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Old 12-02-2011, 05:48 PM   #9161
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I finished our 2011 Christmas Video. I wasn't going to do one this year, but then I thought of a funny intro for it. I'll post it here after some proofing.
Good. Your video has become something of a holiday tradition on the forum.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:11 PM   #9162
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Finally got a Zostavax shingles vaccine. If you're a veteran on Oahu then I highly recommend talking to the VA clinic. If you're a Tricare retiree on Oahu then I also recommend Tripler's Immunization clinic-- I was in & out in 15 minutes. No charge.

Just a little light touchup painting in the familyroom today. The trim is all finished and I'm just fixing the goofs. Tomorrow I'll go back outside to finish the ladder work under the back lanai ceiling and on the fascia boards/eves. The end is in sight.

Now that the Dept of Plans & Permits has finished their parade of home inspectors, I can reconnect the unpermitted electrical connection that we installed to bring electricity to our storage shed. The electrician who re-wired our familyroom even left things set up for me.

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Somehow this wasn't the college experience I envisioned.
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Not much going on today.

Tonight I poured myself a glass of wine. After consuming some of said wine, I lost my wine glass twice and my phone three times.
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Began preparing to commence preliminary steps towards correcting a home security problem... :-)

Somewhere in an hour or so around Oh-dark:30, our front door was unlocked and left open. No, no strangers in the house or anything bad, although the cats were delighted with their new-found freedom, since removed. No damage, the lock wasn't forced, and the hour was far too early for our local free-market wealth redistribution specialists to be out.

The leading theory is that we have a sleepwalker. (and this isn't the first time...)

I just popped a special safety latch on the door in question, on the remote chance that someone did manage to unlock it from the outside. Next I'll add door switches linked to an alarm/annunciator panel, which I'll set to chime if a door opens so we can catch and redirect our night walker.
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Next I'll add door switches linked to an alarm/annunciator panel, which I'll set to chime if a door opens so we can catch and redirect our night walker.
Will the chime remind you to shut the door behind you on your way out?
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Will the chime remind you to shut the door behind you on your way out?
At 140 dB, it should be reasonably effective as a subtle reminder. Everyone here knows how much I enjoy subtle hints...
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I went to bed last night with very sore muscles and aching feet. We had a record number of diners at the club last night. I ran around like a whirling dervish all night, clearing dishes and cleaning/resetting tables. The 4 waitresses could barely keep up. I didn't even have time to shoot the breeze with the regular customers. Whew!
The kitchen w*rkers and dining room volunteers all sat around afterwards and had a few cold ones.

Mr B is cramming for an online final exam that he has to take before Sunday night. I need to figure out something to do outdoors so I don't distract him. Hmmmmm...
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When momma passed away, daddy gave me all of her jewelry. For a while, it was difficult for me to even touch them since the reason I have her jewelry is because she is gone.

But another reason I have her possessions is because she wanted me to have and wear her jewelry..she was so proud of the things she had. I took a pic of her/my rings today. I started wearing some of them yesterday.
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When momma passed away, daddy gave me all of her jewelry. For a while, it was difficult for me to even touch them since the reason I have her jewelry is because she is gone.

But another reason I have her possessions is because she wanted me to have and wear her jewelry..she was so proud of the things she had. I took a pic of her/my rings today. I started wearing some of them yesterday.
Beautiful rings ! They will bring you many happy memories of your momma . When my Mom moved she gave me all her antique wine glasses . I love to bring them out around the holidays .
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When momma passed away, daddy gave me all of her jewelry. For a while, it was difficult for me to even touch them since the reason I have her jewelry is because she is gone.

But another reason I have her possessions is because she wanted me to have and wear her jewelry..she was so proud of the things she had. I took a pic of her/my rings today. I started wearing some of them yesterday.

Those are beautiful rings. I have several pieces of jewelry that are my mother's, and I absolutely treasure them!
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Beautiful rings ! They will bring you many happy memories of your momma . When my Mom moved she gave me all her antique wine glasses . I love to bring them out around the holidays .
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Those are beautiful rings. I have several pieces of jewelry that are my mother's, and I absolutely treasure them!
Thanks Moe and simple girl....

Heirlooms are precious...especially when they come from our moms.

Soon DH will be retrieving some items that belonged to his mother. He'll be bringing back her china, a rocking chair and a sewing machine. This means we'll need to make room for them...but, that's ok.
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I also ordered a new laptop from Dell on line. A sales rep called within an hour of placing the order and told me it would take about ten days to deliver because one of their factories had been damaged by the floods in Thailand and was still getting back to full production mode. I appreciated the fact that they actually made the call so quickly.
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A phone call with an explanation would have been a great piece of information but no effort whatsoever on their part to try to make this right. A flood from a few days ago should have been something that could have been reflected in their online inventory so you could have seen they wouldn't be shipped for 10 days without having to receive a call. I admit at this point, I'm a bit jaded against them and I'll see the downside in most anything they do!

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Those rings are gorgeous, bam--and I'm supposing at least a few were gifts from your father to your mother? Those are extra special and your mother would appreciate the love you'll feel when you wear them.
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bbbamI, those are really nice rings. Hope you get lots of opportunities to use them. I think it's fantastic when families pass jewelry down from parents to children. My DW has worn her mothers wedding ring for years and it always looks the best.
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Yesterday with DW, Mom, my brother and his DW, went to Chicago One of a Kind. An arts and crafts expo that takes up an entire floor in the Merchandise Mart. The first time for DW and I, but definitely not the last. An amazing amalgamation of the ordinary, fashionable and unique. Also fun just to watch the people. Lots of great restaurants nearby to end the day well - and we went to Bin 36 for a very enjoyable meal.
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Those rings are gorgeous, bam--and I'm supposing at least a few were gifts from your father to your mother? Those are extra special and your mother would appreciate the love you'll feel when you wear them.
Thank you...

Well, in a way they were gifts from daddy. Momma rarely bought anything for herself. She was a LBYM kind of woman...but she loved diamonds (like mother like daughter). He would tell her to buy something for herself and she would relent.

The story of the 2 carat ring (two rows of five diamonds, last row on the left) is her cousin divorced her husband. She (her cousin) was so irate with her ex; she wanted to get rid of the ring. She told momma to give her $100 and the ring would be hers. Momma tried to talk her out of it...but to no avail. Momma knew her cousin would sell it to anyone for such a paltry amount...so she bought it.

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bbbamI, those are really nice rings. Hope you get lots of opportunities to use them. I think it's fantastic when families pass jewelry down from parents to children. My DW has worn her mother’s wedding ring for years and it always looks the best.

Thank you for the compliment...

The gold band belonged to my maternal grandmother. I wear it every once in a while.

Not having children, at this point I don't know what will become of those rings when I blink out. My hope is I'll recognize someone that cherishes them (at least almost) as much as I do.
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Thank you...

Well, in a way they were gifts from daddy. Momma rarely bought anything for herself. She was a LBYM kind of woman...but she loved diamonds (like mother like daughter). He would tell her to buy something for herself and she would relent.

The story of the 2 carat ring (two rows of five diamonds, last row on the left) is her cousin divorced her husband. She (her cousin) was so irate with her ex; she wanted to get rid of the ring. She told momma to give her $100 and the ring would be hers. Momma tried to talk her out of it...but to no avail. Momma knew her cousin would sell it to anyone for such a paltry amount...so she bought it.


Thank you for the compliment...

The gold band belonged to my maternal grandmother. I wear it every once in a while.

Not having children, at this point I don't know what will become of those rings when I blink out. My hope is I'll recognize someone that cherishes them (at least almost) as much as I do.
Lovely rings, BbbamI! My grandmother gave me a humble garnet ring when I was 12 years old...somehow I have always hung onto it. It was one that was given to her when she was a child, probably circa 1900 or so. Jewelry does, for me, carry the spirit of the one who passed it on to us.
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Lovely rings, BbbamI! My grandmother gave me a humble garnet ring when I was 12 years old...somehow I have always hung onto it. It was one that was given to her when she was a child, probably circa 1900 or so. Jewelry does, for me, carry the spirit of the one who passed it on to us.
Humble or not...an heirloom given to us by someone we love will always bring warm fuzzies...
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Humble or not...an heirloom given to us by someone we love will always bring warm fuzzies...
You can say that again! Grandma died in 1985, and any time I look at that ring, it's as if I were a child again, being with her adoringly. How I love her to this day
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