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Happy Hour / Credit Card--Strange Happenings
« on: May 26, 2019, 12:38:06 PM »
This is just to let you know of some strange happenings on my Credit Card yesterday.

In preparation  to see how to divide up my old age Social Security Benefits check (I noted that it is now a Benefit check that the Government is now given to me. Ha!! Ha!! LOL), I logged onto my Americanexpress website to see if a recent purchase was going to be added to this months Bill.

It had not been posted.  However I noticed a strange $100.00 transaction in the post pending section.  This was related to use by my wife when she got gas on 04-21-19.  The purchase was made at a service station gas pump.  Upon quizzing   my wife she stated she tried to use a gas pump but could not get it to accept her zipcode, which is required by American Express.  A service station attendant was outside and came over to assist.  After trying it herself with same results she instructed my wife to go to another gas pump.  That transaction correctly, showed up as paid on my AmericanExpress website.

I noticed in the lower right hand corner of the page a click on for CHAT and clicked on it.  I entered pending post fraud for the reason for chat.  I immediately got a response with a lot of personal questions to verity that I was the true owner of the account.  In less than 15 minutes on chat it was take care of.   I refreshed the page and it was gone.  Thank you American express.

I pass this on to the members in case it were to happen to you.  Don't discard a non working pump but be extra vigilant if it happens to you.


Happy Hour / 13 Memorial Day Facts
« on: May 26, 2019, 11:13:06 AM »
Happy Memorial Day weekend Everyone.

Below is a link to a slide show revealing 13 facts about Memorial day that we did not learn in school.


Happy Hour / Re: Today is our 56th Wedding Anniversary
« on: April 16, 2019, 06:25:19 PM »
I would like to thank all of you for your nice posts.  There are really great members here on the BG. 

Thanks again,


Happy Hour / Today is our 56th Wedding Anniversary
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:47:10 PM »
Yes, today is our 56th wedding anniversary.  We have enjoyed the happy days of good health and joy and met the perils of life head on.  Now with both of use well into our 70's we are facing the perils of declining health.  We still enjoy those happy days even though we are faced with the old age challenges.  During my old age challenges is I can hardly walk and spend nearly all my time looking out the window.  When we have to get out we have a transport light weight wheel chair.  I have terminal emphysema and I'm in the final stage.  My days are numbered and we happily enjoy each day  as it could be close to the last.  Somehow the wife does the extra work with love and does them well.

As I do not have a garden any more I seldom post on the forum.  I still enjoy reading the present members post and check in often.  I really enjoy the phone calls and emails from friends on the forum.   Lord I miss y'all. and miss gardening.

God bless all of you,


Happy Hour / Re: Always good to talk with a friend
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:31:13 AM »
Monroe--As usual it was a great pleasure to speak with you again yesterday.  It was so sweet hearing about Mrs. Jewel's singing in her sleep.  Music and singing has been so much of Mrs. Jewel's life.  It is just natural for her to be singing in her sleep.  Thanks for sharing. 

The forum has many good members.  It provides a way for members to talk with each other personally as well as share gardening tips and help. They are also so helpful with ideas and suggestions on problems we might have.  Even though I am not able to garden anymore, I still read the forum and enjoy the projects that other members are doing.

This week I have also been blessed with phone calls from Curtis (setx_gardener) and Rick (agragardener) in Oklahoma.  It is always nice to speak with forum members.  Thank you guys.

Below is a link to the article I was speaking to you about.  It was actually a radio station that posted the article.

God bless all of our forum members


Homesteading Skills / Re: antique cast iron
« on: February 21, 2019, 04:01:32 PM »
Sorry folks, my bad-- thought it was like my grandmothers.  I'm getting old and blind.

Sorry again


Homesteading Skills / Re: antique cast iron
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:33:40 PM »
Lakerat-- excuse me If I am wrong, but the pot as I see it is sitting upright and the legs you see are actually on the lid of the pot so it can be used on a bed of coals and converted into a skillet.  Just like my grandma's.


Happy Hour / Re: This has been a long day
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:19:30 PM »
Monroe-- Glad Jim is feeling better and hope he is on his way to a speedy recovery.


Homesteading Skills / Re: antique cast iron
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:01:13 PM »
The legs on the lid are to support the lid over a bed of coals to convert the lid to a skillet or griddle.
We also had a cast iron wash pot that was used to heat water to scald hogs, wash clothes, and heat water to be dipped from it for baths in a #3 galvanized wash tub.  Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!!!!     MY THOSE GOOD OLE DAYS LOL!!!


New Videos / Re: Self watering seedling bed
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:53:08 AM »
Super job Danny.  Great idea and workmanship.


General Discussion / Re: Tomato plant recomendation
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:32:33 AM »
Hi neighbor-- Glad you registered and joined the  BG.  You can now enjoy the full benefits of the BG.

Really some good members on here to help with any of your garden or orchard needs.  Welcome!!


General Discussion / Re: Soil test results advise
« on: January 22, 2019, 01:38:27 PM »
Hi Dwight-- the addition of the 2.40 pounds of ammonium  nitrate per 100 sq. ft. as recommended by your soil test  should lower your PH some.  The mustard greens and collards would appreciate a little extra nitrogen, not so much for the beans as they will make their own nitrogen if you have the right bacteria in the soil.  Tomatoes need some nitrogen but too much will have a lot of growth with not much fruit.

You can also sprinkle with cottonseed meal.


Happy Hour / Drinking and Driving on New Years Eve
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:54:18 PM »

I would like to share a personal experience with my friends at BG about drinking and driving. 
This might save you the cost and embarrassment of being arrested for DUI.
As you know, people have been known to have unexpected brushes with the authorities from time to time, often on the way home after a "social session" with family or friends on New Years Eve.
Well, one year, it happened to me.  I was out for the evening to a party and had more than several margaritas coupled with a bottle of rather nice red wine.  It was held at a great Mexican restaurant.  Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to know I was slightly over the limit. 
That's when I did something I've never done before...I took a taxi home.   
On the way home there was a police roadblock, but since it was a taxi they waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident.  These roadblocks can be anywhere and I realized how lucky I was to have chosen to take a taxi!!!!
The real surprise to me was I had never driven a taxi before.

Be careful this New Years Eve and take a Taxi!!!


Happy Hour / Re: 2019----WOW
« on: December 28, 2018, 08:26:29 AM »
Monroe-- Thanks for the update, didn't know you had knee surgery.  I guess I need to call more often.  Hope you get along OK.  PT can do wonders.  Hope you can get adjusted and keep from falling.  We definitely don't want any broken bones. 

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I have had a serious digestive problem since Christmas.  I had not eaten much prior to Christmas so with all the good food at Christmas I just pigged out, big mistake, and I'm paying for it now.  Resulted in another partial digestive tract blockage.  Living on ole folks diet, ensure, choc. pudding, and orange juice.  Condition is inoperable due to my emphysema and low lung capacity.  They say I would not wake up from the anesthesia.   This morning thou I think I have found a work-around.   I had a kolache.  First one bit then the rest of it.  Chewed it up to get the taste and nutrients, then spit it out so as not to add coals to the fire in the digestive tract.  I believe it will work for a different taste of food.  Hoping the high powered laxative perscription my doctor prescribed will work soon.

I noticed in your post you referred to my phone message.  Did you know that I actually called back and spoke with Mrs. Jewel?  She had a very loud, sweet, and understandable voice.  In fact I could understand her better than you.  LOL  I am hard of hearing but could easily understand her.  She was very alert and at end of conversation ask "Now who is this again?"  This is not unusual and shows she was very alert.

Just thought I would pass this on.  Hope you can continue to improve on your balance.


The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse #2 build 34 x 60
« on: December 26, 2018, 09:16:02 AM »
Danny--Enjoyed he video.  Little Man Is now Big Man with wheels.  He has really grown.  Won't be long he will be feeding the chickens by himself.  Patiently waiting video of new GH construction.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, looks like Little Man did.


Happy Hour / Re: 2019----WOW
« on: December 26, 2018, 08:56:38 AM »
Hi Monroe-- Hope you and Ms. Jewel had a very Merry Christmas.

I did a search for it and found the following YouTube of it.  Hope you don't mind me posting link.


Happy Hour / Women are better estate planners than m
« on: December 21, 2018, 06:30:31 PM »
My buddy Tom was a single guy living at home with his father and working
in the family business.

He knew that he would inherit a fortune once his sickly father died.

Tom wanted two things:

• to learn how to invest his inheritance and,

• to find a wife to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

"I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, "but in just a
few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card.

Two weeks later,
she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men…

Happy Hour / Remember Slow Foods
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:53:21 AM »
Remember Slow Food?

'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,
I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at
Home,'' I explained. !

'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.
Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren

Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax (that was our hair product)
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels... [if you were fortunate )
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15.S&H green stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:56:08 PM »
Tazzy-- I had begin to wonder if you were on a crash diet LOL Have not heard from you in a while.


General Discussion / Re: Please send Drake a card:....his time is short
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:55:24 PM »
2010 Champs-- I checked my PM messages and it was not there.  I exited the BG website and re-logged in.  Still nothing.  Checked my mail messages and I have not received an email notification.

Check your PM sent messages, maybe they will give you a clue.


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