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  1. Dear Hallmark Channel, Imagine my dismay yesterday when I discovered that you have just decided to copy-protect apparently EVERYTHING on your TV channels. I was so happy that you started airing Cedar Cove again this week, but at 8 in the morning, I cannot watch live. I recorded it to DVD the first few days, then yesterday, my recorder gave me the "this program cannot be recorded" message. I figured, okay, Hallmark sells the show on DVD so they don't want anyone to record it. Then in the afternoon I tried to record a Christmas movie while I went to the pharmacy. Same message. Just for grins, I tested it last night on the Mystery/Movie channel, with an old Murder She Wrote (not an Original Hallmark Production) -- same freaking message. I tested several of your On Demand movies, and you have blocked Every. Single. One. Not love, Forumfish
  2. Is it permissible to post a little Erma Bombeck as I wish Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans?
  3. Years ago, at work, a U2 song came on the radio. The high-school boy who was interning with me for the summer said. "I love U2." Then he turned 16 shades of red and added, "The band."
  4. When I was prepping an interior wall for painting, I got that Tom Petty song in my head, with a little change to the lyrics: "the taping is the hardest part"
  5. Today I got a public service announcement encouraging everyone to stay safe during the holiday weekend: • Two text messages on my cell phone, one in English, one in Spanish, • The same message, in both languages, as voice messages on my cell phone, • The same voice message on the land line, and • An email. I applaud the public health office for taking action, especially as our numbers are skyrocketing, but it makes me sad, scared, and more than a little angry to think how many people will ignore these warnings this weekend.
  6. I loved Carl Reiner as Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Especially the first episode of Season 5, "Coast to Coast Big Mouth." You can watch it for free on demand at Pluto TV.
  7. I ran way more errands this weekend than I'd planned. One masked elderly gentleman was leaving a store ahead of me. I hung back, but he waited so he could hold the door. I know it's got to be hard on people of his age who were taught to be polite, so I didn't want to come across as rude. I just said "thank you," put my arm out to help hold the door and ducked my head away from him as I exited. It dawned on him and he hurried away in the opposite direction. Bless his heart. Y'all, Austin just doesn't get it. We're one of the fastest-growing cities for new cases, and today there was a protest against wearing masks. People are so hardheaded.
  8. I had a flat tire today, and I have to give props to Discount Tire -- everyone's masked, customers wait in their cars until an employee comes to do the check in, then the customer is the one to drive in and out of the bay. No employee got in my car, and my repair was free (I bought 4 tires from them in March). Later I hit the drive-thru at Jack in the Box -- I got a slice of cheesecake to reward myself for taking my flat tire off and putting on the spare. (Hey, cheesecake is cheesecake, even if it is pre-packaged.) I also got some mini churros for my family and when I got home, there were two mini chocolate cakes in the bag. Woo hoo!
  9. @PrincessPurrsALot wins the day for the Scale of Cat. Funniest thing I have seen in ages! One thing that tipped me off that I had hypothyroidism was the inability to read books, newspaper articles etc. By the time I reached the end of a paragraph, I'd forgotten what I just read. Re: "shortness of breath" -- I have wondered about that one, too. I have a narrow chest cavity, front-to-back*, so I frequently have trouble getting a good deep breath, especially while lying down trying to fall asleep. If I try too hard, I hyperventilate and work myself into a nice little panic attack. *For the non-squeamish, google "pectus excavatum" -- thankfully mine isn't as extreme as most of the pictures.
  10. Oh, I hope Pantone does as well! Today I went to look at the mattress I found for my folks' new twin beds. I had a triple-layer surgeon-style mask, but was worried that I'd get an over-enthusiastic salesperson who might not stay far enough away. I used a piece of Oly-Fun to make an extra layer for my mask, just in case. As it turned out, all the employees were masked properly and did a great job social distancing.
  11. I will never forget a party I attended years ago. The host invited a bunch of us from church (Southern Baptist) and a bunch of his coworkers. Everyone had been instructed to bring a gift for an exchange game (which itself is a peeve of mine). One of the coworkers brought a nice bottle of wine, which was "fought over" by at least one of the Baptists.
  12. Our neighbors have two dogs -- one will play fetch with me, the other wants to kill me.* Sadly, the one who wants to kill me is the one who is in the yard all the time and will stand on the trampoline and look into our yard and bark and growl at me if I am trying to do yardwork. I would not be surprised if he could get in my yard, as the trampoline is closer to the fence than I am comfortable with. *One day he was growling and jumping at the fence as I was unlocking our gate. When the little girl came over and told him I was a friend, the dog turned and snarled at her. Not a nice doggie.
  13. I've never been a social animal, so I don't feel that I'm missing anything. I can't remember the last time I met a friend for lunch, I don't go to movies, I don't travel anymore, etc. On the other hand, I am sad for my family. I will not be surprised if my parents never get to see their siblings again. They are all in their 80s and 90s.
  14. Not sure why this is airing on the Mystery/Movie channel and not regular Hallmark, but I'll take it: Season 1 of Cedar Cove starts Tue., June 30.
  15. Thanks, I knew y'all would understand. *non-creepy hug from a safe distance* Last night Dad wore his CPAP mask for pretty much the whole night. This morning when I asked him how it felt, he said he didn't wear it, "some woman" wore it. Whatever. At least it did him some good. Re: new mattresses -- long story short, we decided against any of the "bed in a box" options. BUT I called and found out that the mattresses can be delivered to our driveway, then I can take them in, so no delivery people in the house. yay!
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