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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 30 Mar 2020 11:58

G-O-O-D morning, Stories Spacers!! Okay, I'll admit that greeting might be just a tad over-the-top not to mention irritating. However, I'd argue that it beasts, "Up your nose with a rubber hose," although that one from the old 'Welcome Back Kotter' series might be more appropriate to the occasion. However, I'm open to discussion of that burning issue. ;)

Anyway, coffee's hot and ready to trot. If you drain the pot, then it behooves you to get the next one going.

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I'm okay with either. I loved Welcome Back Kotter when it was on. I have been feeling nostalgic lately. I miss Saturday nights as a child when our whole family would watch Tne Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show.

Too much time to think these days. I miss my parents, aunts, son, and daughter in law. But they are all safe and doing okay so I shouldn't be complaining.

I am taking a break from cooking and baking today. I found flour at Costco last week. My fridge and freezer are full. I've obsessively been cleaning so I am taking a break from that as well. I could be working on my taxes but I'd already applied for an extension so there is still no hurry.

I went a little muffin crazy. I made blueberry, lemon poppyseed, chocolate chip, and cinnamon oatmeal. I'll leave them on the counter. So much for my resolution to go to the gym and eat healthier. I've been walking every day but I think I am going to have to start running or walking a lot farther to help. There are worse problems to have, she said to herself eyeing the last roll of toilet paper.

Stay safe and healthy everyone and laugh as often as you can.

Topic: The Random Blurt Thread
Posted: 27 Mar 2020 21:52


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 27 Mar 2020 21:47

Larry, I'm glad everything came out well with your scans.

I finally found flour on a trip out to Costco today. I needed to stock up on fruit and vegetables and spotted s pallet of flour. The only part that is silly is having to buy two bags because they bundle them together. I now have twenty pounds of flour, lol. I need to get baking. My son and girlfriend had decided to make macaron cookies because we do have almond flour. But now we can make a lot more things. We made Shepard's pie tonight. We brought ribs and are going to have a rib cook-off tomorrow. We each get a rack of ribs to cook the way we want to. My youngest is coming to come home tomorrow to judge the winner and of course to eat them with us.

Still, no toilet paper to be found. But I am healthy and so is my family, so I really can't complain.

Sarah, thanks for more cookies. I'll have a handful. I am staying up to enjoy peace and quiet in my house at night. It's a little too busy and noisy at times with everyone at home.

Anna, I hope you can find a solution to your Mom's house. It is amazing how many unintended and unforeseen consequences have been occurring everywhere.

I'm still enjoying my new bathroom. Soaking in a bath, reading and listening to music takes my mind off what is going on.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.


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Topic: The Random Blurt Thread
Posted: 24 Mar 2020 14:18


Topic: Dogs/Cats/Horses .. they make us laugh!!!!
Posted: 24 Mar 2020 14:11


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 24 Mar 2020 13:59

(mumbles through a mouth-full of pie) I'd have posted sooner but this trying to figure out which of Gill's pies I like best is a real challenge.

I've been tinkering with a list of podcasts those not familiar with that medium might want to check out. That's why I found myself listening (for the first time ever) to an episode of 'Welcome to Night Vale'. Best I can describe it is to suggest it's a bit like an audio version of 'The Twilight Zone' that's on magic mushrooms.

Coffee is a major goodness.

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That is an excellent description of Welcome to Nighvale. I have listened to a couple of seasons. When someone asks what it is about I never know what to say. I'll use your description from now on if you don't mind. I love that even their "commercials" are part of the whole thing.

I get good podcast recommendations from my kids. A few years back I started a forum thread about podcasts. It was not very successful, but maybe now there will be more interest. I'll post the link.


Larry, a lot of appointments are being canceled around here. My mammogram and follow up with my doctor about a previous surgery were canceled. Nothing that can't be postponed but it is unsettling. I hope yours can be rescheduled soon.

I'm looking through my pantry to see what I bake next. I have several cans of sweetened condensed milk. I'm thinking of coconut macaroons and fudge.

Sarah, I'll take a few cookies to snack on while I determine what's for dinner tonight.

Stay safe everyone!

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 24 Mar 2020 09:25

Strange times. Thankfully I recovered from whatever I had and have been able to drop off groceries and supplies to my parents. I can not see them but I can drop off things at the front gate and they will deliver them. They only get one meal a day delivered to them and they needed to restock their kitchen.

Still, no toilet paper to be found anywhere. No flour or yeast either. I miss baking bread. I've made a couple of pies. I've also organized all the drawers in my house and started on the closets. I may be slightly obsessive-compulsive. One good thing about being at home, we were able to work on our bathroom remodel. It's almost finished. The most important part is done- my new larger soaking bathtub.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and finding enjoyable ways to pass the time.

I made a key lime pie, a lemon meringue pie, and an apple pumpkin pie with a crumb topping. I am trying to use things up in my pantry.

I'll leave them on the counter.

Back to organizing for now.

Cheers, stay safe everyone!

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Topic: This or That
Posted: 17 Mar 2020 00:11

Gentle summer rain

Daisies or Roses?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 16 Mar 2020 21:35

Yesterday Gill said her mother and some of her buddies were joking about all this forced togetherness possibly being tough on marriages. Well, I just heard that the divorce rate in China has gone way up thanks, authorities say, to C19.

My wife-unit is still in the hospital but is supposed to be moved from ICU to a regular hospital room today. If so, maybe I'll get a chance to check in on her. Happy Birthday, I hope you had a good day.

We're told that into each life some rain must fall, but, at the moments, it sure feels like everybody has been left under an overactive waterfall.

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Bill, I do hope you can visit with your wife soon and she recovers quickly.

Sarah, thank you as always for the cookies.

Larry, I have not received my census yet.

I did receive a juror's questionnaire for federal grand jury duty. I am all for doing my civic duty but not this one. I had a friend who did and she had to be at the federal courthouse for three days every month for over a year. That's a bit much. They can extend your time as well.

I am glad I saw my parents a few days ago and took them some supplies. They have no pretty much locked down the facility now. My dad is not taking it well. They closed the pool there as well as all the county indoor pools. He has been going swimming almost every day for forty-five years. He is going to be even more agitated now and I can't do anything to help and ease my mother's load.

I got to the library just in time as well. All libraries are closed as well as schools. In DC they have closed all restaurants and bars. Being just over the line in Virginia I am afraid that is the next step here. Restaurants can still do carry out and drive-throughs.

No more trips to see my aunt either. I think everything is closed now.

Strange times.

I hope everyone is healthy and managing as best they can.

I'm going to venture out to the grocery store tomorrow. Wish me luck.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 13 Mar 2020 14:35

Thank god we can still enjoy cookies. Not sure where to start with all that is going on. I just watched a press conference where everyone who talked touched the microphone, so much for good examples. Schools and universities are closed for weeks now.

My oldest called me in a panic. He is in the final year of his Ph.D. program and at a critical stage with his research. His Ph.D. will be in analytical chemistry. Grad students even though they teach and do research for professors are not considered staff so he can't finish his work. Monetarily it is not good either. He won't get paid and his side job is also with the university. Telling him he is not alone isn't exactly helpful.

My other two are less affected. My youngest son's German girlfriend can't come to visit next month. Her university is closed so she will probably not graduate on time and not be able to move here in August as they had planned. Middle son would love to telecommute to avoid his actual hellish commute but he works at NIH and since they are a secure government facility they can't send people home with laptops.

I also have not been able to help my parents with trips to the military base they shop at and see their doctors. The first case of the virus was at the hospital on base so they have restricted access to the entire base. I need the new Real ID license. It isn't mandated until October but military bases are free to deny access on that basis. The DMV has been having computer problems so I haven't been able to get mine yet.

At least my Mom has retained her sense of humor. They have canceled all activities at their retirement community. She and friends are joking that having to stay in with their spouses for extended periods of time might not be the best idea.

Today was a good day. I brought them library books, movies food and some other items they needed. Thankfully I was able to find toilet paper before it was gone. You can't even order it online. That is crazy. There is no reason to hoard the stuff. People have gone crazy.

Thanks for letting me rant. The weather here is gorgeous, 78 and sunny. My bathroom is coming along nicely and no one I know is sick. I'm thankful for all of that.

I hope everyone is doing well and managing despite current events.

I made some cherry limeade today. I'll leave a pitcher on the counter.

Cheers Everyone!

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