Me and my happy mess.

Posted by JoleneMartens1982 1 year, 8 months ago to Pics
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Hiding from the snow here in Missouri.


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  • Posted by nelly1611 1 year, 8 months ago
    Well I live in Calif., in a small town and we are surrounded by mountains, no trees, we grow fruit and vegetables on the farm lands. During the summer our temperature can get up to 107 degrees. It gets sweltering hot. Some places we have no shade. So we are limited. We have been put on the list to limit water use. Now we have our cold temperatures, which means our electric bills are not high. We can relax now, but we have to stay warm.I think we have had snow here maybe 3 time in the winter, but it only lasted 1 day. It did get cold enough and that was nice. I wish to see more snow.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 1 year, 8 months ago
    Florida in Winter is usually 45 to 75 degrees. Not beach temperatures but no snow either. This year so far has brought fall and winter temperatures above average in the 60 to 85 degree range. We usually sympathize with our northern brethren when it is cold, icy or snowy. (not really).
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    • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
      I so very much miss Florida! It is so beautiful there. The only thing I didn't like was how difficult it is to communicate. So many different languages and dialects.
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      • Posted by Herb7734 1 year, 8 months ago
        Really?
        I am an American version of English speaker. I know only a smattering of other languages, but have not found any communication problems except with people who speak with strongly accented Spanish and have yet to fully learn English. However, I am not in a very diverse area. The only dialects I hear are New York clipped words or southern drawls. Both of which are easily translated.
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        • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
          I lived on South Beach in a truck for a few months about 10 years ago. It was mostly Cuban there at that time, so we couldn't talk to most people, there was an incident where I was lucky that my boyfriend then knew what a group of guys walking by were saying, because he got me to safety very quickly when they could have hurt me because I didn't know what they were saying. It was very scary. I plan to be much more aware the next time I go back. It was very beautiful there. The best part was Us 1 highway. We're you ever able to drive down the coast and US1? If not, I would strongly suggest it on your bucket list. If I ever make it back I will let you know. There is something very humbling about driving down a highway with nothing but ocean and sky all around you. I fully believe that will be my heaven.
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          • Posted by Herb7734 1 year, 8 months ago
            I live on the other side od Florida near Tampa Bay. I call it the west coast of the east coast. I have in past years driven down US 1 all the way to Key West. Another drive even more spectacular is The Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to San Francisco. in California. South Beach can be a spooky place at times. Glad you came to no harm. Too many gangs -- everywhere.
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            • Posted by jdg 1 year, 8 months ago
              Haven't been to FL -- but I recommend the Pacific Coast Highway, all the more north of San Francisco and all the way through Oregon. It passes through quite a variety of terrain and climate, and a lot of small towns the people on I-5 will never see.

              Be warned, the Marin part, starting in San Anselmo, is quite a roller coaster ride. Don't try it in a Winnebago.
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              • Posted by Herb7734 1 year, 8 months ago
                If you keep going through the Alcan Hwy to Alaska you'll go through very spectacular terrain but hauling a camper through there, if you're not an expert driver, you'll soon learn to be.
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              • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
                Thanks for that tip! I thought the mountains in Tennessee and Georgia were bad enough! Scared me to death both trips. A semi got stuck in front of us on our way through Georgia to Florida on a very narrow road. He started rolling backwards and I started praying! Can't remember how it ended so he must've gotten it under control. I am going with that.
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            • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
              Thank you me too. I think it was a gang. I have never been to the west coast so I will have to go at least once. One of my husband's relatives lives in Oregon very close to the coast, she extended us an open invitation to come visit and has a guest room so we may do that next Spring. I will remember to take the coast highway drive. I am terrified of flying but I love long road trips.
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              • Posted by Herb7734 1 year, 8 months ago
                I used to like flying, but it has turned into a real pain. Oregon is beautiful. While driving south from there you san stop by Yosemite Park and Sequoia Park home of the giant redwood trees, and Yosemite's breathtakingly beautiful. Meanwhile, enjoy the repartee in the Gulch.
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  • Posted by  $  edweaver 1 year, 8 months ago
    We went to O'Hare airport at 2:00 on Monday for our 4:00 flight to London. Every hour our flight got pushed back until 9:00. Got out to the runway and they had mechanical problems so got cancelled. Spent the night in the airport on a rescheduled flight for 9:00 am. Finally in London but luggage is still in Chicago. I don't recommend O'Hare unless you have no other choice.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
      I am sorry for your misfortune. I have never flown but there is a rather amusing episode of Dharma and Greg where they are trying to get to the islands and get stuck at an airport instead. I am not certain but I think they were stuck at O'Hare. You should check it out. It's worth it for the quick giggle. Her humor is intoxicating.
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      • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 1 year, 8 months ago
        TV Program...I should introduce myself. No TV for 20 years....I live full time on a boat. No newspapers. Can't say I miss them. No car... Definitely don't miss that. But I have a dinghy and folding bicycle.
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        • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
          That's awesome. We watch movies, no antenna or satellite, I bought Dharma and Greg on DVD. I would not miss the TV if I didn't have it. Ours is still the old tube type. Our kids have an antenna so they can watch learning channels, but their TV is all but done and when it finally bites the dust I doubt we replace. Kids learn too many bad habits from TV.
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    • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 1 year, 8 months ago
      Just be glad you weren't using Midway. If TSA didn't keep me off airplanes MIdway would. Put the two together you might as well hitchhike. That's truly the prime candidate for two armpits and one ass of the nation to use the Corrida awards method
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  • Posted by nelly1611 1 year, 8 months ago
    My sis lives in Missouri and I have never been there. Someday I would like to visit. I hear the country side is beautiful.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
      Ya it is. I have lived here for 33 years so you get used to it. But I do still love that first sign of spring. And then the beauty all around when everything turns green. I don't know if it is my utter hatred for cold weather or the ugliness of everything dying, but even after all these years I just noticed this year that there are actually winter birds that remain even in winter. I thought they all flew South. Must to my awe and surprise. I think the kids and I will be getting a winter bird feeder.
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  • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
    Just a couple inches but it sleeted for a whole day before so there's about two inches of ice under an inch and a half of snow. It's pretty treacherous.
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    • Posted by  $  richrobinson 1 year, 8 months ago
      Ice is the worst. Can't move on that stuff. Stay safe. I just checked and we have flurries this weekend but no snow yet. I keep thinking with the milder temps we may get some ice soon. Just more Gulch time if we do.
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      • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 1 year, 8 months ago
        4WD High Range for ice and rain. If you don't want an SUV or pick me ups get one of those 4wd Subaru Outbacks but for a real driving protection amongst the idiots on motor driven roller skates get the larger vehicle. and order the extra heavy duty bumpers. If the other lemmings want to play russian roulette freeway suicide that's their problem.
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        • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
          I think we are planning to get an SUV or Minivan soon. We have 4wd trucks for this sort of weather. My Impala gets around pretty well. The front wheel drives are surprisingly agile on this stuff. It helps to have fairly new tires on it as well. If all else fails I have a beat up old awd Subaru in case of emergency, that thing is a tank. We work on cars so we've acquired quite a few ourselves.
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    • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 1 year, 8 months ago
      My last was half Malamute, Too big for a boat. He lived a full lifespan. Great guard dog and with children.

      My next will be a miniature Labrador. All the lab traits but boat size. Took a while accept a replacement ....
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      • Posted by 1 year, 8 months ago
        I love my crazy dogs, but I am not sure that I will have more, they are 2 and 1 1/2. So its like having 2 extra toddlers. Can be very trying at times. I have a toddler of my own as well so you can imagine the chaos here. I wanted to live on a boat. Still may once the kids are older. I have always been drawn to water, not sure why, but I love it.
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