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    That could be quite a nuisance. What if one head...

    That could be quite a nuisance. What if one head wanted to sleep but the other head wanted to talk?
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    I'd be very reluctant to take the vaccine too. It...

    I'd be very reluctant to take the vaccine too. It would be too recent, with too little known about it. Who knows what it might do to a person who's had MS for many years?
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    Getting providers to get their information in and...

    Getting providers to get their information in and matching it up with mine is almost always a problem. The pharmacy copays are a particularly bad issue because the pharmacy has made several mistakes...
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    That's the problem with all of the MS drugs,...

    That's the problem with all of the MS drugs, isn't it? I felt the same way about Avonex and Copaxone when I was taking them--that I wasn't improving (but then improvement hadn't been promised) and I...
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    Welcome, cruiser! I'm another of the people...

    Welcome, cruiser!

    I'm another of the people here who aren't on any MS drugs.

    I was diagnosed in 1980. I tried Avonex for 3 years, then Copaxone for nearly 3 years, but for the last 9 years or...
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    I've been busy with the worst phase of the...

    I've been busy with the worst phase of the housing recertification process lately. I always have to focus on it at this point--the time when I have to come up with all records of expenses over the...
  7. Yes, it still seems mighty strange around here...

    Yes, it still seems mighty strange around here without nuthatch. Her grandkids will certainly miss her but may be old enough to keep memories of her.
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    I don't know if this link will work but will try...

    I don't know if this link will work but will try it:

    https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083.full#F3

    ANN, the link in your post wasn't working for me. We could...
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    Virginia, back in the days when I was normal, I...

    Virginia, back in the days when I was normal, I sometimes had a house with a washer and dryer, and when they went on the fritz, I went to a laundromat. Maybe there are no laundromats open any more...
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    Virginia, I'd like to think that Sam is strictly...

    Virginia, I'd like to think that Sam is strictly indoors too but today there was this post by her assistant:
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    Cats in the news in a negative way again

    It seems there may be human-cat-human transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus also known as COVID-19. More study is advised. The risk looks really low if you look at the CDC guidelines for pet owners...
  12. Thread: Have you voted?

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    I did. The ballot came along early, and there was...

    I did. The ballot came along early, and there was just one choice on it. I sent it in early even though I usually wait until only about 5-7 days before the actual election date.

    It's probably good...
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    A bike--how exciting! There's no stopping you...

    A bike--how exciting! There's no stopping you now, ANN!
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    I've noticed cats doing that too. I think they're...

    I've noticed cats doing that too. I think they're going through the motions that they'd be going through if they were chomping down on the bird or whatever it is that they're watching, as if they're...
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    Tom Cat has shared some information on how...

    Tom Cat has shared some information on how gentlemen dressed in another era. I had just recently got around to sending him the replies here about the gentleman's costume he was wearing in the photo:...
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    Maybe Cassie was frightened by something--that's...

    Maybe Cassie was frightened by something--that's my guess. It's when they stay in hiding or in some very unusual spot that I get concerned.
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    Folks in Florida must have to be tough as nails....

    Folks in Florida must have to be tough as nails.

    You don't need this stress, Jeanie. I hope this storm will blow over. Or blow some place where you're not.
  18. Thread: July chitchat

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    Sam might keep you company there in the corner,...

    Sam might keep you company there in the corner, Virginia. I'm sure she should be there.
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    Another idea about the 30 loads of laundry,...

    Another idea about the 30 loads of laundry, Rose--could some of it be disposable? Sometimes when my laundry has piled up to the point where I'm very unhappy about it, I look it over and find an item...
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    A place in Colorado posts funny signs, and Jeanie...

    A place in Colorado posts funny signs, and Jeanie Z has sent me some examples. Here's one (thanks, Jeanie!):
    ...
  21. Thread: July chitchat

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    I'll be happy to continue starting chitchat...

    I'll be happy to continue starting chitchat threads as the need arises. I just thought that taking turns might be a good option. Or maybe one person does the thread for a few months, then passes it...
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    Another from Tom Cat (Thursday). I had to do a...

    Another from Tom Cat (Thursday). I had to do a double take before realizing that the squirrel is hanging upside down, in the way squirrels do:

    ...
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    From Tom Cat (Wednesday): Plugging along...

    From Tom Cat (Wednesday):


    Plugging along here. Getting a few things done outside. The temperature has varied at night from upward of 75 down to 58, and most days hitting 85 to 90 or more by late...
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    Many thanks, ANN, for starting this thread. ...

    Many thanks, ANN, for starting this thread.

    Howie, good news probably for you--Social Security astonished me today by paying on the 1st. Hope that will be true for you as well!

    There's been...
  25. Thread: July chitchat

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    Looking at that photo is cooling. And Howie...

    Looking at that photo is cooling.

    And Howie (or someone), how would you like to start the August chitchat thread? I have started the chitchat thread for 5 months in a row. Someone else should...
  26. Thread: July chitchat

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    I thought maybe that animal in your avatar photo...

    I thought maybe that animal in your avatar photo had come to the end of that snowy ledge it is walking on and was speaking up about it. I think it's a cat--maybe Sam? But is that a rooftop or what?...
  27. Thread: July chitchat

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    Thanks for the compliment, Howie, but the Social...

    Thanks for the compliment, Howie, but the Social Security Website is down for maintenance. My guess is that the money won't be in until Monday since that's the 3rd but every now and then there's a...
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    We did that, yes indeedy. Well, the word June...

    We did that, yes indeedy.

    Well, the word June looks a lot like the word July, doesn't it? You can hardly tell them apart.
  29. Thread: July chitchat

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    Well, wasn't it?

    Well, wasn't it?
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    Better late than never.... It's almost the end of...

    Better late than never.... It's almost the end of July and I haven't figured up my step counts for June until just now.

    Average step count for June (based on 29 days): 1739, the highest average...
  31. Thread: July chitchat

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    Jeanie, hair can certainly wait. It's amazing how...

    Jeanie, hair can certainly wait. It's amazing how many things can wait when you're recovering from a fall or whatever else you're recovering from (like shingles).

    I'm glad people are in contact...
  32. Thread: July chitchat

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    A house with 27 windows and seven...

    A house with 27 windows and seven skylights--that's mind-boggling.

    My heat-avoidance strategies are many. I've always tried to move to places with north exposures. Preferably cross ventilation too...
  33. Thread: July chitchat

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    Howie, you've called everyone involved--does that...

    Howie, you've called everyone involved--does that include the NP? I hope so, and I hope you pointed out that you really don't want any seizures. Seems to me it's quite possible that CVS has your...
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    I think I'm seeing two little ones alongside the...

    I think I'm seeing two little ones alongside the grownup on the left and maybe a couple of little ones in front of the grownup on the right?
  35. Thread: July chitchat

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    I've heard that too--about chocolate, and it's...

    I've heard that too--about chocolate, and it's definitely true.
  36. Thread: July chitchat

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    It must have been extremely uncomfortable to lie...

    It must have been extremely uncomfortable to lie there for an hour and a half on her stomach. The hard floor would have been torture.
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    https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/...

    https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/115981916_965943243831805_3868412699915113310_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=b96e70&_nc_ohc=HU0velLgQpYAX-9ALzY&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=50692805bef89f...
  38. Not having COVID-19 is something to be very...

    Not having COVID-19 is something to be very thankful for.

    I'm glad I finally have new glasses--and the podiatrist was able to solve a problem I've had for many months, a painful callus on the sole...
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    The days with the high step counts were days when...

    The days with the high step counts were days when I was moving around more in connection with clearing the neighbor's apartment. I was going from one room to another in her place and back and forth...
  40. Thread: July chitchat

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    That was a close call, Jeanie! I'm so glad you...

    That was a close call, Jeanie! I'm so glad you weren't hurt but it sounds as if you must have been on the floor there for an hour and a half????

    Multitasking is something I just can't do at all....
  41. Thread: July chitchat

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    Yup, gloves. They get caught in keyholes when I...

    Yup, gloves. They get caught in keyholes when I use a key but otherwise I can do most things while wearing them. I always wear them when outside this apartment. They've been difficult to get...
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    Congratulations on success with the image! Yes, a...

    Congratulations on success with the image! Yes, a person does have to keep tinkering to get images to show up sometimes. Nice to see you there, wearing your timely tee shirt.
  43. Thread: July chitchat

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    The CDC has just issued new guidelines for...

    The CDC has just issued new guidelines for handling COVID-19, and glancing over the material about retirement communities (such as the one I'm in), I find that residents are even having their anxiety...
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    Recent days have been busier than usual for me. ...

    Recent days have been busier than usual for me.

    Step counts:

    7/9 - 2867 steps
    7/10 - 1784 "
    7/11 - 3072 "
    7/12 - 1949 "
    7/13 - 2245 "
    7/14 - 3756 "
  45. Thread: July chitchat

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    I was all set to go to the dentist today for the...

    I was all set to go to the dentist today for the first part of a rescue procedure on an important tooth--something that he said should be done "in the next couple of weeks if possible," and I had let...
  46. Thread: July chitchat

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    jendie, a person can get shingles a second time? ...

    jendie, a person can get shingles a second time?

    I hope you can find something for the pain, Jeanie. I looked up shingles remedies but you've probably tried them all: cool washcloths, oatmeal...
  47. Thread: July chitchat

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    I like Google Chrome.

    I like Google Chrome.
  48. Thread: OT. Oh my gosh!

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    I'd never heard of bear repellent spray but it's...

    I'd never heard of bear repellent spray but it's sold on Amazon. Sounds like something Linda needs to have.
  49. Thread: July chitchat

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    She's been here for about 6 years and isn't...

    She's been here for about 6 years and isn't likely to leave. It will be my last encounter with her if I can arrange it but she lives right down the hall, and to do laundry or take out trash I have to...
  50. Thread: OT. Oh my gosh!

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    This just happened? And you're calmly here...

    This just happened? And you're calmly here telling us about it? I'd be somewhere off in lala land, I think, if that had happened to me.

    I didn't realize bears ever showed up where you live,...
  51. Thread: July chitchat

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    Yes, they were indeed in a hurry. One of them is...

    Yes, they were indeed in a hurry. One of them is about to go on vacation and needs to have the apartment rentable before leaving. I thought they'd at least try to have a charity pick the stuff up too...
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    Jeanie, you beat me to it! A VERY HAPPY...

    Jeanie, you beat me to it!


    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIRGINIA!

    https://download-free-images.com/00002/happy-birthday-happy-birthday-flowers-318855.jpg
  53. Thread: July chitchat

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    Jeanie, I'm so glad you're having at least a...

    Jeanie, I'm so glad you're having at least a little relief, and I'm betting that Andy doesn't mind applying that cream at all but I know how you feel. Aging often means losing a lot of dignity--and...
  54. Thread: July chitchat

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    Now I'm almost feeling sorry for you, Howie....

    Now I'm almost feeling sorry for you, Howie. However, there are occasional males besides you on here. I can think of at least two right now, and then there's Tom Cat, who may get around to...
  55. Thread: Restoration Saga

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    This story is priceless--though it's too bad you...

    This story is priceless--though it's too bad you got hit with what sounds like yet another snag, another issue you might have to follow up on, maybe with calls and letters, until you find out just...
  56. I thought it was a frog too but apparently it's a...

    I thought it was a frog too but apparently it's a fence lizard. Lizards can look amazingly like tiny dinosaurs:
    ...
  57. (OT) Prize-winning Audubon Society bird photos

    Thinking of one of our bird watchers, nuthatch (Joan), today--thought people here might enjoy these prize-winning bird photos from the Audubon Society. Some are quite remarkable--the roadrunner with...
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    I hope to be able to finish matching up the names...

    I hope to be able to finish matching up the names with the flowers soon here but this was from July 6:

    And here are the prairie flowers for the day, top to bottom: little blue stem grass, Queen...
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    I'm finally catching up a bit here. This is from...

    I'm finally catching up a bit here. This is from July 5:


    Waking up with a cup of coffeehttps://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t91/1/16/2615.png and a grilled cheese sandwich. Was up for...
  60. Thread: July chitchat

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    Jeanie, shingles must be dreadful--and it seems...

    Jeanie, shingles must be dreadful--and it seems as if most people who have it wait it out until it goes away but what a miserable time it must be while they wait. I hope you're trying any available...
  61. Thread: July chitchat

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    Thanks for wondering, ANN. There haven't been...

    Thanks for wondering, ANN. There haven't been very many people signing up for the open house (by appointment only) that I'm having for this apartment but there will be 3 more days of it.

    No...
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    I'll be transmitting your replies to him, as well...

    I'll be transmitting your replies to him, as well as bringing another message from him over here too but sometimes I'm slow. It's possible I may not get to it until late on Sunday.

    The bazaar I...
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    Rose, sure enough--that photo wasn't showing for...

    Rose, sure enough--that photo wasn't showing for me either. Odd because yesterday it was showing. I've tried again, and we'll see how long this one lasts.

    I'm sorry I can't answer your question...
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    Takeout has improved vastly compared to the times...

    Takeout has improved vastly compared to the times when the only options were Chinese food or pizza. Many more options out there. Back when I was still doing "serious" cooking, I tended to forget that...
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    Not sure where to put this, and it's probably...

    Not sure where to put this, and it's probably preaching to the choir here, but this came to me by e-mail thanks to Jeanie Z and I thought it should be out here for others to see. I'm sorry not to...
  66. Thread: July chitchat

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    I don't ever want to ask people why they're not...

    I don't ever want to ask people why they're not wearing masks. Some people have medical reasons for not wearing them. Others may be making a statement of some kind ("Nobody is going to tell ME what...
  67. I haven't had nearly as bad a day as Linda but...

    I haven't had nearly as bad a day as Linda but I'm just about done in.

    Several days of trying to clear out the apartment that belonged to the neighbor/friend who died and I'm ready to rest. I took...
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    Will be be firing off a few rounds from my swivel...

    Will be be firing off a few rounds from my swivel gun cannon today for the 4th. My friend Joe will be here with wife, Joanne. I might put on my gentleman's clothes for the period. Lacy shirt, button...
  69. Happy July 4th to all! It's a relief to know...

    Happy July 4th to all!

    It's a relief to know that Sam is wearing a mask.

    The neighbor who is helping with the apartment we're clearing out turned up today in a T shirt that was bright red on...
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    I don't know how you manage to cook so much with...

    I don't know how you manage to cook so much with all that you have going on, Sunshine, but I hope you're rewarding yourself with one of your special meals, maybe the yummy one you mentioned on June...
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    You hang onto the vehicle door frame while you...

    You hang onto the vehicle door frame while you hoist yourself up onto the stepstool. It pays to grope around on the door frame for anything like a handle. There often is one.

    I've had a little...
  72. Thread: July chitchat

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    Howie, I'm hoping you won't have to get out your...

    Howie, I'm hoping you won't have to get out your pliers. Trips to the dentist can so often mean more trips to the dentist, and today's trip was like that.

    There's a lonesome molar remaining in my...
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    Virginia, in post #6 I meant your brother's...

    Virginia, in post #6 I meant your brother's vehicle, the one you said was too high to get into.
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    Virginia, could you get into the vehicle if you...

    Virginia, could you get into the vehicle if you brought along a small lightweight stepstool? I have one that I've used for years. I picked it up at a supermarket on an impulse and it's been a good...
  75. Thread: July chitchat

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    July chitchat

    Somehow we raced through June and here's July. The loud fireworks started up here over a week ago, and so I knew July was on its way.

    What's going on in your life?

    I'm on my way to the dentist...
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