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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: Nov 23, 2014 6:40:12 PM

Called my sister in MN and she said not a lot of snow , but cold. She was given a heavy coat but it is so bulky and she is so tiny that it is hare to manage, tho she is grateful for it's warmth. She did get to Fargo for pedicure and shampoo, but too late for perm. She doesnt' get up til at least 10, today she went back to bed at 10 she said.
Her dil is taking her around, to Costco and all so guess she is used to driving in snow etc. Sister seems fine and medicare is all taken care of and the hospitals will all get paid.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 12:14:58 PM

I put my power chair on Ebay to start today, and l looked thru pages and pages, gave up at page 27 and never found it. They put parts and batteries and everything in the same place as the used chairs. Very poor way l think. I am asking to p/up so local only, and set price at $450, no bids. I see them twice that and some around that. So many brands but seems more Jazzy's than anything. No wonder , they are small. I see a normal size man here riding one, and he hangs over like a man riding a kid's trike. Funny looking, but he gets around many times a day.
I could advertise it on the board at the senior center next if it doesn't sell, and from what l ran into, l doubt anyone local will even find it. I never did.

I bought an oversize metal basket for my scooter, and with the steam cleaner, I am now set to do my own work. Solved the walking and the mop swinging (breathing) problems. Good thing l can make it easy on myself.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 7:52:43 AM

GM all.

dg- Hope you have a restful Sunday.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 12:55:51 AM

I too bought a steam cleaner a while back, and am embarrassed to admit I haven't even opened it yet. It's the stick type with part that comes off for a hand-held and it it supposed to have a lot of attachments. It's not a Shark.

Tru, I loved that avatar that was supposed to be you on your scooter. LOL!!

But I loved the Bay Bridge when I was out in the Bay area way back in the day. I thought it was more beautiful than the Golden Gate. And those new lights are really beautiful, too. I hope they can keep them. I hope they are LEDs :)

Re counter space, in terms of actual counter space you might be right. But not in terms of available usable space. Right now I have only my stove top available to work on. :(

After the fire, I started using my dishwasher as a dish drainer b/c I had no room for a dish drainer (never had one here before), and now am afraid to use it as a dishwasher, b/c they say things can dry out and leak. I don't have a coffeemaker; just boil water in a tea kettle for my tea or occasional cup of coffee made with a drip cone. My George Foreman grill is right now sitting on my stove top, no other place for it unless I put it away some where else. My little (1.5 qt) slow cooker is also sitting on the stove top right now. I do have a little bit of space next to the stove for it, but last time I used it there, it overflowed and I had to move it. Will eventually put it back there.

Someday I hope to get some help cleaning, clearing, organizing and putting things back. But for now this is how it is and I deal with it. I also still have much of my parents' things, but haven't gotten into using eBay yet, to sell it.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 12:26:30 AM

DG..I like it cold...not that cold! LOL
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 9:50:09 PM

MadDog, Sounds like our weather. Maybe you should remind them that they could be up here for the winter. :)

db, A pretty fun day. :)

trugas, I think if you put it to the housekeeper that way, about getting better for thanksgiving, she'll go for it. Let me know how the stick steam cleaner works. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 8:39:30 AM

It may be the housekeeper felt that l might be upset as it is the last 2 days of her job, or she may not have wanted to lose the cash just before Christmas. I don't know but l sure don't want to be exposed to her illness as that is so quickly spread to pneumonia in my case. I may ask her not to come Monday as well, l will call Sunday and see how she is. Personally l will be fine with out her coming one last day. Besides she needs to heal quickly as Thanksgiving l think a lot of her kids and grandkids and nephews are coming to her place.

I may not have enough laundry for a wash monday anyway, as the cold turn in the weather has changed the way l dress. I am now wearing sweats at home, and jeans when l go out, so that will be a while before l have a load. Also a lot easier for me to transport to the laundry room on the scooter.

I bought a new stick steam cleaner. The one l have is for carpets and l got it out and it is pretty far gone. I think l saved $20 but it is hard to say as their are so many styles of this brand. Shark. Heats up fast too. A whole lot easier on me than the last one l owned ...which was tank type and hard to drag around behind me. Then l no longer have carpets so the Hoover is not workable, leaves too much water behind.


[Edited by: trugasCA at 11/22/2014 8:41:45 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 7:57:45 AM

GM all.dg- Hope you have some fun today.
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 12:57:44 AM

DG...that's ok...you can keep sending us that cold weather! We have a warm up but with it comes a ton of rain. Then another cold spell coming on it's heels. People are whining because they want to enjoy a nice, hot, sunny day outside! Ha ha ha ha
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 8:58:26 PM

Dino, Good song.:)

MadDog, You bet. lol

db, Another good day. Even a bit warmer. :)

trugas, It always amazes me when people are sick and they do that. It's always nice to be comfortable when you're waiting for car repairs or even an oil change. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:11:59 PM

Just sent housekeeper home. Can't believe she showed up here with sore throat and coughing. I sure don't want to catch it. Wondered why she didn't call? Could have told her not to come. Anyway I don't have much to do around here anyway, haven't really used my stove but once to make corn beef hash. Handful of dishes. Small crockpot.

I will call her later to find out if she should even come next monday her last day.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 9:50:15 AM

Changed my avatar again. GB said that one was pic he took of me on my "scooter" l talk of riding. This avatar is the Bay Bridge with it's lights. They are about to lose them if more money isn't raised.

Got my oil changed and loved the new wait room, much larger and nice cushioned arm chairs and huge wall tv (wasn't working) and even a coffee pot (out of order) but they will get repaired l am sure. I hated the old wait room.

Received my new microwave and will put it with my new oven l bought last year during sales. Just nice to have standbys. Won't have much extra to spend next year. Hope the TVs hang in there. So far they haven't caused any problems as long as the housekeeper doesn't dust heavily, thereby changing settings. I don't let housekeepers near my electronics like the computer, printer etc. I am too old to deal with their problems, and they are so touchy about any of their wires and connections.

After the last visit of next monday, l am housekeeper-less. Lots of changes around here. Physically and financially . Cant' wait to see how it all works out.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 4:44:12 AM

GM all.dg- Hope you have an easy Friday.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:13:35 AM

DG....Chicken! LOL
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:11:10 PM

Good evening DG and Co.


Dino's Jukebox tonight. Tonight's band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976. They are ranked #22 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. They have sold over 150 million records in their existence. A bit of controversy was raised when their newest album, Songs of Innocence was released on to I Tunes accounts everywhere in 2014. The album at that point could be obtained by Apple customers free of charge.

The song tonight peaked at #33 in 1983 and was the first commercial success for the band in the United States. It has been covered several times from various artists including C & C Music Factory and Dierks Bentley.

U - U2 - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 8:25:42 PM

MadDog, Still not touching that. lol

db, Another good day. :)

goldieolds, The Cuisinart chopper sounds like a good deal. :)

trugas, Don't think they have that much of the white stuff up there but it's been colder than usual. Like your new avatar. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 10:23:23 AM

My new avatar is what GB says he took of me on my scooter. LOL
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 10:13:26 AM

Goldie l have one of the food choppers and used it a lot for awhile to chop onions or other things. Not lately. Mine is very small maybe 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups. Never measured it. Anyway to answer the question, my tiny crock pot is a crock pot brand name. I don't like the fact it boils so much on high, but l will and did use it even yesterday, when l agreed with you that it would have been better if it were oval shape. Mine is round and l had to stack my 4 ribs . They turned out well at 5 hours while l was shopping and putting away and l started them frozen. Then l poured off liquid mostly and poured on BBQ sauce. Ate 2 and still have 2.
I would imagine l have less counter space than you or anyone else in my "gourmet" kitchen. There is an oven (electric not convection,>which is just a little fan> but not toaster oven either.) and the coffee pot and toaster. Now that dishwasher is out again l use the rest of one side of sink to put dish drainer. The other side leaves only enough space with my one cup coffee maker. Place a cutting board in front of it and make a sandwich or cut up a veggie to cook.

I am going to have my oil changed today . Early as l usually only do it once a year. It has only been 9 months. LOL. So l could put something in a crock pot to cook while gone if l choose. I have some previously cooked chicken l should eat tho.

Dirt Girl you aren't talking about 4 foot drifts of the white stuff, but bet my sister is seeing plenty. 5 degrees high there today and 14 tomorrow. I just looked at weather report. Mostly they are talking on the news about New York. Did it miss you?
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 5:14:56 AM

Tru, I'd meant to ask you what is the make on the new slow cooker you bought? I think it is 4 qt, and you'd tried several other ones that didn't work good before you got the one that does work good.

I agree with you about slow cookers and not wanting to wait hours to eat it, esp. when it smells good. That's why I used it once and not again for years. But lately I've been using it quite a bit. Partly inspired by our friend, partly b/c I've been cooking some things I never cooked before, so didn't have another method, mainly boneless skinless chicken breasts. It seems easier. I do some prep, but it doesn't seem like as much, I throw them in the pot, turn it on before I go to bed. This is esp. useful on days when I have to rush off to an appt. w/o time to make a good breakfast, and will be out for quite a while.

I made some beans in it the other day. Hadn't tried that again since the first time several years ago when they never got soft. I soaked them first, both times, and ended up cooking them in the slow cooker for about 20 hours, in order to get them soft, and some still weren't as soft as I liked. It was pretty frustrating. Both times happened to be white beans (Great Northern or Cannelloni, not sure which). Maybe it would be better with a softer kind, such as black-eyed peas. I love beans made in my pressure cooker, but haven't felt like pulling it out lately.

I have a big issue with available space, so can't use too many appliances. Wish I had enough counter space cleared out to use little counter oven I have an old toaster oven from many, many years ago, but it is still packed up. I'd like to be able to use that, at least, but think one with convection heat would be even better.

Tru, what kind is yours? It has convection, doesn't it?

I recently bought a little Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor. I'd been wanting one for a long time and finally bought one locally on sale with an extra coupon, but it looked very small. Then I saw this 4-cup model on Amazon. I've only seen the 3-cup versions here in the stores. It cost a little more but I think it will be worth it for the extra versatility. I haven't used it yet but look forward to making hummus and pesto, and grinding hard cheese for spaghetti, among other things.

I found one for a good price that was on Amazon Prime, and I bought some other things so got free shipping on all of it. It's the first time I've bought enough at one time to get free shipping. I'd heard that Amazon was going to start charging sales tax in MN, so quickly bought some things I'd been thinking about for some time.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:01:19 AM

GM all.
dg- Hope you have a smooth Thursday.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 3:05:04 AM

Good evening DG and Co.

three30 watch out for that Bishop. He tends to be of the crafty type.

DG she has said a lot of positive things about the team and the new coach. Since she's a 7th grader, she'll be coming off the bench. I hope she gets a few minutes.

Listening to some tunes from what will be the "U" artist for Dino's Jukebox tomorrow night. One week before Thanksgiving Eve here and my company did a catered dinner for us last night. Turkey, Ham, Sweet Potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Hungry yet? It does hit the spot when your lunch is at 3 AM. Staying awake until 7 AM with a full stomach. Well, that's a different story.

The extreme cold has left us for now. 40F/4C feels a lot better than the mid teens we've had the last couple of nights. Prayers out to the residents in the Buffalo, NY area who have gotten about 8 feet of the white stuff. Now if we could only melt it and send it to California. Until we figure it out, see you tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 1:05:05 AM

DG...didn't want to touch it afterall huh? LOL
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 7:36:53 PM

Dino, Doesn't seem like that long ago that we were all filling up at full service pumps. Hope Emily likes her new number. :)

db, Oh darn, I missed it again. lol

trugas, Right now I'm just using a microwave and an electric oven. Times change things and who knows what I'll be using in a couple of years. These appliances sure make life easier. :)

three30, You've probably been up and down and found yourself flat on your face. That's life. ;)
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 12:32:23 PM

Hi Dirt Girl,

When I was in New Bedford, IL yesterday, I ran into a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 9:20:30 AM

Don't get me wrong Dirt girl, I love my crock pots, l recently even bought another smaller one, for some things as l said. I also have a rice cooker which l use more to make polenta. All kitchen appliances are good for different things. The crock pots are really good to make corned beef in and for tougher cuts of meat to slow cook and get tender.
I used to use my breadmaker more than now. Loved it until l found the 18 hour recipes for bread. Now l prefer that, but don't get rid of the bread maker.
I have a counter top oven and it works great for cooking things by electricity rather than gas or propane that l do not want wet like soups and casseroles. But l could and have used it for casseroles as well.
I use all my appliances but least of all my mixer. Now l may use it with dough hooks(don't like kneading much) to make a recipe l found for Parker house rolls. I used to love them. One of these days l will make them. If l made merangues l would use the mixer for that.
My counter top electric oven is my favorite of all though coz it is at my eye level more than the gas oven, and it cooks everything the gas oven cooks in exactly the same way, even has a rotisserie spit. I have used that for prime rib and for chicken. Love this oven so much (don't have to bend down.) I bought a second one when lower in price this time last year..still haven't used it. After housekeeper leaves, bless her she has helped more than harmed, l will bring out my new oven and some other things l didn't want any housekeeper or anyone but me to touch.
I will miss her for my laundry chores especially, but l am not firing her, l just don't qualify for that program anymore. I may call her once in awhile when l am ill.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 3:59:01 AM

GM all.dg- Hope you have a good Hump Day!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 1:05:56 AM

DG...you shouldn't...we are a lot alike! LOL
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 11:07:58 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

DG thanks. Maybe I could stop at one of those full service places. Nah, I'm too cheap to do that. Thanks on the congrats for the new GB ride.

db thank you as well.


A lot of "new" things going on this 2's day night. Talked to Emily earlier. The first game for the new season of Lady Bobcat basketball will be Friday December 5th. Being a 7th grader, this will be a new team with a new coach. The previous coaching staff retired at the end of last season.

As I've mentioned before, for the last 3 1/2 years, Emily has wore #24 in honor of her late Sister, Madeline's birthday. This year, the 24 jersey was missing. So along with all the other "news" comes a new number. I'll be following #11 this year. She sent me a picture of the uniforms and they look nice. This number seems fitting as well as Emily was born in the 11th month of the year. So, December 5th, I'll be cheering on #11.

Sn*w off and on tonight temp sitting at 19 with a wind chill of +6.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 8:30:30 PM

db, Another steady day. :)

trugas, You have to cook the way it's convenient for you. I think the other person uses the crock pot because it costs less for him to operate than a traditional oven. Sounds like you got some pretty good deals on groceries. Glad you have your scooter for trips like that. At least you got both your phone and tv to work and you only have to deal with the cleaning woman for a little while longer. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 10:35:02 AM

Stayed home and baked a walnut, raisin "bread" which is more like cake. Turned out well. I was going to use the breadmaker, but it took 4 to 6 hours and using my oven took 45 minutes. I wanted it for breakfast.
Same with crock pot. It took forever to start cooking the soup Zuppa l made recently and l decided it is much quicker and comes out the same to make soup in large pot on the stove.
Crock pots take too much time for me when l am hungry, but are great if l want to start food and leave for the morning to shop or whatever.
The breadmaker also leaves a hole on the bottom of bread from the two paddles when you remove the bread.
My walnut cinnamon raisin bread was delish and great breakfast, hot with lots of butter.
Scootered to store to buy a loaf of .99c sour dough to go with my Italian sausage, kale, potato soup. Clerk rang it up at $1.99 and l said no and gave her my phone # and she entered it and brought the price down to .99c. That is the good thing about "Just for You" program at Safeway. I use it and save money. That is all l bought there this week. I have a $5. off reward check from Raleys and didn't use it when l shopped there the other day. l did use their card and got my turkey for $7 tho, with another $3.50 off the pork chops l bought. Had to spend $25 to get the $17 turkey for $7.
I have eaten out three times this month, and that comes out of my food allowance and so far l Haven't spent near my allowed amount this month. Only spent around $100. of food money thanks to the freezers. Smile. So l am happy with that, especially since l have most of my Thanksgiving needs. Just need celery( tho l have some frozen) and maybe will get more broth, just coz it is on sale. 46c a can. Fresh mushrooms. Have everything else.
As l scootered home, l saw a cute little bright lemon yellow volkswagen with hood up and lady standing by and said "OH did the baby break down?" She laughed and referring to my scooter, said "that's what I need". Precisely why l bought mine. When l can no longer drive for whatever reason, waiting to get car repaired.
After housekeeper left yesterday, l got a phone call and it had a bad hum and she kept calling and finally l called her on my cell and found out it was MY phone malfunctioning and l went and got the book and finally got it going and fixed the message part as well which stopped functioning. Then l turned on the TV and it just flashed so l thought "OH great, now all my appliances are going out and l am tied up financially" but l turned it on and off a few times til l got it to respond. Then l sat here and thought about it and figure it is the heavy handed dusting my housekeeper does. She once turned on my power chair by dusting the controls. I tell here to lighten up but she has her habitual ways.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 4:15:27 AM

GM all.dino- Congrats on the new car here.
dg- Hope today is steady as well.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 1:04:59 AM

MadDog, I'm not even going to touch that. lol

db, For a change, just busy. A welcome relief. :)

trugas, Glad you are happy with your changes. Hope they are able to fix the dishwasher correctly. :)

Dino, Congratulations on the new vehicle. Sorry to hear that you were cold pumping gas. Key to dealing with the cold, dress in layers and hope that MadDog sends heat up north. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 11:25:21 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

Better late than never.

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Ironic, this GB ride looks a lot like my real car. Hope this one handles the sn*w well. We got a dusting here, but it is super cold. Temps currently 19 with a wind chill of 4. Not a good night to be outside pumping gas like I just did. Stay warm out there buddies.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 6:32:58 AM

Woke at 2 am..got up at 3. Here l am in middle of night, so forgive any slapstick or printing errors.
Dishwasher continues to blow fuses. This time l only got one wash done and then nothing. Just like first time, it left a lot of water in bottom also. I went online and set up appt for Tuesday.
Housekeeper will no longer be coming here as of the end of the month.
Lots of changes for me. Even in opinions. I changed from original medicare and paying $238 a mo for a medi-gap to cover my co-pays, to joining an Advantage plan. It is a plan l have looked forward to for a long time. It started in Long Beach CA, in the 70's by a group of seniors. They wanted more and better plan than was offered to those on Medicare. I have waited for them to grow enough to come to my county. Now they are here and at first l thought l'd stay as l was, but then l decided to take on a large loan pmt for son, so went over budget and decided to drop AARP and that makes me lose the IHSS housekeeper. I made things so easy around here that they don't have that much to do anyway. They aren't allowed to do windows, or move furniture and l do my own refrigerator anyway , so what's left is laundry which l am not happy to do in bad weather, but ........ Since l do all the hard stuff, l figure l can also do the dusting and swiffering the floors. I keep up the kitchen fairly well all week. I never did find anyone who cooked well enough to please me. LOL. Now if the durn dishwasher would just operate, l will be OK.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 4:31:03 AM

GM all.
dg- Hope your Monday isn't too hectic.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:55:34 AM

DG...I'm far from normal!
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 11:39:04 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

db I don't think you can ever go wrong with including Sir Paul McCartney in your video.

dg I remember seeing her being interviewed on Letterman a few times. Such a bubbly personality and I love her accent.

It is still rain here but probably not for too much longer. Currently 36 outside and this will be the warmest night for awhile. We did get a dusting of that white stuff this morning.

The two teams I follow in High School football had their seasons come to an end this weekend. Following along, it seemed that Tyler Consolidated forgot to come out of the locker in the second half. They lead 24-20 at halftime only to lose 44-24. We are not ashamed of them, though. This was their first playoff game in 7 years and it is definitely something to hold their heads high on. Parkersburg South was a different story. I think they got lost heading down I-77. They would lose to Capital 70-0. All I can say is "Ouch."

Coming up in a couple of weeks, I will start my annual musical countdown to Christmas. This year I will do it both here and over at facebook. The big difference will be I'll play #1 here on Tuesday night Dec. 23rd. I'm putting together the list of tunes now and will start playing them the night of November 30th.

Other than that not an overly busy weekend. Stayed at home and tried to stay warm and watch football along with my new guilty pleasure, Dr. Who. Watched my first complete episode Friday evening and I think this is something I may be interested in continuing to watch. Meanwhile, time to get the week started. Take care.
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 8:43:04 PM

db, A fairly restful day for a change. :)

trugas, Pizza and salad sounds like a good deal for $9. Bet the lunch bunch will go for it. :)
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Ate out for the third time this week. That's a record. First went to lousy Restaurant with Fearless Leader and Lunch Bunch on Wed. Thursday one lady and l went to Olive Garden which l enjoyed and partner was slightly disappointed, and yesterday, Sat. I was invited by her to join her and friend to try a new pizza place.
I had no idea the Round Table pizza closed. As mentioned before, l am not into pizza that much, but this place also has wings and other things (very few) but we shared a pizza with everything on it for $6. Good, but l noted they continue Round Table's practice to have an 'all you can eat pizza lunch with full salad bar' for $9. Which l intend asking if the Lunch Bunch wants to try next month. The time is limited so 1:30 is too late. It runs from 11 am til 2 pm. So l would want to go about 12:30. Even 12 would be better as l understand they keep bringing out different pizzas as time progresses. Course l have to also try the salad bar in between. 3 slices is all l can eat without the salad, so l would probably only have one or two. Yesterday l had 2 and 1/2 as there were 8 slices on the medium pizza. I was full.

I don't know about my friend's Chinese restaurant. But l don't care to find out either, cos l know where l can get good Chinese food so that's where l will go when l want good food. If l have to go alone. My son and l agree on the places. But as far as the places the Lunch Bunch goes, the idea is to let different people choose a place, so that is how we learn and the place l chose was terrible too. LOL I had never been there tho so l don't feel any guilt. Also like you say, different chefs and new owners etc changes all. I have been to good eating places, then gone back later and had bad experience that time. There you go. I am just trying different places and reporting the results. Don't shoot the messenger. LOL.
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 7:38:09 AM

GM all.
dg- Hope you have a restful Sunday.
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Hi trugas. :)

db, I think we got another inch or so here. Light fluffy stuff. Still white though. lol

goldieolds, Yes, that's the restaurant. I went to the one at the Union Depot years ago but that was when there were the other restaurants. Then she sold the place and I think the corporation that bought it tweeked the menu too much, then she bought the chain back and it's never been the same. I don't go to the location by me as they tend to give more rice than entree. I think the managers (big turnover there) always try for the bonus for watching food costs.
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DG, are you talking about Leean Chin's? Did you ever eat at her original buffet in Bonaventure, out by Ridgedale, back in the day? I remember going there once with my family for some occasion waay back, when it was the only one. It was good. And the one that used to be in the Union Depot, I think was good, too. But when they developed the fast food concept, I don't think they were as good as those full-service restaurants were. But I haven't eaten at one in a very long time, so I'll take your word that the quality has gone down even more. But I tried their fried rice once, quite a while ago, when they were in Byerly's, and I thought it was awful - way too greasy. I almost threw it away, but I hate to waste food and I was very hungry.

Back when I used to eat out more, I ate Chinese food quite a bit and it seemed to me that even places that I usually liked, the food was not always consistent. For several years, until they moved away from the location, the New Hong Kong Kitchen was my favorite. It was normally very good, and they had a lot of authentic Chinese dishes, including a particular greens dish (can't quite remember the name) that was served at only one other place in town. There were always Asians, presumably Chinese people eating there, often big groups at the round tables. But a few times it was not very good. I chalked it up to maybe the regular chef's night off. Unfortunately, one of those times was when I took my cousin's daughter who was in town. I had talked up how good it was, and then the food that night was only mediocre. I know that consistency should be a part of it, but it just doesn't seem to be that way.

My family sometimes got together at the one on France Ave. near 44th St. - can't think of the name - and we liked it. But then one night my Dad and I went when my mom was in the hospital, and the food was terrible. I couldn't even finish it, or take it home for leftovers, which is totally unlike me. It tasted like a whole box of MSG was in it. I have not gone back since. It could have been an "off" night, but I'll never know.

Tru, so that could possibly be that your friend's Chinese restaurant pick was having an off day. But I understand why you won't be going back to find out.

Sometimes they get new help or new management or are sold. That's what happened to the one that used to be across from the Highland Theatre. It was a favorite when I lived in St.Paul. Then it was no where near as good anymore and someone said it had been sold.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 7:47:25 AM

GM all.

dg- By Monday morning between the 2 systems we are supposed to have between 1-3 inches of the stuff.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 7:13:32 AM

I didn't know Tracy Ullman sang. Dino how do you find all these things?
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Dino, I don't remember the first part of the Tracy Ullman video but definitely remember the last part. I used to love watching her show when it was on. I find her very funny. :)

db, It was cold here today but we had some sun and melting. :) Chance of s*** tomorrow but looks like it may go south of us. :) :( because it usually means north of the s*** is colder.

trugas, Nice that you found someone to eat lunch or dinner out with you a couple times a month. :)

three30, Void of form? Sounds like The Blob. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 9:48:51 AM

Hi Dirt Girl,

I came in from the wilderness a creature void of form as I rolled into Little York, IL yesterday. The road there was full of mud.
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The Olive Garden surprised and pleased me. The soup Zuppa Toscana was spicy and tasty with potatoes and sausage. Very good and different from anything l make. Loved it. Then the eggplant parmesan was also different from mine, in that it was crusty and came with spaghetti. Loved that as well. The breadsticks were not dry and she gave us some to take home with extra butter. All in all with the nice helpful sweet and patient waitress, it was a great experience and l am so glad to finally be able to be positive about eating out. YEA! Cost was only $10 plus. I will go again. Next time l think l will just have the endless soup and salad for $8. What a deal. Smiles.

My dining mate there said she likes to eat out and would join me if not weekly, then twice a month anyway. She prefers dinner out but l don't drive after dark, which is 5 pm now, and dinner often starts at 4, so that is too rushed. Maybe when the time changes again in the spring. or next summer. We had a great time, tho she is deafer than me, and we talked really loud, we were in the back soo.... I am not deaf yet, but l don't always hear the consonants, so l have to have some words repeated.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 4:32:22 AM

GM all.

dg- I 2nd your motion on the cold air!Dino- I love the Tracy Ullman version & the video of it with her friend Paul McCartney made it even better.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 11:31:35 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

DG Grandpa never really talked much about his experiences during WWII. What I have heard I understand why. They were young guys fighting in a country thousands of miles away from home in a war they didn't start. The gruesome story I shared alone makes me understand why Grandpa never talked about it much. I'm probably pretty lucky to be here based on that alone.

goldie I know what you mean about the temps. We've gone from 65 on Tuesday to 35 today. The wind doesn't help matters, either.

Dino's Jukebox time. Tonight's artist is probably better known for her acting career as opposed to her brief singing career. She is known for her sketch comedy show on Fox that spawned the long running animated series The Simpsons. Looking down through the credits on her Wikipedia page, she has quite a resume that includes British and American TV, Theater, Movies, and Music. This song was originally written and performed by Kristy MacColl in 1979. However, due to a strike at the record distributors, the song was never properly promoted and never officially released. It did however make the UK airplay chart and peak at #2 despite it never being released as a single. Here's the original version as a jukebox extra

Kristy MacColl - "They Don't Know"

Fast forward to 1983. This is the version I first heard and embraced that peaked at #8 in the US. From the album "You Broke My Heart In 17 Places."

T - Tracey Ullman - "They Don't Know"
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 7:17:36 PM

trugas, I think those of us in the middle of the country will agree to wish the cold air away. :)

Sorry to hear the lunch out was not good. I don't really care for lemon chicken but a local chain here gives you about 3 batter fried pieces with a lemon sauce (sweet and sour sauce consistency) either on it or on the side. They used to have good fried rice and now their fried rice is just rice and bean sprouts with maybe a little chicken in it. Good fast food chinese but not good chinese food if that makes sense.

Around here, the chinese restaurants that usually see good business are those that have been in business since the 50's or 60's. The portion sizes are usually large and fair priced. Usually if they've stayed in business that long, they're doing something right. :)

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