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Jan 13, 2019 09:34:05   #
lovemypups wrote:
Good morning Richard and thank you so much for sharing your feathered friends with us. An amazing series! I truly enjoyed seeing all the different varieties.

What a wonderful start to my day!! I smiled at each and every one. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 9, 2019 10:00:20   #
Great shot, Joe!
Dec 30, 2018 09:40:26   #
paulw wrote:
Is there another link it says website not Available in Europe

Here you go, Paul

Being Green
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future
generations."She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in our day.Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.But too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart young person...

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off...especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced know it all who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
Dec 28, 2018 10:02:26   #
Dec 27, 2018 22:20:44   #
HardworkingGal wrote:
I started the tradition of the "one" Christmas Eve gift of pajamas 33 years ago with my first born and have continued it even now...every Christmas Eve I drive to my youngest daughter's and my son's and put the Christmas Eve gifts on the porch (note attached to open immediately) knock and run! My eldest daughter's gets mailed to arrive on Christmas Eve marked perishable open immediately for she lives out of state...they still get excited to receive these Christmas pj's! The first year my eldest was in the service overseas and she didn't get hers on Christmas Eve she called me and ask if I had sent them! I had packed them in the same box as the rest of her Chritsmas gifts but forgot to tag them as the Christmas Eve gift. My grandson has been told that one of Santa's elves runs ahead of Santa's sleigh to deliver the pj's so that the children can know Santa is near and they must get to bed and go to sleep, because if they aren't asleep when Santa gets there he won't stop! And my daughter-in-law and son-in-law both think Im just nuts...because of course they get Christmas pj's also! Call me nuts but every year the Christmas morning pics always look good with everyone in their Christmas jammies! I'm trying to one year have a Christmas where we are all at the same place together for Christmas morning!
I started the tradition of the "one" Chr... (show quote)

Oh, what a great story! Traditions are so important to hold dear and carry on. Another one, again started by my mother in law when my girls were little involves placing a small gift wrapped in gold foil at each person’s dinner plate. These are opened after the Christmas crackers but before dinner is actually served. I don’t ever want to stop!
Dec 27, 2018 20:41:06   #
stu352 wrote:
At least they're not pink bunny suits...

Well, heck no, Stu! Adorable monogrammed family tartan!
Dec 27, 2018 20:39:20   #
NJFrank wrote:
And their faces says it all.

Not quite “all,” Frank. Their mom asked, “Wyatt, did you thank Nana?” Wyatt replied, “thank you, Nana. I guess.” 😂
Dec 27, 2018 20:13:23   #
When my first grandchild was born 17 years ago I decided I would take up my mother in law’s tradition of Christmas Eve pjs. But where she gave my girls pjs she made out of fabric remnants I vowed mine would be cute and very nice so I buy from high end specialty shops and they are $$$. This year the two youngest were excitedly looking forward to opening one present Christmas Eve. Their mom tried to prepare them for the fact that they would not be opening presents with toys. They aren’t really old enough to grasp the concept of “tradition.” Here are their faces .....

Dec 25, 2018 22:50:15   #
Oh you are so right about not being cheap but so good!
Dec 25, 2018 00:38:08   #
Merry Christmas to all you lovely people who are so generous with advice, support and encouragement! You are so very appreciated.

Dec 25, 2018 00:15:48   #
Morry wrote:
Love fruitcake. The candied type is what I like -- Costco style.

A bit of observed fruitcake lore. Wedding cake in Canada it seems is almost always fruitcake. In the US it seems that it is always white cake. This observation was make after photographing hundreds of weddings in the Northwest and having eaten a lot of wedding cake.

Happy holidays.

I am a Canadian transplanted to Alabama and I can attest to your observation. One of our 5 daughters had a Christmas wedding here in the south. She had a typical delicious white wedding cake but we wrapped slices of my grandmother’s fruitcake and she and her new husband moved around at the reception distributing the slices and spending time with each guest. Melding of both worlds.
Dec 24, 2018 22:40:17   #
B like both
And to answer another - love mincemeat pie. Anybody know the origin of the name mincemeat? DH told me tonight he always thought it was ground beef. 😂
Dec 24, 2018 11:39:13   #
The fruitcake I make was my grandmother’s wedding cake some 100+ years ago. The pans I use were hers, also. Three pans, graduated sizes with removable bottoms.
The recipe seriously makes about 25 pounds of fruitcake, soaked in brandy, rich dark and delicious! Also lasts forever as long as it is unwrapped and brandies periodically. I will happily share the recipe with anyone who might like it.
Dec 24, 2018 07:12:24   #
Well for the past 43 years my DH has insisted he does not like fruitcake. This year he decided he was mistaken and is attempting to make up for what he’s been missing.

Dec 12, 2018 08:50:23   #
We have a well known medical insurance policy that purports to cover us while out of the country. I submitted a claim for medical treatment received whilst in Canada. Claim denied for not using a “preferred provider.” I wrote back asking did they not recognize Canada as being “out of the country?” Received a check the next week. 🤦‍♀️
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