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Initial post: Aug 22, 2014 4:05:10 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 22, 2014 4:06:21 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ FB&C Start Schedule:

Snowlady Sandy - Friday August 22
Snowlady Sandy - Tuesday, August 26
Snowlady Sandy - Friday August 29
★.☆.★.Open Dates.★.☆.★

Thursday August 21 - PICK ME!
Saturday August 23
Sunday August 24
Monday August 25
Wednesday August 27
Thursday August 28
Saturday, August 30
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September 1
Tuesday, September 2
Wednesday, September 3
Thursday, September 4
Friday, September 5
Saturday, September 6

Choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 4:06:48 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ Book Discussion....

We take the summer off so we will post a nomination thread in Sept. to decide the book for Oct....

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

Found another quote that I like.....

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." Jackie Kennedy

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 4:12:31 AM PDT
Just seen this and wanted to share it called "The last time"

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms you will never be the same
You might long for the person you were before
When you had freedom and time
And nothing in particular to worry about
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before
And days will run into days that are exactly the same
Full of feedings and burping
Nappy changes and crying
Whining and fighting
Naps or a lack of naps
It might seem like a never-ending cycle

But don't forget....
There is a last time for everything
There will come a time when you will feed your baby for the very last time
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child
One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down
And never pick them up that way again
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone
They will hold your hand to cross the road
Then never reach for it again
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this
One afternoon you will sing "the wheels on the bus" and do all the actions
Then never sing them that song again
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.

The thing is, you won't even know it's the last time
Until there are no more times. And even then, it will take you a while to realise.

So while you are living in these times, remember there are only so many of them and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 4:24:17 AM PDT
I have LOVED this song for over 45 years and I want to share it with you today...

Rainy Day Thought

If they told you that today was your last day my friend
Can you tell me what you would do
Would there still be time for all those dreams you used to dream
But never seemed to find the time to make come true.

Would you build another foolish castle in the sand
And like a fool hope it doesn't wash away
Would you pause and try to write your name upon the wind
In hopes that someone finds it there again someday.

You're strolling in the rain where only cold wind blows
You're looking for the kind of life that no one really knows
All your dreams have tumbled to the corners of your mind
You'll find them there if you'll just take the time.

Don't you know that yesterday was tomorrow once before
And yesterday's tomorrow isn't anymore
People listen, hear what I say
Tomorrow isn't far away.

It was recorded by Bobby Sherman when I was in Jr. High School....

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 6:40:56 AM PDT
robb says:
Last day? Go for a long walk on the ocean beach.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 6:43:25 AM PDT
blessings says:
How true, as I take my "baby" to the dorm today. Thanks for the memories.
One day at a time

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 6:45:39 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Sandy,

"The Last Time" is hard to read, there are feelings of sadness, but also a decision to notice and cherish your life as you're living it! Don't wait for things to get better......there are good things right now........there's a song I like ....."This is Life, Don't Miss it".

´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯` FRIDAY QUESTION´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯`

Here's an easy one......Do you have loyalty to one particular make of cars/trucks??

*****After I bought my first Toyota many years ago I've never left that brand and it has spread to many family members too.******

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 6:48:53 AM PDT
Suze says:
Here's the song lyrics......

"Don't Miss It"

Burn up the interstate
Got somewhere you need to be, you're
Not gonna let nobody slow you down
Turn off the radio and
Turn up your telephone
You don't have the time to smell the roses now

But take a second maybe
Before it gets too loud
Breathe before your breath runs out

Don't try so hard
To move past the moment
These days go by
And they're gone before you know it
So come on, open your window
Let the light shine in
This is life don't miss it

What if you took the time
To really soak it in
`Cause someday you're gonna wish you did
Like a September morning
Like snow without a warning
Like how the summer feels upon your skin

Take a minute maybe
Before the sun goes down
Breathe before your breath runs out

Don't try so hard
To move past the moment
These days go by
And they're gone before you know it
So come on, open your window
Let the light shine in
This is life don't miss it

Just take a second maybe
Before the sun goes down
Breathe before your breath runs out

Don't try so hard
To move past the moment
These days go by
And they're gone before you know it
So come on, open your window
Let the light shine in
This is life don't miss it

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 7:30:53 AM PDT
Elle says:
Good morning Sandy. Thanks for starting - so many times. I think we might be lost without you.

That was both beautiful and oh so true. I'm going to share it with my children who are going through stuff with theirs. One grand is going off to her first day of school while another is trying to roll over for the first time and yet another is playing little mother to the baby.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 7:53:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2014 7:53:55 AM PDT
Elle says:
Hi Suze (waving)

Answer to the Friday question - No.

I entered the world of drivers kind of late in life so I haven't had many cars.

My first car was a Toyota Tercel and i drove that baby into the ground. Unfortunately it didn't have a chance to live up to Toyota's reputation for longevity because I was an ignorant owner and didn't take good care of it.

My second was a Chevy pick-up truck that I traded it before it was paid off. That particular vehicle almost turned me against Chevy because of all the things that went wrong with it.

My third car was was a Honda Civic. My gift to myself after my children grew up and left the nest. I got it in 2001 and 256,000 miles and 14 years later traded it in for another newer, used Honda Civic Hybrid - last weekend. Hondas are great cars. However I was looking at the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Camry as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 7:55:47 AM PDT
robb says:
About 4 years ago when we got the new car, two of my bowling mates also got new cars that Spring. One said I see you got another Subaru. Yep. The other told that one I see you got another Acura. And we both turned to the third and said we see you got another white Buick.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 8:01:59 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 22, 2014 8:24:18 AM PDT
WYRudolph says:
The Devil's Grin (An Anna Kronberg Thriller Book 1)
In Victorian London's cesspool of crime and disease, a series of murders remains undiscovered until a cholera victim is found floating in the city's drinking water supply. Dr Anton Kronberg, England's best bacteriologist, is called upon to investigate and finds evidence of abduction and medical maltreatment. While Scotland Yard has little interest in pursuing the case, Kronberg pushes on and crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes. The detective immediately discovers Kronberg's secret - a woman masquerading as a man in order to practice medicine - a criminal deed that could land her in prison for years to come. But both must join forces to stop a crime so monstrous, it outshines Jack the Ripper's deeds in brutality and cold-bloodedness.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 8:39:00 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Sandy, thank you for taking the start today.
I must say that "The Last Time" made me feel sad, though I must say that I appreciated those special moments while they were happening.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 8:40:24 AM PDT
redandwhite says:

After years of scrimping and saving, a husband told his wife the good news: "Honey, we've finally got enough money to buy what we started saving for in 1979."

"You mean a brand-new Cadillac?" she asked eagerly.

"No," said the husband, "A 1979 Cadillac."

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 9:00:04 AM PDT
redandwhite says:

Five Englishmen in an Audi Quattro arrive at the Italian border.

The Italian Customs agent stops them and says, "It's illegal to put 5 people in a Quattro."

"What do you mean it's illegal?" ask the Englishmen.

"Quattro means four," replies the Italian official.

"Quattro is just the name of the automobile," the Englishmen retort disbelievingly. "Look at the papers: this car is designed to carry 5 persons."

"You can't pull that one on me," replies the Italian customs agent. "Quattro means four. You have five people in your car and you are therefore breaking the law."

The Englishmen replies angrily, "You idiot! Call your supervisor over-I want to speak to someone with more intelligence!"

"Sorry," responds the Italian official, "he can't come. He's busy with 2 guys in a Fiat Uno."

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 9:23:35 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
1929 Jonathan's Cross - Book One (The 1929 Series) by M.L. Gardner

Jonathan Garrett lost everything. He and his two best friends, Caleb and Aryl, operated one of the top brokerages in New York City when the unthinkable happened; the stock market crash of '29. And now, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over.

But starting over has never been more difficult. The jobs become fewer and danger lurks around every corner. And then when a business rival threatens their existence, despair looms overhead as the men struggle to find a way out.

Meanwhile, their wives, Ava, Arianna, and Claire, slowly adapt to life in a shabby apartment as they learn to deal with their poverty stricken status. Each begins to cope as they find ways to live more modestly.

Emotional and financial ruin nips at their heels pushing the couples to the end of their ropes. Until finally, with a lucky twist of fate, they escape city life and begin anew in their hometown of Rockport, Massachussetts. But just as they start to relax and settle into their new lives, tragedy strikes again...

This book is the first in The 1929 Series by author M.L. Gardner and promises to be a must read for historical fiction fans everywhere.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 9:30:53 AM PDT
Good morning, dear friends!

I have had a busy morning . . . it is even hotter than yesterday and going to be hotter tomorrow and the following day, so I hustled to do my outside chores. After all our discussions of the past two days, I made darned sure I got my exercise in, too, so I walked 70 minutes on the treadmill (with my extra air-conditioner blowing full speed at its lowest setting) and did my stretches. Then, after getting cleaned up, I went into my kitchen and made a fresh batch of my gluten-free granola with extra cinnamon.

Mr. Dirt and I have become Honda enthusiasts. We each had had one before we were married, although mine had been purchased second-hand and the original owner was a delivery company that did not bother with routine maintenance so it was not the best car. But, I also have an uncle whose family owned one of the first Honda automobile dealerships in the U.S. We bought a Honda CR-V after we were married, and we still have it, and it still runs just fine with more than 200,000 miles on it. We finally bought a new car 18 months ago, this time asking my uncle for advice -- which resulted in our getting the car at dealer cost minus incentives -- so we went with a Honda Accord. Mr. Dirt had and liked his Toyota but did not care for the local Toyota dealerships. They both favor high-pressure sales techniques. We don't.

I have also had a Chevy and a Dodge, bought new, and a much-used 1967 Ford Fairlane. I don't like trading cars, so I am much happier with Honda, which designs cars to be driven at least 200,000 to 300,000 miles (provided it receives scheduled maintenance), and other makes that intend for their vehicles to last.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 9:50:12 AM PDT
kajola says:
I got this in an email today. I thought it was touching and fit today's theme.

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side; however, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i . e . our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we do not realize that they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 10:23:19 AM PDT
Suze, I'm glad you had time to pop in..

I have had many cars over the last 40 years....
I think the only make that I have had more than once is a Hyundai....
I bought a new one when Chris was in Jr. High but I had to give it up when my ex
and I broke up... 2 1/2 years ago when the transmission went out on my ford Chris
bought me a Elantra. I really like it a lot... However I would love to be able to get a
Hyundai Santa Fe..... Mom drives an Accent....

Hope you have a Great day with L today... Such a job, but somebody has to do it..
In this case, I'm glad it's you...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2014 10:26:51 AM PDT
This reminds me of Mac Davis
Stop and Smell The Roses...

Hey Mister, where you going in such a hurry
Don't you think it's time you realized
There's a whole lot more to life than work and worry
All the sweetest things in life are free
And they're right before your eyes

You've got to stop and smell the roses
You've got to count your many blessings everyday
You're gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don't stop and smell the roses along the way

Before you went to work this morning in the city
Well, did you spent some time with your family
Did you kiss your wife and tell her that she's pretty
Did you take your children to your breast and love 'em tenderly

You've got to stop and smell the roses
You've got to count your many blessings everyday
You're gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don't stop and smell the roses along the way

Well, did you ever take a walk through the forest
Stop and dream a while among the trees
Well, you can look up through the leaves right straight to heaven
And you can almost hear the voice of God in each any every breeze

Well, you've got to stop and smell the roses
You've got to count your many blessings everyday
You're gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don't stop and smell the roses along the way

Oh, you've got to stop and smell the roses
You've got to count your many blessings everyday
You're gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don't stop and smell the roses along the way

Said, you've got to stop and smell the roses

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 10:40:14 AM PDT
Robb, A long walk on the beach sounds great.

Elle, and everyone else... This thread is my lifeline..
It is truly one of the Joys in my life..
I really enjoy doing them.
I don't think we would be lost without me, somebody else would step up..
But, It's nice to hear... Thanks..

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 10:40:57 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start Sandy, the words of community yesterday, and the touching story today. Darn, must be those allergies, my eyes seem to be watering!
My dad is a GM man only, so obviously I have never even considered buying a GM vehicle. I am only loyal to well made vehicles that seem to have a good long track record. Mazda has been good to us, as has Ford, and I am also happy with our Subaru. I doubt I'll ever buy anything by Dodge either.

From my watchlist:
While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters Book #2): A Novel - Lorna Seilstad - Historical Fiction
Depraved Difference (A Detective Shakespeare Mystery, Book #1) (Detective Shakespeare Mysteries) - J. Robert Kennedy - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Lucy Pinkston and the Centennial Case (Lucy Pinkston Mysteries (Story Girl Press) Book 3) - Cheryl St. James - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
The Assassin's Destiny (Isle of Dreams Book 2) - Kirsten Jones - Action/Adventure
The Mary Jane Mystery (Alexander Wright Mystery Adventure Book 3) - William Mansfield - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

And now, I'm off to the treadmill to be good before I get to look at any new books today!

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 11:04:53 AM PDT
I don't know how to drive and by now, in my sixth decade, I'm pretty sure I'll never learn. But I do have a favorite vehicle: a BMW R69S motorcycle. I rode pillion on it with my boyfriend for years, and it was amazingly comfortable.
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