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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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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 9:19:03 AM

Had a nice Sunday. Productive. Swiffered and dusted everything in the bedroom. Venetian blinds to the runners for the closet doors and everything in between.
Sure needed it. Filled 2 swiffer cloths with dust, especially the door runners.

Then after a few minutes rest, l went to the kitchen and filled a dishpan with hot water, soap and bleach. I opened the cupboard doors and washed them inside and out and then the dishwasher, sink and stove. My cupboard and drawers have no knobs, so get dirty more quickly.

Came into frontroom and washed and squeegied the windows. Went outside and hosed down the dust on them.
Later l ran the dishwasher and then went to have dinner with Fearless after she borrowed polenta and Parmesan. She felt guilty. A couple was there and they watched old TV comedies. Left early and watched 60 minutes then Downton Abbey and bed.
Good day of cleaning, and visiting friends.
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 4:22:03 AM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Was the car loaner/rental that this auto shop gave me on Friday. Insur Co pays 100% of any rentals. Sure is no need for the shop to ask what my rental insur per day is. Very fishy to me.t Rest you said is quite true

g/o Our chicken breast are 1½" thick. Needs to be pounded flatter.

t/g Tried stuffed salmon once. Prefer it simply grilled. Love stuffed shells. Ricotta and spinach Yum!

Slept nicely and Woke up at 2 AM Sunday morning. The second floor was a bit on the chilly side. Looked on the net for the temps outdoors. It was -11° (-24°C) at 2 AM.

Lit the kero heater on the first floor and warmed up some homemade chicken noodle soup. A quick care free brekky w. few calories and lots of health. In 15 minutes the house was heating up rapidly and the thermostat set at 70° (21°C) no longer fired up the propane wall heater.

Returned upstairs to complete my early morning rounds It was a bit later than usual, yet finished as early as was normal. Checked out the putlocker.is site and discovered the new domain is now called Watchfree.to.

They have the same format as before w/ lots of movies and TV shows to view for free. Was going to watch Safe (2012), Instead began to watch "Interstellar" (2014) w/ no less than 22 links of partners.

Some want one to sign up w/their e-mail. Canned those sign ups for several that allow instant streaming, no questions asked. Saw a ⅓ of the whopping 2hr 43 min movie "Interstellar," then paused Interstellar to travel to the grocery store.

The Lancaster Shaw's was quite busy for 11 AM on a Sunday morning. Looked over steaks and decided against one for a birthday lunch. Wanted a Rising crust DiGiorno Supreme pizza, 32 oz on sale for $3.99, this w/e only.

The store had sold out, so a rain check was rec'd. Did buy some real nice asparagus on sale for the week for a low (for here) $1.77 a lb. Nothing else was wanted. Passed on the 1 lb raw 50-70 shrimp for $5.99.

Also passed on the fatty chuck roasts for $2.99 a lb and the other W/e only sale items.

Was not hungry enough for a 6 or footlong sub at Subway so a rare visit was made to MdD's for a bacon clubhouse burger for $4.79, $5.22 w/tax. No Mac sauce or salt both which are laced w/ MSG was ordered. Sort of a small birthday treat for me.

Looking forward to a warmer night in the teens (-8ºC) and an inch of snow in the morning. Revised from 3-4" just one day ago. Thursday overnight should be the last bitter cold night of the winter. Please.

The air temp is 19° (-7°C). The high is to be 33° (1°C).

Civil twilight is 5:53 AM EST. Night is 6:04 PM.

Sunrise: 6:22 AM. Set: 5:35 PM.

Length of day: 11h 12m. Length of visible light: 12h 11m. Tomorrow will be 3m 03s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 2:06:30 AM

If I had one wish, it would be that we all had good health with no problems...of course, with all the healthy people around, something else would go terribly wrong. :(

kathybye, Sign up for the free medicare information sessions in your area when the time comes...I think 6 months before time. I think if you don't decide to sign up for medicare because you decide to work longer, it costs more later...but better to find out the facts for current retirees from the source. A lot can change in 24 months. :)

MidnightSun, I don't think that 2 days is excessive for a paint job and other cosmetic work. Don't know the extent of the damage but sometimes it's not as easy as it looks. Fwiw, I don't think that any body shop in the TC area is open on the weekend. They will do estimates on Saturday mornings but no repair work is done and parts places aren't open so there is no chance of ordering a part. Also, fwiw, body shops tend not to order parts until the customer brings the vehicle in so they don't have to go through the hassle of returning parts to the warehouse. :)

trugas, At least you still have the option of driving when you want to or not. I understand the extra expense can be a bit much. Hopefully you will have time to decide what is best for you. :)

goldieolds, Don't feel guilty about trying to help your friend. Hopefully she will reimburse you the expense and that will be it. Sorry to hear about the setback of your other friend. At least you can still get around on your own...you know what they say up here, there is always someone who is worse off than you are. Not a lot of comfort but we tend to forget that at times, I know I do. :)

[Edited by: dirt girl at 3/2/2015 2:07:20 AM EST]
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 9:38:41 AM

YEs l agree with Goldie. Get AARP medi-gap and stick with original medicare. My sister joined Kaiser and look what happened to her when she left the state to go to another state...She had no coverage and had to go get medicare and didn't qualify in the state she was in for low cost help. So stay with the regular is my advice ..it is Federal and is good in any state. Sure you will be inundated by different plans. They say medicare doesn't pay, but why then do all the health plans beg you to join them? They make money by controlling your access to specialists etc. I can go anywhere to see anyone specialist or what not, as long as they accept full payment from medicare. Even then if l chose to pay the difference, l could go anywhere. I like that freedom. Some people like to have labs xrays and specialists all in one or two buildings. Convenience. But then they are inconvenienced by having to get permission from their primary to see a specialist.
I don't need permission from anyone. If l want to see a gastrointerologist , l call one and make an appt. Easy. Time saving.

I am fat enough without stuffing my food with other food. LOL. Seriously l am a basic cook. Plain and straight forward. Not even very good at sauces. I made a cherry cobbler yesterday with Bisquick. Good.

We had a 10 minute rainstorm yesterday. Maybe a tenth of a tenth inch of rain, but thunder and lightning. Very exciting. Of course l had just watered, but just as well, as not much water fell.

Life is Good. Relaxing and resting with good soup and cobbler.

goldieolds
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 7:36:26 AM

Hi all.

Kathy, I don't think you have to apply for Medicare. It's opt out, if you have some other means of coverage. It should start automatically on the first day of the month in which you turn 65. But you'll probably want to buy a Medicare supplement insurance policy. That can get very confusing. Lots of variables. You'll probably get inundated with information coming in the mail from companies that want your Medicare supplement business. It's worth looking into the ones sold by AARP to compare to any others you're interested in.

MS, thanks. I was just curious. Chicken breasts are pretty thin to begin with. It's too fussy for me to deal with and I don't need the extra fat/calories from mayo, etc. I don't like handling raw meat, esp. chicken w/ my bare hands. I usually just take it out of the package with tongs and plop in into whatever pan, pot or baking dish I'm using.

Finally I was able to take the groceries I'd bought for friend D2. It was a great source of frustration for me that it took so long. Every time I'd try to call her to do it, she was either sleeping, too tired or not answering her phone. I was trying to be understanding of her situation, having brain surgery just a few weeks ago, but it was perishables and not going to last and taking up too much room in my fridge and freezer. Then when I finally reached her when she was up and I was able to do it, she told me she didn't want it. I lost my patience at that point. We'd talked about it before I bought it, and she told me that other friends have been going to Trader Joe's and buying the same things (at least some) that I'd bought there for her. Had made a special trip for her. She finally relented and said to come over with it. I was expecting to get reimbursed for the items I bought specially for her, but I'd also put together a bunch of other things that I was giving her, including a little tuna rice casserole that I'd made. She seemed surprised that I wanted to get reimbursed. I wish I'd never volunteered to help her this way. I think she will pay me, but I couldn't give her the receipt that night b/c it looked like TJ's had charged for an extra bag of baby carrots, so I need to take it back there for a refund. Then I'll have to mail her the receipt. But now I feel guilty about it.

But I feel very sorry for her. She's going through such an awful nightmare that I know I have to forgive her for not being in a better mood. She looked terrible, feels terrible and is worried about the pain and other issues she's still having. She was sent home the second day after the surgery, and spends a lot of time just sitting there by herself worrying about it all. She just turned 60 in January.

In the meantime, my other friend, D, was supposed to finally go home from the rehab nursing home this weekend or Monday. But now she's back in the hospital. The congestive heart fluid had built up again. She's really disheartened, and I am too, for her. She hasn't been home since Dec. 7.

I really hope life gets back to being good for the two of them very soon. And I am grateful to be ok. Except for the mobility issues that are declining. But I'm grateful to still be walking on my own. If I hadn't managed to get the kinds of integrative "alternative" care I've had over the years, and stayed only in the allopathic orthopedic realm, I'd have been in a wheel chair before now. That thought is very depressing, so better to focus on being grateful. :)
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 4:10:02 AM



Life IS Good!

Hope that we all age gracefully w/few added problems. You sure can fit a huge amount in your scooter. Maybe you can take many vacay's w/the money saved w/o a car. You have friends that could drive to the public trans, stores, and etc. How do you feel about a vacay anywhere land or sea? A change of scenery?

g/o, You kidding? cut breast like a hinged book, open, stuff, and close. EZ.

The low Saturday morning saw the still air temp reach 24.8° below zero (-32C). Had the kero heater on since 5PM the day before. What a pleasant feeling waking up to t-shirt temps in the hose this w/the bdrm window open 3 inches.

Finished my rounds earlier than usual, played a multi player game of StarCraft, its been 10 days since my last, then took a needed nap. The feeling of heavy eyes was overwhelming. The 90 minute nap my all the difference.

Saw an original The Twilight Zone epi, Criminal Minds, Law and Order while the sun did its thing by heating up the North Country. In no time the temp reached 4 above. Cold to you, warm for a winter day in this area

Passed on a run to the Recycling Center for a few things wanted in Littleton. Needed some 26 oz cans of Cream of Chicken condensed soup that Shaw's was out of for two weeks.

Visited my pal the store mgr of Rite Aid to get some cases of Bouble Bag strong ale from the Long Trail Brewery in Woodstock, VT. Also wanted a can of french vanilla coffee, in between homemade chicken noodle soup on our cold days.

Returned to Big Papa's Mket for broccoli crowns $1.25 a head, a few bananas foe 38¢ a lb, and got a deal on 14 10 oz pkgs of oatmeal raisin cookies for 75¢ each Teir reg low price was a $1 ea on Thurs. Liked them and wanted a stock for the house.

Stopped at the Gold House for a large steak bomb w/provolone, still just $8.06 w/tax. Few others can even touch a large steak and cheese for so little cost.

Spun by Mac's Mkt in Whitefield to get a few 6 Italian shredded cheese pkgs, 8 oz for $2.69. Spoke to my pal the meat mgr before he was through work for the day.

The air temp is -15° (-26°C). Warm w/the kero heater lit at 1:45 AM. The high is to be 30° (-1°C) in the northern NH mtns.

Civil twilight is 5:54 AM EST. Night is 6:03 PM.

Sunrise: 6:24 AM. Set: 5:33 PM.

Length of day: 11h 09m. Length of visible light: 12h 08m. Tomorrow will be 3m 03s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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kathybye
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 12:26:01 PM

I am so impressed w/all of you and the "everyday" issues all of us face as we age,
Trugas, like whether to keep a car, live in a "community" or live alone.

I cannot believe I will be able to apply for Medicare in < 24 mo. This thread will be immensely helpful I believe!

Overcast today in Glendale, AZ but no worries. My knee is feeling good enough (even w/80% humidity here today) to have a pedi, and a nail polish change!

I had friends who scheduled last min. lunch for birthdays, but I decided pedi appointment takes precedence, as I've waited for 6 weeks since initial appointment.

I have therapy work to finish this weekend, but w/rain expected for Sat./Sun./Mon. I will begin later today and finish Sun. afternoon- Mon. AM.

I enjoyed watching Season 3, Episode 1 of House of Cards. It's a bit "dark" as usual, but I do enjoy the amazing acting of Kevin Spacey Robin Penn, & others.

BTW: Our Healthcare (ASRS) goes out for bid this year (every 3 yr. I believe), so it will be interesting to see who wins the contract. UHC is OK, but unpredictable w/costs. We kept UHC, but GROUP benefits changed Jan.1st. Unless you use service, you never know the cost. I did go online to estimate meniscus tear cost, which was @ $1800-2000.
P.T. is a slow process, but much < costly.:)

ENJOY YOUR weekend wherever you may be. Happy Saturday, everyone!
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 10:43:47 AM

I am not sure the cars are metal anymore, but do feel safer surrounded by something in a car. The scooter is no protection at all. Yes it is lower than standing, or on a bike even, and Goldie.. pedestrians should always have the right of way. Backing out is only done when everything is clear...supposedly.
I do scooter on the sidewalk if one is available. But some places force you out to behind parked cars and that is what l worry about. I like you Goldie, look all around, a couple of times while backing slowly out, and yet have had some close calls. Also the durn vans and trucks and SUVs all seem to find where l park and surround me so l cannot see at all,til my car is half way out.
And yes, the expense of driving would be a big motivator.. but also l do not enjoy driving anymore. I don't use the car that much and so why pay out all the money for what l can do on a scooter? It isn't a scooter like kids use or like a motorcycle. It is a 4 wheel handicap battery operated scooter somewhat like in grocery stores.

Midnight,I can get 3 shopping bags in and on my scooter plus a big container of T Tissue. Maybe more. I copped out yesterday and drove the car, due to big black threatening looking clouds. Scooter's electronics and water do not mix.

Here is another way l would be able to take care of business if l gave up driving...I would have a housekeeper who had a car and they are paid to drive one to store and Dr etc.

So all l need to figure out is ...do l really use the car to warrant the expense of owning one? Life is Good to have so many choices.
goldieolds
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 5:51:04 AM

Hi all.

Midnight, how do you stuff a chicken breast? Aren't they flat? Two days for auto body repair that includes paint does not sound excessive to me. THANKFULLY, it's been a long time now since I've been in an accident, but having had a string of them in the '80s and one in the '90s I've had some experience with auto body repairs (unfortunately). Mine usually took more than two days. They have to let the paint layers dry. I don't remember if it's just paint but maybe more than one coat, or an additonal seal coat or a base coat or what. But they want to make sure everything is totally dried before releasing it. If you find another place that can do it in one day, maybe that's fine. Or maybe it'll end up being an inferior result. Be cautious of that.

Tru, I'm not clear on what is your motivation if you give up driving. It sounds like you mean just giving up driving the car, but would continue driving the scooter? Do you feel unsure of your driving? Or is it the expense of owning a car? What about insurance, if you give up your car but continue to drive the scooter? I would think that you should have it on the scooter and you for driving it.

There is a lot more distracted driving these days, no doubt about that. But I think it would also be harder to see a scooter, even if one was trying to look. They're smaller and have a lower profile. Don't you sit even lower in it than a regular bicycle? Luckily, I have not encountered one in a parking lot or in the street. However, I get irritated with pedestrians in parking lots who don't look either, just expecting the cars to stop for them (such as in backing out.) I always try to look all around and keep turning my head to see both sides, etc, but the reality is that we don't have 360º vision. I think that one has to be careful around cars backing out, even if one has the right of way. Just my opinion.

A neighbor in my building has one of those recumbent bicycles that he rides all over the place. I'd be really scared to ride one of those in the street. They're very low to the ground. His has a little flag that sticks up and is supposed to give it visibility, but I don't think it's necessarily all that visible, and how many drivers, even if they do see it, now what it means? Well, he's still here, so I guess it works for him.
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 3:16:42 AM



Life IS Good!

Only you can decide is a car is needed or not. Can a shopping bag of groceries fit in your scooter? Lots of metal to protect you inside of your car.

It was -17° (-27°C) for the low temp yesterday morning. Lasted from 6 AM until 8:30. Then slow to warm up. The temp was 4 degrees warmer on Mt Washington. Had the kero heater on at 4 PM on Thursday. Needed to open my bdrm window to allow cold air to regulate the room temp.

Another clear night will see even colder temps. 16 to 22 below zero (to -30°C) are expected. The wind chill is meaningless in these mtns. Unless one is outdoors.

Made some spinach stuffed chicken breast w/o the bacon in the morning. getting to be good at tweaking these two new recipe. Tried one a touch of mayo, spinach and feta cheese.

The other had ricotta and Parmesan w/the spinach mix. Both are very excellent. Would depend on the mood one is in. Have to wonder what a little tomato sauce or bruschetta would do to the taste. Did forgo the turkey bacon making these.

Played w/a recipe for pork chp gravy w/lt soy, brown sugar, cornstarch, apple juice, and ground ginger. Made a few tiny batches w/diff combo. Not a big hit to me like Tuscan sauce or even BBQ sauce.

Enjoyed watching some Netflix TV shows. Rec'd a mid afternoon phone call from the auto body shop. They want me at 8 Am Monday Yet will not have a car to loan until after 9.

Need to be somewhere by 9:30 AM so they are searching for a loaner. They also added another 24 hours to repair the car due to painting it. Now a two day job for paint and install a small applique panel to the front bumper cover.

Sounds like a lot of baloney to me. May go elsewhere in a week or even two. They do not work Saturdays.

Lit the kero heater just before 5 PM to have the house hot overnight. It sure is even w/the bdrm window open 4 inches top and bottom.

The air temp is -18° (-28°C) and dropping like a rock. Expect -24° (-31°C) this morning by 7 AM. The high is to be 22° (-6°C).

Civil twilight is 5:56 AM EST. Night is 6:01 PM.

Sunrise: 6:25 AM. Set: 5:32 PM.

Length of day: 11h 06m. Length of visible light: 12h 05m. Tomorrow will be 3m 03s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 2:39:18 PM

TGIF, life is definetely GOOD !!!!!
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 10:38:35 AM

Some of you know l am mulling over no longer driving. I tend to change my mind on things, so l have a year to consider the pros and cons. I charged up my scooter and will do grocery shopping on it today. Remind myself why l often drive the one block to stores.
I know one of the reasons is that people in parking lots tend not to see a scooter or pedestrian behind when backing out, (coz they don't look)and there is not always the choice of sidewalk for the scooter. That makes for even more defensive driving than with my car.
Another reason,large purchases required the car, l solved by buying a large basket for the scooter. So we'll see today.
Life is Good and l hope it continues to improve.
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 5:24:38 AM


Life IS Good!

Not luck, its the areas views of mtns that are everywhere. Luck will be minimum blow downs from that jerk who did and always clear cuts up to the property line on purpose. Know there is a special place in Hell for him.

Gas went up 20¢, so far. Expect it to remain $2.50 a gallon for the summer. Wishful thinking.

Keep trying to reach your sis. Must be a reason she has not replied

Got up at 1:30 AM yesterday morning. The wall thermostat is set for 68° (20°C) and that was the temp of the house. Still felt on the chilly side for a few hours. Finally went downstairs when the temp was below zero and lit the kero heater.

Just before sunrise the temp reached -7°F (-22°C). That was nearly 10 degrees warmer than the forecast (-25°C). In an hour the kero heater was so hot from the heat rising to the second floor that the bdrm window needed to be open.

There is no low or medium setting on the portable heater. It is either on burning efficiently or gives of soot or odor when not fully turned on (meaning burning not efficiently). One regulates the heat by the windows being open.

We are talking below zero temps outside. Have the wall furnace for the warmer temps. Turned off the heater before leaving for the morning.

Left early to drive to Littleton. Few venture out during below zero temps unless there is a reason. Bought a few deals at the mkt. Yams are 58¢ a lb, cukes 60¢ ea, 10 oz of baby bella are $2.25, leaf lettuce was $1.50, 1 lb of baby spinach $3, cantaloupes $1.50 ea, and celery $1.34 a bunch.

Also went for the special deal of nice and soft oatmeal raisin cookies 10 oz for a dollar. No carrageenan and minimal MSG. The store owner routinely buys a pallet deal for cheap money and passes on the savings to his customers.

Have purchased brilliant LED mini flashlights, bruschetta, evoo and the like for short money. Some of this weeks three days of deal are found here at the Big Papa's Mkt Facebook page.

Bought at WM were two 15 oz containers of Ricotta Cheese for $1.94 ea. Want to experiment with the stuffed chicken breasts further and perhaps make more crock pot lasagna.

The kero heater was lit just before 4 PM to have the house hot when the temp drops overnight. Love to feel the extra heat at night and when waking up.

The air temp is -11° (-24°C). The high is to be 16° (-9°C).

Civil twilight is 5:58 AM EST. Night is 6:00 PM.

Sunrise: 6:27 AM. Set: 5:31 PM.

Length of day: 11h 03m. Length of visible light: 12h 02m. Tomorrow will be 3m 02s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 2/27/2015 5:25:39 AM EST]
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 10:37:51 AM

Midnight it is a good thing your view after the clear cut was a good one, and not some old dump or car lot or tire piles. U got lucky. Sad tho about a clear cut at all. May be they plan to build there? If so, hope it doesn't cut your view too much.

Life is good for me. I continue to be able to clean the kitchen deeply and fried up (to splatter clean stove) some catfish for breakfast yesterday. Back to cereal and banana today l 'spose.

Only thing on my agenda today is return two library books, but to save gas l may wait til they notify me that they have one for me to pick up. Gas jumped .50 cents per gallon in less than a month here.

Haven't heard a word from my sister. No idea where she is staying. Probably a motel.
I sent an email to her son and he is no longer responding.
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 4:37:30 AM



Life IS Good!

Sadly far too much plastic makes its way into the oceans. Especially those 6 pak rings which strangle.

Finished my posts early yesterday then watched some episodes on Netflix of America: The Story of Us. Learning some events that the history books do not mention. Also saw my fave TV series while waiting for the one day warmup.

Saw the temp recover rapidly from a warmer low of 1° (-17°C) today. With the deep freeze returning each night through the weekend, wanted to go to the store and get more chicken breasts to try my new recipes.

Got a fabulous deal at Mac's Mrk for split chicken breasts. They were $2.29 earlier in the morning and reduced to $1.49 a lb. Bought three of them, Neufchatel, 8 oz on sale for 99¢, and Feta cheese 8 oz for $4.99.

Returned home to work with 2 chicken breasts into bacon wrapped stuffed w/spinach breasts cooked in the toaster oven. Like them w/a little mayo mixed in the spinach, feta cheese and garlic mix.

Temp reached a high of 27° (-3°C) which was perfect for me to wear a baseball spring jacket w/light gloves and go for a walk up the mtn road. The late morning was wonderfully sunny w/a few little clouds floating by quickly at 6,000 ft.

Walked south up past my forest to see the new clear cut upo against my property line. Have some blow downs that the attorney landowner who owns right beside me had that section clear cut last winter.

The bright side of the new clear cut is that views of the Kilkenny Range and Mt Cabot are easily seen from my side of the loop road. Even the 4 story barn on the other side of the loop can now be seen.

While the sun remains below the 100'+ tall forest trees, it felt warm when some of the tree cut properties were reached. The sound was dead still. Only a light sound of wind was heard — and a woodpecker working for its meal.

Walked to the beginning of the fire road. Looked down it to notice the logging trucks have finished cutting. No new truck tracks w/their tire chains were seen. Thoughts of Spring and temps above freezing on most days filled my mind.

Then it was time to return. Walked north past the custom log cabin. It looks like it has not seen visitor's in a long time. Though the driveway was plowed from a storm several weeks aago. Much of the roof was raked.

In the one mile south up the mountain there are only two houses, both can be seen from the road. The trees have blankets covered much of their limbs. Were bare, it is the wind that uncovered them.

The two mile round trip has several hundred feet of elevation gain. My gps has not worked in several years. Plan on building up my legs in the warmer temps so that the entire loop road of 4¼ miles w/its 650 ft of elevation gain can be done w/ease.

My Co Insur adjuster stopped by to inspect to damage from the hit and run 1 month ago. Would imagine the estimate and the draft of the check will be rec'd next week.

The air temp is -4° (-20°C) and dropping. The high is to be 15° (-9°C). Yet -16° (-27°C) tonight.

Civil twilight is 5:59 AM EST. Night is 5:59 PM.

Sunrise: 6:29 AM. Set: 5:29 PM.

Length of day: 11h 00m. Length of visible light: 11h 59m. Tomorrow will be 3m 02s longer.

Off to the Mkt later to get some deals on produce and shop at a few other stores.

Have a fantastic day!

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 10:14:15 PM

goldieolds, It's unfortunately still winter out there. Blech. Those are cute toys.

trugas, Glad you were able to get some cash for stuff you didn't need anymore. :)

Hi ecsojay. :)
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Darling toys Goldie. Here l have seen walkways made out of plastic at Fort Bragg. They last longer than wood too. All along the bluffs and cliffs in the parks there out to the ocean to view the seals.

Don't care for any false flowers tho...I have seen some that l feel to see if they are real. Still they collect the dust. Hard to clean as l found out in the library at the hospital.

Stocked up at Raleys yesterday and with their reward card l saved $8.38 l beleve it was. The cards are free and l wonder at my neighbor saying oh l dont have their card. Why not.?

Sold my old micro for $6 enough to do 2 loads of laundry and didn't have to take it to the Thrift store. Also an old coffee pot for $4. Just coz he said he broke his in the move.
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Ever wonder what happens to all those recycled plastic milk and water jugs? This company, Green Toys, is making really cute toys out of some of them. I bought this little race car and fire truck for my great nephew's first birthday which is next week. I kind of wish I'd bought the blue race car instead of the red one. But maybe I'll get it next time so he can race them. :) The reviews I read about them says they are very durable, too. I'm lucky to be able to get them at a wholesale price through my Frontier Co-op membership. Wholesale members have access to the many other brands they distribute.

I'd previously given him this submarine bath toy.

How Green Toys are made.

Tru and DG, this one's for you. ;) Or, come to think of it, for me, the way I've been killing plants.


[Edited by: goldieolds at 2/25/2015 3:23:48 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 12:59:32 AM

yes it is
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There was almost a spring-like quality today, even though it was not that warm. Mostly the light, but also the wind causing the wind chimes to sing. Winter quality is back. There is nothing springlike about 15º with a 3º windchill temp. Esp. in the dark. Some more below zero temps on the way.

Tru, try "feral". ;)

kathybye are you a teacher?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 9:17:49 PM

Hi all.

Hope everyone is staying warm and is healthy.

Warmer air came here today and most of the remaining snow melted off the driveway. Helps that we had the sun out for most of the day. :)
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Posting late tonight.

Tomorrow is back to work; however, after this week, I have 2 days next week, and then we are having Spring Break. Spring break is a week earlier than I am accustomed to, but that it fine with me.

Hubby has been home for 12 days, but has to report back to work tomorrow.

After Spring break, I believe I have 24 more work days (12 weeks). I can definitely handle that schedule!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone! :)
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If you have a good eater, you don't have to train them to eat, they will eat when hungry, some get really fat. Not Loo Loo as she is high energy. Funny coz her owner is overweight and a slow mover. Sweet man and so good with animals of all kinds. Near "Whisperer" abilities with animals. He has a ferile cat that follows him wherever he goes the cat is somewhere where she Isabella, can see when he moves.

Used spell check for ferile cat and it suggested ferine and who knows what all besides what l wanted. So it remains misspelled. LOL.

Life is so good, the drugstore Walgreens came to the complex yesterday and gave flu and pneumonia shots etc. I got the new Prevnar 13 pneumonia shot. Already had the flu shot.

Today l go to the dermatologist for final skin cancer check. Will ask for her to check a spot on my back which burned when the shower hit it.. Probably another mole that is torn. Need more shampoo also for dermatitis. Then will go to that town's Goodwill. I still need a 9 inch cake pan springload. And a butter dish and any corderoy shirts l can find. I like to wear them as jackets over a pull over sweater.

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Life IS Good!

God bless all the dos and cats. Death defying frigid out there tonight. Will train my next dog to eat veggie soup. Nice on a chilly morning.

Went to sleep an hour early Sunday night. Was tired from using the Sno Thro the day before. Woke up at midnight and completed my rounds very earlier than usual. Nice to get in a 90 minute nap and it still be early in the day.

Readied for a drive to Whitefield, NH. Wanted to get single chicken breasts for $2.09 a lb ea, instead for buying 4+ lbs at Shaw's for $1.99 a lb. Visited that Subway to get the workers to correct a 55¢ overcharge the day before.

A 6" brekky sub and a coffee are still an amazing $3, $3.27 inc tax at Subway in these parts. Got my 55¢ adjustment on my purchase.

Enjoyed the entirely scenic drive to Littleton via NH Rt 116 Visited a small market to say hello to two friends who work there and have not seen in a year. Pizza slices are excellent and one gets a ⅙ of a plain cheese pizza pie for $2.50 inc tax.

Stopped for bread and bleach at WM. Went in Shaw's for their 26 oz can of cream of chicken soup on sale for $1.69. They still do not have it in stock. Dollar Tree also does not have its grated Parmesan cheese 8 oz for $1 in either. Warehouses are out of stock.

Got a phone call late afternoon from Lowe's w/a message, "If you want 2 cans of kerosene or a dozen, we have them in stock". Interesting that four days ago the message was, "Kero has arrived and they are going fast."

Thought about this for hours. Bought one 5 gallon can for the w/e cold. Also want a spare amount in case the power goes out. Lots more heat in the kero heater than turning the stove burners or the oven on, in case of a power outage.

Temp peaked at 4° (-20°C) in the afternoon. The temp was on a steady decline for the remainder of the day. Fired up the kero heater mid afternoon. Fabulous to absorb that constant heat and wake up to an extra warm house.

Wind was cutting my face all day. Wind gusts were to 15 mph (25 km/h)

The air temp is -30° (-34°C). The high is to be 16° (-9°C) .

W/a wind chill value as low as 42° below zero (-41C).

Civil twilight is 6:03 AM EST. Night is 5:56 PM.

Sunrise: 6:32 AM. Set: 5:27 PM.

Length of day: 10h 54m. Length of visible light: 11h 53m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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Looked at the video of Montgomery Ward and remember the local one well local when l lived in Oakland CA. And they talk about the size of Walmarts... Those M/W stores were blocks long and wide. eh? I used to work (briefly) at the Oakland store. It wasn't a pleasant place to work and l left to go to Brueners.

I looked up the Oakland M/W building. It was tall, and covered 10 acres.

Loo Loo the little dog is so happy and plays with Bucket the cat and eats just about anything you offer. She loves veggies her owner said. So veggie soup was right down her alley.

I do enjoy most of the doggies here and have my favorites. The sweet friendly ones ..

[Edited by: trugasCA at 2/23/2015 10:13:19 AM EST]
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Life IS Good!

Great that free is the cost. How wonderful for a Grand place!

Don't recall any of my dogs liking any soup. Must be a special dog or soup. Fun!

Completed my posts early yesterday morning. Looked forward to returning to bed for a wonderful 90 minute nap. It restored my vitality. Had a hot cup of my homemade chicken noodle soup then went out.

The temp was up to 3° to 12° (-11°C) and it felt warm. One pull of the rip cord fired up the Ariens Sno Thro. There was 5 inches (12.7 cm) of nice light fluffy powder to clean. The town plow triples that at the foot of the driveway. The added weight of sand mixed in the snow makes it quite heavy at that location.

Went around the perimeter of my house and shot snow to fill in the melted space between the built up snow and house to further insulate the coming cold. Snow blown from the Ariens is now 7 feet (2.2 metres) up the side of the house. Will be quite helpful keeping the house warm this week. More cold arrives each evening right through the w/e.

Took the Dart for a drive to Whitefield. Wanted to see the beautiful fresh fallen snow that is thick on the trees w/the mountains (facsimile photo) in the distance.

Stopped to top of my tank w/gas that surprised me remains $2.09 w/the Cumberland Farms Smart Pay Card. It gives anyone w/it 10¢ off every gallon, then withdraws the funds from ones checking account in a day or two.

Visited my pal the meat mgr at Mac's Mkt in Whitefield. Bought a lean Rib eye (Delmonico Steak,) a deal for $6.99 a lb. Returned home, sliced it lengthwise, and cooked it ever so slow in the frying pan.

Added baby mushrooms to the works. The steak was juicy, tender, and well worth the $7.11 paid for it.

Around me, towns saw the temp touch and exceed the freezing point. The temp was shy in my area. Usually the first several days above freezing remain below freezing here as the ground and snow depth radiate the deep freeze stored over the months.

This week will see the cold return w/overnight temps equaling our coldest mornings. Particularly tonight and Thursday night. Can only pray that next week is not as cold. Will fire up the kero heater this afternoon

The air temp is 19° (-7°C). Temperatures falling to 5 below (-21°C) this afternoon. Then 24 below (31°C) tonight.

Civil twilight is 6:04 AM EST. Night is 5:55 PM.

Sunrise: 6:34 AM. Set: 5:25 PM.

Length of day: 10h 51m. Length of visible light: 11h 50m. Tomorrow will be 3m 00s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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oh, the Montgomery Wards buidling was just down the road from the Bown and Bigelow building...both original locations now gone. :(
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 6:13:10 PM

MidnightSun, The best part of all is that the zoo and conservatory is free, just asking for donations from those who come to enjoy the facilities. :)

trugas, I want your energy. :)

goldieolds, Ran across this video of the old Montgomery Wards on University. :)

Hi Trucky. :)
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 11:51:06 AM

Yup.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 10:26:58 AM

So life is good for you Midnight...Smiles

I made leftover tri tip beef barley soup. My friend Loo Loo a little black dog came running in as l opened my screen door to go get mail, and l gave her some. It was hot but she couldn't wait. The carrots were the hottest, so she moved them out of the way. She ate about a tablespoonful and wanted more so much that she ran thru her entire repertoire of tricks for me, so l gave her another tablespoonful. She is so cute and sweet.

Life is good for me too. I got 14 dresses washed and a dishwasher full of dishes done. I framed a picture of Fort Bragg CA. and swiffered around the front room and kitchen.So nice to have that all done for awhile, not long tho on the dishes LOL.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 2/22/2015 10:28:17 AM EST]
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Life IS Good!

d/g, Liked the Corpse Flower time lapse link and the Nat'l Geo. doe on it afterwards. The atrium is a most fabulous place. Excellent to have in your area.

k/b, Actually glad that me car will be repaired for free and more so the 75 y/o woman is not being charged w/hit and run. All's well that ends well.

t/g. Great to read docputer is up and getting around. Thank you for the info.

Was going to slow cook the chicken legs and split chicken breasts in the crock pot at 2 AM so they would be ready for my 6 AM lunch. Went to look for them in the fridge and they were not there.

Looked on the floor for the shopping bag. It was not there. figured they must have been left in the car. Temp was dropping fast. At 26 below zero, (-32 C) why go out to the car at 2 AM?

Finished my posts, then at 5 AM went to make a pastrami sammie. In that tray was the two pkgs of chicken. Shook my head over hiding them on myself then prepared the crock pot.

Wanted to make a fresh pot of chicken noodle soup. The skin was left on w/a few cups of water added to make chemical free broth. Added carrots, celery, onions and garlic.

Then added diced broccoli florets and wheat linguine in 1½ lengths. When the works was ready, a cup of milled flax seed was slowly stirred in to thicken the works w/o using flour or cornstarch. My preferred method.

Turned off the kero heater at nine o'clock. Overcast arrived and sent the temp sailing into to the teens, then into the 20's (-11° to -5°C). W/a hot cup of fresh made hot soup, watched my fave shows on Netflix.

Really was absorbed in the later seasons of Law & Order and Criminal Minds. The screen writing is superb. Like to not be able to guess a story's ending and be surprised. These two and several others have succeeded wonderfully.

Ready for another snow event late this afternoon then overnight into Sunday morning. May see 6 inches if the majority of snow remain south. Tho on the other hand, snow is burying Washington DC at the rate of 2" per hour. It could head north and say hello.

Warmer today and much warmer tomorrow. Monday night the temp plummets to at least 20° below zero (-29°C). Will fire up the kero heater late Monday afternoon to enjoy the extra warmth it offers.

The air temp is 16° (-9°C). Our high is to be 36° (2°C). Two to six inches of snow is greeting me this morning.

Civil twilight is 6:06 AM EST. Night is 5:53 PM.

Sunrise: 6:35 AM. Set: 5:24 PM.

Length of day: 10h 48m. Length of visible light: 11h 47m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:51:39 PM

MidnightSun, Wanted to mention that the Conservatory (Atrium) scene changes seasonally. Easter Lilies, Mums (fall) poinsettas (xmas). They even had a corpse flower bloom several years ago. log of corpse flower. I find the information in the daily updates and history interesting.

[Edited by: dirt girl at 2/21/2015 11:53:05 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:16:48 PM

MidnightSun, Glad the insurance worked out in your favor. I always wondered why you watched Netflix and now I know why. Some friends who live in the downtown St. Paul area have a similar problem getting a tv signal over one of the hills there.

trugas, I like the yellow primrose, it's so bright and cheery. What color are the bleeding hearts?

kathybye, Sounds like a good deal worked out with your sister for club memberships. Too bad we don't all live closer to take advantage of your lemons and tangelos.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Glad everyone is doing well! Here's what up with me:
Happy Saturday, Claudie & friends:

TRugas: Peasant bread sound great!

Midnight Sun: Glad the person who back ended you is "paying up!"

FYI: Dirt Girl/Trugas; I have membership at Costco & share w/sister in Tampa; My sis in Tampa has Sam's Club card & shares w/me. Works out VERY well! We both are partial to our particular store, but I like having the choice to go to either.A friend and I are going to take my hubby out for a lunch at Outback Steakhouse.
It's a tradition when hubby is home on his birthday. My friend is bringing champagne for us to celebrate; I bought hubby aftershave he can take on trips (small bottle), and a gift card to Kohl's and Starbucks, and a cake for coffee/cake after lunch at our home.

On Valentine's day he ordered me pajamas from PajamaGram, and I bought him a gift card to Smashburger.

Again, I am basking because I was able to wear sandals for the first time yesterday. (and my tennis shoes w/orthotics on most other days). Missed my pedi last week, so looking forward to it next Friday!

I wish some of you lived closer; I could bring you tangelos and lemons! Both trees are loaded down, and fruit is not falling off if I do not pick it. The higher areas are very difficult to reach in the tangelo tree.

Have an excellent Saturday! I posted the same on Rosie's Bar:

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Life is good. docputer is up and visits his rocker on the porch to watch the birds and his lovely flowers.
Glad to hear it and tho l am few years older than he, l don't do that much more than he does now. Course he doesn't have housework to do, but other than that. ..

I am enjoying peasant bread toasted for breakfast and will have a banana later.
Put my money in the bank when l collected for the power chair. Sure hope that old feller doesn't kill himself on it. Not too mobile. I printed off a bunch of info for him about those chairs. Apparently they tip easily...reaching out too far from center of gravity will tip you.

Planted my bleeding hearts (3) and transplanted the primrose only to pots for now. I have one at my front door that looks like my current avatar. Bright and cheerful yellow. But the new ones l was given are pale and range from pink down to white.

Foggy today but temp finally made it up to 67 briefly yesterday, very briefly. And if you got in the shade of a building you got chills. Still better than what l am reading about back east.
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Life IS Good!

Find it fascinating to read what others are doing. Then some continuously only say good morning. Yet other post to increase their count.

Not a doubt that the Twin Cities are cold. Think the atrium is a beautiful place. Also w/the many flowers the same color, the jigsaw puzzle must be difficult.

The house as well as this writer was most comfortable this morning having the kerosene heater on since the day before going non stop. With my bdrm window open 3" top and bottom the temp outdoors at 7 AM was -4° (-20° C) yesterday morning.

Watched a few of my fave TV Series on Netflix. It means lots of entertainment for not having network broadcasting able to reach these northern mtns. Think the cost of $8 a month is the deal of the century.

Decided to drive to my pal's grocery store where he is the meat mgr and prep for the coming w/e storm w/some goodies. He has split chicken breasts for $1.69 a lb, chicken legs for 8 ¢ a lb and sliced ham for $1.99 a lb.

Asked him how on Earth can you sell deli sliced ham for $1.99 a lb? He told me they were Hormel and the like blister pkgs w/the sell by dates getting close, so they are re=packaged in Styrofoam trays are offered for less.

Good for sammies and omelets. Know they have MSG and other chemicals. Am in at that price. We chatted about everything under the sun. The store mgr walked by a few times to hint to us to break up the chat.

Went to that town's Subway and get a 6" white egg and bacon brekky special, w/ all the veggies and a 16 oz coffee for $3.27 inc tax. Brought it out to the car and added two slices of ham.

Ate the sub on the way to the Town of Franconia, NH. This town has it all, Mtns, waterfalls, x-c and downhill skiing, an airport & Soaring Center, horseback riding stables, the Robert Frost House & Museum Inn B & B's and views everywhere.

My insurance agent was my destination. Told her that the parent insurance Co phoned late afternoon, yet did not leave a message. She let me phone the Main Mutual Group and a message was left to the adjuster.

Apparently the driver of the SUV that backed into me at the P.O 3 weeks ago had her conscious bother her, phone the Insur Co and admit she backed into me.

Unknown to me was the Co sent me repeated mail. Have no mail box at the house on purpose. All mail is to my PO box to weed out junk mail.

Phoned the adjuster at 1 PM to discuss this hit and run. We are both insured by the same Co. Bingo for me! She took my recorded accident statement. Was parked and the other driver backed into me and then left the scene.

An adjuster will visit next week and draft a check for 100% of the damage. Wonderful from my point of view.

In a month the maple sugar tree sap will be flowing and temps will rise above freezing during the day. Looking forward to some not as cold days. One frigid winter, especially this month.

The air temp is -23° (-31°C). Our high is to be 22° (-6°C). Two to six inches of snow is expected this afternoon into tomorrow morning

Civil twilight is 6:07 AM EST. Night is 5:23 PM.

Sunrise: 6:37 AM. Set: 5:52 PM.

Length of day: 10h 45m. Length of visible light: 11h 44m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:41:07 PM

trugas, Yep, no point in trying to get them to change their opinions when you know they won't. The peasants bread sounds interesting. Gloomy days are good for reading...so are rainy days and sunny days. :)

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Most of the posters here are my buddies, if not, then l get to know them and ask them to be my buddy. I like the posters .. all of the regulars. I enjoy reading what they are thinking about or their daily goings on. Some l agree with, some l don't but all are appreciated.
I don't stay long on threads where there is a lot of fussing or if the author is easily upset. Life is too darn short.
I just baked again yesterday. Pretty boring to read about, but sure is good eating. LOL.
Toasted Peasants Bread for breakfast so far. Same texture as french bread or sour do , just not that flavor.
Perfect way to spend my afternoon while reading, on such a gloomy day outside. The sun never made it thru. I didn't make lemonade from lemons, but l baked bread ..
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 10:34:12 PM

trugas, I've only been to Costco a couple of times but it seemed that way to me though not candy bars and small stuff that you find in a regular store by the register.

Have to agree on the religion and politics as those topics are rather contentious.

We all aren't going to agree on everything as we all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences. It's nice to read a topic that doesn't have any nasty posts or people calling each other names. :)

Oh, ran across this puzzle in an email. It's of the Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. I emailed them to see if they were aware of it and if the picture was used with their permission. Also suggested that they may want to carry it in their gift shop (can't remember if they have one).

It warmed up to about 10 degrees today and with the sun it felt wonderful. Now, back to the cold for overnight. Tomorrow I think it's supposed to be about 20. Wooooo, heatwave. :)
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 11:26:06 AM

Goldie the heading of this topic says to write about whatever you wish. Just as long as we all stay friendly, then we can talk about anything....nearly. IMO politics is off the board. As is Religion. Otherwise go to it. But just be ready to accept input from others and their beliefs, even when they are opposite, they may be just as strong. That's what makes the world go round. You know this so everything is A-OK.

Wasabi thinks this is a post number topic. Makes him or her happy.

Life is Good. I spend a lot of money, but happy with my purchases. The memory foam pillow is not at all what l expected, but it is fine. Feels like a bunch of pieces of foam. Really heavy too.
Sure can taste the banana in my date/banana/almond bars l baked yesterday. Feels like the area is uncooked til one realizes it is banana. The recipe called for sliced not mashed. Lots of things are not what l expect, yet very good anyway.

Dirtgirl said the area inside the front door of Costco is the "Impulse Area" and that truly is what it is. But many good buys so ........"Life is Good".
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 4:33:38 AM

So cold here now. Brrr... I finally turned up the thermostats a bit. I've been trying to keep them constant, b/c they are hard to control, but the heat was not keeping up, and I don't like being cold, esp. in the house.

My friend D, who has been in the hospital for about two months with the heart problems, has been released again to a nursing home for rehab. I hope this time she won't have to go back to the hospital again, as she did the previous two times. Wed. night I went to see her (and take her some kombucha she requested). She looked a lot better and said she feels better this time. We watched Downton Abbey together. (Our second PBS station replays it on Wednesday nights.)

Two weeks ago when she was in the nursing home (2nd time) she went for a cardiologist appt. and he sent her right back into the hospital b/c she was filled with congestive fluid again. That was a Thursday. The next Sat. night she went into cardiac arrest in her sleep. Thank God she was in the hospital, hooked up to all the monitors, or she would have died in her sleep. That thought really scares me. A few days later they installed a defibrillator in her. She'd already had a pacemaker put in, after the open heart surgery that replaced a valve and repaired other(s).

Hopefully, this is it, finally on the road to recovery.

FWIW, I was not intending to argue about health issues, but to express my views and share information that is not readily available in the mass media. On the internet it's not always easy to know what to believe. There's a lot of good info out there, as well as a lot of bunk. I listen to a lot of radio programs, too. I've been learning about these issues for a very long time. Others can choose to agree or disagree and take whatever part that may be relevant for them, and leave the rest (or all).

Hi DG. :-)

[Edited by: goldieolds at 2/19/2015 4:36:39 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 8:57:13 PM

trugas, Glad you got some deals on stuff that you wanted/needed. Cash is good and so is cash back on a cc. Hope Costco changes to Visa so more people can take advantage of savings. :)

MidnightSun, Been real bitter cold here too. Windchill yesterday was about -30 and this mornings temp was -10 or so. Warming up Friday and the weekend and then lower temps into next week. :(
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 10:36:01 AM

YUP it was a lovely drive and l racked up 185 miles in the past 3 weeks so l went to Costco to buy $2.53 per gallon gas, but by the time l got there it had gone up another 6 cents a gallon. I bought $16 worth of gas and then mistake, l went inside. So many goodies not listed in coupon book. I spent way too much but got some good deals and things l had been wanting. Paid cash so Life is Good.
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 4:53:13 AM



Life IS Good!

Soup is so good it is nearly gone. It's making me loose weight. Good!

The swim must be pleasant in a heated pool. Those maniac drivers should get their Karma tested.

Woke up at midnight yesterday and remained awake w/the temp plunging far below zero during the wee hours. The 17 below zero become at least 27 below zero (-33°C) by 4 AM.

The stat chart of the day showed the temp touching past -30° F (-35°C) from 3:30 - 7 AM. The ice on the front door hinges thickened to ¾ inch. Proof to me.

Stayed toasty warm w/the kero heater cranking out 23,000 BTU's an hour. The temp was approaching 80° (27°C) in the house. Had to open one bdrm window 3" top and bottom. Several pots are filled w/water to keep the house nicely humid.

Enjoyed a 90 minute nap after finishing my rounds earlier than usual. Steam poured out of the open window from the heat and moisture into the intense deep freeze. The bdrm's light saw the screen a solid white from thick frost.

Watched my fave TV shows on Netflix. Then made a hash w/tatas, onions, the last of the cooked chicken legs, mushrooms, and red bell peppers. Come 10 o'clock it was time to go to the grocery store.

Had a strong urge to buy bone in pork sirloin chops at Shaw's on sale for only $1.79 a lb advertised in their weekly flyer. The Dart started easier than a few days earlier.

Let it run w/the fan on and returned to the house. The snow squeaks in temps about 10 below zero. The snow is so cold it can not expand — that is heat up when the pressure of steps or tires are on them. Snow crunches in warmer temps. Say above 0°

Found a fabulous pkg of chops that did not have a ¾" of fat around them like some of the others. Went to the PO, saw the home emergency furnance repair bill and opened it in the car. The visit w/parts, and labor, the total was just $111.25.

Stopped at that Propane Co office, spoke to the Office Mgr, and thanked him for a prompt service call w/o juicing the bill. Told him to please thank the tech for a job well down. Will pay the bill w/in 30 days.

Took the drive to the Mac's Mkt my pal is the meat mgr of. He had more days off. A job that is a gift of days off for him. The store mgr told me his store was 47° (8°C) when he opened the door at 5 AM.

The oil furnace there needed an early morning repair. Know he will pay thru the nose when the bill is rec'd. Passed up $3.99 90/10% hamburger for ground pork for $2.29. Also bought hot ham for $4.99 a lb on sale. It did have a bite to it.

Was going to turn off the kerosene heater before going out until the forecast was updated. The overnight is expected to be 11 to 15° below zero. Cold enough to enjoy the extra warmth and save the propane for when the temps are warmer.

The still air temp is -8° (-22°C). Our high is to be a pleasing +25° (-4°C). Light snow is forecast.

Civil twilight is 6:12 AM EST. Night is 5:48 PM.

Sunrise: 6:42 AM. Set: 5:18 PM.

Length of day: 10h 36m. Length of visible light: 11h 36m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55 longer.

Have a fabulous day!

              : )
 
dirt girl
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 7:40:18 PM

trugas, At least you have some good memories of the views. :)
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