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Good morning everyone on this THURSDAY morning APRIL 1, 2021. 







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Exactly @RosemaryF433825 !!! They say variants are oversees and I doubt our vaccines will protect us. Oh well, one day at a time I guess.

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Hi @MsStretch thanks for the latest for Virginia. I have to go next week to my local Walmart. I am fully vaccinated but keeping my mask on in stores. I never wear it in my car and giggle when I see drivers who do when they pull up beside me. Then July 1st is suppose to be when weed becomes legal. Nothing against this but already dealing with mask plus cigarette smokers 😭 Now to add recreational weed. Lol, my allergies will not be happy. Have an awesome day 😉

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Welcome to the Front Porch Everyone out there!

Happy Sunday Morning Everyone! We will be ordering Sunday Brunch soon.










Posted by Dave the Lighthouse Keeper
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Hi folks,  it has been a while since I posted.  We have had an extended spring, will be over tomorrow I think.  Nights temps have been in the 40s and 50s with about 70 for days and it doesnt get any better than that!   I will soon start griping about the heat.   No news here, everything at a stand still including house construction.  The furry and feathery creatures all doing very well.  Diabetic Tigger is very well too. 


Have been planning an outing while it is nice but that has not materialized.  I am really ready for something fun, to see another sight other than the house and grounds.  For fun I just watch prices go up, everything from food to books.  Oh yeah, had a bit of fun not being gasoline secure, but I never quite ran out.

@DaveMcK   What a beautiful baby!

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@LaDolceVita   Good Morning!!  Good news about your Tigger!!!  

What a rough time to be trying to build a house, what with construction prices through the roof!!   I feel you, for sure.  

I took a business/pleasure trip last Thursday out-of-state, and felt like a freed bird.  Amazing what a change in scenery can make one feel...more so after all this pandemic!!!


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Good Morning, Porch Peeps! ooops...just past noon now.

Apparently today will be our coldest day this week. It's 72 already and may go to 75. By Thursday the high will be close to 90! Yikes! 

I'm freezing right now because the AC guy was here to do the maintenance on the system and of course had to run it for a while. I need to go out in the sun to warm up. 😸

The mask mandate is disappearing quickly...I think it may be too fast for people though. At the bank on Friday, all were masked;  same at the grocery store yesterday. Out to lunch on Friday the mask signs were still up at the restaurant.

On Wednesday, several of us are taking our "recently diagnosed with dementia" friend out to lunch for her birthday. Sounds funny to say I hope I can stand the heat...we have to eat outside this time because her sister who is taking care of her is one of those who was totally freaked out by the pandemic, and was not going to let us take our friend out unless it was outdoor eating. This sister has finally begun shopping in a grocery store again. She had had all groceries delivered for over a year. Both have been fully vaccinated longer than I have, so guessing this whole fear is a personal choice thing. I do understand that some people will be gingerly creeping back to normality. I will certainly be cautious about giving up the mask entirely, but eating indoors at a restaurant has never been a problem for me. Not fond of bugs sharing my eating space. 🐝

I was going to pick my friend up and drop her off, but the sister is dropping her off at the restaurant and picking her up. ????? Not sure what that is all about.

@LaDolceVita ...Glad you never ran out of gas! Happy to hear that all is well in "Furville," too. 🐕 Hang on to those 70's!


I hope you all are doing well. 


@Frozenoem ...snow gone yet? Mud arrived? Test results good?


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Snows mostly gone except higher elevations, temps in 70’s-80’s, mud is gone.


Tests are a crap shoot, maybe in another month or two or three.Put my rotator cuff back in socket few weeks ago👍.It’s still in place.


Need to stagger, than mulch.







And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@catwoman500 , @LaDolceVita , and anyone else who lives in the Colonial Pipeline states, hope you're gassed up and/or hunkered down.  Governor of VA declared state of emergency today and the panic buy was on.  Neighbor said it was bad out there.  After waiting in a long line, she pulled up to a pump, bought $20, pumped in 2¢, and it ran out.  On to the next station which sits on an intersection and lines waiting to get in had traffic tied up in all directions.  Of course, the price was already jumping up.


I had just filled up last week so I dodged the bullet.  Probably will postpone (again!) visiting old friends in NC (now that we all are fully vaccinated) whom I haven't seen for over a year.


Hang tight everyone!

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Bit of a nip in the air today.

don’t live in a state hit by Russia’s hack of pipeline, and most around here , have their own gas tanks in backyard. Or run diesel.


Hope all have a lovely day, time to play pincushion at hospital, tests and more tests.



And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Hello, Everyone,

I start to panic when I hear news about things being in short supply. Hoping that the gas thing is resolved by the weekend, and people don't start going nuts around here like they are elsewhere. I have enough trouble getting gas because I need to call the station when I get there to have someone come out and pump it for me. I don't need a billion other people at the station vying for gas. Right now I have more than half a tank, so hoping it gets me through the crisis.


Had an interesting thing happen when I got my credit union statement yesterday. There was a deposit to my checking account from the IRS in the amount of $3212! Obviously a mistake! LOL, Called the credit union and they checked it out and got back to me. Yep, bad news the girl said. They aren't sure how it was put in my account, but it wasn't mine. Duh!

Stepson came today to show me his updated floor plan for my renovations and to take some more measurements. I had to get up at the crack of dawn, so need more coffee than usual today. 

Hope everyone has enough gas to keep them going. As for me, it's the coffee that will keep me going. 😸



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This just in...

BREAKING: Colonial announces pipeline restart, says normal service will take 'several days'

Colonial Pipeline, operator of the largest U.S. fuel pipeline, said Wednesday it is restarting operations after being shut down for five days due to a cyberattack that crippled its operations and led to gas shortages. The company said it will take several days for gasoline supply chain to return to normal.

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@catwoman500 , if you have half a tank, you should be good to go.  Yep, pipeline back in operation at 5 PM.  Most stations in the area were sold out.  But just the fact that gas is flowing again should calm most people's fears and they will quit buying like we are in an apocalypse.

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@catwoman500    Well at least that sounds promising.  When I went to fill up on gas before leaving for my business trip this afternoon, gas had gone up a little but not too bad here in the Midwest.

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@MsStretch   I just read about the Pipeline shutdown for all you Southern and Eastern folks!

So very sorry to hear that.  It reminds me of when I was on a business trip when 9/11 happened and everyone was going crazy at the gas pumps.


 I don't know if that will affect us as far as prices in the Midwest.  But luckily, I keep an extra gas stash at all times out here in the woods.  I never know when I may need it, or come across someone who ran out of gas that I could help.  😇

These are crazy times that just keep getting crazier!   Stay hopeful, friends!

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They're asking people not to fill up if unnecessary because that will drain supplies and drive prices up.  Also not to travel in southeastern states unless absolutely necessary because that will cause widespread outages.  But, of course, nobody listens and a mass hysteria ensues and the panic is on. 🙄  Witness the TP debacle last year.


@RosemaryF433825 , I was reading that the shortage may drive up prices in the affected area, but other states not served by the pipeline should see minimal price increases this summer. 

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@MsStretch Thanks for that info.  I know gas prices always go up starting around Memorial weekend and then of course for the summer.  So I'm used to that.  I wonder how many people will be on the road this summer, what with the vaccine now available and businesses starting to reopen.  I hope tourism will be much business would certainly be smiling if it will.   🤗

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Good morning everyone on this Saturday morning of May, 2021. 

Hoping every mother is having a wonderful Mother's day weekend! CONGRATULATIONS to our families newest mother Emma and Granddaughter Adalyn! Happy Mother's day weekend to Grandma Mary. 











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Top of the morning Dave and everyone On the Front Porch! Hope everyone is doing well and in good spirits 🙂. Congratulations on your newest granddaughter!! Would like to wish all the mother's here A Wonderful Blessed Mother's Day!!!! Have a great day everyone 🙂😁

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Yes, YES!   Wishing all Ladies here a Happy Mom's Day!!   And I blow a kiss to the heavens to my own Mom, Aunts, and Grands who brought me up surrounded with their LOVE!

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Hello, all Porch Peeps!

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Today didn't have a very good weather forecast, but so far it hasn't rained. It actually started out sunny very early, but quickly turned to clouds. The temps aren't being nice either...too cool for this time of the year.

Grocery store was bustling early this morning. Not sure why people leave a special day like this to the last minute. I'd want everything in place and ready to go if I was planning something for a mom.

My friend was treated to brunch with her sons and family, and then was able to get a walk in, too. I'm happy there hasn't been rain so far.

I hope all you moms and grandmas out there have a wonderful day. You all deserve the best!





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Good afternoon everyone on this Wednesday May  5th, 2021. I took a walk this afternoon after lunch and took some pictures of the flowering trees and some budding flowers on our grounds. Hoping everyone has a restful night's sleep. 

Our apartment is shown in the upper righthand corner of the first two pictures!











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Have laid in my initial supply of Repel Tick Defense.  Couldn't find it at local Walmart, so ordered a dozen cans on  (Love that picaridin and Repel is cheaper than Sawyer.)  Already pulled a couple of the little suckers off back in March, so every subsequent hike was/is prefaced with a liberal spray-down. 


And speaking of more bugs, back to using water plates for the kitty bowls so the kids have a chance before the ants breech the sides and carry off the shreds and meaty bits.



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Thursday 6th 45* and cloudy🤔.




Still working on last can of Sawyers from my case, bought it from logging supply store a couple years back, cheaper than Wally World.


2018-19 🤔 maybe, still remember buying replacement birch hook tips and chains for saws.🤣.


Guess I won’t be photographing ETA this year, have been cursing at Dell, this week times 400.  Note to all, if you have a 2009 anything Dell to this year update your computer thru Dell, they had an issue with one driver since then.


Information hopefully, in Computer tips.Getting a tad punchy, been updating networks and friends, AND playing catch up with Mac and iOS, Routers and …


Still don’t like working around unvaccinated people and some are still believers in R’s or that other guy.


So, it’s hazmat suit for me, respirator and hazard pay, double time. My lawyer said go for it👍. Or hire someone else.😎


300 more infections in Maine yesterday, 3 partners dead, we’re allowed to be nervous.


Everyone vaccinated you’re golden, standard rates apply👍.

Figured it was just time.😎 When I got last shot, one week later opened to everyone in Maine.NO EXCUSES Accepted😎


Time to make some calls





And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@Frozenoem    Heya Froze...

Me, I've always had Macs.  If a prob, it's usually due to my "lovely" Internet service provider.  They can usually find fault at their end when I call, and fix it pretty pronto.

Don't blame ya for being leery around unvaccinated people.  Three partners dead?  So sorry.  I don't think we should be quite as casual yet as the powers that be say we should.  

Been reading online of some of the MOST far-fetched stories people are putting out about side effects from vaccine.  And of course that just adds more paranoia to those who haven't gotten theirs yet.  (heavy sigh) 

Ah well....someday, this too shall pass.




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One friend of 40 years just came off ventilator, 6 friends total died last year.


Have one baggie left to scatter🙏, mud suit required. Cremains is a very dirty word this year.

And balance says not happening for awhile.👎🏻

Update your Mac, think I mentioned them in post in Computers (another) and Linux, routers, and think even Flash for running Mahjong etc thru AARP, etc.


Me thinks next Windows update will remove and effectively kill it this month or July.


Presently need nap AND then back to grind. Terminal mode to remove password from iMac to keep data safe, need to be functioning on all cylinders for that🤬Equivalent of Dos to Windows users 🤣


Still love/hate reaction to 🍎, love IPhone ios 14.5.1, iffy on patch last week and this week a new patch for Mac’s & iOS.


Tomorrow is playtime for Apple/Mac/iMac and the joy of operating systems- yeesh. Buying some for earth crunchy “ no e-waste” non profit.


We’re both gagging over new product price, and waste streams.


At least Windows can be repurposed and upgraded semi-easily. Pentalobes screws are a PITA.🤣



And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Hello, All,

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

We are having pouring rain right now and expect it for the rest of the day. Open windows; close windows...the story of this week so far. Back to the 60's we go today and will remain in the 60's for a while.

Wish I had thought ahead and bought some ingredients for tacos or at least a Margarita.

Oh, least no bugs can bug me today inside or out. 😸

Enjoy your day today with or without a Margarita!





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Good morning everyone on this first Sunday morning of May, 2021. 

I have my mug of coffee in hand and am watching CBS Sunday Morning News. Hoping everyone is having an enjoyable last day of the weekend.

We are looking at a high of 80* and rain moving in later this afternoon and lasting until tomorrow evening. 

May the next week bring us all better days and restful nights.







Spring flowers are here in full bloom!

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Good morning Tuesday 48* left house for ETA Aquarids this pre Dawn. Cameras, Cell, film and digital, tripods, etc.


Pointed my toes to Eastern sky and fell asleep on a picnic table.

Sprinkles woke me up just now, guess that means no photography when tired.


Guess I’ll try again Wednesday and Thursday. Link may appear🤣


ETA Aquarids 


Small town life no one woke me up, and gear intact. Next time I’ll bring happiness caffeine.




The siding piece was found by neighbor in his manure pit, soft landing 5 miles away.


Returned 5 minutes ago, pre-washed👍🤣





And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Hi Porch Peeps!

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Happy Star Wars Day!

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@RosemaryF433825 ...Nope, the Spotted Lantern Fly is not even close to those sweet little lightning bugs/fireflies that we used to catch in the summer evenings. This is an invasive bug that has been catastrophic to the environment and economy in many parts of PA, and the threat exists for a more profound impact on industries and ecosystems into the future.

The bad bugs hatch at the end of April or early time to keep an eye out for and destroy them at all costs. The more eggs destroyed now and the more lantern flies trapped and killed, the fewer there will be later in the summer.