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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.
Member Since: October 7, 2005 Posts: 235 Comments: 25134
Happy Wednesday.

Sandi, sorry about making you laugh but the penguin story was just too funny not to share.

I've made fantastic inroads into last week's work; it's about cleared out. There's something that avalanches on me the 6th of every month and this month's avalance was HUGE.

Get rid of one pile and get another.

The amount of work email we get is mind boggling, isn't it, Karen?

If I didn't log on from home, I'd spend my first day back just doing email.

I'll have to go check your blog; I don't normally even look, once the school year starts. I know you shut it down, as you're usually too busy to keep up with it. I did see the elephant webcam you posted at Shore's. Tres cool!

Oh, poor C! No sleep, left his phones, etc.

Enjoy your expedition to the Garden Centre tomorrow.

They've been putting out the Christmas decorations in the stores since early October. Like Election Day, I'll be so tired of Christmas stuff by the time Christmas Day arrives.....
Member Since: October 7, 2005 Posts: 235 Comments: 25134
Wednesday, so half way through the week! Is the pile getting less?
Due to an electrical failure on the train line last evening, C didn't get in until 1:30 this morning, then had to be out of the door only five hours later, so he went without his phones (personal and work!). I got a call at lunchtime from him - as you can imagine, he is not a happy bunny! lol
I have the car tomorrow, so I am taking myself off to the garden centre for coffee. I haven't been for weeks and weeks. The Christmas decorations will be up, so I want to go to see.
See, not spend.... I hope! lol
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 294 Comments: 26344
Hi Bug!

Glad you had a good visit with your dad and safe travels to boot! I'm also extremely glad that all this election stuff is almost over. It has taken over too much!

I know what you mean about work pilling up. I have Friday and Monday off, but if I didn't check my work email, I would never get to anything on Tuesday! It's crazy! So much for a part time job!!!!

I reopened my blog with lots of photos of a recent visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I also included a few videos of an elephant, gorilla and cheetah. We really had a great visit.

Then on Monday we went to see the Endeavor. Now that was awesome!

This next storm isn't any threat to you is it?
Member Since: February 21, 2005 Posts: 195 Comments: 14571
Hehehehe - LOL - I am laughing here, with both hands on my lower abdomen!
I LOVED the penguin story!,
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 294 Comments: 26344
Hi, ho, Happy Tuesday and it's ELECTION DAY!

Thank the Lord it's about all over with for another four years.

I know it's our right and our civic duty to vote but by the time the actual day arrives, I am SO sick of politics, political ads, phone calls and the politicians, themselves, I could just scream.

Today's BC comic strip hit the nail on the head: Link.

Sandi, yes, I appear to have made some inroads into the mountain and I think I see light at the end of the tunnel. Barring unforeseen circumstances. Knock on wood....

Here's another good giggle for the day:

ISN'T SCIENCE FASCINATING?
I never knew this!
Did you ever wonder why you never see dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica ?
Where do they go?
Well, wonder no more.

It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life. If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fel-looooow, which nobody can deny!"

You really didn't believe that I knew anything about penguins, did you?

Oh quit whining I fell for it, too.....
Member Since: October 7, 2005 Posts: 235 Comments: 25134
Oh, the work that piles up when you are absent!
I hated having time off from teaching due to the amount of 'fill in work' that I had to deal with on my return! That's why I always seemed to be ill during the vacations!! lol

Hope you have shifted some of the back-log this morning!
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Oh, meant to post this in earlier: Tiny McClellanville rallies to help Superstorm Sandy ravaged Toms River after Hugo aid.

Charleston send contingent of city employees to assist Sandy victims.

We've never forgotten all the help we received after Hugo and we believe in that 'do unto others' thingy.

I remember seeing power crews, police and fire/rescue from all over the U.S. Then there were the churches and individuals that would load up a rental truck with water and other supplies.

We even had Mennonites from up in PA come down with their teams of horses to pull out salvagable timber from the Francis Marion Forest.

don't forget we have Portlight here on WU and they're based here in Charleston. Which reminds me; I need to send them a payment. I just had too much going on last week, what with getting ready to head to Dad's.
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HOW IN THE WORLD DOES SO MUCH WORK ACCUMULATE IN JUST TWO DAYS OFF!?

It was enough to make me want to run screaming out the door.

Ah, well, I'll just repeat my usual mantra: job security, job security, job security. OM mani padme hummmmmm....................

Shore, I usually do better in the fall, when my body thinks it's getting an extra hour's sleep in the mornings. I did get to bed right after Walking Dead was over last night. 10:00 on the dot. I'm surprised I managed to see it through. I was really tired.

So you got bug goo, too? I don't know what it was this time but my windshield pretty much stayed plastered going up to Dad's and coming back. I had to keep hitting the windshield wipers and the wiper spray.

It wasn't just little bugs; it was BIG UNS. The kind you see before they hit.

Not sure just how much rain we got last night. The last time I checked the gaug(around 9:00) it was only about a 10th of an inch. It's clear out there now but it's supposed to start raining again tonight and on through tomorrow night.
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Glad to see you home - and hooray for "warmups" for dinner so you didn't have to cook.

All's well down here. We had some rain this morning - not much, but I'd guess a quarter inch. Dixie has recovered from her trauma, except she still is walking around yowling a bit. But she's fine. Now, it's get-adjusted-to-the-new-time business. I don't know why, but I always have a harder time with either spring or fall. I just can't remember which it is! LOL I guess I'll have to wait and see if it's this one!

Glad you're not having to make a trip in the rain, too. I need to get my car in for a nice wash - talk about bugs and road dust! I guess I'll wait and see if we get any more rain tomorrow.

Have a good night!
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Thanks for everyone's posts, checking in on me.

The drive home was long but uneventful. I pulled into the drive just after 5:30. Unloaded the truck, got everything unpacked and put away.

I did't last too terribly long last night and, despite a full night's sleep, I am still tired today. I probably won't last too long tonight, either. I'm pooped. Or as Mama used to say, too pooped to pop. lol

I got started on the laundry shortly after getting up, which was 8:00, new time.

Smom sent me home with some ham and baked sweet potatoes, so fixed some field peas and that's what we had for dinner today. It was very nice of her and it was very nice not to have to try to decide what to fix and cook it. All I had to do was heat everything up.

I cut my computer on a while ago but I had all these notices from Norton and whatnot to run system scans and do updates. Then, I had to renew my WU membership and I couldn't remember my PayPal password.

I could have sworn I'd written it down in my computer notebook, where I have stuff like that for future reference but it wasn't in there. Figures.... So I had to start sort through all those little misc pieces of paper on my computer stand.

I now have it written down where I can find it and I'm also taking it to work to add to my cheat sheet there, just in case.

I also logged on to my work mail to clear out all the junk. It saves so much time my first day back, if I delete all the power outage notices, general announcements, fund raiser notices, forwarded email ha-ha's, chain emails, etc. If I don't do this from home, it can easily take me two hours or more to wade through it when I get back. I delete most of that without reading it as fast as it lands in my in box, anyway.

What's left is things I have to DO something with.

I wish I could get an unlisted work email address!

We've got a T-storm warning up and I've been seeing some lightning. There's a few splatters of rain on the kitchen window. It looks like most of it is passing further up the coast, over Mt. Pleasant.

I see the forecast is still calling for rain tonight, clear tomorrow but rain again tomorrow night and all day Tuesday.

I'm glad I've already been up to Dad's and back. I hate driving in the rain.
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Hope you made it back in the daylight. For nearly four months of the year, during November to February, I would leave the house before seven, in the dark, and arrive home about six, in the dark! I hated it, and always looked forward to March! lol

Enjoy your Sunday, although I know you will have laundry to do, and dinner to cook. I am going to 'attempt' a pork joint in the main oven, if someone helps lift it out once it is cooked! I can half throw it in, but hot and juicy, I can't lift it out!!
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 294 Comments: 26344
You must be nearly home now. I hope you're having a nice, safe and enjoyable trip. Well, maybe "enjoyable" is pushing it a little, but at least it looks like you've got great weather.

We've got some rain clouds building, and I hope there's rain in them. If there were, I might go for my second nap of the day - how crazy is that? I am still tired, and everywhere I look there's something to be done. I believe I'm going to see how much self-control I have and continue to ignore it for the rest of the day.

How's your dad doing? Well, I hope. I was surprised to see my aunt so thin when I got up to KC - she's always been small, but I think she's lost maybe ten pounds since I last saw her. She's feeling good, though. She gets pretty tired and has some problems with arthritis, but still is driving herself around, going out to church events and so on. I'm glad.

I'd better get myself rested up - I've got a pile of work to do. Better that than no work, of course - but I need to get myself out of my vacation mindset lickety-split!
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10. Ylee
Safe travels home, bug!
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Hallo, everyone.

One last check in here. Smom came home early, getting in around 5:00 last night.

I'll be headed back after lunch and expect to get home around 6:00. Before dark, anyway.

Got to remember to change the clocks tonight. Spring forward, fall back?

Next trip up, I'll have to leave before lunch, so as to get home before dark.

Anyhoo, will try to check in tonight, if I'm not too shattered! I know Hubby and Gus will be delighted to see me. As much as I enjoy visiting with Dad, it is always good to get home.
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Hi little Bug and BigBug :-)

Wishing you a very image weekend:-)

PS - when are you heading back? Tomorrow?

Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 294 Comments: 26344
Good morning!

It's a bit cool this morning but is expected to warm up nicely later on. I think I managed to pack the right type of clothing. Not too cool; not too warm. I brought a windbreaker but I don't think I'll need it.

Sandi, the nearby Bi-Lo did not have much of a Talenti selection: Double Dark Chocolate, Simply Strawberry, Roman Raspberry and Blood Orange. I chose the Blood Orange as the one I thought Dad would probably like best. We each had a couple of small scoops after supper last night and he said, "I like this!" He was surprised, since the only sherbert-y thing he'd ever had before was the regular, overly sweet lime or orange sherbert and he doesn't care for them. I did tell him beforehand that sorbettos were WAY different, but it takes tasting them to know.

Greenwood isn't that large, so I don't know if there's another Bi-Lo in town to check for other flavours. I know there's no Publix here. I'm not sure about Harris Teeter. I'd have to ask my aunt. It's possible that Greenwood may have one of the other stores listed on Talenti's website that Charleston doesn't. 'Course, it all depends on what the individual store buyers order for their inventory.

Janet, I had no idea Duplin had Christmas wines. I've never seen anything in the grocery except the basic white, red and blush. If anyone carries it in Charleston it would likely be Total Wine. They have a huge inventory. I know they stock seasonal beers, so it makes sense that they'd stock seasonal wines, too. I'll have to go over there and check. They're right acros the highway from our house.

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We too like the Duplin wines. Their Christmas wines are really good.

enjoy your vist & safe travels back home.
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Talenti - oh, no!

Think of your waistline! lol

Glad the journey was uneventful, except for the deviation into the fruit aisle !
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Hi, ho and hello from Greenwood!

I got to Dad's shortly after 12:00. Would have gotten here earlier, if I hadn't wandered off into the Orangeburg Walmart's produce section after making a stop for gas and to powdering my nose. I got a couple of honey crisp apples, a mango, some plums and then hit the wine aisle for a bottle of Duplin Winery's Carolina Scuppernong Blush.

Dad loves scuppernong wine and made his own for 20 years or more. He'd also made other wines, though in smaller amounts than the scuppernon. I have fond memories of his blackberry wine. He got really good at it and enjoyed sharing the results with friends and family.

He and Smom were members of a wine tasting club for a number of years. He can't drink much or often these days, due to various medications he's on but we'll have a little sip or two while I'm here.

My aunt wanted us to come over for lunch tomorrow but Dad isn't quite sure if he's going to feel up to it or not. If we don't, I'll go over after lunch and have a good visit with them.

This afternoon, I'm going to see if I can contribute to the delinquincy of my Aged Rellie by going down to Bi-Lo and see if they have any Talenti. Maybe I'll luck out and they'll have the Lisbon Lemon. I've not found that flavour at home yet.

anyhoo, just wanted to check in for a sec. I'm going to do a disk cleanup, check to see if Dad's system needs to be defragged and clear out all those temporary internet files, browsing history and cookies. I do this every time I come up. It helps to speed up Dad's dialup a bit.
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"Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast."
- Sara Coleridge

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It is a new month and may it treat you and yours well!
Member Since: May 6, 2008 Posts: 173 Comments: 18220
You're up early - White rabbits, and happy month!

Have a lovely weekend, safe travels:-)

BTW First! You don't count! lol
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 294 Comments: 26344
Just doing a quick check in for a last minute weather forecast check, in case I need to throw something warmer into my tote bag for my trip to Dad's.

I'll check in later today.

I'll be leaving shortly and expect to arrive in Greenwood about lunchtime.

Thanks to everyone who posted on the prior thread.
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