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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....01-12 to 14-07...T.G.I.F. at the Finest
January 12, 2007 | billie

Posted on 01/12/2007 6:48:05 AM PST by DollyCali



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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"Wear Red" Friday
You will soon see a lot of people wearing Red on Fridays. Here's why..... The Americans, who support our troops, are the silent majority. We are not "organized" to reflect who we are, or to reflect what our opinions are. Many Americans, like yourself, and all their friends, simply want to recognize that Americans support our troops. Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is starting Friday and continuing on each and every Friday, until this is over, that every red-blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED.

Word of mouth, press, TV -- let's see if we can make the United States, on any given Friday, a sea of red much like a home football game at a University. If every one of our memberships share this with other acquaintances, fellow workers, friends, and neighbors, I guarantee that it will not be long before the USA will be covered in RED - and make our troops know there are many people thinking of their well-being. You will feel better all day Friday when you wear Red! So let's get the word out and lead by example; wear RED on Fridays.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. FOR US, THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED!! GOD BLESS AMERICA.
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I am wearing red today and every Friday ~ Billie





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To: Texas Songwriter; DollyCali; Billie; dutchess; ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman; ...


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101 posted on 01/14/2007 11:39:06 AM PST by LUV W (We didn't lose almost 3000 people that day.We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3000 times)
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To: Mama_Bear
"Not fair, hogging all the global warming back there."

Well, we're closer to DC, where it all originates.


102 posted on 01/14/2007 12:00:47 PM PST by NicknamedBob (My tuner doesn't have good taste the way it used to!)
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To: Mama_Bear

It's 36 I note where I live in Central Texas. I'm missing a cold blast. It will be here soon..but not as cold.


103 posted on 01/14/2007 12:01:54 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: NicknamedBob

LOL!


104 posted on 01/14/2007 12:02:15 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: NicknamedBob

ROFLOL!


105 posted on 01/14/2007 12:02:43 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: La Enchiladita

DEETS! What's your indoor temp that you are bundles up with the furnace blastin?

It was near freezing here yesterday and folks were out with light slacks & sweatshirts, not unusual dress for around here.


106 posted on 01/14/2007 12:04:23 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Mama_Bear
I would LOVE a 70 degree day!

Are you having a severe shortage?

107 posted on 01/14/2007 12:12:44 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: LUV W

Thank you, Luvvy...


108 posted on 01/14/2007 12:17:36 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: La Enchiladita
I'm not a true birder,

I'm not either, but, like you, I like to be able to identify the ones I see around here. It's the same with plants that grow here. As far as birds go, between my Audubon Bird Guide and the internet, I have managed to identify most of those that are frequent visitors.

I saw a Killdeer a few years ago. I thought it was injured because it was flopping around like it's wing was broken. I thought I was going to have to rescue it, until I realized that it was all a big act in order to distract me from her nest! Isn't animal behavior interesting?

"If a predator approaches, a nesting Killdeer performs a conspicuous distraction display, dragging itself as if mortally wounded, often on one foot, its wings seemingly broken and its rusty tail fanned toward the intruder. This feigning of injury is effective in luring the predator away from the eggs or young, at which point the bird then "recovers" and flies off, calling loudly."

109 posted on 01/14/2007 12:18:39 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: MEG33; Mama_Bear
I just walked past the TV while the dogs were watching it. They had on a commercial with one of those "Go"-wheels that are marketed to senior citizens.

Grampa was out at the park with his grandson. They were on the tennis court, where the boy was showing off his radio-control race car. And then ...


... and then my imagination kicked in, and in my mind's eye I saw the old geezer's new wheels go twisting and spinning around, while he gesticulated wildly and screeched for help!

Proof that you can still get entertainment from TV!
110 posted on 01/14/2007 12:19:20 PM PST by NicknamedBob (My tuner doesn't have good taste the way it used to!)
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To: Lady Jag

I don't know what the temp is inside, don't have a thermometer... old gas wall furnace, crummy insulation and LOUVRED windows... no matter how shut tight they are, cold air seeps in.

Weather Underground says it's 54F out... so, guess I'll pull on some shorts and go out...;^)


111 posted on 01/14/2007 12:20:08 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: Lady Jag
Are you having a severe shortage?

Severe is right! We haven't seen a 70 degree day since the first part of October. It's beginning to wear me down. :-(

112 posted on 01/14/2007 12:20:46 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: La Enchiladita

You're welcome. Hope you are staying in and staying warm.

We have ice all over everything...here in West Texas! Go figure!


113 posted on 01/14/2007 12:23:09 PM PST by LUV W (We didn't lose almost 3000 people that day.We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3000 times)
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To: La Enchiladita; Mama_Bear; MEG33
"... old gas wall furnace, crummy insulation and LOUVRED windows... no matter how shut tight they are, cold air seeps in. "

Didn't you get the word about plastic sheeting and duct tape oh so long ago?

114 posted on 01/14/2007 12:23:54 PM PST by NicknamedBob (My tuner doesn't have good taste the way it used to!)
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To: Mama_Bear

That is cool!!

When I lived near the beach in Santa Monica, scrub jays visited our tiny backyard. One day, I took some bird seed out on a paper plate and set it on the picnic table. The scrub jay pecked at it, but the plate kept moving. She then stood there, looked at me and kept squawking until I got the message and dumped the bird seed off the plate onto the table where she could peck successfully.

Being bossed around by a jaybird.... what bliss!!! ;^)


115 posted on 01/14/2007 12:24:44 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: NicknamedBob

Right, right, right ... when was that, just after 9/11, I think. The thing is, normally (99% of the time) there is no need for weather stripping in Los Angeles.

I suppose, by the time I would get some duct-taped plastic sheeting up, the temps would go back to normal. We're okay now, and last night I yanked a beautiful wool blanket out of the closet that kept me warm and snug.


116 posted on 01/14/2007 12:28:38 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: LUV W

To all the people who have ever told us to "Chill Out," are you happy now?!

Hahaha. (((LUV W)))



117 posted on 01/14/2007 12:30:20 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: La Enchiladita

No kiddin'! LOL!

I am sure it will be back in the 60s or 70s this week, but it was a shocker to everyone. And of course we drive like crazy people in it because we simply don't know how to drive on ice here.

It's not like we're hockey players or anything, huh!

Now...I am off to take my Sunday nap. See ya later. (((hugs)))


118 posted on 01/14/2007 12:35:48 PM PST by LUV W (We didn't lose almost 3000 people that day.We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3000 times)
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To: Mama_Bear

That's rotten. Is this a record breaking pattern?

This is weird because my friend in CA always brags about his weather when it's winter here. I should've taken a clue when he stopped bragging.

This cold streak of yours must be costing everybody. Go east for a vacation, why don't you?


119 posted on 01/14/2007 12:41:00 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: La Enchiladita
I'm not surprised. Scrub jays are very intelligent birds. And very demanding. We have a pair that were hatched in our lemon tree a couple years ago. They keep coming around for peanuts. They have become very tame and will come right up to me and follow me around the yard begging for a handout. I worry about them when I don't see them for awhile. I feel like I'm their mom. LOL.
120 posted on 01/14/2007 12:46:36 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Lady Jag
I should've taken a clue when he stopped bragging.

Yep! LOL.

Actually, this is unusally cold weather, but it won't last long. I really shouldn't be whining about the weather considering what the rest of the country deals with during the winter. It's just that we are "soft" out here, I think.

121 posted on 01/14/2007 12:49:31 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear
It's all what you're used to. Can't acclimate to unusual weather fast enough.


122 posted on 01/14/2007 1:09:01 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Mama_Bear

NIce pics and a frosty hello ... thanks, Mrs. Bear.

Pretty dern cold where I am, too ... down around 12 degrees last night.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


123 posted on 01/14/2007 1:10:04 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: La Enchiladita

I hope they're long shorts and you're wearing knee-length boots.


124 posted on 01/14/2007 1:15:59 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: NicknamedBob; La Enchiladita

Here you go!...Duct Tape!

125 posted on 01/14/2007 1:26:44 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Lady Jag

LOL..That's me at my computer when the sliding glass door is letting freezing air seep through.


126 posted on 01/14/2007 1:29:51 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: MEG33
Got any tape you can use on that leaky sliding glass door?


127 posted on 01/14/2007 1:59:56 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Lady Jag

I have considered it but would not want to spoil my view.LOL I'll just throw another blanket on my feet!


128 posted on 01/14/2007 2:38:43 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: MEG33
I'll just throw another blanket on my feet!

Throw one on the fire while you're at it! LOL!

What's this view you won't trade for?

129 posted on 01/14/2007 2:44:22 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Lady Jag

At my house ..I have my computer right by the door in the guest room that overlooks my patio, birdfeeders, a lovely youpon tree, and a glimpse of the woods behind my house. The squirrels provide entertainment,too. There is a ravine behind my house and the neighbor's houses. When I look out my living room doors all I see are the woods... no houses, no fences.


130 posted on 01/14/2007 3:08:47 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Mama_Bear; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; dutchess; Aquamarine; The Mayor; MEG33; Lady Jag; ...
Et tu, MzBear? :)

Your fountain looks almost like an ice sculpture on a cruise ship! :) Here's what we see here today.


131 posted on 01/14/2007 3:12:07 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie

Oh, my goodness! Isn't that beautiful? It that unusual for your area?


132 posted on 01/14/2007 3:15:42 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Billie

Beautiful, Billie..Even near Houston it looks like we may get some of this..Forecast:
Tue
Jan 16 Rain / Freezing Rain
35°/32° 80%


133 posted on 01/14/2007 3:19:49 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Billie

Looks beautiful but can be dangerous.


134 posted on 01/14/2007 3:20:11 PM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: MEG33

My computer is in my studio next to a window that has a bird feeder, oaks, pines and maples. On the other side of the room is a sliding glass door to the deck, three more bird feeders and a wiew of pines, oaks and maples. Behind me is a bay window with a view of the backyard, the pool, goldfish pond, and the forest. Go to the front of the house and look out to see the forest.


135 posted on 01/14/2007 3:21:09 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Billie

That's beautiful.


136 posted on 01/14/2007 3:22:10 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Billie

Boy of boy.. love that global warming al gore!

nap time.. hope to see my FIRST episode of 24.

saw movie Dreamgirls today. great, but I LOVE Motown music..


137 posted on 01/14/2007 3:23:12 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Hi, Lori - thanks. I think it's about 29 degrees right now. So much of the country seems to be getting this ice storm though. We don't usually get this much ice - at least not without snow, and there's no snow this time.


138 posted on 01/14/2007 3:23:53 PM PST by Billie
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To: Lady Jag

Sounds lovely! I have a small home but I love my views.


139 posted on 01/14/2007 3:25:09 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: The Mayor

Last time we had really big ice storm I wasn't at home..I came home to a lot of large broken limbs on the patio and trees were down in the woods. It took months for the city to pick up all the debris..There are huge old oak trees that were so damaged..Luckily no one in my neighborhood had any house damage from falling limbs. I remember your dangerous "brush" during cleanup of limbs.


140 posted on 01/14/2007 3:34:29 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: MEG33

oh meg...that is a wonderful/funny graphic!


141 posted on 01/14/2007 3:35:59 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

;)


142 posted on 01/14/2007 3:37:16 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Billie

I just looked at my home's weather report in Central Texas ..I'll probably be going home to a mess next Sunday.

.Looks like it isn't going to get out of the 20s there for a couple of days with sleet and wintry mix forecast.. I'd love to look at it if it snows but I hate the damage the ice does..The ice should all be gone by Thursday of next week..We need rain.


143 posted on 01/14/2007 4:14:30 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: DollyCali; MEG33; The Mayor; Lady Jag
Thank you all; yesterday the ice was really thin, but today it was a much heavier coating, and I agree the trees are just beautiful with that glaze, but it's just so cooooooold!!!

It is dangerous, Rus - overpasses get really dangerous.

Meg, hope you don't have any damage when you return home.

Dolly, I want to see DreamGirls soon. Am so 'proud' of Jennifer Hudson - an American Idol contestant from Season 3 who's now making a name for herself! :)

144 posted on 01/14/2007 4:32:59 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; DollyCali; MEG33; The Mayor
This is the time of year we start cozying up to warm things.


145 posted on 01/14/2007 5:11:38 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: Mama_Bear
I feel like I'm their mom. LOL.

All you need do is wear some blue scrubs!! (Ba-da-boom;^)) And shake de tail feathah....Hehe

I also remember how annoyed we were by stellar jays on a trip to Big Sur one year. My friend and I were doing a nice little day hike and found a little set-aside area with picnic tables to stop and eat our lunch.

We were absolutely besieged by stellars, who hopped all over our picnic table, squawked, etc. Not feeding them didn't make them go away, so finally we left.

146 posted on 01/14/2007 5:20:09 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: Billie

It's a feathery angel tree!!!!!


147 posted on 01/14/2007 5:22:32 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: Billie
It's got to get cold to be able to look that beautiful.


148 posted on 01/14/2007 5:28:05 PM PST by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: La Enchiladita
It's a feathery angel tree!!!!!

Well, that's a beautiful description! Ice-covered trees with bare branches are way prettier than the ones with leaves, to me anyway. Almost all of our trees are deciduous. We have one Live Oak, one Cherry Laurel, and one pine tree - the rest are all bare and shiver in the winter. :)

149 posted on 01/14/2007 5:47:35 PM PST by Billie
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To: Lady Jag

I sure love that picture! Warm and cozy and a sleeping dog - can't beat that in the winter - 'sides, I see a western hat there, too.


150 posted on 01/14/2007 5:49:48 PM PST by Billie
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