Pigs at the beach! # 110

By: palmettobug53 , 2:34 PM GMT on June 29, 2014

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Here we are in the lazy days of summer. School is out, people are taking vacations and it may be too hot outside to venture outside. What to do to fill up those lazy hours or just relax for while?

Read.

I highly recommend visiting your local library. Where else can you load up on an assortment of summer reading for free?

I'm a pretty eclectic reader. I like both fiction and non-fiction.

In fiction, I enjoy mysteries, murder, sci-fi, humor, historical fiction, fantasy, to name a few. I am no longer a devotee of romances and potboilers. I read so many of those in my twenties that I get nauseous at the thought of reading another one. Ick.

In non-fiction, I'm a particular devotee of biographies, travel and history, both ancient and modern.

I really enjoy the books from Arcadia Publishing in my library about local history. These are basically collections of photos (with captions) showing Charleston in years past. Arcadia has an extensive selection of books about locations around the country, so check with your library and see what they have.

I've been venturing into the Young Adult section lately. I started with The Hunger Games, which was excellent. Other picks have been just as good, though there have been a couple that were a little too 'teenaged' for my taste.

If you want to tie in your summer reading with hurricane season, there are a number of books to choose from.

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Lowcounry Hurricanes: Three Centuries of Storms at Sea and Ashore by William J. Fraser, Jr.

Killer Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 by Robert Mykle (The Belle Glade or Lake Okeechobee storm)

Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 by William Drye

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti (The Long Island Express)

The above is a short list: there are a number of others, which your library may or may not have in their inventory. If your library doesn't have them, you may be able to find used editions online.

Happy reading!




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143. SBKaren
11:45 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Hi Bug! Long time no see! I'm with you on the reading. I love to read too. I also belong to a book club so sometimes that has me reading out of my comfort zone.

I started to read In the Garden of the Beasts by Eric Larson, but I think it's just too heavy for me right now. I started, got about 20% through, and just had to put it down. I won't give up on it, just try again when my head is in a different spot. Maybe winter.

I have read a few good ones. I belong to a site called Goodreads, I think I've told you before, and I'll check the reviews of a book before I check it out. I mostly read on my iPad now because I can borrow books from the library, they are just ebooks and not paper books. It helps when I wake up in the middle of the night and I need to read to go back to sleep. I don't have to turn my light on and disturb R. But, sometimes they don't have everything I want, but I usually find something to suit my needs!
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142. palmettobug53
4:44 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Hi, ho, happy August 1st and white rabbits to all!

I finally made it home but got busy with things and never did get the computer cut on.

The rain had eased off some by the time I left the office to try again. As soon as I got inside the truck, the bottom dropped out again. I was in bumper to bumper traffic and not moving much. By the time I got on the bridge out of town, I'd moved out from under the rain. The streets were full of standing water. Thank heavens it was low tide.

We'd had close to 3 inches of rain at the house.

Sandi, I just took my time and drove slightly below the speed limit because of the water on the road.

I hate those idiots that plow thru standing water at 40 or 40+ mph and spray everywhere with total disregard for other drivers or poor pedestrians on the sidewalk.


Cal, glad to hear Nate and family are settling in. It was good that they already had some Coastie friends there.

I'm going to check out those Sword of Truth books later on. I'm knee deep in Dick Francis at the moment.

BTW, I'm sure you've read Farley Mowat's books.

Hi, Pros. Oh, that's pretty. A glad? Mine have all seemed to have died off or something. Maybe the squirrels dug the bulbs up. I know I had more than have bloomed this year.


Hey, GG! Is that me on the left with the specs? lol

Linda, are you going to be able to spend August as a Lady of Leisure? I know you were working towards that end.

Well, I'm about finished my soup and bread (whole grain flatbread) and need to head on over to James Island. I'm going to see about picking up some flowers and a card on the way over. I haven't called but she can't go too far.

I heard she got her stitches out and is, or will be, starting therapy.

If I don't check in tonight, I'll be here in the morning.
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141. Thoughtsteader
4:12 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Hidy Ho! Another month, another attempt to keep up with the world! Just a quick hello, and now I'm going to go catch up while I eat lunch. I forgot breakfast, so early lunch was required. ;)
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140. GardenGrrl
3:00 PM GMT on August 01, 2014


ps, Happy Friday!
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139. Proserpina
1:49 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
@Maria photo 015f_edited-1August_zps9d6c135f.jpg
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138. calpoppy
1:36 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Right now I am half way through Tales From the Edge: True Adventures in Alaska. Good book lots of adventure both old and new, and some good authors that I will want to read their books. Anthologies are a nice way to discover new authors.

I read Romeo,a true story by Nick Jans, which was about a wolf that came into the area around the Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau for 7 winters. He played with dogs and wasn't to afraid of humans. The book showed how stupid people are and how odd and wonderful this wolf was!

I have been looking for the Sword of Truth books, haven't had luck on the used books. May have to resort to kindle.

Nate and family are enjoying North Carolina! They said the people there are really nice and very friendly. Lots to do for Brody and they already have a built in 'Coast Guard family' as several of their friends were transferred there last year.

Things are so dry and brown here, still wishing for rain :(
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137. sandiquiz
8:11 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)



Hope you made it home without too much hassle...I also hope you find your cousin a little better this afternoon:)
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136. sandiquiz
9:20 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Oh, that doesn't sound good....safe trip home, and hopefully you will check in to let us know you are home safe.
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135. palmettobug53
8:23 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Ickity, ickity, ickity.....

Flash flood warning:

... A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 530 PM EDT for south
central Berkeley... western Charleston and southeastern Dorchester
counties...
... Dangerous flash flooding in progress...

At 341 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate area of heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding.
These storms were located along a line extending from Ladson to James
Island... or along a line extending from Ladson to Fort Sumter...
moving northwest at 5 mph.

Spotter and radar reports indicate between 4 and 8 inches of rain
has fallen in some areas this afternoon. Expect another 2 to locally
5 inches to fall through 530 PM which will produce areas of flash
flooding. Law enforcement and spotter reports indicate several
streets in downtown Charleston as well as Folly Beach are flooded.
Flooding will only worsen in these areas over the next hour and
could enter homes and businesses. Take action now to protect life
and property.

Flash flooding is expected in and around downtown Charleston... west
Ashley... downtown Charleston... North Charleston... Middleton
place... Delmar Crossroads... Johns Island... James Island...
Folly Beach...


I clocked out just before 4:00, walked around the corner and looked down the hall. It was POURING. The street is running a gullywasher.

I came back inside to check the radars and local webcams. It's a mess out there. I might try making a run for it in a few minutes.

I have a brolly but I may need to roll my pants up, take my plimsolls and socks off and hang them around my neck.
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134. palmettobug53
4:42 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Hey, Wab. Boy, am I glad I bring my lunch. It is BLACK out there.

I ended up reading another of my Dick Francis books, whilst keeping half an eye on Property Brothers/HGTV. Went to sleep around 10:00.

Oh, no, Sandi! Isn't that always the way it happens? You do some serious frivolous spending and expensive household or vehicular repairs decide they need doing RIGHT THEN. Ugh. I hope the damage to your pocket book isn't too bad.

I've been wondering about my brakes. Not that I've noticed any issues but I've had the truck for close on to 4 or 5 years now and they're probably due for work sometime soon. Hopefully not, though. Knock on wood!

I will be clocking out at 12:00 tomorrow, so as to go over and check on my cousin. I'll clock out, eat at my desk and then leave.

I've been bringing my lunch for so long, I totally forgot about the lunchtime traffic jams in all the fast food places. It took me a good hour to get in and out of Taco Bell last Friday.
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133. sandiquiz
9:13 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Took Oscar for his annual MOT check today... just had a phone call... he failed on two counts, so need to replace the exhaust and the back brake discs! Ok, so now I wish I hadn't bought a new camera!! lol
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132. whitewabit (Mod)
5:20 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Quoting 131. palmettobug53:

Whoop! It's Hump Day!

Hey, Ylee. I think the Hunters might fly 93L tomorrow.

Got a kick out of Dr. M's blurb on the Sharknado sequel airing tonight. As enticing as it sounds, I still think I'm gonna give it a miss! lol

Watched part of Ken Burn's docu on Mark Twain last night. Excellent, as his work always is.

Sandi, I think you could call it 'busily bored.' Just two more days.

I am leaving early again Friday. I plan to go check on my cousin and see how she's doing.

GG... I whizzed through your post a little too fast at first and read, "get a large toad to cook."

Dining with Andy Zimmern or Tony Bourdian tonight?


think I'll miss part 2 also .. not interested ..

sunny in the mid 80's today .. chance of rain Friday .. need a good inch or 2 getting a bit dry here ..
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131. palmettobug53
4:18 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Whoop! It's Hump Day!

Hey, Ylee. I think the Hunters might fly 93L tomorrow.

Got a kick out of Dr. M's blurb on the Sharknado sequel airing tonight. As enticing as it sounds, I still think I'm gonna give it a miss! lol

Watched part of Ken Burn's docu on Mark Twain last night. Excellent, as his work always is.

Sandi, I think you could call it 'busily bored.' Just two more days.

I am leaving early again Friday. I plan to go check on my cousin and see how she's doing.

GG... I whizzed through your post a little too fast at first and read, "get a large toad to cook."

Dining with Andy Zimmern or Tony Bourdian tonight?
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130. GardenGrrl
2:32 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Hi, thank goodnees it's my day off. 12 hours of on feet running is a killer. It is raining here today and I can't decide what I want to do first, go to COSTCO and get a large roast to cook cause it's cool enough to cook, start readiing one of the books I bought,
play with my camera for the photo challenge or go back to bed cause it's dark out and I'm tired. I think I know which one is going to win if I don't get out the door soon.

Re the under water city; way cool!
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129. sandiquiz
1:57 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Hi there.... it is hump day, so whether you are busy or bored, the week is half over!
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128. Ylee
7:20 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
Busy today, or not much to talk about? Well, there's always 93L! Don't know if anything will come out of it, yet!

Hope the rest of your day passes quickly!
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127. palmettobug53
4:46 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
Ho, that is cool, Barb!

So many of China's historic sites have been flooded by all the dams they've constructed. Maybe it will eventually show up on my PBS/ETV station on 'Nova' or something.

Along the same lines, I see ISIS has been blowing up historic mosques and other buildings in Mosul. The populace has been protesting but I don't think it'll do any good. Those buildings will go the way of the giant Buddhas in Afghanistan under the Taliban.
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126. barbamz
5:39 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Hey, bug! Some days ago I was fascinated by the pictures of a BBC article about a sunken chinese town. And as I know that you love archeological stuff too, you may enjoy it - the more as diving in bluegreen waters should cool you down in the heat of the summer :-)


Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious time capsule of Imperial China. Stone architecture dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties (which ruled from 1368 to 1912) stands perfectly preserved 40m under Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang province, 400km south of Shanghai. More: BBC, 24 July 2014, China’s Atlantis of the East

Took me a while to find a video of this spot, but here is one. Invitation to a boat trip and a dive far away!



Hope you and those who are confided to you feel better. Have a good week with not too much heat anyway.
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125. palmettobug53
4:45 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Well, whoop-de-do! It's Monday.

Where do those weekends go to?

Briar, I have that series on my 'To Read' list but am eyeball deep in those Dick Francis books I got Friday.

Sandi, no change. I need to send you a WUmail but I've no time, now. My lunch is almost over.
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124. sandiquiz
4:00 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Now 'pigs on the beach' painted a different picture to me.. as in the UK a slang term for the police is "pigs"... not a very pleasant term, and not one I would use, but nevertheless, it did conjurer up a picture of the police raiding the sun-worshippers!!

Happy Monday - any busier??
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123. BriarCraft
9:58 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Ylee may have thought Pigs on the Beach was referring to tourists. I thought you might be having a weinie roast and was wondering it you would have s'mores, too. WAB had the best idea.

WAB -- if you decide to roast a pig luau-style or South Carolina BBQ-style, I hope you'll give the rest of us advance notice so we can bring a side-dish to the beach potluck. Sounds yummy!


I recently finished "Into the Wilderness" by Sara Donati and was quite disappointed with it. While the plot was okay, the characters were not fleshed out -- even after reading all 876 pages, I couldn't see them in my mind's eye, not even the main character. What really ruined it for me was that the author created too many convenient coincidences to set the stage for the next bit of action or to justify some character's behavior. It all seemed a bit lame to me.

Now, I am about 200 pages into HurricaneCrab's recommendation. The first book in the series by Terry Goodkind is "Wizards First Rule". As I mentioned earlier, it is not the sort of book I would normally choose, but after 200 pages (820 total) I am starting to know the characters. They are nicely fleshed out with emotions and motivations that fit. One thing leads nicely to another, with no convenient coincidences to force the action. I'm not sure yet whether I will pursue the entire series, but I am having a nice read that lets me comfortably suspend disbelief and enjoy the characters and the flow of the story.
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122. palmettobug53
9:34 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
LOL, Ylee. Yeah, I've seen my share of those pigs on the beach. I also see some sights in Wally World but nothing like those email photos that go around. Maybe I'm just not there at the right time. Don't want to be, either. Ick.
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121. Ylee
5:06 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Bug, when you said "pigs on the beach", I thought you were talking about tourists.... :' )

Maybe you'll see some at Wal-mart.....I am SO bad!(Couldn't resist, lol)
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120. palmettobug53
4:54 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Wab, I enjoy a good pig picking as much as the next person but I wouldn't have had the heart to roast up those two poor piggies after all they'd been through! lol

Shirley, no rain for us until maybe tomorrow. I like getting rain, for the yard, but I don't like the resulting humidity and mosquitos.

Best get moving, if I'm going to make that trip to Walmart.
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119. WeatherWise
4:47 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Hi Bug, We have had high temps too and are expecting them today. However, we woke up to showers and thunder. Then we had sunshine and warmth but then a really heavy shower during church. Is still a bit of rain and overcast. So when the sun finally shows itself later it will be quite humid as well as hot. Not sure where the rain front came from but it sure is nice.
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118. whitewabit (Mod)
3:26 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Quoting 112. palmettobug53:

WAB!

You wouldn't have eaten those poor piggies, would you? After the things nearly drowned? lol

One note: at the end of that article it states that the alligator was shot on the beach. It raised quite the ruckus at the time, as families were out there and everyone got all upset. Esp the kids.

For whatever reason, our DNR regulations here do not allow for relocating alligators. They have to be shot. I don't particularily like that but 'they' say you can't relocate a gator; they always come back. Seems to me you could take them far enough off that they wouldn't.


Darn right I would have .. roasted pork on a beach some really good eating if you've ever tried it .. and they were about the right size too ..
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117. palmettobug53
3:03 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Good morning and a good Sunday to all.

Thanks for all the supportive posts. It is so hard (and scary) to see the generation ahead of us get elderly and frail. It makes us all think about ourselves and how soon we may be where they are.

Mike, I couldn't believe it, when I saw those pigs on the news Friday. Gators pop up fairly frequently, 'cause the marshes and rivers are right there but pigs?

Dear Lord, Shirley. One to drive and the other to see and hear for the driver? I know you were all relieved when your mother finally gave up those car keys.

It is HOT, HOT, HOT here. The actual temp still hasn't gotten as high as the forecasters all said but the humidity is awful. Stepping outside is like having someone drop a wet wool blanket over you.

There's a trip to Wally World on the agenda today. I need gas and some groceries.

I haven't a clue as to what to fix for our Sunday meal. Maybe inspiration will hit while I'm shopping.
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116. WeatherWise
2:47 AM GMT on July 27, 2014
Hi Bug, Sorry to hear about your elderly cousin. I am sure it was upsetting to go to her place and find it empty. I think perhaps most elderly fear that day. So glad you went to see her.

A friend at church was away for a week or two or three and asked me to call and check on her 90+ mother.while they were away. I called her and she said she was fine right now but not so good a bit ago. She said she was in the kitchen and she thought she reached to hold on to a piece of furniture that had wheels on it and fell. At any rate, she did not call a soul. She could not get up out of the floor. She said she crawled to the bedroom thinking she could pull herself up by the bedpost but she could not. She was right by a phone in there but did not call anyone. She crawled on to the living room and pulled the pillows off of the couch and somehow was able to pull herself up. She would not let me come over - she was fine. Said she would probably be sore the next day from all of the crawling. So, I got off of the phone and called her daughter as she had given me her cell phone. I called her grandson and then luckily I got another member of the church that lives right across the street from her. She said she would go right over and check on her. If I had not called at just the right time, no one would have known to even check on her. Her daughter says she refuses to keep the phone with her or to even think of getting the med alert device. She is a very independent lady. She just gave up driving a few months ago.

Aging can be tough and giving up driving is a biggie. My mother lived to be quite old. I rember when she decided on her own finally that she would not renew her license. She grieved all year knowing she was going to give up driving. She could not see or hear very well either but a lady that lived in one of our houses could see and hear but had never driven a day in her life. They would go to the grocery store or wherever together with her seeing and hearing while my mother drove. It was funny even the very last day she could drive they went to town. We were all so relieved when she decided to give it up. It is the kind of thing that is hard to tell a love one to do.

A little red cardinal to brighten your day:

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115. clearlakemike
10:02 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
It is so hot there that even the pigs and alligators are trying to go the beach. Sorry to hear about your cousin. G's late father was never the same after his first big fall. Pretty much went downhill from there. As much as I try to fight it, I feel myself starting to begin to enter 'older age'. Kind of scary.
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114. palmettobug53
8:41 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Yeah, it stinks, GG. My cousin has always been one of my favorites in the family. She's either 93 or 94. I'm not sure. Up there, anyway.

I've noticed that bad falls with broken bones, whether hips or whatever, seem to be the last straw for many elderlies. They just don't often recover. If they do, they never get back to anything like they were, pre-fall.

My cousin has been having issues with falling for a good 10 years now. Most were minor but this is the second major one.
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113. GardenGrrl
8:21 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Hi Bug, sorry to hear about your cousin. This is a tough age we are in family and friend wise. Got to take each day as a gift, even when some days it seems like a gag gift.
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112. palmettobug53
4:57 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
WAB!

You wouldn't have eaten those poor piggies, would you? After the things nearly drowned? lol

One note: at the end of that article it states that the alligator was shot on the beach. It raised quite the ruckus at the time, as families were out there and everyone got all upset. Esp the kids.

For whatever reason, our DNR regulations here do not allow for relocating alligators. They have to be shot. I don't particularily like that but 'they' say you can't relocate a gator; they always come back. Seems to me you could take them far enough off that they wouldn't.
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111. whitewabit (Mod)
4:52 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Quoting 110. palmettobug53:

I meant to tell ya'll about the pigs here at the beach: Pigs on Sullivans Island.


would have made a good roast pork BBQ .. hole in the sand some hot coals .. ummm so good !!
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110. palmettobug53
4:22 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
I meant to tell ya'll about the pigs here at the beach: Pigs on Sullivans Island.
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109. palmettobug53
2:17 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Good morning.

It's going to be very HOT for the next few days here, with heat indices in the 100's. After all the rain we've had? Ick.

Got the laundry chugging in hopes that I can get most, if not all of it out on the line before the heat rises. It's not too bad out there at the moment.

Pros, you've been hanging around me too long! I'm the worlds best procrastinator. Pottering in the yard, reading or watching TV trump housework any day and my house would look much better than it does, if my motto wasn't "It'll be there tomorrow."

Sandi, she does have a son, daughter and grandkids here. I've no idea why they didn't get at least one call out to the family. Other things on their mind at the moment, I suppose.

I'll be going back but I'm going to wait a week. I'll also keep my visits short, even though she always says I'm leaving too soon. She needs time to rest and recuperate.

I came home from that thrift shop with not one but seven Dick Francis books. Like new. All hardbacks. Each one had a 24.95 'new' price inside the front dust cover. I got them all for $1.50 each.

I don't buy too many books, as I've about run out of room to put them. Dick Francis, however, is one of the few authors I do buy, as I read his books over and over. I already had three of his that I'd found in a thrift some years back. Agatha Christie is another.

I keep my eyes peeled for classic books and authors like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens. I have a two book set of all the Sherlock Holmes stories with annotations. I have an annotated Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. The classics can be hard to find; thrifts or used book shops are the best places.

Speaking of Dame Agatha, I see I'm in for a treat tomorrow. A new Poirot is on Masterpiece Theatre with who else but the supreme Poirot: David Suchet!

There'll be a second one next Sunday.
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108. sandiquiz
1:29 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
I am sorry you had to go through that upsetting visit yesterday, as if the anniversary wasn't enough, but to find your cousin like that.

It s strange that no one from her family let you know - she has a daughter and grandchildren, doesn't she?

Take care of yourself today :)

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107. Proserpina
11:20 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
So sorry that your dad has been gone for a whole year. I know that you are still grieving for him. My thoughts are with you.
And your poor cousin. I just hate the time of life when one has to face the hard reality of ones mortality....
Large print books? That would force me to face reality as in my previous sentence, not ready yet! Seriously, I think it is me and not the eyes that has had a serious change of attitude in life. Housework? It can wait. Cooking? Let's have an omelet for dinner. Go out and run that errand? It can wait until tomorrow or the day after. You see what this new Pros is doing? She is being someone who never was! I do not recognize her one bit!
Take care.
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106. palmettobug53
11:11 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
Good for you, GG.

I've tried the carnivorous plants. They don't seem like me or my house and everyone had died on me.

I asked yesterday for this afternoon off. I thought I'd run over to James Island, hit their Walmart for a couple of things (didn't find what I wanted, tho), stop by Today's Closet (a thrift store) and then go by to see my cousin.

I'm glad I did. I found her apartment empty and, when I went to the front desk to find out where she was, learned that she'd been moved into the nursing care facility.

I'm not sure when it happened but it had to be fairly recently. She wasn't making much sense, wasn't very oriented to time or details. I did find out that she'd fallen in her assisted living apartment, her left shoulder snapped like a twig and she had to have surgery to repair it. I don't know how long she was in the hospital.

She was asleep when I got to her room and it took her a few minutes to wake up enough to realize who I was.

Her thinking is very muddled, which I imagine is due mostly to the pain meds she's on. She asked me, "How's your Daddy doing?"

It took me a minute to gather my thoughts, as today is the first anniversary of his death. I was able to smile and say, "He's fine and sends his love."

She seems to think that she'll be able to go back to her apartment, once she's better. I didn't have the hear to tell her that it looked like her apartment had been cleared out. She has some of that furniture in her new room.

It about broke my heart.

Just wanted to check in a minute. I wanted to email my aunt to tell her the news.
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105. GardenGrrl
8:00 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
Hey, maybe you should get some nepenthes pitcher plants like I have for the fruit flies. The little fungus nats and occasional flies get in the house they just seem to disappear. Sundews work well too.

Hey, I actually went to the book store and bought some books. Actually read one of them too.
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104. palmettobug53
4:36 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
shirley, what's bad about those fruit flies is that I have problems with floaters popping up in my eyes. I thought I'd gotten a new one the other night and it was huge. I was thinking I'd need to call my opthalmologist for an exam, as I've had to have laser surgery once before to repair a tear in my vitreous.

After about 30 minutes, I realized it wasn't a floater. It was one of those durned bugs! lol

Pros, have you considered checking out the large print section of your library? Perhaps those would be easier on your eyes.

Or what about audio books? You can get those at the library, too. I think there's websites online that offer them for free.

Sandi, I'm bored out of my gourd. I am still waiting for someone to assign me some regular work.
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103. sandiquiz
10:59 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Pros, you know what they say... a change is as good as a rest, so your rest from reading is a good change in your life!

Hi Bug - Ok day?
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102. Proserpina
10:59 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Hi Bug! How is your summer reading going? For the first time in my life I do not have the lust for reading! It started several weeks ago when I had serious problems with my eyes. I am able to read better now but I cannot get myself to read a novel! I am the same person who started reading before I was 5, When mom used to try to get me to go to sleep instead of reading til the wee hours of the morning, I read under the covers with a flashlight! I actually feel guilty for not reading this summer! I need my reading muse to come pay me a visit!

Once again, a very quick visit. I hope you are having a good summer and that you are well.
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101. WeatherWise
5:48 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Hi Bug, Getting printers online can be a major problem - I recall my days of being sysop for my school plus teaching 3rd grade at the same time. That was before the days of paid sysops and techs.

Those little buggies or flies can be a major problem. Seems I will get one near the computer - just one and drives me crazy and there is no way of actually swatting it and getting it. Guess, I should try fixing me a tiny little jug with just a bit of honey and vinegar to trap the little guy.

Never tried it but I suspect dish detergent will do the same thing just might not have the attraction feature. It works for creepy crawlies, you don't have to spray strong spray on it, just put a bit of dish detergent on it and zap.

Girl, this is gettting to ge a buggy blog, isn't it?

Dropping off another art sculpture from Bob Cage's Ar Sculpture Farm. I keep finding out more about him every day.

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100. palmettobug53
4:35 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Well, here I am. Another fun filled, thrilling day on Beetle Rock.

Having problems figuring out how to print from this new system. I selected the correct printer or so I thought. It spit out somewhere further down the office. I'm not going say a thing about what I think about the format it printed in. I wouldn't want Admin to ban me.

I've got a guy over in another department emailing me for help finding things. Boy, that's like the blind leading the blind.

On to the subject of fruit flies! While they are aggravating, it's a less stressful subject than work.

Sandi, I currently have no plants inside. They've all been kicked out for the summer. And have been, for a while.

Linda, there is a small 'fly' that breeds in potted plants if you don't let the soil dry out between waterings. They're called fungus gnats.

We had an invasion of them in office a few years ago, which resulted in the banishment of all live plants from the office. Potted or cut.

We are currently having issues in the office with fruit flies, mainly because people will put apple cores, banana peels, empty soda cans and other wet garbage in their trash cans at their desks.

In the kitchen, they don't rinse out soda cans or other items before tossing them in the recycling bins. Management called in (and paid for) an exterminator to assess the problem. I could have told them for free.

WOW... talk about some classic books! check out that link, guys.

GG... happy hump day to you, too. When's Friday gonna get here?

Sandi, that's ME! lol

Well, back to it. I'll be learning how to check those documents I was preparing for scanning to make sure they all scanned properly.
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99. sandiquiz
2:45 PM GMT on July 23, 2014


Still trying this look on for size??

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98. GardenGrrl
10:00 AM GMT on July 23, 2014
It's Hump Day!, from one salt miner to another. Hi ho Hi Ho
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97. Thoughtsteader
8:35 PM GMT on July 22, 2014
Fruit flies, huh? They're the peskiest, and the hardest to get rid of. I had those tiny, tiny ones around my potted plants, and found out they're (whatever they're called). The gal at the garden center told me to pick up a bag of really fine crafting sand. I didn't know there was such a thing, but the Dollar Store had it. It's like the sand that used to be in ashtrays. Anyway, a very fine layer of that over the dirt did the trick.

I just got my latest newsletter from Abe Books. That's something else you might enjoy signing up for. And their community forums are great - mucho interesting stuff.

Sorry to hear you're still pulling staples. On the other hand, you could be enjoying the pleasures of summertime boat work. I'm in for a little break - some fresh cherries and a couple of glasses of ice water. I'll head back out about 4, and give it another 2-3 hours. By that time, I've got some shade to work in. Much nicer!
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96. sandiquiz
4:44 PM GMT on July 22, 2014
I was link hopping, and found that fruit flies can also breed on the surface of soil, on indoor plants!
How many indoor plants have you got?

You must be getting so frustrated with the new system.. hope all settles down to some from of normality, soon!
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95. palmettobug53
4:36 PM GMT on July 22, 2014
Well, hello from Beetle Rock.

I still don't have a clue about what I'm doing in the new program. I don't think I have the access I'm supposed to.

I've been puttering around with a few things this morning but will be back to pulling staples after lunch.

Watching the bears on explore.org right now. One hungry fellow has himself neck deep just below the falls all set to snag a salmon.

Shirley, what luck to spot a young'un! That fawn has lots to learn yet.

That's such a sweet photo.

I always thought that my fruit fly invasion was from just one or two getting inside and breeding like crazy.

That sure makes you think twice about eating your fruits and vegs, doesn't it?
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94. WeatherWise
3:49 PM GMT on July 22, 2014
Yes, the vinegar honey thing is for inside. Even though, I did see a little farm produce store using them to combat fruit flies within their enclosed shop.

I have a story about fruit flies to share - shame on me! As a country girl, guess we never worried about fruit flies as we had so many flies, nats and mosquitoes to swat. Not even sure if I had ever heard of fruit flies. Anyway, in college science lab, the professor had a station set up with some type of fruit in a clear plastic bag with fruit flies in it. We were to explain on our labsheet how they got in the bag. I was completely baffled and was in the day when students actually wrote word answers for the professor to decipher not abcd choices. I think I wrote some how they got in there. I did not have a clue that the eggs were on the fruit and hatched after put in the bag. It was strange that growing up on a farm with nature all around me but yet there was so much I did not learn. Goes to show you that even though something is right under your nose, it helps to have someone to point it out to you. My parents were too busy farming and perhaps saw creatures in nature as pests after the farm crops or perhaps something you should learn from common nature by yourself. Not sure.

So that is my silly embarrassing fruit fly story. I think I have already told my pumpkin story.

Glad work is getting back to normal for you!

I saw a baby deer last evening right at dark - first baby I have spotted this year. No matter how many times I spot the deer, it is always a shock to see them. Yesterday, especially - I sometimes spot them in the little church yard right as night falls. However, yesterday, they were out in the street by this pile of tree trimmings. I could not believe it. I froze and so did they and started taking photos. However frisky baby deer did not freeze and all the deer went in the woods but baby ran out and along beside the woods and finally went back in. This meant they had lost the baby so they all came out of the woods looking for the baby and ended up going back in the woods at the same spot the baby went back in.


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93. palmettobug53
4:35 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
♫ ♪ I owe, I owe, it's back to work I go....♫ ♪

I'm back at the salt mine, still pulling staples and counting pages. Everyone is back from the Command Centre, so I'm not rattling around down on this end of the office all on my lonesome, anymore.

Shirley, those sculptures are neat. If I had a workshop, it'd be the kind of things I'd want to try my hand at. Recycle, reuse, repurpose.

Vinegar and honey is another version of that drowning potion. I heard apple cider vinegar works, as does wine or beer. I'd seen a few fall in but not enough to make inroads on the current population.

Rob, after the initial shock, the hub-bub of family and friends in and out, arranging for the funeral etc keeps the family busy and with less time to dwell on the loss. It doesn't seem real until everything settles down and everyone goes back to their normal routines. That is when it gets hard.

Young Rob (and his wallet) saw the wisdom of getting something sensible, I see. He'll have to get that flash car when he hits his mid-life crisis! lol
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