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  1. This place rocks... Even though most of never met I feel that we've become friends. I'm going through some tough times the last few days with more to come. Sometimes I feel like I just need to post something just to get it off my chest. Sometimes it's just nice to have a place where you feel comfortable. Sorry but there's something in my eyes that's making it hard to type.
    22 points
  2. Had pacemaker implant. Awake and Anastasia wearing off. Staying overnight for observation. Nurses just came in as heart rate spiked to 120..
    22 points
  3. There is a one-man customs facility in a small western town I have been stopping at for 35 years. I walked into the building today with the passengers in trail and while standing in the USCS office I noticed a squadron patch I left there 30 years ago. The customs guy, who is in his 70’s saw me looking at it and told me a friend of his gave it to him. I had to challenge him so I said, “Do you know who gave it to you?” To which he replied, “You did you crusty old sonofabitch”. Everyone cracked up and we spent 90 minutes there shooting the breeze. A lot of nice memories. I first landed there with a flight of then new CF18’s on a training flight.
    22 points
  4. this should be fun. We're finally going to be grandparents!
    19 points
  5. Albuquerque is hot during summertime, but the monsoon rainy season is here, so we get a rainstorm every week or so. mr. and I are coaching second son’s special olympics swimming team. We have a meet tomorrow. I’m getting a handle on dietary changes that might stall further deterioration of my kidneys, and I’ve lost ten pounds since 6/20, the day when I threw away two bottles of joint supplements and vitamins and stopped drinking alcohol. I don’t miss either, but I still want potatoes and quick breads. Haven’t eaten either since 6/20. I don’t miss salt as much as I thought I would, though. And we’re looking forward to a road trip along the CA coast in a few weeks.
    18 points
  6. So this young lady started in our department in late June. She’ll be NG (new gal) for a while. She brings the staff count up to four. Today was the first day for the week that we were all back in the office. How was your weekend? Usual questions. Turns out she had her naturalization ceremony over the weekend. She’s now an American citizen. Wow congratulations! That’s a lot of work to accomplish that, well done. So tomorrow, Thursday, I’m making an apple pie to bring in on Friday. Seems appropro.
    18 points
  7. Sister #2 met a lady her age and with the same ethnicity who immigrated from Indonesia to Holland to America like us. She has become fast friends with my older sisters and I met her for the first time last week at the wedding. At the wedding we got to talking about Indonesian food and she asked what food I like the best. I told her I like nearly all of it but miss Nasi Goereng (fried rice) as I can’t make it like my mom did. So today at our family BBQ she shows up and pulls me aside & says I made you something. She then hands over a big container of Nasi Goereng! Freaking nailed it too, it had the right texture & tastes just like my moms! My sisters did say she is really good at making Indonesian food. So freaking cool of her to do that for me. I told her she’s my new favorite sister! 😁
    17 points
  8. Planning this picture for months. My mother’s shirt says Mama.
    17 points
  9. *sigh* I'll get in the pet carrier again...
    16 points
  10. Even though it’s a nasty disease, my mom (formally diagnosed in February) still remembers people. Were in church today, and she spots someone she knew and said ‘That’s Stewart’. Stewart and his wife are from Pittsburgh and popped into church on their way canoeing at Algonquin. My parents knew him from his work on a mission organization - my Dad raised the money to build a school in Madagascar working through Stewart’s organization. I know it’s likely she will stop recognizing people, and eventually family. But for now I was impressed.
    15 points
  11. Have safe travels
    15 points
  12. Literally and figuratively...
    15 points
  13. Tomatoes Caprese - fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, with Moderna balsamic vinegar.
    15 points
  14. His dad passed this morning. Heart attack or stroke, not sure…he has been living with a diagnosis that I don’t remember the name, but anyway he kind of knew this was going to happen some day. It’s still sad, though. And the mr. family could use your prayers.
    15 points
  15. One of my nephews got married yesterday and the invite said cocktail attire. This made me feel happy as I haven’t dressed nicely in years. The day before the wedding I went through my suit bags and my favorite blue suit was waaay too small!?!?!! This made me feel perplexed? I still had other clothes so picked out a nice outfit and this made me feel accomplished. On the drive out to the wedding I told WOChrisL my blue suit was too small which was odd as I wore it for our daughters wedding and was roughly the same weight then? She said, was that the same suit, maybe you gave it to Goodwill when we cleaned out the closets for the remodel? It then dawned on me that I got rid of the wrong blue suit! I kept my sons suit we bought him in HS and must have given away my good blue suit. This made me feel dumb and a bit sad. At the wedding I saw all of my family visiting from Holland as well as all of my siblings plus some people I haven’t seen in ages. This made me feel comforted to see family I haven’t seen in years. The wedding was beautiful and thankfully outdoors. This made me feel a bit more comfortable since there was a lot of people. While in the buffet line I zinged my cousin but good. There were these large white rolls that looked like bao’s (Asian steamed meat filled buns). I told him it was a bao and he believed me. He was so disappointed to find it was just a roll and threw it at me. This made us both laugh and I felt nostalgic joking around with my cousins again. WOChrisL and I sat with the Dutch family and I felt smart being able to understand and translate the conversations to my wife. The end.
    15 points
  16. His personality is returning.
    15 points
  17. Wheels to build. That’s going to keep me out of mischief for a few hours.
    14 points
  18. I pulled the last of my personal items yesterday, everything but my phone & badge are turned in and have said all of my good bye’s. I guess I’m just going in to turn in my phone & badge? I have a 3 PM phone interview today and might take it from my office but not sure I want to stay that long…
    14 points
  19. Was cruising the neighborhood and found this half done shed. No one was around so I tossed all the parts in the back of my truck. The guy was kind enough to leave a dolly for me. Some parts were screwed together, but it only took a few minutes just to fold everything up. I hope to get a hundred or so for this scrap. Bonus, I got a sweet dolly and a few rakes. Plus, a comfy chair.
    14 points
  20. Today starts National Zookeeper Week and it seems only fitting to celebrate @Square Wheels for being the keeper of our forum home that can be a bit of a zoo at times.
    14 points
  21. It’s been a glorious week. All 5 of us boys together at once. My mom has been in her glory. Going to pick her up for church, with 8 of us still together. On Tuesday, youngest brother and family heads back to Minnesota and the summer gets quieter. No drama, no mishaps, just enjoyable visiting.
    14 points
  22. Jackson, TN I was only there for 24 hours, but the weather was about the same as what I left - it was unusually hot here though. I can handle less rude. Already accepted the offer.
    13 points
  23. My mom doesn't get around well nowadays. There is an art fair going on in Escanaba, so I asked if she wanted to go. Of course she did. I asked HoSmudge to help me install his scooter carrier on my truck so I could take my mom's scooter to the art fair for her. That was when I realized my mistake. 900% humidity!!!!! HoSmudge and I had been in our air conditioning, so I had no idea how humid it was outside. I went back inside and changed into lighter weight clothes. Good news is my mom and I figured out how to tilt the scooter carrier, load the scooter, and tie it down securely. We got pretty good at it. And she really enjoyed her time out there. Apparently she is oftentimes cold, so she didn't mind the weather. I, on the other hand, sweat like a horse! I got home, washed up, and have no intention of going back outside. Blech!!
    13 points
  24. Out on my morning ride. I tried a new road I found south of town. Very low traffic. I was just cruising. My hamstrings were a little tight. I hear “on your left” and a guy on a TT bike pulls beside me. We say good morning and he slowed enough for us to visit for a few miles before he got back to training pace. He has an Ironman coming up soon. His first! Seemed like a nice guy. Sounds like he’ll be open to riding together after his Ironman.
    13 points
  25. Hi Mr. #7. Thanks for the call out. I miss you too. Hope you are well. Is it too hot for baking? It's over 100 here. Oregon is melting. Still in love with Xanadu here. It is just incredible. We have had a few pump track parties at our house. It is so much fun. Those nights, our property is teeming with kids and adults playing on the trails and the track. I have all these zones you can ride through: Celery central, Garlic grove, a bridge over "false creek" and we even have a purge creek. My milkweed is starting to grow after many failures. I am trying to get it established in purge creek (the purge drainage for our salt free water softener system). One of our trees died, the walnut. All others are holding on decently. I have my first hazelnuts that are growing on the tree. So impressed that it is happening already. We have been riding and using our stand up paddleboards all the time. Sadly, we have to drive about 40 minutes to get to clean water to paddle on. I guess some people have it worse in order to get to beautiful zones. The Mr and I have been really enjoying the fact that we can be on good trail in just a few minutes. I can see the mountain from my couch. Oh, and another fun thing. My new pastime is taking a 5 gallon buket down to a petting zoo that is just over my fence. I go down and hand feed cows, chickens and goats. They really like my fresh alfalfa, clover and other assorted edible garden plants. I walk down there and they all come trotting over to the fence. Cow tongue is very similar to a cat tongue. It's very sticky. When I hand them a lettuce plant, they reach out with their tongue. It's quite funny.
    13 points
  26. Here's my nephew Ryan and girlfriend Alexandra's son Myles, fresh out of the womb today! After she spent hours pushing, they considered a Caesarian Section, but she kept pushing and they assisted it with a vacuum and he was born. There was a knot in the umbilical cord and some fluid in his lungs, so they're monitoring him for a while, but all vitals look great. Ali has some cramping but is doing ok.
    13 points
  27. WoKzoo is having a garage sale today and tomorrow which means she will be gone most of the day tomorrow and I will man it for her. Tomorrow late afternoon is our youngest granddaughter's 2nd birthday - complete with a family party.
    12 points
  28. In my condo there are a number of medians that don't really belong to anyone because they're not directly in front of someone's condo. Many of them have nice flowers and while the condo may plant the shrubbery, individuals who like to garden may volunteer to plant or take care of flowers. They always make me happy when I see them, especially the ones near where I turn into my condo. I particularly like the group of black eyed susans and daisies currently in bloom. Today as I was driving to work, I saw two ladies standing by the flowers in the median. One was just chatting but the other had a hose and was watering the flowers. We pay for metered water usage, so she was using her own water to keep the flowers nice for everyone. This made me very appreciative. I stopped my car and she looked at me with curiosity. I told the lady how much the flowers brightened my day each time I saw them and I just wanted to thank her for her efforts. The gardening lady smiled happily and thanked me for thanking her. This made me smile. She looked so proud and happy that she was spreading joy. The chatting lady was also smiling and nodding happily at her friend. I drove away and the interaction made me feel smiley and happy. The End.
    12 points
  29. Vacation starts today. Sitting at the table sipping coffee. Maybe I could handle this whole retirement thing
    12 points
  30. The Rona virus that is. Both my wife and I tested positive for it using our home kits.
    12 points
  31. Just finished 4 straight weeks of watching the TdF. Finished the final stage of the women's just now. Still have the podiums to watch tomorrow. I think they did a great job with the women's, plenty of room for improvement, but way better than a single stage.
    12 points
  32. I didn’t really share too much here about who I worked for but it’s a direct lender and with the rise in interest rates we are tanking hard. I had been pushing the button terminating access on hundreds of people who were being laid off a day for weeks. Well Friday I was advised that I’ll be gone too as my position is being eliminated. Friday the 5th is my last day and will get 12 weeks severance with my benefits being paid for the same 12 weeks. My boss said that two Executives really went to bat for me but ultimately lost the battle. What they were able to do is max my severance out as my position doesn’t warrant 12 weeks, it should have been a month to 6 weeks. So on to the next adventure. I already reached out to some industry friends and have a call lined up for Monday. We’ll see how it goes. I had said before that I hoped to ride this job out to retirement but I also knew the volatility of the industry would likely result in my leaving at some point. We’ll now is the time.
    12 points
  33. Or is that best bunny
    12 points
  34. I've had a few opportunities to scavenge some downed trees this summer, and we've hauled it to camp. HoSmudge has had quite a bit of wood splitting to do. The past couple nights after work I've driven the trucks to a tree the city took down yesterday. I got a good workout each night loading up some nice big chunks and a few smaller pieces. Tonight HoSmudge said he's going to need a new wood shed! I told him I still want to build a simple lean-to/roof on stilts to keep the wood covered and dry. It will be nice for him to have something other than pine to burn at camp. And I'm enjoying lifting heavy things after a day at work sitting in front of a computer.
    12 points
  35. He is nuts. Too speedy for decent pictures. He is so happy.
    12 points
  36. Yes. While cardiologist followed me for year with annual appointment - so couldn’t be that bad - but syncope episode was straw that broke the camels back. Transferred me to a regular room at 5AM - room with a view.
    12 points
  37. That's good news but we will have to arrange for some older nurses then..
    12 points
  38. Second son singing along to the radio, “….fat bottomed girls, you make the rocking world go round.” 😀
    12 points
  39. This is the best forum ever. SW is a kind and benevolent leader. But I still miss Cheese. A lot.
    12 points
  40. Picked up my wife at the Billings airport late Tuesday night. W stayed overnight and returned to Miles City the next day. She returned with a cold and was moving slowly the next day with the 2 hour time change, so I went to breakfast by myself. They have the usual hot and cold breakfast items, and also have a cooked meal. While eating my cooked meal the lady cooking the breakfasts called out the name Karen to pick up their breakfast. Three ladies got up and walked to the window. One of the ladies was sitting at an adjacent table. I asked what had happened, and she responded, "Can you imagine, and all three were named Karen".
    11 points
  41. We were planning on going to Das Fest but we went hiking at Devils Lake this morning instead. After hiking we stopped at Tumbled Rock where we shared a flight of beer. Then we traveled 3 miles north to Driftless Glen distillery where we decided to share another flight of bourbon.
    11 points
  42. We are having baked green tomatoes which are done in Parmesan bread crumbs so I selected this for the sauce. Haddock With Mushroom Agrodolce. I also had mushrooms that needed to be used. Sauce is done and will be combined with fish. right before cooking tonight.
    11 points
  43. my buddy that went with us has a dope truck.
    11 points
  44. Clearly this morning this was (too) early brunch and part of supper too. I allow myself such sandwiches maybe 4 times / yr. In the middle of a 32 km. ride. The photo with water, grass hillside and off in distance, is a former Winter Olympics ski jump in 1986.
    11 points
  45. You should do squarewheels forum members. Start small, like maybe with @petitepedal.
    11 points
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