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   Surfhut  I've read many reports that we are going to have a very long/cold/wet winter as a result of an El Nino event over the Pacific Ocean. It snowed in OKC last Sunday, and I drove to work on 2" of ice Monday. Right now, at 7:00 am, it is 60 degrees and we are having a thunderstorm. Considering the weather here and the record snowfall elsewhere, I'm thinking the winter forecast reports are probably correct.
November 22 at 08:10 EST .

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   Gram77  Perhaps dog sleds should be considered. They don't go off in the ditch.
November 22 at 16:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  lacta's post below is really a morality question. Come on Ldotters, what would you do? I wish, in all my travels, I had met a man as principled as lacta. Do you agree with his decisions? A lot of women seem to, what about the rest of you?
November 14 at 18:13 EST .

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   Gerty  I feel honored that Mr.Iacta chose to share his story and feelings with us. Everyone loves a story of romantic love!

However, I don't know if I would categorize it as a question of morality...more like maturity and reality.

Would really appreciate, like MissBalogreene, to hear other comments on this. I am also willing to expand on the questions of maturity and reality.
November 14 at 19:03 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  I must tell you good people, that I have lived , in many ways, what I call a "disqualifying life". Any good that I have done is due to both the grace and mercy of God. Only the mistakes have been mine.
November 14 at 20:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Any good that I have done is due to both the grace and mercy of God. Only the mistakes have been mine". Like the rest of us, Iacta, like the rest of us.
November 15 at 20:21 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thanks Mei...truly.....P.S., you seem to have a knack for making me quite emotional ;- )...thanks.
November 16 at 01:14 EST .

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   MeiDei  We miss you on the Movie Wall, how about visiting.
November 16 at 14:47 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I have not commented but so enjoyed your story. I feel as if I am eaves dropping on a private conversation. Lacta, you are an honorable man.
November 17 at 12:31 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  About 38 years ago, I was one of 5 friends that have remained friends to this very day, even tho' during those years we were separated by many miles, or family situations...whatever. Even today one of lives on the west coast, the other 4 live in the NYC area. And we all meet once a year during the week after Christmas for brunch at our old favorite diner. Back then one of us had/has a sister who was in our age group and was/is beautiful, smart,funny as anyone you could name, and had an enormous crush on me. For the one and only time in my 57 years, I did not act in any way toward this delightful woman. Why? Because she was/is the sister of my good friend. And I firmly believed then that if I dated -let's call her Sally- somehow my friendship with her brother would've changed and that would've changed the dynamic of the entire circle of friends. So I never told any of the guys how much I adored Sally and she went on to marry and raise a family, and I after a few years of work related relocation and tom-catting also married (since divorced ) and have two daughters that I dote on. This past Saturday I -along with the rest of our circle ) attended a memorial service for the mother of one of our circle. At the end of the service I saw Sally speaking to some folks across the apse of the church. I waved and gave her a broad smile. Sally almost ran to come over, and she gave me a hug like I never felt before, including my ex-wife at the height of our passionate stage of newlywed-ism. I felt nothing but simple joy. After a few minutes and when a couple of the other guys came over to say hello to Sally, I made an excuse to leave simply because I couldn't trust myself from saying something stupid and betraying my long held secret. Sally is still a married woman, and I wouldn't dram of making her feel awkward by even flirting with her n the smallest way. Sally gave me a second hug that was more electric than the first and she sort of insinuated she wanted an invite to our yearly brunch. I am not the "organizer" of the brunch, but the friend who does organize it always asks the group if a certain fellow alumni (we all went to the same H/S but graduated different years ) could attend and we all always are OK with it. But because Sally is still the sister of a friend and more importantly is a married woman I am not going suggest she be invited, but will not object if asked should we extend her an invite, because truly everyone in the group knows her and would enjoy her company. I don't know why I am writing this, but sometimes when you feel this good you've got
November 13 at 04:59 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  I don't know why I am writing this, but sometimes when you feel this good you've got to get it off your chest. I can still feel her hug, smell her scented shampooed hair and see her in her yellow dress, and of course her lovey smile. God let things work out the way they have for His reasons, unknown to us. And I'm with that 100%....but sometimes "The Guy Code" really sucks. Thanks for letting me bend our collective ears.
November 13 at 05:00 EST .

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   Phooey  Iacta, a beautiful story of lifelong friendships. Thank you for sharing. Be careful.
November 13 at 16:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  lacta, I totally agree with you. I would never ruin a friendship by dating a friend's brother, I would never date a sister/friend's ex, and I would never get in the way of a marriage. That said. You are an amazing man (I truly believe it's harder for a man than a woman ), truly moral and honorable.
I had a friend I knew was having an affair, her husband asked me to join him in an affair. I declined, and neither spoke to me again. But, I lived up to my own expectations, and I think that is all that matters.
November 13 at 20:47 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Phooey and Balo your thoughts are very kind and I thank you for them, and I take your warning to heart Phooey. I know "Sally" has more honor and higher morals than me, so I am confident that on the few and far between occasions when we meet that we will only enjoy the short visit(s ) as platonic friends, and I'm positive there will always be "chaperones" around.....but if she is ever single again.....
November 13 at 21:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Ending scene from the fictional movie "The Final Say" - An elderly man dies & leaves a letter with a trusted friend to be delivered after his funeral. Woman opens letter addressed to her as "Personal & Confidential". Inside she finds a note from this old friend - with a book of matches & a smaller sealed envelope with just her first name written. The note says - "Open the enclosed only if you will burn it & not share the contents with anyone else....matches provided". She hesitates and waits several days, curious & yet not sure she understands. Then one day she opens the inner envelope and reads a simple message "I always loved you" ... does she reflect on this revelation, is she embarrassed, does she keep it secret, does she burn it? Screen goes to black, final credits scroll. Romantic, yes?
What would "Sally" do? I see a tear rolling down her cheek.
November 14 at 11:59 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Heavens Mei, you got one rolling down mine.
November 14 at 16:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here's a cyber hug for you Iacta, and a tissue. Doing the right thing sometimes hurts. Doing the wrong thing always hurts someone.
November 14 at 18:57 EST .

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   Surfhut  Dear Iacta, I can't say it any better than both Phooey and MeiDei did.
November 14 at 19:58 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thanks Surfie.....I swear you all are the finest kind....
November 14 at 21:27 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I don't see that you had any alternative but to act as you did.
November 21 at 16:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  Stole this from a poster on another site:

1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured.

2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured.

3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.

4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be insured, which will be free of charge to them
November 10 at 07:26 EST .

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   Gerty  Makes sense! That is, by today's standards.
November 12 at 10:59 EST .

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   Gerty  Urgent request for prayers. Heard from Hikergirl who is having some difficulty posting. Her daughter (BG ) has a childhood friend who is in need of lots of prayers:

" BG' s best friend since kindergarten is expecting her 3rd child ( 5th child in a blended family ) He will have a cleft lip and pallet his name is Noah he is due Jan12th They are hard working multiple job holding family she works goes to school and volunteers at an abuse shelter.He works 2 full time jobs and mentors young men GREAT kids so prayers please!"

I know we will all come to the rescue with lots of prayer time!
November 8 at 15:42 EST .

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   Gram77  For sure, prayers here!
November 8 at 18:18 EST .

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   Surfhut  Prayers going up right now for little Noah and his family. From what I know, Noah will require some surgery (depending on the severity ) but can be a beautiful, happy, healthy little boy. Love and miss you HG.
November 9 at 08:07 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Prayers from here also. Surfie is right, surgery can repair that nicely. A local friend had a boy born with that and with the help and generosity of Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters his surgeries repaired the deformity. He is a happy healthy little boy, full of personality and confidence.
November 9 at 11:00 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up here Hikergirl . . . May God be with you all.
November 9 at 16:07 EST .

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   Ynaught  .
   November 4 at 14:37 EST .

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   Shimmer128  Ynaught! Long time no see (your posts )
:D
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   Surfhut  Who has a November birthday? We're gearing up for the holidays and (hopefully ) the Thanksgiving cooking thread on the Mother Ship. I still want to get the Ldot birthday calendar together.
November 3 at 19:38 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  My little Jacob turns 7 on the 26th;- ). We'll be celebrating at Robata's (hibachi ) - his favorite place.
November 3 at 20:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  FL Homeschool Mom, have I not been paying attention, or have you been gone a long time? Tell Jacob happy birthday from me.
November 4 at 20:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I love the name Jacob. My beautiful Silkie rooster is named Jacob, he is good to his hens and a gentleman.
November 5 at 16:53 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  It's been a while - been dealing with depression for a while. 3 year anniversary losing Gerry has hit hard. Yesterday would have been our 15 year anniversary an we should be in Jamaica celebrating right now.
November 7 at 20:06 EST .

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   Ynaught  Three years ago today (it doesn’t seem like it could have been that long ago! ) my nephew was hit by a car while waiting for the school bus. He suffered multiple broken bones and brain injury and spent many months in the hospital. He is now able to attend school, rather than be tutored at home, but he ends up in the nurse’s office often as he tires very easily. He suffers seizures on occasion and his recently his speech became slurred. Neurological tests are going to be done to find out why this is happening. He is hoping to attend college next year as his younger sister will be graduating high school and going off and he wants to keep up with her. The fine folks at the Connection prayed for my nephew three years ago and I know that helped him survive his injuries. I wish to ask for some more prayers for him that he continues to improve and be able to fulfill his dreams of becoming an engineer. Thank you.
October 31 at 12:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Done!
October 31 at 12:43 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Count me in!
October 31 at 19:09 EST .

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   NotaBene  I will pray for your nephew.
October 31 at 23:35 EST .

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   Surfhut  Dear Y. We prayed for your nephew then and we pray for him now.
October 31 at 23:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Prayers also from Birdy and Hagar.
November 2 at 10:15 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Prayers from FL.
November 3 at 20:31 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up Miss Y . . . God be with you all.
November 7 at 17:35 EST .

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   Gerty  Never let it be said that the Catholic Church lacks a sense of humor.

October 31st (Halloween ) is officially the feast day of St. Wolfgang.

Happy Halloween, everyone!
October 31 at 09:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  Happy Birthday to HopeandGlory - on the left English Roses (for Hope ) and on the right the symbol of Freedom (Butterflies ) or Glory. Enjoy the day.
   October 29 at 00:02 EST .

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   Surfhut  Perfect! Happy Birthday!
October 29 at 06:16 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Wow! Thank you, that's gorgeous . . .I invite you all over to share some cake and partake of a "nice cuppa tea."
October 29 at 07:34 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Happy Birthday HopeandGlory!
So pretty. MeiDei, are these cakes your personal creations?
October 29 at 10:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Gosh no Hollyhock - just internet research of professional handiwork. I leave the cake decorating to others, I'm a pie, cookie & fudge person. I love their creations tho' & appreciate their skill.
October 29 at 10:38 EST .

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   Gram77  Happy Birthday from Gram!!
October 29 at 13:06 EST .

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   Ynaught  Happy Birthday, HopeandGlory!
October 29 at 16:14 EST .

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   Gerty  Happy Birthday! From Gerty and Family!
October 29 at 19:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  Happy Birthday!
October 29 at 21:54 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Thank you for the Birthday Wishes y'all . . . you made it very special.
October 29 at 22:00 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Happy Birthday! Those cake pictures are yummy!
October 29 at 22:27 EST .

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