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Fall is already here--do you celebrate the holiday season?

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Idaho Spud 22 hours ago. 34 Replies

I took a brief hiatus from here, and decided to come back. I've missed you guys, and hope you are all doing well. Hard to believe that fall is around the cornerThere's not much of a fall where I live. Having said that, I love Halloween. I don't…Continue

Local Color in the Neighborhood

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 22. 27 Replies

It's getting on toward peak color season here on the North Coast.  I'm lucky enough to have some truly beautiful examples of it literally right outside my door and a short walk around.  So I thought I'd break out the Olympus and record some…Continue

Tags: trees, local color, autumn, fall

I put my trust in my cancer fighting teams

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 16 Replies

So, something made you ill,then God waited until many people petitioned him,then made you well again.Something makes people around the world illthen no amount of people petitioning Godmakes them well again.Cancer made me ill,I want no one to…Continue

blu (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 3. 10 Replies

After what has seemed like a very long hiatus, TheraminTrees is BACK.  No great surprise, not only hasn't he lost a step, he may actually have gained a few!  That said, may I present:bluContinue

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Don't leave your keys on your desk: company copies keys from photos for $6

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 23. 8 Replies

"Keys Duplicated" will make a copy of your house key from smartphone photos, for anyone with a credit card.…Continue

Tags: stealth key copying, stealth key duplication, key copying, key copying from photos, stealth

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sk8eycat Sep 22. 64 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

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Comment by booklover on January 9, 2013 at 7:19am

Thanks Chris! :)

Comment by Plinius on January 9, 2013 at 6:50am

Congrats, Melinda! I hope the next 25 years will be better still! And there's nothing wrong with a boring life - especially after troubles with fathers.

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2013 at 6:27am

Thanks for telling me your story Felaine!  That must've been so hard.  My 'father' was the handsome, fun, popular guy in high school.  The problem was that he never grew up.  Couldn't handle having responsibilities.  My Grandma made excuses for him (her favorite) his whole life.  He partied his whole life and then died from it.  My Mom said the first 4 years with me he was a wonderful parent when he was with me.  She said he was fun-loving (obviously!), caring, funny, open-minded, a prankster, etc.  Just couldn't handle taking care of himself even.  His whole life he couldn't.  He would always say he loved us, through phone-calls at my Grandparents house, and then I talked on the phone with him once when I was an adult.  He told my cousin, on his death-bed, that he really loved us.  Ummm, he didn't even know us!!!!  I never felt sad, never cared.  I did wish he wouldn't have been the way he was, but he was, so that was that!  I had a very stable home with one very stable Mom, and 2 sets of stable Grandparents.  That's life!  My kids have had the same parents their entire childhood, my husband and I have been married for 25 years TODAY! lol.  They have always lived in the exact same home, etc.  Boring! :)  I hope I am making sense too!  My husband is up since 5:30 fixing the furnace, so I got up too!

Hope everyone has a good Wednesday!  ~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on January 9, 2013 at 12:16am

Well, I've been awake for 36+ hours now, and still don't feel sleepy...but I'm tired!  And not making much sense.  Just thought I'd check in and let y'all know I'm reading your posts, laughing at (and printing) all the silly animal pics, and I really do appreciate all your "welcome back" notes and stuff.

To Melinda...my biggest problem with my dad's drinking was that for the first 10 years of my life, he was my hero.  He was a very intelligent man, and he was interested in a lot of different things....boating, astronomy, parrots, cats, books.  On my 6th birthday he took me to the library, showed the clerk my birth certificate, and voila...I had my very own library card! 

I didn't notice that his drinking was out of control till I was 12 or 13, but mother said it started when I was in 5th grade.  Anyway, he just gradually became a stupid stumblebum...mostly only at home. I was ashamed to have my friends come to our house (so we gathered at their homes), and when I started dating in high school I NEVER ONCE introduced any of my boyfriends to him. Never even let them come to the door. I would wait outside for my dates to pick me up.  I didn't want anyone to see him almost passed out on the sofa or trying to be sociable, but slurring his words, obviously drunk.  (This was the 1950s...."Father Knows Best" time.)

Joining Holiday a few weeks after graduation was such a relief!  I didn't have to pretend anymore because we never played anywhere within 1,000 miles of SoCal. (We toured mostly in the midwest and the deep south, and ended the tours by playing Mexico City for a whole month! We loved THAT!)

I was on the road when there was one of those "confrontations" here, and he was dragged, kicking and screaming (well...not really, but reluctantly) to one of those drying-out hospitals.  It worked for him, but I think even today those places have only about a 50% success rate. If that.

But he was sober. So I came home and went to work for him....he had a small bookkeeping and tax preparation practice.  I was always rotten in arithmetic in school, but with a good old Addo-X, I found that balancing ledgers and reconciling bank statements could be fun.  I've always liked solving puzzles, and that's what it feels like to me, even now.

Years and years later, after he died, I finally figured out why he always refused to have anything to do with AA...I'm pretty sure he was a closeted atheist.  Mother, raised in the buybull belt, was the only one who talked about god and Jeebus and heaven and hell, and dragged me to Sunday school when I was little.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on January 8, 2013 at 6:09pm

I love that booklover!!

I am taking it for my collection.

You are right Melinda (booklover) you should not care what others think about you.

Congrats on your anniversary Patricia.

Comment by booklover on January 8, 2013 at 2:38pm

Here's a picture describing how we feel when others have a bad opinion of us. LOL

Comment by booklover on January 8, 2013 at 2:37pm

Thanks Patricia, realistic is a better word!  I'm 45 now and I'm so over caring what people think of me!  I can't believe how much I cared when I was younger.  That saying is SO true that youth is wasted on the young!

Grinning Cat, I feel like we're all getting to know each other better also!  Real friends!  The internet does have some very great uses!~ Melinda

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 8, 2013 at 2:11pm

Tony, I like the caterpillar/caterfly!

Felaine, Ruth, Melinda, I appreciate your stories, and feel like I too am getting to know you better.

When you have genuine caring and affection, compatibility in bed is a wonderful bonus!

... I'm lucky to have found a lot of much nicer guys. And smart enough to give back the engagement rings of the first two prospects, when their true nature showed through. Never regretted those decisions. My second husband has been the real keeper.

Ruth, that sounds like creating your own luck!

Comment by Joseph Corder on January 8, 2013 at 11:19am

Your welcome Flying Atheist!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 8, 2013 at 10:28am

Thanks for the John Lennon quote, Joseph.  I like it.  If there's one thing I'm good at, it's relaxing and wasting time.  I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm going to enjoy retirement when it happens. 

Sk8eycat, nice to have you back.  Always great to hear from you.  :)

 

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