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   MeiDei  Boy am I fifty shades of red - I missed Straitpath's birthday on the 9th - belated birthday greetings - many more to come & remembered by those who still can (sic ) Hope this cake makes up for it.
   August 26 at 19:34 EST .

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   Straitpath  Thank you so much.
August 29 at 23:16 EST .




   Gerty  I am sooo late to this. Miss Balogreene, please accept my apologies for not seeing this important news sooner and all my prayers for your complete recovery. I am lighting a candle for you right now!
August 18 at 21:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thank you Gerty. I am progressing well.
August 29 at 02:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  It's been noted I'm MIA. Well, for a while there, I just was tired all the time. Then, 17 July, while working at home, I had another heart attack. Long story, but, 21 July they did a triple bypass. You know, cut me open, split the breastbone, put me on a heart/lung machine for four hours, and put my heart back together.

It's a b***h of an operation, recovery is hard, but everyone tells me I'm doing remarkably well. The hard thing is, you can't raise your arms above shoulder height (who combs your hair? ), can't drive (pain meds ), can't even ride in the front seat (they say airbags and incisions don't mix if anything happens ), can't put weight on your arms (you know, push yourself out of the chair, change position in bed, etc, so I'm sleeping in a recliner ).

One interesting thing, they gave me a "heart pillow". The idea is to hold it over your chest, to protect you, and to keep you from using your arms when standing. I'm not using it much, but, do use it as a security blanket. It is especially useful when one of the animals wants to climb on my chest.

One last comment (this is the longest thought I've had in 3.5 weeks ), this was one hell of a way to quit smoking!
August 13 at 21:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, I'm so glad you are okay. Three days into Hagar's hospital stay he told me on the phone he had a problem. What is it? My bed is covered in cigarettes and they are all over the floor. My comment was you are in the hospital, there's no way that is true. Swear to God he said. So I told him to call the nurse and tell her to clean it up. Pretty good withdrawal story. He told me yesterday he wanted a cigarette. I cut him a really dirty look. Stay off cigarettes, don't go back on them. I know it's hard, but you can do it.
August 13 at 21:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Dang! Get better soon. Glad you came through it all.
August 13 at 22:10 EST .

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   Gram77  I worried about hubby getting a stent, but wow look at you. You get well soon and I'll send prayers. Never have too many of those.
August 14 at 09:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  No such thing as too many prayers.
August 14 at 10:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Get & stay well.
August 14 at 19:08 EST .

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   Safetydude  Welcome back, Balo...

Stay the course. Pretty soon you'll shake your head when you see somebody you know light up.
August 14 at 23:12 EST .

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   Linder  What a shock! Wishing every day will get better and better for you. Keep us posted.
August 15 at 05:07 EST .

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   Surfhut  Dear Balo!!! We all love you so much. Prayers for your swift and full recovery.
August 15 at 08:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Welcome back, Balo. My brother had a "heart pillow" to hold tightly against his chest when he coughed into that machine. It was so painful the pillow helped. They may not even still use the cough machine, however.
August 15 at 11:30 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  It's so good to see you posting again Balo. My husband had quadruple by-pass surgery 7 years ago, he is now walking 3-4 miles every day, plus 30-40 min. a day on the stationary bike. We had small goals at first, down the driveway and back up for a week, to the neighbours mailbox the second week, to the second mailbox down the third week, etc. etc and yes for a while he tightly clutched the red heart pillow . . . You are strong, you CAN do this . . . Smile!
August 15 at 11:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  A friend gave me this site to visit so when I got my new prescription I could order glasses. I did, they cost $63.50 including shipping. I wear no line bifocals so that was an added expense. When I got my eyes checked at WalMart optical, the cheapest plastic frames they offered cost $79. Just for the frames. So I cannot wait til the glasses arrive, I will be able to see again.

http://www.zennioptical.com/
August 7 at 23:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bird, I checked out that website. It sounds pretty intriguing. I've never bought glasses frames I didn't try on first, so I'm interested in how satisfied you are when yours arrive.
August 9 at 06:40 EST .


   BirdsNest  My glasses have shipped. Maybe delivery Sat for sure Monday. I will probably hate them since I didn't try them on. I did not upload a photo.
August 14 at 10:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  Tsk, Tsk, Bird. You're talking yourself out of enjoying them. Think positive, girl!
August 15 at 11:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The glasses came today and I love them. Both pair. Never thought I would be able to order online and be satisfied with what I got. Count me as a satisfied customer.
August 17 at 18:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  Hooray! Isn't it great when expectations turn out to be just right?
August 18 at 05:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm not sure where to put this. It's a full animation of a day in Pompeii, with Mt. Vesuvius erupting and watching what happens. From the Melbourne Museum.





August 5 at 11:11 EST .

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   Gerty  .....and I'll bet the ancient citizens of Pompeii never came even so close to evil as the killing and selling of unborn human babies!!
August 6 at 07:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  For many HS students this type of animation would make history much more interesting.
August 10 at 09:04 EST .

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   Surfhut  Agree with MeiDei. This was quite interesting, and would be a great tool for any homeschooling parent. I know! I was one! Thanks for posting, Storm.
August 15 at 08:31 EST .

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   StormCnter  My granddaughter is teaching fifth graders this year and she's already making plans for this video.
August 31 at 08:26 EST .




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August 5 at 05:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Happy Birthday to Linder - a basket full of all things sweet & satisfying for you today & beyond.
   July 27 at 04:11 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Many Happy Returns Linder . . . and wishing you many more.
July 27 at 19:17 EST .

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   Gerty  Happy Birthday, Linder! A bit late but nonetheless heartfelt.
July 28 at 08:31 EST .

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   Linder  Lovely cake! Thank you. Celebrated Mother's 102nd birthday on the 24th, brother Bill's 72nd on the 26th and my 71st on the 27th. Our youngest son will be 47 on the 31st. Busy month.
July 28 at 21:43 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm late to the party. Happy birthday!
August 2 at 10:43 EST .

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   Bettijo  My thoughts exactly!

As Senator James Lankford said on the Senate floor last week, “You can’t say in one moment that’s not a human and then sell it for the next moment as a human organ and say now suddenly it is. It was a human all the way through. There was never a time that wasn’t a child, never a time that wasn’t a human, and it seems the ultimate irony to me that we spend time talking about humane treatment of animals being put down… and we completely miss children being ripped apart in the womb and their body parts being sold.”
July 20 at 07:46 EST .

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   Safetydude  It's time the wozzes in congress de-fund(stop giving them our tax money )Planned Parenthood.
July 21 at 21:32 EST .

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   Surfhut  That would be my senator. He is a very, very good man.
August 2 at 10:44 EST .

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   Safetydude  Our taxes at work. We should be proud.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/taxpayers-have-now-spent-3-5-mi
llion-to-find-out-why-lesbians-are-obese/
July 13 at 22:44 EST .

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   Gram77  I saw something this morning that told me kindness is still alive. I was on a really busy roadway that is also is the route to Interstate 75. 6 lanes wide.......crossing this mess of traffic was a mother duck and following her was 10 (yep 10 ) little fuzzy babies in a perfectly straight line. They were on the center strip getting ready to step off into the street. I thought that would be their end but 3 busy rapidly moving lanes of cars all stopped and waited. Have to say, I had tears. God bless those drivers.
July 13 at 10:34 EST .

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   Safetydude  Ours is still a country of good and caring people.
Thank you for your post.
July 13 at 20:30 EST .

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   BirdsNest  When I see things like that I hold my breath because I want the animal to survive without killing a bunch of unsuspecting humans. That day it seems everyone was on top of their game, and allowed these ducks to get to the other side. Smiles for the good Samaritans.Smiles for the duck family.
July 14 at 07:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  We have "neighborhood" ducks, turkeys and Canada Geese that make these crossings from river to stream to pond - fortunately, so far, they do it during the quiet times of the day & our locals are well aware to their habits. Still, it's a cute sight to behold & always brings out the smiles of the stopped drivers.
July 14 at 14:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  We have neighborhood ducks, too. One pair decided my swimming pool was a good place to spend the summer a couple of years ago. That was a problem. We also have neighborhood turtles and most of us stop our vehicles to carefully remove them from the street. The Texas saying about snapping turtles is they won't let go until it thunders. So, we are cautious.
July 17 at 09:15 EST .

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   Surfhut  Love these stories. I've seen a flock of geese on the busy road I drive each morning. Also once saw a fawn who was scared and jumping all over the place before finally getting itself into the wooded area and safety. Both times, traffic came to a complete halt. We are a country of good, good people (mostly ).
July 19 at 07:50 EST .

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