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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  Once again I am faced with a puzzlement! Have standards of behavior changed? Are parents too busy to care? Are young people just naturally drawn to what others do--as on TV or in school? Am I getting too cranky as I age? etc., etc., etc. Help me to understand.

At a small gathering over the weekend, I invited some close friends and a few relatives who will be joining their own extended families for Christmas. I particularly love Christmas and go to great lengths to decorate, cook, etc. And everyone seemed to be enjoying the light-hearted atmosphere.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear....but a young man with his phone snapping an untold number of photos of anything that seemed to catch his eye! The tree, the fireplace, decorations, light fixtures (? ) etc.

DH says I should be flattered. I am not. This is our home--not a public place open to everyone and anyone. I feel as though my privacy has been invaded. I don't feel grieved enough to make an issue of it with his parents, and I am wondering how you feel about this situation.
December 22 at 15:32 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other, It was flattering that he was so taken with your efforts, but should not have blasted your personal privacy who knows where.
Give him a swift kick in the pants next time you see him and let him wonder why.
December 23 at 00:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  You know what else, my nephews and niece will send thank-you notes to their grandmother on email. Although, I have to admit, my sister has never enforced thank-you notes, so email is better than none.
December 23 at 20:21 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Before we all get caught up with Christmas chores, I should like to wish all staff and members of The Connection a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

You bring so much to my daily life. Thank you.
December 21 at 09:53 EST .

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   NotaBene  Merry Christmas all including Ms. Lucianne and staff and all Ldotters and the best wishes for a very Happy New Year. Going to spend Christmas with the grandkids,
December 21 at 11:25 EST .

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   Hagar  Miss Gerty, I wish Bird & I could think of a better way of putting the words in your post, But you knocked it out of the park!!
December 21 at 16:02 EST .

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   Gram77  A Merry Christmas from Gram to all!
December 22 at 09:44 EST .

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   Straitpath  Thank you all, staff and posters. You help in my happiness and joy. Merry Christmas.
December 22 at 12:52 EST .

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   Alice  Yes! Gerty put it perfectly! Thank you all, staff and members. Merry Christmas!
December 23 at 14:32 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Congratulations to the staff for their political cartoon choice for today!
December 3 at 06:16 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  First: Apologies to anyone who is a fan of the current female part of "Fox and Friends"--Elizabeth H.

I don't know about Elizabeth's performance on The View because I never watched the program. But, try as I may, I cannot watch this young woman for any length of time! She is soooo ill-at-eased! To me, it is like watching someone act in two second pauses--as if she is mentally reviewing WHAT she said and HOW she said it! Drives me to distraction each and every time. After being away for some weeks, she returned refreshed, airy and her performance just flowed......a few days it again.

I had to give up watching Fox & Friends in the morning. Now I spend the time wondering why I seem to be the only one who has this opinion! :- )
November 29 at 09:07 EST .

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   Straitpath  I watch only Fox on t v except sports shows. The commentators are an interesting bunch. There are a few stars. I like Megan, Bill, Greg Gutfield, Brett, Krautheimer, Miller.
November 29 at 15:06 EST .

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   Bettijo  Gerty, I agree. I don't watch Fox & Friends anymore either. In fact, I rarely watch Bill O'Reilly either now. I like Brett Baier(sp? ) a lot better. Wonder if they will move him to prime time?
December 5 at 09:54 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Blessings  Just want to put it in writing: Thank you, Lord, for all You have given and continue to give!
November 27 at 20:20 EST .

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   Hagar  Just wanted add an Amen to what you said
November 27 at 23:35 EST .

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   Straitpath  I think Heavenly Father loves gratitude!
November 29 at 14:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  I had a mentor that used to stress: Have an attitude of gratitude in ALL things (good & bad )- Praise to Him in every way.
November 30 at 15:21 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  To God be the Glory . . . thank you Lord.
November 30 at 18:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  O/T here - Hagar - is your avatar who I think it is? Jeff Dunham's Achmed? If so, thanks for the laugh.
November 30 at 22:45 EST .

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   Hagar  *
Yes! It is the one & only "Achmed" The dead Terrorist!
November 30 at 23:30 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Would it not be better to read in the headlines that the Grand Jury COULD NOT indict Officer Wilson rather than that they DECIDED NOT TO indict Officer Wilson?
November 25 at 05:46 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh Gerty, you are so right!
November 25 at 06:13 EST .

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   Fireball27  Right Gerty. I'm betting we'll see headlines with the "Republicans say" Wilson not guilty line. Not the Grand Jury said so. You remember when Clinton's man testified that he set up donations to the DNC from an Indian Tribe trying to stay the only casino in the area? Even though this testimony was live on C-SPAN, and the guy admitted to recieving money for the DNC, the media reported it as "Republicans say" DNC got donations from tribe.
November 25 at 07:25 EST .

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   Hollyhock  You got it right Gerty. They wanted revenge not justice. Now the professional rioters and looters can pack up and move on to the next job. They may have been successful in turning Ferguson into the next Detroit. Business owners have lost their livelihood, inventory and buildings not to mention employees are now unemployed. There is big money behind this outrage.
November 25 at 09:35 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  I dislike the feeling that there is no way to relieve Obama of his presidential powers (both real and imagined )!
November 17 at 08:18 EST .

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   Gerty  If anyone is interested in contacting me:
November 17 at 07:04 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Don't really know where to put this, but, here goes.

A short time ago, I asked how I would go about getting a pattern for a slipper in the shape of a shark. How funny would that be to have DH wear these silly slippers for the holidays?

And my friends on the Connection (as always ) came through with the information. I purchased the pattern and eagerly showed it to my husband. Well!! There was no need for him to be so adamant in his reaction upon seeing what the silly slippers would look like.

Ergo--Would anyone out there like the pattern for Shark Slippers? No, not a copy. I understand copy rights. I will send you the downloaded crochet instructions--no charge involved. One thing more: how do I post my e-mail address so any possible takers can e-mail me their address?

November 15 at 10:23 EST .

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   Gerty  Second call: If anyone would like the pattern for (silly ) Shark Slippers, please contact me at e-mail found on main forum. Click the name Gerty found at the start of any of my comments.
November 17 at 08:56 EST .

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   Gerty  I have had no takers for the Shark silly slippers. I guess my husband was right: silly slippers are a silly idea! (Sounds like a good title for a country western song! )

Accordingly, I have deleted the offer from the Coffee Klatch wall and am withdrawing the offer here too. Have filed the directions under "Silly Ideas". Ta! Ta!
November 21 at 16:27 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  People who use their children to inflict emotional pain on others. This usually takes the form of depriving relatives from being a part of the children's lives.

What kind of a person who, upon receiving the final decree of divorce, holds a funeral for the departed parent in the dining room of their home? (I kid you not! )

How about returning unopened Christmas gifts to a grandfather who hand-made toys for the children?

Of course, if we are dealing with pedophiles and physically abusive parents and grandparents, there is real reason for blocking them out. But petty squabbles?
November 15 at 01:46 EST .

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   Gram77  This happened in my family. My sister-in-law and husband lost their youngest daughter and a 6 months old baby was left without a mother. The baby's father moved away immediately after the funeral and left no address. (too bad there were no computer yet ) My sister-in-law shopped for her grandson for each and every Christmas and waited. My sister-in-law died years later and in the attic they found all those presents. Gerty, you bring up a sad but all too often happening in families.
November 15 at 10:57 EST .

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