Farewell to Arms

By: RobDaHood , 7:04 AM GMT on May 26, 2012

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I spent a lot of time Friday, trying to find the words that I wanted to say here in commemoration of Memorial Day. Stringing together sentences and composing poetry in my head. Everything sounded woefully inadequate or pretentious. I suppose there is really only one thing to say and that is:

Thank you, soldier!

The true objective of any warrior is peace.
I hope that you have found it.


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72. RobDaHood
4:06 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
Good luck Goofy.


New Blog!
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71. goofyrider
3:28 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
i see the bands are breaking up as they approach the apple fritters. This reminds me I have some almond pastry in the freezer. The ice maker went off line this weekend. The suggestion for trouble shooting the problem starts with turn off the machine and defrost. UGG.
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70. RTLSNK
12:24 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
Quoting pottery:

Congratulations!
I'm still suffering from a Bad Case of Drool.
There were dancing pictures of Fritters leaping about on the walls and ceiling as I drank my coffee.
While the sky drizzled and dripped.


It is interesting how different receipes can be called the same thing.
The fritters from Publix are more like bread or cinnamon rolls.
The receipe I used was from a Southern Georgia resturant and came out more like a thick bisquit.
It used 3 cups of self rising flour and an entire can of apple pie filling.
You are lucky to find a few tiny pieces of apple in the Publix ones.
This receipe made 14 fritters just chock full of apple pieces.
It does need about double the amt of Cinnamon it called for though. :)

And the glaze used apple juice which made the icing a little light.
Will add some half and half next time. :)
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69. pottery
11:18 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Quoting RTLSNK:
OK, SugarBear and I just had one of the Apple Fritters I made tonight!

I asked her to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 so I could tell you guys about it.

She said to tell you guys that there wasn't a crumb left on her plate
and she even scooped up the glaze that ran over the side of the fritter!

She only does that with hot fudge sundies!

I think I will stop buying them from Publix. :)

Congratulations!
I'm still suffering from a Bad Case of Drool.
There were dancing pictures of Fritters leaping about on the walls and ceiling as I drank my coffee.
While the sky drizzled and dripped.
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68. pottery
11:12 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Quoting RTLSNK:
OK, if this thing keeps spinning we may finally get some rain.

This has to be the slowest moving thing I've ever seen.


HA!
Today, I'm slower.....
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67. RTLSNK
10:50 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
OK, if this thing keeps spinning we may finally get some rain.

This has to be the slowest moving thing I've ever seen.

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66. RTLSNK
2:29 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
OK, SugarBear and I just had one of the Apple Fritters I made tonight!

I asked her to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 so I could tell you guys about it.

She said to tell you guys that there wasn't a crumb left on her plate
and she even scooped up the glaze that ran over the side of the fritter!

She only does that with hot fudge sundies!

I think I will stop buying them from Publix. :)
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65. pottery
1:00 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Quoting RTLSNK:
You can't go to sleep Rob until you have a warm Apple Fritter covered with sweet apple juice and cinnamon glaze.

Of course I will have to have yours and Pottery's simply because you are not here right now, but know in your hearts that were you all here I would share this delicacy with you.

Now, don't you both feel better?

heh heh heh

Actually, and strangely, I feel a whole lot worse.
I wonder why.
And, I seem to have developed a drool......
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64. RTLSNK
12:59 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Oops, time to turn the oven on.

Back later. :)
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63. RTLSNK
12:58 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
You can't go to sleep Rob until you have a warm Apple Fritter covered with sweet apple juice and cinnamon glaze.

Of course I will have to have yours and Pottery's simply because you are not here right now, but know in your hearts that were you all here I would share this delicacy with you.

Now, don't you both feel better?

heh heh heh
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62. RobDaHood
12:50 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
You guys are too funny.
Been raining most of the afternoon.
Back and forth between light misty stuff and soaking rain.
'Tis good I suppose, except that I noted (though I did not write it down) that the grass seems to have grown 3 inches this weekend.

Pent up energy I suppose.

Frogs are happy, birds were singing.
Me, I'm tired and ready to sleep real soon now.
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61. pottery
12:36 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Quoting RTLSNK:
Write everything down Pottery!
I went to Publix this morning for 2 things.
Butter for my Apple Fritters that I made tonight.
And Blueberries for SugarBear.
I only needed 2 items so I didn't write it down.

I got home with butter, strawberries, and bananas.
When I opened the fridge door I saw the almost empty container of Blueberries.
SugarBear was out back watering some plants.
I drove like a bat out of hell to Publix and back.

Just as I was putting the Blueberries in the fridge SugarBear walked in the back door.
She said "Did you remember my Blueberries?"
br>Of course Honey I said. :)

heh heh heh

Yes, it's a Good Thing that we Chaps can think fast.
Otherwise we would spend a lot of time in Penance.
Self-inflicted, mind you, but unpleasant nevertheless.

Have not tasted a Blueberry in many years.
Maybe I could get Lady Pott to bring a container back from the UK. She leaves on Wed. for 2 weeks.
WOE is me!
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60. RTLSNK
12:19 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
OK, so far we've had 3 ea 15 minute long rain showers.

The yard is already loving it.

Looks like the heavier stuff will be on its way later.

Made the Apple Fritter dough tonight.
It is rising in the bowl and should be ready at 2110 hours.
Takes 20 minutes to bake. So by 2130 hours they will be ready.

Have to let them cool a little and then cover them with the glaze.

By 2145 hours tonight we will know who makes the better Apple Fritter.

Snakeymon, or Publix.

I will let SugarBear call that one. :)
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59. RTLSNK
12:13 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Write everything down Pottery!
I went to Publix this morning for 2 things.
Butter for my Apple Fritters that I made tonight.
And Blueberries for SugarBear.
I only needed 2 items so I didn't write it down.

I got home with butter, strawberries, and bananas.
When I opened the fridge door I saw the almost empty container of Blueberries.
SugarBear was out back watering some plants.
I drove like a bat out of hell to Publix and back.

Just as I was putting the Blueberries in the fridge SugarBear walked in the back door.
She said "Did you remember my Blueberries?"

Of course Honey I said. :)

heh heh heh
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58. pottery
9:37 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
'allo !

Showers here on and off today.
Enough to keep everything green and shiny.
The sky is threatening to produce a nice Sunset in a while.
I think I'll invite the Ladies up to the deck for a cold beverage and some nibbly stuff.

It seems that I am cooking tonight.
Strange that, because I am pretty sure I cooked last night....
I knew I should have written it down somewhere!
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57. RobDaHood
9:23 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
RTL,
I think by the time "this puppy" is gone you will probably be ready for it to leave. Slowly working it's way towards you. Has lost lots of it's umph, but still a lot of rain.
Eventually you'll probably get "banded".

Have had some storms training through here for the last couple hours. Nothing severe today though.
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56. RTLSNK
8:21 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Heads up dude, another one coming your way!

We finally got a little feeder band rain for about 15 minutes. :)

Hope this puppy can do better than that later on.
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55. RobDaHood
6:29 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
A train developing over here. Looks to be heading for Skyepony.
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54. RobDaHood
4:23 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
The Title from the blog came from this poem.

A Farewell to Arms (To Queen Elizabeth)
By George Peele
1558?-1597


HIS golden locks Time hath to silver turn'd;
O Time too swift, O swiftness never ceasing!
His youth 'gainst time and age hath ever spurn'd,
But spurn'd in vain; youth waneth by increasing:
Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;
Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.

His helmet now shall make a hive for bees;
And, lovers' sonnets turn'd to holy psalms,
A man-at-arms must now serve on his knees,
And feed on prayers, which are Age his alms:
But though from court to cottage he depart,
His Saint is sure of his unspotted heart.

And when he saddest sits in homely cell,
He'll teach his swains this carol for a song,--
'Blest be the hearts that wish my sovereign well,
Curst be the souls that think her any wrong.'
Goddess, allow this aged man his right
To be your beadsman now that was your knight.


This is also the source of Hemmingway's title.

I was thinking about this the other day. There comes a day in every warrior's life when he bids Farewell to Arms.

Some serve long and successful careers, surviving many conflicts by either skill, luck, divine intervention, or a combination. (I don't really subscribe to the concept of fate) Some decide to leave earlier for whatever reason. Some because they feel like they've pushed their luck as far as they are willing, or that they are just getting too old to fight anymore and don't want a desk job.

I salute all of them. This blog, as this weekend, is directed chiefly to those for whom the decision was taken out of their hands. To those who paid the ultimate price in the service to their country. And to those who survived the fight, but have since left us.

In time, there will be no one left alive who remembers your face or your name. However, your sacrifice will never be forgotten as it is what allows us the freedom and security that we have today and those that follow you will keep us free and safe tomorrow.
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53. toddluck
4:19 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
mornin
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52. RobDaHood
4:10 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Good Morning Todd!
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51. toddluck
2:52 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
mornin rob
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50. RobDaHood
2:35 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
ROFL

I get your drift Ylee.
Especially if you are getting paid double-extra-super-time.

Angie woke with a headache so she went back to bed. Cat is outside. Dog asleep on the cool tile floor. Very quiet here.
Nice.

I'll be checking in here from time to time today.
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49. Ylee
2:28 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
You are so right, Rob! I'd be firing up the grill myself right about now if I wasn't working. The in-laws and outlaws are coming to my place for this year's Memorial Day shindig!

Come to think of it, I'm kinda glad I'm here! :)
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48. RobDaHood
1:18 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Good morning!

Bright and sunny here with a good breeze. A bit humid, other than that pretty nice. There may be a blob floating around down south, but I'll let others stare at the monitors for a few hours. I have an appointment with a BBQ! Tending a fire is good for the soul on days such as this.

Hope that you get rain where needed and sunshine where desired.

One word of advice for Ranger Rick.

Being somewhat experienced with how tough a big ol' gator can be, consider swapping your upper for a Beowulf.

Back after I finish my coffee.
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47. RTLSNK
12:23 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Rangers don't worry about hungry alligators.

Alligators worry about hungry Rangers. :)


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46. pottery
12:12 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Good Morning.
All's well.
Good to see that Beryl is raining where rain seems to be needed.

But there is a Blob in the Carib. that needs watching again.
And one at 45W in the ITCZ that looks interesting too.

Going to be out this morning, doing whatnot and stuff.
So please Behave Properly, at least until I return....
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45. goofyrider
11:57 AM GMT on May 28, 2012
Looked at RTL's rain totals since the beginning of Oct. Macon looks like it is at 16-18 in. We are at 18-20. With 2/3's of the water year gone we are below 50% of normal. Does that mean we are abbynormal?

Standing on the finish line of the 5k, I see an old dude come past me soaked in sweat or water from the fire hose, whose shirt read VIETNAM Class of 1968. To the class of 2012, our prayers for you and yours.
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44. RTLSNK
11:45 AM GMT on May 28, 2012
Morning Rob, I trust that you guys are still fine there.

Waiting on a call from my Son in Florahome.
South side of Beryl is about to go over his house now.

Big feeder band coming in towards Savannah.
Storm should start to move North into Georgia later today.

Have to run over to the kids house and pick up the tables and chairs from the party,
and then dismantle my big patio umbrella before the winds get here today.

We really need that rain up here!

Will be making those Apple Fritters this afternoon!!!
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43. RobDaHood
1:39 AM GMT on May 28, 2012
Pottery,
You are hereby granted as much liberty as required to attend to the aforementioned finger chewing and shoulder drooling.

Enjoy it my friend. It goes by too quickly.

My love to Kate, Ailis, and the Lady Pottery!

G'night!
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42. pottery
1:36 AM GMT on May 28, 2012
Quoting RTLSNK:
My ears were burning, so someone had to be talking about me.

Oh, it's you two. :) Hi guys!

Let's see if Pottery checks in here in a few minutes.

Just talked to my Son in Palatka, he had a good cell go over his place too.

Nothing here in Macon yet. :)

Sorry I'm late.
I have this new chick here, see?
And it seems that she has taken a shine to me, don't you know?
She loves to drool on my shoulder......
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41. RobDaHood
11:58 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Been watching this one because my brother's house is just a little south of the track near the river. Not really worried as his house is almost new in a neighborhood of new construction, more interested due to his farm south of St. Augustine. They have a bunch of greenhouses there. Should be okay though from what I'm seeing, barring a freak cell.

Okay, got the 8pm so gonna back away from the monitor for a little while. Will check in later.
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40. RobDaHood
11:55 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Just Ylee commenting on how skilled you are at certain tasks.
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39. RTLSNK
11:53 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
My ears were burning, so someone had to be talking about me.

Oh, it's you two. :) Hi guys!

Let's see if Pottery checks in here in a few minutes.

Just talked to my Son in Palatka, he had a good cell go over his place too.

Nothing here in Macon yet. :)
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38. RobDaHood
11:52 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Man, they must be having a cow on Doc's blog right about now.
Just checked NHC. Still a tropical storm.



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37. RobDaHood
11:47 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
True, but at least they don't argue about it...much.
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36. Ylee
11:34 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Thare's lots of experts on this blog, too!

Just ask Snake how to move mulch, or Pott how to clean out a cistern, for example! :)
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35. RobDaHood
11:26 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Yeah, Ylee.
I can only take it in small doses.
Way too many experts for my taste.
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34. Ylee
11:21 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Whee! Sounds like you've had more action than Jacksonville, Rob! Glad there wan't any real damage!

I'm expecting someone on the main to say Beryl will be classified as a Cat 2! :)
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33. RobDaHood
11:15 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Quoting RTLSNK:
Just woke up and saw that storm as it passed you.

Stay safe down there you two!

Headed over to the Doc's blog to see what's up.


LOL Good luck with that.
Just came from there.

We're good for now. Don't see how we can get anything much worse than we did earlier. (knock on wood)
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32. RTLSNK
10:59 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Just woke up and saw that storm as it passed you.

Stay safe down there you two!

Headed over to the Doc's blog to see what's up.
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31. RobDaHood
9:55 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
That one is past.
Looks like Monday will be spent gathering small bits of firewood.
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30. RobDaHood
9:37 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Winds have died down a bit, but now there is ice falling from the sky.
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29. RobDaHood
9:29 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Yeah...definitely in excess of 60

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
FLC055-272145-
/O.NEW.KTBW.SV.W.0009.120527T2123Z-120527T2145Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
523 PM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
HIGHLANDS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA...

* UNTIL 545 PM EDT.

* AT 513 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
LAKE PLACID...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
ARCHBOLD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER...
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS.
REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

&&
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28. RobDaHood
7:30 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Crazy windy here. Gusts to around 45.

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27. RobDaHood
6:19 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Have been getting a little thunderstorm activity. So far has bypassed us. Might not be doing any BBQ stuff this afternoon.
Playing by ear.

Looks to be good nap weather though!
:o)
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26. RobDaHood
3:38 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Good Morning,

(Barely)

Took a quick bleary-eyed peek right after 5 am and saw that there were crew up and about in case reefing or switching to storm jib were needed, which allowed me to shut down and sleep until 10 comfortable in the knowledge that all would be well.

I haven't had any shots today...yet!
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25. pottery
3:16 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
Quoting Ylee:
I hope she's had her shots, Pott! :)

Yep, she got those.
And we are trying to stop the Mossies giving her some more !
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24. Ylee
2:47 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
I hope she's had her shots, Pott! :)
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23. pottery
12:10 PM GMT on May 27, 2012
A Lovely Morning, sitting in bed with a coffee, with a Small Smiling Person propped up on my lap, chewing my finger with her new teeth which are like needles.

Life is pretty good!
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22. RTLSNK
8:54 AM GMT on May 27, 2012
Morning Goofy!

I think mine was some really HOT bbq sauce I should not have eaten last night!

Well weather fans, Beryl is getting closer:

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