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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2005 3:29:58 PM

This is the new home of me, Dirt Girl. Built at the request of a much loved GB icon. Actually, the old place was falling down and it was just cheaper to build a new one.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 3:31:45 PM

Views of our new bench and placement. The thanks we gave sounded like they gave us 4 million dollars.

Our new bench

[Edited by: trugasCA at 3/30/2015 3:32:35 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 11:56:11 AM

Tru, it sounds like you're adding value to the property. Owners should thank you. :)

What you're considering for your sister is what I was thinking might need to happen, if her situation doesn't improve.
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 9:24:11 AM

Goldie l feel for my sister on the one hand, and am exasperated and give up on her on the other hand. I think she asks for it, yet in a way she is no longer responsible, but has made poor decisions all her life. It is finally catching up to her, yet one cannot help but feel sorry for a 125 pound 86 year old with beginning dementia. Can they?

If she doesn't find a place to live soon, l am thinking of sending Adult Protective Services out to check on her and where she is. She will hate me for it, but l now have an address for her. Someplace to send someone to intervene. They were helpful to her when she was stuck in that trailer with her son being gone so much.

I just hope she finds a place soon. I sent lists of Church owned properties and hopefully one of them will have a vacancy.

Dirtgirl l imagine maintenance sees all the cuttings in the dumpster as he has to throw trash away and uses this one near me. So far l have not done anything that has been foreign to the area. I take out plants and prune back plants and replace them with plants they have planted. It's not like the other gardeners who have planted all sorts of other plants and even two trees. One fig and one apricot. I am not doing that. I am pruning back one of their plantings to allow another of their plants to prosper.
Even when l had some of that grass clump removed, l replaced them with their plantings from another area. The seed l throw around is just annuals except maybe poppies. So l can't really be in trouble.

We still haven't got our bench.
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 1:52:40 AM

DG...back in the 40s again tonight! Woo hooo
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 12:30:13 AM

Dino, Glad all is right in your world. As for the chicks, at least Emily has a sense of humor. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 12:28:01 AM

Hi all. DG, glad you are enjoying the somewhat warmer, sunnier weather.

Dino, congratulation and good luck on your reconciliation.

Tru, again, it makes me sad to read about your sister. It's good that you are doing what you can, but ultimately it will probably have to be up to her kids to "be the adult" and do whatever must be done. It seems obvious that she isn't able to. Many, many people who have to go into some kind of assisted or care situation do not want to, and get angry. Sepending upon what kind of dementia is developing inside of her, anger can be a symptom/part of the disease. Probably there's a lot of underlying fear that might express as anger, too. Had several types of these in our family.

I commend you for trying to do what you can, even though things between you have not always been easy. And I know that families are different and family systems can be complicated. Probably I'm reacting to it as much as I am because it hit a personal nerve. Please forgive if I'm saying too much. You can't imagine how much more I've said about it in my head. :-/

Wish y'all well.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 3/30/2015 12:31:06 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 10:53:46 PM

Good evening one and all

Wanted to stop in and say hello and bring you up to date on what's been up with me lately. It has been a long, emotional couple of weeks. It has really been one wild rollercoaster ride for me. Let me catch you up.

First of all, Mrs. K and I. The Tuesday after I announced our split here, she called me and asked if we could get together and talk in person. I agreed to it because I wanted to be diplomatic and hear what she had to say. We spent about an hour sharing ideas and talking and you'll be happy to know we've decided to reconcile the relationship. We shared some ideas and I returned to Middlebourne last weekend.

Often I have thought of a bible verse these last couple of weeks that states "We are to forgive one another seventy times seven." I feel that I've made the correct decision here. My Mom and Dad have been married for over 45 years and I know that hasn't been without incident. Same goes for Mrs. K and I over the last nearly five years we've been Husband and Wife. I really REALLY feel I need to focus on opening up more to her and communicating together.

Secondly, about my car situation. I had it at the garage here in Glen Dale for about 2 days. They called me and informed me that a wire had shorted out the TIP-M computer that I had replaced back in December. They would need to replace a wiring harness, the TIP-M, and the ECM computer at a cost of $2,700. I had it towed 80 miles to Parkersburg the next day. Talking to the mechanic that installed the previous TIP-M, he said it was fine and there were no wires loose shorting out anything. He said I did need to replace the ECM computer at a cost of $744. I will wind up without my car for three weeks, so Mrs. K and I have been sharing her 2014 Kia Sportage. Before that, I did use a rental for a few days. It was a 2015 Dodge Dart. I said if I hit the lottery, I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat. It drove nice and I was able to do two round trips from Lubeck to Glen Dale (approximately 80 miles one way) for $19 in gas at $2.15/gallon. Between the tow bill and the rental, I'll still come out about $1,400 less than the original quote.

This has been my first rounds in about two weeks and I apologize because I really left everyone on a cliffhanger here. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me. All we can do is take this one day at a time.

Finally, to leave you on a happy note, my Dad received some good news as he has been nominated to be a Deacon at their Church. I'm really hoping he gets this as Mom and Dad have attended regularly for the last 35 years. I call this guy one of my heroes for all the right reasons.

Last, but not least. Emily posted a picture of some of her newest family members. Her Grandpa S.(FMD's Dad) got Emily a couple of baby chicks. I'm not sure what to think about her choice of names, though. Original and Extra Crispy. Until then. We'll see you all again real soon. Take care.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 7:55:22 PM

trugas, That sure sounds like the low growing cottoneaster. I like your clandestine gardening. I would bet the office knows but as long as it looks good and neat, they won't say anything. lol
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 8:32:09 AM

Cottoneaster is the closest look to the plants l cut back. Evergreen but very low growing and has red or orange berries on them. They are ok, just kill off everything around them if not kept under control. A lot of it in our complex is filled with crab grass too. Then what do you do? So l prefer the blooming Gaura.

Our poppies do not seem to take and so l poked a hole and dropped in poppy seed and hope they make it with that help. Mine are multi-colored poppies. They will also spread once they get started and if we can keep the weed eater away from them.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 8:17:45 AM

dirtgirl, thanks for the comment on pic. I like that border now coz it is all perennial and will come back year after year with the overwinter blooms like the ostespermum sp? and the petunias. Then later spring blooms where the border is now, then the bulbs come up like glads, tulips and such. I just enjoy.

My sister is borderline dementia, so no one can force her to do anything. She got so angry when put in the assisted home after first bloom wore off,, and it was one of the better places. Beautiful and good food. Then she hated it coz she had lost control of her income. She has NO assets, her income is the same as mine. Social Security alone.

Goldie if she did make out power of attorney, unlikely as she prefers to control even tho she no longer can, she would probably give it to the son who she is with, and he is not a good manager except to get for himself. She financially provides him her car and the insurance on it . He kept it after leaving her in MN, and she buys his needs like cigarretes etc. I know it is a mess, but nothing can be done about it. I just send her lists of low income housing and she never signed up for it so there is a long wait, that's why or how she ended up in that awful trailer park a few years ago , with her son who took off in her car and left her there for days on end. But she went back to him and that situation will probably end up the same way ..

Her best bet and l wrote and sent her a list of church run homes, not section 8, but still a wait for them. Just that she can get in if they get a vacancy. Haven't heard from her since.

Meantime, l went out to the "quad" and started cutting back the thorny little berry like bushes so that the "burning bush" which actually is Gaura- can grow. I'm not sure where the name got confused. The "gardener" pulls the Gaura out in favor of the awful low growing bush. It is all over the place and no wonder, l cut and start to pull and it has grown at least 5 to 6 feet. I took 3 scooter loads to the dumpster.

Then stupid starts giving tours to everyone who stops by.."B.....(my name) cut back and weeded all morning" etc..I caught her and said " l do it on the weekend when the office is closed so no one knows, then you go telling everyone who did it." She said "I didn't know" like everything she doesn't know. Stupid. Everyone else knows about our clandestine gardening.
l am going to do more. The lady opposite me who has all the pretty flowers in front loves the little butterfly looking blooms on the Gaura. I prefer them to the awful plants they want. They all spread and we choose to save one over the ones the "gardener" saves. He cuts down all the babies that start close to the edge xo l pulled a bunch and put them in a pot to be transplanted to the center later.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:50:54 AM

wackiness, Glad to see you. Hope you are feeling better. :)

MadDog, Well, it's not overly warm here, quite a cool breeze here today but sunny. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:18:08 AM

DG...I sent way too much heat....it's currently 47 degrees outside! It was 49 last night! LOL I am not complaining though!

Wacko...welcome back buddy! Hope you are feeling better!
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 12:43:15 AM

Sorry for not posting in months, have been very sick
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 10:08:06 PM

Tru, so sorry to hear about your sister. Sounds like a dangerous situation: someone with dementia without anyone responsible looking after her. It sounds like that as things progress, she'll have to be put in some kind of care situation, whether she wants it or not. As I understand it, if she doesn't have over a certain amount of assets (and hasn't within 3 or 5 years), then Medicaid will pay nursing home expenses. It would be more cost effective for the government to pay for assisted living, when that is all that is needed, but I don't know if any states have progressed to that point yet.

She should have legal documents, such as designating Power of Attorney, Living Will, etc. If she doesn't, I think it would make sense to do it while (if) she is still capable. It also seems like it might be time, or nearing it, when her other children will have to step up and take over, one way or another.

If she does have such documents, then whoever is designated to make decisions for her when she's unable to, or Power of Attorney (I don't remember if those are the same thing or separate documents) should be brought into the loop now, it sounds like.

Sometimes the genes don't get mixed up. That's what I say about how different my brother and I are. He got all one kind, I got others. ;)

[Edited by: goldieolds at 3/28/2015 10:09:17 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 9:36:57 PM

MadDog, It only gets a bit unbearable when the dewpoint hits the 60's and higher. Had to look it up but back in 2011 we had some record dew points. Makes up for last year when it was only warm for a couple of weeks. lol

trugas, Your mom probably saw that your sister lived beyond her means when she was very young. Your sister will lose that money very fast if she moves into an assisted living facility. Things tend to disappear in settings like that whether it's a dishonest staff member or another resident.

I'm glad that you're able to take care of yourself and that you live within your means. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 10:57:19 AM

Guess Mom had it right. She used to worry about my sister and take care of her and said she never worried about me. That l was able to take care of myself. I didn't think so , but maybe deep down she knew our basic characteristics.

Outwardly my sister had a great life. Big businesses (which seemed to change a lot) and nice fancy homes which they lost a lot, and lifestyle my son envied for the fancy cars etc. But under neath it was suits and countersuits, debts, cars taken back, lost properties due to lack of payments. bankruptcies. and now the end being homeless.
Poor decisions and living beyond their means most of her life. Moving out of places owing money and such and now her credit doesn't allow her to qualify for places she applies for.

If l had any say so, my sister would be in an assisted living home. Like the one her other son put her in, only cheaper. She couldn't adjust to no money left for her own spending. I couldn't understand what she needed money for when food and housing was provided. But she is used to having a thousand or so in her purse, even tho she had debts of thousands more.

I am grateful my income provides for all the necessary things like health care, housing and food. The rest is gravy.

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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:35:19 AM

DG...yeah...the humidity stinks! I hate it!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 7:20:34 PM

MadDog, Don't know, our summers can get rather warm but you have more humidity down there.

godlieolds, We'd still have the same amount of daylight but during the summer if I have to work, I'd like it to be lighter in the evening so I can work in the yard. :)

trugas, Sorry to hear that your sister is getting worse. Hopefully things will work out for her. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 10:08:15 AM

If they add water l hope it is filtered. I filter my drinking water.

I like the local dairy called Clover milk. Clo the contented cow is CA bred. It is $2.99 at safeway and $2.79 elsewhere.

Clo is my sister's nickname...short for Clora. She is homeless again, piled in with her son at a friend of his' mobile home. Sickening. Son refused to take her out looking for places and was Napping when l last spoke to her. It is HER car. But she can't drive now anyway. He just doesn't care , l don't believe he wanted her back as he has free room and board with this guy. Don't understand why she ended up there. But it is her business. She wants to hang onto him like glue. That is the price she pays ..

Guess her dementia is finally becoming known to her as well and she must be frightened to be on her own.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 4:01:02 AM

Yes, the light is returning! I hear some people saying we should get rid of DST. NO! We need the extra light, when it counts, in the evening. At least I do.

It may be that the amount of water added to the milk is below the threshold amount that requires them to list it. I believe if an ingredient is below a certain percent, it doesn't have to be listed. I don't like that, but it is what is.

Our FDA is controlled by industry, and puts their interests first. It has been called a "revolving door" between the regulatory agency and the industries it regulates. So you never know . . .
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 1:50:25 AM

DG..our spring is probably like your summer! LOL
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 7:53:37 PM

goldieolds, At least the daylight is increasing. :)

trugas, Love peanut oil for making popcorn. :) If you look at the price of name brand milk in your store...probably the most expensive and realize that the store is selling it at almost cost (most stores do), then how can the others be so cheap...something is skimped on ingredients or added. Not sure on the fda rules for adding water to milk but it is an inexpensive ingredient and just a little added cuts the cost of the milk.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 10:30:30 AM

I hit a sale on 4 packs of fruit, jello w fruit etc and love their little packs of mango, so l stocked up at .90c a pack. Some stores are as high as $2.49 on those, but l usually pay $1.49 to $1.99. Few other good deals were chubs of cheese at $2.16 for 8 oz. Got several and even the sharp cheddar.
Then here in town l went to Foodmaxx and stocked up on peanut oil to pop corn in and for making french fries. I also use olive oil and canola.. but didn't need any of those.
Food maxx has gotten out of hand on prices for a warehouse type of store. No better than Safeway now. Safeway has a lot more customers than l see at Foodmaxx.

Safeway milk is $3 half gallon and Grocery outlet's is $1.89 so if it goes bad sooner l don't lose as much. If there is water in their milk they aren't obeying the law to list ingredients. No water is shown.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 7:21:32 AM

Hi all.

DG, I've always felt exactly the same way: "I actually prefer summer to spring but will take spring over winter any day. :)"

Although now, being older, my tolerance for some of the more challenging parts of summer seems to have lowered. My ideal temp. is around 80ยบ. With low humidity, of course.

Well, now that I think about it, I remember some absolutely glorious spring days in Atlanta, and thinking that there was no where else I'd have rather been at those times. And summers there are hotter and more humid.

So, maybe it's MN springs, that can be just about non-existent some years. Maybe we don't get enough of it to appreciate it. ;)
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 3:51:26 AM

MadDog, Shhhh, everyone will want to come here. lol I actually prefer summer to spring but will take spring over winter any day. :)

goldieolds, Pack whatever you want to bring but keep in mind that there will be stops at tourists traps so save room for souveniers. :) As for the latin, the next thing after S. lycopersicum (tomato) would be the cultivar name, i.e. Brandywine, Big Boy, etc. Nothing like information overload. Oops, I still have to pack. :)

trugas, Glad there is still someplace that offers a discount. Fwiw, off brand or store brand milk usually contain water, that is why they cost less. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 2:32:17 AM

DG is in Hawaii again! LOL
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:46:10 AM

There is nothing l really need except milk. But shopping today so think l will go to Santa Rosa to Grocery Outlet as they are the only ones left who give senior discount and they only do ti twice a month and only in the mornings.

I look around for staples like flour, mayo and stuff like that. I am full up on canned items tho. They have cheeses. Their milk is cheaper than Safeway. But seems to go bad quicker. I will undoubtably find plenty to spend money on.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 5:12:11 AM

DG, I'm packing now. I should probably not take too much and buy some of those muumuus like Tru wears, after I get there. I hope we can take your car. Undoubtedly it is newer than mine. I think mine is too old to make the trip. :(

I'm trying to learn more about my pepper situation. I don't think it's the heat, exactly. I don't experience it as a burning sensation, but as a terrible nasty taste that takes over my whole mouth. If there are any other flavors present, I don't taste them, as they are overpowered by the nastiness.

Found this interesting: "Painful exposures to capsaicin-containing peppers are among the most common plant-related exposures presented to poison centers." (from Wikipedia)

You're right about this.

[quote]
The Solanaceae include a number of commonly collected or cultivated species. The most economically important genus of the family is Solanum, which contains the potato (S. tuberosum, in fact, another common name of the family is the "potato family"), the tomato (S. lycopersicum), and the eggplant or aubergine (S. melongena). Another important genus, Capsicum, produces both chili peppers and bell peppers.
[enquote]

That's about as much of the article that I understand. The rest is Greek, er Latin, to me. (pun intended) :)

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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 1:23:58 AM

My favorite time of the year DG! LOL
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 8:55:09 PM

MadDog, We'll take that too. lol

goldieolds, Not only a road trip but a road trip to someplace warm. :)

trugas, Glad we could make you smile. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 10:23:30 AM

You guys crack me up "oh goodie a road trip" But if you come it would require that new dimensional thing ..forget what it's called but your body appears out of space, little by little? .Anyway l am thinking those would feed a large group simply and low cost. Fearless just made and froze a whole lot of spaghetti sauce. But she gave ti to her daughtoer to put in their freezer as she eats there weekly.

So l have three errands to do today. All can be postponed if l am to tired to go out. Fatigue is becoming one of my old lady components. Tired a day or two in a row, then up and at em for a day or two.

I would like to do another half hour on those thorny bushes that are in our quad that spread into our pretty plants. The few we have. Some of the branches are 5 feet long, so easy to cut off and pull up. Not so easy to transport but on my cart doable. The bending over is what gets to me so l limit my time doing it. Still haven't got the bench promised to us the first of this month. Wonder about where she will put it. Securing it so it isn't hauled off is a consideration for the manager l suppose. One is bolted to cement and the other has a chain to a fence. So don't know how it will work in our area.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 2:18:37 AM

Thanks for the info.

Oh, goodie, a road trip. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 1:22:34 AM

DG...it's about 58 here right now!
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 10:33:53 PM

MadDog, 60 would be wonderful here. :)

goldieolds, I believe all peppers are in the solanum (nightshade) family. It could be the heat in the seeds that bothers you. Most plants are grouped by the foliage and not the flower or fruit...for instance, I think almost everything in the mint family has a square stem (mint, bee balm, oregano). Too much information for me to remember. :)

trugas, Both spaghetti and pizza are winners. Goldieolds and I will be right over. LOL
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 11:03:27 AM

Dirtgirl, l don't mind that anyone tops or puts on their own party. Just think some of the participants will be unhappy as they cannot do the same, by topping the last one. But each person who wants to put on a potluck where we all bring food.... I in fact am happy that the new lady will have her own get together, it takes away the BURDEN it has become for Fearless. I say burden because that is what she has made it. She just wanted to have everything a person might need and even has a box of stuff used at parties, like plates, plastic forks etc that she complains is using up space. So l say don't do it. She looks at it as we all got together and we all contributed and we all should share the set ups, break downs and clean ups. But l do not look at it that way.Mainly because she makes it too much work and makes us share in it? I leave much earlier and can't help break downs as they sit out there for hours after l leave. So l do help set up, but would if asked by anyone.
If in fact the potlucks are all together and put on by all, then they should rotate where they are held so each person can share some of the work of putting them on. But Fearless wants everything at her place. She even tells all that come to my Lunch Bunch to meet at her place, tho l say meet at the cars. That is good for the ones that come early and if she opens her home to them, but l meet at the cars at one pm and they best get there then or will be left. Not Fearless, she says so and so isn't here, call them, or she goes and gets them. Delays the group who are meeting some in the restaurant- sometimes holding a table. She tends to take over...then complain of the extra work it is for her.

Like the idea of going to different homes of people who volunteer to have the food there. WE even discussed having a rotating dinner some time. Haven't yet. But l would love that. Have snacks at first place, then soup the next person prepares, then entree at one person's and then my place l volunteered for dessert. Would have to go in shifts so enough seats and space available. or maybe we could carry our light plastic chairs from lawn to lawn? We are mostly right here together. It would be different and fun.

Someone said "be careful tru you may become a party animal" Actually it has energized me to have another party. Maybe a spaghetti feed, or pizza party again. If l had it here, l could cut down the work of dragging everything out and setting up and then having to drag it all back in at the end. Someone said l should have a table, well l do have one bigger than two card tables, but don't need it as l have the buffet. BTW, the buffet looked so nice emptied of my clutter, l liked the simplicity of it. Too bad it doesn't stay that way.

I better end this as l am taking a fellow to Legal Aid, and he has to be there at 9;15, and it is now 8. I have a few more stops to make before l turn off the computer.

The thanks are still coming. A lady stopped by last night with a thank you card. I think and said "you all are so formal"

[Edited by: trugasCA at 3/23/2015 11:06:53 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 9:28:08 AM

Thanks for the correction. I'd always heard that eggplants were a squash, but obviously you know more about plants than I ever will. I'd never heard of "the cucurbit family" before. But agree, they are all yummy.

BTW, that reminds me of something I'd wondered about. I can eat sweet bell peppers and enjoy them. But seem to have a sensitivity to those in the hot pepper family, chilis, etc. And possibly cayenne. Someone told me that the bell peppers are in a different family than the hot ones. Is that true?

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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 1:21:48 AM

DG...lol...it's not been very hot here. Nice and mild with some rain showers....it's in the 60s right now. I love it!
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 1:53:51 PM

MadDog, You do what you have to to get it here. lol

trugas, That's not a bad thing if others try this type of potluck. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 12:40:25 PM

I was ordering refills on my meds this morning and they ask "anything else l can help you with?" so l looked at the spray l use for REscue, Albuterol and asked do l have a refill on Ventolin? She started to fill it then said it was no longer covered, so l looked at the date on the spray and laughed and said "well maybe that is why l am still using this past the expiration date of May 2013". So no rescue.

Got a lot done on patio. Sometimes l say in patio and sometimes on patio. Don't know which is correct. Besides l prefer calling it my yard. Patio? fffh.
Good thing, coz it rained overnight. About a spoonful.

About the party...I may have started a "I can top that". Sure didn't intend that, but if it is food l am ok with it. Fancy or not l like to eat. And l will stick with simplified and fun.
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 12:48:47 AM

I will send it Fed Ex since UPS keeps losing it...lol
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 10:56:55 PM

MadDog, It's ok to send some warm air now. lol

trugas, Glad it went well. You said it should be simple and it was. :)

goldieolds, You may consider eggplant a squash but it's acutally part of the nightshade (solanum) family which includes peppers and tomatoes. Squash is part of the cucurbit family which includes watermelon and cucumbers. All of which are quite yummy. :)

I know that squash blossoms are fried but eggplant blossoms are small and don't know how well they'd fry up.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 12:26:39 PM

Tru, congrats on your success!!
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 9:44:35 AM

It all went smoothly and plenty of room since the grassy area wasn't clogged up with tables of food, and tv trays at each chair etc. People weren't using the sitting space to get to the tables and it was plenty of room and all went well. I had the utensils on a side table and the salads and beans then turn towards the door and one oven was keeping the chicken hot. Serve yourself and out the door. Really worked.
I kept saying 16 coming, but it was 15 coming and me. One came early when the wind was kicking up, and left. Too bad as it calmed down by 4:30 and l was ready tho l told them do not come before 5 because of course a man wanted to deliver my bathroom bench between 3 and 5. So l told the ones wandering around that l would be in the bathroom with a strange man if they came early. He came and left early so l was ready sooner and they were all hungry. Was a success. Yes one lady does try to have a semi large party indoors. It was ok in her other building but would not work in this style of bungalow. She had corned beef and cabbage and only invited a few of the group. She also has outside friends she has over so not enough room.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 3:24:48 AM

DG....lol...thought so
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 11:00:39 PM

Hi DG. Unfortunately, it is for my zipcode, and I also heard it on the radio or t.v. But they said it would probably not be more than 1/2" if it comes. I just checked again, and it is for Sunday and Sunday night and Tuesday and Tuesday night, except with higher percent. However, looking at the temps, it might be more like sleet, if at all.

Tru, hope your party went well. And I agree, it sounds like an awful lot of work, and not a potluck. Does anyone else give these parties all by themselves?
It sounds like you cut the chickens up before cooking? Wouldn't it be easier to roast them whole and then cut into pieces?

BTW, eggplant is a squash. And I believe the blossoms are edible, too. I think I've seen them fried, on t.v.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 7:22:13 PM

trugas, Hope the lunch went ok. That's a lot of work for you. Don't think it's vanity, think it should be simple. :)
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 9:12:44 AM

Today is the big day. 16 people coming for chicken, salads and beans. I only made one bowl of beans coz when l took them to pot lucks, they don't eat them.
I made 2 salads with pasta, one with a BIG can or artichoke hearts l remembered l had and never could figure a way to use so many, and today l will make the carrot salad. Cutting up the whole chickens was AWFUL and hard and now l remember why l don't buy them anymore. But my original plan was only to cut them in half. Now l have 23 pieces and need to cut again some of the larger pieces. At least two people will eat fish. Maybe three, because of Lent.

Poor planning, actually NO planning, l just asked everyone in our group. There won't be enough room on my front patch of grass for 16 people's chairs and TV trays for those who need a place to set their drinks etc. So l think l had better push all my furniture to one side and let some sit in my frontroom, or Fearless Leader will drag them down to her place. She may anyway as it has shade. But l really want this to be MY dinner with no help and no others involved. My reason for such stupidity? To see if it can be simplified and not made so complicated and so much work as the potlucks became. Maybe vanity?
I really just wanted to thank Sean for pulling out (makes it sound easy and it wasn't)those awful prarie grasses, and to welcome Spring. We haven't had a pot luck in a long while it seems. I didn't want to suggest a pot luck as Fearless said it is so much work, so decided to just do it myself.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 2:27:59 AM

goldieolds, Maybe that's northern MN. :)

trugas, Eggplant is good fried. :)

MadDog, Aloha. lol
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 12:35:32 AM

DG is in Hawaii...lol
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 9:11:03 AM

Problem is it is an eggplant blossom. Mis named
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 9:04:29 AM

Farmers are letting crops and trees die for lack of water, yet our complex turned on the sprinkler system for ugly grass they call lawns to run every night. ?????

In a way l hope the water company DOES raise the rate 30%....except then our rents will just go up. The stupid grass will still be watered so the mowers have something to do.

Dirt Girl l like the pretty little blooms shown in my avatar, that squash put forth. Almost makes it worth growing the squash just for the blooms. LOL
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