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By: BigBug , 7:19 PM GMT on November 01, 2012

Time again to put up a fresh entry, so am having Little Bug get me started anew. Even if I don't post often, I do appreciate visits, posts and comments.

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87. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:12 AM GMT on January 02, 2013
BigBug has created a new entry.
86. Patrap
4:52 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
From all of us in New Orleans BigBug

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85. palmettobug53
3:07 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, Dad!

Happy 2013!

I'll get your new entry up sometime later
on today. I thought I'd wait until after
everyone posts in their New Years wishes,
that's going to.

I was over at another website, WordPress,
and reading Bayou Woman's blog. They
were all talking about what they cook
on New Years.

While pork and black eyed peas are eaten,
(just like here) instead of collards, their
preferred green seems to be cabbage.

I heard someone else mention that they fix
cabbage. It makes me wonder where the
western dividing line is:
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana or Texas?

And just how far north do collards go on
New Years?

I knew eating collards on New Years (for money)
was a Deep South thing but I was a bit
surprised to hear so many people saying
that their local tradition was cabbage.

I didn't hear any of them mention rice, though
it might be a given. They all said cabbage
and black eyed peas.

I was the only one that said "Hoppin' John,"
though what I fix really isn't true "Hoppin'
John." I could never seem to get my liquid
to rice ration right, cooking the beans
with the rice. I just fix them
separately and put the beans on the rice.

Hope you two have a nice, relaxed New Years

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84. shoreacres
2:16 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
Happy New Year to you! I hope it's a wonderful one for you and yours!

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83. palmettobug53
2:53 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
I just checked your menu for tomorrow.

The country ham, collards and black
eyed peas sound good!

Not sure what we'll have. I do need to
run to the grocer tomorrow for fruit. I'm
out of apples. I'll probably go to Piggly
Wiggly. Sometimes, they have someone
outside, grilling baby back ribs. Or they
may have some inside at their hot food
take out.

Hope L's party was a success. Heard she
had 3 functions she was attending this
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82. palmettobug53
2:14 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
Changed my mind. I'll do your new blog
tomorrow night.

Currier and Ives

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Wishing you two a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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81. palmettobug53
5:39 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I will log you off tonight and put you
up a new entry. Also renew your member-
ship, if it is due.

So, you will have to log back on tomorrow.

The workload is very light during the
Christmas holidays. They start catching
it all up about a week after Christmas.
I'm pretty busy today. The office is
closed tomorrow. Come Wednesday, I'll
be swamped. And I'm still lost with
this new computer system.

It will get better. One day!

It was COLD this morning and the bird
bath was frozen solid. Not just a
little skim of ice; solid through and

We're supposed to get up to 62 F today.
Tonight won't be that cold. In the 40's,
I think.

Love you.
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80. Proserpina
3:54 PM GMT on December 31, 2012

Let us all meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa
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79. sandiquiz
7:46 AM GMT on December 31, 2012

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78. palmettobug53
3:56 PM GMT on December 30, 2012
OH, I meant to tell you. I need to set you
up a new blog and check to see if your
membership is due for renewal. I think it is.
Once I log on as you down here, to do that,
it will log you off up there.

I planned to do this if I came up right after
Christmas, while I was there. But "L" asked
me to postpone my visit until she was free
to go to the beach. I don't want to wait
that long; your blog is getting too many
comments in it.

Do you remember how to sign back in? You
bring up Wunderground's website. You'll
see that 'Big Bug' will no longer be up
at the top but you will see "Sign In"

Click on 'Sign In', type in your email
and then, in the next block, type in your
password. Then click on "Log in", or "Sign
In" or "OK" or whatever is under the block
where you entered your password.

The paper with your log in info and password
is at the bottom of the stack of papers and
magazines just to the right of your mouse.

If you can't log back in, I hope you remember
how to find your blog by going to the blog
tab and then scroll down and click on your
'Favorites' tab. Then click on your blog
title. Or mine.
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77. palmettobug53
3:48 PM GMT on December 30, 2012
Happy Sunday, Dad.

I'm kind of late checking in today.

It's nippy outside but sunny.

We still haven't had a freeze yet.
I'm sure it won't be long, though.
Jan. and Feb. tend to be our coldest
months and there's plenty of winter
to come.

I have some red cabbage, some Italian
sausage and potatoes to fix for our
dinner today.

I got the rest of the ham sliced up
and put in the freezer. I had two
packs of slices, one pack of bits
and pieces and the bone. I left
plenty of ham on the bone, too.

We'll get a lot of use out of that

I still haven't seen who has been
eating those dried mealworms. I
put some out three times yesterday
and they disappeared before I could
see who was getting them.

Hubbyy and Gus are both napping. Again.
Hubbyy went to bed about 8:00 last night
and got up fairly early.

Gus had already been out for his morning
ramble. He finds the sparrows and squirrels
riveting. I think they're just a bit too
quick for him.

Work is going to be fun this coming week.
We will be closed Tuesday. Wednesday,
we'll get a ton of work. I'm still trying
to feel my way around that new program and
it is slow going.

We have no plans for New Years Eve. We
haven't gone out anywhere for New Years
in a long time. Hubby usually heads to
bed early. I sometimes manage to see
the ball drop in Times Square.

I have been reading Dan Brown's book,
"Angels and Demons." He is the author
of "The Da Vinci Code." Both of those
books were made into movies starring
Tom Hanks.

I found the book at the thrift shop and
probably only paid a couple of dollars for
it. I'd evidently shoved it into the book
shelf and forgot about it. I was looking
for something to read the other day and
spotted it. I figured I'd already read it.
I pulled it out, flipped through it and
realized I hadn't. It is a nice hard back,
which is the only type of book I'll buy now.

I seldom buy new books, unless I find something
at Christmas on Barnes & Nobles bargain table.

Best go for now. Hubby wanted me to wash
his work jacket. If I want to get it
dried before he heads off in the morning, I
need to do it now.

Hope you two have a good day. I haven't
heard from Aunt C in a couple of weeks.
I hope she's just been busy and that
neither she nor Uncle G has been sick.
It is that time of year for colds and

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76. palmettobug53
2:57 PM GMT on December 29, 2012
Hi, Dad, and happy Saturday.

It looks like the rain has pulled off
to our northeast. There isn't all
that much in my rain gauge but it
must have gotten windy. We have
twigs, small branches and lawn chairs
all over the front yard. I did pick
the chairs up but the rest will get
cleared up later.

It is not raining now but it is
still cloudy.

I am glad I got a good bit of my
laundry done yesterday. I still
have sheets and a few other things
but I think the weather will be a
lot better tomorrow.

I have NO plans to leave the house
today or tomorrow. I did run to the
grocer for milk and some Italian sausage
(for dinner tomorrow) but that was

I fixed a pot of soup yesterday. Potato,
leek, carrot and ham. I'd never done
one of those before. It came out good. It
would look better if I had one of those
hand held blenders. I just used my old
fashioned, hand held potato masher. It
left a few lumps but who cares, as long as
it tastes good? I'm not serving it to

I'm being a bad girl this morning. I'm
hitting the bottle at 10:00 a.m.!

Week before last, I bought a small bottle of
Bailey's Irish Creme. I thought it would
be nice to have some Irish coffee Christmas
morning. Which Hubby and I did, though I
don't think he cared for it all that much.
He's not that big a fan of coffee, to start
with; he prefers tea.

When I asked how he liked it, he said it was
"OK" but said 'No', when I asked if he wanted
a refill.

It appears that the rest of the bottle is mine,
all mine!

How did the party go yesterday? Wish 'L' a
belated birthday for me. I'm sorry I didn't
get a card off in the mail; I should have but
what with Christmas going on....

Hope you two have a good Saturday.

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75. palmettobug53
4:40 PM GMT on December 28, 2012
Hi, Dad.

It is kind of cloudy today, though the sun is
peeping out a bit.

Spotted some Carolina chickadees at the bird
bath late yesterday. Also a pair of warblers.
Not sure what kind; I couldn't get a good
look before they flitted off. Myrtle warblers,
I think.

I'd gotten some dried mealworms from Walmart
a couple of weeks ago. I'd been putting them
out in a dish on my patio table in the front
yard. I have yet to see who is eating them.

We still have bluebirds around and at least
one mockingbird. I'm afraid the squirrels
are the ones getting into them, though. I
didn't buy them for the squirrels!

I suppose I'll spot whoever it is, eventually.

What I really need is one of those feeders with
the screened bottom, like you had out at the lake.
I'll have to check around and see if anyone has
some. I know Walmart doesn't. I'm in no rush,
though. When I find one, I find one.

Or I could make my own. Like I'll ever get
around to doing that!

We have rain on tap again for tomorrow. I
don't know why it aways seems to rain on the
weekends, when I have laundry to do. I know
it rains at other times but it seems like it
always interferes with my laundry days.

Got a couple of cold nights coming up. Down
to 32, 34 or so. I know you'll be much colder.

Hope L's party today (or tonight) is a success.
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74. palmettobug53
5:33 PM GMT on December 27, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Kinda cool outside today but, thank
heavens, the wind has stopped.

We had no issues with that storm
that blew through. Lots of leaves,
gum balls and small branches/twigs
down all over the yard.

Hubby was going to get out there
today and clean some of it up,
after he got home.

Just wanted to check in and say
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73. palmettobug53
3:59 PM GMT on December 25, 2012
Hi, Dad. Merry Christmas.

Johnny just called but something happened either on your end or ours. He said the phone went dead or somthing. It could be that you hung up; I don't know.

Anyway, we just wanted to wish you two a nice day.

Santa was good to us; some clothes and books and a few other small items.

I need to get a few things started for dinner. Be sure to scroll down and read back through your comments section. You have several Christmas greetings, as well as posts from me. I see you haven't checking in since Friday.
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72. shoreacres
2:10 PM GMT on December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas! I hope your day's a good one.
I have to echo what Bug said. I love "A Christmas Story" so much -
it always was a tradition to leave the TNT marathon on during preparations for
Christmas dinner. Now, I don't have a television, but I did buy my very own
copy of the movie, and I'll watch it sometime

Enjoy the celebrations!

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71. Ylee
10:00 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
Hope you and the Missus have a great Christmas, BigBug!

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70. palmettobug53
10:02 PM GMT on December 24, 2012

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown
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69. palmettobug53
1:52 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Happy Christmas Eve!

It looks like we're going to have a cloudy,
rainy week. Not exactly optimal Christmas
weather. I pity all the poor parents that
will have overexcited children cooped up in
the house tomorrow. Maybe the rain will hold
off long enough to allow them outside to work
off all that energy.

I got my ham cooked yesterday and I've got
enough to feed us for days. Anything not
consumed by Wed. night, will be wrapped up
and put in the freezer for later. I've got
plenty of zip lock freezer bags and I'll do
them up in serving sized portions. I hope
I don't have too much left over; there's not
that much room in the fridge's freezer.

I have a few errands to run today, though I
am a bit reluctant to get out in all the
Christmas Eve madness.

I'll be watching "A Christmas Story" at least
once. TBS will be airing it continously for
the next 24 hours, starting at 8:00 tonight.
If you have never seen it, do try to catch it sometime tomorrow. I think you'll really enjoy
it. It is one of my favorites. It is set
sometime in the late 40's or early 50's,
though they exact year is never really specified. All about little Ralphie and his wish for a
BB gun for Christmas. Funny as the dickens and there's a lot of scenes that would be familiar
to you.

We'll call you tomorrow.

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68. Barefootontherocks
5:43 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, BigBug.

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67. palmettobug53
2:31 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Just a quick hello, since I did most of
my check in last night.

I see Pros brought Koko over to meet you.
Isn't she cute with her little holiday
hat on and all the Christmas crackers around

Christmas crackers are part of Christmas
celebrations in the United Kingdom and
Commonwealth countries as well as the
United State, to a lesser degree. A
cracker consists of a cardboard tube
wrapped in a brightly decorated twist
of paper. The cracker is pulled by two
people, releasing the contents. The
split is accompanied by a small bang
or snapping sound produced by the
effect of friction on a chemically
impregnated card strip (similar
to that used in a cap gun).

Crackers are typically pulled at the
Christmas dinner table or at parties.
Inside are a coloured paper hat or crown;
a small toy, small plastic model or other
trinket and a motto, a joke, a riddle
or piece of trivia on a small strip of
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66. Proserpina
12:23 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
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65. palmettobug53
11:16 PM GMT on December 22, 2012
Am checking in now, in case I wind up
sleeping late tomorrow. I know you
check in around 10:00 or so in the

I got my grocery shopping done. I found a
big ham at Doscher's for 10.00. Bone in,
which means I can use it for a pot of
beans or soup, later on. I'll cook it
tomorrow in time for our Sunday dinner
but it's big enough that I'll have plenty
for Christmas Day. That'll cut down on
the amount of cooking I'll have to do.

Got some frozen okra, limas, brussels
sprouts, some potatoes, onions, rice,
cheese and a box of elbow macaroni.
I'll make macaroni pie Christmas Day.

Hubby can decide which veggies he wants
with each dinner. Which is why I got so
many; it gives him a choice.

Also got cukes, tomatoes and mushrooms
for a marinated salad. And, for me, a
small Claxton fruit cake!

Hubby brought home two stollen from
work. I got a Pepperidge Farm frozen
coconut cake. That should cover desserts,
though the stollen is more of a bread than
a cake. It has raisins and nuts in it and
is dusted with confectioner's sugar.

I also couldn't resist a pomegranate. They
aren't available except in late fall and
winter. I love them. Messy but good.

Hubby's mom has been going to either her
oldest son in Atlanta or her daughter in
Charlotte for the last few years, so we'll
see her after she gets back. Her youngest,
David, never married and lives with her.
Chauffeurs her around.

I wish "L" wasn't having that party, so
that I could come up Friday and spend
a couple of days. But she said it would
be better for her, if I wait until she's
free to go to the beach. So, that's what
I'll do. I will be thinking of you.

I'll have Hubby call Christmas Day to wish
you both well.

I'll check in sometime tomorrow but it
might not be early.
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64. palmettobug53
3:31 PM GMT on December 22, 2012
Hi, Dad,

I got my plants covered up after
getting home yesterday but I
don't think we got down to freezing,
like the forecast said we would.

There wasn't a scrap of ice in the
birdbath this morning.

Tonight is forecast to be a tad
warmer than last night. I think
I'll leave my plants covered,
just in case.

I have a few errands to run, the
house to clean, laundry to wash.

I am going to get a new bottle of
B12 supplements. I have been nodding
off in my chair almost nightly for
three weeks or more.

I'm sure work is playing a big part but
I really suspect my B12 levels are
low again. I'm going to get a new
bottle of B12 and see if that helps.

I was nodding off nightly several years ago
and my doctor did a B12 blood test.
My levels were low. He suggested I
take 1000 mg supplement daily. He said
if it worked, it would be easier for me
than coming in for the shots every month.

It did the trick.

Because the FDA does not monitor
herbals and vitamin supplements,
the quality can vary. I think
I may have a weak batch. I've had
this happen once before: started
nodding off again in the evenings.
(I do check the expiration dates
before I buy.) I got a fresh bottle
and I was back to normal in a few days.

If a new bottle doesn't work, I guess
I'll have to go in and have him run
another blood test.

Hope you have a good Saturday.

Love you.
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63. palmettobug53
5:35 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I think I see some light at the end
of the Tunnel of Work. It's a pin
point light but I'm doing better

We got a little rain last night and
a LOT of wind. It was still pretty
windy this morning. Hope Hubby was
being careful on the bridges in his
delivery truck.

I still have to cover up my plants.
I didn't get to it last night and
the temps were going to be cool but
they weren't going down to freezing.

They will tonight.

Even tho things at work seem to be
looking up, I think I'll pour myself
a tot of something tonight.

Despite my joking around about hitting
the booze, I haven't had anything. I've
been nodding out in my chair every single
evening this week.

I was going to watch a movie last night
at 8:00. I didn't even make it through
'Jeopardy.' woke up at 11:15.

It's either exhaustion and stress or my
B12 levels are low again.
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62. palmettobug53
5:44 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Scarlet's "Ah'll think about it
tomorrah" ain't working very
well. I think it's time to hit
the booze.

I've never been through a system
change over this bad. And I mean
it's BAD.

Everyone (management) keeps telling
me to be patient but when I see
my work piling up, piling up, piling up
and the money amounts involved, it
is very hard to not get stressed out.

On to other things.....

My Christmas cactus is in FULL bloom
and I've never seen it look this

Looks like we've got some rain and cold
weather on the way.

I'm glad I've got my plants ready. All
I have to do is throw a couple of sheets
over them and then pull the plastic over
that. They're bedded in pretty well
with pine straw.

Well... back to the salt mine.

Where is that winning lottery ticket when
you need it?
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61. palmettobug53
5:40 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I was going to post in last night but
my wifi switch got turned off on my
computer somehow, right the middle
of typing up a comment here.

The lunch yesterday was fine. I
had vegetarian chili, instead of
the soup. When we got to the
restaurant, the soup was she-crab
and I don't eat seafood.

work is still a big mess.

I'm trying my best to adopt Scarlet
O'Hara's outlook: "Ah'll think about
it tomorrah....."

Love you.
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60. palmettobug53
10:47 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I got home in the nick of time. The
bottom dropped out. A real frog-strangler.

That storm front that moved through your
area earlier today just hit us. I knew it
would; it was just a matter of when. Good
thing it hit after I got home. I'd have
hated having to drive in it.

It has been raining most of the afternoon
but I don't think it rained hard. Not like
it did a little while ago.

I'm checking in this evening, since I won't
be in the office for lunch. My area goes
out as a group for a Christmas lunch.

I really don't want to go; we're having
another luncheon Thursday, which is the one
for the entire office and we'll eat in the
office. I know I'll get a bunch of flack
about it, if I don't go with them.

The places they chose from are all expensive.
Much more than I want to pay for a sandwich:
8, 9 and $10. Maybe I'm too cheap but I
think that's ridiculous.

The place they decided on was the one I
least wanted to eat at. Their menu does
not tell you what their sandwiches are.
They just have names. I'm not ordering
something if I don't know what it is.

I will likely get a cup of cream of broccoli
soup (2.99), a bacon cheddar biscuit (1.99)
and I hope they can give me a glass of ice
water. They want 1.99 for bottled water,
soda, etc. They didn't list a price for their

I will carry some snacks with me, since I
suspect that cup of soup is very small.
They wanted 4.99 for a bowl.

We also have to order and pay online before
we go. That stinks. I can see ordering
ahead of time but paying? I'd planned to
take some of Hubby's loose ones with me to
cover my meal and tip.

Anyhoo, since we're going out and I won't
be at my desk to play on the computer, I
thought I'd post in tonight.

I need to get a bite to eat. Hubby has
already eaten and has gone to bed. I'll
check the TV listing for something decent
to watch and try to finish off my cards.
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59. palmettobug53
5:58 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I'm back at work. Oh, joy.
Dealing with new software/program
isn't much better but I'm
trying my darndest to be
copacetic. Laid back. Calm.

So far, I am succeeding.

I see rain on your radar.

We should be getting ours
later this afternoon. I
just hope it's not during
the afternoon commute.

I finally got some cards in
the mailbox this morning. I'm
not done but most of them
should be on their way.
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58. palmettobug53
3:37 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Happy Sunday!

I put up a new entry on my blog last
night. It will have a lot of videos,
which may make it slow to load for you,
since you have dial up Internet.

Just give it a minute or two. You can
watch the videos by clicking on the arrow
in the middle of the image. I'm not sure
if you'll be able to watch them or not.
I've sometimes had trouble doing so on
your computer.

I won't leave that entry up for long.
I'll probably move on to something else
next weekend. I just wanted to do something
on Christmas movies.

I imagine your Christmas cactus is looking
really good by now.

Mine isn't as big as yours. I think it looks
better this year than it ever has and it is
covered in blooms. A few of them are starting
to pop open but in another day or two, it
should be in full swing.
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57. palmettobug53
2:15 PM GMT on December 15, 2012
Hi, Dad.

True to my word, I've got the laundry going.
It is not optimal line drying weather. No
rain, temps will be warmer but it's clouded
over and not a hint of a breeze.

What with the back issues over the past couple
of weeks, I've not gotten as much done around
the house as I'd like. Nor any Christmas
preparations. This weekend will be a busy

I've got to get my cards done and in the mail.
Depending on the mail, some folks might get
their card before Christmas; others, a day or
two after.

Still, Christmas starts Dec 25th and ends on
Jan 6th, Twelfth Night.

I will not think about work, I will not think
about work......

Hope you two have a good Saturday.
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56. palmettobug53
5:54 PM GMT on December 14, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Am pretty down in the dumps today. Work is
just not going well. I'm not the only unhappy
camper. Most of my coworkers are as depressed
as I am. That new program?
The less I have to say about that, the better.

I will be SO glad to get out of here this

The rain has stopped and the high today is
supposed to be warmer. That's good.
But more rain is on the way. I'll have to
get busy with the laundry early tomorrow.

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55. palmettobug53
5:36 PM GMT on December 13, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Things at work are the same today and that's all I have to say about that, to quote Forrest Gump.

Cold and wet here. The wet makes it feel colder than it really is. I think the skies are supposed to clear as the afternoon progresses.

We'll be back up to 70 again in a day or two. I can't get dressed without checking the weather forecast first.

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54. palmettobug53
5:36 PM GMT on December 12, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Well, we've turned on that new program. I can't access it. I waved my arms and let them know around 8:30 this morning. I was told be be patient. And that's the last I heard.

I've gone through this at least a half a dozen times over the years and I have to say that this was the most ill-prepared move I've seen. No one had any training on how the program looked, how to navigate the site, how to find things, where to go to do stuff. Nothing.

I'm not going to worry about it.

You remember that military acronym, SNAFU? You remember what those letters stand for? that's us in a nutshell.
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53. palmettobug53
5:40 PM GMT on December 11, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Just a quick peek to say 'hello'.

Busy as usual but I sure am glad
I've got my new glasses. It has
made a world of difference here at
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52. palmettobug53
11:58 PM GMT on December 10, 2012
Dad, I think I'm good to go with the glasses.
This prescription is MUCH better.

I can SEE!

Both pair, my regular and my computer
glasses, are balanced and in focus.

I'll be SO glad to be able to see at
work, I'm almost excited to go back
in the morning.

Got an email back from your better
half and she asked that I wait until
January sometime to come up. It
seems you've been planning a birthday
party for her and my proposed visit
conflicted with that. She wants to go
to the beach when I come up and she
can't, if there's a birthday party
going on for her.

Kinda disappointing, as I was hoping
to see you closer to Christmas but
I can wait.

It will be closer to the end of
January, than the beginning. There's
going to be a lot going on at work.
Christmas week would have been fairly
quiet but it will crank up starting
Jan 2nd. That's another reason I was
hoping to get up the end of Christmas
week, before all that starts.

We heard back from the paper about the
carrier. I found an email address for
subscriber support and emailed them
last night. Got a reply today, that they
would address the issue. The circulation
manager even came to the house and talked
with Hubby. He said he spoke with the
carrier, who vehemently denied everything.
I'm not surprised at that. BUT she knows
what she's been doing. She's knows she's
been caught and reported.

Hubby did tell him that I'd have no reason
to make this up; that I saw her twice all
the way up in the yard with the car. He
confirmed that he'd even seen the tire
tracks in the yard himself.

I'll be watching.
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51. palmettobug53
5:47 PM GMT on December 10, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Boy, am I glad I don't live in Tennessee or kentucky. Even western North Carolina. See all that blue and pink? That's snow and ice!

got word from my optician's office that my glasses are ready. Again.

Cross your fingers for me that they're A-OK this time.
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50. palmettobug53
3:29 PM GMT on December 09, 2012
Morning, Dad.

So far, the lawn furniture
spread across they yard seems to
be forestalling the paper carrier.
I'm sure they're pulling right up
to everything. I checked for tire
tracks again a little while ago
but I don't see any. There's
grass there and tracks likelywouldn't
be visible this long after delivery.

I got all the laundry done yesterday
and will be doing some picking up,
dusting, etc. today.

I'm not sure what to do for dinner.
I'd thought about a pot of soup but
I have some Italian sausage in the
freezer that has been there a while
and I probably need to get it cooked
and eaten. I also have potatoes I
bought when I made that beef roast
a couple of weeks ago and those need
to be used up before they go bad.

Decisions, decisions...

I emailed to see if it would be
suitable for me to come up Friday,
Dec. 28th and stay through Sunday.
A short visit but there's so many
people in my area wanting off and
we can't have too many off at one
time. I'm still waiting to see if
my request will be approved for
that Friday.

Our office will be closed Christmas
Day but open the rest of the week.
We are closed New Year's Day but open
New Year's Eve. I do have to be there
New Year's Eve for month end close out.

My back feels pretty good today but I
know when I go back to work tomorrow,
it will flare back up again. Once I
get my new glasses and can sit properly
at my desk, I'm sure it will finally
ease off.

Hope your Sunday is a good one.
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49. palmettobug53
4:39 PM GMT on December 08, 2012
P.S. The newspaper carriers insert Christmas
cards in the paper a week or two before
Christmas, in a bid for tips.

If mine thinks he/she is gonna get a tip,
they're nuts.
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48. palmettobug53
4:37 PM GMT on December 08, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Finally got that audit finished up about
3:30 yesterday afternoon.

The print on that report is so small..
By the time I left work, I had a
headache, eye strain and my back was
killing me from spending all day
hunched over, trying to read the
account numbers and to focus on my
computer screens.

Once I got home, I didn't do a thing
after getting something to eat, than
just sitting in my recliner with my
heating pad. I felt better by the
time I went to bed.

I've got another problem going on.

I got up Tuesday morning and looked out
the door to see if the paper was there.
Our current carrier is late more often
than not. The paper was not there.

I went to the kitchen to get my cup of
hot tea, then went back to the door to

I had the beejebers scared out of me.
There, in the front yard, not 10 feet
from the front stoop, was a car, head
lights blazing into my eyes.

Well, my first thought was that some
drunk had come down the street, turned
into our yard and was about to hit the

Then, the car backed up and I saw the
paper fly to the ground.

It was my newspaper carrier!

There are five driveways and the turn
around for the cul de sac right there
to use.

Why were they doing an insane 3 point
turn like that in our yard, after putting
the neighbor's paper in their paper box
across the street? You know what I'm talking
about. It's like a mailbox but it's for
the newspaper.

I told Hubby about it Wed. and showed him the
tire tracks in the yard. He said he was
going to call the circulation office and

Thursday was garbage day, so I used the
garbage can and the full leaf bags to
block the yard.

Friday morning, I looked out the door
to see the car in the yard again. Before
I could get the door open to fly out at
them, they'd backed up and were headed
down the street.

Turned out, Hubby forgot to call and

I moved the table, chairs and chiminea
firebox out to the middle of the yard,
near the curb to block them from doing
it again. I was going to call the
circulation office but they're not open
long on Sat.

I am really ticked off. Not only are they
constantly late with the paper but they're
using our yard as a turn-around. (Sometimes
the paper doesn't get here until shortly
before I walk out the door to go to work.)

Granted, if we had a local neighborhood
"Yard of the Month" committee, they'd
laugh their butts off, if asked to consider
our yard for anything other than 'Worse
Yard of the Month" but that's besides the
point. You just don't DO that.

I'm going to have to insist that Hubby call
them early this coming Wednesday, while he's
off and complain about the car in the yard,
as well as them always being late.

Gotta go. Load of wash is done and needs to
go out on the line.

Hope your Sat is a good one.
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47. palmettobug53
5:20 PM GMT on December 07, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Ye gads, when it rains, it pours.

I got another audit that I have to
pull bills for. I just did one of
these things three weeks ago. They
are only supposed to come in quarterly.

I have to down tools and work audits
immediately when they come in. That
means my desk is getting even further

I am not a happy camper today. I need
my new glasses, my back still hurts,
I'm tired and cranky.

Ho, ho, ho, Bah, humbug!

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46. palmettobug53
5:12 PM GMT on December 06, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I am deluged today. All the therapy
claims for November download today.
I have a lot of corrections to make
and I get behind on my other duties.

Storm Eye put through a charge for
my return visit Monday. I talked to
the supervisor over BC claims, explained
what happened and asked that this be
reviewed with an eye to crediting that
charge. To not even bill it to BC.

The physician's invoice has been posted
but he did not charge me.

I'm not looking forward to next week.
That's when that new billing program
cranks up and I have yet to have any
training on it. I don't even know what
it looks like.

I guess I can say it's business as usual.
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45. palmettobug53
5:30 PM GMT on December 05, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Another busy day on Beetle Rock.

Woke up with the back really sore this
morning. I guess I must have slept too
long in one position last night or something
It felt pretty good yesterday.

Took my morning does of ibuprofen and
started with my heating pad as soon as I
got to work. It's eased off a good bit.

I finished off the last dose of the cream
last night. That business of applying it
3 times a week got real old, real fast.

I am finally DONE! Won't go back to see Dr.
J. until April or May. I'd have to check my

Best get back to work!

Love and (((HUGS)))
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44. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on December 04, 2012
Hi, Dad.

I've rearranged my desk vis-a-vis
my chair and I think it's working.
The back isn't as sore today.

My neck is another story. Trying
to read things on my computer and
craning my neck to get the right
focus, is making my neck and shoulders

Gosh, I'll be glad when my glasses
are ready.

Still on the ibuprofen.

No more muscle relaxants. I can't
spend the next week in a drug induced

I'm rather busy here today, what with
leaving early yesterday to go back to
Storm Eye. I didn't get my work

We have a new billing program going
live next week and have been told to
expect to work overtime. Just how
much I will do, remains to be seen.
Depends on the volume.

They still haven't uploaded that new
program to my computer nor have I had
any training on how to use it.
I think most of the office had already
had training and have access to that
training program.

I'm going to be thrown in the deep end
with my hands tied!
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43. palmettobug53
3:02 AM GMT on December 04, 2012
It took a bit of doing but I got
in over at Storm Eye this afternoon
and got my glasses prescriptions

I was able to drop them off at my
opticians after work. My glasses
should be ready in about a week.

Both pair: my regular glasses and
my computer glasses.

When I first called this morning,
the woman in Scheduling tried to
tell me that the first appt I could
get would be Jan 8th. I had explained
what the problem was, that this was
not just a routine eye exam; that
there was a problem.

I told her that Jan 8th was NOT
acceptable; I wanted this taken
care of no later than the end of
the week. She hemmed and hawed
and said she would speak to someone
and have them call me. I told her
that I needed an email reply and gave
her my email address.

About two hours later, I got a response,
from a fellow at Storm Eye, asking me
what the problem was with my appt.

I replied, telling him everything that had
happened and that I needed to get
my prescriptions double checked and I
wanted it done this week, not Jan 8th.
I was polite but firm.

20 minutes later I got a response from
him telling me that they could work me
in this afternoon.

I sent a reply back, stating that I would
be there within 15 minutes.

While there, I discovered that I would
not have to pay for the wrong lenses in
my computer glasses. I was to tell my
optician to send the bill to Storm Eye and
they would pay it, since it was their
mistake with the prescription, in the first

Now, I just have to watch my account to see
if they charge me for this second appt. If
they do, I am going to talk with someone I
know in Customer Service and get it written
off. I shouldn't have to pay for it twice.
Or have BCBS billed for it again. They
probably won't pay it twice, anyway.

We'll see.

I hope tomorrow is a nice, quiet, normal
day at work!
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42. palmettobug53
5:55 PM GMT on December 03, 2012
Hi, Dad.

The site wouldn't let me access anything and kept kicking me out, saying there was a connection issue.
Which was garbage. I had three other internet windows open and they were fine.

Will hve to come back later; my lunch is over.
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41. palmettobug53
2:41 PM GMT on December 02, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Happy Sunday.

Cloudy but warm here.

I've got more clothes in the wash.
I started late with it yesterday
and didn't finish.

How two people dirty up so many clothes,
I have no idea. Well, Hubby is starting
to wear more layers of clothes when he
goes to work, seeing as he's in and out
of the delivery truck.

The back is still sore. It will probably
take a while to get back to normal, even
with the meds. I can't take that muscle
relaxant pill during the day. It knocks
me out.

I think the prescription strength ibuprofen
and my heating pad should be enough.

I am cheating on dinner today. Publix
had some Stoeffer's Grandma's Chicken
and Rice Bake on sale last week. I
grabbed one and put it in the freezer.
I'll fix some lima beans with it. Maybe
slice up one of the cukes and tomatoes
I bought at the Vegetable Bin after work
last week.

I do need to run down to Walmart, put some
money on my Walmart gift card for gas, get
gas. Maybe pick up some bread, milk and
some things for our lunches this week.

Load is finished! Better stop for now and
get them on the line.
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40. palmettobug53
3:31 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
Hi, Dad.

It's December! White rabbits to you!

I stopped by the optician's after work, like
I said. They checked the lenses and they
did make them the way the prescription said.
They did not get the new lenses and the old
ones mixed up, when putting them in the frames.

But after looking at my prior scrips made by
them, and the fact that I cannot see well
with those computer glasses, they agreed that
something wasn't quite right.

All of my glasses have had a slight difference
between the right eye and the left but these
scrips have a HUGE difference. Add in the fact
that my vision is blurry with my left lens and
not my right lens on my computer glasses seems
to confirm that the scrip isn't correct.

They will hold off on preparing my regular
glasses until I can go back to Storm Eye
and have them double check the prescriptions.

I also stopped by an after hours medical clinic
to see why my back is still sore more than a
week after doing that raking. I've never had
a sore back last this long and was beginning
to wonder if there was something else going on.

There's not. It is a badly pulled or strained
muscle. He gave me some prescriptions for
a muscle relaxant and a higher dose of ibuprofen
than you can get over the counter.

It just seems like it's one thing after
another, sometimes!

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39. Proserpina
2:40 PM GMT on December 01, 2012

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe December.

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss quotes
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38. sandiquiz
9:41 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
rabbits 007

BigBug - wishing you a very happy, healthy and warm month.
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37. palmettobug53
5:58 PM GMT on November 30, 2012
Hi, Dad.

Just a quick post, as I don't have much time today.

I need to leave early to stop by the optician's office before they close. I picked up my computer glasses yesterday but I think there's something wrong with them. I think, when they took the lenses out of the frames I wanted to use (an old pair I had at the house), they got the lenses mixed up and put a new one and an old one back in the frames.

I know that new scrips in your glasses can sometimes take a few days to get used to but not like this. I'm all off kilter. The left lens is blurry, while the right one is fine.

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