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   Gerty posted on Faith  "Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows."
— Blessed Pope Paul VI
October 21 at 07:55 EST .

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   Gerty  This is interesting. It is also a good example of actual quotes from holy people which can be used... and used...and used!

Pope Paul VI tells us to aspire to a joyful life, live life to the fullest, use the talents we have, etc.

No where is there an OK to go against the Ten Commandments.

Can you imagine what a spin dr. could do with this quote?

Kind of makes you wonder about the words of Pope Francis and what the MSM is doing with the Pope's words.
October 21 at 08:10 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Take a look at the shark sock posted by Miss Y on the Coffee Klatch wall.

Anybody know where I can get the pattern to knit these?
October 19 at 10:53 EST .

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   NotaBene  The shark socks were very nice, Gerty I hope you can get the pattern and knit them. Please post a photo if you can. I am knitting hats for my kids and grandkids for the winter now. I would love to see your knitting projects.

I miss Mrs. Cow! Also her news from the barn!
October 20 at 00:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Gerty, a quick search shows that someone is selling the pattern online, but another poster complained about the high price.

Many of us miss Mrs. Cow and the barn news. And we miss others too, but it is not our call who gets to be here. I am sure others have busy lives and feel it is too much trouble to post a few words a day. I post when I can get the time, but most days we are not doing anything of interest to others. Sometimes I post just because I want to tell someone about the wonderful canning outcomes, but I am sure many could live without that bit of news. Would like to think our enthusiasm would "infect" others to try it. We have a friend in CT that has started gardening veggies,last year she learned how to hot water bath food in jars, and this year she took the leap to pressure canning-all from our conversations on the phone, no hands-on instruction. We have made a difference in one person's life. Guess that should be enough.
October 20 at 07:45 EST .

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   Gerty  My dear MissBirdie!! You have made a difference in my life and I would venture to say many, many more.

Let me give you one example (and there are more to come ).

One of my nieces is an attorney---as very high salaried tax lawyer. And I am always full of questions--never too old to learn. But I felt uncomfortable asking all these legal questions without some sort of payment. So, we agreed on a barter system. WOW--did I get a whole bunch of legal info on your dried figs! She just loves them!
These figs have provided the basis of many long phone conversations during which I learned more about what a great Mom she is too. And she has learned about BirdsNest of the inexhaustible energy for her garden and life in general!

So there.
October 20 at 19:36 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Hi ladies. The pattern for the shark socks is on called Shark Week. How about some matching mittens?
October 20 at 19:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Oh Gerty, I was not fishing for compliments but I do thank you for the kind words. I just think there are many here that would help others just by posting a few words a day. Every ones comments are important, some more than others, and occasionally someone posts a comment that makes a huge difference in someone's life. There are posters that no longer come here and they are truly missed, but we cannot stop being who we are because of that.
October 23 at 10:20 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  Old, used, worn out, dirty paper money!!!

('fess up---how many of you thought I was going to complain about men or women!?! )

It is an observable fact that our Village bank is the last stop before these foul notes get sent to the Federal Reserve for a proper shredding burial. In view of the dreadful viruses making their presence felt around the world, one would think that our government would start house cleaning in our own backyards.

Yuck! When are we going to wake up to the realization that our form of money has outlived its usefulness? Solution? Paper should be changed into a washable form of currency. Laugh if you will---
October 13 at 11:05 EST .

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   Phooey  He,he,he-- Gerty, money laundering is illegal !
October 15 at 16:06 EST .

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   Safetydude  Once upon a time the Fed's had a plan to replace all paper money every so many years so they could get at all the money stuffed in mattress, to negate counterfit money and to force drug dealers to give up their loads of illigal(laundered )cash.

Forget 'washable' currency. Get rid of all paper money and make all retail transactions via a plastic debit card handled only by its owner.

(My mother always told me not to put coins in my mouth. However, when you're seven years old on your bike heading to the store to buy a piece of candy there is no better place to carry your coins ).
October 15 at 22:37 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I read somewhere that an incredibly high percentage (I forget the exact number ) of paper money is contaminated with cocaine. Anecdotally, I know this to be true, because I once had a part-time job as a bartender, and I would get a little buzz on my tongue while counting money at closing time. I would wet my thumb on my tongue to more easily count the money.
October 16 at 21:02 EST .

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   Gerty  When you're right, you're right, Mr.Phoo---what you posted was really funny!
October 19 at 13:20 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Movies & Reviews  Need to tell you that I am here throughout the day---just waiting to be able to answer one of your questions. Alas! Not a one!

But I'll keep trying.

Have you thought of throwing an easy one every now and then? ;- )
September 21 at 11:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gerty, I apologize. I'll ease up. Some of the posters like to be challenged and some of the rest of us like it a bit softer. I'm not sure where Mei is today, maybe sleeping late or maybe having computer trouble again. I don't like to fill the wall with my stuff, but I think everyone wants to have something to answer and not just a wall full of stuff already solved. I'll do better.
September 21 at 12:02 EST .

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   Gerty  Gee, Miss Storm--I would be remiss if I allowed you to think my comment was a criticism. On the contrary, you and Mei are doing a stellar job!!

My joking radar is sometimes not working well. Please accept my apologies. :- )
September 21 at 13:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  Nononononono..I promise I didn't not take your comment as a criticism, but as a comment meant to be helpful. That's a good thing, adding suggestions. No harm, only good, Gerty. Also, please add your own quizzes or trivia any time you feel the urge.
September 21 at 13:35 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Alibaba--I thought this was a joke. Who would name their company "Alibaba"?

How can they overtake if they only sell wholesale?

Care to enlighten us on the nature of this company and why it is sooo in the news?
September 21 at 08:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gerty, this is from Wikipedia:
Alibaba is a publicly traded Hangzhou-based group of Internet-based e-commerce businesses, including business-to-business online web portals, online retail and payment services, a shopping search engine and data-centric cloud computing services. In 2012, two of Alibaba’s portals handled 1.1 trillion yuan ($170 billion ) in sales, more than competitors eBay and combined. The company primarily operates in the People’s Republic of China (PRC ), and at closing time, on the date of its historic initial public offering (IPO ), 19 September 2014, Alibaba's market value was measured as US$231 billion....Alibaba's consumer-to-consumer portal Taobao, similar to eBay, features nearly a billion products and is one of the 20 most-visited websites globally. The Group's websites accounted for over 60% of the parcels delivered in China by March 2013,and 80% of the nation's online sales by September 2014. Alipay, an online payment escrow service, accounts for roughly half of all online payment transactions within China.
September 21 at 11:59 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  I don't know why I'm writing this. If someone told me a story like this, I'd probably say: Nice old lady. Too bad she's losing her marbles.

I sat on the rear deck of our house this morning. There was a bit of a nip in the air. No doubt about Autumn having arrived--can the snow be far behind?

Rather somber thoughts but the untouched humming bird feeders were the saddest part of the picture. What pleasure they gave us all this Summer. Each day as I refreshed their feeders, the little rascals buzzed rather playfully around my head. It was during one of these 'attacks' that I first realized that humming birds make a clicking sound at one another. Fancy that!

This evening, as my husband and I were saying good-bye to a bunch of family who came to enjoy a day of quadding, I told him of the sadness I felt about the humming birds having left for the season. When--seemingly out of no where, a humming bird darted in front of me, hovered for about 3 seconds and flew off in the blink of an eye!!!

We like to think our Summer guest just had to say "Good bye" before she left!
September 20 at 21:49 EST .

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   Ynaught  I had a similar feeling a few years ago. A hummer got his feet stuck on our porch screen and I gently freed his tiny talons and took him to the deck and let him go. He was off like a shot and then moments later came inches from my face and hovered there for several seconds. It was an incredible feeling because I know he was saying "Thanks!"
September 21 at 21:34 EST .

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   WAN2  In SE Wisconsin they leave September 21. Fascinating as they are, some caution must be taken when present. My wife walked between two pines and one flew into her forehead drawing blood. Eye protection?
September 22 at 14:22 EST .

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   Gerty  Thanks for the back-up, Miss Y.

Guess this old gal is still hanging on to her marbles!
September 22 at 19:28 EST .

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   Safetydude  Dear 'old gal' Gerty,

Years ago Miss Tina and I had a summer home on lake Alatoona, in Georgia.

In the trees around our back deck we had three "Perky Pet" 'hummer'(I own a Jeep )feeders and many times when we were having adult libations on the deck we were bombarded by hummers who were fighting each other for access to one of the feeders.

I'll never forget that buzzing sound of their wings when they hovered around us.

I don't what they do or how they fit into God's plan but they are fun to watch.
September 22 at 22:17 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  I don't know if I am 'peeved' or just sad-angry!

Found myself out of bed at an unusually early hour this AM. Automatically turned the TV on to Fox News and heard familiar sounds. And then felt a tear run down my cheek.

I was listening to The Star Spangled Banner--no modern rendition--just a beautiful melody played to honor the United States of America--our National anthem!

And now I'm spittin' mad!! Why don't we hear this more often? Who are these people who are robbing us of our pride for this wonderful Country?
September 20 at 07:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Fox plays that just before the early Fox & Friends every day. I'm either getting up or just falling asleep around that time.
September 20 at 10:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Wish I had asked the Exmore yard sale committee to broadcast the music for "The Star Spangled Banner" as the yard sale events unfolded. So many illegals there at the early hour of 6am, hounding folks to sell their goods cheaper than what they were marked. Maybe I will ask for that at the next one.
September 21 at 15:35 EST .

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   Gerty  Good luck, MissBirdie!
September 22 at 19:51 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Faith  It has been almost a week since your report on your Mom, Iacta. Please let us know how she is doing.

Hope all is as well as can be expected. And prayers are continuing.
September 20 at 06:31 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thanks Gerty. Here's the skinny on Mom. She got out of ICU yesterday after 2.5 weeks. She's in a regular room now, but not out of the woods. Surgery to repair tear in aorta will not be necessary now, if her BP stays regular. No idea when she will be released or what treatment will be going forward. I am deeply grateful for the prayers of the LDotters and for the grace of our god. Bless you Gerty and all the other prayer warriors.
September 20 at 15:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  As Gerty said, prayers continue.
September 21 at 15:37 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thank you BN.
September 22 at 22:59 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  "ISIS is not Islamic!"

September 11 at 09:57 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  So sorry to hear of the passing of Joan Rivers. She was one funny lady. I will miss imitating her to make people laugh.

RIP Miss Joan.
September 4 at 15:56 EST .

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   Gram77  I really had a feeling she would not make it. Haven't had the news on today. My prayers for her daughter. They were very close.
September 4 at 16:54 EST .

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