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jjdm

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

Welcome to my home!!!!!

Have a nice visit!

Thanks for visiting!!!
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KHF
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 3:31:21 PM

Hi Justin - You certainly had a full weekend with the wedding and seeing so many people. Good to hear you got plenty of sleep.

Loved the pictures and look forward the the others. What a beautiful bride. I loved her bouquet. I also loved the inside of the church. I hope more of it is in some other photos.

That was a splendid reception meal. I looked at the offered menus and packages and gee, whiz! They surely did look pricy, but delicious.
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:31:49 PM

Good afternoon Justin.....overnight rain continued through the morning. Cloudy now with a 40% chance of more rain high 20°C/68°F. Must be getting older as the thought of getting wet had me drive to work. You did a wonderful job of describing the wedding. I would be concerned being at the church with no one else there! Super pictures you shared with the story. Have a great day.
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MusicTeacher
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:22:26 PM

Good Morning, Justin ♫ Congratulations on Ana's and her Husband Bojan's successful Wedding! Prayers for their successful marriage and new life together! I read your entire update here about Ana's and Bojan's Wedding Serbian Wedding Ceremony and Reception. What an honor that you were invited to celebrate the first day of their marriage! Praying they will have a wonderful and a very long lifetime together as Husband and Wife, with good health and many blessings. Love and marriage are universal life experiences, so even if you don't understand their language, you see it all happening before your eyes.

Yes, I have played for so many weddings and events over my lifetime, and have seen many other interesting wedding traditions that I am not familiar with. Christian and Catholic Weddings are the majority of Weddings that I attend. Catholic weddings are usually the longest of all weddings that I watch and/or perform for. As a professional Musician I have also performed at special events with other cultures speaking their languages, that I had no idea of any words they were speaking. Any languages outside of English, Spanish, and some Filipino languages and dialects, I am clueless and lost. But thankfully music is a universal language which gives me the privilege of participating in these types of concerts and events.

Personally I have only attended and/or participated in weddings in my home state CA, in AZ, and NV.

I am glad your Sunday at Church with your Mom went well, and you enjoyed time together with your Mom and friends. It is so nice when you can have your Sunday off from work to attend Church. It was a pleasure reading your long update! :-))))

Have a great Monday and start to the new week!

Thank you for catching up with my weekend updates and pictures, and for all of your kind comments! Yes, it was a busy and fun weekend! Our Church Friend is Kim, not Kimberly.

Thank you for your reply here. Looking forward to seeing more wedding ceremony and reception pictures. I hope you will have the privilege of attending more weddings over your lifetime. No two weddings are ever alike, even if they use the same venues.

Today my Mom and I will celebrate one of my Mom's best friends, Mrs. P's Birthday, along with my Mom's other Co-Worker Friends, at a Restaurant in Artesia, CA. Tonight I have one Violin Student to teach. I look forward to doing tasks and errands as needed during my unscheduled hours.

Last night I photographed our Dragonfruit Cactus Flowers #3 and #4! They bloom at night and die in the morning. But we are looking forward to enjoying their sweet fruits a few months from now.

Have a Wonderful Monday!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 11:39:59 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Interesting description of the Serbian wedding! Sounds like you had a fun time.
 
Very nice wedding photos! Thank you for sharing. Hope the newlyweds enjoy a long joyful marriage.
 
Neighbor boy had several 300 games bowling. He is just a natural. Folks were asking him to be an instructor. He declined though.
 
Enjoy a marvelous Monday!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:44:37 AM

Beautiful bride.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:04:33 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Here Comes the Bride

Walking Right Past Us

On Saturday, I went and picked up Katie around 12:45 pm. She was matching me and had a beautiful black dress on. I had a black dressed shirt with a blue striped tie. Katie thought that she didn’t look that good. I told her otherwise, however she said that she didn’t want her picture taken at all during the day. I told her it’s her decision.

So we began our journey to Merrillville. Despite all of the construction going on, traffic went smoothly and we got to the church 30 minutes before 2 pm. The wedding invitation said that the wedding would start at 2 pm. However at 1:32 pm, there was no one else. The first car pulled in around 1:43 pm and other cars started coming at 1:52 pm.

At 2 pm, Katie and I got out of the car and went inside the church. It was a cute little church with the old look design. And of course, nothing was in English since this was a Serbian church. Though, at the entrance in between the pews there was “This is where our journey begins” in white letters tied together. That was lovely.

At 2:30 pm, the wedding began. Very interesting wedding since it was all in Serbian! Ana looked extremely beautiful and so did Marija and the rest of the bridesmaids. For the first 20 minutes, Ana and Bojan stood at the Altar and the priest sang some things. Then Ana and Bojan, including two men who stood behind them the whole time, moved to the aisle. The priest then said more things for 20 minutes.

About 40 minutes into the wedding, he gave them crowns and spoke for another 10 minutes. Then they drank from a cup and walked around the table 3 times. Their crowns were then removed and he spoke more to them.

About an hour into the wedding, we all sat down and listened. Near the end, everyone started clapping and then they kissed. It felt strange to not be able to understand a thing, but it was nice to see them get married in their culture’s style!

Katie and I were last to greet the newly weds. Ana was thrilled to see us as were Marija and their parents. My favorite pic of the day was taken outside of the church with Bojan and Ana kissing surrounded by all of their friends and family.

From there, Katie and I were starving, so we stopped at Portillo's for a quick burger. When we were about to leave, a worker asked if we had just come from a wedding. To kill some time, we stopped at the mall in town and walked around. We also stopped at a store where Katie’s brother’s girlfriend was working at and chatted with her.

Around 6 pm, we went to look for the reception area. I forgot to bring that part of the invitation with, so I didn’t have the address to plug into my phone. So Aaron gave me a call and I was able to find the place. The reception was at Avalon Manor.

It was decorated all beautifully. I picked up my name placeholder. When we got inside, all of us went up to Marija and Ana and chatted with them for a bit. That was the last we talked with them the whole evening. So many people were coming up to them.

Katie, Aaron, and I were seated at Table 1, which was in the back corner. We sat with some of Ana’s co-workers. Around 7 pm, several people gave some speech’s. Had no clue what was being said since the speeches were in Serbian. Then Marija gave this beautiful speech. It was in English, so I actually understood it!! Marija was tearing up as she gave the speech, so you could tell the words she used were from the heart. She had a sense of humor when she gave them advice. I gave her an A+ on the speech.

After the speeches, dinner was then served beginning with a salad. Then the main course was served. We all enjoyed, pork loin, chicken, diced potatoes, green beans, carrots, and polish sausage. It was a tasty and filling dinner.

Later in the evening, Ana and Bojan had their first dance to the song ”All of Me.” Then Ana had a dance with her Dad. After that it was full blast Serbian music and Serbian dancing. They all danced holding each other’s hands and moved in a circle form. I asked if anyone at the table wanted to go up dancing. All said no.

About an hour later, two of Ana’s co-workers and Aaron went up to dance. I asked Katie if she wanted to join and she said no. So I went up with the other 3. We gave the dancing style a try. We weren’t that good, but hey we were having fun.

Around 10 pm, Katie was tired and wanted to go, so I said my goodbyes to everyone at the table. Thankfully we made it home without any trouble. Overall, the wedding day went well and I’m glad I was able to be part of it. The reception was lots of fun too! Once I was home, I went to sleep for about 9 hours. Mom and I went to a later Mass, the 9:30 am one.

Father Kevin (not the same person as the Rev. Kevin that I work with), said this Mass. His homily had a very funny beginning. He said that he was saying Mass at another church last Sunday and at the end of that Mass, an usher asked him a question. He asked Father if this was the first time he said a Mass with the Vice President in the crowd. Father asked Vice President of what. The usher then said, the Vice President of the United States. The usher asked, “Didn’t you see all of those secret service agents?” To that Father responded, “No I was too concentrated on Jesus.” It was a very funny story to begin his homily! lol. Also nice to know that the Vice President was in Michigan City.

After church, Mom and I went to visit Grandma. I showed her the pics from the wedding and we all caught up. Grandma said that next time that we are available, she would like to go for a drive. Mom and I looked at our schedules, and it’s looking like next Sunday will be a good day for a ride. After visiting with Grandma, we stopped at Al’s for a newspaper and then went to Denny’s for breakfast.

While waiting, I got a text from Ian asking what I was doing. I said going out to eat for breakfast. He wanted to join, so I asked Mom if that was okay. She said yes. So I told Ian to come to Denny’s. So all 3 of us dined together. For my breakfast, I had a country fried skillet. There was a 40 minute wait for our food, but the hostess did warn us about that.

After breakfast, Mom and I came back home. From there, I stopped by David’s place and caught up with over the next few hours. When I came back home, Mom and I made dinner. For dinner, we had tacos with Mexican Fried Rice. It was a tasty dinner that made me sleepy. So I laid down to take a nap. When I woke up at 9 pm, I wanted more sleep. So I got ready for bed and then went back to sleep. I’ve been up since 5:35 am, feeling well rested.

TUrtLE x3, I’m glad you like the pic of my Mom! I took 20 pictures total. Detailed update above. :) Easy to know that Barney’s is super busy during the summer. Why summer help was not hired is a good question. Not that often that we are under scheduled at Al’s Franklin. If we are, it’s usually in the front-end. Thanks for your comments on my update. Nice Sunday movie. Had Mom and me smiling as we watched it this morning. Great that you have a clean vehicle and a clean shell. ;) Thanks for the extra TUrtLE wax, I appreciate that!

Farful, thanks for the comment on my pic. I tell her that everyday!

MusicTeacher, thanks for the comment on my pic. Detailed update above and I will have 20 pictures to share with y’all. I’ve been to three weddings total, including Ana’s. This was the first wedding that I went to that I had no clue what was being said since it was all in Serbian. Hopefully you will be able to perform at more weddings in the future! They are fun and happy events! Thanks for the congratulations for Ana and Bojan! Lovely good night photo.

Midnight x2, thanks for your comment on my pic. Never had turkey bacon. Usually only eat bacon 1-2 times a month. Long update about Ana’s wedding. Will have 20 pictures to share with y’all. Yesterday Ana and Marija were at a party hosted by Bojan’s family. Today Ana and Bojan leave for Jamaica! That’s where their honeymoon will be at. No time for movies as of now, maybe sometime soon. Good that you have no plant loss. Sounds like quite an event was happening in your downtown. Nice to see the Civil War reenactment. Wonderful that you were able to harvest some strawberries and blueberries! Either Shaw’s is getting a huge allowance from SuperValu or they are selling for a loss.

attitash, thanks for your comment on my pic! Mom and I both work very hard! :) Usually I sleep right through storms.

Claudie, overall the wedding day went well and I’m glad I was able to be part of it. The reception was lots of fun too! Full details above!

trugasCA, thanks for your comment on my pic! Yes, she does a great job. :) Yep, Mom has a hairnet covering most of her hair. Glad you saw that. :)

KHF, thanks for checking out the photo! Details of the wedding are above and I will have 20 pics to share.

Silverhand, thanks for the funnies.

Dino72, that should mean more basketball stories in the future! Good that your power is still on and no damage done to your property.

Good day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 8:11:37 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Did anyone wash their vehicle this weekend?

Maybe it was time to power wash your home. Did anyone do that?

It was warm here so this is how I took advantage of it.

I have something to give each of you. You know that when you get a new vehicle and I am aware of it I leave you a bottle of my special TUrtLE Wax. In case you've used it up, I have a bottle of TUrtLE Wax for each of you.

Have a Marvelous Monday!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:10:29 AM

Good morning Justin!

Am sure your w/e was jammed w/events. When you have time would enjoy the details. Pix would be swell as well. Stay busy. Make time for play and rest.

Went out early yesterday morning to harvest strawberries and some blueberries. Have enough for about two meals. Probably will be the fruit in 1% milk and with cereal. Got the berries before the birds did.

Checked out all the plants, flowers and the wildflower areas. All is growing well w/o slugs or rabbits having a free buffet. Covered the 1 lb cottage cheese containers the ammonia and my scent is in.

This is working well. The third day w/o the annual flowers being eaten by rabbits. Also read a 3 ft piece of a used garden hose as a fake snake is another good rabbit deterrent. Hope to find a used hose at the transfer station sometime soon.

Drove to visit my pal the meat mgr at Mac's Market in Whitefield. Haven't seen him in a few weeks. Bought some Shooner 2.5" fish cakes made of three types of fish and potato as a filler. No MSG on the label and a swell $1.99 a pound.

Asked he how Shaws can sell Split boneless chicken breast and bone in pork sirloin cutlets for $1.49 a lb for both this week. He said his cost is $1.60.

Then Shaw's is truly selling both as a loss leader, hoping other products are bought while its customers are in the store. Stopped in Shaws to buy a pkg of of the split chicken breasts.

Looking forward to cooking them in the crock pot soon w/lots of veggies. Stopped at the Main St field where the Civil War re enactment soldiers spent the night in their tents. Will have photos to share in a day or so.

Had a nice big healthy spinach, green leaf lettuce salad, along w/many different veggies w/chunks of ham and cheese along w/ two of the fish patties. They are about the thickness and size of a wide mouth Nalgene bottle. No chemicals in them that made me want to eat more.

Had two hours of rain late morning. Forecast is for scattered thunderstorms during the night into late morning. Nothing arrived as this was typed.

Listened to the home team play the Seattle Mariners w/the windows and doors open in a fabulous 71° (21°C) w/a 3-12 mph (4-19 kmph) breeze. Nice to avoid the other half of the lawn that needs to be mowed due to it being soaked.

Civil twilight is 4:54 AM EDT. Night is 8:49 PM.

Sunrise: 5:28 AM. Set: 8:16 PM.

Length of day: 14h 47m. Length of visible light: 15h 55m. Tomorrow will be 2m 14s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 72° (22°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Dino72
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 11:06:16 PM

Good evening Justin

Glad you love the stories on Emily's basketball. She will start her 4th year of playing this Winter. My Niece, Lanie will try out for the team at Lubeck this Fall as well.

Back to start the work week. Storms are rumbling through the area. New Martinsville got the worst of the storms getting high wind and hail. Driving through the area on the way into work tonight and half the town is without power. What I'd heard so far is that no one was seriously hurt. One business got the roof ripped off of them and a few trees were uprooted. Tornado watch is still in effect for us until 3 AM.

Saturday went very well for Emily and I. If your friends with me on facebook, you seen the two videos of her hitting the golf ball at the driving range and sinking a three pointer on the basketball court. Where were these when she was actually playing, I have no clue.

Time to get this week started. Weekend officially over for me. C Ya
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Silverhand
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 6:58:02 PM

Hello, Justin!

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

Have a great week!
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KHF
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:43:27 PM

Hi Justin - Thanks for the photo of your mom cutting fruit. That looks like a nice workspace for that job.

I know you are going to have a great time at the wedding. I look forward to your photos from it and a nice write up of the festivities.

I agree with you about DVRs. I think that almost everything I do watch on TV, I record first. It is too hard to be available when things are broadcast and if recorded, one can skip all the commercials.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 12:52:20 PM

Macedonian dancing. You learned it and so it should be great fun.

I see your mom has a hair net on well most of the hair is covered. LOL. l was talking recently about chefs these days that have long hair and pony tails and swing them around over the food and waitresses also, Wondered what happened to hair nets and their requirements.
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 8:36:34 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

How was the wedding?
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 8:11:12 AM

Good Morning Justin,

You all know about Random Acts of Kindness. That's what comes to mind as I viewed today's movie. It comes from the website entitled, Thaigoodstories.com - Believe in good.
The video starts right in without an introduction so be ready.

May your day be blessed!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 7:06:09 AM

Good morning Justin....thunderstorms through the night had me with a poor sleep. Will do some morning weed pulling & try to catch some baseball(Jays at Yankee Stadium) & the final round of the Canadian Open(golf). Mix of sun & cloud with a high of 26°C/78.8°F. Have a super day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 5:12:51 AM

Good morning Justin!

Have been buying turkey bacon for many years. Very low fat, little cholesterol, and pretty good for a MSG added product. Pay $2.39 for 12 ozs at WM. What you eat all of your youth affects you as you age. Was also invulnerable at 20 y/o. Maybe even more so than you.

Would enjoy learning about Ana's wedding and seeing some pix. Where are they for their honeymoon? Would adore seeing maybe even performing Macedonian dancing. Like the term!

Also enjoy your dedication for your job and for the company. That will pay off big time often in your life.

See 8 movies. Write about The finest one.

Completed the last of the forms from TIAA CREF. Am thinking the paperwork is finally completed, ending of this book, the final page is completed.

Went out to see a rabbit running away from my tomato plants. Rabbits are not fond on tomatoes, yet if they are hungry they will eat anything green. Or at least taste test it.

The containers of ammonia and my scent around the annuals, perennials, and wildflowers are working great. No nibbing or plant loss is seen. Like this method, except in rainy weather. Read mothballs work also and the rain does not dissolve them.

Watered all the plants, flowers, new lawn and wildflowers. Saw the newest wildflower seeds are germinating fabulously. At 10AM jumped into the Dart and took a drive to downtown Lancaster.

Mailed the letter to TIAA CREF, then saw the downtown Street Fair was beginning. Parked in the motel lot beside the P.O. Took my camera and saw the field across the St on US Rt3 had 100's of people.

It was a Civil War reenactment of 2 dozen men w/genuine uniforms, muskets, and cannons. Tents of the era were set up as well as the style of cooking pots and pans on several fires.

The drums beat, the lieutenant shouted, "Fire!" Muskets filled the air with smoke. The order "Fire at will," was commanded. There were two 3" (76.2 mm) cannons. None were fired.

The Main St was jammed with vehicles, in fact it was the first time seeing stop and go traffic. Vendors lined both sides with their merchandise along with booths selling fried dough to lobster rolls.

Our visitor's Center held the antique, muscle, and classic car show. 100's, if not a thousand folks were enjoying the fabulous 73° (23°C) sunshine in nearly clear skies.

One fellow had a giant pure black and shiny Newfoundlander that was handsome. There was a civilian owned Army store that sold equipment, rations, and supplies that would follow the troops.

A pair of leather Army boots just below the knee were $15 in those days. A private in 1860 was paid $13 a month. It was raised in June 1864, when soldiers rec'd $16 a month.Civil twilight is 4:53 AM EDT. Night is 8:51 PM.

Sunrise: 5:27 AM. Set: 8:17 PM.

Length of day: 14h 49m. Length of visible light: 15h 57m. Tomorrow will be 2m 12s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 74° (23°C) in partly cloudy skies. Rain/t-storms are expected later.

Have a splendid day!

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MusicTeacher
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:50:39 AM

Good Morning, Justin ♫ I am glad your work day yesterday went well! How nice that your Mom had a work shift today, while you attended your friend Ana's Wedding and Reception. Looking forward to reading all about it and √ing out the pictures from her big day. I have attended as a Guest and performed as a hired Musician at many Weddings, and no two are ever alike, even in the same venues. I love doing the wedding biz, and hope and pray that I can find more weddings to perform at after the past two that I performed at as a solo Violinist this past May and June. Weddings are some of the funnest gigs that I have ever done! Congratulations to Ana and her new Husband, and God bless both of them! ♥ I read your full update here.

Thank you so much for your encouraging thoughts for me, Kim, and Malene, as we are all actively looking for work, with Kim and I applying for Costco jobs. I hope Malene will do the same too.

You're welcome for sharing about sleeping patterns. It is different for all of us. It is a blessing that we are be able to go to sleep easily as needed, unlike some people who have trouble falling asleep and suffer from insomnia.

Thankfully I had a busy super Saturday, as I shared at my Studio with lots of pictures!

Good Night!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:28:03 AM

Good night jjdm and All!
 
jj, Enjoyed the photo of your Mom at work. Thank you for sharing. Bet the fruit would be tasty with whipped cream.
 
Nice that you got in a good days work. Hope you get in a few extra winks too.
 
Happy Sunday!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 6:42:16 PM

Good Afternoon Justin.
I like the pic that you took of your mom cutting up the fruit, yummy watermelon.

I'm sure you'll share with us all about the wedding. I hope you took plenty of pics.

It sounds like it's difficult for them to know how many employees they are going to need at Barney's. I know they don't want too many because of their bottom line, but it really makes it difficult when there isn't enough help as customers may choose to go elsewhere.
I know you have that problem sometimes at Al's too, but it's not as bad is it?

Keep enjoying yourself at the wedding as I'm guessing that you may still be there.

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jjdm
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 12:59:14 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Mom Working Hard

Yesterday afternoon, Mom and I ate leftover chicken alfredo while watching an episode of “Extant.” Always nice to have a DVR to help you keep up with a show lol. I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. For the first 4 hours, Isaac and I stocked the rest of the items from the load. Then we straightened up the store. I spent the last half hour of my shift filling milk and facing the Dairy endcaps.

After work, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner. This time we had bacon with the scrambled eggs and toast. Then I went to sleep for about 8 hours. When I woke up around 8:45 am, Mom had already left for work. She is working 9 am - 1 pm, doing fruit cutting. A little after 9 am, I called the radio station to give my gas prediction. So far this morning I’ve been getting wedding for Ana’s wedding. Soon I’ll be picking up Katie and we will be on our way!

trugasCA, comment whenever you feel the need. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying my updates and pics. :)

MusicTeacher, thanks for your comment on my pic! Every now and then, I’ll have a 10 hour sleeping day. For me, there is no time that my body regularly wakes up at. I guess it’s due to me always waking up at different times. Thanks for sharing your sleeping stats! I’ll be by your studio in a bit.

KHF, I heard from Rev. Kevin that they had double the amount of people working at this time last year. lol, I guess I’m the only one here that has had lobster pizza. :) Today’s pic is of Mom cutting fruit.

Midnight, thanks for your comment on my pic! I guess we here in Indiana are spoiled. That’s the only way I’ve ever bowled. I’m sure if I bowled New England style all of my life, I’d find it way easier to bowl here….lol! Actually considered writing a TV show about a grocery store and it’s employees. I have saved all of my GB updates, so I can get ideas for the script. But for now, no time! The wedding shall be fun! There will be Macedonian dancing...hopefully I remember what Marija and Ana taught me earlier in the summer! Nice that you were able to watch a movie that you found to be 5/5 stars. I see your new ad starts on Friday. Ours starts on Wednesday. Good to do some yard work and take a nap in the sun! As usual, I enjoyed looking at your ad. Each day my joy for working in the grocery biz increases.

attitash, thanks for your comment on my pic! I have never played 5 pin bowling before. Next week Al’s will have the first harvest of La Porte County (the County I live in) corn. On sale for 10 for $3.

Good day!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 11:18:38 AM

Good morning Justin....mix of sun & cloud with a high of 24°C/75.2°F. Showers to move in this evening. Took in the Farmers Market this morning. Surprised to see corn selling....thought it would be late this year. Bought 6 for $3. Mowing the lawn after lunch. Jays lost yesterday in NY against the Yankees. Have not won a game there in 18 starts. Have a great day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 5:32:13 AM

Good morning Justin!

The back room room at Barney's sounds like a good name for a TV show. Ever consider writing shows.Prolly too busy to if you wanted.

Wishing Katie and you a fantastic time at Ana's wedding. Do you slow dance? Will you dance today? Looking forward to the pix!

Saw the extremely powerful movie "Mississippi Burning" (1988) 128 min. A crime, drama, mystery, and deep southern Civil Rights issues of the '60's in fictional rural Jessup County, Mississippi.

The FBI sends a couple of mismatched agents in to search for three civil rights activists. One agent (Gene Hackman) is 'old school', sly, and knows his enemies a little too well. The other (Willem Dafoe) is a naive Kennedy fire-eater, ready to bring the full force of the FBI and military down upon this small town's head.

These FBI agents investigate the murders of civil rights workers during the early 1960s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Mississippi town where segregation divides black and white... and the KKK rules.

Well-acted, compelling, great script. Fantastic message. 5/5 stars.

Returned to Big Papas Produce Mkt Bought two big red bell peppers for $1.25. Also bought two pineapples for $1.50 ea. Had them cored for a mere 50¢ more.

The owner had to return to the Boston Produce Center Late Thursday night. He nearly sold out of everything. This privately owned market continually gives all supermarkets a fabulous run for their money w/the freshest fruit, prices and low prices.

Bought Bone In pork sirloin chops during the start of Shaws weekly sale.

Not many can beat the $1.49 a lb in this area. Also bought a 1.5 lb container of fat free cottage cheese for $2 a lb. It goes great w/cold sliced pineapple.

Returned home to water all plants,flowers and newsprint covered the new seed. Used the small1 lb containers to fill up w/my scent around the wildflowers and the annuals to repellent the rabbits. Read that mothballs and cayenne pepper also work well.

Took a 90 minute nap over sitting in the sun. Had been up for over 11 hours and felt sleepy. Always feels super after a good sound nap. Will sit in the sun after this post.

Civil twilight is 4:52 AM EDT. Night is 8:52 PM.

Sunrise: 5:26 AM. Set: 8:18 PM.

Length of day: 14h 51m. Length of visible light: 16h 00m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 52° (11°C) with the high to be 79° (26°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 1:13:49 AM

Hi Justin - It is a shame that they do not have enough employees at Barney's to keep everything ship shape.

I look forward to seeing the photo of your mother at work, cutting fruit.

I have meant to mention that the lobster pizza sounds delicious but I have never seen it anywhere that I have been.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 12:59:17 AM

Good Evening, Justin ♫ That is good you had a busy day at work, but sorry that there was not enough help. I read your full update here. You were so exhausted from all that work, you slept so well with the 10 hours of sleep! I usually sleep around 6-8 hours. If I want to sleep longer, I have to drink less water at night and go to bed earlier, as without an alarm clock, I usually tend to wake up around the same time each morning, usually between 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM. I will set the alarm clock when I need to get up earlier than usual, or need to get up by a certain time.

Enjoy your weekend ahead!

Thank you for reading and √ing out the Raffle Prize picture from my Thursday, and for your encouraging words for my day yesterday. You're welcome for the encouraging comments on your pictures.

Thank you for the encouraging thoughts and prayers regarding my short-term and long term career goals. I got another great job lead today from a dear friend of mine, and the details of that job lead, along with my Friday, are posted at my Studio.

Good Night!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 6:14:18 PM

Hi' l have been reading and looking at pics daily, but haven't left a comment. Almost did on the bowling pin pic. But know l am here, and enjoying.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 2:03:27 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Bowling

Yesterday I worked 12:15 pm - 8:15 pm, at Barney’s. I was scheduled a grocery shift to help out there since two people were let go. Background information time. Barney’s is a small store and there isn’t much space. However, they do have a basement they use to store products so they can still buy a large quantity. Whenever they do get a shipment in, someone gets to make the journey of going up and down the stairs carrying product to the basement. Remember that background info.

When I first got to Barney’s, I went to the Produce backroom to see Mom cutting up fruit. I also got a pic of her doing her job! Then I began working. For the first hour, I moved product from the grocery backroom to the basement. I had to move cases of tortilla chips and graham crackers.

After that was done, I helped Rev. Kevin and Steve (‘not’ the same Steve at Franklin) with the Kehe load. While stocking item from the Kehe load, the owner of the company saw me and came over to where I was. He greeted me and thanked me for coming out to help them. After Kehe was put up, I stocked water products.

Four hours into my shift, I took a break with Rev. Kevin. When we got back, we started checking back stock on the top ledge of the shelves. If the product could go on the shelves, we moved it from the ledge onto the shelf. While doing so, we faced up the store and leveled down products that were double stacked since inventory is also coming up for them. We did this for aisles 4 & 3. Rev. Kevin left when we were in aisle 3, so I continued to do that while he left.

About 1.5 hours before I left, I took my last break. When I got back, I stopped checking back stock, and just went to facing. I didn’t face the areas that were leveled down or needed to be leveled down. We were really under scheduled. There was lots of work for Steve and me to do still. And the facing job I did wasn’t the best because of limited time. Heard from Steve that it’s been like this the whole summer.

After work I came home and made chicken alfredo for dinner. Mom and I had a nice dinner together and were filled up after eating it. Once I was full, I went to sleep for over 10 hours and caught up on my rest. So far this morning, I’ve been doing my usual daily tasks and running a few errands.

attitash x2, thanks for the comment on my pic! Yep, I needed to dress up since I went straight to work after eating out! Did your Jays win? Have fun outside!

KHF, oh yes, I know Grandma enjoyed all of her outings!

MusicTeacher, thanks for your comment on my pic and for reading my full update! You’re welcome for the extra explanation regarding the $400. Thank you for sharing your plans regarding your job searches and your financial future. May the Lord bless you with a good, steady job up until you are able to grow your Music Teaching and Performing biz.

Midnight, thanks for your comment on my pic! Did think about having the waitress take our pic, but that thought disappeared after the food disappeared. Food distracts the mind lol. The Al’s tie is a maroon color with a yellow and blue design mixed in. I do need a camera and look forward to that purchase. I would use my old digital camera, but the quality of pics it takes is worse than my iPhone’s camera. I will patiently wait for your IM reply. Clutter on his desk, he just needs to clean it up. No H.S. reunion party, but there will be a reception after the wedding. Will take pics of the wedding. Hopefully the pics will turn out decent. Thanks for sharing what deals you got on your produce! Good that no plants or flowers were damaged. Also good that you got those results. Not good is the delay in your surgeries.

TUrtLE, thanks for your comment on my pic! I guess Mom and I take it for granted that we are able to get Lobster pizza. It has a superb taste! Only 44 hours, which was the regular during the beginning of my summer lol. hahaha, that is a funny joke.

HappyHiker, I’m glad you enjoyed my pic! Wow, that is a very hot temp! That is a lot of walking that you are going to do. Walking is one of the best exercises out there.

Good day!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 1:26:23 PM

Good afternoon Justin...a pleasant, sunny day with a high of 25°C/77°F. Played some golf during the morning hours & will spend the rest of the day outdoors...way to nice to be inside! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:54:52 AM

Hi Justin, I enjoyed today's photo. It's so nice that your aunt and uncle are able to have a nice long visit with you, your mom and your grandma.

It was a real scorcher yesterday at 104. I took an early walk today to beat the heat but I'll have to be out in it later. I'm taking my car in for a 100,000 mile service, so I'll walk the 1 mile home from the mechanic's garage. Then I'll walk another mile to work at the library, but I'm hoping to get my sister to pick me up there in the late afternoon to take me to get my car back. I hope you have a great day.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 8:29:56 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Photo of begonias from Kim Carlson, posted on the County web site.

Lobster pizza? Never heard of that, but then I've only been to Red Lobster once, about 30 years ago. Naturally there is not one over here.

You have a lot of hours this coming week. That's good as long as you still get enough sleep AND have some time with your friends.


Continuing:
I have more blonde jokes that I will share, but there may be a brief hiatus.
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One day, while a blonde was out driving her car, she ran into a truck.
The truck's driver made her pull over into a parking lot and get out of the car.

He took a piece of chalk and drew a circle on the pavement. He told her to stand in the middle and not leave the circle.

Furious, he went over to her car and slashed the tires.

The blonde started laughing.

This made the man angrier so he smashed her windshield.

This time the blonde laughed even harder.

Livid, the man broke all her windows and keyed her car.

The blonde is now laughing hysterically, so the truck driver asks her what's so funny.

The blonde giggles and replies, "When you weren't looking, I stepped out of the circle three times!"

Have a Fantastic Friday!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:06:04 AM

Good morning Justin!

Owe you an IM reply. It will be later this morning.

Beads on the desk not, say, jelly beans. Odd to me.

Have been to two Six Flags. That's a fantastic Theme Park. Then Ana gets married tomorrow on Sat. You and Katie will take the afternoon off from work to go to the wedding. You did say that about a month ago. Great Katie will go w/you to the wedding and meet your college friends. Wonder if there is a H.S. Reunion party?

Love to read and learn about all that can sink in. The critter reminded me just now, the rabbits will want to eat the flowers. Will need to invest in more repellent and save the first urine of the day. The first costs $25 and up. The latter is free every day. It works.

11 pounds is nothing to lose. Could do that sitting down much of the day. Looking forward to seeing pix of the wedding. Man, do you need a real camera!

Loved the low of 59° (15°C) Wednesday night. Had the windows open all night and the front door open part way. A ceiling fan in my bdrm cranked in the cool air from outdoors. Temp indoors dropping to 64° (18°C), perfect for my house plants.

Left early and took the fireroad the last half of the journey to Littleton. Bought were lemons 2/$1, limes 4/$1, giant heads of green lettuce $1.18 ea, avocados 98¢ ea, green bean $1.38 a lb, bing cherries $2.49 a lb, 40 cukes ¢ ea, and baby bella 10 oz for $2.25

Passed on grapes at $2.38 a lb. Mainly as lots are left over from last week. The bags are big at 2.5-3 lbs. Will only buy 1-1.5 lbs in the future.

Returned home to put the produce away. Then checked all the plants for damage from the t-storm the early evening before. No plants or even the flowers were damaged.

Mowed the lawn in the most pleasant conditions. Finished half of the 1.5 acres. Humidity was 48% w/the dew point a gentle 52° (11°C). In fact it was a superb day w/the high a pleasing 73° (23°C) and the wind 4-8 mph (6.5-13 kph).

Drove to the P.O.for the first time this week. In the mail was the requested Zio Heart Monitor results and a letter from my PCP dated 4 days ago. My heart randomly goes fast for brief intervals with a condition know as Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Will talk to the doc about it during my appointment in 1 week. Not worried at all.

The oral surgery was cancelled as the anesthesiologist can not work next week. It was scheduled for Wed the 30th at 8 AM. This will also delay my hip surgery for another month. Am disappointed in the continuing delay.

Civil twilight is 4:51 AM EDT. Night is 8:53 PM.

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

Length of day: 14h 54m. Length of visible light: 16h 02m. Tomorrow will be 2m 02s shorter.

The temp is 49° (9°C) with the high to be 78° (24°C) in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 1:19:14 AM

Good Evening, Justin ♩ So glad your workplace has been giving you and your Mom more work hours, and in spite of your longer work hours, you still had time to enjoy a nighttime drive with your friend Jeff, enjoy a nice meal out at Red Lobster with your visiting family, and then bid them farewell. Yes, I read your full update. So glad you were able to get some good sleep in spite of your busyness with work, family, and friends!

This week and month went by so fast. I can't believe we are almost through with July!

Thank you for reading back my Tuesday and Wednesday comments, and for your kind words for my visit with my Mom of Russell and his Mother, and Wednesday with taking Juanita to visit her friend at the Convalescent Hospital. Convalescent Hospitals tend to be lonesome places, so obviously our visits were much appreciated.

Thank you for your replies here and for explaining what went wrong with the $400. Hopefully those who made the mistake will learn from it. That is good that for the most part, you and your Co-Workers are well-scheduled and staffed, so that you will not be overwhelmed with your work.

Thank you for sharing how your position helped your Mom go from the tedious job searcher to employed again. PTL for our answered prayers!

With the recession and weak job market, I am actually considering working some other odd jobs PT for now to help pay the bills and build up my savings, while trying to regrow my Music Teaching and Performing biz in this recession. Once I am financially stable again and have some capital saved up, then I can seriously look into going into other biz and/or investing. It is not easy these days to depend on Employers to give you a job, or even to retain your job as a worker. Unfortunately layoffs have happened to those that we know personally. Hence my short term career goal to find salaried work to pay off bills, debts, and save up money, and then go into biz for myself for my long term career dream. Right now my Music Teaching and Performing biz are small biz, but I would love to do biz on a much bigger scale someday.

Thankfully my Thursday went well, as I shared at my Studio with a picture.

Good Night!
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 11:33:32 PM

Hi Justin - I am glad to see a photo with you there with the family. I am sure that Grandma has been really enjoying all the visiting and meals out. It is good that she still has such a good appetite.

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 1:51:42 PM

Good afternoon Justin....a sunny day with a high of 22°C/71.6°F...perfect day for me! Nice pedal to work. Catching the Blue Jay game over lunch....Jays have a 3-0 lead over the Red Sox in the 3rd. Would like a bigger lead just in case! Lobster pizza & clam chowder sounds great to me! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 11:10:35 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Family Lunch Pt. 2

When Mom got off at 1 pm on Tuesday, Mom and I went straight to Red Lobster. Aunt Chris, Uncle Doug, Jenna, and Grandma were already there. We all had lunch together again. I ended up getting the lobster pizza and a cup of clam chowder. As always, the food there was tasty. We all had a good time together! From Red Lobster, I went straight to work.

I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. For the first hour, I filled items that were going on sale the following day. Then I spent the next two hours straightening up the box jello section. I make it look nice and neat. It is now also easily countable so that’s good since inventory is coming up. Since part of the store is leveled down (meaning product placed on the shelf in a way that’s easily countable, Isaac and I didn’t have as much to face.

At 9 pm, I went to pull expired sale tags and put up the new window ad signs. After work, I came home and made some homemade mac & cheese while Mom made tuna crescents. After it was complete, we had that as our tasty dinner. After dinner, I went on an hour drive with Jeff and we were able to catch up with each other.

On Wednesday, I worked 10 am - 6 pm, in grocery. I noticed that the following week’s schedule was already out and that I had 48 hours (3 days at Barney’s and 3 days at Franklin). I was wondering if Jackie still wanted me to do the bills that week, so I went and asked her. When I asked her about it, she said yes, so she took one of the Barney’s days away and told me to do bills on that day.

For the first 5 hours, I stocked items from the load. By 3 pm, Steve, Tami, and I had the load all put up. So I went to the baby food aisle and started leveling down product there. I found some product laying on the bottom shelf without a proper place or tag, so I used those products to fill in some holes on the shelves. I was able to get the baby food aisle looking all pretty and ready for inventory.

After work, I stopped by Al’s Karwick so Jeff could show me a few things there. Then I went and got gas for my car. From there, I went and picked up Mom. We then went to Louise’s house (where family from Florida was staying) to visit with Aunt Chris, Uncle Doug, and Jenna one last time before they left. Around 11 pm, we said our goodbyes and came back home.

I got about 7.5 hours of sleep. Got up early since Mom and I needed to do our grocery shopping at Al’s. After grocery shopping, Mom left to work her 9 am - 1 pm shift, doing fruit cutting.

attitash x2, thanks for your comments on my pics! Every picture can’t be exciting...I am truly sharing my life story. I helped set up the new fax machine, so I took that pic so I will always remember that.Great to hear that you played your best round of golf! Nice that you pedaled to work!

Farful, thanks for your comments on my pics! Jackie will be one of the operators, though not the only one. Grandma was easily able to get around at Swingbelly’s.

KHF, Grandma was able to eat everything that was on her plate. Same with everyone else. I guess we all had big appetites. :) The missing $400 was the only thing that was missing. The two drawer mistakes, being over $200 each, were the reason why we were missing that $400. The drawers were not loaned out on the office computer....money was just physically put in the drawers. To loan out money, you need to make a record of the loan on the office computer. Otherwise, it will still say the money is in the safe. That’s nice that your cats and dogs get along, for the most part. :) Hopefully Chloe will follow the example of the other cats.

MadDog x2, and I had more fun! Now you go and have some fun!

MusicTeacher, thanks for your comments on my pics! Thankfully Jenna was nice enough to take my picture so I was able to be included in one of the pics. It was good to see that the $400 was never really missing, but instead it was not properly loaned out. To loan out money, you need to make a record of the loan on the office computer. Otherwise, it will still say the money is in the safe. Thankfully I had enough help scheduled, so I wasn’t stressing out. Though, there have been moments that the front-end has been under scheduled, causing the office shift to be very stressful. Hard to believe that school will soon be starting back up for me! Mom was one of those people looking for a job. She was looking for almost a year before I got her in at my company. If it wasn’t for me being able to do that, she might have still been looking for a job. You’re welcome for the prayers and may the Lord bless you and your family.

Dino72 x2, glad you love my pictures. I will keep them coming! That’s a great point the host made. Sometimes you just gotta do something. No excuses. That sounds like a fun spontaneous trip. Those are always exciting! I enjoyed reading about Emily’s basketball games!

Midnight x2, thanks for your comments on my pics! Steve, one of the assistant managers, wanted the old fax machine for his office. As for those purple thingies, they are purple beads. Why the manager has those on his desk is a very good question. That’s nice that you enjoyed looking at Al’s flyer. We do have a minigolf course in the area. Though, no areas for arcade games...besides the bowling alley. The closet theme park that I know of is Six Flags, which is a couple of hours away. Aaron, Marija, Ana, and I were suppose to go to that. But because of Ana’s upcoming wedding, she has been super busy. In two days she will be getting married. Katie and I will be going to the wedding and Katie will get to meet my school friends for the first time. Sometimes hospital food is really good! Nice that you were able to do some yardwork. Hopefully the critter will stay away from your wildflowers. Enjoyed reading about your doctor visit. Good to hear that you just need to lost 11 more pounds and you will be fine. She was right in saying that you are knowledgeable in nutrition! lol Sounds like you put in another hard day’s work in your garden yesterday.

TUrtLE, thanks for your comment on my pic! Thankfully Jenna was nice enough to take my picture so I was able to be included in one of the pics. Yep, Mom and I will both be working up at Barney’s today. She is working 9 am - 1 pm and I work 12:15 pm - 8:15 pm. Thanks for the blonde jokes!

Claudie, thanks for stopping by!

Good day!
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 8:39:53 AM

Good Morning Justin,
End of the day photo taken by Dan Wollin.

Continuing:

An overweight blonde went to see her doctor for some advice. The doctor advised that she run ten miles a day for thirty days. This, he promised, would help her lose as many as twenty pounds. The blonde followed the doctor's advice, and, after thirty days, she was pleased to find that she had indeed lost the whole twenty pounds. She phoned the doctor and thanked him for the wonderful advice which produced such effective results. At the end of the conversation, however, she asked one last question: "How do I get home, since I am now 300 miles away?"

Have a Thankful Thursday!
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 8:23:58 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 5:13:59 AM

Good morning Justin!

Here when you are for a mid week update. Get on the Nat'l Do Not Call list. It is Great!

Went outdoors at 7:45 AM to dig up the final bare section where the former wild blackberries grew. Naturally with removing all roots, rocks and soil never loosened before, it was a job that took longer than expected.

The pitchfork did the heavy work, then the steel rake did the fine turning. Hand broadcast the wildflower seed, added some composted dry manure over the seed, then used the back side of the yard rake to wiggle soil over the seed.

Added some water to soak that area, newsprint was laid over, then the newspaper was drenched. Added some small roots to hold the print down. Saw the seed planted beside this area 2-3 days ago is germinating wonderfully. Went to the bare spot the grouse dug in the first wildflower area.

My liquid scent the day before did a fabulous job of keep it from returning. Scraped up that 18" circular area with the yard rake, seeded it, then also eased the soil over the seed. Watered, covered it, watered the print, then added some stones to prevent the wind from moving it.

Watered the remaining plants and new spots in the lawn. Sweat soaked my t-shirt and rolled down my back and head. Worked 2.5 hours in the gardens. By 10:15 the temp had climbed to 81°, the humidity was 69%, with the dew point a nasty 68°. The high of the day was 87° (31C).

By 1 PM heavy rain and t-storms let loose some miles north of me. Lots of yellow and plenty of red on the radar map indicated a very severe storm. Cold air arrived north of me. Temp dropped 20° (32C to 20C) in an hour.

The clouds made the sky very dark. Then the wind arrived. Had 2 hours of thunderstorms, no hail, with large raindrops the size of quarters late afternoon into the evening. No power outages in my area.

Civil twilight is 4:50 AM EDT. Night is 8:54 PM.

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

Length of day: 14h 55m. Length of visible light: 16h 04m. Tomorrow will be 2m 3s shorter.

The temp is 61° (16°C) with the high to be 76° (24°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Off to the market to find deals and for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 12:36:12 AM

Justin.....hitting the road tomorrow and heading to Nashville....have a great day....I'll be sitting on the lake in Nashville on Saturday!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 11:14:37 PM

Good evening Justin

Great evening and a great trip to Parkersburg tonight. Enjoyed a double header with Emily's summer league basketball. The first game got ugly in a hurry with the Bobcats losing 48-13. In all fairness, the other team had a girl that couldn't miss. So, they regrouped and went out to play a second game again Vandevender who, as you may remember, they won against to end the regular season last winter. They played pretty evenly in the first half with the score tied 7-7. The second period the coach made some adjustments in his lineup and they came out victorious winning 17-11. Emily had 2 points, 7 rebounds, and a wide smile on her face after this one. That game wraps up their summer league play. She'll attend a two week camp at one of the local colleges in August and will be back for the Fall league at the Elite center in September. One thing is for sure, the season never ends.

Rain is moving out. We'll see temps in the 70s tomorrow. Great day for a birthday. Who's? Mrs. K's, of course. See you tomorrow night.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:32:07 PM

Good afternoon Justin....morning scattered showers to bring an end of the humidity. High of 23°C/73.4°F feeling like 29°C/84.2°F(morning temp is the high for the day). Pedalled to work knowing the return trip will be very comfortable. Have a good day.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 8:41:34 AM

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

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

Continuing:

A blonde and a brunette are skydiving.

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

She pulls the emergency cord and still nothing.

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

Have a wild and wonderful Wednesday!

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

Good morning Justin!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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

Good evening Justin

Love your pictures. Just keep them coming.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Justin.....looks like you had fun! Just a few days to go until I am out of here.
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Hi Justin - It looks like a lovely time out with all the family for a meal. Those servings appear to be really large. Was your grandma able to eat all that piled on her plate?

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

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

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

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

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


Good Bye Justin!

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

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

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

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

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
New Fax Machine

Family Lunch Pt. 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MadDog, my week has been like it usually is.

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

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

Claudie, yay that you're finally getting rain!

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

Good day!
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