Countertops Are In – Open Thread

The kitchen is functional again. The only thing that has to be done is that the drawer under the cooktop needs to be cut down a half-inch or so. I think I can talk a friend into doing that. The kitties and I are taking the day easy.



And a helper in between:

Open thread!

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    Very attractive counter tops.

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    satby says:

    Pretty! Makes such a change, looks so much brighter.

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    Mary G says:

    Beautiful, warm welcoming colors that coordinate very well with the cat!

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    Original Lee says:

    I like the choice of color. It gives you more options if/when you decide to paint or get new fronts on the cabinets!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Cozy kitchen.

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    tokyokie says:

    Three of our four cats would probably be hiding in the bedrooms if somebody was working in the kitchen. The exception would be Marvin, the corpulent Siamese, who would think that somebody was there to feed him and insist on helping so much that we’d have to lock him in the bathroom. (Especially if we were paying by the hour for the labor.)

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    Elizabelle says:

    “Cozy” is the wrong word. That’s more English cottage style.

    I like that your kitchen is so streamlined and well organized. And the countertops turned out well.

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    Cermet says:

    Nice kitchen! I like lighter color counter tops – brightens the room.

    As I mentioned in a previous thread, I will be redoing my kitchen – new counter tops, cabinets and even a new floor (tiles and a lot of replacing floor wood in places.)

    I just finished building the mounting pier (concrete column and a 15′ steel pole) that reaches the top of my roof (35 ft) for my future telescope observatory that I will add to the roof area this early Fall.

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    debg says:

    Everything looks fantastic. You must smile every time you walk in there. I redid my kitchen back in 2016, accomplishing everything I could by myself. It took several months and even now, several years later, I smile every time I walk in.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Matching your countertops to your kittehs is excellent decorating. Well done.

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    Looks nice. I guess you’re ineligible for liberal blogging and public assistance now.

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    stinger says:

    Very nice!

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    J R in WV says:

    Wife and I agree that the new look is very warm and inviting. Good luck with the cabinet door, tricky not to tear up the edge with cutting!

    I’m having an afternoon snack of cheese [Fontina and Emmenthaler] and crackers and a Pale Ale. I suspect there may be a nap following.

    Comfortable indoors, steam bath outside. I had a case of heat exhaustion many years ago, and now hot weather really does me in quickly, I try to avoid it at all costs.

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    eclare says:

    @J R in WV: Paramedic friend told me once you get heat exhaustion, you are more susceptible in the future. Staying indoors is smart!

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    eclare says:

    The new counters look great! Nice kitchen layout, too.

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    Moon Landing anniversary: in five minutes from this post: #TheEagleHasLanded

    To any who lived through watching this, how incredible it must have been.

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    Another Scott says:

    @PaulWartenberg: The BBC is liveblogging it (+50 years) here –

    I was a kid then. It was pretty amazing. The actual walk comes quite a while later.


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    David Koch says:

    @PaulWartenberg: you can watch the live stream (t here)

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    Raven says:

    @PaulWartenberg: I was in Sydney on R&R and their dish sent the images around the world!

    At an Apollo 11 twentieth anniversary dinner in 1989, Tom Reid recalled the extraordinary series of coincidences which had led to his little dish broadcasting to the world live TV of Armstrong’s first step. ‘It hadn’t been planned that way’, Reid said. ‘But that’s the way it was. And God dammit, we were ready!’

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    50 years ago:



    SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Man landed on moon at 4:18 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 20, 1968.

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    rikyrah says:

    The kitchen looks fabulous👏👏👏

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    rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    “She did not waver in the storm, ever,” said Jill Louis, who was among the 38 women initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. with Kamala Harris in 1986 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. “When things were the most pressured, she was focused.”

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    Another Scott says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: 1968 1969.



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    p.a. says:

    If you see what’s-her-name snooping for a view of your countertops, don’t forget: shoot to kill, not wound. We have 2nd Amendment rights too!

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    OldDave says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: 1968?
    ETA: Another Scott beat me to it. ;-)

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    JPL says:

    OT In a town outside Atlanta a black female house member was verbally assaulted and told to go back to her own country. Publix removed him from the store, but the asshole went back in to rant some more. The police are now going through the tapes to help identify the man. The representative’s name is Erica Thomas.

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    JPL says:

    Good job Cheryl, It’s so much brighter.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    Lovely. Kudos on the under the counter stainless sink — a friend told me about this option when we redid our kitchen, and it has made cleanup SO MUCH EASIER.

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    NotMax says:

    Jealous because you’ve got more than twice the number of cabinets than in my kitchen.


    Shifting into final prep for NY trip mode. Agenda for this weekend:

    Bake a loaf of corn rye to bring to Mom. (In case it should turn out to be sub-optimal can crank out another one tomorrow.)
    Mow the property, or at least the most troublesome areas.
    Gather, organize and print out the various to-do and possible things to see and places to eat lists and print them out, in duplicate.
    Print out a list of my various passwords (e-mail, etc.) so can access those services while there.
    Pop out on Sunday to pick up something to bring along as a meal on the plane.
    Remember to get sunglasses from the car to bring along.
    Set up a light on a timer in the abode.
    Clean out wallet of anything not absolutely necessary to have on hand there.
    Download stuff to watch to pass the time while flying from Prime and/or Netflix onto tablet.
    Do the packing on Sunday night. Somewhat trickier than usual as shall be carrying along the ‘old’ PC to give to Mom.
    Gird the loins for 13 hours, minimum, without a see-gar.
    Turn off power to electronic equipment.
    Cross fingers and toes that the friend who will be taking me to the airport on Monday afternoon remembers to show up.
    Make sure to be wearing the T-shirt I’ve already told the driver of the car service picking me up in NY to look for. (According to Mom, construction at LaGuardia has resulted in a traffic nightmare – curbside pick-up next to impossible, so have to truck through that and over into a parking structure to a pre-arranged pick-up spot. Will have to find a courtesy phone to use in NY to call him and confirm I’ve arrived.)

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    Jeannet says:

    Ha! I looked at the first picture and thought ‘Cheryl installed slate – how cool!’. Then I realized I was looking at the before. Oh well, out of step as usual, tastewise…..

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    JPL says:

    @RAVEN: Thanks I had not seen that. Besides being a state rep. she also runs a non-profit to help foster children.

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    eclare says:

    @Raven: The movie The Dish is about how that dish broadcast the images. Great little movie.

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    Mel says:

    The kitchen looks so bright and welcoming. Countertops are beautiful!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:


    Erica Thomas @ itsericathomas
    Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

    Boy, wait till all the people with I Support Our Troops bumperstickers hear about this…

    Nah, they’re all in this lady’s twitter feed saying, “Well, why did you break the store’s rules?”

    ETA: She didn’t include in this tweet that she’s nine months pregnant, can’t stand for long periods.

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    lamh36 says:


    ‪So good!!!! #Picard‬

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    CapnMubbers says:

    The Google Doodle today is extensive and well done. I always watch with the sound off, had to go back to the beginning when I realized Collins narrated.
    Hate, hate, hate youtube’s aggressive new ad push, though it doesn’t intrude on this clip.

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    JPL says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I didn’t directly link to her, but did watch the video. I guess people were also trying to shame her about her tears. fk..em

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    Shana says:

    When we redid our kitchen a few years ago we put in a cooktop with drawers underneath and had to have the sides and back of the top drawer cut down to fit around what’s underneath the cooktop. It was, AIR, a fairly easy fix and everything still works well. Good luck on having it done in your kitchen.

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    HinTN says:

    And a helper in between:


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    japa21 says:

    Cheryl, I see you are also a supporter of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Mrs Japa and I love that place.

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    Chacal Charles Calthrop says:

    Am I the only one noticing that the cat is sitting on top of the cardboard box?
    You need to open that box (& clear out whatever’s in it) so that the cat can get inside. Sheesh. The quality of staff that cats have to put up with these days.
    Oh, yes, and those are lovely countertops for the servants. A nice kitchen is always a great idea — puts the big servant things with the opposable thumbs in the kitchen more, always a good idea for cat treats and can opening.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    Chicago far nw suburbs happy to report the temp has dropped 20 degrees and clouds rolling in. I hear thunder !

    Love the new countertops 💝

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    HinTN says:

    @PaulWartenberg: Yes it was. This teenager trekked across the quad to to student center to have access to a teevee so’s I could be present to it.

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    HinTN says:

    @JPL: Fuck these jerks with rusty pitchforks.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Call me a curmudgenly cheapskate but I can’t see anything wrong with the before pictures.

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    trollhattan says:


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    HinTN says:


    Will have to find a courtesy phone to use in NY to call him and confirm I’ve arrived.)

    You have no cell phone? Good fucking luck.

    Also, fuggitabout all dat. Jest GO have fun.

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    @Litlebritdifrnt: The two electrical burners on the cooktop didn’t work, and replacements weren’t available. The faucet gritted every time I rotated it, which indicated that worse was to come.

    I never liked the dark color of the countertops. I’m big on light. Otherwise, the Corian was a pretty good product.

    So it was years of not being entirely happy with the countertops and the other things starting to go wrong that finally precipitated a change.

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    @japa21: Yes. Good folks doing good work. And beautiful publications and livecams!

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    lamh36 says:

    @lamh36: Goddamnit now I’ve got to get CBS steaming😡

    Pat Stew also said that both Riker and Troi will make cameo appearances!

    TNG was and still is MY FAB Star Trek franchise…and Jean Luc is my fav captain!

    Y’a pulled me in CBS streaming ya pulled me in dang it

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    Spanky says:


    Moon Landing anniversary: in five minutes from this post: #TheEagleHasLanded

    To any who lived through watching this, how incredible it must have been.

    Had just turned 15. Of course it was really exciting, for me only somewhat nerve-wracking, and in the end felt … right. I was barely old enough to digest Alan Shepard’s flight in 1st grade. Glenn in second grade. And so it went, each mission building on the others.

    I suppose as a kid I had unshakable faith in American technology, so much so that I assumed the Apollo 1 tragedy was a setback soon to be overcome. And so it was. Too naive to understand the political forces driving the space program forward, and then stopping it.

    Older jackals probably have a more nuanced remembrance of that time, but I guess I hit the sweet spot. Enough so that it prompted a degree in astronomy and career that included 20 years as a NASA contractor. And as I look back on the totality of it all, yeah, it was incredible.

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    NotMax says:


    No cell phone. Do not want.

    No problem finding a courtesy phone last year at JFK, the year before (can’t recall which airport), etc. Just have to be willing to ask and to walk a bit more to get to them. If it comes down to it, there’s always pay phones.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Countertops look great, cat is large and in charge, and the moon landing was amazing.

    Also, this happened: Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History‘

    Would be interested in Cheryl’s or Adam’s take.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Nice kitchen, Cheryl.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    What happened to John’s post?

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    eclare says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I assume Scotian got in touch so John took it down.

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    J R in WV says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    Man landed on moon at 4:18 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 20, 1968. 1969!

    You got the year wrong, David. FIFY!

    ETA: Everybody got it before me… Thanx guys!

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    Sab says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: If Cheryl is a neat freak (don’t know if she is or not) that old counter would have been maddening to keep free of fingerprints, cooking smudges and cat fur.

    I agree it was attractive. I like her new one a lot.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Scotian had a comment on there that he had replied to Cole.

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    eclare says:

    @Steeplejack: Thanks! And thank you for links to his comments and getting the ball rolling on helping out.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I would NOT go for “Colonel March of Scotland Yard” for the plane. A real snooze.

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    Chris T. says:

    I generally prefer light colors, so I’d call that a countertop improvement too, but for me the real improvement is the undermount sink. We did that on our remodels (previous house and current one) and it’s just so much nicer.

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    Thanks for the warning. Have jotted down notes about what to download. Also have some video stuff copied from the computer already sitting on a flash drive which plugs into the tablet.

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    JPL says:

    @HinTN: The local ABC station interviewed her at the Publix, and he waited in the parking lot.
    He came out and said he called her a bitch, but did not tell her to go back to her own country. He also said he was a democrat, but I think that’s doubtful. He would have recognized that he voted for her.

    also you don’t declare parties, a democrat can vote in a republican primary and vice versa

    also As soon as a video is online, I’ll post it.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Do you like Wiseguy? I think it’s on Prime now.

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    eclare says:

    @zhena gogolia: Yes, epic. His parents emigrated from Cuba.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Thanks. Anyone else shuffling through dead threads in the middle of the night would have done the same.

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    CapnMubbers says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hi, I’ve been hoping to catch you. Please check your email.

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    J R in WV says:

    I have immense sympathy for Scotian’s plight. I’ve lost everyone in the previous generation of my family, parents, uncles and aunts. Now my cousins have started going. One was the eldest of my generation, and one was 11 months younger than I. Somehow losing the older cousin was easier than the younger one.

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    Unfamiliar with it. Stopped watching part way through the final seasons of a few series in anticipation of downloading the rest of the episodes for the trip.

    Couple of things found on Prime which might pique moderate interest:

    For Ginger Rogers completists, The Thirteenth Guest (1932).
    For Gary Cooper completists, Fighting Caravans (1931).

    Neither is what one would class as A-list material, but still watchable enough to while away an hour or so. ;)

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    @zhena gogolia:
    Thank you for the tip!
    I loved that show. Major crush on Roger LaCoco 😄

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    Scotian says:

    @eclare: @Steeplejack:

    Yes, I did, and yes, thank you so much. To be honest I never would have asked were it not for the need to explain why the post clot physio offer was well received but not alas of use given the nature and spread of this cancer. If I make it to the end of Aug I am doing better than believed possible. It was leaving Siobhan in such a mess that truly was hurting me, my death I can face, but what it was and is going to do to her that hurts so much.

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    Mary G says:

    Everyone in Eastern Canada today 🇨🇦#Weather— Kelly Canuck🍁 (@KellyCanuckTO) July 19, 2019

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Just did, and thank you. I’ll reply tomorrow.

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    eclare says:

    @Scotian: Anything we can do to ease your worry, we will do.

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    Scotian says:


    You all were able to break the ice my emotions have been in to cry, that in itself is a great ease I have been desperate for and could not do. I stayed here unlike all other forums and blogs because people here truly care for each other, and in today’s world that is something of great value indeed. I am glad I did, especially now, knowing that there can be help for Siobhan during the turbulence of my death eases my heart pain considerably.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Ooohhhhh, yeah, whatever happened to that guy? Got to look him up.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I don’t remember if you’re a Breaking Bad fan or not. I never watched it, but I know that Jonathan Banks played Mike Ehrmentraut on it. He plays McPike on Wiseguy, and it’s a brilliant performance, maybe the most brilliant of any series regular I’ve ever seen.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    We will help in any way we can.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    @zhena gogolia:
    Last saw him (William Russ) on some half hour comedy as a dad. Totally ruined my crush 😄

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    Sab says:

    @Scotian: @Scotian: Yes for me and many of us.

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    eclare says:

    @Scotian: We have to help our fellow travelers. I am glad you stayed here so that we can. Peace and strength to you and yours.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I see he was in Bosch, which I’ve never seen.

    He’s 69 now, so I guess the thrill is gone . . . .

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @J R in WV: One of the hardest things I ever did was bury my sister. Not only were we siblings, we were both black sheep.

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    debbie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I was just about to ask which drawer stored the Himalayan pink salt!

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    @zhena gogolia:
    Nice to know someone shared my fascination 😊

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    debbie says:



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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    Unfamiliar with that show too.

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    debbie says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Could those other guys in the studio looked any more uncomfortable?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    There’s some explanation of it in the tweets. I think the guy in the blue shirt can’t hear what he’s saying. He’s in something called the “penalty box.” I don’t pay attention to sports shows so I don’t know what that means.

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    debbie says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Heh, that sounds like sports radio.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Scotian: All the best to you and Siobhan.

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    karensky says:

    @tokyokie: 😸

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    karensky says:

    @stinger: Ditto and I love that huge cactus-like plant in the background.

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    MomSense says:


    We do care about you and Siobhan. Please let us know what we can do to help you.

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    BruceJ says:


    LOL. When we bought our house, we hired an electrician to do a bunch of work to upgrade the ancient 30-Amp service (Which had been “upgraded” to 60 amp by the simple process of sticking bigger fuses into the box), and our dog Bonnie decide that his actual role was to throw her tennis ball for her…His actual words: “I’m trying to work here, but she keeps poking me with the ball! What am I SUPPOSED to do?”

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