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  • Laundry day for me, and I have double the amount since I didn't do laundry last week. Thankful that I do laundry in my house instead of an outside laundromat. I remember how I struggled with the kids hauling laundry to the laundromat while my husband was working. Or I had to wait until he was home, and then I could go alone, and get the laundry done. I guess its all good, either way. I'd never have survived as a pioneer, or living on a farm. Modern day conveniences all around me, making my life's chores a whole lot easier. There's a new sitcom on TV, and they did an episode on the microwave. Very funny, as a mom of 8 boys did not welcome the microwave oven into her house with joy. Instead, she blew it up on purpose, so she could cook the usual way. Now we all use our microwaves each and every day, and they work great.
    BarbaraAnn

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    • Saw the episode and have seen many of those microwave dinosaurs...now ours is no bigger that a watermelon, you know, those personalized watermelons they sell............alas, you would have survived being a pioneer and living on a farm...all those red and blue bruises of having the door slam into you as you carry laundry to provide for your family, the slamming laundromat door, the car door, the house door, the dropped coins, many skills in laundromat needs........ rob and I grew up on a farm and look at us,...displaying the same traits you have in providing for your family, caring for those in great need, building a great foundation for others....you would have been a great pioneer....no...you are a great pioneer in what families are having to do all over this country today, protecting their own....I salute you this first Tuesday of November!!!!!

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      • It is Tuesday, the first Tuesday of the month, but it was actually the third Tuesday of 1981 when Uncle Sam put his red , white and blue sticker on me....I remember....it was a cold Tuesday November morning, huddle in the government van with other patriots on our way to the airport. I don't remember their names, their recruit services, all I recall is that on the radio the theme song from Hill Streets Blues was playing...on my way to catch an American Airlines to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

        40 of us, playing the last ace card in our lives is all we had in common, but from all over the US we gathered in commonality. There were 80 other men and 40 woman all joined together into one company, Delta company, and though the term had not been invented, we were as divide among ourselves as the red and blue states.

        The first Tuesday of November, 37 years later and I am watching a movie in the middle of a lettuce field,...well...figurative, one side of the modern movie theater abuts a lettuce field. And I ask myself, as did that 25 year-old US army recruit....how did I arrive at this point in my life? I am watching the movie Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen, not having a true concept of the rock band Queen. The trailer had clips of music from my youthful past, so I thought, okay, rewind the reel, push the restart button of youthful history. During the course of the move I discovered that they wrote two songs, We are The Champions and We will Rock you. Two songs we sang in our army training

        There were many competitions of skill amidst the company of 140 recruits. Winners were awarded pizza dinners, a phone bank, hour extra at the PX and a Super Bowl party. And everytime the company came in from the field activities, the platoon that won would sing " We will Rock you, rock you"...stomping and clapping in victorious rhythm . Then on are our way to our prize...we would sing. "We are the champions." Naturally, these songs would continue further division among the 160 recruits in the company.

        My platoon won the biggest prize, the watching of the 1982 Superbowl.....with two beers apiece and three slices of pizza....and the superbowl....49ers vs Bengals......and now I am listening to Queen on youtube, wearing my brand new #81 Bengals NFL official jersey that just arrived Fedex with the note, TIGER STRIPES TO MATCH YOUR REMODEL STRIPES.......and I am listening and I go back to that US Army concrete floor that we sang Queen...... No time for losers....those 40 of us who played our last ace card in masculine harmony.

        November 2018....the most important first Tuesday in history......I had no idea....I always thought it was that third Tuesday in 1981.

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        • My washer is busted again. During the Spin Cycle, the tub is tilted, and it is knocking against the inside frame of the machine. I managed to get two loads done today, before the disaster hit. The service people are due out tomorrow. Good thing I extended my warranty, but I am sure getting fed up with the washer always busting on my wash day. This could not have happened after I was done.
          BarbaraAnn

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          • It's too bad but appliances these days are not as good as they used to be. Trouble is, parts are hard to get for the older more reliable ones.

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            • .....washing machines breaking on your wash day.....must be contagious, that also happens to my wife when she separates the whites and colors ( males were not born with that trait)......my jinx is flat tires on vacation take off days....batting about 800% on that....."sat on a fence but it didn't work....under pressure" another lyric that I heard on tv commercials but had no idea that Queen make the lyrics a hit......thank-fully my youtube is working and not cracked and leaking all over my keyboard.

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              • Happy to report that the washer was an easy fix. The technician arrived at 8 a.m., and by 9:15. I was doing laundry. He even made a trip to a nearby parts store, so that the job could be completed today. My washer is over 15 years old, so these problems do not surprise me. For once, I was on the early end of the schedule.
                BarbaraAnn

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                • It's cold in the mornings. Warms up nice later though.

                  Winter is here......lol.

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                  • winter is here.....that means the southwest desert it turning green and unfortunately, in the abandon lots, turning yellowing, which means more and more and more bullheads, thorny seeds that do not go away. Neighbor just returned from his wedding in Missouri and his bride found one tiny yellow flower in the yard...."So pretty!" she didn't want to pick it, so I showed her the pile of dried yellow flowers I had picked yesterday from her yard......she changed her mind....these pretty yellow flowers....are poison ivy and poison oak of the desert.....cures the itch to walk barefoot!!!.....in the HOUSE!!!

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                    • Yep, winter is here alright, it has been cold all day this weekend, and just enough wind to make it miserable.

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                      • been having a difficult time logging on to this site in the evening, anyhow we are now in the deep winter....our computer room has poor windows, so in the evening it is 64 degrees with the door closed, by the time I leave, the temp is 71 degrees....amazing. I could have been a super hero for Stan Lee!! Heatman!!!

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                        • I'm working inside of a building under construction, there's no heat and it blocks the sun.......colder than outside.......

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                          • I did almost all of my shopping for Thanksgiving yesterday. Then I had the job of pulling it home in the grocery cart. I wish our local Jewel store was a little closer. I don't ask my husband to take me shopping during his working hours. The stores were busy, as people were also buying turkeys and other Thanksgiving items.
                            BarbaraAnn

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                            • I'm very likely going to a friends house for Thanksgiving again this year. It's become sort of a custom with us; I really enjoy it.

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                              • I actually enjoy staying home, and cooking for Thanksgiving. Let the other family members do the traveling. My 2 brother in laws and their wives come every year. They never stay very long. I hate the traveling part. Both of them live pretty far from us. I end up with about a dozen guests/family, and I get the benefits of leftovers, and a more relaxing day that rushing around. We have been doing this most of my married life, and that's a long time.
                                BarbaraAnn

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                                • Ah yes, the leftovers......I would put a lot of effort into making something just so I could enjoy the leftovers.

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                                  • The older a person gets, the faster that time flies by. At least it seems that way too me. Just about one more month to go, and this year will be over. 2018 has been a crazy year in my household. Just when one annoying problem get solved, another one comes along to take it's place. I guess that's my life lately in general.
                                    BarbaraAnn

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                                    • Yes indeed, life goes by faster as time goes by.

                                      It doesn't seem like it should be the end of a year yet; it doesn't even seem like it should be Thanksgiving yet........lol.

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                                      • I refuse to watch Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving. The Hallmark Channel has had them on since before Halloween, which is crazy. I liked it better when the Christmas stuff made it's debit after Thanksgiving Day. Commercialism, for sure. Or is that greed? I was in the bank, and there was a radio on somewhere in the distance. Not blaring, but you could hear the Christmas music. One holiday at a time folks.
                                        BarbaraAnn

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                                        • I don't have cable TV so the only movies I watch are on VHS......yes, good ol' fashion tapes.......lol.

                                          When I was young, we would always watch 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' when it came on. Mom would get out some homemade grape juice and Jiffy-Pop popcorn.

                                          Oh how I loved those times!!

                                          I have carried on the tradition but it's at my daughters house these days.

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