Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s Valentine’s Day, 2015, and it falls on a Saturday. You know what that means, don’t you? It means you won’t get into so much as a Burger King without a wait! Be sure to visit today’s A&J for my indirect thoughts on that one. Where do you get your ideas, indeed. Don’t get me wrong. I love a nice outing in a good restaurant, especially in observance of Valentine’s Day; I just make it a point never to go on Valentine’s Day! This allows for a truly romantic dinner in a peaceful atmosphere (at normal prices), plus it serves a secondary purpose if necessary: “Valentine’s Day? Don’t you remember that cozy little place we dined at last August!”

253 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. To expand on my statement of the other day that “Sex is dirty…if you are doing it right”, I’ll add, “If you want to (or are able to) watch TV right after you finish, you’re not doing it right.”

  2. From last of For What It’s Wyeth

    Jackie @ 7:32 14th
    Hear Hear

    David
    Prayers to you

    Saw a thing about Oleo – “it is one molecule from being plastic”.
    Well so is the stuff we breath and the stuff Jackie’s pride & joy floats upon.

    Great cuisine = 40% butter
    Hint – if that bottle of wine is not up to your taste, take a little butter before sipping.
    (That from a PBS “How to taste wine”)
    And some wine is like Ernie Mordue’s home brew – you are glad when it is all consumed.

  3. Ursen, I wish the vet had better news for Herman, but I’m glad he will be with you and loved for awhile longer. Give that little guy an extra hug from the Village!

    David, what wonderful news! I’m praying for the best possible outcome.

    JImmy, you know the best love is homemade…on tonight’s homemade menu is Hungarian mushroom soup, roasted red pepper and cheddar biscuits, a cuddle on the couch, and then…

    Ghost, back atcha!

  4. JJ, I agree with you on your above comments and today’s A&J. We had our Valentine’s dinner LAST night and will be enjoying our time at home tonight – nothing better than being together no matter what day it is!

  5. Who knew this line was from a love poem? (I posted this awhile back)

    COME in the evening, or come in the morning;
    Come when you ’re look’d for, or come without warning:
    Kisses and welcome you ’ll find here before you,
    And the oftener you come here the more I ’ll adore you!
    Light is my heart since the day we were plighted; 5
    Red is my cheek that they told me was blighted;
    The green of the trees looks far greener than ever,
    And the linnets are singing, “True lovers don’t sever!”

    http://www.bartleby.com/246/209.html

  6. My wife is away for a few days with her mother, so I am remembering how I felt 33 years or so before I met her. One time though, I was traveling and took a female Quality Engineer to dinner. We were having a great time, laughing and telling stories when the waitress commented how nice it was to see a “long time married couple”having such a good time. We both laughed, especially when I told the waitress: “I can’t wait to call my wife and tell her you said that!”

    If you know someone alone, today might be a good day ti do something nice for them….

  7. So-so eruption, near the end of the 20-min. window, many jets largely obscured by steam moving obliquely toward the webcam. New prediction should be up soon.

    I’m alone, but will collect hugs tomorrow at church.

    Peace, emb

  8. Mark: Thanks. Wonder why it’s not been published before. Too mundane for some critic?

    OF due 1311-1331 CST. Nice geyser blowing now, nw side of geyser basin.

    Peace, emb

  9. So, I mailed by deposit check off to Washington state. They are in boat show season so I may be pushed down the line of manufacture unless I got points accumulated with the company?
    Each boat is pretty much custom made, one at a time. Got my cat food, resisted buying onion and potato sets as we are to have snow tonight I am told. Hard to believe, it is beautiful out.

    Think I will go pick up meds and go on to Tulsa after I go get my yard man to fill my gas tank and my tire air for me on his third job. Also take him his money for time I was gone and thank him for the enormous, sweet deputy.

    Brought my rock mason hunan beef lunch and need to pay him more money. Got the sweetest Valentine card from him and his wife featuring a kitty cat in a flower pot. I imagine I will get huge bear hugs from yard man. Hugged my Chinese/Vietnamese friends and told them I loved them. They always custom cook my food, give me more than I pay for and insist on giving me special “treats”. Ghost, I boxed up half the hunan shrimp but they insisted on adding more fried rice and added extra vegetables because they know I am a semi-vegetarian.

    All in all, a good Valentines so far. I am headed to Tulsa to buy a Glock in case I have to pistol whip the ATT clerks. I think Martine is dead, along with Bert. This is worse than who shot JR Ewing.

    Love, Jackie

  10. The Hermanator says, “Thank you” Denise. Right now we have him on a soft diet from the dental work and going through the picky stage. He wants his crunchies, but can’t eat them for now. And nothing smells worse than some brands of canned cat food. It would curl the nose hairs of a buzzard.

  11. Isn’t that true, Ursen? When Mike was stuck out in the Everglades with his sailing partner, the partner opened a can of human style fish and the sea gulls began to attack him. Mike said it smelled like bad cat food, Andrew denied it in print. Another friend said he was quite certain Mike knew the smell of cat food when he smelled it!

    As the kids used to say, “Gag a maggot!”

    I found human baby food, especially the meat ones, worked on my sick cats. I once nursed a cat that vet said would die back to health spoon feeding him meat Gerber’s. When he was too sick to eat, I made a slujrry of the baby food and water, drew into a hypodermic needle without a needle and squirted it down his throat. Every two hours. Learned this trick from a vet.

    Love, Jackie

  12. Ummm. Fried rice. I may know what is for my dinner tonight. (Solo. Long story.)

    Jackie, ref the GLOCK, as I told my godson when I gave him his Cryo II knife for Christmas, “Don’t hurt yourself with it. And don’t hurt anyone else with it…unless you have no choice.” Perhaps Deputy Huge can show you how to properly load and unload it, and how to begin practicing sight acquisition and alignment; trigger technique; and dry firing.*

    * Once again, Col. Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules of Gun Safety:

    1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
    2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
    4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

  13. It is 72 outside right now and we are under a winter storm warning for up to an inch of sleet accumulation and a half inch of ice, power losses. They say get meds, food, supplies and prepare. Darn. I hate ice storms.

    Off I go.

  14. Ruth Ann.. not Google. I attended CHS on the other side of town. 🙂 My sister married a man named “Lyman” – took us a while to get used to the idea that a guy really could have the name, not just a school. (And of course the one it was named for, and on and on!)

    Fed Ex just brought me flowers – sent from little brother. A lovely day. 🙂

  15. Had to stop by the main PO to check my mail this morning. Sign on the inside lobby door said “This office is having technical difficulties.” Didn’t have to pick up anything at the window, so still don’t know what the “technical difficulties” were. Hope their delivery snail didn’t die.

    In case you haven’t noticed, five-pound RC (remote-controlled) model airplanes have now been replaced by three-pound “killer drones” that are threatening to knock 600,000 pound commercial airliners out of the air, left and right. Or at least according to the Drama-Queens-of-All-Sexes of chronically overheated TV news media.

    One of them even used a photo of the airliner floating in the Hudson River after Cap’n Sullie had to ditch his Airbus and convert it to an impromptu passenger boat. Well, OK, if you hit a flock of a couple of dozen or more 15-pound drones at one time, maybe. The FAA will fix that (just as soon as they complete multiple multi-year, multi-million dollar studies) by requiring toy drones to carry radar reflectors, radar transponders and high intensity strobe lights, making them too heavy to fly.

  16. Reposting my last comment:

    I regret the years in which I followed the low-fat craze. My blood pressure, weight, and overall cholesterol numbers have improved since I gave that up and just focused on the glycemic load and portion size of my meals.

  17. Sunny and 75°, perfect Valentines Day weather. My lady is snoozing in the sun.

    TR, why is it when we can finally afford the food, it is all bad for us?

  18. Jackie, I challenged you and you passed with flying colors, to use a nautical phrase. As they say about statistics, 85% of them are made up. Most of us are lucky enough to live our lives more or less as we want to, on a day to day basis, and what we don’t actually have the courage, time, or money to do we go ahead and do in our mind and isn’t that pretty much the same thing? I mentioned a couple of days ago that I could write a book and indeed I could, but most of it would get me banned from here for telling unbelievable whoppers and even draw unwelcome attention from the feebees and others. The mention of Robert Frost recently reminded me of stuff that I can’t talk about for the above reasons and the family has also been nice to me so I’ll leave it at that. I understand that you have had a lot going on, Jackie, but do you still have my emails?

  19. Have not read the book, have not seen the movie (and unlikely to do either), but I’d bet my imagination is more interesting than either, or both combined.

  20. High today -4 or -5 F, low tonight -14, high Sun. +10, w/ 50% chance of up to 1″ snow. But the days are getting longer, even here. Peace, emb

  21. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO EVERYONE !

    JJ hit the nail on the head when he said not to go out to eat on Valentine’s Day, especially on a Saturday. Wifey and I had a romantic meal last night at a seafood restuarant. They are not hard to find here in LA. We had oysters, fried soft shelled crab and fried crawfish tails with all the trimmings. My favorite seafood is boiled crabs but it’s a little early for them.

    Us Auburn types are especially happy since our basketball team won a nail biter of an upset at Georgia. Auburn has been near the bottom of the SEC in basketball for several years and it’s good to win a few. We are in a rebuilding mode.

    God bless us every one !

  22. GR6, superb gun safety advice. Sadly it gets forgotten for a moment and bad things occur. In Vietnam we had two lives changed forever because rules 1, 2 & 3 were broken. A game of quick draw led to one life lost and the other ruined by court martial and prison time.

  23. The police chief that was my first civilian (not military) firearms instructor lost his job when he took out his weapon and fired a blank at another officer. Goofball!

  24. Yeah, it happens, sometimes unbelievably. Just a few months ago, a young Pennsylvania State Police officer was killed in a firearms class when his firearms instructor, a 20-year veteran and 10-year instructor, took a loaded weapon, pointed it in an unsafe direction, and pulled the trigger. It’s still very true that complacency can kill.

    Mark, I’m on 5.11 Tactical’s emailing list (I wonder how that happened), and I saw the chocolate gun offer. It was a GLOCK, so I’d guessed it’d be a CHOC-A-GLOCK.

  25. Speaking of movies, I did not intend to see American Sniper then I read some excerpts from the book. Now I can say that I definitely will not be seeing it.

  26. Re the above I refer you to any real life police shooting video that you’ve ever seen, including those where the bad guy was only two feet away.

  27. Ne jamais aller nulle part sans un couteau, la règle # 9. Vous ne savez jamais quand vous pourriez être appelé à trancher une baguette, eh GR6?

  28. I am home, Lucy! After a trip to Tulsa and two Academy stores who had one Glock between them, a display model, and one on hold in safe for some guy who could not pass license check. I passed with flying colors. I can tell you why the two Academy gun departments said they were swamped——-Valentine’s Day. They were not getting any more Glocks until lordy knows when and they said I could come check on the one in safe after March 5 when it would be released to sell. I said I would be in Florida on March 5 with a Glock which I would just go buy from somewhere else. So they sent me to second Academy which was also swamped.

    But had a nice young man in his senior year in criminal whatever in college and sounds like Ghost in that he carries his Glock at all times except at work when they don’t let him. Interesting. He wants to be in FBI but realizes he is not going to be sufficiently educated to make it. So, I have a gun but no ammo because they had a run on that for Valentines.

    And I thought only florists had it bad?

    It seems we have no Gander Mountain but we do have a Dick’s Sporting Goods and a giant Bass Pro Shop which I pass all the time but don’t shop because, well because. I know that West Marine only carries signal flares, not real guns, so I don’t think that leaves much except Walmart and Tractor Supply but I am not thinking I saw guns in TS.

    Then I gave up and headed home, Garmin for once in its’ life decided not to send me down a freeway and instead sent me a two lane road I haven’t seen in years which turned out to be full of gun stores so small they were one window width in a strip mall, small mall. That and TexMex and barbque places.

    Had no intention of even going to fast food but restaurants seemed as swamped as gun counters.

    Almost bought a home defense shot gun on sale too but decided to ask advice. You may well know why Mike wasn’t anxious for me to have guns in bed. When he worked on road he often came home from Texas or Kansas late at night and walked in and he had bad memories of me slamming a steel door on his arm once when he stuck his hand around door opening.

    However, he told me to get appropriate guns and learn to use them, get licensed and instructed and know when to shoot, just before he died. I had a clip automatic I carried for years after we were kidnapped and a license for it down in Texas. After I became less paranoid about being attacked again, I stopped. Ironic I feel the need now when I am actually not afraid at all.

    That’s all for now, as Forrest Gump said.

    Love, Jackie

  29. I am hoping no news is good news on David. If he just had a kidney replaced I don’t think he will be posting anything for awhile. I sincerely hope it is good.

    Sorry Mark, a lot of those were the one window wide strip mall shops, unless Ghost and Sand says that is what I should go to! I figure I will go to Bass Pro Shop next. It is against the law to sell guns on Sunday I think but not sure about ammo?

    Need to go feed cats and dogs.One of the Pogos is out eating cat kibble on baker’s rack outside my office window which is right behind my computer screen. You can hear him chomping. He is a handsome possum with beautiful fur. Confession, long ago when I was a teenager I had fur collars on coats, well maybe up into my young adult days, and one was a beautiful possom shawl collar, so their fur can be so soft. I also had a mink hat (a la Jackie Kennedy style) and matching fur on my suit, as well as a casual raccoon preppy coat, which was most stylish then. I have since developed a conscious and owned nothing except leather and yes, I feel guilty for that now.

    So stage three was pleather and nauga’s.

    Love, Jackie

  30. So, I get free shipping and overnight or something like that from Amazon. Do they sell just ammo or other things too for guns? Not guns, right?

    Forgot to tell you what was hanging on my front door when I got home, a tee shirt from my 911 dispatcher who is married to my rock mason: “Feel safe tonight, sleep with a cop” with a shield emblem. Funny!

    I am too tired to sign up for membership, but I will. I think I can drop some of my retail memberships and opt out of them, I never pay any attention.

    Weather report is so variable for tonight, depending on who you read. I will just look at the Tulsa multi-million dollar super meteorologist report, who makes more than Cantore. They say that at meteorologist conventions the seas part before him. Or else I made that up?

    Love, Jackie

  31. Inspiration for today, courtesy of my lunch fortune cookie which I just found in my bra:

    “Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.”

    The paper fortune, not the cookie.

    Either they are getting better at fortunes or plagiarizing.

  32. Dang, it’s cold out there. 50 mph wins don’t help things either. Good day to sit by the fire and sip hot chocolate.

  33. Good morning Villagers…

    Jackie….just what all do you carry in your bra…so far it’s been your cell phone, now a fortune cookie….I can’t wait to hear about your carrying your Glock in your bra. 🙂

    Hmmm….been going back over the last couple of day’s postings…since the past couple of days I really have just been skimming over them….been running late in the mornings…..and…

    Where are you Miss Charlotte????

    It was a no show on Brooklynne Rose last night….and too much drama that I won’t even go into here.

    So, we’re in between an advisory and a winter storm warning….

    Mark…thanks for the music link…I liked it much…suited my mood this morning.

    And also for posting the link to Jackie’s column…finally read it this morning…wonderfully done Jackie…

  34. Good morning all, managed to sleep a little later today. The master bedroom is of course far darker and luxurious and quiet than my back apartment is. Hope the large cop doesn’t mind that? I am moving out and we are to clean it top to bottom for him this week. I need to buy new rugs as soon as we move elderly pit bull to another part of house.

    You realize of course I moved when Mike became so ill so I would not bother him. I just take my three benadryl and exhaust myself so I sleep. The ghosts, both old or new, are leaving me alone.

    Neither snow nor ice materialized last night so I had best see what the computer models did decide about us and whether? The Arctic Express may be delayed.

    Since I actually have a friend who seems to be heading for Tierra del Fuego in a small boat, I was laughing at the Jimmy Buffet song, “Party At the End of The World” as I drove to Tulsa last night. He is a rather serious and solitary sailor and not sure he is a Buffet fan? Would no doubt toss the tapes overboard as one wife once did. Not me, heck I lept from a burning RV outside College Station, Texas in panty hose, a long sweater and saved only my feather pillow and Mike’s Jimmy Buffet tapes.

    If Ghost hasn’t heard that story or done it himself, that may get the Chai tea coming out his nose this morning. My iced tea should be brewed by now.

    Love, Jackie

  35. Debbe, in answer to your question about bra AND to further choke Ghost:

    In a long time being very busty, I have been known to carry as much as Ghost does in those cargo pants. Rings of keys, large sums of money, small tools, dog treats, human treats, credit cards and wallets, jewelry, seed packets, medications, insulin pens, knives, small gun (not assault rifle). Also rolls of quarters for laundromats, Diet Cokes, candy bars and boxes of matches. I am sure much more but memory is failing and I don’t want to start doing a Jerry and making it up.

    Yesterday I had large sum of cash from an ATM. credit cards, large number of keys on ring and a cell phone stuck in there. This habit began when I lived in New Orleans and went to a lot of things like Mardi Gras parades, out on crowded streets, women would stick stuff in bras. Then the pick pockets and purse snatcher caught on to that and they’d dive into bras too instead of just mens’ back pockets.

    Good morning, Ghost!

    Love, Jackie

  36. Mama cat and two adult kittens are out eating on baker’s rack behind computer. They were looking at me sorrowfully, saying where did the pet sitter go? So, I got their food. They will want the good stuff next, canned, which she gives them.

  37. My wife and I were married on February 14, but for reasons more practical than romantic. In 1976 as in 2015, February 14 fell on a Saturday, and Monday, February 17 was the then newfangled ‘Presidents Day’, which gave us an extra non-vacation day for our honeymoon.

    In our humble opinion, Valentine’s Day has devolved into a horrific commercial nightmare of an event; one to be avoided. The marriage is going strong at 39 years, but we do not mention the ‘V Day’ words on our anniversary!

  38. Good morning, Jackie! In answer to your query (I think), no, I’ve never jumped out of a burning RV while wearing pantyhose. Of course, it’s been a long-time tradition for Southern women, particularly African-American ones, to carry things in their bras. The thing most often carried (besides a straight razor) seemed to be money. Putting money in one’s bra came to be known as “making a deposit in the First Natural Bank”.

    Do I need to point out that of all the items you listed that have been nestled in your bra at one time or another (I assumed not all of them were there at one time), the one that immediately caught my eye was “human treats”? No, I probably don’t. 😉

    Did I send you the Information on the FlashBang Bra?

    Debbe 😉 Good to see you finally got a day off, hon. I’ll be a gentleman and not ask the carrying capacity of your bra. 🙂

  39. My, you are an inspirational one, aren’t you, Ghost?

    So, I am assuming that you may have leapt from a burning RV semi-clothed, just not in panty hose? Or that while in panty hose but not from an RV? Not as brave as Mel Gibson, who tried panty hose and bikini waxing to learn about the feminine experience?

    Just finished reading a hilarious report on last year’s Texas 200 End Cancer Duck fleet by a friend of mine who is in his sane moments a theatrical director, set designer and lighting director, so do not tell me the theater arts doesn’t produce heroes and mad men. Comes from a family of mad men and sailors. I am still laughing out loud and crying too, because they each carried Mike on this voyage in the form of a little yellow duck which is in my bedroom on a plaque signed by each of them. It has only been published in one chapter but he sent me entire thing to read early and make me laugh. Need to write him and explain why I can’t come for his NC Outer Banks event, which I would like to do. I will be out in great Pacific Northwest doing outdoors things there.

    Have to go finish feeding pets and get dressed to go buy eggs, bread and milk, if nothing else, maybe some light butter and cheese but I doubt Eufaula, OK is into that yet? When I moved here the concept hadn’t arrived yet of salt free, sugar free, light or not frying it all.

    Love, Jackie

  40. The sweet young man who sold me my new toy/weapon/defense said I should have it on me at all times because an intruder or assailant would come in back and I’d be in front or vice versa, especially since I had pointed out I had a property that went from street to street and a rambling house/buildings. He said the only time he did not wear his Glock (same one) was at work because he wasn’t allowed to. He said the ammo was what he used too, Ghost, and I needed to buy it elsewhere as they were out.

  41. Ghost: I looked at your well-armed young lady. Very attractive, but I do have one question. If one is wearing an arm on the belt, isn’t that a little high for same-side drawing of same? Seems like it would be more logical, and easier, to draw it cross body, with the handle facing forward. Just wondering…

  42. Oleg’s model has a nice waste, but won’t let us see her tum button. Shades of the ’40s and ’50s Sears’ and Ward’s catalogs. Tum buttons are cute.

    Peace, emb

  43. Jackie, actually I’ve never leaped from anything while wearing pantyhose, but if I ever had, I’d have looked *awesome* doing it. 🙂 And please don’t call your GLOCK a toy…remember, “This is my toy, and this is my gun…”. sand can undoubtedly tell you the rest of that, although the Army had a slightly different version of it. 😉

    Your young man at the GLOCK shop gave you some excellent advice about carrying at home, and I had intended to advise you of the same thing. There’s an old saying that the best self-defense weapon is the one you have with you when you need to defend yourself. A Klingon death-ray in your bedside table does you no good if you are in your kitchen or outside in your yard and need it for defensive purposes.

    Excellent question, Gal. Cross-draw belt and shoulder holsters are very much available, and in some cases may be the best way to carry a firearm, riding in a vehicle being a good example. Two problems I have are that the draw is a bit slower from a cross-draw holster, and with a target in front of you (which hopefully it will be) , you are transversing the weapon’s muzzle across a lot of real estate before it is actually pointed at the target…including probably your own left hand or arm. Drawing right-handed from the right hip keeps the weapon pointed in the direction of the target throughout the entire draw stroke. A high-riding holster like the one pictured is much easier to conceal, and some forward tilt of the gun butt assists in making a quick draw. But as with guns themselves, everything is a trade-off to some degree.

  44. Gal, I did not think it was supposed to actually be functional but representational. My mom always carried her snake gun .22 in a holster at her back and her other revolvers alongside side she shot from in holster. Or in that danged purse when we went to Disney World or funerals. I did mention I used to stick a semi-automatic in my bra on left side when I was younger and gun sales clerk said that could work but keep safety on and urged I take a gun class. My uncle got his hand shot by another idiot cousin (adult) who had loaded gun with safety off in a moving jeep. In fact, since I come from an entire clan of outdoorsmen/hunters I can recite safety violations by the bushels, both good and bad endings.

    No one has admitted it but do we have any actual hunters or fishermen among us? I hasten to mention I inherited a fair sized hunting property share but do not hunt.

  45. Saw Birdman with Michael Keaton, very good acting, well made but could have been shorter. Still absorbing all house cleaning activities (as we had cleaning people during the last year of cancer) and certain things will suddenly pop into my head to remember, like Oh yeah, the open inside of hanging light fixtures. .. .. And then I “got all emotional” when the regular pond cleaning guy came and planted a gardenia next to the stream. … … no I don’t think the sandhill cranes go to Nebraska to mate, I think they just go hang out as they travel north and south

  46. Ghost, Ghost, Ghost! Now I am choking from laughing at you and mental visualization. which article I just read about seven top sexual stimulants was far superior if we did it ourselves than actually saw it in a photo or movie. And yes, that was in yahoo news for Valentines article. Beats the dead roses and millions of roses sold by florists ones to heck!

    Yes, I am quite certain you probably look far superior to old blue eyed Mel or even Broadway Joe.

    To be truthful, so did I in those days. Well, definitely better than either of them. I have some of the clothes in a “hope chest” section of my closet. Same article said women should wear red and drink red, both of which I did. I have that size 8 red silk dress with the slit skirt that goes almost to indecency, so long as I don’t get in or out of cars in it, saved too.

    And maybe I laughed a little at the article too but it was unfortunately quite true!

    Love, Jackie

  47. John, I think they just hang out too. I have been in Nebraska and seen huge flocks of geese, even swans and other water birds there migrating. Mainly on Platte and North Platte Rivers but we always just meander a lot off the interstates and water of any kind, rivers or lakes were like catnip, so we’d head for them. We were following Lewis and Clark across America on one of our expeditions too, but it didn’t take L and C to get us to waters’ edges. That was idea of our Foot Loose power cruiser, we were going up and down them in a live aboard wooden cruiser, sort of an upscale shanty boat, so we’d be out there with the birds and nature.

    Don’t worry about the dirt, dust bunnies or insides of light fixtures unless it makes you happy. Do what makes YOU happy and hang the visitors or family. If it bothers them, then let them do it or help. If not, do what makes John happy.

    Sorry, I am a bad influence on people and a great enabler when I have a chance! Do something for you and I doubt cleaning is.

    Love, Jackie

  48. GR 🙂 the “Jackie draw” was what I had in mind when I queried about her “Glock” out of her bra.
    As for mine….. 🙂 heh, do they sale training bras with underwire??????

  49. P.S. There’s a lone couple on one of the OF benches. Must not have the prediction available. Likely they will give up. Sad.

  50. Ruth Anne, I am crying too from laughter! That is the funniest thing I have seen in I don’t know how long. Loved it. That is me, my God, that IS me!

    I used to do that Ghost, seriously with the gun, and no one noticed it. Flesh is soft and indents.
    And I was often wearing a loose coat (not for same reason as those in an “Art Theater”) but mostly I just would not get out of an auto and go into anywhere that required me to encounter strange men, like a public place.

    Woman had a great face, beautiful too.

  51. Forgot to mention the same article said that Diet Coke in particular was not only bad for you but caused loss of libido worse than anything except maybe gin and tonic. Ghost, you did not pass this on and yet you were once a bartender, so I bet you knew it. Did mention ginseng tea with honey and cinnamon, along with roast beef dinner aroma. I knew about pumpkin and apple pies.

    Said it was artificial sweetners and since that is about only thing I consume with that, I might fight my addiction harder.

    Obviously .007 did not know about the gin. That is what is in a martini, right?

  52. Hadn’t heard that about the alleged Diet Coke/loss of libido relationship. Perhaps I need to do some field tests? Wonder if I could get a Gubermint grant for that? 😉

    I know from experience what effect gin has on my libido…and loss ain’t it.

    The term “training bra” was always a bit of a puzzler to me. Exactly what are they being trained to do?

  53. Cross draw is a real disadvantage for you in close quarter combat and makes it easier for your assaultant to gain control of it. Like GR6 said, everything is a trade off. One issue with any firearm; how will you react when danger presents itself.

  54. Well, I know that personally when my granny jumped in front of me and screamed, I pulled both barrels of that double barreled 10 gauge damascus steel shotgun, blasting my cousin James with dirt dauber nests from both barrels.

    Seriously, the dirt dauber nests had no wadding or way to expel. Life was saved. Now had I found the shells (our house was littered with shells and still is out in country- not this one) or had anyone cleaned out gun, he might be dead.

    Same cousin’s brother, who now lives in house, shot hole through roof trying to shoot a snake on a dresser in bedroom there and shot a hole in bottom of boat when a moccasin dropped in from a tree. I did say I come from a long line of hunters and gun owners. Did not claim rocket scientists. These are actually NOT blood kin, as we say in the South.

  55. Hate shopping because of bad weather. If I can’t have Diet Coke I might as well survive off the six months of rations already in house, so long as animals have food.

    I fear Charlotte has been clobbered in far north, along with lots of others, badly with epochal blizzards and snow. How’s Indianan and Michigan and Illinois. Minnesota?

    Ghost, does this mean entire article is as suspect as other Valentine’s ones like roses, which I personally despise? I began my floral career to never use babies’ breath, ribbons, plastic holiday picks or any cutesy items. I was going to do simple, elegant and refined, clear vases, no fillers, a couple of twigs, natural greens and simple flowers. That lasted about as long as it took me to realize I owned the cash registers and you had to sell people what they wanted, not what you wanted.

    I became the master of cute.

  56. Ghost, other men here, I like to think I am pretty brave whether male or female. I married a man who wasn’t afraid of a woman who castrated calves, butchered animals, rode horses, had long fingernails, a body and a brain and took off her clothes way too often and frequently. And he never stood in front of nor behind me unless one of us chose to. We went though life like that. Never had to ask permission or have a decision made, perhaps defend if bad one!

    When his daughter and I were kidnapped, he bought me a gun and went back to his job which meant he was out of town and out of state 90% of the time. Mike was always gone so much most people didn’t know I had a husband. I think the angriest I was resulted from having fear thrust upon me, not for me, but for my daughter who they grabbed. She lives with that fear yet today, I do not.

    But anger and not forgiveness totally, yeah.

    Sorry, feminism rears its’ ugly head at times.

    Love, Jackie

  57. Jackie, Michigan is 3 right now, going down to -12. And no, that is not taking the windchill into consideration. Too cold to snow right now. Might be a good night for a Depth Charge up here. That’s hot chocolate with Kahlua and Amaretto, all topped by whipped cream. It doesn’t make you any warmer…but you do feel cuddly. (My husband gave it that name because it goes down “whoosh” and then goes “boom”!)

  58. Denise I love your state, all the Great Lakes in fact, but there is a good reason I visit in the summer which seems to be spring to me and fall. Are you Upper P? Michiganders are hardy souls.
    I was just thinking about winter cabins and romantic weekends as in the Valentines articles and it occurred to me I did not think I had ever been on any, what with being Southern and geographically challenged. And digging out of snow would fall short of romantic.

    Tell your husband I suspect him of Naval background!

  59. And Ghost, and Sand, and Mark, and EMB, and John, and JJ and any other men I may have offended, I left out the woman with a bad mouth who cursed and spoke her mind way too often!

    And never wore a wedding ring, despite two children, because he didn’t and I wouldn’t either and if I wouldn’t, then he wouldn’t!

  60. Steely Dan…I knew the rhythm, the voice and….still I had to google donald fagan…getting old I guess. Oh, but Mark, bless you…

  61. Ghost: Cute tum button, nice waist. Wife would have envied that flat tummy, after 3rd kid. But not really; envy was not a problem w/ her.

    n.MN weather: Windy today, high was 12F or so. I’ll check cptr. w.channel. emb

  62. I’m just about 12 miles north…out in the country…I can’t wait to ‘fire’ up the old Izuzu, 4 wheel drive, in the morning……yeah, right………………I hate this %hit.

  63. High was about 10F. Tonight -2, M. high 12, low -14. Snow 30%, 20%, 10%. Days still getting longer. Peace, emb

  64. Thank you, Ghost. I had an unpleasant experience at grocery with a checking account with five figures in it and computer machine would not take my check nor my bank card nor my out of state checking account and I still have two frozen bank accounts and credit cards due to deaths. I am getting tired of this but now that I have had two big glasses of tea with lemon and some caffieine but no Diet Coke I am recovering plus my blood sugar is back up too. I apologized because they knew darned well who I am, I am one of their larger spenders in their store and they called general manager but even she cannot over ride the computers. I wasn’t angry but frustrated.

    Funny part was I didn’t need groceries but was just getting back stock because I hate shopping now. Ghost, you would have been proud, it was all healthy good stuff and a ton of WW frozen dinners and Lean Cuisines. Which they will have to restock now and I don’t have to unload until minion is back at work when I will go rebuy after I call bank.

    So, ugly feminism and equality instead of yelling at bank! It was that darned sailboat and guns and the drugs at Walmart that flipped them out, not to mention all the traveling no doubt.

    Love, Jackie

  65. And I took one of those stupid communist-feminist magazine sex tests out of boredom and that is what the test results said, boredom and boring. Talk about boring!

  66. Already did, Debbe! Is Louisiana chicken farm looking any better? Seldom snows or freezes much, look at Accuweather for Dubach, LA. Large private lake on farm, beautifully kept buildings and houses, antique but nice historic farm house for help, plus other houses, one partner is older than me in his 70’s, his father in law is famous Baptist missionary, a contemporary of Billy Graham and other family partner, I am friends with entire family and I love them to pieces. Good people. They are fryers, not layers, I think all the farms in area are now fryer houses, lots of them there.

  67. Don’t you hate it when banks “protect” you from spending your own money? And leave to a stupid communist-feminist magazine to make sex boring.

  68. Thank you for the link, Mark!

    Jackie, I’m a little north of Detroit, but have spent time in the UP almost every year of my life. Residents call it “God’s country”, and I think they’re right. My favorite area of it is the southern shore of Superior, especially between Munising and L’Anse. I do like the Sault and its Locks, too, and the many springs and waterfuls. The bones of the earth show through in the UP.

  69. Sand, I will announce next time I am visiting Katy. I still have my daughter’s and granddaughter’s Christmas gifts, they bypassed house when Mike died and I didn’t have room to carry these enormous boxes of furniture to funeral. So, I guess I may have to show up there or they can wait until next year!

    Whichever?

  70. Ghost, they didn’t even have a stupid box to check, the communist-feminist magazine, not the bank for “daily”. I thought the”once a year” or “on special occasions” blocks were ridiculous, too.

    JJ, there is a strip in here somewhere for you I know!

    On second thought, the stupid bank didn’t have a “daily” either! They kept telling me on the balance inquiry that I had $XX,XXX.XX amount available and then the computer kept telling me I had “Exceeded my daily quota” and since I had not left house nor bought anything on a computer, I was about to conclude my checking account had been accessed by an identity theft specialist, like my American Express card was a few years ago.

    I got “stolen” with this same bank card at Target in that big identity theft assault so I guess I have a conservative bank but why not a written check?

    Love, Jackie

  71. Dropping in with a short note to say surgery was successful. The kidney is “sleepy” and didn’t start working immediately. The delay is very common with deceased donor kidneys. Everything should start working normally within a few days.

    We are all still stunned, since with my very high antibodies neither Elise or I really expected that I would get a matching kidney. This falls very nearly in the miracle category.

  72. David, so glad surgery is over and pray that kidney wakes up raring to go! May the miricles continue as you progress and heal!

  73. David, that takes some of stress off me because I was indeed worried for you and your family.
    The fact that we have yet to meet face to face does not make you any less my friends and I care deeply about friends.

    Keep on keeping on!

    Love, Jackie

  74. David, this is “in” the miracle category when you consider that transplants only began in our lifetime and dialysis within our parent’s lifetimes. Now for the day when they figure out how to clone replacement parts from our own cells so there is no rejection nor 10-year or longer waits!

  75. Jackie, either you went over some arbitrary limit yesterday, and the bank’s computer locked your account today, or the computer “profiled” your purchases and decided you weren’t you.

  76. Like that Mark, now I am going to go lock up doors, make sure dogs are warm enough, find the 10# dog and put an extra comforter on the big canopy bed and go to bed with a sailing book that mostly takes place in Great Lakes but in summer and is semi-more than semi-humorous and too good a friend to fantasize about anyway.Sweet heart actually. That would embarrass him.

  77. Maybe both, Ghost. Good thing I did not buy that 20 gauge home defense shotgun. Although a boat shouldn’t be all that unusual?

    So, what is it you do for a living now?

    Just teasing you, Ghost. I knew it was both when it happened, given the Target hack which I had discussed with bank when it happened. But you know what, it still angers me that we must all have “limits” because someone steals our data, steals our money, whatever? We aren’t the criminals.

    And as in the American Express theft, AmEx would not even file charges despite fact police had video of thieves using card, over and over and over and linked to specific purchases of alcohol, cigarettes, gas to $5,000 because they were juveniles. Give me a break, I was, the police were but corporate said it was cheaper to not prosecute?

    OK, where is that other remaining pill?

    Better find a more humorous book to go to sleep with! Love, Jackie

  78. From a job I had in a previous lifetime, if I haven’t seen a particular financial/credit scan, I’ve probably heard of it.

    Still mildly intrigued by the category with check boxes for ”once a year” or “on special occasions”. Guessing the category was not “how often do you get the oil changed in your car”.

  79. David in Austin, so very glad to hear of your successful surgery! I’ve been thinking of you these two last days and hoping for the best. Happy that what you’ve waited for so long is here at last!

    Jackie and other well-wishers, I am OK, just a bit grumpy and depressed over this horrible cold wind and relentless snow. I haven’t left the house for two weeks and the inactivity is bad for me, I’m sure. Looking on the brighter side, the house is warm and my daughters were here Saturday and brought groceries. I have a long-time tenant in one of the upstairs bedrooms and he has valiently done all the snow shoveling. He fills the bird feeders too and scatters seeds on the snowdrifts, for the sparrows who prefer to feed on the ground. I can see them from the kitchen window and they are very entertaining.

  80. In old business, I saw sand’s comment (and had previously read an article) about the lawmaker in Montana (State motto: “We don’t want to see your junk”) who wants to outlaw tight fitting clothing such as yoga pants. That was something about which I didn’t have a strong opinion…until I realized the law would also criminalize pokies. (I think…the wording was somewhat convoluted and confusing.) Now that’s just wrong.

    If this lady, who seems to find her work as a “weather girl” extremely exciting, were working in Montana, I suppose she’d have to move to Colorado (State motto: “Dude, you’re harshing my mellow”) or face criminal charges.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-O5QTpBvHw

  81. Female newscaster who perhaps should have been wearing nipple shields. Watched that happen on air it seems?

    So. who else saw the news story about how exciting Jim Cantore found the current horrific snow storm on air? Wonder if it has a similar effect on him? Perhaps his was toasty warm in those LL Bean thermals?

    Otherwise, unless ghost tells me that is not effect that cold, frigid weather has on him, I am not gonna believe Cantore did.

    I just woke up, Ghost, dog in breeze way was barking horribly, so either he couldn’t close the door, check box one, the house was on fire, check box two or he wanted his roommate to get the heck out of bed and move over, check box 3. Not going to make sense!

    Love, Jackie

  82. Today’s A and J, good one JJ. It is obviously Janis meeting herself coming and going. Let’s see what the Dark Side makes of it. No one but me seemed to have read it yet.

  83. Good morning Villagers…..

    David, it was good to read about the success in your kidney transplant…….and a big Amen. So will you be taking anti-rejection medication now?

    It’s still snowing, snow showers, looks to be a couple of inches out there, whether.com says 5 to 8 more inches, and Accuweather says just a couple of more inches. Think I’ll stick with Accuweather….I really feel sorry for the people in Boston.

    Miss Charlotte…I feel for you, two weeks is a long time. I’m glad you have daughters that take good care of you, and you have a resident who helps out.

    gotta go…..work clothes in dryer, and lunches to fix.

    ya’ll have a blessed day….I know David is

    GR 😉

  84. Strip of 05.16.15:

    My first thought was the same as Jackie’s and, if Jimmy doesn’t follow the strip with anything else, that must be the joke.

    However, he could be setting the stage for a near-identical twin who just moved into the neighborhood or is located some other where but walking there today.

    Considering Janis’ past jealousies, this could become interesting.

  85. Jackie:

    I imagine many others read it, but they might be waiting to see if Jimmy will post a new one today so that they can post there instead of here.

    Here, fewer readers.

  86. David, that’s cool about your new lease on life and I can share with everyone here the importance of being a donor. I wouldn’t be able to drive without a new cornea. I’ve only had one so far, so I’m a little lopsided but going from 20/several hundred to around 20/40 in one eye is good enough for me (and now like a regular person I can have lasik if I want). people can be assured when they donate it changes people’s lives

  87. David, a big YAY!! for you and your family!Keeping up the good thoughts and prayers that all continues to go well.

    Ruth Anne, thanks for the link! I’ve always liked that song, and the lady was hilarious. 🙂

    The “experts” keep telling us the weather here in North Georgia is going to get messy and we will have rain, sleet, snow, ice, wind, smog, fog, and all manner of winter nastiness, but somehow all the patterns change and we get nothing but cold. Personally I would love a couple of feet of snow, so I keep hoping.

  88. I’m guessing it’s just a look-alike. Can’t recall if Janis always wears tennis.

    Odd thing here is, we don’t have over 2′ of snow on the ground. Probably a foot, rather than 3′ or more. Area is mostly sand, glacial outwash probably, won’t be much meltwater, [*%&## speelczech], rough on some critters, plants, and farmers, etc., but the folks by the Red River of the North [Fargo, Grand Forks] will have it easy, unless there’s much more snow on the ground in ND.

    Peace, emb

  89. Charlotte, you have every reason for a bad case of winter-itis right now in New Hampshire! You’re having the winter we had last year, and even born-and-bred Midwesterners yelled “uncle” then. Your daughters and your lodger sound like treasures, though, and watching those LBBs (little brown birds) is fun. No matter what the weather, they show up to eat our seeds, fuss at each other, and make us laugh.

    David, your good news is our good news! Prayers and good thoughts continue for you and your medical team.

    I think Jimmy has arranged an introduction of two like-minded souls in today’s real-time strip.

    Debbe, milk and graham crackers sound pretty comforting on a snowy night.

  90. Mediocre eruption, + a NE breeze. Few, if any, jets high enough to be against the sky over the conifers to the N. Breeze actually sent steam right over a dozen or so viewers to the NW. Not noxious enough to disturb or disperse them. I’ve no idea how much solute there is in geyser steam, but I doubt it’s distilled water. New prediction should be up in 10-20 min., unless this blow was inconclusive enough to base one on. That happens: “No prediction possible now … etc.” Peace, emb

    http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldFaithfulStreaming.html

  91. Well, hello finally. Woke up early to ice, snow and a satellite dish full of it including sleet. I let dogs out, those that would go. The rest stayed in bed (mom’s old dogs). Had breakfast of high protein oatmeal and insulin, all my meds taken by 9:30 and had finished my long overdue column and edited it for editor, now I can transmit it since I assume Australia is not having our weather?

    Strange isn’t it? My publisher lives in Texas Hill country, my editor in Australia. I love both but have never met one. I may go to Australia, am planning for New Zealand definitely but later.

    Second publisher and editor live in Port Townsend, WA so will be up there later this summer. I know one, face to face, have yet to meet other. Great magazine and great people.

    Even got started on my next column before I sent in the first. Now that is rare indeed!

    Sleet arrived last night after a giant thunderclap and I could hear it hitting my roof. Nice if I could get enough storm damage to replace this roof with white metal/tin to match rest of house.
    Advantage of rambling lake style houses. Separate roof lines!

    More interesting news for Sand and Ghost about weapons but it can wait a minute.

    Love, Jackie

  92. Thank you to Debbe and to Denise for your good wishes. You made me smile with your amusing comments! Still thinking of David in Austin, of course — all the Villagers are. Hoping you had a good night and maybe eat a nice breakfast?

    Only just now I read today’s Arlo and Janis, did NOT look at the dark side, not wanting to sully my opinion. That other woman doesn’t look anything like Janis! Different face, clothes, even her hair is subtly different. See the cartons in the trash at the back door? That means that she just moved into the neighborhood. She didn’t look to see if anyone was coming, tut tut — careless. No wonder Janis crashed into her accidentally. What will happen tomorrow, I can’t foresee. They will both apologise, no doubt.

  93. Charlotte: Of course! [I think.] JJ tricked us. We expect Janis, she looks enough like Janis to fool us, A&J don’t [usually?] have a tall opaque hedge around their house, the two bump; still deluded, we try to make Janis look like somebody else.

    I think you win the A. Conan Doyle prize.

    Peace, emb

  94. Charlotte, I know your area just gets terribly buried and I get snowbound with a little ice and snow because they do not treat or clear roads here except most significant ones. A number of years ago I lost an older friend in OKC who slipped on ice, hit his head and died from brain injury.
    Broken bones abound during our ice storms. I just go into survival mode but I actually own one of those Jimmy Buffet freezers, you know the song where he sings I wanna go where there ain’t any snow, fore my fin sinks so low, I wanna go where it’s warm.

    Culmination is when he shoots the hole in his freezer because he has cabin fever. I didn’t shoot the hole myself but I do have the freezer with the bullet hole in the lid!

    Hang in there, kid!

  95. The eagles at Berry College (near Rome, GA) hatched two li’l “iggles” this weekend. If you google “Berry College” along with “eagles”, I imagine you can find the live coverage. The college site has a choice of 2 viewing cameras plus an approaching view camera. There is a related site on Livestream, but I think one has only a single camera view there. I could be wrong on that.
    In another month, here’s hoping the Decorah eagles will be at least as fruitful.

  96. Remember when I said neither Mike nor I ever asked permission to do or buy anything? Or what we read or where we went? It has always been openly around but my personal rule and his were to respect privacy. So, it has taken me this long to open the nightstands on either side of his bed. Still haven’t really looked through much but was totally surprised to find out I own three more guns, two revolvers and an automatic with two clips. Two Smith and Wessons and a Remington clip.

    And a plethora of knives and one must have just come from Knifehog as box is still in there, looks like a sawsall of some sort? Teethed blade in holster so I am thinking for sawing your leg off when you get caught in the rigging? I think all the Spydeco knives are in with sailing stuff.

    I know I have a bank vault box full of guns but those are antiques I think and no, I haven’t actually taken inventory. These aren’t antiques except the Remington looks older.

    The only thing I ever saw Mike shoot was skeet targets/clay and he liked to shoot targets on ranges. Gave up duck hunting by time we married and couldn’t stand my family’s deer hunting expeditions.

    John, I thought of you today while editing my column because it is a commentary on my personal choice of path I am going down. It may not be published for awhile but I will send it to you since I know you aren’t publishing it!

    Love, Jackie

  97. Guess what I meant above John was that you are facing the same terrain I am and that is what it pertains to. Where do you go? I looked out of kitchen windows across the yard at the beautiful little bridge across my “ditch” creek that was last thing Mike built for me. It hit me how hard that was, not because such builds weren’t easy for him but because of the pain and effort it took. I went away for an afternoon and came back and there the bridge was.

    Stone mason built walks to it, then curved the walk up slight incline and built the stone patio. So seemingly simple and elegantly placed.

    Love, Jackie

  98. Just back from a quick trip to Montgomery. Jackie, Jackie, Jackie. Doing a Jerry. Now whatever do you mean? I’ve seen the Eagles in concert twice and really enjoyed them but I think that it’s time for them to retire. Like Sir Paul on SNL 40 last night. I did talk to Timothy Schmidt briefly on the phone one day. It was a business call about his Volvo, but he seemed to be a nice guy.

  99. Jackie, here is the house my ex and I lost to foreclosure, twice. All the trees you see in our yard were planted by us, with me doing most of the digging and her picking the spots. We enjoyed what we were doing, although I could have done without the gas-powered auger hitting broken limestone chunks every time I tried to bore a hole in the large space behind our yard. I miss that place, as we put a lot of sweat into it. It was great for wildlife watching because of the forest on the back of the property. Wild turkeys, deer, hummingbirds, goldfinches, bluebirds, hawks, possums, skunks, salamanders, frogs. So quiet you could hear the owls at night.There is a large screened porch facing that back fence and the cats had a ball sitting out there and watching whatever happened to wander through, Also the USAF Thunderbirds, B-17 bombers, etc during the annual Air Show.

  100. Mark, that would be great for wildlife watching. Is the forest behind it undeveloped land? I had to laugh at you, because I have sold houses cheap, cheap to avoid foreclosure, I have had one foreclosed which I didn’t much care about anyway, but never same property twice. It is like Oscar Wilde said, “To lose one parent is questionable but to lose two at once is truly suspect.”

    If he didn’t say that, I created the quote. I used to do that sometimes. Anyway, conversations with Texans who are not totally in denial often get stories like that. I had a friend once tell me not to play Losers Poker with a failed oilman!

    This property is not mortgaged and won’t be. I would deeply regret losing this one, not because it is socially correct but because it is so personal and comfortable. I love to look at wildlife and birds, nature, rocks, mountains, lakes, forests. I don’t want to kill any or eat them or stuff them, just like to let them go on living and hope we don’t manage to eradicate their habitat.

    Love, Jackie

  101. Hi Jerry, I agree. It gets to the point it is like me listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival the other day and realizing there didn’t seem to be any of the original band left, just people from various decades? But in Sir Paul’s case, we know it is him but he’s looking like he was stuffed and held up in a doll’s frame like the acts at Branson.

    Sorry, just me being a witchy woman here! You are right, I need to put the fire arms in the bank vault with the rest of it all after I get them cleaned. No sense in adding to the attraction for theft!

    Love, Jackie

  102. Dear emb, you are very perceptive — thank you for the nice prize you awarded me. I have always enjoyed his stories very much. We will see how the plot plays out in A & J … going to go look on The Dark Side now, see what they say.

  103. Dear Jackie, now you have even more handguns — wonder what Ghost is going to say! He must be busy, haven’t heard from him much today. I love your sweet story of Mike building you a beautiful little bridge as his last handmade gift to you. What a man!

    Mark in TTown, your former home looks so good and you worked so hard on it. Such a shame that it didn’t survive the “housing bubble”? Wishing this hadn’t happened.

  104. Jackie, if you zoom out, you can see the airport which was behind us. It is a civilianized WWII bomber training airfield. So as long as the airport remains, that forest will stay undeveloped as it puts a buffer between the residential areas and its runways. These days it is only a general aviation site with a company which renovates commercial airplanes too. I wish I could laugh at it, but the circumstances surrounding the first foreclosure were very painful and contributed to the breaking of my marriage. But it is a great location.
    I don’t know if it is the economy or if we jinxed the house, but the people who have bought it since we lost it the second time don’t seem to have done any better. Out of curiosity I looked it up, and it has been foreclosed twice more since we left it in 2008.

  105. Oh, yes, if you scroll out further you will see Percy Priest lake. That is where I suggested you could sail your boat while in town for the Volunteer Jam. It is a huge lake, that covered the site of several small towns. There are state parks everywhere along there with boat ramps. I had called it Old Hickory but I meant Percy Priest.

  106. Mark, I do not ever want to look up old houses, it is not beneficial and usually causes pain and a revival of old unhappy feelings. Plus, usually the landscaping doesn’t survive either. No, I was very, very lucky that my marriage survived this stuff because most people’s don’t. And often, it is not our faults of course. Crazy as it sounds, events take place that cause financial and personal loss to disconnected individuals, often in a domino effect and nothing we can do will stop it. Ask me how I got to be such a wise woman!

    Love, Jackie

  107. Charlotte, I am some what dumbfounded that I do find I own so many guns/weapons. I will no longer ever jokingly call them “toys”, an insult to Ghost and Sand and a lot of serious trained individuals. Just before Mike died he did tell me to go buy the Glock Ghost recommended and sign up for lessons in shooting it. We had even discussed where to find shooting ranges, teachers who specialized in training women. He was still telling me same thing in hospital, where he remained quite lucid up to the ICU. never did he mention all these! I think he thought them not suitable?

    I am somewhat afraid to find out if my cousin indeed still has my mom’s hunting guns or not? I had assumed he had disposed of them in period he was so stoned on drugs and I did not ask him at funeral, I was just relieved he was sober! She had a large number, unlike me she like to shoot things, and hunted into her 90’s.

    These will join the antiques in the vault I think as soon as ice melts.

    Love, Jackie

  108. Jackie, two questions…

    1. Did the bank decide you could again be trusted with your own money?

    2. What is the model of the Remington semi-auto, or its caliber if that’s easier to find? (One or both should be on the slide, or on the part of the barrel that shows through the ejection port on the right side of the slide.)

  109. “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” ~ Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Oscar Wilde

    But I like your version better, Jackie!

  110. Don’t know yet, Ghost. It is a bank holiday, remember? They reopen tomorrow, hence my idea to go in person when ice melts off roads which Oklahoma does not treat nor clear. Need to find my magnifying glass, found the #’s on gun!

  111. Ghost dear, I think I know what this gun is or a hint anyway. It says “U.S. Property” N0979027 M1911 A1 US Army” Which means it should be in bank vault with other guns and I have no idea what it was doing next to my bed with two other guns I didn’t know or recognize either. Of course, not being too knowledgeable on guns I did not recognize their calibers either but can go look!

    It is original, has holster too I think and the clips are all original.

    Love, Jackie

  112. Denise, about the time Oscar Wilde wrote that play, I appeared in it playing one of the female ingenues. I think it was fluffier one, whichever that is! Is there a Gwendolyn? I remember the costumes being hot, sniffling in the Louisiana heat and tiny waits with lace-up under-wired corsets of some sort. You almost gasped from the breathlessness of it all. Ours were rented from some “real” theatrical supply house and ill suited for Southern climates.

  113. Yes, EMB, it does. I do not put ammo in a bank vault and I am trying to send some of this old ammo to the Sheriff’s Department here in county to be exploded, which is what they are supposed to do with it. I am sitting here and quietly laughing while I try to compose an intelligible answer to that one because 1) I am not my mother’s child, well I am but not on subject of guns and ammunition 2) My family has bullets and shotgun shells lying around the old farm house older than any of us are 3) No one else besides me finds this alarming.

    Love, Jackie

  114. Jackie, the “NO” in front of the serial number indicates that M1911A1 was manufactured during WWII by Remington Rand. (Yes, the typewriter company.) The s/n indicates the year of manufacture was 1943. Depending on its condition, it may have some significant collector value, especially if it has an original holster and extra magazines. So, yes, it should be cleaned and properly prepared for storage.

    Even if it has no significant monetary value, it would not be suitable for your use as a SD weapon. Its size would make it difficult for small and/or RA impaired hands to operate. And the recoil of the .45 ACP rounds would be a bit daunting for a novice shooter. And no, that is not Bubba at the gun range allowing that, “Little lady, that there shootin’ iron is a lot more gun than you need.”

  115. It belonged to my step-dad, Ghost, who was in SeaBees during WWII. He helped build the bases in Alaska and install radar there but that isn’t where the gun is from. He was part of the British and American joint behind the lines “unofficial not uniformed or official” spy efforts in China that went in to map and survey harbors and possible landing sites for invasion. It was a volunteer group selected to meet with the local forces still there. Talk about strange alliances of spies, pirates, warlords, soldiers of fortune, nationalities. It’s the original and I would be surprised to find out there was a record of who it was issued to.

    It’s going into bank vault if roads are thawed tomorrow.That whole story is shades of Terry and the Pirates adventurers. He was really a sort of character likes the ones in movie Secondhand Lions, he was in Saudi Arabia staking first oil well ever drilled there, being attacked by dessert pirates on horseback and then went on to survey first Danish fields, Germans took Denmark, he’d married a local Danish girl there apparently, she disappeared in war, he got out and then volunteered for Navy despite being exempted.

    I hasten to point out he and I were at total opposition my entire life, so I found out most of this long after he died. Made me wish that we might have liked each other.

    Love, Jackie

  116. With a history like that, the 1911’s collector value probably just went up.

    Commercially produced ammo (not hand-loads) that has been stored inside, not exposed to water, and does not have corroded cases should be perfectly fine for use. Fifty-year-old military surplus ammo is commonly sold and used. (If it’s like 90 or 100 years old, it may have collector value.) Old gun powder doesn’t turn into nitroglycerin or anything more dangerous than new gun powder. If you don’t want the ammo, give it to someone who can use it.

  117. Mark, I will do so with all the old ammo from here. Hopefully I don’t find much more but you know what? I have all those boxes of stuff of my mom’s still to go through and stuff from her house in Louisiana. I am going to pretty much wash my hands of the farm house which belongs to our family estate and let them deal with it. I am going to have to take a trailer over there and haul off four wheelers, three wheelers and lawn mowers I suppose to avoid being liable for them? They can explode the ammo or let their grandchildren swallow it!

  118. Case in point…I have a stash of 45-year-old .357 Magnum ammo someone gave me that still makes a satisfyingly loud “bang” when the trigger is pulled and sends the bullet downrange.

  119. Thanks, Ghost. I actually knew that about the old, old ammo being collectible. Will have to go sign in to bank vault I suppose and see what lies there, look around here a little more.I don’t want to leave anything appealing to thieves here and this stuff wouldn’t be here, had I known!

    Love, Jackie

  120. Here is a sobering fact. I sold “Back to the Future” giftware and toys as a sales rep back in the day, including other movies like “Who Shot Roger Rabbit?” and others. Briefly. It wasn’t really my stick, although good at it. Is that stuff now valuable?

  121. OK
    From notes taken:

    Jackie – I used to hunt skeet, I say that because I didn’t hit many.

    Woman was taken from Adam’s rim so she would walk along side, not before or behind.

    I do not wear a wedding ring (nor should you) because I work with my hands as you do.
    I have seen and heard of too many people losing fingers (male & female) because of
    wedding rings.

    Have 2 cats that have learned how to open door to get in – just wish they would close the door
    once they were in.

    John – If light still comes through the light shade – it is clean enough.

    David – Prayers of thanksgiving. Miracles happen – all the time, we just have to recognize them.

    Denise – A “Depth Charge” (according to my uncle a WWII Navy man) was a shot glass of
    whiskey dropped into a glass of beer. I like yours better.

  122. A “hover board” that floats an inch above the ground, as long as the ground is covered with sheets of cooper or aluminum, for 15 minutes before its batteries run down, doesn’t really count. I hadn’t heard about the shoelaces.

  123. Jackie, maybe. There are guidebooks for most everything that is collectible. But things that were designed to be collectible have a way of losing value in the short run. Unless it contained something that really was valuable and in short supply. You really ought to go through your mom’s stuff because there might be a lot of undiscovered family history there. Beyond that, hire an estate sales outfit and let them deal with getting it out. My brother got tapped by a friend here to be executor of their estate. Two years later, he is still trying to find everything and get the real estate sold. It turned into a full-time job for him. There were some unusual things in the houses as the woman’s parents had been circus people before settling here. Her mom was an equestrian performer and dad became a homebuilder after leaving the circus. One of the things my brother found was a recording phonograph, which I had only seen in pictures. Basement had stacks of old magazines, including Variety and an offshoot dedicated to the fair and carnival circuit.

  124. Bear, your uncle was correct about the “Depth Charge” drink he knew, based on a WWII period-piece movie I saw many years ago, in black-and-white, as I recall. (Wish I could recall the movie’s name.) A variation of the “Boilermaker”, with the added challenge of getting the shot glass to drop into the beer glass from a height of 10 or 12 inches.

  125. Mark, my point exactly! I knew it wasn’t and wasn’t going to be! I felt like a lying fraud selling that stuff to retailers because it was all manufactured collectibles and I just couldn’t con people into believing in it. I actually have an entire enormous bank box full of thousands and thousands of dollars of Franklin Mint junk that was foisted as being “collectible” on my step-dad apparently. It isn’t and if the price of silver goes up I will melt it all down. The workmanship is beautiful but the stuff is melt-down doomed. My cousins inherited hundreds of thousands in Jim Beam bottles that are worthless today.

    Sorry, that is why I just like things for what they are and don’t worry about collectible or increased value. I fully understand my friend who said he wished he didn’t know what some of his things were valued at because he could no longer just enjoy them.

    You know that song “Simple Man”? I like it.

    Love, Jackie

  126. Old Bear- the flesh stripped from your hand/fingers by a wedding ring or any other ring is very real threat. As are watches, jewelry, earrings, necklaces, certain types of clothing. Gotta’ remember death, maiming and destruction were my first career (after the department of agriculture dilly dallied around for a year trying to decide to hire me as a Federal meat inspector)

    In other words, I became a Federal injury specialist for workmen’s comp and learned every possible way you could conceivably be hurt, including some pretty exotic ones. Not to make light of any of this, I still flinch at what things I see people doing!

  127. Unsure, I never had a TV in the 1950’s or actually until the 1960’s, so I still haven’t acquired the habit I am afraid. Who was Winky Dink, Ghost? Not Googling it.

  128. Yeah, now they’re selling Silver Polar Bear, Silver Penguin, Silver Yeti, silver who-knows-what coins as an “investment”. And as I think I mentioned, investments in silver are also being flogged on TV as a great investment because silver is now selling for “below its production cost”. Excuse me, but isn’t that the definition of “worthless”?

  129. As I said, I stripped the coins out of those beautiful Franklin Mint Wooden Cases which are stacked in a warehouse, the coins are stashed in a bank box and I will melt them down someday or my daughter will. I look at that stuff and cannot believe the wasted money, just as I look at the property and think how foolish it was to ever buy and I always knew. I am listening to Vivladi and I think the money I spent on symphony tickets was just as well spent.

    Sorry, I am in a philosophical mood tonight unfortunately.

    Love, Jackie

  130. The thing about stripping the flesh it can’t be reattached, like severing.
    Had a friend do that and then drive himself to the Doc. Doc stabilized then sent him to Mayo. Luckily he was less than an hour to Mayo Clinic.

    GR6 We did not do the 12 inch – maybe 6 inches. Did not want to splash beer.

  131. I know Old Bear, usually just amputate the fingers. Without being humorous at all, farm implements are among the worst injuries. I wonder sometimes we have any left, farmers, I have already said I am philosophical tonight and apologized. Going to feed my poor dogs and cats. Just saw Janis and her new friend so I was wrong, it wasn’t Jimmy being existential at all.

    And Martine is finally dead and even I am feeling a little sad. I am a hypocrite!

  132. Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.-Francis Bacon

  133. Good morning Villagers….

    Re: today’s real time strip….they sound like Chip and Dale apologizing to one another….the plot thickens.

    Woke up to minus 9 degrees…I hate cold, I do not do well in very cold weather. At 116 pounds, muscle does not warm one up….by the time I ‘layer’ it, including my Carharts, I probably have added ten pounds 🙂 Then there’s prediction of minus 12 for tomorrow night. Miss Charlotte, you have my sympathy…two weeks and counting. I am not looking forward to work today.

    Jerry….good philosophy

    Prayers still going David’s way……..Amen.

    stay warm ya’ll.

  134. My husband’s one nephew works for the local co=op, so his job yesterday was to clear paths so feed trucks could get to the feed bins…..we were blessed he graded our driveway, we got about 7 inches out there………………….

  135. Well, now I know all I want to re Marty McFly, whom I’d never heard of, and I have a new quote for my collection,

    “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” Francis Bacon.

    Thanks, time to shower and go to ‘work’.

    Peace, emb

  136. “A “Depth Charge” (according to my uncle a WWII Navy man) was a shot glass of
    whiskey dropped into a glass of beer.”—Old Bear

    Old Bear, my Dad was a WWII Navy man. I bet he knew all about the “Depth Charge” of which your uncle told you. My husband named the yummy beverage I created, but has no Navy connection. He never even met my Dad, who died eleven years before Hubby and I started dating. But every day I think about how much they would have liked each other, and what a shame it is they never got to know each other. Maybe my Dad whispered the name into Hubby’s ear…

    Jerry, I’m putting your “Nobody is…” thought into my commonplace book.

    Jackie, there is a Gwendolen in the play. I admire the ability of stage actors! I was always a member of the chorus in school musicals, so I don’t consider that acting on my part, though I once did it with a full arm cast and got a standing O during curtain-call!

    Jimmy, I like Robin!

  137. Ghost – I’m married to one of the kids who got in trouble for drawing on the TV. He usually says, “Quick, kids, draw Winky Dink a bridge!” As I recall, my piece of plastic ended up serving as a shade for my mom’s African violets that were getting a little too much sun.

  138. New neighbors 🙂 Looking forward to the stories- as always, Jimmy!
    Jackie do you still have the mint coin boxes? Coin club in your area may take them off your hands. (who knows, maybe some of the coins too)
    Debbe, be careful. We have 6″ snow, more expected. (But not the load others have- y’all be careful, too)

  139. Hi Llee, I just thought I’d take the coin boxes down to Goodwill and donate unless daughter can come up with some way to turn them into part of an American Girl doll display or something.
    These are huge, like wall cabinets! As for coins, how about thirty lbs. of silver? They are headed for melt down if price gets up again. I could have sold them at $37 but didn’t and should have. You know the song?

    What I have to dispose of boggles the mind, actually. I am waiting for warmer weather to arrive, at which point I will want to go somewhere else and not work. No one in our family was ever ready to leave this earth or not take it with them.

    We actually don’t have any local coin clubs closer than Tulsa but it is a good idea. I might, if that were worst of my problem!

    Debbe, I hate cold and snow and ice too but I also hate tornadoes, high winds and hail, plus excessive heat and drought, so I think Oklahoma may not have been a good choice? Birds can’t get through icicles this morning to the feeders in yard.

    Love, Jackie

  140. Denise, I always wanted to be able to sing in the chorus! I only got to sing in one musical and that was “Bye Bye Birdie” where I got to be one of the swooning fans and sing “We love you Conrad, oh yes we do! We love you Conrad, and we’ll be true” in a totally off key and whinny voice and giggle.

    The rest of the time I was just an “extra” in musicals and they told me to shut up and don’t sing!

  141. Jackie, where are the Hunt brothers when you need them?

    If you think about it, Jackie, the collectibles with real value are mostly those everyday objects that people get attached to when young. And when they become able to buy what they want, they look for those things. Loss of quantity through normal wear and tear reduces the supply and the price rises accordingly.

  142. Totally agree, Mark. Why did I donate all those Star Wars figures and the Falcon Millennium my kids JUST HAD to have? I on the other hand once bought one of those collectible movie dolls for Mike, a John Wayne one in his Calvary uniform, and he donated it away faster than Santa Claus.

  143. Forgot to say Mark that these collectible coins seem to date to the Bicentennial years and 1976.I started to say I cannot imagine how anyone can be taken in by this stuff and then I remember those 90 days when I had to persuade retailers to buy “collectible” gift ware. Or Beanie Babies, which I did NOT sell but many of my customers did.

  144. Jackie, I saw a t-shirt that says it all about collectibles: I was a millionaire but my mom threw away my comic collection!. Or baseball card, etc.

  145. It’s going to be in the 30’s in the French Quarter tonight, or as I’d call it when the ladies start flashing their ta-tas in exchange for Mardi Gras beads, “Pokie Heaven”.

  146. Been there, done that, had two customers who were gypsy witches/charm sellers and bought Christmas angels and other emblems, like moons and stars, for said purpose.

  147. Jerry said on 17 Feb 2015 at 1:27 am #

    Nobody is what they think they are. Some of us know it, some of us suspect it, and some of us are happy.-me

    Jerry I was going to say that

    Jackie I got Beanie Babies – Do I have Beanie Babies

    Jerry – Hear it is going to be almost freezing down your way.
    Wind Chill advisory tonight & tomorrow minus 35 expected –
    emb even more.