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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers, from 62f and clear N.E. Indiana. The coffee has signaled READY with Yardmaster blend. The special is Biscuits and black peppered gravy, with some of that black peppered sausage patties on the side. Just in case you don't think you've had enough of the 'other white meat'. The oatmeal pot is gurgling at the end of the line. Yes, those are raisins in the pot. Fresh orange juice as Pothole Pete ( not to be confused with 'our' Pete ) has made a misdelivery. So enjoy it while you can.

    Looks like we might be able to hookup the occupancy detectors on my friends layout later. He'll be the guy under the layout, and I'll be cheering him on. He's only got 24 to do. He'll probably make it to #6 before it's Aleve time. At least his layout room is air-conditioned and he has a creeper to move around on.

    That's about all on my agenda, too wet to mow.

    Have a Super day!

    Jim

    Take the red pill

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    Good morning, Jim. Thank you for opening. I'll help myself to a cup of the Yardmaster Blend.

    We have rain and temperatures currently in the high sixties, but it will be upper eighties by dinner. It's a good day to walk around the yard taking care of small tasks such as pulling weeds that are 2' high before I notice them (how do they do that?) and deadheading plants.

    I might start on a new model today. I cleared my workspace to get ready.

    Meanwhile, I'll put another coat of stain on the baseboards I'm prepping.

    Have a good one.

    Mike


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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • #3
      Good morning, Jim, Mike and crew. We're in the 70's headed to the 90's. An early walk to beat the heat is planned, then a birthday party. My great grandson is one year old! I don't see any MRRing today.

      George
      Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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      • #4
        Morning Jim and crew. Sunny an going to 77 today on the great St. Lawrence River. The wife's niece and nephew are up plus the niece brought her friend. So it'll be a day for a boat ride and tow behind Large Duck. Water temp is probably somewhere in the 60's.

        Have a great day everybody.

        Bernd
        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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        • #5
          Good morning Crew and Jim thanks for starting another day! While I would love a cold glass of OJ that is reserved for my low blood glucose events. It is my quick boost back to good glucose levels! So a nice chilled diet Dr Pepper for me!

          Ok, I will admit I am that guy that if his grass is not cut weekly to 3.5” tall he gets a bit anxious. Our grassy areas all fade away into the woods around us and even the 1st 60’ of the forest floor are weed free or at least controlled. Definitely branch free. Drives Terry crazy but hey, it’s just me. Blame it on my grandmother who even at 83 was still cutting her yard with the older then me Lawnboy push mower. No one touched my grandmother’s grass, her roses or Lilac brushes. She also grew her tomatoes only for her spaghetti sauces. It was the only bent grass (normally a golf course grass in Illinois) yard I have ever come across. It has been so dry here that I did not cut grass on Monday and I programmed the water system last night for 4AM this morning. Normally I would let Mother Nature do her thing and let the grass go dormant. But, there are no predictions of rain in the 10 day forecast and Terry has an outdoor event planned in late July. We have 2 cisterns on the property that collect rain water and the morning dew from the roof of the stables and that is where the water will come from. Only the driveway approach lawns are getting watered!

          Currently 54f degrees in So. Central Wisconsin with a high predicted of 83.

          2 Farmer Markets to visit today even though we have a garden and Terry has plenty of bakery in the freezer.

          I may have simplified this but if I own or run an airline and I don’t have enough staff to fly why sell tickets to a plane that can’t fly? ABC News has decided to call this a “situation.” I call it incompetent management.
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          • #6
            Got rain coming in this afternoon or so that's promised.....Humid already, too. Might spread out some fertilizer on the peppers and squash....

            Painting and staining trim, but if that dries, I've got that oak 2x4 to fit inside of the cabinet - cut and shape around interior trim bits.....so I'll feel like I got something done today before I sit down to another library book. Thought I's re-read the Hillerman books since they seem to have turned it into a TV series that's not bad.

            Maybe some decals get applied today, too. Ambitious, I am.


            So it goes....
            In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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            • #7
              Good morning Guys, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge as usual Jim. Coffee, it is the best way as we all know to start off the day.

              73 degrees, and raining here in Rhode Island at the moment. Going to get more rain on and off as the day goes on. Thunder storms predicted as well.

              I'm not sure what the rest of the day will bring yet. I'll have to see up comes-up. Will all this rain, maybe some railroad stuff.

              Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day. I'll see you all on the RR-L Forum.


              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #8
                Good morning to the entire crew. It is 70 and heading to 82 under sunny skies here in S.E. Michigan.

                It looked like we would get some rain a few times yesterday, but we got nothing. The weekend looks good for outdoor activities with some rain possibly coming out way on Tuesday/Wednesday.

                Some modeling time today. I'll fire up the new smoker for some Apple Wood Smoked Chicken Breasts for dinner. I picked something easy for my first try with the smoker.

                I'm opening up a new Photo Gallery today. It will feature "open top" rail cars (gons, flats, hoppers) and their loads, so search through you photos and add some to the gallery.

                Have a great day!
                Bruce

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                • #9
                  Mornin' All!

                  Seventies, headed for who-knows-where and clear (pretty much) here inthe northern mitten today. Gonna get loud in a couple of hours, though, as the National Cherry Festival Air Show opens the week-long NCF this afternoon. Yesterday's practice was interesting, the "acts" did pretty well, and the performance of the Blue Angels was its usual precision demonstration. "Open Ramp" at the Coast Guard Air Station was a treat later in the day. Love getting back close to those birds of all shapes, sizes and eras. As with George, the sky isn't our limit, it's our playground....

                  I'll grab some coffee and try some of that OJ, but I know nothing about it or where it came from or how it got here. Maybe I should hold off on that until we find out if it's safe....

                  Make it a great day, All, and stay safe!

                  Pete
                  in Michigan

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                  • #10
                    Warm, sunny and breezy yet again. Cut n paste this one for next February.

                    Been getting goods to take to the bunker in the swamp tomorrow. TDY to NorComm. 7-5 is the youngest’ s 40th b’day.

                    Modeling is just a vague memory. AND so is the $1 pop at McD. Now there is zero reason to insult one’s tolerance for gut wrenching “food” and totally laughable “service”. (Not just a bump, either, 30%, to %1.30 (My math right?)

                    Enjoy the Blues, Pete. We made the TC Cherry fest one year and the air show they put on was spectacular. The USAF T-Birds are also in MI this weekend at the Battle Creek USAF Drone OPS base. Pretty dull goings on there since they RIF’d the A-10s that used to buzz my house 2-3 times a week on their runs to Grayling. Not much to see with the computer game nerds shooting terrorists half a world away from some featureless box off Dickman Rd. Is it Live Ops or is it Memorex?

                    Well, ya wandering, 3 re-starts to get this far, has triggered the RED TRIANGLE!!

                    I’ll hope everyone enjoys the day, the weekend and fly the flags the 4th. USA!!

                    KS




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                    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                    Cedar Swamp
                    SW of Manistique, MI

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