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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 Lucianne.com 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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   Gerty posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  This has got to be solved!!

The only way I know of having a comment 'disappear' from a Wall is to delete it yourself. WrightWingers cat and shadow lion has disappeared from this Wall and along with it, all the comments posted by other Connection followers.

Did you remove it, Mr.Wright?

If not, I call on all concerned that we do something about this. Is there someone or something else that ultimately controls The Connection---other than Mrs.Goldberg and her staff?

Please help.
July 30 at 13:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm noticing that too! There was the cat with the newborns that I commented on - then it all disappeared. I wonder if this is why we haven't seen any comments from Yotty & NuGoddess in a long time. Are we limited to how many posts we make?
July 30 at 18:08 EST .

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   Gerty  We are not limited (as far as I know ) to a certain number of posts. You would have been notified by now, MeiDei! :- )
July 30 at 18:30 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Miss Bettijo has introduced an interesting aspect to the craft wall. Half the fun of a craft is making it possible to practice it! Like the set-up Miss Bettijo posted just beneath this. Warning!! If you get involved with this side venture, you will start collecting all things usable and re-usable. Makes for a really messy corner, room or house! Ask me how I know.

By accident, I discovered a really interesting, almost indestructible 4" diameter circle from a can of salmon.

I started out by using a battery operated can opener--the kind that opens the top leaving smooth edges. It appeared not to have worked so I used the old fashion crank can opener. When I was finished there was a POP! There on the counter top lay three separate pieces--the can with the salmon, the sharp edged top of the can and a beautiful, perfectly round, metallic ring!!

My mind went dizzy with all the possibilities!!
July 26 at 14:17 EST .

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   Gerty  If you are interested, I will tell you more. As it is, if you are thinking of trying what I found by accident---don't. I tried repeating the 'accident' myself and never could duplicate it.

However, there is a way to do it, if you are interested.
July 26 at 14:25 EST .

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   Bettijo  Yes, Gerty, I am interested. Please tell me more. Thanks.
July 29 at 11:26 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  For the past few weeks I have been buying KUMATO tomatoes. We love them! Not only do they have some serious old-fashioned taste going for them but they last ever so much longer than any tomato I have ever bought.

OK--so what am I missing here? Genetically altered species, toxic spray, suspected alien form of life, grown in China?
Come on...I can take it!
July 26 at 13:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I did a search for them, the seed will never be available to home gardeners, it is a hybrid so saved seed will not yield the same result. So for us it is a moot point. We will stick to our old favorites like Cherokee Purple, Pineapple, Brandywine, and German Johnson. Glad you like them. Our tomatoes this year are delicious but butt ugly to look at.
July 26 at 14:18 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss BirdsNest--The tomatoes you and Hagar produce are "home-grown" and there is NO match for those!

Without my garden, I am forced to buy tomatoes at the huge A&P type store in town. The tomatoes are tasteless and rot at an amazing rate! I understand this is so because they are commercially grown to withstand the rigors of the long journey to their place of sale.

And the Farmers' market (around here ) is a high-priced scam!!
July 26 at 15:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Gerty-the tomatoes you buy are picked green, trucked from the field to a tomato shed, sorted,washed and packed in crates for their next destination, likely a wholesaler where they are held until needed. Then they are gassed to induce ripening. The Eastern Shore is a big tomato producer. Right now the trucks are going non-stop from the field to the sheds, back to the fields. Del
Monte purchased a lot of acreage at a bankruptcy auction-no one seems to know what they plan to plant, most of the fields are bare.
July 26 at 16:59 EST .

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   Linder  Just finished my egg and toast breakfast off with a fresh from the garden, perfect Rutgers sliced tomato....and savored every bite as I reminded myself about the tasteless things we'll buy this winter.
July 27 at 09:10 EST .

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   Safetydude  Ok, so this is just between you and me....I work part time for a produce distributor in SW Fl. As part of the 'warehouse' is aa retail outlet ie; 'farmers' market', which sells the same product as "Walmart" and "Publix", but at higher prices, in a 'rustic setting' to our northern visitors and local dupes.
July 27 at 10:30 EST .

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   Rake King  Woah!!!! Safetydude you may have to be killed, letting secrets like that out to the public.

Almost like the gasoline truck from a no-name company filling tanks at several name brand stations, and then off brand stations, too. "We have a special carb cleaning solution in our gasoline"...I guess the guy puts it in as he closed the storage tank cap.
July 28 at 10:53 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I guess this may come under Landscaping rather than Gardening but I don't know where else to place this bit of experience.

I love the little humming birds that come to my back deck. I hate those pesky little ants that get into the humming bird feeders! And they are relentless!

I searched the internet, etc. for all kinds of deterrents but found none I cared to use. So, until I do find some kind of ant repellent that meets my requirements, I jury-rigged a little deterrent of my own...I found some old fly paper in the basement and stuck it around the pole holding the feeder.

That was yesterday. Checked it all day today--just looking out my kitchen window, not one ant to be seen! I am still searching for a harmless ant repellent so I would appreciate anyone's recommendation. Also interested in any information on the old fly paper (the ones we used to unwind and hang under a light fixture or fan ). Are these things harmful in any way to the animals that come visit us?

PS Don't be concerned with the bear. I'm sure he can take care of himself!
July 25 at 19:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just read something that might work for you. Take a paper plate (or use the old fly paper ) & spread some petroleum jelly or corn syrup on it, attach to your feeder and change as necessary. It's giving the ants an alternative to the sweet water hummingbirds like and makes it difficult for the ants to escape. Change as often as necessary. You might also want to check out the link to Jerry Baker's web page.
July 25 at 21:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  This article suggests corn meal and I have read that before. There are other good suggestions here.

13 natural remedies for the ant invasion

Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. Thankfully there are natural pest control methods to help you cope with and eliminate the problem. Plus, many of the solutions use what you already have in your cupboard!


Read more: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blo
gs/13-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invas
ion#ixzz38ZqXzLFH
July 26 at 08:32 EST .

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   Linder  Hummers make my day! My feeder hangs from a hook over the eave trough on the porch...so no ant problems. Because it's usually so hot and humid here I put barely enough boiled sugar water in the feeder to make it work...and then clean and refill often. I notice just a few quick visits each day but later in August they will be constantly fussing with each other over the feeder. Great entertainment.
July 26 at 19:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Linder we have planted a humminbird vine called "Cypress vine"
http://www.hummingbird-guide.com/humming
bird-vine.html
and another called "Cardinal Climber"
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dicti
onary/vine/cardinal-climber/

we have not seen Hummers here for years but this year we have several of these 2 climbers and the Hummers are back. Those beauties just make me smile.
July 27 at 07:34 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I have a hanging feeder. I coat the hanging cord with vaseline and wipe and recoat every few days. it works..Except in the heat of summer when it melts. But it still works somewhat. Ants don't want to crawl on it.

I've thought of mixing the vaseline with a little cinnamon. I hear ants detest cinnamon.

Now about the dozens of honeybees who discovered the feeder. The bee guards do NOT work. Any ideas? I will not harm a honeybee.
July 27 at 18:00 EST .

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   StarFire  Can't help you with the honeybees. They don't seem interested in the hummingbird feeders, but they love my morning glories.

The ants can be kept off by an "ant moat". I made ours from the little plastic cups that my cat's food comes in. (We save them for all kinds of projects. Just toss them in with a load of laundry to clean them up well. )
Any small plastic cup should work... pudding cups, yogurt cups or individual serving vegetable cups.

Use a sturdy wire. (I took the wire from an old hanger They are getting so hard to find. ) Using pliers, make a hook at one end. Make sure the wire is at least an inch or two taller than the cup. Heat the end in a candle flame and melt a hole in the bottom of the cup by pressing the heated wire through. Leave the wire there. Bend the other end of the wire into a hook.

Use caulk to seal around where the wire goes through the bottom. Let dry a day or two. Hang between the mount and the feeder. Fill almost to the top with water.
August 5 at 16:42 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Household Hints  I need to back-track on some erroneous (partly ) information I gave on this Wall several months ago. Apologies galore!

K-cups was the topic. I stated that it was possible to simply pour the contents of the k-cup in boiling water and get the same result as if you used their machine--adding that the contents of the cup were 'super soluble'.

This statement is erroneous if the contents are coffee grounds!! They do not use a kind of 'instant coffee'.

This statement is true if (like me ) you use teas and flavored cappuccinos sold in k-cup form.
July 21 at 09:15 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Faith  Lord, I try to have hope for the salvation of our Country. It has been increasingly difficult to do. There is so much "tearing down" taking place.

Can anyone deny that the present president has made a mockery of the Office to which he was elected?
To what end is the breakdown of our Country's boarders?
Pink slips to military LEADERS--even those on the battlefields? Who determined which of those officers were to be fired? And what about the Generals who have recently been "uncovered" for all kinds of charges--and let go?

These are just some of the present day perils, Lord. Please give us the strength and wisdom we need to get through these times. I know we will--eventually. Good will always triumph over evil!
July 13 at 07:08 EST .

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   Gram77  I pray every day for our country. I am there with you, Gerty.
July 13 at 08:32 EST .

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   Straitpath  Sit back and watch it happen. It is like watching the rerun of a football game where you thought your team would lose and then your team scores three touchdowns in the last ten minutes. You know who is going to win as you watch the rerun. God is in charge. Scriptures are being fulfilled before our eyes. It isn't fun and we must do our best, but good is going to triumph.
July 17 at 23:01 EST .

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