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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: Oct 24, 2014 10:01:44 PM

MidnightSun, Learned that the same product is not always the same quality. Patio furniture is a good example. Store A may sell a set for $800 and store B may sell what looks like the same set for $200. The difference is the quality of materials and manufacturers warranty. Store A's set has a 10 year warranty and Store B's warranty is only 1 year and is made of lighter weight metal.

While everyone has to shop where they can afford, sometimes it pays to spend a little more. :)

trugas, Walmart can sell stuff so cheap because they buy products by the boat load. When you can buy at that volume, you still have the same percentage mark-up that other stores have that can't buy at that volume.

Glad you found a crock pot that works for you. :)
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 7:08:46 PM

I too had a taste for baby back ribs and bought and crock pot cooked them. Delish.
Then I made butter nut squash and l got yams...don't think sweet potatoes are sweet. The deeper color gives more vitamins too. IMO. I paid $1.69 a pound then they came out for 88c a pound. But in another town in other direction. So didn't get that price. I see Foodmaxx has chicken breast for 99c a pound and since l am full up in my freezer, l miss out on that sale too. OH well.
Red or green grapes are 99c a pound at Foodmaxx

[Edited by: trugasCA at 10/24/2014 7:10:56 PM EST]
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 3:35:19 PM



Life IS Good!

Competition is the soul of Democracy. Visited a store that is out of the way and may have some things other stores do not have, yet it is not worth the gas driving there. Save more shopping locally than spending 75¢s ingas to save a quarter.

Bought 3.25 lb of ribs for $2.88 a lb and will slow cook them in the 6 quart crock pot when the ribs thaw out in a few days. May use Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce of my own Tuscon homemade sauce on them. Just feel like having ribs.

Wally is jumping their prices on some items. One has to be aware of competitors prices. Get my pens free at banks, saves money! ; )

Enjoyed the light rain on the drive to Littleton along the CT River Hwy. Saw the first wave of geese overhead, perhaps 60-70 of then honking up a storm. Not many leaves remain on the silver maples lining the CT River.

Bought at the mkt were Driscoll's raspberries $1.50 a pint, blackberries $1.67, cukes are up to 67¢ ea, a 1¼ lb head of leaf lettuce for $1.50, baby bella's were $2.25 for 10 oz, Limes 5/$1, lemons 5/$2, oranges 4/$2, Bartlett pears 98¢s a lb, and sweet potatoes just 54¢ a lb.

Here is the link to the latest prices from Big Papa's Market this week. In tax free Littleton, NH.

Shopped around for sesame oil in four stores. See that my small WM doesn't even carry it. Cheapest seen is $10.30 a qt at Shaws. Will use it to make my own oyster sauce, free of chemicals and MSG.

Also want to make pork, beef or chicken Lo Mein and beef and broccoli Chinese style w/oyster sauce. A common important ingredient to keep on hand. See most store do not stock it.

Returned home to enjoy some war games playing StarCraft II. StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg waging war upon each other.

These three distinct and powerful races clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival. It has my interest.

Getting the brunt of the storm tonight. Winds gusts up to 25 mph w/a chance of rain near 100 percent. Will be fast asleep and hope the power remains on for heat and to post in the morning. You will know the outcome if there are posts or none.

The ISS orbits early (6:03 PM) and up to twice tonight (7:40 EDT) for those who can see it. See it and the other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EDT. Night is 6:16 PM.

Sunrise: 7:12 AM. Set: 5:47 PM.

Length of day: 10h 34m. Length of visible light: 11h 33m. Tomorrow will be 2m 52s shorter.

The temp is 42° (5°C), the high will be 47° (8°C) w/light rain. Heavy rain is on the way.

Have a delightful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 11:11:57 AM

Goldie, l took the 3 qt crock pot back to Target as it took too long to cook the spareribs, and this time l got a 2 quart. $12 and it works. YEA. Cooked stew and when l turned it down it went down and back to high it started boiling. So the settings work.
and l figured your recommendation of 1 and 1/2 qt is close to my 2 qt. I think this size fits me. I am delighted.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 10:40:50 AM

My observation is that if Walmart can sell so much cheaper, then what does that tell you about the profit margin we are being charged? However lately l have been to Wallys food markets and found their prices are NOT that much cheaper..now. So why bother going there? l don't buy much there anymore as their prices have gone up. For one example l was discussing mops with friends recently, and thought back to when l used to buy string mop heads at Wallys and they were reasonable (cn't remember exactly, but lets say around $2) and then they switched and got some different ones for $5, and l had no choice of cheaper ones anymore ..stopped buying mops there. This happened to me on a whole lot of things l used to buy at Wallys and so l now just buy all those things or substitutes on sales elsewhere. Like l keep saying l mostly only buy paper products there and now l even buy those at Costco...Kleenex, paper plates, towels etc are cheaper that Wallys at Costco. Just not everyday. Have to get them with coupon off usually. I did buy a xcut shredder at Wallys recently when they sent me an email stating a roll back on it's price. $22.84 with tax. So if it quits on me l will be able to just toss it for that price. I used to buy their composition books for 17c ea but most places have that low price now. Pens l used to buy at wallys are cheaper at costco. On and on So wallys doesn't have the cheapest prices anymore....
And other stores sure give better service . Smiles.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 3:20:16 PM



Life IS Good!

Ames sold me a Pyrex 2 qt bowl w/lid for $9.99. WM had it for $6.98.Why should one pay top dollar when they can buy for less. WM put several stores out of biz. The big fish eats the small fish. Competition is good for America, democracy and for business.

The Great A & P Co was always a union supermarket, top pay, paid holidays and sick day, along w/a health and dental plan. We even had one up north.
Also they gave S&H Green Stamps back in the day.

Trade Unions built America. They also created fair hours and decent wages. A family would live under their bosses roofs and make the entire family work 15 hour day. Even a six or 12 y/o.

More nice and gentle rain fell today. Like that it does stop at various times so the ground can absorb it. Going to be a long bleak week w/overcast and rain day and night, right thru Sunday.

Hope to have sunny days next week w/temps in the low 60's (17°C). Will wrap the base of my house about 4' up in plastic. Also a few feet of the lawn. This so when the snow arrives, it can be blown again the house and add further insulation. Helps the heating bill noticeably.

Bumped into my pal the auto mechanic and explained the situation w/the Neon. He wants to tow it and work on it in his shop. There is a dead spot on the 2 year old new starter.

Or some other issue, such as the neutral safety switch. Not sure a few hundred bucks, plus new tires, reg and Ins is worth it. Will mull it over. The Dart has under 5,300 miles.

Bought turbocharged Dart brand new July 11. 2013 after looking at cars for a entire year. Notebook in hand. Why rush in and err?

Took a drive to see my pal the meat mgr at his store in Whitefield.He has Tues and Wed off. Did speak to the meat cutter about some flank and shoulder cuts.

Bought a nice mix of ground beef and pork combo for $2.99 a lb. May make meatballs of meatloaf. No need to jump into a meal plan w/o pondering about for a few days.

Cooked the last 2 unfrozen wild caught cod purchased for $4.99. Steamed some carrots, then nuked the red, yellow bell peppers ,onions,and green beans made a few days ago.

Still have plenty of uncooked veggies left from last week such as Brussel Sprouts that need to be cooked. The rain is easy to inspire cooking.

Began to learn how to play the newly arrived Star Craft II game. Graphic athe orchestra music are superb. The step by step tutorial and beginners game play slowly allow one to learn the ins and outs of this fantastic game.

The ISS orbits by early tonight at 6:52 PM for those who do not have overcast. See it in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:41 AM EDT. Night is 6:18 PM.

Sunrise: 7:11AM. Set: 5:48 PM.

Length of day: 10h 37m. Length of visible light: 11h 36m. Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The temp is 50° (10°C) w/rain on and off. Our Mt Washington (6,288' 1916 m) sees snow.

Have a fantastic day!

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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 9:22:21 AM

I came across this while I was looking up America's [L=http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/03/text deleted families.[/L] It was surprising to see that the Waltons were #1. At least in 2009, when this article was written.

[quote]
For Sam Walton, low prices meant vast riches. By 1985, Walton was America’s richest man. At the time of his death in 1992 he and his family were worth at least $23 billion, proceeds of a life spent selling everything he could fit under the roofs of his Wal-Mart stores–from tires to tortellini–at prices neighborhood stores could not match.

Today Walton’s heirs–two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two nieces–are worth at least $90 billion, making them the richest family in America.

The Waltons are so rich that they have more than double the dollars of the second richest family in the U.S., the Koch clan, who command a fortune of at least $40 billion.
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That is the context within which they scrimp on pay and benefits to employees and put small independents out of business. They are not alone; just the most obvious, perhaps.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 9:15:20 AM

I always love to hear about employers that care about their employees and once in awhile pay them more or give them extra benefits they aren't required by law or unions to do. Longs drug, now sold out by brothers ready to retire, did that. I read once in awhile that an employer does pay more than minimum but in a way how good is that? Still probably not enough wages to live on. Depends on the area l guess. I get minimum wage on my soc sec. Dino mentioned their minimum just went to $8.05 and that is what l get on Soc Sec.But l also get medical coverage. At least 80%. Also because of the "Aged and Disabled " program l get the housekeeper. So Life IS Good for me.
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 2:45:38 AM

goldieolds, Unfortunately the union grocery stores don't have a lot of full time employees and it's always been that way. Usually there are just a few full time (40 hours) employees in each store. Most employees qualify for health care and all of those would probably be included in the pension but when you're only working 30 hours a week the end result would be less.

Lamb loin chops are usually small and cook faster. If you put a few damp or wet paper towels in the grill after you're done cooking with it, it helps with the clean-up. Just close the grill on the wet towels. After the initial stuff the rest is easy to wipe off. :)

The Cub store by me has manager specials quite often. :)

trugas, Nice of the Safeway employees and passerbyes to help you out. Sorry that you fell but nice to know there are still nice people out there. Nice also that you gave your leaf blower to your neighbor. Those little leaves do tend to cling to stuff. :) One local restuarant rasied it's pay here, Punch Pizza

MidnightSun, Sounds like you are nice and cozy with all that insulation. That's a very low cost to heat a home for all season. How did you insulate the walls?

[Edited by: dirt girl at 10/23/2014 2:50:07 AM EST]
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 3:24:58 PM

Do the lamb leg chops cook as quickly as loin and shoulders? I seem to recall cooking some once that didn't get tender and would have been better cooked long and slow. But not sure.

Uh-oh, that reminds me: I still have to clean all the grease out of the George Foreman grill. :(
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 3:02:46 PM



Life IS Good!

Saw lamb leg chops just yesterday $8.99 a lb. Will buy a half leg of lamb (thigh) if it goes on sale for 5.99 next month. Like duck as well.

Real nice of you to give away the leaf blower. A perfect act of random kindness.

Somehow getting my posts and rounds done an hour earlier w/o an earlier wake up. Like to be done before first light and have plenty of day left.

Have not heard from the phone Co. They could have worked on the w/e problem of the modem resetting itself a number places. It is working well as this is typed.

Went out to buy gas that is $3.09 in Lancaster. Was amazed that $10 gave me 3.2 gallons and a half of a tank. Went into Shaws and looked for oyster sauce. They had only one kind that read oyster sauce flavored. The ingredients confirmed my suspicions.

Wanted Sesame oil, Asian toasted. Saw several on sale. Will compare the price(s) that WM charges when at that store. Want to make a Chinese marmalade and sauce w/o all the chemical found in the store bought ones.

Stopped at the P.O. picked up my mail and saw the yellow card that reads an item arrived that can not fit in the PO Box. It was the StarCraft II video game ordered from eBay on the 15th and mailed on the 16th.

It took only 4 days to arrive from Hermiston, OR. Gave the seller 4 stars across the board and added "Super Service" as comments. Have a new pc game to learn, play and get lost in.

This rain is a perfect way to remain indoors and get lost in the three different worlds of the Terrans, Protoss, and the Zerg. The graphics are so detailed and are truly magnificent.

The rain will swirl in a counter clockwise pattern due to our 6 day nor'easter w/rain. This is a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada; it gets its name from the direction the wind is coming. It feeds off the ocean and pounds inland.

The ISS orbits by twice tonight, early for those who can can it.

Civil twilight is 6:40 AM EDT. Night is 6:20 PM.

Sunrise: 7:10AM. Set: 5:50 PM.

Length of day: 10h 40m. Length of visible light: 11h 39m. Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The temp is 43° (6°C), the high will be 49 (9°C) w/rain on and off. Mt Washington (6,288' 1916 m) sees snow. This is a slow, steady rain.

Have a fabulous day!

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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 2:05:30 PM

I don't understand leaf blowers. Where do they blow the leaves to?

I heard on the radio that Target is discontinuing shipping charges until Dec. something.

DG, Trident seafood products, including the salmon burgers, are on sale at L&B for $5.

Got curious about the price of lamb chops elsewhere. Didn't see any at the Cub I was at (Bloomington) and at Lund's the loin chops are $17.99/# and their shoulder chops are $12.99. I got a better deal than I thought at WF: shoulder chop for $6.99/#. And I'm sure the quality is as good or better. I don't know if lamb is mass produced like other meats.

At Cub I saw something new, at least to me. At the end of the specialty cheese cooler they had a little bin of "Manager's Specials", ie, items close to their expiry date, marked down significantly. I scored a hunk of Greek sheep cheese for less than 1/2 price, a "cultured" 4 oz butter w/ sea salt (I rarely use butter - keep it in the freezer for those rare instances when I bake), and two 4 oz tubs of soft goat cheese w/ kalamata olives and herbs, for $1.49 each. Yum! (I already ate some.) The only problem is trying not to eat too much at one time. (unsuccessful)

[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/22/2014 2:07:12 PM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 9:07:14 AM

It is a season. Some states have big weather changes, while others have little change at all, but schools start and trips are planned. Things do happen differently.
We in CA do not have big weather changes, but still some of nature does and our yards need attention. Especially leaves. I just gave my neighbor my leaf blower. She has a large Japanese maple and it is in her small patio. Last year she said she swept and swept and the crevices of the pavers just hang onto the tiny leaves. Since l do not have a tree, well just a small crepe myrtle, l gave her my blower. I haven't used it in 4 years.
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 6:21:54 PM

I'm glad it's warm and dry here and I'm not even started thinking about fall - or winter
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 3:37:29 PM



Life IS Good!

Loved the raccoon story tremendously.

See the big box stores would rather hire 2 PT workers and save the cost of the benefits than hire a FT'er.

Our low was 34° (1°C) yesterday and was higher than many places in southern New England. It was not warmer on the summit of 6,288' (1,916 m) Mt Washington. The manned Observatory saw 10°F (-12°C) for the low.

Finished my rounds and posts early this morning and saw 4 TV series on Netflix. After the last one a banner appeared and asked me to check my billing card which became outdated.

Bought three bolts at HD 2 m/a. My bank sent me a new card and cc number, in case the account was compromised. Changed to the new number and instantly rec'd a "problem solved" message, then 1 minute later a "updated your account." was successful. Thought it nicely smooth.

Found that my StarCraft cd has a skip on one of the orchestra songs as it is played. The disk has a nick in the center. Went online to eBay and order a new replacement disk in 'mint condition' for just $5.99, shpg is included. Such a deal as brand new one was $40, 16 y/ago.

Took a drive on the CT River hwy to see the silver maples have lost their leaves. Continued on to Littleton, went to Lowes and bought M-D Building Products 0.5-in x 10-ft Gray Closed-Cell Foam Window Weatherstrip and Frost King 1.25-in x 10-ft Black Foam Door Weatherstriping.

Spent just over $30 to seal the exterior doors and windows from the air leaks. My windows and doors are 25 y/o. Much of the front door weatherstripping was well worn from use.

Will save money on heat this winter. Walls are insulated to at least R-19 and the 2nd floor ceiling to at least R-38. Built all of my home. Usual cost of heating the house is $100 a month for the entire year.

Also using propane for cooking and hot water as well. Like to save money and keep warm at a low cost.

The ISS orbits over my area at 6:54 this evening. See it in your area along with the other satellites.

Lots of rain arriving (up to 1 inch/25 mm an hour) and remaining thru Saturday. 30-40 mph (48-64 k p/h) wind as well.

Civil twilight is 6:39 AM EDT. Night is 6:21 PM.

Sunrise: 7:09AM. Set: 5:51 PM.

Length of day: 10h 42m. Length of visible light: 11h 42m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55s shorter.

The temp is 45° w/rain allweek long..

Have a wonderful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:21:49 AM

Yes since Unions have been busted, the stores and other places have gotten away with part timers which are really full time employees but only allowed to work up to 35 hours. My son is one of them and he was chastised for staying to finish a job and getting a full 40 hours in. His boss said "While once in awhile that may be OK, do not make a habit of it".
They are so against it for the reasons listed by other posters, mainly the health coverage and retirement benefits. There are others.
My son could not support a wife or kids on that pay. Yet he works nearly as much as anyone else. 18 to 20 hours less per month and they don't have to give any benefits. Still not quite enough to get a second job, which also would be without benefits.

That is my main reason for being a union fan. They got me good wages, and protected my vacation etc.

I do not care for Walmart or their employees for the most part. They don't care and l understand why. But l shop there when l get the lowest price. I am not able financially to pay more for any item if l don't have to do so. If l had big bucks l would make the choice.
No one seems to get upset over restaurants doing the same thing that Walmart does. They don't pay help living wages so they depend on T.I.P.S to make up their salary. I hat that and gripe about not being able to afford eating out because of the tipping situation. I get really upset at restaurants practices and they have been doing it way longer than Walmart's existence.

But gripes aside, Life Is Good and l like to end on a positive. Kinda.
While shopping at Safeway yesterday, l fell just outside and the response of their employees and management was so kind and helpful that l felt so cared for. The people driving by and walking nearby helping me up also. An employee offered me orange juice when l saw me shaking, brought me water, the manager went to my car for Advil at my request. The employee went to get a scooter for me, and to sit they moved all the basil on display...so thoughtful. AND not because they were afraid of being sued either, coz it was not in their store, and the parking lot street is not in their responsibility l understand. The difference in the care and attention they all gave me was so different than the employees at Big Lots when l tripped on their rug at the front door.

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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 7:44:30 AM

I made my lamb chop in the little George Foreman grill. It did splatter, but it's easier to clean the top of the stove than the oven, b/c it doesn't require bending and reaching. And I kept the paper it was wrapped in, in front, so that caught a lot of it. It turned out good. Not as good as a loin chop, IMO, but almost as good, esp. considering the difference in price.

DG, I don't usually look at the price of them either, but happened to notice loin chops some time in the last year that were more in the range of $19/#. I don't recall which store that was at, so it is possible that they're less somewhere else. But this shoulder chop was $6.99/#. Big difference! I only bought one, to it was a reasonable once in umpteen years splurge. Unless I buy another while they're on sale. ;)

I took a big ol' garlic clove and some dried rosemary, mashed them up together in a mortar and pestle, and then smeared it on both sides. That turned out good. The Foreman grill booklet said 5-7 minutes for loin or shoulder chops, but it didn't look done, esp on the edges. So I let go, at least 3x that, I lost track. Never could get a thermometer reading in the range it was supposed to be, but finally figured it must be done enough. I drained the grease off on a paper towel. It tasted either a little over cooked or over drained. Either way, it was still good.

Also, I let the fat drain off as it was cooking. The Geo Foreman grills are designed with the front legs shorter so fat will drain off into the little tray. But mostly I don't make things that I want to drain. Usually I make salmon with lemon juice, which I want to stay with the salmon, or things w/o fat, like bread from the freezer or tofu pups. So I keep a couple of bottle caps under the front legs to even them out. Luckily I remembered to remove the bottle caps so the ample amount of fat could drain off. Loin chops would have a lot of fat, too.

Re: Walmart, one of the problems, IMO, is that when they don't pay enough or provide benefits, the employees end up getting help from government programs, such as food assistance. That means that society is subsidizing Walmart for under funding its employees. And maybe you could even say that taxpayers are subsidizing shoppers.

But to be fair, retail in general has always been notorious for low pay and no benefits. Except for unionized grocery stores. I worked in department store retail when I was younger, first, as a student and later as a part-time second job. I couldn't have lived off of that pay, even frugally, if I'd worked there full-time. And I didn't work for discount stores (don't think they existed yet.) I worked at Dayton's here in Mpls and Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta. In H.S. I worked at those shoe store chains, Chandlers, Burts or Bakers, I don't remember which ones; they were all owned by the same company. My friend's father was a store manager and got some of us jobs.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 9:39:33 AM

Hi all. Gloria, good to see you again! Sounds like a fun day w/ your GD. We have a National Wildlife Refuge here, too, down by the Minnesota River. It's a cool area. I've only been to the area closest to the visitor's center, and that was a long time ago. But it extends for miles along the river. In the past I participated in some photography/art exhibits in the visitor's center. They have a lot of interpretive exhibits and tours and things. One fall I got to participate in a river cruise they sponsored. It was gorgeous and a lot of fun, and a lot of wildlife came round, such as herons, egrets, eagles and I don't remember what else.

I didn't know that racoons have thumbs, either. Is that a true story, about the 'coon getting into the cooler and taking out one sandwich at a time? Sounds a little too......
Did he put the cooler lid back on? LOL

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 10:06:14 PM

chocoflash, I think I'll stick with life as long as I can. Maybe longer. :)

goldieolds, Not to worry, I got the gist of it. :)

trugas, It would seem there is some truth to the hiring of seniors. I've noticed also that the further you get from urban areas the neater the WM is. :)

MidnightSun, Unfortunately that is the way of retail these days and more and more companies are hiring only part time workers. If you look at it from the corporate side it makes sense. If you're trying to earn a living it just gets a bit harder. :(
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 8:41:39 PM

Life is so good especially when you were able to spend a day looking through the eyes of your 9 year old G.D.!

Yesterday we went to the National Wildlife Refuge near my house, it just opened this fall, it is awesome, we spent nearly 2 hours , Satinka had a blast reading to me what all the exhibits were about.
There was a stuffed raccoon, I said when her Daddy was young him and some friends had gone camping, the next morning they noticed the cooler had a sandwich missing. Her Daddy decided he was gonna stay up in case who ever had taken the sandwich would come back, he was gonna catch them! He found out who the thief was, yes it was a raccoon! He told me he watched it, walk over and look around, than slowly lifted the cooler top, reached in, got another sandwich and closed the lid and walked away all happy! Satinka said, " Grandma , the raccoon was able to lift the cooler lid because they have thumbs just like us, did you know they are the only animal that has thumbs?" I told her , " No I didn't know that"
Hope you all enjoy the fun story I just told.
Hugs and TOL!!!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 3:26:29 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Feel the same on Made in China products. Why are we waiting to get Africa to mfg products at $1 a day labor. Looks like they to eat far more then SE Asia. Medicine, even housing is needed as well.

t/g, Plus only FT workers get WM bennies. They love hiring 3 PT workers, than to give 1 worker bennies.

The diltiazem 240 mg a day for my heart palpitations is working fabulously. No longer 150 beats per minute since the first was taken on Friday morn. Could sleep easily and worry free. Perfect!

Enjoyed some StarCraft battles, then some TV Shows on Netflix. Watch 20 minutes of The Following pilot. Liked the escape, found the following 10 minutes of character build up to be boring. Watched an episode of Criminal Minds, which kept my attention gigantically.

The cod on sale at Shaw's, this w/e only was too big a savings to stay away from. Took a drive south on Rt 135 beside the CT River to see much of the sugar maple leaves knocked to the ground and water by the pouring rain.

Did get some pix the other day while the leaves were still green w/a light hue of color. No spectacular colors this year, due to the lack of rain for the past month.

Bought 4 more pieces of wild caught cod, some of the 18 oz cans of Campbells soups for $1 ea, and a HFCS free loaf of Shaw's bread. Still considering the six dbl wide rolls of paper towels for $5.99. That sale remains through Thursday.

Picked up my mail at the PO, then returned home. Had a meal of scrumptious cod, veggies and a healthy salad for my late lunch/dinner combo. Removed 1 24 oz container of soup from the freezer and replaced the space w/the new cod.

It rained on the severe side of moderate much of the day. Listened to the online radio of my fave station and looked through the pix taken all year. Will upload a few every couple of days by Monday's post.

Civil twilight is 6:36 AM EDT. Night is 6:24 PM.

Sunrise: 7:06 AM. Set: 5:55 PM.

Length of day: 10h 48m. Length of visible light: 11h 47m. Tomorrow will be 2m 57s shorter.

The temp is 43° (6°C), our high for the day in overcast skies w/a 40% chance of rain. Will see rain on and off for 1 week.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 2:33:55 PM

DG, I agree and tried to be careful to word my opinion as being *my* preference. But I see that I neglected to say "I", which is very common in my writing, b/c that's the way I talk. But it looks different in writing, so I usually go back and add it in when I proofread. This time I missed it, so if it appears that I was telling other people not to shop there, that was not my intention. I was only talking about my own preference. People have to make their own decisions based on their own situations.

Tru, it sounds like a match made in heaven: Sr. citizens on Soc. Sec. can't make too much and Walmart doesn't want to pay too much. ;)

The problem is younger employees who have families to support. Like most things these days, it's complicated. But since I don't have one very near me, I don't worry about it. There are many stores much closer to me and easier to get to. The one or two times I was in their store I didn't like it. I have bought two car batteries from Sam's Club (with my neighbor's membership), which is same owner. So I am not a purist on about it.

I bought a Copco teakettle back when Target gave a discount to try to make up for their big hacking last year. I've decided it is a piece of junk. It was not expensive, but I wish I hadn't bought it. It has burned me two or three times, the knob works loose, the lid is hard to take on and off, the inside bottom is discolored, etc. It's thin and tinny, doesn't fit on my burner and is slow to heat. :(

I haven't bought much else at Target in recent years.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/19/2014 2:38:58 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 11:56:32 AM

I prefer Target as well. It is even closer to where l live. There are some things l buy at Target that l wouldn't think of buying at Walmart. But Walmart is or was cheaper on paper goods. That is mostly what l get there. Never buy electronics there anymore. My first computer l bought there but l then lived way out in country.

My recent thought is : Walmart gives employment to old people who can't get a job anywhere else. They can't live on soc sec alone, and need to work to get some extra money, and Walmart will hire them. They already have health insurance ..medicare. Can earn up to a certain amount without taxes taken out. So it is a good thing for many elderly.
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 12:52:18 AM

I prefer life--haven't experienced death and I may enjoy that, too. Who knows?
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 9:09:45 PM

goldieolds, I too try not to shop at WM but some don't have a choic because of income or location. I do prefer to shop at Target because they pay their employees better. Still not a living wage in some cases but they are better than some.

trugas, I've heard that the come back is more in the premium or high end goods than in the mass produced ones. They say that consumers are getting tired of junk. Hopefully this will change with more companies bringing manufacturing here.

MidnightSun, I think all my crock pots were made here. Vietnam has become the new third world country for manufacturing. Unfortunately, for some companies it's all about the bottom line.

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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 4:33:11 PM



Life IS Good!

My Rival does not say "Made in..." (another country). It works perfectly. Is in the 25 y/o range. Know how to use it expertly.

Can remember having toys and such made with used soda cans and such, Made in Japan in the 50's. Japan named a city USA in that decade well into the '60's to deceive American consumers.

Japan rebuilt it's infrastructure well, went on to mfg better electronics and better cars at lower prices than we could. Now it is China's turn.

Vietnam makes inexpensive quality clothes for top name brands. Should we support Communism w/revenue? Think NOT!

Went to lay down after my early morning rounds and posts to get in a nap. All that could be heard was my heart racing and the sound echoing off the mattress from the pillow into my ears.

Drove to the hospital ER and saw the doc. Told him the sound was keeping me from sleeping and worrying me. Asked him to look up the heart specialist recommendations and results.

In under 30 minutes there was a call to Lancaster's Rite Aid for a Rx. Drove the 10 minutes to the pharmacy and had the script of diltiazem 240 mg a day waiting for me.

The pills are normally $60 for a 30 day script. It was an amazing $1.20 w/my AARP Plus coverage plan. Did not have another episode of palpitations since taking the med at 9 AM yesterday. Think taking the medication is a prudent decision.

Stopped at Shaw's for their w/e super sale. Wild, caught at sea, cod is $4.99 a lb. Purchased 4 pieces with thick loins. Normal price is $7.99 alb. Saved about 40% on the sale.

Fried up in evoo a large amount of red, orange, and red bell peppers. After a few minutes same sized chucks of yellow onion were added. Last 8 ounces of baby bella mushrooms were stirred in.

Had a delightful amount of cod, pepper jack cheese melted on top along w/the stir fried veggies. Like that extra was prepared for left overs all w/e. Also bought asparagus for the low cost of $1.88 a lb. Lots of veggie varieties this week to enjoy at mealtime.

The ISS orbits by the East Coast early at 7:44 tonight. See it in your neighborhood along with the other satellites.

Civil twilight is 6:35 AM EDT. Night is 6:26 PM.

Sunrise: 7:05 AM. Set: 5:56 PM.

Length of day: 10h 51m. Length of visible light: 11h 50m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s shorter.

The temp is 61° (16°C) in overcast skies w/a 70% chance of rain.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 1:36:50 PM

I have a mug I really like and use most every day, and another that I also like a lot (bought in Hawai'i) and it is my second favorite. Both were made in China and I sometimes wonder about that. If there is some quick and easy and inexpensive way to have them tested.

I do not like Walmart's business practices, so avoid them as much as possible. There are so many other shopping choices, both locally and online, that I see no need to patronize a store I disapprove of.

But I try to remember to never say "never".

yay! I sold the 3 cup cuisinart, finally, on Craig's List. I"ve listed it on and off for a long time. And found a receipt and returned the other one . So now I can use the new 4-cup one I ordered via Amazon (from a private seller).

I splurged a bit Thursday and bought a lamb shoulder chop that was on sale at Whole Foods. It's been so long since I've cooked something like that, I'm not sure what to do with it. He said it's tender enough to fry or broil. Broiling is how I've made lamb chops in the past, but I realized that since I don't make things like that in my oven, with fat that splatters, my oven stays clean. I don't particularly want to have to clean the oven for one lamb chop. Hmmm....
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 11:51:19 AM

I too have bought Rival brand in the past. But not now. Not after l read all those recent purchase from China made product complaints. l am scared of Chinese products anymore since l read what they put in their own baby foods. The Dollar stores are of that type of quality. Some cheap throw away items oK, but not cooking things for sure.
Understand american manufacturing is on the return and l am glad about that. We have rules and laws to follow and quality is important. May not have disposable quality anymore. I prefer things that last.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 2:42:01 PM



Life IS Good!

g/o You are welcome. Buying many thing ordered at WM Site to Store. Completely free shipping.

t/g, My 15 y/o 6 qt crock pot is a Rival brand. Am completely satisfied. Would recommend it to a friend.

Relished in completing my rounds and posts early yesterday to be able to relax and see several TV Shows on Netflix. The rain arrived at 5:15 AM. Heard it as the windows were open. Nice slow steady rain. Temp was a pleasing 62° (17°C). Inside the house was 74° (23°C).

Enjoyed the drive to Littleton. When the rain stopped, the clouds had three depths w/some blue skies as a background. The mountains saw swirling clouds pour over the summit ridges like an ever so slow waterfall.

Bought at the mkt were Brussel Sprouts $2 lb, 5 lbs of carrots imported from Quebec $2, broccoli crowns $1 lb, a Big head of celery $1.14, cukes 40¢ ea, green beans $1.75 lb, and baby bella mushrooms 10 oz for $2.25.

Bartlett pears 98¢ lb, as were most apples. No apples were purchased. Yams were at a recent history low of 65¢ a lb. Big Papa's Mkt was jammed w/8 AM customers.

Bought a few items at WM. Was going to visit my pal who is the mgr of Rite Aid. He took the day off. In fact he takes every other Thursday off. Great to make one's own working hours.

Rain returned in the afternoon. At no time was it moderate. Like having the slow steady rain for hours. We needed it as it did not rain for over a month. Temp was 73° (23°C) in the afternoon. Kept all the windows open. Yet not at night. Civil twilight is 6:34 AM EDT. Night is 6:27 PM.

Sunrise: 7:03 AM. Set: 5:58 PM.

Length of day: 10h 54m. Length of visible light: 11h 53m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp 66° (22°C) in partly sunny skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:52:18 AM

I'm with you - hate spending money on shipping. The other day, after looking at the slow cookers on the Mills Fleet Farm site, I saw an outdoor swivel/rocking chair on sale for $25, and I thought it would be good for my balcony. My poor old fold-up outdoor rocking chair has been falling apart for a long time. Last year my friend soldered a piece on for me so I could keep using it. The one I saw doesn't fold, but is probably heavy enough so it wouldn't blow around in the wind. I was hoping they would have an option to pick it up at a store here, but didn't see any sign of that. B/c it was "oversized" shipping would cost more than $80! LOL. Fat chance I'd pay that. The ones like my old one that I've seen in ads here were $40 on sale. Too much IMO, but I could get two of those for the shipping cost of the other one. It would be nice if more stores that have both online and local stores would allow pickup.

Amazon is going to have some sort of local presence here, but we don't know what, yet. But they were to have started charging MN sales tax for items bought on their website as of Oct. 1. So Sept. 30, I quick bought several things that I'd been considering. Was able to get all of them eligible for Amazon Prime, so didn't have to pay shipping. Or sales tax. I'd never bought that much online at one time before, although it was $80 and included two items for gifts. For me I bought a 4-cup Cuisinart Mini Food processor (mine was less w/ free shipping). Now I have to sell the 3-cup one I'd bought previously, but not yet used. I think the extra capacity will be more useful.

I also bought a digital postal scale; I've been wanting one for a long time, but never wanted to spend the money; ones I've looked at previously were $25 + shipping. This one was under $20 with free shipping. It has good reviews and can measure either ounce or pounds, up to 75 lbs. Hope it works as good as I expect. And that I can get over my "eBay block" to start selling the many things I want to convert into cash. I have sold some things on Amazon, and it's a hassle to use my old analog scale, which is not exactly accurate, so I have to estimate and add a little extra to make sure it has enough postage. And usually then take it in to weigh it to make sure. It's often cheaper to buy the postage online, and have to put a weight in to do that. And I think, at least theoretically, I should be able to put a suitcase on it before a flight; if I ever go anywhere again. :(

I could get used to that Amazon Prime.

Midnight, thanks for the movie site info.


[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/17/2014 10:57:55 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 9:33:32 AM

I just went online to look up the Rival crock pot and dg they have 364 complaints and a recall on line so guess l won't buy that brand. Look under "Consumer Affairs".
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 9:24:01 AM

DG l ordered online as Target card holders don't pay transportation fees, and they just send it to my home. I can't wait. Maybe today. If l don't like it l will return it to the store and look at the smaller ones.

Life is Good that way...I think the prices of mailing or shipping l should say, deters me from ordering more online.
Costco charges a bit more for items online, but if you are way off from one of their stores, then it would be worth it l guess. I order online at Walmart then go pick it up to save shipping, but Target makes no difference. I like Target better to pick up even over Walmart ...Walmart's pick up is way in the back of the store and no one is ever there, you ring and wait. Whereas Target,s pick up is right in front of store and always someone behind the counter. Go early, no lines.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:43:11 PM

trugas, If you were at Target, they had the Rival Crock Pot "plug-ins" in the same area. The smaller one (set of two) is 1 quart. Think it that small may be for gravy or veggies on a buffet line. 1 1/2 quart may be better for cooking in.

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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 3:36:20 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g Was used to that weather that you have. Then Mom Nature brought on Autumn. Oh well, spring is a mere 6 months away. Enjoy the moment as long as possible.

g/o, Free is pirated movies, not TV Shows. Sometimes the quality and sound is not so good. Yet the library is Huge. Even w/current, nearly just released and 20 y/o movies. This is the website. Some of the alternate sites want you to dl their software. I never do.
It was last summer the Israeli young lady visited. A string bikini like none ever seen in these parts.Very revealing. Plus she was in fabulous shape.
There were/are many huge lawsuits over the all metal replacements. Over time the ball and head grind down leaving powder and a loose joint. Will not link to the images. There was a recall and an award of 2.5 billion paid by Johnson & Johnson, Corp owners of Depuy, the mfr.

t/g,Can understand that a big 6 qt crock pot weighing 15-20 lbs would give you trouble. 6 qts is not only heavy,it hold a Lot of food.

Ordered StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty on eBay yesterday morning. The new game is $60. That is the PC version and a very high cost compared to other games. The are many new stunning graphics and improvements over the original.

Ordered it in very good condition for $13.57 inc pstg from Ebay. Rec'd email confirmation it was shpd. It should be here Tues or next Wed. There is a sequal available now "Heart of the Swarm" and another sequal to be released soon.

Watched some Netflix TV Series. Also going thru the 4 seasons of The Walking Dead. Very graphic scenes that are not recommended while eating.

Went thru 1000+ pix taken spring summer, and fall. Began to upload them in a time frame. Then rec'd notice that my allotted amount of MB is used up during the final upload.

Will now create a new group of pix on another site. Hope to share it next week.

Had the pleasure of a 3 hour nap from 7-10AM. Foe me to sleep that long proves it was needed. Woke up to partly cloudy skies and temps in the 70's. Changed into shorts and a tee and went outdoors.

Mowed the entire lawn mulching up the hardwood leaves. In the extra thick leaf areas it took 2 and 3 runs across the same lines to chip up the leaves into near dust.

Great to do this when the leaves are dry and fluffy. A big job to rake, even bigger when the leaves get soaking wet. Glad to mow them and have free fertilizer in the spring. With spread pelletized lime before the snow falls.

Spent two hours mowing. Wanted this to be my final time using the lawn mower. Enjoyed the looks of a leafless lawn and the thought of not needing the lawn mower until Memorial Day 2015.

Made a fabulous salad of leaf lettuce, delicious home grown tomatoes, ham, prosciutto, and pepper jack cheese w/evoo and garlic on top. Can feel my feet, legs and hip pain after two hours of non stop mowing. Turned in early. Slept later.

Tonight the ISS orbits over the East Coast early at 6:10 PM. See the ISS (w/the naked eye) and all the other satellites in your area at this website.

Civil twilight is 6:33 AM EDT. Night is 6:29 PM.

Sunrise: 7:02 AM. Set: 6:00 PM.

Length of day: 10h 57m. Length of visible light: 11h 56m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp is 71° in pouring rain. We need it.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:13:50 AM

Another reason l want a smaller slow cooker is weight of the inner ceramic pot. My wrists are weak and my strength is less as l age. But the 4qt didn' t seem much lighter.

Goldie a 1.5 qt seems awfully small to me. But maybe l should take a look at them. l haven't rec the new one in the mail as yet. l have some beef ribs marinating in apple cider vinegar, but l probably will just put them in counter top oven anyway. I want them browned and juicy. May make polenta to go with them.

Have to stay home all day today (maybe) til the HUD inspection is done. I am usually the last one visited. I will get off here and shower and wash and set my hair before 8 a m. just in case.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 4:24:55 AM

DG, get used to it! {sprinkling fairy dust}

Tru, I hope that Crock Pot works well for you. Please let me know how it does. I might get another, one of these days.

Midnight, do you mind repeating the websites that offer free movie and t.v. show streaming? I haven't been able to stream before, but might be able to now with wifi. Want to try it. I thought I kept the info, but can't find it now.

Was that just this summer, that the Israeli friend visited? They're very European, culturally, esp. in Tel Aviv, on the Mediterranean coast.

Was visiting friends the other day (DG, I waved at you). They have streaming Netflix and had gotten hooked on Scandal. Really surprising, since it is not the type of show they usually watch. We watched some episodes from previous season, which I'd watched when it was current. But so much goes on in each episode and w/ my memory, I couldn't remember enough to spoil it. I've missed the first couple of episodes this season, so would like to watch more of it online, if I can.

Hope your replacement goes well. I was surprised to see that they are still using metal ones. My uncle had some many, many years ago. All failed and he ended up with a "hanging hip", w/ no joint. I trust much has improved since then. I think that's why my dad suffered from hip arthritis later in life w/o considering the surgery. He'd seen his brother go through too much.

It was funny, once we cousins, then in middle age, were watching an old home movie. It was from a family picnic at Lake Harriet when we were all young, some maybe not born yet. All of a sudden, in unison, we all gasped, "Uncle Marvin's running!" We'd never seen him not limping and w/o a crutch or cane.

Thank goodness they've had a lot of time to perfect it by now.

But having had back surgery twice myself, I wonder if two days is a realistic expectation to be able to go up stairs and take care of yourself at home. I'd consider having a Plan B, just in case. Having your positive mindset is definitely an advantage. Wishing you best of luck.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 2:26:25 AM

Hi all. Beautiful day here and tomorrow is supposed to be about 70. I could get to like weather like this. :)
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 3:47:11 PM



Life IS Good.

My g/f had an Israeli friend visit over the summer. Her string bikini was unlike anything seen in the area ever. Everyone stared. Did look several times more than usual.

Just adore the clearer point and shoot images that the DSRL offers. Big Megapixel sizes that can be easily reduced and have awesome clear opix.

Been using the crook pot almost once each week for a dinner for the last 25 years. The leftovers make the next meals so easy, just heat and serve.

Enjoyed some TV Shows on Netflix in the wee hours after my rounds yesterday morning. Also played some Star Craft: Brood War. Nice to take a needed nap for 90 minutes. Woke up at 8 AM.

Began to ready for my orthopedic appoint later in the morning. Decided to go for the drive to the Town of Whitefield. Here are 20 images of this fabulous New England gem.

Visited my pal's grocery store in that town. Told him how tasty and tender the shoulder roast is and thanked him again for the low price. Bought 1½ lbs of pepper jack cheese, sliced in the deli for $4.99 this week. The stack is nearly 3" tall.

Drove home to put the cheese away. Visited my garden, looked at the remaining perennial and wildflowers. Saw a female ruffed grouse run off into the forest. They look similar to a chicken, tho much smaller.

Pick up a over a dozen pieces of mail at the P.O., sorted thru the you have been approved ones, and tossed those, along w/the ads in the sorting bin. Time to go to my 10:45 hip surgeon's office to meet the female PA, then the surgeon afterwards.

Had all the vitals done. Bp was 140/70, not bad for one who has been sedentary since mowing the lawn almost 1 month ago and no longer working in the gardens. H.T is 81 w/96% O2. Plus 1.2lbs weight loss.

Filled out a massive questionnaire, then the PA asked me a ton more. Countered by asking her a score of Q's some she could not A. Then waited for the surgeon to enter the room and get to the details.

He showed me the actual DePuy hip replacement and explained the procedure. He will give me the ceramic on PVC version cup and head, the most expensive and longest lasting. Not the stainless steel model. That had a class action lawsuit. Also signed the Surgerical Permit Contract of Agreement.

Afterwards 4 x rays were taken with the orthopedic ball marker extended to measure the length and the size of the head that fits into the cap. There was little waiting and it took just a few minutes.

Then my blood was drawn for a red/white blood cell count and to ensure that MRSA is not present. Will also need to get another blood test 1-2 days before the procedure

Sounds great to me. Tho not eating after midnight on the morning of surgery will most likely be a challenge. Not even water is allowed. Am ready to be bionic on Nov 10. Most likely 2 days will be needed overnight to recover and gain leg muscle strength to walk up stairs.

Civil twilight is 6:32 AM EDT. Night is 6:31 PM.

Sunrise: 7:01 AM. Set: 6:01 PM.

Length of day: 11h 00m. Length of visible light: 11h 59m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp is 79° (24°C) in partly cloudy skies. Tied for the warmest night of the year at 64 and most likely the last one that will be as warm.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 10:33:52 AM

Life is Good and l got all business at Walmart done before the crowds arrived. Went early as planned to take neighbor to dr but she cancelled. Too tired. That is exactly when she should see her heart dr.

We had a downpour an hour ago. I don't know if the rain is continuing l will look out later. 2 more "storms" on the way. We sure need the rain.

The brand l bought Goldie was "crock-pot" itself. At walmart. One l ordered at Target is also a Crock-Pot. But smaller and hopefully better. It is round but l had already ordered when you mentioned the oval. I like oval too but this will be used for smaller meals so it will or should be ok. I will try it and return it if l do not like it.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 10/15/2014 10:38:20 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 7:27:36 AM

DG, I just looked at Mills FF on line and they have a Proctor Silex 1.5 qt like mine, but newer version, for only $11.99 and a 4 qt PS for $13.99 which I might be tempted to get, if there was a FF anywhere convenient. Online it only comes in black, which I don't like for the kitchen. And now that I look at the little pictures, I think it's round. The little oval is white and has the rubber gasket and strap for transporting, which mine doesn't have.

There's also a 4 qt Crock Pot for $14.99 in stainless steel. No fancy colors shown online. ;(

Midnight, do you have a preference for round or oval slow cooker?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 7:02:46 AM

Tru, what kind of slow cooker did you return, so I don't buy that kind.

I'm not sure what you want to know about the salad dressings. What happens is that if I see a good organic type brand on sale for half price or less, I often buy it. Then I might not like it on salads, so it just sits there. Or I think I'm going to like it, but never use it, b/c for salads I like to use EVOO and vinegar. I learned this way of making a tossed salad waaaay back in the '70s (from Adele Davis' book, I think) and have resurrected it. I put a good flavorful extra virgin olive oil on the greens and veggies, mix it up good (it doesn't take much oil). Then I put on the seasonings, usually garlic granules, turmeric (for inflammation) and dried Herbs De Provence. Mix it up, add the wettest ingredients, usually olives and tomatoes and feta or blu cheese, if using, then the vinegar, usually balsamic (Trader Joe's has a good one at a low price) but sometimes red wine vinegar or, if I remember, a rice one. Toss it all up, and it's my favorite salad. But sometimes I use French, Thousand Island, Cesar or Blu Cheese dressing. Any of the other dressings, usually vinaigrettes, tend to get left behind.

So I use them to cook chicken. It really just depends on what I have that I don't think I'm going to want to use (at least anytime soon) on a salad. A vinaigrette salad dressing is basically the same as a marinade: oil, acid and flavoring. My mother used to use a French dressing on chicken cooked in the oven. I don't use French to cook chicken b/c I like it on salads sometimes, so save it for that.

Whether salad dressing, soup, teriyaki or soy sauce, I don't just use enough to season, but I use more + water, so there's sauce to eat with the food. The boxed Imagine Portobello creamy soup is not like the canned Campbell's kind. It's velvety creamy and very yummy, good enough to eat by itself in a bowl, IMO. Trader Joe's has a similar one, but I haven't tried it yet, b/c I've had enough stockpiled away from discount sales.

The salad dressing that I've been using so far in the slow cooker with chicken breasts is Organicville Tarragon Vinaigrette. It's worked well and I've liked the result. The last I made it I didn't add water and I should have, b/c I would have like more sauce.

Putting them in flat, side by side, I don't think it takes much longer to cook them from frozen. They can't be totally frozen or I can't get them out of the package; they stick to the paper in the tray.

I can't picture the size of the your 3 qt. round, but in general, the nice thing about the oval is that even with the small one, I can put the chicken breasts in flat, side by side. They fit the shape. With a round one you might have to stack them or put them in vertically. Maybe that wouldn't matter, but might take longer to cook through, esp. if frozen. Round ones are deep but narrow. Oval are short and wide. Probably just personal preference. A friend of mine gave me one of her round ones once, and I ended up giving it back to her w/o using it. BTW, she buys them at Goodwill. I've never seen one there, but I go rarely and she goes frequently. She buys George Foreman grills there, too. I think she just throws them away when they get too burned on to clean easily.

Another word about my salads: it's gotten to where I like EVOO so much and believe in its health benefits, that I've even been putting a little on my salads first, even if I'm going to use a bottled dressing. Then I don't use as much of the bottled dressing. Bottled dressings usually have canola and maybe some other oils in them. Somehow they've managed to be considered healthy, but they're really not so good for us. If I do use something with canola, I want to make sure it is either organic or labeled non-GMO. Or is from Trader Joe's, since their private label products use no GMOs.

Hi DG and Midnight.

I just remembered a funny story. Many years ago an Israeli friend was visiting. We'd been out all day, going to museums and such, and were tired and hungry. There was chicken for dinner, but it wasn't cooked. I wasn't doing it fast enough for her, trying to decide what to put in it, how much, etc. She started grabbing stuff from the refrigerator and throwing it in. I'm sure there was some salad dressing in there. And it turned out good!

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goldieolds, I can't remember the brand but I think they were all 1 1/2 qt. I forgot to check the link but here it is Craig Blacklock North Shore pictures. His wife, Nadine and his father, Les Blacklock were both photographers.

trugas, Hope your day is wonderful. :)

MidnightSun, The development cost would be why I would want to go to digital. The cost of the Fuji Reala film that I liked using wasn't bad but the development cost is getting bad. The local company that I get pictures developed at uses the glossy format because most of their customers prefer it though I think if you wanted they would print in a matte finish.

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d/g, Also have a SLR Pentax 35 mm. Spend 100's in developing fees to find half were any good. The digital makes ALL the diff, is cheaper than buying film, and paying to develop sort of good images. Takes huge door & window size sharp photos w/8 MB of pixels. Nat'l Geographic quality.

g/o, Laughed at the feeling of not posting to change that 5 of a kind master #1. Bought the Nikon D3100 on a fabulous sale. Got the 50-200 mm lens for free. A $200 saving.

t/g Have cooked frozen meat before. Just takes 2 hours longer +/-, depending on the size.

Woke up and hour earlier than usual yesterday. Tried to roll over and return to sleep. Watched an epi of Law and Order: SVU, hoping it would make me return to sleep. It was not going to happen.

Had Raisin Brand cereal with straw, blue, and raspberries in 1 % milk. Could see the Waning Gibbous, 70% of the Moon was illuminated. Saw the shadows of trees on the ground.

Completed my rounds very early and returned to sleep for two hours. Played several hours of StarCraft: Brood War, the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg.

These three distinct and powerful races battle one another on the ground, in the mtns and in space. Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced, highly competitive, real-time strategy game play.

Had the last of the chicken noodle soup. Have a 24 oz container of it in the freezer. Decided to make a new batch. Used the remaining 2 chicken breasts, plenty of veggies, and added wheat noodles and milled flax seed for my health and to thicken up the soup. Milled flax seed is wonderful for both.

Went out for a look and see on my tomatoes. Glad to have picked a dozen the day before. The remaining ones were frozen. Picked some of them for the rabbits for their food. Rabbits also chew on the lawn.

The lawn... Have purposely neglected it for three weeks. Have allowed all the leaves to fall and cover the grass. When most leaves have fallen, will get the lawnmower, cut it, and mulch in the leaves. No more hours of raking.

Civil twilight is 6:30 AM EDT. Night is 6:32 PM.

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Goldie am familiar with bbq and soy sauce and mushroom and even onion soup to flavor with. l was wondering about the salad dressings you use to cook with. I used balsamic and didn't like it.

I ordered a 3 qt round,from Target, but l have a 6 qt oblong, so for one or two pcs of chicken or steak l guess the round will be ok. The 4 qt didn't handle 3 chicken breast frozen. Had to thaw to fit. I package most of my chicken in twos. Some in 4's for my son.

Gas is $3.19 now. Pretty nifty.

Returned to Walmart this morning the 4 qt l bought last Sunday. If l wanted to Boil my food, l wouldn't buy a slow cooker.
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The other great Minnesota nature photographer is Jim Brandenburg.

He is an award winning former National Geographic photographer who eventually came back home to Minnesota, settling up north. It's an amazing feat to take just one beautiful frame a day for 90 days. Most photographers have plenty of outtakes that the rest of us don't see.

DG, your post got cut off. I'm trying to remember who Craig Blacklock's father was. I used to know it. :~/ He was a photog, too, wasn't he? A long time ago I went to a talk, with slides, that Craig gave, somewhere around here. It was interesting.

Midnight, thanks for calling my attention to the numbers. I never look at that. Eleven is considered a "master number" and I consider it a lucky number. Kind of hate to make another post and lose it.

On Oct. 9 you wrote: "g/o, Mod to Heavy rain 2 mornings ago. Have a Nikon 3100, auto focus 2 lens, on sale for $500. Sharp pic w/huge Megapixel's to make a life size images clear. Think each mfg works well. Ya get what ya pay for."

I thought that meant you were selling it. Guess you must have meant that you bought it on sale.

I haven't been up to the Duluth/Iron Range area since the '80s, I think it was.

What brand are the ones at Fleet Farm? And how small? I wouldn't recommend one any smaller than mine, 1.5 qt., unless you only want to use it for dips and such. Also I'd only get an oval. Although the round would work fine for soups and stews. But to put bigger pieces of meat in it, the oval is more useful.

A long, long time ago I had a cat. But he was an outdoor cat, and would come running when I called him, like a dog. But now I am allergic to both cats and dogs and don't like when people take them to public places. Indoors or where people are crowded and it's hard to avoid being close or touched by them.



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trugas, It's nice to have a variety of topics and interests to discuss so we don't get bored. I like dogs but I've noticed that they do tie you down if you want to travel a bit and you can't take the dog with. I noticed that the neighbors didn't get a new dog after theirs died which now gives the flexibility to travel. Their grandaughter has a new dog so now they get to enjoy a visiting dog without the responsibility. :)

MidnightSun, I never get tired of that part of the state when I travel through it. Perhaps the best part of traveling along Hwy 61 north of Duluth is the occasional view of Lake Superior. Craig Blacklock is one of the best nature photographers of he is the son of . Looking at some of the photos gives me incentive to start saving for a digital camera. :)

goldieolds, I noticed that Fleet Farm now has several small crock pots for around $13.00. Some in really neat colors, blue, red and fuschia. I have the larger crock pots but a small one may be something to consider. :)
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Life IS Good!

Happy Columbus Day!

d/g, Loved what was seen from the Interstate in my 2 days west of the Twin Cities. Would enjoy returning seeing what the NE part looks like. Your paradise is like here, few jobs and few people.

g/o, You are very welcome. Learned in the past to make a fabulous dinner in the crock pot, return from work 12 hours later and have a sumptuous meal ready, hot, and waiting. The crock pot lasagna was a break through. Feel many meals can be cooked while out of the house.

If you are asking me about my Nikon D3100, it not for sale. My post never said it was looking to be sold.

t/g, Dogs add so much joy to life. Especially if one is an outdoors person like me. Indoors peeps usually prefer cats.

Played some StarCraft: Brood War yesterday the early morning. Been a few weeks since the real time strategy war game was played.

Then emptied the small amount of ribs and veggies that remained in the crock pot. After washing it, the shoulder roast purchased for $3.49 a lb at store where my pal works as the meat mgr was trimmed of all the fat.

Turn on the crock's outside container on to get it well hot. Trimmed close to ½ lb of fat. Was fastidious in the tiniest places. Added some evoo, a 12 oz bottle of beef gravy, carrots red potatoes, and the placed the roast deep in the gravy.

A half cup of water and 6 cloves of garlic, diced, two tbsp of Worcestershire sauce and a tbsp of Mrs Dash were added. Into the nuke the 6 qt ceramic pot went to get the contents hot and cut cooking time.

Three hours later a huge crown of broccoli was cut in big florets, along w/3 yellows onions peeled and sliced into a cross of quarters were added. Turned the setting to low heat.

Changed into a new ball game tee, my tennis shoes, and white shorts. Took a drive down to the CT River. Took a half dozen of shots. Mostly the silver trees were predominately green w/hues of color.

Got the pix just in case the trees don't turn or rain and wind knock off the leaves. Not enough color to make the pix worthy of sharing. Thought of heading to the summit of Mt Prospect, yet know the colors are far past peak in the distance.

Went to the local Shaw's to get some 1 lb boxed of wheat pasta of several varieties at the w/e only sale. Broccoli crowns were also on sale for 99¢. They are usually $1.49-$1.59 a lb in this area.

Returned home to a blast of flavors when the front door was opened. Became instantly hungry. Filled a plate with a combo of everything in the crock pot, the added 3 tbsp of water in a cup and the same amount of corn starch well mixed, then added to the crock pot and mixed in.

It will nicely thicken the gravy contents into a stew consistency. Was a fantastic meal. Seconds were had, then a slice of blueberry pie bought at super WM the other day. The 24 oz 8" bb pie was just $3.98.

Picked 12 of the ripest tomatoes on the vines. They are 3-4" in diameter. The size of softballs. More than can be eaten in a week.

The ISS appears at 6:57 PM tonight coming in from the west. See it in your area and time w/the flyover list here. It is the brightest object in the sky other than the Moon.

Civil twilight is 6:28 AM EDT. Night is 6:36 PM.

Sunrise: 6:57 AM. Set: 6:07 PM.

Length of day: 11h 06m. Length of visible light: 12h 05m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s shorter.

The temp is 65° \ in clear skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Tru, my slow cooker is 1.5 liter/quart oval. That's important, b/c IMO oval is much more versatile than the round ones. My chicken breasts come in pkgs of two, so that's what I put in. This package totaled .97#. One was a lot larger than the other, but that did not matter. That leaves room for veggies. Mine were defrosted this time, but I've put them in frozen, too. Or, rather, mostly frozen. I have to defrost them somewhat to separate them from the paper and get them out of the package.

It looks like this, except it is the older version w/o the black silicon band around the edge. Nor does it have the carrying handle.

I've also used some of this soup to flavor and make the sauce. Used some crimini aka baby portobella mushrooms and some other veggies. Usually carrots, onion and potatoes. I don't remember exactly. I may have used this with ground chicken, don't recall which.

Another flavoring I've used is soy sauce and maybe rice vinegar. I think that was with chicken thighs.

Also have use barbeque sauce, I think.

I don't have recipes, just improvise as I'm doing it.


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