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  1. @notamermaid, I am so glad your friend was able to visit with you and others. It has seemed like all of us are longing for a connection with loved ones these days. I know your part of the world is especially beautiful in the fall season, and North Carolina is really gorgeous too - from the coast to the mountains. I hope he has a chance to travel some close by where he could take a quick road trip for a change of scenery. 🙂
  2. @AncientWanderer, I am lucky and don't suffer from migraines, so I'm not sure if the show would bother you. The Charlotte show offered some times that were less intense and designed for people with sensitivity to loud noises and flashing lights, and I do not know anyone who went to one of the alternate shows, but you might look into that if you have a chance to still see the show elsewhere.
  3. For those discussing the VanGogh exhibit - @KirkNCand @NextOne, we saw it in Charlotte soon after it opened, and I was enchanted by it. We sat through it twice, and I turned around in my seat for the second time, because the perspective is a bit different from different angles. I think you might get dizzy if you moved around too much in the middle of the show. It helps to be familiar with his works in advance, because a lot of them were in the show and in different combinations and sort of telling stories. The music was really emotional at times. The one that immediately comes to mind is Barber's Adagio for Strings. I hope you both enjoy/enjoyed it. Thanks to all who post and visit here. Cindy
  4. Hello @notamermaid! I am so happy for you that you are on a nice little trip and able to take a break. Have fun and please have some ice cream for me - any flavor is fine, because I'm not picky! Take good care.
  5. @atexsix, we wait until dark to spray the hole, and then throw an old towel over it. The towel takes less precision to throw than a rock, and it gives you time to get a head start running. My new, easy, homemade ice cream (in the machine I heard about from @TiogaCruiser) is mint chocolate chip. I'm sure my recipe cheats compared to yours, because it uses sweetened condensed milk and no eggs so it doesn't involve cooking, but the chocolate is melted bittersweet drizzled in as the ice cream is churning, so it is sort of like stracciatella with thin shavings of chocolate. I add chopped up pieces of mint-Milano cookies at the end. It is really easy to make, especially with that machine.
  6. I’m so excited for all onboard and all of us watching!
  7. Thanks for the wonderful news about Roy. Count me in his cheering section, and I'm sending prayers for continued improvement and healing.
  8. Good afternoon to all the cheery posters, hosts, list-keepers, drink and recipe ladies. We had our second shots this morning, and I'm feeling such a sigh of relief. We will not change anything we have been doing, but I still feel relieved. Thanks for all the pictures, cartoons, tidbits of information and wisdom and for the overall grounded feeling I have from checking in every day. Cindy
  9. Oh, Roy, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers that you can be comforted by many fond memories. Please take care of yourself. Cindy
  10. Good morning. Rich, isn’t this the day you’re getting your first shot? I hope it goes well - I know it will. I have some cocktail napkins That say duct tape is like wine - it fixes everything! Be safe everyone and keep up the good cheer.
  11. @XBGuy, the video is unbelievable! I wish I knew your secret.
  12. Since our first jabs were at a community event at the Panthers Stadium, we got our second appointments when we successfully got appointments to get into the Stadium event, because the joint effort by the hospital system, the Panthers owner and Honeywell (who supplied the IT and logistics) will be a repeat at the stadium again the end of February. I am relieved to not have to deal with any more uncertainty than necessary. I'm trying to figure out how I can thank the remarkable people involved - from the first people directing us into the correct lane of traffic to all the workers every block or so along the way and all the medical personnel! I wish I could hand them all trophies or gift cards or some kind of token of appreciation. I'm still working on it since I have several weeks.
  13. I remember back over 20 years ago when I took my first Mediterranean Cruise, when my co-workers had to take some of my phone calls while I was on vacation, they decided to respond to callers asking for me by saying, "She's abroad." I'm definitely in the spunky, old broad group now, and I'm honored to be here and have earned every bit of it, but oh, what I would give to be abroad! The eternal optimist in me reassures me that we'll be back there at some point.
  14. Good morning, everyone. I was up at the crack of dawn today getting ready to head to work and the news said the huge community vaccination event at our Carolina Panthers Stadium had just opened up some more slots at the previously booked-up event. It was about 5:30 AM when I called the appointment number, and they were able to schedule DH and me for our first shot this morning. We had appointments for about a month from now, but they were happy to schedule us anyway. The event included a lot of appointments for people to actually go into the stadium, but ours were for a drive-through. It went like clockwork, and I can only imagine the manpower and logistics to pull this off! They scheduled the second shot at the same time, so we are all set. Whew! I'm sending prayers and positive thoughts to all, and I'm also sending a great big thank you for all the kindness shared here.
  15. @Cruising-along, I don't know the Jigzone ones - I'll have to look that up. I am at my office now so I'm not sure what mine is, and I also like the mosaics. My least favorites are plates of salad or cheese or other food. @XBGuy, I am so envious of the hummingbirds all at the feeder together. Our birds have gone away for the winter, but before they left, they were definitely territorial. Maybe when they come back in the spring, they will be pandemic deniers like yours!
  16. Happy Friday to everyone. I love most kinds of puzzles, and since I am a numbers gal, I have to make myself do some word puzzles just to keep things balanced out. I have a jigsaw puzzle app on my i-pad because I don't have a good table with a bright enough light to put out a real puzzle. I like the ones on the i-pad, but they can be very addicting, because they make a little sound when the piece fits. My favorites are of old cities with great skylines and interesting storefronts, flowers and rivers. Have a great weekend, and keep the reports coming in of vaccinations. Sending prayers to all you dear people. XO
  17. I learn something new here almost every day. @XBGuycaused me to look up what I have always called punch cards - thanks for the lesson!
  18. Good morning, and thanks for the birthday wishes and to Roy for putting me on the celebrations list. I agree with @TiogaCruiserthat other than the i-phone and i-pad, I'm a Windows gal. I started with IBM punch cards when I took computer science in college, and went from there through lots of antiquated computer systems and programs and I loved DOS back in the '80's. My father was a systems analyst in the '50's, and I inherited that binary brain which has come in handy through most of my career. Luckily my mother was creative and loved pretty things, so I got a nice gene pool from both of them, keeping me from being a total nerd! I'm hoping everyone is successful at getting on the vaccination lists sooner rather than later. It is a relief to have an appointment, even though mine is a month away. Stay safe and kind.
  19. Good morning, and thanks to Rich, Roy and all for the happy pictures, cartoons, and overall good cheer. I'm sending special prayers to @kazu and to Roy and their families in these scary times. I'm also sending special thanks to @65 Gatorand all other front-line and essential workers. I'm humbled to know of your efforts. We have our appointments for our first vaccinations, and we will wait patiently until our turn, which is about a month away. We are barely in the 65+ age group, and I hope, by the time we are in line, most of the 75+ and most of the health care workers will have had both their shots. Tomorrow is my birthday, and DH has planned a nice birthday dinner for us tonight - ribs, salad, tater tots, cake. And wine. Stay safe and kind.
  20. I just realized I tagged the wrong Gator - it should be @65 Gator. I'm a TarHeel, so I got carried away - sorry!
  21. I am also celebrating the new friends on this message board. Thanks for all the good cheer and the connection we can have, even over less cheerful topics. @Gator65, thank you for your work with the vaccination clinic. We are also in NC, in Charlotte, and we are in the over-65 age group but we are at the lower end. We have our appointments for the first shot in about a month, because once the priority changed and we are in the queue, most of the earlier appointments were snapped up and the phone lines and online scheduling were overwhelmed. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting a community event this weekend, and even those appointments were snapped up quickly. I am curious about how a school or other non-medical facility has the equipment to keep the vaccines at the correct temperature. Our appointments are at a drive-through clinic in the parking lot outside one of the hospitals, but we are wondering how your clinic kept things cold enough. You are an angel flying close to the ground for helping.
  22. @KirkNC, we are in Charlotte, and many health care workers have already received shots, especially ones who would be in close contact with patients' aerosols, like ENT doctors and also dentist. Also, people 75 and older have been receiving shots this week - some at the coliseum and some at parking lots where tents are set up. They all require appointments. We aren't in that group yet, but we will be when the people 65 and older are in line. Apparently the large scale operations have been running smoothly so far, even though the appointments were snapped up quickly so some people have to wait several weeks. We have enough friends in the medical professions and who are 75 or older, so when it is our turn, hopefully we will know the logistics. Some places make both the first and second appointments with just one phone call but the coliseum does not schedule the second appointment yet. Good luck, and I'll update when we have our appointments.
  23. Happy New Year! Thanks for being present every day. Let’s all carry on in 2021 as we did through last year, keeping up the goodness.
  24. I would have been happy to re-book and get a 25% additional credit, but DH has said that unless Crystal brings a river ship over to the Mississippi, he is done! He only wants to be some place where he could drive home if need be, and he definitely doesn't want to be on a cruise to nowhere or on a cruise where everyone is quarantined in their cabins. I think we will cruise again at some point, and a river cruise is my first choice. Here's hoping!
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