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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Nuff said.
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   Balogreene  this showed up on my FaceBook, it was posted by a Packers fan to a Bears fan.
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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Daniel Snyder, owner of our hometown team the Redskins, wants to build a new stadium because FedEx field is 17 years old! I would so love to remind him of the Nice Little Place on the North Side (Wrigley Field ) that is 100 years old this year, and the best place in the world to watch baseball.
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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Since moving to our new office 6 June, today we had our second luncheon. The first was from a barbecue place. I ate coleslaw and watermelon. Todays was "mexican". As a restaurant employee was laying out the food, someone aked what restaurant. She named it, and it just popped out, "I hate that place" Everyone wanted to know why. I said everything they serve has meat. I actually like taco meat, but, i refuse to eat there when their cheese enchiladas are covered in meat sauce. I cannot bring an actual vegetarian to that restaurant.
At some point, i ran into the lady who arranged it, and thanked her. She said it was really good wasn't it? i said no. i don't eat meat.she said there was rice, beans and the taco toppings of lettuce tomato and cheese.That is what I had, rice, tomato, cheese, and lettuce.
Why do people think that is alright? I get the leavings, everyone else has a meal.
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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I am currently listening to "The Landscape Turned Red" by Stephen Sears. It is a history book, about Antietam. It starts early on in the Civil War, cause you begin to get really tired of McClellan, and believe Lincoln has more patience than Job. I am listening, and working (I do this often, I just keep repeating sections I wasn't listening to. )

So, this evening I have to go to the grocery store. I just heard the Yankees found three cigars wrapped in General Lee's battle plans. I want to find out what happens next (yes, I really do ), so I took my iPhone and listened while I shopped.

I read about the Civil War all the time, I obviously know the major parts, this is a good book, I wanted to know what I already knew.
Tuesday at 22:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  McClellan got the battle plan, but he disregarded it, as he did most things. I'm hoping this Labor Day weekend I can get up there, it's only about 3 hours, and my Miata convertible should make the trip fun.
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   Balogreene posted on Faith  Prayers for PianoGirl. I am late to this, but her daughter Stephanie died July 22 of cancer, it is very hard on her. And, Piano Girl, if you read this, I live in Fairfax Cty, we aren't that far apart, if you need. L can get us in touch.
August 23 at 11:53 EST .

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   Pianogirl88   Thank you, Balogreene! Prayers are always appreciated!
August 23 at 17:32 EST .

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   Gerty  Just learned about this--my sympathy goes with you, Miss Pianogirl. My prayers are also for you--I can't imagine anything more emotionally painful than to lose one's child.
August 23 at 19:55 EST .

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   Jerico  I'm sorry for your loss. It seems so wrong for a child to pass first and I'm praying for you.
Tuesday at 22:22 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I finished typing in my mom's handwritten recipes from the 50s-90s this afternoon. I was stunned by the amount of salt some recipes called for. Mom has never been a big salt user, so I'm betting she didn't use what the recipes called for. On most, I marked the salt as optional.

I hear chefs say you have to flavor every layer with salt and pepper, and they do just sprinkle a pinch, but, I've given even that up. I make most of my food homemade, don't use a lot of canned ingredients, but, I only add salt once. Now, pepper is a different story.
August 18 at 00:18 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  By Mysel and then some by Lauren Bacall. I never read "star" books, but something led me to this one. According to Kindle I'm 12% through! and I've fallen in love. Betty is a mere 18, it is 1942, and she has spent two years working for the USO, auditioning, dreaming, and doubting herself. She has already made lifelong friends of major stars, she is starting on Broadway. A wonderfully successful woman, I can't wait to read more. And, it's $2 on Kindle.
August 15 at 23:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  Sometimes memoirs by a celebrity (or about a celebrity ) are surprisingly rewarding. I'm glad you found Bacall's book. Over the years, I have particularly enjoyed Ann Miller's "Miller's High Life", Nick Tosches' "Dino" (Dean Martin ) and Evelyn Keyes' "Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister".
August 16 at 07:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  I forgot to mention Michael Caine's "What's It All About", which is a delightful romp and any of David Niven's fine memoirs, particularly "Bring on the Empty Horses".
August 18 at 07:52 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  This morning I dropped the dog at the "spa", stopped at Dunkin Donuts per mom's request. A problem, a woman brought her 10-12 yr old daughters, got up to the head of the line, and told them to check the donuts, what did they want? The line was to the door when they went in, why hadn't she asked them earlier. I walked up to the other cashier, put down the box of Keurig stuff my mom wanted, then said, I want a half-dozen, three of these, one of these, two of these. I was in my car before the woman and her kids walked away from their cashier
Then, the REAL problem. I went to the grocery store, and then the Bagel shop (I had been dreaming of these since I realized I had the day off. ) As I walked in, there was a man who looked MUCH older than me, with two boys around 10 or 12 again eating at the outside tables. He was reading his newspaper. Both boys had bagels, hardly touched, and were looking down. There were two napkins on the ground. I got my three bagels and left the store. The man was still reading his paper, one boy was gone, the other still looking down, his bagel still uneaten. Now there were 5 napkins on the ground. I picked them up, and told the old man he was a pig. He was the adult and should teach the children to not litter. No one moved.
Okay, on the way home I decided they were either pigs with a grandfather who didn't give a D**n, or, he was a pedophile and those poor boys were hoping I'd rescue them. I hope they were just pigs.
Anyhow, I really dislike people who do not know how to behave in public.
August 14 at 18:52 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Balogreene, may I offer some friendly (albeit unsolicited ) advice? I have become VERY careful about with whom I engage in verbal exchange--especially those I do not know. It's not like we're in a car where we have multiple tons of machinery at our disposal and for our bodily protection.

All that to say, that 'pig' would probably think nothing of attacking you physically. It's not worth it! Let's bite our tongues and thank the Lord these people are not our closely related kin!
August 15 at 14:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh Gerty you are right, but, I am twice his size. And the old man just couldn't be bothered. I do mouth off a lot, but, having lived in big cities and small towns I know when to hold my tongue. I'm just so tired of horrible people, if I can I try to embarrass them, especially in front of their grandchildren.
August 16 at 00:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gerty may be right. I am a bit mouthy, too, and my attempts to straighten out a situation or quietly correct a bit of offensive behavior almost never turn out well. Over the years I have been screamed at by a woman with a "Honk if you're a Christian" bumper sticker when I tried to defend an elderly woman the screamer almost ran over in a parking lot, and when I quietly and discreetly asked a woman in a theater to please lower her voice as she described the movie plot to her young son. She hollered (literally ) "Are you talking to me?" She never lowered her voice and then when the movie was over, followed me to my car, still yelling about nosy people who interfere in someone else's business.

But, I never learn.
August 16 at 07:20 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Crafts  If you are a knitter, who likes challenging patterns, check out the Fair Isle patterns by Ron Schweitzer. I did a web search, and found his patterns scattered around, but couldn't find the Gaithersburg MD shop that commissioned him.
Full disclosure on my relationship with Ron. I hired him to help me edit, and produce proposals for a Government Contractor. We were under a boss who undermined women. Ron was hired full-time, and became my boss. He was not innocent in the affair, he badmouthed me constantly.
Now, Ron was musically trained, and apparently very good. At some point, his wife took up knitting and he decided she was making it harder than it really was. He also took up knitting, and in true Ron style, was much better than her, she gave it up.
But, Ron is a good knitter. He designs his own patterns, and knits by hand, not a machine. His Fair Isle patterns were sold at a store in Gaithersburg when I knew him (I left his sphere of influence 9 years ago, but he's still got a better job than me ). They cost over a hundred dollars for the pattern and the Irish Yarn.
Now you can get his patterns online. They are beautiful. Here is one named Ritual Dance, in his Remembered collection.

   August 14 at 18:02 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh boy, I want that! I can knit and pearl and that's it.
August 15 at 09:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  Me too Gram. I've made a few things, and not liked any of them when they were done. I hate to imagine what that would look like if I tried it.
August 15 at 11:08 EST .

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   Gerty  Ladies---I don't want to hear this kind of talk! :- )

If you have ever helped or watched a child learn to walk, you surely realized he/she did it one-step-at-a-time. Keep this idea and pencil & paper nearby and try the pattern with some remnants of yarn.

You will be surprised at how much you can follow a pattern.
August 16 at 11:04 EST .

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   Gram77  Gerty's suggestion of pencil, paper and remnants of yarn, brings back a cute little about learning. My mother crocheted bedspreads, tables clothes and other large projects. My dad became very ill and was bedridden for 3 months and really became bored. One day my mother left her tablecloth project at the foot of the bed and my dad got curious, picked it up and started crocheting (never ever touching a hook before ) and created his own pattern. It was pretty darned good but my mother had a fit and spent time pulling our his work. I can still see him grinning and watching her pull thread and listen to her gripe at him. After she cooled down she gave him a spool of crochet thread and a hook and told him to stay out of her stuff. I can still see him with a silly grin and busy crocheting away.
August 18 at 16:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  My brother, while recovering from heart bypass surgery, took up quilting. The whole family was amazed. Good for your dad.
August 19 at 12:13 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  I hope this is the right place for this.
One of the guys at work,a vet with a wife, a 7-yr old daughter, and a 4-month old son has decided to downsize. A couple of years ago they bought a house well west of DC. It's like 4,000 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms, and on and on. He says they are going to do a yard-sale to get rid of the "stuff" they have but never use. Then they are going to sell this house (they bought low, it's getting high ), and buy a house a mile or two away.
This is a 3 bedroom, 3,000 sq. foot house. But their daughter will go to the same school, now it is walking distance. There is a playground across the street, a community pool, and more amenities.
They are the first young couple I've met who figured out bigger is not better.
August 14 at 01:59 EST .

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