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What you've recently done to deserve a round of applause


I was zipping back across town early this morning when I noticed a gentleman with a long tool changing gas price numbers on the sign at Westside 66 to a lower number.

My first thought was that if I had not been driving, I'd have given him a round of applause. I then wondered what, if anything, I've done recently that would warrant applause; that of course led to this blog topic.

So go ahead, toot your own horn, break your arm patting yourself on the back.

What have you done recently that makes you deserving of a bow and a round of applause?


Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Well, I don't know that I was deserving, but I did receive several rounds of applause a couple of weeks ago when I entered the hay bale throwing contest in Oskaloosa. Those bales were heavy and hearing the crowd cheering me on made me give it my all. Never mind that I was so sore I could hardly move for the next week and my lower discs are currently compressed into a wad of chewing gum.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 6 months ago

You left out the fact that you were the first to enter the contest. It was quite a while before anyone else entered, it looked like you were going to win by default!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

Yesterday, I fried four eggs over easy in just a touch of bacon grease without breaking any of the yolks.

aandpfarm 5 years, 6 months ago

Lately in an attempt to recreate myself once more I have kept my mouth shut when I could say something derogatory. Pat Pat Pat

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

I'll applaud that. Hard to do sometimes...

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Rock, my first thought was you deserved applause for not cooking your eggs in gobs of bacon grease. That's generally tempting. But to actually crack four eggs,, get them onto a frying area and turn them over without breaking them is indeed applause deserving. I also hope you shared your eggs....

aandp, excellent! Did you bite your tongue or lip in the process? Thinking things over before speaking is a desirable trait. Good going. Clap clap, bravo!.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

I forced myself to go water my blueberry, blackberry bushes and my new orchard because I don't want them to die. Also because I don't want to die. River would kill me if I didn't keep them alive. Please up the applause while I lie down and sip some lemonade.

LadyJ 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm new to the berry bush growing, well I actually planted them two summers ago. This is the first year I really had berries. Man those raspberries went crazy. But I really don't know what I'm doing, trial and error. I think the branches that got raspberries this year die and the new ones growing will get them next year. Or was that the blackberries? I need a berry coach. Know how to tell if they have reached their perfect ripness? You come out one morning and they are all gone, the birds know.

RJM 5 years, 6 months ago

I have completed the task of painting our deck and if I say so myself, it looks great!


by RJM

Topple 5 years, 6 months ago

Are you sure Westside 66 was lowering the prices? I've been driving by them for two years and they're constantly $0.10-$0.25 higher than every other gas station....even ones half a block down the street. I deserve a round of applause for never buying gas at Westside 66.

riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

I didn't spend a nickle on fireworks yesterday. Bought a 6 pack of beer. Didn't drink any of it but had a martini and a couple of gin & tonics. Smoked a couple of backrib slabs to perfection (if I do say so).

RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

I haven't trolled for trolls . . . Oh, wait. Guess I just did.

Oh well . . .

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

I applaud you because in blog land I am Harry Potter and you are Voldemort and yet I still live.

RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

So you're Harry Potter now? Man, you could give P. Diddy lessons on changing a.k.a.'s . . .

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

It was a joke! I meant it as a metaphor and I said that Roe is Voldemort so DIST is saying you have identity issues. I know exactly who I am. I am Stormy Llewellyn, I live in Pico Mundo and I own an ice cream shop. Oh, yes, I know I am dead, but there is ice cream in heaven.

RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

Back now from "Mayhem in Missouri".

There weren't many survivors. Barely made it out myself . .

Partlow 5 years, 6 months ago

As hot as it has been I appalud you Ronda ! It is a chore to go out and water or do anything outdoors.

I can say that I am proud of myself for going to check on an elderly gentleman during our recent power outages here in Virginia. My husband and I took him to our church were we had a cooling station and they called his relatives.

KSense 5 years, 6 months ago

I didn't pat my own back. Oh wait...

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Ret, you sound mighty proud of yourself. Congrats!

RJM, it's nice to have both Georgia and Virginia represented on this blog! A job well done!!! I applaud you as well, but I suspect you've gotten much more than a pat on the back or applause? Self satisfaction and some nice family time with meals too? Now about my deck......

River, I'm proud of you. I spend nada on crackers too. I did buy a few explosives however.

Roe, where ther cuzins in Misery? Do we needz ta forum a possie to gir em out a dar?

Topple, it was lowered by 6 cents. I've had very positive experiences there always. The owner has done everything imaginable to assist and even took a couple of thousand dollar loss on my behalf a few years back. It is a full service station and I'm guessing they do generally charge more. They can't make up the price differences in groceries like HyVee and Dillons, right?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

Have you and Roe thought about putting together a Cuzin/English book? I am not being sarcastic here, I bet it would sell. Maybe have a DVD of common phrases in case someone should find themselves in cuzin land?

Roe, where ther cuzins in Misery? Do we needz ta forum a possie to gir em out a dar?

I have no idea what that means, no sarcasm just would like to know.

RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

Were there cousins in Missouri? Do we need to form a posse to get them out of there?

easy one

Jay_lo 5 years, 6 months ago

Generally I've always tried to avoid getting the clap...

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

F-U-N-N-Y!!! Ron, you've done it again... :~)

Jay_lo 5 years, 6 months ago

Back to topic, I came up with a little song I sing over the phone to my just under two year old Grandson when he has Mom and Dad call "Papa" for him. Makes him giggle every time. : )

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Partlow, you deserve more than a pat on the back. You deserve a frozen cherry mash bar. You likely saved your neighbor's life! Good going. We all need a reminder to check on neighbors and friend's and family. Let's not forget our little outdoor friends either - leave plenty of water out for birds, cats, etc.

KSense, sel restraint is worth applauding. Now about Ret.....

Ja_. I applaud your humble poetic ways! ;()

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Jay, I'm waiting....... You can call me and sing it to me or feel free to leave it here.

I had silly songs for my two children when they were young. I wonder how many parents or grandparents do that....

aandpfarm 5 years, 6 months ago

I know a baby and his name is Mark he's my little baby

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

RJM, no small task on your deck. I just checked out the photo. I believe I need to come for an extended vacation. Nice pool!

Jay_lo 5 years, 6 months ago

You all deserve

A round of applause

With plenty of cheering

And hearty Yee-Haws

For just putting on

A big smiling face

And making this world

A much better place

Caring for others

With true heart and soul

Is something you've set

For yourselves as a goal

You can start patting

Your backs and be glad

'Cause you help to make this world

A little less sad

And so I applaud you

Commentors rise tall

A standing ovation

I'm giving you all

RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

Well, yeah. But you forgetededed Cleopatra on the Kaw. Cleo for short. There wuz a couple more but my brain shorts out tryin' to 'member 'em all . . .

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

Ohm for the love of Myrtle, I am Tonks, I think you get confused because I change up my hair color and style. Muggles! I am only doing this to help someone with their Muggles Class in Hogwarts. I hear the Muggles up at KU have a quiddich team. Good luck with that, no seriously...

camper 5 years, 6 months ago

I like to pat myself for patting others on the back who hopefully pat others and those others pat others etc. etc. I'm trying to increase world peace in this way ):

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Camper, you're beginning to sound like a Pepsi commercial.

I'd like to teach the world to pat in perfect harmony.....

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 6 months ago

Wrong answer, Ronda. That was a Coca Cola commercial, and for proof I offer the following, from the 1970s: Coca Cola Advert - 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1NeogMh1JI

And, it was based on this song: 'I'd Like ToTeach The World To Sing' (1972), performed by 'New Seekers' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWNdR...

And, by the way, a significant portion of Coca Cola stock is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. At the moment BRK-A is maybe a good buy at $124,810.00. But, the one to go for is BRK-B at $83.22. You won't get any voting rights, but hey, would you bother to vote anyway? Sooner or later BRK is going to cash out, and the investors who own stock at that time will do very well.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 6 months ago

In 2009 I tried so hard to talk a friend of mine who was able to do so to buy at least one share of BRK-A at $75,000. I could hardly believe that anyone was willing to sell at that price, but a lot of people were.

But, he thought it was too risky, and I didn't understand why he thought that, the fundamentals were there, and it was significantly underpriced. And I was so right, he would have earned a great deal of money in a very short period of time. That is, about $50,000 in only about one year. Check this out: http://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=BRK-A+Interactive#symbol=brk-a;range=5y;compare=;indicator=volume;charttype=area;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=off;source=undefined;

Did I call that one right, or what???

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Jay_lo, I'll stand and applaud to your poetic suggestion. Can you see me now?

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Ret, am I to assume the deal went down?

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Lady J, sorry your comment is up there and mine is down here! My iPhone doesn't show anything to click on for replies and my computer monitor appears to be having a personal revolution at present. I'm guessing it wants to be replaced. You're a light year ahead of me on berries. I only put mine in last year. I don't have any raspberries as yet. I have blackberry and blueberry. I have found a thornless blackberry bush that is touted as growing in the shade, however. I'd love to get several of those as I have an area to the north of my house with some erosion going on that would be solved nicely this way. Where did you get your raspberry bushes? It seemed to be a very good year for berries!

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Earth to Frankie, come in Frankie

Here is the German/English/cuzin tranlslation by a trustworthy source:

Roe, were there cousins in Missouri. Do we need to form a posse to get them out of there?

I believe Roe and the additional cuzins such as uncle autie would be happy to put a book together as long as you'll purchase copies in advance.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Ron, I entered the contest only because pianoman said no women had entered it previously, so they put up the $50 for first place. I'll always enter a contest if I think no one else is there to compete. Hehe. I didn't win by default, but I lost through no de fault of my own.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

And ya know about that Pepsi turned cola song - as it turns out, Frankie and I appear to be related, isn't that right, Frankie. It's the Irish side of the cuzin family.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh. About what to not do in the pool. That reminded me that it's way past time to do a partial water change in my aquariums.

Maybe I should dump in a bunch of Clorox. That should fix the problem.

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Ron, I almost choked when I read your post...SO amusing, you are...gotta love your sense of humor!!

LadyJ 5 years, 6 months ago

Ronda, probably got the raspberries from Home Depot. The blueberries though came from True Vine Ranch. My husband really likes cherries, I need to figure out a way to grow those. The neighbor has two peach trees that had hundreds and hundreds of peaches, except this year they were small. Squirrels got most of them. Too small to do much with them but was fun to watch all the squirrels running on the electric wires with the peaches in their mouths. If there were any squirrel hunters in this area, I bet those squirrels would taste quite peachy.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Lady, I bought a couple of sweet cherry trees last fall and made sure I watered them through our warm, dry winter too. I have a plum tree and a peach tree besides the berry bushes. My blueberry bushes were purchased at Farmer's Market. I bought a very small pawpaw tree as well, but alas, it did not thrive.

I'm a going peach picking Saturday morning. I've heard there is a place I can get them through fall that are as big as grapefruit and absolutely delicious. It's supposed to be close to Pendleton's farm and has a sign, 'Peaches' in the yard. Go figure. Davenport has had them years past too. My tree is several years old, but tiny. I'm sure it will be a few years before any of my fruit trees begin to produce.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

Ronda, I hope you enjoy the time you have with your back yard and the trees and critters. I know that older people who have had to move into places like Babcock Place and Vermont Towers really miss those things. I used to be quite the gardener and always put out food and cold water.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Pyw, I'm going to turn my sprinkler on low now so the birdies can take a cooling shower. I'll also set a few shallow containers out and about. Thanks for the reminder. My friend Richard Gwin was going to purchase misters (maybe a mistress or two) for his little hummers. They are so precious. That partlow deserves another round of applause!!!

Ron, I'm reporting you to PETA. Someone should be at your door momentarily. ;)

Did_I, did your Dad really say that? I can 'relate' but our relatives are generally in our lives for its entirety for a reason. Many life lessons shared with them. Funny statement though! ;()

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Reminder to Pyw, Lady and Did_I,

Enter the giveaway for The Divorce Girl! You have until Saturday at midnight to enter by leaving a comment. The more comments you make, the more chances you have to win.

I'm not sure what Did_I enjoys reading, but I'm quite certain Pyw and Lady will enjoy the book. And if either of you is involved in book clubs, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will come and discuss her book with you. Imagine, the poet laureate of Kansas discussing her book at your night to host. I mean, really!!!

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Pyw, I'm sure she would remember you. She certainly did me with a warm hug to boot. Maybe because my poetry had made her toes curl. Hehe

So you've all got until midnight tonight to enter The Divorce Girl giveaway drawing. I hope you have or will, Pwy! I'm headed to that blog now.

Welcome, FloridaSunshine. You sound juicy!

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