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Deborah C. Pope “Art Doll”

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Kindle Fire

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I’m a happy camper right now. My new Kindle Fire arrived, I got it registered and set up, AND it already had the Mediterranean Recipe book I had ordered, but never got to look at on my old Kindle reader. Woo HOOOO!

I look forward to looking through the recipes after lunch. :0)

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Death of a Kindle

My husband and I bought Kindles very soon after we realized they existed. He is on his third one, using it daily for most everything he reads, downloading scores of books. I have used mine sporadically, much preferring real books for my reading.

I have downloaded trial books, though, when the price is right, just to see if I like the authors. Then, if I want to read more, I order real books. Another reason I like my Kindle is for cookbooks. I’ve FINALLY learned that the majority of cookbooks I buy are a waste of money for me. I like a couple of recipes in the book, but that’s all, so it just takes up space. I finally give them to the library to sell at their fundraisers. I get most of my recipes from friends, now, or on the net.

I downloaded one recently that looked like a really good introduction to easy beginning Mediterranean recipes. I wanted to wait until I found one I really liked to actually buy another cookbook.

I tried to look at it today at lunch time. I couldn’t get anything to happen when I tried to open the Kindle. I finally asked the ‘guru,’ my husband, if he could get it to work. He first assumed I had forgotten to charge it. I gritted my teeth and showed him calmly (without biting him in the leg) that it showed a 99% charge at the top of the Kindle screen. He then played with it, finally pronouncing it ‘dead as a doornail.’ I guess I can’t complain, since it has lasted SEVERAL years, but I really didn’t want to spend the money right now.

I have now ordered another one and will have to ask someone on Amazon if I can transfer the couple of downloads I have remaining from the old, dead Kindle to the new one when it arrives.

I will intensify my search for a good, basic Mediterranean cookbook that I actually want to HAVE so I can get it and not have to depend on the vagaries of electronic devices…

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Nice Sculpture

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Weekend Goal

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Wonderful Baby Elephant Photos

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Love is All

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Current Experiment

Today I bought two lettuce plants in the produce section of the grocery store. I put both in a pot of potting soil and put them on the divider between our kitchen and our dining area.

I’m HOPING that the air conditioning will keep the plants cool enough and that they’ll get enough light that they will perk up and continue to grow, allowing me to snip off enough leaves for a nice salad for us from time to time. It would be a glorious luxury, wouldn’t it? Fingers crossed.

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“Emu” Planters

We got the refurbished “emu” planters in place last night. We pounded in a short piece of rod with a sledge hammer and then ‘tied’ it to the leg of the emu. This will keep the planter from falling down, being blown over, etc.

I will put potting soil in each of the pots and then we’ll get some flowers to plant soon.

The emus are living where the woods start one one side of the walkway between the house and the shop.

If my day goes how I’m planning it, I will start cleaning the dog critter today.

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Rags & Roses – Greenwood AR

Blasing Bright Booth – Rags & Roses, Greenwood Arkansas

This is the booth I share with my friend, Carla, in Greenwood.

I went today to bring some things home, take some new things to display for sale, clean and freshen the booth.

Now it’s all ready for someone to come, like what we have displayed, snap it up and take it home with them. :0)

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Concrete Art

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Birthday Surprise

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When we went to Lunch Bunch yesterday, we had several surprises.

First, there was a birthday card and a beautiful box of peanut brittle at my husband’s usual place at the table. He immediately dove into it while I opened the card. The people at the Pizza Barn had remembered his birthday! Talk about a place that goes above and beyond! :0)

Second, only one of our friends was there, and she could only stay as long as it took to get her individual pizza because she needed to meet someone at her home. She didn’t know why our other regular Lunch Bunch friend and her daughter weren’t there. We visited with our friend for a few minutes and then she was gone.

We ordered and ate, but our other friend didn’t come. I found out later that her daughter and her family had tested positive for Covid-19. Our friend doesn’t have it, and is trying to isolate by herself – hoping she doesn’t get it, plus not give it to us, if she does.

As my husband continues to enjoy the completely unexpected and delicious peanut brittle, we have all fingers crossed that our friend’s family recovers soon and that our friend stays safe from the virus.

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Stone Art

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Ahhhh!

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I will leave soon to get a massage this morning.

I discovered how amazing it is several years ago when I was working as a medical transcriptionist/bookkeeper for a medical office that included 8 busy general surgeons. I had worked so long and hard trying to keep up with things – working 12 to 14-hour days – that I was unable to take my blouse off over my head at night.

I went to the doc who recommended I continue my swimming and whirlpool at the local gym after work, but also to add massages. My insurance wouldn’t cover massages, but I decided I really needed help.

Long story short, the massage therapist saved my life. It took several weeks of two massages per week, but she unknotted my back and neck miraculously.

Even though I am working for myself now, I consider massage an important part of taking care of myself.

My therapist is having surgery next month, so it will be a character-building exercise for selfish me to wait until she is thoroughly healed (I think in March) and we can continue.

Massage is a wonderful gift you can give yourself to help you deal with the rest of your life without ending up with your body in a knot. :0)

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Animal Friends 2

Jonas Grinevicius and Nindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Nindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Nindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Nindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Nindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

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Marc John Israel Crayon Art

Marc John Israel – Filipino Crayon Artist

Marc John Israel – Filipino Crayon Artist

Marc John Israel – Filipino Crayon Artist

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How Do You Carve YOUR Pumpkin? 10-14-2020

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What If…

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Tonight is our ‘shopping’ night.

This afternoon, the Real Food website will post its offerings for the week in its preorder section. We have been a bit disappointed the last couple of weeks because they haven’t had many options. They told me when we first found them that they were excited about expanding their selections in their brick and mortar store in Greenwood and would like to cut back on the online preorder stuff. We may have to change our habits and go into the store to see what is available if they continue this trend. We got spoiled really quickly. :0)

When we see what Real Food is offering, we will then consider ordering from Stu’s Clean Cookin.’ They were closed last week, reorganizing in order to drop the third party that was doing much of their prep and cooking in order to do it again themselves. They were unhappy with the quality of the meals, though we thought they were quite good. Their menu doesn’t seem to change. They have 17 meals, though, so there is a good variety.

Our routine now is to eat something frozen 5 nights a week. I then cook something on Saturday that covers us for Sat, Sun, plus maybe a lunch on Monday, depending on the recipe. (This weekend I’ll cook bacon-wrapped chicken breasts and we’ll have veggies or a salad on the side.) This routine helps us a LOT with portion control, is helping us lose the lardage, and allows us to concentrate on things other than food.

“Caught Red-Pawed” – Audrius P. – Bored Panda

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Focus

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Hooray!

We just got home from picking up our truck.

We took it to Terry Underwood with a sagging headliner that almost looked as if a tent had collapsed on us.

He brought out a sheet that had swatches from which we could choose. We left the truck with him yesterday afternoon.

Today he called, saying the material he received wasn’t the right one, expecting us to want him to order again. The truck is getting on in years (like its owners), so we just told him to use what he had received.

The material blends nicely with the rest of the interior. It isn’t noticeable that it doesn’t ‘match.’ Terry was a bit upset over it, but it looks GOOD. He did a great job for us.

We discovered that his main business is on boats, but that he also does work on vehicles, as he did for us.

If you are in this vicinity and need a replacement, this is a man who takes pride in his work. He communicates really well, gives you a fair price, does what he says he will do – a rare thing these days.

Terry Underwood’s phone number is on the card above. He definitely deserves your business.

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Animal Friends

Jonas Grinevicius and Mindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Mindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Mindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Mindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

Jonas Grinevicius and Mindaugas Balciauskas – Bored Panda

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Kristina Nelson Crayon Art 2

Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

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How Do You Carve YOUR Pumpkin? 10-13-2020

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Ray Villafane

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Thoughts on a Tuesday 10-13-2020

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We have two more Indian-Summer-Like days and then we are SUPPOSED to get back to celebrating fall here. I’m ready.

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We saw what we THINK might be the last hummingbird of the season this morning. I realize that there is a huge group of people who say I should put the feeder away at the beginning of October to encourage the hummers to fly south. There is a BIG voice, though, in my head that asks what the hummers will do if they stop for fuel and there isn’t any. So I keep the feeder out until it’s clear that no one else needs it.

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I lost pound # 41 this morning!

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We discovered that it was Columbus Day yesterday – trying to mail a used book we sold on Amazon and finding the post office was closed, and then checking our mailbox on the way home and finding it empty. We will try again today. (I usually look at my desk calendar, but I had written so much on it that the small holiday notice didn’t show. :0(

The Window World representative came yesterday afternoon and was able to find serial numbers on BOTH of the windows that we need to have replaced! The one in the dining area window set was in the frame of the right side. The man opened the window, sliding one part to the left and looked up to find it. The other one I could see when I got up on a stool and looked down at the bottom part of the window. (Have I mentioned that I’m height-challenged?) ANYHOW – they will order the replacements and will call us when they are ready to come out again.

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We took our truck to the man who will replace the headliner that is sagging. He will call us this afternoon when he is ready for us to come pick it up. My to-do list is finally getting shorter!!!

Did I tell you I’m in love with this man’s face? He is probably in his 80’s. He has the most wonderful smile. I told my husband that I was in love. He took it in stride, since this man is just one of many on my list – which includes Tom Selleck showing up at our front door and telling me he wants me to run away with him…

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Word Play

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“Lexophile”  describes those who have a love for words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”,  “To write with a broken pencil is pointless.”  

An  annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. This year’s submissions:

“I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic.  It’s syncing now. 

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. 

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore

I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time. 

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. 

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A. 

I got some batteries that were given out free of charge. 

A  dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail. 

A will is a dead giveaway. 

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. 

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. 

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off?  He’s all right now. 

A  bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired. 

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed. 

When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she’d dye. 

Acupuncture is a jab well done.  That’s the point of it. 

I didn’t like my beard at first.  Then it grew on me. 

Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils? 

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble. 

When chemists die, they barium. 

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity.  I just can’t put it down.

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.”

(*forwarded to me by a good friend.)

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Free

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I’m feeling rich because I have a nice stack of books to read.

I just finished John Grisham’s The Guardians and have started an old favorite of Nora Robert’s.

Being able to ‘climb’ onto my new recliner (I mentioned that I’m a bit height-challenged) cover up with my cozy throw – cup of coffee beside me and a book in my hand – is one of the nicest ways I know to spend some time each day.

Whether I’m reading to learn something, or escaping into another world for awhile, reading is priceless. My favorite authors list continues to grow because thankfully there are numerous talented people out there either explaining how to do what they do so well, or transporting me to a place I can worry about someone else’s problems or share their joy.

I started learning to read very early, after shocking my parents with a bad word when I looked around our living room one day. My mom was working the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. My dad was immersed in a gorgeous geology book. My brother was sprawled on the couch with a comic book (now called a graphic novel). I looked in frustration from one to the other, finally announcing, “I wish to HELL I could read!” Everyone looked at me. My brother smirked because he knew I was in trouble. My dad was just staring at me. My mom, who had a small dog on each side of her in her chair, put down her puzzle and came over to me.

Instead of being angry, she grabbed a book, sat down beside me, and proceeded to start teaching me to make sense of the marks in the book. It was one of the very best gifts anyone ever gave me.

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Remember

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How Do You Carve YOUR Pumpkin? 10-12-2020

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Height

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I have been encouraging Lynn Moody, my miraculous massage therapist, to help me with this problem.

She does a wonderful thing by pulling on each of my arms and legs, plus my head, during each massage. (She is quite tactful – not saying anything about ‘pulling my head out of my ___.’ ) Not only does this FEEL great, I’m hopeful that if she REALLY works on it, I will get taller.

If I can get taller by about 4 inches, it would solve my lardage problem AND allow me to retrieve things that are out of my reach now!

Maybe she will redouble her efforts if I take her some chocolate at my massage this week…

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Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

Kristina Nelson Crayon Art

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Hello, Monday

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I hope that your week is starting off well.

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The representative from Window World is supposed to be here this afternoon to make sure which windows need to be replaced, measure, match up serial numbers, etc.

When that is done, we will call the man who will replace the headliner in the truck for us, leaving our truck with him.

The day’s project will be catching up with the weed whacking needed, plus hopefully spraying KillzAll on the weeds we need to get rid of.

The Indian Summer we’ve been having for the past week will give way to fall once again mid-week, and I will welcome that with open arms.

Have a wonderful first day of the week!

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