goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:43:58 AM Hi all.Tru, how are you feeling? You sure do a lot for being ill!Here's the answer to your question about Edith in "Downton Abbey":[quote]Sorry, my post last February omitted that it was Edith who went to Switzerland for several months, on the pretext of learning French. The real reason was to deliver a baby and give it up for adoption. The father of the baby was a newspaper publisher Edith wrote a column for, and with whom she had struck up a relationship. This was a bit of a scandal, because he was 20 years older than she was, and "technically" still married, although his wife had a degenerative neurological disorder and had been committed to an institution several years earlier. In Season 4, he went to Germany, ostensibly to find someone, and disappeared. [enquote]In last night's episode she heard from his newspaper that he is still missing.I do like "Blue Bloods", but there are other shows I like better, too. But I think MS would like it b/c he likes police dramas. And IMO it is a high quality one.Have a good week, all. dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 10:51:39 PM Hi all. :)goldieolds, I've watched Blue Bloods and liked it but watch other shows now. goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:07:56 AM Thank you.MS, Let me know if you do watch Blue Bloods and what you think. I started watching after it had been on for a while, so never saw the pilot.Wednesday night when I visited my friend in the hospital, she'd had a big scare that day. Her heart had stopped for 6.5 seconds (according to the nurse). She'd been talking on the phone and blacked out. The alarms went off and the staff was in there right away. They put a temporary pacemaker on her to see if they could get the heart rate stabilized, but the next day they implanted a permanent one. She was to have been discharged to a rehab care facility, but that delayed it. Then they thought they saw something in the rectum, so did more tests, but that turned out negative, so that delayed it again. As of Saturday night, even with the pacemaker, they had not been able to stabilize her heart rate.Thinking that she would be discharged Friday, her daughter-in-law spent hours Thur and Fri trying to find her a good place to go. She will not go back to the place she was in before, that told her nothing was wrong with her when, in fact, she was having congestive heart failure. The two top choices were full. But Friday one said they had a room for her. Then they called back and said that the available room was only for someone with infectious disease. Turns out she wasn't ready to leave anyway.It upsets her that her kids don't "get" her need for healthy, live food, natural supplements where possible and holistic healing. I understand that, but also see that they are there for her in other ways, and as someone without kids or close family, I see all the support they're providing and think she should be grateful for that. I've agreed to get her the supplements she wants. It terrifies me, not seeing any such support if/when something happens to me.In the meantime, I've been calling a mutual friend to report on D's situation, and that friend, D2, now has a terrifying "situation" of her own. She went to a nearby clinic b/c she needed new batteries for her hearing aid. They did a hearing test and one thing led to another, and they suspect she might have an aneurysm or brain tumor. She's had an MRI and a CAT scan, and Tuesday will meet with a neurosurgeon to get more results. She had no inkling that anything else was wrong, other than needing hearing aid batteries. I'm looking at it as a mistake, until I hear otherwise, but can imagine how terrifying it must be for her.This has been a really rough time for D2. In Dec. 2013 her parents, who were living in Arkansas at the time, were in a car accident. Both were injured. Her mother survived, her father did not. She had to move her mother up here, and has been helping and spending a lot of time with her, and had not yet fully grieved the loss of her father. They were very close. When I talked to her Friday night, she had not yet told her mother or her daughter, who lives in Las Vegas. But Saturday night I talked with her closest friend, and she told me that she has told both of them now.With so much going on, I can't help thinking at times, "what/who's next?" Me? God, I hope not. I'm trying not to think of that and mostly succeeding.Thank you for reading.[Edited by: goldieolds at 1/25/2015 11:14:08 AM EST] trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 9:36:48 AM Decided my pork items and leftovers do not get enough attention and get too old by not using them. So l took all the fruit out of freezer and made that shelf a pork shelf. Then l put all the fruit into the empty freezer basket in bottom of fridge/ And decided the veggies on hand were way too much for sharing, so took the fruit back out and put all the frozen veggies there. Put the fruit back in the freezer. As l was going, l listed everything, l had only listed meats before. I could see l had a whole lot more fruits and veggies than l thought, and some duplicates. Over all with breaks, it took me about 2 hours. I added all the cooked items with the fruit. Leftover small meals. So l have one shelf now of things l can eat without cooking.Then l packaged my hamburger bought day before into approximately one pound packs and froze them. Left some out and made nachos later.Returned 2 loaves of bread to costco as l felt it was stale. No date on it. Raisin bread at $3.20 per loaf. When returned homeward l stopped at Grocery Outlet for sour cream, Ben and Jerrys at$1.99 and cottage cheese. My sister called from MN. and she seems happier. THere is a social worker there who has befriended her and she is now content to let her take over in getting her released to a safe home. A friend her in CA offered her a room for $500 a mo. and in the area she wants, but my sis believes she will soon be booted out of there as the lady is getting married.She refused it. Twice she has refused places, so l am not sure she really cares about returning here in a hurry. Now she wants perfection and wants to know it will last. At first it was "I want out of here as soon as possible". Change.After a nap l went down to visit the Fearless leader to see how she was and she has really improved once she started using the Spiriva and sprays. Imagine that...LOL. I believe her flare up of COPD was caused by not only not using meds enough, but we have had 11 poor air quality days when COPD sufferers were warned to stay indoors.Goldie l am so sorry your friend webt thru so much. That kind of story makes me realize how well off l am.Life is Good when l can stay out of hospital. [Edited by: trugasCA at 1/25/2015 9:39:59 AM EST] MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:02:25 AM Life IS Good!Saw the movie, missed the TV show at the time. Prayers for your friend. ANY hospital w/a McD's is insane. Quite a read, plus it is continued. Free coffee was not as good as chatting w/the workers. Never had pain in the cold outdoors, Always dressed to keep toasty warm.Even in the mtns w/a strong wind from Canada. See Netflix does have Blue Bloods. May watch the pilot and get a take on it. Has super reviews. Really enjoy watching "Grace Under Fire" It does it for me, as in real, not fake. Went to the PO. Walked not 50 feet and heard a crunch. Turned around to see a white SUV backed up solid against the front bumper of my Dart. Walked fast back to the car to see the other vehicle drive away. Memorized the NH plate #, got in my car, and wrote it down on paper. After getting my mail a drive to the police Station was done. There is a touch pad for a phone device on the outside of the building. A female dispatcher took the info down. In 10 minutes a cop came in his cruiser. He took two digital photos, my name, and number. Had asked if the lady could be contacted to settle w/o the Insur company. The dealer license plate bracket was smashed. Figured it was$40-$50 item.Went to Shaw's to buy 8 oz bars and shredded cheeses and a 33.5 oz frozen Culinary Circle Rising Supreme Pizza on a w/e only sale for$2.99. Returned to the car and peaked at the front again.Noticed a puncture in the bumper cover that was covered w/the sand and salt of the roads. Drove back to the P.D. and told the cop there was an update and he should see it. After viewing the damage he gave me an accident report to fill at my leisure. Will phone the Co later and give the report Monday to my car Insur agent. Know the cover could be over $500. The Neon's was$800 replaced.Cooked the pizza for the 20 minutes recommended while prepping mushrooms and spinach to add on top. Piled on the extra topping and loaded the top w/shredded mozzarella cheese. Was a fab lunch. $1 in food and$4 in propane to bake. The temperature is 26° (-3°C), with the temp droppping to 22° (-5°C). A 50% chance of snow this early morning.Civil twilight is 6:40 AM EST. Night is 5:16 PM. Sunrise: 7:12 AM. Set: 4:45 PM. Length of day: 9h 33m. Length of visible light: 10h 36m. Tomorrow will be 2m 17s longer. Have a splendid day!              : ) dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:12:48 PM Just noticed that on the Mille Lacs cam, you can see the lights from the fishing houses when the sun sets. Nothing like being on a lake that large when the ice cracks...definitely not for me. I know plenty of people who love to fish anywhere anytime but they won't sleep in an ice house on that lake.[Edited by: dirt girl at 1/24/2015 11:13:51 PM EST] dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 5:57:56 PM trugas, Glad you were able to get out of the house for a while. :)goldieolds, Sorry to hear about your friend. Glad she is doing better. I haven't ice fished but just for you...Mille Lacs cam. If you click on the "best of" link, there are some really good pics of ice fishing, along with sail boarders when there is water. :)MidnightSun, Don't think I ever saw the movie but I watched the tv show Serpico with David Birney.Hi kathybye.[Edited by: dirt girl at 1/24/2015 5:58:30 PM EST] goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:28:00 PM I've been meaning to write about this, but it's been kind of hard.Early in the morning on Dec. 8 I received an email from a close friend, that she was in the hospital with A-fibulation. She'd actually gone in the day or night before, but my email was delayed for some reason. Like me, she also believes in natural, holistic health care as much as possible, and sounded pretty desperate about a drug that they were trying to make her take that she didn't want. I looked up the phone number and told her to call our MD who practices from a holistic, integrative perspective. It was pretty early, so I told her to call the clinic, ask for Dr. Sue's nurse, tell her where she is and what's going on and ask for her advice. We go to the same doctor, and I trust her immensely. I had several appts. that day, but went to see her in the hospital that evening.D was beside herself from the pressure. She was taking other drugs that they'd prescribed, but was terrified of the side effects of the blood thinner. Dr. Sue had told her of a natural product she could take instead, but everyone, esp. her kids, were pressuring her to take the drug. This upset her greatly. She tearfully told me she’d hung up on one of her sons, and she hated doing that. I'd been to this hospital many times when my mother was alive. I usually parked in the handicap parking spots out front (I have a permit) on the Sister Kenny side and then walked inside to the hospital. But they are now closing those doors at night, so I had to walk outside, not even to the main entrance, but all the way around to the back of the other side of the building, to the ER entrance. It was cold (but not like last week) and I was so out of breath I couldn't talk to the guard. There were signs saying to show ID and get a badge. He kept waving me in and I kept trying to tell him that I had to catch my breath, and that I was visiting a patient. I wondered if he thought I was there for the ER myself, but finally just went in. Then I had to walk a long distance to the main lobby. Up on her floor there were a couple of short hallways, then two very long ones to her room. I could hardly catch my breath again. But I was glad I'd gone, and she appreciated the support. She was hungry, and so was I, so I had to walk all that way back again to the McDonalds (yes, a McDonalds in a hospital!) to get us something to eat. Then back again to her room, and later halfway back, to the visitors lounge for tea for me and hot water for her. I used to be a big walker, but now it is difficult for me due to my back and joint issues, not to mention the breath. I'd had p.t. that day, which added to my exhaustion. I could barely put one foot in front of the other to get back to my car, taking only teeny tiny baby steps. Thank goodness I could exit the locked doors closest to my car.The next evening I was at a food co-op where they sell a lot of natural products. I called D to ask if anyone had brought her the product that Dr. Sue had recommended instead of the drug. No. I knew her family would not get it for her, so I bought it (she'll reimburse me) and decided I had to take it that night so she could get it started. I was soooo sore from all the walking the previous day, I didn't know how I was going to do it. Decided I had to pay to park in the ramp, which was closer, but still a very long walk to her room. I also brought her some almonds, since she wanted something healthy to snack on. I was glad I’d gone, although it “did me in”. Her very sweet nursing assistant asked me if I wanted anything, and half jokingly I said not unless I can get a wheel chair to take me to my car. And she did it! Well, I had her let me off at the door to the ramp, and I walked from there, a short distance. I can’t tell you how sore and exhausted I was from the previous day. She was a godsend!When D was to be discharged they said she had pneumonia and kept her longer. She was released a few days later to a nursing home for rehab. She hated it there and said it was “a good place to wait to die”. Esp. the food, which was “not alive”. After about a week or so, they told her she had to wean off the oxygen and go home, that there was nothing wrong with her. She knew there was, and that she could barely breathe w/o the oxygen. Thank goodness she had a doctor appointment that day and found a ride. She wanted me to take her, but I just couldn’t do it. Dr. Sue did some tests and sent D IMMEDIATELY back to the hospital, saying she had congestive heart failure. Thank goodness again, for Dr. Sue!!That was a Monday and open heart surgery was scheduled for Friday. She’d had an abscessed tooth a little over a year ago, and they said the dentist hadn’t gotten it all out and some of the infection had gone to her heart. They pulled her tooth on Thursday, but still did the open heart surgery on Friday. I was so scared. Sunday I talked with one of her sons. She was still in ICU b/c they hadn’t been able to stabilize everything yet. He said they’d replaced one heart valve and repaired another. Also found that she had a hole that hadn’t closed and wasn’t previously known. It was repaired. I went to visit her Wednesday, and was amazed, considering all she’d been through, how relatively well she was doing. Another friend and a son and his partner were also there, and were similarly amazed. While we were there the nurse took her for her first walk. Again, she was complaining about the food and wanting her son to bring her healthy meals. He’d brought her some food, but said he couldn’t cater her meals. I understand both sides. There’s a clinic associated with that hospital that provides integrative, holistic care when desired, and she was able to get acupuncture and energy healing from it. I’m convinced that is why she was doing so relatively well, for so soon after open heart surgery, complicated by all the other things she had going on. My dad had open heart surgery and I saw what a difficult procedure it is to heal from.[to be continued] kathybye Champion Author PhoenixPosts:15,560Points:2,543,325Joined:May 2004 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:45:45 AM Yesterday WAS a big outing for you Trugas. I do love Costco's salmon, and many of their items. I am careful with some items, and usually buy bread at Trader Joes. Take it easy so you do not relapse, but I agree with doing some cleaning. However, if you are feeling weak, listen to your body.I reinjured an area near my right hip that I completed physical therapy for over 15 months ago by lifting/moving boxes. I am taking it easy, going back to my old exercises, and scheduled a massage for Tuesday. I stopped the monthly massages as we installed tile in the bottom of our home, so trying to cut back expenses until we rebuild our emergency fund. Needless to say, I am back on ibuprofen. Just when I think I am invincible!Midnight sun, glad you enjoyed free coffee. Goldieolds, the cheese w/wine sounds great! I too, like goat cheese, and you reminded me, there is a goat cheese at Trader Joes I like. Unfortunately, I like the Baby Bels (light version) because they are portable.I am meeting my 87 yoa friend at PF Changs, her favorite, and we can have the lunch special. I'll give you the verdict on my meal this weekend.Have a great day, everyone! goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:33:01 AM Tru, I hope your lungs recover quickly. And that Fearless is ok, too.Midnight, I grew up in it but do not enjoy outdoor winter activities anymore, and never did when it was below zero. Not worth the pain. There are plenty of fun things to do inside, so I do not consider it a waste.BTW, ice fishing is a HUGE activity in MN, although I've never done it. I wonder if DG has. Ice houses are very common on many lakes, not so much on rivers, to my knowledge, but then I just may not know. Did you see "Grumpy Old Men" or its sequel? It's depicted. Some people get quite elaborate with them, and every year there are unfortunately some who fall through the ice due to leaving them too long or going out when the ice is not safe enough. They have to drive trucks out there to haul them, so the ice needs to be a certain thickness to support the weight.Since you like police dramas, you might like the series "Castle" and "Blue Bloods", if they are available on your service.I started watching "Blue Bloods" because it stars Tom Selleck. He's over 60 with a furrowed brow, but still has "it". ;) All the acting is excellent and the stories are good. Selleck's character, Frank, is the Police Commissioner for the city of New York, having previously been a cop on the street, although it is not a prerequisite. His father, who lives with him, was the same. Frank's two sons are both cops, but one had gone to Harvard Law School and was an attorney before deciding to go into the "family business". Another brother, also a cop, was killed in the line of duty. Their sister is an assistant DA. So there's a lot of struggling with what they think is right vs what may or may not be legal or easy or approved by a boss, and sometimes trying to figure out which is which. They are all tough on crime, but approach it with a heart. And family is extremely important. They have big family dinners at Frank's every Sunday, where issues get discussed and sometimes hashed out. I find it engaging. I remember watching Serpico in the theatre way back in the day, but don't recall much about it. It was on t.v. recently, but I didn't take the time to watch it then.[Edited by: goldieolds at 1/24/2015 11:38:16 AM EST] trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 8:58:29 AM Saw Dr yesterday and nothing left to do but wait til lung heals. Oddly enough, he said it was the right lung which is infected and l have pain in the left lung...??Took ibuprofen for pain and went to Costco for gas and decided it was near end ofmonth and the sales especially on cleaning products would be over. So went to shop, but had to wait 1/2 hour for a riding cart , l just knew l couldn't make it walking. Don't worry l am not spreading germs...not contagious now.Spent $125 and got extras like Salmon (which l seldom buy) but so many demostrations of food and that particular salmon was so tasty.$22. Quinoa salad mix $9 for 3 large packs of great stuff mixed in to just put on top of lettuce. 2 loaves of raisin bread$6.39, l intend to return...seemed stale to me. I got over 6 pounds of 88% ground beef at $3.79 lb. And l bought dates and so glad l did coz they are the juiciest ever eaten. Just love them 2 lbs for$8.79 and well worth it. Honey dew melon $3.79. Huge. Then 4 types of cleaning products at$2 ea and lysol was $3 ea. Come in 4 packs. So my son and l are ready to disinfect and clean. Esp him as he shares with so many room mates. Gas was$2.19 a gallon and l got almost 7 gallons for 3 weeks driving.Life is good and l got all stocked up now and reviewed next months ad for Costco and don't need anything from it. I was kinda tired when l got the stuff indoors, but Fearless is again breathing terribly so l wnet down and got he[Edited by: trugasCA at 1/24/2015 8:59:57 AM EST] MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 4:54:03 AM Life IS Good!Coffee was atypical, watered down mud. Free is good. It is the thought that counts.It is the four pleasing seasons that are delightful. One has to be born in it to enjoy ice skating, snowshoeing, and hiking in 20 below temps. Why waste any day hanging in the house? Woke up early yesterday, had brekky at 1 AM and saw my GB posts go fast w/o server delay, a fabulous combination for me. Saw "Serpico" staring a young Al Pacino in a powerful performance. It was released Dec 5, 1973. Rated R, 2 hr 9 min. Would call this a Docudrama. Briefly, a neophyte cop in less than honest NYC in the early 1970's refuses to take bribes like everybody else. Appalled by the extent of police corruption, Frank Serpico goes to his superiors. When he discovers that they have ignored his charges, he takes the potentially fatal step of breaking the blue wall of silence and going public with his exposé. "Who can trust a cop that doesn't take money?" Superb 5/5 stars. My second time seeing it. If you haven't, you should.Thought about some specials and perhaps markdowns at my pal the meat mgr's store.Drove to Whitefield to buy sliced deli turkey breast for $3.99 a lb, sausage for$1.99 a lb,and chicken breast for $1.99 a lb.Told him and the deli mgr about Shaw's in my town mistakenly offering St Louis ribs for$1.99 last week. That meat mgr probably lost $6,000 in revenue for his store. Returned home to put the new food away and cook 25% of the sirloin tips that were$3.69 a lb a few days ago. Had it w/sliced potatoes, carrots and a bit of BBQ sauce w/Worcestershire sauce mixed in. Still looking fora fantastic recipe.Will have \to hurry before those tender tips age beyond cooking.Remained inside for the rest of the day. The temp was 3° for the low and 28° for the high. Will see a bit of a warm up today before a return to below zero temps into Wednesday morning. May see a few flakes also. The temperature is 8° (-13°C), with the high to be 34° (1°C). Civil twilight is 6:41 AM EST. Night is 5:15 PM. Sunrise: 7:13 AM. Set: 4:44 PM. Length of day: 9h 30m. Length of visible light: 10h 34m. Tomorrow will be 2m 15s longer. Have a tremendous day!                : ) dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 11:51:19 PM Hi all. :) goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:58:53 AM Tru, can you get back on the housekeeper program for now, while you're sick? Then if you don't want to continue, cancel it later?Midnight, very nice of them to give you free coffee! I hope it was good arabica beans, dark roast. ;)I have some cheese that was given to me. It is a cheddar with wine marbled through it. mmm, it is so good! It was already past its "sell by" date when I got it, but it is still fine. I don't normally eat much cow cheese any more, just various kinds of goat cheeses. But I couldn't resist this, since it has wine in it and was free. When I got home I saw the label on it and realized that it was imported from Ireland. That means it is from grass fed cows, as it is a law there. It is believed that animal fat that is grass fed is the healthiest kind. That made me even happier. Then I looked at the other label and saw that it normally sells for $19.99/lb. But the store can't sell it past the date, even if there is nothing wrong with it. Score! :)[Edited by: goldieolds at 1/23/2015 11:08:41 AM EST] trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:19:24 AM Kathybye the drug l am on now is Levofloxacin. I am not sure if it is working, but only been on it two days.Still chilling. Not time to take it today yet. Lungs still hurt. It gets better later then l start hurting again in the evening. Surprisingly l got a lot of light housework done, then ended up with "wet noodle" legs. Drug dishwasher to sink (that was hard) and started dishwasher, then sprayed counters with bleach/water mix.It had been 11 days since l really dusted much or did the floors so l did that and felt ok. Took my shower and rested for awhile. Then went to library and picked up a book to read. Came home after getting a few bags of fruit at Arbors. Produce hand out. Not much that l need. Ate an apple tho. I PLAnned to stop at Raleys for$1.99 pork roast, but just felt too tired and didn't stop. Normally l combine several stops while out and about.Midnight not sure, well really l am sure, l would not build a home in an area that gets that cold or that l have to rely on road clearing to go to store. We are heading into 70 degree weather for about 4 days then back to 40/60 degrees. That is cold enough for me thank you. Avacados are 48c ea at Sprouts, red bells are 3/$1 too. Safeway's are$1 ea , see why l want to go to Sprouts sometimes? SmilesLife is Good when l can get out and go in reasonably comfortable weather. MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 5:29:55 AM Life IS Good!Love your $1.20 cost. You should always ask the doc for a generic and if the co-pay will be that$1.20 One nice price. The temp was exactly 0° (17.7°C) yesterday morning at 7 AM. We are on a slight warm up through Sunday. Then the night temps will return to below zero Fahrenheit in the evening. Using lots of extra propane on these below zero nights.Left early to drive on the CT River Hwy to shop in Littleton. The entire river is once again frozen over. See no ice houses used to keep warm during ice fishing. Seems it is but a memory of days gone by.Bought at the market was a huge chunk (two hands) of ginger root $2.50 a lb, avocados 88¢ ea, green beans just$1.18 a lb, cukes up to 60¢ ea, red bell peppers $1.88 a lb, jumbo eggs$2.25 a doz, and green leaf lettuce up to $1.88 ea. Big Papa's Market Facebook page. Click on "See more" for some of their prices. Shopped at WM for couple of items. Passed on Shaw's. Their weekly and w/e only sale starts tomorrow. Drove to Lowe's to fill out an app and rec'd the temp cc on the spot. Walked to the contractor;s section at the far end of the store. There was a gal and 5 guys hanging out shooting the breeze.Asked how many sq ft the store was. Told them of my total hip replacement and wanted to walk the perimeter of the store. The gal looked in the computer and said the store was 94,000 sq ft. One fellow said it was 117,000 sq ft.Was asked if a fresh brewed coffee was wanted. Said sure thing. Had a lively chat shared w/laughter and a 2nd cup was offered. Another fellow said come back any day and have a coffee.They sure were friendly. Left them for a perimeter walk around the store twice. Figured it was a ½ mile. Looked at some 5' x 8' carpet that were in a discounted section.Walked around the store,looked at other items, and thought about the carpet to replace the one under my kitchen table. Grabbed a giant shopping cart went for the carpet added it,then went to the seasonal section to purchase 2 5 gal cans of K-1 hero.Had a 10% discount on my first purchase. Spent$180 on the kero along w/the nice tightly weaved carpet. It is so tight it will not easily see the table legs leave an imprint on it.On the way home it was realized why so many smiles were rec'd at Lowes. Wore the local team's therma base soft shell winter jacket good for 20 below zero. Have worn it hiking in the mtns before, in the cold and in the wind. It definitely keeps me warm.Made a deli sliced turkey sammie on a sesame roll w/leaf lettuce and cut strips of red bell pepper. It was delicious. Saw some of my favorite TV shows on Netflix until it was time to post. A fabulous way to spend a cold winter day. The temperature is 2° (-16°C), with the high to be 28° (-2°C). Civil twilight is 6:42 AM EST. Night is 5:14 PM. Sunrise: 7:13 AM. Set: 4:42 PM. Length of day: 9h 28m. Length of visible light: 10h 32m. Tomorrow will be 2m 12s longer. Have a delightful day!              : ) kathybye Champion Author PhoenixPosts:15,560Points:2,543,325Joined:May 2004 Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 9:05:20 PM Hi, Trugas!Glad you discovered what was making you feel less than good. What's the name of the drug you are on?Take it easy, and by week's end, you should be feeling much better! trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:54:44 AM The "New" drug is one highly recommended for Pneumonia and covered by the senior plan D, so cost me $1.20. Quite a savings. I am so grateful for the drug plan. Makes life Good. MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:18:09 AM Life IS Good!Sad and sorry you have pneumonia. Hope the antibiotics work rapidly for you. Once paid$110 bucks for a 10 day antibiotic Rx. Never again.Sea scallops are $12-$13 usually, not on sale. Folks buy them on ice in the seafood dept. Cloudy water means eat 'em quick of dispose of them. Homemade chicken noodle soup relives the common cold. It tastes good and one will lose weight over time. It was 8° below zero (-22°C) yesterday morning. The deep freeze returned. Seems the propane wall furnace came on every 2 minutes. My plan is to get my two 96 gallon propane tanks filled one more time in March. That will last thru Oct and into November when the heating season returns every day. Really enjoy that propane is down to $2.479 this year. That is a$1 less a gallon than 1 year ago. In fact the lowest price in 4 years. Remained inside to soak up the steady output from the kero heater. Left it on until noon when the temp rose above 20° (-6°C). Inside temp climbed to 76° that is w/the bdrm window open along w/the front door a ½ inch. Researched beef and broccoli recipes for the sirloin steak tips that are aging in my fridge. Will worth the $2.69 paid for at Mac's Mkt on Tuesday. Plan on opening a c.c. account at Lowes' and buying a few 5 gallon containers of K-1 kero to have on hand. They too offer a 10% discount on the first purchase when signing up for their cc. Played Starcraft for some hours. Then settled back w/a chicken breast lunch, potatoes, broccoli, carrots bell peppers onions and mushrooms loaded with turkey gravy. Saw on Netflix the action packed Terminator 2: Judgement Days (1991) for the nth time. It still keeps my interest 25 years later. Sfx are superb and still chuckle at some of the now classic lines the Terminator says.Will shop at Big Papa's Mkt and several stores while in Littleton. Plan to walk the perimeter of some of the big box stores. Hip is down to a 2" small circle of soreness.The temperature is 0.0° (-17.7°C), with the high to be 30° (-1°C). Civil twilight is 6:42 AM EST. Night is 5:13 PM. Sunrise: 7:14 AM. Set: 4:41 PM. Length of day: 9h 26m. Length of visible light: 10h 30m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s longer. Have a fantastic day! : ) trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:59:58 AM OK l decided to cancel date and stay home today and tomorrow. Making more tapioca pudding in microwave. Easy to eat and easy on tummy too. Smiles. Dr office called and will send another drug to my CVS. Too bad they don't deliver. I am too sick to fight them, but they are putting in the same old dreaded plants in their upgrading of parking lot and front of store.My Ukiah friend just called and she doesn't feel good so we agreed to change the date to Valentines day. LOL So we can remembr goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:13:45 AM Tru, I'm so sorry you have pneumonia again. It must be miserable. It seems that I remember from a long time ago that once you get pneumonia, you are more prone to get it again. :(( I wish you a quick recovery.Midnight, I happened to notice some very large sea scallops in the freezer at Cub Foods. The were$24.99/lb. I didn't see any in the refrigerated compartment. They used to sell them that way, but they were often in cloudy liquid, which is not supposed to be good. I don't know if they are now only in the freezer b/c they couldn't keep them fresh long enough or if they might be out of season now. But no way I'm going to pay that much. trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:25:09 AM Haven't felt like doing housework so haven't other than keeping up with kitchen.These are the times when l need the housekeeper and why l mainly stayed on that program.I am so glad l have original medicare and the medi-gap which pays all medicare doesn't cover. I was able to go get an xray and yes, it is pneumonia. The Dr sent a new prescription, but l refused it. $90. Sometimes l think that Dr forgets who l am completely. I can't afford$90, well anyway l won't afford it. There are meds which are a lot less expensive. I was looking at ads for this week online, and see Oyster sauce 20 oz for $1.69, and l bought 8.8 oz at the .9999 cent store and now even that l see is NO bargain. I paid more per ounce there. Over 11 cents an ounce at the dollar store, while l could have bought it for .0845 cents an ounce. See Safeway again has Colgate toothpaste for .99 cents. No point in my ever going to the .9999 cent store again. False savings. Poor quality.Actually l did not see anything on sale that l want. Maybe at Sprouts. But l may not be in that area this week. So l will save my money. Eat out of my freezer. Yesterday l was on a pork binge. I had bacon and a sausage croissant for breakfast and fried a pork chop up for dinner.Now l am looking at pork roast to make Nachos. Saw a really good recipe.[Edited by: trugasCA at 1/21/2015 9:28:07 AM EST] MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:55:51 AM Life IS Good!Never thought to use sliced potatoes in lasagna. Like the idea. More filling for less cost. Produce colors are good for us.t/g, How are feeling today. Did you take contagion? Got busy around the house after my posts. Used the vacuum and washed the kitchen and bath with homemade orange cleaner. The best things about making your own cleaning products — you can create them to suit your own personal tastes, likes and dislikes. Plus they are 1/10 the cost of store bought and work just as well.The simple ingredients are 1 or 2 citrus peels from one orange, lemon, grapefruit or lime, your choice, and 6 cups of distilled white vinegar. Combine the ingredients into a half gallon size container. Am using the empty vinegar jug bought at WM.Cover with a lid, and store in a secure area (where children and pets cannot access it) for approximately two weeks.During those two weeks swirl and shake the contents of the jar periodically. Strain the vinegar to remove the citrus peel from the liquid, and return to the jar to store.When you are ready to use some of this natural cleaner, it will need to be diluted. To use as a spray cleaner combine one part citrus vinegar solution to three parts water, and place in a spray bottle.To use on flooring, add 1 cup of the citrus vinegar solution to 2 gallons of water. Work as good as the store bought and it costs less than 50¢ to make. Works well to clean sinks, mirrors, windows, floors, wooden chairs, counters, toilets and bathtubs, and etc. One would be throwing the peels away anyway. May as well use them to save and make a strong excellent smelling cleaner that is inexpensive.Visited Shaw's to get more St Louis Ribs for$1.99 a lb. Asked the meat mgr is this was an unannounced special sale price. He said it was on the front page of the weekly flier. Looked for it several times.Then brought him the flier and asked where this was located. He could not find it, as it was not there. Think he confused center cut pork chops for the low price ribs. Stunned that 93%/7% hamburger was increased to $7.19 a pound. Even more shocking was 96% was a honking$7.79 a lb. Asked why. The answer, "Gas prices are low" And that figures in the cost how?Stopped to get two dozen pieces of mail at my PO box. See NH just implemented renewing one's driver's license online. A four year renewal is a whopping $50. Will take the drive to the Town of Twin Mtn one day before March to get a new pix for my license. Maybe even take a jaunt up an easy hiking trail nearby.The temperature is -5° (-20°C), with the high to be 22° (-7°C). Definitely a kero heater morning.Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EST. Night is 5:11 PM. Sunrise: 7:15 AM. Set: 4:39 PM. Length of day: 9h 24m. Length of visible light: 10h 28m. Tomorrow will be 2m 07s longer. Have a fabulous day! : ) [Edited by: MidnightSun at 1/21/2015 4:57:42 AM EST] ecsojay Veteran Author TampaPosts:289Points:345,485Joined:Mar 2014 Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:40:27 PM eat what you want in life - be happy - kathybye Champion Author PhoenixPosts:15,560Points:2,543,325Joined:May 2004 Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:28:15 PM Thanks for the recipe, Goldieolds! goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:00:48 AM The potatoes I had referenced this recipe on the package. It sounded intriguing, so I had to look it up.healthy guiltless potato lasagnaThere are a lot of interesting looking recipes there. goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:59:23 AM I've been into potatoes lately. Made some roasted potatoes the other night, ate them up and made some more yesterday. Meant to eat half the pan (or less -- as if that were possible) and put the rest away for another day. I couldn't stop myself and ate the whole pan!! So decided to finish off the bag and roast the rest. They are soooo good. Although they look like little miniature russets, the package says they are "gold" (not Yukon Gold). They are soooo creamy inside. And organic. I toss them in olive oil, sprinkle on some sea salt and that's it, unless I add an herb. In this case I added a little tarragon. I spread them out on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and roast. I cut them small and they are a really good substitute for French Fries, which I don't normally eat. I was feeling a bit guilty, though, b/c of the carbs and bad rap that white potatoes normally get. Then I coincidentally read this:[quote]Who said all white foods are off-limits? White potatoes are actually a slimming food, says Glassman. The reason: They're full of rich resistant starch, a compound that ferments in the gut and creates butyrate, a fatty acid that may spur your body to burn more fat. A study published in the journal Diabetes found that butyrate also improved insulin sensitivity and increased energy expenditure in mice. [enquote]And just opened this link in an email: "5 food-medicines that could possibly save your life"The opening quote really says it all, "Though Mother Nature’s formulas are proprietary, she does not grant patents: ~ Sayer JiHerbs and other natural substances cannot be patented. That is the key reason, IMO, that our medical profession is so "chemically dependent". PROFITS! There's an old saying that sums it up: "follow the money". Anyway, if you are inclined, take a look at the article. It can't hurt and might help.(DG, it's a good thing that HD isn't seeing what I say in these forums, or my "legal defense" bills would be sky high. LOL!)[Edited by: goldieolds at 1/20/2015 10:05:33 AM EST] trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:42:25 AM Life is Good for real. I am on antibiotics, am glad they are available to us. But feel l may already have pneumonia, which would require a different antibiotic, at least in my experience they put me on one of the cillins. Amoxicillen. Don't use that for COPD. Use Azitromycin. I have a birthday lunch date for tomorrow, so looked up contagion as l don't want friend to get what l have. It says once you are on antibiotics the spreading of bug is less, unless it is virus, but l may cancel anyway. Too bad as she cancelled last year. We promised to get together after weather warmed up, but never did. So l haven't seen her in two years. I'm serious about Life being Good as l can pull something from the freezer to heat and eat. I have enough strength to care for myself. I am doing fine. Just need to wait it out. So happy l don't have to go in hospital. BTW while looking up contagion, the list of things to avoid was the hospital. LOL> MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 5:40:15 AM Life IS Good!Glad the shirt remained red. Sea scallops are in the$12 a lb range everyday. Close to the ocean must mean less trans cost. Gave up expensive lamb chop for legs of lamb. Find the slow cooking crock pot is the most tender. Always made gravy au jus. Saw $28 boneless little portion of legs of lamb yesterday. Walked right past them. Perhaps the store were packed to get supplies for the Sunday football games.Went to bed at 6 PM on Sunday. Woke up just before midnight. Clicked on the Patriots.com site to see the results of the game. Was surprise to see the run away score. Thought the results would be more like 30-24 w/the Pats on top.It was nice to finish my rounds quite early yesterday morning, be able to relax, play some StarCraft, and then take a pleasing two hour nap. Woke up when it was light. Did expect a good amount of snow. Forecast was in the 3-5" inch range.Seems we had some snow, w/rain over that, then more solid snow to see see the big finish to the mild storm. Had prepared the Ariens snow thrower the night before. Unlocked it and had it aimed for the footpath to the driveway.With about 1" of slush under 1" of snow, cleaning this shallow mess was not needed. Each step in the snow saw wet footprints. They will turn to ice this morning. Decided to drive to Whitefield via US Rt 3. It was well plowed w/salt and sand was spread heavily. Great traction up and down the mtns.Visited Mac's Mkt to discover my pal the meat mgr returned home the night before from his two week vacation. He took his g/f on a 9 day cruise in the Caribbean. Said the ship was beautiful, w/warm temps, and the cruise was just$700 each. He gave me the low down on next weeks' sale prices on meat. Bought up instantly sirloin steak tips marked down to just $3,69 a lb. Have a beef and broccoli Chinese recipe that this will be used for. Slices will be cut thin and slow cooked in the frying pan.Also bought 4 small split chicken breasts that had the weekly sale price of$1.69 a lb. Returned home to use the small crock pot w/carrots, green beans and the chicken breasts. Time for more homemade chicken noodle soup and some chicken w/gravy meals. Snowed like the dickens just before returning home. Was glad to beat this new accumulation. Not much beats the sight of fresh fallen snow to me, except a pretty lady. The temperature dropped to 11° (-12°C) this morning. Will see a break in the deep freeze of winter this week. Cold nights in the single digits, w/day highs close to freezing. Beats temps of -20° (-29°C).Civil twilight is 6:44 AM EST. Night is 5:10 PM. Sunrise: 7:16 AM. Set: 4:38 PM. Length of day: 9h 22m. Length of visible light: 10h 26m. Tomorrow will be 2m 04s longer. Have a wonderful day!              : ) kathybye Champion Author PhoenixPosts:15,560Points:2,543,325Joined:May 2004 Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:23:54 PM Stopping by quickly to say HI!Arrived at allergist office for mo. follow up. I had a /good report, but last week when allergy shot dose was elevated, I had trouble breathing the day after. Today I had shot in the allergist office, and Dr. decided to lower dose. This means I will have 5 doses (weekly) before I get to maintenance. (think every 2 weeks).But that is OK, as I had rather be well! I have a 3 hr training tomorrow (unpaid) but I get continuing ed hours. Then 2 days of work following.Midnight Sun:The red shirt remained red. YAHOO! Hope all had a good day. dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 8:14:57 PM goldieolds, I know with chuck roasts, you cook them slow because the connective tissue needs to break down. I would think that you could broil the lamb steaks like lamb chops, just don't cook too long as they might dry out.Hi trugas, the ribs sound great. :)MidnightSun, the grocery store was packed here too. Looks like everyone is getting out and enjoying the weather. :) goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 12:24:27 PM MS, I love sea scallops, but never get them any more, due to the price. $4.99 is unheard of, even for old ones in cloudy liquid. I guess it makes a difference that you are a lot closer to the ocean. ;) mmm, hope you enjoy them!I still have some shrimp in the freezer that has been in there longer than it should have. But once that is gone, don't know if I'll buy anymore. It makes me nervous now, since they are bottom feeders and who knows what is on the bottom these days. Much of it is sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, and now there is all that gasoline and the "clean-up" chemical that all went to the bottom. Yuk. And for those that come from Asia, who knows what is in those waters. Radiation? Do you know that huge amounts of radiation from Fukishima are still pouring into the sea every day? They can't stop it.MS, does the shrimp that you get come from the Atlantic Ocean? I don't know anything about that, but don't think we get it here. goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 12:04:47 PM I finally made my lamb steaks the other day, and they turned out good. I couldn't find a recipe for them exactly, but looked at a lot of recipes for lamb chops and roasts and used them as a guide. I mixed the zest and juice of a small lemon (I think some evaporated before I used it), a little bit of EVOO, minced garlic and a lot of dried rosemary that I smashed up with a mortar and pestle. I poured this over the steaks and let it sit for a while to absorb, adding a little (very little, since I don't like it very much) black pepper and a little salt. I turned them over for a little while, but there was really only enough mixture to cover one side. The steaks were larger than I'd expected, after they were released from the confines of their packaging.As I was about to open the pkgs I noticed they have a website, so I looked it up. They have some recipes on it, but none for their lamb steaks. There was a cooking guide, though. It said they could be grilled or broiled. I'd already decided to take DG's advice and roast them, thinking that the lower temp would take a little longer and tenderize them more. I used the temp they recommended for their roasts, 325º, and used a meat thermometer to get them above the minimum safe temp. The first bite was tough, and I thought, "Oh, no, I should have done something differently." But the rest was good. There was some gristle, and some parts that were tougher than others, but most was very good, including some that was very tender.But MY QUESTION IS: I assumed that the lower temp would be more tenderizing, but is that true? Is there something about grilling or broiling that would have been at least as or maybe more tenderizing? The only grill I have is the little Geo. Foreman, so that was ruled out for three large steaks. But broiling could have been considered. I was anticipating refreezing some of it after it was cooked, but since I ate two of them within 24 hours, I doubt that will happen. It tastes very yummy to me. But considering I usually only eat fish and fowl, I wonder what the impact on my digestive tract will be. There is usually a difference after eating red meat. As much as I'm enjoying this lamb, I doubt that I will eat it more frequently, and I still have no interest in beef. Don't get me wrong, I loved beef as a kid. My dad made delicious bar-b-q'ed hamburgers, prime rib roasts and steaks, and I often ordered them if in a restaurant. But since going off (mostly) red meat in the '70s (including pork, since it was before the industry redefined itself as "the other white meat" -- ha!) I have totally lost my taste for most of it, esp. beef.Tru, you asked about Lady Edith's (Downtown Abbey) boyfriend and I didn't know the answer. I think he went to Germany, but had only started watching, so wasn't sure who was who.You might ask here and get a better answer. Downton Abbey.[Edited by: goldieolds at 1/19/2015 12:12:33 PM EST] trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 8:53:58 AM Exactly dirtgirl, they are drought tolerant. Great plant them everywhere tho they are ugly to me, l don't care, just dont plant them at the intersections where view is blocked. They have low growing plants in the middle then the big ones at the end and that is my objection.Midnight l made ribs too, even tho l ordered them at the restaurant. I baked mine in the oven for an hour or so til when l cut them, the meat in between was no longer pink. Then l put KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce over them and boy were they good. Had a spinach salad with mine. I also recently had lasagne...but mine was Stouffers family size and l cooked it from my freezer and refroze 3 servings for lazy days.Life is good when good food is easy to fix. I charged up my scooter all day and now l am ready to do the wash, dresses, khakis and a load of white jackets. MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:52:41 AM Life IS Good!Having a relief from the below zero cold. It really helps. Our tall mtns have lots of dead spaces. Lost/injured hikers have not been able to call for help at times. Thank you for the Straight Talk tip.No pink shorts or anything that color for me. Will wash colors separately. Please let us know what the outcome of the plants blocking traffic and pedestrian views are. Hung around the house yesterday doing the usual, got sleepy and took the most pleasant nap that saw several excellent dreams. One was a huge serving plate of shrimp fried rice loaded w/veggies. What was on my subconscious mind?Woke up and had the constant thought of driving to Shaw's to buy 41-50 raw shrimp for only$4.99 a lb. Eventually that thought won, so a jaunt to the store was made in the Dart. The morning saw 0.0° at 7:30 AM. The forecast was for the temp to climb and touch 30°+ in the afternoon. Brought the kero heater outside and turned it off to prevent the smell of the flame extinguished from being in the house. It was a hot 76° w/the window open in front of me.Shaw's was packed like it was Christmas eve! A hundred had to be shopping in that small grocery store. Bought two 1 lb bags of raw shrimp, just 4.99 a lb. Then the St Louis ribs were seen.They were on sale for $1.99 a lb. A special store sale, not in the w/e or weekly flier. Expiration date was Feb 28. Fresh and previously frozen. A few minutes of looking and thinking had two pkgs scooped up. 3 lbs per pkg.Returned home to empty the last serving of the lasagna into the small crook pot. Washed out the 6 qt one, added 4 oz of water, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, some diced garlic and the two opened pkgs of ribs, after the fat was trimmed.Slow cooking the ribs w/ Baby Rays Sweet BBQ sauce. (Standard amount of MSG are two ingredients) Will cook them for three hours and see if they are ready.Want them still attached to the bone and not falling off.At 3 PM the expected snow storm moved in. We are forecast to receive up to 5 inches of snow by 1 PM Monday. The best news is the temp will see highs in the lower 30's tonight and tomorrow. Nice break from the deep freeze of the week or so. The temp is 29°F (-2°C), w/the high to be 34°F (1°C). Light snow falls. Perhaps 3-5" in total.Civil twilight is 6:44 AM EST. Night is 5:09 PM. Sunrise: 7:16 AM. Set: 4:37 PM. Length of day: 9h 20m. Length of visible light: 10h 24m. Tomorrow will be 2m 01s longer. Have a pleasant day! : ) dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 6:27:10 PM goldieolds, I suspect they had the garlic refigerated so it wouldn't sprout. I think you're ok. :)MidnightSun, That's darned cold, glad you are staying warm. If I remember correctly, Tracphone prepaid cards are doubled when you buy them or some such thing. If you're interested in it more, you should check into it. Otherwise, WM StraightTalk phone is a good deal,$30 for 1500 minutes a month along with texting and internet, or they have a $45 unlimited plan...all prepaid. You should know that the StraightTalk phone does run into dead spots around here (grocery store) otherwise it's ok. StraightTalk is owned by Tracphone. emrgcy, Love your avatar. loltrugas, You might also want to contact the management company of the mall where Target and Dollar store are. The landscape company probably used those plants because they are tough and drought resistant. You could contact Target as well as they might be a bit more responsive than the Dollar store. trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 9:18:51 AM Midnight your red shirt will hold it's color for awhile l am sure being from LLBean, but just in case, don't wash it with your underwear, or you might wear pink shorts then. LOLThanks dirtgirl for looking at and posting a helpful hint of the poorly planned plantings around here. I didn't drive very far to get all those pics. About half are right across the street. The rest are from the shared parking lot at Target, Dollar store etc. Now l have to either print them out and take to a meeting of planning or public works or some dept or maybe email them. Just will take time to get to the right place.M6 was right tho Planning and zoning is under our city government, however they seem more involved in future buildings ...we'll see.Life is Good and l don't intend stressing out about it or anything. Just get to person who cares takes time. emrgcy All-Star Author CalgaryPosts:520Points:451,095Joined:Mar 2012 Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:24:58 AM I feel that every day that you wake up above ground will be a great day. Waking up below ground sounds like it is going to be a rough start. MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 5:16:54 AM Life IS Good!Free garlic at the store beats growing it in one's garden. Plus it is winterOnly wore my red LL Bean chamois shirt to see it fit. It does like a glove.Love it! Hoping the darker red color remains a delight after it was washed. Had another bone chilling night into the morning yesterday w/the temp bottoming out at 20 below zero (-29°C). Sure had the kero heater on. It was t shirt hot inside. Even w/the bdrm window open a few inches.The low is 1°F (-17°C) warming up to 39° (4°C) by this afternoon. A small snow/rain event is making its way to my area. Will see an inch of snow today while the valley below most likely will see rain. Rain in January is unheard of in the northern mtns. The changing weather pattern and warm up is most obvious here. Yesterday was a fine sunny day to load up the Dart w/recycles and head over to that town building.Arrived at 9 AM and was surprised no one else was there. Nor did anyone arrive after chatting w/the attendant after putting my items in their proper bin. He said it was -26°F (-32°C) at his house in the lowland of the valley beside the CT River.Drove to Whitefield to see if there were any Saturday morning deals or mark downs. Scored marshmallow size sea scallops for just$4.99 a lb, store made sausage for $2.99 a lb, and some cooked chicken breast for$2.39 a lb.Headed to Littleton and saw the temp on my dash finally read 1º. Saw gas at the town's Cummbies dropped 4¢ since Thursday to and even $2 a gallon using the Smart Pay Card.Decided to head south on US Rt 302 to Woodsville and shop at their super WM. Figured the next few days would be stay at home days and may as well see the big store and the many Saturday morning customers.Looked at clothes. Bought none. Talked to the Electronic Dept. The young lady steered me to a fold up TracFone (Only name that is remembered). It was$15 and prepaid cards are about the same. A solid pay as you go service. Did not buy, was just looking.Purchased a few items my local WM doesn't carry and hightailed it back to Littleton. Stopped in to talk to the Rite Aid mgr. Had ordered the special winter warmer from the NH Woodstock INN, Wassail Ale for me.The Beer Advocate website gives this ale a fabulous score of 81%. They are fanatics. My score is 99%. Love the taste. It reminds me of apple cider, w/a giant kick. Buy it each winter to have all year long. Shelf life is 12 months. Used to brew my own ale for 3 years. As a teen. Civil twilight is 6:45 AM EST. Night is 5:08 PM. Sunrise: 7:17 AM. Set: 4:36 PM. Length of day: 9h 18m. Length of visible light: 10h 22m. Tomorrow will be 1m 58s longer. Have a splendid day!              : ) goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 4:13:38 AM I agree, free is good!The other night there was a pkg of peeled organic garlic in the markdown bin at Lund's. I've never bought it, but thought I could freeze them for when I might run out while cooking something. But they didn't have a sticker, so I didn't know the price. They were a day away from being out of date, so I was pretty sure they weren't there by accident. I looked at them on the regular shelf to see the regular price, and saw that they are normally refrigerated. Those did not expire until Jan 30. They rang up at the regular price, so I explained the situation to the cashier, expecting a markdown. Instead, she said, "what about if I just give them to you?" Even better! I was a little concerned about how long they might have been unrefrigerated, but don't think it was too long and I figure that garlic is probably pretty hardy. Put them in the freezer right away when i got home. dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 10:51:25 PM trugas, Try department of forestry? If not, someone at the city should be able to point you in the right direction. While they might not be able to do anything about the yucca plantings in the parking lots, they can do something about the plantings on the boulevards as that is city property. trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 9:36:46 AM No dirt girl thank you for posting it. I did enjoy it much. As l did the Conservatory. I admit a lot of our good stuff is in San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts Museums etc and you reminded me of their Conservatory. l haven't been for years. Now San Fran is too far for me to go. I went with Daytripping to MOMA and others but don't want to drive it anymore, and l hate driving IN that town. I really enjoyed the Presidio when it opened to the public. The Japanese Tea gardens and the walk over SF Golden Gate bridge.Many tours with that group. Right Kathybye, and now l have an album l put up last night showing all the improper plantings around my area, which block the views of drivers and pedestrians. M6 suggested planning and zoning commission, but l didn't see that on my city's list of offices, but l will follow up on getting something done on that hopefully.I was told by Yelp that l had a response so l went and read it from the management company, and it was positive. Said constructive Criticism is good.Meantime the Lunch Bunch group of 8 went to Chili's yesterday and had a good time. They already asked about next month, so l guess it is a success. Life is Good when you get together over good food with friends.[Edited by: trugasCA at 1/17/2015 9:40:17 AM EST] dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 5:59:53 AM trugas, Thanks for watching the video. The one building that looked like a castle is Landmark Center. They have art exibits and other events there. Another building was the State Capitol which has a lot of pillars around a central area inside along with the golden horses outside. Then there was the cathedral which is unique inside and out. One interesting thing is that the zoo mentioned is Como Zoo which is still free but lots of people make donations in the bins when they go there. The have a Conservatory there. A nice place to go in the middle of winter. :) kathybye Champion Author PhoenixPosts:15,560Points:2,543,325Joined:May 2004 Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 8:32:53 PM TrugasCA:I LOVE the fact you are an activist. I truly hope I will do the same at your age; I currently speak up if something is amiss (toilet paper missing in bathrooms; cleaning a booth table if we want to sit in an area that is not drafty. I do get teased about it occasionally from friends, but I do not care. It is expensive to eat out, and customers deserve the best!Midnight Sun: I washed the red shirt (in cold water, delicate cycle) about an hour ago. It is drying in the drying rack above the dryer. I will post tomorrow if the red is still "red" after the wash. I will be able to see it because now it's dark in PHX at this hour.I hope everyone has a great start to their weekend! trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:52:56 AM Yeah dirtgirl, but in a good way, l hope. If l took anything from my Horrorscope, it was that l agreed l do care about overall community. I don't try to cause problems, but somehow l open my mouth and do get turmoil. Life is Good and l was able to exchange some Landsend and get credit and they took off the shipping chrgs. Always helps to talk to someone rather than just accept status quo.I just try not to do it in a mean way.Shopping at Sprouts after seeing ear dr , BTW he was able to remove a plug (painful) and l am going to have another hearing test now. Everyone in the wait room stared as l left coz l did some yelling. Felt like l imagine the bikini wax must feel. ONly slower.I got 88c butternut squash and acorn. That's a pound. And 99c each butter lettuce. I saw that was way less than Midnight paid. 50c a lb oranges and onions, and 99c a lb yellow and zucchini squash. Ground chicken breast $4 a lb.Happy with those prices and planned hearing test on a Wednesday so l can get double sales at Sprouts. Previous weeks ad prices as well. Hopefully it will fall on a$5 off coupon day. Am l asking too much?dirtgirl l watched the video and we have similar parks and water etc around the areas, zoos and such, but what impressed me (no not the Mall of America tho it is impressive) the buildings. Love the big ,solid, individual designed buildings. Quite beautiful. Normally l don't like old buildings mostly the old homes like 1900's. But those lovely buildings shown l enjoyed. MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 4:39:43 AM Life IS Good!You adapted well. Have a carpet under my kitchen table for looks. Only the upstairs bdrm is carpeted. No biggie for me. All about money, the lack of it, or the high cost of mostly everything. Prices are outrageous in Japan. Think a can of starting fluid will help until you can get the machine repaired. Yesterday was another 20°F below zero (-29°C) morning in the North County of New Hampshire. Just like it used to be 10+ years ago. back in the day. Nights would be in the -30° (-35°C) range for weeks and weeks. Day time may see 8° to 10° below zero for the high.Bought a 70 amp car battery charger perhaps 25 y/o when the constant deep freeze would beat the daylights out of a battery during the bitter cold winters. Can easily see global change is at work raising the average winter temps. We only see a few days of way below zero. Plus the highs for the day are now in the plus 20's.Started the Dart, let it run w/its floor heater on for a good ten minutes, return inside to extinguish the kero heater, then jumped in the warm car. The snow remains hanging from the flora and looks postcard perfect. The drive to Littleton was w/o one car in my lane and just a few coming in the opposite direction.Bought on a few item at the mkt. 1 lb of strawberries $1.75, green beans$1.38 alb, celery $1.67 a bunch, leaf lettuce$1.88,cuke 60¢ea, red onions 84¢ a lb and 3 pounds of courtney apples for $2.38. Big Papa's Market Click on "See more" for some of their prices.Enjoyed slow cooking the last apples to make fabulous sliced apples for pancakes, pie, ice cream toppings, and the like. Rec'd my order from LL Bean at my door. The red chamois is sure a lot more on the maroon side compared to the bright Santa red color in the pic on their website. Yet the 7.5 oz weight is plush and more importantly warm. Love the blue chamois thick flannel appropriately named the "Wicked Good Flannel." The color quality, and fit are superb.Not sure on the TrioZone full zip jacket. There is open mesh in the center of the back that was not described on their website. Know this would be perfect w/a full backpack to vent out the perspiration while hiking. Yet this was purchased for a winter jacket w/o hiking. Need to try it for some hours in the cold and test it. My breath can go thru the mesh, which means the wind can cut thru it. Time will tell. The air temp is 9°F (-13°C). The high is to reach 22° (-5°C).There is a 70% chance of light snow fall.Civil twilight is 6:46 AM EST. Night is 5:05 PM. Sunrise: 7:18 AM. Set: 4:33 PM. Length of day: 9h 14m. Length of visible light: 10h 19m. Tomorrow will be 1m 51s longer. Have a delightful day! : ) dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 11:11:06 PM oh, ran across this video while on youtube if anyone is interested to see what it's like here. Short intro by the mayor of St. Paul. St Paul tourism. Has a little bit of Mpls (Twins and Vikings) and Bloomington (Mall of America) thrown in. :)[Edited by: dirt girl at 1/15/2015 11:12:22 PM EST] dirt girl Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:39,493Points:3,764,750Joined:Oct 2004 Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 11:01:23 PM MidnightSun, The issue with the snowblower is that it lost it's prime, happened when I first tried to start it this winter. Also have a height issue where sometimes I can't get the leverage needed to start by the cord. Btw, everything is more expensive in Japan. :)goldieolds, Haven't you heard, we have more shoreline than California. :)trugas, You're a rabble rouser. ;)[Edited by: dirt girl at 1/15/2015 11:02:10 PM EST] trugasCA Champion Author CaliforniaPosts:8,737Points:469,715Joined:Mar 2011 Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 11:02:19 AM Midnight it is MONEY and always about money when renting.Kathybye no l do not have wall to wall because in the near past one of the now gone managers decided to go with imitation wood flooring (linoleum) and that is what was being put in when apt vacated, to save money. I moved in without seeing unit and when l did see it l was told "you have accepted it already" l had wanted to move from my carpeted unit to any place else because of harrassment by a neighbor who was later evicted. So here l am and it is now cold and they refuse to replace the new flooring without a great charge, for "modification".$800 which l refuse to pay. So stalemate. My feeling is that l want it not just for me, and l am fighting for all the apts that have this linoleum in them. Actually l prefer this most of the year, because l have breathing problems and dirty carpets exacerbate my problems, AND l get static electricity shocks from nylon carpets. BUT I do not believe seniors living here should have to live in an apartment with concrete floors. Nor should they, like me, buy small rugs which seniors are warned about tripping over edges of throw rugs and like mine an area rug. Goldie my sister is in a rehab they sent her to from the pneumonia she got again. She spoke to her son about the dil and he went to his wife with the complaints and told the hospital, "she cannot come to my home as l cannot take care of her". Which is true. But sister of course believes she fully cares for herself. NOt true. She is 2 years older than l am and frail, walks with a cane, and eyesight starting to go, hearing is gone. ETC. Me on the other hand get lots of people mad at me, coz l point out problem areas, like smoking in a non-smoking facility, over watering during a drought, open garbage dumpsters and the health issues from that, allowing stolen grocery carts to be left all over the complex. laundry cards that need money added that the machine is unavailable etc.ALL TRUE and l am not supposed to say anything about them..PHOOEY.I hope to attend a senior citizens meeting today if l get out of DR ENT office early enough. Separate issues, about shrubs and blocked view around town.Color me an activist .. goldieolds Champion Author Twin CitiesPosts:11,644Points:1,809,680Joined:Sep 2007 Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 5:00:54 AM Hi all.Tru, that does seem harsh not to let you have carpeting like the other units have. Esp. since it is for seniors, and standing on concrete can be bad for "what ails you."What kind of rehab is your sister in? As long as she's in there she doesn't have to go out, does she? But maybe that's part of what's bugging her, not being able to go out due to the cold and snow. We call that "Cabin Fever". From what you have written, it sounds like she might be the type of person who complains about everything, and maybe drove DIL crazy by criticizing too much and not appreciating what was done for her. Sounds like a sad situation. I'm glad you have your life together and in a place you are happy.DG, I have always loved our lakes, too, and really missed them when living in the South. But after returning here from Hawai'i, they looked so small and I missed the ocean. That's what CA has instead of so many lakes. The do have some. Tahoe, for example. MidnightSun Champion Author New HampshirePosts:94,387Points:2,283,625Joined:Nov 2007 Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 4:54:59 AM Life IS good!d/g,Have a 2.5 gallon and a 5 gallon gas container. Keep them both fill and use Sta-bil in the gas to make it last over a year w/o turning to turpentine. Use of Sta-bil starts small engines really easy in the bitter cold. Just like the deep freeze in your area.Kathybye, Have a red longsleeve LL B shirt waiting outside delivered by UPS yesterday/Also am curious id the red remains colorfast. t/g, Am a certified rebel. No is not a good answer to me. The carpets/rugs seem to be more useful than not. Can not for the life of me understand why the grumpy mgr, other than for pure meanness, said no. The snow is pretty. It is the deep freeze that is much more difficult than 4' of snow. 25°+ is not bad. -25° below zero is 50 degrees colder. Back in the day this house had to be heated more than 100° wqarmer than the outside temps. Lit the kerosene space heater early Tuesday evening. The forecast was for temps to be in the 20° below zero range for the night. With maintenance and using clear K-1 kero, the heater is odorless and smokeless. Our low was -25 below yesterday. That was the air temp.Have the front door open a ½" and the window beside my bed open an inch on the top and 3" on the bottom. When clear kero could be bought before the gov't required red dye added, it cost about $3 a day in the winter to heat the house.At 23,000 BTU's there is a grill cage for protection around the top of the space heater. It easily gets hot enough to place the slow cooker crock pot on top and cook a big meal in a few hours. Looked up the prices for them these days. They are in the$120 to $200 price range. Saw they are$360 a piece in Japan. Some of them are smaller versions that produces only 8,200 and 11,000 BTU's.Their use in Japan, China, Korea and etc is as common as having a wall thermostat in the US and Canada. Millions and millions are dependent on these heaters to keep their homes warm during the winter. CO output is zero to minimal. The biggest danger is filling the unit while the flame is lit and spilling kero. The unit is supposed to be turned off. Have used these heaters since 1990 with great respect and admiration for their heating ability and safety. There is a safety shut off feature that extinguishes the flame instantly if the unit is bumped or tipped. Have two new wicks in stock bough a decade ago. They last for up to 10 years w/care and maintenance. These days new wicks cost $15 to$25 each. Sears, TSC, and other Nat'l chain stores sell the heaters. The constant heat equals a wood stove w/no chimney or stovepipe needed. WM sells 1 and 2 gallons of kero for top dollar. 5 gallons are $40 at TSC or$44 at Lowe's and HD. A day of Netflix for me watching my fave shows and keeping warm. Saw hours of Mixed Martial Art women's bouts on you tube. Rec'd an email from LL Bean that my order should be delivered this evening when the truck delivers to my town. Looked at the Woolrich clothing site, the first to make outdoor apparel strictly for the bitter cold of winter. Their prices are $20 more than many of the others. Wool shirts are in the$120 price range. That is their sale price, plus top charges for postage. The air temp is -19°F (-28°C). Lit the kero heater at 1:30 AM. The high is to reach 26° (-3°C).Civil twilight is 6:47 AM EST. Night is 5:04 PM. Sunrise: 7:19 AM. Set: 4:32 PM. Length of day: 9h 12m. Length of visible light: 10h 17m. Tomorrow will be 1m 48s longer.Will take the scenic drive to Littleton along the CT River Hwy to shop lightly at Big Papa's Mkt. Have a fantastic day!              : )