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   Surfhut posted on Movies & Reviews  Has anyone heard from Storm? Are she and her family safe? I think the tornadoes were east of her.
December 27 at 07:22 EST .

   MeiDei  No I haven't - I'm hoping they've just lost electricity.
December 27 at 09:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Surf - How are things in your area?
December 27 at 10:38 EST .

   Surfhut posted on Computers &Tech Issues  I've been thinking about cutting cable TV for some time (tired of sending Cox Cable $81 per month for basic service but STILL paying for a bunch of junk I never watch ), but the process of doing that and still watching what I want intimidates me. My son gave me a Kindle Fire HD8 for Christmas (such a good boy! ) I will spend the rest of the weekend trying to understand it all. Any tips from the techies here will be appreciated. As far as TV goes, I only watch local news during bad weather seasons, HGTV, Food Network, CSI on CBS, and Major Crimes on TNT. I have a home high-speed wireless system and Amazon Prime membership. Help, please! I don't know were to start!
December 24 at 09:41 EST .

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   Tulsa  We have DirecTV and would not change for anything. It's now owned by ATT.

The cable franchise here is comcast and it's just awful and twice as expensive.

Only a sheeting rain interferes with the signal but DirecTV offers 72 hr rewind on 'most' stations, so we can get any program we missed.

The best part is having an HD DVR. We record, CSI, House, and other shows. We have 4 straight days of rain forecast. The rain does not interfere with recorded shows and we have bunches of those, so let it rain.

Sorry I can't help with a Kindle.
December 24 at 23:29 EST .

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   Bettijo  I have Direct TV. The only station I watch is FOX News. Does anyone know of any other way I can view FOX. I can get it on my iPad, but I think I have to subscribe to some service first as it asks me who my provider is. Any suggestions? Thanks.
January 11 at 10:17 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Blessings  My great-niece. The newest addition to our family. I can't figure out how to make the picture not be side-ways. Click to embiggen an adorable little face.
   November 29 at 08:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  She's beautiful! Put some wings on her for a Christmas pageant & you have a perfect cherub.
November 29 at 10:08 EST .

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   Balogreene  Man, my nephews haven't even thought of marriage or kids. Lucky you.
December 24 at 23:12 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Can we talk about squirrels? I live in a mature part of the city, a block from a lot of trendy shopping traffic. My neighborhood is filled with mature trees. It turned winter cold here yesterday, and the squirrels are getting frisky. They are running all over the place, finding goodies and burying them in yards. I thought squirrels hoarded winter food in the hollows of trees. Guess not. They are burying their finds in yards. It is interesting to watch and very cute, but they are rodents and the ones running across my front porch while I'm standing there is a little unnerving.
November 27 at 10:48 EST .

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   Safetydude  My mother could cook anything wild we brought home.
From moose to partridge and anything in between.
However, the day I brought her a brace of tree rats she wouldn't let me bring them in the house but made me bury them in the backyard.
November 30 at 17:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  But Surf, they are so cute, and so smart : ) I've never been too serious about gardening and yards, so they don't bother me as much as others. I love to watch them.
December 3 at 20:53 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They will strip a pecan tree of its pecans in a hot minute. Hagar always said to kill one and hang it from a tree and that will scare away all others.
December 4 at 08:02 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Did you know that squirrels have claws just like cats? I didn't. I learned it the hard way.

I used to go down to Jekyll Island, Georgia a couple of times a year. All of the hotels and condos are [or were back then] overrun with squirrels. They are so cute. When my son was little, squirrels made him giggle, so we had a lot of fun feeding the squirrels.

We were sitting out by the pool one afternoon, with a bag of peanuts, feeding the squirrels when I got the bright idea that it would be fun to coax a squirrel into my lap. With enough coaxing, the little sucker climbed right up my leg and into my lap where he snatched the peanut from my hand and scampered off.

Not knowing anything about what diseases a squirrel might carry, I spent the rest of the afternoon and part of the evening in an ER in Brunswick waiting to have claw marks and gouges treated, and then took an antibiotic for a week thereafter.

Feed them if you wish, but don't ask them to sit in your lap!
December 4 at 11:42 EST .

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   Safetydude  Don't feed them...kill them.
December 4 at 19:10 EST .

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   Surfhut  There is a pecan tree in my neighbor's yard, planted in 1935. It is loaded year-round with pecans in various stages. The squirrels have no fear. How do I make them keep off my porch? How do I deter them?
December 5 at 10:58 EST .

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   Alice  Surfhut, maybe a plastic owl? Or a toy snake maybe.

Safetydude, oh great. Our 3 cats go outside in the daytime sometimes and there are squirrels and mice and other rodents. I haven't heard of plague in Texas and Oklahoma, so hoping it does not have to go on the worry list. And I'd have to be very worried to even contemplate killing squirrels. It's in my genes, but I'm not a hunter. :- )
December 6 at 20:59 EST .

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Tree Rats !
December 8 at 09:33 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I saw a device being used at a mountain cabin that was being shown for sale [on House Hunters]. It worked on an electric eye and I suppose ran on batteries. It was an owl, plastic I guess, attached to a porch upright, and when the electronic beam was broken [supposedly by a squirrel], the owl screeched and its wings flapped. I don't know if it would scare a squirrel, but the potential buyer who was looking at the cabin liked to have jumped over the porch railing when the thing flapped and screeched at her.

Wherever you buy your bird feed/seed usually has an array of squirrel deterrents for sale --artificial owls, snakes and such. Personally I never found one that worked all that well and finally gave up. I told the birds that they were just going to have to get used to sharing.
December 11 at 13:41 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Nostalgia  Time for Christmas!!! One of my favorite childhood memories was shopping for the perfect tree. The whole family went together, it was always freezing cold, but we took our time to find the perfect tree. Daddy made a clean cut on the trunk and stuck it in a bucket of water in the garage overnight. It was torture for we kids to not put it up immediately! He and Mother herded us inside. Daddy made hot chocolate and cinnamon toast while we watched Disney (Disney was wholesome back then ). We studied our Sunday School lessons. Daddy polished our shoes and Mom put we girls' hair in foam rollers. Sunday morning, a pot roast or chicken went into the oven while we were at church. FINALLY, after church and Sunday dinner, we got to decorate the tree. We kids were off the charts excited when that magical time came. It is one of my favorite memories but the experience taught me two of the greatest lessons in life my parents could have given me/us: patience & delayed gratification. Hope to hear some of your favorite Christmas memories.
November 27 at 10:33 EST .

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   Balogreene  Surf: when I was 18 (1970 ), I was 4 years into babysitting for a family. They invited me to Christmas Mass (I was not Catholic ). I showed up at their house, the formal tree was up, the boys, parents, neighbors and I went to Mass. When we came home, there in the Family Room was a fresh tree, decorated, lit, with presents under it. Santa had been there.

To this day, I don't know how they did it. Their very best friends were in church with us, it was magical for the little boys, and even for me!
December 3 at 20:59 EST .

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   Surfhut  Beautiful memory, Balo. Thinking about how the parents pulled that off made me laugh and cry at the same time!
December 5 at 10:17 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Mornin' Gram. Remember when Straun used to post kitties for you?
   September 20 at 09:18 EST .

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   Gram77  What a nice surprise!! You bet I remember. Just the other day I checked here to see what was cooking and today we have kittens. Thanks!
September 21 at 06:06 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Photography  I am missing Grief's pictures.
September 19 at 14:13 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Amen Surfie . . . I miss his wonderful floral's and Arizona photos also.

I also wish E.C. would post more of his Mountain scenery.
September 20 at 20:47 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Dear Hope, you meant ED, although this EC spent the first 40 yrs in the mts of NY/PA, the last 20 have been in flat, not even a hill, Florida. Lucky for me, I saved Grief's pics and use them for screen savers.
September 21 at 11:47 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Oops!!! sorry EC, you're correct, I meant to say ED . . . but, we miss you too . . . Smile!
October 2 at 18:49 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Pet Peeves  People driving way too fast while merging onto a highway, texting or talking on the phone. Seriously? I always slow down and let them jerk into the lane in front of me. Jerk being the most kind operative word I can think of.
September 19 at 14:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Tho in IL we learned everyone had to work on the merge, the people coming on had to come to speed, the people on the road had to let the mergers in. It sure doesn't work that way in NOVA, it seems to be, I'll go as fast as I can so you can't merge.
October 1 at 19:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  One of our busiest highways near me is being reconfigured to have the exiting drivers now precede those entering - with a good distance between the two (so many accidents ) - as a Blue State the federal funds are available.
October 2 at 11:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  MeiDei, we have a lot of those in VA, and did in IL too. The problem is, people are coming off, then people are coming on, then they have to cross to the exit, or the entrance. It is scary. My car was totaled in the 70's on one of those "exits". Here in VA, I haven't been Impacted, but there are still a lot of accidents.
October 2 at 17:51 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  When I was making plans to move from Richmond, Virginia back to Texas, my cousin [now retired with 30+ years service as a police officer in this city], warned me about Texas Drivers in general, and Lubbock drivers in particular; the rudest, most inconsiderate and worst on the planet.

Even with the warning, I was not prepared for just how bad it is.

Lubbock is one of those cities with a "Loop" around it. A little more than 25+ miles around the city --and is in some circles being called the "inner loop" as it seems the city fathers are planning an outer loop.

Lord save us all!

We have two kinds of drivers in this town: college kids and turn-row farmers, and neither one know what a "commuter highway" is.

I've been back out here now a little over 20 years, and it's been about 19 years and 11 months since I've driven on the loop.

It didn't take me long to realize that the only business anyone has driving the loop is if they have their NASCAR license and a number on the side of their car.

And this is on dry pavement.

You don't want to know what happens in this city when the first flake of snow falls.

Ask me sometime about the Fly-over ramp from the Loop onto I-27.
November 11 at 12:28 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Nostalgia  Did the ice cream truck ever drive down your street during the summer? It always did when I was a kid. We could hear the music playing, run inside and ask Mom for a quarter. The truck was lime green. I always got a banana popsicle.
September 19 at 14:08 EST .

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   Gram77  As a kid I lived on the country on a farm, so no ice cream truck, but my boy grew up with such a truck and it was red and white.
September 22 at 12:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  We have one in my little town. I hear it sometimes when I work from home, and am tempted to run down and get a cone, with chocolate and nuts.
October 1 at 19:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Have your loose change handy Balo, chocolate & nuts are health foods : ). For years, when my son was small, and we heard the ice cream truck outside, I used to tell him the 'music makers' were outside. Then we moved, he got older & influenced by the local kids & the loose change was at ready - then the neighborhood mothers went back to work & soon any change was what we received from a $5 bill since it was unseemly to have him the only one getting the treat. He was educated in finances soon after & we kept the freezer full of juice + yogurt home made ice pops - no ice cream trucks around here for years since. I do remember loving those 'Hoodsies" as a child.
October 2 at 10:59 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  "Pete" was the name of the fellow who drove the "Good Humor" truck that came thru our 'hood.....He always called me "Fish Head"...never knew why..or cared.
October 25 at 03:01 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Coffee Klatch  Who knew turning 61 would be so much fun? Remember when you thought 60 was ancient? My 50's nearly wore me out with DH passing away and figuring out how to put our son through college and keep the lights on. The hard decade is over. I love living back home. My son's company transferred him to Manhattan. He is successful, in love with a beautiful young woman, and in love with his new city. Since I moved back home, we both had to fly half a continent away to visit each other. We still do, but in different directions. Life is good.

I'm going to the state fair tonight with my sister, brother, and their spouses. No kids (late 20 somethings ) allowed! We have all known each other since forever and have started a tradition of going to the fair together for my birthday. We old folks sure have a lot of fun together when we don't have to act like grownups!

Thank you all again for the birthday wishes. MeiDei is a saint for remembering all of us.
September 19 at 13:53 EST .

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   Balogreene  I loved living in Manhattan, a couple of blocks from the Empire State Building. I spent ten years, and loved every minute. I would never do it again without a lot of money, But, it is a great place to live, when you are young or adventurous. Good luck to your son!

I'm 63 Surf, and am having so much fun! I even joined the Red Hat Society, cause what the heck, I get to wear great red hats, purple shirts, and be with similarly minded "old ladies". The problem I have, is a lot of the activities are while I am at work. It is better being over 60. Plus, you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel work-wise (well, 7 more years ).
October 1 at 18:49 EST .

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