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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:35:26 PM

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 9:14:45 PM

trugas, I guess in a strange way that makes sense. At least they were helpful and they probably thought it was just as strange. lol

I've had that same problem a couple of times though at a different store. The sale price didn't ring up correctly so instead of adjusting the price it was easier for them to return the entire purchase and re-ring it.

Hope everyone has a good turkey day. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 7:16:19 AM

Cartwheel is one of the discount programs thru Target. First thing l did was ask if they would adjust the price of the micro recently purchased online, and shipped to me. They said no, the Cartwheel price has to be scanned etc etc;; so l went to the micro dept and had an employee put one in my cart and went to the refund section and she scanned it, took it out of my cart and took the receipt from the mailed item and removed it from my card. So l ended up with the new price for the micro l had at home. Strange, but that's the way l had to do it. They were very nice, understood why l was doing it and very helpful. Saved $25 and bought eggs and milk while there. Looked for hard Christmas candy and women's sweats - none found.

According to my "schedule" l am supposed to shop today. I do have three items l saw online l would like..all at Walmart. Food chopper 3 cup. $18.49, some refill pads for new steam floor cleaner, $8.88 for 12, and to have as standby my 1 cup coffee maker is $16.79. Just under the free shipping $50 thingie, and don't know if l want to go there right now.

No new food ads today as the holiday interferes with Wednesday sales. :(
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 8:22:46 PM

Target does price match their own website and competitors ads. The advertised price has to be valid the day you ask forth adjustment. I thnk they will price match until sometime in December but now sure how long.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 11:44:10 AM

You should call the store and ask if they will match the price. They might, and then you'd just have to bring in the receipt and maybe a printout of the internet price, or maybe they can look it up themselves. Then you wouldn't have to lug anything back and forth, or even to the service counter.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 10:07:38 AM

Dusted bedroom and swiffered the floor there and bath, cleaned the bathroom and all done for today. Amazing how clean the housekeeper left everything from her last cleaning a full week ago. Most dirt on floors are frontroom and kitchen . Course l had 2 doggies visit and l walk around in those rooms mostly. We'll see how clean everything is a week from now. I plan to do something each day. Amazed to be done before 7 am. tho.

Now my plan is devious, but legal and if l could get an adjustment on price it wouldn"t be necessary. I plan to go to Target and buy a duplicate Sunbeam microwave to the one l just had mailed to me. The price is $25 less. Then l will take the one just bought right to the return area and use my mailed receipt for the higher price and return it. Never taking it out of the store. I bought the one on the 13th and that is well within the return time. What l want to avoid is lugging this one at home to my car, then into the store. That is my plan. It is a special cartwheel price so not just a regular reduced price so don't think it is easily adjusted. Special bar code is necessary..which l just printed off as l don't have a smart phone.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 8:39:16 AM

Plan doesn't have to be exact, just do a little each day. Successful yesterday but not sure about today. Surprise savings of 39% at Target on micro l just bought, so l am off to buy it at that price and return the still boxed (fortunately) one l just bought. Or see if there can be an adjustment. Later a lunch at community room so Bathroom may not get cleaned today afterall. We will see.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 9:15:16 PM

trugas, Yesterday was actually warm in comparison to today. Sounds like you have a plan for cleaning. :)

Hi goldieolds. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 9:52:02 AM

Called my sister yesterday in MN and she said not much snow but COLD. Someone gave her a coat. She is fearful of falling again, she has had a broken hip already. Her medical coverage is worked out for medicare so she is relieved.

I got my dishes done already and mostly put away. So now l will dust and swiffer the floors and be done with housework allotted for mondays. Yeay.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 10:52:02 AM

Both questions are NO Goldie. It is personal whatever name you choose to use. Of course Yelp has all your info, but they do not reveal it. I am revealed here in the complex eventually because they need to know who l am and what unit l live in, to help me, but it isn't online.
Try out yelp for looking at say...local restaurants or a local business and then you can see exactly what the poster shows for info. Good luck ..

Life is Good with more presents for myself. This time of year is the best shopping time, no shipping and lower prices. I just ordered an extra large basket for the back of my scooter. That way l can take all the dirty clothes in it to the wash room or even to the local laundromat should l choose. THen dry and fold all on the return.
Last year l complained about no chairs in the laundry room and l had to sit on the garbage can to wait 34 minutes while the clothes dried. Got 2 chairs in there now. But l won't need them as l will be sitting on my scooter.

These baskets sells for $84 locally for a standard 15"wide X 10"deep X 9"high size, and l went to Amazon and got a larger 20" wide X 14"deep X 8" plus high ,I think it was selling for $89, only $5 more, so l decided to get the larger one. Then l was offered $30 off if l applied for a credit card and so l did that. Even if l never use it, l saved $30. I did the same some time ago at Walmart and never activated it..Free shipping and will arrive just after Thanksgiving when my laundry will be ready to wash.

That was a good deal... $24 cheaper than smaller size locally. Tho l have checked prices on Amazon and found them to be higher than going directly to the shipper in some cases. I was concerned how l could transport my clothes to the wash room and this will be perfect. Even the dresses which are not folded and remain somewhat damp so
they can be hung, will drape nicely over the larger basket and it won't be damaged as it is metal.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 10:11:36 AM

Tru, I've been meaning to ask you: when you use Yelp to help you negotiate with a business, do you submit the review first, or just threaten to? Do you have to use your real name in order for the company to know who you are and to negotiate with you? That is, is your real name published publicly on the web page or??

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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 7:05:31 AM

Hi all.

Midnight, good luck on your surgery! I see you're giving yourself and extra day this time to recup and get home to post. That sounds like it makes good sense to me. Is it your left side? That will make it easier for you to drive your car home. Unless you have a clutch.

You must have missed the part, re: my computer repair, that said that I need to have them recover my data from the HD which is toast. That is not an extra, it is essential. There're years worth of data on there. A simple fee to switch out hard drives would not include that. And if they can't do it as a simple transfer, then it will have to be done as a retrieval, which is much more expensive. Since one guy wasn't able to even view my files and the other one was, that tells me has more skill and tools.

And the part where I said I have an iMac. Staples, in your link, only mentions PC, Windows, etc. If they worked with Macs, it would have said so.

I wouldn't be surprised if the tech world is like auto mechanics. The least skilled mechanics work at the cheap quick oil change shops. If that's all you want done, then it might be worth it. But if you want someone to really look after your car, it's always been my philosophy to find a good mechanic, when I can, and go to him consistently, so he can keep an eye on things and find things that i might not know to ask about.

When I had my Volvo, I always tried to take it Volvo certified mechanics. That is, until my mechanic disappeared from my radar screen (I think he had a drinking problem). I took it to someone I shouldn't have trusted. IF I'd taken it to a good Volvo mechanic it would probably still be running today. Well, actually it might be, but it wasn't when I sold it for a lot less than I should have been able to get if it had been running. :(

There are some things I don't think it is worth scrimping on, it at all possible not to.

Tru, glad you were able to get some things that make you happy.

Have a nice weekend, everybody. :)

[Edited by: goldieolds at 11/23/2014 7:11:08 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 9:45:10 PM

trugas, Sounds like you got yourself some early christmas presents. :)

MidnightSun, Hope the surgery is a go this time. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 4:00:15 PM


Life IS Good!

Enjoying my next to the last day of freedom. Sunday will be my last post 'til returning from the hip op at the hospital. Planning that will be Friday.

Holy smoke! You sure bought a lot of merchandise. Toys and food. Lots of goodies. Ya went and bought mashed potatoes and it had a few lumps. Ha Ha!

Nov 22nd, 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated when he is shot by a sniper while riding in a motorcade through downtown Dallas.

The Headmaster of my boarding school called our teacher out in the hallway. Suddenly she burst out crying. What could he possible have said? Then we found out.

Woke up a little early, it was just after midnight yesterday and this morning. Felt rested and not sleepy. Had a desire to pan fry in evoo red and orange bell peppers, onions, crimini, turkey bacon, and ham.

Stirred in 3 large well beaten eggs w/a few tbsps of 1% milk. Evoo around the OrGREENIc 12" ceramic coated frying pan does the non stick magic. Sliced lots of pepper jack cheese and melted it on the slow cooked omelet.

A side of no fat cottage cheese really filled me up for 6 hours. Played Starcraft to my heart's content,then watched a epi of Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, and Sons of Anarchy.

Nuked half of a butternut squash, skin on, in a 2 qt Pyrex dish, just past al dente. Then boiled (nuked) some all wheat farfalle in the same water. Scoop put the flesh after cooked, then discard the squash skin, which is soft and tasty.

Nuked some broccoli florets, added some homemade BBQ sauce w/honey, thickened it w/milled flax seed. One should not be able to distinctly taste the honey or BBQ sauce. Each taste should be equal.

Added some evoo and garlic to the bowties, then the rest of the mix. Melt some 6 Italian shredded cheese on top, then had a feast.

Civil twilight is 6:19 AM EST. Night is 4:44 PM.

Sunrise: 6:51 AM. Set: 4:12 PM.

Length of day: 9h 21m. Length of visible light: 10h 25m. Tomorrow will be 2m 01s shorter.

The temp is 16° (-9°C). Lows around 7° (-14°C). Wind chill values as low as 6° below 0 (-21°C). The high will be 34° (1°C) in mostly cloudy skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 11/22/2014 4:00:48 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 9:07:21 AM

Midnight..Forgot to tell you about the other goodies l bought at Costco. I figured they would have a lot of Christmas stuff out and they did. None of it in the folder they send out once a month.
I got 10 new kitchen towels, and 24 white wash cloths..wish they were dish cloths, but l have a few new ones saved to oneside til it is only me using them. So many of my other white dishcloths were wrecked.
I got myself a cotton hoodie. I got white, tho l may go back and get 2 more in bright colors of cherry and turquoise.? l forgot. I do love white, and have for years, and now that l am doing my own wash again, l will save up and do a white load again.

Besides treating myself to the stick steam cleaner, l got food goodies too. Creme Brulee and l have never had that. Had one and it was smooth. I bought mashed potatoes and they looked so smooth, but laughed when l ran across lumps in theirs too.

I got 8 for $8 apple strudels. Froze 6. Ate one half of one just now. So l was good to myself and am happily stocking up and preparing for doing my own housework and laundry again. Also got some spinach stuffed pastries. Life is Good.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 11/22/2014 9:09:58 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 9:20:37 PM

Hi again. Hope everyone has a good weekend. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 2:59:13 PM



Life IS Good!

At least the fellow does many other things for his fee. Not cheap at all mind you. Your choice if you wish to pay for the completely uneeded extras. Staples e.g. charges $39.99 for the 15 minutes it takes to change a HDD at the store. If done at your home/biz, the cost is $129.99. Look at their prices. They are much higher than a geek shop.

Would have sprayed the house w/Lysol to insure no germs live. Would have scolded her for her rudeness.

GB servers went done at 2:58 AM. Returned by 3:07. Out again at 3:11. Back up at 3:18.

Had a wonderful sleep last night, also this morning as well. Went to bed earlier than usual and slept later than normal, until 2:30 AM last night. Begin to post my rounds, then found pages were loading forever.

Phoned Fairpoint, my phone and internet provider, to ask what was the problem. All the LED lights were lit yet dialog boxes of "Unable to connect" were seen repeatedly.

This happened on and off 3x. A Ping test at the command prompt told the story. 4 packets of info sent, 100% loss. It was my Ethernet cable. juggled it in the back of my desktop and then it worked fine. Still does.

Getting the car ready was a cinch w/the vinegar/isopropyl alcohol mix sprayed on the windshield the night before. Have a plastic tub built in under the windshield wipers to catch any runoff. Did not need to scrape at all.

My road was freshly sanded. Liked that a lot. Gas finally dropped to a reasonable $2.89 for far northern NH. This is the Smart Pay Card price, or 10¢ higher w.o.

Traveled to Littleton and saw the Yankee fan that is there every week at the same time as me. Wore my fire Red Sox winter jacket and made sure to stand where it could see. Asked him where is his cap today. He said no cap today.

Bought a few items x2 to last me two weeks. The mkt is closed all next week. Giant heads of leaf lettuce is $1.68 ea, avocadoes 3/$2, butternut squash 48¢a lb, crimini 10 oz for $2.25, broccoli crowns $1.28 a lb,

Yellow and orange bell peppers are $1.58 a lb (Passed on the red that was a whopping $2.95), black and blueberries 3/$5, cukes 67¢ ea, 5 lbs carrots $2.38 and a 1 lb bag of spinach for $3.

Big Papa's specials this week. Click on See more

Stopped at Rite Aid before 8:30 AM (They open at 8 AM) and saw a trail of shoe soil on the shiny tile floor from the front door to the pharmacy. Asked the cashier to mention it to the ast mgr.

Stopped at WM for a few items, then on to Shaw for the last day of pork country ribs for $2.19 a lb. Bought a 2.5 lb pkg to get me thru the w/e.

Returned to Rite Aid mainly to see if the cashier told the ast store mgr that the floor was dirty. She did not, said she forgot. :o

Trimmed the fat off the ribs at home, poured the remaining cooked ones in the 6 qt crock pot, then added my homemade BBQ sauce, sliced carrots and the ribs in the 1.5 qt size.

Poured 6 oz of honey on top of the ribs, plus 4 cloves of diced garlic. Slow cooked for 3.5 hours, then sampled the fresh made ribs. Tried a small amount of ketchup with the sauce and honey. Was a good experiment. A 'Small amount' of ketchup is the key.

Will be leaving early for the hospital on Monday for my hip replacement surgery. Friday looks to be the return home date. May convalesce at a friend's home, depending on my stair climbing ability. Sure would prefer to be home.

Civil twilight is 6:18 AM EST. Night is 4:45 PM.

Sunrise: 6:50 AM. Set: 4:13 PM.

Length of day: 9h 23m. Length of visible light: 10h 27m. Tomorrow will be 2m 01s shorter.

The temp is 23° (-5°C), in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:06:54 PM

Sorry my housekeeper is sick, but she showed up with cough and sore throat. Kicked her out as l do not want to get sick. Not that much to do anyway, and now l can go to Costco at 10 when they open and get that out of the way. More rain tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 10:09:14 AM

Today will be last day l get my house cleaned by anyone besides myself. Monday is this housekeepers last day and l will have her do my laundry then. I think l can switch to sweats and jeans and not have so many dresses to deal with. That way l can scooter to the laundry room and take a basket of clothes on the floor of the scooter. Much easier than dealing with dresses that don't get folded. That's my plan for the winter anyway.

Other than the laundry, l have no problems doing my own housework as long as l do it a little at a time. Change the bed on monday( l always have to turn mattress myself anyway) and do wash. Tuesday l dust and swiffer (easy to do). Wednesday is often shopping. Thursday dishes (dishwasher) and put aways. Friday clean bathroom and Saturday swiffer then MOP every other week. , Sunday goof off, oh when do l do the kitchen? Everyday as needed.

Looking forward to it and resuming my days to myself. For instance l would like to go to costco early this morning, but can't ..have to wait til housekeeper comes and goes by 11 am or later if she chats with me, l get to go shop. That is ok for Costco because they open at 10, but other stores l often go at 8 or earlier at times. Like to miss the crowds.

Life is Good and l am enjoying it and that's what it's all about.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 3:04:41 AM

Midnight, no, the $189 is not merely for the labor of switching out hard drives, but is a flat service fee that includes many things that other places usually charge separately for. Chipheads computer package.

The most important for me, b/c I did not have anything backed up (yes, idiotic), is that it will include transferring data to a backup disk, IF possible. That's the big IF for me, b/c if the HD or data is too corrupted, it will have to be done as a retrieval, and that is where the bucks get much bigger. But even for that, it looks like their's is a better deal b/c of the flat $289 rate. Other places that I've checked so far, START at $450 and go up from there. Also, he told me that I'd only be charged if the data that is retrieved is useful to me. IE, not just some technical computer files, but my actual data. But I'm really, really, really hoping that it won't get to that, and that it can be done as a simple transfer that is included in the repair flat fee.

It was very encouraging that their Apple specialist could see my files, when the Apple Store "genius"* couldn't. I even had him open one to see if he could, and it did open. But that is still no guarantee that he'll be able to transfer the data. Other techs elsewhere may not have the expertise or tools to do what he can. And IF he can, then that saves the added big cost of data retrieval.

First Tech, where he used to work, was the premier Apple distributor and repair service in this area, used by many professionals. Unfortunately, they could no longer compete after Apple opened a new, glitzy Apple Store about a mile away, and some other market conditions.

Another plus is that they would reinstall the OS and software, etc. Since Apple now offers free OS upgrades, I'd get the latest version my computer can use, which I think is two generations newer. Mine was Snow Leopard and I think they can put it up to Mountain Lion (skipping Lion). I could probably get this done for free at the Apple Store, but my computer is a heavy desk top model that I can't carry by myself (due to my back problems). It would be a plus having everything done at one time. Also, the hard drive they use is bigger than the one it would replace.

I suppose I really shouldn't complain since this computer was given to me free by a very kind and generous GB, to whom I am eternally grateful! He talked me through installing the OS and software (iWorks and iLife). I am not in touch with him right now, and it would be scary for me to do it on my own.

The time frame of 9-14 days is b/c they are busy, and have a lot of computers in line ahead of mine, waiting to be worked on. (This is the Big City) To me it is a good sign that they are busy. I was referred to them by a local GB who I totally trust and who is a retired engineer. But I don't know if he has any personal knowledge of them or found them in an internet search.

The main reason I haven't gone ahead and left it there is that I want to talk to my brother and his friend/former business partner first. Of course I trust them more than anybody, and they may have more information. Well, I'm pretty sure Dick will. My brother might not. He's a computer professional, but only works with PCs and doesn't know anything about Apples. And he's semi-retired. And out of town now.

Thanks -- this has helped me to clarify for myself.

*for those not up on Apple lingo, the Apple Stores have what they call a "Genius Bar". You can make an appointment to talk to one of their "geniuses", bring your computer in and get advice, a simple fix, etc. for free. Real repairs aren't free.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 11/21/2014 3:09:43 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 8:41:25 PM

Hi all. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:14:59 PM

I see my $50 bonus is posted in my RCUnion account. That was nice and at this time of year too. Bonus on Gas Buddy too. Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 3:55:04 PM

I put my chicken and bow ties with mushrooms into a bowl with cream of mushroom soup and oven for almost an hour. Well done and had some for lunch.

Got the car oil changed tho it didn't need it. Just want it out of the way. Menu said 48 % good, and l had driven only 1,650 miles since april when it was changed. They overcharged me as l had a coupon and they didn't deduct correctly, but l caught it and drew it to their attention.

I had just come from Foodmaxx where l was overcharged yesterday by one dollar and l returned 2 persimmons. They want $1.29 for EACH persimmon. NO thanks. I thot it was $1.29 per pound. Took them back too. So I was out early, but home in an hour after my appt.
I made the appt online yesterday. No one was out and about coz we are getting rain. YEA! Big new waiting area at Pep Boys, but TV didn't work and coffee pot was broken. LOL.

I got caught in a cloudburst yesterday and today it started raining just as my car was finished.

I just tried Putlocker and it just skipped and aggravated me and closed captioning was in Japanese...

[Edited by: trugasCA at 11/20/2014 3:56:25 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 3:12:31 PM


Life IS Good!

d/g. Lets hear it for an early spring!

g/o, $189 for labor to install a HDD is a rip off. Completely! Look for a DIY on youtube and install it yourself. After the mac is unplugged ground your fingers on the case to remove your static electricity. It is a usual 2 common screws remove and replace. Not even a 15 minute job. More than 9 days? 15 days?! They saw you coming, Bigtime. Go elsewhere, or DIY.

A natural freezer saves one money. 16° tonight 12° overnight tomorrow. No cost for elect as well.

NH has no MC helmet law. A Harley Rider eh. Like it! An old woman here was a H.A. 8-1 member in San Bernardino when the club was founded. She told me she has 17 children. Each by a diff man. What an event to brag about. <smh>

Do not think it matter how food is stacked in the crock pot. Do know spaces in between meet as in green beans etc, help cook the meat faster.

More snow to greet first lightb yesterday. Only about a half inch fell. Forecast is for ambient snow each morning the rest of the week. All those minor amounts add up by the end of the week.

Could be a sleet storm on Sunday w/scattered rain showers overnight into Monday. Plan on leaving early Monday in the wee hours for the hospital. Will inch down the mtn if the town does not sand.

Enjoyed watching the Twilight Zone on Netflix, them another epi of Bonanza. Like The Zone for its unusual themed stories. Like Bonanza for its wholesomeness w/always the theme, good triumphs over evil.

Played Starcraft to my hearts content. Had no time to play the day before. Got in a 3 hour nap, then decide to cook.

Sliced the last hearty thick chicken cutlet ½ inch thick, soaked them into a well beaten egg, battered it with Italian spices, parmesan and breadcrumbs w/oyster crackers broken up in thick chunks.

Topped them w/a six cheese Italian blend of cheeses and enjoyed a late lunch which will also be dinner. Was still hungry so a half pound of butterfly shrimp was prepared.

Much tastier than say pumpkin pie and icecream. Have planned the fresh food to last until entering the hospital on Monday. Will still shop at Big Papa's Market for fresh produce to last two weesk. They will not be open at all next week.

Civil twilight is 6:17 AM EST. Night is 4:46 PM.

Sunrise: 6:49 AM. Set: 4:14 PM.

Length of day: 9h 25m. Length of visible light: 10h 29m. Tomorrow will be 2m 04s shorter.

The temp is 32°.

Have a fantastic day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 11/20/2014 3:13:44 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 10:30:58 AM

Life is Good when you have a natural freezer. I guess.

New avatar is what GB says he took of me on my scooter.

Where is my leather jacket ?, and boots? Helmet.? Back in the day when l rode, we didn't use helmets, but did have the jacket and boots. I only went on one trip and l tried a few times riding myself but Harley was too heavy for me on curved road l dropped it. But husband took me on lots of short rides. Not enough for me so l tried to learn myself. Did make it around the block on a lighter bike of a friends.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 8:53:35 AM

I know what y'all mean about using the outdoors as an auxiliary freezer. For me it's my balcony. The other night when I was at the co-op they had organic frozen veggies on sale + coupons that made them a good price, so I decided to buy a few to stock up for the winter, even though I didn't remember what I still had left in the freezer. But I did know the freezers are jam-packed and I was too tired to deal with it when I got home, so put the bag of them outside, where they remain.

Now I have to remember to make room for them inside by the weekend, when the temps will be going up into the 30s. Feel free to remind me. :)

In the past I've used it for numerous other "cold storage", including Thanksgiving turkeys.

And I've got the potatoes and yams in a bag sitting in front of a balcony door, but inside, to keep them cooler than they would be in the kitchen. My mom used to do that here. Hopefully they'll last longer. I bought two 3# bags of organic russets and a bag of organic garnet yams b/c they were on sale for a good price. It's the first time I've bought garnet yams by the bag. Hope they are as delicious as the single ones I usually buy. These are smaller and the skins are not as red. Same with the russets.



[Edited by: goldieolds at 11/20/2014 8:57:25 AM EST]
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Life is Good, just not perfect Goldie...sorry about the computer problems. When they work it is marvelous, when acting up or crashing, very frustrating. Painful. I lost all my children's pics l painstakingly transferred to my first computer when it crashed.

My second one l gave it away and had to start all over with passwords and all. Tiresome. I just buy and start over ..This is my third computer. Sounds like you too have more than one.

You were right about the oval crock pot. I used my small crock pot today to do ribs, and had to stack them ..it's ok and l am eating them, but may have cooked faster side by side.

I am glad to see it raining, tho it is a cold rain, and l got caught in it. Going out again tomorrow to get my oil changed early.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:54:40 AM

Thanks for the sympathy about my lost post, but it has been the least of my worries. I was so tired at the time and feeling so beat down by the larger problems that I hardly cared. I've been overwhelmingly consumed by the serious crash of my computer last week. I've been too upset and depressed to even write about it, esp. in a topic called "Life is Good!" It was not feeling so good over the weekend.

I know I have things to be grateful for, such as being able to get this old Mac Mini hooked up and working, so I wasn't totally cut off for more than a day. And that I have the money I'd saved up toward a DSLR camera to use toward the repair.

Fri. night I took it to the Apple Store, and was told that it needed a new hard drive and that I'd have to have data retrieval to get all my info off of it. He said data retrieval *starts* at $450 and can go up to $1700. I might have $400 or so saved up for the DSLR, but not more than that.

The worst thing was that that part was preventable, if I'd done what I knew I should, had backed it up. I have an external drive that was given to me for that purpose, but I hadn't used it yet (have had it for years). I called MicroCenter and they quoted the same price range for data retrieval, which they send out.

Anyway, this week I went to Chipheads, a small independent computer repair place. (Many thanks to DI for suggesting them.) The guy who was there on Monday gave me a much more optimistic opinion, but the Mac specialist was going to be in on Tue. So I went back on Tue so the Mac guy could look at it. He said the HD definitely needs to be replaced: $189 labor +$70 for the drive. He was able to look at my files, which was encouraging that he could do a data transfer, which, if I got it all straight, would be included. But he couldn't say with assurance that would be possible, so if it is not, they charge a flat fee of $289 for data retrieval. That sounds a lot better than what they other places that I know of so far charge, but would still be a lot of money for all of it. ($550?) It is encouraging that he might be able to do a simple transfer. I didn't leave it though.

I probably should have left it with them, but I didn't. They are probably my best bet and it will take 9-14 days after it is checked in, but I wasn't ready to commit to it. I want to talk to my brother about it first. He's a computer professional, but as he has told me many times, he doesn't know anything about Macs. I tell him he is supposed to learn, but he has no need or interest in doing so. He's in Florida now and I haven't talked to him yet. And I want to try to talk to his H.S. friend and former business partner, who I've known since I was in grade school. He still calls me "Little [Last Name]". He's in the electronics business and knows many people in the field.

Funny thing, I'd been thinking about First Tech, the original Apple distributor in this area which closed a few months ago. I was wondering about their techs, who would be Apple trained and certified, figuring that some might be doing consulting work now. I voiced that curiosity to the "Apple guy at Chipheads, and he said, "I am one of them." I had a feeling that might be the case, but didn't want to come right out and ask, out of left field. That makes me trust that he really knows what he is doing.

This whole thing has brought up deeper issues about my whole situation and and feeling really tired of it and not being able to afford any thing extra.

OK, I'm done venting for now.

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Yes dirt girl, every time is a different man, but they have on their computers all the prior notes from each visit. Found out this repair would have cost me over $200 if l didn't have the warranty. Sure lucked out there as l just got it a few months before this all started.

Ribs sound good to me now too Midnight. Since l am going to be out shopping all day , l just may put them in crock pot like you. Only l won't put the sauce in til after potatoes are out. I get tired of tomato sauce on everything. Seems like l go in streaks of cooking a lot with tomato sauces in the casseroles. Like meatballs and spaghetti, and lasagne and other things. Or l could just thaw some of my homemade mashed potatoes l froze. Or sweet potato.

It is raining. Not a whole lot but real wet rain. Smiles.

Changed my mind about going to Sprouts as l see Foodmaxx has celery cheaper, so will just buy a few veggies there. They also have broth can for .39c.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 11/19/2014 10:05:13 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 8:36:56 PM

trugas, Was this a different repairman? Hope this is the fix. :)

MidnightSun, Sounds like we're having the same weather. I'm hoping that spring is early too. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 3:51:28 PM

Heating element is the culprit in my dishwasher... resistance too low, blows a fuse. Wait now for the part which puts me on Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Third time is the charm. I am glad he found something.
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Life IS Good!

You betcha. Froze some whole chickie in the trunk for a few days last winter until there was room in my fridge. Another whole day to thaw.

Have so much food in the fridge that eating has nor been done for three months. Think a restaurant meal is needed soon. Have to quit buying stuff.

It snowed just like it was winter at first light yesterday. Ten cent and penny size chunks floating down from the clouds fast. It was good that it stopped two hours later.

The world in this area is a winter wonderland. It always looks so dreamy the first few snowfalls. Then the work to clear and clean it begins to take away some of the postcard perfect wonderment.

Played lots of Starcraft while it snowed. Also watched Bonanza and Criminal Minds. Did not even step outdoors. No need to.

Trimmed the fat off the $2.19 a pound country spare ribs bought on Saturday. Thawed out half of a 16 oz frozen container of homemade BBQ sauce made in October.

Added some evoo to my 1.5 qt crock pot, added some of the thawed sauce, ribs, red potatoes, some 3" sliced lengths of carrots, and 4 diced cloves of garlic. 3.5 hours on high and lunch was ribs and veggies, on a bed of brown rice.

The rest of the week will not see day temps above freezing. There is a possibility of Sunday being in the mid 30's. Winter arrived 5 weeks early this year. Hope spring is early as well.

My doc's appointment is at 9:45 AM today.

Civil twilight is 6:14 AM EST. Night is 4:47 PM.

Sunrise: 6:46 AM. Set: 4:15 PM.

Length of day: 9h 29m. Length of visible light: 10h 32m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 28°, the high, w/ a 30% chance of snow.

Have a wonderful day!

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I am a happy camper, the dishwasher repairman is due anytime to fix my dishwasher for the third time in a month or so. This is the charm, (third time) and he will be knowledgeable and will find out the reason for the fuses to keep blowing out. Positive thinking....
I am glad l am able to be here and should be in there washing my head, but soon as he leaves l will take care of that. Don't want to miss him. Think it is time to cook something for breakfast. I had soup yesterday, and actually that sounds good today as well. Or maybe a thin pork chop. MMMMMMM. and sweet potato.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 1:24:39 AM

trugas, It's nice to know that you can change back if this doesn't work out for you. Hope you have more good places to eat out. :)

MidnightSun, The nice thing about winter is that the car trunk or garage can double as a freezer. :)

goldieolds, I hate when the machine eats the post. :(

[Edited by: dirt girl at 11/18/2014 1:28:18 AM EST]
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2 out of 3 good meals out this week. Chines place was awful but the Olive Garden and Terra Vino were both good and filling and reasonable. Can't complain.

As far as the health coverage, it is worth a try. I am told l can change back if l don't like it Next November. During open enrollment.
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Life IS Good!

g/o, Lazarus Form recovery for all browsers restores ones post with the click of the icon. Less than a 10 sec download. Saves one from getting hot under the collar. Have used it for many years. Safe and most effective.

d/g, Have duch and a part of a leg of leg 2x a year. Not much of a prime rib or red meat eater (too much fat and cholesterol in all red meat), so a treat is well enjoyed. East lots of fish and shrimp.Need a break from the norm occasionally.
Yvonne is as good a looker as any lady was in Hollywood. Maybe more than many.

Have been enjoying season 1 of Bonanza after my early morning rounds. Great to be able to see the ones that were missed or forgotten.Also seeing the orig Star Trek w/Bones, Scotty, and the cast. Fabulous nostalgia.

Forecast is for snow on Monday. Took a ride to Lancaster to buy at Shaw's weekly special 26-30 frozen raw shrimp $7.99 a lb, country pork ribs $2.19alb, haddock for $5.99 a lb, and a supreme rising pizza 33.5 oz for $4.99.

Wanted a grand selection of meal w/deals. What is great about the winter is that if the freezer is full mY outside fridge unplugged will hold the overstock during these teen and 20 degrees nights and days.

Returned home with thy bounty and made a 2 qt Pyrex bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup via all cooked in the microwave.

Am using diced onion, garlic, chives, celery, carrots, orange bell peppers, chicken breast, then add broccoli and spinach later along with wheat spaghetti for the pasta noodles.

Not a grain of salt is added or needed. Mrs Dash is added. Golden milled flax seed thickens the soup, adds fiber and more nutrients to this wonderfully healthy winter delight that fills one up w/little calories.

Ideal for any weight loss program. About 1 lb loss per month in my case.

My doc's appointment is tomorrow at 9:45 AM, not today. Jumped the gun.

Civil twilight is 6:13 AM EST. Night is 4:48 PM.

Sunrise: 6:45 AM. Set: 4:16 PM.

Length of day: 9h 31m. Length of visible light: 10h 34m. Tomorrow will be 2m 12s shorter.

The temp is 35° (4°C). Scattered snow showers. Getting to be winter.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 11:45:21 AM

My post just disappeared instead of posting. More later.
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 8:34:16 PM

trugas, Sorry you will lose your housekeeper. Maybe it's a good idea to keep her number when you want your laundry done. Glad that you made it out to lunch again. Holy cow woman, you're just on the go non-stop. :)

MidnightSun, I can't remember what the price is for duck here but I think goose is between $6 and $7 a pound, at least it was last year. That adds up when you get a 10 or 12 lb goose.

I had seen Yvonne DeCarlo in a movie several years ago and had thought the same thing, what a beautiful woman.
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Life IS Good!

d/g, Saw frozen duck in the store for $4.29 a lb. About $25 for a 6 pounder. Will ask my pal the meat mgr in his store what he can sell one to me for. Miss veal cutlets Maybe had them twice a year growing up. Spinach was big and it was wicked overcooked. Not wise to tell my mom that. :o

t/g, Why not just tell the housekeep that you do not want to socialize. Get her chores done then split. Nice that you went to a restaurant lunch w/a friend and her friend. Makes up for the first unhappy meal for last week.
$10 for a Chiro is a deal. How can the cost be that low? Is the $10 your co-payment cost? Your son's debt at $350 a month must be astronomical. Super of you to help him get out of debt. Gather you can afford it,no sweat.

Had a pleasant time watching Season 1 Epi 1 of Bonanza. It is the second longest running western series (behind Gunsmoke) ever. Bonanza ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes.

Pleasing to see a very young and stunning Yvonne De Carlo in this epi. She sure was a beauty in her day.

Yvonne was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 at West Point Grey, Vancouver, British Columbia. She passed away of heart failure on January 8, 2007 (aged 84) in Woodland Hills, near Los Angeles, California.

In 1954, director Cecil B. DeMille cast her as Sephora, the wife of Moses (played by Charlton Heston), in his biblical epic "The Ten Commandments" (1956). In 1960, she was awarded two stars (for motion picture and television) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

It was in 1964 that she signed a contract with Universal Studios to perform the female lead role in "The Munsters" opposite Fred Gwynne. Yvonne played Lily Munster, Herman Munster's wife.

Fred Gwynne, (July 10, 1926 – July 2, 1993) a Harvard University graduate, Class of 1951, is best known for his role in the 1960s sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?," as well as his later roles in "Pet Sematary," "The Cotton Club" and "My Cousin Vinny."

Went to the P.O. to pick up a weeks worth of mail. Then bought the w/e sale items at Shaws: 6 Italian cheese 8 oz for $1.79, large brown eggs 99¢ Essential brand pasta 50¢each. Only got the wheat penne, rotini, and spaghetti.

Civil twilight is 6:011 AM EST. Night is 4:50 PM.

Sunrise: 6:42 AM. Set: 4:18 PM.

Length of day: 9h 36m. Length of visible light: 10h 39m. Tomorrow will be 2m 18s shorter.

The temp is 37° (3°C). More snow expected tomorrow. 3", not enough to bother removing.

Have a splendid day!

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I expect the new health plan will be good for me. One thing that will change beside rent going up, is l lose the housekeeper. But she is about to give up her other client here anyway, and it seems to be that she really is getting into more visiting mode than l care for. I told her of a volunteer plan that is to visit seniors, not clean their apts, but to take them shopping or dr visit and they give you money to do that. Not much, but she loves visiting and to get paid to do it is right down her alley. I think l can manage my apt myself, as l do all the hard stuff anyway, like clean the fridge and windows and move the furniture, all but the mopping and she only does that once a month. I don't look forward to walking to laundry room, and sitting there in cool room, but so be it. Anyway l could get her or someone once a month and pay cash anyway. I see that done around here.
I really need some housekeeping when l am sick and cooking too. Haven't found that anyway so no big loss. She is a good worker, but l don't really want a visit on top of it. They all seem to think one is lonely, or interested in all their activities and problems. Not me.. get the work done, please leave, and let me go do my thing. Sometimes l want to read and can't ..with all the chit chat. I know l am a hard nose. I just like to pick my friends, and see them when l want. I also like my days free.
I don't even like to have to be home for a repairman between thus and such hours.

Life is Good when l can go when l like to go and do what l want to do. That freedom is what l enjoy, even if the dusting doesn't get done that day!!!

Good example is going to lunch with a last minute invitation yesterday. I enjoyed being able to do that and had l had a housekeeper coming, l would not have been able to accept the invitation. Three lunches out this week. Bonus.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 11/16/2014 11:15:40 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 4:26:02 AM

trugas, If you're comfortable with the change and it will cost you less money or be more convenient for you then that's a good deal. The dental and eyecare seem like a fantastic deal. :)

MidnightSun, Had veal cutlets growing up. Seems like a good idea to have then just once or twice a year because of the cost. Right now I'm thinking of goose but it's also very expensive and they're only in the store at this time of year.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 7:59:36 AM

Yes it is! I went out to lunch twice this week. wow. Now l may start cutting back, maybe not. My budget is pretty tight for the next year. Rent will soon go up and I have joined a new health plan. S.C.A.N. which has spread thru CA, and l understand into AZ. Because it is a plan started by and for seniors. They don't talk to us like we are stupid. They understand our problems. Been there. They provide transportation to Dr office if not feeling well enough to drive or don't drive, up to 6 times a year. Not a van or shuttle. A car- which you call for- will pick you, just you up. That did it for me. As l have said l want a local dr coz l tire of driving to another city to get health care. Other goodies are chiropractors for $10 a visit and twice as many visits as medicare allows. Twenty.
All my drugs were checked out and are covered. Same low price..$1.20 generic and $3.15 for others. It goes on and on with special care. Like they pay for glasses frames. once a year. Evry year if needed. Medicare doesn't, except once in a life time after surgery.SCAN has a dental plan for $8 a month. I pay $57 thru AARP.
I think l'm gonna like it. I am not committed to my dr and he is semi-retired himself, so l often use urgent care here in town. That will now cost me $25. to go there.

But one hitch is my rent is going up $60 a mo. Because of less medical deductions.
I am nervous about taking on my son's debt, he doesn't even know yet that l did it. But l want him to see how it feels to be debt free. I committed to $350 a month to get it paid off at no interest.
So his life will be better and l feel good.
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Life IS Good!

Ah, the sweet taste of veal and then to have a part of a leg of lamb. Such a yummy treat

Have an idea for a lamb frittata w/veggies. Veal scallopini, veal cutlets, veal parmesan, veal marsala, etc. Now in the $10-12 a pound range. A once in a year feast. Perhaps twice. Now thru Christmas and during Lent (Ash Wednesday) thru Easter.

Had a fun morning watching The Andy Griffith Show, The Walking Dead, and Criminal Minds after the posts and rounds yesterday morning.

Daybreak saw my entire world covered in a blanket of snow. Always do like the first real snow fall. Nothing had to be cleaned up. About 1½ inch greeted the day.

Expect more snow on Sunday evening righty into Monday night. Not sure what that total will be yet. Snow usually does not stick around until After T-Day. there are exceptions in any given year.

Made a shopping list for the 3 day w/e sale at Shaw's and for their weekly sale. Plan to buy haddock for $5.99 a lb, 6 big rolls of paper towels for $3.99, Large eggs $1a dozen.

May even buy extra large raw shrimp for just $7.99 a lb. The Country pork spare ribs have my interest at only $2.9 a lb for the week. Will have to go out tomorrow to get my mail and check the local gas prices.

Make a small amount of homemade chicken noodle soup. Had slow cooked the celery and carrots in the crock pot the day before. Boiled some garlic, onions, and Mrs Dash flavored water.

Cubed in some chicken breast along w/ diced green beans, crimini, the celery, carrots and added some cooked brown rice. Also added milled flaxseed for fiber and to thicken the soup. A great way to stay warm and loose some pounds this winter.

Played StarCraft II for hours. In fact got lost in time, just what was wanted. Really dig this action packed game with real time strategies. Lots of action, excitement, and war. Actual screenshot of the combat.

Civil twilight is 6:011 AM EST. Night is 4:50 PM.

Sunrise: 6:42 AM. Set: 4:18 PM.

Length of day: 9h 36m. Length of visible light: 10h 39m. Tomorrow will be 2m 18s shorter.

The temp is 21° (-6°C) w/the high to be 32° (0°C). Light snow falls.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 7:28:30 PM

trugas, So glad you had a good meal out. Good wait staff and a friend to eat with make it even more nice. :)

MidnightSun, I haven't had veal in a long, long time. I seem to remember it was good. :)
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Life IS Good!

Grew up in an Italian household, in a mostly Italian neighborhood. Parents on the first floor, grandparents, both born in Italy on the second and their married daughter, my aunt, on the third floor. Have had my share of lamb, veal, and all the non traditional meals.

Know the Olive Garden could never compare to real Italian home cooking, such as giambotta, veal scaloppine, Baccalà alla vicentina, etc, and hand squeezed hearty red wine from concord grapes. Glorious days of old.

It was an enjoyable drive down NH Rt 135 aka the CT River Hwy. The fields were white from frost. Even the tall weeds on the riparian zone had lots of Jack Frost. The serene river blazed in b&w with perfect mirror reflections of the tree lined banks.

Bought at the market were a few deals. The finest was a basket of orange bell peppers slightly bruised or wrinkled 5/$2, butternut squash 48¢ a lb, celery up to $1.58 a large bunch.

Cukes were also up in price at 60¢ ea, Brussel's Sprouts $1.98 a lb, yams 58¢ a lb, crimini 10 ozs for $2.25, Driscoll's raspberries 6 oz 3/$5, and 6 oz (half pints) of Sunbell blackberries are $2 ea.

Passed on Driscolls' excellent looking strawberries that were very high this week at $4 a 1 lb pack. Have never seen them that high at Big Papa's Mkt (under the name click on 'See more').

Mentioned to the owners to buy a $1,000 lite sign to put on the sidewalk showing the finest deals of the day. He liked the idea. After 3.5 years he has the gals write on postboard. Thew weather or wind usually bends the sign in half.

Shopped at the local WM for some items. The new synthetic oil for my car 0W-40 is $7.98 a quart w/a 2¢ NH oil fee tax. Will get it for $27 by the 5 quart container in the future.

Seems to be evaporating the oil rapidly with 6,500 rpm in between shifts. The turbocharger is quite the driving excitement. The european suspension, tight cornering, and passing power make the new Dart an enjoyable experience. Mine is the 6 speed manual.

Stopped at Shaw's to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The last day of the $1.87 a lb price. Returned home to put away the food and begin to cook.

Sliced a chicken breast into slabs of ⅓ its thickness. Added evoo to a ceramic coated frying pan, cooked them, then added 6 Italian assorted cheeses on top. Had a fabulous lunch using the last of the cooked veggies.

Washed out the crockpot, added homemade Tuscan sauce, carrots, green beans, celery, butternut squash and two chicken breasts. Three hours later broccoli florets, a sliced bellpepper, onions, and crimini were added.

Cooked it on high for 45 minutes and pulled the ceramic oval pot out of the heating container. Had an enjoyable chemical/MSG free lunch for a few hours of cooking which costs little money. Looking forward to leftovers.

Civil twilight is 6:09 AM EST. Night is 4:51 PM.

Sunrise: 6:41 AM. Set: 4:19 PM.

Length of day: 9h 38m. Length of visible light: 10h 41m. Tomorrow will be 2m 19s shorter.

The temp is 30°. An inch of snow has fallen. The first real snow of the season.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 8:07:40 AM

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.
They have so many things and combos that my lady who went there often took a long time to figure out what she wanted. Actually they stopped serving what she wanted last Monday.

I am so glad to have had a good experience again. The Red Lobster was also a success for all. I also enjoyed Applebees, and sometimes l didn't in the past when the music is too loud. But all experiences are good. I learn from each one, and alway like to get out and go.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 7:26:57 PM

trugas, Olive garden has some good stuff. I like their cheese ravioli with meat sauce. They used to have parmesean encrusted tilapia but took it off their menu. :(

MidnightSun, Glad you got the propane so they didn't have to blow your lines. Fwiw, Olive Garden has some good stuff but I don't believe it's authentic Italian. Maybe American Italian. Still, ok for a change of pace.
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Life IS Good!

Have never eaten at the Olive Garden. Would want a real Italian entree, not just a soup and salad for $8.

Woke up at 1:30 AM, (this morning as well) had another great night of deep sleep, and felt refreshed in the wee hours. Enjoyed posting early and completing my rounds. Had plenty of time to see an epi of Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami and some laughs watching The Andy Griffith Show and Everyone Loves Raymond.

Had ordered propane on Now 9.Was promised delivery on the 10th. Here it is 9 days later and no delivery. Phoned the Main office of my propane co to find out what the delay was.

Had just returned inside from reading the fill meter on the tank w/one tank reading 1%. Most Co's now have a $90 (or more) charge to pump air in one's propane system and test for leaks. Sure wanted to avoid this extra charge

The woman phoned the satellite office in town and found out that my ticket for the delivery was for Monday the 10th. She would cell phone the driver.

He called and asked if a delivery could wait for Friday. At 1% and below freezing temps on the way, the answer was "No." He said he would deliver sometime yesterday morning. Told him it was urgent, and he said will drive here immediately.

Some 30 minutes later he arrived. Filled my two 120 gallon tanks which can hold 96 gallons each. He staged a cock and bull story about being in VT at the end of the day Monday. YehDiddy, yehdiddy.

Said right to him, "Let me tell you how much of your story is believed. Not one word." Negotiated w/him to fill my two BBQ 4 gallon propane tanks. He in turn asked me if the snowthrower could be used to clear a path to the big tanks this winter.

Chuckled and told him yes. Do remember him arriving a couple of days early last winter and trugging thru a snow depth above waist high. Have to make a path to throw the snow against the bottom of the house for extra insulation.

Propane cost was very low this year. Price is down to $2.579 per gallon. Rec'd 171.9 gallons and a $433.33 bill. Will also receive $.10 off a gallon when paying w/in 10 days. My two tanks have exceeded $600 to fill them in recent years.

Enjoyed several morning walks in the gardens until 10 AM when the rain arrived. Had mostly light, steady rain all day. The forecast changed from 50% to an 80% chance of rain. Good to rain before the ground freezes for the winter and keep the water table high.

Had an exceeding wonderful time playing Starcraft II for hours and hours. At one point several races allied w/each other and attacked me powerfully. Almost annihilated my force and did begin to devastate my base camp. Makes for a truly realistic condition. Fun while it is raining.

The ISS orbits the sky over the East Coast this morning for the next several days. See the ISS and other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:08 AM EST. Night is 4:52 PM.

Sunrise: 6:39 AM. Set: 4:20 PM.

Length of day: 9h 40m. Length of visible light: 10h 43m. Tomorrow will be 2m 22s shorter.

The temp is 41° in mostly cloudy skies. 1 inch of snow overnight is expected

Off to the market for some light shopping later.

Have a fantastic day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 11/13/2014 3:51:42 PM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 2:06:00 PM

No umbrellas yesterday nor did l see any and didn't use one today when l went to library and back to Target to return slippers.

Lemon chicken that I GOT was awful. couldn't have been worse. Going to Olive Garden today and it isn't my fave, but just getting soup on a near rainy day is good.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 3:58:09 PM



Life IS Good!

river, afire sounds great rightnow.Sitting and joining you.

d/g. Looking forward to the spinal to prevent my brain from registering the pain and will wake up chipper w/its use, not groggy w/other meds. Will have a follow up on Monday so the surgeon can see the infection is gone. Hope to have another surgery date then.

g/o Drove to the hospital. Sure glad of that. Spoke to the surgeon about anesthesia weeks ago and the anesthesiologist that morning. Not a johnny gown lover. Do like those new Bair Huggers. Nice and warm.

t/g, Want to know if the crew took umbrellas and went out to eat. Lemon chicken is a lovely tasting meal.

Thank you vet's from all of North America that keep our countries free. Was in a daze since late morning Monday, when hip replacement surgery was cancelled due to cellulitis. Even forgot it was Memorial/Remembrance Day yesterday morning.

Enjoyed sleep nonstop until 2:45 AM yesterday morning. Nice to finish posting early and see an epi of Sons of Anarchy. Also watched an epi of season 1 of Perry Mason. Highly entertaining to me. Even by today's standards. This b&w Sept 1957 to May 1, 1966 show has dramatic revelations at the end of the 'who done it.'

Forecast predicted a clear day and warm temps in the 60's (16C). Drove to WM for a 4 mil roll of clear plastic 10'x 25'. It was $9.27. Headed to Lowes to buy 1" x 3" x 8' strapping. Each piece is now $1.73.

Returned home to cut the plastic in 5' x 25' to skirt most of the 3 sides of the house. The plastic was rolled around the strapping 3x and nailed 4' above the ground on the board and batten siding.

A foot was left lying flat on the lawn. Wood scraps were added to weigh this edge down from the wind. When the snow arrives, the snow thrower will be used to mound up the snow around the bottom sides of the house.

This method adds super insulation from the sbow that greatly lowers my winter heating bill. This was learned the very first winter, taught by my first friend who is now deceased.

In those days, temps were -40° (yes, 40° below 0°). Every little bit helps in those temps. Love to save money. The high yesterday hit 61° (16°C). Great to work outdoors even tho the sun remains beneath the tops of the trees.

Had a fab lunch of the last of the pork chops w/carrots, snow peas, yam, broccoli, onions and spinach. Getting time to make another crock full of close to winter comfort food.

Thought of hanging the ladder brackets after lunch. It was so easy to rest in a chair and watch some fine Netflix shows. Went for a stroll after my afternoon posts. Was certain yesterday was the last warm day of sunshine this year. Rain is due tomorrow, then the chill returns. The ISS orbits the sky twice over the East Coast this mornings for the next several days. See the ISS and other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:07 AM EST. Night is 4:53 PM.

Sunrise: 6:38 AM. Set: 4:31 PM.

Length of day: 9h 43m. Length of visible light: 10h 45m. Tomorrow will be 2m 24s shorter.

The temp is 55° rain all day. Light gentle rain.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 2:14:29 PM

I'm lighting the wood stove. 2nd time this year. warm cozy feeling all over. ahhh
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