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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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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 9:47:19 PM

goldieolds, The main dish was fine, but the potatoes were too salty. Don't think that it was a bad batch, just how they had the recipe. BLECH.

Sounds like some of the food shifted in your freezer. You may want to tie the key to the handle so you don't lose it. ;)

A couple of more weeks until the days actually start getting longer. :)

trugas, I understand that there are people who are just squeeking by and those aren't the people who are a concern for abusing the system. I think it's those people who use those services but still manage to have a cell phone for themselves and their kids. I don't know what the solution is but I think lots of people are out there looking to scam the system anyway they can and it just makes it harder for those who truly need the help. :(

On a brighter note, I think stouffers lasagna is not bad for frozen. It's nice that the small size makes about 5-6 meals so I can take it to work.

I like your santa hat picture. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 10:54:16 AM

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwaanza or Hanukkah or whatever positive wishes are sent my way, l am grateful for. I am never offended if it is a genuine wish and not just a gushy thing to impress or gain favor.
That being said and no offense to those of a different persuasion, Merry Christmas is the one l celebrate, and Joy to all others.

This is the santa hat l wore to pass out the cards but the pic was taken before. Still look the same to me. Bad teeth and all. LOL.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 12/22/2014 10:55:31 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 9:33:53 AM

I don't know dirtgirl, there was a time in my life as a single mother, when l gathered pennies and whatever change l could find to go to the store for a needed item. Got all excited to find a quarter. Even cashed in bottles at times. Things have been tough for me between jobs, or after a move or some big event in my life, like divorce.
Took whatever jobs cleaning for others or working in a cold warehouse where the owners paid with bouncing paychecks. They were trying to get a business started. Times when l could barely afford food after rent was paid. Can't imagine hanging onto any money for Christmas, when all l could think of was food.

Thank goodness life is good now, and that is all behind me. But l do remember that and feel for those who are in that predicament. Still am very harsh towards those who just sponge on others or use the system for their lives.

Goldie l knew l loved chard, just didn't know if l would like the frozen stuff. I did and it was fine. I will buy some to have on hand but $1.50 is a bit more than l want to pay tho that is close to a bunch of fresh when it is available. Depends on where it is bought. I found that a bunch for 99c wasn't as big a bunch as that was elsewhere for a bit more. So a bunch is not necessarily a bunch. LOL
I am going today to buy frozen lasagne. I didn't think that would be any good as fresh, but l liked Stouffers, and it is on $5 monday at Raleys. Safeway sells it for $7.99.
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 9:01:02 AM

HAPPY SOLSTICE everybody! I welcome back the Light and the progressively longer days and shorter nights, although it's going to take quite some before it's very noticeable.

IMO Solstice is a holiday we should all be able to celebrate, since it is a natural occurrence. Like New Years. DG, I appreciate your understanding and what you said about people who do not appreciate being wished "Merry Christmas" by strangers. From people who know me, but maybe not well enough to know about that, like some Gas Buddies, I appreciate that they are in essence, wishing me well. But from strangers, it feels to me like part of their celebration of their holiday and their assumption that it should be mine, too. I guess I've grown more sensitive to it with age, after more & more years of it. ;)

Too bad that you had to throw away some of those Dishes. If it was good to eat, it would have been a great gift. It looks like, from the website, that they are a bit pricey, at least by my standards. I wonder if that was typical or if you ended up with a bad batch. I know you're not going to try it again to find out. Unless you receive it as a gift again. ;)

Looking at their menu, there was maybe one item on the list that I'd want to eat. Fish that didn't have bread crumbs or chili seasoning. And then I figured it's probably farm raised, which normally I avoid, when possible. At least at home.

There are a few brands of frozen meals that I trust and eat, but not on a regular basis. If they come in a low sodium version, I get that. But at least the others don't taste too salty, although if I look at it, I cringe a bit.

Another thing I've started doing is transferring the food to a Pyrex or ceramic dish to heat it in. I don't think enough is known about the migration of chemicals from plastic containers into the food at high temps. Maybe even at low temps, but I don't worry as much about that. I don't like having extra dishes to wash, but would rather err on the side of safety.

Speaking of frozen food, I had to lock my upright freezer to get it to stay shut. I didn't even put anything new in it, just took a couple packages of chicken OUT. I couldn't figure out what was not in as good as before, and didn't have the time/patience to keep fiddling with it, so grabbed the key and locked it. ;)

Tru, glad you liked the chard.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 5:15:24 PM

goldieolds, Like anyplace else that has prepared food, you have to watch how much sodium is in it. I got it as a gift but a couple of the items were so salty they were inedible. Hated to throw them out but why eat them if they are that bad.

trugas, It's unfortunate that some people take advantage or abuse the system like that. It makes it harder for those who really need it.

On a different note, I can understand when you're a parent wanting to give your child something for christmas. But why Toys for Tots or other charities have to give kids multiple gifts for Christmas I don't understand. I know some people have limited incomes but couldn't they save say 25 or 50 cents a week towards christmas presents. After a year that would add up to quite a bit.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 1:59:44 PM

Goldie l just cooked up that rainbow chard l bought to see if it was any good, as l had never bought it frozen before. It is good and so l plan to get more maybe tomorrow when l return the slippers l bought. One foot makes your heel fall out it is cut funny.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 10:03:30 AM

Goldie l do not know anything about your dr visits or what health issues you have etc, and so l wasn't talking about you or anyone who has real lifetime health problems. I was talking about people like me, who walk around fairly easily and go out a lot, yet they call ambulances to move a screen between them and the toilet, who keep thinking up ways to keep therapist coming to their homes, long after the usual. Who have meals delivered when they are perfectly capable but just don't like cooking etc. This is my experience. Not a whole bunch of people but some l see and have seen. A new experience to me is a lady who brings fancy french named dishes to the pot lucks and sure she is in a power chair to go out but it doesn't slow her down. She works at times demonstrating foods and says standing long periods is no problem for her. Now suddenly she is having meals on wheels delivered. Why? coz she only has to pay $13 or so dollars a month for them , where as others are asked to pay $4 per meal. At least $80 a month.
So with all her fancy cook lessons and books and ability to stand long periods to prepare food, l believe she is abusing the system. But then l take advantage myself on some occasions l went to the veggie hand outs. Fresh produce, but not top quality. I felt justified as l donated a car to them a few years back..LOL. I don't go for free turkeys or hams tho. Actually l don't go at all anymore, as l found a lot of it had to be thrown away. Sure liked the free bread when l got the good kind tho.

Life is Good for me now and l am glad to be able to buy the ham l got yesterday for $13.50. It's a spiral like my son prefers, and l can see why now. He works and l made a sandwich yesterday with the thin cuts and it was good.
I also bought a bunch of chocolate chips and paid a premium price. I saw them elsewhere for .30c a pack less, but didn't think about it til checked out. I got 6 bags.

I don't begrudge anyone who needs help getting help. I just dislike intensely those who take advantage, unnecessarily. I like free as much as the next person. But l don't work real hard to get it. But if l can easily get free, l take it. I just got $5 coupon from Raleys and will buy a Stouffers lasagne with it tomorrow on $5 monday. Smiles.

That's the very crock pot l bought and i did saay it boiled the food. Last time it was ok tho. I don't eat food that is pink usually . I do have a meat thermometer and it made me overcook my turkey...


[Edited by: trugasCA at 12/21/2014 10:07:51 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 6:41:54 AM

DG, thanks. There is (or was?) one of those places not too far from here, but it wasn't there when my mom was still alive. So I don't have to cook for her any more. As you know, my own diet is too weird, even if I could afford a place like that. You know, wheat-free, many things organic, only certain kinds of meats, etc. And then there are hot peppers: chilis, cayenne, etc, that people like to put in nearly everything these days, and which I can't tolerate. I think it's a sensitivity. But some day, if/when I can't cook for myself any more, I might have to consider it. Standing, to cook or for anything else, is getting more difficult, but so far I can still do it, just not as much as I'd like to.

Now that we've had a lot of improvement in my hip, I think my p.t. is going to focus more on my SI joint. Hadn't realized how much stems from that area, until other areas improved and I could isolate more what I'm feeling where. I'm hoping that will improve standing and walking. Both my p.t. and chiropractor are amazed at how much more movement we've gotten in my arthritic right hip. Neither of them thought it was possible, but we were trying to at least maintain the movement I still had. The acupuncture I've been able to get has really made a huge difference in enhancing their treatments! So now I remain hopeful that we can get similar results for my SI joint. And whatever role my supplements might be playing; I can't say for sure. But I am taking some different ones that are supposed to help with such things.

Last week, my wonderful P.T. said that it's like I have a new hip. I told her I had an energetic hip replacement. I was thinking both of the acupuncture and all the reading I'd done recently about Midnight's hip replacement. :)

It was only this year that I learned that the SI joint (just below the lumbar spine) is worn out due to having to compensate for the lack of mobility in the spine above it. Seven (I think) levels of my lower spine were surgically fused when I was 17, due to scoliosis. The immobility of that part of my back caused the SI to have to overwork. And I have long thought that my right hip has (over?) compensated for the left side, where more surgery was done. I don't know if that contributed to the arthritis in that hip or not. My dad and uncle had bad arthritis of the hip, so maybe other things were involved in that one.

Tru, I thought about all the treatments I'm getting now when you talked about the people going to doctors, etc, more b/c of the good insurance coverage they have. I lost a lot of ground during the years I didn't have coverage, and if I had to pay more for it now (more co-pays, etc) I wouldn't be able to get the treatments that are really helping me. I don't think I'm abusing the system, just getting the help I need. And they are really helping. It'll be very nice when I don't have to go to so many appointments, but for now I'm very grateful. Less pain and more mobility are great things!

[Edited by: goldieolds at 12/21/2014 6:48:42 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 7:45:34 PM

trugas, Not many kids I know like veggies a whole lot. Must be that the flavor is too strong for them and as we age maybe our tastebuds get a bit more tolerant of strong flavors. Sounds like a great household hint column for those who aren't familiar with stuff like that. Most of it is common sense though but not every one has time for that stuff. lol

At work, there is a group of people who get upset because you can't wish people a Merry Christmas anymore or that fact that schools can't have Christmas celebrations. I often wonder how those same people would feel if they had to listen to Hannukah songs all day and have people wishing them Happy Hannukah. I think some people just don't understand how other people perceive things like that. :)

goldieolds, There is a company called Let's Dish where you can either go to the location and assemble your own meals (everything is premeasured) or you can have them assemble them for you (dish-n-dash) and they will also split meals in half when possible. The latter costs a bit more per serving but the food is fairly good, though some of it is rather high in sodium. They have menus available on line so even if you can't afford the service (a bit pricey) you can get ideas for food to fix at home. They also have ready made dishes for those who just want to pick up a dish on the spur of the moment. Some of these are considerably higher priced because they are packaged to just put in the oven I think. They do have veggies, breads and desserts on the ready made list which are a whole lot cheaper (but not cheaper than homemade) if a person wanted to try them. :)

I got Cooks Illustrated for one year and decided to quit. I think the premise is good but didn't have a use for a lot of the information they had in each issue. Also a bit of a disappointment that it wasn't in color for the recipes. I think the final deciding vote was because the cost to renew was considerably higher than the promo rate was.

[Edited by: dirt girl at 12/20/2014 7:51:37 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 12:36:15 PM

I was reading Americas Test Kitchens/Cooks Country product testing review of "small" (4 qt) slow cookers and thought some here might be interested in what they say.

Tru, I was a little concerned about what they said about the Crock Pot 4 qt, b/c I thought that is possibly the one you bought. Do you use a thermometer to make sure meats get to the proper temp?

They have opened up all their equipment test results for free this weekend (for Christmas gifts, dontcha know)

Cooks Illustrated Equipment Reviews.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 9:33:56 AM

Glad you had fun at the Christmas party.

My impression of Meals on Wheels here is the same as what DG said. When my mother was going to finally come home from the nursing home the first time, after being there approx. four months recovering from congestive heart failure and three months earlier not being expected to live, she got Meals on Wheels. She was excited when my brother said he'd ordered it for her, and let down when she found out he really just meant ordered, and wasn't paying for it, as it had sounded like (he could have afforded it). Not sure if she would have fit the category of "homebound", since I was living with her and took her out sometimes, when she felt up to it. Not necessarily out to eat, although we did that sometimes, but even to the grocery store, for change of scenery. But she didn't go out on her own and was very limited in how much she could walk, due to shortness of breath. She didn't like the Meals on Wheels enough to continue, but it gave me a break to get used to caring for her, before having the added responsibility of cooking more meals for her.

Proselytizing at a party? I would definitely not like that.

Cleaning/sorting? What's that? ;)
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 8:13:53 AM

30 years ago,or more, when I was a working single mother, my son and I used to eat out a lot. Caspers hot dogs, Italian places, hole in the wall hamburger joints, great Hof Braus, Saturday mornings breakfast at the Truck Stop. and other places, anyway. At that time Kale was a dressing on your plate. No one served it as a veggie that l knew of...and I used to eat it raw. Loved it then and still do. My mom couldn't get me to eat many veggies, but later on l developed a taste for all kinds of veggies.

There used to be a program or more likely a news paper article that said things like:
"Daily sorting of mail into proper places and keeping every thing in it's place will cut down on weekly housework. Encourage your kids to help" That kind of thing. LOL

The Christmas music put on by 3 ladies here was lovely and fun. Normally l am not "into" that type of thing, but this was nice. One on cello, she said God told her to do this for us, and one sang and the friend in our group was on drums. Except for the proslethizing which l felt was uncomfortable, since we have Jewish, Hindu and other faiths present, it was fun.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 10:42:16 PM

trugas, Here, I think meals on wheels will deliver to anyone who wants it. Most seniors don't cook for themselves or eat well so it is an option. From what I've heard, some of the food is good, some isn't. Some people don't want to hassle with what might not be good. Have also learned that some people are fiercely independent and think if they accept any help it will make them appear weak.

I find cleaning/sorting goes in spurts. Probably should happen on a daily basis but it doesn't. lol

Glad you got to the dermatologist, hopefully it will heal after a few days. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 4:51:51 PM

Midnight keep up the therapy.
I walked to the Christmas gathering, and the rain has about finished , maybe a few more showers tomorrow. We had local talent then we all joined in to sing carols. Fun. Funny too. The food was good again. I much preferred the ham that was from Safeway dinners at Thanksgiving, this one was more like lunchmeat, but ok. Turkey rolls and beautiful and tasty salad. Spinach dip and raw veggies.
I still have only shopped for food once this month. Saved a lot on grocery bill, spent it elsewhere......actually l am saving for my car insurance in March.
Life is good and l am enjoying it more and more.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 8:27:57 AM

Update on phone.....I picked it up and pushed 411 and it is fixed, clear as a bell. At first l hear the hum, same as the hum, but it is the dial tone. That's why l called an actual number to listen to them talk. Perfectly clear, so it was outside my apt.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 8:05:16 AM

Well l think this mentioned person is on Medi-aid, here in CA it is called medi-cal. Everything is free. I have noticed that people on medi-cal use their drs, therapists and ambulances a whole lot more than those who have co-pays. I used to live above a male in Sebastopol who went out daily, and yet he had home meals delivered and often called ambulance. Said he had foot problems. Don't know if it was diabetic related or not. Just started noticing from the flashing lights of ambulance waking me up, then the delivery of food supposedly to home bound clients. I wonder about those things but l don't know their full medical reasons. Doesn't stop me from comparing. Then l hear some of the background or the person tells me things that make me realize that they are just one who knows how to use and work the system.

Then l also note that there are those l know around me that won't go to a Dr hardly at all. Some refuse to use a walker or even a cane. I saw one yesterday and asked about him as he could barely walk and the person l was with told me he was the local news reporter in our little paper. Lives on the second floor with all those steps and refuses to use any aid of any kind. From his picture in the paper, l kinda had him pictured in a scooter like mine. He is only one. Another man here to walk from one apt to another, his balance is so poor that he nearly falls, but pushes you angrily away when you offer him an arm. Hard to figure them out too. But l do observe these types.

For myself l am doing well. Keeping up with the housework. But losing interest in sorting and putting away of things. LOL.
I am now re-instated with IHSS but so far l have not contacted them or looked for a housekeeper. The one l had is still sick, l call and enquire as to how she is doing. I am just enjoying my freedom. I don't have to move things so they can clean on specific days if l don't feel up to it l leave it for another day. Love that freedom. If l do get another housekeeper, l would like to have the choice of calling them to come or not. I had that once and didn't appreciate it at the time, and just kept to the scheduled times.
It is difficult, because they want and should get regular pay.

My concern is now with a patch of painful area below the removed sore on my forehead.
I decided to go ahead with the phone company coming out. But will cancel before the 29th if l find a solution.

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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 12:04:50 AM

MidnightSun, Sounds like you are doing terrific, just don't try to do too much as you know how it feels. :)

goldieolds, Sauted or stir fried baby kale is good. :)

trugas, I think with home therapy, it depends on the agency or therapist. Sometimes they can request longer times but I know in the case of social securtity, there are only so many visits that are guaranteed.
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Life IS seriously Good. Getting better every day.

Are you kidding on imagining what an elbow or dog leg looks like?

Doing PT on my own. The exercises are extra often to recover asap. My will = a way. Actually was one week ago for my first drive. Two weeks 4 days. All results are records. Trying my best.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:13:26 AM

Tru, yes, it was good! And I never would have thought of it if I didn't have all these boxes of greens in the fridge that need to get used asap. I don't do presentation, either. I eat with my mouth, not my eyes. ;) I just thought it would taste good that way, and it did. It was kind of sort of like a sandwich, but with veggies instead of bread and eaten with a fork instead of hands. Well, actually I didn't use a fork, either. I used a graperfruit spoon. I've been doing that sometimes lately with things that cut easily and work better, or just as well, for scooping things up instead of spearing them with a fork. True, Tru. LOL
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 10:38:49 AM

That sounds so good Goldie that l think l will go get some chard and cook up one of my salmaon patties. I don't do presentation but the combination of chard , which l love, and the salmon sounds so good.

3 weeks and driving Midnight? l don't think my friend did that soon. I'm sure you are following the Drs orders. 3 weeks and no more therapy, my neighbor at 3 months is still getting therapy for ?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 6:38:02 AM

Midnight, thanks but I don't know what "an ever so constant radius driveway. Aka an elbow drive." are either. Is it round? Have a sharp turn?

I've been doing something different with my Trident salmon patties. Although sometimes I eat them on a half a bun, I'm not a big bread eater, so often put them on a bed of Romaine lettuce, spring mix or other salad greens, with tartar sauce. And fresh lemon juice, of course. I was making them in the oven or the Foreman grill, which I think made them drier. I have some boxes of washed and cut organic rainbow chard. It was given to me b/c it was past the best by date, so I needed to start using it up. I'd never had it that way before, and have only bought bunches of it a few times, so not so experienced in cooking it. First I fried the salmon patty in a frying pan. I squeezed fresh lemon juice on it and while it was "resting" I sauteed the chard with garlic, onions and crimini mushrooms in the same pan. I put the salmon on top of a little mound of the chard and then piled some more on top. Added more fresh lemon juice, which went well with both the veggies and the salmon. I don't usually use pepper, b/c I don't like it and try to limit salt to an as needed basis. Used neither this time, as the lemon juice served the purpose. It was so good I wanted it again a couple of days later, so did it again. I had more of the rainbow chard and onions, but was out of the mushrooms. I might have added something else, but I don't recall. That time I used a larger pan and made two patties and could cook all the chard etc at one time. I ate some and put the rest away to eat cold the next day. It was good that way, too and easy to put in a plastic container and take with me to eat on the run. mmm....

Tuesday I did it again (that's how much I liked it) but this time used the baby kale that had to be used up. There wasn't as much of it, but I'd bought more crimini 'shrooms and some sweet colored bell peppers. So made a veggie sautee from those and garlic and onion, and otherwise did it the same with the salmon, with lots of fresh lemon juice on all of it. It was so good, too, and I felt like I was eating gourmet leftovers, even though I had to eat it in the car. :)

I cooked them in healthy coconut oil, so didn't feel bad about the frying/sauteeing.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 12/18/2014 6:43:27 AM EST]
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Life IS Good!

d/g. Did send the card. Thought about it for near a week. He *needs* the words of wisdom.

g/o, an ever so constant radius driveway. Aka an elbow drive.

t/g, Made dbl breaded pork chops. Was nicely different.

The latest update:
Friday was a big day for me. Dug the Dart out of the snow, warmed it up and cleared the windows. Fired up the Arien 28" snowthrower and cleaned up the driveway and walkway.

Went nice and slow to scrape as much snow and ice off the 200' (61 metre) drive and 50' (15 metre)walkway to the house. Used the half barrel of sand mixed w/lots of salt that the town dropped off the week before on one side of the driveway and several times on the way to the house.

Was out 3.5 hours cleaning the cars on snow removal detail, and sanding. Without a doubt the time spent was exhausting. A 3 hour nap was taken. Sleep is still erratic. Longest rest is 3 hours, once and a while 4 hours. Body needs all the sleep that can be had.

Woke up the next day, after several sleep sessions, achy w/a hip that hurt as much as it did the next day after the hip replacement surgery. That surgery was just 3 weeks ago yesterday. Am halfway thru the typical recovery cycle.

It takes 6 weeks just for bone to recover cutting through it, even if one is a healthy teen. Am about halfway through the return to a normal state of bone health. Strength and stamina will follow.

Took the Dart for my first drive on Saturday. Visited Mac's Market in Whitefield. Spent 15 minutes explaining to my meat mgr pal the hip replacement surgery and the events that happened w/the trans bus driver. He was amazed that my composure was contained.

Bought some store made 80% lean hot Italian sausage for $1.98. Always good to have in stock. Made sausage peppers, onions, and mushrooms over the w/e. Also bought cod for $6.99 and had a feast w/evoo lemon added and plenty of veggies.

Monday saw the young female PT phone to say she was to be 40 minutes late. Asked her if Tuesday would work for her as it would for me. Yes, it would for us both.

Jumped into the Dart and drove to the super WalMart on Woodsville NH. Really needed some items and wanted to go for a soothing long drive. Also been having my heart set on preparing homemade teriyaki sauce — no MSG.

Bought a veggie loaded cold cut combo, a foot long for just $4. It is the customer appreciation discount special along w/the meatball sub, $2 for a 6", $4 for a footlong until the end of the year.

Returned an opened Taster's Choice instant coffee 7 oz (198 grams) container. My hip replacement surgery story helped to pull this off.

Had a field day shopping and walking in the store w/o aid. Had a hand basket to stock and buy items my local WM does not stock. Treated myself to a premium red velvet cake slice 6" long and 2" wide. Think it was $1.75 ea. Know it was a slice of heaven.

Was fatigued big time on the drive home, nearly 80 miles r.t. Put the food away and took a long nap. Woke up to find the walking was overdone. It was painful to walk normally up my stairs. Was the next day also.

The PT gal visited early Tuesday morning. Gave me an illustrated list of 7 exercises to strengthen my hip. She added positive vibes telling me so much has been accomplished in just 3 short weeks. My last home PT w/ her.

Took my 5th rest period of the day when she left. Can be awake and an hour later be so drowsy that another sleep session is needed. Know sleep is great for healing. Also know things will be fabulous once the sleepy feeling passes.

Am 3 weeks into the 6 week representative example of recovery. The last home visit of the PT gal was Tuesday morning. She gave me moral support, hearty PT, and excellent enthusiasm during all of her visits.

Know these next three weeks will see great improvement with the pain/soreness leaving forever. Looking forward to walking up and down the road and improving my stamina.

Crossing of my legs and bending at a 90° angle are no no's at the present time. It is nice to recover at the beginning of winter and sure do look forward to returning back to hiking, ever so slowly, when my hip is fully healed.

Spring will be extra special for me. A new year and more importantly, new beginnings.

Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EST. Night is 4:41 PM.

Sunrise: 7:17 AM. Set: 4:07 PM.

Length of day: 8h 50m. Length of visible light: 9h 57m. Tomorrow will be 18s shorter.

Temperature is 31° (0.5°C), the high will be 37° (3°C). There is an 80% chance of rain.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:41:49 PM

trugas, Sorry, fell asleep early last night and didn't post much.

Hope the trip to the dermatologist went well. Sounds like you've been busy baking again. The pecan pies sound good and a nice idea. Hope the rain lets up soon. :)

goldieolds, You should try to use your side mirrors for backing up at times like that. At least if you go during the winter the s*** adds some illumination to the driveway. :)

The driver Midnight had was driving a small bus so should have been able to back up using the mirrors.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 11:44:14 AM

Tru, glad you didn't have any damage or serious effects from the storms. Is Camarillo Springs the same area as Camarillo? I asked my 85 y.o. cousin who lives in Santa Monica and has lived in So. Cal. since he was 13, and he didn't know either.

What you said about people rebuilding in the same area reminds me of people who live in flood plains and do the same thing.

My aunt who lived in L.A. said the same thing about liking the rain and enjoying watching it.

Midnight what's a "dog leg" driveway? Keep in mind, if a person has back and/or neck problems that turning to get into the proper position for backing up a car can be difficult. Friends that I visit (DG, when I wave to you;) ) have a long narrow driveway, and when I've had to back out it was very difficult. I couldn't twist all the way around and I didn't go straight. Went onto the grass. That driveway is straight and flat and there was no snow. But it was dark.

Tru, I hope you got your "third eye" taken care of and that it is now healing.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 9:49:09 AM

Just me posting l guess life is NOT good for everyone right now?

My phone problem is a loud hum during dialing or even if incoming calls. Nothing l have tried gets rid of it. I threw away all my old cord phones and now l have no other way to check the line. or plug. All equipment around this phone has been the same since it was plugged in. The charge lights are lit, so i am told it is not the battery or the phone indicates that. I went online and watched their videos and other than outside lines l have followed all suggestions. They are mostly for dial tones anyway. I should have gotten the service, but it cost $10 a month and now l can't get it for 30 days.
At least l have answering service if anyone calls, l can use my isty bitsy cell phone to call them back. I have been on ATT for over an hour. No help.

May go buy new phone to check it .. Just picked up the phone and can't tell if it is the hum or a dial tone. Too early to call anyone around here.

At least my third eye is going to be taken care of today. I finally pleaded enough with a dermatologist to get an appt today. The spot, sore, infection is much worse and entire thing is red and sore now. The urgent care dr was great but had no expertise in this type of thing. She may have done more harm than good by poking a sqeezing. I will find out later today.

The rain is light at the moment and is expected to become heavier later in the day. Tomorrow will be very heavy again. I saw pictures of our creek during the first and biggest rainfall and then compared to yesterdays rainfall. 3 feet difference at least. The big storm had it almost to the foot bridge going across to the rest of the neighborhood.

I made miniature pecan pies to hand out with the Christmas cards.

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Life is Good, and we are getting more rain, after a day or two of none, so hopefully the creek went down enough so won't overflow. Hope no more damage to the poor south either.

We have been lucky, well our trees went down a couple of years back, and the transformer went out last year, but so far this year we haven't been bothered much. Winter hasn't really started yet though.

I don't need to shop, but had Raley's $5 Monday written on today's journal page. I looked it up and it was just to stockpile more Viva towels at the lower price. I have plenty. So l will just stay home. I do have the birthday party here in the complex. No problem there.

The heavy rain pounding on a bucket woke me an hour or two early, so l am sitting here yawning. Hope l can catch a nap before the party. It is at noon.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:52:57 PM

Exactly my sentiment dirtgirl. I don't want to mistreat my investment. Others can take those chances, but l was told not to do so or even store the scooter out on the patio, for moisture is very bad for them. Being a rule follower................

Been reading most of the day. Baked the lemon bites, not bars coz l cut them smaller, for the party tomorrow.

The bump on my forehead starts to ache and burn which reminds me to take acetamenophen, and l am taking antibiotic, yet it is getting large again and red also. I will again try to locate a dermatologist tomorrow.

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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:11:03 PM

trugas, Thanks for reminding me that it was the electronics and not the wheels. I remember you mentioning the electronics before and just forgot. I don't blame you for being careful, that's an expensive item to have to replace especially if you need it every day. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 12:03:18 PM

Goldie l saw the pics of Camarillo area where the homes had mud clear to eaves of roof. The hills behind slide down and retaining walls don't stop the mud slides, happens every year down there somewhere. MY last trip l looked at and took pictures where people died in homes that mud came thru, and what impressed me was the wimpy little barriers behind their houses which l know won't hold mud back. At least this year the people had vacated their homes.
Simply do not understand why people buy in those areas as history should show them what happens.It's not as if it is the first time and what a surprise when it happens. But then l live on an earthquake fault. Pretty much anywhere in CA is a fault of one kind or another. So there you go.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 11:01:29 AM

dirtgirl, it is the electronics on the power scooter that rain or any moisture affects.
I did the wash in a light rain, very light and unexpected, but really try to avoid even fog as it permeates the electronics and could stop the function. Even taking a chance when covering with plastic. I do see some people using theirs but they get their scooter free and l paid for mine and don't want to buy another. They cost a whole lot of money.

Pork chop and fried potato for breakfast yesterday. Actually had two breakfasts, as previously ate cream of wheat and it didn't fill me up. So don't know what to eat today.

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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 8:12:08 PM

MidnightSun, Even when you're partially laid-up you have an active lifestyle. Perhaps you might want to give a second thought to sending that card... "a wise man quietly holds it back". ;)

trugas, Hopefully you won't have too much problems with all the laundry. That's too bad that the scooter looses traction when it's wet out. I would think that different tires might make a difference when it's wet but then not work well at other times as they may pick up too much dirt or gravel. :/

goldieolds, I seem to remember that all 50 states have had tornados though I guess that the states along the west coast and alaska and hawaii don't see too many mainly because the weather systems are pretty stable out there.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 7:17:43 PM

Midnight oh yeah must have been similar to my trying to use walker in deep sand. LOL.

Goldie l hear so cal has winter floods and slides every winter. Even last winter in the drought they had slides coz of burned out areas.

I am doing just fine. The rain was heavy but we suffered no outages or wind damage or anything in this area.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 7:13:41 PM



Life IS Good!

Left the walker by the side of the driveway as the 4" of snow was too difficult, rough going and time consuming to use. Plan on sending the driver a Christmas card describing my feelings of the incident. Do have a way w/words.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 8:29:36 AM

Tru, glad you haven't had any serious repercussions from the rain and storms. I heard there was some serious damage in SoCal. They talked about pretty bad damage in Camarillo Springs. I know someone who lives in Camarillo. Is that the same place? I'm assuming it is. Also sounds like it was pretty bad in some parts of L.A. IF so, I better call my cousins and see if they're ok. Did I hear right, there was a tornado in L.A.? I didn't think they got them out there. Yikes.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 9:34:50 AM

Midnight you left your walker to go back to the house to call?

Life is going well for me, the storm didn't affect me at all. I did enjoy watching all the heavy rain. Actually had to get out my heavy old rubber boots to walk to mail room, Coz of all the puddles. The old sidewalks are cracked and cause them. I have been more concerned about the rising river nearby. It won't affect me directly, but the people who live near it may even need to be air lifted again. I do have a creek nearby but it seems to be emptying easily now, and does not get fed from northern runoff, like the river does. It runs east/west.

Only way l am affected is by the laundry piling up due to being too wet to ride scooter to laundry room. I could walk it down if it doesn't let up soon, but that gets painful after first trip. Good thing is l have plenty of clothes and towels and sheets, but later on it would be just that much harder on me to wash all the buildup.
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Life IS Good!

Lots happened to share this tome. Thanks for keeping the homefires burning.

Still sleeping 10-12 hours daily, at all crazy times, including the afternoons. Sleep sessions are 5x a day. Fatigue can set in quickly.

Have a home hospice care young nurse/PT that visits now twice a week, down from 3x a week. Monday will be her final visit. She had no problem backing in my driveway on Monday after a w/e of fresh fallen snow.

Will begin with the drama on Tuesday. Phoned for transportation from North Country CAP last week for an appointment on this day. Driver phoned to get directions to my place.

Specifically said to hug the forest side of the driveway. He telephoned 45 minutes early and said he was at the town church and would be heading up the mtn to my property in a second.

Put on a heavy shirt, winter jacket, and used the walker in 4" of snow to get to the driveway. Heard the 10-12 passenger bus backing up on the steady dogleg driveway.

It was slow going w/the walker in the 4" of snow. Place, step, lift, place, step,repeat. When the bus was seen it was off the driveway, now on the snowcovered lawn that has an downward slope.

Immediately the 70 y/o semi retired trans driver tried to save face by saying he got stuck because the driveway was not plowed of the merely 4" of snow.

Told him no, that is not what happened. A women backed in the day before w/o a problem. Told him he backed up 5' ((1.5 meters) off of the driveway and that got him stuck w/the right side of the rig on the sloped down lawn.

Left my walker to the side of the driveway and walked inside. Phoned the Tax Collector and related the event and asked if she would be kind enough to cell phone her hubby, the Road Agent (foreman), of the town's Hwy Dept.

Returned to the trans bus to tell the fellow that the town was arriving to haul him out. Saw freshly pealed orange skins thrown into the snow and a tree.

Told him he ate an orange and littered my property w/ the peals.He said he was feeding the birds. Told him no bird eats orange peals. What kind of upbringing did you have? Pick up the peels, all of it.

Noticed that since my walker was left there a mystical being from the forest mysteriously broke the cross bar of the walker used 3x. It retails for $145.

Knew the only one in ½ mile took out his anger/frustration on my new walker. Did not say one word.

The town 4 wheel drive sander arrived w/a chain to save the day. Knew the fellow well. He also is the Recycle Center attendant. Stepped back a few feet and nodded my head, meaning no to the town worker. The message was rec'd.

Town employee looked under the bus for a few seconds and said there is nothing to hook a chain to — "You'll have to call for a wrecker." Driver asked me if there was a wrecker in town.

"Nope, none in this town." Town employee dropped a 200 pound barrel of sand, no shovel, and drove away. Back into the house for me, leaving the driver to fend for himself, alone, w/great anxiety.

Moral:
One Good Turn Deserves Another — Aesop's Fables. One sows what they reap. "A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back." — Proverbs 29:11.

Phoned the surgeon and explained that the trans bus was stuck in the snow and my appointment needed to be cancelled. As the staples needed to be removed. and appointment was made late Wed afternoon.

Telephoned my neighbor to ask if he was able to drive me to the hospitable. He was. Also phoned the trans Co and explained that the driver left the driveway and made himself stuck.

Said the driver will swear this happened due to me not plowing just 4" (10 cm) of snow, already w/tire tracks from the nurse visit the day before w/o incident.

Told the dispatcher the driver left the driveway, that is why he was stuck. Did not mention the orange peel litter or the mysteriously broken walker that happened sitting out by itself in the driveway. Did not have to.

The following morning my neighbor to the north had to pick up his tractor starter fromaCoin St Johnsbury, VT. Close by was the distributer of the walker. Neighbor took the walker along w/him, stopped at the med supply Co and had them repair the walker, there and then, good as new.

Neighbor stopped back at 3 PM to take me in his pick up to the hospital for my two week follow up and have the 32 staples removed. Found out their were 40 sutures internally to close the muscle and skin.

Can not say the wire staple removal, just like what is used on paper at one's home, was painless. No pain meds were used. Yet the removal surely was far less than getting stung 32x.

A few drops of blood, some alcohol wiped it away, and the event was over. Dr visited me and asked how things were. Said stairs could be taken normally and soon a cartwheel could be done.

We talked extensively about hiking on an incline vs steps of a ladder. He said when my quads could take hours of two steps w/o fatigue, the mtns could be returned. Am not able to take a dbl step at this time.

Plan on building up as a beginner would for their first steady elevation gain. Have snowshoes ready for when the first 2' (.6 metres) or more of snow arrives.

The x-c skis wait for deep snow. My ice skates are ready, when it will be far below freezing each day.

Did stop in Shaw's after my Wed doc appointment to buy some needed goodies.

May clean the new Dart of snow and drive to Littleton to the stores. Will be my first time driving since the hospital trip 2.5 weeks ago on Nov 24.

Civil twilight is 6:40 AM EST. Night is 4:39 PM.

Sunrise: 7:13 AM. Set: 4:06 PM.

Length of day: 8h 53m. Length of visible light:9h 59m. Tomorrow will be 41s shorter.

Temperature is 29° (-2°C), the high will be 39° (4°C).

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 7:47:21 PM

We got a lot of rain, not much wind that was predicted, but l heard 147 mphr up in mountains at Sugar Bowl ski area.
The rain let up by 11 or 12 and just a light rain for the time we were to have gone to lunch, BUT Fearless Leader is under the weather today so it is just as well we cancelled.
It is still raining a bit and now our temperature has dropped. The rain that was coming from Hawaii was warm, now it's cold.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 1:08:41 PM

BTW, I have had orthopedic surgery twice, and I know it takes time for recovery and for the body to get its energy back. All the rest and sleeping gives it a chance to focus all its energy on healing. I pretty much knew that Midnight's original projection of being back to posting the Thursday after the surgery was not realistic, but I did not want to be negative about it. There was a chance that the newer technology might have made it realistic after all.

I trust he'll be back to posting when it is right for him.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 12:41:40 PM

Glad you are getting the much needed rain, and that your son will be moving to your area. That's wonderful!

I hope you'll keep this avatar. I love looking at the Pacific Ocean. It is very special to me. :))

Midnight has said that he is sleeping a lot at all hours of day and night, as part of his recovery from surgery. He was going yesterday (or so?) to get his sutures removed, and my assumption is that he knew that trek would wear him out even more, and that he knew he'd be sleeping until Thursday after that.

We all wish him well!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:48:25 AM

Quoting Midnight..."Back around Thursday" ..he also is not posting on his own thread since the 6th.

Are you away? or just under the weather? Hope you are ok.

Meantime, l am experiencing heavy steady rain, but l do not have any other problems. So Life is Good right here ..Right now and we can sure use all this downpour. I am sure there are trouble spots, but they don't seem to have developed as much as they warned they would.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 9:50:52 AM

LOL, I think maybe Midnight was responding to my post about Mystic Pizza in CT and Whole Foods freezer dept. Mystic Pizza movie was tempting and fun to watch. Good acting, too.

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 8:43:38 AM

dirtgirl. Midnight says he'll be back Thursday. How many days does it take to get a pizza.
You people who deal with snow storms are going to laugh, but a 3 inch rain storm is coming thru here Thursday and Everyone wants to cancel our trip 4 blocks to Applebees. This is the birthday celebration.

The heaviest rain is to be over by 11 and we weren't leaving til 12:15. Such wimps.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 8:24:25 PM

trugas, Cetaphil is often used by people with very sensitive skin on their face. It's basically an alternative to soap. A standard size container lasts quite a long time.

I think MidnightSun is trying to tell us he's going out for pizza. lol
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 5:45:37 PM

Back Thursday??? Didn't know you were going anywhere. Better enlighten us..
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Life IS Good!

No pain meds are needed. No pain, just soreness in the hip. Lots of decent pizza in CT and New England. Have one frozen one saved for a treat. Boston has superb pizza. Too many to name.

Back around Thursday w/a full update.

 
 


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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 9:53:51 AM

OK so uff da is just like "OH MY"?
I can understand driving straight thru to visit or stay with someone, but to go on vacation and never stop to enjoy anything? Just driving all day everyday, to cover ground. Big deal.

I don't know what to call it , infected pore? or some thing filled with liquid, on my forehead had to be attended to and couldn't get any dermatologist for 50 miles around to take me in an emergency situation. Mine was gone, others had January appts, and "walk in" was so late in the day,almost dark and l don't drive after dark. So went to Urgent care and she poked and squeezed and did stuff that may not have been a good idea. But she was trying to get a "core" where none existed. My son had a large liquid filled cyst removed from his scalp once and the specialist he later saw, said all the wrong things were done there. I had fierce headaches for hours after. Burning and headache. I have to go get antibiotic pills today. I am suppose to wash it in something called Cetaphil. Guess l will buy that too. 5 X' s a day.
I asked for a Christmas decorated bandaid but no go on that.
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 11:27:58 AM

Uff Da is the Scandinavian equivalent to Oy Vey. If you're familiar with that. ;)

Your husband's driving reminds me of my Dad's. We drove from MN to CA (L.A.) to visit family a lot when I was young. My Dad did all of the driving until my brother was old enough to help a little. My mother wouldn't drive on the highway. The goal was just to get there as soon as possible, not to sight-see. I remember once we stopped to see the Painted Desert, but what I remember about it is that it was such a novelty to stop to see something; I don't remember what it actually looked like.

One other time, after my brother was older and stayed home to work over the summer, a cousin rode with us instead, and we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls. That was fun and the falls were beautiful. I had more fun with my cousin (a girl) than with my brother. LOL. Another fun thing about that trip was my first airplane ride, from LA to SF. My parents left us in LA at our respective aunts while they went up to a convention in SF. My cousin and I flew up to SF to meet them to drive back to MN. It was a propeller P.S.A. plane. We've got 16mm film documenting us getting off the plane. :)

I had to "irrigate the desert" on more than one of those get-there-as-quickly-as-possible trips. ;) We always had a "commissary" in the back seat. A round Scotch thermos cooler packed with ice and sandwiches, pop and treats. Sometimes we stopped at a grocery store to buy the fixings for my mom to make more sandwiches, while sitting in the car.
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 10:49:48 AM

OK so what is uff-da? I have heard "ya sure you betcha"..even in movies.
I haven't been to many states and only to Canada. Tour ships to Alaska and Hawaii, and drove to Wy and Montana, TX, ARiz, New MX. NV, Or and Wa. Lived briefly in OK. as a 7 year old or maybe younger. Otherwise l am a nummy as to the states.

Life is Good where l am , so why go elsewhere except to visit? Seriously, l was a wife and mother and very tied down and most of my life we only went on fishing vacations locally. Just the once my husband ventured to Canada. Drove thru it and Montana so fast l couldn't tell you where we were. Spent only one night at Yellowstone.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 9:07:07 PM

trugas, Why didn't she ask her son to look for here. Wait, don't answer that. lol

Winter here is not for most. Well, most of us have a love hate relationship with it but then we were born here and have relatives here and moving someplace where people don't know what "uff-da" means or can't say "ya sure you betcha" is unthinkable. ;)
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 12:19:47 PM

Welcome two new to me posters. Fooling are you recently retired? l looked at you profile and you are not new to GB but new to posting on topics.?

Southtown. Welcome Harley lover. Smiles. Looked at your "Hurt" pics and am guessing it was from motorcycle wreck. Glad you are all well now. Xrays said 1951.

My sister in MN is planning to return and has put me to work to locate her a $600 to $700 2 bedroom apt. And l was online a lot yesterday and found a few and they all require a credit check, and she won't pass that. So l am sending her the list. Best one was in Dinuba but she said she didn't want to live there. I couldn't believe it. It was NOT dog friendly. $620 for 2 bedrooms. But she won't board the dog or leave it with friends just long enough to get here and look for herself. I can't locate where she wants to live , allowing dogs and her son to pile in on her again as a "caregiver". He was seldom there and always took her car so she was stranded. But thats what she wants to do again....?? It's that saying in fact of her life...doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. She said "he is doing better and going to classes" He lies to her. He's into a drug lifestyle. That is why he disappears for 3 or 4 days at a time when living with her. She supplies the car and insurance and he's out here and like her other son said "he just brought you back here and dumped you". She jokingly said she could come stay with me, and l told oh no they do not allow anymore than one week per year of visiting ...but l have no bed or even a couch for anyone anymore. So l stopped that right away.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 11:22:31 PM

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