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09/02/23 09:42 AM #10630    


Marvin Theobald

Linda - I understand that 5 out of every 4 people are bad at math. At least you made a quick recovery unlike many who would never realize they were one of the 5. Hmmmm - No wonder I always feel so confused!

I'm feeling pretty peppy after Liz and Sandy making me aware of still being a teenager, recycled several times over as I am.

Rich and Sandy - I had a Hog once and named it Otis. It got away from me the one time I tried to load it into the back of my pickup truck. It took me over an hour of wrestling to finally get it on the truck. I was totally exhausted. At one point I had given up and got a gun to shoot that darned Hog. We finally made it to the butcher and later enjoyed every meal that included Otis. I never tried riding my Hog but had a heck of a wrestling match the time he ran off. Your Hogs must have been a lot more tame than mine since you rode yours a lot. Ohhh - Maybe I'm still confused!

By the way - speaking of Hogs - Today is International Bacon Day. Hope you take time to enjoy a BLT compliments of Otis' distant relatives.

09/02/23 04:15 PM #10631    


Sandra Jeakins (Singletary Sizemore)

Marvin,thanks for the laugh about your hog, Otis.   And the laugh about international Bacon Day.  I had no idea.  But my compliments to the memory of Otis and his relatives.   ha-ha

09/03/23 06:43 PM #10632    

David Brock

Doesn't seem possible, but Happy Labor Day to one and all.  Travel Safe, if that applies!!

09/05/23 04:27 PM #10633    


David Long

Just a thought for today:


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09/05/23 05:06 PM #10634    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

David Long:   Thank you for the walkers tied up in front of a saloon!   Too funny...........and probably true!

Linda Elias

09/05/23 06:44 PM #10635    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

Whoa Dave. Between my back and hip issues, I can relate to this cartoon. But most of all, it is the Saloon that drew my interest. In remembrance of Jimmy Buffett, "It's 5 o'clock somewere." Happy trails to all our classmates. Saddle up for Margaritaville.

Advice from An Old Cowpoke:


Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.


Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.


Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.


The best sermons are lived, not preached.


If you don't take the time to do it right, you'll have to find the time to do it twice.


Don't corner something that is meaner than you.


Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.


You cannot unsay a cruel word.


Every path has a few puddles.


When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.


Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.


Silence is sometimes the best answer.


Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin' you none.


If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.


The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the

mirror every mornin’.


Always drink upstream from the herd.


Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.


Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.


Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.


Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

09/07/23 12:02 PM #10636    


Marvin Theobald

Sadly we have lost another classmate! Barb Kincaid Menken has notified me of the passing of her brother John Kincaid. No funeral is being planned and to her knowledge no obituary will be available. He passed away September 2 at his home in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

09/10/23 09:44 AM #10637    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Has anyone gone anywhere interesting this summer?  Our site has been very quiet.


09/11/23 10:18 AM #10638    


David Long

For Dorothy and me, it was just the cruise from LA to Miami through the Panama Canal.  It was a great cruise right up to the point when we both contracted COVID (we think in Costa Rica) and spent the last 5 days isolated in our cabin.  Only the 2nd time I've ever purchased travel insurance - money well spent.


Oh, we did make it from Chicago to Bloomington for the Mini laugh

09/11/23 12:09 PM #10639    

David Brock

I broke 3 ribs in late May and spent the rest of the summer in restricted activity.  Early August, we traveled to Indianapolis for my niece's wedding, and spent some time with family.  Also did some museum sightseeingin dowtown Indy--The whole area has changed since we lived there.  Still doing rehab with the ribs, but much better.

09/11/23 01:55 PM #10640    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Way to go David Long!  Sorry you caught COVID!


David Brock:  How did you manage to break your ribs?



09/11/23 02:17 PM #10641    


Richard Gray

I too.k a road trip all the way to Normal IL. Never seen such rough roads

09/12/23 10:37 AM #10642    


Terri Baxter (Whirrett)

Hello Everyone, I have permission from Cheryl McClay Troxel  to share that she is battling breast cancer. She will be done with chemo at the end of October and then begins radiation. She hopes to have it all done by the new year. She also had a double mastectomy in the beginning. She lives in Tucson with Tom Kehoe.  She said she's been tolerating pretty well so far but being bald is hard. Please keep her and Tom in your prayers.


Boo Baxter Whirrett


09/12/23 10:48 AM #10643    

Linda Bristow (Elias)


Tell Cheryl, I'm praying, with everything I've got, for her!

Love to ya both,


09/13/23 08:36 PM #10644    

David Brock





It seemed like the thing to do at the time--I was digging out a dead bush in the yard, and was trying to remove the whole bush (including the root).  The fulcrum/pry tool gave way and I fell-- found the ground harder than I remembered. 

09/13/23 08:37 PM #10645    

David Brock

Prayers to Cheryl and her family..

09/14/23 02:19 PM #10646    


Karen Sue (Suzi) Denton (Merritt)

Cheryl so sorry you're going through all this.  I had four surgeries on my left breast and I wish I would have had a mastectomy because after I had the surgeries I still had 35 radiation treatments.  Now my left side looks like chopped liver.  Haha.

Cheryl I'm saying many prayers for you and anyone else who is going through cancer.

love to all our classmates. 



09/18/23 02:20 PM #10647    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Come Sept. 21, 2023 we are into Fall!  It seems our weather is making the change gradually.  I sure am looking forward to the cooler weather.

Here's hoping that Fall works well for all of you too!


09/19/23 10:44 AM #10648    


Richard Gray

Linda - Don't you miss the snow and  minus 20 degree cold weather?  Your fingers aching from the cold. Ice on your windshield. Car doors frozen shut. Salt all over your new vehicle. Get up every morning and thinking "another day in paradise"..

09/19/23 07:09 PM #10649    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

I don't miss the severely cold at all.  But it would be better than cooking in heat over 100.  When you have a 13 week season and 10 weeks are over 100.......I found it difficult for me to tolerate.

Do you know anyone up there that have solar energy?  Do you know if it is working as efficiently as it is supposed to do?

I saw some houses up there that I am interested in seeing.   You know that vinyl siding.........Can that be removed from a house and have brick used instead?


09/20/23 10:43 AM #10650    


Sandra Jeakins (Singletary Sizemore)

09/20/23 12:08 PM #10651    


Richard Gray

Linda - I love brick homes but brick is not a good insulator to keep heat or cold out. Wood is the best insulator for exterior use. .Vinyl is not good either as you probably know. If I was building a new home today I would use 2X6 studs and fiberglass insulation, with 12" insulation in the attic. Haven't known anyone with Solar Panels, so I can't say if their a good ivestment or not. I keep seeing ads that IL will help with the cost of Solar Panels. Don't know if that is the installation cost or your heat and AC bills  Good luck on whatever you decide. You will get a 1,000 opinions on what is best.

09/20/23 01:24 PM #10652    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Thank you.  Yes I realize the heat relationship with wood.  However, I prefer something that is more secure.  Then I would follow suit with the insulation in the walls and attic.

Thanks again.


09/20/23 03:12 PM #10653    

David Brock

Linda-- Re: Solar panels.  You will need to study any proposal carefully!!  I have seen some bids that performance  would NOT cover the initial investment, let alone prove profitable over the long run.  More than once, I have been told that even though utility companies are supposed to buy/reimburse homeowners for excess production, the moneies paid don't affect the actual bill significantly.

09/20/23 04:50 PM #10654    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

David Brock:

Thank you,   My neighbor here, only pays about $18 per month for an electric bill.   I will look into who might be more trustworthy for this setup in Bloomington,

Thanks again.


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