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   Surfhut posted on Nostalgia  Yesterday, I drove on slippery streets to attend the funeral of my sister's mother-in-law. It was a powerful service for a humble yet powerful child of God. So many of us in the family re-connected. Memories were remembered and celebrated. God works in His wonderful ways.
December 31 at 08:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  It's both sad and uplifting that most of see old friends and scattered family too often at funerals. I'm happy that your family's services had some rewarding benefits.
January 4 at 17:39 EST .

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   Linder  Enjoyed the thoughts of your posts. My childhood best friend was in town for one day this week for a family funeral and I was unable to go because my gr-daughter needed a last minute sitter for her sick baby girl. She sent me a message thro another friend and today I'm going to take the time today to write a letter to email, no facebook....a real letter.
January 6 at 07:20 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Sports  BOOMER SOONER at the Rose Bowl this weekend (I hope ).
December 31 at 08:00 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Pet Peeves  Men and Women who are victims of sexual harassment (or worse ) in the workplace and say nothing for years. I was a victim of such when 18 years old, in my first "big" job, working for the government on a state level. Called it out immediately. My boss suffered no consequence, so I resigned and moved on to bigger & better things. I have lots of thoughts about people who are treated as I was but let it continue and say nothing so long as being quiet advances a career. Pathetic.
December 3 at 08:25 EST .

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   StormCnter  Surf, I agree with you. You did the right thing. But, sometimes circumstances don't make whistleblowing an easy choice. When I was in my early forties and running my husband's offices, the head of the local Defense Department's office was a frequent visitor to our plant. We had many government contracts. This guy never touched me, but he made suggestive remarks and often trapped me behind my desk, making me very uncomfortable. I had warned my two secretaries to stay out of arm-reach of this guy.Complaining about him to a government higher-up would have meant the end of our government contracts. So, I never said anything except to complain to my husband. However, how phony would it be for me to come forward now, naming names and describing his behavior as many of the women we are learning about are doing? Now, all these years later, less than nothing is accomplished except a few lines in a local newspaper. If a woman can speak up when it happens, I applaud. If she cannot, then she shouldn't bother publicizing it years later.
December 5 at 17:51 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Nostalgia  This time of year, while decorating my tree, I remember my dearly departed Father and our annual outing to find the perfect Christmas tree. He was a great big, little kid! We would bundle up, bring the perfect tree home (always on Saturday ). He made us wait a day while the tree relaxed in a bucket of water in the garage. He brought us inside, made hot chocolate and cinnamon toast. He brought the tree inside after church on Sunday, put on the lights, and we kids had a field day putting up the ornaments. Lawrence Welk, then wholesome Disney show, and Mom's fabulous Sunday dinner all going on. My childhood wasn't perfect, but it was very very wonderful. Merry Christmas!
December 3 at 08:03 EST .

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   Gram77  You sure stirred some memories. Getting the tree was me and my dad........just our day. I always made the choice and back then trees were 1, 2, and 3 dollars. One Christmas I picked a tree that was $6.00 and we were still at the very end of the Depression and my mother cried because of what we spent. Of course everything settled down but that Christmas sticks with me. Thanks for the memory Surfie.
December 3 at 13:16 EST .

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   StormCnter  Memories, memories. When my brothers and I were little, Santa miraculously brought in a tree (a cedar cut down in the pasture ) and decorated it on Christmas Eve while our daddy had taken us to visit a neighbor or to give gifts to the ranchhands or to see the new litter of baby pigs in the barn. The tree was lit with birthday candles and the whole experience was glorious when we returned to the house to see what Santa had brought.
December 17 at 08:41 EST .

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   StormCnter  PS - I'm sure that was a frantic hurry-up for our mother who had been left behind while we killed time with our father.
December 17 at 08:43 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Main Page The Lobby  Good morning, Gram!
   October 1 at 08:11 EST .

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   Gram77  Great way to wake up, thanks!.
October 1 at 08:22 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Recipes  As an add-on to MeiDeis post below about freezing fresh tomatoes: I grow a lot of basil and oregano in pots every Spring and have those fresh herbs all summer. Near the end of growing season, I harvest the herbs, put them in a blender with olive oil, and drop portions into an ice cube tray (cover them in plastic wrap ). All winter, I can pop out a frozen cube of basil or oregano suspended in oil to use in whatever dish is on the menu. YUM.
October 1 at 08:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  As an at home mom I made all my son's baby food (except fruit ) using the ice cube tray method of freezing. (It was 5X cheaper than buying the jars ). Once the food was frozen I popped the cubes out & put them in ind. freezer bags for use as needed. The cubes didn't stick to each other by being frozen first. Love the idea of freezing herbs in oil, thanks for adding.
October 1 at 16:41 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Main Page The Lobby  Hello! I haven't been around in a while, but just had to say hi to all Ldotters. The message Eagles Up on the mothership prompted me to chime in and say I'm wearing my Lucianne Eagles Up t-shirt purchased back in the day. I wear it every time I vote.

Hold onto your hats, kids. Here we go!
November 8 at 18:51 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Pet Peeves  Social Justice Warriors. Precious Snowflakes.
July 9 at 10:14 EST .

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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 .

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   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 .

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   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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