Sunday Morning Check-in for Refugees and other Mooz

by: JanF

Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:53:03 AM EST





  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

JanF :: Sunday Morning Check-in for Refugees and other Mooz
Kysen left us a Moose Welcome Mat so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting.

Stop in at donnamaries's Introduction Diary later and let everyone know who you are and what your passions are: politics, pooties, photography, whatevers.

Quick notes about commenting:
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The posting rules for a new diary are:

Be excellent to each other... or else

From Kysen's keyboard to your eyes:

Think of our comment threads as dinner table conversations. We start with the assumption that all come to the conversation with good intentions and go from there. If you get upset or angry, get up from the table and step outside for a bit.

For those looking for a second chance to make a first impression (::: raises hand :::), that is really good advice.

See you in the threads!

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21 degrees in Madison WI (1.94 / 31)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Hai (1.93 / 29)
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Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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beetle above better run! (2.00 / 9)


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Mmmmmm, lunch! nt (2.00 / 7)


Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Finally finishing up courses I need to renew my law license... (2.00 / 33)
When it's all over with I can submit my renewal for my law license and be done with this for another two years.

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.

Hooray for that (2.00 / 23)
I love continuing ed, but mandatory courses always make it seem too much like work!

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Now completely done... (2.00 / 24)
I screamed out "Hallelujah" at the top of my lungs when I went to print my last certificate.

I'm thinking after this I'll do the courses over the summer rather than wait until the last minute in late-2015 to get them over and done with.

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.


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I keep thinking that, but except for the next couple (2.00 / 9)
of years, when the place where I volunteer paid for me to do a metric fuckton of CLE, I never quite get around to it, I'm always doing it with a couple days to spare.

Luckily, I think I'm done with CLE for a good couple of years, one of my states is on a 3-year schedule and my other state allows carryover.


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Hi there! (2.00 / 9)
Great to see you here!

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

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Thank you :). (2.00 / 7)
I don't appear to be able to rec just yet, although I have the option - I'm sure it'll reset itself tomorrow after that 24-hour period.

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Good to see you Mets (2.00 / 21)


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Good morning, everyone. (2.00 / 27)
It is 33 degrees here in south-central NJ, and we had a dusting of snow overnight.

I have never been a big fan of winter weather, so I ordered some seeds yesterday. Spring can't get here soon enough.


I haven't even peeked at my catalogs yet. (2.00 / 22)
They are in a happy pile waiting for me. One of my favorite winter rituals to get me over my Christmas let down is looking at them and ordering my seeds.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Did you get your snow? (2.00 / 22)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Yeah, it snowed heavily for (2.00 / 20)
All of ten minutes. Barely a dusting, still ugly outside.  ::shakes fist at cloud::

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I'll post a picture tomorrow of the 2+ feet in my front yard. (2.00 / 21)
Would you like to see also the massive mound in front of my garage?

:)

(I'm not complaining.  Much.  Luckily we've been getting dustings to cover the existing ugly brown snow.)

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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When I lived in Upstate NY we called it "snirt" (2.00 / 15)
Snow + dirt. I don't like snirt.  :(

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Yes! (2.00 / 10)
::sobs::

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I have never really had the energy... (2.00 / 23)
..for annuals. Care of perennials is enough work for me! At the new house, I may do a small annual wildflower garden just for fun.

When does planting season start where you are? Last year here it started around March (of course last year was the year without a winter for us).


Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Most of the seeds I get are for veggies. (2.00 / 19)
I used to do more annuals, I got hooked on the select seeds catalog which has some gorgeous heirloom seeds. Plus I had a special garden just for the kids a few years ago and seeds were fun for that. :)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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You can start cold tolerant plants like peas in March (2.00 / 16)
around here. Lettuce also does really well in cooler weather; it will bolt when it gets too hot. Last year was so warm that many of my annuals actually made it through the winter. I tend to plant the more sensitive flowers and veggies in early May. I have had good success with some of the wildflower mixes. Many are a blend of annuals and perennials. I ordered some zucchini and lettuce designed for smaller gardens and pots, as well as some very early tomatoes.  

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We have such extreme heat (2.00 / 3)
and unreliable rainfall that I am planning on moving all the annual stuff into containers. I figure I can use five gallon buckets for some vegetables and larger stuff like cut-in-half 55 gallon drums for things like tomatoes that need more space. I cannot believe how food prices have gone up in the last few weeks. I knew this was predicted, but wow.

Also I recycle all the water I can, though I don't like to use greywater with soap that isn't designed for greywater. Sodium, for example, doesn't seem like a good idea for desert soils.

Container gardening has the upside that since you redo the soil every year, you can get rid of all the Bermuda grass roots and it has to start all over again. Also with taller containers you don't have to bend over so far. I'm content to leave the ground to the xeriscape, a few rosebushes, the trees. Another plus in this climate is you can put the containers under the trees and still do all right for light, plus the drainage feeds the trees. And if you have the time and inclination, it's still quite possible to trashpick the containers or otherwise get them for free. I'm also considering using the cat litter containers. They are made of stout plastic and it's the best deal for clumping litter that isn't dusty. I'd much prefer to buy it in paper sacks, but if they are going to insist on giving me these sturdy plastic containers, I'm certainly not going to throw them out. Since they have screw-on lids, they are also good for storing water, should one need to store water.


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I cannot wait (2.00 / 23)
Until we get our new house built and I can putter around in the garden. Will be a few years, but a girl can dream.

We are going to go primarily with low maintenance plants native to the area. Rather than appearance, our primary goal will be to build a nature habitat to attract birds, butterflies and, of course, dragonflies.

Gonna put in a pond, hooray!

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Fun! (2.00 / 21)
I put in a pond a few years ago, and it was totally worth all the hard work.  Ask flora roja, she sat by it and had drink or two.  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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A dragonfly obsessed photographer... (2.00 / 19)
...must haz a pond. Sit nearby with a mimosa and a camera and "voila!" Photography for the sedentary.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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You, sedentary?!?! (2.00 / 20)
I doesn't think so...

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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Oh yes, we get zillions of them! (2.00 / 20)
They are so beautiful.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Floja. (2.00 / 19)
DAMN AUTO CORRECT!!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Oh, you didn't do that on purpose? ;-) (2.00 / 16)
Yes, kb has a really beautiful garden, not just the pond, the whole thing.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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thankyouverymch (2.00 / 11)
It looks even better when my friends are sitting around drinking cocktails.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Here it is. :) (1.96 / 26)
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Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Beautiful! eom (2.00 / 21)


"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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Thanks! (2.00 / 18)


Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Awesome. (2.00 / 19)
Want!

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Thank you! (2.00 / 19)


Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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beee-u-tiful (2.00 / 21)
have been thinking about a pond but haven't made up my mind.

Yours is luverly.  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Thank you! (2.00 / 21)
Do it!!  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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worried about mosquitoes (2.00 / 20)
will a pond bring more of them around?



"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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It didn't seem to at all. (2.00 / 20)
We have a waterfall so the water is moving. Plus I am pretty sure that the fish eat them. Anyone that knows otherwise can correct me if I am wrong. :)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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ahh - moving water must do the trick (2.00 / 19)
the pond at our old house was spring fed but pretty sluggish and tended to breed mosquitoes.  


"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Mosquitoes need still water so the (2.00 / 10)
circulation helps. We have a "bird creek" not big enough for fish and mostly a series of small waterfalls, but it does have a pool. Mosquito larvae drown if there are waves - maybe even ripples. They are more apt to be breeding in tree holes than a pond.

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jealous (2.00 / 14)
I have over 6 acres full of the most stubborn weeds to work with, and we have a pond! Well, actually what they call a tank here, and it's currently mostly empty.  

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Thank you! (2.00 / 5)


Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Try Tithonia (2.00 / 2)
Mexican sunflowers. The drought down here has been hard on our butterfly populations, but in better years they were just swarming them, and also they attract hummingbirds, are moderately drought tolerant, grow fast, naturalize. They do need it on the warm side to get going, though, so they won't work beyond a certain zone.  

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Looks like we are in a good zone (2.00 / 4)
As far as I can find online, they'll do in zone 5-10 and we're in 6b.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Hi! (2.00 / 24)
Yesterday I went outside and kicked a bucket over because of standing water, and it was HARD!  I live in Pasadena basically so I thought it had to be sorcery.  

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


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Morning, all- (2.00 / 22)
Woodworker's show yesterday was a success. I sat in on a seminar on cabinet building, spent thousands of dollars in my head, but only $25 in reality (a book on designing a shop (mine gets built in the next few months) and a normally $50 router bit that I got for $10) and iriti got to see all kinds of pretty, funky wood that she now has more ideas of what she wants me to build.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


Good Sunday morning (2.00 / 21)
Is this thing on? ::tap, tap, tap:: Been more than 24 hours, so this should, in theory work.

So I shortened my DK user name "it really is that important" to my nic "iriti" which is meaningless except as an abbreviation for said very long user name, but sounds like an Egyptian goddess and I can live with that.

Domestic chores today, woohoo!  

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


It does sound like a goddess name!! (2.00 / 20)
And much easier to type when we want to say "Hi, iriti!"

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Just saying hello. (2.00 / 24)
I'm good, I have a full, packed, fridge today. :)

That's one of our challenges today (2.00 / 20)
Shopping. Joy, joy. Love having a packed fridge. Hate the process.

Good to see you.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Call me crazy (2.00 / 14)
but I LOVE grocery shopping!

A new farmstand market opened here a few months ago and the stuff is wonderful.  Great prices and they try to get as much locally sourced stuff as possible.  Citrus is in season now and the Honeybell tangerines are fabulous this year.

Plant City strawberries will be coming soon and I think we had enough of a cold spell so they should be excellent as well.

Living in opposite-land as far as produce goes is wonderful.  The only time we can't really get local stuff is the summertime.

How can you be a Progressive but oppose progress?


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Girl, you are (2.00 / 14)
CRAZY!

There, how was that?

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


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Surprisingly cathartic! (2.00 / 14)
Thank you.

I'm just waiting for Floja Roja to come in here and do one of her :::Trader Joe's neener neener::: comments that always makes me :::sob:::.

How can you be a Progressive but oppose progress?


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Yep (2.00 / 12)
Absolutely crazy.

Not much source for local stuff that's open when we're off work.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Mornin' everyone. 28 degrees in mid-Missouri and what little (2.00 / 21)
snow we had last week has finally melted.  I'm too spoiled, having had a garage for the last many years but no longer.  Covered parking of any sort here in Columbia is a rarity so I have my winter gear (boots, ice scraper, spray de-icer) stashed at the front door.  The car doors have already been frozen solid once so far this year so it makes no sense to keep the de-icer in the car.  I'll get used to this sometime....

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

Yeah (2.00 / 20)
Keeping de-icer and scrapers in the car typically = fail. But most of us do it sometimes anyway!

We've had snow this year. Not significant, but after last year's "year without a winter" I am feeling put upon having to scrape.

I've never had a driveway or carport in my life. Sounds like such a luxury to me.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Especially an attached garage. Car stays warmer, no tracking junk (2.00 / 16)
into the house, easy toting of stuff.  Yeah, I'm spoiled.  Also, having bum knees and living on the second floor adds to the excitement of hauling trash and groceries to where they need to be.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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Here's my "Happy has no sense" story for the day. (2.00 / 18)
Went out early the other day to take out the trash and start the car (was minus something awful).  The car (and trashcan) are in the garage but since I wasn't going to sit in the car I did not open a door.  I told that story three times at work and got three versions of the "are you an idiot?" look.  Apparently I am.  Didn't think opening a door was a big deal since I wasn't staying in the garage; I'm not that stupid.  Was relieved when my boss said that since I live so far from work while they'd wonder why I didn't show up for my shift they wouldn't come check on me.  :(

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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55º forecast in the Valley of Heart's Delight...and rainy... (2.00 / 19)
still under the weather...but happy to see all the nice people have found a place to gather...peacefully.

remembrance and the little one are sick too...may be time to make a doctor's appt. for TLO...congestion was getting pretty bad last night.

I signed up to be a state Dem party delegate and need to get the word out to my local friends and Dream Menders group...also have some Dream Menders' work to do...a Move to Amend rally we are supporting.

just wanted to stop in and say hi..."Hi..!!"

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


Howdy (2.00 / 16)
Jealous of your 55 degrees, bu not of your crud. Hope the whole household feels better soon.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Please do get to the doctors, Glen (2.00 / 17)
My oldest daughter and her six year old son had what they thought was a cold or something. Turned out it was the flu and they were down for almost two weeks.

They're much better now, but I haven't heard her sound so sick in a very long time.

Kudos to you for signing up to be a state Dem Party delegate!

That is wonderful!

Much healing, comforting, energy heading out to you and yours.  


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Good morning, darlins (2.00 / 19)
Cold and snowy in Southern Maine, but it's January. What else would we expect?

Well, I just let the MF family know that I'll be checking in to see how they are doing but that I wasn't going to be around the site much for at least awhile.

What are your Sunday plans? We're heading out with the "boys" to watch the Hobbit in a little while. Anyone seen it?

Much love and mojo for whatever the need, always


be back later - showtime over at (2.00 / 21)
the Orange.

Meanwhile - Happy Three Kings day to those who celebrate

(for Spiffy)

Afro-Puerto Rican bomba group  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


I'll be reading but not rec'ing so if you hear breathing ... (2.00 / 18)
I am still following my babbling brook but not clicking on as many posts. I will always read yours, though.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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So a question. (2.00 / 20)
F Bomb - post here as a diary or comment?

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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I think you should make a diary and ask. (2.00 / 19)
This might get lost.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I would love to see you post it here. (2.00 / 18)


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OK, will do. (2.00 / 18)
I just changed the YouTube embed codes in my template, so I will put it up now.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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I followed J-Town and now F Bomb over at orange. (1.88 / 17)
I would love to read it here. :~)

Most of the peeps I rec (boriquasi over there, might recognize the uprater) are here. I don't comment much but lurk like a mofo.

The general Moose rule is do what you want and have fun!


Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen


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Diary for sure. (2.00 / 14)
Then if there is a typo, you can fix it and not have it mock you forever. Or if something does not format right you can fix it.

PLUS you can build the drafts in advance even if you can't schedule them.

I am not sure how long I will do the check-ins. It is mostly to make folks feel comfortable who are going to be wandering around the moose kicking the tires.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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I'm actually in Juana Diaz, P.R. right now... (2.00 / 17)
... capitol of 3 Kings Day of the world! Last night was our second Christmas Eve as the say and I hit the pitorro (boricua moonshine) and coquito (eggnog with coconut) hard. I'm on call tomorrow so it worked out great. Actually spent the 1st working at the hospital (I'm a physician) and it wasn't that bad.

Happy 3 Kings Day to you hermanita!

Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen


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Ooooh, I saw (2.00 / 14)
a recipe for coquito over the holidays and posted it on Facebook because it looked so delicious.  I've never had it, I'm jealous!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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one of the things I miss the most about not (2.00 / 12)
drinking (sober me) is coquito

Sigh.  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Cold in Toronto (2.00 / 27)
About 1 Celsius, not sure what that is in Fahrenheit and forecast calling for more snow.



"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson


Are you teasing me?? (2.00 / 16)
;)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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LOL!!! (2.00 / 14)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Moi, tease? (2.00 / 14)


"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

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Now that's just low. (2.00 / 9)
Downright low.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I don't know what you are talking about... (2.00 / 8)


"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

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Bwhahahahahaha! (2.00 / 5)
Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

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I have a very important question... (2.00 / 8)
...how's that still going to be hot once gotten home? :)

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You wouldn't ask that if you saw where he put the bag. :) n/t (2.00 / 7)


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So glad to see so many old friends here. (2.00 / 23)


It feels nice, doesn't it, bjm? (2.00 / 13)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Warming here... (2.00 / 22)
...in the Hudson Valley.  And the snowcover is melting, finally.  And some actual sun!

morning all (2.00 / 18)
not much to add. need to get off my buttski and go out and workski. Later.  

31° and severe clear on Pikes Peak. (2.00 / 19)
I, too, am so happy to see many familiar faces posting in purple! This chicken has work to do today - eggs to lay and yard to scratch - so y'all behave.

That means you, GtP. :)

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


Sings of blue sky peeking through over Douglas Lake. (2.00 / 16)
Was quite a transition to see clean asphalt not smeared and smirched by salt and slush as WV became VA became TN last night. Loved my time in the snow Up North, happy to to able to walk without boots again.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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I'm thinkin' a lot of your work is opening cans for those two (2.00 / 15)
fuzzballs of yours.  Love (and miss)  those funny boys.  You too.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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Gawd, I miss you, too. (2.00 / 15)
And I love your sig line! My dil gave me a beautiful scarf for Christmas that contains wool. Can you spell "regifting"? :)

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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Hi everyone! (2.00 / 21)
I'm just passing through. I've adjusted to hubby's graveyard shift and sleep calls. I just wanted to check in.

Hugs to everyone! Yes, everyone. LOL




Come visit us at our NON political blog jellybeansofdoom.com


great to see you FrugalGranny! (2.00 / 18)


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My 24 hour waiting period is over! (2.00 / 18)
Now I have to think of something deep to say.

Well (2.00 / 16)
Get it? Well? Deep?

Oh, nevermind...

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Woo hoo. 1864 House in the House!! (2.00 / 12)
Welcome aboard.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Jackson Browne ~ Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate (2.00 / 15)

I love watching the music being made.....

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


I'm checking in! (2.00 / 16)
Same old Mary, a little more name.

Hi, Mary! (2.00 / 16)
Great to see you made it. A lot of signups yesterday evening should make the place hop tonight.

I heard a rumor that there would be a very special post at 7:30pm Eastern.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Welcome to the Moose, Mary! (2.00 / 1)
Come on in, sit right down and have yourself a hot toddy!



John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Hi everyone (2.00 / 17)
It's quite mild here in London, don't know what in Fahrenheit, but around 9 degrees celsius. I'm hungover after the closing night of a show last night, which ended in a lock-in (do you Muricans know what that is?).

I'm less around the Moose these days in diary writing terms because I write regularly for the Daily Beast, and use up all my RSI carpal tunnel on that most the week. But I'm always up for comments and wonderful to see so many new Mooq (no s needed for the plural apparently)

So to everyone I haven't said hi too, a big manly British hug from your resident limey. It's so great to see this space used in a convivial, political and personal way. So many old faces from other blogs. And plenty of new ones. Looking forward to getting to know you all much better in the future.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


Thanks for the correction! (2.00 / 13)
Mooq it is.

Although fair warning: I have been known to make up words. It is part of my irritating personality charm.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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9 celsius is .... (2.00 / 11)
well let's see, you carry the 1 and then.....

No no.

Multiply by 9 divide by 5 add 32. So, 9*9 = 81 81/5 = 16. Add 32 = 48.  

BTW, we were in London over the summer. Lovely place but we sure got lost a lot!

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


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Resurfacing.. (2.00 / 16)
I joined up with the herd here awhile back, but didn't stay long: seems I needed a near total break from posting anywhere, for quite awhile. Now I'm tired of examining my own navel, and decided to venture forth one more time, while I'm still upright and able to take nourishment.

This getting seriously old is one hell of an adventure: yesterday, I got a letter offering me a chance on winning a Pre-Paid Cremation, fer gawds sake!

Anyway, good to see so many familiar faces!


Pre-paid cremation offers, eh? (2.00 / 10)
Do you have to be dead first?  Alive, in January here in the Northeast, the offer might be tempting....

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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Considering... (2.00 / 10)
...getting some of my old neighbors here together, and showing up there, checkbooks in hand, demanding immediate service, because nowhere in their letter do they say you had to be dead first!

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Reminds me that I received a number of hints from AARP to join (2.00 / 12)
a couple of years ago since I was coming up on 50.  I finally sent the third or fourth notice back politely asking that they give me a bit less notice as I was only turning 44 that year.  I'm getting old soon enough; no need to rush it.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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SCRIBE! (2.00 / 3)
HugsHugsHugsHugsHugsHugsHugsHugsHugsHugs!!!!

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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Dang! a LOT of my favorite Kossacks are here! n/t (2.00 / 13)


"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

And look ... there you are! One of *my* favorite posters!! (2.00 / 11)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Hello! Is this thing on yet ? It's me Regina checking in. (2.00 / 9)


(((Regina))) (2.00 / 8)
It is so wonderful to see you here!!! I hope all is great with you!

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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