The Wedding Day – Christmas, at Emerald Wells Café 27

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Emerald Wells Café – The Wedding Day – Christmas

At five a.m. Em sat in Emerald Wells Café, at the counter, waiting for Harold to pick her up. Everyone was so busy this morning. Rose had already made one trip to the ranch. Rose delivered the cake, made the baked goods for the meal and is also in the wedding. Carl’s shop is locked as it has been for weeks. He has been so busy with Tomlin Trucking that he has not been to the Café for breakfast.

The sign hanging from the front doors knob of the Emerald Wells Café said Closed. Em wore blue jeans, shirt, cowboy boots, hat and a thick coat Harold picked up for her on a trip to Houston. Harold’s pick-up pulled to the curb, Em opened the door and went outside, Harold stepped out of his truck and gazed at the café with its lights out. He came around and helped Em in and closed her door. Then with one last glance over his shoulder he climbed in the truck and made a u-turn to head toward highway 27, passed the Trading Post on their way back to the ranch.

Both Rose and Earl were at the ranch. Earl was making sure the Prime Rib was ready for the guests after the ceremony. The weather was cold, the air was crisp. The menu was simple. The servers where high school seniors that Harold and Earl recruited. The front line of the varsity football team would park cars and keep the fire pits fueled.

Guests from the hotel arrived at the café and peered into the window looking inside, the lights were out. They had come a long way to sit at the counter. They wanted to look into the glassed domed serving tray made famous by Rose. They wanted to say ‘hey’ to Earl. They wanted to sit and drink wine from tea cups and listen to and read poetry. Becky tried that knob and found it open. She reached for the lights; she knew exactly where they were.

The girls sat at the counter, Sunny and Rosemary found cups and poured coffee. The café was quiet; they each had spent so much time here they felt they knew the place. Rose who was wise had left a box of pastry on the counter, the girls helped themselves. They each had come a long way to try Rose’s famous pastry.

They waited and chatted, then wandered back to the hotel to change. Kathy from the hotel would gather them soon enough and get them to the ranch per Em’s instruction. Becky toyed with the idea of making a country breakfast, but no one would want to clean up after. Sunny found a candle in the back and the girls sang Happy Birthday to Brenda.

Tom from the Trading Post arrived at the hotel at 9:45 a.m. in a station wagon. The back was filled with Navaho blankets from his Trading Post. The guests may need them he thought. Six of the guest piled into the wagon. They rest climbed into Kate’s Hotel station wagon. In no time they would arrive at the ranch.

Dale and Carl greeted them. The large living room had tables arranged around a temporary dance floor. The settings were done in an artistic elegance; Breen wearing a stunning hat, thought she saw Rose’s hand in this as well.

Terracotta fire pits vented to windows, were in corners of the room and a fire blazed in the fireplace. There were fire pits arranged around the new decking as well. Snow had fallen the evening before and had blanketed the landscape.

Em and Harold worried that it may be too cold, but the ceremony itself would be short and the guest would be able to return indoors.

A commotion outside brought the guests to the front of the house. A vintage Yellow Rolls Royce arrived. Two well dressed gentlemen and an elegant woman in a fuchsia dress stepped out, invitations in hand.

“TL, oh Ian, is that you?” it was Sunnie. TL received the nicest hug he could remember. She pat him on the arm. “I’ll catch up with you soon.”

“Svetlana, welcome’ Harold greeted her, “I have heard so much about you.”

“Epi”, the word was screamed. Maggie rushed over and outdid by double the hug that TL received, one foot off the ground. Epi straightened his collar. She grabbed his hand and they walked off chattering like old school friends.

Ruby watched from near a dessert table and tried amaretto fudge. MM stood with a camera, moving a little here and a little there. She had found the light and waited for the guests to come into the camera’s view to take a photo. Nellienna wrote something in her journal. MM glanced at it and smiled.

“Oh” said Em, “the something borrowed. These are just lovely. Sunnie can you fasten the pearls for me? And Becky the brooch is too much, but the bracelet with Sapphire's set in filigree silver is perfect for something blue.” Em stood in her dress and hugged both Sunnie and Becky. “You are such good friends. Are the people arriving? This is all so much. Sunnie please check on Carl for me. He has been very quiet lately, I’m worried about him. And Sunnie, I know there is not assigned seating, but you promised Dusty you would sit with him. Did you notice he trimmed his beard?”

Em asked Brenda and Rosemary if they would mind beginning to get the guests seated. The terracotta fire pits kept the veranda warm, though some of the guests pulled Navaho blankets around their legs for additional warmth.

“Ok, how are we doing on time?” Em asked.

“Nobody has seen Mck”, Sunnie told her.

“Where is that guy?” He said he’d officiate.

“He’ll be here” Rosemary assured Em.

“Let’s find Earl, remind him to take off his apron before he walks me down the aisle.” Em told them.

Mck arrived, went to the flowered archway where the couple will stand, carrying a book in his hand. He looks down, and realizes he is carrying the wrong book. He steps away, “can someone tell me where Brenda is?”

“Nice to meet you face to face” Mck tells Brenda. “There is a slight dilemma I grabbed the wrong book. Do you have your Bible?”

“I carry a Missal” she replied.

“Hum. That will do. Can I borrow it? Promise to return it.”

Mck returns to the flowered archway, grateful for Brenda and waits.

Brenda and Rosemary have everyone seated. Mck is ready. Harold is ready. Sunnie, Becky and Em are still chatting in the back. It’s almost 11:11. You can hear the rustling of Em’s dress. Em takes Earl’s arm while Sunnie and Brenda take seats.

“We are gathered here”, begins Mck “among friends, to witness the joining of Harold Tomlin and Emerald Wells in Holy matrimony. The couple have decided that they will use their own vows. Harold”

Harold clears his throat.

You are my Emerald that sparkles so bright

As we stand here together wishing upon our star

Darl’n I will be that star, just wish upon me

I am your dusk and you are my dawn

Someone is going to write our love

story, darl’n you’ll see it won’t be long

My promise to you is that my heart

will cause you no pain

The river of joy flowing from your heart

is more than I could have ever dreamed

From now until our story ends I will

love and care for you

This is just the beginning of our dance


Mck turns to Em "EM"



You built us a house

Now, I’ll make us a home

I’m hoping there is time

For the two of us to roam

I looked into your heart

And found it so pure

Your love moves me so deeply

I hope there’s no cure

All my fears vanished

When I gazed in your eyes

We have a home in the pines

Under Texas blue skies

This is such a big move

There is so much at stake

A place for us together is what

We will make

“Harold ready to exchange rings?” asked Mck. “Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife.”

Harold is handed the ring, Em puts out her hand and the band slides effortlessly in place.

“I do.” Harold said smiling.

“Em ready to exchange rings?” asked Mck. “Do you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband?”

“I do.” Em smiles.

Em is handed her ring and slips it on Harold’s finger.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Mck closes the Missal and slips it into his pocket.

"Oh, you may kiss the bride." Mck shakes his head ever so slightly.

Harold and Em embrace, Harold being mindful of Em’s dress, and indulge in a lingering kiss. A collective deep breath is taken. They turn and face their friends.

“I would like to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Tomlin.” Earl told the gathering.

Mck, cued the music as the couple walk back to toward the house.

The guests stand, some clutch their hands, some hold their heart. Here and there is a sob or a tear.

Mck cues Richard

As the guests mingle some standing near the fireplace to warm themselves, there is a general chatter, while they continue to introduce themselves and give warm greetings to those they have not had the chance to talk with. The room has become loud.

“We will get you all fed in a few minutes. Please gather round for Harold and Em’s first dance as husband and wife” announced Carl.

The couple takes to the center of the room. Mck cues the music.

TL guides Svetlana to a table, he missed breakfast and is hungry, Svetlana wants to talk about Tango, but TL is interested in salsa. Carl steps over and introduces them, to Charlotte Geary, the photographer who graciously allowed us to use her photograph at the top. Breen and Flora, stepped up and Carl introduced them also, “I sense you have a lot in common.” Then before continuing on to help other guests, ”Ladies those are charming hats.”

Sunnie, Dusty, Maggie May and Epi sat at a table with Becky and Hyphenbird. The room became noisy again, all of these people had so much in common.

Rose and Earl watch as an odd game of musical chairs plays out as Movie Master, Gail, Marcoujor, Nellienna, Truckstop Sally, Always Exploring, all waited-watching where A.A. would sit down.

The guests eat and talk and eat some more. Everyone is smiling and sharing their thoughts. Carl stands, asks for everyone’s attention while tapping a glass with a butter knife.  

Carl’s Toast

I introduced Em and Harold. I said Harold stop by the café, it’s a great place with friendly people. Harold, I meant only once, not every few days for six months. You were welcomed into our family and became part of us. Today you have made it official you and Em have become my best chance to become an Uncle.  I toast to you both, many years of happiness but if either one of you find you need a place to sleep for a night, I am right across the road.

Ladies and gentlemen please lift your glasses to the bride and groom.

There is applause. The guests continue with their festivities. Fresh bottles of wine are delivered to the tables. The flower arrangements are shifted side to side as they are interferring with the guest hungry for conversation. As the tables are bussed Earl stands rubs his hands together and says, “It’s time to do the garter.” The men gather, for one split second Epi forgets Maggie is there. Harold ceremoniously, revealing too much leg, retrieves the garter and throws it to the anxiously waiting men. Several of the ladies share in blushing along with Em as she pulls her dress back over her leg. Surprisingly agile Epi snatches the garter from Earl’s waiting hand and heads right back triumphant to sit down next to Maggie, who is now wearing a smile.

“Hi Ya’al” says Em. “We’re going to do the bouquet, all you single women gather round. Don’t be shy, Ya’al know who you are.” A crowd of women form. Epi has his fingers crossed. “Everybody ready”, she turns around away from the ladies. “One, two,….. there is a rumbling sound…everyone diverts their eyes looking around. Everyone except Hyphenbird, “three” Em says, and tosses the bouquet. The crowd hears shouting and are in disbelief. Hyphen flies and easily snatches the bouquet out of the air. With the bouquet safely in hand, she looks out the window to see what could have been more important.

Two men, the wildcatters, came racing across the highway from Carl’s property, yelling for Carl, behind them the derrick on Carl’s property has erupted. The younger of the two men, the one in the lead, Artruo Alverez, is yelling the loudest, when he takes a nasty spill in the gravel driveway.

Carl, Harold, and Earl race out and the four men race back across the highway. A few of the guests help the young man inside so he can get cleaned up.

At dusk, Mark a lineman for the local high school started the generator that would light the tree that Harold, Earl and Carl managed to decorate. Between ladders and pine cones and tugging on wires they got it done. And were glad of it, most of the scratches were healed.

The guests both men and women in their Sunday clothes mill about. Rose goes to Em and whispers to her.

“Hey everyone were gonna give the boys some time and play some music so you’al can do a little dancing, we’ll get some updates I’m sure.” Then to Rose, “Come on, help me get out of this thing.”

Music is put on; the guests, who are all in the spirit, begin to dance. Epi takes the floor for a dance with Maggie May. In a moment the dance floor is full. There are more women present than men. The High School football team players who have been feeding the fires and parked cars graciously step up and ask the ladies to dance.  When the first song finishes, Epi goes and looks at the selections and stacks them in order.

Rose went and helped Em out of the wedding dress. And she helped get the dress safely tucked away. Em returned wearing a nice pair of blue jeans, cowboy shirt and boots. She was the most comfortably dressed person in the place.

“Play them in this order”, Epi instructs Richard. The guests danced, and enjoyed some wine.

About an hour passed when Rose went over and whispered to Em.

“We are going to serve the wedding cake now.” Em got their attention. She and Rose took the top layer from the cake and set it aside. The young ladies from the High School began serving. Some guests began to go. Epi climbed back into the Yellow Rolls Royce carrying a bottle of wine. TL and Svetlana climbed in after him and they drove off waving.

Kathy from the hotel arrived to pick up a station wagon filled with guest. Em was becoming worn out from the spent hugs. As the room quieted down there were still a few people visiting catching up with each other.

Em walked out on the veranda looked at a beautifully polished spinning wheel sitting near the doorway. She looked at the tag hanging from it. It said Rosemary. She picked up a Navaho blanket that was sitting on a chair and wrapped it around her.

She gazed out across the back lot and thought how beautiful the lighted tree was at the edge of the property. She turned her head and noticed something for the first time. Em walked over the snow, blanket wrapped around her and stood in front of a swing set.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Special thanks for always being there:

Sunnie Day, Hyphenbird, Rosemary50, Becky Katz, Maggie May, Truckstop Sally, Always Exploring, PegCole17, Marcoujor, Epigramman, 50Caliber, Genna East, Sister That, Amy Becherer, Fay Paxton, Teylina, Twilight Lawns, A.A. Zavala, Will Starr, Eiddwen, Movie Master, Cogerson, Alastar Packer, Annette, Vocal Coach, Nellienna .

Deep breath.

Dim Flaxenwick, acaetnna, Breen Begstrome, Erin Lefrey, FloraBreenRobinson, Hello, hello, K. Burns Darling, Majadez, Dexter Yarbough , SeptemberGirl, Snakeslane, Mimi721Wis, Bobbi Rant, Neakin, That Mary Ann, Judowolf .

And for the Podcast

Simone Smith

Ok break the set.

Roll the credits:

Em, Earl, Dale, Carl, Gabby, Harold, Molly, Tom, George, The Townsends, Cream-of-Wheat-man, Richard and Rose.

Special appearance:

Elvis, Jack Kerouac, Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincent Price.

A big thank you to Truckstop Sally for the use of Kate & Jake from her Kate Winslow series. If you missed it go and read her series.

Writer, Producer, Director, Poet, Dishwasher – Mike Friedman

 

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh what a lovely wedding! Am I lame that I really did get teary eyed? It was just as I envisioned but better. I have to go work for a while but shall return later to savor it all again and listen to the music. That ending is stunning.

The flowers, the cake, the guests, just perfect. And thanks for the birthday mention. I WAS going to get that bouquet, just glad no one got hurt.

Where did Maggie and Epi disappear to?


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

A picture perfect wedding mckbirdbks! Congratulations! Regards, snakeslane


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have seen christian weddings only in movies. I loved your descriptions.


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missingyou 4 years ago from Canada

Thank you for a lovely wedding Mr. Mckbirdbks...my little brother and I are so happy to be here!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

missingyou thank you so much for attending. The picture is precious. Go grab some cake.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Vinaya Ghimire I have been to many Christian weddings. Mostly they are Long. But normally, in a church they are quite formal and structured.

snakeslane - thank you. I am going to go an announce to the photographer that her picture is receiving compliments.


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

This has been a ceremonious delight of black gold and an eruption of creativity mckbirdbks!;-))


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hyphenbird, you have been the biggest fan of this series. You must have known I was paying attention. Happy Birthday. You received both a Christmas to rememeber and a Birthday to remember. I expect you to press some of those flowers from the bouquet. Did I lose Epi and Maggie? Sometimes I have trouble keeping track of everyone. I am sure Epi won't mind, if they are lost together.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Mentalist acer. Thanks for the visit. Grab a piece of wedding cake and enjoy the other guest. They are the real treasure here.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This was a beautiful wedding story. I think they got rich during it. No, Hyphen, you are not lame. I am misty eyed too. Hard to read one of these stories without getting misty. I hope the wedding picture meets with your approval. It is going tomorrow. It is not me but it is from the 50's. For some reason, my baby pictures are not on my flash drive.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a beautiful day, perfect in every way.

The vows written by Harold and Emerald were beyond touching.

So honored to have attended this glorious event. A lifetime of love to this amazing couple, mar.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, that is a cute picture from the 50's. Really nice. Thanks for the compliments.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. I hope you were warm enough, the Texas winter day's can be tricky. Thanks for the comment regarding the vows. They were a stuggle to write, but with a little tweak and they seemed to work.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

What a lovely wedding. Such beautiful music and poetry. Mom will be changing her avatar to us in our hats for the occasion and will leave the avatar up until after Christmas.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oooh, What a beautiful wedding. The ceremony was perfect in every way. The wedding vows were so lovely. Thank you for inviting me to the sweetest wedding of the year... I'm 'gonna have to walk an extra mile on the treadmill, the fudge was sooo yummy......


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I just read it again and listened to the music. sigh I am such a romantic. There so so many gems in this story. I love "Svetlana wants to talk about Tango, but TL is interested in salsa." That cracks me up. And I thank you for mentioning my love for the Bible.

I really feel I have spent a day with friends. Just lovely.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

That first image by Charlotte Geary is just beautiful

What a wonderful wedding, Em looked so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye. I always cry at weddings.

The vows were so beautiful, I love Harold’s

‘From now until our story ends I will

love and care for you

This is just the beginning of our dance’

It was so sweet to watch the happy couple take their first dance as man and wife.

Fancy Epi stepping up for the garter, Epi and Maggie now wouldn’t that be something… , and the bouquet, nobody stood a chance Lol. Happy Birthday Hyphen’

It is all just so fabulous the food, the flowers, the cake, the music, and I couldn’t believe how warm it is with those terracotta fire pits. M M will have taken some lovely photos.

And to have the oil gushing too, oh what an exciting day. And that Christmas tree glowing against the evening sky while Em sits on the swing snuggly wrapped what a wonderful start to a lifetime of love.

You did a wonderful job Mike and you officiate so well, love the credit roll, lovely touch

Most definitely the wedding of the season. Thank you for inviting me, I wouldn't have missed it for the world

Voting up all the way


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh I forgot the spinning wheel looks lovely on the deck and when it is adorned with an creeping plant in summer it will be lovely.

Becky I love that photo, so sweet.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Yes Mike, it is my sister at 3 in 1959. I thought about using one of my mom but she was dressed rather casually.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I always cry at weddings and this was no exception, it was beautiful in every way.

A fabulous choice of music and I was so pleased Hyphen got the bouquet, Happy Birthday Hyphen.

The ceremony and vows were so lovely.

I've got some wonderful photos - can't wait to share them with you all....

A wonderful day with everyone.

Congratulations Mike - voted up and away!


Breen Bergstrome 4 years ago

Such a wonderful day for a gorgeous bride and ceremony..Flora and I are off to mingle and get some tea and goodies.

If we don't see you when we leave, have a joyous holiday.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

How did I miss that it was Hyphen's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDA!!!!!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I don't think I've ever enjoyed a wedding so much!

(Except my own of course!)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I came back to listen to the music and look at the pictures more closely, love all of them. Happy birthday Brenda, ( Hyphen ) This is our dance by Elvis, is completely new to me. The pictures are so beautiful. Oh i just love this Mck. You are such a wonderful story teller.Thank you....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Flora. Thank you so much for attending the wedding. I patiently wait to see the two of you in your hats. I am sure that you are the ‘belles’ of the ball wherever you are present.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ruby. It would not have been the event it turned into without your constant support. Let me know when you begin those walks, I may have to join you. Between Rose’s pastry and Earl’s cooking I have put on a little (a little white lie). haha


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Happy birthday again Brenda, we seem to be all friends here at the Café. I do appreciate all your support for this series. TL and Svetlana, yes Tango and Salsa, I am glad you saw the humor. The feather is the brooch was a very nice touch.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. You look very beautiful in the dress Gabbie fitted for you. She is amazing. It was so nice of Charlotte Geary to allow me to use her photo. When I found it I immediately contacted her for permission. She was very gracious. I sent her an invitation today. I may see her come by for a visit.

Seems I am making everyone cry today. What a talent. Lol Harold has always been the truest romantic at the Café. All the ladies say so. With a little help, Em’s vows rang true.

It was fate that Hyphen got that bouquet. Fate and wings. (Hey that sounds like a song title to me.)

MM knows how to find the light it is what makes her photography so memorable.

I thought that oil well gushing was just the right touch. And the swing set practically made this old goat get misty eyed. I am so glad you attended, more than you know.

Em is going to cherish the spinning wheel.

What a great comment.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky you selected the perfect picture.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

MM I thought when you surveyed the room and selected the spot with the light just so that you would get some great shots. Strategically near the trays of fudge and other delicacies was just a bonus. You look marvelous in that dress, the color is perfect on you. Send the ‘proofs’ once you go through them. I am so glad you were in attendance.

I had a committee to help with the music.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Breen. It would be impossible for you and Flora to be in a room and go unnoticed. Your hats compliment the dresses that you both are wearing. You two captivated many a guest. Merry Christmas to you and yours, thank you for taking the time to travel to our small Texas town. Stay well.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Will, thanks a lot. Good save. This cannot compare with your and your beautiful wife's wedding. I appreciate the visit. Merry Christmas


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Always. Take your time, enjoy the music, a lot of work went into finding the right songs. I was not aware of this Elvis song. So, now we know. Lol Thank you very much for all your support. Merry Christmas


Breen Bergstrome 4 years ago

For some reason the photographer didn't get our picture in our hats...she took some, but for some technical reason the shot never made it:) We both sported black with colourful flowers on wide brims, big smiles and best wishes.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Breen, thanks for the photo opp of those oh, so stylish hats. Gabby made some sketches, you can bet there will be 'knock offs' very soon. Of course her hats won't have you and Flora to decorate them.


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sister that 4 years ago from So Cal

Brilliant, as usual. Merry Christmas to you and all your lovely followers! Miss Brita and I enjoyed the story and all the great music too.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello sister that and Miss Brita. Thanks for the visit. I hope you'all dressed warm


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Mckbirdbks, I danced my feet off, sat by the fire, enjoyed the outside deck for a ciggie or two wrapped warmly in navajo blanket. Watched all the boys come and go, I could sure go for some of that Prime rib right about now. And that Hyphen scooped the bouquet, she is so fast. Good birthday present, so it's ok I guess.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane, don't get up, I'll bring you a plate of prime rib, you look very comfortable. Another glass of wine? I'll have someone put some pine in that fire pit. The music sounds so nice out here.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

oh wow, thank you! You must be exhausted. I'm not much of a wine drinker, how about a beer? A Miller draft or anything cold. It is lovely out here. So many people mingling about.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. As it happens the boys have some beer right at the end of the decking, 'snow cooled' they like to say. Here you go.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Sorry about that lightening fast bouquet snatch folks. When a girl is 56 today, she has to act fast. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I appreciate them.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hyphen you are on a lucky streak. And wings helps with that flying after the bouquet. The ones who witnessed it will be talking about that catch for years. lol


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Ah yes, just that one dance with Twilight Lawns wore me out, man can he jitterbug. But then he buggered off, nowhere in sight.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Like Lake Wobegon where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average, Twilight Lawns is the dancer extraordinaire of Emerald Wells. That Yellow Rolls is barreling north back toward that frozen Canadian tundra.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Oh well, I'm digging into this Prime rib supper, yummy. Looks like I may have to catch a ride with the next truck out of here.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I guess I'll take those two kids and missingyou with me. The kids had a ball.


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missingyou 4 years ago from Canada

Thank you Mr. Birdbks, we had so much fun.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

So the old goat and the old coot got together today for a while. Yes Mck, I noticed you called yourself that;D I have been teasing Ian for quite a while calling him the old coot. He said he was an old four letter word. What else was I supposed to think(she says in an innocent tone?

I notice the party is still going on. I am staying in where it is warm though. Don't want this cold to get any worse.


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missingyou 4 years ago from Canada

Thank you Ms Becky, hope you're feeling better soon.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Ok got them all wrapped up in blankets, and we're off. Good night all. Merry Christmas!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane, no need to rush off, always room at the Inn. Missingyou, it was great that you could make it. Your outfit was simple the best. Here, I've prepared a plate to overflowing, take it along; with all the work you signed up for there will be no time to cook a good meal.

Yes, Becky the old coot, writer extraordinaire graced us with a visit. Now he is drinking wine in the back seat of a yellow rolls royce. Good night and Merry Christmas.


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Truckstop Sally 4 years ago

What fun!! Christmas! Wedding! Friends!! Thanks so much for including me!! You should be commended on having the patience to take us all the way unitl the planned date. Now, what surprises will we enjoy over the next 9 months or so??


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good night. Hope you all have a magical Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Truckstop. It is so nice that you could make it. It took a good deal of patience (not something I am known for) to wait for the announced day. Grab a chair, the Prime rib is still warm. There is still a slice of cake waiting for you. You make that dress look great.

Surprises? Me? lol

Good night Becky. Thank you so much for all your support.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I see Snakeslane is still going strong, she has a lot more energy than I do, my feet wore out ages ago. Wine in the back of a yellow Rolls Royce now that is living ... what

I see you changed Becky, I should go change too


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

haha Becky did change, she looks much more comfortable. Yes, indeed, wine, yellow Rolls, chauffeur - hey wait, I didn't hire a chauffeur - who is driving that Rolls - an Emerald Wells mystery. Grab a seat Rosemay, looks like you could use some coffee.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I think I heard Epi had a friend who had been dying to drive a yellow Rolls.

A good cup of coffe would go down very nicely. We oldies need to take a rest Lol. Nice to just listen to the music though


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Happy belated birthday, Hyphen.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I'll just take a short break from the dancing and rest these poor old feet while I have a cup of coffee and another piece of wedding cake, I'm just having the best time!

I've got a 'cracking' action photo of Hyphen catching the bouquet!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi Lesley, the wedding cale is just sumptuous, didn't Rose decorate it beautifully. Maybe Mike will have the photo of Hyphen blown up and hung on the wall.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Rosemay, I see you have got changed, but I thought you looked stunning, hasn't it been a wonderful day and yes Rose decorated the cake beautifully, I'm having a 2nd slice it's delicious.

Here, have a quick peep at some of the photos, the one of Hyphen would look great over the counter.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello everyone. Thank you MM. It is a great photo of me reaching for the bouquet. I appreciate the birthday wishes. With all the wedding excitement I didn't know if anybody would remember. I just love weddings and this one was just lovely. It was planned just right to reflect the personalities of the bride and groom.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dear Mike,

The wedding was so beautiful!...I was panicking that I may not get to be part of all this excitiment but three people working on my computer finally got it up...You did such a beautiuful job and it included so many of us and made it so special.What a wonderful story filled with lovely friends, food, and music..It was wonderful to see every one..Love and best to all!Happy Birthday Hyph, sending much love

Love,

Sunnie

Sunnie


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning ladies. The coffee is fresh. We will have to make due with wedding cake this morning. Rose is sleeping in. Lesley you develpoed those shots so quickly. Oh, look at that one, I'll need a copy of that for sure.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Sunnie. I am so glad that the three computer gurus showed up to fix your computer. I know who I feel when those 'blue screen' error messages show up. Grab a seat, here is a cup of coffee and a slice of this cake.

If anyone needs me just holler, i'll be folding chairs and I have to get these tables back over to the high school. The men are still capping off Carl's oil gusher.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Who are you holding in the newest avatar?

Lesley, I am going to sit here with you and look at these snapshots for a few minutes.


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Hui (蕙) 4 years ago

What a lovely wedding and a lovely day! God blesses everyone! All happiness and best wishes and lovely songs to the new couple! And let us listen carefully to the holy song and every laughter from every room at the snowy night with Santa Clause smiling...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hui what a lovely comment. Thank you for your visit today. Grab a seat. I'll bring you a slice of wedding cake.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK, indulging in my second slice of wedding cake and listening again to Carl's toast... I am thinking he is rather wry, sweet and has perhaps been around the block a few times, proverbially speaking!

I was way too enamored with the vows to notice this yesterday, I guess...

I'm sending my positive thoughts to your brother, snakeslane. Take it easy and thinking of you too.

Hope everyone has a good day, mar.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

We are all going to have sugar rushes at the way we are indulging in that cake. I know I have made a few trips to the dessert tray today.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good morning all. Are computer problems rampant this week, or what? Dennis had to take his to the shop just a few minutes ago. It got some kind of mal-ware, with viruses, and won't even go to the programs to clean it up.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

He Becky. Computer problems do seem to be all the rage this week. Hope Dennis gets his back into working order.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Anyone want a change from wedding cake? I made cheesecake-sort of. I was baking and got shredded Cheddar into the cake batter instead of the soda bread. sigh

Computers problems? Oh no. That is a tragedy to people like us.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Hyphen, I'll try that. There have been so many calories, I've lost count of which ones to watch. lol

Computer problems are terrible to go through. 'No, not my data.'


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Dennis and I are trying to figure out why his always has virus' and mine never does. The kids use both computers, so it isn't that they aren't using mine. We have the same virus and mal-ware protection too. Doesn't make sense.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow, what's going on with all the computer glitches, totally not fair! We are all trying so hard to reach out, and wham...a blank screen, so frustrating . I am having some glitches too. We shall have to perservere.

Saw your note marcoujor, thank you.

Wow, it was so nice to see Hui here!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky that does not make sense. At the moment I use, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware and 'knock-on wood' have not had a virus infection on this computer. There are several 'dead' computers around because of virus'.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I am on animal watch. cleaned 6 yes six kitty litter boxes today. We are all on Christmas lock up. Trying to be organized so that each animal gets some quality time. whew!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I think there was one more box to clean, but I couldn't find it lol.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane sound like you are going to be very busy with your new duties. Just when the routine works out, everyone will return home. And it was a nice surprise to see Hui.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I use Avast and Malware bites. Both recommended and installed by my computer shop. They update daily and run constantly. I have never had a problem. Dennis keeps finding his firewalls shut down, maybe one of the kids are doing it. I know it isn't Katie. Maybe Rodger or David.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Becky maybe Dennis received an email containg the virus, that would explain why you haven't got it. These firewalls and protection programs are all good but I don't believe they are 100%, maybe 99% but so many seem to have some virus sneak through. or maybe it snook in just before the definitions were updated. Did he install any programs?

Anyway I'll have a second piece of wedding cake it is superb.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I missed your question Mike. The little one is my youngest grandson Hunter.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

He doesn't hardly use his computer anymore. He only keeps it for Katy to use. His vision has deteriorated to the point that he has problems reading the screen. Katy asks before she downloads a program. I think it was decided that the culprit was a movie that one of the boys downloaded.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I don't know Becky. I got a virus once from an email. Those emails that have been forwarded over and over are usually the ones with a virus.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi wedding guests. Oh koochy koochy coo little Hunter!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

The virus program that finally worked for a minute said it was the movie. Then it quit working. We have gotten them from emails too.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I figured it out. I figured out how I keep having 100's. Every time that I answer a question, the next day, I will have 100. I answered a question yesterday.

So if I answer one question a day, it should satay there. Anyone else want to try it and see if it works. I think it needs to be in the mid-90's to pop on up there.

See what happens when your bored.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Oh wow Becky, that's exciting!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hope you are feeling better Becky. I am off to TV land. Good night people!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Thanks snakeslane, I feel better. A little stuffy still but better. Have you heard how your brother is doing? Hope he is better.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good night ladies. Here let me top off your coffees. Rosemay - Hunter is a very strong name, it almost assures a successful life.

The last one out flip off the lights.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Wow ,The music is great..really interesting..Thanks


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

He is giving you a smile snakeslane, but then again it might just be wind. Lol

That is fantastic Becky, so a question a day keeps the 99 away. Lol

Hi htodd, I'll pour you a coffee, then I'll just wash the dishes so it is all neat and tidy for when the gang come back in the morning.

Christmas for me is in 1 hour and 46 minutes guys so I probably won't be seeing you for a day or two. So all of you have a lovely time and don't eat too much.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Merry Christmas Rosemary. Enjoy it. Don't you eat too much either.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Good morning (evening) Cafe patrons. Earl, I must admit nothing smells better in the morning than bacon frying. But I shall pass. May I have a Dusty size plate of flapjacks, strong coffee and a pastry from Rose to go. Today is a busy day and I need energy.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll,

Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to friends like Rosemay!

I am playing for the 'eat all you want' team for the next couple days... I think I will join Hyph for a big breakfast to start my day! I would love two eggs sunny side up and some of that bacon, just cannot resist and some coffee!

Glad to hear your brother went in for evaluation, snakeslane. I know that helps you feel better and hope you get a chance to talk with him.

Hope everyone has a day filled with happiness and warmth. mar.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Happy Christmas Eve everyone and Christmas Day Rosemay, can I have a coffee and one of Rose's pastries to go please, Have a wonderful Christmas Day everyone and Boxing Day Rosemay, Christmas is extra special this year with all my new friends here, love you all, Lesley x

Congratulations again Mike on a wonderful wedding!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning ladies. Eggs are frying, strong coffee is being served. The pastries are fresh. My favorite Cafe is filled with my favorite people and it is Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We are so continental. Ladies the very best Christmas wishes goes out to each and every one of you. I hope your loved ones know just how darn special each and every one of you are.

Merry Christmas.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hey Earl, why isn't there mistletoe in here??


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Thank you mckbirdbks. Merry Christmas and my very best wishes to you and your family.

I saw Epi leaving with mistletoe hanging out of his pockets. He was saying something about Maggie.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Thanks for the help tidying up. It was a long night. Second of three family parites done.

I knew it, that Epi. Did you notice the sprig of mistletoe in the bouquet. How are people going to press flowers in their Kindles?


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I suppose they must buy two and place them together. lol

I suppose I should tell you that yesterday I got 36 "real" books. So my Kindle is not going to ever take the place of a book I can hold in my hand.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Hyphen. Pressing flowers between two Kindles. Now that is a Hub title if I ever heard one. lol. I hope that list of books you received has some fantastic titles. I guess we will be seeing less of you as you are drawn into those time consuming to read books. I have three books going. And have two that though I am in the middle of them the author has lost me.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi y'all. Mar,at least when you eat here, the virtual food has no calories. You can have a second breakfast and never even notice the difference.

I am glad to hear snakeslane's brother went in for an evaluation. She was so worried about him. This should take some of that away.

I don't think you will be able to press flowers between two Kindles. We still need books for that. I miss my books, but since they hurt me, at least I don't miss the stories. Katy doesn't like reading the Kindle. She likes the feel and smell of a book to much.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Morning all, coffee, please, thank you very much. Dog is home alone for a short duration. The first time I tried it he found a way out and bounded joyfully across the street and 'found' me. This time he has stayed in! I am interested to see if he gets into the cookies while I am gone! lol I watched movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha' last night. Very nice movie. I'm still reading 'real' books, (except for Hub Pages) but it is just a matter of time I guess.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Morning Becky, snakeslane, take it from an old bookseller, books are gone. They will shortly be a quaint reminder of the past. They may even become popular in online antique stores. You guys enjoy your day.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi all, just checking in. Talked to brother, he is feeling better, has slept good, is looking forward to sister and brother in law visit tomorrow. They have been invited to a home cooked authentic chinese dinner for Christmas, and looks now like all systems go, I am so relieved. Thank you all for thinking of me and my family at Christmas. I am 'home' with the dog lol. I have a lovely meal and gifts. I feel so blessed. I wish you all the same. regards, snakeslane


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

2 minute lull and I needed to wish Epi merry Christmas.

Pleased your brother is feeling better snakeslane

Merry Christmas one and all


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello everyone, I just had to check in to wish all my friends a merry Christmas Eve and a great Christmas day with family and friends. See you all later for coffee...


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi all, Just stopped baking for a few minutes to take a break and stopped in to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. Made Pumpkin bread for dinner tomorrow, applesauce muffins for breakfast tomorrow morning, and a couple of pumpkin pies. Apple pies are in the fridge waiting to go in the oven when the turkey comes out. They will be done and cooled a little by the time we feel we can stuff some in. Turkey was in the fridge since Wednesday but it is still partially frozen.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Holy Becky you must have a big fridge! I gained pounds just reading your comment!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...and oh shite I thought was getting married to the sensational SNAKESLANE and she would make a honest man out of me - lol - and it took me so long once again to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that I have already started shopping for Christmas 2012 and baby clothes for you know who ..... lol

so here I am on this Christmas eve by the lake of erie at 9:49pm and praising you dear Mike for what I found to be your most beautiful hub that you have ever presented to your loyal fans and readers (partly because I'm in the story) and yes this will be posted with pride and joy to my Facebook page so come and have a visit and take a look .....and sincerely thank you for your continued support all year round - that's a Christmas gift in itself and coming from someone who is so respected and admired like you that means a lot

lake erie time 9:49pm


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is nothing, my mom used to bake for a week before Christmas. We would eat pumpkin pie every night. On Christmas day, there would be at least 50 people all wanting my mom's pumpkin pie. I usually made enough muffins to keep the crowd from starving before 2:00, which was what time my mom always planned on the turkey being done. I made 5 dozen every year and they would be gone by the end of the day. Now I just make a couple dozen. There might be some left over for monday morning.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Merry Christmas Epi. I am glad you found time to make it here. The place is always ablaze with starry eyed women when someone of your fame and stature arrives. I return the thanks for the continued support. Have a great Christmas Day.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello all..just stopping by to say hello..Cooked all day and enjoyed a lovely meal with all my family this Christams Eve. Had over twenty people and lost track of children. Was truly a special time..I am very tired..feet are calling me to stop for the night so I am calling it a night...wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and much love.

Sunnie


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Merry Christmas Sunnie and Mike. I am done for the night too. Stockings are hung and stuffed, packages are set out by the tree. The turkey is ready to be stuck in the oven by the first person up in the morning. Breakfast is made, just need to get the juice and milk out to go with the muffins.If we want the muffins warm, we'll just stick them in the microwave for a few seconds.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

"Twas the night before Christmas"...And the morning of, and the day after...look at us, hub friends from all over the 'globe' gathering to celebrate and reminisce, and to look forward to a new year. Peace and Light, I think I just heard a clatter on the roof!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I'm just going to slip in and put on the coffee for anyone who wants to have a cup before their Christmas festivities get underway... thank goodness epi isn't here or he may expect me to wear an apron!

So, Merry Christmas, Ya'll! It surely seems like we have been waiting forever and the big day is here (or over for some of you)!

snakeslane, I love your thought of us 'from all over the globe gathering...' How cool 2012 is sounding already!

I will take anything from Rose's tray except for cookies!

Enjoy your day in your special way everyone, mar.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning everyone. It is officially Christmas. Sunnie it soiunds like your were kept busy and are darn happy about it. You, I am sure brightened up everyones holiday.

Becky it sounds like you are ALL prepared to do the same this day. All thise baked goods were enough to get Rose's attention. She is expecting recipes.

snaeslane, I always think about the people and their locations as they show up at the cafe, from far and wide. Merry Christmas. Have some egg nog.

Hello mar. Thanks for getting the coffee ready. I attended back to back family parties and now slept in til 6am this Christmas morning.

The warmest Christmas hugs to each of you. And I see Earl fixed the issue of mistletoe.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hug right back at you mckbirdbks, egg nog, why didn't I think of that? Watched some Bedford Falls last night (it was on every channel, except for the shopping channel where they were advertising that nifty furniture mover, darn, cc was in the other room!)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...I wouldn't mind slipping a little something in Snakeslane's egg nog and then maybe she would look at me a little differently ......lol lol - she is the real reason I come here Mike - I know you can handle that - lol - the cafe is just an excuse, a ruse if you will, to go down on one knee and kiss her beautiful .......


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....hand!!!!!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a fabulous Christmas Wedding that was also a special gift to your followers!!! Loved everything about it including the guests, the feast, the decorations, the music and the witty way you wrote the story.

Can still see the yellow rolls royce pulling up in my mind's eye and I got a chuckle out of the musical chairs part.

You've outdone yourself here, and I say, Bravo! and Thank You for this special Christmas treat.

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.

I'm voting this up across the board.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. Thans for the visit. If you need Earl, just give a yell. Here let me get you some coffee.

Hello Epi everyone arrives at the Cafe for a reason. Thanks for the visit, the good humor and the admiration towards one (or more ?) of the regulars.

Happyboomernurse, I am so glad that you made it to the Christmas episode at the Cafe. I tried to make it fun for everyone. The music was actually discussed in a comment section at length. The whole episode became a 'big event'. Merry Christmas


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hay all, hope you're not all wondering around feeling over stuffed. Haha just a coffee for me please Mick.

I was just re-redeading and am so impressed that I think you would make a wonderful wedding planner if you ever needed to earn some extra dosh Mick. Lol. Carl's toast was excellent but made me feel a little sad for him. BTW are they going to save the top layer of the wedding cake?

Laughing at Epi's persistance, what is he like. Lol


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

I Rosemay. Me a wedding planner? what has Hubpages done to me? lol I will accept your compliment. Thank you. Carl has been a sad character throughout. Wounded in the war, a former football hero that the girls stopped chasing when he returned.

I think Epi might be working on a series called Emerald Wells Sporting House.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Yes wedding planner. lol you would have it all organised in a jiffy.

I could just give that carl a great big hug.

'Emerald Wells Sporting House.' Haha


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. That Epi has been pushing for a 'back room' at the Cafe' for some time now. I explain that between Dale showing up every morning and the building inspectors, I'd never get a permit.

Carl sends his thanks.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

How fine and surprised to see who exited the Yellow Rolls Royce and all who came thereafter. Mr Epi is a garter snatcher from way back and Ms Hyph with the bouquet is sweet as in Yesss! Lets hope Carl is an uncle very soon too. A delightful ceremony and a wonderful time for all, just doesn't get any better. Now, off to the last bottle of wedding wine!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Alastar! How lovely to see you here. I just dropped by to drop off this great eggnog. It is made with Earl's "special" flavoring. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was extremely touching to me this year.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Alastar, great to see you here. Everyone seemed to have a good time. Grab a seat, I'll pour you a glass or two. Looks like Hyphen will join us for a while. She has so many stories to tell. This year surely had some highlights.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Morning all. Hope you all had a great Christmas. Ours was quiet, which is good.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Becky, I am glad you had a quiet Christmas. Pleasant and relaxing would be nice also. Hope Santa treated you well.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi my Christmas buddies. Quiet, pleasant and relaxing with round the clock old movies, three or four versions of Dickens's 'Scrooge'. Animals all safe and accounted for. Lots of tuna and cookies for kitties and dog. What can I say? Somebody's got to do it lol... Gifts, yes! Best gift. New Balance light charcol grey walking shoes (is that a hint?) Vans blk and wht plaid, so groovy (more walking?) This is turning into a New Year's resolution!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. Perhaps they are Strolling shoes. A new dog walking service. Walking tours of the island. Maybe they are the best shoes possible to slip off, hear hit the floor and watch another old movie. That one sounds best.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi all. Just coffee for me please Mike, no pastries or pies, just a fruit eating day for me today.

I have just been reading one very clever funny hub .Beaver Valley Post Christmas Edition 2011' Check it out if you find a spare minute


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Coffee it is. I know what you mean about the pastries and pies. Seems I have been eating non stop. I'll go check out the Post Christmas hub. Good to see you.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello everyone, I don't know about you all, but i'm glad Christmas is over. It was nice, i'm now ready for some quiet time with my Hubber friends. I think i'll put another nickel in the jukebox and listen to Andy sing..If you got any of that wedding wine left, i'll have a glass..I think Hyphen is on her way...


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi Ruby, nice to just sit for a while and take a break.

Mike I just read your new hub, you are a really neat guy. Thank you for the mention, those sketches really made all the difference to my hub.

Now where will you put your plaque for your 1 year on hubpages, right here in the centre I think, don't you Ruby


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Always. Nickel appreciated. I am glad I selected Andy Williams, he was a favorite as a kid. (Little kid, actually my Mom just told me about him. Never heard him...ok it was worth a shot.) Grab a chair, there happens to be some wedding wine left. I'll leave the bottle and an extra glass for Hyphen. I too am glad Christmas is over.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Grab a seat. I'll get you some coffee and just leave this glass here in case you need to jump in and spare Always and Hypen from drinking the whole bottle of wine.

Maybe I'll have to move Epi's 1,000 hub plaque and use it for the back wall of the spare room he is always talking about. I just ordered the one year plaque.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Greetings everyone. Did I hear Hyphen and wine? Oh, yeah. Add great friends and I am a happy girl.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello I sat a glass on the table with Always and Rosemay. Enjoy your evening. Relax it has been a long week.


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Truckstop Sally 4 years ago

I'll have a glass of wine too! Closing down my own personal kitchen early tonight. Teenage boys will need to eat leftovers!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Hyphen, Rosemary and i, or should that be Rosemary and me? Anywho, happy you made it. It's time to relax and enjoy the fruit of the vine HAHA..


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hiya cafe girls, we are so clever to find a fun place to hang out on hub pages.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

open 24/7.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Truckstop. Grab a seat. The others have a bit of a head start. I'll open another bottle, gives you a chance to catch up. Good to see you here. The teenage boys are very happy to eat leftovers.

Hi Always sit back another bottle is on its way.

Hi snakeslane. I'll check the fridge, Earl may have a cold Miller's beer for you. Yup. Grab a seat.

I wonder if Harold knows that you are all staying at his place?


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Better bring a bottle of Carl's special coffee over. I am in the need for humor and everything gets funny when you're drinking Carl's coffee. Don't forget the cream please.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Nice to see this gathering

They do say that we are supposed to eat 5 servings of fruit and veg a day, nobody said it couldn't be in liquid form Lol.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, Earl's special will be right over. Grab a seat. The other ladies have a small head start.

Hello Rosemay. This is the perfect mix of fruit from a vine and casual time with a group that worked very hard to entertain the traditions of the season.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

That's right Rosemary..Pop a top again..I remember that song but can't remember who recorded it..And you're right, too much solid food is fattening...LOL


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Earl just broke open a roll of nickels there on the counter. Feel free to play the jukebox. Enjoy the company. Give a holler if you need Earl to bring more of his special mixture of coffee.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks mckbbs. you're the best! And that's no bull...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks snakeslane. Grab a chair. Select some music. Everyone has been working around the clock, relax for awhile.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I'll just sit a mo and enjoy then I will blob out in front of the TV for a couple of hours.

"Solid food is fattening" Lol 'Pop a top again' doesn't ring any bells with me.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I just played ' The wonder of you' by Elvis for Earl. he's so sweet.. I can see him blushing.....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Just kicking back with the TV on can be a way to wind down. 'Pop a top' usually refers to the tabs on a beer or soft drink can. That's the only definition I know.

Hello Always, yes Earl will blush easily. He usually feels safe in his kitchen. Ok, 'Pop a top' are Alan Jackson lyrics.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I finally got to bed last night and woke up really early today. I was still tired and I have been yawning for hours but still can't go to sleep. I may end up playing video games. It sounds like one here anyway. David is talking in his sleep again. Or rather, yelling. I already woke him up twice.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Christmas is finally over after yesterday at mar's with more family visits/ another huge meal...I was getting ready to 'have the big one' (hee-hee)...so I thought I had better head over to my therapist (I mean the Cafe) see what ya'll were up to!

I think I missed the better of the two gatherings for sure! Let me put on two pots of coffee so when everyone comes toddling in from Harold's place, you won't have to wait.

Hope we all have an easygoing day, Becky. Take care everyone, mar!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky. Sorry you could not sleep. Someone yelling in their sleep, that has to be unnerving. Send them all to the store and take a nap.

Good morning mar. Thanks for getting the coffee ready. I am sure Rose will bring pastries today. She took yesterday off to recover. We here also had back to back Christmas gatherings, I am not sure how that came about - mostly the same group. Our 'drinker black sheep' shows up to do his best to spoil things. Here, sit among friends. Coffee is ready - oh, you know that you put it on.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Thank you so much for this lovely invitation. I am going to sit here and finally have a few free minutes to listen to all of these wedding songs... wild horses is a favorite.

Wow, we have a 'drinker black sheep' as well... I bet lotsa families do. All the more reason to enjoy Rose's cheese danish and some coffee.

Back to this cool music and thanks again, mar.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Morning M & M. I'm 'home' for a coffee and visit with cats. The computer at my house-sit is not doing well with hub pages... and I don't want to change settings, so I am not getting to read or comment as much as usual. Getting my fill of television however... One of the neighbor's is coming home today, yay! Yes, her kitty (Rascal) survived.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. A good deal of time went into the selection of songs. I listened to good (and bad) music to find 'the feel' I was looking for. The 'wildhorses' clip had so much power to it I had to include it. Enjoy the coffee. And grab another cheese danish, virtual calorie free.

Hello snakeslane. Glad you were able to keep the cat alive long enough for the owners to return. Grab a cup of coffee. I'd offer wifi, but it won't be invented for 50 years.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Mike and everybody, I hope you are all enjoying Christmas, just thought I would have a coffee and enjoy the music with you all.

Is Rose baking today? I think I'm getting withdrawal symptoms, I haven't had a pastry in days...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Movie Master. Grab a seat, I'll get your coffee, nice ans strong as you like it. Rose did take a day off after the wedding but she is back with us and happy as can be. Here is the pastry serving tray, everything looks so good, I'll let you select what catches your eye.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi all hope everyone is having a good day/evening.

Oooh I see some chocolate eclaires on the pastry tray, must have one of those and coffee please.

I am at a loss today, I have just seen a good hubber with 104 great hubs and a following of over 900 and her hub score has dropped to 1, hard to believe, not sure how that happens


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I saw that to Rosemary. How can that happen? On my last hub the Haiku about war and peace, when i first published it they gave me a score of 46 after 10 people commented it dropped to 43, go figure. Wooo while i'm here i see some chocolate eclaires, i'll have one with coffee please..Yummy


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Those eclaires are delish Ruby

Actually I should have said her profile score not the hub score, I am good at confusing people. Lol


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay, chocolate eclaire it is and coffee of course. Good to see you. I think hubpages uses the score as a leverage tool. One Poet had a really high score and I watched it plummet to 27. He was punished for some links he had.

Hello Always. Chocolate eclaire and coffee coming right over. I don't understand the scoring methods one bit. Glad you could make it tonight. Looks cold out there.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

These are good educational hubs and I have never seen a link in her hubs, nor on any comments she makes, just very strange.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi there friends..just coffee for me...I wasnt sure where to go..so I took a chance and so happy everyone is here...Hope everyone is rested up and looking forward to the New Year..I get to babysit as all the kids are going out New Years Eve..first time they have been together in years and with new husband and wives..

Hugs,

Sunnie


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

You guys grab some seats. Coffee is fresh. It sounds like the youngsters are planning a big night out for New Years. But the grandkids are the special treat.

Rosemay, if you said which hubber, I missed it. Is it someone we know?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Sunnie, We'll have to have our New Years Eve party at the cafe if Mick's gonna be open for business.. We''ll see what everyone else thinks....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

The one i noticed was Htodd, she has a score of 1, she has 963 followers, I wonder if it should be 100? Maybe they just didn't put the two zeros on....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

I heard Earl is going in to Pine Meadows for fresh liquid vegtables (grapes). So, the door will be open. You'al know where the lights are.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thats right Ruby can't understand it

Hi Sunnie you are going to have a whale of a time with those grandchildren.

Quiet nite in for us, too old to go raving on New Years Eve, would rather watch the celebrations and firework displays on TV


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Sunnie, so glad that you get time to babysit the grandkids again. I know you will have so much fun with them.

I want to know what happened to her profile score. If anyone finds out, let me know, so I don't do that. I didn't know they could go that low.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I'd like to know too Becky, just curious. I have only seen another like that but he only had himself to blame.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

I have seen dramatic falls in hub scores. The Poet I refered to complied and his score went right back up. The Suburban Poet at one time had some issue.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Well, that is comforting anyway Mike. I wouldn't want to start all over getting a new score.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky. You have found the secret to reaching the 100 level. That has to feel great. I doubt you have to worry about it.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

It was truly a beautiful wedding. I met quite a few people I had not met previously. Can't wait to spend more time with them.


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

What a gorgeous wedding. Great read!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll,

I don't know about anyone else but I am in the mood for a big ole breakfast this sunny day, the works! I know it's early so I'll get started with the coffee. Has anyone seen that apron?

I refuse to think about anyone's score being a '1'. That seems absolutely off-base. And htodd is a masterful teacher/ writer, I agree with everyone's comments.

I am so happy to now be pals with Ruby... I had 'always' wondered about her (hee-hee)!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello Mar. May I sit with you and also enjoy a big breakfast. An omelet loaded with veggies sound great and Rose's buttery biscuits. Yum.

That score of 1 must surely be a mistake. I know there have been several messages lately about system notification being wrong.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

homesteadbound thank you very much for attending the wedding. I tried to make it fun for everyone. The music was carefully sellected, I hope you had time to enjoy some of it.

carolinemd21 thanks for stopping by. This hub took a whil to assemble. It became like planning a wedding. lol


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning mar. I am going to have to check with payroll. Lol You popped in to start the coffee again. Thank you. Ok grab a seat, Earl has your breakfast cooking. Eggs suuny side up and some bacon sounds right this morning.

I went over to see htodd’s profile page and sure enough it’s a ‘1” – she’s number one, she’s number one!!!

Hello Hyphen your veggie omelet will be ready in a moment. Rose must have known you were going to request the biscuits, she brought a whole basket.

This place smells wonderful this morning.

You guys have a great day. Off to walk the dogs.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

She is going to be the number 1 hubber for sure. Everyone popping over to see for themselves. I did too. LOL

Epi is going to be hanging around here looking for mar in her apron again. lol!!! He missed it again.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm running late..I haven't eaten and i'm starving, so i'll have a veggie omelet and coffee. Good morning girls. I'll sit with you. What's up? I guess we can get our own coffee since Mck went to walk the dogs....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Becky. I just can hardly believe a hub score of one. You know it has to be 'punishment' of some kind. You ladis be quick on your feet when Epi is around. Put on music and call it dancing. lol

Hello Always. The omelet is on the grill and will be done in a moment. Oh, I see you have your coffee. Hope you have a great day.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning mckbirdbks. Did I read here you are going to the dogs? Oh , 'to walk the dogs' my mistake. I'm leaving my tree up until after New Years (tradition) hope that's ok. Cheers, snakeslane


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mr. Birdbks, I like that. Wow, what a wonderful and beautiful wedding celebration, great food, inspiring photos and especially the gift of the music, what a surprise and pleasure that was. Color me even more surprised when I saw my name among the Thanks section. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Blush) Thanks. No really, thank YOU.

This was one really creative and fulfilling hub, Mike. Almost as good as being there. And I love the thoughts about international celebration among us. "From a distance there is harmony." http://youtu.be/bXOgn8-aEaA

Thanks for being there to you and to each of your cafe regulars. What a great place to gather and meet new friends. Thanks, really.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Morning all, I think I'll have an omelet too please, mushrooms in mine. Do you have 'guava' juice in the US Mike?

Hope it wasn't too cold walking the dogs

Hi Snakeslane, I think the tradition is to take down decorations on the 6th Jan isn't it, the 12th day after Christmas, and burn the yule log on the fire.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have been thinking ever since Christmas that I have forgotten something and I just realized what it was. I called my mom's brother every year on Christmas Eve to wish him Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday. This is the first year that I have not done that in 40 years, he died last January. I called him monthly and we would have a nice long talk. I really miss him.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi Becky. I am sorry for your loss. The first Christmas is always the worst, it brings it all back and we think of those who are no longer with us to share. I know you'll miss him and those phone calls but I bet he is chatting over your shoulder right now. He will still be with you becky.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Becky so sorry too..is so hard sometimes on these Holidays to not have our loved ones near..Sending a hug today..Hope all is well with everyone. Resting today..not doing much of anything..I guess that is good..

Have a great day!Snakeslane made me laugh..going to the dogs or walking the dogs..hummmm????hahaha

Sunnie


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane, I went to the dogs years ago. Now walking the dogs gets the blood circulating as I am pulled along screaming ‘Stop pulling me, crazy dogs.’ Lol They are getting better. I think they may be ready to walk themselves. And by all means leave the led tree up until after the new year, or long if you wish. I will retrain myself to recognize the new avatar.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. The day you left the comment I mentioned I copied it into it’s own file. ‘Bestcomment’. I am going to forget some things, but never that.

I am glad you enjoyed the wedding. It became a big chore, and I heard myself saying ‘What were you thinking?’ It made me a nervous wreck. I hope no one expects another wedding anytime soon.lol There was a committee meeting in a comment section where the music was discussed, I picked some the committee picked others. I just listened to Bette, thanks. The pleasure is mine.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Rosemay, Omelet with mushrooms coming right up. We do have guava juice available. I just heard the back screen door make the flapping sound it makes, Earl just ran out for some. Here in California when it drops below 50 degrees we become squeamish; so here is your laugh, I put gloves on when I take them for a walk.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky. That is a sad story. One more and more of us share. On occasion I have stopped myself from asking ‘Where’s Tony’, only to realize he is lost to us, and catch myself before reminding everyone of that fact. I am sure your Uncle misses you also.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Sunnie, good to see you. If you have time grab a seat, I'll get yoou coffee. Here is the pastry tray to look over.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Thank you Mike...I started my new years resolution alittle early..trying to watch those calories..lol..a few carrot sticks would be nice...hahaha I should start walking Chrissy no matter how cold it is. We are exspecting sixty's this week..I cant wait..have to cut down all the banana trees that froze but with all the rain it was on job that was put off...Hope you are having a good day.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Sunnie, here we have had luck cutting the bananna tree stalk about half way down and then when it warmed up they came back. Our frosts may not be as bad as those in Texas, but trees that looked dead, came back.

Earl, is scratching his head, but has agreed to chop up some no calorie carrots. Chrissy will enjoy the 60 degree walks. I watched a 20 something on roller blades with his dog running along with him. So there it is I'm gett'n roller blades and a crash helmet and those elbow guards - no wait. It is just easier to yell at them.

Now these mysterious things called resolutions, explain yourself. lol


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Well, Mr. Mck, Now you've given me something to think about but the poor brain is full and can't hold much anyway, being thimble sized. But I will perservere and try to find that comment. I wrote it? Okay. Game on. For now, I must ask for a coffee to go. We actually have an event to attend (work related for the hubby). He is dragging along the old ball and chain (me). Hahahha. BRB


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

hahaha...yes the banana trees come back every year and bigger than before..I love them!..NO bananas of course just tropical looking..

Did I say resolutions?...whoops what was I thinking? haha

Thank you for the carrots..Yummy! The celery sticks were cut just perfectly! lol


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Earl didn't have to run out especially, I was only asking, but he is such a kind thoughtful dear. I did wonder what the 'flapping' noise was, thought it might have the dog's ears. Lol O hope you wear more than gloves when you walk him.

My kids made a box cart and they had the dogs pull them along, it was OK unless they reached a steep hill. Lol

I never make resolutions Sunnie, my memory is so bad I've forgotten them by Jan 10th. Lol

Peg's taking her time coming back hee hee


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am ok with him being gone. His quality of life was going way down and since he was blind from macular degeneration, he couldn't even read. My whole family are readers, that was the worst. He also loved the outdoors and couldn't get out to it anymore. He is happy now and I am fine, it's just the season when we talked more.

Sunnie, I have been walking so much, I am walked out. I want my van fixed. I am tired of walking to the grocery every day.

Mck, I would suggest you get on a bike and have the dog pull you, or get a buggy. Roller blades are not as easy as you would think. You are going to get hurt now. You old goats can't take that kind of abuse.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg, I will drop you a note. I think I know exactly where that comment is. Enjoy your evening with hubby. I am sure he does not refer to you as ball and chain.

Hello Sunnie, carrot sticks and celery, you sneak by the cafe anytime a nice soyburger sandwich will be waiting and a glass of milk. Just enough to see you through till you have to face another plate of vegetables (yes, I went back and added the words soy burger). I hope you are having a good day.

Earl always looks out for the regulars. And it use to be just the gloves but other dogs in the neighborhood behaved badly and that had to change . lol

The box cart sounds interesting. I thought those went out of style. I do not make resolutions. Seems I have already quit everything.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky. Ok, you talked me out of it no roller blades for me. What was I thinking??????? Who is in charge of getting that van back on the road? Don't they know you are walking to the store everyday?


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I bet Becky...I have Roys old truck to drive since the kids took my van to Houston..but thats okay I love driving the old truck..I feel very Texan in it..hahaha

I hope you dont have to walk much longer..:)

I tried roller blades in my 30's and only once..you are right not easy at all..after a couple scrapes and bruises I gave up..haha Mike this nurse is retired... no roller blading..lol


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

We lived across a very quiet little street in OH, when David decided he wanted to learn to roller blade. They watched him learn and one day when I walked out to the car, one called out to me that he was a very persistent kid. They had watched him fall and get up, dozens of times. At least, I didn't have to worry about him getting in an accident and breaking his leg and laying out in the street with no one to help him. LOL!!!!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

ok Sunnie, I'm convinced no roller blades. Maybe I should just open the front door in the morning and see if they can find there way back home after they take their run.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky in some stories we are just glad they survived to tell the tale. Roller blades seems to be in that category.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Across the street from a fire dept. LOL!! I missed a crucial word.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hello all. I tried skiing, wind surfing, sailing, once! (But not with a dog) I like the idea of a self walking dog. Hey Ms Rosemay, I am not clear on Christmas tradition except for family tradition, but I like the idea of having the festivity and lights go on and on. Becky, nice that you have good memories of your uncle. It is a shock when people close to us are no longer there. There is no getting used to it, kind of hits home at this time of year.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Yeah, I am missing more every year. It is getting hard to remember which of my dad's nine sisters are still alive. Mostly the younger ones.

I was ready for the tree to come down the day after we got it. It smells good but I know who is going to have to put everything away.

Skiing is easier when you can do it without losing your balance. I take my glasses off and have none. Sailing is a blast, so is canoeing. I learned those when I was a teen. Roller skating and blading are more balance things that I cannot do. And skateboarding. No balance at all.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, our family has what we call the 'big family party' this year 80 people showed up. There were photo easels set up here and there from past paries, with many photos of those family members no longer in attendence. Happy to remember them and sad at the same time.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good morning all, Where is everyone? I came to share a new writer. Her story left me feeling all warm, fuzzy, and inspired. http://hubpages.com/literature/Short-Story-about-C...


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I just proved my theory on getting a 100, I let it fall to 95 and then answered a question last night. It is up there today.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, seems everyone slept in this morning. Thanks for the writer tip, I'll go and read something when I get a second. So, you believe the answering the question adds to the score. I hope everyone test that theory. Have a great day.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

It adds 5 points to mine, when I answer a question. That is all I can say for sure. Check it out and see if it works the same for you.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Mike that is such a lovely idea to have the easles up with photos of past gatherings, and to remember those no longer with you.

Becky, Haha They must like your answerd becky because it doesn't work for me. Lol.

My 'To do' list seems to be getting longer and longer, I just can't catch up.

Becky the story is no longer published

I will sit and catch my breath and have a strong dose of caffine then I must vacuum and dust, not done anything since Christmas eve.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I wonder why? It was such a lovely story.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Strong coffee it is. Vacumming and dusting how fun. Are you having company? or is that just silly male thinking? lol

Hi Becky. Do you think it is a coincidence that everyone has had viruses on their computer this week.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha no company... just ran my finger along the dust of my TV cabinet which triggers guilt Lol. OK I'm gone


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

What I think on viruses and their spreaders/makers is not fit for human ears to hear. I think they just decided to cost people more money which they can't afford.

I dusted yesterday Rosemary, no guilt for me. I also vacuumed. And I sent my son out to the breezeway to sweep all the leaves up so they would quit getting tracked in.

Tomorrow, I pay bills, we are renting a car again since the distances I would have to walk are too much.

Saturday, I am taking that darned tree down and putting the Christmas stuff away. Then vacuuming again to get all the pine needles up.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky. i see we are all putting Christmas 2011 behind us. Everyone is cleaning, I will resist feeling guilty. haha

My computer seems to have a virus, the antivirsus 'finds' it but doesn't seem to know what to do with it. ugh


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

So, Mike, did you check it for mal-ware? If not, and if you don't have a mal-ware checker, go to http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_... for the pay version trial or http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_... for the free version and use it. I use the free version and it really helps.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Looks like the only link that will show is the company. You will have to find the one you want in it.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Well the 'Master Sketcher' strikes again.... smiles

Check out 'Oh What a Christmas to see Mike's latest sketches. He has done an awesome job. Thank you Mike


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Becky. Thanks for the links. My anti-virus software ran for 3 1/2 hours and 'found' the same 'infected' file in three places. So now we will see. The 'Windows 7 Anti-Virus 2012' messages I read is an identity theft scam. Which I fell for, so there may be more adventure.

Good morning Rosemay. Grab a cuppa before you go back to cleaning. See you later.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good. morning mckbirdbks and company, I've just visited Rosemay Christmas poem with art, you two are brilliant collaborators! What fun...I use Norton, so far so good, touch wood.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning snakeslane. Thanks. When Rosemay wants to be funny she is very funny. The hilarity is easy to see, thus sketch.

I have used Norton in the past. It always seemed that the computer was 'attacked' just before it was time to renew. So, I dumped them.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

If you got one of those, get malware bytes and run it. There are definitely going to be malware too. DON'T use any of your bank log-ins. I got one of those once. You better take it to a shop. It messes with your registry also.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

spybot might help.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks Becky. Good idea. I'll run the malware program.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hi everyone, I'v used the Norton for about four years and have not had one problem..Watch out!! It will brobably crash today..mike the company i had to hook up my laptop said that they used Microsoft Security Essential..It's free.. They said that they dropped Norton. I'm afraid to change...I'm gonna take my Christmas decorations down today..ugh


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Always. I will investigate the Microsoft Security Essential. I guess I need to start taking decorations down here as well. It is getting them back on the top shelf in the recesses of the garages that becomes tricky. Have a good day.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

It is too bad that you have daughters instead of sons. I just tell the boys to put them up for me please, and it gets done.

bwhary contacted me and her first story was flagged as duplicate content. She is working on getting the problem fixed. I told her that as long as it was hers, they should republish.

I also told her to come on over and visit here. If she has problems, you were all helpful and should be able to give her ideas to fix them. She said they were not helping her figure out what to do to fix the problem. You all know how they do.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, you don't know how many times I thought about the 'son' issue, usually half way through mowing the yards in August. bwhary is foillowing me, thank you. So, you told her I was 'full' of ideas, haha. I had put a link on Facebook to her hub, then the hub was gone. It was a good story, hope she gets it fixed. Having your first hub pulled has to be tough. Hope you are having a good day.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Not just you but that all of the regulars were helpful.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, you are right again. Of course. You have been very helpful to so many over the months. I didn't mean to hog all the credit.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi all... breaktime Mike. Lol

I used Norton and had the same problems as you Mike so ditched. I now use Microsoft Security Essential and have not had a single problem.

Even with boys Mike you sometimes have to bribe them to do something, either that or simply forget to serve them at meal times. Lol

I hope her story is re-published becky, sounds like a good read.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

I will have to investigate the Microsoft Security Essential. I have been a computer owner years and have tried many different Anti-virus softwares. Everything is fine until I run across a virus. I think it was the third year with Norton that it occurred to me the only time there was an issue was near renewal time. (I just love corporate thinking.)

Now as for sons, I would have figured out sooner or later the bribery thing. The girls were just not buying into it. They had the pouty face that got them anything.

Good to see you here this evening.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

If they do not do what I need them to do, I lay guilt trips. I learned from my grandmother, she was a master. lol! Of course, forgetting to serve them is a good idea, but I messed that up when I taught them to cook. They would just cook their own.

I didn't mean that Mike, now you're picking on me.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Yes daddy's do tend to treat their daughters like princesses, they can get away with almost anything. Lol


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Becky I didn't mean to pick on you, just acknowledge you. You have helped so many. I can see teaching them to cook can work for you and against you. Maybe there are no right answers.

Hello Rosemay. Princesses indeed. And not one mown lawn in the batch. haha


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi mckbirdbks, following this conversation, and wondering is winter lawn cutting season in Calif?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. Becky mentioned she had sons to put things away for her. The only time I missed 'sons' vs the daughters I have was in August when there were lawns to be mowed. The St. Augustine grass is dormant for about two more months then it is back to a weekly chore.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Oh good, I had visions of you out cutting grass on New Years day.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello just heard the word, Cogerson has reached 100,000 visits to his hubs. Well done Cogerson. Congratulations.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane it was in the low seventies here today. The day started out chilly, so I can be cold walking the dogs, but got warmer as the day progressed.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow, that's quite an accomplishment, congratulations Cogerson for sure!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

It's 0 (zero) degrees here, had some blustery snow today. I've salted a path between my place and dog-sit. After days of rain and now a quick freeze the street and pavement is like a skating rink!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I guess that would be around 32 degrees Farenheit. :-)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll,

I'm just sneaking in, not trying to draw any attention to Payroll, and putting on some coffee to start our last day of 2011...Happy New Year's Eve! I am quite sure I will need to have a cheese danish for old time's sake, as I sit here thinking of all the wonderful memories I have had at the Cafe and all the great friends I have made.

I am grateful to Mike for giving us this safe and fun place to come every day. I treasure this community and look forward to a fabulous 2012 as we welcome even more friends! Hugs, Maria


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hi everyone, It's beautiful here today, sunny, supposed to be 56..I can live with that...Have a good one.....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane that sounds pretty darn cold to me. Salted a path doesn't sound that cool either, do you were shoes with cleats or what to walk around in ice covered streets?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning mar. Grab a seat I'll pour your coffee. Here is the pastry tray, you go ahead and make your selection. Earl is looking in the cigar box where he keeps the pension fund and wondering about the payroll condition. lol

Thanks for the compliment. Emerald Wells Cafe has become a nice sanctuary for such a nice bunch of people.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Always, 56 degress is manageable. Zero degrees sound like 'fire in the fireplace time' and of course the remote control. Happy New Year to you.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Brrr. Waking up to a frozen landscape this am, looks like the moon. That 'dog-sit' is not a typo lol.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning mckbs, I won't attempt to do much walking in this, except back and forth across the street. There is a layer of crunchy snow this morning, so not quite so slippery. Cleats is a good idea, many avid walkers wear those. I don't have any, but may be time to get some.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Happy new year fro New Zealand. It is 5am January 1st 2012 and 70 degrees.

Saw the new year in quietly, visited some of our neighbours who had fireworks and returned home and to bed shortly after midnight. Not sure if it was the snoring or I was just too hot to sleep any longer. So here I am.

I remember those icy mornings shoveling snow from the front door and salting the pathways in the UK Snakeslane, not fun, remember being on my backside a few times. Lol. Then it would thaw and you get that horrible dirtly slush. I am not sorry to leave all that behind. We have had 2 solid days of rain here and it looks like its not going to let up for another 2 days.

I agree with mar, this little cafe is a delightful place to come and have a coffee and catch up with each other. Discuss the little quirks of our lives, have a laugh and share hugs.

Heres to another year of the Emerald Wells Cafe. Mike thank you


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Happy New Year Rosemay!!!!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Happy New Year Rosemay. 2012 in your neck of the woods. It is 8:25 a.m. in California. Plenty of time left in 2011 to share a cup of coffee and a laugh. I don't think California has ever had four days of rain. If it has it has been washed out (maybe drowned) of my mind.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Again..I have a question..Does anyone have Skype? My Sis, Eva Just called and wanted to know all about it, and i couldn't tell her anything. I googled it and it looks like you can download it free..Is that true? I'm skeptical when the word free is there. I'll have a cup of coffee while i wait..Hee..I love this little cafe...


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi always, no skype here, good luck with that!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi always, My son has skype but I don't know much. You can download it free and he calls me on it but that is all I know. Google and ask how do you use skype. It works for my daughter whenever she asks a question.

snake, walk careful and carry your cell. My dad broke his hip slipping on some ice. Laid in the snow for 2 hours waiting for someone in the neighborhood to come home. Your neighborhood is kind of barren of people coming home.

Mike, We all appreciate this wonderful cafe to come to, where we can gather and converse with friends. We also appreciate all the help we can get here.

bwhary posted a link in the comments to her other story if anyone missed it and wants to read it.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank's Becky. I will do that. Have a good day....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Always. My sister used skype to talk to her son who lived in Norway (they just came home, with their youngest Eva, by the way). It is a video phone system. If your computer has a camera and the other party has a camera in their computer then you can video conference. It must be very inexpensive, because it was used regularly. I suppose that it could be used as just an inexpensive phone service via the computer.

Snakeslane, Becky has a very good idea there about carrying your cell phone. (even though I don't carry a cell phone) I take a cane with me with the dogs, it helps with the balancing when they tug.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Gee thanks guys! Good plan.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank's Mike. I don't have a camera so i'll put that on the back burner..Becky is right about your score getting higher when you answer questions from people who follow you. My score was 94..I answered a question and it came up to 96..I was shocked..I didn't know that it mattered that much..


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Always. I think that camera 'need' kicks in if there are grandchildren to see. Perhaps the your score in going up because of all of the traffic that is going to your latest poetry.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

always, My son uses a headphone with a mic on it. It needs to have two plugs, one for audio and one for mic. Or the newest ones use a USB port. I have one that I got for free from entering My Coke Rewards points. I also have a camera that I got the same way. Y'all ought to enter the codes at mycokerewards.com I also got a combo sandwich cooker/waffle iron/grill from there.

I am saving points now to get a wireless mouse. I get Katy Seventeen magazine from there every year for her birthday. A good way to get little luxuries free. Get the codes off of the caps and the boxes of Coke products.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I was up so early I went back for another sleep, lol

I have skype on my laptop, but I rarely use that I much prefer my PC.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi Rosemary, quiet in here tonight. Did you get some coffee? I sent you an email today that I thought you would be interested in.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Yes I guess eevryone is at new year celebrations. I helped myself to coffee, I knew Mike would be otherwise entertained.

Yes I got your email and all I can say is Wow, what a big bugger. Lol


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I was awed by the size of that thing. I believe it was a grizzly but that was huge even for a grizzly.

I guess everyone is. Sunnie was going to be babysitting all of her grandchildren. My David went to see a free Lynard Skynard concert in Nashville with some friends. That is one of the nice things about living so close to Music City. Free concerts on the holidays. Katy is across the hall. Dennis and I are tired and worn out. We don't care anyway, so we stayed home and he is napping now.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello ladies. Just returned from, "War Horse", ok, if you like horse movies. That likely is the New Years celebration. Earl has set out a few bottles of wine on the counter, help yourselves.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi mck, Is it a good movie? I read that it might be. Was it a hype?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Becky. To me it seemed like a long movie. And I usually do not think that is a good thing to say about a movie. The 'Horse' was the centerpiece of the presentation, surrounded by unlikely events. No one to root for.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thank Earl for the wine Mike. Cheers Earl.

Well the new year has started well, I just got back my stolen gmail. All my contcts had been wiped but my mail is still there, so I am going through it sytematically and sending important stuff to my new one and then I'll just close it down. They say everything comes to he who waits.

Doesn't sound like my sort of movie Mike.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Rosemay, I am glad that you got back any emails you may have wanted to save. Still, what has it been now a couple of weeks since you were stranded in the Phillipines. I guess that's not funny.

The movie left me wondering why I was sitting there. The theater was not full because it was an early show. Three people clapped when it was over.

Earl says you are welcome. He was tripping over the left over wine bottles brought back from the wedding.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi mckbbs & staff (lol)...warmed up here. Ice and snow melted yay! Me and the whippet made a run into town for party supplies. Only two more sleeps until his mom comes home...Looks like we'll make it. Hmmm 2012 coming right up ready or not...Happy New Year everyone! There is one song that feels like 'song of the year' to me. I hope you won't mind if I post it, maybe next year I can think of something happier, snakeslane.

http://youtu.be/qemWRToNYJY


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Happy New Years snakeslane. It's good to hear things warmed up a bit. I just listened to your song. I am not sure that is the song that I would want to reminded me of 2011. 2012 is here now.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good Morning Mike and everybody, just dropped by to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, I am feeling a little delicate this morning - I'm not use to staying up so late! a nice strong cup of coffee should sort me out please.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Movie Master. Coffee strong as you like it coming right over. Happy New Year to you and yours. I was up late last night also, I made it to quarter to eleven. lol I am sure I'll year about that later this morning...


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll!

Oh, wow, I love snakeslane's choice in song. In fact, this #1 CD is the one I have probably listened to most all of this year... I find Adelle to be actually inspiring in her words. Coming out of a bad break up, she is just getting stronger, singing her heart out into an even more amazing woman, only 21yo now! Who knows what she'll do in 2012?

I am going to have to join dear MM in some very strong coffee! I'm not even sure I need a danish, maybe I'll just sit and think about it...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Good Morning everyone, Good to see you all are up and about. I'll have coffee too. Well the new year is upon us. We'll see if all the predictions come true..I have one...I predict that we all will return to this little cafe, time and time again...Is it too early for music?..Think i'll put a nickel in the ole jukebox and listen to Elvis, then i guess i'll cook some blackeyed peas, an old new years day tradition from way back when...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning mar. Happy New Years day. Strong coffee it is. I listened to the song snakeslane shared, sounded sad. No danish? Ok just holler if you need anything.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Always, here's some coffee. Thanks for dropping the nickel in the jukebox. The place is quiet with Em gone and Harold and Carl so busy. Black-eyed peas on New Years Day, sounds like a tradition that brings back memories. Happy New Years Day. Earl put some nickels on the counter if you want to listen to music while you are cooking.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning,I am glad you love the song Ms marcoujor, it was played a few times at my New Years party lol, must be lots of heart break out there. Coffee, please...thank you very much. Hey mckbirdbks, you could delete song, party's over lol.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Happy New Years Day snakeslane. Here is a nice cup of strong coffee. If I delete the song no one will know what the rest of the comments mean and besides others may stop by to enjoy it also. 2012 will bring a better song to remember her by.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks for coffee, there were several of us hubbers partying late into the night (morning).


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

But for the most part it was a quiet night.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. Where were the parties being held? All over the countries? I fell asleep on the couch pretty early.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Welll, there was a big party (Vinaya) in Kathmandu. Sueswan was rocking in the east. Makusr was up and about. And there was a lot of floating back and forth between places.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane, it sounds very international. I am glad you had some company.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Yes, it was fun.. :-)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good day all. The sun is shining here. A rare thing in this area of the country at this time of year. I hate cloudy. I was raised in NV and really miss sunshine.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Sounds nice Becky. There's a wild wind storm happening here. Happy New Year!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snkeslane, it looks like you may have at least spent one day in the California desert. I am guessing that is you. I hope you got everyone fed before the wild wind storm hit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

It is nice. Almost enough to counteract the 52 degrees. I know, it's colder there. Happy New Year to you and everyone else too. I think I will throw the windows open and air the house out while I clean. Naw, it would just run the heat bill up.

I was so tired yesterday after trying to get a months running around done, in my one day a month with a car, that I didn't get anything done. My tree is still in the living room and the kitchen needs cleaned up. Of course, I can go out there at any hour of the day and that is true. My kids think they know how to cook and don't know how to clean it up. I'll be back in about an hour to rest my poor aching back for a while. I really need to clean.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi mckbirdbks...Yes this is me and my Mom, New Years day in the Mojave Desert. My parents had a winter place at Palm Springs.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Feeding now lol. Still storming!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I hear you Becky! I have two places to clean by tomorrow...it's overwhelming...take er slow.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

If I hurry, I might get it done before my back hurts so bad that I can't walk. Then it takes an hour to quit hurting. If I take it slow, nothing ever gets done. It takes about the same length of time to start hurting either way. Taking a pill now, slows it down.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Oh man, that's no fun.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane the picture looks like it was taken at joshua tree national park.

Hello Becky. Put those boys to work. Use a drill Sergeant voice.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Is that in the Mojave Desert mckbks?


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Happy New Year Ya'll (I never say that but it seemed like a Texan thing to do). Just stopping in for a late brunch and some company. The work related event was dinner and a movie, Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol at the Movie Studio Grill. I couldn't get over the sheer volume at which the movie was played. It rattled the walls. Actually, I stayed awake through the whole thing though. Pretty good if you like lots of explosions, suspense, danger and illogical traffic accidents where people walk away unscathed. Then, of course, there was Tom Cruise to compensate. Hahaha.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I wiki'd it, yes it is.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane, the tree behind you is a joshua tree, the national park is just outside a ways from Palm Springs. You are right is is in the Mojave desert. It just has it's own name.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Happy New Year right back at you Peg. Your movie sounds better than 'War Horse' which is what we saw. I said about 'War Horse' is the same thing you said, a bunch of improbable events strung together. Must be the same writer's group. At least the volume was not terrible as in tht Mission Impossible film. I am glad you survived Mission Impossible. 2012 is going to be a good year.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hey Mike, We're starting to sound like our parents. Mwah mwah mwah. Oh boy. The one movie I really liked recently was The Green Lantern. Good one.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. I hate when that happens. lol Sounding like my parents that is. I was floored first time I heard my dad come out of my mouth. haha I'll have to keep an eye out for the Green Lantern.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Peg, Happy New Year! I enjoyed your Bette Midler song at Christmas.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi snakeslane! Come over here and sit with me? I love love that song.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Yes, inspirational, I am having lunch on the run...trying to clean up and pack up after living in my neighbor's house for two weeks (dog sitting) Then I have to move back into my house where my four cats have been lounging about for two weeks. Lucky I was able to visit each day and clean litter box, but there is fur everywhere!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Fur is considered a standard decoration at my house. I just got back from reading a little of your work. You are quite a talented writer. I'm so glad I met you here at the cafe. That Mike is a magnet for the good ones.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

We need a big smile button for moments like this! Thank you very much Peg. I owe you a visit...looking forward to it.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

S, I'm listening to the Someone Like You tune you put above. Wonderfully sad and beautiful. Love that it was introduced by one of my fav characters from Dr. Who, The Lodger, Craig. This song will be added to my favorite list on YouTube. Thanks so much.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi people, hi mckbirdbks. Two weeks of solid television has left me feeling like my brain is fried, and the commercials are starting to irritate me. Was thinking of getting cable in the new year (now) but maybe not.

Oh wow, Ms Peg, nice song isn't it. I got on a Adele kick for New Years. She was the theme of the 'party'.

I took photos today for my upcoming Whippet hub. This dog moves so fast, most of the pics were just a blur, too funny.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi all whoever is still here, couldn't let the day slip by without popping in. It's been one of those days, where you dash from job to job and never actually get one completed. Lol. I commented on martie's hub and it took me 2 hours to write in between bobbing up and down like a yoyo. I need to sit and listen to some music, and pour myself a coffee.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. There is something here called Apple TV. If you have wifi already, and by default a newer TV you can access many films. It somehow works in conjunction with Netflix. I think the TV these days is on Apple TV versus cable. Blurry Whippet. That's a hub to read.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Grab a seat, I'll get you some coffee. I have those days where I seem to be busy, then access what I actually have accomplished. Then start over. Relax awhile, gather your thoughts.

It occured to me that January is here, and I haven't done a thing, writing wise, for some time now. Step one sharpen pencils.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks for the tips mckbbks. There are so many options. Sharpen the pencils, now that is a plan! Hi Rosemay, any earthquakes or floods down your way?


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Been pickling beetroot as well as other chores.

Sharpen pencils, yes I must get back to writing too.

Hi Snakeslane. There was earthquakes Christmas day in Christchurch, but luckily nobody hurt,


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Oh that's good to hear, is that near you Rosemay? Beets, yummy. I have a hub for beet soup, but you probably already have a good recipe for that I bet.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I beet... :-)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am glad you all like beets. That is more I do not have to eat or smell. The smell nauseates me. And they always have them on buffets. I have my kids and husband check to see if and where they have them and just stay away from that part. My mom made me eat pickled beets when I had tonsilitis and I have not been able to stand them since.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning Becky, I will promise not to mention the B word again in your presence.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll,

It's hard to 'beet' that comment, Becky! (oops, I said it sl...) You are precious but I do hope you go easy with your back. No sense in a clean house if you are too laid up/ sore to enjoy it...

snakeslane and Sista, I flitted around all day listening to the top 100 songs of the year, in heaven! ADELLE's '21' made it to the countdown about (6) times... 'our song' was #2 and 'Rolling in the Deep' was #3. Mike, she's not a happy singer, just an amazingly awesome one!

This morning I was quickly cured of my hot flashes. Aunt Baby and I had to go out to our 'arctic PA winds' (it's probably only like 30ish...) and pick up our entire recycle contents......strewn up and down the hood! Oh, those funny neighbors beeping and laughing at us chicks trying to be civic-minded...

I better relax with some hot chocolate and a cheese danish! Oh, and I love Ruby's prediction for 2012.

Hugs for the house, mar!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning Ms Mar. Thanks for the countdown...The recycling strewn street reminds me of all the last minute cleanup I have to do this morning to sweep myself out of my neighbor's house I've been 'sitting' (more like lying on my back for days watching TV) Wondering what was the Number 1 song of 2011? Coffee for me please...


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Lady snakeslane,

I will join you for some coffee and we can chat about some of the top 10 coolest music for 2011...

OK, we know Adelle got #2 & #3

#1 was (to me, one hit wonder) by Foster the People called 'Pumped Up Kicks' (catchy but wow, to have beat Adelle...? Seriously?)

#4 was the amazing Diego Garcio 'You were never there'-(beautiful)

#5 was the Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy'. I'll tell you, this is the second CD I have from these two kids and they are impressive rockers.

I honestly forget the order but there were (3) songs from Dawes' newest... I just had to order it. This lead singer sounds like Jackson Browne. The song 'A Little Bit of Everything' is so powerful/ reminds me of the homeless.

OK, probably way too much info, kinda like the Waltons comment, so 'Good Morning, John Boy & Ya'll...' and enjoy your music, whatever you listen to... I love the jukebox as well with Elvis, mar.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thank you! 'Pumped Up Kicks' gotta love it...The rest I've not heard yet either...Maybe Earl could order those tunes for the jukebox. I was 'raised' by a Chinese lady named Mae in a little cafe across the street from our family home. The jukebox never stopped playing...poor Mae!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh wow, your family home sounds so cool... and who knows, Mae just may have enjoyed the non-stop music!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

At some point in her day Mae would throw us kids out, maybe she got to play her own tunes then, yes it was a fun place to be.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Good morning Mr. Mck and so nice to see that friends are gathered this am. May I have some coffee and a cheese Danish? Pretty please? I must find out about the Whippet hub too. I wrote a new one if anyone wants to hear more 70s music. Had me nostalgic all day yesterday. hmmm. Hey Maria! Is there room next to you?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hey Earl, I'm going to need some help out here. Good morning ladies. Lets see four coffees, two cheese danish. No beets.

Note ro self, 'listen to 70's music'

Is it just me or is the color pattern of Peg's and snakselanes profile picture almost identical?

Mar you've changed. Your profile picture that is.oh wait you ordered hot chololate, guess i'll take this coffee


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning mbbks thanks for coffee between laundry loads and vacumn. The Peg 70's hub is entertaining, and you can get your hair done while you're there, there may be a line up.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh, Sista, you come right over here and sit next to me!! I forget if I'm drinking coffee or hot chocolate, but it sure is good!

I am heading over IMMEDIATELY to Peg's sounds of the 70s... wow, I was all of 18 as we saw that decade out in 1979, so you know I'll be in heaven...! Wait, maybe that's the age 'I' want to be in heaven...yup!

Yes, Mike, peevish Aunt Baby asked me to puleeze change her previous 'head shot'. This was purely her suggestion.

Gotta go, off to my Sista's...mar.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane 'getting my hair done', that's a good one.

Mar, I am not sure that is the most flattering picture of Aunt Baby. Did I get your order wrong? Hot chocolate, with cheese danish.

Ok over to Pegs.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Mmmm, perfect, I really wanted hot chocolate with that danish. Thanks, Mike!

Thanks for talking some sense into Aunt Baby as well. She gets the 'booty' in her sometimes! I like this little head shot much better with her favorite red ball!

Speaking of ball, I just listened to Peg's disco medley. I'm going back in later to hear some other 'trips down memory lane'-- it is an excellent piece!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. That is a much nicer photo. That Aunt Baby of yours was just playing a trick on us with the last selection.

I went over to Pegs's hub. I will have to listen to her selections later. Putting Christmas in a box this morning.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good morning all. Beautiful day today. Mostly sunny here for a while. It is cold and windy though. Could I get some cocoa and a danish please? LOL on no beets. Just not when I am around please.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello Cafe friends. Brrrr, it is cold here and the wind is fierce. I would love a cup of coffee and a pastry. Happy New Year everyone.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, hot cocoa and a danish coming right over. cold and windy. About a week ago we had reportedly 70 mile an hour winds. I was up on the roof trying to 'batten down the hatches' which were blowing away. Today I think it is going to be in the seventies. All the plants are so confused.

Hello Hyphen, coffee and a pastry coming right over. Happy New Years to you and yours, if I happened to miss telling you.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I"m home!!!!!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi ms Haikubird, happy New Year! You must have been flying under the radar


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane, yeah!!!!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I was snakelane. The last few weeks were dedicated to my boy. He was home on Christmas break so he and I laid around reading, eating and laughing together. It was lovely.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi Hyphen, we missed you. Happy New Year. I take it your son is back in school today. I lose track since Katy is homeschooled. We try to keep to the school holidays but sometimes we miss one.

snakeslane, Glad to hear you are at home. Vacuuming all the hair up, I assume. My dog sheds and sometimes I have to empty the container twice in the living room. That seems to be the worst. He isn't in the other rooms as much.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Becky...I've been up since 4am vacuuming the 'house-sit'. As usual my place is a disaster, the hoover is sitting very close by, calling to me, but so far I have resisted. throwing clean covers on the furniture and unpacking is as far as I got. Manjana!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

LOL at resisting. I understand.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I'm glad you find that funny Ms Becky! I am an under achiever when it comes to housework. I do wonders when it is for other people, but sadly neglectful when it's just me and the cats. Just taking care of basics (litter box, food, laundry) for these animals is enough.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

But who knows, maybe I will turn over a new leaf in the new year...miracles happen!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi all, I must pay everyone a visit today and see whos done what, first stop will be Peg's 70's music.

I laughed at your resisting the cleaning Snakeslane. We used to have a pyrenean mountain dog and a white persian cat, now that was hard to keep up with all the fur. The dog (in my pic with Hunter) is with the ex. But she weighed 73 Kilos, about 160ib. If she didn't want to move you could not shift her, I had to just vacuum around her. Summers were way too hot for her.

Mike you could not take her for a walk if she didn't want to go, she was a lazy old thing.

Coffee and danish for mee please


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

My partner is the same with mushrooms Becky, and I am the same with Earl Grey tea, the smell churns my stomach.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Rosemay, big puppy dog! I had Dora, husky shephard cross for eight lovely years. I adopted her when she was already a mature dog. She was a beauty, lots of fur.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My dog is black and tan, the carpet is white. When I don't vacuum daily, it takes on a grey tinge.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

LOL Becky!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A husky shephard cross would be a lovely temprement

Husky's are lovely dogs, my son had one. unfortunately he got out one day and got caught on the railway line. devastating.

Oh Becky your poor carpet. Lol


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Yes, Dora was sweet. She was built like a coffee table. a sturdy coffee table. short legs and wide across the back, she kind of waddled as she aged, but on a leash she was a puller, (dogsled memories?) Her previous mom and dad over fed her so she had a weight problem. She loved her 'cookies'...


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I will never figure out why an apartment complex would put white carpet in a unit that has 3 bedrooms. They have to know that kids are not neat and renters do not take care of carpet in a place that they do not own. Common sense down the drain. I rented a place once that had white carpet in the kids playroom. They designated it, I didn't. We used it as an office. Beautiful, sunny room with big windows looking out on the gardens and woods.

I had a chow/golden retriever mix that was a wonderful dog. She would play football with the kids. Only problem was that she would poke holes in the balls. It also took a while to get the ball back when she got it.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Dora sounds lovable, not good though to get a dog used to having a sweet tooth.

It is rediculous to have white carpets where kids and animals are. You would think they would have more sense. Our Charlie (sort of an Irish wolfhound cross) would puncture the balls too, but he always brought them to you.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Rosemay, coffee and a danish coming right over. That new avatar of the dog with Hunter is really something. I guess I will stop complaining about the two fifty pound dogs that drag me around. They are getting a little better. just got a better look at that sofa that you are trying to trick us into believing is a dog. lol


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello All, Would you believe this is my first chance to come and relax..Sooooo many hubs to read..I'm not finished yet, but i 'gotta take a break. I'll have the cheese Danish and coffee. Rosemary, are you kidding? It's not a real dog right?...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Always. Cheese Danish and coffee coming right over. That dog of Rosemay's is the biggest dog I have ever seen.

There are so many hubs being published. I am never going to catch up. Have a good evening.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautiful dog Rosemary. I am 6' tall and my neighbor has an Akita. The dog's shoulder is higher than my waist. When he stands on his back legs, he is about 8' tall. Yours might beat him in girth, I am not sure about height though.

Mike, I am loving your comment about a sofa masquerading as a dog. Funny.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha love the sofa comment, the kids do sit on her and she doesn't mind a bit, guess she doesn;t even notice their weight. Pleased you are getting your trained not to pull so much, at least having 2 keeps you even or you might find you have one arm longer than the other. Lol

I have to check out an Akita Becky sounds a little size wize like a great Dane. Nita would only be about 5ft 6 to 6ft on hind legs.

Ruby nice to see you come sit here


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks Becky. That is one big dog. Rosemay as it is I walk one dog at a time. I tried one morning to walk both and barely left the yard when I thought better of it. So now twice around the block.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I was looking for a pic of my dog and found this, lol.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I look like an owl.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Becky it was interesting to see that the Akita originated from Japan, funny but I always imagine Japan to have small dogs, not sure how that got into my head. Lovely looking dogs

Mike yes good move I could see you being pulled 2 ways. Lol


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha you don't look like an owl, in fact you look very pretty.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Aww, thanks Rosemay, I'm lost in photo edit.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

still looking for the dog. man that Pyrenese is giant!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

One thing about having a dog to walk, it is healthy (barring unexpected tripping hazards).


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

With the Pyrenees you need not walk you could just ride her lol. nah really she would only go for a walk when SHE wanted to go, no way could you lift her bum off the ground and try and get her to stand lol


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Tripping and dragging accidents. Get a wagon and hook them up, then you won't have to even walk. Might have something like a runaway horse though.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

That is such a sweet picture Rosemay. Is that recent?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. Now see, I wonder how Epi new you are such a beauty. But he did know.

Did I tell you guys the day I walked Rio, after a storm, a tree dropped something like berries I stepped off the sidewalk to help prevent slipping and walked right into a branch head first and down I went. I was being so careful, I became stupid.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

No, You didn't tell us. Were you damaged? I hope not. You are supposed to look up too, not just at the ground.

My stepson walked into a phone pole once. Face first.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Omg! Mckbbks that's awful! Re: your very flattering compliment...I think it is safe to say that we are all beautiful when we are young. This photo was taken so many years ago I am embarrased to say how many. Like I said earlier, it's going to be a shock to go back to being old...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

I maneuvered off the slippery sidewalk caught the grass took a step and walked right into a branch, no chance of hurting me hitting me in the head, but I was knocked down right off my feet. Dog just wondered what the heck I was doing now. Her owner was embarrassing her.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

You will note snakeslane that I hide behind two birds. There are no pictures of Mike on Hubpages. I am always surprised when I look in a mirror and see that person staring back at me. I know protocol calls for an lol, but it's not funny to me.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

LOL, I am glad you weren't hurt. The poor dog was embarrassed huh?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Practically had her paw over her eyes, hoping no one was watching.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Sorry, I just laughed at that. I feel the same way when I look in the mirror.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

It was Art Linkletter who wrote the book "Old Age is Not For Sissys", I guess he knew what he was talking about.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

He got that right.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

LOL at "Old Age is Not for Sissy's" and the dog having her paw over her eyes.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh Mike that is so funny.... sorry to laugh but you were being so care with your feet and got it in the head instead, either way you were going down for sure. Lol. Pleased to hear you weren't hurt.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll,

Oh my word, a few hours away from the Cafe and a gal can miss so much...this is like my 'new fix' (although I'm not sure what my 'old fix' was-- hee-hee!)

I firstly think we need to think like the 'eternally beautiful' snakeslane! I love this picture, my friend. We should always see ourselves the way we want to and just laugh those ole wrinkles away, which is my most basic resolution this new year. It's pretty easy so far with my visits to the Cafe and Peg's amazing jukebox hubs.

Oh wow, Mike, you were done in by a berry tree? I heard they were rough out there in CA...! Perhaps we should have some strawberries and french toast this morning on the griddle at the Cafe. I read something about the healing properties of strawberries... hope you're OK.

These dogs... they sure do 'rule our worlds'... wouldn't have it any other way. Rosemary, Aunt Baby is feeling very svelte after checking out your pooch, so thanks for that!


cr00059n 4 years ago

What a nice place to visit for the holidays. Drinking coffee and tea at the Cafe is really mind boosting. Love to visit the place next month. That's when I get time off from work.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

You do notice ladies that I let that story age a little to allow it time to become funny. That morning it did not seem to funny, luckily I was on the grass. How is that for silverlining thinking?

Mar strawberries and French Toast coming right over. That actually sounds pretty good this morning.

The dogs seem to rules us fairly well once they get us broken in.

Everyone have a good day.

cr00059n welcome to our cafe. Grab a seat, I'll bring you some coffee.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Good morning Mike and cafe friends! I'm glad you let the story brew on your head injury Mike. Those things get funnier with time. I went flying in my back yard a while back trying to keep the dogs off a skunk. Ouch. No superpowers left. Wow, Maria. Thanks for the plugs on the 70s hub! Get down, get funky. Snakeslane, everyone loves your new look! You are gorgeous and always will be.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. Just spent the morning listening to 70's music. Thank you. A little secret that fall was not funny for a couple of weeks, and I did not mention it here at all. A dog and a skunk- that could not end well. Darn, we should have never packed away those superpowers; I guess we did not think we were going to need them again. Have a great day.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mike, so sorry. Didn't mean to make light of your fall. Hope you were not badly injured and that all is well now. No broken bones? I felt an absence in the force for a few days here for sure. The skunk thing was not funny at the time but it is now. A few days later, I fell on my nose in the house and thought I broke it. Yipes, what a clutz I am. Are you all better now?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. Pride was bruised but like I said I had stepped onto the grass, where I assume I landed gracefully. lol I figure the amount of rolaid (calcium) that I have taken prevents the broken bones. The material management racket can be very tough going. haha


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi everyone,

My kids are back home safe, I am so tired but warm heart...I miss them so much already..Mike did not know you fell so sorry..hope you are moving about better...So is everyone caught up from the Holidays? Hope you have a wonderful day.

Sunnie


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Morning all, are we still laughing because Mike fell down and didn't get hurt. It's been busy in here this morning. The strawberries and French toast does sound good.

Peg, glad you didn't break anything when you fell. Skunks are nothing to let your dog get at. The stench does not go away enough even if you wash them in tomato juice. They still would have been banned from the house for a week. We had a family of them hanging around on our lawn all summer. They finally all disappeared. I think they were all hit by cars. We saw them quite often when we went somewhere. Busy road real close.

Sunnie, I am glad you're back. We have missed you. So happy that you had a good visit with your family.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning, er afternoon mckbirdbooks et al, I am thinking, from comments here that you guys are all glad to see that Christmas tree gone :-) . I hope you will be more careful walking after your recent collision with that branch that knocked you off your feet mckbbks, sounds like a nasty spill, hope you are ok.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Mike I'm sorry I laughed at your fall, it must have been painful at the time, but it is a good job we can laugh at ourselves when all is well again. I don't recall ever falling when there has been a dog involved. but I did once slip on some wet wooden steps, I didn't just slide down them but went up in the air from the top one and landed straight down so that I had 5 lines of bruises across my back and bottom,and the back of my legs. It was joked that I looked like a zebra.

Its not that I am pleased to see the tree go Snakeslane but your photo is lovely.

Peg you sound as tho you are accident prone. hope you are OK.

Nice to see you back Sunnie.

Becky I so enjoyed your camping tales and looking forward to hearing more

Strawberries and french toast sounds good to me.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Sunnie I am so happy that your family gathered and allowed you to have a special gathering with them. Those grandchildren are a bunch of cutey pies (do people still say that?) Thanks for sharing the photos.

We boxed up Chirstmas an I put it in the rafters yesterday.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, always glad to provide the entertainment. I am sure it was a sight to see. Haha I’ll let Earl know about the strawberries and French toast, he’ll have your order ready in no time at all.

No skunk stories here. Thank goodness. Not sure what to do if faced with that situation.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks snakeslane. I am ok. It just took a few weeks for it to seem funny. And as for being more careful, I started carrying a cane. I dare a tree to attack me now.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Rosemay, I just called your order back to Earl. He can prepare the French toast at the same time he prepares Becky’s. It’s ok that you laughed, I shared the story for the amusement of it. The bumping of the head may have even improved my vision. I am sorry that a zebra remark came your way. Now that sounds like a painful fall. So we all survived our falls and recovered from our bruises. Thank goodness.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. I did not mean to ignore you falling and bumping your nose. I am thinking I may have to install safety rails around here to keep us all safe. I am glad you were not seriously injured.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

When Katy was a baby, I was coming down the steps of our camp trailer carrying her and slipped. Dennis and the boys said I was very acrobatic. I did not fall on her. I twisted in the air and landed on my bottom still holding on to her and curled up around her. My bottom hurt for two weeks. I also had some spectacular bruises. I landed on some concrete beside the trailer. It was not funny then but they still tell me how acrobatic I was. The next day, Dennis replaced the treading on the step that had come off. One way to get things done.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hey Mike, Life keeps interrupting my on-line fun. I was gone for a while with Auntie but came back for a slice of that wonderful apple pie and coffee. Just what I need after driving to Medical City. Oh, not for me. No worries. My nose is just fine, though. Thanks for noticing.

Becky, Thank you. So sweet. Skunks are nothing to sniff at. And Ouch at your story. What a fall.

Rosemay, I think so too. I trip over my own feet.

Sunnie, Hi! Happy New Year!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, thank goodness you are acrobatic then, that story could have been terrible. And it seems like a high price to pay to get your steps fixed. Really high price.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Ok Peg, apple pie and coffee it is now that you are done with your driving chores. Hope all is well.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Thing is, I am not acrobatic. I am a mother and didn't want my baby to get hurt. She was only a year old and it could have hurt her badly if I had not held onto her and landed with her on top. We do amazing things for our babies. More than we ever thought of doing. I should have fixed the step myself but I was really sick at the time. Thing is, I didn't even know it. It just sapped all of my energy and ability to reason.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Becky it is amazing just how that protective instinct clicks in automatically, you don't even think about it or consider how best to protect them, you just do it.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Isn't it amazing? I am in awe at some of the things that parents manage to do when their chicks are in danger. Our protective instinct just kicks in and does amazing things that we never thought we could be capable of. Tiny women lifting cars off of their husbands is one of the things that pops into my mind. Or a klutz managing not to land on a baby when they fall.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky you did good. From your stories you have done well by your family many times.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Good Morning Mike,

Just stopping by for some coffee and toast. Hope your morning is going well. Just got up..for me it is very late but it is only 9am..lol Hope you have a great day.

Sunnie


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Sunnie. Coffee and toast coming right over. 9 am is very late for you, but you pulled double duty for over a week straight with all the guest and shuttling them around. Relax today. Didn't you post two hubs yesterday?


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning mckbirdbks, I think I will take a tip from marcoujor and try to laugh my wrinkles away. Cafe stories are helping with slapstick antics and stories...ouch, big ouch guys. Becky good work on saving the baby!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent Christmas hub and a lovely ceremony for Harold and Em. Sorry I have been traveling the last week or so I did not get the chance to read this until today. But reading your descriptions of the snow is perfect timing as my area is experiencing the coldest weather we have had in over a year. You picked some great songs for the wedding and I enjoyed listening to them as I read about the wedding. Thanks for the shout out and the holiday good wishes.... I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Voted up and awesome and interesting.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello! Mike how's everything today? I finally got busy and put a box of the Christmas away. Only a dozen more to go. It'll wait for me. Sorry to drop in and run. Will be back in a bit. Hope to see you later! BBFN


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

hello snakeslane, we can put together a pretty good comedy act here at the cafe from time to time. Sorry I'm late. I've been helping with the expansion.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Cogerson. Snow and cold weather is going on almost everywhere. 2011 has been an interesting year here at the cafe. We will see what 2012 brings.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good day all. It is above freezing here today, finally. Hasn't been above 33 degrees for 4 days. It made it to 50 already, we're having a heat wave. I love it. How is everyone today?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. Christmas here has been replaced in the boxes and put up into the rafters. I am thinking maybe lower shelves next year. haha. Climbing up the step stool with a box balanced on my head seemed easier last year. ok I'm off to look up BBFN - ok got it


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, heat wave here too. The plants have no idea what they are suppose to be doing. 33 degees strikes me as really cold. Good to hear your day is going well.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

You think 33 is cold, try 13. That is what it has been when the sun goes down.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky that is a sweet offer, but thirteen sounds like no laughing matter. It sounds like you would have to wear a coat while inside the house.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Morning all. Hope everyones days is going well.

How many months do we take preparing for Christmas? then within a week you would never guess it was here. I like to get things back to normal, less clutterd. Lol

Speaking of comedy, I hear you are going to put on a broadway play Mike. haha.

That is cold Becly makes me want a hot chocolate just thinking about it.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Hot chocolate it is. I'll make up a large batch. The East coast regulars sound like they may need it. Thirteen degrees. I don't think I have ever been in thirteen degree weather.

I am usually working on Christmas starting in June. Not so much this year.

Oh, I may have stretched the truth about the broadway play or I may need more than a week.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha you know we may hold you to that broadway play. Lol


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am located in the South. It is colder when you go North. The only place I will move is South of here. I have a big parka that Katy and I argue over when it gets really cold. At 33, it isn't cold enough to wear it. I got it at a yard sale for $5, and it still had the tags on it. It still looks like new because we can't wear it very often. Mostly when it is really cold and snowing, to walk the dog at night.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky you have such a sharp eye for the deals. A Parka for $5.00 is a great deal. I wear Pendelton wool shirts when it gets cooler here. I don't pay $70.00 as they are offered online. If I am out looking for books, and I see something useful, I don't hesitate to buy it.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. Are you thinking Emerald Wells Cafe the broadway hit? Or do I have to give Tennessee Williams a run for the money in some steamy southern story? Oh, wait you were writing the plays, I was painting sets, boss!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Evening, Ya'll,

I may have to stop in for some hot chocolate. It has been so chilly in PA today that it sounds perfect actually.

I'm so glad there will be some future Cafes, intrigued at the thought of a steamy southern story with show tunes! I was just a little nervous the way this chapter ended with the closing credits/ drawing the curtain.

There would surely have been a riot of wanton women had this been the case.

Hope everyone has a cozy night, mar.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello all, Just dropping in to warm up, supposed to be in the teens again tonight. I sure miss my hot water heat. I have electric heat in my house that i bought last year. I keep thinking sunshine..I'll have a cup of hot chocolate..Thank's...


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

always, I can understand you missing your hot water heat. More efficient, keeps you warmer and costs less. I am sorry that you now have electric heat.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

mar, wait, wait, wait, nobody said show tunes! haha here let me get you some hot chocolate. Oh, you noticed I rolled the credits. Season One. Nobody could have predicted a full season.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Electric heat sounds expensive. I am not familiar with hot water heat, are you refering to the older steam radiator systems. Here's a big cup of hot chocolate. Grab a seat it's warm in here.

Hello Becky there is hot chocolate made, here let me pour you a cup.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ah now a steamy southern story sounds interesting.

Mike did you not receive your letter of promotion. I am taking a back seat, you are now the playwrite and the set man.

I like to find bargains, If i spot a bargain in the shops I will often buy 2 or 3 and then resell them on an auction site to make a profit. Lawn mowers and leaf blowers and kitchen ware, that sort of thing. A little extra pocket money.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Mike in your mass of books do you have any E.V. Timms?


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ruby was the hot water heat a radiator system ? that is what we had in the UK. radiators where the hot water flowed round. it was heated by gas.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello I typed your author into my inventory list and came up empty. Try http://www.bookfinder.com/

Anything you want should be obtainable from sellers databases they will search.

You must not have any shipping issues if it is lawnmowers and other large items you are picking up for resale. That makes it easier.

A promotion, thank you so much, I don't think I ever received a promotion.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thanks for the link Mike. It is a saga and out of print, I have most of the series but just missing a couple. Thanks I will check out the link you left.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. If you don't like what you see following the link, then send me the titles and I'll search some major used book sites.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thanks for that Becky, there is one I haven't got on there and it is the priciest of the lot haha. I will have to think about that one.

Thanks Mike, I will make a list of what I'm missing tomorrow.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

OK the 2 I am missing are 'The Big Country' which is on that site you linked for me Becky but it is a paperback and I already have it PB but would like a hardcover to complete my set. This one was completed by his wife after he died, and the last one in the saga which Alma wrote 'Time and Chance' I did find one in Australia but it is US$124 and more than I can afford so I guess I am going to have to live without them.

But thank you guys.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Me again Lol Mike thank you there are a few of 'The Big Country I found throught he site you linked. So that just leaves me with Time and Cahnce to find.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Rosemay. I will check a couple of sites this morning for Time and Chance, if I see any where the description is of high enough quality I will get the link. Another site that surprising things pop up on is eBay.

Here grab a coffee while you are here.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Good Morning,

Just stopped by to say hello and grab a cup of coffee and toast..Hope all is well..another beautiful day here in Texas...

Sunnie


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Morning Mike, Sunnie. I'm just on my way to bed Lol late night. 4.20am

I keep checking on ebay but mostly paperbacks when they are on.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Sunnie. Grab a seat, coffee and toast will be right over. Here it could not have been a nicer day yesterday.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay sleep well. I am surprised how few copies are available of the title you are searching for. And also how much dealers want for their copy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

The hot water heat was pipes that ran around the baseboards from a boiler furnace heated by natural gas. It was the same temp. in every room. My bill was never over eighty dollars in the winter, here it's two hundred a month. It will probanly be more this coming month since it's been so cold. The worst part is it's not cosy warm. They call it Radiant heat, it's in the ceiling..Scoot over Sunnie, i'll have coffee and toast too...


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Ruby..Come on over...would love the company...


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Night night Rosemary..sleep well


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning and Evening,

Hope everyone is doing great today! Looks like PA has decided winter is here, so I would love to have some of that yummy hot chocolate!

May I join ya'll? I believe Miss Peg will be along shortly, mar.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Always. Coffee and toast it is. I hear stories about heating oil and things people living in the east deal with. But don't have any first hand knowledge. It sounds to me is if I would retreat to one room of a house in the winter time and that room would be a warm sanctuary.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Mar. Hot chocolate it is grab a seat. Looks like everyone is stopping in for a hot chocolate or coffee to get them started this morning. I hope everyone has a good day.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi there Mike, And hello to Maria and Sunnie too. May I join you and Ruby? Hot chocolate sounds wonderful. One room in the house, Mike? When we were building out the inside of our house the bathroom was the only place with 4 walls at first, therefore the warmest. We put the heater in there and hung out. LOL


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg, Hot chocolate it is. Just heating one room of a house, if it was just me I think could work, especially if those bills kept going higher and higher. Maybe a space heater and then you just venture out to the fridge as necessary until the State thawed out.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good morning all. It is warm here again, 51 degrees but it still sounds like a hot chocolate day. And one of Rose's cheese danishes.

Rosemary, keep checking back at the site I gave you. They list more books all the time, from different places and if someone gets a copy, it could be less. I have seen the same book listed on there in a wide range of prices at the same time.

How does heat in the ceiling do any good? Heat rises, so that would mean the heat never gets down to where you are. I would look at getting a different type of heat.We have a heat pump and we are always cold too but our electric bill doesn't get that high. We keep it at 72 degrees and just put on more clothes. I really miss radiators. They are wonderful. Put out the cozy heat and are inexpensive.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky. Hot chocolate and a cheese danish will be right over.

It is a good idea to keep checking on the book sites and ebay, sooner or later the book will show up at a reasonable price.

There are so many variables involved in heating a home it it tough for me to think of a recommendation. If the place is already fitted with vents, then heating directly with gas is likely the best solution.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Greetings everyone. Earl and I chatted today and he said would make a huge pot of veggie soup and cornbread. Ah yes, I smell it now. I will take a Goliath sized bowl and two pieces of bread. Sure I will leave room for a pastry Rose.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Hyphen. I could not quite tell what Earl was up to back there today. Now I know Veggie soup and corn bread, a special order. Grab a seat. A Goliath size bowl will be served up in a moment. And the corn bread is just out of the oven. Good to see you here. I'll put the pastry tray right here, just as a reminder to leave a bit of room. And coffee of course.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thanks Becky and Mike, I will keep checking and hopefully find one in good condition that suits my price range. Maybe Time and Chance are so costly because they didn't print so many seeing at it was the last of the series and written by Alma his wife,

Ruby I would have stuck with the gas pipe heating are you able to switch bak?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hey, Rosemay. There is a site called Alibris, a book site that use to let you register a 'want list' then if a dealer listed a book title you were looking for you'd get a notification. You might check and see if that option is still available.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Mike and everybody, I hope everyone is fit and well, I'm feeling a bit peckish and am hoping Rose has been baking, a pastry and a coffee would be great thank you.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello MM here is a coffee strong as you like it and Rose just set out these Hazelnut Rolls. You can be the first to try them. Grab a seat, relax. I enjoyed the sunsets and sunrises you shared in your last hub "The Peace and Serenity of a Sunset."


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Morning/evening all. I'll sit by you Lesley. How are you

A pancake stack for me please Mike and a coffee. I'll try one of those Hazelnut rolls too please

Thank you for the name of the Alibris site, I have just come from there and registered my request. so fingers crossed.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. The smell of those hazelnut rolls sure lifts the place. A stack of pancakes and coffee coming right over. You ladies enjoy your coffee.

Alibris may come through for you. People list on there all the time. They use to be the number one book finding site. There are probably fourth or fifth now.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good afternoon to all of my cafe friends. It is warm and sunny here today. I feel like I may defrost.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Mck, Hurry and look, this hub has a 100 score..Yea


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky, it is good to get reports that things are warming up here and there. Maybe we will all have a mild winter.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Always. Thanks for the shout out, I do not see scores of a 100 often. The person on the switch must have fallen asleep. lol

Grab a seat, I'll get you some coffee and Rose made Hazelnut Rolls.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Mike's hubs are the only ones that get to 100. Congrats Mike.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I just saw your question Rosemary..I live in the city limits but my home sits on two and a half acres. There is no gas line here. I asked the city if i could have the gas line run to my house, the line stops on the last street which is two blocks away, they wanted two thousand five hundred dollars to install the pipe, then i would have to have my air conditioner unit changed to gas, which would cost four thousand eight hundred dollars. So you see why i don't have it done. It is really not cold in my house, but i'm used to the hot water heat which is so much better. Each room in my house has it's own control, i keep it on comfort which is 74, but i like 80..LOL..I've learned to wear layered clothing plus warm sweats. Here's one woman whose lQQking for SPRING..HEE


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks Becky. The scores jump all over the place. The other morning my score dropped 5% in a couple of hours. So be it.

Hello Always. As long as you are comfortable that was our concern. When I was on Okinawa, it seemed to me we just had propane for the apartment. A canister sat on the front porch. That may have been strictly hot water. I don't recall, it was that long ago.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My sons in-laws just have propane but it is nice and warm there. Having steam heat might be worth having propane installed. It would be to me. If I ever build a house, I will put radiant floor heat in. Best heat there is.

comes up from the floor and keeps the whole house warm. They heat the water and force it through pipes laid in the floor. Like a radiator in the floor.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi guys,

Does anyone know when you get paid from hubs..I was just curious as to how this works..Thanks.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Becky things can be different when starting from scratch. Much easier to decide what to do.

Hello Sunnie, Let me look and come back to you, I thought there was a place to enter your prefered payment information.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Sunnie, under the EARNINGS button, scroll down and there is a select payment options button.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Thanks Mike..yes it goes to Paypal but have never made enough..I wasnt sure what the minimum is before hub pages sends the payment..


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Sunnie, OM Gosh in only one year, I can buy a hamburger. I just checked by balance.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

hahaha that is crazy...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Sunnie, if I am reading the terms of use page correctly the treshold is $50.00 to receive a payment.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Mike, you did read correctly. I just read everything not long ago and you are right.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Thank you Becky and Mike!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I will have to wait till I get the $50 but I have enough to buy a hamburger. No fries or drink yet, aqnd it better be off the dollar menu.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi all

Sunnie I have enough to buy a hamburger, maybe by the time I reach 70 I will have earned $50 at which time a hamburger will probably cost $50. Lol

That underfloor heating is nice becky, it is what I would have if I was to have a house built.

Mike sorry to say I missed your 100 score it is now down to 98. They are rather like yoyos theses hub scores. Lol My highest scoring hub is 87 so a long way to go yet, but poetry never scores very highly


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky- haha no fries or drink. That's for sure. All of us shrewd capitalist have to figure out how to open the gates just enough to let some pennies through. Have you joined the affilate programs?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Rosemay. Those fifty dollar hamburgers are not that far away. Luckily we know a hubber with a Mango grove. I have not had any luck with the affilate programs, in fact Amazon cancelled all California accounts and then a couple months later reinstated them. But we should all 'chase' the programs that pay.

I think this hub and the Thanksgiving hub hit a 100, and very briefly. I guess that's nice. It won't buy a side of fries.

Hope everyone has a good day. I may have a hub done later today. What is everyone working on?


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning Ya'll,

I was so happy to see that '100', Mike! I am amused that my Christmas hub is my highest, in the 90s (all others much lower). I am personally now striving for a soda with my earnings!

I have joined Digg (which I don't really understand) but I will be digging as many of my homey's hubs as possible, to 'allegedly' raise traffic...?

I'll probably just focus on my monthy Kylie's right now. My dream is to do the 30-day challenge but I need to plot, plan and do my preliminary writing. I find a goal keeps me more centered.

Can't wait to see the next Cafe, sir! Might as well have a cup of coffee and see who else is out and about, mar.


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