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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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   Gerty posted on Household Hints  Here we go again---putting stuff in zip lock bags, that is.

Snack bags are great. But, I have a hard time keeping the outside of the bag free from what I want to put into the bag. This time it was it was easy to solve. I used chop sticks! I could pick smaller amounts up, pin-point the exact place I wanted it to go and that was it!
September 3 at 19:36 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  You don't have to be religious to celebrate the Saint of the Day---especially today.

September 1st is the feast of St. Joshua!
September 1 at 04:38 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  Perhaps this belongs on the Household Hints wall. Here goes anyway.

Sometimes I like putting homemade soups into zip lock freezer bags--they store ever so much better than bulky containers. But I just about threw out my good zucchini soup this morning because it was running down the back, inside and outside, and into the little crevices that provide the 'lock' to the bag. It was impossible to get it closed or clean!

As I threw the contents into the container for compost bin, I thought, there has to be a better way.

And there is. I searched for that special funnel I use to fill preserving jars. Opened the zip bag, placed it in a soup bowl, placed the funnel in the bag and Voila! Contents at the bottom, clean out and in, locking mechanism clean and read to go!
August 31 at 14:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  That's the ticket!!
August 31 at 19:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  I had to learn by error about freezing those bags of soup, or any liquid. They shouldn't be placed directly on the freezer racks while still unfrozen, because the bags droop into the rack and it's really hard to pull them out when ready. Freeze them on a cookie sheet, then they freeze with flat bottoms, easier for stacking.
September 2 at 07:04 EST .

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   Gerty  Great hint, Miss Storm. I find myself using the silpat sheets because they are flexable and don't take as much room in the freezer---even though their use is temporary.
September 2 at 11:08 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  On the Health and Diet wall, Miss Bettijo posted some very interesting information.

Anyone out there able to give some further information on why Genetically Modified Foods are/may be harmful and should be avoided?
August 24 at 13:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gerty, I think I'm in a minority here, many of my friends tell me GM food is bad. I am not sure why. God has been modifying food for millennia. Do you know, if you plant jalapeños between your tomatoes and green peppers, the jalapeños will be slightly less picante, but the green peppers and tomatoes will be more picante? (A friend of mine did this by mistake. He loved it, his wife hated it ). Tangerines, Nectarines, peanuts, have all been spliced together by man to change the genetics. People have also spent millennia trying to make growing food more productive, less prone to drought, last longer, etc.

On the other hand, I'm not sure about Scientists, in the lab, doing strange chemical things. Have you ever tried to buy a bottle of orange juice? Just plain orange juice, no calcium added, no Vitamins added. Or Milk, without all those weird additives? I don't know how good or bad it is. Can you tell?

Sometimes, I would just rather not know. I get what I can afford.
August 26 at 21:42 EST .

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   Bettijo  Check this out:

GMOs: The Walking Dead of the Food Industry
August 27 at 11:06 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Yesterday we enjoyed the taste of fresh, home grown tomatoes for the first time this season. What a delight!

This is a general 'thank you' to all out there who gift those precious fruits to your friends and neighbors---and a special thank you to Miss Birdie, who I know gifts all the time.
August 14 at 08:24 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  Recently asked my Godchild what he would like for his sixteenth birthday.

Answer: A drone.

Me: Say what!?!
What would a teenager want with a drone? Silly question I was soon to find out.
August 8 at 19:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  You've teased me into asking: What did you find out?
August 10 at 12:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  He's 16, MeiDei. Obviously any redblooded male sixteen year old needs a spy-camera equipped drone to fly over the nudist beach.
August 10 at 17:05 EST .

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   Gerty  Right again, Miss Storm! The little twerp (whom I love dearly ) wants to be able to take pictures of this friends through the windows in their bedrooms!!

I told him he would have to wait to develop his proclivity for 'peeping Tom' status until he could afford to buy one himself. That means NO!
August 10 at 17:26 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know grown men (and Martha Stewart ) who use them just to survey things other than bedrooms. I think it's the cool factor.
August 10 at 22:40 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Checking back for some info on this Wall, I noticed Miss Bettijo was interested in learning more about the perfectly round and durable metallic rings I got from opening cans of food. Forgive me the delay.

Please be careful in trying this. You will be dealing with sharp edges along the way--it's not a project for children or someone with unsteady hands.

1. Using a regular twist, manual can opener, cut the lid until just BEFORE the very end. (leaves a small amount of attachment of lid to can )

2. Using a manual or automatic can opener which cuts below the lid lip (leaving a smooth but not too sharp an edge ), cut until the lid separates completely from the can.

3. Using the manual twist can opener, complete the previously left portion of the lid to the rim of the can.

4. You should now have a very sturdy metallic ring. *Be careful* some of these remain sharp on the inner part of the rim.

* I have already crocheted around one of these rings rendering it safer and ready to attach anything I want to the ring! I am thinking of a Christmas tree decoration--possibly mounting a photo inside, using the ring as a frame!
August 8 at 09:35 EST .

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   Gerty  News Flash: There is nothing like writing your thoughts down to get them organized!

After writing the above explanation for getting sturdy metallic rings at no cost, I thought about improving on the topic. What if we use those newer food cans which allow you to NOT use a can opener--you just pull on a tab.

It works!! Just be sure to cut the lid off first (I use the little, battery operated one ), then carefully pull on the tab and VOILA! a metal ring that is even safer than the first one described above.

Happy crafting everyone!
August 8 at 11:11 EST .

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   NotaBene  Gerty, what a wonderful idea. Years ago I crocheted snow flakes for the Christmas tree. I will try this with the metallic rings from the cans. I also like the idea of mounting a photo.

Love to hear craft ideas from fellow Ldotters.
August 9 at 10:46 EST .

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   Balogreene  This is a strange idea for a perfect ring to crochet around, In Annies Attic magazine, they crocheted around a CD, and used it as a coaster. Not so small, not as many uses, but, a funny idea.
August 14 at 17:31 EST .

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   Surfhut  This is such a terrific idea! Back in the day, I crocheted around a plastic ring that was part of construction trash at one of our jobs. Glued a picture of our then baby boy to the back. It is my all-time favorite Christmas ornament.
August 15 at 20:13 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  I dislike going out on a limb like this. But someone has to say it. I believe we are at a crossroad in our association with The Connection. I'm sure there are many here who could say it much more eloquently than I---certainly, in a more acceptable fashion!

From what I have been told by computer experts, Mrs. Goldberg goes through a considerable amount of money to keep The Connection available to us. This is her place, her home, her living room. We are invited to come share the interesting, thought-provoking, happy, sad, heart-warming, etc. events in our busy lives. Since it is her place--she gets to set up the rules of engagement.

It really is that simple.

In all honesty, I was going to ask us to look at some of the comments that ended up in contributors being banned. But I don't think that is possible; they may have been removed as part of the banning process. I do know they exist!

I, along with so many of you, miss my favorite posters. How could you NOT miss the antics of the Misses Yotty and Nu with Mable!?!

I will probably regret posting this at a later time, but for now, please let's get on with enjoying each other's wit and experiences!

I should hate to be put in the position of missing The Connection.
August 5 at 08:48 EST .

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   Gram77  There is nothing more to say, except a sincere heart felt thanks to Gerty.
August 5 at 09:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  A good point was brought up - we're all guests here. I thought about what is a good guest. Well, when visiting a friend, neighbor or family member often & are face to face, our comments are easily discerned by speech, hand gestures, smiles, frowns, hugs and for the most part are understood. Here, however, we're more like the first time guest that does not personally know our host/hostess having not met them previously or are casual acquaintances at best. A good guest graciously accepts what is served & tempers conversation - in this case writing - so as not to offend another guest & inadvertently embarrass the host. I guess what I'm saying is that sometimes a question is just a question and not meant as a complaint. A comment is just a comment - even if it strikes me personally as snark hidden behind a smile, LOL, etc. So what! It will only upset me if I let it. It is a gift indeed to express the joking so there is no doubt that it is good-natured. I've deleted comments I've made because after 10-20 minutes or an hour & rereading it - it seemed that it could be taken badly & The Connection is meant to be a fun place to visit. So if someone is offended by someone let them go to that person for clarification and let's keep out of it instead of joining in and making the situation worse - bringing up past slights doesn't make for a happy marriage or good friendships. I realize I may have made myself a pariah by stating that. I'm just as disappointed as the rest of you & those no longer here & hope that it's a suspension & not permanent.
August 5 at 12:25 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks Gerty, Gram, and MeiDei. I don't remember how long I have been a member here, 4 or 5 years I would guess, but I really like this site and feel I have a number of friends (whom I have never met ) here. This is the first site I visit each morning to get the latest news on and comments from The Connection. I am very disappointed that some of my favorites no longer post. I appreciate the fact that we are guests here, but I do think we deserve to know why certain members are "banned." After all, if we do not know what offense was committed, we are liable to repeat that offense. Is there a place where we can go to review the rules and regulations for posting on this site? I try to be kind, respectful, factual, and avoid any profanity, but one of my posts was deleted. I know not why. We cannot conform to rules of which we are unaware. There is playful badgering going on; is this reason for banning? I have not been involved in this, but I think it is fun. Well, gang, if you do not see any more of my posts, you know why.
August 5 at 18:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  I agree with Bettijo. I don't know why so many have been banned recently. I don't know who is complaining about posts. I do know, I would miss coming here every day, but I also miss Mrs. Cow, Nu, Yottie, Rake, and EC.
August 5 at 22:41 EST .

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   NotaBene  Gerty, you are right, we are invited in the connection and Ms. Lucianne has to keep this place civil. Have you seen comments in other websites? Horrible language, fighting fellow posters.

I still do not think that people like Nu, Yottie, Mrs. Cow, Rake and EC were ever offensive. I miss their insight and down to earth comments. I love the connection. I have learned a lot here. Thanks to advice from Ldotters I managed to lower my sugar level. Mrs. Cow advised me on knitting websites and very entertaining knitting mystery books. She was the ifirst to post photos of her beautiful patchwork bed covers. I was surprised she never posted in the new Craft wall.

Could these wonderful Ldotters be reconsidered by popular demand? We are so few nowadays ...
August 5 at 23:35 EST .

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   Bettijo  I agree, Note Well, I often log on and there are no comments I have not already read. We need more commenters, not less. I know Nu and Lottie sometimes badger each other in fun, but I don't see either taking offense. I cannot remember ever reading anything offensive by Rake or EC and both of them have a lot to contribute. I second NotaBene, can we/you reconsider their exile?
August 6 at 11:42 EST .

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   Clipped wings  I haven't been to the Connection in a while and even then I rarely post. As an earlier poster stated, we should consider ourselves guests. I personally dislike those that monopolize each and every conversation. Witty, give and take is fun but can be overdone. I enjoy the various walls and as said earlier by someone else, I have learned a lot. Being civil is important, we get enough yelling on any of the news talk shows, if we can stand to watch. I hope that those here have not lost their respect for their fellow posters.
August 8 at 12:37 EST .

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