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







Posted by Dave the Lighthouse Keeper
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Good afternoon RosemaryF. True haven't been on much, been keeping busy flipping houses out here in Az. I retired a bit too early lol (52 yrs young). Hope your doing well and staying safe.

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@OscarE1968   Flipping houses?  I thought that would be an interesting activity!   Do you buy ones that need a lot of work before selling them?  Or do they require mostly minimal?  I am doing well and really looking forward to reopening my business within the next couple of weeks... more so, since I've found some marvelous new artists whose work I'll have for sale in the gallery!  Yes!  I've gotten my shots and have tested negative for Covid.  So I am safe and good to go, thanks for asking!

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I try to find homes that are 80% ready to move in, I upgrade the bathrooms, kitchen and flooring. If it needs it I'll upgrade the electrical service panel. I try to keep the cost down so most of the work I do myself and since I worked in construction for 30+ yrs, I have a lot of friends in different trades that charge me a lower price. I'm on my 18th house at the moment and I've already had 6 offers lol. That's great to hear you'll be opening up soon!!!! And so glad to hear you're vaccinated. I know here in Arizona, people have pretty much stopped getting their shots. I don't understand why it's so hard to convince people that they actually work. One thing for sure, I will keep my mask on till at least 75% of the state has been vaccinated lol.

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@OscarE1968   P.S.  I got to thinking about my asking for "before and after" photos of your "flips," and I hope you don't think I was trying to vie for your attentions or anything.  LOL.  My intention is strictly honorable!  

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Good morning @RosemaryF433825  Think nothing of it, thought never crossed my mind. Soon as i figure out how best to take before/after pics, I'll send you a f

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@OscarE1968   On your 18th house....and with 6 offers?  How exciting!  Perhaps it's the artist in me that sees so many possibilities in something like a home.  Plus my gallery sells home decor art and textiles.  Unfortunately, I don't have the capital it takes to buy flip homes.  But I certainly can dream when I enter someone's home.  

I don't know if you take before and after photos.  But would enjoy seeing some if you do.  They can be sent directly with my user name @, should the spirit ever move you.

I'm with you in keeping my mask on in public for awhile too.  I'm not paranoid by any means, just being careful and thoughtful.

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Not only the CDC but the Governor of my state (several weeks ago now) has lifted the issuance of masks in public.  Yet I haven't found one store, grocery, restaurant, church, etc. that isn't still asking people not to enter without a mask.  Yep, even the Walmart still has their sign up to wear a mask also.

Hopefully, work on the addition to my business entryway will be done before Memorial weekend, and I will be reopening for the year.   But I'm still rolling the thought of mask requirements around in my brain.   I've had both my shots and tested negative for Covid, but what about other people who may be coming from other cities and states, as I am listed as one of the attractions in my state's tourism guide?  Hard to know what is best at this point.... 

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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. 











Posted by Dave the Lighthouse Keeper
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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!











Posted by Dave the Lighthouse Keeper
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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!