General Discussion, Thursday, June 7, 2018

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  1. Gil says:

    Kiddo had his preschool “graduation” today but 3 days left to attend. His gift was that he decided to sing the songs and wear the props instead of standing up with his hands on his ears. All but the last song. It was nice. I gave him a couple balloons and chikfila. Fair trade!

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    • lovely says:

      What fun πŸ™‚ ! Is he eating better? It sounds like things are going well.

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      • Gil says:

        He is eating better. Enough that I notice a change in behavior. I have to make him stop playing and remind him to eat, but thats not unusual for kids. I dont have a scale so I cant quite tell if he is gaining but he isnt losing either. Maybe all the summer heat will make him grow like a bean stalk!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Three sons, three grand children, three great gandkids and I still sweat the ‘eating’ part. GGS is a carb eater, he’ll eat carbs 24/7 if we’d let him, so we’ve developed novel ways of sneaking dairy and protein into his feed.
        He’s growing but even though his dad’s 6’1″ nhis grandmom’s a shortie so we’re pushing for at least 5’10” on him. The blong hair, blue bedroom eyes and 6″ eyelashes will carry him so far but he’s gonna need some bulk for those jealous boyfriend bar fights.

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        • lovely says:

          Sounds like a cutie!

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          • czarowniczy says:

            L was 20 when his granpa was born, 40 when his dad was born and 60 when he was born – that cutie stuff can get outta hand.

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            • Gil says:

              According to all the dr.’s, kiddo is supposed to be 6’2 at 18. Due to illness hes lagging a bit and catching up on good sleep so he can shoot on up. He takes so long to eat though! Unless he gets See’s chocolates….gone before he knows he ate it. Kinda like my beagles.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                GGS is in the 90th percentile for his age group and is growing but we’ll have to see what happoens when he hits 14 or 15. He’s not going to be a yard gnome but I’d like him to be as tall as his grandpa.

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              • czarina33 says:

                My mother said the Dr. said I would be 6′ tall based on my height at that age. I got to 5’4″…

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  I was the second tallest student in my 6th grade class. I, too, ended up at 5’4″. Both grandmothers were 5′ or under. My mother was 5’2″ and my sister is about 4’11”.

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            • lovely says:

              You’re speaking to a woman with 3 daughters. If they wen’r so embarrassed by my political beliefs I’d post a picture. Joakim Noah pursued one of them, thankfully she had the good sense not to get caught up in that world.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                My deepest sympathies on your almost NBA-SIL. I haven’t entirely been happy with what mine have brought home though I do get along with my GDIL better than I do my GS. Ya jes keeps ahopin’: “maybe this time…maybe this time.”.

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                • lovely says:

                  Right! 😬! Yikes-Ree-No! They went out once, it was everything you would expect it to be.

                  Her current boyfriend who is the love of her life is a sweet lovely man. He saw Noah talking to her asking her out again, (chance run in) and he was jealous but she honestly had no interest and would turn down anyone for her beloved πŸ™‚ .

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      How cute. Made me laugh and tear up remembering my son’s “graduation”.

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  2. Today’s state flower is the Florida Orange Blossom!

    The Florida legislature designated the orange blossom as the state flower in 1909. The orange is also the official state fruit & orange juice is the state beverage. Oranges & Magnolia are in the same taxonomical Class – Magnoliopsida. The orange tree is actually an evergreen, originally from Southeast Asia, that can reach a height of between 20 & 30 feet. The full sun, sandy soil & rainfall of Florida causes the tree to thrive. Oranges originated in China & were introduced to Florida by 16th century Spanish explorers. Florida’s subtropical climate & sandy soils proved to be ideal for cultivating citrus, & before long seedlings had escaped from cultivation & become naturalized in the wild.

    By the 19th century, citrus was being grown throughout Florida as well as in Georgia & South Carolina. A devastating freeze in 1835 & another in 1894-1895 knocked out most of the more northern citrus orchards. Since then commercial production in Florida has shifted to the central & southern parts of the state. Florida provides about 60 percent of the country’s citrus, amounting to about $1 billion in annual sales. When it comes to annual orange production, Florida has long significantly outgrown it’s competitors. However according to the latest forecasts, Florida might have to share the top spot with California in 2018. Florida orange production has decreased from a high of 224 million boxes of fruit per year in the 1990’s to 69 million boxes in 2017, with the 2018 estimate to be 45 million boxes. The decrease is due to the The Asian citrus psyllid which causes greening or huanglongbing (HLB) which came into Florida in 1998 (HLB makes the oranges useless for consumption). Symptoms of HLB may not show up in the tree until 1 to 2 years after it becomes infected. Within 3 to 5 years after HLB infection, the tree stops bearing fruit & eventually dies. Also more recently Hurricane Irma has caused fruit tree damage. (The Asian citrus psyllid has now been found in Louisiana, Georgia, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas, & California, coming into San Diego from Mexico).

    The Orange blossom blooms in clusters of 1-6 during spring & results in oranges the following autumn or winter. The snow-white star shaped flowers with their five thick, waxy petals fill the air with their sweet fragrance during the spring blossom. Last year’s oranges often are still on the trees when the new orange blossoms are blooming. I put the 2 pictures together below for those of us who have never seen an orange tree. πŸ™‚

    Florida’s state flower also heralds a time of celebration. The tiny town of Davie celebrates the arrival of the blossoms with a three-day music event & rodeo known as the Orange Blossom Festival. Between 1925 & 1953 the β€˜Orange Blossom Special’, a train from New York named in honor of the fruity flower, brought holiday-makers from the Big Apple in search of Florida sunshine. This state flower has been associated with good fortune, health, & fertility as far back as the Victorian era when the garlands, bouquets, & veils of brides were intertwined with these fragrant blossoms, & the practice continues to this day. Products from the flowers include an oil used in cleaners, aromatherapy, perfumes, & health & beauty products. Orange blossom honey has a delicious, mild, orange flavor. The petals from the orange blossoms are often made into an orange version of rose water.

    I liked the below left painting by Australian artist Michael Zavros because it was so vertical with the graceful curve of peel reflected in the bowl. It did not showcase the flowers however, so I also included the below right oil painting full of blossoms & light by British artist Marianne North.

    Sources:
    yardsom com/tag/orange-blossom/
    blog floridaholidays co uk/florida-fast-facts-orange-blossom-the-state-flower-of-florida/
    theflowerexpert com/content/aboutflowers/stateflowers/florida-state-flowers
    citrusindustry net/2018/01/19/uf-ifas-researchers-hlb-resistance-tolerance/
    ucanr edu/sites/ucnfa/files/131705.pdf
    tampabay com/news/business/agriculture/Months-after-Hurricane-Irma-Florida-citrus-production-is-steady_166594411

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    • One of the 1st things I found when searching for Florida orange blossoms was this – Enjoy! πŸ˜‰
      Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special (San Quentin)

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    • lovely says:

      The peeled orange picture is cool! We finished all the fresh oranges my daughter brought back from Florida, yummo!

      Have a good day G-d&Country πŸ™‚ .

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    • czarina33 says:

      My mother’s favorite thing about Miami was “dooryard oranges” which meant people had orange trees in their own yards, ready for picking fresh to eat right there. Many housing developments & trailer parks were placed in former groves, with select trees removed to build, but the others remaining. Also mango, avocado & other citrus fruit groves.

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      • stella says:

        Where my mom lived they had a huge grapefruit tree, a juice orange tree and a lemon tree. It was wonderful.

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      • Gil says:

        Our avocado tree died 3 years ago. It was pretty old and just couldnt produce any more. But what a lucky thing to have multi dozens of avocados just outside. We have a meyer lemon but I cant keep up with the juicing and storing it. Meyers arent so tart like a true lemon so its an acquired flavor.

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    • Thank you, G & C! I’d love to visit an orange grove. I bet it smells incredible! The flowers are very sweet. Have a great morning!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Czarina and I still joke about how, back in the 50s, the 5&10 stores in Florida would have tray upon tray of ‘orange blossum perfume’ for sale. The stuff reeked, young girls and tourists liked it and…well…the stuff reeked.

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  3. Hi, Stellars!

    I was very verbose at that age, though not that wise. If I had had the wisdom, too, I would have wrote (impeccably printed) “Get up and deal with it. If it’s bleeding profusely, ask the playground monitor for a bandage, and go back to the playground. And don’t kill Tommy. Or Trayshawn Leroy Jenkins or little Domingo Santeriea Los Angeles Del La Muerta, for that matter. Just make him never want to do that, ever again. Find a way.

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    • I think “…deal with it.” sums up what I said, nice and succinct.

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    • Narrator: Three 9yo tatted Latinos kick you to the ground and wound you…

      Kid says, “Get up and deal with it.”

      Yep. Make them not want to ever do that again. If possible, make them incapable of ever doing that again. Or go full knees to testes. Which further makes them incapable of ever having kids, to teach to do that like they did.

      I wish sometimes that I had had these lessons when I was a kid in a mostly black screwel district. I didn’t “deal with it.” like I should have. That’s why it continued. That’s why blacks forced most of the whites out of our town, in only 50 years.

      SW MI were cucks in the late 60s. Come on in! Take our fifth of the state! We will enjoy watching you defile our wife. Then we doubled down in los 2000s. Then we doubled down again in the 2010s. Love those burquas. Damn, she’s cute! Well, she might be. Im’a go buy a Lottery scratch ticket instead, because, who knows? Maybe my new scratch ticket will be pretty, too!

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      • …our town that my Great Grandparents and their families lived in and built.

        White people are anathema and outcast where I grew up, now. Where my great grandfather grew up. It’s why my dad got us out of there. It’s a cancer, the progressive experiment.

        It’s amazing what one little tiny, almost covert country town has in it for history’s sake.

        I’m so grateful that my public schooling ended just before the mass-drugging started. I wish it had started a little later, maybe one or two years, because I might be talking to my brother right now, instead of visiting his grave.

        Me and my dad’s best Morel Mushroom hunting spot became a sand-mine, when the land was bought, probably by an iron foundry. After they struck water (of course, we’re kinda at Lake Michigan level), it became a nice gated community with a few dozen McHouses and McMansions. I never thought that backwater would ever develop, but it did. That piece of land supplied us with Morel-fu, then became a source for much-needed sand, then became home to several dozen families, who live among lakes that used to be sand-mines, that used to be my Morel woods. That piece of land has, thus far, served three distinct and important services. Besides, you gotta go up to Allegan for the Morel invasion.

        I wish I knew my backyard even better. I don’t even want to go elsewhere.

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    • lovely says:

      Great kid. Great parents. When I was in first grade I fell on the school playground during recess and was bleeding so I walked home to tell my mom 😜. Apparently none of the monitors saw me leave, my mom called the school, (she didn’t freak out) to let them know I was home and life went on.

      I was always an odd independent kid, my mom walked me to the first day of kindergarten and I told her that I was good to go and didn’t need her to walk me any more. Of course school was only 3 blocks away but imagine a kid doing that today.

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      • Gil says:

        Too many crazy people, and the supervisors can barely be trusted either. I was sick and went to lay down in the school nursery. When I woke up it was 630 pm. They had forgotten me. Luckily it was a church and school. There was some church event going on and the office was open. No one called the police. I had to explain repeatedly who I was to use the phone. No one lost their job either. Imagine now…

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        • lovely says:

          Imagine there would be a lawsuit in today’s day and age.

          In kindergaten we were playing a game “Mama Kitty where have your kittens gone?” I was a kitten and I hid outside of the room. No one noticed after about 20 minutes I went back to the room and again no one noticed πŸ™ƒ.

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      • stella says:

        I did that too! One day in 4th grade I was angry at the teacher for something, so I just walked out at recess and went home.

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        • In all three cases above, Lovely, Stella, Gil — police would be called to intervene.

          As a kid, you Belong To The State. As much as an E-1 belongs to the military.

          I look forward to the day when there are no more public schools. No more prison-from-K-12. No more forced surrogate parentage by the State and the Fed. It’s no different than prison or the military.

          #MAGA, #ABOLISHNEA

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          OMG I would NEVER have even considered such a thing. The reception I would have gotten at home would have been ten times worse than anything that could have been happening in school. And, the worst part would have been that Mama never forgot anything or quit talking about it, or should I say throwing it back in my face.

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        • Lucille says:

          When my older sister was in kindergarten (1944), her teacher sent her home because she didn’t have a note from Mom saying that her absence was justified after Sis had been out with a cold. The teacher didn’t have anyone call Mom to come pick her up or bring a note in. Instead, the teacher sent a five-year-old to walk alone across two large highways in an area she’d only traversed when Mom walked her (with me tagging along) to school each day (Dad using the only car to get to his job building ships in the war industry).

          Mom heard a child crying, and my sister was found sitting on the back step with a note attached to her sweater saying what the problem was. Sis, of course, thought she’d done something wrong and was sent home for it.

          Well, Mom was a tiger when it came to her children. She called the school and politely read them the riot act. Since kindergarten wasn’t mandatory, Mom then said she would not be sending Sis back to kindergarten at all, let alone with a note from her, as the teacher and the school were irresponsible and she could not trust them to do the right thing.

          So, the rest of the school year, Mom set up a school for Sis and me where we learned the alphabet and practiced penmanship plus how to count, and listened to stories. By the time I entered kindergarten two years later, I already knew how to read and write thanks to my dearest mother.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            What a great story. Your mother must have been absolutely terrified thinking of you crossing those streets.

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          • Lucille says:

            I guess Mom was one of the original big city homeschoolers. LOL!

            After the war, our family moved to the San Bernardino County countryside where we remained until 1963 when my sister married and I moved to downtown Los Angeles.

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        • lovely says:

          Too funny. Did the school notice or did your mom have to call them πŸ™‚ ! ?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      My motto exactly, ‘deal’ with it. And ‘deal’ is a concept that can served cold.

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  4. Lucille says:

    June is wedding month….

    50 Fascinating Vintage Wedding Photos From the Roaring 20s

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    • czarina33 says:

      And don’t forget my avitar picture, Czar’s grandparents…

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    • stella says:

      And my mother and her first husband. 1925.

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    • Menagerie says:

      They favored huge bouquets back then, huh?

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      • czarina33 says:

        I wonder how many of those people did not have their own wedding finery & could not have afforded those large bouquets, so the photographer provided the option of renting his for the picture. Seems like a way to remember your ceremony when a lot of money was not best spent on such one time uses. Remember the purpose of having a white wedding dress was to show the father of the bride was rich enough to pay for a dress which would only be worn once. (Not to mention the hideous bridesmaids dresses!). (Which are still a tradition!!!)

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        • Menagerie says:

          I was a bridesmaid a couple of times. One sister in law chose a lovely pattern for a summer dress we all had made in a pretty yellow summer cloth. Another made us by strapless long pepto bismal pink gowns that we had to pay over three hundred dollars for. My other sister in law threw hers in the trash can at the reception, and I gave mine away immediately. There was a snafu with the film being lost at the developers (yep, it was that long ago) and they wanted to restage the pics. New SIL was unhappy with the two of us. We did not care. That was a bunch of money back then, and I’ve never seen uglier dresses.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            When I married the first time, I was 20 and I made my wedding dress and all four bridesmaid dresses. I just can’t imagine spending the kind of money it takes to be a bridesmaid now. Wouldn’t do it.

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            • stella says:

              My mother made my dress, I had one attendant, who wore a dress she already owned, and we restricted our guests to immediate family and attendants (one each). We had the reception at my parents’ home. My veil was borrowed from my cousin.

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    • Menagerie says:

      When I was a kid I took dance lessons and we had recitals in a big fancy theater. One year my group performed the Charleston, and I’ve had an interest in the Roaring 20s ever since.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Preserving the Music of the 18th Century
    Townsends YouTube Channel

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  6. Lucille says:

    May the Road Rise Up To Meet You – Irish Blessing Song

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  7. Here we go.. This is five people. Such awesomeness.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Thank You, Wooly, Now I’ll need some traveling music…… Golden Earring, Radar Love, without the heavy rain, ……….

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      • Twilight Zone was their other hit. Both are great driving music.

        Today’s jams have been Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers.

        Bill was so humble when he was inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. He didn’t even want to play, so he just sat next to Stevie Wonder and tapped his foot and smiled.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Trade ya some dry for that rain.

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  9. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  10. lovely says:

    Later today or tomorrow I will be writing a letter and emailing it to President Trump, Vice President Pence, (ack puke Tammy Baldwin), Ron Johnson, and Jim Sensenbrenner demanding that WI be made a Sanctuary State for the unborn.

    If Federal Law is optional for cities and states that want to declare themselves Sanctuary Cities for illegals then Federal Law is optional for states that want to declare themselves Sanctuary Cities for the unborn.

    I have reached the tipping point. I am going to fight harder, better, stronger and attack liberals with their own tactics.

    I’m going to make a form letter where folks can fill in their own State and US representatives if anyone wants a copy.

    Let’s rip them out of their trenches and throw them to the sharks, baby killing MS 13 protecting filth.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Good idea. πŸ™‚

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    • I was looking up the sanctuary laws passed for gun owners in Illinois to post for you, and found this:

      http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/05/23/most-recent-gun-rights-sanctuary-counties-are-anything-but/

      This article may be of interest to you. It is about a technical difference between the types of ordinances as it relates to the gun owner sanctuary laws passed in various Illinois counties.
      Please make your own judgements about it as I am unfamiliar with the site, but may be good food for thought in what you are proposing.

      Great work you are doing. Would love to see the letter.

      Have to run – very busy days today & tomorrow
      Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

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    • Use real mail, and stationery, and a postage stamp.

      A formal letter will more likely be read and kept than an E-mail. Especially if hand-written.

      Far more likely, as nobody writes and mails letters any more.

      I would rather have a letter than an E-mail. A letter is real, and concrete. You can’t wave an e-mail in someone’s face.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        One would think that with emails dropping the numbers of snail mails in transit that snail mail speeds would pick up. Just yesterday I received a card postmarked in Dallas on the 30th.

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        • UPS and FedEX should just replace the USPS, which is an inefficent tragedy, and a propped-up relic.

          And I love our mailpersons in this town. Known them all for many years. At the end of this season, driving their weird little mail trucks with the driver’s side on the right, they will all still be wearing shorts, while it’s snowing.

          They don’t need to be working for the government, though. They’re couriers.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            UPS and FedEx have agreements with USPS and they frequently work together. I think a good part of the USPS problem is they’re a government chimera that’s taken on the aroma of a civilian agency while still retaing much of the substance of a government compost pile.

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          • Menagerie says:

            I loathe my USPS driver. One day I’m going to hide in the woods and target practice at her Jeep.

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      • lovely says:

        I will do both. Thank you for the suggestion Wooly πŸ™‚ !

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  11. Sounds great! Way to go, lovely!

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  12. This is astonishing.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/crossfit-russell-berger-lgbtq-pride-sin

    This is the America we live in now. You can get fired for saying that pride is a sin. It’s the original sin, no? Especially for saying that pride in particular sinning is a sin. “How dare you not validate and even celebrate my sins, which I am proud of!?”

    It’s a sad shame. And it’s sad that there’s no shame any more.

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    • http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/06/quit-crossfit.html

      In addition to not supporting anti-Christian organizations that celebrate sin, Christians also must stop offering toleration in the workplace that they are no longer shown. Remember, the new standards is whether the statements made by an employee reflect the views of the employer or not. That means it is perfectly acceptable to fire anyone who states that sin is okay, that Jesus Christ never existed, or that Donald Trump should be impeached.

      … if you don’t defend your culture, you will lose your culture.

      Yep. Heard.

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    • John Denney says:

      Some forms of pride are acceptable:
      Pride of ownership
      “The few, the proud, the Marines”
      Being proud of another’s accomplishments

      Unacceptable pride is that haughtiness and arrogance which looks down upon and despises a fellow human being, rather than loving him.

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      • Menagerie says:

        Pride has a deeper and older yet meaning. When Lucifer declared “I will not serve” he set the standard. Then Adam and Eve, in choosing to defy God and eat the apple, committed the sin of pride in choosing for themselves God alone’s prerogative of defining what is right and wrong.

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  13. I wonder. If I had an actual phobia, say, like arachnophobia. Which I do. And if I owned and operated a cake shoppe, and baked and decorated cakes for customers. Would I be required by law to make a giant, realistic-looking spider cake if a customer asked me to?

    I wonder what would happen if I went into a gay bakery and asked them to create for me an AR-15 cake, with “Make America Great Again” on the stock. Could I say “You have to do it. It’s the law.”?

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  14. Lucille says:

    Yushan National Park, Taiwan
    Found in the Central Mountain Range, the park is named after Yushan – the tallest peak in the area. The park boasts more tall peaks, canyons, lush valleys and steep cliffs. Due to its relatively remote location, the park has preserved incredibly unspoiled nature. Despite it being distant from Taipei, the park is being visited by over a million tourists every year.

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  15. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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