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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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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 3:51:35 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Had a half day of sun. Now a return to the solid gray clouds. Sometimes w/a brightness in them. May actually see some snow this w/e. Perhaps 1".

t/g, Sad the clematis needed to be moved to get more sun. Yellow jackets made a nezt under the half wine barrel 2 y/o. Them eating much of the roots almost killed the blue clematis plant. Have the red one bought in May beside it.

Super to have lots of energy, along w/health. Means everything to feeling good. Any word from your sister?

Left nice and early for the market yesterday. The drive beside the CT River was serene w/o one vehicle in site in either direction. Too bad there was heavy overcast. The reflections in the still river was picturesque. The trees reflected perfectly in the still waters. The reflections a mirror.

Bought lightly at the market. Had lots of veggies remaining from the week before. Both lemons (huge ones) and limes are 5/$1, 2 butternut squash, 8 lbs at 48¢ a lb were $3.84, Driscoll strawberries $2 for 1 lb, and red bell peppers $1.75 a lb. Big Papa's Mkt (Click on "See more") has excellent low prices and produce 1 day just harvested and driven up from Boston in the wee hours.

Was going to visit my pal at Rite Aid, he car was not there so he wasn't either, Went to WM for a few items and then to Shaw's. Grabbed the wrong 8 oz bags of spinach that were on sale for $1.

Was amazed the experienced Front End Mgr, that took over the cashier's spot, had a lot of trouble crediting my account for the spinach. It was a 12 minute experience. Told her my hip cartilage is worn and she was nice enough to exchange the spinach in produce for me.

Returned home to clean up the ribs out of the crock pot, pour the homemade BBQ sauce into a cottage cheese container and freeze it. Coating the cleaned crock w/evoo added 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts ($1.77 a lb!)

Much of the in stock green beans were added, all the Brussels sprouts, 6 massive carrots, an onion, 6 cloves of garlic and two yams. Barely room for all of this. Glad it is a 6 quart crock pot. 4 hours on high and she is ready.

Then slices of a chicken breast were cubed, onion, carrots, celery sliced and simmered for an hour. Then wheat spaghetti in 1½" lengths were added and cooked for 12 minutes.

A ½ cup of milled flax seed, which thickens up soup and gravies also is very healthy for you. Made 2 quarts of chicken soup for a snack or for breky. Noticed this homemade soup is allowing me to drop some pounds nicely.

Civil twilight is 6:52 AM EDT. Night is 6:07 PM.

Sunrise: 7:22 AM. Set: 5:36 PM.

Length of day: 10h 14m. Length of visible light: 11h 15m. Tomorrow will be 2m 45s shorter.

The temp is 36° (2°C), the high will be 49° (9°C), in partially cloudy skies.

Have a delightful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 11:09:35 AM

I have no ground really. A little strip where only morning sun shines and there l have my flowering maple next to the A/c which exhausts kills plants. so l have to leave space.
The flowering maple has been pruned heavily once this year and still fills most of the space. In actuality, l did plant the clematis there when l first got it but it didn't get enough sun.

Housekeeper coming today and she will have to look for things to do other than the usual dust and swiffer the floors. Not enough to wash and she mopped all recently. So guess she will take everything off a shelf and clean it. One or two at a time. They are open shelves and get greasy after awhile. The refrigerator really needs doing but l don't let her do that. I may take the stuff out and let her wash the shelf a bit, scared she will break it. Also l like to know where all the stuff is, so l usually do it myself.

So lucky to feel good and energetic for quite awhile now. Life is good.
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 8:36:33 PM

MidnightSun, Kind of hit and miss here with the sun too. At least the clouds don't look like winter yet. :)

trugas, Hope you are doing well today. :)
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 3:18:02 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Our area is stuck in some kind of overcast. Been two weeks now. Getting SAD syndrome from it. Sun just burst thru the clouds.Almost running out for some vitamin D.

t/g You will far better vines and flowers if the clematis is planted in the ground. The roots definitely need growing space. Planted my first clematis 25 y/a. Hope the two planted side by side this spring will bloosom next year. Am using a copper 10' long water pip as my trellis. Added coat hanger wire and mad a ladder for the vines to climb up.

Woke up for the day at 1 AM. Not bad at all. Made a 4 berry combo w 2 fresh berries and two frozen ones. Poured in 1% milk added raisin bran and had a feast before 1:30 AM.

After my rounds the thought of getting skinless boneless chicken breasts for $1.77 a pound became overwhelming. Since it was raining lightly for hours, took the short drive to my home town Shaw's.

Bought a pkg of 6 breasts at the advertised $1.77 a lb and saw that 8 ozs of spinach was on sale for the week for $1 ea. Reg cost at Shaw's is a whopping $3.49 for an 8 oz bag. Unreal! A 2.5 lb bag is $6 every week at the mkt.

Stopped for my mail at the P.O. Getting bills is no fun for me. Almost drove to my pal's Mac's Mkt in Whitefield. No need to go as their sales were seen in the free newspapers . Will stop in Friday or the w/e to see if the are new specials for the week.

Discovered a new movie and TV series site. ShareTV offers free HD pix w/stereo sound of the latest movies and TV series for the entire year. ShareTV does not stock a complete library like Putlocker.is does.

Yet some of Putlockers movies are far from HDShareTV is Free w/o having to register. Draw back is there are commercials, 4 & 5, one after the other.

Civil twilight is 6:49 AM EDT. Night is 6:09 PM.

Sunrise: 7:19 AM. Set: 5:39 PM.

Length of day: 10h 17m. Length of visible light: 11h 17m. Tomorrow will be 2m 45s shorter.

The temp is 34° (1°C), the high will be 47° (8°C), w/further overcast.

Have a fantastic day!

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 8:04:24 PM

Hi trugas and MidnightSun.

Not much going on here but weather. Going to be only about 40 for a high on Halloween. Another cold trick or treat year.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 9:59:02 AM

I have 2 trellis' l bought which are flat and l had them against the wall. Now l think l will pull them out to kinda half-circle the barrel which l put the clematis in. If it lives.
I use all sorts of left over branches and old mop sticks and such, to support my plants, but not the clematis.
I really enjoyed the sweet plums l had last year. I may buy another fruit tree and grow the strawberries and forget veggies. I wonder how apricots would do in half barrel. Those are my favorites ..plums and apricots. I prefer blackberries to strawberries, but could not grow them here. Too big.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 3:21:15 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Sure looked forward to hump day. Lunch on Wed sure made me smile. Over the hump at that point. Would like to think every day is good ; )

t/g, instead of bitter vinegar the rum gives it tang. Wish you could try it. Make mine w/clean ketchup, so there is no MGS or HFCS. Both offer weight gain, fatty liver disease and diabetes. Am borderline of the later and have f.l.d.
Made a wire ladder out of metal coat hangers and tied it on an old 1/2" copper pipe banged into the ground for an 8' tall trellis. One of my other ones climbs each year on the last years dead growth. Trim it to look nice.

Another early to rise morning, slept until 1 AM. Enjoyed the posts and completing my rounds early yesterday. Seems the servers of GB determine if the posts go slow or fast. Some posts still hang on occasion. A page test to another other site sees rapid page response.

Delighted in learning more about the StarCraft II tutorial and learning about how each new soldier and war machines fight and their weapons used. The symphony orchestra music is superb and the graphics continue to astonish with bright colors and details. Here is a screenshot.

The war made me fatigued. Laid down and got in a two needed nap. My eyes and mind were tired. They felt great after the rest. Had a fresh four berry combo w/Raisin Bran and 1% milk.

Went outdoors to look at the gardens. Temp was 41° (5°C) and the humidity was 82%. Cold and raw to the bone. When the crisp sound of rifle fire, about ½ mile away was heard, decided to return to the house.

In northern NH hunting season began Sept 1 and rifle deer hunting ends Dec 15. Think it best the remain inside. No need for a hunter to explain to the Fish & Game Dept and S.P. what part of me looked like a deer.

The ISS orbits the East Coast at 6:00 tonight in my area. See the ISS and the other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:48 AM EDT. Night is 6:11 PM.

Sunrise: 7:18 AM. Set: 5:41 PM.

Length of day: 10h 22m. Length of visible light: 11h 22m. Tomorrow will be 2m 48s shorter.

The temp is 58° (14°C)in overcast skies.

Have a fabulous day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 8:16:28 AM

The old dead Clematis was left on the trellis last year, and it did produce new growth, but it is unsightly with no green all winter, then in the spring the new stuff has nothing to grab hold of except the old, so took it all down and will start over.

Besides I pretty much twisted it off when l transplanted to the larger barrel.

Have a fern l need to re-pot , chop in half and get two. My spider plant went thru that and looks good.

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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 8:54:35 PM

Midnight, There is lots of week left...that can be a good thing if you're retired or a bad thing if you're working.lol

trugas, Some clematis bloom on old wood (last years growth) or new wood (current years growth). At any rate, you should get some new growth on it. :)

Hi goldieolds.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 6:21:54 PM

Bought a lot of KC Masterpiece a while back for $1 per bottle. Won't need to make any for about 5 years. LOL No rum in it tho. Question, why?
Just went out and cut down my Clematis, all of it. Tired of looking at all the dead stuff. Though some of it was growing and blooming still, it was blocked from trellis by the dead leaves. Hope it will come out double nice next spring.
Just baked persimmon, walnut, raisin cookies. Ate 5 already.
Made and froze two small bags of parmesan pasta roni, with fried slices of Kielbasa. And ate a big helping of it as well. I have so many ripe tomatoes and plan to use them tomorrow to make chicken cacciatore.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 3:11:20 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Had a fabulous w/e and an even better start to the week. What is nice is that their is lots of week remaining.

g/o, Actually do remember those two links. That must be two y/a. Amazed that you kept them. Haven't had lemonade in months. No sweeteners needed for me. Like things plain. Do use real maple syrup on my bb pancakes. About once a month -month and a half.

Don't buy much except on sale meats, mostly white, and some fine produce at the market. $12 - $15 spent on produce is a big purchase for me. At about $50 a month spent on food and another on produce it hardly would be considered w/s. Thank you for the links and the PM.

See the two dif kinds used in Asian cooking. Will most likely have to buy each. Want to make my own oyster sauce and others w/o having MSG like in the store bought sauces.

t/g, My new red clematis has a a lot of roots to grow.Not one flower from its planting in the spring. Hope to some red and blue flowers as the two vines interlace next season. Have "high hopes"

Woke up at 1 AM yesterday nicely refreshed from a fine night of sleep. Soon afterwards a severe downpour arrived. Can not tell how much rain as the site used for the weather is having T.D's. Even backed up my work in case the power went off. Was happy the heavy rain lasted only 8 minutes.

Had a lot of joy playing Starcraft and then relaxing watching some TV shows on Netflix.

Made my own BBQ sauce using the following:
        1/2 cup brown sugar
        1/4 cup ketchup
        1/4 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium)
        1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
        1/4 cup rum
        1/2 cup chili sauce
        6 cloves garlic, crushed
        1 tsp dry mustard
        1 dash ground black pepper, or
        1/2 tsp Mrs dash.
Will try adding a half cup of honey next time.

Added this sauce to the St Louis pork ribs after trimming as much fat as possible. Added evoo to the 6 qt crock pot and cooked all for 3.5 hours that keeps the meat attached. And extra 30 minutes cause the meat to fall off the bone.

Enjoyed a 1 for lunch. Then drove to Shaws for more ribs. Purchased the baby back ribs this time. Either are on sale this w/e only for $2.88. Also bought and Essential 32 oz Supreme pizza for $3.99.

Also bought Hood® Maine Blueberry & Sweet Cream 1.5 quart of ice cream for $1.99. Too low a price to let pass. Also noted one company's big pie selection was $3.99 for a 8" until 1/1/15. They even have squash pie that is low fat, sodium, and salt.

Returned home, removed the previous ribs in a Pyrex glass 2 qt bowl and sliced the butternut squash in half. It was bought on Thursday 3.26 lbs for $1.56 at Big Papa's Mkt.

Added it to the crock pot and let the works slow cook for 4 hours. Delish! The BBQ sauce will be saved in the freezer for another day.

Watched the Pats trounce the Bears via replays on NFL.com and ESPN.com. The Pats are now 4-0 at home w/a 6-2 record.

The ISS does not obit the East Coast tonight in my area. See the ISS and the other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:46 AM EDT. Night is 6:12 PM.

Sunrise: 7:16 AM. Set: 5:42 PM.

Length of day: 10h 25m. Length of visible light: 11h 25m. Tomorrow will be 2m 48s shorter.

The temp is 48° (9°C), w/a 60% chance of partial sun.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 11:34:39 AM

Midnight, something else I'd suggest you consider buying is Ceylon or "true" cinnamon. Both Ceylon and the more common cassia cinnamons are good for balancing blood sugar, but Cassia cinnamon has a much higher level of something called coumarin, which has a higher probability of not being good for the liver, esp. if taken in larger quantities. I had some links for you, but didn't get around to posting and don't have time to look for all of them now. Some were in Wikipedia.

Here's two from a website that you had once posted:

4 best cinnamon powders and side effects of cinnamon.

You could also get it from Swansons or directly from Frontier.. They have great spices, herbs and other things.

People may buy Frontier products retail, or if you want, you could become a wholesale member (it's a Coop) and buy wholesale. The wholeside has a lot more brands, but the minimum order to make it feasible is high. I have some people I order with.

wholesale membership

I had also started to research some alternative *natural* sweeteners for you, but never finished that, either. Look in wikipedia. Some that come to mind are stevia and xylitol. They have lower glycemic index and are sweeter so you need less. Sorry, no time for more detail now. And lemonade season is over. ;(


[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/27/2014 11:37:21 AM EST]
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 11:18:07 AM

Tru, I hope you don't risk hurting your back with those wine barrels. Is your son's back in good condition?

Midnight, you know there's a difference between plain sesame seed oil (expeller cold-pressed is best) and toasted sesame seed oil. Toasted sesame seed oil is the really flavorful one, but the plain is probably healthier.

San-J makes a good quality, naturally fermented, low sodium soy sauce. I get the low sodium tamari b/c it doesn't have wheat in it, but I'm pretty sure they make it in a regular, shoyu, soy sauce as well.

Have you tried Target? I heard on the radio that they are not charging shipping until Dec.-something.

Or Amazon? They have *everything* (or so it seems) and if you buy some other things it only has to total $35 for free shipping.

Do you ever buy tahini (ground sesame paste)? Some kinds, usually those that come in a jar, separate and the oil can be poured off the top and used separately. I used to throw it away, before figuring that out. Duh! Tahini is good on toast, in hummus, salad dressing or the tahini sauce that is good on felafels, stuffed grape leaves and other things. It's like natural peanut butter, except from sesame seeds.

Or you can try the mail-order/computer company that I buy a lot of things from. Usually health care, supplements, non-toxiccleaning products, personal care products, some non-perishable food, etc. Toasted sesame oil. There are some other sesame oils. Just be sure to get one that is food quality, not one meant for massage or skin care.

Swansons has good prices, good quality and a very good return policy - they pay return shipping. You do usually have to pay shipping if you order less than $50, unless there's a special, but it's only $5 or less. It's easy to find $50 worth to buy. Since you live in such an isolated area, maybe some neighbors would like to go in on an order. With every order they send a label for return shipping, if you should not like something. For a year.

OH wait, if you use my referral code (I'll send privately, although it is anonymous) you'll get a coupon that should cover the first shipping charge, so you wouldn't have to buy $50 worth. I'd get a small credit, too.

Do you have something special in mind for the sesame oil?

Hi DG.

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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 10:43:37 AM

I went ahead and emptied and refilled both barrels. Transplanting the Clematis, if it survives. Need to cut it down now.
Midnight l know why your clematis do so well. They have an unbelievable root system. Mine was in the pot (large too) for only 2 seasons? and it had filled the pot with roots and they were large and l would guess they would go deep into the soil if allowed as at your place.

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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 9:23:34 PM

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. :)
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 6:02:21 PM

Family, food, football
How good can it get
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 3:41:21 PM



Life IS Good!

g/o Thant you for the write up and the share. The link works great. Thank you very much for sharing.

t/g Best to have a full freezer and choose your own meals that are in stock. Have the same problem — Freezer is just too full. A problem that is actually Good.

Enjoyed the 2nd episode of the Continuum TV series on Netflix. The pilot sure got me hooked. A female detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in 2012 Vancouver. She is searching for 8 ruthless terrorists that escaped from the future. It is quite convincing.

Visited WM online and looked for WM's sesame seed oil and low salt soy soy sauce. Excellent prices,. e.g. their 5 oz of sesame oil is just $3.48. Only problem is it is not eligible for free shpg unless $50 is spent.

Drove to the WM store to ask the dept mgr if that WM store sold sesame oil and low sodium soy sauce. They have one off brand of soy. Had the CSR at the return desk phone the closest Super Store in Woodsville. Their usual stocked 7 (or 17) oz is sold out. Sure glad a special trip was not done.

Visited my pal the mgr at Rite-Aid in Littleton. Have bought a 12 pack of 4 kinds of different ale from the Long Trail Brewery (VT) in a 'Survival Pak.' One was named 'Sick Day.' It is a very delish beer. Returned to get the new brew 12 pack that is usually $14.49 sold to me for $12.99.

Returned to Big Papa's Mkt to get more yams that the growers print "sweet potatoes" on the boxes, yet are true yams. TUrtLE pointed this out. The 54¢ a lb is the lowest cost ever seen in modern times.

Also wanted some spinach, 1 lb for $3, 2.5 lbs for $6. This was already sold out. Did get some butternut squash for 48¢ a lb and some snow peas, 1 lb for $3.50.

The sun showed it warming power w/many wearing shorts and tee shirts. This writer included. Nice to be able to sit in the sun back home near the forest edge and soak up some vitamin D while reading.

The high made me content and reached 57° (14°C). Days of wearing shorts and tee shirts are coming to an end. Now back to a full week of overcast.

The ISS orbits early (6:01 PM) on the East Coast for those who can see it. See this and the other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:45 AM EDT. Night is 6:14 PM.

Sunrise: 7:15 AM. Set: 5:44 PM.

Length of day: 10h 28m. Length of visible light: 11h 28m. Tomorrow will be 2m 51s shorter.

The temp is 47° w/a 50% chance of rain. Rain on and off.

Have a splendid day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 9:27:39 AM

Life continues to be pleasant for me. I am not able to do a lot of things l would like to do, however they are never really essential l have found. Or l find another way of succeeding. I am now thinking of moving my half barrels. Just a thought because my son would have to deal with them if anything happens to me...But emptying all the dirt out. l believe is 6 cu feet? 3 large bags anyway. And moving and refilling them might be a bit too much for my back at this time of life. It isn't essential but I woke up from a semi-dream of this idea. I suppose l could do a little at a time. Just thinkin'.

I know my freezer is overloaded but l was thinking (again with that dratted thinking)
of when l am sick in the winter or just too lazy to cook, and l looked up various easy to freeze meals. So l made turkey tetrazini and ate one helping and froze 4 bags flattened, and snuck into the beef area. Replaced mushrooms and some persimmons l took out to make cookies. I baked a blueberry/banana loaf and froze about 6 slices.

I saw split chicken breasts Foster Farms not store brand, for 99c a lb. But l can't buy any coz no more room in chicken drawer. I am going to make and freeze chicken spaghettini and/or chicken enchiladas and some chicken cacciatore.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 10:23:09 PM

I don't think I mentioned the online documentary I watched this week. It's a free screening but I'm not sure for how long. It may not be free for much longer. The Sacred Science. Disregard the dates; it was extended. This page has a trailer if you want to get a taste of it first.

It is not a dry documentary, but very engaging and well done.

The filmmaker became interested in the Amazon and all the healing plants there. You may already know that many Western drugs are based on Amazonian plants. He decided to take a group of people who were sick and for whom Western allopathic medicine hadn't been able to help, down to the Amazon to work with a group of shamans and their plant medicines. They not only worked on the physical level, but also on the emotional and spiritual levels. Conditions were very primitive, esp for people so ill. But it was a last hope and they were willing to try.

It was very beautifully done and moving, and their stories sensitively handled. It was the kind of movie that I kept thinking about long after I'd finished watching it. I hope you'll like it as much as I did, if you get a chance to watch it. It's about 1 hour 15 min.

If the above link doesn't take you to it, try this one: The Sacred Science second link.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/25/2014 10:28:33 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 3:52:50 PM



Life IS Good!

Agree on the purchasing the best quality that one can afford. It usually does outlast the inferior products.

Have no room for even a half pound of anything in my freezer. Need to begin to use those frozen meats and make room for the new items on sale.

Would drive 1 mile to save $1, not a dime.

My heart and prayers goes out to the families of the Marysville, WA H.S. shootings. Two dead, four victims in critical condition. Never will understand what goes thru a 14 y/o pupil's (anyone's) mind to harm innocent students. This from his g/f breaking up w/him? How could this become the new norm? Am deeply saddened by yet another US school shooting. The list astounds.

Completed my rounds and posts early and enjoyed learning more of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Looks like this will be the perfect game to play in the winter and during snow storms.

Took the drive to Whitefield to visit my pal the meat cutter at his store. No super deals, even tho split chicken breasts were $1.69 a lb. An older woman slipped and feel on the waxed vinyl floor tiles. Thankfully she was not injured and got up on her own.

Returned to Lancaster and headed north of US Rt 3 to the Town of Northumberland. Have not been there in 3 years, even tho it is but 5 miles north of downtown Lancaster.

Ocean's Job Lot, a Rhode Island based discount store is located there in the old Ames building. Had hoped that sesame oil was stocked. No such luck. Saw a few food items that gathered my interest, yet nothing was purchased.

Back to Shaw's in Lancaster revealed that their Kikkoman reduced soy sauce had about 50% less sodium the Job Lot did. Noted it in my daily planer. Bought St Louis cut ribs at Shaw's for 2.88 a lb.

Stopped at the PO to discover my order of StarCraft Brood War arrived from Stratham, GE. It was truly in mint condition for $5.99, 1st class pstg inc. Bought gas in town. Gas is down 5¢ to $3.04 a gallon.

Returned home to thank the seller and praise him/her for fast service, an accurate description, a fair low price.

Removed the crockpot from the canister. In the porcelain oval bowl was red, yellow, and orange diced bell peppers, w/onions, mushrooms, 6 chopped garlic cloves, milled flaxseed, steelcut oatmeal w/2 eggs mixed in along w/a packet of onion soup mix, 1.5 lbs of ground pork sirloin roast and 6 sausages mixed together to form a 2.5" thick meat loaf. Golden pork gravy w/a half cup of water was poured in the sides and left to cook for 3 hours. Delish.

The ISS orbits early (6:51 PM) on the East Coast for those who can see it. See this and the other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:44 AM EDT. Night is 6:15 PM.

Sunrise: 7:14 AM. Set: 5:45 PM.

Length of day: 10h 31m. Length of visible light: 11h 31m. Tomorrow will be 2m 51s shorter.

The temp is 58° (14°C). A 1 day change into sunny skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 10:10:26 AM

Someone travelling a great distance to save a quarter is stupid and l don't see anyone doing that.. But combined with other price savings then it is worth it in my case. I have a Walmart in about 2 miles across town. I have a Target one mile. The difference of one mile is nothing but going to another town takes an entire gallon of gas. And when l do that l have to save that amount and more or l don't go. Unless they have something l really want and can't get locally....like the Italian Empress prune plums. I really wanted them. Then l also stopped at a store that isn't in my town Trader Joes.

It all boils down to "you get what you pay for" and if all you can afford is Store B, then too bad for you. If you can afford store A then you get quality and back up and good for you. Smiles-- then Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 10:01:44 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 3:35:19 PM



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

Loved the raccoon story tremendously.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 45° w/rain allweek long..

Have a wonderful day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a splendid day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a tremendous day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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