General Discussion, Thursday, August 22, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

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    • Hydrangeas ❤️❤️❤️

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I love hydrangeas but I have never had much luck with them. I had a plant I have nursed for a few years. It couldn’t stand the sun. I finally got some bushes grown up enough to shade it and it did a lot better, but last summer’s heat finally killed it. It is hard to watch a plant get smaller and smaller instead of bigger and bigger.

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    • stella says:

      My neighbor has a huge hydrangea just like that white one in the picture. So beautiful, and I have a good view of it from my front porch. He’s an excellent gardener.

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      • Lucille says:

        Being from the South, my paternal grandparents always had hydrangeas in their garden and were avid gardeners in both the front and back yards. Whenever I see a hydrangea I think of those dear people. Grandma put rusted iron nails in the soil which turned the blooms blue.

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone. I can’t even see a cloud in the sky here, but it is supposed to rain around noon, I guess. That isn’t too unusual, though. In fact, sometimes it rains while the sun is shining. 🙂

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  3. 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! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ NC Nana! 🙂 🍸 (Beautiful)
    Mornin’ bjosz! 🙂 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ Angelle Staria Literary Works! 🙂 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some more of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ just stevie! 🙂 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 (Chateau Pape Clement Blanc Pessac, 2014)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    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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  4. nyetneetot says:

    BTW, about a week left before a new project. I get to be neighbors with stella this time. I’m bringing winter gear.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Depending upon worksite location you might want to accessorize with Kevlar.

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      • nyetneetot says:

        I was going to do a little research about the crime in that city and see if I could get that sinking feeling in my stomach to reach sea level.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I find that traipsing Big Cities helps keep me sharp, alert, young…ish…feeling. A walk on the wild side.

          You probably can’t do CCW there so I suggest you carry a cheap laptop with a Google OS. When attacked throw it at your assailants and they’ll be confused and frustrated trying to get the $%#@& thing to work giving you time enough to escape…even using Amtrak. I’d suggest a speedier form of escape though as, as soon as their frustration at getting it to work reliably reaches the point that it boils over, they’re going to be REALLY pissed.

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    • stella says:

      It’s in the 80’s right now, so you won’t need that for a while. Near Detroit?

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    To top yesterday off, Walmart got me again.

    My relationship with Walmart is akin to their being run by Hatfields and my being a descendant of the McCoys, there seems to be an almost genetic dislike of each other.

    I’d decided I was going to make crab cakes and a whitefish poached in a cream-crab sauce. Discovering that I didn’t have any Old Bay seasoning was bad enough, I had to dig through the spice rack to find the constituent spices ti gin it up, but the storebrand half-and-half I’d bought at Walmart a couple of days before had turned solid. I usually check the drop-dead dates on the carton as stockers tend to rotate the older product to the front but as the store was looking rather picked-over with large voids on some shelves I assumed product was moving and things would be fresh. I don’t know how many times I used the ‘assumed’ idiom with my troops but…sound of steel trap snapping shut.

    I managed to salvage the menu but the trick Walmart pulled still…irritated…me. The drop-dead date on the carton was August 6th, somehow it had mysteriously moved to the front of a sparsely populated row two weeks after it was supposed to have gone on Medicare. I would have taken it back but a 14+ mile trip for one carton sort of doesn’t seem productive and there’s always the possibility they’d have charged me the difference between 1/2&1/2 I’d bought and cream cheese I’d carried out. Will stick to my local Dollar General for fresh dairy, it’s only 7 miles away.

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    • Menagerie says:

      My son was in line to return something to Walmart. There was a woman who was returning an almost completely eaten birthday cake. Wasn’t good, she said. Son said there could not have been more than a couple of pieces left.

      I hate thieves, and I hate that companies cater to them, even blatant ones. Having worked retail, I can tell you, the thieves who slink in and shoplift are the “honest thieves” in my mind. There are an unbelievable number of little old church going ladies who don’t see a thing wrong with using something and returning it while their husbands are stealing screws or parts out of boxes in hardware. I used to hate the end of summer. Droves of people tried to return lawnmowers, weedeaters, etc, used all summer. People should by paint sprayers and return them clogged up after they used them. You name it, they also return grills after using them all summer.

      I could go one, but no need. Bottom line is there are people out there, and lots of them who think of themselves as good people but they aren’t. And I bet they have a real judgemental eye looking at other people too.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I gave up with returns, except for a few large items, long ago. I just am very careful about what I buy, it takes longer but I dig thru the produce, check efey can or box for its drop-dead date, and have alternate plans in pl;ace for quickly ‘maturing’ things like breads.

        I don’t buy meat/fish from WM unless it’s the big bags of frozen, not from China, for things like stews or bakes. I can get a far superior grade of meat, cut to my specs, for a bit more at my local; butcher shop. Same with fish, we’re the catfish capital of the US so why should I buy Chinese or Vietnamese from polluted waters when I can get fresh pond-raised for a few $ more?

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        • stella says:

          I won’t buy “fresh” fish from the local store where I do most of my shopping. I do buy frozen occasionally. Their “fresh” stuff is awful. On the other hand, their produce, poultry and meat is pretty good.

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      • JTR says:

        I worked at WM for a while. Once when I was in customer service, somebody brought in a shower curtain rod to return and expected the full amount of money. The dang thing didn’t even come from WM! I suspect it came from K-Mart, but the boss said “Just give her the money”. She had no receipt, and I had to just give her what she asked for. Jeesh!
        I didn’t work there for very long.

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        • Lucille says:

          Until the rise of Al Gore rescinding his concession to George W., I’d never given much thought to the duplicitous nature of print or electronic media.

          Due to a senior moment, I can’t remember the chain store, but I read an article about their policy of accepting unused returns bought elsewhere if the product was one they carried. So rather than going to the far away store where I originally purchased a costume jewelry item, I took it to the nearby store I read about.

          Into Customer Service I went and told the woman about the return item. She asked for the receipt, which I gave to her. She looked at me and asked, “What’s this? It’s not for our store.” I explained the article info. She said she’d never heard of anything so ridiculous and asked if I had a copy of the article (this was before the Internet, so I couldn’t look it up on the spot). I didn’t, of course, have a copy. She proceeded to give me a little lecture on not believing everything I read, and I slunk outta there glad there was no one in line behind me to get wind of my humiliation. Hahahahaha!

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          • Lucille says:

            Correction: it wasn’t “before” the Internet (I mean, after all, Al did claim to have legislatively smoothed the way for the Internet), but before the general use of same outside of an office.

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      • stella says:

        I wouldn’t have the nerve. Probably because I understand the meaning of shame.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Sorry czar, my point was meant to be that I’m sure you’d have gotten a refund. I’ve gotten some bad things at Walmart too, and I almost always look. My son who is the trucker used to like their grocery shopping service, but he kept getting bags of vegetables that had a day or two left on expiration date, so I think he quit that. You’re out of luck when you’re a thousand miles OTR and your food is bad. Not getting your money back and there you go eating fast food again.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Wasn’t meant as anything but a comment, didn’t even see your comment re: refund. I just have such a miserable shopping time with Walmart that I gird for consumer battler every time i have to go there. There are a couple of niche local markets that haven’t been destroyed by WM and I use them whenever I can – as do a LOT of locals – but there are times…

        The practice of dumping nearly expired stuff on call-in shoppers by WM seems to be a big issue on line, then again it’s a way to get rid of product that otherwise might end up in the dumpster with bleach poured on it. If you’re so busy that you can’t shop I guess the thought that you’re too busy to fight their selections figures in.

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      • stella says:

        I use grocery delivery (not from Walmart). Occasionally I get something bad or not what I ordered. I always complain, and I ALWAYS get a credit for the item. Even when the item is just the wrong thing, not bad, and I use it.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I order from Walmart and they bring it out to the car. It works really well for me. I quit buying any vegies or meats from there long ago. But, I tried ordering a few vegies and have been pleasently surprised. They were very fresh. It could be that this is the store where they were trying out the delivery to the cars and they also teach the delivery people here.

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  6. litenmaus says:

    WalMart, the bane of my shopping existence…Afternoon all…

    Just checking in…the renovation is progressing, slowly, but it is progressing. This week saw the front of my home being upgraded with a new pour of concrete, new siding & the framework for a deck. I’m now in a ‘lull’ as I wait for the delivery of a window, and the decking materials.

    Next week, hopefully, the painter will show up, the deck will be complete, the water lines will be buried beneath another foot and a half of earth and the front of my building will be done. Fingers crossed….

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    Just heard a Fox talking head on my local Fox station say that: “attorney generals (she didn’t sound British) of ALL 51 STATES were joining in a lawsuit to stop robocalls”. Was I out of the room?

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    The good folks in NOLA government boxed in and covered most of the drainage canals in the city some years back. Right up to this summer’s flood the Sewer and Water folks have come up with a gaggle of bs excuses as to why the city flooded and have assured us that the city’s boxed-in canals are in great shape and regularly inspected. Well this week an automobile with a 2007 registration tag was found in a 3-mile long section of canal, right downtown, where we’d been heartily assured regular inspections had been performed. No punishments are in the future and we’re being promised that the inspection we were told were done will be done.

    Along the same lines the eastern part of NOLA, which had a dicey rep before Katrina, still hasn’t recovered from the storm. It is largely black and a lot of pre-K black residents didn’t come back, many settled elsewhere in the city. The large stores that were there have only partially come back and large grocery stores, save a Walmart, aren’t ready to return.

    The levee situation is still ‘iffy’ and many major stores just ain’t seeing the profits especially as grocery stores are working on a thin profit edge. There’s also the issue of a Walmart at basically the east and west ends of the NOLA East pocket, with them there competition is going to be tough at best. That’s led to a rise in Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores to meet the ‘immediate grocery’ needs of the East.

    Many residents in the East are low income and tend to rely on others for shopping transport so they’ve complained again to the city that there aren’t enough ‘convenient’ grocery stores. The City Council, being mostly composed of folks who’ve never worked a day in their lives or, if they have, abandoned work for politics, is proposing limiting business licences for any new Dollar stores so that grocery stores looking to come in wouldn’t face competition. Of course the ideas that what they’ll do is deprive residents of easy access to ‘bread and milk’ kinds of transactions and that if grocery stores had seen possibilities before the Dollar stores they’d have come as they offer full-service shopping Dollar stores don’t doesn’t seem to have crossed their minds.

    Did I mention NOLA’s city govrenment is Democratic?

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  9. Lucille says:

    See what’s happening in Michigan…I posted this at CTH also…

    TMLC (Thomas More Legal Center) Uncovers Tax-Payer Funded Islamic Propaganda Forced On Teachers
    A SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
    August 22, 2019

    Concerned about a two-day mandatory teacher-training seminar on Islam conducted by a Muslim consultant hired by Michigan’s Novi Community Schools District, TMLC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the workshop.
    Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center, commented on the results of their investigation, “We found that the teachers were subjected to two days of Islamic propaganda, where Islam was glorified, Christianity disparaged, and America bashed—all funded by Novi taxpayers.”

    https://www.thomasmore.org/press-releases/tmlc-uncovers-tax-payer-funded-islamic-propaganda-forced-on-teachers/

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  10. 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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  11. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  12. auscitizenmom says:

    Whew. I just…………and I do mean JUST………..got my Internet back. It was out all afternoon and I finally got everything, along with my phone back.

    Liked by 2 people

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