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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: Jul 30, 2014 12:40:47 AM

trugas, It's a good trait to be able to see the good in people even though you don't always agree with them. To some, people are either friends or enemies. Not a good way to think of most relationships.

MidnightSun, Your Shaws may charge more but then they do have 30,000 employees. That's a lot of labor cost, the biggest cost for most companies.

We have a SuperValu chain here too, Cub. I know locally, SuperValu was trying to hold costs down but they held them down for too long and almost went bankrupt. One of the Customer Service people at Cub told me that even though milk seems expensive, it is sold at almost cost. Location is also a factor in how much profit a store makes. The store I go to is in a small mall and the rent is very expensive. The store down the road which is in it's own building and much newer has much lower overhead even though it's a larger store.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 8:19:37 PM

Thanks Midnight, l knew it was wrong. Villain. That's much better. Smiled at your "no biggie, a creamy pie in the face is" lol.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 3:53:46 PM


Life IS Good!

ditgirl, Love those loss leaders. Usually it is the only item bought. Love a deal/bargain. My Shaws gets 3x the cost of an item. Not a thin margin like other chains. Shaw's employs about 30,000 associates in 155 stores.

137 stores are operated under the Shaw's banner in New England. Shaw's is one of several chains owned by giant Supervalu, ticker SVU. The ends are meeting by the billions.

trugas Think the bottle got the best part of her. Some peeps have no life so they use others, their action and/or words as their entertainment.

'villain.' Spelling is no biggie. A creamy pie in the face is.

Had very light, yet steady rain in the wee hours yesterday morning. At 8:15 AM the moderate rain arrived. Soon after the t-boomers started. Closed up and saved my work, shut the computer down, then unplugged the electricity to the pc and the modem. Also disconnected the phone line from the modem.

Decided to head back to Whitefield. Wanted to see if all my medical records were send from the former clinic. Had asked two weeks ago for some previous years lab results. They were waiting for me at the reception desk.

Stopped at that town's Subway for a breaky combo. $3 for a white egg, bacon (or ham) cheese and all the veggies. A 16 oz coffee is included. While inside the sky opened up and quarter dollar sized rain drops bounced off the pavement.

A wave of water poured down the paved road nearby. Could see a brook two inches deep flowing. Vehicles slowed down. Think the drivers all were worried about slipped down that road.

Visited my pal the meat mgr.When he came out of the meat cutting room He was asked by me, "How's your osmolarity?" He looked, squinted, and said How's my what?

Explained osmolarity is used to determine certain medical conditions, like the dissolved particles in urine. Read that on my newly rec'd Lab results and wanted to have fun.

Bought another pkg of the three fish cakes with potato as a filler. Liked it and it was also fully cooked in the cold case.The price was exceptionally low.

This store has fabulous low meat and fish prices, in general. Compared to our high priced Shaw's.

It rained steady mostly moderate from 8:15 until 2 PM. Then it rained lightly, finally stopping at 2:30. We rec'd 1.72 yesterday and so far 4.54" for the month. The sky became bright, saw blue patches, then the sun returned. Mostly cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny.

Civil twilight is 4:56 AM EDT. Night is 8:48 PM.

Sunrise: 5:29 AM. Set: 8:15 PM.

Length of day: 14h 45m. Length of visible light: 15h 52m. Tomorrow will be 2m 16s shorter.

The temp 70° in blue skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 7/29/2014 3:54:52 PM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 11:54:58 AM

Yes l do speak up now. Never used to do so. I went to her privately, and discussed my feelings of late. But it is being used by her as a joke kinda the way she tells others it is as if she thinks l am too demanding or not part of the general thinking. It's ME that is wrong, not HER delaying the food for no reason. That's OK. At least l said it and our next potluck will be later--for her to have a drink before eating, but not so late as to make me unhappy. In the middle...5 p m.
As long as we eat when it is ready and not kept sitting there just talking, like before. She made me the villan (spell check didn't say anything here, but villan looks wrong)...anyway when l said well lets eat! she calls out "B..... wants to eat so go ahead b.... and start eating" as if it was wrong to want to start then ...

She is a funny lady in many respects. Several people have commented to me how she hurts their feelings at times. But l just jump right back on her comments. That's why it gets into the arguing area. She is a good gatherer tho and does a lot to put on the potlucks. So l give her credit for that. I enjoy sharing food with and from others. Very much. l am still looking for a cook. Some good ones around, but they don't want a job. The ones that work l don't like the food. I see things like burnt french fries. Dry mac and cheese, and I had one lady that cooked everything to a fare thee well because as she said "I don't want to get food poisoning". The item she cooked for me was chicken wings and there isn't much meat on them to cook for long. LOL.

So Life is Good when l can go to a potluck here and enjoy food. l do like other peoples food. Their variations on salads etc. We had some excellent salads at the last pot luck.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:25:51 PM

trugas, I also think you did the right thing by stating that you aren't there for happy hour. The leader should have enough sense to know that not everyone drinks or wants to drink. It's fine if she does but then she should tell others to get started with the food. :)

Glad you are going on a road trip with your friend. Hope she is able to find something that will suit her. :)

MidnightSun, Loss leaders seem to work well. They get people in the store and if they buy a couple of other things then it's all good for the store. Grocery stores operate on a very thin margin so any sale is a good sale. :)
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:15:58 PM



Life IS Good!

Fabulous you will help your neighbor find new housing that offer more activities. Very nice of you to offer to drive her.

Thank you did the right thing to tell the drinker you are not there for happy hour. Lots of time alcohol suppresses appetite so she may not even be hungry when you are starving. Good for you!

Went out early yesterday morning to harvest strawberries and some blueberries. Have enough for about two meals. Probably will be the fruit in 1% milk and with cereal. Got the berries before the birds did.

Checked out all the plants, flowers and the wildflower areas. All is growing well w/o slugs or rabbits having a free buffet. Covered the 1 lb cottage cheese containers the ammonia and my scent is in.

This is working well. The third day w/o the annual flowers being eaten by rabbits. Also read a 3 ft piece of a used garden hose as a fake snake is another good rabbit deterrent. Hope to find a used hose at the transfer station sometime soon.

Drove to visit my pal the meat mgr at Mac's Market in Whitefield. Haven't seen him in a few weeks. Bought some Shooner 2.5" fish cakes made of three types of fish and potato as a filler. No MSG on the label and a swell $1.99 a pound.

Asked he how Shaws can sell Split boneless chicken breast and bone in pork sirloin cutlets for $1.49 a lb for both this week. He said his cost is $1.60.

Then Shaw's is truly selling both as a loss leader, hoping other products are bought while its customers are in the store. Stopped in Shaws to buy a pkg of of the split chicken breasts.

Looking forward to cooking them in the crock pot soon w/lots of veggies. Stopped at the Main St field where the Civil War re enactment soldiers spent the night in their tents. Will have photos to share in a day or so.

Had a nice big healthy spinach, green leaf lettuce salad, along w/many different veggies w/chunks of ham and cheese along w/ two of the fish patties. They are about the thickness and size of a wide mouth Nalgene bottle. No chemicals in them that made me want to eat more.

Had two hours of rain late morning. Forecast is for scattered thunderstorms during the night into late morning. Nothing arrived as this was typed.

Listened to the home team play the Seattle Mariners w/the windows and doors open in a fabulous 71° (21°C) w/a 3-12 mph (4-19 kmph) breeze. Nice to avoid the other half of the lawn that needs to be mowed due to it being soaked.

Civil twilight is 4:54 AM EDT. Night is 8:49 PM.

Sunrise: 5:28 AM. Set: 8:16 PM.

Length of day: 14h 47m. Length of visible light: 15h 55m. Tomorrow will be 2m 14s shorter.

The temp is 72° (22°C) in partly cloudy skies after a day of rain until 2 PM.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:54:53 AM

Interestingly, the lady l was talking about remembered my offer, and called me yesterday. She wants to go to Petaluma to look at a new senior housing that offers more of what her needs are, and l gladly arranged it for today. We will also stop at Sprouts for some fresh fruits and maybe a strawberry field. l am delighted. It gives me an outing and company that l enjoy, doing things l like to do. I also told her about our plans for the next potluck and the lunch bunch. I told our leader that l do not come to potlucks for "happy hour" (she drinks and is no hurry to start the line to eat. I want and she told others" Barbara wants you to be prompt and she wants to eat right away"
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:17:20 PM



Life IS Good!

You are most welcome.

Was surprised you saw Platoon. Lots of realism. War is very real.

Completed the last of the forms from TIAA CREF. Am thinking the paperwork is finally completed, ending of this book, the final page is completed.

Went out to see a rabbit running away from my tomato plants. Rabbits are not fond on tomatoes, yet if they are hungry they will eat anything green. Or at least taste test it.

The containers of ammonia and my scent around the annuals, perennials, and wildflowers are working great. No nibbing or plant loss is seen. Like this method, except in rainy weather. Read mothballs work also and the rain does not dissolve them.

Watered all the plants, flowers, new lawn and wildflowers. Saw the newest wildflower seeds are germinating fabulously. At 10AM jumped into the Dart and took a drive to downtown Lancaster.

Mailed the letter to TIAA CREF, then saw the downtown Street Fair was beginning. Parked in the motel lot beside the P.O. Took my camera and saw the field across the St on US Rt3 had 100's of people.

It was a Civil War reenactment of 2 dozen men w/genuine uniforms, muskets, and cannons. Tents of the era were set up as well as the style of cooking pots and pans on several fires.

The drums beat, the lieutenant shouted, "Fire!" Muskets filled the air with smoke. The order "Fire at will," was commanded. There were two 3" (76.2 mm) cannons. None were fired.

The Main St was jammed with vehicles, in fact it was the first time seeing stop and go traffic. Vendors lined both sides with their merchandise along with booths selling fried dough to lobster rolls.

Our visitor's Center held the antique, muscle, and classic car show. 100's, if not a thousand folks were enjoying the fabulous 73° (23°C) sunshine in nearly clear skies.

One fellow had a giant pure black and shiny Newfoundlander that was handsome. There was a civilian owned Army store that sold equipment, rations, and supplies that would follow the troops.

A pair of leather Army boots just below the knee were $15 in those days. A private in 1860 was paid $13 a month. It was raised in June 1864, when soldiers rec'd $16 a month.

Civil twilight is 4:52 AM EDT. Night is 8:52 PM.

Sunrise: 5:26 AM. Set: 8:18 PM.

Length of day: 14h 51m. Length of visible light: 16h 00m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 72° (26°C) in deep blue skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 3:23:48 PM

MiidnightSun, Thanks. Glad it worked so well. :)

goldieolds, I know the south was a different place back then but it amazes me that there was that much overt hatred. Having been there, I know that there is still racism but it's not quite as overt now. Hopefully it will get better with time. :)

trugas, Sounds like your friend is a bit overwhelmed by the pain at times. She probably has good and bad days like everyone else. Just my opinion but don't back too far off. If the urge strikes you to get out on the road for a drive, ask her to come along. Some people need to be asked several times before they will accept. :)
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 12:40:49 PM

Goldie: l just know what she herself tells us. She tells us her dr won't give her pain meds. She the dr referred her to a psychologist or some such. That she said when she first met me, so l forget what. She admits she is a depressed person and has daily pain now for years. Mainly her hip. She has an awful limp. She knows she is depressed and knows she will not follow dr orders or leave that dr because she is local and convenient. But she also doesn't like heavy drug consumption because of side effects. She goes round and round. It is a vicious cycle.

She has also told us that she has had much advice given her and does not want any more. She said yesterday. "I know what is wrong with me, but l can't do anything about it". Period. She harps on the past and how great everything was when she lived in San Diego, but refuses help to return there. She is a great Jazz player (several instruments) Has joined groups here and now withdrew from them for her personal reasons. Which are numerous. I like her and invited her to go on a trip with me and she never returned the call. She says she gets so many calls everyday that she can't get anything done.

I hate to see such unhappy people and so try to help, but when your help is turned away then l must back off.
Like my sister. So miserable and her circumstances were in a/c beautiful assisted living place with full meals, and she was miserable there. She moved out to a trailer park so her son could stop sleeping in his car. Now she is miserable there. The swamp cooler dries out too quickly and isn't cooling. The dog has no fence to keep in yard so she has to sit out with him. Her son is gone most of the time and she is alone and hates being alone. And so on.

When l suggest things to her she gets upset with me. l suggested she give some of her IHSS hours to a lady with a car so she could get out of the place and go to lunch or something once a week. She pays her son to clean for her. She insists on doing her own cooking, and called me to see how much liquid to put in the crock pot for a pork roast. Obviously she should not be cooking.

Meantime l compare my circumstances to theirs and others and so grateful that Life is Good for me.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/27/2014 12:42:01 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 8:49:31 AM

Tru, glad you finally found a housekeeper that works out for you. And that you have found a good balance of work, rest, and fun, and are happy and enjoying life! :)

Without knowing anything specifically about your friend, I do know that in general, chronic pain can make one depressed and wear the person down. Can also cause sleep problems, which leads to low energy and chronic tiredness. Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are complicated and can be related. And of course, other physical issues may figure in.

Multiple chemical sensitivities can also cause extreme fatigue, muscle pain, etc, and is not always understood or even recognized by traditional MDs. More doctors are learning about it now, but there are still a lot who aren't.

Hope she gets better and that you stay as well as you are!

Midnight, Willem Defoe is a terrific actor. I still remember his gripping performances in "Platoon" and "The Last Temptation of Christ".

Thank goodness I never had to experience anything as extreme as what was in "Mississippi Burning", but living in the South beginning only a couple years after MLK's assassination, I witnessed, and was involved in a lot of the aftermath. And had Black friends who grew up in that environment.

The year I was in a small town in NC, the college where I worked had a community building where, only a couple months before, was the site of a KKK convention. One of my colleagues became a really close friend, and my mental salvation form all the culture shock. There were times when I spent the night at her apt. and while she and her daughter were asleep in their rooms, I was awake on the couch, listening to dogs barking and hoping they weren't coming for us. Her daughter was only about 7 at the time, and I still remember her coming into the house crying b/c none of the neighbor children were allowed to play with her. How could she possibly understand and make sense of why.

After I moved to Atlanta I had another co-worker who had grown up in rural Mississippi in the time-frame and environment of the movie. She was polite and respectful at work, but I could tell she was not interested in a socializing. Other co-workers made sure I was included in any social gatherings. I understood her background and didn't push it but remained open. Gradually we did become very close friends. She got married and moved to Chicago, and eventually I moved back here. We kept in touch and I went to visit her when in Chicago for a seminar. Then we lost touch. I moved a lot while in grad school and she had moved to KY, but I didn't know it.

A couple of months ago I found her on the internet through the organization she runs, and I sent her a message there. She emailed me back right away and we've talked on the phone. She said, "Thank you for finding me!"

I think about her and her siblings and how much they've achieved despite the conditions in which they grew up. They must have had extraordinary parents.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:15:05 PM



Life IS Good!

It was Ortho 'Weed be gone.' Kills down to the roots. Still needed to use the pitchfork to loosen the soil and dig up all the roots. Looks like success

The new tenant has to keep up to speed. People will pass her just about every time. Will take the chauffeured ride. Keep the housekeeper busy. Know you like to work too much.

Saw the extremely powerful movie "Mississippi Burning" (1988) 128 min. A crime, drama, mystery, and deep southern Civil Rights issues of the '60's in fictional rural Jessup County, Mississippi.

The FBI sends a couple of mismatched agents in to search for three civil rights activists. One agent (Gene Hackman) is 'old school', sly, and knows his enemies a little too well. The other (Willem Dafoe) is a naive Kennedy fire-eater, ready to bring the full force of the FBI and military down upon this small town's head.

These FBI agents investigate the murders of civil rights workers during the early 1960s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Mississippi town where segregation divides black and white... and the KKK rules.

Well-acted, compelling, great script. Fantastic message. 5/5 stars.

Returned to Big Papas Produce Mkt Bought two big red bell peppers for $1.25. Also bought two pineapples for $1.50 ea. Had them cored for a mere 50¢ more.

The owner had to return to the Boston Produce Center Late Thursday night. He nearly sold out of everything. This privately owned market continually gives all supermarkets a fabulous run for their money w/the freshest fruit, produce, and low prices.

Bought Bone In pork sirloin chops during the start of Shaws weekly sale.

Not many can beat the $1.49 a lb in this area. Also bought a 1.5 lb container of fat free cottage cheese for $2 a lb. It goes great w/cold sliced pineapple.

Returned home to water all plants,flowers and newsprint covered the new seed. Used the small1 lb containers to fill up w/my scent around the wildflowers and the annuals to repellent the rabbits. Read that mothballs and cayenne pepper also work well.

Took a 90 minute nap over sitting in the sun. Had been up for over 11 hours and felt sleepy. Always feels super after a good sound nap. Will sit in the sun after this post.

Civil twilight is 4:52 AM EDT. Night is 8:52 PM.

Sunrise: 5:26 AM. Set: 8:18 PM.

Length of day: 14h 51m. Length of visible light: 16h 00m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 77° in clear skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 2:47:43 PM

When your eyes open in the morning and you see daylight, it's a good day!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:20:32 AM

True dirt girl. When it gets hectic it is very hard to cope without going a bit crazy. I try very hard to remember that l can only do one thing at a time and little bites usually will take care of a sandwich as well as big ones --in time.
When l worked it seemed l never had time to complete anything, and once l was told by a dr that l was a perfectionist. Boy have l changed!

As far as the cleaning goes, l am delighted to have the energy. I miss that feeling of doing a job well and the satisfaction derived from doing so.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/26/2014 10:21:56 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 1:17:10 AM

trugas, Glad you are able to do a bit of cleaning on your own also. It's good to be independent as long as possible. Glad that you are able to have help when you need it as that makes life a little easier for you. Sorry your friend is having some difficulty coping. It's easy to get overwhelmed with stuff even when you're not in a funk. Life gets a bit crazy a times with work and everyone and everything pulling from a different direction. Sometimes you have to keep going no matter what and hope it all works out...it usually does. :)
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:28:27 AM

Midnight the new tenant did go and entertained us with all her new jobs she is getting, plus gave us each a free trip card to the car service she drives for. The one who didn't make it was the one who suggested Applebees so l called her answering machine at 8:30 a m and invited her to go for a ride and made 3 suggestions as to destinations that she might like. She never returned my call.
I went on with my day. Library, store and cleaning my stove hood and fan area. l haven't finished it as the filter was redone this morning and is still wet. I meant for the housekeeper to do it, but once l start something, l keep going. Glad l am able to do it.
Still the housekeeper will be asked to concentrate her energy in the kitchen. She was told that last week too, but she got side tracked.
Glad l have her, and what she ended up doing was needed as well.

Life is good and l am so happy l have help, or l might end up like the other hoarders.....not being able to step without stepping on something. LOL

Dirt Girl the one who missed the lunch is a chemically depressed person IMO, and she has said her dr suggested she go for help that way, but she doesn't. As you may know, that seems to be part of the depression, inactivity in taking care of problems. Being overwhelmed.

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 11:06:44 PM

trugas, Sorry your friend missed the lunch. Being in pain is not fun when it's everyday. Some people find that a lidocaine (? spelling) patch helps with the pain. It is a prescription patch.

MidnightSun, Can't recall the spray that you used to kill the blackberries. Sounds like it worked well. :)

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 4:24:40 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Will be easy for me to limit carbs and cut the sugar. That alone will drop 1 lb a month. Oral surgery was cancelled today. Durn,it makes the hip surgery delayed as well. Need to get in some miles.

trugas, Early morning in the summer is a fave. Was saddened to learn the new tenant was not invited to the luncheon. Seems the leader is a Sgt and not a General. Went outdoors yesterday at 7:45 AM to dig up the final bare section where the former wild blackberries grew. Naturally with removing all roots, rocks and soil never loosened before, it was a job that took longer than expected.

The pitchfork did the heavy work, then the steel rake did the fine turning. Hand broadcast the wildflower seed, added some composted dry manure over the seed, then used the back side of the yard rake to wiggle soil over the seed.

Added some water to soak that area, newsprint was laid over, then the newspaper was drenched. Added some small roots to hold the print down. Saw the seed planted beside this area 2-3 days ago is germinating wonderfully. Went to the bare spot the grouse dug in the first wildflower area.

My liquid scent the day before did a fabulous job of keep it from returning. Scraped up that 18" circular area with the yard rake, seeded it, then also eased the soil over the seed. Watered, covered it, watered the print, then added some stones to prevent the wind from moving it.

Watered the remaining plants and new spots in the lawn. Sweat soaked my t-shirt and rolled down my back and head. Worked 2.5 hours in the gardens. By 10:15 the temp had climbed to 81°, the humidity was 69%, with the dew point a nasty 68°. The high of the day was 87° (31C).

By 1 PM heavy rain and t-storms let loose some miles north of me. Lots of yellow and plenty of red on the radar map indicated a very severe storm. Cold air arrived north of me. Temp dropped 20° (32C to 20C) in an hour.

The clouds made the sky very dark. Then the wind arrived. Had 2 hours of thunderstorms, no hail, with large raindrops the size of quarters late afternoon into the evening. No power outages in my area.

Civil twilight is 4:50 AM EDT. Night is 8:54 PM.

Sunrise: 5:24 AM. Set: 8:20 PM.

Length of day: 14h 55m. Length of visible light: 16h 04m. Tomorrow will be 2m 3s shorter.

The temp is 61° (16°C) with the high to be 76° (24°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Off to the market to find deals and for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:43:18 AM

Morning dirt girl and midnight;
I prefer the early morning hours as well. Lovely time of day, especially in summer, before it gets hot.
Life is Good, but can always improve things when we get our health under control. Not fun when aches are primary in our thoughts.
I have a friend who has pain every day day in and day out for the past 3 to 4 years she said. It is depressing to her and all of us. I like her and encourage her and she is a nice person and very interesting when her mind is not occupied with her pain.
She isn't a whiner tho so that's good. She is just stating the obvious. She missed our lunch with the new tenant yesterday because our fearless leader forgot to tell her the day and time. It was her choice of restaurant too. I really felt bad.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 11:46:58 PM

MidnightSun, That is good news from the doctor. You're losing the right way too, nice and slow. It'd be nice it when we wanted to lose weight it would come off fast but we all know it doesn't last that way. Congratulations, I know it isn't easy. :)
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 3:44:40 PM



Life IS Good!

Greetings to all!

Went out at 8 AM yesterday to water all the plants, enjoy the sun rising over the forest, and the splendid new day. Near the road the smaller of the two patches of wildflowers had a 16" circle bared to the ground.

A grouse feather remained as evidence of what dug into the already soft hand tilled soil and spent the night.

Added some repellent to the area, reseeded it, watered the brushed in soil, covered it w/newsprint, and watered the soil. Will see if the deer and rabbit repellent along w/a human smell added to the ground will keep the pesky critter off my wildflowers.

Got ready for my 11 AM diabetes orientation visit and left right away north of Lancaster to the lovely Town Of Groveton. The Medical Center was real easy to find as it is two doors down from the Fire Station.

Was taken into the office minutes after may arrival, escorted to an exam room by a nurse which took my vitals. This day my pulse was 74 w/my BP at 139 over 78.

My weight was an entire 1 pound down from two weeks earlier. Now down 5 lbs since March. The Doc came in and introduced herself w/a smile. Again by her first name. Really like the friendliness.

Did let her talk for some minutes. When she began to explain the basics of carbs calories and sugar intake, she was stopped. Let her know the basic when well known and to get right into the nitty gritty of our meet.

She explained my pancreas is producing plenty of insulin yet my cells, all of the were rejecting this. Elaborated how my hip cartilage wore down to the bone and hiking, 40 miles (64 km) each week w/10-15,000 ft (3000-4,800 km) of elevation each week had to stop.

Further explained my new thirst and desire for apple, blueberry, egg custard pie w/ice cream, and lemonade (sugar) along with my habit of bread, pasta, rice, and pizza (carbs).

She did a meal by meal in depth analysis of my typical meals for a week. She calculated that of the target of 200 grams of carbs ea day, my highest is 195 w/my lowest being 180 grams. That is how my weight has dropped nice and slow at 1 lb per month.

She was thrilled that my snacks are mainly avocados and grapes and my use of cinnamon (Decreases Blood Sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol) is substantial. The 10 benefits of cinnamon (a quick read list) has been known for over two thousand years.

In the summary of yesterday's visit the doc wrote: "Patient is quite knowledgeable in nutrition, had given up a lot of carbs, and sugar which is reflected in his 5 lb weight loss."

Know by lowering carbs and all sugar intake my weight will continue to see pounds lost. She gave a goal of losing 11 more lbs. In this manner no meds will be needed to control the borderlin diabeties. Happy to be healthy.

Civil twilight is 4:48 AM EDT. Night is 8:55 PM.

Sunrise: 5:23 AM. Set: 8:21 PM.

Length of day: 14h 58m. Length of visible light: 16h 07m. Tomorrow will be 2m 2s shorter.

The temp is 63° (17°C) with the high to be 86° (30°C). Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon along w/a t-banger. Sky is dark, wind picked up .It is on the way.

"Thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds...large hail...heavy rainfall and frequent lightning." -wunderground.com. Just like a real storm.

Have a fabulous day!

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Hi all. :)
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Life IS Good!

Wonderful you got the plant you wanted. Fabulous you will get other varieties. Will look them up. Glad you are happy!

The low was 50° (15°C) yesterday. The windows were open all night with the house cooling off to a lovely 66° by 8 AM. Spent 90 minutes doing the laundry. Had a 6 inch white egg and bacon w/jack cheese and a 12oz coffee for $3.27 inc tax while in Littleton.

Stopped at Olympic Sports to exchange a printed t-shirt of the reigning World Series champs. Seems the thread in the right underarm was not fully stitched. No problem to exchange it for another.

Headed to the Physician Offices at the Littleton Regional Hospital for my 10:30 appointment. This new and modern hospital with the latest healthcare equipment greatly expanded on the east side and had to have a road relocated 1,000 ft from its original location.

Went to the Eye care unit. It looks fabulous w/a waterfall in the lobby that was 24' tall. Five tiers the water falls. Plants surround the base of the 14' pond. A fantastic indoor display.

Lots of beautiful photography framed 16"x 24" on the walls. Love the North Country hospitality. Everyone smiles and introduces themselves by their first names.

Arrived before time and filled out the typical 3 page form, which is routine and expected. Waited all of 5 minutes before a female tech called me inside the exam room.

Lots of Q's were asked by the tech and by me. All the wonderful eye tests were performed. Then the dilation drops were inserted.Can tell this tech is well qualified. She pulls down the skin beneath the eye. the drops were aimed and a bullseye was accurate.

After the drops took effect the good OD (eye doc) came in smiling, shook my hand and introduced himself, also by his first name. He tested for glaucoma, then tested retina pressure and looked inside the retina w/a magnifying lens and strong lighting.

He said my retina is perfect and has no signs of any problems in the future. No glaucoma either. Said my vision has superimposed jagged bright spots know as ocular migraine. (A quick 49 sec video of it starting and it seen at the max)

Asked while here about and eye vision exam. He said it would be a false reading w/my retinas being dilated. The desk gave me an appointment in three weeks.

Also given to me was a Rollens wrap around sun glasses. With my retinas dilated to the max, the bright sun was intolerable. This simple device filters out the UV rays superbly. Sat in the sun reading for an hour.

Returned home to water the gardens, the new lawn repairs, and the new germinating wildflowers. All is growing exceptionally well. A fantastic sight and a super happy feeling.

Civil twilight is 4:47 AM EDT. Night is 8:56 PM.

Sunrise: 5:22 AM. Set: 8:22 PM.

Length of day: 15h 0m. Length of visible light: 16h 09m. Tomorrow will be 2m 0s shorter.

The temp 89°. Rain is on the way for tomorrow. .

Have a wonderful day!

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Morning:
Finally l got a good pic of "Love in a Mist" I found out the fringe behind the bloom is the "mist" I am gathering seed from this plant now. Spreading it all over. The bloom turns into a large round pod loaded with seed. Grows in poor unwatered soil. Comes back each year of course, and more of them.
As the pods turn brown l pick them for the seed. They seem to have no regular time to grow or bloom. There are new plants in all sizes in the same area as the ones going to seed. Lovely little plant.
Shallow roots and easy to just lift out of ground when tire of them.
Life is Good when plants are this easy.
Next l want some Ixia.



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Life IS Good!

Need heart testing as the palpitations can be 100 beats per minute. Something is up.

Grew up w/Maverick. Always liked that show name.

Finished my Starcraft: Brood War battles early yesterday morning taking turns being a member of the terran, zerg, and protoss races. Lots of joy playing land, air and deep space battles.

Went out mid morning to look at the straw and blue berries. All is well. Plants wildflowers, and the repairs to the lawn are going very well. The new grass is 2" tall. Decided to remove its newsprint and water w/fertilizer.

Worked prying out the humongous rip rap in the now 2' x 6' hole. Using boulders for a basic lever & fulcrum. This riprap must be very deep, very heavy and very huge.

Could not even move it after 1 hour of solid effort. A new plan is to dug under it and have it collapse at least 3 inches below the lawn grade. Then plant the annuals bought for this area the beginning of July.

Dug up the roots and rocks in the final remaining section that contains the newly planted wildflower seeds. Added a new 4' x 5' extension w/a fine looking radius corner.

Have a mere 2' x 4' area to plant the remaining wildflowers. All is growing well. Harvested some strawberries and enough blueberries for a pleasing snack. Temp rose to 84° (29°C) for the high in clear skies.

Listened to the the home team play the KC Royals yesterday afternoon. First in the house, then in the sun. The home team won the series.

Civil twilight is 4:46 AM EDT. Night is 8:58 PM.

Sunrise: 5:21 AM. Set: 8:23 PM.

Length of day: 15h 02m. Length of visible light: 16h 11m. Tomorrow will be 1m 56s shorter.

The temp is 83°. Three more sunny days ahead.

Got my laundry done. Had an eye exam scheduled for 10:30 at the Littleton Regional Hospital. Detail tomorrow.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 9:48:22 AM

One of the first stars l noticed their eyebrows. Marlon Brando too. Both favorites.
Seemed a nice man which shows thru on the screen.

Life is Good and enjoyed many of his performances. Especially in "Notebook"
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 6:07:22 AM

RIP James Garner (Maverick, Rockford, etc). Thanks for the memories!

It's hard for me not to think of Garner as being someone other than Rockford.

Tru, glad you finally got the free nice wooden desk into your apt. w/o hurting yourself. I know the feeling of not being able to do things I used to, and not having the help to get it done now, so have to figure out a way. Luckily we're creative problem solvers. ;)

I bought some potting soil at Menards the other night, and it was too heavy for me to carry (now, wouldn't have been a problem in the past). I got them to divide it up, putting half in a plastic trash bag. They weren't too happy about it, but got it done and I was very grateful and will shop there again. I also got a new "pet" -- an owl. It is supposed to go out on the balcony to scare the birds away (hopefully), but for now is inside perched in front of the window/sliding glass door, keeping guard. I kind of like having him around, so he might end up being an indoor owl. I'm hoping the birds will still see it and go elsewhere, even if they can only make out the shape. Unfortunately, the windows are so dirty they probably can't get a good look. His eyes are very penetrating; looks like he's looking right at me, although his back is facing me when he's on duty. His beak is sharp. I haven't named him yet; any suggestions?

The owl has an opening in the bottom that you can put sand or something inside to weight it. I thought I'd use old potting soil from a pot that I never emptied out. But the opening isn't too big, so not sure what the easiest way of getting it in there would be, w/o making a mess.

Tru, even if it wasn't cheaper, you're probably much better off making your own instead of buying McD's -- a lot less salt and fat. And I bet it tastes better, too. Way to go!

Midnight, good luck with your cardiac test results. So far, my doctor didn't think I needed any further tests. I can't remember if they did an Echo when I was at the ER.

What kind of stainless steel pans do you have? Do you use them for other things, like steaming veggies or cooking things that don't require frying or sauteeing?

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Life IS Good!

Next Dr's appointment is Aug 1. Will know the entire story on that day.

Glad that you found a real wooden chest for free and you were able to get it inside your place.

Yesterday saw another cool morning w/a low of 46° (8°C). The windows were opened at 6 AM for some fresh air an a blast of the mtn air to remain in the house all day. Readied my Dart with boxes of various recyclables for the Center.

The featured item this week was a heavy metal desk. This is tall enough to stand at and work. Even has a foot rest. Would imagine someone w/a giant basement and a pickup truck will take it home.

Decided to take a slow drive to Littleton. Expected the State Police to be riding the highways looking for speeders and such over the w/e. Stopped at Shaw's to get in on their weekly sale.

Bought broccoli crowns for 88¢ a lb. It is never that low in these parts. The lowest price in 10 years. Also bought 4 pints of blueberries for $1.50 a pint. Passed on cooked shrimp for $6.99 for a 14 oz bag. Have a dozen in stock.

Stopped back at Big Papa's Fruit and Produce. New price list & 'toons.

Got a deal on avocados that dropped to 88¢ a lb from $1.25 on Thursday. Bought 2¼ lbs of sweet potatoes for just $1. What a deal. Went to visit my pal at Rite Aid. Found he is on a 10 day vacay.

Summer traffic has arrived in Littleton. Needed to pull into a parking lot to turn back. There was a ¼ mile line held up at the 2nd US Rt 302 east light for peeps headed to the big box stores.

Banged a U'ie and returned home via the CT River Hwy. Managed to shop, stay out, and cruise the Blvd's for 3 hours. Returned home to put the produce away then sit in a chair in the sun and read. The high was a dry 78° (26°C) in nearly clear skies.

Civil twilight is 4:45 AM EDT. Night is 8:59 PM.

Sunrise: 5:20 AM. Set: 8:24 PM.

Length of day: 15h 03m. Length of visible light: 16h 13m. Tomorrow will be 1m 54s shorter.

The temp is 76° (24°C). Further sunny days ahead.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:44:57 AM

Morning:
Life is Good! l found a chest of drawers out my back gate with a sign "FREE". It is real wood and l need storage always. Had a full day of adventure figuring out how to get this into my apt. Fingers are tired from typing the full challenge, but suffice is to say it wasn't easy for a person my age. But accomplished. Glad l am still able to do things heavy like that even tho l am limited and it takes a lot longer. I think l have squeezed all l can into this apt now. LOL.

Yes dirt girl, every product is shrinking and price goes up. I now shop not by size or even total price, but by price per unit.

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 2:03:48 AM

MidnightSun, I too hope that the results turn out well.

trugas, I think that $1 menus are no longer $1. Wendy's jr. bacon cheeseburger is now up to $1.79. It originally started at .99 here and I swear it's smaller now. :(
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:22:50 PM

Oh yes there is a dollar menu at McDonalds. I meant to buy there when l moved here, but only did it once, and my son brought me a double burger from the dollar menu. I have bought a few Kentucky frys at $3 on special days.
Hope your echogram turns out as well as mine and my Nuclear test was also great. Had to take meds to control the rapid heart beat.
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Life IS Good!

Also keep my hands out of my pocket in the big box stores. There is still a dollar menu? Who knew.

Have expensive stainless steel pans. Enjoy the OrGreenic ceramic coated ones that truly do not stick. Season them right and they are the best. They need to be seasoned twice a year.

The temp yesterday morning dropped down to 45°. Had to close the windows when a long sleeve shirt needed to be put on. Had some chicken soup (w/carrots and broccoli) for breaky to warm me up.

Passed time waiting to leave for my transthoracic echocardiogram appointment after my morning rounds by getting lost in some space and land battles of Starcraft: Brood War.

Arrived early at Weeks Memorial Hospital. So early a stroll was taken to the hospital cafeteria. Wanted to know what is typically served for breaky. Saw a staff member w/a huge plate of great looking scrambled eggs.

Asked how much for that? Was told, "$1.25 for the eggs. Bacon is extra." Did not ask the cost of the bacon. Thought the portion and price for the scrambled eggs was great.

In 5 minutes a most beautiful blonde technician called me to conduct my tests. Was astonished at her beauty. There are few truly beautiful women in the area.

She brought me into the cardio lab, my t-shirt was removed, then lied down on my left side. Thought reading could be done brought in a mag. Was told the lights needed to be turned off so the tech could more easily read the monitor.

A few 1" circular patches were added to my skin, clips w/wires added to the metal knobs in the center, the machine turned and it was off to the races. The echocardiographic transducer (or probe) is placed on the chest wall (or thorax) of the subject, and images are taken through the chest wall.

This is a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart. Several questions were asked by me as the tech tested the valves, blood flow, visualize any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation), and to estimate how well the valves open (or do not open in the case of valvular stenosis).

Saw the echocardiogram in the parasternal long-axis view, showing a measurement of the heart's four valves. Also heard the whoosh of the sound of the blood flowing thru my valves.

Naturally she is not allowed to tell me the results. A $200 visit to the heart specialist or a return visit to my PCP in two weeks will tell me the story.

My abnormal heart palpitations did not occur during these tests. They did occur when the Zio Holter monitor was worn for a week. A most interesting hour at the cardiologist's office.

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield. No deal on fish or meat. He was unhappy that his cost continues to increase making the retail price rise. He and his assistant listened intently to my story during their morning break.

Returned home to read in the sun, ponder the day, and the future events. Temp was a pleasing 74° (24°C), a humidity of 44%, w/a most comfortable dew point of 51°F (10.5°C). The wind was 3-11 mph from the WNW.

The only work was watering the gardens. Lots of fun in the sun.

Civil twilight is 4:44 AM EDT. Night is 9:00 PM.

Sunrise: 5:19 AM. Set: 8:25 PM.

Length of day: 15h 05m. Length of visible light: 16h 15m. Tomorrow will be 1m 50s shorter.

The temp 79°. Even more sunny days coming up.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:40:34 AM

Morning:
Didn't make it to Wally's but did get some good meat at Costco. Their gas prices came down but still not low enough to entice me to buy gas. l am waiting for it to go down more. Per GB post that gas could go down .25c a gallon.
I have used just over 5 gallons since last purchase and it was $3.85 then and still is at Rotten Robbie with their card. So in effect gas has just gone back to last months price.
Life is good for me as l found some decent hamburger again. I love hamburger and so was really upset when it became so gritty that l didn't enjoy eating it anymore. Now l can fry up a hamburger and enjoy it with my homegrown tomatoes soon. Big slice of onion and some America's Test Kitchen type fries. All for around a dollar. I have some buns in the freezer now. l put a couple of them around some salmon patties and stored a couple alone.
Even with Dollar menu at McDonalds on the corner, l do better making my own.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1:03:29 AM

trugas, Wandering around the stores is fun when you have the time. See all sorts of things and get ideas. All ok as long as the money stays in my pocket for the most part. lol

Hi MidnightSun.

Hi goldieolds.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 9:25:42 PM

Tru, I use Barkeeper Friends on the copper bottoms of my pans. It takes the tarnish off, esp if you don't let it go as long as I sometimes have. It's not that expensive. It's a powder in a cylindrical cleanser type container. It's also great for stainless steel, so if your pans are both kinds of metal, like my old ones, you can just use on product on the whole thing.

I'm trying to wean myself off of those pans and onto the new Cuisenart stainless steel pans. I've given a few away, but kept some in case I need more than one of a size at a time. My goal is to eventually fill in with new individual stainless steel pans, maybe from Home Goods, and a couple of ceramic fry pans. Then I'll get rid of all the old pans.

My copper bottom pans are warped and no longer sit flat, which isn't so good on a flat top ceramic top stove.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:50:21 PM



Life IS Good!

Howdy from NH.Middle of summer and temps are a fabulous 73° in clear skies

Using fish oil for dry skin. Using Mineral oil for a sun lotion, bug bite prevention and to keep the skin moist. Under $2 a pint (16 oz)

Hope you won't need a Zio monitor either for many years.

GB site was down at 3:03 AM. Even my homepage said "Report Gas Prices. No current gas prices reported." At 3:12 AM the site was up and running.

Woke up to rain at 1 AM Wed morning. It rained constantly since 2 PM the day before. It ended for the afternoon at 1:30 PM. Rec'd 0.80 inches for the day. 3.0" in total for the month.

Looks like this area is in for a fabulous run of sunny days in the mid to upper 70's (25°C) w/the night dropping to the mid 50's (13°C). Made a wonderful diced onion, sweet pepper, mushroom with ham omelette. Topped that w/cheddar cheese. Low carbs are good.

Was a very good morning to return to sleep after my rounds. Light rain did not stop. Had 2.5 hours extra sleep after my rounds. It felt great to catch more zzz's.

Watched "Green Zone" (2010) 115 min An Action/Drama/Thriller. Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone.

Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader.

Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan,

Magellan told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom?

The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, based on a 2006 non-fiction book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Watch the "Green Zone" for free at this site. Lots of urban combat in Baghdad, Middle East politics and anger, action, twists and turns. 5/5 stars.

The grass seed is germinating perfectly. Soon the newly sowed wildflower seed will also sprout. All plants are as green as can be. Which means they are most happy. Me too.

Civil twilight is 4:42 AM EDT. Night is 9:01 PM.

Sunrise: 5:17 AM. Set: 8:26 PM.

Length of day: 15h 09m. Length of visible light: 16h 19m. Tomorrow will be 1m 45s shorter.

The temp is 73°. A fine run of sunny days coming up.

Off to the market later for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 11:51:33 AM

Hey Goldie, Dirt Girl and Midnight.
We get into some conversations here don't we? Dry skin etc. I was talking to a GB and he uses magic baby lotion instead of Gold Bond, so tho l am not fond of lotions as they get on to other things before soaking in or wherever it goes, but l may look into it. l like the baby wipes coz they are cheaper than those for adults.

Used very old Tarnex and copper scrubber on skillet bottoms. It sold for $4.96 way back then. Wonder what price it is now? Going to visit Wally (Walmart) today. Look around and especially paper products. l have enough large and small plates, but wonder about bowls. Life is good when l have time to wander around stores for no reason. LOL.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:03:40 AM

Hi all.

Tru, I agree with you about watering and showers, etc. I do end up spending a long time in the shower when I wash my hair, which turns into quite a project. But I feel like I make up for it by not doing it very often. My hair is dry and like you, so is my skin. I don't work up a sweat easily, etc. It does become something of a circular situation, b/c the longer I put it off, the more tangled it gets, and the longer it will take, and then I tend to put it off. LOL. And thank heavens for baby wipes. Hint, you don't have to be a baby, or have one. ;)

Midnight, thanks for the advice, but I hope I don't have to do another Holter monitor for a long time. Another couple of years or more would be fine with me. Doubt I'd remember the names of the different kinds of monitors by then, and maybe there will be newer ones by then. If I can keep the symptoms at bay, then no need to check it.

Hi DG
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Hi all.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:33:51 PM

Life IS Good!

oldie Request the wireless one. It has but two glue spots the size of buttons. The latest version of a Holter Monitor is the Zio Patch. They have them in stock. Ask for one by name. "Zeo" Did need two lengths of duct tape to help the glue stick the Zio on in those soupy muggy days.

Also use cinnamon on some of my food. Can remember us discussing cinnamon and its benefits before. Not now or before ever on any meds. Expect antibiotics for my cellulitis. Plan on becoming younger in the future by at least 3 years. ; )

Emptied the few remaining chicken drumsticks in a Pyrex bowl w/a cover. Added carrots, green beans, and added the 1.75 pkg of chicken tenders bought for $3.61 the other day into the clean crockpot.

Two ozs of water added with the crockpot and all the veggies in the microwave for 10 minutes to give the veggies a head start being heated before the tenders.

Began to see a war movie that came out just 4 y/a. It flowed well. Turned it off half way to go outdoors before the t-storms the forecast said would arrive late morning and continue into the afternoon.

Filled up the lawnmower w/gas and mowed. T shirt and head was soaked in sweat. Continued mowing and did not allow the dew point & humidity to bother me.

Finished the remaining lawn. Liked that it was done 2x in 20 days instead of the usual 3x. Returned inside to add cut up broccoli crowns into the crock pot for 25 minutes.

Ate a wonderfully healthy lunch and then returned outdoors. Used the flat shovel to break a few roots remaining where the riprap used to be.

Raked the soil the pitchfork loosened and turned over a few days ago. Former clumps were nicely powered soil. Hand broadcast some of the super great wildflower seed shipped for free to my store last week.

Used the back side of the lawn rake to sweep the seed about ¼ inch into the wood loam.Water it well, then covered the seeded section w/newsprint.

Seeded half the area as a section was beyond my arm reach to cover all of it with newspaper. Added some of the thin roots on top to keep the wind from blowing the print away.

Should germinate in 4 days. Will then complete this section. The other wildflower sections are growing lavishly with seed planted nearly one month ago.

Then it is time to finish the 2' x 4' hole that is now 2' x 6' long and about 14-16"deep. Two boulders remain in the ends. Have zinnias, portulaca, and marigolds well watered in stock waiting for their new home.Civil twilight is 4:41 AM EDT. Night is 9:02 PM.

Sunrise: 5:16 AM. Set: 8:27 PM.

Length of day: 15h 11m. Length of visible light: 16h 21m. Tomorrow will be 1m 41s shorter.

The temp is 72°. Light rain since 2 PM yesterday. 0.13 inches so far, 2.87 inches for the month. Rain end at 1:30 PM.Sun for a run of days.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:25:28 AM

I certainly hope the water restrictions will work. I see such waste, such as watering way up into the air from drip hoses, and watering lawns that get automatically watered every night. I water, but not overly, and do try to watch the useage, but got discouraged when l saw people wasting like l said. I do not intend using buckets to haul around water from saving the cold water which is wasted while waiting for the auto heater to kick out hot water. I am too old for that. I don't water every day not even the pots, nor shower every day. I don't work or sweat and my skin is too dry already. My showers have always been short. Except when my back hurts , then it feels good to have the hot water on it.
This complex has drought plantings, they are not attractive, but they don't require any water, and don't get any. Turn brown early and l hate it but this year l will be kinda glad they are there. Just wish l could convince the management to stop nightly watering of the grass. Every other night would be fine and use 1/2 the water. Simple.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:53:58 AM

Goldie, l am such a nummie. It was Coco Palms resort, you know the one on Kauii where the film "Blue Hawaii" (or something like that) was made. Elvis came floating down one of the lagoons. That's all l remember. I went there and they had a zoo with things like a goose with a funny name etc. it was humorous. Loved Kauii. So sad to see the destruction after the first trip there.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:24:57 AM

Hi all!

Tru, it looks like your water-wasting neighbors will either have to change their ways or pay a lot of money in fines, since the state has now put into effect new water reduction rules due to the drought. It is enforceable, but of course the enforcers will not be able to be everywhere, so they could conceivably slip thru the cracks. Keep doing what you do, and know that Mama Earth appreciates your efforts. :)

Midnight, coincidence, I also went to my doctor Tue. You know, I had a Holter monitor a few weeks ago, after my precautionary trip to the ER due to symptoms the *could* have been due to heart issues, but thankfully, weren't. My doc went over the results and there were a few things to keep an eye on, but nothing dire at this time. Thank Goodness. I had the old kind of Holter, with the wires. For me, the worst part isn't the wires, but the glue that attaches the electrodes. I react to them with big red itchy welts that get worse as time goes on. So this time I only had to wear it for 24-hours. They said they can really get what the need in the first 24-hours. I have had it before, for longer periods. It takes weeks for the red itchy welts to go away, so glad 24 hours was long enough this time.

I, also, have had slightly elevated glucose, but it has come down enough that my doc says it is going in the right direction and she's satisfied. All I did was start adding a little bit of cinnamon to my daily yogurt or kefir. It seemed to have helped last time, but this was the second testing and it came down a little more, so now I feel more confident that it was not a fluke and what I am doing is helping. My level (estimated average glucose) was at it's high point last August, at 123, then came down to 114 in January and now is at 111. They don't give a normal range. I think that's b/c they find the Hemoglobin A1C (4.0-6.0) more useful. It was up to 5.9 last August, then down to 5.6 in January and now down to 5.5)

I don't measure the cinnamon, I just shake some on; it's not so much that the taste stands out. I thought I was using "true cinnamon" or cinnamonum verum, but recently found out from Whole Foods that the kind I have from them, bought in the bulk dept, is really cinnamonum Burmannii, a form of cassia. I'm going to order some of the cinnamonum verum next time I place an order with Frontier, since it has less coumarin, which may be toxic to the liver to some people, in high quantities. I don't take that much, but would rather pay a little extra and get the kind that has less of that danger, provided it works just as good. I hope (and expect from the research I've done) that the cinnamonum verum (aka Ceylon or "true cinnamon") will be just as effective in balancing my glucose level, but I'll have to see about that. For the record, it was my doctor who suggested using the cinnamon, although I had also read/heard about its usefulness for this purpose.

If you want to try this, the kind you have is most likely a form of cassia cinnamon, so don't overdo it. But in moderation, which seems like enough in my experience, you should be ok if you don't have any kind of pre-existing liver damage or disease. (DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor.) :)

I believe doctors all mean well, but many (really, most) are just not up on non-drug approaches and the most recent science. As I've probably mentioned before, my doc diagnosed me with having a particular gene mutation, which was confirmed with a blood test. When I told her that I told some friends to talk to their doctors about it, she said "they'll laugh at them." She keeps up on the cutting-edge science. And like what I've believed for 40 years, she also wants to find out what is causing any given situation, not just throw drugs at the symptoms, which has, unfortunately, become all too common. Most of them only know what they were taught in Med school. It takes initiative on their part to go beyond that.

Good luck!
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 3:49:23 PM



Life IS Good!

Need Preen on the soil. Sick of weeding every week of the summer. Want to enjoy, not work.

He said my fasting glucose was on the high side at 115 (74-106 Mg/dl is normal) Told him for a year lemonade was a new drink, pie w/ice cream were new, and a shot of real maple syrup was added to coffee.

He my eating habits changed after all my years of eating select foods. He said to limit carbs such as pizza, bread and pasta, stay away from ice cream, and sugars such as my homemade lemonade.

He also said to lighten up on the maple syrup use in my coffee and on pancakes. That should bring the glucose level well under 100 w/o any meds needed.

Do know that sugar is new to my diet in the past year to 1.5 years. Have avoided it in cereal, oatmeal and all drinks.

He ordered more blood tests, a liver test and a scan to see my heart. Also more blood tests such as Hemochromatosis (Iron Storage Disease) TIBC, along w/ several others asap. The plemobist was on her lunch break. Will go to the hospital for further lab work on at my leisure.

The doc made an appointment for me in 3 weeks to see the results of the new tests. The Holter monitor results were not yet available to him.

Also made a eye doc appointment. Have a jagged orange area that has increased recently that is bothering me. Sometimes there is pressure, tho no sharp pain. Will see this new doc next Monday at Littleton Hospital.

Civil twilight is 4:40 AM EDT. Night is 9:03 PM.

Sunrise: 5:15 AM. Set: 8:28 PM.

Length of day: 15h 12m. Length of visible light: 16h 23m. Tomorrow will be 1m 38s shorter.

The temp is 80°. Heavy rain and a T-storm have arrived.Will unplug.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 1:10:28 AM

MidnightSun, Glad you are using the Preen for veggies.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 4:32:04 PM



Life IS Good!

goldie, Sure know you spend lots a time compiling yesterday's post. Just want to say "Thank you!"

Some VT'ers do refer to their state as socialist. Other have giant 4' x 8' signs that read, "Take back Vt!" Not anywhere in the middle.

Went out before the heat of the day arrived and finished loosening the soil and digging out roots and rocks of the 2' x 16' upside down L strip. Did not add seed as the soil was clumpy and wanted the sun to dry it out into flowing powder.

Did lots of garden maintenance. The weeds are growing like mad. Plan to use Preen that is an organic weed preventer for all vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens.

Use Preen once a month and never hand weed again. Here is a list of weeds in one's state. Your state's weed id. Yes, it is 100% organic.

By 10:30 the heat and humidity arrived. The temp was 75°, dew point 66° and the humidity at 73%. Perspiration dripped off my head and rolled down my back. Time to return to the cool house.

Watched a movie classic named "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (1980) 109 min of action and comedy. A giant "word of mouth" transformed Gods into the biggest foreign box office hit ever released in the U.S.

A Sho in the Kalahari desert (A San African Bushman) interacts with modern technology. There is a lot of adventure, a fair amount of suspense, and even a charming romance.

The Gods Must be Crazy is a very funny but poignant film. The humor ranges from subtle and intellectual to crazy slapstick.Gods is beautifully filmed in exotic locations, a maybe surprising amount of violence a few segments (although somewhat cartoonish and funny violence — these segments often resemble Woody Allen's 1971 film, Bananas),

Unique and different, this film showed a different side of Africa and introduced one of the few genuine characters in the African Bushman. Highly recommended for anyone who has not seen this film. If you can find it, rent it.

This is a classic — a masterpiece — that presents both surface entertainment and complex, deep themes and subtexts. If you haven't seen it yet, you should.

Found another FREE movie site. It is www.allmovie.com. Here is the link to "The Gods Must Be Crazy".

You can read the synopsis first. A delightful diversion from modern violence, albeit a few scenes w/guns in the remote countries of Africa, yet no one is killed, brief tribal nudity, and no profanity. Rotten Tomatoes gives this a 95%. Mine is 5/5 stars.

PCP appointment at 11:15 to find the results of my Holter monitor test (ambulatory electrocardiography device) that kept track of my heart rhythm for 1 week. Seems like it was 1 month ago, instead if it being just 1 week ago.

Civil twilight is 4:39 AM EDT. Night is 9:04 PM.

Sunrise: 5:14 AM. Set: 8:29 PM.

Length of day: 15h 14m. Length of visible light: 16h 25m. Tomorrow will be 1m 36s shorter.

The temp is 82° (28°C) Steady light rain fell earlier. 0.54 in.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 9:13:39 PM

Midnight, glad you liked it. It did take quit a bit of time to assemble that and edit it to make the most sense to a reader. Of course, part of that time was reading and listening for my own enjoyment. I like sharing things that I love like that, so it's worth it when someone else gets something out of it.

Another GB friend sent me this link to a a new NPR story about Bernie Sanders and the possibility of a Presidential bid.

Tru, where is Coconut Grove? Honolulu? Destroyed how? By hurricane? Nice you got to see it when it was beautiful. The Coconut Grove that I know of is in Miami.


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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 4:11:00 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Did have one chiro that did not help me. Then found one just 12 miles away that was super. As were the prices.

oldie. What a beautiful voice Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has. Remember seeing him in the past on TV. Thank you for the link and song. MMA is my fave. Know well BJ Penn. Have seen him multiple times. Enjoyed your exceptional read. Thank you much.

Trugas, Got cha, Site to store, not to your home.

Went for an early ride to the super WM in the Town of Woodsville. My local WM was out of plain topsoil. Also wanted to see if they had other brands that were remembered from last year.

Spoke to the Garden Center mgr. She also remembers white bags of topsoil that were $1.18 each. Said they were no longer stocked. Bought two of the $1.38 that are stocked.

Stopped at the in store Subway for a white egg ham and cheese w/all the veggies and a hot coffee for $3.27 w/tax. Shopped for a few other food items, then returned to Littleton.

Big Papa's Market were are nearly out of their stock at 10 AM. Any remaining produce is auctioned off Sat at 2 PM. They open oThurs-Fri 8-8 and close for the rest of the week after the Sat afternoon auction.

Bought yellow bell peppers for a deal at $1 a lb and some avocados for $1 each. Want to make healthy guacamole for my salads, eggs, and for a dip w/a Wheat Thin snack.

Returned home to keep the new lawn seed that is covered w/newsprint wet. Passed on working in the 2' x 4' hole, which then became a 2' x 6'w/the boulders. Temp was 80° (27°C) w/a 40% humidity and a dew point at a comfortable 53° (12°C).

Mowed ⅓ of the lawn. Then had a slice of blueberry pie w/Maine blueberry & cream Hood's ice cream on top. Very much enjoyed. Returned outdoors to chip away at the two remaining giant boulders in the final hole and listen to the home team play Houston @ Minute Maid Park in TX.

Civil twilight is 4:38 AM EDT. Night is 9:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:13 AM. Set: 8:29 PM.

Length of day: 15h 15m. Length of visible light: 16h 26m. Tomorrow will be 1m 31s shorter.

The temp is 78° (26°C). Very gentle rain. Perhaps T-storms late in the afternoon.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 11:25:52 AM

Morning:
No midnight l did not pay postage, l picked up at the store. Order online and pick up at the store. Also get their discount by using the Red card.

Love Hawaii and the music. Remember the radio broadcasts long before war. I think they were from Coconut Grove. Beautiful place. Destroyed recently. So sad. l saw it in both conditions.



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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 8:05:03 AM

P.S. and BTW, according to its Wikipedia page, IZ's Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World medley is 3/x Platinum and has sales/shipments of over 4,000,000. So, I'm not the only one who likes it. :))
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