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Initial post: Apr 30, 2014 12:24:28 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 30, 2014 12:25:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2014 12:58:21 AM PDT
****I think that this is the latest.. Please check it out if you added a start yesterday.....

FB&C Start Schedule - Thursday, May 1, start time around 10 pm EDT
Kajola - Friday, May 2, start time - 11 pm-1 am EDT
PlaysInTheDirt -Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, start time - 9 pmish CDT Friday or 4 amish CDT Sat.
chemmaj RN - Monday, May 5, start time apx 9PM PDT - Tuesday, May 6, start time - between 10 - 11 pm EDT

.✿. Open Dates:

Wednesday, May 7, start time -
Thursday, May 8, start time -
Friday, May 9, start time -
Saturday, May 10, start time -
Sunday, May 11, start time -

Also keep in mind that I can do a start just about any night/day and I can put one together in about 1/2 an hour..

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 12:26:52 AM PDT
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FB&C Book Discussion
The next book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:00pm PT.

The book selected is To Dance with the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope (RosettaBooks into Film)

Sorry but it's Not Free any longer..

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A good book can take you anywhere anytime.... Ann Key

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 12:46:45 AM PDT
I started out the Month of April so I thought I would finish it off...

I really didn't find anything that jumped out at me this week but, I have a friend that moved away
last year when her husband retired and we keep in touch on facebook..
She posts some of the most thought provoking messages.....
I thought I would share a few of them with you today..

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how do we change
the world?

"One random act of
kindness at a time"

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Be Bold enough to
use your voice,
Brave enough to
listen to your heart,
and Strong enough
to live the life you've
always imagined....

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There's always a little truth behind
every "Just kidding". A little knowledge
behind every "I don't know". A little
emotion behind every "I don't care". and
a little pain behind every "it's okay".

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Posted on Apr 30, 2014 12:50:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2014 12:59:09 AM PDT
Here is our Thought of the Day.. (Also from my friend)

If you could
write a note to
your younger
self, what
would you say
in only two

SO, What would your two words be?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 1:00:59 AM PDT
A Heart Toughing Story...

A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy's father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor.

On seeing him, the dad yelled:
"Why did you take all this time to come? Don't you know that my son's life is in danger? Don't you have any sense of responsibility?"

The doctor smiled & said:
"I am sorry, I wasn't in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call...... And now, I wish you'd calm down so that I can do my work"

"Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??" said the father angrily

The doctor smiled again & replied: "I will say what Job said in the Holy Book "From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God". Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God's grace"

"Giving advises when we're not concerned is so easy" Murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy,
"Thank goodness!, your son is saved!" And without waiting for the father's reply he carried on his way running. "If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!"

"Why is he so arrogant? He couldn't wait some minutes so that I ask about my son's state" Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.

The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: "His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son's surgery. And now that he saved your son's life, he left running to finish his son's burial."

Moral: Never judge anyone..... because you never know how their life is & what they're going through"

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 1:24:50 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Sandy, thank you for yet another thought provoking start. And thank you too, that we can always rely on you to be there for us, either with a word of encouragement or a start.

See you later!

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 1:40:21 AM PDT
Hello Sandy, thanks for doing the start and sharing the words of wisdom with us.

I think my two words would be: enjoy today.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 2:39:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2014 2:51:18 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 3:58:07 AM PDT
Biscay says:
As usual, Sandy, a thought-provoking start from you - and I see from yesterday that you missed out on your planned day off. I do really hope that it's paying dividends and you can use it to employ's excellent choice of advice - although you probably need a bit of time free at some point to (a) find the opportunity to "enjoy yourself" and (b) catch up on enough rest to actually do so properly! - thank you so much for a great start and I'm sorry I wasn't able to join the conversation and add to the numbers while the day was still happening! However, I did notice you also mentioned a bit of extra stress in your life on top of everything else - I hope Cat 2 is going to be ok - whatever happened - and is settling down as well. Nevertheless, you managed a terrific first-time start - congratulations, and thank you belatedly for stepping up (from a shirking shameful lurker - perhaps I should change my name a la Mieko to something like Biscay*Shmurker to reflect this???!)

Plays - I haven't caught up with the weather news but from all the comments - yours and others - it sounds positively dire. Is everything ok? I do hope so - and for the animals too of course. If only they could be reassured by us when we know they don't need to worry - and take comfort even when it's something beyond our control and things are uncertain, so that at least they don't injure or stress themselves too severely. But their instinct and intelligence wins out and tells them to fear the danger above all reason, I suppose, so hopefully their day-to-day memories can erase things and they can move on quickly after such awful moments in their lives. Must be terrible for strays and others without any help. The companion animals we eagerly love to hear about here are just lucky to have such devoted and sensible human (and humane) carers!

red - I did so love the joke about the man needing the cosmetic surgery. Without spoilers for those yet to go back and read it, I'm going to send it on to my friends who are just going through that now (and I don't mean the surgery!)

Biscay x

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 4:08:56 AM PDT
No time to check up on others -- hope all are well and praying for all in the path of the storms.

Everyone under 1,000 pounds is safe and sound. I'm about to go check on the horses, and feed them. Our roof has sprung leaks. Our older septic system is overwhelmed, our newer and newly repaired one can handle minimum use, and Mom's -- our backup -- is out of action. Roads have washed out. Sinkholes have opened up. This is being called an historic rain event, with 24-hour totals adding up to anything from 15 to 20 inches, worse on the other side of our bay and in the Florida panhandle. And it is still raining. Plus, the storm has stalled out so new storms are forming behind the old storms as the system circles back and forth, picking up warm, moist air over the Gulf and dumping it on land. It is going to be a LOT worse as far as tornadoes for those in Birmingham, Atlanta and further northeast of us.

Going out. Will report in later.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 4:15:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2014 4:26:48 AM PDT
Biscay - I just saw and responded to your post on yesterday's thread. Thanks again : )

As for Biscay*Shmurker, no need for that; I was just hoping to draw some people out who might have been close to signing up for a post but were nervous about being able to do it. I understand about busy, I have had days or weeks when I can barely scan the threads.

Sassy (cat 2) is in the bathroom right now. I got up at 3 and iced her leg for about 30 minutes with those medical "pea packs" figuring those wouldn't be as cold and upsetting to her as crushed ice. I need to go get her again and repeat the process but she is so difficult so I am dreading it. Last time I did get her settled down enough that she did purr while I iced her leg. It's just really hard because she isn't a lap cat and really hates to be picked up or held. Thank you for asking about her.

My ex told me last night that he may bolt from rehab today after the family meeting at 10 this morning. He had a ridiculous afternoon there yesterday and I am beginning to feel that the place just doesn't have their act together. I am not quite ready for this day...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 4:25:56 AM PDT
Hi Plays,

I am very relieved you are okay. I was getting quite worried based on the news reports I have been seeing this morning. I have been up since very early and have been checking here to see if you would pop in and give us an update.

I am very concerned for you and your loved ones, the flooding looks awful and the rain continues.

Sending more prayers and positive thoughts to the Plays family and all of you in this area of the US.

My brother and his family are outside of Raleigh, NC; I think I'll send a note to him to check on them and remind him to give my mom a regular update.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 4:32:17 AM PDT
Lenora says:
Thanks so much for the wonderful start, Sandy! :) As always, you gave us lots to think about.

Plays and Small, I'm so sorry that you're going through these difficulties. I don't have any wonderful words to say, but am sending lots of positive thoughts your way and many hugs.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 5:00:37 AM PDT
The horses are safe but soaked. The fencing is intact. Miraculously, we have not lost a single tree around our homes, the barn, the pastures or between our homes and the road. We haven't bothered to check anywhere else. Who cares? We don't use the rest of the estate anyway. Unfortunately, Mr. Dirt just reported that he walked our 0.25-mile drive and discovered hollow spots where the ground beneath has washed away.

Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts. They help.

Cat, yes, do check on your brother. I think the worst is going to hit northeast of us, as far as tornadoes. I have emptied my overflowing rain gauge three times, and emptied out 2.25 inches another time. Or was it 2.5? Can't remember anymore. Too much rain.

I've been told that one inch of rain equals one foot of snow, in terms of precipitation. So, do you snow-weary folks understand why I would trade all my rain for all your snow? Robb, Lyn, we are going to beat Seattle again for total annual rainfall in 2014. No question.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 5:11:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2014 5:12:32 AM PDT
All horses are highly attuned to those around them, and some seem positively telepathic, picking up the thoughts as well as the emotions of those around them. Magnolio Palomino picks up on my thoughts so easily that I must not think ahead when I am schooling him, or he will respond before I can even give him a cue. But, he refuses to trust my judgment in situations he deems dangerous . . . unlike other horses I've known. I was once on the only horse in the paddock that didn't bolt when someone in a neighboring field fired a high-powered rifle. He didn't panic because I didn't panic. Mag would have bolted in a heartbeat. However, he seems to be becoming accustomed to thunder. After losing control of his bodily functions as recently as yesterday afternoon, he calmly ate and grazed as lightning and thunder struck all around us last night and today. A few years ago, he nearly knocked himself out trying to bolt from lightning. Quite the change.

Two words are quite a challenge. I'm torn, but I think I'll go with this:
You matter.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 5:14:16 AM PDT
Lenora says:
So glad the horses are ok. :) Most glad that you and Mr. Dirt are ok.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 5:38:01 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Well, I know the aftermath will be dreadful as well, but I'm glad at least everyone is ok, including the 2 x 4-longest-legged ones and all who are "under 1000 pounds" - I'm not very good at weight estimates (even if I did the conversion to kg, LOL), so I was confident of the dogs but I wasn't sure if that included the horses at that point!!!

Your "oneness" with animals in general but in particular horses, which through lack of contact/opportunity and complete ignorance seem to me only to be large, dangerous, smart, beautiful, and did I say large and dangerous, foreign, alien creatures is something I'm in awe of ("flying" in a raincoat is something else I can't truly envisage - I don't think I was ever that light in my life, haha) I know some other people who own horses, whether for themselves or on behalf of a teen member of their family primarily, and I sometimes wonder how I am even friends with them - to me it is as though they should belong to a different race than the one I inhabit!

Anyway - I know your time to post and read right now is very limited and to be used for essential communications while you handle all the other catastrophes and keep a "weather" eye out on your surroundings, possessions and companions. (I'll include Mr D in there, and let you pick the category :)

Thanks for taking the time to reply, I will go and look at BBC news now to find out what's really been happening there - somehow I haven't been across it, and I don't think any of our US friends are in affected areas so it wasn't on my radar until you mentioned it.

Take care,

Biscay x

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 6:24:34 AM PDT
Grammiam says:
I am 3 days behind, so I hope this isn't a repeat...

Lightening Deal is a refurb Paperwhite for $69 right now!

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 6:59:42 AM PDT
Pruney Toes says:
My two words are: Encourage others.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 7:02:40 AM PDT
KaJoLa says:
That's a great deal! If only the PW had audio - I would be so tempted.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 7:46:13 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Sandy....great open and story. It's shocking how wrong we can be when we judge others!

You did a great job yesterday and thanks to Leo on Monday for his creative work that he's nice enough to share.

Waving "Hi" to Pruney Toes! I try to live by your 2 words and it's the best way for me to stop thinking of myself or dwelling on every negative thing.

I can't decide on my 2 words.....I keep changing it....later.........!!

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 8:15:18 AM PDT
WYRenegade says:
Good morning everyone!

I got an ereaderIQ alert for To Kill A Mockingbird on Kindle for preorder today!!
NOT FREE To Kill a Mockingbird (Harperperennial Modern Classics) NOT FREE $4.74 July 8, 2014

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 8:56:37 AM PDT
Grammiam says:
Plays... Really?! Just 2 inches of that rain would be 2 FEET of snow to shovel off, not only the driveway, but also the sidewalks (within 24 hrs) because of the children having to get to the buses.
I guess the grass is always greener. Lol.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 9:32:14 AM PDT
My two words would be...
Finish School

My life would be so different if I have finished college
and could have gotten a better job..
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