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Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 2:33am

Melinda, we have TWO doormats (front & back) that say, in very large letters, "OH NO not YOU again!" Nobody has ever noticed them. (It's kinda scary when some solicitor comes to the front door, we ask him/her to please leave, and they walk around the corner to the back door and ring that bell.)

Re: that Siamese kitten...my sister made the Cheezburger Front Page today (Tuesday) with that one captioned, "I smell nice!

I wish you well with your new doctor.

@Everybody: Thank you all for your kind thoughts.  I must confess that I'm scared sh^tless; I'm either going to have to have surgery (on my NECK!), or there's a 75%% chance that I'm going to end up like poor Christopher Reeve.  I've put things off too long.

I really wish I could give myself the monodigital salute.  Maybe I can learn to do it left-handed... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:39am

booklover, I love your sox photo. Are they your pets? 

Hope you have good outcome on your doctor's reports and really sorry you have to go back for labs. Keep us posted, and I am thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:34am

The Flying Atheist, I tried to find a funny "occupied" sign but the only thing I could find was this one: 

You must have some interesting stories to tell about your work experience. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:18am

sk8eycat. I hope you recover full use of you hand. Sounds serious. I am thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 12:58am

Melinda, I will be thinking of you as you have your medical procedures and hope all goes well. 

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2012 at 12:36am

Must be a wonderful couple, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 11:43pm

Ian, I had no children when I was 27 years old. On my 28th birthday I had three. We adopted a five day old boy from the hospital and he was five-months 13-days when our twins were born. They are all 49 years old now. It was quite a sight, I was able to breast feed all three, taking turns, of course. When they got older, I had three high chairs and one spoon and they looked like birds waiting for the next spoon of food. 

Cary, Craig, and Laura 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 4, 2012 at 11:08pm

Melinda, the sign on your front door and your comment about not knowing what soliciting is reminds me of my job as a flight attendant.  I don't think a month goes by when someone points to the 'occupied' sign on the lavatory door and asks me, "Does that mean somebody's in there?"  I kid you not. 

Comment by booklover on December 4, 2012 at 8:42pm

Good Night!!! :)

Comment by booklover on December 4, 2012 at 8:40pm

Thanks Carl, you're so sweet.  Ian, that waxed-floor cat picture is great! lol.  Thanks Steph, and you always have the perfect picture or gif for everyone!

I really liked my new doctor.  I couldn't go have lab work done because... I put a Listerine Strip on my tongue so I didn't have coffee-breath! lol.  Apparently that isn't fasting (they didn't say to fast or that I was having lab work done or I wouldn't have), but I just thought that was funny.  Back for labs some morning this week.:)

Felaine, we have a sign on our front door that says "NO Solicitors, yes, this means YOU TOO."  Guess what.  They either can't read, or don't know what soliciting is.  Ugh!

 

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