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Old 08-19-2016, 12:43 PM
 
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ER, congratulations. That is a very nice payback for the good work you are doing.

I still remember old Mrs. Balmer, who read us famous pieces of literature, and then also read bits of memoirs, etc. from the same period and talked and pulled it all together. She was a grey-haired old lady, dressed always in black, wore her hair in a bun and spoke with an accent that had fallen out of use - so she was laughed at a lot behind her back. But when I got to her in school I - and others - found a living treasure.

I can still remember her vividly, and the various books she read from....and I have gone to them myself over the years, solely because of her.

Sounds like you are in the same class, my friend!
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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ER, congratulations. That is a very nice payback for the good work you are doing.

I still remember old Mrs. Balmer, who read us famous pieces of literature, and then also read bits of memoirs, etc. from the same period and talked and pulled it all together. She was a grey-haired old lady, dressed always in black, wore her hair in a bun and spoke with an accent that had fallen out of use - so she was laughed at a lot behind her back. But when I got to her in school I - and others - found a living treasure.

I can still remember her vividly, and the various books she read from....and I have gone to them myself over the years, solely because of her.

Sounds like you are in the same class, my friend!

Thank you for your kind words, which are much appreciated! I am curious what grade you were in when you had Mrs. Balmer.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:57 PM
 
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As for myself, something really nice happened today.

There are three apartments on my floor. One is almost always unused and the other is occupied by big, but quiet young guy and sometimes his girlfriend. He works down in our province, but his father and family who own the condo live in Lisbon. His father enjoys the reputation of being the biggest PIA in the condo...an endless series of problems over the years, most self-caused, that he wants the condo to fix and pay for. In person at the annual meetings he has been very manipulative. I have avoided them on their annual visit, which has not been difficult to do and is not obvious.

But I have changed my habits, and this year so have they. Several times we have bumped into each other and it has been a pleasant enough meeting, his wife seemed rather nice.

But today we entered the garage at the same time, and spent of course chatted and then the elevator ride up; and by that time he was waxing away 90 mph (in Portuguese) and I am attempting to keep up, but his wife is a bit quicker to catch things going off track so it was okay.

Twenty minutes later we are still talking in the hall talking! It was so pleasant to meet the everyday guy and his wife, and not just the once a year complainer that I have been avoiding.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:09 PM
 
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Thank you for your kind words, which are much appreciated! I am curious what grade you were in when you had Mrs. Balmer.
She was one of the high school level English teachers, but I had her in a jr. high English class. In my state there were statewide Board of Regents exams in various subjects, one of which was English.

My school decided to allow all jr. high kids take the most advanced high school English Regents exam. Those who were able to pass it, and pass well were exempted from all the preceding mandated Regents exams and courses in English because we had passed the most advanced exam.

We got all manner of special classes, and that is how Mrs. Balmer and the worlds of Joseph Conrad's Victory (imagine that one in the 1950's) MacBeth & Holingshed's Cronicles, Willa Cather's My Antonia...and more got to some of us in jr. high. And despite it being the very uptight Fifties, the "old lady" who was alleged to be beyond retirement age, waded into the world of mistresses, bastard children, illicit liaisons, suicide without a by-your-leave or apology.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:43 PM
 
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Today I started my worm farm and sold my first eggs! I have a very long waiting list. i also cooked and froze a months worth of meals. Unfortunately, I am not a "clean up as you go" kind of person. Sooo, tomorrow will be major cleaning of the kitchen.

So, we thought that 3 of our chickens were missing. We looked [we thought] everywhere. Right as we came to the conclusion that they must have managed to fly over the fence and that we had better scout the neighborhood and hopefully find them before a dog killed them, a white chicken, out of seemingly nowhere landed directly in front of us. We looked up, and the other 2 missing chickens were sitting on a branch on one of our trees.

They were on lower branches, and hopefuly they will not get to higher branches because then we will have to clip their wings and I really do not wish to do that.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:02 PM
 
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Today I started my worm farm and sold my first eggs! I have a very long waiting list. i also cooked and froze a months worth of meals. Unfortunately, I am not a "clean up as you go" kind of person. Sooo, tomorrow will be major cleaning of the kitchen.

So, we thought that 3 of our chickens were missing. We looked [we thought] everywhere. Right as we came to the conclusion that they must have managed to fly over the fence and that we had better scout the neighborhood and hopefully find them before a dog killed them, a white chicken, out of seemingly nowhere landed directly in front of us. We looked up, and the other 2 missing chickens were sitting on a branch on one of our trees.

They were on lower branches, and hopefuly they will not get to higher branches because then we will have to clip their wings and I really do not wish to do that.
Thanks for sharing
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Vicky, that is so great! What kind of worms are you selling? Fishing or composting?.

Either ones should produce good revenue.

You go, girl!
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
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We're celebrating our 26th anniversary today. We'll go out Friday night for a real celebration at our favorite Italian place. We've been fortunate. Never had money problems and have rarely had a serious disagreement in all these years. Next spring I'm taking early retirement and we're buying our dream home. I couldn't have drawn up a plan that worked out this well. And we're still happy!

I do question, sometimes, how she put up with me this long. LOL.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter Wisconsin
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We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday. 40 years have flown by. We both started jobs we love this year. Kids are grown and doing well. Our daughter and family moved in with us as they save money to start their Alaskan adventure next year. Ordered 50 lbs of garlic to plant this fall and this will be part of our business plan when we retire in 5 or 6 years.
Monday morning rolled around and my DH said, "aren't we lucky that it is Monday and we aren't saying, ugh, since we both like going to work?" Come home at night and putter around the back 40. Life is not only good it is great.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:14 PM
 
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ellie and camaro. Happy Anniversary!

meo, we got red wrigglers. they are not good for both composting, chicken treats, and fishing? I never thought about that
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