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Ariel Durant

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays to all of us.


I hope everyone has a good Christmas, and some quiet time.





52 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas and God Bless to you and yours, Harry!

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    1. Thanks, Dr. Jim. Our best wishes from the mountain to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks, Gorges. If the storms will just stop it should be a great time.

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  3. Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas Harry !!!

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    1. Thank you Glock Mom. I hope you and the Senior Chief, and the boys have a peaceful and worry free Christmas over there.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Nice and warm here in the low 80's.

    using refrigerated a/c right now.

    This sometimes happens in South Texas. I heard it was warmer in Washington D.C. back in Christmas 1955. I am proud to be a climate change skeptic.

    Back to the incident with the dog and the evil old neighbors. The dog catcher gave the dog back to the old people.
    The next day the old guy got rid of the dog. I can only assume he took it to the dog pound. He does not seem to be the type that would dump a dog or shoot it or something. The dog pound in my area tries to find homes for the dogs. They have a pretty good success rate at adopting out animals. I would have fostered the dog myself but of course the old man and his evil old wife did not think about even asking me or anything. They do not talk to me and vise versa. I know I am breaking the Christmas spirit thing by writing this but I may toast the old ladies passing when it arrives. Miserable in life, miserable in death.

    I read everyone's accounts of debit and credit card fraud.

    Easy solution.

    Pull cash out of your banks respective ATM's and use cash!

    Use cash only!
    Use cash only!

    grab a big wad of twenties and stick them safely in your wallet, front pocket, purse, whatever.

    Don't let anybody see them and play it safe.

    Get gas by giving the gas station attendant in the little booth several twenties. Pump the gas you need. Go back and get your change.

    That was easy!

    the old way of doing things is the best way to do things.

    worried about carrying cash. If you are going to the store to do a small run of grocery's. Only take two twenties. If you get robbed. Your only out forty bucks. Less, if you shoot back and your a good marksman:)

    other words of wisdom.

    Don't eat yellow snow and don't drink and drive.

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    1. CC, if you live a very simple, uncomplicated life then your formula will work. But I subscribe to a number of survival related services that require a credit card of some kind. I also have a family that is widely scattered and I have to be able to react to emergencies quickly. I do keep some cash around the house but in limited quantity and I rarely touch it. There was another gentleman who advocated the same plan essentially in a comment up above. I think you both have an excellent system but it just won't work for me in my situation.
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      I feel badly for the dog. The people screw up and act like idiots but it's the animals that pay the price.

      We had one of the worst storms I have ever seen last night. The lightning was spectacular. At one point it hit so close to the porch that I ran out from under the roof and yelled " drop 100 and fire for effect!" as loudly as I could up into the sky. The rain was so strong standing out in it was like standing under a waterfall.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Drop 100 and fire for effect????

      Sorry. I was Navy.

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  5. dearest Harry - we send our best wishes to you and M and the kids! and of course, the ferrets! i hope you get some new ones to add to the pack! and we hope this holiday season is a wonderful time for you all! we send our love, as always!

    your friends,
    kymber and jambaloney

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    1. Great minds think alike Kymber. At the very moment you were visiting here I was at your place reading about your Christmas. Thanks for the kind thoughts. They are appreciated.

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    2. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      Glad your back!

      We missed you!

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    3. i am sending all of my best wishes and love to you captain and hope that you have a wonderful and merry christmas! your friend,
      kymber

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    4. Hey Kymber, I just saw this. It's just about one a.m. on 6 January. Sorry I missed it. I'm sure old CC appreciated it, because he was worried about you. (So was I for that matter)

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  6. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Harry.
    Especially the little furballs in your life. That picture of Santa and the ferret is priceless! Health and wealth in the New Year, too.

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  7. We are expecting two new ferrets who need a home tomorrow when my daughter and son arrive. It will be a festive occasion for the whole family.
    I hope your Christmas out there is a nice one for you and yours. Maybe things will improve for all of us in 2016.

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  8. Are the ferrets there yet?!?
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Not yet. I'm expecting the kids and my two new family members tomorrow evening. Looking forward to everyone getting here. Jet and Spike are anxious to meet the new colony members.

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  9. Merry Christmas Harry and to your wife. It's 9:30 here in NW Florida and it's still 76. Got up to 82 today. Rode my motor scoot over to next town to mail a Netflix DVD, just to get out of the house. I was in my short sleeved jump suit and totally comfortable.

    We've had a lot of rain and north of me up in Alabama they've got flooding and tornados.

    Regardless best to you yours for the new year.

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    1. Wade, it's going on midnight here, sixty degrees out and horrific humidity. We had a bad storm,and I have some damage this time, which is unusual as this place was designed to handle weather. But this thing last night was as bad as anything I've seen.

      I hope you have a quiet, peaceful Christmas.I think just about all of us are stressed out and could use some peace of mind these days.

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  10. No quiet time, but certainly we have happy people here.

    Happy Holidays to you!

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    1. No, I guess with young kids in the family, and a large extended family, it wouldn't be very sedate. But it will surely be a lot of fun.

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  11. A very happy Christmas to you and your family Harry.

    The big day is already passed for us down here, I am lying in bed typing this on the kindle and trying to digest all of the food consumed during the day! Nice mild weather after the heat wave of last week so it made for a very pleasant day. Sent you a picture of the Christmas spread we had for lunch on the e-mail.

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    1. Sgt. We are having strange weather here. Temps as much as thirty degrees above normal, day after day. Torrential rain, so much so that I have gotten nine inches of rain at my place in three days according to the gauge in my meadow.

      I hope you and the wife had a good Christmas. Sounds like you had lots of good food! I'll check for that email.

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  12. Merry Christmas harry, hope you and your wife have a great day.

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    1. Kevin, my kids were supposed to be home tonight but my daughter called and said they would be a day late. That was disappointing but they are still coming down so it will be a good holiday. I hope you and your family had a good one. Your kids are just the right age for Christmas to still have the magic.

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    1. Hey Rob,I appreciate the good wishes. I think maybe you had a white Christmas up there where you are. I hope so.

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  14. Merry Christmas, Harry, to you and your family! Hope you had a blessed one.

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    1. Thanks Hobo. My kids were supposed to get home tonight but the weather is so terrible all the way down from where they live to here that they decided to wait one day to come down. That's ok though. It will make the holiday for the wife and I to see them again.

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  15. Cute ferrets! They reminded me of the guy at Petco 2 days ago who walked by the chinchilla and said "Oh look, a ferret". All I could do was shake my head lol

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    1. They are sweet natured friends and great companions, Becca. I never had chinchillas but that guy was off the mark.Ferrets are a handful but they are worth it.

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  16. I hope every human and critter in your mountain clan is enjoying the holidays!

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    1. It's been rough up here because of the terrible weather. Day after day of very heavy rains, very high wind. Lots of flooding at lower levels, and even up here the upslope drainage ditches overflowed. The kids are here and that's good though.

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  17. Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a great time and the visit from your family will be fun.

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    1. Kathy, they are here right now and we are having a good visit. I have not seen either of them for some time so it's very nice to have them here.

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  18. Harry,

    Merry Christmas To You and Yours.
    How are the new ferrets?>?

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    1. Sandy, my daughter didn't bring me any ferrets. She said she had a hard time getting packed up and ready to go and taking care of her own animals. I am kind of sad about it because though I understand I really was looking forward to getting some more and I know there are ferrets who need homes.

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  19. Harry,

    Merry Christmas To You and Your Sweet Wife.
    Can't wait to see pictures of your 2 new ferrets.

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    1. Christmas was nice, but alas, I have only Jet and Spike. No new ferrets from up north. :-(

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  20. Harry,

    Happy late holiday wishes to you. Hope your time with family was good and that the new pets are adjusting to life there. Our family just returned from Baja, Mexico. We had a pretty good time down there and the food was delicious. Didn't get robbed so that was a bonus. --Troy

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    1. Troy, we have been having really bad weather now for more than a week, very heavy rain, all day and all night. Wind that knocks over the trees and tear the shakes off my roof.

      My daughter didn't bring me any more ferrets, she was too busy to go get any from the other side of the city. Makes me feel kind of sad but I understand.

      Sounds like you had a good trip. That's a nice place, Baja. My brothers go down there to fish if its the same place I am thinking of.

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  21. I have never met a ferret up close, but through your blog I find myself falling in love with them. The are so adorable. All the best for the new yearl.

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    1. Inger, they are absolutely the best friends and companions. The down side is that they are sick a lot and don't live long usually, which is hard . I guess you take the good with the bad.

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  22. Hope you had a great Christmas and an even better new year with the family my friend.

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    1. Hey, Senior Chief.
      The weather here has been beating the hell out of us. Heavy rain all day and night for days on end. Terrific wind that brings down all kinds of limbs from the trees, and sometimes bowls them over . Wrecks havoc on my roof. But the kids did get here and we are having a good visit. Hope the weather didn't mess up your Christmas.

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  23. Few days late but Merry Christmas! 2016 will be great, I just know it.

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    1. I hope it is. I don't need another year like 2015.

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  24. We had a great Christmas and now on to 2016! Do take care and keep safe.

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    1. Today is the first day of the new year. I am hoping for a quiet, uneventful year.

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  25. Just cooked up some navy bean soup made with some North Carolina country ham. Well, navy bean soup made with pinto beans, so I guess it's Texas navy bean soup.

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    1. Charlie, I have every kind of bean under the sun stored away,and so I get a lot of strange combinations but they all taste good. I buy those spiral cut hams they sell in the brightly tinted paper. We make soup with the bone, then we give the bone to the dogs. Everybody is happy!

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