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73. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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72. Alleyoops
8:55 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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Thinking of you on this Special day. Blessings to you and your family.
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71. palmettobug53
4:02 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
Hi, Ylee.. The appt was routine. Just a check up. Seems like my social calendar these days have more doctor appts on them than social events!

I nodded off during Part 2. Woke up around 11:00. Burns' films are always excellent but I'd just watched a two hour special on the Dust Bowl on The American Experience about a year ago. Other than having different eyewitnesses to relate their memories of the time, Burns' film didn't deviate much from the earlier documentary I'd watched. It was basically the same info; nothing new, really. If I hadn't seen that earlier show, and so recently, I'm sure Burns' film would have been much more compelling for me.

I'm looking forward to his film on FDR. Meryl Streep, I think, is going to voice Eleanor. I think she's an exellent pick.

That's one thing I don't like about watching these shows, when I can't hear them. I can't pick up on the actor's voices and emotional ranges, as they read from letters, diaries, etc. I love my captions; they enable me to watch TV but they do lose something in the telling.

Sandi, Pros, thank you so much for the Thanksgiving wishes. I'm hoping that the two of you have a blessed day.

Almost time for me to get ready to meet a coworker for lunch. I'm wearing old clothes, as I've been in and out, helping Hubby with the leaf raking. I need to get showered and changed. I'm grubby feeling!
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70. Proserpina
1:44 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving Images, Quotes, Comments, Graphics
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For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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69. sandiquiz
1:35 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, full of love and laughter.

I hope your Wednesday is going well, and you managed to do enough work to take
Friday off.... I am sure the things you want to do at home will benefit from your attention.
:-)
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68. Ylee
12:41 AM GMT on November 21, 2012
Hope your appt. went well, bug!

Didn't care much for the second half of The Dust Bowl. Everything seemed disjointed to me. :( Maybe it was just me.....
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67. palmettobug53
5:19 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
LOL.... I can sympathize with the desire for a quiet day without a flock of hyped up young'uns running amok.

Don't get me wrong; I like children and I know they're usually full of energy and excited on holidays. It's just not something I want to have to deal with. Esp if you've got family members who don't discipline their children, make them mind or make them go outside to let off steam.

short lunch today; Dr's appt this afternoon, which means I only get 30 minutes. Barely enought time to heat my entreé up and wolf it down. I'll likely have indigestion all afternoon. Bleah....
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66. sandiquiz
6:23 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
They mostly show up, let their kids run around unsupervised, and leave a mess...

Ylee, that's why I dislike visiting my sister when the little ones are visiting! Since her recent marriage there are now six grandchildren, instead of two!
This Christmas I am spending the day with the aged rellies... Three old 'uns together! lol
Then after Christmas my sister and her partner will drive down to visit me, as I will not be up to driving so far north, and I think the hour up to my aunt's house will be pushing it!

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65. Ylee
5:58 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Thought I was working Thanksgiving night, but I don't think I am now, so it looks like I'll have to put up with the inlaws at my MILs! :P They mostly show up, let their kids run around unsupervised, and leave a mess. Wife and I clean up and wash dishes for her mom. She cooks all day, and is wiped out by evening.

Friday is shaping up like decorating day.
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64. palmettobug53
5:19 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Oh, that's torture, Sandi! lol

Well, the office is officially closed Friday but a fairly large number of people will be working. I probably should work; I've got a lot of work staring me in the face.

On the other hand, there are a number of things I'd like to do this weekend, that I don't usually get to on regular weekends. Plus, the weather was nasty this weekend, so a couple of things I need to do in the yard before the temps get any lower didn't get done.
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63. sandiquiz
8:02 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Karen will be busy making her buckeyes at the moment, and last year I found a recipe for something called "Mini Christmas puddeens" which went down a storm. I have already been asked for some this Christmas. It requires dark and white chocolate, so when I put in an order at the on-line shop I ordered two of each bars, but only the best!
Lindt chocolate is the best here.

When I get some made I will post a photo for you.

Only a short week... do you have to work Friday?
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62. palmettobug53
11:56 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Karen, we do have to indulge ourselves once in a while; just not make a habit of it! LOL
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61. SBKaren
11:05 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Oh Bug, please don't get me wrong, I am a chocoholic! I'll never turn down some chocolate. But I'm picky about my sweets.....chocolate, no problem, always good, but I can skip over all those fruity kind of treats (Skittles and Star Bursts come to mind). And as much as I love chocolate, I'm also not crazy about the super sweet icings and therefore Twinkies or Ding Dongs, or any of those. Either the filling or the icing is too sweet.

I made home made vanilla bean ice cream and brownies for our dinner celebration tonight (R's birthday was Thursday, but tonight is the family dinner), and I even bought hot fudge to put on top, but only because R wanted it:-/

I won't have any problem having my share!
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60. palmettobug53
9:06 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Oh, here's another good link about Boston Butts:

Link

Paula Deen has a great receipt for BB. Of course, she would! LOL

The Lady and Sons Smoaked Boston Butt
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59. palmettobug53
7:21 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Oh, the differences on either side of The Pond! Somewhat confusing at times, isn't it? lol

Ylee is right: this is a cut of pork from the upper shoulder. Most commonly used here in the South for our pork BBQ or pulled pork. It also makes a lovely roast.

Here's what Wiki has to say about how the name came about:
Boston Butt

Your 'lodger' is correct, in that the cost of living is the greater component. But I still do a bit of conversion, when reading your blog, so as to get a sense of how much something would cost me here in the States.

I did cringe at the price on the chuck roast. But it was the only one under 12.00 that looked decent. Anything larger would have really been too much for me and Hubby, even with leftover meals. Nice and thick, with little fat. It will braise nicely.

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58. Ylee
5:30 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
I agree with Sandi that there is a difference between $4.29/lb and $7.00/lb! Does C work for Parliament? :)
That's a high price for a roast, but that's a good price for butt! LOL! Boston Butt actually comes from the shoulder, I believe, but I'm not sure why they call it that!


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57. PeaceRiverBP
5:27 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Bug; I, too, am past the point of enjoying those kind of snacks. But, I did want to refresh my taste buds before they went away.... potentially for good.

I've never heard of Boston Butt either.... I'm afraid to ask!

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56. sandiquiz
5:06 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Ok, so you knew what gammon was, but what I earth is 'boston butt'? lol

Funnily enough I had a conversation with the 'lodger' this morning about the cost of things on either side of the pond. I was saying you had to convert the dollar to sterling to get a comparable price, but he said not. He was trying to say that the conversion wasn't so important, but the cost of living. For instance, the price per pound of your 'beast' - $4:29 is about the same as we would pay in sterling per pound. (Although, if I converted, your dollar is converting to 62p at the moment.)

I suppose it all depends on your cost of living versus ours. And the cost of the beef is almost the same.... monetary wise ($4:29 and 4:29 sterling) ..... so is he right? Nah, he's a man, so he is never right! lol
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55. palmettobug53
3:25 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Good morning, from wet and chilly Charleston.

We never did get any rain yesterday but it started last night. Nothing heavy; just light and slow and continuous. I've barely got 1/2 inch in my gauge. I haven't emptied it since last weekend, so that's
several day's worth of precip.

Pros, love the collage and poem. As always, you come up with the loveliest things.

Janet, I brought everything in around 3:00, before I left for the grocer. Nothing was entirely dry. Hubby was able to put away his work pants and shirts but the whites (first load out!) and the last
couple of loads were still damp or wet. Had to hang a bunch up inside. Still, I'm glad I did it all
yesterday.

Karen, as I've aged, I have developed more of a sweet tooth but I try to stick with fruit for as long as I can. Those chocolate cravings do kick in periodically and I cave.

BTW, have you tried those Honeycrisp apples? YUM!

Shore and Beth, you're better women than I am. I have not had the first inkling of a desire to have one for old time's sake. I think what turns me off is that cream filling. For the same reason I don't like that super sweet icing that bakeries and deli's tend to use on their cakes. When they're brought to work for farewells or birthdays, I always make them give me a piece from the middle, so that I don't get so much icing. Even then, I usually scrape it off.

Ylee, I read your rant. There's really been nothing much in our local paper about all the why's and wherefore's of Hostess' going out of business and I hadn't bothered going more in depth online.

In this economy, just having a job is something to be thankful for. IMHO, it sounds like they got greedy and it backfired on 'em. I know that's not the whole story but....

I did decide on a Roast Beast for today's dinner. I went to the Red and White grocer, which is not too far from our house and it has THE biggest meat department I've ever seen. I wound up with a 2.72 lb chuck roast for 11.67 (4.29 per lb) - OUCH. They had some for 7.00-8.00 or 9.00 or so but they didn't look as good. So, I bit the bullet and threw it in my cart.

I figured that, while I was there, I'd check out their pork roasts for next Sunday. I really scored a good deal on that one. I found 3.93 lb boston butt for 6.25 (1.59 per lb). I was rather chuffed about that.

Not much on TV today but I'm looking forward to Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl' tonight at 8:00 on PBS. I love his films and I make a point of watching when they come on. I just wish PBS was more in the habit of rerunning things like that; there's several of his films that I'd love to watch again and there are a couple that I somehow missed.



'The Dust Bowl'
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54. PeaceRiverBP
2:50 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Good morning, Bug! I see that Twinkies are the topic here; when I went to the grocery store on Friday evening, there wasn't a single Twinkie to be seen. Like Linda, I thought about getting some for old times sake, but it looks as though I'm out of luck! Bye-bye, Twinkies!
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53. Ylee
1:37 AM GMT on November 18, 2012
I've already ranted about the demise of Hostess on my blog, so I won't repeat anything except that as an expert on junk food, nothing comes close. Not Little Debbie, not Bluebird, no one.
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52. shoreacres
12:45 AM GMT on November 18, 2012
Oh, my. Those Twinkies. It's probably been 30 years since I've had one, but once the publicity about the strike and shutdown started, I couldn't help myself. I went to the store, and discovered they were on sale for $1 a package. I bought one pack of Twinkies and one of the chocolate cupcakes. The Twinkies were exactly as bad as I remembered them. Just gross. I could onlyl eat one. The chocolate cupcakes, on the other hand, were ok, and certainly brought back memories. They could have used less cream filling, but I figure that was my more sophisticated palate talking.

Actually, I made a point not to read the ingredient label. RIP, I figure. Besides, once they start selling off the assets and the rights to the recipes, I figure they're going to be back. I'm sure not paying $100 to buy a box on ebay!
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51. SBKaren
12:20 AM GMT on November 18, 2012
Hi Bug,

I know you're not on FB, but there's a lot of talk about the demise of Hostess on there as well. Lots of people going out and snatching up all they can. I'm also not a big fan. I don't mind the little doughnuts, but you can buy other brands, but never got into Ding Dongs or Twinkies myself. My mother never bought or gave us that stuff. She believed that if you wanted a snack, you should have a piece of fruit.

To this day, when it's recess (10:15) I have an apple. I'm amazed at what some parents think is a healthy snack :-/

My voice is also back. I'm going to say I'll be 100% by Monday, which will allow me to enjoy the conversations on thanksgiving.

We had cloudy weather today too. We had some rain last night, but didn't get any today. Maybe tonight we'll get more. The sky sure looks like we might!
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50. janetlee
10:32 PM GMT on November 17, 2012
I hope your laundry dried before having to bring it in. I put out an early load while the sun was still shining. Thought about bringing it in & sticking them in the dryer but kept holding off. Finally about 3:30 went out to get them in and was surprised to find them dry. We too have been under heavy cloud cover since mid-morning.

Also not a big twinkie fan. Max & kids at one time loved the cream filled cup cakes. We should have bought stock in those during that time for as many as they ate.

I guess I'll go snooping through the other blogs before going in & kicking back in front of the t.v. for the evening. I doubt if there is anything interesting on
Take care...
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49. Proserpina
4:59 PM GMT on November 17, 2012
Photobucket

Just a brief greeting with a photo collage from my last painting, and a quote from a poem:


Hail to thee, blithe spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
To a Skylark.
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48. palmettobug53
2:30 PM GMT on November 17, 2012
Good morning!

I'm trying to get some laundry done before this afternoon. We've got spots of blue sky and sun but mostly clouds this morning. Showers are expected to move in later today.

I got home a bit earlier than usual yesterday and managed to get two loads washed before Hubby went to bed. (The washer is on the other side of our bedroom wall, so I don't like to disturb his sleep.) I did delicates and some shirts and pants, which I could hang on hangers on the over door racks or put on the folding racks in the front bedroom.

I've got whites going now and then I'll get started on Hubby's work pants/shirts. If I'm lucky, they'll dry before I have to bring them in.

Other than laundry, I've just got the usual dusting, picking up, etc to do. I probably need to run to the grocer for the Sunday dinner supplies. Haven't a clue as to what to fix. Roast beast with all the trimmings, maybe? IF I can find a decent roast without having to take out a loan to pay for it.

My, my, my.... I see that Texas based Hostess is shutting down. It's saddening to learn that almost 20,000 people who will be losing their jobs but I can't say that I'll miss Twinkies.

I can't remember the last time I ate a Twinkie. 40 years ago? 50? Did I contribute to the demise of Hostess by refusing to buy/eat their snack cakes? Sorry, but I just couldn't wrap my lips around most of them. Too stickily sweet and probably full of transfats, to boot.

Today's paper had an article about how the Twinkie demise is saddening some Lowcountry residents. There was a quote about Twinkies that made me laugh out loud:

"I thought they would survive the nuclear apocalypse - those and cockroaches and Keith Richards."
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47. palmettobug53
7:03 PM GMT on November 16, 2012
Couple of items of interest:


Coastal flooding again.

Jimmy Buffet almost elected to St. Andrews Public Service District seat. Would they be serving margharitas at the meetings?
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46. palmettobug53
6:17 PM GMT on November 16, 2012
Shore, I remember when I26 opened up. Dad thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Get on the "I" and you didn't waste any time getting where you're going.

No butter in my tomato soup here at work but at home? Oh, yeah. A pat of butter, a couple of shakes of hot sauce and a squirt of lemon juice into the saucepan as I'm heating it up. YUM.

I sometimes use lemon pepper, if I don't have lemons or RealLemon at hand.

Still wet and cold here. So far, the rumors of possible sunshine haven't panned out. I suspect the house will be full of drying clothes this weekend. Unless I haul all or some of to the laundromat and challenge the usual habitueés for a dryer.

Did I spell that right? I can't find my spell check on this new EI browser.
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45. shoreacres
4:52 PM GMT on November 16, 2012
But the question is - did you drop a dollop of butter in the middle of your tomato soup? Now I'm hungry for some - and I'm fighting the impulse to go buy a package of Twinkies. I may do it, just for old times' sake. I actually was more fond of the chocolate cupcakes. Maybe I'll buy both. I could just put them away - we always said those things would keep forever! LOL

OH! I found the very first stretch of interstate highway ever built on my recent travels. It's now on 70 in Kansas, between KCMO and Topeka. They even have a historical sign there!

But, oops! When I went to the Wiki, I see three states claim being "first". Missouri apparently signed the first contract. The piece I drove on in Kansas was the first section paved. Then there's Pennsylvania....

Three states have claimed the title of first Interstate Highway. Missouri claims that the first three contracts under the new program were signed in Missouri on August 2, 1956. The first contract signed was for U.S. 66. On August 13, 1956, Missouri awarded the first contract based on new Interstate Highway funding.[13]

Kansas claims that it was the first to start paving after the act was signed. Preliminary construction had taken place before the act was signed, and paving started September 26, 1956. The state marked its portion of I‑70 as the first project in the United States completed under the provisions of the new Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956.

According to information liaison specialist Richard Weingroff, the Pennsylvania Turnpike could also be considered one of the first Interstate Highways. On October 1, 1940, 162 miles (261 km) of the highway now designated I‑70 and I‑76 opened between Irwin and Carlisle. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania refers to the turnpike as the Granddaddy of the Pikes.


Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool to be driving on the first paved section. And that explains why I-80 was such a draw when I was a kid - those interstates were brand new, and it seemed like you could get on them and "go" forever.
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44. palmettobug53
5:58 PM GMT on November 15, 2012
LOL, Ylee.

Poose-gimples derives from this thing my brother and I did when we were young: balking tackwards. I still find myself doing it!

goose pimples = poose gimples

dotted lines = lotted dines

pickup truck = trickup puck

Coming from the generation that really got into Pig Latin, Mama picked up on balking tackwards very easily. She jumped in on my brother and me one time before we could get the backwards version of "fitted sheets" out of our mouths.

"AH,AH, AH! Don't you do it!"

Shore, we are wet and COLD here today. I'm having tomato soup with triscuits smeared with Palmetto Cheese.

Karen, you and I can probably sing the whole "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet" commercial at the drop of a hat. Whether it was Sunday drives, driving cross country or driving a state or two, Americans were on the road in the 50's and 60's. Back when gas was cheap and you could find motels and cabins aplenty to spend the nights.

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43. shoreacres
4:54 PM GMT on November 15, 2012
Love it! "Poose-gimples" - one to add to my list of favorite malapropisms!

Hope your day's going well. It's warmed up enough that I'm off to the dock. While I was piddling around I did get my laundry done, the bills paid, some correspondence taken care of and the kitchen cleaned, so I can work until the last glimmer of light with no worries!
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42. SBKaren
3:42 AM GMT on November 15, 2012
Hi Bug - I don't remember a lot of Sunday drives, but I bet that would have been harder to do with 4 kids in the car!

We did a lot of car traveling though. We moved to New York when my dad was offered a show there. He flew, we (mom, grandpa, and 4 kids) drove. My mom always was a car traveler. When we returned to California we did it again. We took what she called, the northern route on the way there, and stopped at every National and State park there was to stop in. Then we took the southern route on the way home and did the same thing.

We drove back to Kentucky one summer and spent a few weeks with my grandparents, and then, of course, drove home.

When hubby and I were married, he was stationed in Georgia, so off we went - in the car. Then we were moved to Texas, then back home to California, then off to Germany!

So I guess you can say I have criss crossed this country 3 times! Maybe why I don't feel such a strong need to do it now.

So while I don't remember slow country drives, I have plenty of miles in my blood.

I do prefer a more scenic route. Matter of fact, we still take Highway 395 when we drive up to Lake Tahoe. It's mostly a 4 lane highway, with great sections of only 1 lane in each direction. It goes through the high desert and the mountains. I MUCH prefer it to Interstate 5 which is mostly flat, completely boring and ugly!

Hope your glasses fit you just right!
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41. Ylee
3:16 AM GMT on November 15, 2012
Poose gimples? I don't even want to know, but it sounds bad! :)
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40. palmettobug53
5:47 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
Hi, Shore.

Just doing a quick peek, since I can only take a 30 minute lunch today. I went straight to the optician and was there when they unlocked the doors this morning.

We had to order new frames. They had nothing in the store that fit me, that I liked. They're pretty similiar to the shape I'm wearing now but instead of tortoiseshell, they're black and silver. Metal frames, rather than plastic. Luckily, the ones we're ordering are only $100.00. I've paid much more just for frames. When you have a tiny face, it can be very hard to find cheap frames that fit and look good on your face.

I told them I was open to anything but Farside glasses. Plastic was OK but I prefer metal. They just seem to hold up better.

We were able to re-use a pair I had at the house for my new computer glasses.

The final cost still gave me poose-gimples. Once you move from single lenses to bifocals, the cost sky rockets.
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39. shoreacres
2:07 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
Good morning! I saw Big Bug had popped to the top of the list and thought - huh? So I went to look and found your eyeglass saga. It's scary to drive with those dilated eyes, isn't it? And probably pretty frustrating, trying to keep your "monocle" tucked where it's supposed to be! I hope you get that all straightened out without any problem.

I grew up as a Sunday road-tripper, too. Sometimes we'd run over the grandma's but just as often we'd just go for a drive in the country. You know - to check and see how the corn's growing. And then we'd head to the A&W for a pork tenderloin and a rootbeer float, or to the Dairy Queen or Hesse's ice cream "down on the square" if we wanted homemade sherbet.

I couldn't believe the prices at your aquarium. Then, I went and looked at the prices for our aquariums. My, my. The last time I went to an aquarium was in Corpus Christi, and I think it was something like $10.95. Now, the going rate seems to be $21.95.
The Houston zoo senior rate is $7 (adult $11), so that's not so bad, and they have an aquarium, too. They have an aquarium at the zoo - don't know if it's included in the price.
The good news is that Moody Gardens in Galveston is offering a season-long pass to the Christmas light exhibit and ice skating rink for $25. They're opening it up this weekend, so the "season" is about two months long. That's not a bad deal. (Kids prices are cheaper, too.)

Well, off I go to get the day started. I hope yours is nice and easy!
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38. sandiquiz
7:32 AM GMT on November 14, 2012
Oh, yes, we always had a drive on a Sunday afternoon. Sunday was Granddad's day off, once he had dealt with the stock, so we used to get in the car and drive out. Sometimes we would head to the coast for an ice cream, or through the woods towards the hills, just to stop and watch the changing view laid out below on the Vale of York.
We didn't have an airport nearby, but I guess we would have done that too!

This is the view from the top of the hills. We would take a flask and cakes, and sit on a rug to watch the world go by. Aye, life was much slower, and peaceful, then.

Vale of York





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37. palmettobug53
4:03 AM GMT on November 14, 2012
Love drives in the country.

Did anyone else here go on Sunday drives after dinner? We did. Not every Sunday but often enough that I remember them fondly.

Sometimes we'd drive over to Johns Island, which was still VERY rural at the time. Lots of farms. Dad sold tractors and farm equipment at the time and knew all the local farmers. One particular drive over there stands out: Dad knew a fellow that was involved in horse racing. Trotters. We watched some workouts on his track. Seeing those horses move so fast while not breaking into a gallop, pulling those flimsy little sulkies, was something else.

Other times, we'd ride up to the Charleston Airport, pull off on the side of the road, park and watch planes take off and land.

Other times, we'd just ride for an hour or two, no place in particular. Maybe down to The Battery or out to one of the islands or maybe to Boone Hall in Mt. Pleasant or down Hwy 61 past the gardens.

Time to hit the hay.

I'll check in tomorrow. Lunch will be short, as I'll be late coming in. I had an appt to get my eyes checked this afternoon. While I was there, one of the earpieces on my specs snapped off. I've got to hit the optician first thing to see if they can jimmy rig something up for me until my new glasses are ready.

So much for the idea of maybe saving a little money by using my current frames for my new lenses. I'll have to get the whole deal. Gonna cost me a bundle, since I also have to get new computer glasses, too.. Maybe I can get a discount for buying two pair. Got nothing to lose by asking and everything to gain.
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36. Ylee
3:20 AM GMT on November 14, 2012
Value Pass? They are kidding, right? Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg is about ten bucks cheaper, and you can usually find coupons!(I know it's a couple hundred miles away, but I figured the facilities are comperable!)

I like drives in the country, too! :)
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35. janetlee
6:42 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
I hear you loud and clear on the admission prices to local attractions for residents. We do not go to any of ours either. In fact Max & I were saying just yesterday how when he first retired we did all sorts of things downtown but no longer. We do still go out to eat on Friday night and once in a blue moon take a drive out to see the countryside. We, in the past, would pack a lunch and take the RV for its weekly run off to some little out of the way spot have lunch and come home. But no longer do that because of the price of gas. However that is coming down now. The last time we went out we tailgated out of the jeep.
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34. palmettobug53
5:20 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
Ylee, never pass up a free meal or no cooking! LOL Esp with groceries costing what they do.

Sandi, many, many moons ago a number of places here used to be free or would grant a discount for local residents. No more. Not now that we're one of the biggest tourist destinations in the nation.

The world, too, if you go by the guest book at the Charleston Museum.

Mama used to take me to the Charleston Museum all the time, when we lived in an apartment two blocks or so away, when I was little. I asked Dad not too long ago if he remembered how much, if anything, they charged back then. I seem to think it was a quarter. He says he thinks you just threw whatever you wanted into the donation box.

About mid '70's, I think local residents could get in for $5.00, if they showed something with their address on it.

Now, it's $10.00 per person to get in the door and they don't care where you live. Even their yearly membership doesn't give you a discount. I think it's $40.00 a year for one person, $50.00 or $55.00 for two, and so on and so on.

The Gibbes is another place I used to love to visit but don't any longer, because they now charge $9.00 per person admission. $7.00 for seniors but I notice no one, anywwhere ever specifies what age they consider a senior. you have to ask and the answer ranges from 60, 65 on up to 70, 75 or even older.

Everyone complains about options for family entertainment/activities and the places that would be perfect cost so much to get in, no one can afford it.

Look at what the SC Aquarium charges for admission. No wonder I've never been.
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33. sandiquiz
8:42 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
I am so surprised that the locals don't get a concession. When I lived in Yorkshire, before heading south, the historical tourist attractions etc, had a special concession rate for locals. All you had to do was take a means of identification showing your photo and address, such as driving licence.
But any visitor attraction of cultural importance, such as museums and art galleries, are free to everyone. Once I am up and running again next year, I intend to visit the Tate Modern, in London, because I want to walk over and photograph, the millennium bridge!
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32. Ylee
12:15 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
Maybe after you retire, you can visit all these places at your leisure.

I've worked at an Applebee's in the distant past; IMO, you didn't miss much! :)
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31. palmettobug53
5:20 PM GMT on November 12, 2012
Yeah, it was a bummer. I was looking forward to getting out. And not cooking! LOL

I think he just didn't want to bother with getting showered and dressed.

I had thought of the crowds and figured that if we went around 3:30, we'd miss both the midday and the supper crowds. Well, there's always next year.

As much as I'd like to visit the Aquarium downtown, I won't cough up the admission fees. They're bad enough for one but when you start adding in spouses and children. Even the senior citizens discounts don't do a whole lot of good.

They have a free day once a year and that would be a great time to go IF you want to deal with the crowds of others like yourself that want to go and can't, or won't, pay the usual admission price.

Admission to Patriot's Point is free today, though you still have to pay $5.00 to park. Great timeing. I'm at work.

Is it any wonder the locals don't see the local sights?
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30. janetlee
11:26 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
So sorry you didn't get your day out as planed. I see you did what every other woman does when upset~go shopping :-)
We don't do those free things either, too crowded. Same reason I never do the Black Friday shopping deals. There is nothing I want that bad to put myself through that. I saw on the morning news people were camping out for the new Twilight movie 4 days before the movie was to show!! Oh well..........
Take care
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29. sandiquiz
9:26 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
Oh, so sorry your better half decided he didn't want to go go out to eat - but what I have learnt about J is he doesn't like change or meeting new people.
I don't blame you for picking up a ready cooked chicken.... I would have done something similar... Or even thrown a can opener and a tin of soup at his head and said - help yourself! You are a better woman than I am! Lol

Happy Monday !
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28. Ylee
12:34 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
Bug, sorry you didn't go to Applebee's; give your hubby a pat on the back for me!
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27. palmettobug53
11:47 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Well, when it came time to start thinking about getting ready to go, Hubby decided he didn't want to. I'm not sure why, really. He seemed all for it yesterday.

I was a bit disappointed, as I was looking forward to going. If not to Magnolia Gardens and Applebee's, then just Applebee's.

Well, whatever....

I got in the truck and went to Goodwill. I found 3 pair of khaki pants suitable for work, one pair of 'old lady' jeans. The ones with the elastic waist and no zipper. I found a nice long sleeved blouse that will go with the khakis. And a lovely white summer nightgown, that looks and feels brand new, though there was no store tag on it. I'm well set for winter gowns and PJs; I didn't have much for summer. I'll wash them all up this week.

I then went on to Walmart, got gas and groceries. I picked up some potato salad at the deli and bought a rotisserie chicken. After gearing myself up to go out to eat and then not going, I wasn't about to cook.

I've got my lunch stuff ready for tomorrow and have been watching 'The Green Mile' again. 'Walking Dead' will be on after that. Then, it will be off to bed!
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26. palmettobug53
2:54 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Good morning, everyone.

Today is Veteran's Day. Be sure to thank a veteran for his or her service. Today is a special day when we are reminded to do this but don't let this be the only day.

There have been a number of things going on this weekend. There was a Veteran's Day parade downtown yesterday. Magnolia Gardens is offering free general admission to vets and their immediate families today and tomorrow. As I've mentioned, Applebee's is offering free meals to all veterans and active duty service members today. The 2nd annual Veteran's Day 5K run was held yesterday.


Patriot's Point is offering free admission to vets and their families all day tomorrow.(There is still a $5.00 parking fee you have to pay.) That is a bit disappointing; I would LOVE to visit again but I have to work. I'm not sure why they scheduled that for the day after Veteran's Day and a Monday, to boot.

I stayed quite busy yesterday. I spent almost all day doing laundry, as I was washing some things that are not usually a part of the weekly wash. Throw rugs and whatnot. Picking up, putting things away, doing some dusting and household duties.

We've planned to go to Applebee's for dinner today. If we go around 3:30, we should avoid the midday dinner crowd and the supper crowd. Going mid-afternoon like that works well for us, considering Hubby's bedtime of 5:30 or 6:00.

The free meals they offer the vets are not from the full menu but they do have a good selection: Link

Knowing Hubby, he'll probably opt for the shrimp entree. Since we have to pay for my meal (and our drinks), I'll probably get one of their steak dinners.
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25. sandiquiz
3:23 PM GMT on November 10, 2012
Hi Bug,
Happy Saturday.
I hope by the end of the day yesterday you had caught up with all the back-log:-)

Having a lazy day.... Seem to be having lots of those at the moment!

Did make some orange shortbread, trying out a new recipe. Seems good - I have eaten three already!! lol
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24. palmettobug53
5:23 PM GMT on November 09, 2012
Another busy day on Beetle Rock.

4:00 can't get here fast enough to suit me.

Veteran's Day is Sunday and there's a bunch of
freebies being offered this weekend. Free general admission to Magnolia Gardens Sunday and Monday. A free meal for vets and active duty members at Applebee's Sunday.

We went to Applebee's last year and the place was packed with vets and their buddies;and/or wives/girlfriends. Most were older but I did see a few youngsters in uniform.
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23. palmettobug53
5:14 PM GMT on November 08, 2012
Is this Thursday? I surely hope so.

I nodded off in my recliner again last night. I remember looking in the paper for something to watch about 8:00. The next thing I knew, Hubby was shaking me awake at 5 til 11:00.
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