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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Verna » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:27 am

Summer is truly settling in where I live. I hope wherever you are, you have some sunshine and some joy in your heart to brighten your day!
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Postby ready2go » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:11 am

My dog isn't bothered by fireworks and thunder storms.

However, my last dog was something else. She was a real basket case about those things. That dog could sense a storm approaching and would start shaking when it was still 50 miles away - probably even before the weather guys knew about the storm.

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Postby BeachGrandma » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:42 am

:party :party
They cancelled the usual 4th of July fireworks due to the rain and wind but on the night of the 4th homeowners and guests all up and down the beach set off their own fireworks. Our deck is up high on pilings so we could see them so well as they reflected on the ocean. It brings back so many memories of the 4th when my dad would take all of us to the big hill in my hometown of Waverly, NY where the VFW had a huge community picnic followed by fireworks. We all spread out blankets, had picnic baskets full of Mother's wonderful fried chicken, potato salad, Boston baked beans, bowls of watermelon, cantalope, and her special cakes and parkerhouse rolls. There was often a branch of one of the Army or Navy bands and we heard nearly every John Philip Sousa song that was ever written. Kids were running everywhere waving small American flags and everyone seemed to be clapping in time with the music. What a wonderful sense of patriotism there was. Sometime during the evening the band would play "God Bless America" and it always impressed me that everyone stood when that song began. How I treasure the memories of those days.
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Postby Edy » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:13 am

Your reminiscence of childhood Independence Day celebrations reads like a Norman Rockwell painting looks, BeachGrandma. I love it! All I remember about such activities out on the Dakota prairie is watching through the front window (for safety) while our dad shot off a few sparklers. Memorial Day in my memory was the big event for our little town.

While doing some internet searching on cancer (for a gal at church given a devastating diagnosis), I "stumbled" across some fascinating info you folks might appreciate, too. I sure do!
The sound does leave something to be desired...I hope you can make out most of what is being said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMmQHxWetxE
Stop Fighting Cancer...Start Fighting the Cause [Dr. Kevin Conners]
[Best explanation I've ever heard!]

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My Wife's Cancer - 2013 Rife Conference [Dr. Kevin Conners]
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Stop Fighting Cancer, Start Treating the Cause - 2013 Rife Conference
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Postby wheelygirl58 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:21 am

BeachGrandma, I just now have seen your post--you quite a crowd of e-moties!! They were a hoot to watch all of them! :thankssign :superhappy
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Postby BeachGrandma » Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:48 am

:eyes Where did you see them? I'm not sure what you're talking about.
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Postby ready2go » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:56 am

Believe it or not...

Last evening I went to a kid's playoff baseball game for a couple of hours.

Most of those 7 to 9 year-old kids did a pretty good job, too.

The light breeze kept the mosquitos away, the weather wasn't hot, and I enjoyed watching them play ball.


(Don sometimes hunts for things to do) :?

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Postby ready2go » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:04 am

I was tired and went to bed about 9:30 last night. About 11:00 or so, I suddenly woke up to the sound of my door bell ringing. :shock:

"DING DONG"

I thought, "Why is the door bell ringing at this time of night? Who could that be? I must have been dreaming!"

A half minute later it rang again - twice.

"DING DONG"..."DING DONG"

Without turning on any lights, I put on my pants and shoes. I quietly went to the front windows and carefully peered out under the shades. Note: I won't open my door at night to strangers.

No one was standing at my door. Nothing was moving around in the neighborhood. The security lights in the back yard were not lit either.

I stayed up for about a half hour with phone in hand, and ready to press the alarm button on my security system. All remained quiet, so I went back to bed.

Was I dreaming? Maybe I was...but maybe not.

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Postby Edy » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:31 am

That's pretty weird, Don. I'm glad you are cautious. I know I am, too; day or night I always send my hubby to the door since he's concealed-carry permit armed. :lol: If I'm home alone I just don't go to the door unless I am expecting a family member, or I recognize the mailman with a package.

One perplexing experience I had, years ago, was a middle of the night phone call. Always concerned that those are emergency calls, I answered it. A heavy-sounding female voice said, "Oh, Edythe," in a slow, drawn out groan and the phone went dead. Concerned, I immediately called my mom's number. It rang and rang and finally her bright voice came on the line. "Did you just call me, Mom?" I asked. She replied, no, she'd been in the bathroom.

So, unless she called me in her sleep before waking to get up, I haven't a clue whose voice that was. :roll: That would probably make for an interesting opening in a mystery story, though.

Oh, I love this cooler weather yesterday and so far this morning. Thank you, Lord!
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Postby Verna » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:25 pm

Many years ago I was reading a series of Poe's short stories in the college library, when I heard an unearthly scream that sounded like it was coming from the basement. I rushed up to the librarian's desk to ask, "What was that scream?" She hadn't heard any scream, nor had anyone else around me.
I really must have been in that story. Don, I hope you were just dreaming, but I'm glad you're cautious!
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Postby BeachGrandma » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:34 pm

OK, here's my mystery call info from about 25 years ago.

It's 2 a.m. and we're sound asleep. John is snoring. The phone rings abruptly and I pick it up since it's on my side of the bed.

"Hello," I say while yawning.

Heavy breathing ensues. (Not from John)

I start to hang up, then I hear a young male voice say, "I have some bad news for you. You will be murdered tomorrow night about this same time."

I sat upright. He had my attention.

"Listen," I said. " I know who you are and I know where you live. My phone has a tracer on it and as soon as I hang up, I'll check with the telephone company to verify that it's you. Then in the next hour, you will hear a knock on your door and there will be 2 policemen with a warrant for your arrest. Now....."

Click. The phone went dead. This was way before cell phones and we didn't have a tracer on phone calls either, but I must have scared him half to death because I never heard from him again and I slept soundly from then on.

And I wasn't murdered the next night either.

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Postby ready2go » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:40 pm

Sometimes I'm tempted to dig a deep, wide mote around my house and fill it with hungry 'gators. Can't be too careful, ya know.

My daughter should come to stay here more often. She has a concealed carry license too. As a 19 year police veteran, she knows how to use it.

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Postby deejay » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:48 pm

Shame that there are stupid people with nothing to do but make phony calls in the middle of the night to scare people. You should have told them they needed Jesus. Once I was reading Dear Abby, and the subject was on prank calls. One lady said this guy kept calling her, so she would tell him, "You need Jesus in your life." Finally, after quite some time of this guy calling and her telling him he needed Jesus in his life, he asked her to tell him more. She ended up leading him to Jesus, and he stopped calling.

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Postby ready2go » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:28 pm

Years ago some drunk lady would call most every night for weeks at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. She must have been a noisy bar each time because of the talking and laughter in the background.

When she called the conversation often went something like this:


Me answering the phone, "Hello".

"Hello, is this Mark?"

"No, this isn't Mark. You have the wrong number."

"Is Mark there?"

"No, he isn't here. He's never been here"

"When is Mark coming back?"

"Look lady, lose this number and never call back"


Another time:

"Hello"

"Put Mark on the phone. I wanna talk to him."

"I've told you before. I'm not Mark. I don't know Mark. You'll never talk to him here."

"Well, why not? He gave me this number."

"Get lost, lady! Lose this number!"


After many calls, the final time was when Carol answered the phone:

"Hello"

"Hello, is Mark there?"

"Listen lady! Mark belongs to me now. You'll never talk to him again. He's all mine! So, shove off and find some other guy! You got that!!!

"Okay"


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby Edy » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:45 pm

Oh, Don, thank you for the big laugh. :lol: :thankssign

Which reminds me of a couple other calls quite similar to yours with a woman trying to cast doubt on my husband's faithfulness! Like he would ever pick up anybody from a bar when he's never been in one in his life! Oh my, couldn't we write a book on such calls? I wish I could remember the details of those calls. Hmmm, I wonder if I might have a message she left on our old cassette tape answering machine. Some other taped messages are real winners, too, like the night somebody broke into my brother's house, stepping over company in sleeping bags on the floor and stole a purse and tv set. Nobody noticed until morning.
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