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momsno1_taxi

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Message Posted: May 21, 2009 2:35:29 PM

Hello rasmataz!!

Welcome to your new home and I hope Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner
visit you often
:-)

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:44:57 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
You sound like Calif, but thank goodness not as bad as they are. Horrible conditions there with no rain.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
- Joe Weinstein

You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.
- Nora Ephron

Happy Thursday!
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 1:21:13 PM

TT - after seeing the picture the first quote from yesterday makes a lot more sense, in a funny way.

We set another record high yesterday and might do it again today. If so, this will also be a record of 3 straight days in January setting a record high in the same year. Yesterday's old record was 72° and we reached 78°, same margin as the day before (6 degrees). We are having a few high clouds today, so may not get so warm. Forecast is for it cooling back down to average tomorrow and then some rain over the weekend. We need the rain, so I will not complain about it.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:07:18 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.
- Fran Lebowitz

Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
- Anne Tyler

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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 8:30:30 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

We had a record Sunday of 70°. Cooler yesterday...good!

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley

Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.
- Sue Murphy

Happy Tuesday!
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rasmataz
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:38:11 AM

TT - I like cobbler, too. Thanks for the cute picture and the dog sayings.

We had a record high yesterday (Monday) of 77°, the old record was 71° set in 1999. Forecast today is warm again, but not quite as warm.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:26:30 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Some of the quotes I'll be using this week may be ones you've heard before but as the puppies would say; arf, arf arf!

A Dog's Life.

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
- Unknown

Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.
- Unknown

Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies.
- Gene Hill

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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 8:22:16 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Funny about your pie choices. I would have preferred to share Lemon Meringue pie, but that bakery only makes butterscotch.

I stopped baking pies a long time ago as cobblers are much easier and I like them just as well. I usually make cherry or berry.

Your Sunday movie is "The Seasons of Life," written by BJ Morbitzer. The song is "The Summer of 42," performed by BJ Morbitzer. The video is presented by Steve Politte.

Wisdom given by a father to his 4 sons is applicable to each of our lives.

The text is large and ample time is given to read each frame.

NOTE: The first frame that appears is not correct. You must click on the arrow to start the movie at the beginning.

May you be blessed by viewing this thought provoking movie.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:32:59 AM

TT - thanks for the tidbits about pie. I haven't met a pie I didn't like to eat, but my favorite is lemon meringue. You posting about the butterscotch pie reminded me that I haven't had one in a long time, it might be my second favorite. But then, cherry, pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, strawberry, or pear might come in second (or third, or fourth). ;-)

See you when I see you. ♪
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 7:58:29 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
You'll pass! :-)

Wish I had a garage, but only the carport.

Today is National Pie Day.

National Pie Day, an unofficial national holiday, created simply to celebrate the pie. It is a day for all to bake or cook their favorite pies. Even more importantly, it is a day set aside for all to enjoy eating pies!!

National Pie Day History

National Pie Day was created by the American Pie Council. The American Pie Celebration began in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere”. The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.
Fun Tidbit – Pie throwing:
Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor. Throwing pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909.

Do you have a favorite pie? What is it?

While you're thinking, how about a slice of cherry pie?
Maybe, you'd rather have butterscotch meringue?

Have you decided yet?
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:58:51 PM

Hello RustBelt, thanks for stopping by. I haven't seen moms by here in a while.

TT - I hope it doesn't take long, also. Cute story/joke, thanks for sharing. We have stuff in our garage so cannot park a car there.

Had some training today to help with learning the routes for mail at my station. This was at the main plant, we get up to 14 hours at 1 hour per day to get it and pass by 95%. Will be going for a week or two to get it completely figured out, I think.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:12:49 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

I hope it doesn't take too long to run it's course.

Snow Plow

Michael and his wife live in Minnesota. One winter morning while listening to WCCO, they hear the announcer say, "We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through." Michael's wife goes out and moves her car.

A week later, while they were eating breakfast, the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd numbered side of the street so the snowplow can get through." Michael's wife goes out and moves her car again.

The next week they are having breakfast again, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park......", then the electric power goes out. Michael's wife is very upset and, with a worried look on her face, she says, "Honey, I don' know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the plow can get through?"

With the love and understanding in Michael's voice, like all the men who are married to blondes exhibit, Michael says, "Why don't you just leave it in the garage this time?

Happy Thursday!
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:31:54 PM

 
  Hi Moms!
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rasmataz
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:24:20 PM

TT - cute story and pic.

Went to the PA at school where I use to do crossing guard because of not feeling well. She did a flu test and it came back negative. Have a viral infection (cold), so just keep taking medicine to help me feel better, sleep, and water until it runs its course.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 8:20:39 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Right, she's your "kid" so ya gotta take care of her. That said, I am sorry your sleep was disrupted. Feel better soon!

Stay

I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the
Super Wal-Mart Shopping Center and rolled
down the car windows to make sure my
Labrador Retriever Pup had fresh air.

She was stretched full-out on the back seat
and I wanted to impress upon her that she must
remain there. I walked to the curb backward,
pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically,
"Now you stay. Do you hear me?"
"Stay! Stay!"

The driver of a nearby car, a pretty blonde young lady,
gave me a strange look and said,

"Why don't you just put it in park?"

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
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rasmataz
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 4:45:07 PM

TT - I had mine done in school, also. The school had someone come in to take pictures for the yearbook and we could have purchased some of those, but did not. We will have a CD of all the pictures taken yesterday and can print whichever ones we need.

Did not sleep well last night, am congested and coughing, so took some medicine and went to bed. Then my daughter calls and needs me to pick her up from school as she did not have bus money. She was planning on going to rowing class, but her friend that she goes with left school early for a doctor's appointment, the friend also thought it was Monday when my daughter doesn't go because of voice lessons. Oh well, c'est la vie.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:25:27 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
They have sure changed the way sr. pics are taken. I remember getting ours taken at school. Seems to me for my son we were responsible for obtaining our own which worked well as they were taking them at church for a directory so we used one of those.
For the grandson, not sure where they were taken but there are a LOT of them. Son had me pick out the one I wanted, and he made me a copy which is now up on my book case which is where I keep displayed photos.

Today is the final reindeer fact.

Like humans, reindeer "wear" layers.

A reindeer has two coat layers: the undercoat is made of soft, fine wool that grows next to the skin, and the top layer consists of long, hollow guard hairs. Similar to a hollow-fill winter jacket worn by humans, the stiff top layer insulates the animal and keeps it warm against the wind and cold. These hollow hairs also help reindeer float. In other words, reindeer have incredible fashion sense.

Enjoy a Terrific Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:24:56 PM

Forgot to post this here today.

I am off work today, but that also means I don't get paid for today. My wife was also off and my kids did not have school. Took our son to get senior pictures taken at JC Penney. Spent a little over $200 for the pictures and a CD of all the pictures, so we can print more if we need them.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:15:54 PM

TT - thanks for the info on MLK, I had not heard that quote from him before.

I will let you know about my son's decision. So far, he is leaning to OBU (Oklahoma Baptist University). This is also the university to which both my wife and I went.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 8:17:24 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
Thanks for watching and listening to the movie.
Let me know when your son decides.

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a Federal holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr.(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor.

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a Mindful Monday!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 8:13:16 PM

TT - beautiful pics and music on the movie today. I only watched for a couple of minutes and then listened to the music.

Depends on where my son goes as to whether he will live at home. If he goes to OBU, he will live on campus, since it is about a 45 minute drive one way. He has applied to a few local universities where he could live at home if he went there.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:07:48 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I can only speak for me on the eye color, and I never could see well. The worst, with my glasses on, was adjusting to walking into a dark room. Took a long time.

My son told me Friday that the grandson has chosen which college he will attend. I was surprised that he didn't choose OR State as he could live at home. Instead he is going to a state school in Southern OR which means the added expense of R&B. It's the school that my son graduated from. I sure hope he gets scholarship help.

Will your son live at home?

Your kids are musically talented from what you have shared so that's great that you are able to adjust and give them music lessons.
Your Sunday movie is Legend of the Sea. It is edited by Andreea Petea.
The music is performed by Ernesto Cortazar.
There is no text. I suggest you view it full screen.

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The background scenery goes very well with the very relaxing music. Please watch it all if you can; if not, watch as much as you are able and then play it in the background. Your Sunday will be enriched.

Be blessed!

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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 11:48:35 AM

Good morning!

My kids both have solo contest coming up so we are going back to them each having lessons every week. This will be an extra expense to absorb, also. My son is planning on starting college in the fall, so we are hoping for lots of financial aid, otherwise it may be even more difficult.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 11:01:15 AM

TT - interesting about the reindeer eyes. I wonder if humans with blue eyes can see better in dimmer lights like the reindeer do.

My family is trying to adjust to the lower wages by trying to stick to a budget better. I was able to get a couple more hours this week because the other PSE clerk needed to be off yesterday afternoon so I came in to close for her. Since Monday is a holiday, we will not work that day, so we will each close 2 days next week. We do not get holiday pay so nothing for being off, but we come in 1 hour early on Tuesday to help get caught up from the weekend and holiday.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 8:30:28 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
That's a huge hit.
I'm sorry.

Reindeer eyes change color in the winter.

To adapt to the varying levels of light in their northern habitat, part of a reindeer’s eye changes color and increases their vision sensitivity. The layer of tissue behind the retina that reflects light (tapetum lucidum) turns blue during winter and allows reindeer to see slightly more of their surroundings, even if what they can see is not that sharp or in focus. This seasonal trade-off has its advantages, especially if it improves a reindeer’s ability to spot predators.

Finally, it's Friday!!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 10:45:17 AM

TT - I don't have medical coverage through work, we are carried on a plan from my wife's work and have been for several years. It was cheaper from her job than mine. I will qualify for medical next year with the USPS, will see then if it is better and/or cheaper. Her plan went up quite a bit this year, though, so her take home pay will go down starting this month about $300 per month.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 8:40:05 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
Are you working enough to receive benefits, thinking mostly of medical?

Reindeer are good swimmers.

Santa’s exclusive herd might be capable of flying, but the rest of the species is not. However, since reindeer migrate to follow their food supply and avoid harsh conditions, chances are they come into contact with water. Luckily, reindeer use their wide, two-toed hooves like paddles that push water and allow these mammals to swim from four to six miles per hour.

Have a ten toed Thursday!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 12:08:00 PM

TT - interesting reindeer facts you have been sharing.

Worked for 5.5 hours this morning, but not going back today. The other PSE clerk is doing the closing the rest of the week. The new regular Box Clerk had his day off today, so there was 1 less person to get the mail put in the boxes. Since he will be back tomorrow, unless there is a lot of mail, we should get done sooner tomorrow.

We have been having some cold weather recently with some possibility of flurries today, but not enough to cause any travel problems. Probably won't even be enough to be able to see any white on the grass. Forecast is for near 60° by next week, so this is our last cold day for a while.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:36:55 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I hope you do, too.

Reindeer love crowds...

... of other reindeer, of course. Since they are social animals, reindeer live in herds of 10 to several hundred. So Santa was somewhat limiting his holiday herd by having only nine reindeer. Imagine the horsepower his sleigh would have if his herd included 100 fancifully named members!

Happy Wednesday!
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 11:31:25 AM

TT - I hope I get a regular work schedule, too.

Only worked 4 hours this morning and will work, at most, 2.5 hours this afternoon. Depending on when the box mail gets finished the rest of the week will depend on how many hours I get the rest of the week. Tuesday is usually about the lightest day for mail drink the week. Next Tuesday will not be since we will be coming back from a holiday.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 9:09:10 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I hope you eventually end up with a regular work schedule. I'm sure that would make it easier for you and the family.

Reindeer hooves are anatomically noisy.

“Up On The Housetop” and other holiday jingles often imply that the “click, click, click” we hear upon Santa’s arrival is the result of his herd’s stampeding feet. In fact, many hoofed animals make loud noises when their feet meet hard surfaces, but not reindeer. The metallic sound of reindeer hooves is actually due to tendons slipping over their foot bones as they walk.

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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 11:51:03 AM

TT - good to know the food arrived OK.

I will not officially be working full time. This week I am scheduled about 30 hours. We have a new box clerk in our office and so the other PSE and I will probably not be working as much as we have been. Also, next Monday is a holiday, so there will be no pay for that day since I won't be working. UPS did not call me this morning to say that they needed me, so I will not be working today for them, so who knows about the rest of the week. I did quit the crossing guard since I could not be doing it consistently. However, since my schedule will be more stable, I may check to see if it has been filled and see about doing some of the times that I am available if needed.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:20:28 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
At least now I know. I only had the initial email that the pkg arrived and the quick bread I sent was okay. I'll avoid sending any more food thru the mail if it's perishable. I'm certainly not going to pay more that the flat rate boxes as even they, are too much.

Will you be working full time for the PO after this week, do you know? You quit the crossing guard duty, right?

Continuing with reindeer facts:

Reindeer have hairy feet.

Reindeer are built for subzero temps, so they’re covered in hair from their nose to the bottom of their feet. The hair on their hooves provides an excellent grip when trekking over frozen landscapes. Thus, the hairy hooves of reindeer have adapted into snowshoes for these Arctic animals.

Have a Marvelous Monday!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 5:21:59 PM

TT - I read somewhere that the usual 1 day first class mail was changing to 2 day delivery with the PO. The 1 day was the goal of the PO, but it was averaging 1.8 days, so this goal change would make it go to about 2.3 days average. This is coming about because of some changes in distribution centers, etc. I think I found it somewhere on USPS.com, but don't remember where. Glad it arrived, hope everything was OK with it.

Interesting movie for today, thanks for sharing.

This will be my last week working for both UPS and USPS as the driver helper position was only until January 15. I was moved from my route at the mall and to a residential route this past week. UPS did not need me on Friday, either, so will see how much will be used this week.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 8:06:01 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
PO told me that with the cuts, the 2 day mail takes longer. If I wanted it there in 2 days I should have sent it over night express or whatever it's called. I think they should quit promoting it as 2 day delivery. Pkg was delivered in Florida Fri afternoon.

Your Sunday movie is Riding the Rails To Heaven.
The song, "Even Through the Distance," is performed by Ernesto Cortazar, It's a Steve Politte presentation.

This is a repeat from 2013.

May you be blessed as your view it!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 9:55:10 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
Not happy with the PO.
I mailed one of those flat rate boxes on Monday that was suppose to reach Florida Wed. It went to LA and then directly to Florida. Made it to the PO in FL this morning. Perishables in it, too. I would have thought the awful weather, but fine on the West Coast and fine in Florida. I'll ask our postmaster today.

Reindeer calves are quick learners.

Newborns are able to stand one hour after birth, and they can outrun humans when they reach one day old. Calves are also weaned from their mothers as early as one to six months of age.

Have a festive Friday!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 8:08:16 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
Midnight started a Memoriam topic for Howard and so many are signing. When Mrs. Howard reads it, I sent her the link, it has to make her feel good, or at least I hope it does.

Hard antlers start out soft and fuzzy.

Since antlers fall off and grow back every year, a reindeer is said to be in “velvet” while the new pair of antlers grow. After the velvet dries up, the reindeer unveils its hard antler cores by rubbing its deciduous horns against a rock or tree.

Have a Thankful Thursday!
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2015 7:10:45 PM

TT - I did not correspond with Howard any, so did not know him much. Thanks for the information. I had heard that both the male and female caribou grow antlers, but maybe they are not a deer species.

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2015 8:27:22 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I don't know if you knew Howard from St. Louis, but he died yesterday after a short bought with cancer. I messaged with him daily. Mrs. Howard has sent me several PM's keeping me updated. If you are interested you can read about him in my hug topic. Mrs. H is devastated and she needs our prayers.

Did you know both males AND females grow antlers?

Male antlers may grow twice as long as their female counterparts; still, reindeer are the only deer species to practice gender equality when it comes to their most memorable characteristic. Males begin to grow antlers in February and females start in May. Both stop growing around the same time, but a male’s antlers typically drop off in November, while a female’s remain through winter until their calves are born in spring.

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 9:41:52 PM

TT - waving back to you. I have been stopping by to read most days, but not posting.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 8:12:09 AM

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 8:12:37 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Try and watch the Sunday movie if you can come up with 3 minutes.

Has the last 12 months gone by fast!
Once again it's time for the full wolf moon.
The full moon occurred at 11:53PM EST, Sunday.

Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the *ol Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Take a look tonight to see if you can view it.

Have a Howling good Monday!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 7:47:56 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Your Sunday movie is "Everything Happens For a Reason," author unk.
Music is "Ray Of Hope," performed by Karunesh.

This is a very powerful movie with text that you will need to read and perhaps meditate on, think about and even own. The music does not over power it.

The length is closer to 3 minutes.

Going out of a limb...a thick one...let me know what you think.

~peace and blessings.
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2015 10:21:33 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I gave up on those two counting topics. I could have won the one yesterday, but I didn't know what to post. So, I waited and someone posted 0 and up so I thought I was safe to post a 1, but not as it needed another 0. I deleted both from my favorites.

Hope your Saturday isn't too hectic.

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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2015 7:58:48 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I heard about your weather conditions.
Be careful.

From the county web site:
Solstice, the wayward tropical sea turtle, making progress!

One week into her rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, “Solstice” a distressed olive ridley turtle, is showing slight signs of improvement. The Aquarium is one of the few facilities in the Northwest able to provide the specialized care this animal requires.

Solstice, whose stranding coincided with the winter solstice, was found hypothermic and dehydrated on a beach in Oysterville, Washington. Her location alone indicated something was amiss, as the Pacific Northwest has much colder water and is far north of this species’ typical range.

At 41.5 pounds, Solstice is considered a teenager. Her gender and age make her an exceptional patient. Olive ridley turtles are classified as endangered and her recovery is important to the future success of her species.

The Aquarium’s team is working around the clock to administer fluids and slowly raise the 41.5 pound turtle’s body temperature. At this point, the aquarists caring for Solstice are cautiously hopeful for her recovery.

Happy Friday!
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2015 8:42:57 PM

Happy New Year!

TT - I was able to sleep in today, but am still not caught up on it. Spent time at home today and did not get out much. We had some freezing rain this morning and may get some more overnight. Not looking forward to that in the morning.

See you when I see you. ♪

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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2015 7:56:55 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
I have a ceramic tree I did not take out of the box.

Enjoy your day off!

Happy New Year from me, TUrtLE!

Happy New Year from @(*0*)@ and his brothers, @(o)@ and @(e)@.

May this year be your best ever!
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 10:23:34 PM

TT - I have heard that goats will eat just about anything, but I had not thought about them eating old Christmas trees.

BTW, we have an artificial tree, so no goats will be munching on ours.

Happy New Year!

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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 7:54:35 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,
Good to see you.

If you have a real Christmas tree that you need to take down have you figured out what to do with it?
Here is an idea.
Several goats munch on a tree in Reno, NV,

From the article.
Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn’t dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.

“They’ll eat the pine needles and leave the skeleton of the tree,” said Thomas, a longtime volunteer firefighter who has come up with a new use for his family-owned goat herding business, “Goat Grazers.”

Thomas is launching a new program with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District on Friday to use his 40 goats to help recycle Christmas trees.

He says he got tired of watching people discard the trees in landfills or dump them on public property, where they became a fire danger.

Thomas said his goats have been used in the past to help graze in areas with fire-prone weeds along the Sierra’s eastern front. "We thought, ‘What a great way to get rid of the weeds,'” he said. “We had the idea of doing just that with the recycling program and we thought about the trees.

“And the goats are great employees, they love their job and they don’t complain.”

Have a Happy New Year's Eve!
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 10:02:30 PM

TT - Interesting information about sea lions, also about the baby gorilla.

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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 8:00:49 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Meet Kamina, a baby gorilla raised by human keepers wearing hairy vests. She is ready to be placed with other gorillas and will move to the Columbus Zoo.

A young female Western lowland gorilla, Kamina was born in August at the zoo in Oklahoma City but was shunned by her mother, so she was sent to Cincinnati in September. The human surrogates taught her to act like a gorilla and then placed her with two female gorillas.

When they didn't bond with her, keepers decided Kamina's best option was moving to Columbus. The Cincinnati Zoo's curator of primates says the rejection was surprising but such introductions are delicate and don't always work out.

"Kamina has learned all of the behaviors she needs to know in order to be successful in a gorilla group," Ron Evans, primates curator, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, neither of the adult females that we hoped would bond with her did."

Columbus has a long history of caring for gorillas. The first gorilla born in captivity, Colo, was born at the Columbus Zoo and celebrated her 58th birthday earlier this week.

We wish her the best!

Have a Terrific Tuesday, the final one in 2014.
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2014 7:35:48 AM

Good Morning rasmataz,

Photos and captions are by Ken Gagne posted on the County web site.

Guess what those sea lions are doing out there??

"Sea Lion Raft just off shore...."

"No they're not waving at seagulls or encouraging Ken Gagne to jump in the water and join them… "

"Rafting like this is common among sea lions – primarily for socializing and moderating their body temperatures by holding their flippers out of the water, which act like radiators for their blood."

Happy Monday!
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