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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  I would say it was windy around here last night, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was closed to ALL traffic and this...
12 hours ago .

   Escaped commieny  Good grief, I remember when we had the Bounder RV and Amber our Chesapeake Retriever, we crossed the tunnel, and the poor baby went in the water and got her paws sliced up on clam shells, we couldn't move because we were 11-6 high and no high profile vehicles allowed to move, she spent a week in my socks. We played backgammon and drank wine.
First and last time there
6 hours ago .

   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Interesting article. See if you recognize anyone residing at 1600 Pa Ave that fits these tips.
April 8 at 08:02 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Chilling isn't it Bird?
April 8 at 22:09 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  There are a lot of people at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue that fit, too!
April 8 at 23:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  We spent yesterday morning selling off some extra chickens and ducks.Mostly they were roosters and drakes, glad to see them go. I did have one older duck hen with a "pouf" on her head, I held her while the lady got the crate to put her in and darn if she didn't nuzzle me neck and face. Told Hagar I did not want her to go but she went to live with another older hen,so I feel better about that. We were sold out by 10am. Another lady wanted a pr. of ducks for her pond, the pond is way far from the house. I told her that the predators would likely wipe them out because they would not know to return to the pen by the house. I would not have sold her a pair of ducks if I had a pair to sell....that is irresponsible.
April 6 at 21:04 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I'm always laughing at 'townies' who move out to the country. They always have to get a pig, a goat, a chicken, a pony and whatever else they can think of, not that they have the first idea how to take care of any of them. I always give the standard lecture of 'fence your yard for your dog'. Just why do people think that a loose dog is a good idea? Farmers DON'T love strays and many of them just shoot a strange dog, their livestock is too valuable to be chased or killed. As much as I love Disney movies, all animals don't get along nor do they dress in clothing and have dances.
Mrs. Cow
April 7 at 07:32 EST .

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   Balogreene  Hey Y'all, I'm am a born and bred city girl, could I tell you stories. . . even I don't understand the "Bambi" people. Animals are animals. I love mine, and I humanize them, I'm guilty. But, farmers, and country folks have their own to protect. The kittens and puppies I have saved are also city animals. In the country they would have been eaten by coyotes, run over by cars, trucks, or tractors, or shot as prey. I guess some city people are just dumb. Or maybe it's because I lived near farms as a child, and on the NM Mesa as an adult.
April 9 at 20:25 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Comments Suggestions  We need a crafts wall as suggested by another member. There are many who are talented, this would be a nice addition to the Connection.
April 1 at 09:15 EST .

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   Surfhut  Agreed. Remember when Joshua didn't think a gardening wall would get any attention?
April 1 at 20:21 EST .

   Yottyhere  third the motion : )
Monday at 11:34 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Pet Peeves  About WalMart, they are no better or worse than any other store for posting prices. Our Food Lion was a joke-the prices were frequently incorrect at the register. I watch my tickets and get refunds. WalMart does often chase away little stores, but ours has not hurt many of the stores closest to it. We were worried about our friend's pet store. WM had some fish tanks when they first opened, but they did not last 6 months. Dead fish all the time. Anyway our friend hails the bags of feed to the car for her customers, she always has a treat for their pets and knows the names of the pets, so she still has a good business. I am glad for that, she is the sweetest person. When our WM was being built they were not allowed to put in a tire/oil change kind of thing so that protected the small garages close by. But they have to hire from the available population and boy do they have a lot of deadwood as far as employees are concerned. Maybe one good one in each dept except produce and that place always looks like heck and the produce is awful.
March 30 at 23:25 EST .

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   Rake King  Ouch!!! Mr. Sam just rolled over.
March 31 at 10:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Rake, you know as well as anyone that if Mr. Sam were still alive there would be MANY differences in the way the company is run. And many of those changes would be on the store level and the employees would be better trained and motivated. If you go in our store early a.m. you will notice a "pep rally" of sorts around the fishing/camping aisle. Some mgr is trying to pump up the employees and certain other mgt level employees speak for a few seconds and they end it will a cheer. For customers it is annoying and for the employees, they seem to be embarrassed to be a part of it. It certainly does nothing for their work ethic. If they aren't texting someone on their cells they are having a group discussion about social issues-not connected to the store. There is a lot of dithering going on with the employees in that store. It bothers me because? I just hate to see people "stealing"-if you are an employee and you are not giving your employer 100% for your shift that you are on duty, then you are stealing, causing prices to go up for everyone else. I will put my soap box away now.
March 31 at 11:57 EST .

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   Rollingcow  All Wal-Marts do the stupid cheer thing-every morning more or less. I know several people who work for them and this has been going on for years. When the Calf worked for them he thought this was the dumbest thing they had to do. Most people have a poor work ethic, always have from what I've seen. There's a yarn shop around here where the employees are so busy texting or gabbing you can barely get a question answered or have someone ring you up, the owner wonders why more people don't come in and when you tell her she won't believe you. It's not just Wal-Mart nor is there anything really new under the sun.
Mrs. Cow
March 31 at 13:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Gosh, Mrs. Cow I thought maybe that "cheer" thing was just here, I don't get out much. It is a rather juvenile thing to put people through and as a customer it is annoying.
I grew up in a family business, one of 7 children. I was the only one that really loved to work.I always took extra shifts. I still love to work. I don't fool around either, I give 100% to my employer. Guess that is just not the way it's done anymore.
March 31 at 17:52 EST .

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   Rake King  Mr Sam and his brother Bud Walton started the cheer as a means of pepping everyone up first thing in the morning. In the early days Mr Sam and Bud would get in their old airplane, fly to the stores and search out new store locations. Mr Sam was beloved because he always made people feel at home around him. He was my mentor and advised me "you're too serious Bill, we spend 1/3 of our life where we work and it should be fun". That was good advice that served me well.

As I have watched other stores come on line, Lowe's, Depot, Target, it has become obvious they all struggle trying to bring a cheer, a motto, or whatever, worked in their home area, to other areas. It is sad for me to hear you all make fun of the cheer, because it is misunderstood, but just as I said you can't make ideas work everywhere. You may find it interesting at the Walmart Annual Meeting, attended by nearly 1,000 people from Wall Street, stockholders, and before the meeting begins they (out of respect to Mr Sam ) do the cheer. Those audiences at times included Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush 41 gave Sam the National Medal of Honor at one of those meetings, Mr. Sam died shortly thereafter. I am not demeaning any of you, you certainly have a right to your opinions. What I relate is a big part of my life, so it has meaning to me. Perhaps Walmart is the most misunderstood company in the US. As the oldest vendor to Walmart, (I sold Mr Sam when he operated 6 Ben Franklins in 1958 ). I could relate over those 56 years stories that debunk tons of anti Walmart so called facts, but they really don't need me to defend them.

As to Walmart today, nothing stays the same. Mr Sam gave Walmart to us, what it becomes depends as much on you , as me. When they let you down, tell them, write them...I assure you your letters cause things to happen....I have been on the receiving end of some over the years. If the truth were known, they are scared to death you may leave them.

Sorry this got so long. I've been in the front lines there and if you want an honest answer, ask me.
March 31 at 21:19 EST .

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   Rollingcow  What ever the cheer was for it sure makes everyone look stupid and it makes them feel stupid as well. Walmart is fine, the ones in our area are clean and the people who work there friendly and helpful so since I don't have to cheer I'm fine.
Mrs. Cow
March 31 at 22:39 EST .

   BirdsNest  If they want to do the "cheer" then it should be done 15 minutes prior to the store opening for the day. Less chance of the employees feeling like they are being put on display and customers don't have to see or hear it. I just think it is the wrong thing to do when customers are in the store.
April 1 at 07:54 EST .

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   Rake King  To end this discussion, I pass this information from the inside. The hedge fund operator who bought K-Mart, and later Sears, the scuttle butt is they may have to file bankruptcy. He has sold about everything Sears owned, stores, shopping malls, Lands End, Craftsman brand. If I were going to buy a major appliance I would think long and hard about getting them from Sears, re the warranty and service system if they go bust. What this shows is that you may be very smart at the stock market, but be very bad at operating retail stores. Oh Yes, both of the afore were at one time the #1 retailer in the U.S.
April 1 at 11:29 EST .

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   Nugoddess  We stopped in at K-Mart last summer and I said to the hubs that K-Mart is in trouble - same goes for Sears. The employee to customer ratio is woefully low, shelves unstocked, and clothing displayed in such a manner to fool the customer into thinking there was more merchandise in the back.

Two weeks ago I went to K-Mart to make a simple purchase of a bathroom scale. We researched the price on line ($36.00 ), printed it up so we had the correct SKU (or whatever ) number.

I entered the store, found the item, and went to checkout. The scale rang up as $42.00. When I questioned the price difference, I was told K-Mart does not have the internet price-match guarantee; however, if I would like to order it on line, it would be available within two hours and I could pick it up at the very same store where I stood at that moment.

I looked at the clerk and asked her to explain the circumstances where I had the item in my freaking hand but would be forced to either pay more or return to the store at a later time. Long story short, they gave me the internet price.

There is no doubt in my military mind why K-Mart is failing and has been for years; a fact that is painfully obvious to anyone who shops.
April 1 at 13:01 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Nu, I find that absolutely unconscionable that you would have to argue with them like that.

But on another note, with the store "pep rallies". I had to do the same thing, every Friday morning, when I worked for Verizon Wireless. They started at 7 a.m. and ended at 9 a.m. at store opening time and we had to be dressed in work attire. The problem was, however, that if one worked the late shift, your start time was moved from noon to 2 p.m. It made no sense for me, who had a 45 minute one way commute, to come back home and go back to work. They wouldn't authorize overtime, so I couldn't stay and work. I usually ended up going across the street to Sam's Club, setting the alarm on my smart phone, and taking a nap in the furniture display.

To say the least, it did absolutely nothing for my morale. It was kind of like "The lashings will continue until morale improves."
April 1 at 13:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Usually the arrival of the laughing gulls is a sure sign of Spring. They're HERE! Yee Haw.
March 30 at 09:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Is anyone else starting plants inside?? Starfire, what's going on at your place?? FS and EC, have you planted anything in the Earthboxes?? Balo you got any ground broken yet?? Surfie, what's being planted at your location??

March 29 at 07:55 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm tearing out the rest of the monkey grass in my apartment's public "landscaped" bed that abuts the iron railing of my patio. I planted around it last year, but it has to go! I'll work and amend the soil today.

I'm also amending soil in the big patio pots to get them ready for warmer weather planting. Today, I'll plant pansies (which I add to salads ) and lettuce.

Tommy the giant taro nigra survived winter inside and is putting on a new leaf. He can go outside probably next week when night temps stay above 50.

Noelle, my Norfolk Island pine, has gone from a 1' Christmas plant into a huge tree that is on the verge of being too big for my apartment. Noelle is going outside sometime this week for the Spring weather. I need to find her a new home.

I have 2 vintage metal patio chairs that need to be washed and dried and waxed (I use car wax ).

I have neither the space nor time to start a lot of things from seed, but I do have a green thumb. Gardening is my best meditation.
March 29 at 10:14 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  haven't done a thing with the earth boxes, we are under tornado watch and the beaglie in his thundershirt. thunder sounds are terrible. Hey surfie, I have a kill thumb but try any way, got some nice peppers last year and more veggies this year, I have a potato pot to try. I really miss having an area to garden, darn just got another thunder boomer and the rain horrendous,dogs are going nuts.
March 29 at 13:39 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I haven't cleaned out the boxes from last year. I was kicking myself yesterday for not having them planted already. I started no seeds, too late now. I'll have to buy plants for everything. Good luck with that, I'll never get what I want.

I'm going with all the grafted tomato plants I can find after such success last year. Anyway, last night I got a reprieve from my guilt. We got hit with a major hailstorm. It was short, but I'll bet it would have destroyed everything.

I have got to get my backside in gear,bigtime. I have no idea why I've been so lazy about it this year. And trying to decide if I'm going to use one box for corn again.
March 29 at 18:05 EST .

   StarFire  Our cheap little greenhouse blew apart during a windstorm a few months ago. After replacing the roof, gutters and patio cover on the house, can’t afford to get another one up just yet. We settled for starter plants on shelves in south facing windows.

We had our last freeze (I hope ) two nights ago. Done adding compost to the raised beds so we can start planting this week. Two tiny blueberry bushes on the west side are covered with small leaves. My other perennial trees, shrubs and vines are still dormant but appear to have survived the harsh winter.

Last year’s asparagus experiment in the northwest bed appears successful. I'm going to dig out three evergreen shrubs to expand the bed. Daughter Tori wants to replace some azaleas on the northeast with hardy hibiscus for her teas.

Lots to do now that we aren’t worried about the cold.
March 31 at 15:41 EST .

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   Balogreene  My turn!!! But surely Bird you are joking. Here in VA, south of the Mason-Dixon line, it snowed Sunday. Our lawn guy came by today and mowed for the first time this year. I have to contract with him to help with the new lawn. But, I want to rent a root-tiller and get the beds ready, and the yard turned over a couple of times before he comes back. Then, flowers, veggies, and grass.
April 2 at 20:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Pet Peeves  Our WalMart and their lack of pricing on products along with employees that can't give a straight answer. If you don't know something, say "I don't know" instead of making up some drivel. And the prices....they have scanners to use but they are either out of order or missing. And interrupt an employee while they are chatting with another worker and ask for a price check?? Talk about getting a frosty look.
March 28 at 08:11 EST .

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   StormCnter  I avoid Wal-Mart. I have never had a good shopping experience there and the local Target is better-lighted, wider-aisled and friendlier staffed.
March 29 at 06:32 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I don't go to Wal-Mart often, mostly buy plastic totes to store things in there and their toy department is pretty good. For most things I use the groccery story is fine and I do a lot of business at small business' around and about. My problem with Target is that they are so red, makes me angry to just walk in. The ones around here are also difficult to get to, they were built quite a while ago and they've changed streets in both cities where there's a Target, both are now on one way steets.
Mrs. Cow
March 29 at 07:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Closest Target for us is 50 minutes away and the one time we did go there we hated the store. Way back in the early 80's we shopped at a Target store in Grand Junction,CO. Hagar was working with a company on the oil shale project in Rifle and shopping was at a bare minimum. We either shopped at City Market(It had EVERYTHING, including 50 lb sacks of flour,sugar and dry ice to put with perishables to get groceries home )that was in Rifle,CO or you went west to GJ where there was a Target and other stores, but it was a bigger city. Quite an experience, in a "boom" town at the time. A lot of rough people all in one spot. The local bar turned into a church on Sunday only after they removed the painting of the nude on the wall behind the bar. Many arrests for public urination, not in the church but on Fri/Sat nights after the bars closed.
March 29 at 08:13 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I try to avoid Wal-Mart if at all possible. One of their stated corporate objectives when opening a new store is to drive their local competition out of business.
March 29 at 14:45 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Bird, you have captured the market on the understated funny " I laughed my butt off posts!"

Thankfully I didn't spit a mouthful of diet coke out when I read it

...I was able to clench my teeth together and get part of it swallowed when I got to the part of the painted nude being removed so the bar could be a church on Sunday......

that is hysterical funny remembrances ...thanks for sharing
March 30 at 01:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yotty, occasionally on Sunday during church a "still Drunk" patron would belly up to the bar. That had to be funny. Hagar reminded me about that. We would read all of these choice things in a little newspaper that was free, few ads, lots of police reports. As I said it was a rough bunch there. Our apt building was in Parachute,CO. brand new, built for the workers on the project. We were on the third floor. On the first floor was a roudy bunch. Every apt had a fireplace. Wood was expensive, trees grow slowly out there and the wood is tough to saw, but this bunch had an entire tree in the apt with one end burning in the fireplace. That was scary since we were 2 floors up. Good thing we were much younger and able to run like hell if need be.
March 30 at 09:56 EST .

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   Carmen  Well, here we go. Walmart --- it's called capitalism folks! May the best man win and Walmart did and does. We are living on a next to nothing income and if it wasn't for Walmart, I couldn't buy clothes, food, yarn etc. for the prices we pay at Walmart. Ours is just fine and I find the service no better or worse than Target, Kohls or others that all buy their goods from the same suppliers. BUT - Walmart can charge less because it isn't unionized AND it has a corner on the market. Nobody is forced to work there and nobody is forced to supply Walmart. Sorry - it is called capitalism.
March 30 at 15:40 EST .

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   Safetydude  Roger that, Carmen !

I'm not a regular Wallmart shopper but I fully understand how the marketplace works.

Go back to one of Rake King's post on the Movie wall to see what his company, as a supplier, has to do to sell to Wallmart.
March 30 at 16:18 EST .

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   Susannah  Walmart has a cute habit of posting a lower price on the shelves than what rings up at the register: The shelf sticker says the item is $1.50, but at the register it scans $1.68. Oh, sure, you can wander around the establishment looking for a scanner that works, but good luck finding one. And why should you be forced to hunt down an accurate price for everything you have in your cart, anyway? It's sleazy, but they can get away with this legally if they don't put price tags on the individual items. Which of course is why they don't put price tags on their merchandise. I don't know of any retail establishment that consistently cheats the customer (legally ) this way as Walmart does.

And when Walmart becomes the only place left to shop, what's to prevent them from raising their prices sky-high?
March 30 at 20:15 EST .

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   Rake King  If the truth were know, you should fear Amazon, as they are putting more "small people" out of business these days than anyone. If you haven't looked, Amazon has million square foot warehouses everywhere.
April 2 at 09:53 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Today we potted 108 started plants, mostly tomatoes(Black Brandywine, Red Brandywine,Cherokee Purple,and San Marzano ) and some kale and cabbage. As soon as the seeds come in we will plant another tray with one more tomato, and eggplant. And some herbs. I have a few more peppers I want to start. Hagar wants to know when are we going to find time for fishing and crabbing once warm weather gets here!
March 27 at 18:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Has anyone tasted Kombucha?? I want to try to make some but am leery about the taste. If it is half as miraculous as they say, maybe the taste can be conquered.

There is a recipe if you scroll down. They tell you to buy the starter, but in another recipe elsewhere the writer says you can use apple cider vinegar. That recipe is at the end of the long article on aquaponics I posted on the gardening wall, it makes a smaller amount of the finished product. Then you take the "mother" or mushroom looking thingy and use it as the starter for your next batch. The author of that article swears it helps with reducing her blood sugar numbers. I am game to try it.
March 27 at 08:50 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Years ago I tried this. I made it for a long time. The taste is ok and rather sparkling. Downside was that I never felt any effects from it, good or bad. My opinion is that you may get as much of a result from apple cider vinegar as the kombucha.
March 28 at 12:05 EST .

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   Carmen  We are huge fans of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. We use it almost daily for ourselves and the dogs and cats get a tablespoon in each bowl of water. The cats are outdoor/indoor and used to have ear mites regularly before I started putting it in their water. All six have squeeky clean ears since.
April 12 at 09:55 EST .

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