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A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day...-1-05-05...Celebrate Living #9
dutchess

Posted on 01/04/2005 8:02:18 PM PST by dutchess



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.
A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in need; and congratulate those deserving. We strive to keep our threads entertaining, fun, and pleasing to look at, and often have guest writers contribute an essay, or a profile of another FReeper.
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~ Billie, Mama_bear, dutchess, Aquamarine,






Celebrate Living #9

Today we are featuring more suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life. Some are private, most are excerpts from "Life's Little Instruction Book" by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Please stop in..and add your own. Also,, please click on the music link below (Songs of Africa). We guarantee the combination will make you feel good all day. Enjoy!
Sounds Out Of Africa






Suggestions on how to live a happy & rewarding life:


Take time to smell the roses.


Never risk what you can’t afford to lose.
Never tell a man he’s losing his hair. He already knows.
Remember that the “suggested retail price” seldom is.
Never say, “My child would never do that.”


Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Replace the batteries in smoke alarms every January 1st (OR January 5th if you haven’t done so already :o) )
Remember that ignorance is expensive.
If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others WHILE you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
Listen to your critics. They will keep you focused and innovative.


Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of good luck.
Remember that what you give will afford you more pleasure than what you get.
Display your street number prominently on your mailbox or house in case emergency vehicles need to find you.
Remember that everyone you meet wears an invisible sign. It reads, “notice me. Make me feel important.”


Never hire someone you wouldn’t invite home to dinner.
When someone has provided you with exceptional service, write a note to his or her boss.
If you lend someone money, make sure his character exceeds the collateral.
Accept the fact that regardless of how many times you are right, you will sometimes be wrong.
Every once in a while ask yourself the question, If money weren’t a consideration, what would I like to be doing?
Encourage anyone who is trying to improve mentally, physically, or spiritually.
Remember that half the joy of achievement is in the anticipation.
Get involved with your local government. As someone said, “Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.”


Never swap your integrity for money, power, or fame.
Never sell yourself short.
Fool someone on April 1st.
Never remind someone of a kindness or act of generosity you have shown him or her. Bestow a favor and then forget it.
Never be ashamed of your patriotism.
Never be ashamed of honest tears.
Never be ashamed of laughter that’s too loud or singing that’s too joyful.


Visit friends and relatives when they are in the hospital. You only need to stay a few minutes.
Don’t think that sending a gift or flowers substitutes for your presence.
Become a tourist for a day in your own hometown. Take a tour. See the sights.
Never ignore evil.
Be especially courteous and patient with older people.
Remember this statement by Coach Lou Holtz, “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.”


Never eat a sugared doughnut when wearing a dark suit.
When you are away from home and hear church bells, think of someone who loves you.
When friends offer to help, let them.
Acknowledge a gift, no matter how small.
Remember hat your character is your destiny.
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Worry makes for a hard pillow. When something’s troubling you, before going to sleep, jot down three things you can do the next day to help solve the problem.


Buy a red umbrella. It’s easier to find among all the black ones, and it adds a little color to rainy days.
Attend a high school football game. Sit near the band.
Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not by batteries.
Remember that your child’s character is like good soup. Both are homemade.
Life is short. Eat more pancakes and fewer rice cakes.
Regardless of the situation, react with class.
Become the kind of person who brightens a room just by entering it.
Borrow a box of puppies for an afternoon and take them to visit the residents of a retirement home. Stand back and watch the smiles.


Be thankful you were born in this great country.
Be thankful for the re-election of GWB.
Be thankful for our brave military men and women past and present.


Never forget life before Free Republic.
Thank those who open the Finest door every morning with coffee, goodies and words of wisdom.
Give thanks for all our Finest Friends.
Give thanks for Jim Robinson and FreeRepublic









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1 posted on 01/04/2005 8:02:20 PM PST by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; dansangel; Aeronaut; deadhead; Diver Dave; ...

Welcome to the Finest. Please stop in and reflect on an all new version of "Celebrate Living"....little life reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life. As always, please feel free to add your own.

2 posted on 01/04/2005 8:05:26 PM PST by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Billie; Aeronaut; deadhead; Diver Dave; ...

January 5, 2005

"Enough!"

Read: James 1:9-11; 5:1-6

The rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. —James 1:11

Bible In One Year: Genesis 12-15


After Bob Ritchie graduated from college, he spent the next two decades in the grasp of a love for money and advancement. He uprooted his wife and family five times for his career, so that he could make more money. Each time they left warm church communities behind.

After a while, Bob and his family seldom had time for church. As God's people became strangers, so did the Lord. He became desperately lonely and isolated. Growing discontented with his life, he finally said, "Enough!"

Bob now testifies that God taught him the meaning of the word downsize. He stopped pursuing money, spent less time at work, cut back on his purchases, and learned to be content with what he had. The family again became faithful to the Lord and active in a church.

In his brief and practical epistle, James warned us not to be obsessed with amassing wealth (1:9-11; 5:1-6). Whether we're rich or poor, the desire for money can subtly take over our lives. Some believers have fallen into its clutches without being aware of it and are fading away in their pursuits (1:11).

Do you need to follow Bob's example? It may be time to say, "Enough!" —Dave Egner

If money is your highest goal,
The thing you long to gain,
Its power will enslave your soul
And cause your life much pain. —D. De Haan

He is truly rich who is satisfied with Jesus.

3 posted on 01/04/2005 8:25:06 PM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: dutchess; Jim Robinson; John Robinson

Very good advice, all of it.

Thank you Jim!
Thank you John
Thank you Dutchess!


4 posted on 01/04/2005 8:27:29 PM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: The Mayor; dutchess

Oh, wow! Well, thank YOU very much!!


5 posted on 01/04/2005 8:37:52 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Absolutely!
6 posted on 01/04/2005 8:41:53 PM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: dutchess
Good morning, lovely *dutchess*. : )

I'm thankful for you and the rest of the beautiful *Babes* for taking time to create and post the Finest threads. You are all so very talented.

7 posted on 01/04/2005 11:18:33 PM PST by ST.LOUIE1
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To: The Mayor; Jim Robinson

Morning, Rus. Howdy, Jim.


8 posted on 01/04/2005 11:20:29 PM PST by ST.LOUIE1
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To: dansangel
It's your special day, doll. Enjoy!

((((((( dansy )))))))

9 posted on 01/04/2005 11:23:58 PM PST by ST.LOUIE1
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To: dutchess
Good morning Dutchess.


10 posted on 01/05/2005 2:00:30 AM PST by Aeronaut (Proud to be a monthly donor.)
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To: dutchess; The Mayor; Aeronaut; Billie; dansangel; jwfiv; Dubya; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; ...
Good Morning!!!!

I got a good one for you!

Pick up a book and spend some time "getting lost" in it's pages, May I suggest if you want to "escape" for a while, the liberal nitwits your way, reading a good fantasy/Sci fi book like "Harry Potter" or "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy?

And if Sci/Fi-Fantasy is not your cup of tea, than how about a good romance or mystery.

Or if fiction is not your bag, read some history or biographies or books by The likes of Anne Coulter or Sean Hannity or others in the non-fiction relm.

This is what I do. When I've really sick and tired of the misguided folks around me I "Escape"

Or coarse, there is the ULTIMATE read that should really get you going. "THE BIBLE"!!!!

Anothere thing,

SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:o)


11 posted on 01/05/2005 3:04:18 AM PST by Pippin (Now I got my DVD set up I can record the Inaugeration! :o))
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To: ST.LOUIE1; dansangel
OoooH ((((LOUIE)))))!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ((((DANSY))))!


12 posted on 01/05/2005 3:05:41 AM PST by Pippin (Now I got my DVD set up I can record the Inaugeration! :o))
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To: Jim Robinson
Hi, Jim!

Thank YOU for all you do not only with Free Republic but also for your service to our country.

13 posted on 01/05/2005 3:06:53 AM PST by Pippin (Now I got my DVD set up I can record the Inaugeration! :o))
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To: dutchess

Good morning...yippee I get my van back today..it was the oil pan that was leaking, not the head gasket...which is the most expensive thing to repair.


14 posted on 01/05/2005 3:12:29 AM PST by GailA (Happy New Year)
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To: GailA

Great news about your van gail. Have been thinking about you. Cybertreat on its way to rocky!


15 posted on 01/05/2005 5:01:12 AM PST by dutchess
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To: Aeronaut

Goodmorning Aeronaut. Always enjoy your flyovers :o)


16 posted on 01/05/2005 5:02:08 AM PST by dutchess
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To: Pippin

(((((pippin)))))


17 posted on 01/05/2005 5:02:29 AM PST by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1

(((((wolfie)))))) Good to see you special fuzzy brotha!


18 posted on 01/05/2005 5:03:10 AM PST by dutchess
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To: The Mayor; All

Hi Rus. As always thanks for bringing us Our Daily Bread. Have to check out and take dad to the doctor (eye surgery) Hope to be back later.


19 posted on 01/05/2005 5:04:54 AM PST by dutchess
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To: All


God Bless Our Military

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Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Mama_Bear; Dutchess, Dansangel or Aquamarine and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.
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We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom You guide them gently to the right decisions.
Please give us the strength, Lord, to get through each difficult and devastating day that faces each of us and our country. Protect and guide our Military that are now being called to duty, strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Maigrey...................cousin
OhioWfan........................son
mystery-ak..........son, husband
Gogrammy................grandson
Inspectorette...................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
anniegetyourgun...........nephew
Diver Dave.......niece, nephew
ConspiracyGuy........2 nephews
Pippin..........niece, loved one
Pippin...nephew & his fiancee
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
jamaly.................brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
WaterDragon.............grandson
WaterDragon...........son-in-law
BeforeISleep...................son
kimmie7......................brother
Armymarinemom............3 sons
american_ranger.............son
LadyX.........................grandson
fawn796.......................nephew
Dubya............................nephew
StarCMC......................brother
ValerieUSA..................2 sons
Lakeside......................2 sons
LakeLady.....................nephew
Spruce.....................daughter
Philman_36..............2 nephews
bjcintennessee.......son, niece
Ladysmith..nephew, friend's son
tina07......soninlaw & his friend
Katydidnt..........................son
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne.........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
bkwells..................active duty
LongCut..................active duty
cjk..........................active duty
Trish.......................active duty
ODC-GIRL.................active duty
AF_Blue..................active duty
Notwithstanding.....active duty
thumperusn.............active duty
Q6-God.....................active duty
Q6-God...................twin brother
Veloxherc.................active duty
Don Simmons...........active duty
wingnutx..................active duty
Mama_Bear.........2 nephews
ladtx........................2 sons
Its_me_K.E.T.............son
gator girl.................husband
severa.......husband, brother
Hostel......................cousin
MozartLover......son, nephew
LBGA...............................son
katykelly......................son
cookcounty.....................son
SpookBrat...nephew, cousin
Doug from Upland...son-in-law
Himyar..........................son
boxerblues................2 sons
the piper.........................son
sheeza.......................husband
kemathen7.................husband
Tiffee4Bob.................boyfriend
deadhead......................cousin
JimRobinson.........2 nephews
TexKat..............son, step-son
Consort..2 daughters,son-in-law
Darheel.........................niece
Donaeus......................nephew
dixie sass...................nephew
BeAllYouCanBe...................son
Repubmommy...............brother
AgThorn.........................2 sons
homeschoolmama.......nephew
kneezles.............................son
Rose inRoseBear...cousin's hubby
Redhead....step-granddaughter
Redhead..step-grdaughter fiance
Atomic Conspiracy..half-brother
Atomic Conspiracy...nephew
Atomic Conspiracy..........niece
Sunflowergal..............grandson
visualops.......................cousin
Alouette..............................son
mrstank.......................husband
MrsMike31..................husband
eaglesiniowa.........................son
auboy..................................cousin
spotbust1.......................husband
Leofl......................................son
chena......................................son
campfollower.......................fiance
LUV W.........................................son
painter................................nephew
ProudAFDad...........................son
TheMayor....................friends' son
MontanaCowgirlCop.......brother



20 posted on 01/05/2005 5:06:28 AM PST by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1

Morning Louie!


21 posted on 01/05/2005 5:48:58 AM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: dansangel
Happy Birthday Dansangel


22 posted on 01/05/2005 5:54:08 AM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: Pippin

Morning Pippin

I'm reading a book called "Political Class Dismissed"
Written by a friend James Ostrowski...


23 posted on 01/05/2005 6:00:50 AM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: ST.LOUIE1
***Chocolate Cake***? Wow! :-)

(((((Louie_Wolfie_Man)))))>>

Thank you :-)

24 posted on 01/05/2005 6:02:43 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: The Mayor

ROFL - that is *too* cute (((((((Rus))))))))

Thank you so much.


25 posted on 01/05/2005 6:14:06 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: Pippin

Thank you (((((Pipster))))))

Hope you are having a great day!


26 posted on 01/05/2005 6:15:25 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: dansangel

Your welcome, I hope you have a Great Day!


27 posted on 01/05/2005 6:21:19 AM PST by The Mayor (When trouble overtakes you, let God take over)
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To: Pippin

I agree with getting lost in a book. I do it every night before I fall asleep.

Aside from the Bible (*The* greatest book of all), my favorite books are Florida Fiction (Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, Randy Wayne White, Tim Dorsey, Michael McLellend, Lawrence Shames, Lawrence Sanders) and mysteries/thrillers by Jonathan Kellerman, John Sandford, Ed McBain, Lawrence Block, John Lutz and many more.

I keep the local used book store in business trading and buying. :-)


28 posted on 01/05/2005 6:21:30 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: dutchess

Beautiful job ((((((dutchess)))))))

These are all suggestions that would certainly make life a lot better.


29 posted on 01/05/2005 6:22:55 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: The Mayor

I plan on it. We're going out in a little while to run a few errands.

Love and ((((HUGS))))) to you and the missus!


30 posted on 01/05/2005 6:24:04 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: dutchess

((((Dutchess))))!


31 posted on 01/05/2005 6:46:20 AM PST by Pippin (Now I got my DVD set up I can record the Inaugeration! :o))
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To: The Mayor

ALRIIIIIGHT! :o)


32 posted on 01/05/2005 6:48:07 AM PST by Pippin (Now I got my DVD set up I can record the Inaugeration! :o))
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To: dansangel

GRRRREAT!!!!!


33 posted on 01/05/2005 6:49:33 AM PST by Pippin (Now I got my DVD set up I can record the Inaugeration! :o))
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To: dutchess
The Bad Boy is sleeping on my lap..he's been bad since Dennis died. He's been tinkling on my couch. Despite my taking him out often. If I leave the room he hops on the couch and marks it. I hope this soon ends as I'm at my wits end on how to stop him. I have taken to covering my couch with 2 old vinyl table clothes to protect it.

He growled at me after I spanked him for doing this.

34 posted on 01/05/2005 7:23:29 AM PST by GailA (Happy New Year)
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To: dutchess
Accept the fact that regardless of how many times you are right, you will sometimes be wrong.

Maybe for other people, but.....

Remember hat your character is your destiny

What does a "hat" have to do with character? I don't giddit. :-)

Thank those who open the Finest door every morning with coffee, goodies and words of wisdom.

Do I have to?

Ok, here it goes..... Thank you, dutchess.

35 posted on 01/05/2005 8:07:44 AM PST by The Thin Man
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To: dansangel
Happy birthday, dansy! Here's your gift....

Remember...

Acknowledge a gift, no matter how small. :-)

36 posted on 01/05/2005 8:18:08 AM PST by The Thin Man
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To: The Thin Man
Remember hat your character is your destiny
What does a "hat" have to do with character? I don't giddit. :-)


Oops...I saw that after I already posted and just knew that it would make your day!!!!...and you're very very welcome TMan!
37 posted on 01/05/2005 8:22:16 AM PST by dutchess
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To: GailA
I hope this soon ends as I'm at my wits end on how to stop him. I have taken to covering my couch with 2 old vinyl table clothes to protect it.

Oh you poor dear. I wonder if there is anything on the internet on how to deal with grieving pets. If I get a chance I'll look it up. (((((gail)))))
38 posted on 01/05/2005 8:27:20 AM PST by dutchess
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To: dansangel


Happy Birthday to our Finest Angel!

39 posted on 01/05/2005 8:34:01 AM PST by dutchess
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To: dutchess
Thanks for the positive suggestions today. Thinking positive makes one feel better.

(I see you made TMan's day with a hat. ):)

40 posted on 01/05/2005 8:51:09 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: dansangel

Happy Birthday (((Dansy))) - finally. ;)


41 posted on 01/05/2005 8:52:18 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: The Thin Man
Happy birthday, dansy! Here's your gift....

I must say that is the *finest* toothpick I have ever received! :-)

Or, from your point of view, it might even be a 2x4.

Thank you for thinking of me (((((((skinny dood))))))))

:-)

42 posted on 01/05/2005 8:59:00 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: dutchess

Thank you ((((((dutchess)))))))

Purple is *my* color!

:-)


43 posted on 01/05/2005 8:59:55 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: Aquamarine

Thank you ((((((Aqua)))))))

Hoping you are feeling just fine today!

:-)


44 posted on 01/05/2005 9:00:42 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: dansangel
I'm glad I dropped by to see what's going on.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.......


45 posted on 01/05/2005 9:22:03 AM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Thank you for the beautiful angel globe (((((Nan)))))))


46 posted on 01/05/2005 9:37:17 AM PST by dansangel (Proud monthly donor - are you?)
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To: dutchess
All the vet could suggest was something you plugged into the wall like one of those fragrance things that was supposed to change his mood. There is nothing physically wrong with him. He had his yearly physical/shots last month.

I shampoo the area with carpet shampoo the kind used for pet stains. Then I put fabreeze on the spot.

47 posted on 01/05/2005 12:07:01 PM PST by GailA (Happy New Year)
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To: dutchess; Billie; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JohnHuang2; WVNan; ST.LOUIE1; Diver Dave; dansangel; ...
What a delightful new list of thing upon which to reflect, dutchess!
"Never forget life before Free Republic.
Thank those who open the Finest door every morning with coffee, goodies and words of wisdom.
Give thanks for all our Finest Friends.
Give thanks for Jim Robinson and Free Republic."

We most assuredly are privileged to have and participate in so wonderful a community, and appreciate the dedication of the hostesses and hosts and all participants here at The Finest.

dutchess, I enjoyed reading all of the offerings on this list until I came to "Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon."
Afraid I process this as "abandon cooking whenever possible" (right, Sistah Nan?!) !!

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Based upon something related when my son and his son were here for Christmas, I feel compelled to add for the younger ones with children here:

"Realize that events with children that cause gray hairs at an early age can later be viewed with a quite different perspective -- can one day be chalked up to a "Spirit of Glorious Adventure!"

Flash back to 1963 and our arrival in Fairbanks, Alaska, my husband stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, 30 miles south. For a family to accompany him, a sponsor there had to secure affordable housing, and ours had found a nice apartment in town.
AFTER we arrived and moved in, we discovered he had 'fibbed' to the landlord, withholding the fact we had two dogs, not allowed in the complex. We were told we had 30 days to find another abode.

There we were with no money, on half pay for 6 months to repay the travel advance, in an area with an astronomical cost of living beyond the means of the enlisted and the woefully inadequate Cost of Living Allowance.

With the boys 7 and 8 in school, a baby girl 3 months old and one car, there was no way I could work.
Fairbanks then was a small town, and my husband scoured ads posted in laundromats for possible places to rent. Checking in one, he was reading an intriguing ad for someone with carpentry skills when the woman who'd placed it walked in.

Mary had moved to Anchorage, but before leaving had invested in a property west of Fairbanks near the Airport -- had bought and moved there in the woods half of an old military barracks building. The upper half had already been renovated into a spacious 3 bedroom and large living areas apartment, and she needed someone to live in the unfinished bottom half and finish it - rent free!

Fortunately, Bernie's father was a master carpenter (although a foreman in a GE plant in Dayton) and passed skills to his sons.
We thus for 6 months lived a half mile from the Chena River, he happily plastering the bedroom walls, finishing the panelling in the main rooms, istalled the ceilings, and me assisting with all things and being the official painter.

Even with no rent, we existed much of the time on donated from hunter friends moose and caribou meet, lots of macaroni and cheese, and old Korean Conflict C-rations from the base (great canned chicken and tin of fruit cake). We shared them often with another younger military couple in worse circumstances.

Oh - did I mention we also took in Mary's teenage son so he could finish high school there? And her ex-husband lived in the unfinished basement and sometimes ate with us?!!
After that apartment was finished, Mary had us finish a 3 bedroom house a block away she'd moved there -- I painted the whole interior with a heavy coat on in 35 degree weather in May, the heating system not yet installed.
Military wives have to be versatile..:))
LOL

At any rate, where in Florida when my boys were little they dodged snakes when they went out to play, there were none in Fairbanks -- Mommo's Admonition became "Watch out for the moose and caribou and foxes and wolves going through the yard to drink at the Chena River and returning to their territory."
They had the fun of there being a cache on stilts in the yard as the perfect place from which to leap after a heavy snowfall fell on the already several feet on the ground; and also a rare one wet enough to build a monstrous snowman with Dad's help, taller than he was. (I have photographs)

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Now - as for "The Glorious Adventure" that a week ago we related to Steve's son, Ryan (21), Bernie told him something his Dad had not!
One day Dad drove down the road (about 2 miles) to the Fairbanks airport to watch the traffic, having flown planes as a teenager. Driving parallel to the fence, he saw a B-25 parked, with one engine firing up. Stopping to watch, thinking it soon would taxi to the runway and take off, he saw a little hand wave at him!

With horror, he recognized the small face with it as just-turned-9 son Kevin - and the "pilot" was just-turned 10 Steve!!

They'd walked to the airport to watch planes, too, and climbed aboard the B-25 to see the controls -- and Steve somehow figured out how to start the engine!!
Kevin was looking out the window to watch the other engine fire up, saw Dad, and waved to invite him to join them!

Dad naturally sweated Security descending and explaining to Feds his sons would not really hijack the plane (would they have tried to take off??!!), and being in serious trouble with the Air Force.

Needless to say, Ryan enjoyed the tale enormously -- as we did in retrospect.
Ah, the things we survive as parents, and there are dozens of other escapades that at THIS end of life we can savor, and laugh, the culprits turning out smashingly well.

By the way, both fly, and Kevin went with the FAA, now in his 22nd year of government service (starting in the Army), although now with the TSA in West Palm Beach, and ready to retire in 5 1/2 years if he chooses. Still maintains his pilot's license, and used to co-pilot Angel Flights to take ill children to Gainesville for treatment.

May you one day be able to look back with warmth and glee, too ---

48 posted on 01/05/2005 12:58:08 PM PST by LadyX ((( To God be all praise and honor and glory -- )))
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Good afternoon and thank you, dutchess...I have so many blessings..The Finest is one of them.


49 posted on 01/05/2005 1:02:21 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Louie, Louie - U missed yer Cluie!

That is a "devil's" food cake for Dans"ANGEL??!!"

LOL, and a very happy birthday, dansy ---

50 posted on 01/05/2005 1:04:39 PM PST by LadyX ((( To God be all praise and honor and glory -- )))
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