 2020, 08:33:01 PM
I hope you will feel better in the morning, Debbie

Hi and thanks, Tony.

Thanks, Fritz.

Nighty.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 16, 2020, 09:08:39 PM
It is Phong's day off today. We had a bit of shopping to do at the hardware place. He was thinking of going for falafel for lunch but at the mall we found an Italian restaurant open. The special was panfried snapper fillet with some salad greens and fregola. He didn'tlike the latter and gave me the last few forkfuls.

Hello Tony.  Glad that you and Phong got to spend some time together, and that Phong had a day off, and didn't need to worry about work.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:51:15 PM
Hi Tony. I'm glad you and Phong had time together today! I had to look up what Fregola is.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 09:57:04 PM
Jonathan came in a bit ago and showed me a picture he took. They were sitting in the living room and heard a big thwonk sound against their picture window in the dining room . He went outside and took this picture.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728821547_11ef42e840_b.jpg)

It is a saw-whet owl, about 7 inches tall, and is full grown. It was stunned and sat there for about 10 minutes and then flew off. It is the same type of owl that was found in the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. They are found in New Mexico.

We have the neatest wildlife around here!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 16, 2020, 10:01:40 PM
Awww! Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

And g'nite y'all!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 16, 2020, 10:03:05 PM
Hi Tony. I'm glad you and Phong had time together today! I had to look up what Fregola is.

His Linda

I had to look it up too.

You are on your Xmas break from school now, yes ? I hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 16, 2020, 10:06:26 PM
Jonathan came in a bit ago and showed me a picture he took. They were sitting in the living room and heard a big thwonk sound against their picture window in the dining room . He went outside and took this picture.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728821547_11ef42e840_b.jpg)

It is a saw-whet owl, about 7 inches tall, and is full grown. It was stunned and sat there for about 10 minutes and then flew off. It is the same type of owl that was found in the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. They are found in New Mexico.
 
We have the neatest wildlife around here!

Wow. m glad the owl recovered..

Every now and then a bird crashes into our living room window. They generally seem to just bounce off.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 16, 2020, 10:08:54 PM
Hello Tony.  Glad that you and Phong got to spend some time together, and that Phong had a day off, and didn't need to worry about work.

Hello Chuck

Are you relaxing on your staycation yet ?

Phong's current roster has his days off on Monday and Thursday this week and next week which suits us for the time being. I don't know whether it will change again.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 10:13:47 PM
Awww! Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

And g'nite y'all!



Hey Fritz! Yes he is a little cutie. Goodnight as well!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 10:15:48 PM
Wow. m glad the owl recovered..

Every now and then a bird crate into our living room window. They generally seem to just bounce off.



I am glad as well, Tony. Birds are forever crashing into this window. It's about half and half survival rate. I'm so glad this little guy didn't get hurt!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 16, 2020, 10:19:09 PM
His Linda

I had to look it up too.

You are on your Xmas break from school now, yes ? I hope you enjoy it.

Nope. not yet on the Christmas break. Two more days and then 2 Ĺ weeks off. The girls other grandparents are taking them Sunday - Wednesday so I have a free week. Not sure about the following week. I may have to watch them, just won't have to oversee the schooling.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 03:49:26 AM
Jonathan came in a bit ago and showed me a picture he took. They were sitting in the living room and heard a big thwonk sound against their picture window in the dining room . He went outside and took this picture.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728821547_11ef42e840_b.jpg)

It is a saw-whet owl, about 7 inches tall, and is full grown. It was stunned and sat there for about 10 minutes and then flew off. It is the same type of owl that was found in the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. They are found in New Mexico.

We have the neatest wildlife around here!

What a sweet and beautiful owl!  And tiny!  I love this picture, Linda!   :D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 03:58:55 AM
So, I see the Diner is still open, I'd expected the migration might be underway but whenever it happens, is fine.  Good morning to anyone who might stop by before that.

I'm just up briefly but heading back to bed soon.  At least my headache has cleared up, after yet more medicine. 

Turned the local TV news on to check the weather conditions, and we'll be getting a little more precip before it's over, around 10AM.  Last night, I could hear a lot of sleet pounding down, so I'm sure all the snow has a frozen cover and there won't be any point in trying to shovel it until it starts melting.  And it's supposed to be below freezing all day.  Oh, well, they said we should be up in the 50's by the middle of next week.  I'll get out someday.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 17, 2020, 04:22:41 AM
So, I see the Diner is still open, I'd expected the migration might be underway but whenever it happens, is fine.  Good morning to anyone who might stop by before that.

I'm just up briefly but heading back to bed soon.  At least my headache has cleared up, after yet more medicine. 

Turned the local TV news on to check the weather conditions, and we'll be getting a little more precip before it's over, around 10AM.  Last night, I could hear a lot of sleet pounding down, so I'm sure all the snow has a frozen cover and there won't be any point in trying to shovel it until it starts melting.  And it's supposed to be below freezing all day.  Oh, well, they said we should be up in the 50's by the middle of next week.  I'll get out someday.
"Sleet", a new word for me but certainly not a new experience... Hope you'll get out soon, Debbie.
Just have to mention I had a visit by the nicest American just now - or, he was doing a service - window cleaning - but for twenty minutes we were just chatting like old friends.  I have met some Americans IRL during the years and I have to say that is your nicest nationality trait - the chattiness! Much needed now when I just see my co-workers once a week or less, working on distance.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:41:05 AM
Good morning Diners!

So, it looks like we're on our new server with our new hosting company.

:)

If you notice any issues, please let myself or KillersMom know!


Let's celebrate with a fancy breakfast!




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728737333_aca6fd4cf0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Nax on December 17, 2020, 04:41:44 AM
Well Debbie, the migration happened while you slept and this we are now on the new server - painless I hope.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:42:05 AM
Jonathan came in a bit ago and showed me a picture he took. They were sitting in the living room and heard a big thwonk sound against their picture window in the dining room . He went outside and took this picture.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728821547_11ef42e840_b.jpg)

It is a saw-whet owl, about 7 inches tall, and is full grown. It was stunned and sat there for about 10 minutes and then flew off. It is the same type of owl that was found in the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. They are found in New Mexico.

We have the neatest wildlife around here!


awww, poor little guy!   I'm glad he was ok and able to fly off.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 17, 2020, 04:44:31 AM
Jonathan came in a bit ago and showed me a picture he took. They were sitting in the living room and heard a big thwonk sound against their picture window in the dining room . He went outside and took this picture.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728821547_11ef42e840_b.jpg)

It is a saw-whet owl, about 7 inches tall, and is full grown. It was stunned and sat there for about 10 minutes and then flew off. It is the same type of owl that was found in the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. They are found in New Mexico.

We have the neatest wildlife around here!
I love owls. They're beautiful. When I had the woods behind my house up north there used to be a tawny owl sounding very eerie in January.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:45:20 AM
Hello Chuck

Are you relaxing on your staycation yet ?

Phong's current roster has his days off on Monday and Thursday this week and next week which suits us for the time being. I don't know whether it will change again.


Hello Tony!  Yes, I've been enjoying my time off, and relaxing.  Except for this morning.   :laugh:  My brain snapped awake at 4:30am or so this morning, and I couldn't fall back asleep.  I hate when that happens.

I have an appointment today at 11:00, so there's no point in going back to bed, I'll have to go out in a little bit and clean off and warm up the car, and then shower and shave.   I'll also leave for the appointment earlier than needed, traffic may be moving slower due to the snow, but the roads do seem to be pretty clear.

when I get home, I can have a light lunch and then take a nap.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:46:54 AM
So, I see the Diner is still open, I'd expected the migration might be underway but whenever it happens, is fine.  Good morning to anyone who might stop by before that.

I'm just up briefly but heading back to bed soon.  At least my headache has cleared up, after yet more medicine. 

Turned the local TV news on to check the weather conditions, and we'll be getting a little more precip before it's over, around 10AM.  Last night, I could hear a lot of sleet pounding down, so I'm sure all the snow has a frozen cover and there won't be any point in trying to shovel it until it starts melting.  And it's supposed to be below freezing all day.  Oh, well, they said we should be up in the 50's by the middle of next week.  I'll get out someday.

Well Debbie, the migration happened while you slept and this we are now on the new server - painless I hope.


Thanks for confirming, Nax!!!!   Thanks also, for all your help with this!   

Debs, I hope you're back to 100% soon!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:49:20 AM
"Sleet", a new word for me but certainly not a new experience... Hope you'll get out soon, Debbie.
Just have to mention I had a visit by the nicest American just now - or, he was doing a service - window cleaning - but for twenty minutes we were just chatting like old friends.  I have met some Americans IRL during the years and I have to say that is your nicest nationality trait - the chattiness! Much needed now when I just see my co-workers once a week or less, working on distance.


Hello and good morning Elisa!

Nice to hear about your experience with the window washer.  I always wonder how other cultures view we Americans, as we do have a reputation, and unfortunately, with Trump as our president, that reputation has not improved.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:58:02 AM
Well, I just looked out the window, and it's still snowing out here, at a pretty good clip, so I'm not sure if I will be making the appointment.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 17, 2020, 05:21:33 AM

Hello and good morning Elisa!

Nice to hear about your experience with the window washer.  I always wonder how other cultures view we Americans, as we do have a reputation, and unfortunately, with Trump as our president, that reputation has not improved.
I can only speak for myself but I've never seen the Forgotten One as representative for the people of US. At all.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:22:31 AM
"Sleet", a new word for me but certainly not a new experience... Hope you'll get out soon, Debbie.
Just have to mention I had a visit by the nicest American just now - or, he was doing a service - window cleaning - but for twenty minutes we were just chatting like old friends.  I have met some Americans IRL during the years and I have to say that is your nicest nationality trait - the chattiness! Much needed now when I just see my co-workers once a week or less, working on distance.

Hi, Elisa.  Thanks for that compliment, on behalf of my fellow Americans.  You'll find some grumps among us who don't have much to say, but in general a lot of the people I meet here seem pretty easy to talk to.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 05:23:27 AM
I can only speak for myself but I've never seen the Forgotten One as representative for the people of US. At all.

Good to know, Elisa!  Thanks so much!!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:23:43 AM
Good morning Diners!

So, it looks like we're on our new server with our new hosting company.

:)

If you notice any issues, please let myself or KillersMom know!


Let's celebrate with a fancy breakfast!




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728737333_aca6fd4cf0_b.jpg)

Good morning, Chuck.  That must have gone smoothly, if we're on the new server so quickly.

Thanks for breakfast, much needed and much appreciated.   ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:26:13 AM
Well Debbie, the migration happened while you slept and this we are now on the new server - painless I hope.

Thanks, Neil.  Painless so far, looks like a very good job.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:34:55 AM

Thanks for confirming, Nax!!!!   Thanks also, for all your help with this!   

Debs, I hope you're back to 100% soon!

Thanks, Chuck.  I stayed up for breakfast and am just finishing my juice, and also took my regular morning meds.  I'll still be going back to bed in a little while.

I hope you get a nap after your appointment.  And be careful driving, before that.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:36:48 AM
Well, I just looked out the window, and it's still snowing out here, at a pretty good clip, so I'm not sure if I will be making the appointment.

Be careful, Chuck.  If it's possible to postpone or reschedule that appointment, I hope you'll consider that.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 05:37:19 AM
Well, we'll see if the appointment happens.  They do have a weather hotline, so I will call to make sure it's still on.

The snow has slowed down quiet a bit, but it's still falling.  We'll see.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Nax on December 17, 2020, 06:10:09 AM
It may take up to 24 hours more for some people DNS servers to update. These servers tell yous browser where to point/ locate the domain / website you want to access.  Otherwise weíre here Yay! ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 06:23:04 AM
:)

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Neil, give yourself a martini!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 17, 2020, 06:30:25 AM
Morning, Chuck!  Is your news showing how bad the storm is?  How many inches?  It's good they got the plows out early and often last night.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Nax on December 17, 2020, 06:46:30 AM
:)

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Neil, give yourself a martini!!

I'm mainlining!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 17, 2020, 07:00:08 AM
great job behind the scenes, seamless  :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 07:13:07 AM
Morning, Chuck!  Is your news showing how bad the storm is?  How many inches?  It's good they got the plows out early and often last night.


Hello Nancy! 

I'm wiling to bet that we got about 6 inches out there now.  It's still falling, but much slower and should be stopping by noon.

I was able to clean the car pretty easily, and dig out around it, so I should have no problem getting to my appointment.  Plows and salters are still out and about, but the streets are really clear on the main roads and highways, and my appointment is all main roads to get there.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 07:13:36 AM
I'm mainlining!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Nax on December 17, 2020, 07:42:05 AM
Thanks Nancy - it's teamwork.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:13:27 AM
I am glad as well, Tony. Birds are forever crashing into this window. It's about half and half survival rate. I'm so glad this little guy didn't get hurt!

Yes, we have birds crashing into our windows too, I can hear the thud. I usually go out and check to see if they're OK, if possible. So far I've only found one dead bird in the yard over the past few months, a mourning dove. But I expect there are more that I'm not aware of, and they get consumed quickly.

Hey y'all, sunny and clear but cold here, it won't get much above freezing today. The sidewalk was OK and not slippery when I went out to get the paper, the car has a lot of ice on the windshield and windows, but the sun should melt it later on today, since the car heats up more than the outside air.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:14:06 AM
Hey Neil! I take it that the transition has taken place? Just catching up.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:15:52 AM
Good morning Diners!

So, it looks like we're on our new server with our new hosting company.

:)

If you notice any issues, please let myself or KillersMom know!


Let's celebrate with a fancy breakfast!




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728737333_aca6fd4cf0_b.jpg)

Yay!

Hey Chuck!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:16:30 AM
Well Debbie, the migration happened while you slept and this we are now on the new server - painless I hope.

Yay!!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:19:42 AM
Hey Nancy!

So far so good, Neil!

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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 08:22:51 AM
Good morning, Fritz.  Good that you will have some sun to help melt the car windows.  Mine are still covered, but I'll leave that way for a while.

I was able to get a fairly good nap, so feeling all right for the moment, despite some cold symptoms.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:22:52 AM
It was 66 in the bedroom when I got up this morning (the thermostat downstairs always registers 70 and adjusts fairly quickly when I change it, but various rooms are different. It was nice and warm under the blankets this morning, but I wasn't too fond of having to get out from under them to do my knee and back exercises that I have to do because of the arthritis and pinch nerve. But they do warm me up fairly quickly.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:23:57 AM
Hey Debbie! Hope you're feeling tip top soon.

I can hear someone outside doing something, probably scraping ice off their car, maybe shoveling, but there's not too much on our walkway.

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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 08:24:01 AM
It was 66 in the bedroom when I got up this morning (the thermostat downstairs always registers 70 and adjusts fairly quickly when I change it, but various rooms are different. It was nice and warm under the blankets this morning, but I wasn't too fond of having to get out from under them to do my knee and back exercises that I have to do because of the arthritis and pinch nerve. But they do warm me up fairly quickly.

Yes, that does seem a bit cool, even for exercises, Fritz.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 08:24:37 AM
Hey Debbie! Hope you're feeling tip top soon.


Thanks, Fritz.

At least my brain is functioning well enough to try a Crossword.  That's the featured game for today's Christmas wreath online.

They give you a break for that wreath challenge, Chuck....you don't have to solve the whole crossword, if you get stuck.  You have to solve a total of 30 Across words, but if you're stuck on one puzzle (say, you only get 16 Across words in it) you can try another puzzle and get 14 more Across words in it, to be your 30 total.  So I'll see how it goes.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:27:51 AM
I hope travel is good on Christmas Eve. I can remember one time a number of years ago when my sister was travelling with me down to SC, her son brought her to our house (she had come down from NYC and stayed at my nephew's place in Maryland) but because of slippery conditions he couldn't make it up the hill to the house. So after loading the car with my stuff, I gingerly  ;) made my way down to my nephew's car, we loaded her stuff into mine, then it was a short half block to a cleared and salted road. No problem at all after that over main roads.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 09:44:20 AM

Hello Tony!  Yes, I've been enjoying my time off, and relaxing.  Except for this morning.   :laugh:  My brain snapped awake at 4:30am or so this morning, and I couldn't fall back asleep.  I hate when that happens.

I have an appointment today at 11:00, so there's no point in going back to bed, I'll have to go out in a little bit and clean off and warm up the car, and then shower and shave.   I'll also leave for the appointment earlier than needed, traffic may be moving slower due to the snow, but the roads do seem to be pretty clear.

when I get home, I can have a light lunch and then take a nap.

I did the same thing Chuck. Woke up about 3:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. Looked at the forum and it said maintenance  mode, so I knew  I also emailed Neil. Not sure I spelled things right!! :D
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Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 09:47:27 AM

Hello and good morning Elisa!

Nice to hear about your experience with the window washer.  I always wonder how other cultures view we Americans, as we do have a reputation, and unfortunately, with Trump as our president, that reputation has not improved.

Hello Elisa!
Hopefully this will improve with our new President Biden!
It is sooooo nice to be able to say this!!!
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Post by: Sara B on December 17, 2020, 09:55:03 AM
We had our monthly coffee meet up and I was surprised a few told me they were coming who are not usually into coffee dates. They said it was because a last chance to meet before Christmas. Then they presented me with a gift for organising the trip to Stewart Island. It was a box set of two glasses each engraved           
                       Brian
                 Stewart Island
                        2020

Then a Kaka Parrot underneath.
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kaka/

We had a Kaka visiting us where we stayed.

What a nice surprise, Brian! And well deserved after all you organising.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 09:57:40 AM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

Hey Sara!

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Post by: Sara B on December 17, 2020, 09:59:09 AM
Jonathan came in a bit ago and showed me a picture he took. They were sitting in the living room and heard a big thwonk sound against their picture window in the dining room . He went outside and took this picture.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728821547_11ef42e840_b.jpg)

It is a saw-whet owl, about 7 inches tall, and is full grown. It was stunned and sat there for about 10 minutes and then flew off. It is the same type of owl that was found in the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. They are found in New Mexico.

We have the neatest wildlife around here!

Thatís adorable! We have a Little Owl, but itís not as small as that.
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 17, 2020, 10:00:16 AM
Hello Elisa!
Hopefully this will improve with our new President Biden!
It is sooooo nice to be able to say this!!!
Hi Linda! I know. I'm so happy I can watch the news without having to see certain people. A new day. :)
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 17, 2020, 10:02:49 AM
And hi Fritz, Sara, Jenny, Neil and everyone not mentioned.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 17, 2020, 10:03:08 AM
I can only speak for myself but I've never seen the Forgotten One as representative for the people of US. At all.

Absolutely not. Except for all the worrying ones who think he is the Messiah.
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Post by: Sara B on December 17, 2020, 10:04:06 AM
Good morning Diners!

So, it looks like we're on our new server with our new hosting company.

:)

If you notice any issues, please let myself or KillersMom know!


Let's celebrate with a fancy breakfast!




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728737333_aca6fd4cf0_b.jpg)

I think Iíll have this for my supper- makes me hungry!
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Post by: Sara B on December 17, 2020, 10:07:24 AM
Hello everyone. Just back from the last tai chi for the year. It was more tiring than usual but I think that was the standing around talking at the end - my back didnít like it!
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Post by: Elisiv05 on December 17, 2020, 10:07:47 AM
Absolutely not. Except for all the worrying ones who think he is the Messiah.
Actually, they think he forebodes the Messiah. He's supposed to be Curys the Great from the old testament (Isaiah 45, hence). But why do I speak of someone I have forgotten? :)
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Post by: Jenny on December 17, 2020, 10:24:29 AM
Hello all. :) We seem to have gotten 6.5-7.0 inches, most all of it snow. The driveway has gotten plowed in, as usual, but not too bad. It's colder and likely to stay that way until Sunday, when it will warm up to highs in the 40s F.  Mr. Jenny cleared our sidewalk, but I'm guessing we'll need to do some work on the driveway while it's doable if we want to get out before Sunday. Sheesh!

I will be making more cookies today--hope it's more trouble free than the last set. It ended up taking me much longer than usual: not enough unfrozen butter, so I had to wait; no dark brown sugar, so I had to mix the light brown with some molasses, which is not easy. I browned the butter as per the instructions and mixed up the dough, put the balls on the cookie sheet and had to put them in the refrigerator so they wouldn't spread too much while baking. The baking was fine, but the cookies didn't thrill me. :( I have another kind I'll be making today before making a new batch of the first kind. The joys of baking! :)

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Post by: Sara B on December 17, 2020, 10:32:10 AM
Actually, they think he forebodes the Messiah. He's supposed to be Curys the Great from the old testament (Isaiah 45, hence). But why do I speak of someone I have forgotten? :)

Quite right - me too.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 10:40:26 AM
Hej Eli!

Hey Jenny!

Just got a call from a neighbor wanting to park her car in front of mine so it could get more sun. No problem at all!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 17, 2020, 10:44:16 AM
Isaiah, hmm? "You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, 'No one sees me.'...you said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one besides me.' But evil shall come upon you, which you cannot charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, which you will not be able to ward off; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing." Is. 47:10-11 Sounds like the Forgotten one to me. :)
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Post by: Jenny on December 17, 2020, 10:51:05 AM
Hey Fritz! :) Hey Elisa! :) How goes it? I take it you're not planning to go out, Fritz.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:11:09 AM
Hello!

Back from the appointment, and it's very smooth moving out there.  It was still snowing when I left, but road were pretty clear.  After I got to the appointment the snow stopped, and now we have blue skies.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:16:24 AM
Hey y'all, sunny and clear but cold here, it won't get much above freezing today. The sidewalk was OK and not slippery when I went out to get the paper, the car has a lot of ice on the windshield and windows, but the sun should melt it later on today, since the car heats up more than the outside air.


Hiya Fritzie!   It's odd here.  LOL  We're cold, and the snow stopped falling around 11:00.  Skies were blue for a while, but now we're grey again.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 11:16:26 AM
I hope travel is good on Christmas Eve. I can remember one time a number of years ago when my sister was travelling with me down to SC, her son brought her to our house (she had come down from NYC and stayed at my nephew's place in Maryland) but because of slippery conditions he couldn't make it up the hill to the house. So after loading the car with my stuff, I gingerly  ;) made my way down to my nephew's car, we loaded her stuff into mine, then it was a short half block to a cleared and salted road. No problem at all after that over main roads.

That's right, you do have that steep hill at your house.  Hope you have no travel problems on Christmas Eve, Fritz.

I'll be back in later, keeping an eye on outside, I found a snow shoveler (with machine) and his girlfriend (with shovel) to shovel me out.  I'm paying them a lot more than asked, for a much bigger job than they anticipated.  More later.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:17:22 AM
It was 66 in the bedroom when I got up this morning (the thermostat downstairs always registers 70 and adjusts fairly quickly when I change it, but various rooms are different. It was nice and warm under the blankets this morning, but I wasn't too fond of having to get out from under them to do my knee and back exercises that I have to do because of the arthritis and pinch nerve. But they do warm me up fairly quickly.

I try to keep the apartment at 65 overnight, I like it cooler when I sleep.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 11:20:20 AM
Hello all. :) We seem to have gotten 6.5-7.0 inches, most all of it snow. The driveway has gotten plowed in, as usual, but not too bad. It's colder and likely to stay that way until Sunday, when it will warm up to highs in the 40s F.  Mr. Jenny cleared our sidewalk, but I'm guessing we'll need to do some work on the driveway while it's doable if we want to get out before Sunday. Sheesh!


Hi, Jenny.  My driveway was plowed in, too, but I hoped to get to PT tomorrow and Saturday, otherwise it would have been at least Sunday for me, if not next week.  And I tried walking on it after it was partially shoveled, and it was just too slick, even with my cane, and holding onto the woman's arm on my other side.  So glad I found them to help do the whole job!
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 11:22:40 AM
Good luck with the baking, Jenny.

And the quote from Isaiah sounds about right.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 11:23:47 AM
Hey Fritz! :) Hey Elisa! :) How goes it? I take it you're not planning to go out, Fritz.

No, I'm happy to stay put inside today!

If I wanted to go out I'd have no problem, just scrape the lingering ice and snow off the windshield and windows. The streets are in fine shape, we needed no plowing or salting.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:24:02 AM
At least my brain is functioning well enough to try a Crossword.  That's the featured game for today's Christmas wreath online.

They give you a break for that wreath challenge, Chuck....you don't have to solve the whole crossword, if you get stuck.  You have to solve a total of 30 Across words, but if you're stuck on one puzzle (say, you only get 16 Across words in it) you can try another puzzle and get 14 more Across words in it, to be your 30 total.  So I'll see how it goes.


The site that I use, if you don't finish the puzzle, it remains undone until you finish it, or it "falls" of the list to complete.  They usually keep about two weeks of puzzles accessable.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:37:34 AM
It just started snowing again here, but nowhere near as badly as last night.  Just some light flurries, it looks pretty with the snow already on the ground.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:40:56 AM
I hope travel is good on Christmas Eve. I can remember one time a number of years ago when my sister was travelling with me down to SC, her son brought her to our house (she had come down from NYC and stayed at my nephew's place in Maryland) but because of slippery conditions he couldn't make it up the hill to the house. So after loading the car with my stuff, I gingerly  ;) made my way down to my nephew's car, we loaded her stuff into mine, then it was a short half block to a cleared and salted road. No problem at all after that over main roads.


Oh, safe travels that day!!!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:42:32 AM
I did the same thing Chuck. Woke up about 3:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. Looked at the forum and it said maintenance  mode, so I knew  I also emailed Neil. Not sure I spelled things right!! :D


I'm surprised you were coherent!  I would  not be able to string any thoughts together at that hour.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:44:41 AM
We had our monthly coffee meet up and I was surprised a few told me they were coming who are not usually into coffee dates. They said it was because a last chance to meet before Christmas. Then they presented me with a gift for organising the trip to Stewart Island. It was a box set of two glasses each engraved           
                       Brian
                 Stewart Island
                        2020

Then a Kaka Parrot underneath.
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kaka/

We had a Kaka visiting us where we stayed.


Hiya Brian!  I missed this post!  What a nice gesture!   Love the colors on the parrot.  Usually they're very vibrant.  This one seems rather muted in comparison.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:46:19 AM
Hello everyone. Just back from the last tai chi for the year. It was more tiring than usual but I think that was the standing around talking at the end - my back didnít like it!


Oh, enjoy the break from Tai Chi, Sara.   Do you find it difficult to start up again after a two week break, or are you able to easily pick up where you left off?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 11:52:38 AM
Hello all. :) We seem to have gotten 6.5-7.0 inches, most all of it snow. The driveway has gotten plowed in, as usual, but not too bad. It's colder and likely to stay that way until Sunday, when it will warm up to highs in the 40s F.  Mr. Jenny cleared our sidewalk, but I'm guessing we'll need to do some work on the driveway while it's doable if we want to get out before Sunday. Sheesh!

Hello Jenny!  That's about what we got here, too.  I would say no more than 7, at most.

While I was at my appointment, the property management people had been here again, and re-plowed the sidewalk that goes through the complex.  And, because I was out, they did my parking spot as well.  It's my cleaner and wider than it was when I did it.

I will be making more cookies today--hope it's more trouble free than the last set. It ended up taking me much longer than usual: not enough unfrozen butter, so I had to wait; no dark brown sugar, so I had to mix the light brown with some molasses, which is not easy. I browned the butter as per the instructions and mixed up the dough, put the balls on the cookie sheet and had to put them in the refrigerator so they wouldn't spread too much while baking. The baking was fine, but the cookies didn't thrill me. :( I have another kind I'll be making today before making a new batch of the first kind. The joys of baking! :)


Oh, I hate when baking mishaps happen, or poor results.   I once made a batch of white chocolate cupcakes, and they turned out awful!
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 11:57:08 AM

The site that I use, if you don't finish the puzzle, it remains undone until you finish it, or it "falls" of the list to complete.  They usually keep about two weeks of puzzles accessable.

That's a good way of doing things, Chuck.

My wreath challenge would have given partial credit for a game, but I managed to finish the whole puzzle.  But that still wasn't enough to satisfy the wreath challenge (which wanted 50 horizontal words).  So I did the same daily puzzle again, without referring to any notes, and got enough to win that wreath.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 17, 2020, 12:04:22 PM
Chuck, I'm so glad you didn't have any trouble driving.  Sounds like the weather people over-estimated.

Feeling a little down today, not sure why...maybe because Christmas snuck up on me, 7 days away.  I have my yearly performance review today at 2:30, and already got the written evaluation, it's good.  And we were told what our bonus is, much more than I thought...so not one reason to be down...I'll snap out of it.  I should go outside and sit in the sun for some vitamin D...
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 12:08:26 PM
Chuck, I'm so glad you didn't have any trouble driving.  Sounds like the weather people over-estimated.

Feeling a little down today, not sure why...maybe because Christmas snuck up on me, 7 days away.  I have my yearly performance review today at 2:30, and already got the written evaluation, it's good.  And we were told what our bonus is, much more than I thought...so not one reason to be down...I'll snap out of it.  I should go outside and sit in the sun for some vitamin D...


Oh, sun may be just what you need.  Or, treat yourself to something from a bakery.   

Congrats on your written review, hope the 2:30 meeting goes just as well!  and bigger bonuses are always a plus!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 12:09:58 PM
Well, the snow people are gone, and my snow is all gone (from the necessary places, at least....there are still large piles in other places).  When the man asked me to come outside and check things out, I started to walk down the driveway (which had been shoveled by that point).  But it was still slippery, so I held onto his arm to get down to my mailbox.

They were so nice!  I paid them well ($80 total, whereas on the phone he'd originally asked $20 for the sidewalk, and $30 if I wanted the driveway done too).  I just wanted it all done.  They even shoveled a path on the grass from the main sidewalk, over to where I could reach around to get mail out of my curbside mailbox (puzzle friend used to do that for me, in the old days). 

And they carried the two trash bags down to the street, which I had tied together on my porch.  They shoveled the whole porch, brushed the whole car, and shoveled under the car.  (I had offered to move the car while they finished the driveway, but it was too slippery and I couldn't reach the car at that point.) 

And then before leaving, they salted the driveway and the sidewalk that goes up to my porch.  Things are starting to dry off now, too, where they've been shoveled.  So I hope if I do go out tomorrow, it will be safe to walk outside.

Now I'm taking a rest break, before starting some other chores.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 12:55:45 PM

Hiya Brian!  I missed this post!  What a nice gesture!   Love the colors on the parrot.  Usually they're very vibrant.  This one seems rather muted in comparison.
NZ native parrots are not as colourful as the Aussie ones. Where we stayed on Stewart island, one came and landed on the verandah at times. it landed o none of the ladies shoulders. One of the guys took a photo and Pat looks very startled. I am glad it did not land on me. We think it was attracted to the sunglasses on her head. We saw some in the forest as well. They can be hard to see in the trees.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 01:00:29 PM
You would like the Tui
http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/tui
I have been putting out wild bird seed on my back deck for many years but I just bought a nectar feeder and have been excited to see Tui visiting regularly. I have some good photos from my kitchen.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 01:10:02 PM
Salt is not used on the roads in NZ. It damages both cars and road surfaces. They use grit. Sometimes I find the grit can be slippery after the snow has melted, although the council say they clean it up within 96 hours. They also use calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) on more important roads. I know we do not have as much snow as the USA. Generally, if travelling long distances, the advice is to  carry chains or wait it out.  Actually black ice is the biggest risk when travelling here in winter and CMA is the best treatment for that.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 01:18:39 PM
Linda, someone has written a children's book about the owl.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/530633-rockefeller-tree-owl-is-subject-of-new-christmas-book-for

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 02:04:52 PM
Linda, someone has written a children's book about the owl.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/530633-rockefeller-tree-owl-is-subject-of-new-christmas-book-for

This is sweet, Fritz.  I didn't hear the story of that Rockefeller tree owl at the time in happened.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 02:06:54 PM
Salt is not used on the roads in NZ. It damages both cars and road surfaces. They use grit. Sometimes I find the grit can be slippery after the snow has melted, although the council say they clean it up within 96 hours. They also use calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) on more important roads. I know we do not have as much snow as the USA. Generally, if travelling long distances, the advice is to  carry chains or wait it out.  Actually black ice is the biggest risk when travelling here in winter and CMA is the best treatment for that.

Brian, I expected you to say something about my post regarding the snow shoveling, but I didn't think it would be about not using salt in NZ.  I thought it would be about how they don't keep cash lying around to pay people in NZ.   :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 02:36:19 PM
Brian, I expected you to say something about my post regarding the snow shoveling, but I didn't think it would be about not using salt in NZ.  I thought it would be about how they don't keep cash lying around to pay people in NZ.   :laugh:
That would be fairly true too. I have $145 in my wallet at the moment but only because I took out $100 from the ATM on Wednesday for the Farmers Market tomorrow. I want to buy Christmas cakes, tarts and puddings plus stone fruit. Many of the stalls take cards but that is one place I use cash. On Wednesday I went to my favourite cafe "Muffin Break" and when the girl said my coffee was free (every 5th), I said I would pay cash $4.50 for the muffin.
In the university cafes and shops they no longer accept cash. Our walking group went for lunch to the cafe under the stadium a few weeks ago and there was a sign saying cash not accepted. The cafe is run by the university.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 02:39:39 PM
Some stores in DC are trying to do that, customers who want to use cash are suing.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 02:42:22 PM
It was announced last week that NZ might let people come in from Australia without mandatory quarantine by March. Now there is news today of an outbreak in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. 17 so far but it is expected to increase with long queues for testing. That may put any border relaxation back. I still have fingers crossed for visiting in May.
My sister and brother-in-law lived on the Northern beaches of Sydney when they first married but thankfully left about 30 years ago.
Some of the other states are considering reinstating bans on travel from Sydney.
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 02:43:55 PM
Some stores in DC are trying to do that, customers who want to use cash are suing.
Stores do not have to accept cash in NZ.
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 02:49:13 PM
Two men just arrived to mow my lawn. My bank automatically pays the company $80 every fortnight which covers lawns and hedges under a yearly contract.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 02:50:37 PM
One more thought about road salt....I think that in the US, the businesses with large parking lots, and the governments responsible for road maintenance, do use something white which might be CMA.  But for their own sidewalks and driveways, private individuals still generally use rock salt, which is available in small bags at the hardware stores.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 02:59:30 PM
Thinking next spring when mowers come by to mow our neighbor's lawn (other side from Louise) that I'll go in and have them do ours at the same time. Probably just do the front though, in a lot of the back there are the sheds, parking area for Earl's vehicles and area where the bamboo used to be and where there has been scraggly growth, probably not worth mowing.

Our neighbor Lyn has a lot of grass in her back yard, so it needs mowing.

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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 03:01:09 PM
Fritz, I just washed my hair.   ;)

And also ordered a delivery from the Pizza place, food to last for several days.

Trying to get ready to have PT tomorrow afternoon, and also earlier on Saturday.

Now to start some towel laundry.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 03:02:29 PM
Thinking next spring when mowers come by to mow our neighbor's lawn (other side from Louise) that I'll go in and have them do ours at the same time. Probably just do the front though, in a lot of the back there are the sheds, parking area for Earl's vehicles and area where the bamboo used to be and where there has been scraggly growth, probably not worth mowing.

Our neighbor Lyn has a lot of grass in her back yard, so it needs mowing.

That sounds like a good idea, Fritz, so the mowing would be taken care of for you.  One less thing to have to worry about.
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 03:09:00 PM
CMA is colourless but the road looks shiny where it has been applied. My street is just left to melt. However while I have seen photos of the big snow of 1939 and I was snowed in for 3 days in 2011, it has been just a few hours nuisance for the last 4 or 5 years.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 03:13:18 PM
Fritz, I just washed my hair.   ;)

And also ordered a delivery from the Pizza place, food to last for several days.

Trying to get ready to have PT tomorrow afternoon, and also earlier on Saturday.

Now to start some towel laundry.

Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 03:14:51 PM
Now to start some towel laundry.
I just started the washing machine with the towels. I usually soak the towels overnight in Sard but forgot and there seems to be showers in the forecast every day for the next week. I decided just to soak for a few hours. Anyway just as well as they mlght have been in the way for the men mowing the lawn. I will put them out in about 20 minutes (11.30am) and they should dry even though it is cloudy. Sunset is at 9.28pm but I hope I can bring them in before the news at 6.
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Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 03:18:04 PM
Good morning Diners!

So, it looks like we're on our new server with our new hosting company.

:)

If you notice any issues, please let myself or KillersMom know!


Let's celebrate with a fancy breakfast!




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50728737333_aca6fd4cf0_b.jpg)

Hello Chuck

Well done you.Linda & Neil. Thank you all very much indeed.! :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 03:21:24 PM

Hello Tony!  Yes, I've been enjoying my time off, and relaxing.  Except for this morning.   :laugh:  My brain snapped awake at 4:30am or so this morning, and I couldn't fall back asleep.  I hate when that happens.

I have an appointment today at 11:00, so there's no point in going back to bed, I'll have to go out in a little bit and clean off and warm up the car, and then shower and shave.   I'll also leave for the appointment earlier than needed, traffic may be moving slower due to the snow, but the roads do seem to be pretty clear.

when I get home, I can have a light lunch and then take a nap.

Gosh, Chuck. A fficult start to your day.

Take care on the roads.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 03:24:18 PM
Hey Tony!

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Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 03:39:17 PM
Well, the snow people are gone, and my snow is all gone (from the necessary places, at least....there are still large piles in other places).  When the man asked me to come outside and check things out, I started to walk down the driveway (which had been shoveled by that point).  But it was still slippery, so I held onto his arm to get down to my mailbox.

They were so nice!  I paid them well ($80 total, whereas on the phone he'd originally asked $20 for the sidewalk, and $30 if I wanted the driveway done too).  I just wanted it all done.  They even shoveled a path on the grass from the main sidewalk, over to where I could reach around to get mail out of my curbside mailbox (puzzle friend used to do that for me, in the old days). 

And they carried the two trash bags down to the street, which I had tied together on my porch.  They shoveled the whole porch, brushed the whole car, and shoveled under the car.  (I had offered to move the car while they finished the driveway, but it was too slippery and I couldn't reach the car at that point.) 

And then before leaving, they salted the driveway and the sidewalk that goes up to my porch.  Things are starting to dry off now, too, where they've been shoveled.  So I hope if I do go out tomorrow, it will be safe to walk outside.

Now I'm taking a rest break, before starting some other chores.

Hello Debbie

You got good service. I hope you will be safe when you go out again.

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Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 03:40:15 PM
Hello!

Back from the appointment, and it's very smooth moving out there.  It was still snowing when I left, but road were pretty clear.  After I got to the appointment the snow stopped, and now we have blue skies.

Good.
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Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 03:48:54 PM
Hello Sara

Hello Elisa

Hello Fritz

Hello Linda

Hello Nancy - Good lick for your interview. I hope you got some sun and feel more cheerful.

Hello Jenny - Good luck with your baking

The weather has turned cool here. It was drizzly when I went out at 7.30 am to buy bread.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 03:51:41 PM
Just stepped outside to have a look at the waxing crescent moon and Jupiter and Saturn near each other a little closer to the horizon. They'll be at their closest on Monday. It didn't feel all that cold, but now that I'm back inside I'm feeling a lot colder than when I walked out.

The solstice will be at 5:02 in the morning Eastern.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:24:03 PM
hello diners!

Just woke from taking a nap.

;D   Feeling a little better.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 04:25:45 PM
CMA is colourless but the road looks shiny where it has been applied. My street is just left to melt. However while I have seen photos of the big snow of 1939 and I was snowed in for 3 days in 2011, it has been just a few hours nuisance for the last 4 or 5 years.

My street is generally plowed, if there's any depth, because we're only one block off the main street where the plows run anyway.

It's my steep sidewalk/driveway combination, where I walk, that's dangerous for a person on foot.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 04:29:28 PM
Hello Debbie

You got good service. I hope you will be safe when you go out again.

Hi, Tony.  They were a young couple, almost neighbors (they live two streets over, although I didn't know them before seeing them mentioned online) and I asked if they would be available if we had "another big one."  They said yes, so that's good to know.

Thanks, I'm hoping that more melting will have taken place by the time I go out tomorrow, sometime before 1:00.  My appointment isn't until 1:30.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 04:30:43 PM
hello diners!

Just woke from taking a nap.

;D   Feeling a little better.

Good evening, Chuck.  I'm glad you got a nap, you needed it.
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 04:33:46 PM
My street is generally plowed, if there's any depth, because we're only one block off the main street where the plows run anyway.

It's my steep sidewalk/driveway combination, where I walk, that's dangerous for a person on foot.
At your own risk here. I bought Yaktrax not long after moving here but can only remember wearing them once to check the mail but I have put them in the car a few times just in case.
https://www.amazon.com/Yaktrax-Traction-Cleats-Walking-Large/dp/B0094GO8Q8/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=Shoe+Covers+for+Snow&qid=1608247861&sr=8-6
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 04:38:29 PM
I'll look at this, Brian, thanks, but it's not mostly my shoes that are the problem, it's my balance.  I can feel like I'm going to fall down, even on a flat sidewalk, and the sloping driveway is hard even when it's dry.  That's what I'm going to Physical Therapy for.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:38:37 PM
NZ native parrots are not as colourful as the Aussie ones. Where we stayed on Stewart island, one came and landed on the verandah at times. it landed o none of the ladies shoulders. One of the guys took a photo and Pat looks very startled. I am glad it did not land on me. We think it was attracted to the sunglasses on her head. We saw some in the forest as well. They can be hard to see in the trees.

You would like the Tui
http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/tui
I have been putting out wild bird seed on my back deck for many years but I just bought a nectar feeder and have been excited to see Tui visiting regularly. I have some good photos from my kitchen.


Interesting.   It sees like Aussie parrots are more designed to be seen, while NZ parrots are designed for camouflage.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 04:40:44 PM
I just got upstairs and turned on the TV, Fritz.  ABC Network News came on, because I had that channel on for local weather earlier.  The headlines sounded interesting, so I'll keep this on instead of turning over to NBC.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:42:47 PM
Salt is not used on the roads in NZ. It damages both cars and road surfaces. They use grit. Sometimes I find the grit can be slippery after the snow has melted, although the council say they clean it up within 96 hours. They also use calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) on more important roads. I know we do not have as much snow as the USA. Generally, if travelling long distances, the advice is to  carry chains or wait it out.  Actually black ice is the biggest risk when travelling here in winter and CMA is the best treatment for that.

Here they use a brine mixture on the roads.  Supposedly it works better than salt alone, but can also cause damage to cars.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 04:45:28 PM
That would be fairly true too. I have $145 in my wallet at the moment but only because I took out $100 from the ATM on Wednesday for the Farmers Market tomorrow. I want to buy Christmas cakes, tarts and puddings plus stone fruit. Many of the stalls take cards but that is one place I use cash. On Wednesday I went to my favourite cafe "Muffin Break" and when the girl said my coffee was free (every 5th), I said I would pay cash $4.50 for the muffin.

In the university cafes and shops they no longer accept cash. Our walking group went for lunch to the cafe under the stadium a few weeks ago and there was a sign saying cash not accepted. The cafe is run by the university.


I can remember when I started working in retail, cashiers wanted to handle cash.  Whenever someone paid by check or credit card, it slowed up the process.

Now, it's the opposite.  using cash can be what slows the process.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 04:51:55 PM
Still on NBC here, watching the local news now, then the national will be on at 7.

Watching just a little more TV now than when Earl was here. He would watch the national news, but local only if there were a weather event or something major going on. He grew to dislike watching TV more and more as time went on. But he grew to dislike a lot of other things too, including the bird clocks. I say dislike, he used the word hate.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 04:55:44 PM
I want to phone his PCP again at some point, to determine what caused the mental decline over the last 6 months or so (though it started before, just accelerated), I've never really gotten a satisfactory answer. I think it was the dual infection, but I'm not sure.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 05:11:17 PM
Still on NBC here, watching the local news now, then the national will be on at 7.

Watching just a little more TV now than when Earl was here. He would watch the national news, but local only if there were a weather event or something major going on. He grew to dislike watching TV more and more as time went on. But he grew to dislike a lot of other things too, including the bird clocks. I say dislike, he used the word hate.


He definitely had strong opinions.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 05:13:45 PM

He definitely had strong opinions.

And they got stronger as he lost control over them.

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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:20:05 PM
Still on NBC here, watching the local news now, then the national will be on at 7.

Watching just a little more TV now than when Earl was here. He would watch the national news, but local only if there were a weather event or something major going on. He grew to dislike watching TV more and more as time went on. But he grew to dislike a lot of other things too, including the bird clocks. I say dislike, he used the word hate.

That's a shame that Earl came to hate the  bird clocks so much.  When I first met you, they were pretty important in your household life.
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:21:09 PM
I want to phone his PCP again at some point, to determine what caused the mental decline over the last 6 months or so (though it started before, just accelerated), I've never really gotten a satisfactory answer. I think it was the dual infection, but I'm not sure.

That's something I can understand you wanting to find out more about, Fritz.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 05:21:48 PM
Yes, they were. We put great store on them. I was so surprised when he said how much he hated them. But I don't think that was the real him speaking, though.

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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 05:34:29 PM
Yes, they were. We put great store on them. I was so surprised when he said how much he hated them. But I don't think that was the real him speaking, though.

 :(
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 06:06:58 PM
That's a shame that Earl came to hate the  bird clocks so much.  When I first met you, they were pretty important in your household life.

Read this too quickly as 'bird cocks' and thought.......well, that was a side of Earl I didn't know about.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 06:42:25 PM
 :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 06:57:32 PM
Wow, when did it become 9:00 already?
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 07:07:40 PM
No kidding. I've been finding that time passes so quickly, especially since Earl has been gone, including when he was in the hospital and rehab. I really didn't expect that.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 07:16:58 PM
No kidding. I've been finding that time passes so quickly, especially since Earl has been gone, including when he was in the hospital and rehab. I really didn't expect that.

You are right.  It seems as I get older, I'm noticing time flying by quicker
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 07:28:58 PM
I usually listen to the radio news upstairs between 7 and 9 (7 and 10 on weekends), those two hours seem to pass by almost without notice. I do occasionally nod off during the broadcast, but I can make up stories that I miss online.

Earl didn't like to listen to the "prattle" of NPR, so unless I was in a different room from where he was, I couldn't listen to more than the headline news and maybe a few major stories. It was also one of the things that he grew to hate as the diseases took their toll.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 07:40:17 PM
From what I understand, NPR is the most unbiased news reporting, along with Al Jazeera.   Is that correct?
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 08:10:51 PM
Just received an email from my sister that Grant (the mid 60's guy with liver cancer) passed away about an hour ago. She and her husband visited him twice since returning from their holiday up the North Coast on Monday. The last time she thought he was asleep but when she said goodbye Grant as they were leaving he opened his eyes and said 'Good-bye Beverley"
Many years ago he asked them to be executors of his will but they declined as they are 20 years older than him. Another friend in his mid-60's is doing that but Bev is helping.
I do feel sorry for Charles, who I have never met. He is from Thailand, they have lived together for many many years but, to some extent, had separate lives. There is no recognition among Grant's friends that he was anything more than a flat mate. He has been off work for the last few weeks and sleeping in Grant's room at the palliative care hospital.
Thankfully this hospital is outside the area of the latest Covid scare. The s..t is hitting the fan in that area of Sydney (which is next door to where my sister lives). They have had 28 cases in the last few days and other states are shuttling their borders the week before Christmas
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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:14:36 PM
From what I understand, NPR is the most unbiased news reporting, along with Al Jazeera.   Is that correct?

I certainly find it to be unbiased. Of course, to the base, that makes it socialist tripe!  ;D

I can't tell about Al Jazeera, I have never listened to it.

Earl found the news stories on NPR fair, but whenever they had anything that he was uninterested in (say, about music or art or drama, it was prattle and he made his opinions known).

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 08:15:15 PM
Sorry for your family's loss, Brian.

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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 08:23:12 PM
Wow, when did it become 9:00 already?

I was just wondering when it became 10:20 already?
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 08:27:01 PM
Sorry for your family's loss, Brian.

Sorry also, Brian.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 08:28:39 PM
I certainly find it to be unbiased. Of course, to the base, that makes it socialist tripe!  ;D

:laugh:
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 08:31:22 PM
Just received an email from my sister that Grant (the mid 60's guy with liver cancer) passed away about an hour ago. She and her husband visited him twice since returning from their holiday up the North Coast on Monday. The last time she thought he was asleep but when she said goodbye Grant as they were leaving he opened his eyes and said 'Good-bye Beverley"   Many years ago he asked them to be executors of his will but they declined as they are 20 years older than him. Another friend in his mid-60's is doing that but Bev is helping.

I do feel sorry for Charles, who I have never met. He is from Thailand, they have lived together for many many years but, to some extent, had separate lives. There is no recognition among Grant's friends that he was anything more than a flat mate. He has been off work for the last few weeks and sleeping in Grant's room at the palliative care hospital.

Thankfully this hospital is outside the area of the latest Covid scare. The s..t is hitting the fan in that area of Sydney (which is next door to where my sister lives). They have had 28 cases in the last few days and other states are shuttling their borders the week before Christmas


I'm so sorry to hear about Grant's passing.  I also feel sorry for Charles.  I can't imagine being in this situation and then not getting the emotional support from family, because they don't know the true nature of your relationship.
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 08:35:29 PM
Thanks. My sister is going to feel it (probably my BiL too but he does not show it). They often had Grant over for Christmas lunch, a few times when I was there. Charles was usually working and it was not his tradition. Last year they all went to the house of the fellow who is executor (and his wife) and the same had been planned for this year. I stopped going back to Sydney for Christmas in 2017 and it would not be possible this year anyway. I think their Christmas dinner planning is all up in the air now.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 08:41:53 PM
I was just wondering when it became 10:20 already?

:laugh:
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Post by: dejavu on December 17, 2020, 09:04:45 PM
Good night, Fritz and Chuck.

Good night, Jenny and Linda, if you stop by tonight.

See you tomorrow sometime.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 17, 2020, 09:06:30 PM
G'nite Debbie, nothing on the agenda tomorrow except weights in the afternoon.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 17, 2020, 09:15:40 PM
sleep well, Debs!  See you tomorrow!
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Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 09:51:58 PM
Christmas is not Phong's tradition either, but he likes being part of Christmas parties my friends invite us to and decorating our place. He likes boys' choirs, so he enjoyed the Australian Boys' Choirs Christmas concert once, but he has been working on their dates since then. When we were in Bangkok, his big brother would have us all meet for dinner at a local restaurant - not that the menu was Christmassy.
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Post by: brian on December 17, 2020, 10:52:08 PM
As I said, I have never met Charles. He has lived in Australia a lot longer than Phong. At one stage he was running a restaurant in the southern suburbs of Sydney. I think financed by Grant, I presume Thai. Now he works in a retirement village so he had some understanding of Grant's needs but, my sister told me this morning that he was leaving most of the care to the palliative nurses. We know Grant has left him the unit, in Mosman so worth a bit. I have met Grant a number of times at my sister's or at lunches hosted by my BiL and am quite sure he was gay. We went to lunch on my last visit to Sydney in April 2019. However my homophobic BiL was always present so I have never said anything to Grant.
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Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 11:21:01 PM
Isaiah, hmm? "You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, 'No one sees me.'...you said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one besides me.' But evil shall come upon you, which you cannot charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, which you will not be able to ward off; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing." Is. 47:10-11 Sounds like the Forgotten one to me. :)

Damn is this prophetic or what!?  The aftermath! And well earned, I might add.

He WILL go down in history as the forgotten one. For those of us who do not follow his ways, he will be forgotten. For those who worship him, The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people. Exodus 32:9. But he too will be forgotten as was the golden calf, the false god, was ground up into dust.  Paraphrasing Exodus 32:20
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 17, 2020, 11:35:53 PM
Coincidentally following the talk here about spreading salt on snowy roads, I've just seen in an episode of Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy the vast underground salt mine in Realmonte in Sicily. The salt is exported to the US and other countries to spread on roads. The mine includes a cathedral carved out of the salt.
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Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 11:41:29 PM

I'm surprised you were coherent!  I would  not be able to string any thoughts together at that hour.

Well, I wasn't too coherent, but I figured Neil would understand. I never did really go back to sleep.
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Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 11:46:00 PM
Oh, I hate when baking mishaps happen, or poor results.   I once made a batch of white chocolate cupcakes, and they turned out awful!

Me too!! I have made plenty of mistakes that were terrible. Wasn't there a new recipe Italian you tried that turned out badly as well? I can't remember whether it was the taste or the mixture that went into the dough ended up being too moist.
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Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 11:48:38 PM
Salt is not used on the roads in NZ. It damages both cars and road surfaces. They use grit. Sometimes I find the grit can be slippery after the snow has melted, although the council say they clean it up within 96 hours. They also use calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) on more important roads. I know we do not have as much snow as the USA. Generally, if travelling long distances, the advice is to  carry chains or wait it out.  Actually black ice is the biggest risk when travelling here in winter and CMA is the best treatment for that.

Cinder mixed with sand is used here in New Mexico.
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Post by: killersmom on December 17, 2020, 11:56:01 PM
Linda, someone has written a children's book about the owl.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/530633-rockefeller-tree-owl-is-subject-of-new-christmas-book-for



This is fantastic, Fritz!!! :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

I found it on Amazon and ordered it for Lilia for Christmas. It will be here on the 23rd.
Thanks for posting this!! I also watched the release of little Rockefeller.

I hope to get the one being written by the rescue center as well.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:02:20 AM
Hello Chuck

Well done you.Linda & Neil. Thank you all very much indeed.! :-* :-* :-*

Thanks Tony. It was mostly Neil, but thanks for the thanks. It helps the lack of sleep over worrying.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:06:37 AM
hello diners!

Just woke from taking a nap.

;D   Feeling a little better.

I was going to ask you if you got a nap. Not me. I was really busy up until the end of school and then Lilia and I had to go get some things for her Christmas gifts she is making and drop off the Christmas gift she made for her teacher at the school. It was 4:30 before we got home and by the time I put the few things away, I was toast!!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:10:14 AM
Here they use a brine mixture on the roads.  Supposedly it works better than salt alone, but can also cause damage to cars.

The cinder and sand used here just make the cars really dirty. Since my car sits outside here and it is so dry most of the time, I have to replace my windshield wipers every six months or so. They just dry out.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:14:20 AM
No kidding. I've been finding that time passes so quickly, especially since Earl has been gone, including when he was in the hospital and rehab. I really didn't expect that.



Yes, this is a strange phenomenon, but one which happened to me after Rick passed away. And it doesn't go away. Time seems to accelerate even more as time passes. Its was 16 years on the 15th of this month when he passed away. :'(
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:27:35 AM
Thanks. My sister is going to feel it (probably my BiL too but he does not show it). They often had Grant over for Christmas lunch, a few times when I was there. Charles was usually working and it was not his tradition. Last year they all went to the house of the fellow who is executor (and his wife) and the same had been planned for this year. I stopped going back to Sydney for Christmas in 2017 and it would not be possible this year anyway. I think their Christmas dinner planning is all up in the air now.

I am sorry to hear about Grant's passing as well. My heart goes out to Charles and your sister, Brian.

Rick passed away on the 15th of December, 2004. I had his Wake on December 20th. I was the one in the family who always had Christmas Dinner for everyone as I could cook for large amounts of people and had the space to accommodate everyone. My mom said at the Wake that everyone was going to make other plans for Christmas dinner. I asked why, and she said, 'well because'. I told her that it would be very helpful to me to go ahead and have the meal as planned. It was something to keep me busy and also be around family. Our sons were home for his last days and the wake, so they stayed on.

Rick had been in Intensive care on a respirator for two months and I spent every day there, so getting back into a little bit of routine, did me a world of good.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:29:01 AM
Good night, Fritz and Chuck.

Good night, Jenny and Linda, if you stop by tonight.

See you tomorrow sometime.



Good night Debbie. I hope you sleep well. I am tryin to get there myself, but not having much luck.,
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:30:42 AM
Coincidentally following the talk here about spreading salt on snowy roads, I've just seen in an episode of Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy the vast underground salt mine in Realmonte in Sicily. The salt is exported to the US and other countries to spread on roads. The mine includes a cathedral carved out of the salt.

I have seen pictures of this cathedral.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 12:32:49 AM
Well, I'm talking to myself, so I guess I should go to bed and try to go to sleep.

Nighty all! 💗💗💗
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Post by: Sara B on December 18, 2020, 01:42:14 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INGY CARISSIMO!


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:-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 07:56:57 AM
HAPPY BOITDAY
INGELENGELONKEL-ANKELUNKE-LEINCHENITINHETTO-LINIOGNIERL
INGMARUSCHKIN INGHILINACCIO INGLIZZO
DAWLIN HAWT!!!!


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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 07:59:39 AM
This is fantastic, Fritz!!! :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

I found it on Amazon and ordered it for Lilia for Christmas. It will be here on the 23rd.
Thanks for posting this!! I also watched the release of little Rockefeller.

I hope to get the one being written by the rescue center as well.

So glad that you're able to get it in time for Lilia, Linda!

Hey y'all, cloudy now, should be sunny by afternoon, around freezing now, won't get out of the 30's today and should be quite cold overnight. Down to 22. Brrr!!!

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Post by: Nax on December 18, 2020, 08:28:50 AM
Well, I'm talking to myself, so I guess I should go to bed and try to go to sleep.

Nighty all! 💗💗💗

Well you need expert advice don't you?  ;D
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 08:35:37 AM
Hey Neil!

So far so good!

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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 09:10:30 AM
Good morning, Fritz.

I think I have a new problem, but no time to deal with it right now, and I don't know what anyone else here would do in this situation.  I think I have a mouse in the house!   :o  Never had that experience before, although one of the offices at work had a little mouse running around, many years ago.

I haven't seen the mouse.  But yesterday, while the people were shoveling/blowing snow, I found one of the trash bags outside had a little hole in it, so I got a bigger trash bag to put the first one in, and those people took it down to the street.  I did have the door open some, while they were here.

Last night I had food (both hot and cold) delivered from the pizza place, and again the door was open while I paid and brought in the food.  The food included three small Italian-type rolls, each wrapped in tin foil (they come with the salads I'd ordered).  I ate one of those rolls with dinner, and left two on the counter, wrapped up, as usual.  This morning, the counter was full of shredded tin foil, and one open roll had been partially eaten, by something.  At first I was pretty freaked out, then calmed down and cleaned it up, and had breakfast.

Not sure what to do.  I'm not getting around well enough to make a special trip to the hardware store or wherever, if mouse traps would be warranted, and don't know how to load them with cheese (which I don't have any of anyway).  I suppose I could call an exterminator, but I have to get ready for PT and won't be home much today or tomorrow.

Just now sure where to start thinking about this.
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Post by: Nax on December 18, 2020, 09:10:31 AM
Well it seems very fast to me.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:17:37 AM
Good morning Diners!

Hope everyone is well.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:18:21 AM
Me too!! I have made plenty of mistakes that were terrible. Wasn't there a new recipe Italian you tried that turned out badly as well? I can't remember whether it was the taste or the mixture that went into the dough ended up being too moist.


I don't remember this happening, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.   :laugh:
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 09:18:58 AM
Hey Chuck!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:20:23 AM
I was going to ask you if you got a nap. Not me. I was really busy up until the end of school and then Lilia and I had to go get some things for her Christmas gifts she is making and drop off the Christmas gift she made for her teacher at the school. It was 4:30 before we got home and by the time I put the few things away, I was toast!!!


Yes, I did get a nap in yesterday.  I was hoping to sleep a little better than I did last night.  It wasn't a bad sleep, but I don't feel as rested at the moment.  I suspect it was because of the nap.  LOL
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:25:32 AM
Hey Chuck!

Hiya Fritzie!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:27:12 AM
Good morning, Fritz.

I think I have a new problem, but no time to deal with it right now, and I don't know what anyone else here would do in this situation.  I think I have a mouse in the house!   :o  Never had that experience before, although one of the offices at work had a little mouse running around, many years ago.

I haven't seen the mouse.  But yesterday, while the people were shoveling/blowing snow, I found one of the trash bags outside had a little hole in it, so I got a bigger trash bag to put the first one in, and those people took it down to the street.  I did have the door open some, while they were here.

Last night I had food (both hot and cold) delivered from the pizza place, and again the door was open while I paid and brought in the food.  The food included three small Italian-type rolls, each wrapped in tin foil (they come with the salads I'd ordered).  I ate one of those rolls with dinner, and left two on the counter, wrapped up, as usual.  This morning, the counter was full of shredded tin foil, and one open roll had been partially eaten, by something.  At first I was pretty freaked out, then calmed down and cleaned it up, and had breakfast.

Not sure what to do.  I'm not getting around well enough to make a special trip to the hardware store or wherever, if mouse traps would be warranted, and don't know how to load them with cheese (which I don't have any of anyway).  I suppose I could call an exterminator, but I have to get ready for PT and won't be home much today or tomorrow.

Just now sure where to start thinking about this.


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What to do next, depends on what you feel you are comfortable with.

You could always buy poison and take care of the issue yourself, but that would mean you may have to deal with disposal on your own.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:31:42 AM

Debs, there are also easy to use traps that are covered, so you won't see the aftermath when the mouse is inside.

You will still have to dispose of the mouse.


https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Ultra-Covered-Mouse-Traps/dp/B06XX7YGKQ/ref=asc_df_B06XX7YGKQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366343878396&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11348124882771413191&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003465&hvtargid=pla-816243150451&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=81881007528&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366343878396&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11348124882771413191&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003465&hvtargid=pla-816243150451
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 09:43:45 AM
Hey Debbie, good luck getting rid of the mouse.

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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 09:46:17 AM

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What to do next, depends on what you feel you are comfortable with.

You could always buy poison and take care of the issue yourself, but that would mean you may have to deal with disposal on your own.

Yeah, Chuck, and you have to remember that because I'm walking so poorly right now, I don't think I could go buy the poison or the mousetraps. 

I found an exterminator (Orkin) and tried to call, but a recording asked some questions and then said it would transfer me, but I couldn't stay on the line that long (had to go in the bathroom).  I'll try calling again when there's more time, maybe after getting home from PT (although that will be after 3:00 this afternoon).
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 09:47:18 AM
Hey Debbie, good luck getting rid of the mouse.

Thanks, Fritz.  What a day!   :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 10:41:04 AM
Yes, I think Orkin is the way to go
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 10:56:19 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjwcg9c0ymI

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 18, 2020, 12:21:03 PM
I put my mouse traps out every Fall. I've already caught several. Usually they're under the sink. This year I put one in the garage by the door to the house, caught 3 there so far. When the cold sets in for good there will be more. I sealed all my pipes and lines running out from the basement, so haven't had a mouse in that utility room for a long time. But with a little doggie here, the door to my deck is always opening, and they run in there I presume. You can order mouse traps when you order groceries, most stores carry them. And I presume you want the ones that trap the mouse inside the container, doesn't kill them I don't think. It's called the humane disposal treatment! haha......whatever, you don't want the mouse coming back in, soooooo? I use peanut butter for bait, they love it!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 18, 2020, 12:24:52 PM
Sunny here today, all the snow is melted now, 50 F right now, the high, but WIND!! OMG, horrid right now. My neighbors have had some of their holiday decor blown all over, tore up too. Just too much WIND in this State to put out decor that just gets blown away, but people still do it!  ;D

I'll probably head out for a walk in a bit, but it could end up being a SHORT ONE!!  :P :laugh:
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Post by: Flyboy on December 18, 2020, 12:26:14 PM
Looks like the server transition went really well, no problems accessing this site today at all.  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 18, 2020, 12:28:11 PM
Happy Friday, everyone! I need to check out all the FB games on this weekend, see which ones I want to record, then ZOOM through......haha.........I HATE commercials, so having the games recorded is like Nirvana to me!  :P :laugh:
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Post by: Flyboy on December 18, 2020, 12:29:02 PM
All caught up in here. I'll check back with you Diners later today!

Carry on...........try to behave, as always!!  :o ;D ;)
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Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 01:22:26 PM
I was going to ask you if you got a nap. Not me. I was really busy up until the end of school and then Lilia and I had to go get some things for her Christmas gifts she is making and drop off the Christmas gift she made for her teacher at the school. It was 4:30 before we got home and by the time I put the few things away, I was toast!!!

Hello Linda

I can imagine.

Traffic here was bad yesterday. The drives to and from the hotel took twice as Long as usual.

Driving home from the city after Phong's shift last night, we had to run a gauntlet of a lot of groups of revellers jaywalking across the road in a street with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants.

I hope people are not letting their guard down in Melbourne (we have 7 weeks of no known cases of local transmission) as the virus spreads in Sydney. It's a variety that has bee traced as having come from America but the contact tracers haven't been able to identify and isolate the index case.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 01:25:11 PM
I am sorry to hear about Grant's passing as well. My heart goes out to Charles and your sister, Brian.

Rick passed away on the 15th of December, 2004. I had his Wake on December 20th. I was the one in the family who always had Christmas Dinner for everyone as I could cook for large amounts of people and had the space to accommodate everyone. My mom said at the Wake that everyone was going to make other plans for Christmas dinner. I asked why, and she said, 'well because'. I told her that it would be very helpful to me to go ahead and have the meal as planned. It was something to keep me busy and also be around family. Our sons were home for his last days and the wake, so they stayed on.

Rick had been in Intensive care on a respirator for two months and I spent every day there, so getting back into a little bit of routine, did me a world of good.

(((Linda)))
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Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 01:32:01 PM
Best wishes for a Happy Birthday, Ingy !
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 01:34:11 PM
Hello Chuck, Fritz, Jonn

Hello Debbie. Good luck dealing with the mouse.

Time for me to get organised and go to the market.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 01:52:36 PM
Hey Tony!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 02:20:52 PM
Having some soup for dinner. Using up some of Earl's Chunky soups. Don't feel guilty or anything like that when I eat food that he bought for himself (he had his own definite tastes), but it sure feels strange.

I need to eat them up before they go bad, they mostly have expiration dates for next year.

I did finish up all the cheese by the way, eating a lot of cheese sandwiches over the past several weeks.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 02:29:38 PM

Hello Diners!

;D

Just got back home from mom and dad's place.  I had to help them put together Trent's gifts.  :laugh:

They got him a marble run and a Hot Wheels race track.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 02:34:47 PM
I did finish up all the cheese by the way, eating a lot of cheese sandwiches over the past several weeks.

I do like cheese.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 02:42:13 PM
Hello Diners!

;D

Just got back home from mom and dad's place.  I had to help them put together Trent's gifts.  :laugh:

They got him a marble run and a Hot Wheels race track.

Sounds like fun!

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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 02:50:29 PM
Yes, I think Orkin is the way to go

Just called Orkin again, after eating a bit of late lunch when I got home from PT.  Orkin is going to come out on Monday, between 4-6 (but probably arriving around 4:00, before dark).  I have PT at 2:00 on Monday (as well as tomorrow) and told Orkin I  wouldn't be home on Monday until around 3:30.

The servicewoman said that with mice, it's important to get them out of the house before they start getting into the walls, and that I should get that initial inspection as soon as possible.  Then they will do follow-up's quarterly. 

While Orkin is here, they will also do a treatment for silverfish, because I see bugs like that sometimes, especially noticeable because they can climb on the white walls. I've read they like to eat starch (including papers and clothing) and I think they might have been responsible for making a hole in an old robe that I liked (it was a present from my mother, a long time ago).  I'd always thought that maybe someday I would call an exterminator to see if they could do anything about the occasional silverfish, so I guess the mouse has brought that time to be.
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 02:52:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjwcg9c0ymI

 :laugh:   :laugh:   :laugh:

That's cute, Fritz.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 02:56:57 PM
Mice have a way of pressing the point.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 02:57:08 PM
I put my mouse traps out every Fall. I've already caught several. Usually they're under the sink. This year I put one in the garage by the door to the house, caught 3 there so far. When the cold sets in for good there will be more. I sealed all my pipes and lines running out from the basement, so haven't had a mouse in that utility room for a long time. But with a little doggie here, the door to my deck is always opening, and they run in there I presume. You can order mouse traps when you order groceries, most stores carry them. And I presume you want the ones that trap the mouse inside the container, doesn't kill them I don't think. It's called the humane disposal treatment! haha......whatever, you don't want the mouse coming back in, soooooo? I use peanut butter for bait, they love it!  ;D

Thanks for the suggestions, Jonn.  My dad used mousetraps, but never showed us how to use them because I think my mother wouldn't let him get the traps near her children (especially the girls....I presume my brother has figured out how to use mousetraps by now).

Peanut butter, eh?  Well, I've got professional Orkin service on the way now, but I'll have to be careful not to leave breakfast crumbs with peanut butter on them out on the table, in the meantime.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 02:57:19 PM
Sounds like fun!

Once he starts playing with it, it will be fun.    Putting it together, not so much!  LOL
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 02:58:00 PM
Looks like the server transition went really well, no problems accessing this site today at all.  ;D


Hello Jonn! 

Yes, it seems like we have everything good to go.   
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:01:32 PM

I did finish up all the cheese by the way, eating a lot of cheese sandwiches over the past several weeks.

You could have fed the cheese to the mouse, if you found a mouse.   ;D
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:02:20 PM
Hello Diners!

;D

Just got back home from mom and dad's place.  I had to help them put together Trent's gifts.  :laugh:

They got him a marble run and a Hot Wheels race track.

Hi, Chuck.  Sounds like fun.   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:05:30 PM
Once he starts playing with it, it will be fun.    Putting it together, not so much!  LOL

No, I can see how that part might not be so much fun for you.   :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 03:05:35 PM
You could have fed the cheese to the mouse, if you found a mouse.   ;D

Fortunately, no sign of them since we moved in. Also, Louise has several cats, though fewer than a couple of years ago.

I know that they've caught some outside.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 03:10:22 PM
When Earl was at home but didn't have the energy to answer the phone like he used to, I'd answer in German or something like that to throw telemarketers off. But now I just let the answering machine take them (Earl didn't want to clutter it up) and delete any messages from marketers. There seems to be a new pattern of calls, something that first looks like a local call which then changes to an 800 number, a sign that it's not local. Less than half leave messages.

I've heard that these calls are especially bad in doctors' offices or other emergency numbers, especially since the caller ID's are now spoofed.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 03:32:05 PM
You could have fed the cheese to the mouse, if you found a mouse.   ;D


:laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 03:33:12 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, Jonn.  My dad used mousetraps, but never showed us how to use them because I think my mother wouldn't let him get the traps near her children (especially the girls....I presume my brother has figured out how to use mousetraps by now).

Peanut butter, eh?  Well, I've got professional Orkin service on the way now, but I'll have to be careful not to leave breakfast crumbs with peanut butter on them out on the table, in the meantime.


Good luck with the exterminator.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 03:34:51 PM
I was just outside to notice that it's too cloudy to see Jupiter and Saturn, hoping for tomorrow night. Also removing ice from the windshield, since it was still above freezing.

Also got a Christmas card from the neighbors across the street, their son will be a big brother in February! That's nice.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 03:37:57 PM
When Earl was at home but didn't have the energy to answer the phone like he used to, I'd answer in German or something like that to throw telemarketers off. But now I just let the answering machine take them (Earl didn't want to clutter it up) and delete any messages from marketers. There seems to be a new pattern of calls, something that first looks like a local call which then changes to an 800 number, a sign that it's not local. Less than half leave messages.

I've heard that these calls are especially bad in doctors' offices or other emergency numbers, especially since the caller ID's are now spoofed.


I'm constantly getting that call about "my vehicle's warrenty".
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 03:38:34 PM
I was just outside to notice that it's too cloudy to see Jupiter and Saturn, hoping for tomorrow night. Also removing ice from the windshield, since it was still above freezing.

Also got a Christmas card from the neighbors across the street, their son will be a big brother in February! That's nice.


Oh, congrats to them!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 03:39:42 PM
When Earl was at home but didn't have the energy to answer the phone like he used to, I'd answer in German or something like that to throw telemarketers off. But now I just let the answering machine take them (Earl didn't want to clutter it up) and delete any messages from marketers. There seems to be a new pattern of calls, something that first looks like a local call which then changes to an 800 number, a sign that it's not local. Less than half leave messages.

I've heard that these calls are especially bad in doctors' offices or other emergency numbers, especially since the caller ID's are now spoofed.

When I answer the phone and I don't get an immediate response, I assume it's a telemarketer or a scam and hang up immediately.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:41:18 PM
Fortunately, no sign of them since we moved in. Also, Louise has several cats, though fewer than a couple of years ago.

I know that they've caught some outside.

I never had a mouse here before, either.  Maybe it had something to do with the snowstorm, and the little guy was cold and hungry.  Still, I wish he'd stayed outside.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 03:41:35 PM

I'm constantly getting that call about "my vehicle's warrenty".

Oh yeah, I get those too. They frequently leave messages. I'm sure they want to warrant a car over 10 years old. And supposedly from "Social Security". The earlier calls said they were calling from the Social Security Department. No such animal. The more recent ones at least have the designation right, Administration.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 03:42:43 PM
I never had a mouse here before, either.  Maybe it had something to do with the snowstorm, and the little guy was cold and hungry.  Still, I wish he'd stayed outside.

Poor little mouse!  ;)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:43:14 PM

Good luck with the exterminator.

Thanks, Chuck.   :)  It seems like it's been one thing after the other, lately. 
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:44:27 PM

I'm constantly getting that call about "my vehicle's warrenty".

Constantly.  I get those, too.  Makes me laugh, a warranty for a 21-year-old car!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:46:01 PM
When I answer the phone and I don't get an immediate response, I assume it's a telemarketer or a scam and hang up immediately.

Hi, Tony.  So do I.  However, I don't like letting the answering machine take the calls, because then I still have to go through and delete the calls.  A quick hangup is faster for me.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:48:32 PM
I'm getting cold (as well as tired) so need to change out of my PT sneakers, and get in bed under some warm covers for a while.  SYL.

At least the laundry is done....and I need to put some away before getting under those covers.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 03:59:31 PM
Oh, Chuck, in all this mouse talk, I meant to tell you one other thing:

My PT therapist said she received my PCP's faxed prescription for more physical therapy, and she said it would probably be for four more weeks, "and then we'll re-evaluate."  So I guess I'll be going there for a while longer, until mid-January, at least.

I'm not exactly thrilled, but in good weather, I won't mind going there.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 18, 2020, 04:13:46 PM
I was just outside to notice that it's too cloudy to see Jupiter and Saturn, hoping for tomorrow night. Also removing ice from the windshield, since it was still above freezing.

Also got a Christmas card from the neighbors across the street, their son will be a big brother in February! That's nice.

I went out to look about half an hour ago and saw both planets, though they're pretty near each other, The weather here is perfectly clear and cold. Don't think I'll be as lucky on Monday; the forecast is for mostly cloudy conditions. :( The weekend is rain and cloud as well.
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Post by: Jenny on December 18, 2020, 04:20:44 PM
Oh yeah, I get those too. They frequently leave messages. I'm sure they want to warrant a car over 10 years old. And supposedly from "Social Security". The earlier calls said they were calling from the Social Security Department. No such animal. The more recent ones at least have the designation right, Administration.

I've gotten both those types and our special: calls in Chinese. We hear "Ni hao" and hang up. We don't know how they got our number, but the calls officially come from NYC. We've had our doctors' office spoofed and received calls touting "medical services". >:(
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 04:25:54 PM
When I answer the phone and I don't get an immediate response, I assume it's a telemarketer or a scam and hang up immediately.

Whenever I get a call from an unidentified caller, I just let it go to voicemail, and then I check once the message is left.  If it's legit, they'll leave a message and I can return the call. 
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 04:27:03 PM
My PT therapist said she received my PCP's faxed prescription for more physical therapy, and she said it would probably be for four more weeks, "and then we'll re-evaluate."  So I guess I'll be going there for a while longer, until mid-January, at least.

I'm not exactly thrilled, but in good weather, I won't mind going there.


Keep it up!!!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 04:27:36 PM
Hello Jenny!   Good to see you!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 04:29:37 PM
I've gotten both those types and our special: calls in Chinese. We hear "Ni hao" and hang up. We don't know how they got our number, but the calls officially come from NYC. We've had our doctors' office spoofed and received calls touting "medical services". >:(

Hey Jenny! Yeah, I get those calls in Chinese too. Talk about barking up the wrong tree.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 04:37:22 PM
Oh, Chuck, in all this mouse talk, I meant to tell you one other thing:

My PT therapist said she received my PCP's faxed prescription for more physical therapy, and she said it would probably be for four more weeks, "and then we'll re-evaluate."  So I guess I'll be going there for a while longer, until mid-January, at least.

I'm not exactly thrilled, but in good weather, I won't mind going there.

It's good you've got the scrip for continued PT.
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Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 04:39:02 PM
I've gotten both those types and our special: calls in Chinese. We hear "Ni hao" and hang up.

Hello Jenny

I've been puzzled by calls in Chinese. They sound like robocalls.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 04:39:43 PM
Y'all get them too? Wow!

Apparently they're profitable.

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/10/609117134/chinese-robocalls-bombarding-the-u-s-are-part-of-an-international-phone-scam

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 05:08:12 PM
I've gotten both those types and our special: calls in Chinese. We hear "Ni hao" and hang up. We don't know how they got our number, but the calls officially come from NYC. We've had our doctors' office spoofed and received calls touting "medical services". >:(

Hey Jenny! Yeah, I get those calls in Chinese too. Talk about barking up the wrong tree.


I got a call like that once.  I remember looking at the phone, confused, and hanging up again.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 05:08:46 PM
Well you need expert advice don't you?  ;D

Good point, Neil!! :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 05:14:38 PM
Y'all get them too? Wow!

Apparently they're profitable.

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/10/609117134/chinese-robocalls-bombarding-the-u-s-are-part-of-an-international-phone-scam


Interesting!  I had no idea.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 05:15:09 PM
Hiya Auntie!

School's done!!!
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Post by: tfferg on December 18, 2020, 05:15:11 PM
Y'all get them too? Wow!

Apparently they're profitable.

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/10/609117134/chinese-robocalls-bombarding-the-u-s-are-part-of-an-international-phone-scam

Aha !

I get very similar calls in English claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office or some other Australian government body with a similar kind of message and telling to press a button to follow up the issue - which I never do. I know that Australian government bodies don't telephone us.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 05:15:24 PM
(((Linda)))

Hello, Tony.

Thanks for the hugs. The anniversary of his death has hit me especially badly this year.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 05:25:59 PM
Hiya Auntie!

School's done!!!

YES IT IS! And we're finished with her Christmas gifts she's making, and both girls are going over to their other grandparent's house Sunday through Wednesday.
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 05:31:31 PM
Speaking of foreign languages. I called Chuck quickly and spoke with him. I always have my phone on speaker here at home so I can hear the other person. Lilia wanted to say hi and she and Chuck wished each other Merry Christmas. When I got off the phone, she asked if he was a friend of mine. I said yes and then showed her a picture of him from Facebook. I told her he lived in New Jersey. She looked at me and asked, "What language does he speak?"

I cracked up!! I laughed so hard I couldn't answer her!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:31:49 PM
I went out to look about half an hour ago and saw both planets, though they're pretty near each other, The weather here is perfectly clear and cold. Don't think I'll be as lucky on Monday; the forecast is for mostly cloudy conditions. :( The weekend is rain and cloud as well.

Hi, Jenny, if you come back.  Sorry I missed you. 

Weekend rain?  Too bad, but better rain than another snow.  Maybe some rain will help wash away the piles of snow which we already have.
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:35:16 PM

Keep it up!!!

I knew you'd say that, Chuck!   ;)

I'll try, I really will.

It was hard to keep going (pedaling) for the full 10 minutes on the bike today, because we did that last (usually it's first, a warmup, but we started with balance exercises today).  But I did keep pedal-pedal-pedal until the timer ticked down to zero minutes left.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:35:54 PM
It's good you've got the scrip for continued PT.

Hi, Tony.  Thanks, yes, it is.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:36:57 PM
Y'all get them too? Wow!

Apparently they're profitable.

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/10/609117134/chinese-robocalls-bombarding-the-u-s-are-part-of-an-international-phone-scam

Wow!  I've either never gotten them, or never understood the Chinese.  Or just hung up before they said anything.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:46:08 PM
Hello, Tony.

Thanks for the hugs. The anniversary of his death has hit me especially badly this year.

Hi, (((((Linda)))))

I was just rereading your earlier post in detail this evening.  I'm sorry the anniversary is so hard for you this year.
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:46:31 PM
YES IT IS! And we're finished with her Christmas gifts she's making, and both girls are going over to their other grandparent's house Sunday through Wednesday.

Rejoice!!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 05:46:38 PM
YES IT IS! And we're finished with her Christmas gifts she's making, and both girls are going over to their other grandparent's house Sunday through Wednesday.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!   It's time to chill!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 05:47:19 PM
Speaking of foreign languages. I called Chuck quickly and spoke with him. I always have my phone on speaker here at home so I can hear the other person. Lilia wanted to say hi and she and Chuck wished each other Merry Christmas. When I got off the phone, she asked if he was a friend of mine. I said yes and then showed her a picture of him from Facebook. I told her he lived in New Jersey. She looked at me and asked, "What language does he speak?"

I cracked up!! I laughed so hard I couldn't answer her!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:47:59 PM
Speaking of foreign languages. I called Chuck quickly and spoke with him. I always have my phone on speaker here at home so I can hear the other person. Lilia wanted to say hi and she and Chuck wished each other Merry Christmas. When I got off the phone, she asked if he was a friend of mine. I said yes and then showed her a picture of him from Facebook. I told her he lived in New Jersey. She looked at me and asked, "What language does he speak?"

I cracked up!! I laughed so hard I couldn't answer her!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

LOL

He speaks New Jersey!   :laugh:

To little New Mexico ears.
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:50:33 PM
Oh, I had a good nap, in that warm bed, and now it's time to make dinner.  Heat up the other half of last night's salmon dinner, with the broccoli and seasoned rice.

Be back soon.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 05:50:47 PM
I just got a quick reason to straight up the apartment.

:laugh:


My neighbor downstairs had no plans on going out, so she hadn't cleaned her car.   Well, my buzzer rang and it was her.  Something came up and she needed to get to the store, but she didn't have a snow brush or scraper, and asked if I had one she could borrow. 

I got my brush/scraper combo, and I told her to clean the car, then go to the store, and bring back the brush after she got home.  I don't know if she'll ring my buzzer and have me come down, or just bring it back up to me, so I thought I better give the apartment a quick once over, just in case she came here.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 05:53:03 PM
Always a good reason to keep the apartment straightened (although I'll bet it wasn't too much of a mess in the first place).
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 06:03:07 PM
Hey  :-*  :-*  :-* ((((Linda))))  :-*  :-*  :-*

Sorry that you're having such a tough time. I know what it's like now more than ever before.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 06:04:16 PM
Always a good reason to keep the apartment straightened (although I'll bet it wasn't too much of a mess in the first place).


Depends on what you mean by 'mess'.   :laugh:

Everything was clean, but there was plenty of stuff out of its place.   I had just finished with everything when my buzzer rang.  I started to go downstairs, and she met me halfway. So she never got into the place, but now it's really ready in case someone drops by.
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Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 06:15:56 PM
That's good, Chuck.   ;)
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 06:18:43 PM
That's good, Chuck.   ;)


Yes, I even managed to give the bathroom a quick "superficial" cleaning.   Everything is where it should be, and tomorrow when I see the family for the early Christmas lunch, I'll have more stuff gone from the apartment, as I'll be bringing over Shana's, Derek's and Trenton's gifts.  That will just leave the stuff for my parents.

I even managed to get a load of dishes done in the dishwasher.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 18, 2020, 07:09:32 PM
You are amazing, Chuck! :) My house hasn't been ready for company for ages (unless they are very forgiving).
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 18, 2020, 07:15:56 PM
Happy, Happy Birthday
Ingringalingadingdongding!
May this year be a better one
filled with Sunshine and Music
and many visits with Froggy friends!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 07:17:04 PM
You are amazing, Chuck! :) My house hasn't been ready for company for ages (unless they are very forgiving).


LOL.  Why do I doubt that?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 07:20:14 PM
You are amazing, Chuck! :) My house hasn't been ready for company for ages (unless they are very forgiving).

Hi, Jenny.  I need a lot of forgiveness on that front, too.   :)

Hope you're doing well tonight.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 18, 2020, 07:22:59 PM
Now that I remembered to wish Ingmusiker a wonderful birthday I am much better. More cookies to bake, though. Hope they turn out as delicious as they can be. :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 07:27:31 PM
Good luck with the cookies, Jenny.  Just thinking about them, I can taste that they will be delicious.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 07:50:29 PM
Hi, Jenny.  I need a lot of forgiveness on that front, too.   :)

Hope you're doing well tonight.


Debs, when is the Orkin guy coming?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 07:51:01 PM
Now that I remembered to wish Ingmusiker a wonderful birthday I am much better. More cookies to bake, though. Hope they turn out as delicious as they can be. :)

Happy baking!  I'm sure everything will be tasty!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 08:01:59 PM

Debs, when is the Orkin guy coming?

Monday evening, between 4-6 (probably 4:00 before dark).  I have PT earlier Monday at 2:00, and that was Orkin's first opening.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 08:12:03 PM
Good night, everyone.

Fritz, I have PT before noon tomorrow, but will be home in plenty of time for the big ND-Clemson game.  Looking forward to watching part of that game with you, while you're home.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:15:13 PM
Monday evening, between 4-6 (probably 4:00 before dark).  I have PT earlier Monday at 2:00, and that was Orkin's first opening.

Oh, good.  Just make sure you don't leave any food out in the open.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:15:35 PM
sleep well, Debs.  See you tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 08:17:02 PM
Good night, everyone.

Fritz, I have PT before noon tomorrow, but will be home in plenty of time for the big ND-Clemson game.  Looking forward to watching part of that game with you, while you're home.

G'nite Debbie, I should be here except while I'm at church.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:25:58 PM
Rejoice!!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!   It's time to chill!

Yes I am rejoicing and chilling!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:27:01 PM

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I'm still chuckling about it!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:29:41 PM
Hey  :-*  :-*  :-* ((((Linda))))  :-*  :-*  :-*

Sorry that you're having such a tough time. I know what it's like now more than ever before.



Thanks so much, Fritz!! :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

I think it's just the culmination of the year and all it's been. :(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:30:23 PM

Depends on what you mean by 'mess'.   :laugh:

Everything was clean, but there was plenty of stuff out of its place.   I had just finished with everything when my buzzer rang.  I started to go downstairs, and she met me halfway. So she never got into the place, but now it's really ready in case someone drops by.

Always best to be ready!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:32:40 PM
Yes I am rejoicing and chilling!!

sounds like a new Christmas song....."Rejoicing and Chilling"!  LOL
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:32:42 PM
Oh and in the chilling department, I'm on my second eggnog spiced up with dark rum.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:33:10 PM
Thanks so much, Fritz!! :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

I think it's just the culmination of the year and all it's been. :(

It wouldn't surprise me at all!!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:33:23 PM
Good night, everyone.

Fritz, I have PT before noon tomorrow, but will be home in plenty of time for the big ND-Clemson game.  Looking forward to watching part of that game with you, while you're home.

Goodnight, Debbie.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:34:29 PM
Oh and in the chilling department, I'm on my second eggnog spiced up with dark rum.


(https://media0.giphy.com/media/3mgsPvSbym09i7L87p/giphy.gif)
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:35:44 PM
Oh and in the chilling department, I'm on my second eggnog spiced up with dark rum.


This is going to be Auntie.....soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjFMBsppBVc
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:37:53 PM
sounds like a new Christmas song....."Rejoicing and Chilling"!  LOL

It does, doesn't it?  :D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 18, 2020, 08:39:34 PM
Goodnight, Debbie.

Good night, Linda. 
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:40:35 PM
It does, doesn't it?  :D


Yeah......someone should write a song about it, rejoicing that all the work is done, and they are chilling by the tree with some spiced egg nog.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 08:41:17 PM

This is going to be Auntie.....soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjFMBsppBVc


OMG!!! This is hilarious!!!! :laugh:
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:43:54 PM
OMG!!! This is hilarious!!!! :laugh:

Yeah, it's a good one, isn't it?
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 08:47:15 PM
Oh and in the chilling department, I'm on my second eggnog spiced up with dark rum.

Yum!

Linda and Chuck, you might enjoy this. (You probably have to be on Facebook in order to be able to see it)

https://www.facebook.com/notredame/videos/1050270128809792

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 08:56:04 PM
Yum!

Linda and Chuck, you might enjoy this. (You probably have to be on Facebook in order to be able to see it)

https://www.facebook.com/notredame/videos/1050270128809792


OH, I liked this, Fritzie!  It's very well done.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 09:01:58 PM
Yum!

Linda and Chuck, you might enjoy this. (You probably have to be on Facebook in order to be able to see it)

https://www.facebook.com/notredame/videos/1050270128809792



Damn! I cried! :'(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 09:06:11 PM
Here's a good laugh!!!

https://youtu.be/TeLJA53UnZ0
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:14:03 PM
Here's a good laugh!!!

https://youtu.be/TeLJA53UnZ0


My dad was dating her!   LOL
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Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 09:15:16 PM
https://youtu.be/nBOZEVWwtvI
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 09:16:51 PM
https://youtu.be/ykTSYyNnGxQ
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 09:17:12 PM
Here's a good laugh!!!

https://youtu.be/TeLJA53UnZ0

 :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 09:19:47 PM
They are all hilarious!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:19:59 PM
https://youtu.be/nBOZEVWwtvI


My brother Chris loves Jeff Dunham!  LOL
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 18, 2020, 09:25:18 PM
i do too, I'd just forgotten about him.

I needed a good laugh tonight and this was just what I got!!!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 18, 2020, 09:26:34 PM
Excellent!  Good way to end the day!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 18, 2020, 10:02:25 PM
G'nite y'all!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 12:03:45 AM
I was just outside to notice that it's too cloudy to see Jupiter and Saturn, hoping for tomorrow night. Also removing ice from the windshield, since it was still above freezing.

Also got a Christmas card from the neighbors across the street, their son will be a big brother in February! That's nice.

Iím hoping to see Jupiter and Saturn in the next couple of days, but today doesnít look very hopeful, though not impossible, and tomorrow, which looks better, we have the rehearsal at 4.15 followed by the 2 carol services.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 12:05:02 AM
When I answer the phone and I don't get an immediate response, I assume it's a telemarketer or a scam and hang up immediately.

Me too, though sometimes itís my sisterís (4 miles away) odd landline. ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 12:07:11 AM
I've gotten both those types and our special: calls in Chinese. We hear "Ni hao" and hang up. We don't know how they got our number, but the calls officially come from NYC. We've had our doctors' office spoofed and received calls touting "medical services". >:(

Iíve nevqer had one in a foreign language! (Heavily accented - yes!)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 12:08:27 AM
Was doing well at ketchupping, but Iím going to get to the supermarket when it opens at 8 and must get ready.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 12:20:59 AM
Nighty All!!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 03:38:08 AM
Missed Linda.

I got there at 8 and it wasnít too bad. Iím pretty much stocked up with food now.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 06:23:34 AM
I don’t know if this link will work - I’ll be interested to know. It’s a shortish service of carols and readings which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. The main service is live tomorrow evening.
(The people standing close to each other are either sisters or in a “bubble” - a single person living on their own can join up with another household and it’s called a bubble.)

 https://vimeo.com/491288849 (https://vimeo.com/491288849)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 07:41:22 AM
Hi Sara, the link does work, I watched about half and want to finish a little later.  You're singing, right? 

The hymns are just what I needed this morning...I haven't listened to much Christmas music this season, I usually have it on quite a bit, but not yet this year.  But you've given me the start I needed...


Carol of the Bells -Robert Shaw Chorale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHv38xdrI0&list=PLUvFUpV6qHVnh3Zld1OMZOD2Mi8cJagT8&index=14 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHv38xdrI0&list=PLUvFUpV6qHVnh3Zld1OMZOD2Mi8cJagT8&index=14)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 07:46:34 AM
It's been raining for hours, a sad and gloomy day to do a sad and gloomy thing - I'll go to the vet in a few minutes to pick up Cupcake's paw prints...

In the old days, some vets would make clay impressions, I have Slate's and Emma's prints in clay, but now they just do ink on paper...cheaper...but still something to remember them by.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:07:17 AM
Hello Diners!

Hope everyone is well today!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 08:23:24 AM
I donít know if this link will work - Iíll be interested to know. Itís a shortish service of carols and readings which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. The main service is live tomorrow evening.
(The people standing close to each other are either sisters or in a ďbubbleĒ - a single person living on their own can join up with another household and itís called a bubble.)

 https://vimeo.com/491288849 (https://vimeo.com/491288849)

Hey Sara, thank you! Yes, I can see you!

Hey y'all, weakly sunny now, but very cold, in the 20's. Brrr! It should get warmer later on today, though.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 08:25:16 AM
Hey Nancy!

Hey Chuck!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:51:31 AM
Me too, though sometimes itís my sisterís (4 miles away) odd landline. ;D


When I moved into the apartment, I got rid of my land line.  I must say, I don't miss it.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:56:20 AM
Iíve nevqer had one in a foreign language! (Heavily accented - yes!)


Really?  I wish I could've seen the look on my face when I heard Chinese coming out of the phone.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:57:05 AM
Missed Linda.

I got there at 8 and it wasn’t too bad. I’m pretty much stocked up with food now.


Good, she's stocked up for the holiday!  I'll be picking my groceries up tonight at about 7:30.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:08:29 AM
Hey Nancy!

Hey Chuck!


Hiya Fritzie!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:12:11 AM
It's been raining for hours, a sad and gloomy day to do a sad and gloomy thing - I'll go to the vet in a few minutes to pick up Cupcake's paw prints...

In the old days, some vets would make clay impressions, I have Slate's and Emma's prints in clay, but now they just do ink on paper...cheaper...but still something to remember them by.


That's too bad about not using the clay impressions.  I get why they moved to paper, but I think the clay impression is nicer.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:15:02 AM
The hymns are just what I needed this morning...I haven't listened to much Christmas music this season, I usually have it on quite a bit, but not yet this year.  But you've given me the start I needed...


Carol of the Bells -Robert Shaw Chorale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHv38xdrI0&list=PLUvFUpV6qHVnh3Zld1OMZOD2Mi8cJagT8&index=14 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHv38xdrI0&list=PLUvFUpV6qHVnh3Zld1OMZOD2Mi8cJagT8&index=14)


there are so many versions of Carol of the Bells.  I've heard this one before, but never knew who performed it.   Thanks for the link, Nancy!


I have a version of CotB, but the first minute always reminds me of music that might be in a scary movie.   :laugh:

Try to put the fact that you recognize the music as holiday, and listen the first minute, and envision someone trapped in a haunted house, or running from a monster on Halloween.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8405nEFJXpk
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 09:18:03 AM
There is a resemblance to Tubular Bells, the theme from The Exorcist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN6jIvKiYOs

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:31:29 AM
ah, good ear, Fritzie!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:32:00 AM
On that note, I have to go!  be back later!
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Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 09:54:41 AM
Hi Sara, the link does work, I watched about half and want to finish a little later.  You're singing, right? 

The hymns are just what I needed this morning...I haven't listened to much Christmas music this season, I usually have it on quite a bit, but not yet this year.  But you've given me the start I needed...


Carol of the Bells -Robert Shaw Chorale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHv38xdrI0&list=PLUvFUpV6qHVnh3Zld1OMZOD2Mi8cJagT8&index=14 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHv38xdrI0&list=PLUvFUpV6qHVnh3Zld1OMZOD2Mi8cJagT8&index=14)

Thatís lovely!

We were singing in two groups. In O Come all ye Faithful, the first carol, Iím in the middle of the second group you see.  :)
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Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 09:57:24 AM
It's been raining for hours, a sad and gloomy day to do a sad and gloomy thing - I'll go to the vet in a few minutes to pick up Cupcake's paw prints...

In the old days, some vets would make clay impressions, I have Slate's and Emma's prints in clay, but now they just do ink on paper...cheaper...but still something to remember them by.

Sorry youíre doing such a sad thing, Nancy. But itíll be good to have them.
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Post by: Flyboy on December 19, 2020, 10:23:13 AM
Oh and in the chilling department, I'm on my second eggnog spiced up with dark rum.
OH MY!! Early Christmas Cheer!! Wonderful!! hope you enjoyed it!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 19, 2020, 10:26:34 AM
It's been raining for hours, a sad and gloomy day to do a sad and gloomy thing - I'll go to the vet in a few minutes to pick up Cupcake's paw prints...

In the old days, some vets would make clay impressions, I have Slate's and Emma's prints in clay, but now they just do ink on paper...cheaper...but still something to remember them by.
I've never heard of this before! Interesting, and glad you can have that memory too! Sorry about the rain! Sunny here today, supposed to warm up soon. I'll TRY to get a walk in between FB games!  :o
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Post by: Flyboy on December 19, 2020, 10:27:46 AM
All caught up in here now. Lazy day for me, I slept in......time to get a MOVE ON now!

Happy Saturday and weekend, Diners!  ;D
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 10:51:39 AM
Hey Jonn!

Just called my friend down in the Northern Neck of Virginia, it's her birthday. Mail delivery has been slow down there (their small post office hasn't gotten a mail delivery from Richmond in several days), but I hope she gets her card.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 10:53:42 AM
I donít know if this link will work - Iíll be interested to know. Itís a shortish service of carols and readings which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. The main service is live tomorrow evening.
(The people standing close to each other are either sisters or in a ďbubbleĒ - a single person living on their own can join up with another household and itís called a bubble.)

 https://vimeo.com/491288849 (https://vimeo.com/491288849)
I watched the beginning and can see you  :D  I will try to remember to come back some other time when my radio is not playing "Hymns on Sunday Morning". I have not finally decided whether to go to the Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols at the cathedral this evening. I went to the Advent Carol service a few weeks ago.
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Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 10:57:04 AM

When I moved into the apartment, I got rid of my land line.  I must say, I don't miss it.
Many of my friends would not phone a cell phone number, it is more expensive. I can hear better on my landline than on my cell phone.
I rarely turn my cell phone on until I go out. I use it more for recording Covid QR codes than for messaging.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 10:58:01 AM
Sara, when you get a chance, could you tell me the name of the church there? I'd like to read a bit more about it, when it was built and things like that.

It looks quite beautiful.

Y'all did a great job!

mod: oh, I see the name is there below the picture. Disregard!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 11:00:06 AM
I only get an occasional nuisance call on my landline, they tend to come in batches. there will be several over a few days, then nothing for a month. They do not leave a message but my answer phone records the beeps after they have hung up which is irritating.
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 11:05:32 AM

I got there at 8 and it wasnít too bad. Iím pretty much stocked up with food now.

Hi, Sara.  Always good to be stocked up with food, this time of year.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 11:06:08 AM
Hey Debbie!

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 11:16:14 AM
Hey Debbie!

Good afternoon, Fritz.  It was a busy rush of a morning to get to PT on time, but I did find time to Wash My Hair.   ;D

Then PT went well, same machines as usual but we did some different balance exercises, including walking around some circles on the floor (using my cane for balance); and stepping up onto and over a step, then turning around and stepping over it coming back the other direction.  Others, too.

I'll be getting some lunch soon.  Not sure about a nap.  My PT therapist asked what I was doing the rest of the day and I told her about watching the ND/Clemson game.

We still have a lot of snow, and I had to back out of my driveway going the other direction and then drive around the block, because the piles of snow were just in the wrong places.  Hopefully it will start to melt, in the sun.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 11:17:55 AM
Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

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Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 11:19:27 AM
Sara, when you get a chance, could you tell me the name of the church there? I'd like to read a bit more about it, when it was built and things like that.

It looks quite beautiful.

Y'all did a great job!

mod: oh, I see the name is there below the picture. Disregard!

Itís an interesting church, large for a small town, but I think it was probably a rich area in medieval times. The original church was Saxon, but thereís nothing left except a broken stone cross. It was rebuilt in Norman times, and much added too, including the fairly unusual octagonal tower.

If you havenít seen it, thereís quite a lot about St Andrewís here.
 https://greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/colyton.html (https://greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/colyton.html)
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Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 11:23:19 AM
I went in search of Jupiter and Saturn just now. I had to drive 5 minutes in the car as there are too many houses and trees and they are low above the horizon. Anyway found them. They are very close together, but not all that spectacular - Saturn is pretty faint.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 11:24:52 AM
Thanks, Sara!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 11:29:36 AM
I went in search of Jupiter and Saturn just now. I had to drive 5 minutes in the car as there are too many houses and trees and they are low above the horizon. Anyway found them. They are very close together, but not all that spectacular - Saturn is pretty faint.

True, I'm hoping that sometime between tonight and Monday, whenever we have clear enough skies, that they'll be together close enough to be in the same field as seen through the binoculars. Not expecting to see the rings or anything like that, just two dots in the evening sky. I wish they were a bit higher above the horizon, but for the first visibility of them together in 800 years, it's quite notable.



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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 11:37:54 AM
Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

Thanks, Fritz.   ;D
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 11:41:55 AM
Gross, absolutely gross!   >:(   >:(   >:(

I just went down to get lunch, a salad from the refrigerator.  Opened a kitchen silverware drawer, where I'd some 2-packs of Saltine crackers (so they wouldn't be out on the counter).  Well, the mouse has been in that drawer!   :o  Found a partial cracker, some crumbs, partial wrapper, and what might be some of the "mouse droppings" the lady on the phone asked if I'd seen.  Gross! 

I guess I'll have to wait until the exterminator handles the situation, and then run everything in that drawer through the dishwasher.   >:(   >:(   >:(
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 11:44:36 AM
Yikes! Hope the Orkin man can take care of the problem completely.

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Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 11:46:19 AM
Gosh! That mouse/mice is certainly making its presence felt in a big way!
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Post by: Sara B on December 19, 2020, 11:48:32 AM
True, I'm hoping that sometime between tonight and Monday, whenever we have clear enough skies, that they'll be together close enough to be in the same field as seen through the binoculars. Not expecting to see the rings or anything like that, just two dots in the evening sky. I wish they were a bit higher above the horizon, but for the first visibility of them together in 800 years, it's quite notable.

Yes, itís pretty amazing!
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 11:48:53 AM
Yikes! Hope the Orkin man can take care of the problem completely.

Sure hope so, Fritz!
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 11:49:44 AM
Gosh! That mouse/mice is certainly making its presence felt in a big way!

I never would have imagined, Sara!   :(   :(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 12:29:40 PM
It's been raining for hours, a sad and gloomy day to do a sad and gloomy thing - I'll go to the vet in a few minutes to pick up Cupcake's paw prints...

In the old days, some vets would make clay impressions, I have Slate's and Emma's prints in clay, but now they just do ink on paper...cheaper...but still something to remember them by.

I know it's a sad day, Nancy. I'm thinking of you! ♥️

I got both Killer's and Tootsie's paw prints in clay and their ashes in little urns. I want my ashes mixed with what I have left of Rick's, (We scattered most of his at his favorite place)  and Killers and Tootsie's ashes, and have them scattered where I have stipulated in my will
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 12:32:56 PM
Hi, Linda.  Are you getting some rest today?
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 12:36:10 PM
Missed Linda.

I got there at 8 and it wasnít too bad. Iím pretty much stocked up with food now.

I got into bed (after I had fallen asleep in my recliner) way too late last night (well early morning).

Hi ((((Sara)❤️♥️
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 12:37:19 PM
Hello Diners!

Hope everyone is well today!

Hiya Chuck ♥️
I am doing well today. I've got stuff to do, but decided to just laze today.
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 12:38:01 PM
I actually did have two open boxes of crackers upstairs on a bookcase (they were closed, but probably not mouseproof), and an open box of cereal in the pantry downstairs, and an open box of snack bars.  I put them all in a larger kitchen trash bag and threw it out into the middle of the snow on the front yard.

Still not sure that's all the food that would attract a mouse.  I doubt they'd get into a tin of Planter's cashews, because of the way the lid closes, so that's probably safe.  But maybe I don't want even that UP stairs....maybe better to put ALL food downstairs, and try to contain all mouse activities in the kitchen/pantry part of the house.

I'll have to buy some new cracker boxes and snacks after this is all over with.
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 12:39:58 PM
Hey y'all, weakly sunny now, but very cold, in the 20's. Brrr! It should get warmer later on today, though.

Hey Fritz. :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*
Brightly sunny today, but very cold as well.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 12:44:54 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

It's above freezing here now, but still mostly cloudy, some weak sun still shining through the clouds.

Doing a load of laundry now, clothes that I want to take with me down to SC, so I figured it's getting near time.

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Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 12:45:05 PM
I know it's a sad day, Nancy. I'm thinking of you! ♥️

I got both Killer's and Tootsie's paw prints in clay and their ashes in little urns. I want my ashes mixed with what I have left of Rick's, (We scattered most of his at his favorite place)  and Killers and Tootsie's ashes, and have them scattered where I have stipulated in my will

Hi Linda, thank you for the thoughts, I know you have felt the same sadness many times over.

I think it's good that you've got a will...it ensures that your wishes are carried out, and makes it easier on those left behind.

The only time I got ashes back was for Slate, my Rottweiler, who was the best dog anyone could ever want.  When I thought I would be moving from this house, I scattered his ashes on his hill behind the house on a cold, blustery day...he would always patrol the perimeter of the yard, even going to the top of the steep hill and walk along the fenceline to make sure he knew everything was all right.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 12:45:51 PM
I guess Sandia Mountain would block your view of Jupiter and Saturn, since it's so relatively low in the eastern sky.

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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 12:53:37 PM
Iím hoping to see Jupiter and Saturn in the next couple of days, but today doesnít look very hopeful, though not impossible, and tomorrow, which looks better, we have the rehearsal at 4.15 followed by the 2 carol services.

Hello Sara

I hope to see them too, if I don't forget and miss the good time to look. I'm not sure about the weather conditions.
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 01:05:20 PM
Iíve nevqer had one in a foreign language! (Heavily accented - yes!)

There are so many Chinese speakers here.

In the last Federal election, in the seat with a significant Chinese-speaking demographic held by the Liberal treasurer, there were placards outside the polling places in Chinese supporting the Liberal candidate. They were in the same design, colours and fonts as the offical Election Commission signs and apparently looked like official advice to vote Liberal. He won the seat again. A legal challenge after the election was dismissed because of a loophole in the law.
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 01:15:20 PM
Good afternoon, Fritz.  It was a busy rush of a morning to get to PT on time, but I did find time to Wash My Hair.   ;D

Then PT went well, same machines as usual but we did some different balance exercises, including walking around some circles on the floor (using my cane for balance); and stepping up onto and over a step, then turning around and stepping over it coming back the other direction.  Others, too.

I'll be getting some lunch soon.  Not sure about a nap.  My PT therapist asked what I was doing the rest of the day and I told her about watching the ND/Clemson game.

We still have a lot of snow, and I had to back out of my driveway going the other direction and then drive around the block, because the piles of snow were just in the wrong places.  Hopefully it will start to melt, in the sun.

Hello Debbie

Glad you made it.
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 01:19:01 PM
Gross, absolutely gross!   >:(   >:(   >:(

I just went down to get lunch, a salad from the refrigerator.  Opened a kitchen silverware drawer, where I'd some 2-packs of Saltine crackers (so they wouldn't be out on the counter).  Well, the mouse has been in that drawer!   :o  Found a partial cracker, some crumbs, partial wrapper, and what might be some of the "mouse droppings" the lady on the phone asked if I'd seen.  Gross! 

I guess I'll have to wait until the exterminator handles the situation, and then run everything in that drawer through the dishwasher.   >:(   >:(   >:(
:o
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 01:20:58 PM
Hiya Chuck ♥️
I am doing well today. I've got stuff to do, but decided to just laze today.

Hello Linda

Good idea.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 01:24:17 PM
Hey Tony!

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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 01:25:37 PM
Hello Nancy
I hope the pawprints will comfort you.

Hello Ftriz

Hello Chuck

Hello Jonn
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Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 01:54:55 PM
Hello Nancy
I hope the pawprints will comfort you.

Hello Ftriz

Hello Chuck

Hello Jonn

Thanks, Tony.
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:09:25 PM
Hello Debbie

Glad you made it.

Hi, Tony.  Thanks.

And yes, having a mouse in here is gross.   :o  Especially when he gets into the food.  And the clean silverware!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:09:34 PM
This is going to be a tough game.

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:11:13 PM
This is going to be a tough game.

Hi, Fritz, I'm here for the game.  Never got a nap, too busy.

I'm afraid so, it will be tough.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:17:05 PM
1/2  ;D

But still.

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:17:17 PM
I thought that kick looked good!   :)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:19:49 PM
Just barely!

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:23:05 PM
Barely, but it made it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:33:03 PM
Darn.

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:33:09 PM
 :(
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:37:42 PM
 >:(

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:37:54 PM
 :o   >:(
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:54:48 PM
 >:(  >:(

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 02:55:47 PM
Not looking good.   :(
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 02:56:15 PM
Nope.

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 03:05:46 PM
You haven't left yet, Fritz?
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 03:09:50 PM
 >:(  >:( 1/2  >:(

Gotta leave for church, I expect I'll be back before the game ends, see y'all later.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 03:13:04 PM
See you later, Fritz.

I may go watch part of it on the bedroom TV soon, and lie down for a while.  But I'll keep the game on.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 03:39:09 PM
Boy, if Ennis could see this...

but I'm sorry, the cover picture of two naked guys on a horse with no saddle is, to me, hilarious. 
It's like Elaine said of the scene in The English Patient of them making love in a tub - "that doesn't work!"  If that horse moves one inch.... :laugh: :laugh: ...not such a good picture.


Luke Gilford: National Anthem: Americaís Queer Rodeo Hardcover Ė December 15, 2020

https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365 (https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 04:04:18 PM
Boy, if Ennis could see this...

but I'm sorry, the cover picture of two naked guys on a horse with no saddle is, to me, hilarious. 
It's like Elaine said of the scene in The English Patient of them making love in a tub - "that doesn't work!"  If that horse moves one inch.... :laugh: :laugh: ...not such a good picture.


Luke Gilford: National Anthem: Americaís Queer Rodeo Hardcover Ė December 15, 2020

https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365 (https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365)

 ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 04:08:02 PM
More  >:(  >:(  >:(

I was just moving into the bedroom to listen to the game in there for a while, and when I turned on that TV, CNN came on.  In the middle of a news story about a meeting held at the White House, in which T discussed declaring martial law in order to overturn the 2020 election.   >:(   >:(   >:(

He did encounter some opposition from other staff members.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 04:10:04 PM
Speaking of naked guys, I've been engrossed in The Walls of Sparta, a novel by Charles Lloyd. I've written about it in the What Good Book Have You Read Lately thread.
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Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 04:26:18 PM
i read your post and the review on Amazon, sounds historically (and sexually) interesting and it got good critical reviews.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 19, 2020, 04:37:28 PM
Sorry youíre doing such a sad thing, Nancy. But itíll be good to have them.

Thank you, Sara...yes, it's good to have a remembrance of them.  I started a shadow box for Buddy, with his prints, picture and one of his favorite stuffies, and will probably do one for Cupcake too.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 04:47:39 PM
Just got back in time for the last Clemson field goal.  >:(

Not good.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 04:51:15 PM
Just got back in time for the last Clemson field goal.  >:(

Not good.
Hi, Fritz.  I've been in the bedroom, but just got up and came back in here.  I did have the TV on in there.

Definitely not good.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 04:59:45 PM
At last, even if a little late.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 05:01:59 PM

there are so many versions of Carol of the Bells.  I've heard this one before, but never knew who performed it.   Thanks for the link, Nancy!


I have a version of CotB, but the first minute always reminds me of music that might be in a scary movie.   :laugh:

Try to put the fact that you recognize the music as holiday, and listen the first minute, and envision someone trapped in a haunted house, or running from a monster on Halloween.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8405nEFJXpk

Mannheim Steamroller has always been a Christmas  favorite of mine. But Pentatonix has replaced them.

Carol of the Bells has always been a favorite of mine, no matter who does it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 05:03:30 PM
Yes, I remember hearing the MS Christmas album when I was on the road heading home for Christmas in 1985, in Missouri collecting counties. Extremely impressed!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 05:07:40 PM
Mannheim Steamroller has always been a Christmas  favorite of mine. But Pentatonix has replaced them.

Carol of the Bells has always been a favorite of mine, no matter who does it.

I have some Mannheim Steamroller, always liked them.

Hi, Linda.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 05:13:30 PM
Fritz, I suppose there are worse animals than mice to run into, although this one isn't found in PA.

I was looking for another badge to work on in the Animals of the Amazon series, and found the Eyelash Pit Viper.  It is venomous, despite being rather pretty.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 05:14:56 PM
Yes, you wouldn't want to run into one.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 05:20:53 PM
Darn.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 05:26:07 PM
Darn.

Too bad, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 05:28:36 PM
Yeah, we'll see soon how things go from here.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 05:43:30 PM
I donít know if this link will work - Iíll be interested to know. Itís a shortish service of carols and readings which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. The main service is live tomorrow evening.
(The people standing close to each other are either sisters or in a ďbubbleĒ - a single person living on their own can join up with another household and itís called a bubble.)

 https://vimeo.com/491288849 (https://vimeo.com/491288849)

It worked for me.

Good on you, Sara ! Lovely to see you I action.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 05:44:05 PM
Unfortunately, when ND has played the same team twice in one year, they never have won both games.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 05:51:35 PM
Unfortunately, when ND has played the same team twice in one year, they never have won both games.

That makes sense, in a way.  Hard to do it twice.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 06:34:58 PM
I donít know if this link will work - Iíll be interested to know. Itís a shortish service of carols and readings which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. The main service is live tomorrow evening.
(The people standing close to each other are either sisters or in a ďbubbleĒ - a single person living on their own can join up with another household and itís called a bubble.)

 https://vimeo.com/491288849 (https://vimeo.com/491288849)


The link works, and I saw you singing!  :)   The choir is very good!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 06:46:17 PM
All caught up in here now. Lazy day for me, I slept in......time to get a MOVE ON now!

Happy Saturday and weekend, Diners!  ;D

Lazy days are always good!

Mine got busy!   I left the apartment at 11:30, got to mom and dad's place, started laundry, helped mom and dad finish with Trent's gifts, had lunch with everyone when Shana, Derek and Trent arrived, then exchanged gifts, spent a lot of time talking, and watching Trent play with his new presents, packed up the laundry, picked up my groceries, had dinner, and now I'm relaxing.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 06:53:26 PM
Boy, if Ennis could see this...

but I'm sorry, the cover picture of two naked guys on a horse with no saddle is, to me, hilarious. 
It's like Elaine said of the scene in The English Patient of them making love in a tub - "that doesn't work!"  If that horse moves one inch.... :laugh: :laugh: ...not such a good picture.


Luke Gilford: National Anthem: Americaís Queer Rodeo Hardcover Ė December 15, 2020

https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365 (https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365)


(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1b/1c/10/1b1c10cc23bbdd318af0990b68850eae.gif)


I am shocked!  Just shocked, at that cover! 

*averts eyes* :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 06:55:11 PM
More  >:(  >:(  >:(

I was just moving into the bedroom to listen to the game in there for a while, and when I turned on that TV, CNN came on.  In the middle of a news story about a meeting held at the White House, in which T discussed declaring martial law in order to overturn the 2020 election.   >:(   >:(   >:(

He did encounter some opposition from other staff members.

Dear God.  Ridiculous.  I must admit, I haven't watched CNN in a while, they lean very left.  I've started going to NPR.com to get news.

Is so hard to get unbiased news.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 07:01:10 PM
Yes, NPR is a lot better.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 07:14:00 PM
I get it, there is no truly 'unbiased' news, but damn.....some of the networks lean so far, I'm surprised they don't tip over.

I want to know the true news.  I want the honest and balanced picture.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 07:14:12 PM
There should be a new SNL tonight, the last new one this year.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 07:30:22 PM
I have to say, I can't remember the last time I saw SNL.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 07:34:18 PM
I still enjoy the cold openings and the Weekend Updates.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 07:38:49 PM
Yes, the weekend updates were always good.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 08:03:31 PM
Lazy days are always good!

Mine got busy!   I left the apartment at 11:30, got to mom and dad's place, started laundry, helped mom and dad finish with Trent's gifts, had lunch with everyone when Shana, Derek and Trent arrived, then exchanged gifts, spent a lot of time talking, and watching Trent play with his new presents, packed up the laundry, picked up my groceries, had dinner, and now I'm relaxing.

That does sound like a really busy day, Chuck.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:10:30 PM
That does sound like a really busy day, Chuck.

Yes, I'm sure I'll sleep well tonight.  LOL
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 08:10:35 PM
Dear God.  Ridiculous.  I must admit, I haven't watched CNN in a while, they lean very left.  I've started going to NPR.com to get news.

Is so hard to get unbiased news.

I do like some of CNN's programming.  They just had a Saturday night special (not that kind  :laugh: ) on the Flu of 1918, as described in the book "The Great Influenza."  Dr. Anthony Fauci was talking from a medical perspective, and Doris Kearns Goodwin (the famous historian who's been on many networks) was giving some historical perspective.

How COVID differs, how it doesn't differ, what we've learned since 1918, what we haven't learned (some people didn't want to wear masks then either, although masks were less political back then) and how the Influenza of 1918 had interacted with on World War I.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 08:16:05 PM
Chuck, I meant to ask you last night, but it was too late.  When you asked if I had any food "out" or "open," were you thinking about the mouse getting to the food, or were you thinking more about the food getting contaminated by the mouse poison, if it's used?

And did you notice that some food which I thought I'd put away (wrapped crackers) were gotten into by the mouse, who evidently got into my silverware drawer?  (And walked all over my silverware in order to have a meal.)  And may have done his little bathroom thing (looks like he left droppings) while in that drawer.  Disgusting.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 08:19:41 PM
I have some Mannheim Steamroller, always liked them.

Hi, Linda.

Hi Debbie.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 08:24:21 PM
Chuck and Fritz, this is that martial law story from another source, Business Insider:

https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-flynn-trump-military-martial-law-overturn-election-2020-12

I don't know how you would rate Business Insider vs CNN in terms of "leaning," but to me this seems like a legitimate story that agrees with what CNN reported.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 08:24:38 PM
My Nespresso machine started playing up yesterday. I think I have owned it 6 years and I researched and found that 6 years is a common lifespan. Also that if I ring regarding my problem, they will just tell me to buy a new one.
I found them on special at Noel Leeming (a major appliance store in NZ where I bought my new TV a few months ago) for $329 They come in much higher prices and even a few lower but that model would replace my current model and is about $345 - 350 in other stores.
A very nice girl helped me and found a box with another model that had she thought had all been sold in a promotion that had ended yesterday. She checked and it was still available at that price- $227. It came with $80 worth of free capsules (the other model only had $40). It is also priced about $349 elsewhere.   She said it was better for me as I only drink long blacks myself, the other had more bells and whistles in regards to milk. So I was very happy.
I then went to the cafe in my favourite hardware/garden supply store. There was a long queue to order being nearly 1pm on Sunday but I found a small table available for myself and had chicken, brie and cranberry panini plus a cappuccino.
I have been emailing my Christmas messages. I sent 15 by snail mail but have only received 2, still 2 more deliveries before Christmas. I have 23 on my email list.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:25:31 PM
Chuck, I meant to ask you last night, but it was too late.  When you asked if I had any food "out" or "open," were you thinking about the mouse getting to the food, or were you thinking more about the food getting contaminated by the mouse poison, if it's used?

And did you notice that some food which I thought I'd put away (wrapped crackers) were gotten into by the mouse, who evidently got into my silverware drawer?  (And walked all over my silverware in order to have a meal.)  And may have done his little bathroom thing (looks like he left droppings) while in that drawer.  Disgusting.


I was thinking about the food being out and attracting the mouse.   Yeah, I saw that post,  I would put that silverware somewhere so you don't accidentally use it until you've washed it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 08:26:15 PM
Chuck and Fritz, this is that martial law story from another source, Business Insider:

https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-flynn-trump-military-martial-law-overturn-election-2020-12

I don't know how you would rate Business Insider vs CNN in terms of "leaning," but to me this seems like a legitimate story that agrees with what CNN reported.

He's crazy enough to try it. And the GOP is hungry enough to retain power that they'd go along with it.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 08:35:58 PM

I was thinking about the food being out and attracting the mouse.   Yeah, I saw that post,  I would put that silverware somewhere so you don't accidentally use it until you've washed it.

Thanks for explaining, Chuck.  I have two pull-out drawers for silverware, actually.  One for the most commonly used items, and one for some less common things like salad forks and extra spoons.  The mouse was in that second drawer, because that's where I stashed the cracker packs....thinking they were "away" if they were in that drawer.  But somehow he knew they were there, and found them.  If I'd been thinking better, I would have put the crackers in the refrigerator....that's where I put my bread to make toast.  I don't think the mouse can get in the refrigerator.

I guess tomorrow I should empty out that drawer completely, clean it out with soap or something, and put the silverware aside until the Orkin man comes, and the mouse is gone, and then wash everything.  Fun.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 08:39:24 PM
If I'd been thinking better, I would have put the crackers in the refrigerator....that's where I put my bread to make toast.  I don't think the mouse can get in the refrigerator.

I guess tomorrow I should empty out that drawer completely, clean it out with soap or something, and put the silverware aside until the Orkin man comes, and the mouse is gone, and then wash everything.  Fun.


Yes, any food that has been opened by you should be in the refrigerator, the exception being food that seals shut (like a peanut butter jar).   Agree with emptying out the drawer completely, cleaning it out with soap and a disinfectant of some sort, even spraying it with Lysol.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 08:52:12 PM

Yes, any food that has been opened by you should be in the refrigerator, the exception being food that seals shut (like a peanut butter jar).   Agree with emptying out the drawer completely, cleaning it out with soap and a disinfectant of some sort, even spraying it with Lysol.

Well, fiirst point....I need to clarify....up until realizing the mouse was in the house, I never put my bread in the refrigerator.  I kept it (tied shut) in a bowl near the toaster.  And other people I know keep their bread on top of the microwave, if they don't have a breadbox (and most breadboxes wouldn't be mouse-proof either).  But my bread is in the refrigerator now, since Friday morning.

Second point....I don't have Lysol spray because that's been, you know, too hard to find during COVID.  But I do have some disinfectant wipes (several canisters of them) and I guess I could wipe out the drawer with them, and wipe down the counters with them.  I guess that would do, to get rid of his rodent germs....you think?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:01:08 PM
Well, fiirst point....I need to clarify....up until realizing the mouse was in the house, I never put my bread in the refrigerator.  I kept it (tied shut) in a bowl near the toaster.  And other people I know keep their bread on top of the microwave, if they don't have a breadbox (and most breadboxes wouldn't be mouse-proof either).  But my bread is in the refrigerator now, since Friday morning.

Second point....I don't have Lysol spray because that's been, you know, too hard to find during COVID.  But I do have some disinfectant wipes (several canisters of them) and I guess I could wipe out the drawer with them, and wipe down the counters with them.  I guess that would do, to get rid of his rodent germs....you think?

My mom doesn't keep her bread in the fridge either, but there are three of them in the home, so bread moves faster.  I don't have bread daily, so I keep mine in the fridge, because that seems to make it last longer.

I was thinking for you more because the mouse would not be able to get to it in the fridge.

I think the disinfectant wipes would work fine.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 09:02:24 PM
I don't eat bread all that often (not since I stopped working and having a PB sandwich in the morning before going to work), so I keep it in the freezer, and toast two slices as needed.

I had bought a bottle of OJ for Earl, it's about to expire so I'm working on that too. And the pudding and applesauce that I got for him too.

One of the doctors prescribed prune juice despite his diarrhea, but Earl didn't want any. I really didn't want the side effects either, so I poured the previously unopened bottle of that down the drain earlier today.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:05:17 PM
I donít know if this link will work - Iíll be interested to know. Itís a shortish service of carols and readings which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. The main service is live tomorrow evening.
(The people standing close to each other are either sisters or in a ďbubbleĒ - a single person living on their own can join up with another household and itís called a bubble.)

 https://vimeo.com/491288849 (https://vimeo.com/491288849)



Sara! I saw you, I saw you!! You sing very well and looked do professional!!

Thanks for sharing this!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:11:27 PM
True, I'm hoping that sometime between tonight and Monday, whenever we have clear enough skies, that they'll be together close enough to be in the same field as seen through the binoculars. Not expecting to see the rings or anything like that, just two dots in the evening sky. I wish they were a bit higher above the horizon, but for the first visibility of them together in 800 years, it's quite notable.

I saw it all last night when I took the trash out. It was very clear (and cold) and being so high, we usually have a pretty good view.

I didn't stay out very long as the sheriff's helicopter was flying low around the area, and this is usually an indication that they are looking for someone who is up to no good in the area.

Also last night someone took the whole cluster mailbox several streets over. They've been breaking into them, but this is the first I heard they took the whole unit.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:18:17 PM
My mom doesn't keep her bread in the fridge either, but there are three of them in the home, so bread moves faster.  I don't have bread daily, so I keep mine in the fridge, because that seems to make it last longer.

I was thinking for you more because the mouse would not be able to get to it in the fridge.

I think the disinfectant wipes would work fine.

Oh, okay....well, my breakfast bread isn't big long white bread loaves.  It's Pepperidge Farm raisin bread (loaves are fairly short), and I have two slices each day (to make a peanut butter sandwich) so one loaf lasts only 6 days max.  So it would normally be as fresh for me as your mom's bread would be for 3 people.  It's just mouse protection, being in the frig, so the mouse doesn't tear the wrapper open.  So I guess we're on the same wavelength there....and once the mouse problem is truly gone, the bread could probably stay out again.

I'll use those disinfectant wipes, then, too.  I forget the brand (Clorox maybe, on one canister, and several canisters of something else).

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:19:24 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

It's above freezing here now, but still mostly cloudy, some weak sun still shining through the clouds.

Doing a load of laundry now, clothes that I want to take with me down to SC, so I figured it's getting near time.



Good plan, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:19:29 PM
Thanks for explaining, Chuck.  I have two pull-out drawers for silverware, actually.  One for the most commonly used items, and one for some less common things like salad forks and extra spoons.  The mouse was in that second drawer, because that's where I stashed the cracker packs....thinking they were "away" if they were in that drawer.  But somehow he knew they were there, and found them.  If I'd been thinking better, I would have put the crackers in the refrigerator....that's where I put my bread to make toast.  I don't think the mouse can get in the refrigerator.

I guess tomorrow I should empty out that drawer completely, clean it out with soap or something, and put the silverware aside until the Orkin man comes, and the mouse is gone, and then wash everything.  Fun.

I guess mice can smell food in drawers and cupboards.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:20:47 PM
Lazy days are always good!

Mine got busy!   I left the apartment at 11:30, got to mom and dad's place, started laundry, helped mom and dad finish with Trent's gifts, had lunch with everyone when Shana, Derek and Trent arrived, then exchanged gifts, spent a lot of time talking, and watching Trent play with his new presents, packed up the laundry, picked up my groceries, had dinner, and now I'm relaxing.

A productive day, Chuck.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:23:19 PM
There are so many Chinese speakers here.

In the last Federal election, in the seat with a significant Chinese-speaking demographic held by the Liberal treasurer, there were placards outside the polling places in Chinese supporting the Liberal candidate. They were in the same design, colours and fonts as the offical Election Commission signs and apparently looked like official advice to vote Liberal. He won the seat again. A legal challenge after the election was dismissed because of a loophole in the law.

When I lived out in San Francisco, I was riding the public transit train and heard 6 different languages from different groups on the train. It was amazing.

Spanish
Chinese
Korean
Russian
Indian
German
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:23:25 PM
My Nespresso machine started playing up yesterday. I think I have owned it 6 years and I researched and found that 6 years is a common lifespan. Also that if I ring regarding my problem, they will just tell me to buy a new one.
I found them on special at Noel Leeming (a major appliance store in NZ where I bought my new TV a few months ago) for $329 They come in much higher prices and even a few lower but that model would replace my current model and is about $345 - 350 in other stores.
A very nice girl helped me and found a box with another model that had she thought had all been sold in a promotion that had ended yesterday. She checked and it was still available at that price- $227. It came with $80 worth of free capsules (the other model only had $40). It is also priced about $349 elsewhere.   She said it was better for me as I only drink long blacks myself, the other had more bells and whistles in regards to milk. So I was very happy.
I then went to the cafe in my favourite hardware/garden supply store. There was a long queue to order being nearly 1pm on Sunday but I found a small table available for myself and had chicken, brie and cranberry panini plus a cappuccino.
I have been emailing my Christmas messages. I sent 15 by snail mail but have only received 2, still 2 more deliveries before Christmas. I have 23 on my email list.

Gosh, a six-year lifespan for an appliance - what a rip off!  Lucky you could get a discounted new one.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:23:41 PM
I don't eat bread all that often (not since I stopped working and having a PB sandwich in the morning before going to work), so I keep it in the freezer, and toast two slices as needed.

I had bought a bottle of OJ for Earl, it's about to expire so I'm working on that too. And the pudding and applesauce that I got for him too.

One of the doctors prescribed prune juice despite his diarrhea, but Earl didn't want any. I really didn't want the side effects either, so I poured the previously unopened bottle of that down the drain earlier today.

Oh, that's good, pouring the prune juice down the drain rather than forcing yourself to deal with the side-effects. 

Sometimes I get those side-effects too, from my morning V-8; that's why I skipped it this morning until after PT, but then I had the juice after getting home (the Vitamin C is still so good since I've been having off-and-on cold symptoms).  And I have an unopened bottle of OJ in my frig that expires sometime in January.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:25:22 PM
He's crazy enough to try it. And the GOP is hungry enough to retain power that they'd go along with it.

Du you think the military would comply if push came to shove ?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:26:09 PM
Hello Linda

Good idea.

Hello, Tony.

Yes it was a very good idea!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:26:36 PM

Also last night someone took the whole cluster mailbox several streets over. They've been breaking into them, but this is the first I heard they took the whole unit.

 :o

I never heard of that either, Linda, taking the whole unit of mailboxes.  Unbelievable.   >:(
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:29:59 PM
Speaking of naked guys, I've been engrossed in The Walls of Sparta, a novel by Charles Lloyd. I've written about it in the What Good Book Have You Read Lately thread.

I bought the book for my e-reader to read, Tony. I read about it in the thread and looked really good. I'll let you know when I finish it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:30:39 PM
Well, fiirst point....I need to clarify....up until realizing the mouse was in the house, I never put my bread in the refrigerator.  I kept it (tied shut) in a bowl near the toaster.  And other people I know keep their bread on top of the microwave, if they don't have a breadbox (and most breadboxes wouldn't be mouse-proof either).  But my bread is in the refrigerator now, since Friday morning.

Second point....I don't have Lysol spray because that's been, you know, too hard to find during COVID.  But I do have some disinfectant wipes (several canisters of them) and I guess I could wipe out the drawer with them, and wipe down the counters with them.  I guess that would do, to get rid of his rodent germs....you think?

I think I still have a heavy ceramic bread crock that came from my grandparents' house somewhere here, but the lid got broken. I wrap our bread in plastic bags and put them in a basket on the table. So far, nothing has got to them.

Phong got some sort of electrical device he plugged in in the kitchen. It's supposed to repel mice throughout the house.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:31:39 PM
I guess mice can smell food in drawers and cupboards.

Hi, Tony.  Yeah, I'm sure they can.  I've learned lessons about this whole mouse situation.  Never had to contend with one in the house before.

I'm still thinking maybe he came inside because the ground outside was covered with six inches of snow, so he couldn't find any food out there.  I'll see what the Orkin man (that's the exterminator company, or mouse-catcher) says on Monday.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:39:10 PM
When I lived out in San Francisco, I was riding the public transit train and heard 6 different languages from different groups on the train. It was amazing.

Spanish
Chinese
Korean
Russian
Indian
German


You would hear a very wide variety of languages spoken in Melbourne.Unfortunately, my hearing loss means it's more difficult for me to distinguish which one the conversation I can hear is in.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 09:40:42 PM
Du you think the military would comply if push came to shove ?

I don't think so, since they swear an oath to the Constitution and not to a person. Also the Uniform Code of Military Justice forbids officers from issuing and soldiers from obeying illegal orders.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:41:30 PM
I bought the book for my e-reader to read, Tony. I read about it in the thread and looked really good. I'll let you know when I finish it.

I look forward to seeing what you think of it, Linda.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:42:26 PM
When I lived out in San Francisco, I was riding the public transit train and heard 6 different languages from different groups on the train. It was amazing.

Spanish
Chinese
Korean
Russian
Indian
German

Linda, your post about languages reminded me of a question I had about a TV commercial, and thought maybe Fritz could answer it.  I recognized the language as French, but could understand none of it, and knew I couldn't ask Ingy because he doesn't watch any TV, let alone American TV commercials.

But I guess I found the answer on Google.  It's the Allstate insurance commercial, and Edith Piaf's song, according to the first story in this article:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2020/10/18/Television-Q-A-What-French-song-is-used-in-a-recent-Allstate-ad/stories/202010150018#:~:text=A%3A%20That%20is%20%E2%80%9CNon%2C,No%2C%20I%20regret%20nothing.%E2%80%9D


And here's the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU


The audio of the commercial is just the first snippet of this song.  It seems that the video of the commercial shows a car driving along with a cup of coffee on top, but I would have to watch it again to really know.

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:44:30 PM
Du you think the military would comply if push came to shove ?

According to the story I first heard on CNN, the military did NOT want to go along with this idea.
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:45:03 PM
I guess mice can smell food in drawers and cupboards.

Mice can find ANYTHING, ANYWHERE!! If it's nose fits,bit can get in anywhere and find anything to eat. They can even eat through plastic containers.
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:45:39 PM
I don't think so, since they swear an oath to the Constitution and not to a person. Also the Uniform Code of Military Justice forbids officers from issuing and soldiers from obeying illegal orders.

Thanks, Fritz.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 09:45:40 PM
Linda, your post about languages reminded me of a question I had about a TV commercial, and thought maybe Fritz could answer it.  I recognized the language as French, but could understand none of it, and knew I couldn't ask Ingy because he doesn't watch any TV, let alone American TV commercials.

But I guess I found the answer on Google.  It's the Allstate insurance commercial, and Edith Piaf's song, according to the first story in this article:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2020/10/18/Television-Q-A-What-French-song-is-used-in-a-recent-Allstate-ad/stories/202010150018#:~:text=A%3A%20That%20is%20%E2%80%9CNon%2C,No%2C%20I%20regret%20nothing.%E2%80%9D


And here's the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU


The audio of the commercial is just the first snippet of this song.  It seems that the video of the commercial shows a car driving along with a cup of coffee on top, but I would have to watch it again to really know.

Yes, it's French, Edith Piaf singing "Je ne regrette rien" (I regret nothing).

He's quite familiar with that song!

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:46:02 PM
I think I still have a heavy ceramic bread crock that came from my grandparents' house somewhere here, but the lid got broken. I wrap our bread in plastic bags and put them in a basket on the table. So far, nothing has got to them.

Phong got some sort of electrical device he plugged in in the kitchen. It's supposed to repel mice throughout the house.

Oh, that would be an interesting device, Tony.  An anti-mouse device.
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:47:28 PM
:o

I never heard of that either, Linda, taking the whole unit of mailboxes.  Unbelievable.   >:(

Yeah, from the pictures posted, it looked like someone pulled it up from the concrete with a truck.
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:49:00 PM
I think I still have a heavy ceramic bread crock that came from my grandparents' house somewhere here, but the lid got broken. I wrap our bread in plastic bags and put them in a basket on the table. So far, nothing has got to them.

Phong got some sort of electrical device he plugged in in the kitchen. It's supposed to repel mice throughout the house.

They installed those in this house when they built it. They don't work
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:49:32 PM
Mice can find ANYTHING, ANYWHERE!! If it's nose fits,bit can get in anywhere and find anything to eat. They can even eat through plastic containers.

Wow, I didn't realize that about plastic containers, Linda.

More  >:(   >:(   >:(
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:50:19 PM
I look forward to seeing what you think of it, Linda.

I will definitely let you know, Tony.
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:53:26 PM
Yes, it's French, Edith Piaf singing "Je ne regrette rien" (I regret nothing).

He's quite familiar with that song!

Thanks, Fritz.  Ingy might be quite impressed with the cultural level of that one particular TV commercial.   ;)

I truly loved the voice and the song and the language when I first heard the commercial, even though I had no idea who was singing, and wasn't initially sure it was even French (but then I realized, what else could it be?).
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Post by: killersmom on December 19, 2020, 09:54:10 PM
Well, I'm going to bed since I stayed up so late last night.

See you all tomorrow. Nighty night.♥️
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:54:56 PM
Well, I'm going to bed since I stayed up so late last night.

See you all tomorrow. Nighty night.♥️

Sleep well, Auntie!
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:55:19 PM
They installed those in this house when they built it. They don't work

Anti-mousing devices?  Hmmmm.  Well, nice idea anyway, too bad they don't.
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Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 09:55:47 PM
Well, fiirst point....I need to clarify....up until realizing the mouse was in the house, I never put my bread in the refrigerator.  I kept it (tied shut) in a bowl near the toaster.  And other people I know keep their bread on top of the microwave, if they don't have a breadbox (and most breadboxes wouldn't be mouse-proof either).  But my bread is in the refrigerator now, since Friday morning.
I have always kept my bread in the freezer. I bought some Zupfe bread at the markets on Saturday. they only sell it 2 or 3 times per year, alway the week before Christmas. I sliced it when I got home and put it in  the freezer. I only have it on special occasions and it should last until the next baking just before Easter. My everyday bread now is German Sourdough and, while I toast a slice for breakfast every day, I only make sandwiches (just 2 slices) for lunch 3 or 4 days per week, so a loaf easily lasts me about 10 days and needs to be in the freezer.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:56:04 PM
My Nespresso machine started playing up yesterday. I think I have owned it 6 years and I researched and found that 6 years is a common lifespan. Also that if I ring regarding my problem, they will just tell me to buy a new one.
I found them on special at Noel Leeming (a major appliance store in NZ where I bought my new TV a few months ago) for $329 They come in much higher prices and even a few lower but that model would replace my current model and is about $345 - 350 in other stores.
A very nice girl helped me and found a box with another model that had she thought had all been sold in a promotion that had ended yesterday. She checked and it was still available at that price- $227. It came with $80 worth of free capsules (the other model only had $40). It is also priced about $349 elsewhere.   She said it was better for me as I only drink long blacks myself, the other had more bells and whistles in regards to milk. So I was very happy.
I then went to the cafe in my favourite hardware/garden supply store. There was a long queue to order being nearly 1pm on Sunday but I found a small table available for myself and had chicken, brie and cranberry panini plus a cappuccino.
I have been emailing my Christmas messages. I sent 15 by snail mail but have only received 2, still 2 more deliveries before Christmas. I have 23 on my email list.


6 years average life span.  That's just sad.  I can remember when appliances were built to last.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 09:57:09 PM
G'nite Linda!

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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 09:57:17 PM
Well, I'm going to bed since I stayed up so late last night.

See you all tomorrow. Nighty night.♥️

Good night, Linda. 

I'll be going to bed soon too, although I may stay up to write an email to my sister.  Maybe.  Anyway, at least it's a day off tomorrow.
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:57:27 PM
They installed those in this house when they built it. They don't work

I wondered.

I haven't seen any evidence of mice recently in our kitchen, living room and bedrooms. I wouldn't surprised to find some in the rooms where there are lots of papers and things still piled up.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 09:58:04 PM
I don't eat bread all that often (not since I stopped working and having a PB sandwich in the morning before going to work), so I keep it in the freezer, and toast two slices as needed.


If I get a package of 8 rolls, that will last me probably about 3 weeks.   I don't keep cold cuts in the apartment, they don't seem to last long enough.  The only time I use the rolls is if I make a hamburger, or chicken, or a PB & J.

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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 09:59:18 PM
Well, I'm going to bed since I stayed up so late last night.

See you all tomorrow. Nighty night.♥️

Sleep well, Linda
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 10:00:17 PM
I have always kept my bread in the freezer. I bought some Zupfe bread at the markets on Saturday. they only sell it 2 or 3 times per year, alway the week before Christmas. I sliced it when I got home and put it in  the freezer. I only have it on special occasions and it should last until the next baking just before Easter. My everyday bread now is German Sourdough and, while I toast a slice for breakfast every day, I only make sandwiches (just 2 slices) for lunch 3 or 4 days per week, so a loaf easily lasts me about 10 days and needs to be in the freezer.

When I buy bread, I buy five or six (or more) loaves at a time, and always keep them in the freezer until I'm ready to start using one particular loaf.  But once I open the loaf, I don't put it back in the freezer, because it gets eaten (by me) within just a few days.

(They are short loaves, just 10 inner slices plus the two heels on both ends.)
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 10:00:37 PM
Phong got some sort of electrical device he plugged in in the kitchen. It's supposed to repel mice throughout the house.

They installed those in this house when they built it. They don't work


I've seen them advertised here, I wondered if they worked.   According to what I saw, you plugged the device in, and it sent out some high-frequency pitch that supposedly affected pests like rodents, bugs, spiders and such, and made them leave the house.

but somehow, the high-frequncy didn't affect pets, which always seemed dubious to me.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 10:02:10 PM
I don't think so, since they swear an oath to the Constitution and not to a person. Also the Uniform Code of Military Justice forbids officers from issuing and soldiers from obeying illegal orders.

I would love for the military to make an official statement of such.  I'm sure they won't, but I would love it.
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Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 10:03:04 PM
Linda, your post about languages reminded me of a question I had about a TV commercial, and thought maybe Fritz could answer it.  I recognized the language as French, but could understand none of it, and knew I couldn't ask Ingy because he doesn't watch any TV, let alone American TV commercials.

But I guess I found the answer on Google.  It's the Allstate insurance commercial, and Edith Piaf's song, according to the first story in this article:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2020/10/18/Television-Q-A-What-French-song-is-used-in-a-recent-Allstate-ad/stories/202010150018#:~:text=A%3A%20That%20is%20%E2%80%9CNon%2C,No%2C%20I%20regret%20nothing.%E2%80%9D


And here's the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU


The audio of the commercial is just the first snippet of this song.  It seems that the video of the commercial shows a car driving along with a cup of coffee on top, but I would have to watch it again to really know.
Non, je ne regrette rien
One of my favourite songs. It makes me think of Paris and feel like crying as I wonder if I will ever see Paris again. I last farewelled Paris on September 12, 2018 (two days after having lunch with Sara in London).
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Post by: tfferg on December 19, 2020, 10:09:27 PM
Phong asked me how long a Green Card lasts. I couldn't tell him. He didn't think to ask her himself.

He said a friend from his village told him she got one. She lives with her retired Sydneysider husband in a village in the district. She isn't working. The friend has a married daughter who lives in the US, so Phong issues she is sponsored by her.
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 10:09:39 PM
I hope you are able to go back to Paris someday, Brian.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 10:12:14 PM
As I read what Brian posted, they were playing the Allstate ad on SNL.  ;D

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 19, 2020, 10:13:19 PM
Non, je ne regrette rien
One of my favourite songs. It makes me think of Paris and feel like crying as I wonder if I will ever see Paris again. I last farewelled Paris on September 12, 2018 (two days after having lunch with Sara in London).

It sounds like once this virus mess is dealt with, you need to schedule a trip to Paris.
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Post by: brian on December 19, 2020, 10:30:55 PM
While I was typing I realised it was 3 minutes past 6 and the National News had started. My TV is in the lounge room and my computer is in the bedroom. I missed the news (which I have read online) about London going into stricter lockdown then was the news from Australia about Sydney's emergency. I doubt I will be able to visit Sydney before June at the earliest (Paris is a far off dream). However I am off to the cathedral for 7pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Our lack of any cases and therefore any restrictions (except borders) sometimes seem surreal.
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Post by: dejavu on December 19, 2020, 10:42:56 PM
As I read what Brian posted, they were playing the Allstate ad on SNL.  ;D

 ;D

I just replayed that Youtube recording of the song several times, over and over, and read many of the comments which had been left underneath.  It's a beautiful song.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 19, 2020, 10:58:09 PM
Just about bedtime, g'nite y'all!

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Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 12:45:37 AM
I am back home 8.30pm, the Cathedral was quite full and the choir was very good, some interesting pieces. The mayor read one of  the lessons. He wore his mayoral robes and chains. He is quite young and a member of the Green Party. Dunedin has the only Green Mayor in the country. I am not sure how comfortable he is with a religious service or classical music. He is patron of the Dunedin Symphony but I have seen the Deputy Mayor sitting in his reserved seat at concerts. Then we have not had many "normal" concerts since he became Mayor late last year.
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Post by: Sara B on December 20, 2020, 01:21:46 AM
I bought the book for my e-reader to read, Tony. I read about it in the thread and looked really good. I'll let you know when I finish it.
I looked it up on Amazon too. But Iíve got quite a lot to read, so I wonít get it now.

Iím rather into Philip Pullman atm. Iíve read His Dark Materials trilogy twice, and the BBC tv are serialising them all - the second book, The Subtle Knife, finishes this evening. Itís very well done. (The last book has two gay angels in it!)

And Iíve been given the first two paperbacks of his sequel Book of Dust trilogy for Christmas.

I suppose you would call them Young Adult books. They are set pretty much in the present, but move between parallel worlds. The most notable thing perhaps is that in Lyraís (the heroine) world every human has a daemon, which is like their soul. The daemon is a real animal which speaks, and always stays within a few yards of the human (they are beautifully done in the tv series). A childís daemon changes form frequently, but at puberty it settles into one creature, somehow related to their personality.

I really enjoy them - an interesting blend of fantasy and quite serious philosophy. (The established church is a pretty malevolent entity!)
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Post by: Sara B on December 20, 2020, 01:25:47 AM
Linda, your post about languages reminded me of a question I had about a TV commercial, and thought maybe Fritz could answer it.  I recognized the language as French, but could understand none of it, and knew I couldn't ask Ingy because he doesn't watch any TV, let alone American TV commercials.

But I guess I found the answer on Google.  It's the Allstate insurance commercial, and Edith Piaf's song, according to the first story in this article:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2020/10/18/Television-Q-A-What-French-song-is-used-in-a-recent-Allstate-ad/stories/202010150018#:~:text=A%3A%20That%20is%20%E2%80%9CNon%2C,No%2C%20I%20regret%20nothing.%E2%80%9D


And here's the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU


The audio of the commercial is just the first snippet of this song.  It seems that the video of the commercial shows a car driving along with a cup of coffee on top, but I would have to watch it again to really know.

The song was hugely popular here - it must have been in 1960 according to Google.
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Post by: Sara B on December 20, 2020, 01:27:16 AM

6 years average life span.  That's just sad.  I can remember when appliances were built to last.

I sort of expect that nowadays.
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Post by: Sara B on December 20, 2020, 01:29:10 AM
Non, je ne regrette rien
One of my favourite songs. It makes me think of Paris and feel like crying as I wonder if I will ever see Paris again. I last farewelled Paris on September 12, 2018 (two days after having lunch with Sara in London).

I suppose Iím more likely to get there than you, Brian. But I canít even begin to look forward to travelling again.
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Post by: Sara B on December 20, 2020, 01:39:37 AM
So today is the Carol Service. We are well spaced out during the service, but the worry is going to be not getting close to people while we are robing, and in between the two services when we can have a snack weíve brought with us. But I expect weíll manage. I keep my robes at home now so I donít have to go into the very small choir vestry where they are normally stored.

Iím not going to the church service this morning, but Nick the organist (whom youíve now met LOL) will be playing, so heís coming for a light lunch here, before the rehearsal and services this afternoon/evening. He lives about 12 miles away.
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Post by: tfferg on December 20, 2020, 05:07:48 AM
The song was hugely popular here - it must have been in 1960 according to Google.

It's one of my favourites too. I have it on an album recorded at one of her last concerts in Paris.
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Post by: morrobay on December 20, 2020, 07:48:36 AM
I get it, there is no truly 'unbiased' news, but damn.....some of the networks lean so far, I'm surprised they don't tip over.

I want to know the true news.  I want the honest and balanced picture.

Truer words were never spoken, there is no way to get unbiased news.  NPR is just as far left as Fox is far right...although NPR is considered by some to be center, and not left or left-leaning ...so both will report what they want to represent as their agenda. 

I'm trying to follow the Hunter Biden investigation to see if there is something to it, which I believe there is, I just don't know how deep it goes...and apparently I'll never be able to find out.  CNN never touches it, they'd rather spend hours on specials about the first ladies through the years or the 1918 flu.

The Mediaís Hunter Biden Conundrum
It should be possible to cover revelations about the Biden family that are neither disinformation nor the greatest scandal of our time.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/opinion/hunter-biden-story-media.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/opinion/hunter-biden-story-media.html)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 08:30:23 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy here and probably will remain so all day, so not much chance of seeing the approaching conjunction after sunset tonight.

A bit less cool than yesterday, above freezing already.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 08:31:11 AM
Hey Nancy!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:01:23 AM
Good morning Diners!

:)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 09:05:41 AM
Hey Chuck!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:06:24 AM
Truer words were never spoken, there is no way to get unbiased news.  NPR is just as far left as Fox is far right...although NPR is considered by some to be center, and not left or left-leaning ...so both will report what they want to represent as their agenda. 

I'm trying to follow the Hunter Biden investigation to see if there is something to it, which I believe there is, I just don't know how deep it goes...and apparently I'll never be able to find out.  CNN never touches it, they'd rather spend hours on specials about the first ladies through the years or the 1918 flu.

The Mediaís Hunter Biden Conundrum
It should be possible to cover revelations about the Biden family that are neither disinformation nor the greatest scandal of our time.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/opinion/hunter-biden-story-media.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/opinion/hunter-biden-story-media.html)


The issue I have with the Hunter Biden investigation is that Republicans are sooooo making a big deal about this, but when it comes to Trump's taxes, they should be 'left alone' and there are no problems with attacking Biden's son, but when someone goes after any of Trump's kids (who all work in the White House) suddenly it's 'distasteful' and "kids should be off limits'.

The only times kids should be off limits is when they are directly working in the White House, and they are minors.   Chelsea should've been left alone, as should have been Sasha and Malia and Baron.
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Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 09:08:25 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy here and probably will remain so all day, so not much chance of seeing the approaching conjunction after sunset tonight.

A bit less cool than yesterday, above freezing already.



Hey Fritz. :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*
Good Sunday to you!
Sunny and cold here.
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Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 09:08:50 AM
Good morning Diners!

:)

Good morning Chuck ❤️
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:18:33 AM
Linda, your post about languages reminded me of a question I had about a TV commercial, and thought maybe Fritz could answer it.  I recognized the language as French, but could understand none of it, and knew I couldn't ask Ingy because he doesn't watch any TV, let alone American TV commercials.

But I guess I found the answer on Google.  It's the Allstate insurance commercial, and Edith Piaf's song, according to the first story in this article:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2020/10/18/Television-Q-A-What-French-song-is-used-in-a-recent-Allstate-ad/stories/202010150018#:~:text=A%3A%20That%20is%20%E2%80%9CNon%2C,No%2C%20I%20regret%20nothing.%E2%80%9D


And here's the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU


The audio of the commercial is just the first snippet of this song.  It seems that the video of the commercial shows a car driving along with a cup of coffee on top, but I would have to watch it again to really know.

Non, je ne regrette rien
One of my favourite songs. It makes me think of Paris and feel like crying as I wonder if I will ever see Paris again. I last farewelled Paris on September 12, 2018 (two days after having lunch with Sara in London).

The song was hugely popular here - it must have been in 1960 according to Google.


Edith's song is on TV all the time here, as it's been used in two (maybe three) national commercials.


This one is for Allstate Insurance.  I think it's humorous, and the expression on the young girl's face watching the jello is funny.  (you'll understand when you see the commercial)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdLxM_5_bXo

The other is for Dove Chocolate.  This one is pretty inventive.  A toddler wakes up in the morning, and goes through the day, and at the end of the day is older woman.  At the end of the commercial she wakes the next day a toddler again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJ2ThGFg-o
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:19:10 AM
Good morning Chuck ❤️

Hello Auntie!

:-*

Back to work tomorrow!  :(    Oh well, at least it's a short work week!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 09:20:58 AM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

Hadn't seen the Dove commercial Chuck, nice one!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:27:41 AM
Hadn't seen the Dove commercial Chuck, nice one!

Yeah, it's well done, isn't it?


It's snowing here again.....just flurries, but it looks nice.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 09:39:01 AM
They're talking about some possibility of scattered precip here, nothing yet so far.

The 24th looks pretty rainy here, so I'm considering the possibility of leaving on the 23rd. I've already stopped the paper for this period till after New Year. I'll have to call my sister about it, but I don't expect any difficulty.

mod: just talked with them, no problem coming a day early.

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Post by: Flyboy on December 20, 2020, 09:55:46 AM
Boy, if Ennis could see this...

but I'm sorry, the cover picture of two naked guys on a horse with no saddle is, to me, hilarious. 
It's like Elaine said of the scene in The English Patient of them making love in a tub - "that doesn't work!"  If that horse moves one inch.... :laugh: :laugh: ...not such a good picture.


Luke Gilford: National Anthem: Americaís Queer Rodeo Hardcover Ė December 15, 2020

https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365 (https://www.amazon.com/Luke-Gilford-National-Anthem-Americas/dp/8862087365)
I think I've seen that pic in the Go West thread in here, I'm sure of it!  :P :laugh:
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Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 10:27:23 AM
They're talking about some possibility of scattered precip here, nothing yet so far.

The 24th looks pretty rainy here, so I'm considering the possibility of leaving on the 23rd. I've already stopped the paper for this period till after New Year. I'll have to call my sister about it, but I don't expect any difficulty.

mod: just talked with them, no problem coming a day early.



Just be careful,Fritz. I'll be thinking of you. I'm glad you are going to your sister's for Christmas.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 20, 2020, 10:28:40 AM
I think I've seen that pic in the Go West thread in here, I'm sure of it!  :P :laugh:

probably, or something close to it.  Something to do with the supposed romantic notion of being on horseback.  Tons of commercials for perfume with women riding horseback...

this guy modeled for Ralph Lauren Polo cologne, but at least he was a real polo player...and gorgeous...and he didn't do something stupid like pretending to ride naked...that would just hurt.


(https://i.mdel.net/i/db/2017/6/716195/716195-200w.jpg)

(https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150617132750-nacho-figueras-polo-playing-super-169.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 20, 2020, 10:32:25 AM
Linda, what do you have planned for CHristmas day?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 10:36:06 AM
Hey y'all, cloudy here and probably will remain so all day, so not much chance of seeing the approaching conjunction after sunset tonight.

A bit less cool than yesterday, above freezing already.

Good afternoon already, Fritz, and Chuck.

Good morning, Linda.

Hi, Sara, in your evening already.

Hope you are all well.

I left a light on the kitchen all night (not the overhead with the wall switch, but a small chandelier over the kitchen table) maybe for no purpose, but to keep the mouse from having total darkness for stealthy deeds. And I was quite apprehensive about going down for a look this morning, but I didn't actually see evidence of any more mouse activity.  At least he didn't dig into anything, that I could see. 

I'm still trying to get used to keeping everything (even a knife and plate that I want to reuse, for peanut butter and toast) in the refrigerator, especially since my frig is still fairly full of food that I had delivered on Thursday.

Oh, I even remembered that there was an open bag of potato chips (clipped shut) up on a high shelf in the pantry, so I squeezed them into the frig also, along with a bag of unopened chips, a box of unopened crackers, and a box of unopened cereal.  So I hope that takes care of any remaining mouse-attracting food.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 10:37:20 AM
Hey Debbie! Good luck in deterring mice!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 20, 2020, 10:38:33 AM
Hey Fritz!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 10:38:45 AM
I should have internet access down in SC on the phone as well as this laptop, but of course I don't know how much time I'll have to access it, we'll see. I know we won't be going out to eat, but we may take some rides around the area.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 10:42:27 AM

Edith's song is on TV all the time here, as it's been used in two (maybe three) national commercials.


This one is for Allstate Insurance.  I think it's humorous, and the expression on the young girl's face watching the jello is funny.  (you'll understand when you see the commercial)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdLxM_5_bXo


Thanks for finding this, Chuck.  I tried, but only found the song with orchestra, and the article about the commercial.

Also, I very often have the TV on and hear commercials while I'm typing at the computer, so that's the first time I've ever seen the Allstate ad all the way through, in its entirety.  Never really noticed the jello before, but that girl's expression is  great.   :laugh:  And I never noticed the goldfish, mostly just the coffee or other drink riding along.  Good thing the goldfish made the trip safely!   ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 10:43:02 AM
I suppose Iím more likely to get there than you, Brian. But I canít even begin to look forward to travelling again.
Planning for my travels has always been centre focus of my life. I always knew it would probably stop when I approached my mid-80's but life seems so empty without it now. I can plan travel around NZ but it does not quite seem the same, I enjoy experiencing other cultures (even if I have problems with the food) and languages.
I have booked a 4 night camp for our walking group in early March and have 10 going at the moment. I am thinking about a road trip to the top of the South Island in February. I will not go far before then as they say roads and accommodation are going to be packed during the school holidays as no-one can go overseas.  I am thinking about Queensland in May or June but this latest outbreak in Sydney may stop that. Australia was never high on my wish list in the past (except for seeing family and friends in Sydney).
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 10:48:00 AM
The other is for Dove Chocolate.  This one is pretty inventive.  A toddler wakes up in the morning, and goes through the day, and at the end of the day is older woman.  At the end of the commercial she wakes the next day a toddler again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJ2ThGFg-o

Thanks for this, too, Chuck.  I don't like the way the song is done here as well as in the Allstate commercial, but I did read online that there was a Dove commercial also, and had wondered about it, without finding it.  Now I understand the picture of the elderly woman eating chocolate, which appeared just by itself (without the toddler or the younger woman) in one clip I found.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 10:50:22 AM
Yeah, it's well done, isn't it?


It's snowing here again.....just flurries, but it looks nice.

Oh no!  Well, I'm glad for you, but I hope we don't get any more here.

I was up late last night and heard what sounded like a snowplow at the 7-11 parking lot (where my hairdresser is), and I was hoping they weren't plowing new snow, but I guess they were just trying to deal with the piled up snow from Wednesday/Thursday.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 10:51:43 AM
They're talking about some possibility of scattered precip here, nothing yet so far.

The 24th looks pretty rainy here, so I'm considering the possibility of leaving on the 23rd. I've already stopped the paper for this period till after New Year. I'll have to call my sister about it, but I don't expect any difficulty.

mod: just talked with them, no problem coming a day early.

Sounds like that's the best thing to do, Fritz.  Wow, that would be this Wednesday already!  Just have a safe trip, that's the main thing.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 10:55:21 AM
Hey Debbie! Good luck in deterring mice!

Thanks, Fritz.  I'm not sure what will actually happen tomorrow, when Orkin comes.  They will probably set some traps, but the mouse won't immediately come to the traps, so I'll have to ask about followup service if the mouse appears and gets caught.  Ugh!   :-X
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:13:02 AM
Word's just out, Notre Dame will play Alabama in the Rose Bowl on 1 January at 4 pm. That will be a tough game too.

Last time ND was in the Rose Bowl was in 1925 (1924 season). That was the season that Grantland Rice wrote his Four Horsemen column.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 11:19:22 AM
I have other things to do today, but can't really clean up too much until after Orkin has been here (so probably Tuesday would be a good cleaning day, with no  PT that day).

So, in the meantime, the POGO game site has released some new destinations (with pictures) in the Winter Wonderland game, where places around the world are decorated for Christmas.  You have to find the Snowflake and the Candy Cane for extra points in each scene,  but other than that, there's no particular challenge going on....it's just another way to get in the Christmas spirit.  So I may check out some of the new Eastern European destinations today.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 11:22:42 AM
Word's just out, Notre Dame will play Alabama in the Rose Bowl on 1 January at 4 pm. That will be a tough game too.

Oh, good ND is going to such a famous game, but it will definitely be tough.

You will be home from SC by then, won't you?   And able to watch? 

I'll be watching.  Let me know the network, when you find out.  Thanks, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:24:57 AM
Oh, good ND is going to such a famous game, but it will definitely be tough.

You will be home from SC by then, won't you?   And able to watch? 

I'll be watching.  Let me know the network, when you find out.  Thanks, Fritz.

No, I should still be in SC, leaving the next day.

And I'm hearing something that the Rose Bowl will be played at the stadium in Arlington TX because of restrictions in California. We'll see.

It's supposed to be on ESPN, not sure if that means it will be on ABC too, which owns ESPN.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 11:28:03 AM
I have my quarterly appointment with my GP today at 9.30. My BP tablets will run out on Thursday.
I will go to the pharmacy afterwards then have coffee at the cafe in the old fire station opposite. it is raining so I should do housework when I return but it is hard to get motivated. Perhaps if I dust and vacuum the lounge and dining room, I can then put out a few decorations.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:44:48 AM
As a result of this venue change, the name of the game may be changed too. We'll see what they decide. If it were in Arlington TX, it might be then the Cotton Bowl.



Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 11:46:30 AM
No, I should still be in SC, leaving the next day.

And I'm hearing something that the Rose Bowl will be played at the stadium in Arlington TX because of restrictions in California. We'll see.

It's supposed to be on ESPN, not sure if that means it will be on ABC too, which owns ESPN.

Oh, thanks for the information, Fritz.  We'll just have to see what happens.  I get ESPN in any case, and would look there first.

Maybe you can watch some of the game down in SC, if the family isn't doing other things at the time.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 11:48:21 AM
As a result of this venue change, the name of the game may be changed too. We'll see what they decide. If it were in Arlington TX, it might be then the Cotton Bowl.

Too bad, but I guess that makes sense.  More cotton in Texas than roses.   ::)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:51:05 AM
Here's tonight's BB schedule, Debbie.

7:00 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
ďThe Red Mystery MatterĒ (Original air date December 20, 1959. CBS network) (Running time 23:36)

7:20 p.m. A listen to Voice of Americaís Willis Conover

7:30 p.m. The Marriage
(Original air date December 20, 1953. NBC network.) (Running time 24:26)

8:00 p.m. Gunsmoke
ďWhereíd They Go?Ē (Original air date December 29, 1957. CBS network.) (Running time 18:56)

8:20 p.m.  Dragnet
ďThe Big Little JesusĒ (Original air date December 22, 1953. NBC network.)(Running time 27:40)

8:50 p.m.  Calling All Detectives
ďAn Extra Santa Shows UpĒ (Original air date December 24, 1948. Mutual network.)(Running time 9:04)

9:00 p.m.  Night Beat
(Original air date December 21, 1951. NBC network.)(Running time 28:57)

9:30 p.m. The Whistler
ďThree Wise GuysĒ (Original air date December 24, 1950. CBS network.) (Running time 29:22)

10:00 p.m. Lux Radio Theatre
ďIíll Be Seeing YouĒ (Original air date December 24, 1945. CBS network.) (Running time 57:34)

The Dragnet is a sweet Christmas story, it's nice. Not sure about the last one, it's probably very Christmassy and sentimental and end of WW2-ish. I'm sure I'll love it! The Marriage is a comedy, but not a situation one, it's usually pretty good, starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. I think The Whistler might be a comedy, by Damon Runyon.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:51:40 AM
I expect that my sister and b-i-l will be as interested in a Notre Dame game as I will be!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:52:53 AM
I hope they make decisions about names and places too, so I can update my football stats!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 11:54:40 AM
Looks like the last show will not be very sentimental after all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ll_Be_Seeing_You_(1944_film)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 12:09:46 PM
Here's tonight's BB schedule, Debbie.

7:00 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
ďThe Red Mystery MatterĒ (Original air date December 20, 1959. CBS network) (Running time 23:36)

7:20 p.m. A listen to Voice of Americaís Willis Conover

7:30 p.m. The Marriage
(Original air date December 20, 1953. NBC network.) (Running time 24:26)

8:00 p.m. Gunsmoke
ďWhereíd They Go?Ē (Original air date December 29, 1957. CBS network.) (Running time 18:56)

8:20 p.m.  Dragnet
ďThe Big Little JesusĒ (Original air date December 22, 1953. NBC network.)(Running time 27:40)

8:50 p.m.  Calling All Detectives
ďAn Extra Santa Shows UpĒ (Original air date December 24, 1948. Mutual network.)(Running time 9:04)

9:00 p.m.  Night Beat
(Original air date December 21, 1951. NBC network.)(Running time 28:57)

9:30 p.m. The Whistler
ďThree Wise GuysĒ (Original air date December 24, 1950. CBS network.) (Running time 29:22)

10:00 p.m. Lux Radio Theatre
ďIíll Be Seeing YouĒ (Original air date December 24, 1945. CBS network.) (Running time 57:34)

The Dragnet is a sweet Christmas story, it's nice. Not sure about the last one, it's probably very Christmassy and sentimental and end of WW2-ish. I'm sure I'll love it! The Marriage is a comedy, but not a situation one, it's usually pretty good, starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. I think The Whistler might be a comedy, by Damon Runyon.

Thanks, Fritz.  It all looks pretty good, so I'll listen to as much as possible (with a dinner break in there somewhere, probably).
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 12:10:13 PM
I expect that my sister and b-i-l will be as interested in a Notre Dame game as I will be!

That's good!   ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 12:14:21 PM
Having some more of Louise's minestrone! Delicious, as usual!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 12:15:33 PM
I think my b-i-l was rooting for ND last night. His neighbors though, that's another matter entirely! Several are Clemson grads.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 12:16:00 PM
Looks like the last show will not be very sentimental after all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ll_Be_Seeing_You_(1944_film)

No, that sounds like a pretty serious show.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 12:16:36 PM
I think my b-i-l was rooting for ND last night. His neighbors though, that's another matter entirely! Several are Clemson grads.

Well, what can you expect.   ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 12:26:40 PM
Lyle pointed out something in the sports thread that I had forgotten. Due to fears of enemy attack, the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day in 1942 was relocated to Durham NC, so game relocations due to emergency situations are not unknown.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 20, 2020, 12:53:43 PM
Good afternoon already, Fritz, and Chuck.

Good morning, Linda.

Hi, Sara, in your evening already.

Hope you are all well.

I left a light on the kitchen all night (not the overhead with the wall switch, but a small chandelier over the kitchen table) maybe for no purpose, but to keep the mouse from having total darkness for stealthy deeds. And I was quite apprehensive about going down for a look this morning, but I didn't actually see evidence of any more mouse activity.  At least he didn't dig into anything, that I could see. 

I'm still trying to get used to keeping everything (even a knife and plate that I want to reuse, for peanut butter and toast) in the refrigerator, especially since my frig is still fairly full of food that I had delivered on Thursday.

Oh, I even remembered that there was an open bag of potato chips (clipped shut) up on a high shelf in the pantry, so I squeezed them into the frig also, along with a bag of unopened chips, a box of unopened crackers, and a box of unopened cereal.  So I hope that takes care of any remaining mouse-attracting food.
Deb, they can chew right through most everything, trust me. Not glass or metal, but plastic, they will try for sure!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 20, 2020, 12:55:32 PM
Word's just out, Notre Dame will play Alabama in the Rose Bowl on 1 January at 4 pm. That will be a tough game too.

Last time ND was in the Rose Bowl was in 1925 (1924 season). That was the season that Grantland Rice wrote his Four Horsemen column.
That's odd, I read somewhere that the Rose Bowl game was off this year, Covid and all, or maybe one of the teams backed out? Need to check on that story again....... ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 20, 2020, 12:57:04 PM
Having some more of Louise's minestrone! Delicious, as usual!
My goodness, she LOVES making that Soup!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 20, 2020, 01:02:22 PM
No, I should still be in SC, leaving the next day.

And I'm hearing something that the Rose Bowl will be played at the stadium in Arlington TX because of restrictions in California. We'll see.

It's supposed to be on ESPN, not sure if that means it will be on ABC too, which owns ESPN.
How LONG are you going to be with relatives?! Should we pray for you?! lol.......I'm a 3 days and OUT traveler, pretty much anywhere, but sometimes longer if there are no relatives involved, particularly a Beach, or overseas, but otherwise, short stays work well for me!!  ;)........to each their own though.........as well, I don't like houseguests more than a couple days either, that's enough COOKING and entertaining for me!!  :P :laugh:.......if I lived near a Beach, or Mountains, or other tourist-type areas it would be different, but here? Flat on the Plains.......haha........no tourist traps here at all........it's a decent affordable area to live, but no one vacations here, except to see relatives!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:03:53 PM
My goodness, she LOVES making that Soup!!  ;D

Yes, she does! We may have some tomorrow night when celebrating the solstice over on her porch.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 20, 2020, 01:04:08 PM
All caught up in here again! It's SUNNY and not bad temps today, so I'm heading out for a long-ass walk before the KC game, perfect!!  ;D

catch up with all you Diners tomorrow!

Have a great rest of your day!  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:06:20 PM
How LONG are you going to be with relatives?! Should we pray for you?! lol.......I'm a 3 days and OUT traveler, pretty much anywhere, but sometimes longer if there are no relatives involved, particularly a Beach, or overseas, but otherwise, short stays work well for me!!  ;)........to each their own though.........as well, I don't like houseguests more than a couple days either, that's enough COOKING and entertaining for me!!  :P :laugh:.......if I lived near a Beach, or Mountains, or other tourist-type areas it would be different, but here? Flat on the Plains.......haha........no tourist traps here at all........it's a decent affordable area to live, but no one vacations here, except to see relatives!!  ;D ;D ;D

As usual at Christmas I arrive before Christmas Day and stay till just after New Year's Day. Either in New Orleans or in the mountains of South Carolina. Same thing when I visited my parents when they were alive. Last year I left a little bit early to get back to spend New Year's with Earl, since I saw in his notes that he felt especially bad being alone then on that day in 2019. But there was no way to know it would be our last together.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:08:31 PM
That's odd, I read somewhere that the Rose Bowl game was off this year, Covid and all, or maybe one of the teams backed out? Need to check on that story again....... ;D

From what I can gather so far, they're calling it the Rose Bowl, but playing it at AT&T Stadium in Arlington TX.

They relocated to Durham NC once before in 1942 due to fear of enemy attack.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 20, 2020, 01:14:09 PM
probably, or something close to it.  Something to do with the supposed romantic notion of being on horseback.  Tons of commercials for perfume with women riding horseback...

this guy modeled for Ralph Lauren Polo cologne, but at least he was a real polo player...and gorgeous...and he didn't do something stupid like pretending to ride naked...that would just hurt.


(https://i.mdel.net/i/db/2017/6/716195/716195-200w.jpg)

(https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150617132750-nacho-figueras-polo-playing-super-169.jpg)

Wowza! *wolf whistles*
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:15:54 PM
Hey Jenny!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:20:09 PM
Oh Debbie, I guess it will in fact be the Rose Bowl in Texas. The Cotton Bowl will be played in the same stadium on 30 December (Oklahoma vs Florida).

Though the official name might end up being the rather unwieldy "the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One".

(The Rose Bowl personnel would have to sign off on designating it as the Rose Bowl officially)

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 20, 2020, 01:28:30 PM
Hey Fritz! :) From what I gather, they moved it to Texas because of the critical COVID situation in Southern California and then decided on Arlington so that more fans could attend--16,000.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 01:31:06 PM
Lyle pointed out something in the sports thread that I had forgotten. Due to fears of enemy attack, the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day in 1942 was relocated to Durham NC, so game relocations due to emergency situations are not unknown.

Interesting, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 01:32:50 PM
Deb, they can chew right through most everything, trust me. Not glass or metal, but plastic, they will try for sure!

Hi, Jonn.  Thanks, I'm trying to keep all this advice in mind.

I never really hated mice, but I'm getting there.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 01:36:29 PM
Oh Debbie, I guess it will in fact be the Rose Bowl in Texas. The Cotton Bowl will be played in the same stadium on 30 December (Oklahoma vs Florida).

Though the official name might end up being the rather unwieldy "the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One".

(The Rose Bowl personnel would have to sign off on designating it as the Rose Bowl officially)

Sounds like Rose will be in the name somehow, then.  Thanks, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 01:37:26 PM
Hi, Jenny!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:59:11 PM
Hey Fritz! :) From what I gather, they moved it to Texas because of the critical COVID situation in Southern California and then decided on Arlington so that more fans could attend--16,000.

Sounds about their thinking! But it's still uncertain whether the Rose Bowl will let them call it the Rose Bowl.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 01:59:58 PM
Sounds like Rose will be in the name somehow, then.  Thanks, Fritz.

A rose by any other name.....

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:13:30 PM
Hello Diners!

:)

I hope everyone is doing well today.

Very grey here now, I wouldn't be surprised to see more snow flurries later on.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:14:49 PM
probably, or something close to it.  Something to do with the supposed romantic notion of being on horseback.  Tons of commercials for perfume with women riding horseback...

this guy modeled for Ralph Lauren Polo cologne, but at least he was a real polo player...and gorgeous...and he didn't do something stupid like pretending to ride naked...that would just hurt.


(https://i.mdel.net/i/db/2017/6/716195/716195-200w.jpg)

(https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150617132750-nacho-figueras-polo-playing-super-169.jpg)


I assume not only the bouncing, but the chaffing would be an issue.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:16:16 PM
I left a light on the kitchen all night (not the overhead with the wall switch, but a small chandelier over the kitchen table) maybe for no purpose, but to keep the mouse from having total darkness for stealthy deeds. And I was quite apprehensive about going down for a look this morning, but I didn't actually see evidence of any more mouse activity.  At least he didn't dig into anything, that I could see. 

I'm still trying to get used to keeping everything (even a knife and plate that I want to reuse, for peanut butter and toast) in the refrigerator, especially since my frig is still fairly full of food that I had delivered on Thursday.

Oh, I even remembered that there was an open bag of potato chips (clipped shut) up on a high shelf in the pantry, so I squeezed them into the frig also, along with a bag of unopened chips, a box of unopened crackers, and a box of unopened cereal.  So I hope that takes care of any remaining mouse-attracting food.


Hopefully, after Monday, it won't be an issue, you'll have some assistance.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:17:41 PM
I should have internet access down in SC on the phone as well as this laptop, but of course I don't know how much time I'll have to access it, we'll see. I know we won't be going out to eat, but we may take some rides around the area.

How long will you be staying?

If the weather is ok, I intend to do some driving around on Christmas Eve, just to look at how everyone has decorated their homes.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:19:01 PM
Thanks for finding this, Chuck.  I tried, but only found the song with orchestra, and the article about the commercial.

Also, I very often have the TV on and hear commercials while I'm typing at the computer, so that's the first time I've ever seen the Allstate ad all the way through, in its entirety.  Never really noticed the jello before, but that girl's expression is  great.   :laugh:  And I never noticed the goldfish, mostly just the coffee or other drink riding along.  Good thing the goldfish made the trip safely!   ;D


If I'm remembering correctly, the video is posted is about a minute long.  The add on TV is only about 30 seconds long, so the TV version is heavily edited.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:25:39 PM
I was up late last night and heard what sounded like a snowplow at the 7-11 parking lot (where my hairdresser is), and I was hoping they weren't plowing new snow, but I guess they were just trying to deal with the piled up snow from Wednesday/Thursday.

Yes, there are people here still digging out, which surprises me.  The people digging out are younger, and would've had no issues going out to clean the car when the snow was fresh.  Now that it's frozen, it's so much harder to remove.

I can understand if someone is older and not going to use their car, so they leave it.  I have a woman in my building who did that.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:26:52 PM
Thanks, Fritz.  I'm not sure what will actually happen tomorrow, when Orkin comes.  They will probably set some traps, but the mouse won't immediately come to the traps, so I'll have to ask about followup service if the mouse appears and gets caught.  Ugh!   :-X

I think most traps are covered now, so you shouldn't see a trapped mouse if it gets caught.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 02:27:12 PM
How long will you be staying?

If the weather is ok, I intend to do some driving around on Christmas Eve, just to look at how everyone has decorated their homes.

From the evening of the 23rd, then leaving on the 2nd to come back home.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 02:28:51 PM
Yes, there are people here still digging out, which surprises me.  The people digging out are younger, and would've had no issues going out to clean the car when the snow was fresh.  Now that it's frozen, it's so much harder to remove.

I can understand if someone is older and not going to use their car, so they leave it.  I have a woman in my building who did that.

Yes, I left mine to thaw on its own (I removed some of the larger chunks of ice by hand when it warmed up one afternoon), I didn't use it till last night to get to church.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:30:08 PM
As usual at Christmas I arrive before Christmas Day and stay till just after New Year's Day. Either in New Orleans or in the mountains of South Carolina. Same thing when I visited my parents when they were alive. Last year I left a little bit early to get back to spend New Year's with Earl, since I saw in his notes that he felt especially bad being alone then on that day in 2019. But there was no way to know it would be our last together.

So about a week or so.
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Post by: Sara B on December 20, 2020, 02:34:51 PM
Guess what? The mouse Cecily brought in last week and which I thought she ate has appeared in my kitchen! At least I’m assuming it’s the same one - it looks fit and well though. It goes behind the fridge and the dishwasher where I could possibly get it! Cecily doesn’t seem to have noticed it yet. I haven’t found any signs of damage yet.

I’m tired after all that singing so time for early bed.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 02:35:16 PM
Mom made Chicken Tikka Masala, it was tasty.  Hadn't had that in a while.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 02:38:52 PM
Mom made Chicken Tikka Masala, it was tasty.  Hadn't had that in a while.

That's a delicious one, there's a Safeway Select with that name, though I'm sure your mother's is far better.

G'nite Sara!

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Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 02:52:32 PM
I use to have mouse problems in Australia so had to keep everything in tight containers. I trapped them and was not sure they were mice as they had long snouts. I thought they may have been antechinus which made me feel  guilty but they were not welcome inside my house or eating my food.
Ants were more of a problem in summer. I had to keep jams in the refrigerator and sit the sugar bowl in a saucer of water. Now I do not use sugar but have never seen any ants even in the garden. Not seen any mice either but there was a dead rat on the lawn a month ago which was not pleasant.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 03:06:32 PM
I had to look up antechinus!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 03:10:58 PM
I cannot visit my only relative, my sister. It has been just over a year since she visited me here. We usually get on together, occasionally have a spat, she is my BIG sister (10 years older) and likes telling me what to do.
I do not like my BiL which is a pain when I visit her. and stay a week. We do not argue or anything , I just get annoyed with him, he is so selfish.  It probably does not help that my sister confides his deficiencies to me.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 03:13:08 PM
The sister I'll be visiting is about 9 years older than me.

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Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 03:20:37 PM
I went to see my GP and he was on crutches, torn achilles tendon due to football. I told him sport was bad for you.
He wants to investigate my increased breathlessness, so sent a message to the hospital for an X-Ray. I will need to wait for a call or letter from them. it may be a while as at the public hospital so free. I could go and pay at the private hospital but not urgent.
He also sent a referral for my annual blood tests. I have made an appointment for 9am tomorrow.
I went to the Pharmacy but my prescriptions had still not come through. Went and had coffee and they had still not arrived. The pharmacist said he would ring the Health Centre. I said I would go back tomorrow, I have 2 more days of BP tablets. I want to go to the supermarket tomorrow and now have to go to the blood collection centre as well.
It was probably easier when the doctor printed out the prescription and you took it to the pharmacy yourself.
However my GP told me he is leaving at the end of January so next regular visit I will see my 4th GP in 3 years.
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Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 03:21:48 PM
The sister I'll be visiting is about 9 years older than me.
I always said I had 3 parents  ;D
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 03:30:20 PM
She is also a take-charge individual.

It doesn't bother me, but it does my other sister in the middle no end.

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Post by: brian on December 20, 2020, 03:34:23 PM
She is also a take-charge individual.

It doesn't bother me, but it does my other sister in the middle no end.
My  sister knows it, she calls herself Bossy Beverley. Mum use to talk about it also but towards the end of her life, she told me she just went along with her. I have not reached that stage yet.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 03:39:27 PM
Just figured out, if I leave for SC on the 23rd, it will be my longest continuous stay at home (overnight) since 1960, 361 days.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 03:45:55 PM
Went out to try to see the conjunction, the half-moon is easily visible, but clouds are obscuring that part of the sky where Jupiter and Saturn are.

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Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 03:58:07 PM
Hello Diners!

:)

I hope everyone is doing well today.

Very grey here now, I wouldn't be surprised to see more snow flurries later on.

Hi, Chuck.  No snow predicted here, just  cloudy, but some light rain on Tuesday morning.

Hope your day has been good.
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Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 04:00:15 PM

Hopefully, after Monday, it won't be an issue, you'll have some assistance.

Hope so, Chuck.  Was just talking to my sister, she's only ever had one mouse, in a long-ago apartment, but she hopes Orkin can give me some suggestions on the cleanup, too.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 04:02:29 PM
Yes, there are people here still digging out, which surprises me.  The people digging out are younger, and would've had no issues going out to clean the car when the snow was fresh.  Now that it's frozen, it's so much harder to remove.

I can understand if someone is older and not going to use their car, so they leave it.  I have a woman in my building who did that.

That's what I usually do, Chuck.  Let it melt, let it melt, let it melt.   ;D

PT appointments made the digging a little more urgent this time.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 04:04:34 PM
Guess what? The mouse Cecily brought in last week and which I thought she ate has appeared in my kitchen! At least Iím assuming itís the same one - it looks fit and well though. It goes behind the fridge and the dishwasher where I could possibly get it! Cecily doesnít seem to have noticed it yet. I havenít found any signs of damage yet.

Iím tired after all that singing so time for early bed.

Oh, Sara, good luck with YOUR mouse, too!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 04:04:46 PM
A livestream view of the conjunction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHXqBzQrH1k

You can see both planets in the same field, sharp enough to see the rings.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 04:08:28 PM
Guess what? The mouse Cecily brought in last week and which I thought she ate has appeared in my kitchen! At least Iím assuming itís the same one - it looks fit and well though. It goes behind the fridge and the dishwasher where I could possibly get it! Cecily doesnít seem to have noticed it yet. I havenít found any signs of damage yet.

Iím tired after all that singing so time for early bed.


Sleep well, Sara!   Mice issues on both sides of the pond!!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 04:09:06 PM
A livestream view of the conjunction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHXqBzQrH1k

You can see both planets in the same field, sharp enough to see the rings.

Very neat, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 04:10:21 PM
My sister knows it, she calls herself Bossy Beverley. Mum use to talk about it also but towards the end of her life, she told me she just went along with her. I have not reached that stage yet.


:laugh:  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 04:11:16 PM
Evening Fritzie and Debs.


I just finished TDS for Tuesday.
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Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 04:17:56 PM
That must feel like a relief, Chuck.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 04:21:05 PM
Yup!  Trying to get all things done, since this week the start of the Monster Report appears again.   ::)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 04:24:36 PM
The astrophotographer with the live feed is near Detroit.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: tfferg on December 20, 2020, 04:32:24 PM
A livestream view of the conjunction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHXqBzQrH1k

You can see both planets in the same field, sharp enough to see the rings.

Hello Frtiz

Good

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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 04:44:38 PM
Unfortunately, the image is fading as it's getting low on the horizon there.

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Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 05:00:45 PM
Here for BB, Fritz.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 05:01:10 PM
Yep, me too, keeping an eye on the planets too.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 05:15:18 PM
They're funnin' him.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 05:30:14 PM
On New Year's Day.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 05:32:31 PM
Yep, me too, keeping an eye on the planets too.


convergence is comin'!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 05:34:40 PM
Actually it was about as close tonight as it will be at the same time tomorrow.

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Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 05:56:23 PM
I was going to take a nap at 4:00, when just then my sister returned a call (about mice).  Now I'm getting so sleepy, I need to get that nap no matter the time.  I'll pick up more of BB in the Archives, probably.

May be back tonight, but if not, good night.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 06:02:48 PM
G'nite or SYL Debbie. They should have those Christmas Eve and Christmas Day broadcasts archived later this week too, if you're interested.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 06:21:17 PM
see ya later, Debs!!!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 06:22:09 PM
Actually it was about as close tonight as it will be at the same time tomorrow.

Perhaps if it's clear and not too cold tomorrow, I'll use the app on my phone to look for it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 06:39:41 PM
I'm looking at the conjunction on my phone app now, keeping Jupiter steady and seeing the moons of both planets where they currently are. The grid of coordinates are going whizzing by at that level of magnification.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 20, 2020, 06:51:54 PM
Thanks for this, too, Chuck.  I don't like the way the song is done here as well as in the Allstate commercial, but I did read online that there was a Dove commercial also, and had wondered about it, without finding it.  Now I understand the picture of the elderly woman eating chocolate, which appeared just by itself (without the toddler or the younger woman) in one clip I found.

Mr. Jenny agrees with you, Debbie. He says the audio is much better on the first commercial, because the second has a lot of ambient sound, and that the intro is longer the first one as well.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 20, 2020, 08:26:50 PM
Hi, Jenny.  Interesting to have Mr Jenny's opinion on the commercials, thanks.

Fritz and Chuck, I'm back from my nap, but only to turn off the computer.  Going back to bed now.

Have a good return to work, Chuck.

Fritz, I may peek in before PT tomorrow (it's at 2PM) but will be busy most of the day.

Good night to all.
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Post by: Jenny on December 20, 2020, 08:33:25 PM
G'nite, Debbie. :) Sleep well.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 08:35:45 PM
Linda, what do you have planned for CHristmas day?

Hi Nancy. Nothing big. It will just be the family. We get up and open gifts. (The girls can't wait) Then we have brunch, usually mimosas for Mom and Dad and I. Then salmon and spinach quiche, and fruit salad.  That's about it. We've decided not to do a big later meal this year.

A couple of years ago, Amy's parents wanted to come over and watch the girls open gifts. Because they are not early risers, they wanted everyone to wait until they got over here. (They are NEVER on time.) It was after 10 am when they decided to show up. The girls had been up since 7 am. Do you know how hard it is to get little kids to wait on Christmas morning??!! Once again her parents just didn't get it, and didn't think they had done anything wrong.

Now we open when the girls get up and when they show up, they show up. SHEESH!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 08:41:44 PM
I expect that my sister and b-i-l will be as interested in a Notre Dame game as I will be!



They couldn't post be Alabama fans, could they??
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 08:46:27 PM
Oh Debbie, I guess it will in fact be the Rose Bowl in Texas. The Cotton Bowl will be played in the same stadium on 30 December (Oklahoma vs Florida).

Though the official name might end up being the rather unwieldy "the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One".

(The Rose Bowl personnel would have to sign off on designating it as the Rose Bowl officially)



If the National championship game is Alabama and Clemson, I'm not going to watch it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 08:49:02 PM

I assume not only the bouncing, but the chaffing would be an issue.

Let's just say it would be highly uncomfortable all the way around!!!!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 08:54:35 PM
On New Year's Day.

(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/131979814_10224915315653076_854513474788698539_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=mlftYmCeSooAX_iK2Y6&_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&oh=8f73af5d8344cc23f3c4655d27c1ff98&oe=60046772)



I love this, Fritz!!!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 08:57:55 PM
They couldn't post be Alabama fans, could they??

Oh no way! My b-i-l once thought of going to Notre Dame, but ended up going to Loyola New Orleans instead.

Actually I'll be going to bed a bit early myself, I've set the alarm for 4:45, Louise wants to have a fire in her pit at 5 in the morning when the solstice is. There's supposed to be a meteor shower in the morning, but I doubt that in city lights we'd be able to see much.

G'nite y'all!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 20, 2020, 08:58:11 PM
If the National championship game is Alabama and Clemson, I'm not going to watch it.

Don't blame you.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 08:59:58 PM
Let's just say it would be highly uncomfortable all the way around!!!!!


I would assume so!  :laugh:
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Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 09:00:20 PM
I had to go do some last minute things today. It took me longer than I thought it would but did treat myself to take out from Cracker Barrel. It was very good.!!

I'm trying to finish up the college football games, so I can spend time watching the Christmas movies for the next week or so.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 09:01:20 PM
Oh no way! My b-i-l once thought of going to Notre Dame, but ended up going to Loyola New Orleans instead.

Actually I'll be going to bed a bit early myself, I've set the alarm for 4:45, Louise wants to have a fire in her pit at 5 in the morning when the solstice is. There's supposed to be a meteor shower in the morning, but I doubt that in city lights we'd be able to see much.

G'nite y'all!



Good night, Fritz. Sleep well.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: killersmom on December 20, 2020, 09:02:51 PM

I would assume so!  :laugh:

Hopefully, the horse knew how to stay still. ;) :D

Maybe the guys were wearing cock socks.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:52:15 PM
I had to go do some last minute things today. It took me longer than I thought it would but did treat myself to take out from Cracker Barrel. It was very good.!!

I'm trying to finish up the college football games, so I can spend time watching the Christmas movies for the next week or so.


Treating ourselves is always good.   

I decided that this week I will do a quick mini-list for some things at the store, and that will include some of those frozen hors d'oeuvres.

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That package above is way to big for me, but I've seen smaller ones at my supermarket.  I'll pick one of them up, and make them for New Year's Eve.  I always go out to parties with friends, and they always have these types of things.  This way, I can still have them on NYE.

Christmas Eve the bank will shut down at 3:00, so I'm going to go out that night and drive around, and see the decorations in different neighborhoods.  Christmas day will be with my parents, and then when I get home I'll watch "Dashing In December" again.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 20, 2020, 09:52:52 PM
Hopefully, the horse knew how to stay still. ;) :D

Maybe the guys were wearing cock socks.

and then they'll be hung by the chimney with care.........
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Post by: Nax on December 21, 2020, 05:00:10 AM
Hopefully, the horse knew how to stay still. ;) :D

Maybe the guys were wearing cock socks.

Auntie!

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b1/da/b1/b1dab1daa790135d3f215026fc7b5f82.jpg)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 05:39:29 AM
Good morning Diners!

;D

I hope you're all well, and ready for the holiday!

Back to work for me today.  And the Monster Report is looming!   Ugh!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 05:39:57 AM
Auntie!

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b1/da/b1/b1dab1daa790135d3f215026fc7b5f82.jpg)


I know!   So shocking!!!!
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 05:40:14 AM
Good morning, Chuck.

And good luck with the Monster Report!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 05:44:10 AM
Hello Debs!   Good to see you!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 08:47:49 AM
I was up early, Chuck, started the dishwasher and did some other straightening up of papers and such, then had breakfast and went back to bed for a while.  Now up again, turned up the heat for the daytime, and will get on with some other chores.

Probably will take everything out of that moused-up silverware drawer and set it aside somewhere, like in a brown bag, to be cleaned after the mouse cleanup work is done.

But first, to get dressed.

Good morning, Fritz, when you get here.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 08:49:01 AM
Google is featuring the planets on its sign-in display.   ;D
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 09:04:59 AM
Hello!   Just checking in during work!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:05:49 AM
Google is featuring the planets on its sign-in display.   ;D

Yes, I saw that! Great!

Hey Debbie!

Hey Chuck!

Got up early this morning, but Louise had changed a med so was unable to get up. So I fell back to sleep on the sofa, slept a bit irregularly, and also have been calling various people before leaving to wish them Merry Christmas. Another (final?) package of pictures from the valley neighbor in West Virginia, so called them to thank them and wish them holiday greetings.

Cloudy (slightly foggy) here, cool but above freezing.

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Post by: morrobay on December 21, 2020, 09:31:38 AM
Good morning Diners!

;D

I hope you're all well, and ready for the holiday!

Back to work for me today.  And the Monster Report is looming!   Ugh!

Hi Chuck, sorry about the report.  Do you find the days coming up to a holiday busier or less busy than usual?  For me, it's usually less busy.  Lots of people take time off, so a lot less email...our Santa Clara facility is shutdown for 2 weeks, so don't have to deal with them.  But Austin is always busy, no shutdown here, thank goodness. 

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Flyboy on December 21, 2020, 09:36:47 AM
Morning Diner people!! Nice SUNNY day here, although chilly, of course! I'm a happy camper because my KC team won yesterday, against the Saints and returning QB Brees! Nice to see him in form again.

I see Ing made an appearance in the Birthday thread, so he must have survived the moving and the BD as well!  ;D

I'll check in later today, maybe?! Have a great Monday!  ;)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:38:33 AM
Hey Nancy!

Hey Jonn!

Just brought some old newspaper over to Louise for the firepit tonight to start it. We've got a little weak sun through the haze.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: morrobay on December 21, 2020, 09:40:51 AM
Hey Fritz

Hey Jonn, I always miss you, you're outta here so fast!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 09:51:29 AM
Hi, Fritz, I'm still busy but I did just Wash My Hair.   :D

Have to get some lunch now, before PT.

When you say Louise was unable to get up, is she really sick?
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 09:54:10 AM
Orkin just called to confirm, and will be here around 4:00.  He knows to wait outside if I'm not quite home yet, so that's good.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:54:54 AM
Hi, Fritz, I'm still busy but I did just Wash My Hair.   :D

Have to get some lunch now, before PT.

When you say Louise was unable to get up, is she really sick?

Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

No, she's doing OK, I just saw her when I brought the paper. But apparently the new med threw her internal clock off so she didn't get up at her usual time this morning. I had set my phone alarm for 4:45 and got over there just after 5, the time of the actual solstice, but no lights on in there so I just sent her a text message by phone and went back to the house, and pretty much fell back to sleep.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:56:09 AM
Orkin just called to confirm, and will be here around 4:00.  He knows to wait outside if I'm not quite home yet, so that's good.

Very good. So many of these companies treat their customers as if they were doing them such a big favor and not make such concessions.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 10:39:54 AM
Hi Chuck, sorry about the report.  Do you find the days coming up to a holiday busier or less busy than usual?  For me, it's usually less busy.  Lots of people take time off, so a lot less email...our Santa Clara facility is shutdown for 2 weeks, so don't have to deal with them.  But Austin is always busy, no shutdown here, thank goodness. 


Hello Nancy!   I think it tends to be less busy.  People seem to be away for the holidays, so they're not around to ask for stuff.  LOL
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 10:42:35 AM
Good luck with the monster, Chuck.

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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 10:46:48 AM
Yay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSEWPQlYjU

No, she's doing OK, I just saw her when I brought the paper. But apparently the new med threw her internal clock off so she didn't get up at her usual time this morning. I had set my phone alarm for 4:45 and got over there just after 5, the time of the actual solstice, but no lights on in there so I just sent her a text message by phone and went back to the house, and pretty much fell back to sleep.

Thanks, Fritz.   ;D

Good, I understand about Louise now.  I'm glad she'd doing okay.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 11:24:12 AM
See you later.

I think I found a mouse dropping in the other silverware drawer, the one that didn't have any food in it.  Leaving it all for the Orkin man to examine.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 12:21:26 PM
Good luck with all that, Debbie. At 3 we're going to gather on Louise's porch to celebrate the solstice and return of the sun with a firepit and some food and drink. Neighbors and some other friends.

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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 01:34:34 PM
Enjoy it Fritz.  If you haven't left yet.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 01:52:31 PM
It's been delayed a while, though Louise has started the fire. Waiting for a friend to arrive, don't know when she'll come by yet, Louise will text me. Just brought out the bins for the last time this year, and brought some newspapers that Nancy requested to her, she'll be at the gathering too.

There was some sun this afternoon, but it's clouding up again, so there probably won't be any way to see the conjunction this evening unless the clouds part some. We'll see. Quite a few people are livestreaming it on YouTube.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 02:00:12 PM
She should be getting here at 4:40.

Another live feed of the conjunction, though apparently they're showing an earlier feed from the Canary Islands at present, waiting for a feed from the US.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glhB1lsfcVs

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Post by: brian on December 21, 2020, 02:08:35 PM
I have been to the blood collection rooms. I go to the one located in the Private Hospital but it is free. Results should be sent from my GP this afternoon or tomorrow.
Then my prescriptions were ready and waiting at the pharmacy.
Came home to have breakfast and surprised when the Public Hospital rang and gave me an appointment for a chest  x-ray at 2pm tomorrow.
I did not intend to go out tomorrow but glad to get it over and done. I will go by bus as parking is difficult near the hospital.
I will to the supermarket later this morning. Should buy all I need for Christmas and to last me through to the New Year.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 03:13:18 PM
Hope Fritz is enjoying his evening out.

The ORKIN man has come and gone.  He looked at mouse droppings (including some new ones, that I found when I overturned a plastic cover that was sitting on top of the microwave.  It's normally used to cover things while they're cooking in the microwave, and I was going to put it away in there, and all these mouse droppings fell out.   :(

But the ORKIN man's verdict was that it seems like just one mouse (or else I'd have many more droppings).  He agrees that it probably came inside when the front door was open after the snowstorm (either when I was talking to the snow shovelers, or to the pizza delivery man, both on Thursday).  The cold weather and snow cover on the ground probably sent the mouse seeking warmer shelter.

ORKIN set four traps (one on the floor on either side of the refrigerator; one inside the lower cabinet underneath the counter and drawer where the mouse ate the bread crackers; and another one for good measure, on the floor in front of the microwave, since the mouse had crawled up there somehow.  He said I could call them (ORKIN) and they'll come back out if the mouse gets caught (or I could just throw the full trap in the trash) but that I would see a tail sticking out.

One bit of good news is that ORKIN didn't think the mouse had been in the other silverware drawer; what I saw in there that I'd thought might be suspicious wasn't a mouse dropping. 

The dishwasher is full, from this morning, but I don't want to start putting away even the bowls that go in the high cupboards, until the mouse has a day or two to show itself.  In the meantime, I wiped out the one affected silverware drawer with dish detergent; it is now partly open, drying, and then I'll use Clorox disinfectant wipes, probably tomorrow, to finish cleaning it.  And then everything that came out of that drawer is in a bag, and still needs to be washed....sometime.  I'm pretty tired right now.
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Post by: tfferg on December 21, 2020, 03:46:52 PM
Hello Debbie

It's reassuring that the exterminator thinks it's just one mouse. Hopefully it will be trapped.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 03:48:13 PM
Hi Tony.  Hope so, thanks.
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Post by: tfferg on December 21, 2020, 03:48:43 PM
Hello Chuck

Good luck with the monster.

Hello Fritz
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 04:02:25 PM
See you later.

I think I found a mouse dropping in the other silverware drawer, the one that didn't have any food in it.  Leaving it all for the Orkin man to examine.


I'm sure that I'll see the update as I catch up!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 04:02:52 PM
Good luck with all that, Debbie. At 3 we're going to gather on Louise's porch to celebrate the solstice and return of the sun with a firepit and some food and drink. Neighbors and some other friends.


That's a nice thing to do!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 04:05:53 PM
I have been to the blood collection rooms. I go to the one located in the Private Hospital but it is free. Results should be sent from my GP this afternoon or tomorrow.   Then my prescriptions were ready and waiting at the pharmacy.
Came home to have breakfast and surprised when the Public Hospital rang and gave me an appointment for a chest  x-ray at 2pm tomorrow.   I did not intend to go out tomorrow but glad to get it over and done. I will go by bus as parking is difficult near the hospital.  I will to the supermarket later this morning. Should buy all I need for Christmas and to last me through to the New Year.

Hello Brian.   I'm impressed regarding the speed of the x-ray appointment.  Usually you have to wait a while before there is an opening.  Nice to see it will be done so soon. 
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 04:10:06 PM
The ORKIN man has come and gone.  He looked at mouse droppings (including some new ones, that I found when I overturned a plastic cover that was sitting on top of the microwave.  It's normally used to cover things while they're cooking in the microwave, and I was going to put it away in there, and all these mouse droppings fell out.   :(

But the ORKIN man's verdict was that it seems like just one mouse (or else I'd have many more droppings).  He agrees that it probably came inside when the front door was open after the snowstorm (either when I was talking to the snow shovelers, or to the pizza delivery man, both on Thursday).  The cold weather and snow cover on the ground probably sent the mouse seeking warmer shelter.


Good news!   Just one mouse to deal with.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 04:17:17 PM

Good news!   Just one mouse to deal with.

Hi, Chuck.  Yes, that part is great news.

And it's also great that he didn't think the mouse had been in that other silverware drawer, which is my main silverware drawer.  He thinks that silverware is still clean, and safe to use.  So that means much less work to do, to clean up the other messes.

Although I'm still tired, and am not going to try to do too much more today.  This was a PT day anyway, and that's also tiring.  Tomorrow is a day off, so I'll deal with it then.  And really, the mouse has to be trapped before I can do a whole lot of cleaning.

Anyway...................................................I hope your Monday at work wasn't too bad.   :)

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 04:26:08 PM
Anyway...................................................I hope your Monday at work wasn't too bad.   :)


It wasn't, and for that I am thankful!  LOL
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 04:26:33 PM
Oh, also Chuck, my PT therapist did a mini-evaluation today, to see what I thought I still needed to work on.  I know I want to be able to walk longer distances, but since it's cold out, she just wants me to start walking more at home, back and forth.  I'll have to remember to do those laps which go around in a circle (main hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, then back down the main hall to the starting point).

She said she would be switching me over to twice a week sessions at the PT center (instead of three times a week).  The twice weekly schedule is actually starting now, for these two holiday weeks, and then it will be just twice a week in January.  Probably for four more weeks from now, and then re-evaluate.  So I'll be having a little more time off in the coming days.

And unfortunately she (my original PT therapist) is leaving; her last day is Monday; but I'll be working with another woman who is also a good PT therapist.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 04:27:44 PM

It wasn't, and for that I am thankful!  LOL

Very thankful, I'm glad for you.  I hope the rest of your days go well, up through the Christmas.
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 04:28:53 PM
We had too much cloud cover to see anything tonight. :( I did look at some of the livestreams, but that isn't the same. I think they look farther apart in the livestream. Still amazing pictures, though. View should be good tomorrow.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 04:40:09 PM
We had too much cloud cover to see anything tonight. :( I did look at some of the livestreams, but that isn't the same. I think they look farther apart in the livestream. Still amazing pictures, though. View should be good tomorrow.

Hi, Jenny.  I haven't actually gone out and tried to look, but I hope you get to see them tomorrow, if you take a look then.

Hope you and Mr Jenny are doing well otherwise.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 04:40:58 PM
Very thankful, I'm glad for you.  I hope the rest of your days go well, up through the Christmas.

I'm hoping so too!  LOL

Just need to get through Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   Bank closes at 3:00 on Thursday.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 04:42:24 PM
I'm hoping so too!  LOL

Just need to get through Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   Bank closes at 3:00 on Thursday.

Ah, good!
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 04:44:33 PM
Debbie, I'm glad to hear that you're on the way to being mouse-free. Sounds like the critter is not long for this world. :) Also sounds like there's no hole from the outside that other mice can get in by. Of course you want to get things clean and put away as soon as you can, but it's absolutely okay to take a breather and rest a bit before you wade in. You've got backup from ORKIN if the situation changes.
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 04:45:41 PM
Chuck, go forth and slay the Monster! :) Is there a lot yet to do? Is Sacha also involved?
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Post by: Flyboy on December 21, 2020, 04:49:13 PM
Hey Fritz

Hey Jonn, I always miss you, you're outta here so fast!
What's that about letting grass grow under your feet?! I must live by that!  :P :laugh:
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 04:51:41 PM
We had too much cloud cover to see anything tonight. :( I did look at some of the livestreams, but that isn't the same. I think they look farther apart in the livestream. Still amazing pictures, though. View should be good tomorrow.

Hey Jenny, yeah same here. The view of the half moon was fine and beautiful, but the horizon with the conjunction was completely socked in with clouds. But it was nice to be on the neighbors' porch with neighbors and friends and celebrate the solstice with fire, poetry and song. We each wrote something that we wanted to get rid of this year, on a piece of paper, and it went into the main fire. We each had our separate candles, and a big candle in memory of Earl. Very nice to be with friends. Now more than ever.

Hey Tony!

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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 04:52:37 PM
Hi, Jenny.  I haven't actually gone out and tried to look, but I hope you get to see them tomorrow, if you take a look then.

Hope you and Mr Jenny are doing well otherwise.

The view tomorrow, at least down here, should be a lot better than today, and as good as last night's.

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Post by: morrobay on December 21, 2020, 04:55:04 PM
What's that about letting grass grow under your feet?! I must live by that!  :P :laugh:

caught ya!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 04:55:23 PM
Debbie, I'm glad to hear that you're on the way to being mouse-free. Sounds like the critter is not long for this world. :) Also sounds like there's no hole from the outside that other mice can get in by. Of course you want to get things clean and put away as soon as you can, but it's absolutely okay to take a breather and rest a bit before you wade in. You've got backup from ORKIN if the situation changes.

Our main (and very slight) infestation is fruit flies, they date from the time when we fed the turtles in the bathroom, there still always seem to be one or two that live somewhere, maybe in the drainpipe. I have no problem with squashing them, even though they don't bite or do any harm otherwise.

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Post by: morrobay on December 21, 2020, 04:55:35 PM
Hi Jenny!
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Post by: Flyboy on December 21, 2020, 04:57:16 PM
I can see it tonight, I've seen it for 3 nights now, a twinkling thing. Little cloud cover tonight, but it's there.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 04:59:40 PM
Great that your view is unobscured. The seeing here tomorrow should be a lot better.

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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 05:03:05 PM
Debbie, I'm glad to hear that you're on the way to being mouse-free. Sounds like the critter is not long for this world. :) Also sounds like there's no hole from the outside that other mice can get in by. Of course you want to get things clean and put away as soon as you can, but it's absolutely okay to take a breather and rest a bit before you wade in. You've got backup from ORKIN if the situation changes.

Thanks for the moral support, Jenny.  Yes, I have some clean dishes in the dishwasher, but don't want to expose them to a mousy environment until he's really gone.

And then I'll do the wading in and washing the next load, once I have a clean place to put them when they come out dry.  Lots of strategic planning!   ;)

Meanwhile, I'm in good shape for food, with the salads and hoagies that are still in my frig.  Thank goodness.
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Post by: Flyboy on December 21, 2020, 05:04:50 PM
All caught up in here again, not toooo much chatter going on today!  :o

Have a great evening, Diner people!  ;)
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 05:06:20 PM
The view of the half moon was fine and beautiful, but the horizon with the conjunction was completely socked in with clouds. But it was nice to be on the neighbors' porch with neighbors and friends and celebrate the solstice with fire, poetry and song. We each wrote something that we wanted to get rid of this year, on a piece of paper, and it went into the main fire. We each had our separate candles, and a big candle in memory of Earl. Very nice to be with friends. Now more than ever.

Hey, Fritz.  That sounds like a very nice celebration, especially with the candles, and most especially with Earl's.  And of course with the friends.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 05:08:32 PM
Our main (and very slight) infestation is fruit flies, they date from the time when we fed the turtles in the bathroom, there still always seem to be one or two that live somewhere, maybe in the drainpipe. I have no problem with squashing them, even though they don't bite or do any harm otherwise.

I seem to remember fruit fly experiments from sometime in junior high school or high school.   :D

Genetics.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 05:09:36 PM
All caught up in here again, not toooo much chatter going on today!  :o

Have a great evening, Diner people!  ;)

Bye Jonn.  Have a great evening, too.
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Post by: tfferg on December 21, 2020, 05:23:04 PM
Hello Jonn

Hello Jenny
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Post by: tfferg on December 21, 2020, 05:24:41 PM
The solstice celebration/ritual with friends chez Louise sounds very good, Fritz
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Post by: brian on December 21, 2020, 05:26:40 PM
Our main (and very slight) infestation is fruit flies, they date from the time when we fed the turtles in the bathroom, there still always seem to be one or two that live somewhere, maybe in the drainpipe. I have no problem with squashing them, even though they don't bite or do any harm otherwise.
If one fruit fly is found in New Zealand (usually in Auckland and probably arrived from Australia) the suburb is locked down (not to people but to carrying any produce) and often a million dollars is spent on eradication, traps and leaflets. If you bring fruit into NZ and do not declare it,  there is an automatic $400 fine.
I once ate some apples I had been carrying around England, at Heathrow airport, flew to Hong Kong for 2 nights then to Auckland. The dog smelt them and my shoulder bag was x-rayed but nothing was found so I was not fined.
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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 05:29:24 PM
and then they'll be hung by the chimney with care.........

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: ......sh*t!!!!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 05:30:03 PM
It was really nice. It's so great to have good neighbors, and who remember Earl with fondness.

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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 05:31:34 PM
Auntie!

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b1/da/b1/b1dab1daa790135d3f215026fc7b5f82.jpg)

Nax!  :laugh:

It's like I tell Chuck....... are you REALLY surprised??  ;D ;) :o 8)
 
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 05:34:07 PM
Oh, for dessert we had Italian cookies.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 05:34:39 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 06:06:38 PM
Chuck, go forth and slay the Monster! :) Is there a lot yet to do? Is Sacha also involved?


Sacha is always involved.  LOL

The original intention was that I would be Sacha's back up for when she is out of the office.  However, it's become so involved that it takes two people to handle it now.

I've started some of what I could, in an effort to keep it as under control as we can.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 06:08:40 PM
:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: ......sh*t!!!!

whut?  whut did I say?  ;)
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 06:09:14 PM
Oh, for dessert we had Italian cookies.

Yum!
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 06:13:59 PM
Oh, for dessert we had Italian cookies.

Yummy!


Good evening, Linda!   :)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 06:20:15 PM
The Michigan site that I posted yesterday is clouded in. Not sure where this livestream is coming from.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glhB1lsfcVs

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 06:23:12 PM
Fritzie, now you've got me thinking about a fire pit night for the solstice.  Something I would do with my friends.

If I had a yard.   and a fire pit.


:laugh:
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 06:26:24 PM
Fritzie, now you've got me thinking about a fire pit night for the solstice.  Something I would do with my friends.

If I had a yard.   and a fire pit.


:laugh:

Sounds like a nice idea, Chuck, but too bad, not for an apartment.   :laugh:
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 06:27:39 PM
Sounds like a nice idea, Chuck, but too bad, not for an apartment.   :laugh:

Yeah, I don't think property management would be happy with an indoor fire pit.

:laugh:
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 06:32:14 PM
Fritzie, now you've got me thinking about a fire pit night for the solstice.  Something I would do with my friends.

If I had a yard.   and a fire pit.


:laugh:

Sounds like a quote from the Great Depression. "If we had some bread, we could have a ham sandwich if we had some ham."

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 06:34:47 PM
Sounds like a quote from the Great Depression. "If we had some bread, we could have a ham sandwich if we had some ham."


Oh geez.
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 06:45:23 PM
Sounds like a quote from the Great Depression. "If we had some bread, we could have a ham sandwich if we had some ham."

About right.   ;)
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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 07:03:35 PM
Great that your view is unobscured. The seeing here tomorrow should be a lot better.



Just came in awhile ago. Jonathan, Amy and I spent about Ĺ an hour outside. We all tried to get pics. We each got one that was halfway descent. Ours in in the southwest sky and is visible from about 6 to 6:30 or so and the skies are very clear. it was very cold. About 34į.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 07:03:59 PM
hiya Auntie!
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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 07:06:37 PM
Hey Linda!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*



Hey, Fritz!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

It sound like you had a very nice solstice celebration with everyone!!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 07:07:05 PM
Just came in awhile ago. Jonathan, Amy and I spent about Ĺ an hour outside. We all tried to get pics. We each got one that was halfway descent. Ours in in the southwest sky and is visible from about 6 to 6:30 or so and the skies are very clear. it was very cold. About 34į.

Great! We were clouded out here.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 07:07:19 PM
Hey, Fritz!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

It sound like you had a very nice solstice celebration with everyone!!

It was very nice!

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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 07:08:07 PM
hiya Auntie!

Hiya, Chuck!
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 07:14:49 PM
Hey Jenny, yeah same here. The view of the half moon was fine and beautiful, but the horizon with the conjunction was completely socked in with clouds. But it was nice to be on the neighbors' porch with neighbors and friends and celebrate the solstice with fire, poetry and song. We each wrote something that we wanted to get rid of this year, on a piece of paper, and it went into the main fire. We each had our separate candles, and a big candle in memory of Earl. Very nice to be with friends. Now more than ever.

It sounds lovely and comforting, Fritz. Have you seen The Poem Sol Invictus? I've shared it on my timeline. I think you'd like it.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 07:23:45 PM
Hiya, Chuck!

I hope you're relaxing!
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 07:25:50 PM
Weren't the girls supposed to be at their other grandparents, Linda? That should be helping you to relax. :)
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 07:33:22 PM
Weren't the girls supposed to be at their other grandparents, Linda? That should be helping you to relax. :)

Maybe she's having some more of that special eggnog she made.  ;)

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 07:34:45 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/89/c9/2d/89c92d065e8e4b0acd9e82bcfc9b3101.gif)
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 08:02:11 PM
It sounds lovely and comforting, Fritz. Have you seen The Poem Sol Invictus? I've shared it on my timeline. I think you'd like it.

Just saw it now! Thank you!

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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 08:05:04 PM
Bedtime for me, early again, still very tired.

Good night, Linda, Chuck, Fritz, Jenny.

I plan to be home tomorrow, but what happens depends on the mouse.  See you then.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 08:12:58 PM
sleep well, Debs!  See you tomorrow!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 08:24:17 PM
G'nite Debbie, good luck!

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 08:25:10 PM
how are you doin' tonight, Fritzie?
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 08:26:04 PM
 Sleep well, Debbie. :)
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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 08:36:11 PM
Weren't the girls supposed to be at their other grandparents, Linda? That should be helping you to relax. :)

Hi Jenny! Yes they are over there since yesterday snd will come home on Wednesday. I had a nice relaxing day and read most of the day. I made the acorn squash/apple dish in the crockpot for supper. Jonathan made a prime rib roast and fingerling potatoes, and we had a feast. It was all very good! I am resting up. I did bathe Oliver today, and tomorrow I need to wrap gifts. From me and from Santa!
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Post by: killersmom on December 21, 2020, 08:36:47 PM
Maybe she's having some more of that special eggnog she made.  ;)



I'm on my second glass!!!!
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Post by: brian on December 21, 2020, 08:44:42 PM
My blood test results are in by 4.30pm, Blood taken at 9am. There do not seem to be any problems. The doctor was very pleased with my BP yesterday. the lowest it has been in years. Do not know why I get so tired, guess it is age.  :(
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 08:48:31 PM
Hi Jenny! I made the acorn squash/apple dish in the crockpot for supper. Jonathan made a prime rib roast and fingerling potatoes, and we had a feast. It was all very good! I am resting up. I did bathe Oliver today, and tomorrow I need to wrap gifts. From me and from Santa!

We had squash soup (no apples, though) made with potato, onion, and carrot. Very delicious. :)
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 08:48:34 PM
I'm on my second glass!!!!

 Tipsy Auntie!
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 08:49:26 PM
My blood test results are in by 4.30pm, Blood taken at 9am. There do not seem to be any problems. The doctor was very pleased with my BP yesterday. the lowest it has been in years. Do not know why I get so tired, guess it is age.  :(

Sorry that you are feeling so tired, but congrats on the good news with your blood and blood pressure.
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Post by: Jenny on December 21, 2020, 08:58:24 PM
My blood test results are in by 4.30pm, Blood taken at 9am. There do not seem to be any problems. The doctor was very pleased with my BP yesterday. the lowest it has been in years. Do not know why I get so tired, guess it is age.  :(

Great that your results are so good. I attribute my tiredness to a combination of less than perfect sleep and little regular exercise, but I don't think those would apply to you, would they? I also feel worried and depressed quite often, which makes me feel very tired. :( Had my physical recently and no problems reported. I'm just hoping that things will start to improve as the vaccine gets deployed and the new president takes over and the light increases. :)
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Post by: dejavu on December 21, 2020, 09:05:52 PM
Peeking back in, since I was finishing something.

You and me too, Jenny.  Hoping things will start to improve soon.

And I hope all of you are able to get some good sleep, and some relaxation.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:13:05 PM
how are you doin' tonight, Fritzie?

Not bad, it was nice being with friends and neighbors this evening. I'm pretty much organized for leaving on Wednesday morning, I've just got to throw a few clothes together.

We're not exchanging gifts this year, which is a relief. But my sister knows what my grandnephew likes, so she's gotten something from me to him, they live in Los Angeles.

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Post by: brian on December 21, 2020, 09:13:48 PM
Great that your results are so good. I attribute my tiredness to a combination of less than perfect sleep and little regular exercise, but I don't think those would apply to you, would they? I also feel worried and depressed quite often, which makes me feel very tired. :( Had my physical recently and no problems reported. I'm just hoping that things will start to improve as the vaccine gets deployed and the new president takes over and the light increases. :)
Thanks. I seem to be getting out of breath when I exercise. If hiking with friends I just push on but if I do anything vigorous (like digging) in the garden, I get out of breath and this makes me give up and come inside which is frustrating. My mother had pulmonary fibrosis so that is why I am having the chest x-ray tomorrow. As he said "Most people with heart problems complain of breathlessness going up a small flight of steps not climbing Flagstaff Hill" That was the walk I told him I did last Tuesday. The hill is over 600 metres but I only physically climbed about 300 metres, still. I do not get chest pains when exercising but do when eating but that is reflux. I sleep well, probably too much. Age  >:(
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 09:18:20 PM
Not bad, it was nice being with friends and neighbors this evening. I'm pretty much organized for leaving on Wednesday morning, I've just got to throw a few clothes together.

We're not exchanging gifts this year, which is a relief. But my sister knows what my grandnephew likes, so she's gotten something from me to him, they live in Los Angeles.


Nice!  Are you leaving first thing, or waiting until after rush hour ends?
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:30:30 PM

Nice!  Are you leaving first thing, or waiting until after rush hour ends?

I'll be going away from town, so rush hour isn't too much of a consideration. I'd like to leave at about 7, when it will be fairly light already.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 09:35:21 PM
I'll be going away from town, so rush hour isn't too much of a consideration. I'd like to leave at about 7, when it will be fairly light already.

Ah, ok then!  How long will it take for you to get there?
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 09:45:43 PM
Ah, ok then!  How long will it take for you to get there?

I can make it in 10 hours, but it will be more like 12, not to rush too much.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 21, 2020, 09:48:20 PM
so you'll be there around 7pm on Wednesday.
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Post by: tfferg on December 21, 2020, 09:51:54 PM
My blood test results are in by 4.30pm, Blood taken at 9am. There do not seem to be any problems. The doctor was very pleased with my BP yesterday. the lowest it has been in years. Do not know why I get so tired, guess it is age.  :(

Good to know the results are good, Brian.
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Post by: tfferg on December 21, 2020, 09:53:28 PM
Great that your results are so good. I attribute my tiredness to a combination of less than perfect sleep and little regular exercise, but I don't think those would apply to you, would they? I also feel worried and depressed quite often, which makes me feel very tired. :( Had my physical recently and no problems reported. I'm just hoping that things will start to improve as the vaccine gets deployed and the new president takes over and the light increases. :)

Hello Jenny

We can but hope.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 10:00:34 PM
so you'll be there around 7pm on Wednesday.

Should be. We'll probably do a livestreamed mass from the Catholic Church associated with Clemson University on Christmas Eve, one with the choir, that I would have arrived too late to see had I left here on Christmas Eve. So it should work out well. I expect that we'll pretty much stay put at the house, not going out to eat as we usually would. Maybe take a few rides.

I know when I've gone to church there when the students are there they sound wonderful, but most of them will be on Christmas break.

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Post by: fritzkep on December 21, 2020, 10:03:02 PM
Just past midnight, g'nite y'all!

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Post by: killersmom on December 22, 2020, 12:42:07 AM
We had squash soup (no apples, though) made with potato, onion, and carrot. Very delicious. :)

Oh I bet that was good!!!

Thus was a new recipe i tried and it turned out really well. Acorn squash, apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cooked in the slow cooker for about 2Ĺ hours. It was very yummy!!
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Post by: killersmom on December 22, 2020, 12:48:48 AM
Well I stayed up late to watch a movie, but I fell asleep half way thru it, so I'll have to go back on the recording tomorrow and finish watching it. Nighty all. ❤️♥️
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 01:04:14 AM
Hey Jenny, yeah same here. The view of the half moon was fine and beautiful, but the horizon with the conjunction was completely socked in with clouds. But it was nice to be on the neighbors' porch with neighbors and friends and celebrate the solstice with fire, poetry and song. We each wrote something that we wanted to get rid of this year, on a piece of paper, and it went into the main fire. We each had our separate candles, and a big candle in memory of Earl. Very nice to be with friends. Now more than ever.

Hey Tony!

Total cloud here yesterday evening. :(  Still, I did see them very close 2 days before, and Christmas Eve should be cold a clear, so Iíll see how far apart they are then.
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 01:08:01 AM
My blood test results are in by 4.30pm, Blood taken at 9am. There do not seem to be any problems. The doctor was very pleased with my BP yesterday. the lowest it has been in years. Do not know why I get so tired, guess it is age.  :(

Thatís very good news, Brian. I certainly get more tired than I used to, and youíve been doing a lot, organising your trips.
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 01:16:29 AM
With the Covid numbers and restrictions going up, apparently thereís panic buying in the shops. Iíve got plenty in my freezer so am not going to contribute to any queues for now.
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 01:28:47 AM
Iím a bit sad as, because after the carol service people seemed to forget about distancing while we were getting changed, my friend who is pretty much isolating feels she shouldnít eat in my house on Boxing Day, and my sister also only wants to meet outside. I do understand this - there are 4 teenagers in the choir who go to schools where there are cases. But for myself, Iím still going to go to midnight mass (Nick is going to remind people about the distancing) and some carol singing in a small (distanced) group outside a care home earlier on Christmas Eve. They are the only Christmas-y things Iím doing, though Nick is coming to lunch on Christmas Day which is nice.
Not looking forward to after Christmas - Iím sure everything will get a lot stricter.

Sorry,Iím feeling a bit low, partly because Iíve just had another two days of tummy pain and headache, and it always makes me feel quite depressed as well. I had eaten a mince pie and perhaps slightly richer food than usual, but nothing I couldnít have eaten quite happily before all this started. But I think Iím over it today.
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 01:33:06 AM
Moan over.

I havenít seen the mouse again, or any evidence, and Cecily doesnít seem to be aware of anything. However during last night - I donít know if I dreamed it - I feel I heard her making that funny meow as if she had a mouse in her mouth. I went straight back to sleep, and Iím not sure if it was real or not. No corpse around, at least not that Iíve found yet! :D
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:47:32 AM

Good morning friends!

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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:47:58 AM
Bonne nuit, schlaft gut und besonders viel GlŁck, Ingmarolowiewski!

Danke, my friend!
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:48:15 AM
Welcome, Diner people!  ;D

 ;) ;) ;)
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:48:47 AM
(https://media.tenor.com/images/2ce44aa0928dd53c779921ed5dac9a16/tenor.gif)

 ;D
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:51:44 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INGY CARISSIMO!
(https://i.imgur.com/FzYBsjV.jpg)
:-* :-* :-* :-*

Thank you, sweet Sara!

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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:52:04 AM
HAPPY BOITDAY
INGELENGELONKEL-ANKELUNKE-LEINCHENITINHETTO-LINIOGNIERL
INGMARUSCHKIN INGHILINACCIO INGLIZZO
DAWLIN HAWT!!!!

Thank you, dear Fritzchen!

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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:52:40 AM
Best wishes for a Happy Birthday, Ingy !

Thank you, Tony!
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:53:59 AM
Happy, Happy Birthday
Ingringalingadingdongding!
May this year be a better one
filled with Sunshine and Music
and many visits with Froggy friends!

Thanks a lot, sweet Jennyleinchen!

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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:54:19 AM
Now that I remembered to wish Ingmusiker a wonderful birthday I am much better. More cookies to bake, though. Hope they turn out as delicious as they can be. :)

 ;)   :-*
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:54:54 AM
(https://media0.giphy.com/media/3mgsPvSbym09i7L87p/giphy.gif)

LOL
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:56:09 AM

It's been grey, warm, rainy, windy and very unpleasant here - for several days already. Today is no exception.
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 03:56:39 AM

I did only a quick ketchup.

Hope someone can fill me in, only the essentials.   :)
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Post by: tfferg on December 22, 2020, 05:20:43 AM
Iím a bit sad as, because after the carol service people seemed to forget about distancing while we were getting changed, my friend who is pretty much isolating feels she shouldnít eat in my house on Boxing Day, and my sister also only wants to meet outside. I do understand this - there are 4 teenagers in the choir who go to schools where there are cases. But for myself, Iím still going to go to midnight mass (Nick is going to remind people about the distancing) and some carol singing in a small (distanced) group outside a care home earlier on Christmas Eve. They are the only Christmas-y things Iím doing, though Nick is coming to lunch on Christmas Day which is nice.
Not looking forward to after Christmas - Iím sure everything will get a lot stricter.

Sorry,Iím feeling a bit low, partly because Iíve just had another two days of tummy pain and headache, and it always makes me feel quite depressed as well. I had eaten a mince pie and perhaps slightly richer food than usual, but nothing I couldnít have eaten quite happily before all this started. But I think Iím over it today.

I hope so . Sara.

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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 05:28:09 AM
Thank you, sweet Sara!




Je tíen pris!
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 05:29:31 AM
It's been grey, warm, rainy, windy and very unpleasant here - for several days already. Today is no exception.

Same here. But I went for a walk by the sea just now and feel the better for it.
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 05:30:00 AM
I hope so . Sara.

Thanks, Tony.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 22, 2020, 05:36:23 AM
Good morning Diners!

;D

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Post by: tfferg on December 22, 2020, 05:40:38 AM
Welcome back, Ingy
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Post by: tfferg on December 22, 2020, 05:42:32 AM
Hello Chuck
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 22, 2020, 07:31:30 AM
With the Covid numbers and restrictions going up, apparently thereís panic buying in the shops. Iíve got plenty in my freezer so am not going to contribute to any queues for now.


Yes, we've seen some panic shopping here again, but not as bad as it was before.
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Post by: Gazapete on December 22, 2020, 07:37:03 AM
Hi y'all, how are you doing? Here it's being hard right now, we have been in hard lockdown for the last 8 days but the cases haven't yet stopped rising and the hospitals are reaching the crisis point. We are all well, the kids have holidays and we still don't know if we are visiting the in-laws for Christmas, but I don't see it happening.

I am sorry I have been missing for so long, I have never thought I was specially sensitive to stress situations, but it seems like it was really affecting me. I have had a pile of small medical problems and infections and have felt miserable the last weeks. Now it's starting to get better.

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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 22, 2020, 07:39:08 AM
Iím a bit sad as, because after the carol service people seemed to forget about distancing while we were getting changed, my friend who is pretty much isolating feels she shouldnít eat in my house on Boxing Day, and my sister also only wants to meet outside. I do understand this - there are 4 teenagers in the choir who go to schools where there are cases. But for myself, Iím still going to go to midnight mass (Nick is going to remind people about the distancing) and some carol singing in a small (distanced) group outside a care home earlier on Christmas Eve. They are the only Christmas-y things Iím doing, though Nick is coming to lunch on Christmas Day which is nice.
Not looking forward to after Christmas - Iím sure everything will get a lot stricter.

Sorry, Iím feeling a bit low, partly because Iíve just had another two days of tummy pain and headache, and it always makes me feel quite depressed as well. I had eaten a mince pie and perhaps slightly richer food than usual, but nothing I couldnít have eaten quite happily before all this started. But I think Iím over it today.

Hello Sara,

I'm sorry you're feeling sad now, and that your stomach was causing you some grief.   

I think a lot of people are realizing how different their holidays are going to be, and it's making them sad.  I also think that there are a lot of people out there who are traveling and spreading their illness around, and that we're going to see an uptick of the numbers again very soon.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 07:56:59 AM
Sorry,Iím feeling a bit low, partly because Iíve just had another two days of tummy pain and headache, and it always makes me feel quite depressed as well. I had eaten a mince pie and perhaps slightly richer food than usual, but nothing I couldnít have eaten quite happily before all this started. But I think Iím over it today.

Sorry you weren't feeling well, Sara.  Hope the tummy is really better.  And also that times become less sad.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:01:24 AM
I did only a quick ketchup.

Hope someone can fill me in, only the essentials.   :)

Hi, Ingy.  We did have a discussion of one of Edith Piaf's songs, which is used in an American TV commercial for Allstate Insurance.  Here's the link of Edith Piaf singing (not in the commercial):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU

We thought you might be impressed at the cultural level of this one commercial, at least.  Chuck found a link to the actual TV ad, it's back there somewhere, a few pages back in the Diner.

And I've had a mouse plaguing me in my house.
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Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 08:02:02 AM
Thanks - Iím feeling better physically and mentally, having been for a damp grey walk.

Elena, really sorry that youíve had so many troubles. :-*
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 22, 2020, 08:02:02 AM
Hello Ing and Tony!  Good to see you.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 08:03:04 AM
Hey y'all, sunny and cool here, some sun, at least for now.

Got the news that the lady at church who is 106 years old is not doing well, it doesn't look good for her. Sent her granddaughter a message of prayer for her.

One of the neighbors (not sure which one, I messaged Louise so she could tell me which house) left a gift in the mailbox, some Virginia beer that's new to me, and a blanket for wearing around the fire at Louise's firepit. That should be nice when I get back!

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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:03:16 AM
Hi y'all, how are you doing? Here it's being hard right now, we have been in hard lockdown for the last 8 days but the cases haven't yet stopped rising and the hospitals are reaching the crisis point. We are all well, the kids have holidays and we still don't know if we are visiting the in-laws for Christmas, but I don't see it happening.

I am sorry I have been missing for so long, I have never thought I was specially sensitive to stress situations, but it seems like it was really affecting me. I have had a pile of small medical problems and infections and have felt miserable the last weeks. Now it's starting to get better.

(((Elena)))

Sounds like you've had a rough time lately.  I hope things do start to improve.
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Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 22, 2020, 08:04:07 AM
Hi y'all, how are you doing? Here it's being hard right now, we have been in hard lockdown for the last 8 days but the cases haven't yet stopped rising and the hospitals are reaching the crisis point. We are all well, the kids have holidays and we still don't know if we are visiting the in-laws for Christmas, but I don't see it happening.

I am sorry I have been missing for so long, I have never thought I was specially sensitive to stress situations, but it seems like it was really affecting me. I have had a pile of small medical problems and infections and have felt miserable the last weeks. Now it's starting to get better.

Elena!  It is soooo good to see you back!   You've been missed.

The US has numbers rising as well, with some hospitals at capacity.   I'm sorry you were feeling so poorly,  it's awful to be sick, especially during the build up to the holidays, when there's so much to do.  I'm glad you are starting to feel better!

:-*
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Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 08:05:43 AM
Hey Sara! Hoping you're doing better soon. Yes, it will be a harsh reality until the vaccine gets wide distribution, in ways we can't quite imagine yet.

Gute Besserung Elenita, hope things work out well during the lockdown there.

Hey Debbie!

Hey Chuck!

Wšllkomm bšck und moin moin, Ingleinchen!

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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:05:53 AM
Hey y'all, sunny and cool here, some sun, at least for now.

Got the news that the lady at church who is 106 years old is not doing well, it doesn't look good for her. Sent her granddaughter a message of prayer for her.

One of the neighbors (not sure which one, I messaged Louise so she could tell me which house) left a gift in the mailbox, some Virginia beer that's new to me, and a blanket for wearing around the fire at Louise's firepit. That should be nice when I get back!

Good morning, Fritz.  Nice gifts!

I'm sorry that the lady at church is not doing well.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:11:36 AM
When I said last night that I was tired, it was really more than that....I just felt awful.  A bad migraine, I guess.  Had taken an OTC pill earlier, but ended up taking the prescription migraine med also, and finally getting some sleep.  It's better now, but I still feel not up to a big day of activity.

Went downstairs with some trepidation this morning, after staying in bed for as long as possible, and checked the mousetraps.  They are all empty, all four of them.   :(  So he's still around somewhere, although I didn't see any more new mouse droppings.

Had breakfast (gingerly, trying not to make crumbs except those that could be washed down the sink) and then turned out the kitchen lights.  Maybe he'll still be lured out if it's dark in there.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:12:05 AM
Good morning Diners!

;D

Good morning, Chuck!
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Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 08:14:32 AM
Hope you're feeling better soon, Debbie.

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Post by: Flyboy on December 22, 2020, 08:18:16 AM
Good morning friends!
Good Morning, Ing! Sorry about the weather there. I won't tell you about mine! haha......going to have a COLD Holiday here though. Brrrrrrr!! :o

Hello to all the other Diners in here today! Happy Tuesday. I have my volunteer work today, not sure I'll be able to get in a long walk or not? I hope so, maybe be in the Dusk hours!  ;D
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Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 08:18:54 AM
Oh Ingli, here's the Allstate commercial that Debbie referenced with the Piaf song. It's well done!

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/nPvl/allstate-smooth-song-by-edith-piaf

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Post by: Flyboy on December 22, 2020, 08:19:44 AM
Hi y'all, how are you doing? Here it's being hard right now, we have been in hard lockdown for the last 8 days but the cases haven't yet stopped rising and the hospitals are reaching the crisis point. We are all well, the kids have holidays and we still don't know if we are visiting the in-laws for Christmas, but I don't see it happening.

I am sorry I have been missing for so long, I have never thought I was specially sensitive to stress situations, but it seems like it was really affecting me. I have had a pile of small medical problems and infections and have felt miserable the last weeks. Now it's starting to get better.
OUCH!! Elena, you've had a lot of stuff going on.......hope it all clears up soon!  ;D....stay SAFE though.
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Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 08:20:31 AM
Hey Jonn!

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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:31:06 AM
Hope you're feeling better soon, Debbie.

Thanks, Fritz.  Just feeling a bit halfway functional, and not able to think straight, so I'll just take it easy for a while. 

Then maybe start unloading some things from the dishwasher (like bowls) that go on upper cabinet shelves, where the mouse wouldn't be likely to dirty them again.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:32:08 AM
Good Morning, Ing! Sorry about the weather there. I won't tell you about mine! haha......going to have a COLD Holiday here though. Brrrrrrr!! :o

Hello to all the other Diners in here today! Happy Tuesday. I have my volunteer work today, not sure I'll be able to get in a long walk or not? I hope so, maybe be in the Dusk hours!  ;D

Hi, Jonn.  Enjoy your volunteer work, and a walk if you manage to get one.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:34:14 AM
Oh Ingli, here's the Allstate commercial that Debbie referenced with the Piaf song. It's well done!

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/nPvl/allstate-smooth-song-by-edith-piaf

Thanks for finding that and bringing it forward, Fritz.   ;D

The Jello and the fish bowl.
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Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 08:37:21 AM
Tomorrow I'll be busy most of the day, with a physical in the (late) morning, then a quick lunch, and then PT in the afternoon.

You'll be gone by then anyway, Fritz, so let me take the opportunity right now to wish you a safe trip, and Happy Holidays.  (We'll probably talk again later today.)
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 08:57:55 AM
Je tíen pris!

 ;)
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 08:58:17 AM
Same here. But I went for a walk by the sea just now and feel the better for it.

I'd love to take a walk with you.
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 08:58:36 AM
Good morning Diners!

Hey Chuckster!
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 08:58:51 AM
Welcome back, Ingy

Thanks, Tony.
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 08:59:43 AM
Hi, Ingy.  We did have a discussion of one of Edith Piaf's songs, which is used in an American TV commercial for Allstate Insurance.  Here's the link of Edith Piaf singing (not in the commercial):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU

We thought you might be impressed at the cultural level of this one commercial, at least.  Chuck found a link to the actual TV ad, it's back there somewhere, a few pages back in the Diner.

And I've had a mouse plaguing me in my house.

Hi, Deb.

Thanks for the info and the link - I'll look it up later this evening!

Did you manage to get rid of the mice?
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 09:00:03 AM
Hello Ing and Tony!  Good to see you.

Likewise, SeŮor.
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 09:00:30 AM
Wšllkomm bšck und moin moin, Ingleinchen!

Danke & bonjour, Fritzleinchen!

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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 09:00:55 AM
Good Morning, Ing! Sorry about the weather there. I won't tell you about mine! haha......going to have a COLD Holiday here though. Brrrrrrr!! :o

Hey Jonn!
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Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 09:01:13 AM
Oh Ingli, here's the Allstate commercial that Debbie referenced with the Piaf song. It's well done!

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/nPvl/allstate-smooth-song-by-edith-piaf


Merci.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 09:01:36 AM

Gute Besserung, Deb!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 09:01:54 AM

Special hugs for Elenita!

I've missed you.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Sara B on December 22, 2020, 09:43:16 AM
I'd love to take a walk with you.

That would be really cheering!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: CellarDweller115 on December 22, 2020, 10:09:30 AM
I did only a quick ketchup.

Hope someone can fill me in, only the essentials.   :)


Let's see what I can do.


Jonn went on some long-ass walks.

Tony attended what he called a 'suspenseful' house auction.  The final selling price was $1,837,500.

Elisa came in and discussed holiday baking, specifically her saffron bread.

Sara went to a piano and violin recital, but was bothered by some people who wouldn't practice proper social distancing.

Jenny talked about a pattern attached to Jewish holidays.  1) An evil ruler arises and decides to oppress or eliminate Jews; 2) The Jews fight, usually against insurmountable odds, but 3) God intervenes and, miraculously, the Jews are saved and the evil one is defeated. This has made us all hungry, so 4) We eat a ceremonial meal to celebrate our deliverance, or traditional ceremonial foods.

I posted pictures of my holiday cookies that I baked with my mom.  Pictures are here.

https://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=49510.msg2933101#msg2933101


Debbie continues to see progress with her PT.


Nancy came in and said that the company she works for was giving employees an extra bonus to help with any hardships they've had due to the virus.   This was followed up by another email that said:

Our response has been shaped by our longstanding values, including a commitment to make a positive contribution to the community. We have deployed millions of dollars of COVID-19 relief to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, equipment for medical professionals, and funding to protect the long-term health of key nonprofit organizations—including food banks. We are doing this in partnership with employees who are using their creativity to produce face shields and other supplies, or taking advantage of our increased charitable match to fight COVID-19 close to home.

Nancy added that  for the yearly holiday food drive, they usually match whatever employees donate, this year they're tripling it.  Feels good to work for a place that does these things...


Louise gave Fritz a batch of fresh minestrone soup.


Tony and Phong have been experiencing very hot temps, and are getting an air conditioner for their home.

Brian went on his last hike of the year.  They went to Nicols Falls for Morning Tea. There are glowworms there at night.


The heat inspector showed up for Debbie and her heating pump, so everything is set now for that.


Nancy received a prize from work.  A $200 gift card to Perry's Steakhouse in The Domain, a ritzy shopping & restaurant center, north of Austin, and a $250 card to the Archer Hotel.


we talked about foods that mix sweet and savory, and about whether or not we mind if our food touches other foods on our plate.


I posted 2 pics of a gift my coworker, Sacha, gave me.


https://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=49510.msg2933465#msg2933465


Jonn came in and talked about a volunteer work day, and the bitter cold in his area.


On Wednesday the East coast got a snow storm that affected the areas for me, Debbie, Fritz and Jenny.  We did not receive as much snow as predicted.  Fritz was concerned about power outages, and needing to replace his generator.


Nancy figured out why her cat, Emmett is always hiding under covers.  when they operated on his eyes, there is a small spot near the top that always lets in light...there's no way for him to close that spot, so he always has light in his eyes.  That's why he buries his face in my hand for naps, and goes under the covers during the day, so he can have darkness.

Linda was talking about having a break this week, as school will be out for the girls, and they will be spending time with their other grandparents.


Brian had a coffee meeting with some of his fellow hikers, and the presented him with a gift for organizing their trip to Stewart Island, two engraved glasses.

Linda took a picture of a small owl who had crashed into her window.  He was fine and able to fly off after a few minutes.

https://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=49510.msg2933851#msg2933851


Elisa had a window cleaner by her place to work, he was American and they had a very nice chat.

As of December 17th, the forum has moved to its new host/server.

Fritz told us about his travel plans for Christmas.

Sara attended her last Tai Chi for the year.

Jenny had been working on her holiday baking.  She made a first batch that she wasn't pleased with, and had hoped that the second batch would be less trouble and turn out better.

Nancy had her annual performance review and received a bonus.

Brian came as we were talking about snow removal here in the US.  He said that in NZ they no longer use salt as it damages road surfaces and the cars.

Brian gave us a covid update on NZ, saying they may start to allow Australians to come to NZ in March of 2021.

There was much hair washing.

Brian returned to give us this update.   Just received an email from my sister that Grant (the mid 60's guy with liver cancer) passed away about an hour ago. She and her husband visited him twice since returning from their holiday up the North Coast on Monday. The last time she thought he was asleep but when she said goodbye Grant as they were leaving he opened his eyes and said 'Good-bye Beverley".  Many years ago he asked them to be executors of his will but they declined as they are 20 years older than him. Another friend in his mid-60's is doing that but Bev is helping. I do feel sorry for Charles, who I have never met. He is from Thailand, they have lived together for many many years but, to some extent, had separate lives. There is no recognition among Grant's friends that he was anything more than a flat mate. He has been off work for the last few weeks and sleeping in Grant's room at the palliative care hospital.
Thankfully this hospital is outside the area of the latest Covid scare. The s..t is hitting the fan in that area of Sydney (which is next door to where my sister lives). They have had 28 cases in the last few days and other states are shuttling their borders the week before Christmas



The post about Grant's passing steered the topic of Fritz talking about how quickly time passes now, and his time with Earl.  Linda followed up regarding the same topic and Rick.

Debbie announced that she has a mouse visiting her, and contacted an exterminator for assistance.  It was sneaking into drawers and eating crackers.  Jonn followed up that he puts traps out every fall, and that he has caught several already this year.

we all discussed the topic of unwanted calls on our phones, including ones in foreign languages.

Linda posted some links to performances by ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.

There were several posts about the convergence of Jupiter and Saturn, and various degrees of success seeing it.

Nancy went to the vet to pick up copies of Cupcake's paw prints.

Sara posted up a video of her church, and her choir singing.  You can see Sara in the video.

 https://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=49510.msg2934285#msg2934285


Nancy posted a link to a book about gay rodeos that had naked cowboys on the cover.

https://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=49510.msg2934394#msg2934394

Brian's Nespresso machine needs to be replaced, it lasted for only six years.  When he inquired about that, he was told that is the 'expected' lifespan of that machine.  We were all surprised by that.


We talked about two national US commercials that use Edith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien".   Brian said the song is a favorite of his, and it makes him wonder if he'll be able to get back to Paris anytime soon.  I found links to the two commercials (Allstate Insurance and Dove chocolate) and posted links to them.

This one is for Allstate Insurance, and is the full length version (1 minute) rather than the edit.  I think it's humorous, and the expression on the young girl's face watching the jello is funny.  (you'll understand when you see the commercial)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdLxM_5_bXo

The other is for Dove Chocolate.  This one is pretty inventive.  A toddler wakes up in the morning, and goes through the day, and at the end of the day is older woman.  At the end of the commercial she wakes the next day a toddler again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJ2ThGFg-o


Brian had a visit with his GP, and all has gone well, and all tests are clear.


The exterminator went to Debbie's house and set out traps.  It is his opinion that there is only one mouse, not several.  Sara revealed she also has a mouse, apparently Cicely took it inside, and Sara thought it was dead and became a meal, but apparently it was not eaten, and is now out and about.

Nax, and Elena have reappeared in the diner.

Now, Ing, you are caught up.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Jenny on December 22, 2020, 10:17:30 AM
I may not have mentioned that the second batch of cookies turned out very well. :)
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 10:23:21 AM
Hey Jenny!

It's become pretty breezy here, with some gusts that are causing the trees to sway. Apparently a cold front coming through.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 10:24:03 AM
That would be really cheering!

Soon, very soon, I hope.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 10:24:20 AM
Hi, Deb.

Thanks for the info and the link - I'll look it up later this evening!


You're welcome, Ingy.  When I first heard the commercial on TV, I thought it must be in French, but I could understand nothing of it (still can't, really, without the translation on the screen).  And I had no idea it was Edith Piaf singing.  Even though I knew you wrote the bio, I was fairly unfamiliar with her.

But I was impressed, first, because of your connection to her.  And second, I really do love her voice and that song, the more I hear it.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 10:26:15 AM

Did you manage to get rid of the mice?

No.   :(   :(

One mouse, we think, but he ate a lot of food and made a big mess(es).  Like other animals, what goes in must come out, wherever it's convenient for HIM!   >:(

It's been disgusting, but so far the traps are all empty.  I'm about to go down and check again.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 10:29:40 AM
Gute Besserung, Deb!

Thanks, Ingy.

Now for the joke part:  I just took another headache pill, from the bottle of OTC pills.  And there was a little "pillow" (that's what it's called) in there, filled with something to preserve freshness of the pills, especially in humidity.

The pillow said it was harmless, but it also said DO NOT EAT.  I had evil thoughts of leaving that "pillow" in the middle of my kitchen floor, to see if the mouse might eat it and drop dead.   >:(   :laugh:
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 10:30:20 AM
Let's see what I can do.

Now, Ing, you are caught up.

That's so much more than I expected!

Chuckster, you are brilliant.

merci

What a labour of love!

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 10:30:55 AM
I may not have mentioned that the second batch of cookies turned out very well. :)

Yay!
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 10:32:25 AM
You're welcome, Ingy.  When I first heard the commercial on TV, I thought it must be in French, but I could understand nothing of it (still can't, really, without the translation on the screen).  And I had no idea it was Edith Piaf singing.  Even though I knew you wrote the bio, I was fairly unfamiliar with her.

But I was impressed, first, because of your connection to her.  And second, I really do love her voice and that song, the more I hear it.

Here's a version with translation, Debbie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZhSbhd9GKU

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: ingmarnicebbmt on December 22, 2020, 10:33:05 AM
You're welcome, Ingy.  When I first heard the commercial on TV, I thought it must be in French, but I could understand nothing of it (still can't, really, without the translation on the screen).  And I had no idea it was Edith Piaf singing.  Even though I knew you wrote the bio, I was fairly unfamiliar with her.

But I was impressed, first, because of your connection to her.  And second, I really do love her voice and that song, the more I hear it.

Thank you for saying this, Deb! She is indeed an incredibly fascinating musiciian AND an intriguing person.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 10:35:12 AM

Louise gave Fritz a batch of fresh minestrone soup.

Doesn't she always?   ;D   ;D


Good catch-up report, Chuck.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 10:38:49 AM
I may not have mentioned that the second batch of cookies turned out very well. :)

Hi, Jenny.  Oh, glad to hear that, about the good cookies.   :)

Yummy.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 22, 2020, 11:20:53 AM
Sorry you have not been feeling well, Sara and Debbie
Strange last night at the end of our news in the weather report about 7pm they showed Dunedin as being dark and gloomy. It was bright sunshine outside. I am 5km drive from the city probably nearer 3km as the crow flies but nearly 300 metres up. I looked out my window at a sea of white as fog had come in from the sea and was covering the city. It was still quite bright here when I went to bed just after 9 (sunset is 9.30pm) but foggy this morning. Suppose to be heavy rain when I have to go to the city for my x-ray at 2pm.  I think I will go down early and have lunch in either a cafe or at Subway in the Food Hall..
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 11:40:15 AM
Sorry you have not been feeling well, Sara and Debbie
Strange last night at the end of our news in the weather report about 7pm they showed Dunedin as being dark and gloomy. It was bright sunshine outside. I am 5km drive from the city probably nearer 3km as the crow flies but nearly 300 metres up. I looked out my window at a sea of white as fog had come in from the sea and was covering the city. It was still quite bright here when I went to bed just after 9 (sunset is 9.30pm) but foggy this morning. Suppose to be heavy rain when I have to go to the city for my x-ray at 2pm.  I think I will go down early and have lunch in either a cafe or at Subway in the Food Hall..

Thanks, Brian.  The head is a little better now, and I've been able to get started on some chores.

Your description of fog sounds enchanting, although the heavy rain won't be fun for traveling.  Good luck getting to your x-ray.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 11:48:47 AM
I unloaded the dishwasher (from Sunday night) and put most everything away: the bowls and the small dishes which go on the upper shelves.  None of the silverware, but there wasn't much in that load, and I just left it in the DW, or put it with the clean silverware in the other drawer.

Then scrubbed out the microwave food cover (plastic) and the cutlery tray (Rubbermaid) which was the mouse was in, and fit both of them into the upper level of the DW.  Below in the silverware compartment of the DW, I fit a lot of the more necessary pieces, like salad forks and extra teaspoons.  Even some iced tea spoons, although I hardly ever use them.  There are some fancy knives (Fiesta, with pink handles) which say they should be washed by hand, so I left them in the sink to decide about later.

The DW is running now, and I'll just leave it, maybe even run it twice to wash away all mouse germs.  When it finishes, I can't put these things back in the mouse-up drawer until he's caught, so I think I'll just put everything in the oven (which I won't be using), even arranging the clean silverware in the clean cutlery tray, and just keep it in the oven until it can go back where it belongs.

So, slow progress, but it's a start.  I'm not quite so agitated about the mouse as I was earlier.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 12:40:19 PM
But I'm sure you'll be happy to see a limp tail hanging out of one of the traps.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 22, 2020, 12:42:26 PM
My sister has just told me that Grant was cremated at 5pm last night. Charles had set up some photos and a candle in their apartment and his workmates had given him a plant. He sent my sister a photo. My sister also set up a candle at 5pm. The ashes are to be interred in the family grave at Gulargambone nearly 400 km north-west of Sydney. Grant's parents owned a large sheep station there. It was sold and the reason for Grant being so wealthy and taking early retirement and always travelling overseas until he became ill. They will all go up probably in March. They went up and made arrangements a few months ago with Grant and he designed the headstone which now has to be made.
They are now worried as to how much probate will be involved as the will is not left to family members. There is still this fiction (my word) that Grant and Charles were flatmates who lived together for 20 years. As Tony will know, even before same-sex marriage was passed, it was important in Australia to have a civil union.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: fritzkep on December 22, 2020, 12:48:40 PM
Did they have at least a civil union ceremony?

I'm so glad Earl and I were able to get married, and when we wrote up our wills last year the lawyer made our previous arrangement with the house more airtight so that no one else could get at Earl or his possessions. It has happened to so many people. Earl was sure that without legal protection, his brother, under the goading of his sister-in-law, would try some legal shenanigans, but now any such move would be immediately struck down.

Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: brian on December 22, 2020, 01:08:49 PM
Did they have at least a civil union ceremony?

No, they were not open to their friends. Even my sister is not sure they were anything more than flatmates and she admits she is more open to the idea of homosexuality than any of her friends (obviously due to having a gay brother).  I would never talk about being gay when I am with her friends or even in front of my brother-in-law
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 01:25:06 PM
But I'm sure you'll be happy to see a limp tail hanging out of one of the traps.

Oh, definitely, Fritz.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 01:32:35 PM
They are now worried as to how much probate will be involved as the will is not left to family members. There is still this fiction (my word) that Grant and Charles were flatmates who lived together for 20 years. As Tony will know, even before same-sex marriage was passed, it was important in Australia to have a civil union.

Well, I would think that if the will is made out properly (in the legal sense) there wouldn't normally be a problem, unless other people (like the other family members) object to Charles receiving the inheritance.  I hope they will respect his wishes, whether or not they thought Grant and Charles were "more than friends" or "more than flatmates."  It is possible, after all, to leave property to friends not in the family.  But it could be tricky if someone wants to cause problems.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: dejavu on December 22, 2020, 01:33:36 PM
Did they have at least a civil union ceremony?

I'm so glad Earl and I were able to get married, and when we wrote up our wills last year the lawyer made our previous arrangement with the house more airtight so that no one else could get at Earl or his possessions. It has happened to so many people. Earl was sure that without legal protection, his brother, under the goading of his sister-in-law, would try some legal shenanigans, but now any such move would be immediately struck down.

That's very good, Fritz.  And lucky for you that the will was done that way.
Title: Re: The Diner - Volume 45
Post by: Elisiv05 on December 22, 2020, 02:16:29 PM

Let's see what I can do.


Jonn went on some long-ass walks.

Tony attended what he called a 'suspenseful' house auction.  The final selling price was $1,837,500.

Elisa came in and discussed holiday baking, specifically her saffron bread.

Sara went to a piano and violin recital, but was bothered by some people who wouldn't practice proper social distancing.

Jenny talked about a pattern attached to Jewish holidays.  1) An evil ruler arises and decides to oppress or eliminate Jews; 2) The Jews fight, usually against insurmountable odds, but 3) God intervenes and, miraculously, the Jews are saved and the evil one is defeated. This has made us all hungry, so 4) We eat a ceremonial meal to celebrate our deliverance, or traditional ceremonial foods.

I posted pictures of my holiday cookies that I baked with my mom.  Pictures are here.

https://ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=49510.msg2933101#msg2933101


Debbie continues to see progress with her PT.


Nancy came in and said that the company she works for was giving employees an extra bonus to help with any hardships they've had due to the virus.   This was followed up by another email that said:

Our response has been shaped by our longstanding values, including a commitment to make a positive contribution to the community. We have deployed millions of dollars of COVID-19 relief to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, equipment for medical professionals, and funding to protect the long-term health of key nonprofit organizationsóincluding food banks. We are doing this in partnership with employees who are using their creativity to produce face shields and other supplies, or taking advantage of our increased charitable match to fight COVID-19 close to home.

Nancy added that  for the yearly holiday food drive, they usually match whatever employees donate, this year they're tripling it.  Feels good to work for a place that does these things...


Louise gave Fritz a batch of fresh minestrone soup.


Tony and Phong have been experiencing very hot temps, and are getting an air conditioner for their home.

Brian went on his last hike of the year.  They went to Nicols Falls for Morning Tea. There are glowworms there at night.


The heat inspector showed up for Debbie and her heating pump, so everything is set now for that.


Nancy received a prize from work.  A $200 gift card to Perry's Steakhouse in The Domain, a ritzy shopping & restaurant center, north of Austin, and a $250 card to the Archer Hotel.


we talked about