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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I loved "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore". I'm not sure why, it is just a gentle, interesting mystery.
August 14 at 16:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've read it, too, Balo. And I agree with you.
August 15 at 05:33 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  It's been noted I'm MIA. Well, for a while there, I just was tired all the time. Then, 17 July, while working at home, I had another heart attack. Long story, but, 21 July they did a triple bypass. You know, cut me open, split the breastbone, put me on a heart/lung machine for four hours, and put my heart back together.

It's a b***h of an operation, recovery is hard, but everyone tells me I'm doing remarkably well. The hard thing is, you can't raise your arms above shoulder height (who combs your hair? ), can't drive (pain meds ), can't even ride in the front seat (they say airbags and incisions don't mix if anything happens ), can't put weight on your arms (you know, push yourself out of the chair, change position in bed, etc, so I'm sleeping in a recliner ).

One interesting thing, they gave me a "heart pillow". The idea is to hold it over your chest, to protect you, and to keep you from using your arms when standing. I'm not using it much, but, do use it as a security blanket. It is especially useful when one of the animals wants to climb on my chest.

One last comment (this is the longest thought I've had in 3.5 weeks ), this was one hell of a way to quit smoking!
August 13 at 21:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, I'm so glad you are okay. Three days into Hagar's hospital stay he told me on the phone he had a problem. What is it? My bed is covered in cigarettes and they are all over the floor. My comment was you are in the hospital, there's no way that is true. Swear to God he said. So I told him to call the nurse and tell her to clean it up. Pretty good withdrawal story. He told me yesterday he wanted a cigarette. I cut him a really dirty look. Stay off cigarettes, don't go back on them. I know it's hard, but you can do it.
August 13 at 21:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Dang! Get better soon. Glad you came through it all.
August 13 at 22:10 EST .

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   Gram77  I worried about hubby getting a stent, but wow look at you. You get well soon and I'll send prayers. Never have too many of those.
August 14 at 09:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  No such thing as too many prayers.
August 14 at 10:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Get & stay well.
August 14 at 19:08 EST .

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   Safetydude  Welcome back, Balo...

Stay the course. Pretty soon you'll shake your head when you see somebody you know light up.
August 14 at 23:12 EST .

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   Linder  What a shock! Wishing every day will get better and better for you. Keep us posted.
August 15 at 05:07 EST .

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   Surfhut  Dear Balo!!! We all love you so much. Prayers for your swift and full recovery.
August 15 at 08:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Welcome back, Balo. My brother had a "heart pillow" to hold tightly against his chest when he coughed into that machine. It was so painful the pillow helped. They may not even still use the cough machine, however.
August 15 at 11:30 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  It's so good to see you posting again Balo. My husband had quadruple by-pass surgery 7 years ago, he is now walking 3-4 miles every day, plus 30-40 min. a day on the stationary bike. We had small goals at first, down the driveway and back up for a week, to the neighbours mailbox the second week, to the second mailbox down the third week, etc. etc and yes for a while he tightly clutched the red heart pillow . . . You are strong, you CAN do this . . . Smile!
August 15 at 11:58 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Second recipe, Baked Lynchburg candied apples:
6 cups peeled and sliced tart green apples
3 cups sugar
½ cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
½ cup (1 stick ) butter, cut into slices

Heat the oven to 375 ° F. Place the apples in a greased 9 × 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the sugar over the apples. Pour in the Jack Daniel’s and dot with butter. Bake 45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the sauce is bubbly.

Who is to argue with Miss Bobo, but, I might like Brown sugar better, and maybe some cinnamon?

Tolley, Lynne (2012-12-11 ). Jack Daniel's Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House (pp. 120-121 ). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Tolley, Lynne (2012-12-11 ). Jack Daniel's Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House (p. 120 ). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

   July 4 at 21:13 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I can't chew right now, without chewing the heck out of my lower lip. It is very strange. I haven't had lower teeth for close to ten years, and the uppers were horrible, didn't fit. Now, I paid $600 of my own dollars, $1,000 of my health savings account, and $1,500 of insurance for new teeth. They look terrific, I am learning how to adjust to them. My mouth feels so full, I don't know what to do with it. The dentist said that is to be expected. That is why I can only eat rice, potatoes, eggs, soup, soft food for a while. So, two recipes for dinner tonight. First is Jack in the Beans.

2 tablespoons bacon drippings or oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar
? cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, optional
1 can (28 ounces ) baked beans
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

Heat the drippings in a large saucepan. Stir in the onion and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Jack Daniel’s, baked beans, brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes.

Tolley, Lynne (2012-12-11 ). Jack Daniel's Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House (p. 135 ). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

I used Bush's Brown Sugar Hickory beans (all my store had ), and it was wonderful, though sweet!

   July 4 at 21:09 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  I can't believe I posted a photo of me. This is in reply to MeiDei. I so want to eat corn on the cob. Can you believe with these beautiful, $3200 teeth, the dentist says I can't? He tells me they won't work right. I've had horrible false teeth for 12 years, in the beginning I could eat corn on the cob, even though the teeth "rocked".

This dentist did TWO impressions, 4 bite fittings, and now I have the final teeth. he'll fix as I need now. He recommended a powder adhesive, which works so well, I can hardly get the teeth out! I can't imagine not eating corn on the cob.

I just got the teeth yesterday. The dentist says I can only eat soft food for a couple of weeks, with the bad teeth I've forgotten how to chew, and how to talk, etc. Yesterday, I tried to eat soft food, and bit the heck out of my lower lip.

But, he thinks I need implants to hold the lowers in, then I can eat corn on the cob (an obsession of mine ).

   July 3 at 19:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good luck, we just finished the last of the current corn crop today. If microwaving in the husk remember it's steamed & very HOT - use a good pot holder to remove & before cutting off the end.
July 7 at 18:10 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  I just want to say good-bye to everyone here. I posted something "horrible" on the Mother-site, accusing people of being stupid and ugly. I know I will be banned.

They were saying ugly things about gays and trannies. I have both in my family, and tried to explain, these people don't believe in God, we should love them, not condemn them. Maybe some day, we can convert them.

Sorry guys, but the ugliness was the final straw. I've seen a lot of ugliness on the Mother-site, but this one ripped my heart out.
June 29 at 17:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  Balo, don't get ahead of events here. You won't be banned unless someone complains to the staff and the staff thinks it should happen. Usually, there is just a warning. Don't leave yet. My email address is StormCnter@aol.com. We love you.
June 29 at 17:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  I just read your double post Balo - not horrific.
June 29 at 17:53 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  I agree w/ Stormy....don't get ahead of things.
June 29 at 18:15 EST .

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   Bettijo  Someone please educate me. How do you post on the Mother Site? I have posted to lots of the articles I found on the Lucianne.Com. Is that posting on the mother site?

Anyway, Balo, don't run away. We need you. Seriously!
June 29 at 18:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bettijo, do you mean you want to post articles on Lucianne.com? It's not hard, I promise. Email me and I'll help.
June 30 at 05:51 EST .

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   Bettijo  No, I do not want to post articles. Thanks anyway. I just want to read what Balo posted.
June 30 at 17:02 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Balo--I've been away and computer-free for a few days. Please do not leave! I enjoy your posts and would be sorry if you go.
June 30 at 19:33 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bettijo, go to the Search function at the top of Lucianne.com's home page. When the Search screen comes up, type in Balo. Then be sure to put a check mark in the box to Include Replies. Click Search Articles and you will get anything that has "balo" in it. Scroll down for the list of replies and you will find what you are looking for.
July 1 at 05:39 EST .

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   Bettijo  Balo, I cannot find anything "terrible" on your post.
July 2 at 07:40 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Health & Diet  Hey Bird, how goes it? Is Hagar okay?
June 26 at 18:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar is now in Norfolk General Hospital in their extended recovery unit. The pressure sores are responding well to the wound VAC treatment. They are still very painful and he must have pain med before they take him for xrays or scans or if they have to turn him. Then he is out like a light for 4 hrs. I got to see him Thursday, we got there around 10:30. He was talkative and very much like himself for that time. Then they came to take him for a scan, dilaudid given, and they whisked him away. When we got back after having lunch at the cafeteria he was snoring, deeply asleep. Every now and then he would wake, say a few things like "We're going to have ripe tomatoes for the 4th of July" and go directly back to sleep. I did not want to leave so we stayed til almost 5. Said our goodbyes and left him sleeping. He has been eating more, the doctor has lifted the dietary restrictions. He has lost over 40 pounds. He just needs to eat some food every day. I have yet to speak with the attending doctor, he has only been at this hospital for 3 days. I will call the surgeons office Monday and see what his nurse can tell me about the scan and the reason for today's 2 units of blood. I am worried about his care, I know he is not their only patient but he is the only one I care about. His nurse on Thursday was a doll, very much on the side of the patient. She would not let xray move him from his bed to a gurney, they had to take HIS bed. It causes too much pain to constantly move him that way.

That's pretty much the update. No one has told me but I expect he will be there as long as they can keep him there. He has not been out of bed for 33 days.

I don't know what to expect. The nurses can't say much and the doctors are scarce as hens teeth. I will do my best to get some answers on Monday. Til then I will keep my head down and plug along.
June 27 at 19:10 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Per the Confederate Flag.
Daddy's family came to this country early. They settled in SC, and the first ancestor we have knowledge of, fought with General Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox ). His grandson fought in the War of 1812, His grandson fought with Stonewall Jackson, and the Confederate Cavalry. Then, his grandsons and grand-nephews fought in WWI. The next grandsons, my father and his cousins and brothers-in-law fought in WWII. Two of them were also in Korea. My father's nephew was in Vietnam (Navy ).

My mom's family is harder to trace, but her great-grandfather fought with the 3rd Michigan (opposite my dad's grandfather at 1st Bull Run/Manassas ). Her father was in WWI, her brother was in WWII, and her cousin was in Vietnam.

Both sides have been great patriots. I know the Confederate Calvaryman owned no slaves. Why must I deny my heritage?

I would never fly the flag outside my house, I don't think it should fly over statehouses, but, I do think it should fly over Confederate cemeteries. I can personally own a flag, or device with a flag.
June 24 at 22:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  And personally, I wouldn't own the flag, although I do own a SC flag (crescent moon over Palmetto ).
June 25 at 20:26 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  I was supposed to be at work at 0800 this morning (I know you're all saying, what's the problem My normal working hours are 1000 to 1800 ). So, I left home at 0815 (late, I know ). I hit traffic almost immediately, it took me 2 hours to get to work instead of 45 minutes. The radio kept talking about downed power lines, poles, and trees, after last night's storm. After 2.5 hours, one of my coworkers gave up and went home. All day, I heard on the radio (WMAL, 105.9 in Washington DC ), the blockage was still there. Coming home, I did pretty good, only a bit over an hour.

I just wonder, what took them so long to clear the road? They could have cleared it, and put up a new pole, fix the wires, and clear the trees in the 24-hours between the storm and now. But, the radio says they are still trying, they don't know if they will have it fixed for the morning rush!
June 24 at 20:40 EST .

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   Escaped commieny posted on Balogreene  Balo !!! check with a local mold remedeator ( spell check says I mis spelled ) any way, after the hurricanes our wall next to the A/C got moldy, we had a group come in that sucked all the air out of the house and ducts, replaced THE AC UNIT, all covered by home insur. of course after 35 yrs, they dropped us like a hot potato, but we got the new unit at no cost. Check around.
June 22 at 15:35 EST .

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