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Claudie
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2006 3:37:10 PM

Welcome to Claudie's Place! We offer the best food at a low price and lots of entertaining topics of conversation. Why don't you sit down over there and relax for a while?
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 3:19:29 PM

Oh my, that is a change. Have a good visit with your former foreign exchange student and her family.
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 12:35:23 PM

Alrightee!

Boy, oh, boy have things changed this morning since I last posted, saying the rain had arrived! Obviously we didn't get our yard taken care of; I checked the rain gauge and there was ½-an-inch in it (that's from only 2 hours of raining).

I thought, since the yard wasn't going to get done today, maybe I can get my hair cut instead; so I contacted the gal who cuts my hair, and I did! Get my hair cut, that is! yay! I was having a hard time trying to figure out when I could get that done this week. Now it's done!

In the meantime, I got a phone call from the Danish girl, Mette, who, long ago, was a foreign exchange student (see one of the yesterday afternoon posts). She said they'd like to come visit this afternoon, and I said come on over! That's where we are now, waiting for them to arrive. :)

Hello, Scanman, dickc49, grmoore, and Farful!

Scanman, no, you definitely don't want to see the one who lived with you 25 years ago!

dick, wow, sounds like that lady (you skied with yesterday) has really gone downhill (no pun intended) as far as her physical health goes, and in just a year! :( Nice that you guys were able to come up with something she could use to continue skiing, but she'll probably need something else next year.

grmoore, lucky you, getting the yard mowed last night before it rained this morning! Now, b/c it rained a lot, the mowing of our yard is kind of up-in-the-air as to what day it'll be. Hopefully this week.

Farful, we'll just be visiting with Mette and her family today. Our other family members probably won't get to see her until next week (since they work and go to school).

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/30/2015 12:37:36 PM EST]
Farful
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 12:01:32 PM

Good morning Claudie and All!
 
Claudie, Lucky you! Enjoy spending time with Alhana, Jake, Emma and Mette. Sounds like fun.
 
Welcome to Monday!
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 11:56:21 AM

Forgot to mention I was able to get the lawn mowed last night before dark. The new machine worked well!
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 10:13:08 AM

Good morning Claudie,

Actually my son attacks the sausage, I eat more BACON. He does put away a heaping helping of eggs, potatoes, french toast, all chased by a big meat lovers omelet! Enough for most people to have at least two breakfasts out of. More than I eat!

Had a kind of rough day with Adaptive. Had a 69 Y/O woman who had a stroke 16 years ago. I skied with her last year and she did fine. I expected her to be OK, but shortly after getting her on the mountain we started having trouble. She could not seem to keep coordinated and upright on the skis. I ended up having to hold her while we skied to a stop to keep her from crashing. We contacted our adviser and got a tether set up on her so she could not have to worry about picking up forward speed and were able to make it down with her falling two more times. She was then kept lower on the mountain for a while until she decided she was OK to up higher again. Well, even with the tether, she kept falling. Two of those were hard falls. She ended up being held up by another volunteer who skied very slowly backwards downhill while he held her up. END OF DAY. The head lady at Maine Adaptive was with us and was also shocked. This lady has skied before with little issue and we are just totally puzzled as to why she was having so much trouble. I think she has just weakened a bit more this year and perhaps is ready for a bi-ski. That is a device you sit in, do not use your legs, and steer with short outriggers with tiny skis on the end. It can also be held with a tether to control both speed and direction. A tethered bi-ski.
Scanman
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 9:54:01 AM

Mornin' Claudie..

Sounds like some very interesting times ahead for you! How Cool is all that? I Know I'd be excited to see someone that had lived with me 25 years ago..(Well maybe not so much..If I saw someone that lived with me 25 years ago, it would be my first x wife....SMH
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:59:45 AM

Good morning, sandipaws and senile!

sandipaws, the rain has arrived. The yard man isn't coming today; maybe tomorrow.

senile, thanks for stopping in!
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:56:04 AM

mornin' Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:54:07 AM

Good morning Claudie,

A sure sign of spring, the yard man cometh!!!

Hope you have a marvelous Monday! {{Hugs}}
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:45:27 AM

Hiya, grmoore,

Glad you were able to get your walk/run in this morning. I don't think the rain has started here yet, but I see, from the weather map radar I was looking at, it's coming!
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:25:40 AM

Greetings Claudie/friends:

Happy Monday! 55 degrees and now raining this morning. Just did get my walk/light run in this morning. I had a great walking pace going and my wife called me to say "Big rain coming!" I was about 10 minutes into my walk so I turned around and ran back to the house to get my big umbrella and then finished my walk. Fun times!

GSU Softball lost the third game yesterday 8-3. Next game is a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 3:00 pm. Yeah, Calipari.

Off to start the day.

Have a great day all!
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:02:53 AM

Good morning, Robustus, HouHrl, Dino, WKGaser, MidnightSun, JM, org, hmcsretired07, scout, and TUrtLE!

Robustus, we'll all be here when you return. :)

Dino, glad to hear things are going well for you. :)

MidnightSun, glad to hear you were able to get out a little yesterday even though it was so icy. Maybe with those above-freezing-temps, more of the ice will melt.

JM, yeah, an article in the newspaper says that the Falcons say the sale of the PSLs is going quite well. Oh, well, good for them b/c they'd STILL be too expensive for me! BTW, the Hawks play tonight (in Atlanta) at 7:30 PM EDT.

org, thanks for today's bit of history!

scout, sounds like you had a great birthday weekend. :)

TUrtLE, no, I hadn't heard about that roller coaster in NC. Thanks for sharing the info.

HouHrl, WKGaser, and hmcsretired, thanks for stopping in!

Well, the plan for today is to have the yard guy mow our yard (for the first time this 'season'). However, it's supposedly going to be raining some time soon, so I guess we'll see what happens.

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/30/2015 7:04:46 AM EST]
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 6:56:18 AM

Good Morning Claudie,

Have you heard about this?
Carowinds officially unveils Fury 325 roller coaster!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carowinds held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday morning for the world's tallest giga coaster Fury 325.

Carowinds ran its first test of the new Fury 325 roller coaster earlier this month.

The 32-passenger train climbing to the top of a 325 foot hill. The hill is followed by an 81 degree first drop and then races through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. The ride lasts nearly three and one half minutes.

Do you want to ride? The video is 1:40 in length.

Have fun!
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 6:41:23 AM

What a great weekend! Mrs Scoutmaster treated me to a weekend away at a friends cabin! It was fabulous! We went out to dinner at a great place on Friday night then went back to the cabin and started a fire and watched a movie! Saturday we roamed the local area and headed home late in the evening. I had to get back for church on Sunday.

I'll get some pictures posted later today.

Good morning Claudie~
hmcsretired07
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 6:14:42 AM

Good morning Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 5:56:41 AM



On this date, in 1867, a treaty for the purchase of Alaska from Russia for the sum of $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.

Welcome to this day, Claudie!
JMBoykinII
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 5:14:37 AM

Good morning, Claudie. I agree, I hope that the Hawks play the starters and win a few more games before the playoffs. By the way, I hear that the PSLs are going well for the new stadium. I was hoping that they wouldn't. well, have a great day.
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 1:45:41 AM

Good morning Claudie!

Usually sugar maple trees are planted. Takes 40 years before they can be tapped. A gallon of maple syrup can last 3 and 4 years.

Watched "Bless The Child" on Netflix (2000) R 1hr 47m. A Psychiatric nurse Maggie's (Kim Basinger) ordinary life becomes anything but after she takes in her sister's young child and uncovers a frightening truth about the girl.

Not sure why the critics gave this movie so many negative reviews. An excellent movie with a fine cast and solid acting. The concept of good vs evil is always entertaining. Jimmy Smits from NYPD Blue co-stars. 5/5 stars.

Opened the last pkg of point cut corned beef, simmered it in fresh water twice, then slow cooked it submerged in the crock pot for 4 hours. Nice and tender. Needed a break from the chicken drumettes made the other day.

Dressed for the 26° (-3°C) temps and went out to sand the driveway. The snow on it is now ice. The sand in the barrel has lots of rock salt to help melt the ice.

Took a Nalgene bottle of water and headed up the mtn. The road was a sheet of ice w/the melt of the days and the freezing of the nights. It was a struggle to get traction w/my hiking boots w/the road being all ice.

Had a heck of a time using great effort to get to the log cabin. Was not an enjoyable experience. The town needs to spread some pebbles. The views from the clear cut in VT and northern NH are magnificent. Blue skies w/o any clouds were super. 1 mile plus some elevation gain.

The temp reached 40° (4°C) mid afternoon. Tuesday into Wed morning sees a 60% chance for snow. Which is okay. Most days are now above freezing. Springtime in the northern NH mtns.

The temp is 23° (-5°C) with the high to be 45° (7°C).

Civil twilight is 6:02 AM EST. Night is 7:40 PM.

Sunrise: 6:31 AM. Set: 7:10 PM.

Length of day: 12h 39m. Length of visible light: 13h 38m. Tomorrow will be 3m 04s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

            : )
 
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 11:08:12 PM

Good evening Claudie
Dino72
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 10:53:30 PM

Good evening one and all

Wanted to stop in and say hello and bring you up to date on what's been up with me lately. It has been a long, emotional couple of weeks. It has really been one wild rollercoaster ride for me. Let me catch you up.

First of all, Mrs. K and I. The Tuesday after I announced our split here, she called me and asked if we could get together and talk in person. I agreed to it because I wanted to be diplomatic and hear what she had to say. We spent about an hour sharing ideas and talking and you'll be happy to know we've decided to reconcile the relationship. We shared some ideas and I returned to Middlebourne last weekend.

Often I have thought of a bible verse these last couple of weeks that states "We are to forgive one another seventy times seven." I feel that I've made the correct decision here. My Mom and Dad have been married for over 45 years and I know that hasn't been without incident. Same goes for Mrs. K and I over the last nearly five years we've been Husband and Wife. I really REALLY feel I need to focus on opening up more to her and communicating together.

Secondly, about my car situation. I had it at the garage here in Glen Dale for about 2 days. They called me and informed me that a wire had shorted out the TIP-M computer that I had replaced back in December. They would need to replace a wiring harness, the TIP-M, and the ECM computer at a cost of $2,700. I had it towed 80 miles to Parkersburg the next day. Talking to the mechanic that installed the previous TIP-M, he said it was fine and there were no wires loose shorting out anything. He said I did need to replace the ECM computer at a cost of $744. I will wind up without my car for three weeks, so Mrs. K and I have been sharing her 2014 Kia Sportage. Before that, I did use a rental for a few days. It was a 2015 Dodge Dart. I said if I hit the lottery, I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat. It drove nice and I was able to do two round trips from Lubeck to Glen Dale (approximately 80 miles one way) for $19 in gas at $2.15/gallon. Between the tow bill and the rental, I'll still come out about $1,400 less than the original quote.

This has been my first rounds in about two weeks and I apologize because I really left everyone on a cliffhanger here. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me. All we can do is take this one day at a time.

Finally, to leave you on a happy note, my Dad received some good news as he has been nominated to be a Deacon at their Church. I'm really hoping he gets this as Mom and Dad have attended regularly for the last 35 years. I call this guy one of my heroes for all the right reasons.

Last, but not least. Emily posted a picture of some of her newest family members. Her Grandpa S.(FMD's Dad) got Emily a couple of baby chicks. I'm not sure what to think about her choice of names, though. Original and Extra Crispy. Until then. We'll see you all again real soon. Take care.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 9:09:02 PM

Good evening, Claudie & Co.!

I hope you had a blessed Palm Sunday!
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 9:07:10 PM

Hey Claudie,

I have been going to those Just For Fun forums. Been too tired to chat lately.

I will try to get caught up everyone soon.Have a good week!
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 8:54:21 PM

Good evening, Silverhand!

All great comics this week! Thanks for sharing!

Time for me to sign out for the night.

Good night, everybuddy!
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:23:27 PM

Hello, Claudie!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pickles
Wizard of Id
Family Circus
Garfield

Have a great week!
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:05:31 PM

Hello, attitash and Scanman!

attitash, alright! So that was a pond all the people were standing around. Ski or snowboard over it? <shakes head> Naaaah! I'm with you; let OTHER people do that and possibly get soaked!

Scanman, yup! Me, too! Just hanging around the house, that is! I went outside, just to be outside, for a time or 2; it's been sunshiny, there's a blue-blue sky, and it's about 60°; no wind, to speak of, either! Yay! Nice to just hang around the house sometimes. :)

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/29/2015 7:06:18 PM EST]
Scanman
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 6:25:10 PM

Aftermoon Claudie..

Just hanging around the house today!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 5:48:12 PM

People involved try to ski or snowboard across the pond...believe it`s 100feet. The trick is to have enough speed to carry you across & have your weight back on the skis. A tradition at many ski hills. Have a good night.
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 3:50:14 PM

<lurking>
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:31:08 PM

Okay!

Things are done; lunch is completed. Now hubby's settled in front of the TV, waiting for the race to start. Such is our Sunday afternoon. :)

I just found out a little while ago that Alhana will be coming for a visit next week; it's her Spring Break, the same as around here. She'll be coming Friday evening (I think) and staying until the next Friday evening. Hoping to be able to get her some time with Jake and Emma, though they'll be going somewhere from Thursday til Sunday (next week).

Another thing....many, many years ago we were fortunate enough to have had a foreign exchange student from Denmark live with us for the school year (hmmmm, I believe it was actually 25 years ago). Anyway, she (her name is Mette), her husband, their 2 kids, and his 2 daughters all came to our country for a long vacation; they arrived in Miami the 21st and stayed overnight before going to the Gulf Coast until this past Thursday; that day, they went to Orlando and stayed until today. They are probably on their way north now....to here....and plan to stay with a school friend until April 9th. This school friend lives about 30 minutes south of us. I mention all this b/c we will definitely get to see her several times while she'd here, and it's going to be really cool b/c Jake, Emma, and Alhana will get to meet her kids, who are 9 and 7 and speak very little English. It'll be a great experience for everybuddy!

Hello, grmoore, attitash, Farful, munchkins_mom, and hmcsretired07!

grmoore, aaawww, too bad the softball team lost both games. :( As for the ND/UK game, as good as Kentucky supposedly is, I was kind of surprised that they only won by 2. Now, from your explanation, I guess I see WHY they won. Calipari? I am guessing he's on Kentucky, but is that the coach or a player?

attitash, puddle jump? Hmmmm, that doesn't sound too exciting to me. How does that work (I couldn't find an explanation for it; just the camera views...and camera 1 shows like there are a LOT of people there)?

Farful, they ate alligator? <shudders> Oh, yuck! Nice that you were able to visit with so many people yesterday. Even better that you and K did alright at the slot machines.

munchkins_mom, aaahhh, so this new car is for you! Nice! Good luck!

hmcsretired, thanks for stopping in!

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/29/2015 1:33:51 PM EST]
hmcsretired07
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 12:36:12 PM

Good afternoon Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 12:36:09 PM

Hi Claudie, I think I'm down to two cars. I like the Subaru's. I'm going to decide today, I think, between the Outback and the Forester. Wish me luck.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 11:40:51 AM

Good morning Claudie and All!
 
Claudie, Glad that you made it to Jake and Emma's soccer games. Bet they enjoyed to have you cheering them on for their wins too.
 
I can hear the wind blowing outside. It has been gusting at my place.
 
It was a sunny day for a nice trip to Burlington, Iowa yesterday.. The catfish at Catfish Bend Casino was tasty too. I won a few dollars playing penny slot machines there. K. broke even. Timed it just right to have a visit with friends at the buffet.
 
Visited relatives and friends at brother-in-law's place yesterday. They had just got home from visiting Louisiana. They enjoyed their vacation and visited my son and his wife who live in New Orleans. They visited Bourbon Street in New Orleans. They had some spicy food of alligator and Po Boy..
 
Happy Palm Sunday!
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 9:37:04 AM

Good morning Claudie...sunny day ahead with a high of 3°C/37.4°F. Above freezing!!!! Still too cold for cycling to work but perhaps next week. Puddle Jump occurs today on the final day at the ski hill. I have never considered taking part in this event...would take all summer for the ski boots to dry out! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:35:10 AM

Greetings Claudie/friends:

Happy Sunday! 29 degrees this morning; brr!.

The Panthers played nip and tuck for both games yesterday losing 8-7 in the first game and 13-11 in the second. They had chances to win both games, but couldn't get it done.

I didn't get the lawn mowed yesterday as both games went very long. We'll see what today holds.

Interesting game last night between UK and ND. Candidly, ND outplayed the Cats for nearly the entire game and certainly were more deserving of the win than UK. First of all I will state I'm not a ND fan, but UK, as has been typical, were the recipient of several (at least two) foul calls/non-calls that made a difference in the game: a shot that was called a block that was clearly a foul at the rim, and a blocking foul that was clearly a charge by UK. This stated, ND's shot selection with 6 seconds remaining wasn't the best so UK clearly escaped with the win when they deserved to be watching from home next week. Finally, Calipari was arrogant in the post game press conference, something that is inexcusable!

Off to start the day.

Have a great day all!
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:27:49 AM

Ooops!

I just missed org and dick!

Hey, y'all!

org, wow! Cool info about Niagara Falls! I wonder how long it remained entirely frozen.

dick, what? Your son eats more bacon than you do? Well, I guess you passed that trait on to him then! LOL! Have a good volunteer session today!

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/29/2015 7:28:19 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:24:14 AM

Good morning Claudie,

<chuckle> My son and wife go more often than I do. They DO know him! I did get a good helping of BACON though. Son eats more than anyone I know.

Heading out to Maine Adaptive in a few minutes so I am making this brief.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:24:08 AM



On this date, in 1848, for the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

Welcome to Palm Sunday, Claudie!
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:23:46 AM

Good morning, munchkins_mom, JCTRAIL, MidnightSun, yankie, senile, fliper, JM, and TUrtLE!

munchkins_mom, good luck with the car shopping! Do you have something special in mind?

MidnightSun, Fuller's Sugarhouse looks interesting. I bet dick would enjoy that place, too. Whoo! Quite a price for that maple syrup! No wonder dick makes his own!

fliper, wow! That was TOO early!

JM, yup! The starters all rested and the 'bench' got some playing time against the Hornets. Another GB/FB friend, CSQUARED, said he thinks the Hawks have about 10 games left. Hope the coach doesn't rest the starters for all those games either.

TUrtLE, aahhh, thanks for the wonderful Sunday movies! :)

JCTRAIL, yankie, and senile, thanks for stopping in!

Staying home today. :)

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/29/2015 7:25:06 AM EST]
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 6:57:36 AM

Good Morning Claudie,

Today is Palm Sunday.
The first movie is a short clip, 1:38 minutes showing the triumphal entrance of Jesus riding on the back of a donkey into Jerusalem.

The second selection is A New Day with music performed by Ernesto Cortazar. If you have time you may want to watch the graphics...good ones.

May you be blessed today!
JMBoykinII
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 6:38:29 AM

Good morning, Claudie. I read that the Hawks did not start their starters. They must be satisfied with the number of wins. I hope that this was just for one game.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 6:07:59 AM

Good morning Claudie. Time to rise and shine!
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 5:26:27 AM

mornin' Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 2:37:17 AM

Good Morning y'all.......
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:11:35 AM

Happy Palm Sunday Claudie!

Know well the cutting power of the bitter wind. Will try moth balls as the deterrent. Have metal chicken wire to cover the area afterwards .

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield to discover he had a vacay in Kansas City all week. His wife and him enjoyed the 75° (24°C) and the beauty of the area. Was surprised that my hands did not grab the low priced meats and left empty handed.

Went to Shaw's for their w/e specials. Bought reduced low fat 4 Italian shredded cheese for $1.77 for 8 oz's, All 2 liter coke products were $1. These two item offered bonus tickets to the come on game "80 Million in Prizes" Monopoly playing coast to coast.

Stopped at my PO to pick up my mail. Got a letter from some unknown that misspelled mt name and wrote the town as "Landcaster" (sic). Had the Postmaster return to sender: refused. Sure did not have that good feeling to it. The second letter sent from the same person/address.

Thought of the cheese for $3.54 a lb and returned to the store to buy 6 more in the 8 oz pkgs. One get a ticket for the transaction plus 1 for each additional item. The price of the cheese is the 2nd lowest ever.

Drove to the Fuller's Sugarhouse (see the 3m s video inc the entire operation). Was greeted by hosts Ed, Dave abd Patti Fuller, their now adult children and a few similling young ladies.

The gift shop and the sugar house were packed w/ people itching to get on a fine spring day. Had a wonderful coffee w/maple syrup as the sugar, plain homemade donuts to dunk, and a cone of maple syrup on snow, all gratis.

Took a tour of the section of the real post and beam building that sold sugaring tools, evaporators, lines, buckets accessories and has several reverse osmosis filters for sale.

Went in the boiling room w/their 3 y/o state of the art evaporator made of stainless steel, and non wood store firebox, a mere $90,000 investment.

Five weeks of sugaring is expected in the Lancaster area. Just 5 days ago was the first real sap flowing. They use a vacuum system. Thursday they boiled 9,000 gallons of sap to produce just 160 gallons of maple syrup.

The gift shop is stocked with nostalgia, paintings, maple sugar, candy, sampler's, and many items to fill its country charm store. Had a sample of local made blackberry jam. At $8.69 for 18 oz's, it is twice the price of the Amish jam sold at at Big Papa's Mkt for $4.50.

Educated the family on carrageenan. None was in their jam. Said it is a thickener found in many foods such as jellies, jam, meat, cookies, cakes, and dairy/ice cream products.

Same as adding two heaping tablespoons of Vaseline to hot chocolate to give it texture, thickening, and stabilizing agents. It increases shelf live. Many folks get stomach cramps from it.

A gallon of maple syrup this year at the Fuller Sugarhouse is a whopping $79.95. Half gallon $49.95 this year. Non commercial mom and pop sugar house sell a gallon in the $45 and up price range in my area.

Learned there is a new standardized grading system implemented in Canada and in the USA. This page has the new grades and maple sugar history.

The temp is 10° (-12°C) with the high to be 35° (2°C).

Civil twilight is 6:04 AM EST. Night is 7:38 PM.

Sunrise: 6:33 AM. Set: 7:09 PM.

Length of day: 12h 36m. Length of visible light: 13h 34m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a blessed day!

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JCTRAIL
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 9:20:03 PM

Good Evening Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 9:14:36 PM

Hi Claudie, it's another busy day here for us. I went grocery shopping this morning around 6 am, then we all went for breakfast at the festival. Story had skating lessons and ballet and the boys (including my husband) attended the hockey game. Teagan and I stayed home with the dogs and watched on tv. Tomorrow we car shop.
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 9:04:08 PM

Hello there, sandipaws!

I made sure I had extra clothes on when I went to the games...probably 2 layers and then the coat. The only thing I forgot was gloves, and I either stuck them in the pockets or scrunched them back into the sleeves. The temp actually would have been alright b/c it WAS beautifully sunny, but the durned wind was just a-blowin' about 15 mph! Ugh!

I'm warm now.

Okay then! Time for me to sign out for the night.

Good night, Buddies!
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 8:29:42 PM

Good evening Claudie,

You sure are a brave soul for being outside watching Emma and Jake's games! Hope you are warm now and that you are relaxing and having a good evening! {{Hugs}}
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 5:16:04 PM

Hello, Mrs. Wrench!

Sounds like y'all are ready to go! Have a safe trip!
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 4:10:20 PM

Good afternoon Claudie, just stopped by to post gas price & answer questions. Hope you had a good day so far. I'm going to check my mail & close the computer until we stop at the hotel tomorrow night. Daughter called to say she was getting Wrench a birthday cake & take it to her friends where we are having Easter dinner, she also said they were to get snow today. If all goes well we will be home late Monday, not sure what time we will leave in the morning but it's 531.85 to the hotel & 536.42 from there to home. A lot of driving for Wrench.
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 3:55:00 PM

Hiya, dick!

Probably a good idea not to go skiing today, seeing that you really don't feel great. Hopefully you'll be able to go out tomorrow.

I'm glad to hear you got to go out to a buffet this morning. REALLY glad you got your BACON! Do you suppose the people at the buffet place had talked to Hop Sing (about the fact that you LOVE BACON)? :)

[Edited by: Claudie at 3/28/2015 3:55:45 PM EST]
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