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JH (Thumbgardener) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 07:29 am:

Good morning from the thumb.
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By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 07:55 am:

Good morning, I think. Seems to me theres been alot of "constructive" criticism over the way some of us tackle around the home projects. This is Mr. Deb, (yes I really do exist, Mary can vouch for that) and despite the lack of faith that is sometimes shown over my mechanical skills I have managed to keep all my fingers and toes. Patience on the other hand, (insert tone of righteous indignation here) has been lost more than once. I think sanity is running a close second. And I'll have you know, I can run one of those hitting things and those turning sticks as well as anyone. So what if my wife has to learn to ride a unicycle. Sur5er, we found a flamingo nest, I didnt think they would breed this far north but apparently they do. Have a good day everyone, gotta go get that vrroom vrroom thing and cut the grass.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 08:01 am:

OK, I must have spent way too long sorting my pills and eating my cereal. Well, at least I got Last Post yesterday. sur5er, you were lost in that black hole between Last Post and Early Bird!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 08:49 am:

Sorry gals, I told you I got "caught". My husband is such a smarty-pants with that mouth of his. As if WE wouldn't know what a hitting thing or a turning stick is. We probably know how to use them better than they do being the ones who have to fix most everything. And even I know what a vroom vroom thing is. In fact, I'M the one who'll probably have to go out and use the vroom vroom thing. Wait 'til I get my hands on him. Mikie, I think you and he would get along famously. See what Precious and I have to go through?

Have a great day everybody! It's a beautiful morning here in MN. Just got back from walking Maddie and the wind was blowing enough to keep the bugs away and temps are still in the 60's. Yesterday was sweltering when I had to be planting my flowers wouldn't you know. But thankfully the breeze was there to keep the bugs away then too. Until we meet again in a few hours..........

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:00 am:

Mr. Deb, A flamingo nest? Any eggs yet? And just exactly what does a baby flamingo look like? Are they born in the 'standing on one leg' position? Please keep us posted on this latest development :)

Are why do I have a feeling that you are getting the lawn mower ready, so Deb can mow the lawn? And yes, Deb and I do ride unicycles...that way we don't fall over, if we have had too many strawberry daiquiris...hiccup.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:14 am:

Mornin'; gonna hafta check on todays postings just to keep up with this conversation.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:24 am:

Girls, I admit I can't ride an unicycle, nor can I ride a regular bike, but I can make thingies on the lathe and have a complete wood shop, with I admit a complete first aid kit, I also make the majority of the meals, no complaints from Precious, I sorta keep the house clean although not to her specs. As for cutting the grass I have never been able to keep it cut the way she wants it so Doug does that and she pays him. One time she hired a painter to paint Justins bedroom and I didn't like the way he did it,nor did she, so I repainted it on the following weekend. A few years later Precious was telling Justin the room needed to be painted again, he being kind of a smart --- said why don't you have the painter who did it the last time. To which she replied, I don't want to here about it you know your dad had to repaint it, and he takes too long to finish. So the two of them decided to paint, guess who had to redo their lousy paint job? Yeah me. Now it is time to repaint the room again and she is hinting about it without coming out and asking me if I will do it. The reason it takes so long is waiting to be told what color to paint it. Mr. Deb you are right we are not appreacated. By the way I don't have bugs in my yard since I always spray dish soap all over my yard after it rains,and I made bat houses for my little furry flying friends, they eat about a ton of the buzzing bugs a night .

By Happy to be in the U.P. (Lahelo) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:24 am:

Everyone have a lovely Sunday. Its a beautiful day!

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:31 am:

Marsha, I'm always lost :)

My morning thus far. Now mind you, I have stayed up all night, because hubby thought it was a bright idea to allow the toilet papering bandits to spend the night camping in the back yard. Now personally, I thought I did a good job of keeping an eye on them...but when I went to refill the toilet paper roll in the one bathroom this morning, I opened the drawer and there was no toilet paper. I even checked the closet...and no toilet paper there either! Hmmm...

So when hubby got up this morning, I gave him the shopping list, with toilet paper in bold letters and highlighted in bright pink.

Hubby "Do you have any money?"
Me: "What happened to the $500 you took from the check on Friday?"
Hubby: "Well, I have to get a battery for my motorcycle."
Me: "But you have to get your license first...then your insurance...then your plates...then you get the battery." We won't go into the fact that hubby...without a motorcycle license...bought a motorcycle and was driving it around for a couple of years before our insurance company noticed that he wasn't licensed to drive the darn thing.
Hubby: "That's why I need the I can drive over and get the plates and get licensed on the bike." What part of this I was supposed to fall for I dunno.
Me: "First go get your license. Take your license to the insurance company, and then purchase insurance on the contraption. Then you take your proof of insurance and get your plates."
Hubby: "But I want to buy the plates now."
Me: "Why get plates for the bike, if you might not even use it? Besides, you can't get the plates without the insurance...and you can't get insurance without your license."
Hubby: "Well I have to get plates for the jet ski."
Me: "You are in the middle of rebuilding the engine on the jet ski...and I doubt that you will have it ready by the end of the summer. Wait and get the jet ski registered, AFTER you have the jet ski fixed."
Hubby: "But I'll have the jet ski fixed in time."
Me: "And how long has the motorcycle been sitting in the garage because you don't have a half hour to go get your license for it?"
Hubby: "Well I should at least go and get my car plated."
Me: "You mean the one that you haven't driven in the past three years, because you haven't had the time to fix the shocks on it?"
Hubby: "So do you have any money for the groceries?"
Me: "You have all kinds of money now. I just saved your the cost of registering three vehicles that won't be used; a watercraft permit; and a motorcycle permit."

Men! Twelve hours until hubby goes back to work.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:44 am:

Oh yeah, we truly found a flamingo nest. We took pictures and everything and will have them forwarded to Mary so she can work her magic with them and send them out to you, Beverly, Ms. Katie, etc,. It was so cute watching mom and dad tending to their flock. That is what you call them, right, a flock? Oh well who cares. They were just so much fun to watch. We didn't want to get too close to see if there were eggs or not but will take a closer look today. Hopefully mom and dad will need to take off to find food for the little ones. They're still out there looking like such a doting family, all plastic and such. lol I can't wait for you to see the adorable little babies. They are so cute. We just stood there and stared at them. Couldn't believe our eyes. Right in our own front yard. And you're right, I'm sure by the time he's finished with my bike I'll be riding a unicycle. Hopefully not after too many strawberry daiquiris because I can hardly walk, much less ride a unicycle. Come to think of it, cars pose some difficulty also.

Poor, poor unappreciated Mikie and Mr. Deb. My violin is playing as we speak. Please tell me your favorite song so I can play it while you're feeling sorry for yourself. Wait. I think I'm hearing Mr. Deb trying to get that vroom vroom thing going so I can get out there and do his work. I have a news flash for him though. He's going to do the trim work while I'm riding in style on the rider. Afterwards we'll head back to Wallyworld and pick up a bike and a couple of hoses (yes I'll sneak off into plumbing or hardware and find some really cute little parts to throw into the box, UNASSEMBLED of course). And Mikie tell me, just how much soap do you use to keep the bugs away. Those tiki torch things are a waste of money. I'm sure a man invented them to drive us poor women crazy. In man's case it's just a short putt to crazy but for us women it's quite the drive. (That's for you golf lovers.)

Sur5er, that direction story was so funny. I couldn't stop laughing. And then if you're doing the driving it's "Wait! Turn here cuz I think it's down this road as you're squealing your tires on a dirt road to try to turn in time only to have it be another wrong turn". Oh yes, been there, done that. We can have gone to a city multiple times and my husband STILL doesn't know how to get there. It drives me nuts! Our son goes to the University of North Dakota. He's been there for the last 2 years and hubby STILL does NOT know his way around Grand Forks, ND. I mean my gosh! Then he's mad at ME because I can't believe he doesn't know his way around. A 2 year old would recognize some of these places and realize we have to turn there. He always asks me if I want to drive and my answer is always "No I'd rather criticize". Then he's mad all over again. Oh what fun I have!

I'm having fun today. Let's keep this up. Later....

By FJL (Langoman) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:08 am:

Looks like Bashing husbands sure keeps the Hens clucking.Keeps them busy with nothing else to do.........

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:16 am:

FJL, You are SO funny! lol We have other things to do but we have to take a rest from doing all of our chores plus helping our husbands do theirs. Oh the crosses we have to bear!

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:19 am:

Deb, I like the criticize comment.I just put Palmolive dish soap in one of those garden sprayers on the end of the hose. It takes a few doses before the bugs disapear. Probably use about a cup every time.The bushes in the yard look so nice after they are washed that alone is worth using the soap for. It works by making the water wetter and the bugs drown while laying their eggs. Jerry Baker turned us on to this about thirty years ago and we have been doing it ever since. Have the neighbors doing it also so we are pretty bug free here. He only suggested using Palmolive because of its contents were safe for the plants. Today I am going to build a trellis for my grandmothers rose, it will be over the gateway to the back yard I have everythng painted and ready to assemble. It will be made of stainless steel tubing.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:26 am:

My neighbor was putting a swing together and couldn't make heads or tails of the directions since they were in Japenese. Seeing the neighborhood handyman close by he hired him to do the job. The first thing the old guy did was throw the instructions away, then proceeded to assemble the swing set. After he was finished Bill asked him why he threw away the instructions? To which he replied, I can't read them so I just used my head and did what had to be done. And that is what the majority of we men do.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:32 am:

Mikie, I like the criticize comment too because it makes my husband laugh every time and gets him out of his bad mood because he doesn't know where the heck he's going as usual.

You are so full of information all the time. That is such a good idea. I imagine it makes the bushes look so nice. That would be nice, but to be rid of the bugs would be wonderful. We live right next to a wooded area so there are bugs all over. I don't like bugs. I just like them better than winter.

Wish somebody would build me a trellis. I have one going over my sidewalk but it's getting old. We bought it from Menards and I liked it at first but now it's looking old. I guess it's our fault for not keeping it up but we have honeysuckle growing there and it's there all winter so there's really nothing we can do. We're tired of honeysuckle now though so think we're going to get rid of it and go back to Morning Glory. The honeysuckle flowers wind up all over the sidewalk and since I'm so anal it drives me up the wall. Maybe you can rub off on my husband and he can start getting handy like you. He has all these power tools that he HAD to have and never uses. Sigh!!!!

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:33 am:

Usedtobeayooper, Just curious, as I have never seen those flamingos eat...just exactly what is it that they live on? Do you suppose it's those rubber fishing worms? You know, I have always felt sorry for those flamingos at Wallymart.Instead of putting the flamingos in the pet section, where they will be fed and watered, why Wallymart just puts them in the garden section..and keeps them all packed together in a box or smooshed on a shelf. Do you think Wallymart keeps them confined like that for breeding purposes?

Now here's another question about those baby they stake themselves in your yard...or do you have to take them from their nest and stake them in the ground yourself?

Am anxiously awaiting pics of the nest and babies. Maybe their pics will make it on the next Pasty Cam calendar, eh. ;)

FJL, C'mon now, we women know what you men talk about behind our women :)

Mikie, How much dish soap do you use, to keep those pests out of your yard? I used a gallon of dish soap in my backyard, and it still didn't keep my pesty husband away. Perhaps I need to use a stronger concentration for the really big pest?

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:34 am:

You're right about that Mikie. Unfortunately for you men, most of the jobs don't get done right. Later you find missing pieces that you have no idea where they could possibly go and things start falling apart. Of course, you'd never admit to that so we'll just have to deal with it I guess.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:40 am:

Deb, My daughter Michelle is married to a Doctor and he wasn't very handy, poor parenting, Michelle would work with me and knew how to use tools, I would buy her tools for different occaisions. Well after she rebuilt the toilet one time he started to do things he just finished putting in a new vanity, lights above it, and retiled the floor in one of the bathrooms. He only had to have someone show him how to do it. By the way Michelle could have done it herself. My daughters and daughter in law all want my tools when I finaly go to the wood shop in the sky. The boys just shrug their sholders and say if Doug is around they have the money to throw at the problem.

By Bob Jewell, Farmington Hills (Rjewell) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:41 am:

FYI - Bridge cam still stuck on 5/29.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:44 am:

Sur5er, Trying using Fels Naptha on husband, maybe that will keep him away. Or say honey did you see this you are going to have to fix it right away, I guarantee he will disapear for a while.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:45 am:

Sur5er, Have you tried spraying him with Raid or Black Flag? There's always that gallon of Round-Up handy. It gets rid of all the other weeds in the yard. It's just a thought.

We tried feeding them gummy worms and fishing flies but they didn't seem to enjoy them too much so we bought out all the plastic ladybugs and dragonflies you find at Wallyworld. They seem to really like those. That's why you can't find them anymore after late May or early June. People are feeding their flamingoes. They want the babies to survive long enough to take care of themselves. I'm sure Ms. Katie knows all about this. We'll have to get her opinion on it.

I'm charging our camera as we speak and when it's charged I will send the pictures on to Mary because I don't know how to make the pictures small enough for our network of friends. She said she'd do it for me. Be patient. I know you're anxious to see the little cuties. In the meantime, I'm going to go out and sneak a peak to see if there are any eggs yet. Later.......

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:00 am:

Deb, The flanmingos thrive on frozen shrimp, that is where their color comes from.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:19 am:

Thanks Mikie, I just happen to have some in my freezer. They were supposed to be mine but I can share I guess. Whatever makes the little darlins happy.

Sent the pictures of the flamingo nest off to Mary to let her work her magic. I used to could make my pictures smaller, but for some reason my computer no longer allows me to do that. I'm sure I did something wrong. I'm definitely computer illiterate. Thankfully I can spell and type so this part of the game is no trouble for me.

By Randall Ollila (Rwolli) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:50 am:

Morning All.
WOW!!!! Alright which one of you guys is responsible for getting all these females undies in a bunch?? Haven't seen this much male bashing since the bra burnings back in the '70s'. With all thats been said here this AM I hope EVERYONE CAN STILL ENJOY THE DAY!!!!

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:57 am:

Randall, It is all in good fun, right ladies? A while ago it was mother in laws. I am still paying for that one. Seems Agnes reads this daily but doesn't respond on line, waits till she can wrap her boney fingers around my neck. She waits till I sit down because she can't reach when I am standing, she lets loose soon as her feet are off the ground.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:00 pm:

Oh come on Randall, This is all in good fun. I can't tell you how much my husband has laughed at all of this. I think it was probably Mikie who started it all with his perfection. We've had to point out that not all men (in fact most) are as handy as he is. It's been great fun. Hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. Stay tuned. Hopefully there's more to come. lol

By derek tuoriniemi (Derek) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:03 pm:

I go to UND out here in Grand Forks, and it has to be one of the most useless cities on this earth...the way its set up is pointless, theres nothing here, and this place is a trap, can anyone tell that I would much rather be home in Calumet???

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:05 pm:

Deb, Are you related to Precious? She blames me for everything also. Now she is harping about the chairs for the kitchen that I built last year. She wants me to apply the finish to them,she also brought up about the trim in the bathroom that I promised to do. If I do everything she wants we wouldn't comunicate as she wouldn't have anythng to harp on. Come on Randall and Mr. Deb help out a little. Capt. Paul, you always bail me out don't hesitate to help.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:09 pm:

Derek, I love the campus out there. Everything is so easily accessible. And everything that you could possibly want to get to is all in a nice circle. You just follow it around and you can get to anyplace you want to eat, shop, etc. However, there's no place like home. Hang in there. I'm sure you're almost finished. My son still has 2 years left, possible 3. He hasn't decided. You should have seen that city 20 years ago. It's great now compared to then. The mall was just going up and you couldn't really find anything. I think the city is very pretty now. But you can't compare it to the UP.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:10 pm:

Derek, In a few years you will look back on these days as the happiest days of your life. If you are lucky you will make friends for the rest of your life, and if you are really lucky you will meet the love of your life now. I wish you luck, and remember Law and Order is on twenty four hours a day on cable, this will relieve your boredom. Beisides summer is fast approaching.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:16 pm:

I don't know Mikie, what's Precious's maiden name? I guess it's possible. As much as you dote on her I find it hard to believe that she harps on you all the time. Why on earth would you think the sun rose and set on her if she was like that? Me thinks he doth protest too much!!!! Now I'm serious when I say we have a garage full of power tools that never get used. I think you at least use yours. I'm tempted to find somebody who can teach me how to use them and then maybe things would get done around here. Actually, Mr. Deb IS out mowing the lawn right now. I've been working on, well, keeping up my end of the conversation here while I'm printing out pictures from our UP trip. I hung my clothes out on the line, cleaned the bathroom, did the dishes, etc. I still have to iron and make another trip to Wallyworld to get some more edgers for my gardens, etc., etc. Oh a woman's work is never done!!!!!!!

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:24 pm:

WOW what a crazy morning on the pastycam!!! Usually it's so calm and tranquil.Let me give you young ladies a few tips on raising plastic flamingos, since they seem to prefer my rhubarb patch, I've discovered their nests there. Also, they love eating rhubarb. Where else do you think they get that marvelous pink color? Since the nests are so well camouflaged I've never heard their call. The adult flamingos graze in my flower beds so I assume they bring greens to agument their rhubarb diet. As for tools and doing chores, I don't want to know a cresent wrench from a tack hammer. If you don't know anything you can't be expeceted to help. My daughter in Wautoma Wi. is our lady mechanic and electrician and more power to her. I have never mowed a lawn (or our 5 acres), thats what I had a hubby and four sons for (labor pains well worth it to me.) And I've threatened my husband several times that I could easily remove him from my life. All I need to do is take him up the road a few miles or to a neighboring town , throw him out of the car, and he's never find his way home :o>

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:32 pm:

OMG Ms. Katie you are TOO funny! I knew you'd know what the little sweeties eat. It's a good point you make about not having to help if you don't know what the heck you're talking about. I'll have to remember that one. I have to say I use that a lot when hubby wants me to make a phone call about getting the car fixed or whatever. I just tell him I have no idea what to say, do it yourself. I mean, why the heck else do we have them? Hubby seems to think that the boys (I had 4 also and he has 1) should not mow the lawn because they might not watch for rocks. Well, then I say do it yourself there too. And I definitely never thought about just driving him right down the road a ways to get rid of him. My, my, that would be so much cheaper than a divorce. Sometimes I wonder if they could find their way out of a paper bag.
P.S. Don't get all in a tizzy out there you guys. It's all in good fun. You guys can pick on us next Sunday. (Though I really don't know what you could say that would be negative, wink, wink.)

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:37 pm:

Deb, My wife is 100% Polish. I adore her but then on rare occaisions she can really agravate me. Wait a minute they are not rare. Today she is making me go to her church recognigion of the music ministry. It is a picnic outside. With a bunch of people who I don't care for and with the type of food that I don't like. So I am a little testy today. She took a poor Yooper and made me out of him, I wish she would have left some of the youth though. She has tried to educate the CC out of me but has finally decided it is too much work. I attend the Opera with her and go to all of her choir doings, and only fall asleep once in a while. I know which fork to use and how to be polite to people who I don't want to be with so she takes me out once in a while, even when I don't want to go.

By Randall Ollila (Rwolli) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:42 pm:

OK guys here goes, with SISU. In addition to those hitting things, turning sticks, & vroom vrooms,I'll add these; Swoosh swoosh (laundry), Fwap fwap (rug shaking), Swish swish (dusting & mopping), Splish Splash (dishes by hand) and last but not least Squirt squirt (windows) and OH this is a Partial List!! In fairness to The Sweetie Brush brush (painting) which she is really good at. Cooking & Grocery shopping is a shared experience, alternately one cooks the other shops. That way each of us gets to buy or cook what we would like.
Whheew I think I need a nap now.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:45 pm:

The last thing Precious said to me was don't wear anything wrinkled. So I have on a lime green shirt, and shorts, watch I will be in trouble since I will be the only one dressed like that, and I have no wrinkles on not even on my face. I have to leave you nice people now to go and be bored for several hours.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 12:56 pm:

Mikie, Nope. Precious is definitely not related to me. You wouldn't catch me DEAD at an opera! And my husband would never try to knock the CC out of me. He wants me to get a little more of it back as he wants to move UP there. I'm now feeling sorry for you. I hate myself when I feel sorry for a guy but there you have it. You'll have to work on getting that Yooper back. Though you're fine the way you are too. I too am polite to people I don't like but it darn near kills me. When they've left I let out a big sigh of relief.

Ok, OK, Randall we get the hint already. Though I think there's a slight exageration there. Okay, so maybe my husband does the grocery shopping. Big deal. He's the one who eats the stuff. I prefer to eat out. Neither of us does much cooking as he doesn't get home until after 6:30 and who wants to eat then? He does the grilling (I used to do it all the time but he's taken over, fine by me). I cooked all my life and am SO tired of it. I don't care if I ever cook again. Oh and he DOESN'T do windows!!!!!!


By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 01:25 pm:

Mr. Deb here again.
I didn't realize that it was domestic goddess week already, it seems like it gets here earlier every year. Also seems like it lasts for about 52 weeks and an extra day on leap years. Just got done cutting the lawn, a real bear with a scissors and a level but hey she wants perfect. Randall, I have a good answer for the dusting. When Deb asks why I never dust I just say we already have enough. Problem solved.

Ms. Katie, We set out cedar nest boxes for the flamingos hoping they would get used and what do you know, first year success. We have a photo of them feeding their young a plastic ladybug, truly a touching sight. You're right though, they sure are quiet.

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 01:32 pm:

Am I next again? First to conversation with hubby brought to mind that song, "There's a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Lisa, Dear Lisa". And I have secret I'll share with all of you 'cause we're friends huh. I love washing windows and ironing. When you're done it looks so nice. And I'm with you Deb S. I'm so sick of planning meals and cooking!!! After doing an average of 2-3 meals a day for 49 years for anywhere from 2 to 8 people a day, I'm SICK of cooking. I just wish hubby would plan, shop, prepare, serve and clean up. But he comes into the kitchen half way thru the cooking and messes with it. OUT guy. Whew now mfeelings are out in the open and I feel so releaved. Meia Culpa my friends.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 01:58 pm:

Whew, and usually Sunday's are so quiet! :->
Here's the pictures Deb sent for you to see of the Flamingo nest they found and even one of feeding time with the ladybug! Now play nice everybody!

Deb and Mr. Deb's Flamingo nest
Deb and Mr. Deb's Flamingos feeding time

Oh, yes, one more thing....there really is a Mr. Deb and after meeting him, I think he can handle himself with Mrs. Deb, so don't worry about the so called "husband bashing", because it really is all in good fun! :->
Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 02:41 pm:

I just returned from the obligatory luncheon and found Dani and her family here.Always nice when they come over. I don't dust, but do all of the shopping.I plan the dinners and fix them, except for hollidays then Precious takes over, we have the homless this week, and I have to make several meat loafs for them on Friday. Anyone have a special recipe? The last one I put pork into and that didn't go over that well. Maybe I will make my favorite with Velveeta in the middle, the homeless eat better then most of us when they eat at a church. Everyone makes their best dishes for them even though they wont make them for their families except for special occaisions.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 03:37 pm:

OMG, I laughed so hard at the flamingo pics :) Thanks Deb and Mr. Deb for making my day :) I laughed so hard...and come to think of it, with all this paperwork and the idiots in Indy and DC, I think that was the best belly laugh I have had in weeks.

I'm definately gonna have to print those pics and put them on my desk...and then look at them the next time I am on the phone with some yahoo from Indy or DC, to keep from taking the yahoos so seriously.

MsKatie, Thanks for the tip on how to get rid of hubby, without a divorce...just drop him off somewhere and he'll never come back, because he'll be lost and refuse to ask for directions. Wow, you could put a lot of divorce attorneys out of business :)

ROFL about the Hole In The Bucket daughter and I use to sing that while we traveled between radio stations in da UP. Then she would start singing "The Song That Never Ends"...and to shut her up, I would have to start singing "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round And Round..."...cuz my daughter hates that song more than I hate "The Song That Never Ends".

Poor Mikie, sorry to hear that you had to go to that 'indoor picnic' (who the heck every heard of such a thing, eh), with people you don't like. Around here, I call those family get togethers, with hubby's family :)

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 03:57 pm:

Aw aren't they sweet? This sure has been fun today:) I agree with you ladies.I could care less if I ever cooked again. Like Ms Katie I have cooked for 44 yrs. I do have to make an effort tho as my red blood count dropped rather bad in the past yr. They aren't altogether sure why.I do like cooking special meals tho.

Mikie,I don't use a recipe per se, just the usual stuff. Sometimes I experiment with different seasonings but I think you would be safe with a plain ordinary meatloaf. One timeI put a little pizza seasoning in it and that was good.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 04:11 pm:

Mary, Thank you, thank you! They look hilarious on this site! I laughed just as hard seeing them the 2nd time. We're hoping they come back to nest year after year, kind of like swans. We'll keep the cedar nest boxes cleared out for them and hopefully we'll see them again next year.

Mikie, I just pretty much make meatloaf the regular way only I add Lipton onion soup mix in place of the onions and a can or two of some kind of cream soup instead of the tomato stuff. It tastes really good. Hubby doesn't like tomatoes (go figure) so this is how I concocted my own way and he actually likes it. But, like I said, I pretty much don't cook anymore. I HATE it! I've cooked since I was 18 years old, breakfast, lunch and supper and I don't want to do it anymore. My youngest is now 20 and I feel guilty if I don't make something 2 or 3 times a week for him while he's home from college so, let's see, Hamburger Helper works for me. Occasionally I cook spaghetti and he loves hamburger and gravy with mashed potatoes, but it's too hot now. So, if we cook, it's on the grill. If not, he can make a frozen pizza.

Anyway, glad we could make everybody's day today. I've had a blast myself. This has been the most fun I've had in a coon's age (well, except for my trip to the UP last weekend). Thanks, Mary, for not getting mad at us for horsing around.

Sur5er, I agree with you about the get together's with hubby's family. What's sad is my hubby agrees with you too. lol We went to look for a bike today (hubby said he wasn't letting me out of his sight) but stopped at Menard's first. Big mistake. We bought a couple more trees and some more perennials. So, no room for my bike (suppose that was planned?). Anyway, maybe next week.

By Beverly, San Jose (Beverly) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 04:13 pm:

Hi Everyone,
Just back from you know I thought I could escape those flamingos on my way there...but NOOOOO...they followed me. No matter what I did, I could not shake them. They even tried setting up housekeeping at my condo on the beach, but the tradewinds were too strong for them and they kept falling over as they didn't quite know how to use that other leg. Before leaving I played a fast one on them and told them there were some good looking peacocks anxious to make their acquiantance, and the last I heard of them they were at a nite club doing the salsa on the dance room floor.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 05:05 pm:

Now is when I wish I had been an English major.On the flip side do you know what saying most English majors use?

Want fries with that?

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 05:27 pm:

Usedtobeayooper, Have you thought of going and getting an unassembled bike when hubby is at work...and then throwing in some fun extra parts? And by the way, did you know that you can cook a frozen pizza on the grill? I know this, because a certain hubby went to replace the light bulb in my oven once...that's all I asked him to do. Next thing I knew he had taken apart the oven...and broke something in the process. I didn't have an oven for weeks.
But for what it's worth, if you defrost a frozen pizza, it will grill up rather nicely on the outside grill. That way, for those of you who do have a working oven, you don't heat up the house :)

Fran, I'm with you...I hate cooking every day....but I do love cooking special meals and for the holidays. Get this: when hubby switched from being on the road all week to day routes, he expected to come home each night to a nice home cooked meal. Yeah he a dreamer or what? I made it clear to him that I cook on the weekends...and he's lucky I do that. During the week, he is on his own.
Keep us posted on your health Fran...I hope everything is okay with your blood count.

WELCOME BACK BEVERLY!!!!!!!!! WE MISSED YOU!!!! I wonder what they would call the offspring of a peacock and a flamingo. A Peaking Flamingo?

Mikie, I thought that the phrase most often used by English majors was: "Would you like fries with that?" Or "Would you like to supersize that?"

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 05:27 pm:

Mikie, Isn't that a Tim McGraw song? It's a good one too. A wife dumps her husband and moves in with some other guy and the husband gets revenge on him at a fast food restaurant. Hilarious!

Beverly, Glad to have you back. You really can't escape the flamingoes can you? They're right here on our webpage again today. Sorry 'bout that. NOT!!!! Hope you had a good trip though and welcome back.

All, Guess what? There was a tragedy at Menard's today. I forgot to tell you all that I found a flamingo with only one wing and when I wanted to take it for half price so I could nurse it back to health, they wouldn't let me. I sure hope some kind-hearted soul will pay full price for the little guy and help him mend. I guess Menard's people don't know what wonderful birds they are. They sure didn't take care of that poor little one.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 05:34 pm:

Deb, You are right, as you can tell I am not an English major.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 05:44 pm:

Mikie, Nor am I?

Sur5er, How 'bout "Do you want to Biggie those"? That's the killer for me. I mean SHEEESE! And no, I didn't know you could cook a pizza on the grill. Interesting. I like to cook on special occasions also. Nothing like a huge Thanksgiving dinner. Things like that I love. But during the week, I don't think so. I love that your hubby thought he was going to get a home cooked meal every day. Dream on honey!!! Every day my son asks me what's for supper. I tell him "I give up". And actually I COULD run to Wallyworld one night after work before hubby gets home. That would be so much fun. And guess what? We just found out that he hooked up the hoses wrong on the pool. OMG! And it's almost full now. What a dumb---! lol Anxious to see how he corrects THAT one! A "Peaking Flamingo"? I can buy that. Ms. Katie, what do you think they'd be called?

Fran, Take care and let us know how you're doing.

It's off to check the chicken. I have it boiling for a little while before I (hubby) puts it on the grill.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 05:49 pm:

I think I will go out on the front porch and watch the flamingos fly by. I live behind the Detroit Zoo, and every once in a while we get a Peacock visitor. They have to cross two major roads to get here. Everyone left and now I am lonely. Even Jimmie the fat cat has disapeared. I miss being home, being able to go to the Lake anytime I feel like it. I miss going to the Bluff, can't do the things there that I did in the old days, skinney dipping, skinney has left me.I can't afford to be arrested doing that, wouldn't want to be laughed out of town. I miss eating at Lindells, my sister Mary's cooking, and just walking around town. People down here are not as friendly as at home, even though I have lived here with Precious longer then anywhere in the world, I miss Hubbell. Once you have lived by water you always want to live by water.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 06:18 pm:

Mikie, That is so true. I won't even swim in the lakes around here. That's why I have a pool. I'm so spoiled by the freshness of Lake Superior that I can't bring myself to swim in these dirty lakes around here. That is the biggest thing (next to my parents) that I miss about living there. I could sit by the lake for hours and stare at it. There is nothing more beautiful than the lake. The other lakes are nice too, but they're not Lake Superior. When you live in the Northern UP you truly get spoiled and what's sad about that is that the people who never leave, don't even realize how special it truly is.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 07:07 pm:

Deb, Ain't that the truth, one of my kids said when we were visiting my Aunt Lu about twenty years ago," there is too much beauty here it hurts my eyes trying to see it all."

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 07:09 pm:

would the combination of a Peacock and a flamingo be a Peamingo?

By Lulubelle/Hancock (Lulubelle) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 07:16 pm:

Husband and I had a very good time at Bootjack today with some friends and relies. All the kids were in the water already!!!! It was 87 degrees in Lake Linden but not as warm here in Hancock because of the south-east wind. We don't swim until the lake water is at least 72 or more. Last year even Lake Superior was warm---that was fun. Have lived here almost all my life and must say we really are spoiled!!!!

By Margo (Margo) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 07:40 pm:

My thanks to all you. It has been a very entertaining day. I don't know what I would do without this UP site.
I've cooked for 49, 50 years come November, fed hubby and five children, their friends and now their families. Take good care of those flamingoes and care for their young, the next generation.

Thanks for a fantastic fun day.

Mikie, I thought you were an English major.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 08:11 pm:

No I be an enjuneer and I can't even drive the train.

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 08:36 pm:

Mike, I was at the zoo today and saw your peacocks, they were laying right in the middle of the walk way. They just lay there and let the kids pet them. My daughter was really thrilled with it. She is 9 and at that great age that she just loves going to the zoo and learning whatever she can about the animals. I am amazed at how comfortable the peacocks are with people, they could really care less that anyone is touching or looking at them. A lot of the animals were inside this afternoon, guess the sun was to hot for them.

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 08:49 pm:

his has been one riotous day that I'll remember for ages. So now, for my last post for today I promise...Randall, loved your "fwap fwap" perfect sound effects.:)...Mikie, hope your afternoon went well. Have a saying myself "Everyone brings joy into my life, some when they come and some when they leave." I've never gone skinny dipping but at this stage of my life it would be called "chubby chunking" :) And Deb and Mr Deb, LOVED you snap shots of flamingos. The little ones are so cute and I'm glad to know what else they eat besides rhubarb. I serve Hamberger Helper when a certain someone who lives here fails to notice when I make an especially good meal. And whenever he asks if I want to go to town to eat I respond "Duh"....Mary, I too thank you for you patience with us carrying on today. I remember how it was when my girls used to start giggling and couldn't quite and the more I scolded them the harder they laughed with me usually joining in! Well good evening all, it's been a blast!

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:08 pm:

Sur5er and Deb, yes I will keep you filled in on my blood count. My Rheumatologist sent me to my family Dr and she sent me to my Gastroenterolgist. She found nothing with the Hemacult.I am scheduled for a colonoscopy this mo. Oh yummy! What flavor Half Go-Lytely should I choose:(

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:08 pm:

Farewell sweet Kate, parting is such sweet sorrow, whether it is better to have laughed or to be made fun of is up to Mary, alas sweet Mary I too have had fun all day. Thank you for your patience, because patience is a virtue that only the Gods can bestow on us. Adieu Randall may you enjoy the rest of the night. Sur5er hope you can educate your one and only to be more considerate of your time. Deb, throw in some parts from other projects that hubby has started and never finished. Pennie, don't send those pea birds this way, they are worse then geese. Beverly, you live in California and went on vacation to Maui, why? Marsha did you take all of your pills, I forget sometimes and someone will yell at me about it. She is putting me on an excercise program starting in the morning. Margret you have been quiet today, longhorn got your tongue? Capt. Paul and Dr. Nat where you been chasing longhorns over to Margrets house? And where is Marc the pirate? Did I forget anyone? Oh ya Fran watch them berries. A2 hello.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:33 pm:

Okay, our turn. Goodbye dear friends. Parting is such sweet sorrow. But hopefully we'll see you all again tomorrow. OMG I'm gagging!

Hubby says he wants to call the bird a fleacock. Sounds good to me. Could you send one of them there Peacocks here so we can see what happens with our little family.

Mary thanks for putting up with us. Charlie, you too. We've had a blast and this would not be possible without this site. We all love it. It makes life interesting.

In between writing all of this stuff I got all of my flowers planted. Hubby didn't get my bing cherry trees planted though. What a slacker. Oh, that's right, he was digging for me. Have to give credit where it's due. He says he's going to learn the proper names for the hitting thing and the turning stick. And he swears he'll learn what a vroom vroom is. He should know, he used it all morning. Yes, that's right. He did that too. What a guy!

So, everybody, I hope we can do this again some time. It was the best time. I hope everybody survived the weekend. And you guys can pick on us next time. We'll be just as gracious as you have been. Oh, and Lulubelle, I am SO jealous. You were at Bootjack today and I was stuck here. You are so lucky.

G'night everyone. I don't plan to be back, but who knows. Sur5er, you don't stay up all night now, ya hear? Now that Beverly's back from Maui you'll probably be up talking all night about daiquiris and such. Behave yourselves.

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 09:42 pm:

Good night all, it is good to act up every so often. It has been fun!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:16 pm:

Hey, I just got here and y'all sound like you're ready for bed. I made the trip to Detroit today to a pastor's retirement party at Metropolitan Church. So now I'm surprised to find out I drove right past your house, Mikie, and you were probably at the zoo, Pennie! Got stuck in a massive traffic jam on 75 as part of it was closed for construction down there. When we were done with the party, I told hubby to hop on the x-way, but he offered to show me the Opera House 2 blocks away and the rest is HIStory! It took us 2-1/2 hours to get back to Flint after a lengthy tour of Detroit. I did see Mariner's Church and went through Grosse Pointe, which was enjoyable, before we headed west to the expressway. He claims we weren't "lost" (!!!) as he remembers being down these same streets years ago.

By Laurie B. (Ratherberiding) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:24 pm:

I just have to say you guys were a riot today. I enjoyed reading every post. We went for a motorcycle ride tonight to Mqt. and had to go by the lake. Thought of all of you that miss is so much so I looked extra long for you all. It was extra blue tonight, with just the slightest ripple and a cool breeze. Very nice.

By Cotton (Cotton) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:36 pm:

And I've eavesdropping on & off all day cuz I coutta got a word in anyways!!!!!!!!!! My hubby must think I'm craaazy (DAH!)laughing at the computer today. If I wasn't sittin down, I might have wet my pants!!! See ya tomorrow.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 10:58 pm:

Sitting here re-reading the posts for today :)Mary, did we set a record or something by the length of today's posts?

Mikie, Just use your recipe for the meatloaf that you posted here a few months ago, for the homeless. That had to have been the best meatloaf I ever made, using your recipe.

Ratherberiding, Thanks for thinking about us :) Would love to go for a motorcycle ride along Superior. Oh that's right...hubby doesn't have his license for the bike. Duh!

Night night everyone :)

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:32 pm:

Nite, did you realize Law and Order is on 24 hours a day, it is driving me crazy. Bought some corn today and it was stale, nothing worse then that.If you can try the hot dogs from Omaha Steaks really good. Tomorrow night Precious gets bbq hamburgers, baked, potatoes, and green beans. Don't know why I treat her so good since she makes me go to these musical picnics etc. Cotton got a phone call from the Dulong family reunion wanting to know if I was going haven't made up my mind yet, how about you. MJ are you going? Any other Dulongs interested contact me and I will fill you in on the particulars.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:33 pm:

Moon looks good tonight.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:34 pm:

Last shot, Mr. deb here. Just want to say thanks to everyone that made this one heck of a fun day. A special thanks to Mary for putting up with all of our nonsense. Whenever I see the heading of What'sUP, the first response that always pops into my head is nothing but the weight and the blood pressure. Just a thought. Say goodnite Gracie.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, June 4, 2006 - 11:35 pm:

Deb, don't forget to tuck in the babies.

By Tim in Oscoda (Timmer280) on Monday, June 5, 2006 - 12:29 am:

Woooooooooooooow! Did I pick the wrong day to be out of town and away from my computer! Nite all...see ya in the morning!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, June 5, 2006 - 06:56 am:


Thanks for thinking of us. I would rather have
been on the shore of Lake Superior than
writing reports and report cards. Better get
cracking again. They're due tomorrow.


I haven't been inside of the Mariner's Church
since I was a teenager, but I have never
forgotten how beautiful it was. You have
inspired me to try to make a trip there.

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