ORVG COFFEE HOUSE # 145 - Spring is Around the Corner

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

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Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Dusty thanks, I appreciate your comments. I need to realate some unusual things from the service today, if you will indulge me. I have from time to time felt the spirt world speaking to me, but today was extrodanory.

After the service at a little country church, the attendees were allowed to pass by the casket for their last goodbyes. After the attendees did that. the doors to the church were closed to allow the family a last farewell, then we filed out to the grave site. The funeral director related this next part to me, as well as input from DS who was a casket bearer. After the family left the church building, the doors were closed and the casket bearers and the funeral home director were preparing to move the casket to the grave site. When they came down the aisle of the church, the doors opened by themselves, and the casket bearers were virtually frozen in place for 5 minutes, and then there was a sense of urgency of getting to the grave site. A mourning dove perched on the apex of the tent, and stayed there until the service was over, and when I looked back from the car window as we were driving away,it was stil there. So I know without a doubt, that her exit from this life was attended by angels.

I hope you don't think I am weird for relating this, but I think Dusty can attest to having sprits all around us.

Cleveland Heights, OH(Zone 5b)


That is not strange at all. Try to get some rest and let your hubby know he's in my thoughts today.

Talk soon,


Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Bons....My heart is with you and your entire Family...GrandFather has been absent for a few days....Cookie asked me how he was doing...I told her he had not been home for a few days...I sent him to you...

I understand completely what happened...Yes...I live with a Spirit who is a great part of my days....
He happens to be my Great Great Grandfather, and I am honored to have him love me enough to be with me..He can be disconcerting to some if he chooses to show himself...and he has...many times...

We are all given signs if we take the time to look...I am pleased that you were able to see her...There were others nearby in the trees....
The Dove...The sign of Peace....She sat quietly and waited...She wanted you to know that **She who lies below** was at PEACE...and there will be Doves around her...It is not a sacrilege to spread corn on the gravesite and nearby...In my Peoples tradition...It is a good thing...Do it often...and for your own blessed Mother as well...Take food to them...not flowers unless they are perennials and will reseed...Or bushes that will provide winter food and spring nesting...Those are GrandFathers words...He asks that you do that...for the Mothers...

Be at Peace this night....

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Thanks Dusty, I knew you would understand.

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

More than you will ever know my dear.....

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

February is almost over... That means March will either roar in like the Lion or tiptoe like the Lamb...We shall see...I am praying for the Lamb...

I think this has been a difficult winter for all of us in so very many ways...
Some of us have lost income in one way or another, some have lost Family members, some have had other deep losses, all of which are incalculable....It has been a time of reflection for all of us...
Most of us on this Forum are elder...except for one in particular who is about to present us with a new male child.... :-)) ROFLLLL

We see things alot differently than the youngers do....Things that were desperate 10 yrs ago....are not even in the running...Things we didn't know existed are now a dire necessity...(Depends??) LOL
We Baby Boomers are a rare breed...We actually fall into 2 decades... Those of us born in the 40's and those in the 50's...My first child was born in the early 60's....which was also a Boom that many don't realize... It came from the Korean War...It wasn't as large, but a real boom nonetheless....I think each and every one of us fit together here like the pieces to a well orchestrated puzzle....

Obviously we have our good days and our rotten days but we each are here to uphold each other through the rotten times as well as the blessed ones and the mediocre ones in between....

I just want to thank each and every one of you for being a major support system for me and mine through some tough times these last 4 yrs...
You all have been my lifeline...my reality check, and my sanity check....

May Creator greatly bless each and every one of you...and provide your needs...I love you all...

SPRING IS SPRINGING!!!! Neal Said so!!!

Winchester, KY(Zone 6a)

Yep! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL

Bonnie, thank you for sharing that special experience. Not strange at all, just beautiful.

Jamestown, KY(Zone 6a)

Bonnie, that is wonderful!!
Dusty, what wonderful words you do speak!

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Bonnie, I too believe in spirit signs.

Dusty, very eloquently said!

(((HUGS))) to all!

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Bonnie, so happy you got the special signs...puts a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

Dusty, thank you for those beautiful words, and I too want to thank you, my ORVG family for being there for me...I don't post too much, don't have much to say, but I always read and I feel close to all of you.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.


Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I thought maybe one of you had already called the men in white jackets, that put those tailor made jackets on you before escorting you away. This is not the first time, I have had unearthly things happen, but usually just tuck them away and think about them and what it may mean. I think you have to be especially tuned in to be aware of some things like that.

Raining here today, and I don't know what, if anything I will do. Need to go to the grocery, but it is so yukky I think maybe it can wait a day or two. Probably just straighten the house, and take it easy. DH has come down with a nasty cold, so I don't think he will be doing much.

I have some work on the data base to do, so may just end up doing that. I will check in later.

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

((((Bonnie)))) I think at some time, we have all seen things that others might find unbelievable, things that make us question on our own eyes and things you just have to witness to believe.

Yesterday was somewhat decent so I went out to the garage and went through some more clothes and buckets looking for baby stuff. I also noticed both roof vents and a back panel had blown out of my older greenhouse. They can be fixed but it will be some work.

Hubby finished cleaning up the one chicken coop and put a new door and chicken wire on the top. Then he redid the door on the big coop and also that pen.

The kids rode their bikes on and off and played sports in the back yard, running in and out to warm up and eat. I sure wish it would warm up!

Today, Maddie's preschool is having a little baby shower for me. :) I have to shower in a minute and go to the church.

It stormed pretty hard here last night so the yard is even more wet! It's really windy this morning.

Basketball is officially over. YAY! Soccer sign ups are Sunday. We are debating what to do and hoping something good comes of the new President's housing/foreclosure plans.

I hope you all have a great day!

Winchester, KY(Zone 6a)

Bonnie, if they show up with the white coats, we'll be right there in the wagon with ya. We'd at least be in good company in the loony bin, LOL.

Chelle, sounds like y'all have done a really good job of keeping the girls routines up which is a great way for all of you to keep from thinking on the stresses too much. Little escapes are very good therapy. Have you got stuff going in the greenhouse yet? What ya got planned for this year?

(((Joyce))), that warm, fuzzy "Cookie Love" comes through whether you have much to say or not :-)

It was raining when I got up this morning (...grrrr....at 2:30 the first time!). I'm happy to see it, the leach field seeds got watered in nicely!

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Neal!! :O) I WILL be coming to see your flowers this year...you can count on it!

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Good Morning all...45*, dark and dreary and misting rain...

I KNEW she would be coming with me Neal...no way would I be able to escape without her....LOL

If they were going to be calling white coats with fitted jackets, they would have got me along time ago...so I think the rest of you are safe...

I just went out to refill the squirrel chow, and took a walk in the spring rain...There are bulbs peeking out of the ground and shoots coming up from one of the pots in the pond...The fish are still low, but they are moving around...
*Something* opened the lid to the 5 gal bucket I have chow in...I had a 1/2 bag of yummys rolled up in there on top of the loose stuff, and the bag was torn...not chewed...torn...then when I came back to the side of the porch, I saw the remains of another dead Starling laying there...Just a wing and some feathers...no body...Anyone have a clue what may be lurking???

Rain or no rain today Miz Bons...I have to go back out in it to do my errands as soon as the mail runs...Your friendly neighborhood weather liars are predicting snow showers tonight and 50* by this afternoon... Interesting....At least I will be stocked up and can stay inside and play... I am going to get the paint for the hallways today, so that should keep me occupied next week...LOL

Let us know how it went Michele....

You all have a great day....

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Bonnie, your DMIL made a grand exit, I think. :) What did your hubby make of it all?

Nothing much going on here, just staying in out of the rain and blah. I think I'll finally watch the DVD of Stephen King's It so I can get it back to NetFlix. Howie isn't into seeing this one, and I've been putting off watching it since it's a little over three hours long! Today's a good day for it, I think...If I don't nod off. LOL

Cleveland Heights, OH(Zone 5b)

Good morning all. Dreary day here in Cleveland too. Not much going on. Just making some calls.

Great convo here this morning. I just love you guys in case I hadn't said so lately.

Gonna run and piddle around the crib for a while.

New Madison, OH(Zone 5a)

Good morning all.
Well you all talking about bulbs up, etc.....I have to look today when I go out! I planted snow drops last fall, and am anxious to see if they are up. I saw on the news last night where some already had them blooming! Now...if I can just remember where I planted them??????? LOL!!! I WILL keep a journal this year...I WILL...I WILL!!!!!!
I finally have a dentist appt today for the tooth I lost...almost a month ago. And he probably won't even do anything, but tell me what needs to be done. I think he will send me to an oral surgeon to get the rest of it cut out...so we will see!
Nothing much to talk about here. I haven't been sleeping very good ...but last night..finally got a good night's sleep...yaaaay! Amazing how much better it makes one feel!
I think...since we will be in Kettering...that we will go to that Tuesday morning place...and the book store...P. Allen Smith has a new book out...came out on Feb. 10th....and I can't tell you the name of it..lol. But Dave said he would buy it for me for Valentine's Day.
Also want to stop at Trader Joe's...and have a look around.
My dentist is just across the street from all these places. And by that time it should be suppertime...so we plan to eat at Panera Bread Co....and then home.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Has anyone eaten at "First Watch"? I know there's one in Town & Country Marcy, cause I've seen it there close to Tuesday Morning. There's one in West Chester, too, but I've never tried it. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone who has....just wondering.

My kids used to go to a Dentist over that way...seems like his name was bean something....anyway, that's when they were living with my ex, he wasn't my dentist. I canceled my teeth-cleaning appt. for tomorrow. Just not what I can spend money on right now. :O( Is your appointment at tooth-hurty? ^_^

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

I've been home from the baby shower for about 20 minutes. It was really nice! I let all the little kids help open presents and they enjoyed that, except for a shy little girl that just loves Maddie.

I'm not even sure what all I have. The Minister's Grandson is the youngest of the 7 there and he had a great time helping me. Problem was, he wanted to shove everything into a stack as soon as it was opened so I might have missed some things. LOL

I do have two cases of diapers, one newborn and one size one. One bag has a velour lovey blanket with a rattling puppy head. The next bag has a doggie sleeper with doggie feet, four doggie bibs and five onsies with doggie prints and coordinating colors. The following bag has a pack of size 1 diapers, four pairs of socks and 3 onesies. Another bag has two Carter one piece short outifts, an orange one with a tiger and a striped one.

The next bag is the one little Ethan helped with so I had to see what all was there. :) There is a blue and brown striped onside with a matching bib and hat, a green onsie, trimmed in blue and covered with cars, a pale blue and white striped onesie with red trim that says "Super Baby", a long sleeved tshirt that says all star team with bulldogs and football, a long sleeved red and white striped shirt that says soccer training camp and lastly a blue velour sleeper with a teddy bear on the top and little bears on the feet. I love those!

I have one more mixed bag that one of the grandmas gave me but I've not even looked in it!

We also came home with cheese ball, a veggie tray, a bunch of cake, chocolate chip bars and...

I think it's nap time. LOL Gotta get hubby out the door and I'll bbl!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Oh, I love First Watch! The one at Morse & Hamilton in Gahanna is the one we've gone to. The servers have always been exceptionally friendly and the food is delicious. It's top notch!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Awwww, that shower must have been fun! It's sweet they did that for you! ":)

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

That is very sweet Michele...Things like that just don't happen often enough in todays world sad to say...My GrandFather used to say, **When you are in the bottom of the hole, don't look down...you know your feet are planted there...Look UP the light is there...**

The sun is actually trying to shine...a glimmer here and there...Well either the mail has not run yet, or I didn't get my SS check today as I should have...I am not real happy at the moment...I will check again in another 1/2 hour...I know they have the right address, as last months check came on time, and they just sent me a letter that I got on Monday verifying the amount of this check, and what my new monthly amount would be...It will be direct deposit next month, but with the changes they made, I didn't want to do it this month in case the amount was wrong, so they wouldn't be playing in my bank account...
Ohhhh welll... hopefully the mail is just late... :-(

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

(((((Bonnie )))).
Dusty you have a wonderful way of telling things. I like your style lady. :)
Chelle so cute on the kids helping you open presents LOL
Marcy i m sorry your not sleeping well. ? i hope you get some sleep soon.
Neal i got my calla's ! cant wait :)
Toni don't you know that piddleing around your house makes a mess !!! missy ? LOL
Gw how is the weight loss ?
Things are good here
spent most day on phone with accountant and bank. Got things cleaned. Did my fat machine . watched Dog Whisperer.
made lunch sweet potato and soup
gonna do a excersise class tonight , kinda nervous. ?
drizzle rain here. no sun. windy and cold
have a great night

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Well the lost is found...Sorta...Apparently Hamilton SS office screwed up...They direct deposited my check(S) plural, but the first one for my back bennies was returned??? and the one to go in today will be also...
They were missing the numeral 1 in front and behind my bank account number..To begin with, it was to have been MAILED but she went ahead and had it direct deposited...I find out today, there are to be TWO checks deposited..not just the one...Thats wonderful...except I have no money, and it can take from 1 to 5 DAYS to get it, once I CALL AGAIN TOMORROW now that the correct information has been inputed to their system...I am LIVID!!!!

Today has been a complete and total waste of my time...and Cookies car...not to mention the fact that now my bills are going to be late...
Thanks alot dear Govt agency...Oh .. By the way, when I called them and was on eternal ignore, there was a recording that said some garbage about $250 per individual coming in May sometime from the new administration...

Seymour, IN(Zone 5b)

$250.00 Wow! That will solve everyone's problems and fix the economy in one fell swoop!!! NOT!!!!!! Lou

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Apparently that has to do with SS Lou...I dunno.. I don't think its the stimulus they were talking about...

I just found this local link....


This message was edited Feb 18, 2009 8:23 PM

New Madison, OH(Zone 5a)

Well thanks Dusty! I missed the news tonight as we weren't back from Dayton yet.
Every little bit helps! Sorry about your mix up on checks. Seems government is pretty good at that. I got my check through the mail...and one month...it didn't come at all. And I had to wait ..hmmm...think it was 5-7 days to even call them and say it was missing????? So then they reissued it ...and in the meantime...the other check arrived. Then I had to make a special trip to the office to return one. If I had to depend on that money, I would have been 'up a creek'!! Ohhhh...and to return the check, I had to take a number and sit in the waiting room for nearly an hour!
Anyway...good news! My tooth is back in my mouth!!!!! Yaaaay!!! He was able to fix it!! I am so relieved and happy!!! All except now..on Monday next, I have to go back down for a cleaning!
Joyce....yessssss...it's Dr. Bean!! That's my dentist!!! I have been going to him for years!!
And First Watch is definitely GOOD!!! They are only open till like 2 or 3 in the afternoon though.
I found a couple of garden books at Tuesday Morning...but that was about it.
Found some goodies at Trader Joe's too....and we ate at Panera Bread Co....then headed home...so it was a good day!

Edited to say I got the new P. Allen Smith book too..at Books and Co.!!!
And I liked your tooth hurty Joyce!! LOL! Glad mine didn't!

This message was edited Feb 18, 2009 9:15 PM

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Checking in for the first time today, I think? Well it was a fairly laid back day. I did enter some more information into the cemetery data base, and straightened up the house, and took a nap.

We had left over food that the neighbors and friends had brought by, but I cooked a pot of great northrern beans. To me that is comfort food, and I think we both needed it. I opened a jar of corn relish that I had made this summer and served it with the beans, and it was delish!! Still have more food that needs to either be frozen or eaten. We gave a friend who stopped by this afternoon some chicken and about a half of a yummy looking chocolate cake. I didn't eat any of it, but it sure looked good. Don't worry, I kept an Italian Cream Cake, so I got the better end of the deal.

Chele, how cool the shower was. Sounds like you got some good gifts, and I hope you are pretty well stocked. Do you need anything that you haven't gotten? Speak up, you know we will be happy to furnish the necessaries.

Marcy, good news on the tooth, and the pun, whoever said it, tooth hurty appointment.

~~~ to everybody else, I think it will be an early night, seems like I still need to catch up on sleep.

Jamestown, KY(Zone 6a)

I need more info on that stimulus check . How much is coming MY way??? lol
Not sure $250 would do it for me.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I'm off early this morning - taking a lesson in a hobby and it's an hour and a half drive away... and wouldn't you know it's snowing like crazy!

I was just wondering --- anyone hear from Jazzy lately?

New Madison, OH(Zone 5a)

Good morning all. The sun is shining...and it's COLD!! And a dusting of snow on the ground....AGAIN!!! We are at 19 degrees....yuk!
Flowering child...from what I read, ALL people on SS will get that one time amount?
I forgot to tell you all yesterday...when we were at Tuesday Morning store...and I was looking through the books, they had one on growing Marijuana!!!!!! Yes!!! Told just how to do it all...inside in your closet...or outside...in the cornfield!! I couldn't believe my eyes!
It's a strange world we live in now.
Well...going to try to get some things done around here today, that I have been putting off for a while.
I hope you all have a wonderful day! Keep smiling!!

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Oh, Marcy...Bill told me they're trying to get it legalized in California now. Wonder if that book would sell on ebay.... ^_^

Wind sounds fierce today. At least the sun is shining a bit!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Looks like surgery on Mon 3/30. Will get 2nd opinion. He said this won't get better on its own and will progress. Bone spurs & herniated disc C6-C7 hitting nerves. Pthbt.

Waddy, KY

No sun here right now. It's been snowing off and on this morning.

The insurance man told me to get an estimate on either fixing the greenhouse or replacing it. Since some of the PVC pieces are either cracked or broken I don't think fixing is an option. Fortunately I have outbuildings insured for $5000 so it looks like I might be getting a new greenhouse. That would be fine by me. I can keep the other parts of the broken greenhouse in case anything needs replacing in the future. I just need to get the estimate to the adjuster

DH decided last night that he needed to go back to the farm to check on a fresh heifer at 11:00. Said it wouldn't take more than 15 minutes and I could just ride over with him. Didn't particularly want to but slipped on a pair of low cut shoes and my town coat and got in the car. Figured he'd leave me at the house and he could take the 4-wheeler back to check on her. Well, we drove past the garage and he didn't stop so I figured he had her in the barn. We drove past the first barn and past the second barn and I finally had to ask if he had her up in the third barn. Nope, she's in the field. Now really, the field is not a field right now but looks like plowed ground where the cows have churned everything up including the road. The roadbed is solid but there must be 4 inches of mud on it right now and here we are fishtailing back through a sea of mud to look for a heifer. We found her and the calf was fine but interestingly enough, most farm roads don't have built in turn arounds for muddy days so obviously what goes in at a forward speed must regress in a reverse speed. So here we were at 11:15 fishtailing backwards back a muddy road and I'm watching wooden fence posts fly by my window mere inches from my face. I'm thinking just one fishtail.... Then all of a sudden he's somehow aimed off the road just a few inches and the goose is cooked. We're in mud 6-7 inches deep and it's MY fault!!! I was supposed to tell him we were getting off the road??? Well, a few choice words were exchanged regarding responsible parties and drivers. He had a little time to cool off and realize the error of his ways while he wallered back to the barn to get the skid loader to come back and push the car back on the road. 31 years and the man never ceases to amaze me!!!

Marcy, down here all you got to do is throw those seeds in the fence rows. They don't call an area in our county Hempridge for nothing. By in the 60's I'm told our county maps were circulated far and wide with the best places circled for where it was growing wild. Glad they were able to fix the tooth. Last one I had broke off back last spring they had to pull because it broke off below the gum. Since I haven't lost any weight I'll have to assume I must not have needed it that much to eat!

Stay warm everyone!

Waddy, KY

GW, that's the pits. But hopefully it will make you feel better after it's done!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

You tell a good story - I can almost see you fishtailing through the mud! At least the heifer and her calf were okay. LOL

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

cold and windy !!!!! blow your hair right off your head if you got any. LOL
hurts like the dickens too on your skin .
soar as heck from my class.
Marcy to funny on the Marijuana LOL Very easy plant to grow , so i read. :P
Kydaylilylady yikes what an adventure that must have been . Men? what are you going to do with em :)
well i m going to rest a bit until i have to go get the kid
pick them up and then have a teacher conference at 4 ? so i stay or drive home and in 14 min drive back ? uhg.

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Just checking in...found a house to rent. Cleaned all day Tuesday, moved in and got organized yesterday and have a revolving door with with electrician, furniture being delivered, etc. Hopefully by the weekend, things will settle down!

GW, glad you're getting an answer on the surgery details.

KY, funny story!

Hope everyone is doing well!

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