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Momac, my mother had the same surgery not too long ago and kept talking about how vivid the colors were. But "posting really loudly" was funny and very descriptive. Thanks for the chuckle.

 

I picked my mother and her travel buddy up at the airport today after their multi-week trip to Berlin, The Netherlands, and Bruges. She had a wonderful trip, marred only by some unexpected leg swelling and, at the end, a cold. But even so, she had a lovely time.

 

Before I left to pick her up, I visited the shopping center across the street from my son's school, Jesuit College Prep. There has long been a sign in the parking lot that says "No Jesuit Parking." but it has recently been amended to add, "Except the Pope." You don't often see that kind of joke in commercial signs and I particularly enjoyed the implied acknowledgment that he is the first Jesuit Pope.

 

Always glad to hear that people go on nice trips, we haven't been on a cross Atlantic trip since 2002, hubby hasn't been too keen on travel since then because of health issues. I've only been back and forth to Vancouver but 5 hours on a plane is probably enough for me now.

 

Weather has turned lovely and warm enough to sit outside and putter in the garden. A most welcome change from an unsettled April.

 

Like the addition to the Jesuit College sign.

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What a wonderful idea, Grammath, how special. Well done, Lady L.

 

momac, wishing you a good and speedy recovery.

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What a wonderful idea, Grammath, how special. Well done, Lady L.

 

momac, wishing you a good and speedy recovery.

 

Now have two good eyes, just another two weeks to go with the eye drop routine and then plain sailing. Thanks for the the good wishes.

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We had our first outbreak of Spring tornadoes last night. Unfortunately, it hit one area southwest of Dallas pretty hard and 6 people are dead, with 7 missing. Most of the missing are probably alive and don't know they are considered missing, but the longer it goes without them checking in, the worse it looks. I saw the sheriff on the TV at his press conference and he seemed to be doing an excellent job--focusing on search and rescue of humans, on rescuing the pets that are roaming loose in the area in a panic, and ultimately letting the homeowners back in with an escort. He's keeping out the press and anyone not associated with the area and being very calm. I was impressed.

 

Our dog, who never cares about storms at all, was anxious and kept going in to "find" my son in his room. So I opened a window in order to hear if the sirens went off and when they did, went running into the other room to tell my husband and son (dog was glued to me, so he didn't need telling) to come into the safest room in the house. My husband said there was nothing and we should just turn on the TV. My son, our dog, and I cowered in the "safe" room (it's really just an interior 1/2 bathroom--no windows and lots of pipes in the walls to give it additional strength). This morning, when the TV came on and they showed the destroyed homes and said that 6 adults had died, I told my husband that every single one of those adults had said, "there's nothing--we should just turn on the TV." We'll see if he behaves better next time.

 

In much better news, my husband and I are leaving today to go to North Carolina for our daughter's college graduation on Sunday. There's a parents-only function tomorrow night and then rafts of friends and relatives are arriving on Saturday for various functions culminating in graduation on Sunday morning. We are hoping that it does not rain so that it can be outside. It will be hot and muggy, but pretty. My husband and I are staying 2 more days to help her move out of her dorm and into her apartment, so I won't be back until next Tuesday, late. We are very much looking forward to it.

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Thank you, Meg. I've finally gotten everything off my desk and can allow myself to be excited.

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Glad you're safe Binker, hope you enjoy your trip, sounds great.

 

That's awful about the tornado, hope all the people who are missing turn up. So sad about those who lost their lives.

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Got the rings back last week. I'm relieved to report that (a) they fit and (B) I can't see the imperfections that were in the cast. Rather pleased with myself.

 

Now only 6 days to go until the big day, but between now and then a lot to do. As well as wedding stuff we complete on our new house on Thursday and collect the keys. We won't be moving in until we're back from honeymoon which, being the good book-y people we are, will be at the Hay Festival.

 

By mid-June life will hopefully calm down a bit and I'll be able to visit here a little more often.

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Got the rings back last week. I'm relieved to report that (a) they fit and (B) I can't see the imperfections that were in the cast. Rather pleased with myself.

 

Now only 6 days to go until the big day, but between now and then a lot to do. As well as wedding stuff we complete on our new house on Thursday and collect the keys. We won't be moving in until we're back from honeymoon which, being the good book-y people we are, will be at the Hay Festival.

 

By mid-June life will hopefully calm down a bit and I'll be able to visit here a little more often.

 

How clever of you to have synchronised completion and the wedding. Wishing you both every happiness, and a marvellous book-intensive honeymoon.

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Well done Gram and LadyL on your superb organisational skill. Honeymooning at the Hay Festival has to be the icing on the cake for all BGOers. Have a great wedding day.

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Now only 6 days to go until the big day, .....

 

Only four days now Gram & Lady L so-

 

'A brocheh' to the 'Chossen-kalleh'

:)

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After 2 days of lovely sunshine and hot weather I'm absolutely exhausted but happy. Walked much and did much in the garden (not that you'd notice!). Forecast is for cold but bright, which I love, and for the first time since it was installed five months ago our central heating has been switched off. Wonders will never cease!

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After 2 days of lovely sunshine and hot weather I'm absolutely exhausted but happy. Walked much and did much in the garden (not that you'd notice!). Forecast is for cold but bright, which I love, and for the first time since it was installed five months ago our central heating has been switched off. Wonders will never cease!

 

Glad you've been enjoying the garden - it's a great feeling of accomplishment when the garden gets tidied up after the winter.

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I had a wonderful surprise the other day, a friend who had moved away three years ago was in the are and ddecided to see whether I was at home. I was sooo happy to see her again.

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What a nice surprise, Momo.

 

My husband and I are finally back from the weekend of graduation (wonderful) and apartment moving (a good deal less wonderful). We had 16 people attending graduation with a big dinner the night before and big brunch the day of and everyone was great. Even the children were relatively well-behaved and the chronically late were not so late that they inconvenienced anyone. The graduation had to be held inside because of threatening weather, but the facility was nice and those of us who arrived early saved seats at the very front for everyone, so we had well-located, comfortable seats for the entire ceremony. It was very nice.

 

Our flight home last night was delayed about an hour and a half by thunderstorms in Dallas (it was also raining in Charlotte, but not as ferociously). When we arrived home, the power was out and had been out for several hours (fortunately, it was a lovely cool night, so sleeping with the windows open was pleasant). But it was all made worth it on the flight home, when we saw the most beautiful and awe-inspiring thunderstorm. The center part of the storm looked like an enormous horizontal disc, with fluffy clouds above and below it and near-constant lightning, which either lit up the beautiful cloud formations within the storm or showed up as discrete bolts of lightning arcing through the storm and the sky around it. It was mesmerizing. We both stared out the window for a long as we could, corkscrewing ourselves around to watch it until we couldn't see it anymore.

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Great description of nature's power Binker - hope your power is back on.

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It came back on at 12:30 a.m. I guess it had been out 6 or 7 hours. We drove past the repair crews on our way home from the airport. At 11:30 at night, WAY after my bedtime.

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Binker, is Dallas anywhere near what they are calling "tornado alley"? That was a fearsome tornado that hit Oklahoma and Texas has had some really bad weather recently. On another forum we were all concerned when one of the members from Texas hadn't been heard from for several days after a big storm, however, it turned out that she was busy editing her novel for presentation to her agent and all was well in her area thank goodness. Ontario comes in for some bad weather too and I hope we never have a tornado touch down near us.

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Yes, Momac, Dallas is at the extreme southern end of Tornado Alley, which extends in a pretty straight line up through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota (with Kansas being the worst--that's why "The Wizard of Oz" is set in Kansas). It also ranges further east and west, so that western Minnesota and eastern Colorado get some humdingers, too.

 

Apparently, there's another area, called Dixie Alley, that gets fewer tornadoes, but suffers a lot more deaths. It covers much of old Dixie--Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia (with Alabama being the worst). Those areas are a lot more heavily populated than true Tornado Alley and a lot more people live in manufactured housing, which is incredibly vulnerable in a tornado. Apparently, those storms tend to hit at night and be wrapped in huge rainstorms (like the one my husband and I saw from the plane) and so people have very little visual warning that something is about to happen. And, there's not a "season" the way there is here (May and June are the two big months in true Tornado Alley). Tornadoes hit at any time of the year in Dixie Alley.

 

In Dallas, one of the big problems is that no one has basements or really much of anything underground. The soil is a heavy clay that is difficult to dig out and shifts around so much that anything underground would be subject to a lot of pressure and have to be reinforced so much that it's prohibitively expensive to build. The further north you go in Tornado Alley, the more likely that people will have basements or other underground shelters. Texas A&M has come up with specs for above-ground rooms that protect against a tornado, so that you can build one room in your house to meet those standards. We thought about doing that when we renovated, but even that cost was very high, so we didn't. When my son and I are crouching in an interior bathroom, I do wonder if I made the right decision.

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Thanks Binker, didn't know about Dixie Alley and didn't know the extent of Tornado Alley. It must be very frightening to know that a tornado is headed your way. I know that we have some bad thunderstorms and they always warn on the Weather Network that severe storms can spawn tornadoes so it makes me a bit nervous when that is shown on the forecast. Nature certainly has the upper hand.

 

The underground shelters reminds me of the Anderson shelters they dug in backyards in Britain during the raids in WWII - same kind of idea. Remember seeing them in a couple of old wartime movies.

 

I hope you remain tornado free for the rest of May and June.

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Just popping by to wish a big fat wonderful wedding day to Lady L and Grammath. It seems far more appropriate to do it here than on Facebook (though I will be looking out for photos!) Hope those shoes have been well and truly broken in now, and that it's the start of a truly fulfilling life together. Good luck!!!!

:):):)

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Is the wedding day today or tomorrow? I hope I haven't missed giving my best wishes in advance. But no matter which, let me give Lady L and Grammath my best wishes!

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