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   Balogreene posted on Nostalgia  I love this picture. My younger sister's identical twin youngest children. When I posted it online, they responded, they hadn't realize they looked that much alike! The rest of us have for 23 years.

We were at a restaurant, they each wanted the seat by the wall, so they played rock, paper, scissors, 10 times. It wasn't best of, it was winner gets the wall. No one won. They tied all ten times before they gave up. But, twins aren't psychic, we all know that.

   Yesterday at 23:24 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Enlarge this. My sister's MIL had a sculpture done for their 50th wedding anniversary. It is a tree, with two love birds, an empty nest, two jack in the pulpits for their two boys, and two lady slippers for their two girls. One girl died of leukemia before the age 10, so her lady slipper is a different color from the rest of the sculpture. The FIL died shortly thereafter, and the MIL had to sell the house. She gave the sculpture to my sister.

Such thought and love went into it. My sister appreciates it. So do I.

   Sunday at 23:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks for posting the picture, it is a lovely sculpture.
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   Balogreene posted on Nostalgia  This is the house I grew up in, so full of love and memories. We went to Rockford, IL for a memorial service, and my sister and I made our way from the church here, by memory (we hadn't been back since about 1980 ). The huge oak that held the tire swing, the flowering crab in front, the lilacs on the side, and the basement door are all gone. But, it has really been kept up, and really is still a beautiful home, don't you think?
   September 27 at 09:57 EST .

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   Gram77  This is a beautiful house and it oozes love.
September 28 at 10:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Of course, when we lived in it, 1958 -1970, it was white, with black shutters, typical hundred year old farm house. But, the story of our living there is so great. Mom was taking Aunt Ruth (the lady whose memorial we were at ) to work. They drove past the house, and it had a for sale sign. Mom said she wanted that house. Aunt Ruth said the people who owned it went to her church, so she talked to them (they built a modern house on the corner lot next door ). They arranged for mom and Aunt Ruth to go through the house, mom fell more in love with it. So, in mom's words "Daddy bought it for me". He never really liked it, but modernized the wiring and plumbing, etc. When we went by, she said she still loves it.
September 28 at 21:49 EST .

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   StormCnter  My Louisiana grandparents' rambling old two-story house, built in 1905 after their honeymoon at the St. Louis fair (yes, the Judy Garland one ), was purchased from my aunt and then moved to a new location in town. The young couple who bought it kept it mostly the same, but updated the location of the upstairs windows and added a more efficient kitchen at the back. A couple of years ago, four cousins and I spent a lovely Saturday morning peering into the windows of the uncompleted renovation and calling to each other about what used to be here and what used to be there. I'm sad it was moved, but I'm thrilled it is occupied by a young family who loves it.
Monday at 09:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Storm, people have asked if we went up to the door and told them we grew up there, and asked for a tour. If I lived there today, I might want to modernize the house. But, I don't want to know they did it. I want to remember the happy things that happened there.
Monday at 18:36 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Had to go to the celebration of the life of one of mom's oldest friends. Stayed at my sister's house for several days. This is her garden. She has a "pond", very small, but it has two frogs, two hummingbird feeders, a ton of flowers, and I can't say what else. For six days, I sat in her garden, watched the frogs, squirrels, chipmunks, hummers, finches, doves, etc. It was a lovely time.
   September 24 at 00:18 EST .

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   Linder  Wish I was there. Have never seen one like the child's metal lawn chair.
September 25 at 10:22 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Cubs lost, it was only 64, and it's been a long few days. But, we spent today at Wrigley, that made it perfect.
   September 21 at 22:38 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Bicycles. I know, bicycles are allowed on the road, and a lot of people love to ride their bikes.
Every day, I drive Rt 123 in Northern VA from Rt 1 to Fairfax County Parkway. The entire 12 miles has a bike path, it is also 55 mph. Every day someone insists on riding on the shoulder, toward the left (the traffic ). Fairfax County Parkway and Braddock Road do not have bike paths the whole way. Nor do they have shoulders, they have curbs.
People insist on riding into the traffic lane. The lowest speed limit is 45. People have to slow down, then try to pull left so they don't hit the bike.
Bike riders will tell me it is legal and I am being selfish. I am telling them, I might kill them, and it will be my fault. I hate being in that position.
   September 10 at 22:28 EST .

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   Gerty  Couldn't agree with you more!

How could something so dangerous to everyone concerned be legal? There is no equal basis for cars and bicycles to be occupying the same venue. Cars belong on streets; bicycles do not!!

I sometimes wonder if the bicycle rider is mentally wearing a sign: Hit me if you dare!!!
September 10 at 23:20 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  I am working from home tomorrow (11 September 2014 ). They are repaving my street Friday. 400 cars will have to park on less than a mile of road, that is already 1/2 full (we are only allowed two cars on the street, if you have mom, dad, and a kid in a there bedroom townhouse... ).
I said something to a former Ranger I work with, like it's not because of 9/11. He said he also was working from home, and it was because it was 9/11. His contacts told him there is a lot of chatter out there. He isn't taking any chances. We are in Northern Virginia, a couple of miles from Fort Belvoir, not far from Quantico, near to DC. He says they can hit anywhere in the country, and will hit soft-targets. He also said the things that scare him are the chatter, the events in the world today, and the absolute weakness of Obama.
September 10 at 21:52 EST .

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   Safetydude  With all respect to your former Ranger colleague.
Who are his contact's and if they are aware of 'chatter' how did they get that information?
If the sourse is sensitive should they be passing that information on to a 'former' Ranger, which to me sounds like a compromise of COMSEC.
And should he, in turn, be passing that information on?
Did he give you a warning about something?
September 10 at 23:12 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr. Dude--I'm one of the people who clicked on 'like' for your comment. But, you just gotta cut some slack to people like me who are just plain 'scared' about the implications of this sad anniversary.
On that dreaded day, I lived about 20 miles from the Towers. I will NEVER forget the horror or the lingering knowledge that those beasts will strike again!!

It's just a matter of time.
September 11 at 08:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  I am retired so will not be going to work today. But, I worry about my daughter in downtown Chicago. Wish she would stay home today. My grand daughters go to a small private school, so they should be ok, but I worry about the large public schools. There is nothing those evil doers will not stoop to.
September 11 at 08:54 EST .

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   Linder  Gerty, How utterly frightening that must have been to live so close to the Towers that day.
September 11 at 10:13 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Dear Gerty, Memories resurface on this day - we all recall that day, that TV footage of the planes impacting the towers etc. Two friends of mine had close-call stories,one in particular was visiting NJ for a high school reunion and was meeting an old schoolfriend for coffee that day - that friend would normally have been at work in one of the towers and was fortunate to survive because of that friendly invitation. It is now 6pm west coast time and so far no tragedies - but be alert and keep God's umbrella raised over you.
September 11 at 21:03 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mr. Dude, my coworker and his friends said no more than what has been on the news in the DC area. Believe me, I hear about "chatter" all the time. It could be good, it could be bad. My coworker wasn't given confidential info from friends, he was putting together news stories in a way I wasn't thinking of.
September 12 at 23:05 EST .

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   Safetydude  I meant no disrespect to you or your coworker, Balo.

My concern was; if there was information out there that came from a 'secure' source maybe it should remain secure 'till it became 'official' information.(Not that I have all that much faith in official information, these days ).

Believe me, if I could plumb any source that would give me a heads-up about a threat to us citizens I would jump on it with both feet.
September 13 at 17:37 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  My mom's best and oldest friend, my "Aunt" Ruth died about a month ago. I was able to get inexpensive tickets from Northern VA to Chicago, and my sister is willing to put us up, and go to the memorial service in Rockford. I can't wait, over thirty years since I've been in my hometown. But, my sister and I are going to a Cubs game. One more chance to go to Wrigley. I am so excited, and thanking my Aunt Ruth constantly.
September 4 at 23:33 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I've said it before and I'll say it again: There is no finer venue in all of Major League Baseball than Wrigley Field. May it forever be the Cubs' home.
September 11 at 10:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Iced Iberian (from my mom's OLD recipes )
1 ripe medium tomato, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 Kirby cucumber, peeled and thickly sliced
2 scallion bulbs with just a touch of the green
1 cup tomato juice
Juice of ½ large lemon
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
Blend to a fine puree. Adjust seasoning
Top off with tomato juice to make 2 1/2 cups and whirl briefly.
I used V-8, cause it was what I had in the house, I added a couple of stalks of celery, and switched worcestershire for the hot sauce. (Mom wouldn't have liked it with the hot sauce. )
My motivation for this, it can be used as a gazpacho, or, for a Bloody Mary. Mom's been going on about wanting a bloody mary for a couple of weeks. I don't understand watering down perfectly good tomato or V-8 with vodka and ice. Mom agreed, this left a lot of tomato taste. I will add hot sauce to mine from now on, whether it's a soup, or a drink.
August 31 at 00:41 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  This looks very nice!
September 2 at 21:12 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Jokes  Mr. Dude, that one about the fonts got loud guffaws from my tech writing team, thanks.
August 30 at 11:19 EST .

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