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RIP James Garner

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Big tears in my eyes this morning. Maverick...Rockford...Murphy's Romance (one of the sweetest movies ever). You will be sorely missed.

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IMAVISION 7/26/2014 7:07PM

    Since you posted this, we Visions have been watching a few of the "Rockford Files" episodes --- reminding us anew what an excellent actor James Gardner was & what a good show the "Rockford Files" actually was (except for the inevitable car chase in every episode emoticon).

More than James' acting though, I truly appreciate that there was never any "Hollywood" scandal associated with his life choices. And, from all accounts, he was a decent husband & father. We need more men & women of integrity, like James was, in that industry. Sadly, I do not see that happening --- considering who is in control of that industry.

God bless!

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BECKYSRN 7/21/2014 2:01PM

Bret Maverick will never be the same.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/21/2014 12:21PM

    I know. So sad. I didn't realize he was as old as he was. emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 7/21/2014 9:07AM

    I was so shocked to see he had died. What a treasure!

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FREECAL1 7/21/2014 1:48AM

  Another one of the oldies -- but great ones -- gone. They don't make the movies like they used to.
Will have wonderful memories of him.

Him and his family will be in my prayers.

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MONETRUBY 7/20/2014 10:42PM

    So sad that he is gone, but we were so fortunate to be graced with his talent.

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NASFKAB 7/20/2014 9:53PM

  may he rest in peace

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2014 9:16PM

    Shocked to hear that this afternoon. Such a good actor.

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    emoticon go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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FERRETLOVER1 7/20/2014 6:42PM

    He will be sorely missed. emoticon

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MISSG180 7/20/2014 5:06PM

    I loved him in Support Your Local Sheriff. Sad.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/20/2014 3:48PM

    He was a great actor!!

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DGRIFFITH51 7/20/2014 3:47PM

    R.I.P. James Garner! You have left behind many hours of entertainment, you will live on in our hearts!
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JUNEBUG4967 7/20/2014 3:06PM

    Darn, we will miss you Maverick! A local legend is gone. R I P

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MBPP50 7/20/2014 1:27PM

    I didn't know he died. I will miss him too! What a great man.

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PATTYKLAVER 7/20/2014 1:15PM

    He was one of those people that I truly believed would be here forever.

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ALICIA214 7/20/2014 1:11PM


He was one of the greats...

R.I.P. James Garner..

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KNEEMAKER 7/20/2014 1:07PM


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MAINEALI 7/20/2014 1:03PM

    I just loved him. Such a wonderful actor.

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ELLATBME 7/20/2014 12:56PM

    James Garner will be missed.

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IMAVISION 7/20/2014 12:44PM

    Excellent actor!

Feeling sad for his surviving family & remembering them in prayer.

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JEANNETTE59 7/20/2014 12:44PM


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Weather or not

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A tropical front has parked right over us, so it's hot, sticky and just plain miserable. Waiting for things to cool and dry out -- or at least give us a good thunderstorm!

After my last blog post several people asked about white peaches. White peaches (and nectarines) are vastly sweeter than yellow ones. They're heavenly!

Last week we got a big check from State Medicaid (bigger than usual because there was a delay until the state budget passed). The check was in excess of $400,000. The bank has been telling us for a week now that they can't find the electronic file they got from the state, so the money is kind of floating around in cyberspace. We're nagging the bank to find that file. If they don't, I get to post the entire thing by hand rather than running it electronically. Ironically, this week's check came just fine and it's posted in our system. My boss and I discussed it today. She said that since month-end is still more than two weeks away, she isn't worried about it and since it's the bank's mess-up, she wants the bank to fix it. I told her that I'm getting hives having that money out in la-la-land and I want to start manually posting it. She said to wait, so that's what I need to do.

Oh, I'm wilting from the heat and humidity. Time to put the feet up.

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MONETRUBY 7/16/2014 9:19PM

    Isn't this computer world wonderful? Sadly, there is no font for sarcasm. It was hot and humid here for a while, but now it has cooled down a bit and the humidity is much lower. I hope that happens out your way, too!

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LIS193 7/16/2014 12:19PM

    Ah... lost in cyberspace... what a pain!

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JEANNETTE59 7/16/2014 10:53AM

  Be careful for you wish for, the thunder storms here came with lightening and strong damaging winds and lots of flooding. Today, we're right back to hot and humid. emoticon

Hope the bank gets it's act together sooner rather than later! emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 7/16/2014 9:12AM

    What a frustrating situation with that check! Hopefully you'll see it posted very soon. Hang in there!

As for the heat and humidity, we've had nearly 6 inches of rain in 48 hours. The flash floods and road closures are killing us! Hope it ends very soon!

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MBPP50 7/16/2014 5:51AM

    Find some AC, breathe and don't worry about it until you have to. Hopefully, it will all work out.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/16/2014 4:00AM

    I like the white peaches & nectarines better. They are soooo yummy!!!

Hope the bank straightens out that mess.

Keep smiling!! emoticon

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RORYLYONS 7/16/2014 1:18AM

    I only wish for one good thunderstorm but no such luck..stay cool. emoticon

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JUNEBUG4967 7/15/2014 11:28PM

    I would be nutso also with that amount of $$$ floating out there in cyberspace too!

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NASFKAB 7/15/2014 10:25PM

  all the best

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2014 10:23PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Hope you can get some relief from the heat and humidity!


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Saturday drowse

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This morning I went out to breakfast with my carpool buddy. She had pancakes and eggs, I had chicken fried steak and eggs. Yes, I know I'm woefully predictable. But I can make bacon, sausage or steak at home. I've never tried to make chicken fried steak. I wish I didn't love it as much as I do. But on the up-side, I only have it four to six times a year.

After breakfast we went to a produce stand For eleven dollars I got a surprisingly large amount of stuff. Some white peaches, roma tomatoes, yellow squash, cucumbers, bananas and a few other things that I'm sure will occur to me later.

I'm still working on my purple shawl. Trying to figure what I'll do after that -- socks? the afghan I've been working on for a couple of years? Don't know yet.

Just waiting for the groceries to get here. Which is weird, because I'm having leftovers for dinner. Oh, well.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/15/2014 1:10AM

    I've never heard of white peaches!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/14/2014 12:32PM

    White peaches? Now I'm curious!

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LINDA! 7/13/2014 6:49PM

    It is so enjoyable to go out to breakfast with a good friend. Happy for you.

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LIS193 7/13/2014 12:47PM

    What a lovely time out! You got a nice haul at the market - enjoy!

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JEANNETTE59 7/13/2014 12:22PM

  Glad you enjoyed breakfast and the farm stand sounds great. Take some "Me Time" today and just relax emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 7/13/2014 9:10AM

    Sounds like a delicious breakfast! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 7/13/2014 7:44AM

    Have a relaxing day!! emoticon

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SUCCESS68 7/13/2014 6:47AM

    Hope you had a great time

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    Your day sounds GREAT!


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SUCCESS68 7/13/2014 5:28AM

    I love country fried steak too! And I don't make it at home. emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/12/2014 10:34PM

  dislike steak but so glad you got a chance to go out & the produce is so tempting

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MONETRUBY 7/12/2014 9:44PM

    All that produce for that price sounds wonderful! Hope your weekend finishes out great.

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MBPP50 7/12/2014 9:34PM

    Your breakfast sounds good! Glad you got to spend time with your friend.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2014 9:34PM

    Glad you got out!

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Wrung out

Friday, July 11, 2014

I truly don't know why I take days off. We got in so many payments that nobody logged or posted while I was gone that I've spent all four days this week just trying to catch up.

Today really frosted the cake. My deskmate can be relentless when she wants something. This morning I had barely set down my purse when she said, "About this one..." Since I couldn't see her monitor or read her mind, I had no idea what she meant. She spent about a quarter of the day at my desk on various issues while I tried to catch up the backlog. Meantime, at the beginning of the week we got a deposit of $400,000+ from state Medicaid. The bank continues to tell us it's "pending" so we can't post it. Today our lead emailed them to ask for a status. They told her they couldn't find it in their files and had to contact the payer! I don't understand -- if we got the deposit, why can't they find it? If we didn't, why was it on Tuesday's deposit report? Smells a bit fishy to me. Meantime, late this afternoon my boss and I discussed the matter. Literally twenty minutes later she emailed me and asked what the status was! She was copied on all the emails and we'd discussed it only a few minutes before. Did she really think it changed that quickly? Especially since the bank is in Pennsylvania and had long since closed for the weekend?

And maybe I'm too sensitive about this. I had quit making baby blankies when someone said to me, "I'm pregnant, where's my blanket?" I decided that the last baby in the office is now in kindergarten and we have two on the way in the office. I knitted blankies for both of them. I never said a word about it. This morning I walked past one of them and she loudly said, "I can't wait to see what color my blanket is!" Am I too touchy for feeling a bit taken for granted? If they're expected, doesn't that mean they're not special any more?

Tomorrow my carpool buddy and I will be going out for breakfast. Looking forward to that. I am just so worn out right now. I need to have dinner and a cold beer and put my feet up.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/12/2014 12:56PM

    Sounds like you definitely need to unwind! !

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MBPP50 7/12/2014 12:06PM

    Hope your Saturday is better!

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MAINEALI 7/12/2014 12:06PM

    I know exactly how you feel about the blankets! I used to watch a toddler for a friend. In my mind I would plan to get her a little something when we went to the store. If she asked for something, I wouldn't get her anything at all. It bugged me so much when she would expect to get something. It took the joy right out of it. I don't know what the solution to your problem is but you are in my thoughts and I hope things work out to your satisfaction. Sorry work is such a pain. It's really too bad we have to actually work with real live people!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/12/2014 11:51AM

    I think we ALL agree that you work with some 'not so nice' co-workers. You are very kind and generous to make the blankets for those who are pregnant. Do they do anything for you in return? Do they send you a "Thank You" card? If they are like a lot of young people in todays world, they may not even SAY "Thank You." Anyway, we can't change others, but we can change ourselves. Enjoy going out with your carpool buddy. Have a GREAT TIME!


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JEANNETTE59 7/12/2014 11:44AM

  Rude, demanding people don't get it because they are selfish. You will not find them making kind and thoughtful gestures because it never crosses their minds. Life is too short to let them get to you, remember it is your life and you are in control.

I hope you had a wonderful relaxing breakfast with no shop talk. Pamper yourself this weekend and think happy thoughts. emoticon emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 7/12/2014 9:38AM

    I hope you have a wonderful breakfast!

As for the baby blankets, I feel for you. I'm in a similar situation. I have a crib size blanket almost finished when my friend told me that her DH would never use it because it has pink in it and they had a boy. (It is a pink, blue and white variegated color scheme.) People are just so insensitive and demanding.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/12/2014 9:07AM

    I totally agree with you about the blankies. Maybe just tell them you won't be doing them anymore, that they are a lot of work and you have other obligations in your free time.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/12/2014 7:27AM

    When I am really irritated about something, other things irritate me that normally wouldn't. I think that's what's going on here. People in your office are also really rude. emoticon Hang in there! Go look at Bobby's picture -- he'll make you smile. emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/12/2014 6:24AM

    (HUGS) hope your weekend is brighter than your week

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.DUSTY. 7/12/2014 12:15AM

    I totally agree with 1CRAZYDOG!

Do you have to help your desk mate? Can't you just say something like, "Let me catch up on my work first and then I'll see if I have time to help you." (And then don't:) Or tell her to ask someone else.

I understand about the baby blankets. I'm sure it started out you feeling joy about gifting others but now that it seems like an "obligation" it sucks and taking the fun out of it. Something you feel you "have to do" instead of something you "want to do".

If she has a baby shower then if you want buy her something that you can easily afford.

PLEASE start sticking up for yourself! It will eventually become easy and you'll feel 100% better.

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GOOSIEMOON 7/11/2014 11:13PM

    emoticon Hang in there!

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/11/2014 10:24PM

    The bank dealing sounds kind of fishy and highly incompetent...

As for the office baby blanket thing, maybe it's time to change things up. I think one or two bibs for each of them would be a nice gesture, but not take up so much of your precious time (or yarn). That way you have made something for them, but you could save the blankets for really special people. I think that people who assume that you will be knitting them a baby blanket are not really special.

I have found many great bib patterns at

She designs bibs that take only knit and purl stitches to make really cute designs. I have knit a couple of them and have been thinking that the designs would make great blocks for an afghan.

Or you could knit a nice little hat, or booties, or washcloth, or some other little thing that wouldn't take too long.

Have a good weekend. It sounds like you will have an enjoyable Saturday morning.


Edit - not sure where the blip with BR in the middle came from, but I can't get rid of it...

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2014 10:21PM

    Your deskmate - rude

Your boss -- rude

Your pregnant colleagues -- rude

I'd be ready to pack it in too! Hope you have a wonderful time tomorrow and enjoy the weekend.

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2BDYNAMIC 7/11/2014 10:08PM

    My feelings are ............ When I (or anyone) gives a gift ............ It is something that comes from the heart that we decide to give ............ NOT because they are putting demands and placing an order. Maybe they have that confused w/ ordering something ................ you get what you order and THEN you PAY for it! ............. I am with you ................ you stopped making those blankets and I think I would consider going into retirement on this one too! ............... This is just plain R-U-D-E in my book! emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/11/2014 10:02PM

  just well wishes going your way

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Stray vacation Friday thoughts

Friday, July 04, 2014

I'm watching the "judge" shows like I always do when I'm home on weekdays. Every time I do, at least one woman sues an ex-boyfriend saying, "I was attracted to his bad-boy persona." She then sues him for bilking her of money and possibly even physically abusing her. Ladies, please pay careful attention: That's what bad boys DO. That's why they're called BAD."

I JUST CLEANED THE STOVETOP! The burner plates are in the dishwasher and I scrubbed off all the six-week-old spaghetti sauce. It only took until five-thirty in the evening to get myself going. Now -- to empty the dishwasher before tomorrow morning...

You know, when I was about eight I said of someone's baby boy, "he's so pretty." This, as you can probably imagine, got me a lot of grief from the baby's father AND my own. But come on -- he was beautiful! My father also repeated ad nauseam to my brothers, "Men don't hug, they shake hands." He died in 1999. I wonder what he'd say today, when men hug each other easily. I am so glad the old John Wayne stereotype of "real men" is disappearing, and that men can be genuine and open about their feelings. Personally, I'll take an emotionally open man over that fake stony face any day.

Oooh, it's hot here. Over 100. When it gets that hot, I just wilt. And it's making knitting the baby blankies a lot of fun. I pretty much work on them only in the early morning or after dark. But the kids are due in a few weeks, so I need to get them done.

Pork steak for dinner tonight, assuming it finishes thawing. And still three more days off!

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MONETRUBY 7/5/2014 9:41PM

    Continue enjoying those days off! I hope you are able to get some more accomplished, and still feel rested.

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IMAVISION 7/5/2014 5:22PM

    What grieves me is when fathers tell young sons not to cry --- that crying isn't manly. Years ago I head a family member scolding his young son, who was teary after a Little League baseball game. I know for a fact that the father had cried as a young man. when his girlfriend broke up with him (later they married & have been married for forty-five or so years).

I did tell the father that he was wrong & I told the son that it is okay to cry --- that crying is a normal human release for emotions of sadness (as well as extreme happiness). I hope my sharing made a difference for both of them. Neither has ever said.

IN GOD WE TRUST ~ “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” ~ Psalm 33:12

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JEANNETTE59 7/5/2014 1:16PM

  A good hug is a powerful thing emoticon

Enjoy the time off and be sure to drink your water to stay hydrated.


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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 12:26PM

    Enjoy your weekend off. HUGS

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LIS193 7/5/2014 12:02PM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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MISSG180 7/5/2014 11:17AM

    "Men don't hug" was an awful way to raise men. I am glad I have huggy friends!

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MRS_TOAD 7/5/2014 9:49AM

    Enjoy your knitting and the "boys".

And I agree with you about the John Wayne stereotype. I remember many years ago when my dad tried to shake hands with me at the airport after I had hugged my mom. How times have changed!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/5/2014 8:30AM

    Enjoy your time off!! Keep smiling!! emoticon

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MBPP50 7/4/2014 9:24PM

    Sounds like you are enjoying yourself. emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/4/2014 9:10PM

  enjoy your vacation & look after yourself

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UMBILICAL 7/4/2014 9:05PM

  House work

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LJOYCE55 7/4/2014 9:03PM

  sounds like you are keeping busy even with the high temps. Take care of yourself and have a nice vacation.

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