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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  In a convent in Ireland , the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay dying. The Nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable.

They tried giving her warm milk to drink but she refused it.

One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

Back at Mother Superior's bed, they held the glass to her lips. The frail Nun drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole glass down to the last drop.

As her eyes brightened, the nuns thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with their spiritual leader..

"Mother," the nuns asked earnestly, "Please give us some of your wisdom before you leave us"

She raised herself up in bed on one elbow, looked at them and said:

January 3 at 13:02 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  One dark night outside a small town in Minnesota, a fire started inside the local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around.

When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact."

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.

Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company's secret files.

From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby Norwegian rural township volunteer fire company composed mainly of Norwegians over the age of 65. To everyone's amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant.

Without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the Norwegian old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before.

Within a short time, the Norske old timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave fire fighters.

The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, asking their chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?"

"Vell," said Ole Larsen, the 70-year-old fire chief, "Da first thing ve gonna do is fix da brakes on dat damn truck!
January 3 at 13:00 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  This quote comes from an article on health insurance, but I think it also applies to government "safety nets." If you know the government is going to take care of you, why not take risks? Unprotected sex? no problem, ole Uncle Sam will support me/us. Drop out of school, same answer. Same answer for any poor decision.

"Some people, maybe many, take on more risk when they feel they have a safety net under them. That’s because, according to a article, “Insurance is also the source of what economists call ‘moral hazard,’ where those who are protected against the consequences of their actions take greater risks than they otherwise would.”
January 3 at 08:18 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  The three-minute video does a great job explaining why Obamacare keeps forcing people out of their existing health insurance plans – and will continue to do so. Robert Graboyes is a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, and he synthesized a lot of technical details into a highly understandable presentation

January 3 at 06:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  So the law was designed to create chaos year after year. Why am I not surprised.
January 3 at 17:43 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Recipes  Keeping lettuce for two weeks: Prepare in washing machine! I can't wait to try this!
January 2 at 10:11 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Then will your salads smell " April Fresh"?
January 2 at 15:22 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Not picking on you Bettijo :- ) It's just that my washer tub definitely smells like Downy all the time.
January 2 at 17:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  I wash the vegetables, spin them in the salad spinner, and put them in baggies with paper towels (a trick I learned at work ). They keep for a couple of weeks!
January 2 at 19:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  Another thing. I learned from Japanese cooking to cut fruit in a straight line down the core. Throw away the core, and all the surrounding fruit. Then you cut the quarters (or sometimes thirds ) in very thin slices. It seems wasteful, but the thin slices last longer than when I quarter and core. I've always wondered, what is more wasteful?
January 2 at 19:54 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  Five ways to put yogurt to good use

Yogurt has graduated from the confines of breakfast and evolved into a vital and beloved ingredient for dishes both sweet and savory. But wait: In the immortal words of Ron Popeil, there's more! Here are five other ways to put yogurt to good use.

Tenderize meat: Make tough cuts of meat like lamb shoulder more forgiving with a yogurt marinade. Whereas many acids in the classic oil + acid + seasoning = marinade formula can actually backfire, making the meat tougher because they denature (or "cook" ) the proteins, yogurt works in gentler ways. The acid in yogurt is milder than that of, say, lemon juice or vinegar, and the calcium activates enzymes in the meat, which helps break down muscle fibers. Buttermilk, yogurt's tangy cousin, also works well for this purpose. Use full- or low-fat Greek or regular yogurt in marinades—fat-free versions are too thin to cling well, and they're often made with added sugars and stabilizers to replace the flavor and thickness of lost fat.

Soothe a cooking burn: You learned the hard way that your oven mitt has a hole in it. Reach for yogurt, which helps draw out the heat and reduce inflammation. Simply spread the probiotic-rich dairy onto the scorched area (the thick Greek kind works best ), let sit until tepid (about 10 minutes ) and then rinse. It's a pretty flavorful way to treat tongue burns, too.

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Ferment veggies: The "lacto" in lacto-fermentation doesn't refer to dairy but to lactobacillus, the bacteria that produces lactic acid. It occurs naturally in yogurt—and on the surface of raw vegetables. You can preserve nearly any vegetable by placing it in a very clean, airtight jar and covering it with (non-iodized ) salted, distilled water. Add a little whey (the lactobacillus-filled watery substance you see at the top of your yogurt container; use full- or low-fat yogurt ) to the water to kick-start the fermentation. See a detailed explanation of the process here.

Make cheese: Give bread the spread it deserves. Turn yogurt into labneh, a thick, tangy spreadable cheese popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, simply by straining out its additional moisture. Put regular plain full-fat yogurt (or Greek, if you're a boss ) in a fine mesh strainer lined with a thin, loose-weave towel (like flour sack ) or several layers of cheesecloth. Place over a bowl in the refrigerator and let the yogurt drain overnight or until it's as thick and tangy as you like it. So long, cream cheese.

Soften hands: To help slough, soften and hydrate skin, many upscale beauty products contain lactic acid. Guess what else does? It's no Crème de la Mer, but yogurt does a fine job of softening those dishpan hands, especially during prep, when you don't want to season your food with the taste of lotion. Simply rub a bit of plain yogurt over your hands then rinse.

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December 30 at 18:35 EST .

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   NotaBene  Thank you for posting this. Very interesting. My hands are very dry, I will try yogurt.
December 31 at 11:56 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I make Greek style yogurt , and strain a lot of it to make yogurt cheese. Mix with with herbs or favorite seasonings for a spread, I especially like yogurt mixed with ranch dressing type seasonings as dip for veggies, bread sticks, or even my finger :- ) That stuff is good. Add coconut and drained crushed pineapple to yogurt,sweeten with a little honey if you want--YUM
January 3 at 14:53 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  God works in mysterious ways....

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside. The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said, "I don't know how to use this."

She bowed her head and asked God to send her some HELP.

Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag.

He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.

She said: "Yes, my daughter is sick. I’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure." He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was open.

She hugged the man and through tears said, “Thank You, God, for sending me such a very nice man."

The man heard her little prayer and replied, "Lady, I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft."

The woman hugged the man again, sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a Professional!"

Is GOD great or what!?!
December 30 at 10:52 EST .

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   NotaBene  Loved it.
December 31 at 11:59 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  GOD to ST. FRANCIS:
You know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy. ST. FRANCIS:
Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.

They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay? ST. FRANCIS:
Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

Yes, Sir.

These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work. ST. FRANCIS:
You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.

You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil
December 29 at 18:59 EST .

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   Bettijo  ST. FRANCIS:
After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

And where do they get this mulch?

They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight? ST. CATHERINE:
'Dumb and Dumber', Lord. It's a story about....

Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.
December 29 at 19:00 EST .

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   Gerty  Many a true word is spoken in jest!

Great post; really enjoyed it.
December 30 at 07:43 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  It's Christmas Eve and I have never felt more alone in my life. My mother lived to be 96 and my brother and I saw to it that she never spent a holiday alone. This will be my third Christmas I have been alone. My only child, who lives 750 miles away has not sent even a card. I apologize for unloading on you, but I have nobody to talk to. I am wondering what there is to live for, if anything.
December 24 at 16:59 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Oh Bettie, the Lord makes us strong, even with all the trials. We couldn't have kids, and DH is in the hospital so I am home alone tonight too. My sister doesn't speak to me because she had all of our Dad's property and bank accounts put in her name, like a spouse, to keep my brother and I from any inheritance and was 'outed' by the lawyer even though he had a will to divide everything 3 ways. My tree is up but the decorations are still in the boxes, running to the hospital all day, but the good news is No blood clots and he is higher than a kite on morphine. Bettie you contribute so much to this site, we are family, with different mothers, and LOVE YOU. Linda
December 24 at 17:30 EST .

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   Fireball27  Bettijo, please don't think you are alone. You have friends here on this site who are always available to talk to. Something that has helped us when we felt blue, is to try to think of others who could use some help, and do what we could for them. We don't have any grandkids, or little ones to shop for. So what we do is buy some outfits or coats, t-shirts or whatever and bring them to the Sleep Country Mattress Store for the Foster Kid Program. The ad on the radio says it all "not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can help a foster kid". A good site to visit is You can see many people who need help, and follow how they are doing. On this site you donate as little as $25, and they loan it out in micro loans. All the people are trying to better their lot in life, and these micro loans allow them to do just that, and experience capitalism as it is supposed to work. If you get your mind working to help others, you will be shocked by how much it benefits you in the long run. My best to you Bettijo and you too Escaped.
December 24 at 18:18 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Hi Sweetie. I had no idea. A person can feel alone and isolated even when there are people nearby. EC is right that you add so much to this site. This time of year is difficult for many of us.
My mood starts to change in late Sept because I know what is coming. My daughter, SIL and 8 kids live 5 1/2 hours away. Oh, how I want to be with them. I drive as often as I can through spring, summer and fall. Bad weather and road conditions keep me from driving. My DH has not been even once. He has always been a loner and never cultivated friendships aside from work. Recently our son who lives with us said "What happened to us? We don't decorate or even put up a tree. We used to have a house full of people and we don't do that anymore either." Well, our life has changed since we retired and all of the decorating, cooking and cleaning falls on my shoulders. Health issues keep me from doing much.
Bettijo, I am so glad to call you my friend. I hope you will receive a long distance hug from me. Gloria
December 24 at 18:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bettijo you post so many interesting articles, recipes, jokes & I marvel at your depth of interests, you keep us both entertained and informed. Your feelings are not uncommon & you have a right to visit them; but you won't live in that realm - you're more than that. We're with you in spirit, share your joys & your sadness. I wish I were closer to you, you'd be welcomed to share the season with us, humble as it is. I'm going to trust God has some welcomed telephone calls & maybe even a surprise visit for you - it may be an angel in disguise, or a long lost friend.
Or maybe someone needs to hear from you, make the call! Now, leave those thoughts that sadden you and think of something special, look in the mirror and give yourself a big smile. There's always something to live for, leave it to God, He always provides in His way. I expect you to be back to happier times come Friday - RIGHT!!! Consider yourself {{hugged}}.
December 24 at 19:07 EST .

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   Gram77  Dear Bettijo, as I get older the holidays bring back memories and even though I am not alone an odd sadness creeps in. All I can do is keep busy and when it's possible I volunteer to help the elderly. When I look at them I realize I am truly ok and this will pass. None of us are truly alone. Maybe all of us can only post but please know you are in each and every heart of all of us here.
December 24 at 19:26 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Bettijo,this was just laid on my Psalm 42. God bless you dear heart.
December 24 at 19:58 EST .

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   Bettijo  I OD ed on Tyonol last month at Thanksgiving. My brother from 3000 miles away was in town and got me to ER in time. Brother is back in California, but he calls several times a day. Daughter is MIA.
December 24 at 20:05 EST .

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   Timber Queen  Betti - There is a someone waiting for a visit from you, a family waiting for Bettijo. They await you in a humble stable. Read the beginning of St. Luke's Gospel and know the joy of Christ's birth and you will find you aren't alone. God bless your heart with the joy of His Presence.
December 24 at 22:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bettijo: I too love you and your posts.

I spent ten years in NYC, often alone on holidays. I do tend to be a loner, but, also, remind myself I like being dependent on me. I am a very bad person. I will mail my gifts to Tulsa Friday. My sister who is coming from Chicago will get her gifts Saturday.

Right now I live with mom and an Autistic Sister. Our tree is up (it never came down from last year. Boxes are piled in front of it. It's 11:00, I just finished wrapping my presents. I did go overboard this year, but I started early, and I am trying to buy love, I think.

My one sister disowned us when she got married. She is the only one with kids, but, she only does his family's traditions. For years (until daddy died ) she ignored our family.

The only times I thought about ending it all, I couldn't cause I didn't know what would happen to my pets. Maybe you should get a fur friend?

It's late now, but, I always made a dinner, just for me. I only had a microwave, a coffee pot, and an electric skillet (no stove, or oven, or whatever ). But, I made a spinach salad, a chilled soup, something I liked, but, didn't have to cook.

May you survive tomorrow. May you find contentment. I do love you.
December 24 at 23:19 EST .

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   Surfhut  Dear Bettijo, you are a treasured member of our family. The world, and certainly this Ldot family, would not be as wonderful without you. We love you. I love you. Hugs and prayers for you all through the day today.
December 25 at 07:02 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  PAY RAISES?


A majority of U.S. military service members will receive a 1 percent pay raise in their basic pay beginning in January 2015, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

However, those enlisted members further down the military totem poll will see no pay raise, according to the announcement.


Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) beneficiaries will receive a 1.7 percent COLA for 2015.
December 23 at 06:40 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  and yet our goobermint gives millions and billions to countries that hate us, I received my first SS check this month, I have been working since I was 16. It might cover the Publix grocery bill. Our Military deserve SO much better than this regime.
December 23 at 10:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  Well, I work for a Federal Contractor, and it's going on three years without a raise (except I got a promotion - after 8 years - so I got a 0.5% raise ). I'm going backward. And all the contractors here in the DC suburbs are laying people off, and not giving raises.

It really is tough out here too. This is an expensive place to live, we have several bases here, Belvoir, Meyer, Aberdeen, Edgewood, Quantico, and those soldiers have to live on that pay, here. Buy homes, etc.
December 23 at 14:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  WW, my sister is a VERY liberal speech pathologist for a school district, her husband is a science teacher in a Middle school. She has lately posted things on Facebook about how wonderful Barak is. Life is so much better, pay is great, social programs are great, so many people are working, you know the drill.

I actually had to tell her that just isn't my world. Our neighbor had her house foreclosed on. Several people at my work have been put on part-time, or just let go, I know so many people who can't find jobs, a group of people I know were recently told half the work force would be cut.

It's weird at my company, we don't get raises because if we did, they won't make the goals they promised stock holders! But, the CEO can still make $11 million, and get bonuses. I'm tired, I'm 62, I should be making the best money of my life, I should have people working for me, so I don't have to work 14 hour days (getting paid for only 8 ).

When I got my promotion, my boss told me, he hated me, he can't fire me when he gets mad at me, cause I do my job so well, and our clients like me so much. He actually loves me, but does get frustrated some times. Even so, it took 8 years to get a promotion! I so hate business, I understand, they have to make money, but, I agree with you. Why don't those of us at the bottom, get the recognition we deserve?
December 23 at 20:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Uh oh, looks like WW's post has gone missing.

Just think how bad it will be when those millions of illegals get to look for work, many more citizens will be out of a job. BHO promised he would fundamentally change the USA. There you go.
December 24 at 08:41 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  The lawyer says: “I have some good news and bad news”
The CEO replies: “I have had an awful day, let’s hear the good news first.”
The lawyer says: “Your wife invested $5,000 in two pictures that are now worth a minimum of $2 million ......”
The CEO replies enthusiastically: “Well done, very good news indeed! You’ve made my day; now what is the bad news?”
The lawyer answers: “The pictures are of you in bed with your secretary.”
December 22 at 12:50 EST .

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