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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:35:26 PM

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:51:16 AM

OH yes, we get fall. Not as many trees to change color, but enough to notice the beautiful colors have been planted all around our area. But fall is sometimes our best weather. So we'll see what happens this year.

I am going to try to get rid of a few pounds. Not because dr said so , nor to look better, but for me to feel better. Should help my knees, tho they haven't bothered me lately. It has been my back and right arm (the one injured at work).

No plans for today, so l will report tomorrow. Smiles. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3:45:12 PM

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3:40:05 PM


Life IS good!

goldie, Love a great sub in a baguette. Can't find one in a store. So my sammies are small and made on a round flat bread. Else there is Subway's menu.

trugas, Our autumns look like this image of an autumn road. Even better colors in 2 weeks!

The wunderground.com forecast for yesterday was partly cloudy and 56° (13.3°C). The actual weather was absolutely no sun, 46° (7.7°C), and dampness to the bone.

The charts revealed zero rainfall, yet there were beads of water on the car and puddles on the plastic water trough beneath the wiper blades. A check of yesterday's dew point of read a low of -99.9°F and a high of 200.0°F. Crazy numbers.

Rinsed off the gravel stains that splattered from the rain bouncing up from the driveway. Then used a 24" x 16" chamois sheep leather skin to dry the cars spot free. Love a chamois over anything else.

The secret to using a real chamois skin is to soak and rinse it in a tub of water that has only 1 drop of liquid soap. Then it is dried on the back of a chair in the house.

This manner keeps it clean and nicely ready for future use. Mine is at least 15 years old. It makes the finish shiny and spot free.

It is now hunting season for bear and waterfowl. It began Sept 1. Deer, turkey, and small game begins on Sept 15. Hunting season ends Dec 15. Pheasant until Dec 31.

Small game and furbearers until March of 2015. Hearing lots of gunshots in the distance. May blow my whistle to save the game in my area. Have done this for years.

Watered the tomatoes and checked the strawberries. None. Picked a half cup of bb's. Returned to the house and cooked 2 split chicken breasts cut into 4 ½" thin halves making cutlets in evoo.

Then the fat was trimmed from 3.5 lbs of southern ribs ($1.99 a lb for each), deboned, and placed in the crock pot w/2 oz of water, carrots, potatoes, and greens beans. That will be cooked for 3-3.5 hours.

Enjoyed an episode of Law and Order: SVU that had Robin Williams masquerading as a police officer. Playing science engineer Merritt Rock, he dupes people into committing crimes and then turns his subsequent trial into a media circus. One of the best epi's yet.

Watched the afternoon ballgame along with football on the internet. Looks like fall weather and its chilly temps have arrived and may stay until winter takes its command. There was a most beautiful aurora borealis Saturday night, along w/the sunset, and a colorful undercast. It can be seen on the Mt Washington Obs camera. (3m 3s)

Civil twilight is 5:55 AM EDT. Night is 7:26 PM.

Sunrise: 6:25 AM. Set: 6:56 PM.

Length of day: 12h 31m. Length of visible light: 13h 30m. Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The temp is 62°, with partly sunny skies in the forecast.

Have a pleasant day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 9/15/2014 3:40:46 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:06:42 AM

Tru, is that the dishwasher that management gave you a hard time about and that you needed a doctor's note for?

You don't get fall, do you?
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 10:55:49 AM

Life is Good....today my housekeeper is coming and will do my dishes up from last night.
She bought my countertop dishwasher and now has to come here and do my dishes. Smiles.
She loves the dishwasher and had never had one before. It was just too big for my counter space, what with my coffee pot and toaster, and oven. No room left to work on.

Nice tho that l get my dishes done, tho l keep telling her how (to my satisfaction) ..

Guess from what l read on other threads, fall is here and cooler weather is in the offing. So much for summer.

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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:58:48 AM

Midnight, I saw this recipe and got to wondering if you ever make your own subs, since you love them so much? Baguettes are everywhere these days.

BTW, there are some interesting looking recipes there -- others might get some ideas.

This is very similar to the Mediterranean style quinoa salad that I've been making for years. Except I don't use the hummus in the dressing and I add feta cheese. I might add some balsamic or red wine vinegar. Love it. I do find it mildly amusing how, after all these years, quinoa has finally become so popular.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 12:37:15 AM

Hi all. Hope everyone had a good weekend. :)
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 3:56:38 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, Had an atm card. Needed the debit card to pay for the purchases directly outta my checking account. There is a new system coming next year. No time to find it and link at the moment. It is used in Europe.

goldie, Your post brought back memories or Iraq trying to hightail it back from Kuwait. Twas the highway of death.

tg, Fiasco is items bought about 12 d/a. Using any card. All will change next year.

Finished the incredible "12 Years a Slave," a true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted via a ruse that he has a violin gig in NY, drugged, and sold into slavery.

Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. If one has no idea of what a slave went thru before the Civil War, this story must be seen. A movie everyone should see, experience, and learn. 5 of 5 stars.

"12 Years a Slave" is free at this site. A clean site w/o malware, phishing, or fraud. Some AV's give false positives. Have been using this site for 6 months.

wikipedia
ScamAdviser
Webutation
gives the putlocker.is movie site a 100% safe rating, as do scores of others that review sites.

One raw, damp to the bone day yesterday w/the temp at 41° (5°C) at 9 AM. Changed into jeans and a thick winter long sleeve shirt before heading out at 9:30 AM. Visited the Recycling Center to dispose of my items to avoid them collecting

Drove to Whitefield, to visit my pal the meat mgr, bought nothing, stopped at that town's library to order ‘The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice,’ from the NH State Library.

The high temp was 52° with a nice steady light rain arriving in the afternoon. Saw lots of hues of autumn color on the trees during my drives. Temps will see the low 40's and mid 30's (11° to 3°C) for a week. That'll boost the leaf intensity up a notch, as will the rain.

Civil twilight is 5:54 AM EDT. Night is 7:28 PM.

Sunrise: 6:24 AM. Set: 6:56 PM.

Length of day: 12h 34m. Length of visible light: 13h 33m. Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The temp is 56°, with partly sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 1:47:25 PM

As l recall, l bought some small items at Home Depot the other day and fortunately did not use a card. Was only $3 or $4 so paid cash. Lucky me, also lucked out on the Target fiasco as well. I have a card there, but wasn't touched and still have no problems.
Sure am glad as it is a hassle to change all info. So Life is Good for me and hope it is for you as well.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 12:45:36 PM

yes Goldie The Monuments Men is listed on Netflix
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 11:05:35 AM

Friday night I went to the most interesting talk! Robert Edsel, author of the book "Monument Men", upon which the George Clooney movie was based, talked about this research and the true history that went into it. I haven't yet seen the movie, but had read some reviews of it. I was under the impression that the work that the "Monument officers" as they were actually called (there were women in the group, too) had worked mainly after WWII locating and returning to the rightful owners art stolen by the Nazis. But they actually started during the war, facing great danger behind enemy lines.

All of the great European art that we take for granted, such as the Mona Lisa, Last Supper, Michelangelo's "David", etc had to be hidden and protected, not only from theft by the Nazis, but from damage by all the bombing. For example, some of the statues that were too big to move (I think this included the "David", but not sure - there was so much info I can't keep it all straight), they built brick "silos" around them to protect them from the bombing. Ingenious. The Mona Lisa, among thousands of others, were crated up and hidden.

I wonder if the movie is on Netflix yet. MY friend has not seen it yet, either. She has Netflix and we could watch it at her house, if it's available that way.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 9/14/2014 11:09:09 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 3:58:54 AM

trugas, Glad you have the appliance problem almost resolved. :)

MidnightSun, Think it would be easier if banks just gave out regular atm cards instead of debit cards. Don't know of many who do that anymore. Glad you are on top of things. :)
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 8:00:57 PM

So what was it you were saying about Target's breach Midnight? Something about how they should have better protection? See how easy it is for those sneaky little devils to mess with other people's lives?
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 3:41:26 PM



Life IS Good!

Yelp is a good site. Like to check on ratings. Have my own set of rules in life. Never take B.S. Period.

Right after my posts yesterday morning a 2 hour nap was taken. Was seeing dbl during my rounds early in the morning and images were a bit blurry. Felt refreshed and much better after my rest.

Began to see the end of the movie that was watched 2 days ago. Then got a phone call from my bank in Boston that said my credit/debit card from them was most likely compromised as it was used recently at Home Depot.

Apparently the hack into the Home Depot stores nationwide could be the largest such theft in history. That was 9 days ago. My bank is playing catch up to 1,000's of customers. Will have a new cc # and it is being processed and sent.

Decided to go on a drive to Whitefield. Went to the store my pal is the meat mgr. He was not at work on this day noticed the meat prices are still increasing slightly. At least red grapes were on sale for $1.79. Nice and large, firm, and juicy ones.

Returned to town to get my mail, then shopped at Shaw's. Bought some bone-In country style pork spareribs for $1.98 a lb. Returned home to Separate split chicken breast from the bone and then fry some breaded chicken breast cutlets in evoo.

Had a fabulous lunch along w/a salad of leaf lettuce, baby spinach, homegrown tomatoes w/lots of veggies.

The forecast called for clear skies and 62 (17C). There was no sun and the high was 52 (11C). Almost chilly for shorts and a t-shirt. Saw fishermen on the CT River and peeps at the store in fall jackets.

Lows will be in the 60's (17C)for the next week. In between possible rain storms today and Tuesday.

Civil twilight is 5:53 AM EDT. Night is 7:29 PM.

Sunrise: 6:22 AM. Set: 7:00 PM.

Length of day: 12h 37m. Length of visible light: 13h 36m. Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The temp is 52° (14°C). Moderate rain falls.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 12:02:42 PM

The refrigerator in a rental is often even referred to as an apartment size. They are small and have just about enough freezer space to make ice cubes. So small overall, that you have to bend way over to see into the top shelf. So l buy my own or actually the last place l lived said "OH no that's ok, we'll buy one for you" not so here.

Life is Good and l have let go of the problem of the dishwasher. lt is now between my doctor and the manager. I am out of it and can get on with normal life again.
I even got the raised linoleum repaired and very quickly l must say. They don't want me going on Yelp and complaining about that. LOL.

Boy l really believe in the power of social media now. Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 3:47:44 PM



Life IS Good!

Left early to take the pleasing drive on the CT River hwy (Rt 135) that was resurfaced, then the lines painted. The river and the flat valley looked so peaceful.

Could see hues of color beginning on many trees. Night temps will drop into the 40's and high 30's (3-8°C) for the next week. That and lots of rain will allow the leaves to become brilliant in the next 2-3 weeks. Looking forward to the autumn splendor.

Bought at Big Papa's Mkt were softball size oranges 67¢ ea, largest cantaloupes ever seen $1.75, baseball size lemons 2 for $1, limes 5/$1 and baby bella 10 oz for $2.25.

Also baskets of #2 (slightly bruised) orange bell peppers 75¢ a lb, 1 lb bag of baby spinach $3, a 12 oz (2 pints) pkg of raspberries a foot long $2.50, blackberries 6 oz (1 pint) $1.67, and the largest avocados ever seen for 78¢ ea.

Visited my pal at Rite Aid and spoke about baseball. Bought lots of items at WM. Even bought coat hangers. My ongoing collection of ball game t-shirts ran out of hangers.

Saw light, steady rain, the kind that is so gentle and needed to raise the water table for the coming winter. The temp was a cool 65° (18°C). Did wash the car and allow the rain to rinse it.

Civil twilight is 5:52 AM EDT. Night is 7:31 PM.

Sunrise: 6:21 AM. Set: 7:02 PM.

Length of day: 12h 40m. Length of visible light: 13h 39m. Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The temp is 50° (10°C), the high is to be 64° (18°C), with partly sunny skies in the forecast.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 4:17:55 PM



Life IS Good!

People need a good pizza once in a while. The 33 oz for $3.34 was the deal of the year.

Today is the 13th anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon in Washington DC and in New York City. Thank God a group lead by Todd Beamer, crashed their passenger jet (killing all 44 people aboard including the four hijackers) in Shanksville PA. A total of 2,996 perished (2,977 victims, 19 hijackers.)

Only 14 people escaped from the impact zone of the South Tower (floors 77 to 85) after it was hit and only four people from the floors above it. Individuals escaped from as high up on the South Tower as the 84th floor after initial impact. They escaped via stairwell A. At the Pentagon, all 58 passengers, four flight attendants, and both pilots on board, as well as 125 occupants died.

Hikers in NH will fly flags on 48 4,000 foot (1,219 metres) summits on Saturday, noon to 2PM as an annual memorial. A thousand spectators will attend. A peace and reflection gathering afterwards is held. Went to the summit of Mt Liberty (4,459'/1,359m) 3 days after the attacks and raised the first flag.

Got into seeing Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad, fight 5 bouts. She is 24 wins, 0 loses, w/21 knockouts. No draws or no contests when she retired in 2007. Laila is now a fashion model at age 36.

Also saw her pull thru for the win in the Ali vs Jacqui Frazier-Lyde fight in 2001. This was the First Pay Per View boxing card ever to be headlined by women.

In 2008, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, an attorney practicing law, was elected in Philadelphia as a Municipal Court Judge. Laila Ali is the eighth of her father's nine children and his youngest daughter. Laila Ali is now a fashion model at age 36.

Mixed Martial Art (MMA) Cat Zingano (Cathilee Deborah Zingano, {née Albert}, born July 1, 1982) was seen in several MMA bouts on youtube. Cat is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On April 13, 2013, she became the first woman to win a UFC fight by technical knockout.

By 11 AM the temp just touched 60° (15°C) and it was time to go outdoors. Tackled the strawberry plants. Have new flowers, no further fruit in the everbearers. Picked enough blueberries for my next cereal ,watered the plants, then mowed 25% more of the lawn.

Enjoyed a healthy salad w/two homegrown tomatoes, lots of leaf lettuce and plenty of fresh veggies. It was topped with evoo and then cottage cheese. Sat in the sun enjoying the cloudless perfect summer day that reached a pleasing 72° (22°C).

Civil twilight is 5:51 AM EDT. Night is 7:33 PM.

Sunrise: 6:20 AM. Set: 7:04 PM.

Length of day: 12h 43m. Length of visible light: 13h 42m. Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The temp is 66° with a 90% chance for rain. It is raining lightly.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:41:17 AM

Tru, I hope that means you'll be able to get the necessary doctor's note, although that, too, sounds a lot like school. Glad to hear that it looks like you'll be able to keep all of your appliances, despite such draconian rules. That's good news! "Refrigerator"?? They don't expect you to have a a refrigerator? Yikes!

DG, I didn't know Bellatoria is local. Just b/c it is General Mills? I didn't know that about Annie's, but it has become an all-to-frequent situation with successful natural foods brands. However, I will not consider it "local" just b/c it is owned by GM, a multi-national corporation. I hope it doesn't degrade the products. Thanks for alerting me. I'll have to pay close attention to the ingredient to make sure they are still what I expect.

Do you know that the new Edina Byerly's store is opening Sept. 18? New Byerly's It is in the parking lot of the old one, which will be torn down. It's part of the big new development. I assume/hope there will be additional "grand opening" sale prices.

An employee of the present store told me that the new one will "knock your socks off." I imagine that a lot of the new features will not be appropriate for me. The one thing I hope they have is the reverse osmosis water filtration machines for refilling one's own bottles, like the St. Louis Park store has. I've been getting it mostly from Cub, but am tired of their lax service schedule. IMO it should be done at least every three weeks, but they've been letting it stretch out to more than a month. I was planning on filling up Tuesday, but saw it hadn't been serviced since Aug. 4. Way too long. I know it's an outside vendor that does it, but the store should make sure that it's done in a timely manner. We're paying for clean water. If the filter hasn't been changed, then it's not clean and a waste of money.

Thanks for the heads up re: the Trident salmon patties. Right now I have three full boxes and overflowing freezers, so will have to pass this time. In the summer I watch for the best sales of fresh wild caught Alaskan salmon filets and then splurge. The season is so short, and it's one of my favorite things.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 7:01:09 AM

Yes dg and Goldie the senior lunches are awful, leave much to be desired. Quality and quantity. It is like high school lunches. Coz in our entire county the lunch comes from one central kitchen, institutionalized food. No recourse to find the good ones unless l leave the county. LOL.

But again it is proven that Life is Good.

The edict of "you must get rid of the dishwasher" is now rescinded. l went over the manager's head to Yelp and the management company in turn came down on her. She now informs me that even though my "lease states that NO appliances can be added without written permission" and it didn't look to her like the dishwasher was blocking the door, and if l got the note from the Dr, l could keep the dishwasher, the refrigerator, the freezer and the counter top oven. Which l knew but didn't like being told l couldn't have it without a permission slip. Also didn't like the way l was told with no alternatives by the assistant manager. So l decided to go over their heads, and they then had the problem, not me. It is upsetting to me, and l believe it is all about power. I was told by the assistant manager that she had contacted the owner and in fact there were to be "NO appliances like the dishwasher or washers allowed as these places weren't built for them. This one was blocking the door so that a gurney couldn't get in if there was a disaster or l fell in the back yard". None of which seems to actually be the case and l knew it.
Bless Yelp!

So now things will calm down and this will be my peaceful, comfortable home once again.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 4:16:30 AM

goldieolds, It's Bellatoria spinach and roasted mushroom. Did you hear that General Mills bought out Annies. The Cub by me has the salmon patties on sale for $5.99 manager special.

trugas, Some of those meals for seniors are truly awful. Some places are good. "Your mission should you choose to accept it" is to find the good places. :)

MidnightSun, Glad you had good luck with the pizza. Like everything else made at different locations, the quality varies. lol

I've heard that VOIP phone service can sometimes be tricky if there is a problem with the phone. Don't know of anyone here who has it.

Did get an automated call the other day left on the machine...We have received a serious error message from your computer...press one to...that was all I heard because I hung up. Wonder how many people they get to press the said number? Probably too many. :(

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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 1:29:29 AM

Tru, those Sr. Center meals do sound awful. Might be ok for free, but not to pay for. And only now and then. Reminds me of a school lunch.

All y'all's talk about pizza got me wanting one, so had to make one last night. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand that I would want to add to a frozen Annie's Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza. I'd been eating those for at least two years before I realized that it wasn't "real" cheese on them, but a non-dairy type. Their other version, Annie's Rice Crust Spinach Pizza does use "real" cow cheese. I can't tell the difference. I chopped up sweet onion, red bell pepper, spinach and crimini mushrooms, which I loaded on top. Also happened to have some Mozzarella flavored almond cheese in the fridge, so put some of that on top, to see how it would do. It didn't melt quite as much as cow cheese would, but enough to be good. It gave it kind of a meaty mouth feel. The pizza turned out mighty good, although probably nothing like the ones y'all were talking about.

I happened to be walking down the frozen pizza aisle at the grocery store and saw some Connie's Naturals and Connie's Fire Roasted that looked very tempting. Have any of you ever had any of those?

Don't know if I ever talked about my great "find" a couple of weeks ago. My acupuncture clinic is very near to Whole Foods, so I decided to stop in after a treatment. It was a Friday and they usually have a three-day weekend special. That day they happened to have a one-day special of rotisserie chickens for only $5! You know I love rotisserie chickens, esp. those that are raised healthier. There are some other local stores that have "Five Buck Clucks" on Fridays, but those are just regular old mass produced chickens. Also they're smaller and fattier than are these delicious ones from WF, which normally sell for about $9. WF used to sell them for $5.99 on Tuesdays, but don't anymore, and I've never seen them for less than that. The deli guy said they do it one day a year. I was glad to happen in on that one day, and bought two. One to eat then and the other I cut up and froze. Yum :)

[Edited by: goldieolds at 9/11/2014 1:33:08 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 3:42:14 PM



Life IS Good!

Am always lavish when pouring evoo. It is healthy for all of us. Just like garlic is. Had pork chops for lunch. Very delish!

Had 3 or 4 Culinary Pizza's. All were consistently excellent. Rising crust type. The only time it was lousy was when it partially thawed and the mistake was made of throwing it in the oven. Should have been re-frozen.

Am enjoying "Law & Order: Special Victims' Unit" on Netflix. It will end its streaming availability on Oct 1. It is the last call of the month for any of the L & O Series. New shows & movies will be available.

Played a 90 minute war w/the 3 races in StarCraft. A pleasing way to spend the early morning until the 46° (8°C) temp began to rise for the day. A most pleasant 75° (24°C)in full sun with clear skies.

Rec'd a phone call from Montreal Quebec. It was Iristel Inc. They are a Canadian provider of Voice over Internet Protocol services, and is designated as a competitive local exchange carrier.

The Co was founded in 1999, and is headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Allowed the digital answering machine to answer. No message was left.

Sliced a half of chicken cutlet cut two strips of turkey bacon and built a heaping plate of veggies to make a salad. Added 3 scoops of cottage cheese on top and add evoo.

Went out and sat in the sun and luxuriate in my mostly veggie feast. Two of the smaller homegrown tomatoes were used in the salad. They taste better than any tomato ever purchased. Sweet, firm and juicy.

Read for an hour, then mowed the lawn closest to the road. Trimmed down the three gardens of various colored daylilies, watered all the plants, then did further garden maintenance.

Cut much of the 4' tall crocosmia 'Lucifer' that has gone by bnear to the ground. This will direct sunlight on the slow growing and newly planted, still low to the ground Echinacea Purpurea Magnus and the new growth of Shasta 'Alaska" daisies.

The wildflowers see 3 types of blooms on the annuals. Some of the perennials are 10" tall. All the plants are overcrowded as the seed was hand broadcast too thick, as though it was grass seed.

Civil twilight is 5:48 AM EDT. Night is 7:37 PM.

Sunrise: 6:18 AM. Set: 7:08 PM.

Length of day: 12h 49m. Length of visible light: 13h 48m. Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The temp is 73°, in bright sunny skies.

Walked around my property at 12:30 AM by the light of the full Super Moon. Four constellations were seen. The Moon cast long shadows of the trees. Twas eerie. Happy harvest Moon.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:37:10 AM

Well dg l only have 10 left! So hurry. Actually they aren't bad for 1 and 1/2 minutes in the microwave. Beats the heck out of anything offered at the congregate meals (for seniors) imo... They want at least $4 per meal. Ask for $7 and all they give you is like one pc of meat or casserole, and a little side of maybe corn and carrot mix that l can buy from the store for $1 that would last 4 meals. Then a slice of bread and maybe an orange for dessert. OH the best part is a pint of milk. Once in awhile a wheat muffin instead of the bread, and then a little tangerine or raw cantaloupe for dessert (one slice) They are the very worst meals l have ever tried.
Here l am complaining again and in the "Life is Good" topic of all places. Smiles.
I started off well, enjoying the breakfast sandwiches. Then l deteriorated in to complaining. Shame on me.
Life is Good and l do enjoy good food and even fast food at times, More times lately.

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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:32:19 AM

DG, local brand - Davanni's? Green Mill? "thin and crispy with spinach and roasted mushroom on it" sounds good! However, I try to refrain from buying any except those with gluten free crusts, since my body doesn't like wheat. But sometimes I get tempted.

The other day my chicken drumsticks turned out so delicious that I wish I'd made two pkgs instead of just one. Could have, b/c I made them in the oven & I have a larger roasting pan. I've finally figured out how to "doctor" the bottled bbq sauce that I use so that I like it more. I use Annie's organic, now adding ketchup (I use Trader Joe's organic, which isn't as sweet as some) and some pure maple syrup. This time I added some powdered cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Probably didn't need to, since there was already some of those plus other spices in the bottled sauce. Thing is, it has chili powder, which I can't stand. Think it's a sensitivity. It takes a lot to mask that. I also seasoned the drumsticks, before adding the sauce at the end, with a little Kosher salt, some turmeric (good for fighting inflammation), garlic granules and paprika, then drizzled with EVOO. Lots of flavor. And even the taste of the chicken meat itself came through, which was very good, b/c they were a good kind of chicken, more healthfully raised. Just Bare Chicken brand. Cage-free, no antibiotics, etc, so the actual meat itself had a lot of flavor and wasn't just a carrier for the seasonings, as is sometimes the case. Ooey, gooey finger-licking good. :) I probably put more sauce on them than necessary, but I liked it and it didn't go to waste. Now I just have a little left, not enough for another batch. Think I'll put it on some rice or quinoa or something like that. Had some Amaizing sweet corn with it, so it was almost like a real bbq. Then, with the leftovers, I made some white Jasmine rice and again put some sugar snap or snow peas (I get them mixed up) on top to steam while the rice finished cooking. I know it broke the cardinal rule of making rice, never to uncover it until it finishes cooking, but it did ok and turned out good, with fewer pots to wash. Then put some EVOO on both, and some Braggs amino acids on the rice. mmm. good.

Last week I finally came up with something easy to do with one of the pkgs of ground chicken that I have. I put it, only partially defrosted, into the slow cooker with some Imagine Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup, added some baby bello (crimini) mushrooms, onions, garlic and green beans. I turned it up high to get going, then turned it down to low and left it on for about 8 hours while I slept, etc. After it was done, I broke up the meat and added some more of the soup. It tasted very good. Of course, I love that soup and can eat it plain, so anything cooked in it is bound to be good. After it was cooked, I was rushing to leave, so ate it as is, but it would have been good over rice or noodles. Same thing the next day with leftovers, and even ate it cold (which I do a lot with leftovers). I decided to add some plain goat yogurt which I have. That was good, too; it made it more like a Stroganoff.

Tru, isn't Foster Farms the kind of chicken you like? When I was looking up what the Humane certification means, that Just Bare chickens have, I saw that Foster Farms is part of the same program.



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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 12:48:08 AM

trugas, We'll all be over for breakfast tomorrow. :)

MidnightSun, I tried a Culinary Circle Pizza here (think they make them regionally so they may differ) and didn't care for it. There are tons of frozen pizzas to choose from here and my latest favorite is a local brand that is thin and crispy with spinach and roasted mushroom on it. :)
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 3:54:28 PM



Life IS Good!

Had a good w/e that continues today. Love it!

Also adore pork chops. Has a taste that is never tiring. McD's is all fillers and MSG. No comparison. Continue to spoil yourself and enjoy!

Enjoyed some early morning PBS shows yesterday morn while having a 2 berry combo w/bran flakes in 1% milk. Wasn't entirely full so two silver dollar blueberry pancakes were prepared w/real Grade A maple syrup. Delish!

Played some StarCraft: Broad War (2:08m) and thoroughly enjoyed using my "Dark Archon" from the Protoss race to permanently mind control a Terran into building an entire army and air force to be my ally and fight the Zerg. It was such a delight.

Watched some Criminal Minds epi's, then took a 2 hour nap. Have been using 1 tbsp baking soda into 8 oz of warm water after soaking my hair first, rinse it out, and use a 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 8 oz (dbl each mixture for long hair) for the conditioner, then rinse it out. My third week.

The hair is super clean w/o the chemical coating shampoo leaves that requires daily use. Your hair doesn't smell like vinegar. It just smells like nice, neutral, clean hair, that is soft and fluffy.

One can go several days w/o needing the baking soda shampoo, just a water rinse will clean it thoroughly. (Not w/hard water). Had my doubts until it was tried. After the 2nd use, the shampoo chemicals were washed away. My hair is silky soft and more shiny than ever.

Baking soda and vinegar. The above formula is the only correct one. Have poo pooed the naysayers. It works fabulous. My third week. Have even added a tbsp of epsom salts to the baking soda. It cleans the oil out of the pores well.

Drove to Shaw's to buy the w/e Wicked Awesome sale of asparagus, on sale for 1.88 a lb. Passed on $1,49 a lb for split chicken breasts, and the 1.999 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Did buy a Culinary Circle Supreme Pizza 33 oz for $3.34. What a good deal. Returned home to cook that. Then added spinach, broccoli, capicola and shredded cheese on top. Needed a break from chicken.

Went outdoors to perform garden maintenance and water the tomatoes. Picked 7 today. Had to store the min the fridge, Can not eat them fast enough. Also picked a half cup of the blueberries that ripened late on one plant. Still have at least two brekkie w/bb's remaining to be harvested on that highbush.

Listened to the football game alternating w/the baseball game. The high of the day was 72° under clear skies. Love that temp w/o the heat, high dew point, humidity, and no bugs.

Civil twilight is 5:47 AM EDT. Night is 7:39 PM.

Sunrise: 6:17 AM. Set: 7:10 PM.

Length of day: 12h 52m. Length of visible light: 13h 52m. Tomorrow will be 3m 1s shorter.

The temp is 76° in bright sunny skies. Nights this week are in the 40's.

Have a pleasant day!

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Great day thANKS and even was able to share some of my bounty with the housekeeper again. I gave her some of my tomato sauce. Build up back when l was going to the food handouts, l don't need them as l buy the smaller cans for me. Also gave her a bag of apples. She appreciates the extas l don't use. Her husband packs a lunch so the apples go well.
I had to toss a can of tomato sauce that was a bit bulgy. That is part of the reason to give some away before they too go bad.

I love pork chops and always get them when on sale. I sometimes make them with apricots, but most always fry them. Love the brown crunchy part where the fat is. BOught the only time l steamed them was with sourkraut.

I am spoiling myself, which makes life good....bought 12 jimmy dean breakfast sausage, egg and cheese on croussants for an average of .68c each. Cheaper and imo better than the mcdonalds. Minute and a half in the microwave and l have breakfast. I stock up on J deans sausage rolls, and so now l won't have to buy any more for breakfast. Smiles.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 12:15:12 AM

Hope everyone is having a good day. :)
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Life IS Good!

Our 5,000 footers and above may get snow on Thursday. In the 40's at night. All week as well. Have to keep the windows closed.Temps were low at 74°F (23°C) yesterday afternoon, yet the humidity was 85%, while the dew point reached the not so comfortable 70° (21°C). Could see on the radar map our 90% chance of rain and a t-storm was in mid VT on the way.

NOAA warned our area thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Also the temps at night would drop into the 40's (8°C) with the highs all week to be near 70° (21°C).

Drove during yesterday's sticky morning to my pals meat mkt in Whitefield, NH (Lots of photos from 1999, including gas prices.) Population was 2,306 at the 2010 census. It is an area of 34.70 sq miles (89.87 km²).

Situated on the northern edge of the White Mountains, Whitefield is home to the Mount Washington Regional Airport, the White Mountains Regional High School, The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, the Spalding Inn, and Kimball Hill Inn. Things to do.

Explained to my pal the hassle rec'd on Thursday at the dental office. He too had shaking head syndrome. Cooked honey wings and drumettes were on sale for $2.29 a lb. Great finger food and a snack for the way home.

Also bought assorted pork chops for a nice price of $1.29 on sale. Returned home to put the food away. Emptied the balance of the crock pot, cleaned it, and placed the contents in a 2 qt Pyrex bowl, covered and refrigerated it.

A little evoo was added in the crock pot with hand trimmed spare ribs, along with carrots, green beans and red potatoes. 2 hours 30 minutes later a sliced onion and broccoli florets were added.

30 more minutes and the crock pot was turned off. Then it was placed in the fridge to cool down and refrigerate. Had a delish slice of blueberry pie for a snack.

T-storm arrived later than expected, so all the plants were watered earlier. Rain was just .37 inches and a 1.61 inch total for Sept.

Civil twilight is 5:46 AM EDT. Night is 7:41 PM.

Sunrise: 6:15 AM. Set: 7:11 PM.

Length of day: 12h 55m. Length of visible light: 13h 55m. Tomorrow will be 3m 1s shorter.

The temp is 72°

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 11:15:59 AM

Wow she has written a few books. I put the mystery on order. Thanks. Love a good mystery.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 12:11:39 AM

trugas, She's written a few books. I thought there was more than one mystery but it looks like the local library only has one "Murder at the Academy Awards" books by Joan Rivers. This is the local library website for those who have a mobile or slower internet connection. I actually like it better than the regular website which has "cloud" information available on it.

MidnighSun, Glad you have a neighbor to drive you. Rather cool here for overnight temps 50's and there is a possibility of s*** in northern MN later this week. :(
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 4:03:55 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, Will have to return at the same place. Others are 1 hour away. My neighbor is to drive me, he will not go on a road trip. After the surgery will explain to the dentist what happened. My reality is a fantasy world. Love it!

tg, Had surgery almost weekly for 2 months. Was deburred of dead skin daily. Was a burn victim. A 17 y/o ran a stop sign from a side street to a major Blvd in LA. Sure am happy to be alive. Yes, Life IS Good!

Left early to go to Big Papa's Market in Littleton. Lots of end of the summer deals.

Bought were cukes 3/$1, red grapes $2.38 a lb, Mineola oranges 3/$1, green beans $1.38 a lb, avocados 98¢ ea, gigantic green leaf lettuce heads $1.28, a 2 oz bottle of basil for $1, and baby bella mushrooms 10 oz for $2.25.

Went to WM for some bread crumbs, stuffing, lots of spices, graded parmesan cheese and all white no cholesterol egg mix.

Also went to Shaw's and bought three 14 oz frozen large uncooked shrimp pkgs on sale for $5.98, $6.99 tarragon and thyme spices at 33% off, broccoli crowns for $1.49 and split chicken breasts for $1.49. Did not have to buy 3 lbs or more.

Returned home to put the shopping items away and cook a nice piece of haddock bought the day before for $2.99 a lb. Prepared the kitchen and the ingredients to make panko bread crumb chicken cutlets. Made four, ate the smallest, and added three to the fridge.

Also made a small garden salad w/evoo, went outdoors and ate my feast in the sun. Temp was a pleasant 85° (29°C) in a moderate humidity and tolerable dew point.

The solar radiation was very strong. It felt like there was a magnifying glass on my skin. Did some deadheading, watering, and garden maintenance. Picked 6 tomatoes. Will be giving many away soon.

Civil twilight is 5:44 AM EDT. Night is 7:43 PM.

Sunrise: 6:14 AM. Set: 7:13 PM.

Length of day: 12h 59m. Length of visible light: 13h 58m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s shorter.

The temp is 76° (24°C), There is a 90% chance of t-storms this afternoon w/rain. It is raining.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 9:40:03 AM

I understand having surgery to remove a problem. Otherwise l have successfully avoided them. (surgeries) Just lucky l guess. I have had 3. One bad and totally a waste of time, one good and one that almost took my life. Had to rush back in to stop internal bleeding. The bad one was foot surgery and my toes still turn in from bad shoes.

The good one was laprascopic sp? removal of gall bladder. Last one and never a problem from it. Less invasive.
So life has been good for me and l feel for people who have to have a big surgery.

Dg you mentioned mysteries by Joan Rivers ...l wasn't aware that she wrote.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 10:44:37 PM

trugas, I think surgery of any kind is considered a risk, so you have to consider lots of conditions when you think about having it. Age and other health concerns are just some of the major things to think about. It's sad about Joan Rivers. I personally think she went a bit overboard with all her surgeries but it's what she wanted. She sure was a funny lady. I've read a couple of her mysteries and enjoyed them. :)

MidnightSun, Still a beautiful brige. Sorry you are having so many problems with people not communicating well about insurance. Think we should all have coverage for what is necessary and that it should be reasonably priced...so much for my fantasy world. lol
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 4:12:24 PM


Life IS Good!

dg, Think the linked bridge is not the Bath one. Copied the wrong link. My bad. This is the old Bath covered bridge. Hope to post the new pix on Monday.

tg, Woodpeckers peck out giant holes that are deep. It is not soft bark or wood. It is Hardwood. A fabulous example.

Did a great job of going to bed much later at 8:30 PM on Wednesday evening, and waking up much later, which was at 2:30 AM. Spend an hour cooking several versions of my chicken cutlets.

Nuked the cheese on top to melt it. It also cooks the center, just in case it is a bit raw. Had 1.5 5" cutlets along with red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, and green beans.

Was stuffed like a T-Day turkey. Finished my rounds, then watched some of the original Star Trek Season I epi's and a couple of Criminal Minds episodes.

Wrote out checks for four bills and made a telephone payment. At 8 AM, two hours before surgery, was the last of any water that was allowed to drink.

Decided on a run to the P.O. to mail the bills and pick up my mail. Took a dif route home and ran into the State of NHDOT replacing culverts on the hwy. Was a 20 wait to be able to pass.

Returned home to discover that the dental surgery office phoned. Called them back 20 minutes before my neighbor was to pick me up. The office said my insurance company refuses to accept and pay the bill. The surgery cost $3,100 for the hour. Will you be paying w/a check, cash or credit card? Huh?

Phoned one lady at my Ins Co and got the run around. Walked outdoors and got a case of head shaking. Returned inside and phoned again. Spoke to another lady at my Ins Co who said what was thought. Full dental coverage.

Spoke to the Dental Surgery office and got the same mumbo jumbo as rec'd the first time. Took the Ins book of paid benefits and visited the dental office. Showed her in black and white full dental coverage.

It was after 11:30 by now. She photocopied 'my plan.' Reminded her months ago my Ins accepted the full bill. Told her that her inability to get the facts straight weeks ago just cost me a wasted day.

Choice words entered my mind. My tongue did not repeat them. Was burning angry. This is the second time at this place that oral surgery was cancelled. The first was back in July.

Receptionist said she would call me when an appointment was re-scheduled. Told her NO — will not be coming back. Even got my first headache in many years thinking of the incident.

There was a very good ending to my travels and day of senseless folly. Visited my pal the meat mgr and related my story. He too, shook his head over the two previous cancellations.

He said he had some haddock that was to expire tin a day and would sell me those 4 fish for $2.99 a lb. Thank you my friend. So now sadly, it is back to day 1, another surgeon, deep breaths, and a long wait

Yesterday was a perfect summer day with low humidity, a low dew point and 81°. Will travel to the mkt today looking for some deals.

Civil twilight is 5:43 AM EDT. Night is 8:45 PM.

Sunrise: 6:13 AM. Set: 7:15 PM.

Length of day: 13h 01m. Length of visible light: 14h 01m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s shorter.

The temp is 86°, in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 10:00:44 AM

dg sounds reasonable.

It is still dark out and it is going on 7 a m. Just started to lighten at 6:53...And soon daylight savings well end and it will really be dark. Boo hoo. I like to get up to sunshine.

But l guess l should be happy to get up at all. Poor Joan Rivers. Go in for so many surgeries and do well, then a minor procedure and stops breathing.

Exactly why l do not want knee surgery or any surgery. My breathing is compromised anyway with COPD, then to be under and all slows down. I just don't want to take the chance. It is not an infrequent happening.

Talk about taking care of ones self with proper diet and good vitamins etc.
More important, IMO, is to stay away from invasive procedures as we age.

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 12:28:32 AM

trugas, I know that robins follow the heat of the ground in the spring when looking for food so when we see them here, we know the ground is warming up. Later in the season, we don't see them that much so I suspect they move a bit farther north. That may be why you don't see them so much in CA.

MidnightSun, That bridge (photo) looks very familiar. I've got a jigsaw puzzle with a similar bridge that says it's near or on Franconia Notch. Very pretty.
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 4:51:11 PM

Soft bark?
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Life IS Good!

We also have baltimore Orioles Think they are even more lovely than robins.

Have to wonder how a woodpecker can smack its beak into wood so rapidly and not have a headache. Small brain?

Completely enjoyed seeing two episodes of season of "Criminal Minds" on Netflix. New subscribers get their first month for free. If the like the streaming on demand w/unlimited access, they are charged $8.99 a month.

Offered are tens of thousands of movies from the 1930'sto the present. They are not a site for the very latest movies, yet many are released in 2014. They also have sitcom's, dramas, and action TV series from the 1950's to some of this year's seasons.

Left for an 104 mile round trip to the WalMart Super Store in Woodsville. Needed to stock up on items. Stopped at the Bath, NH wooden covered bridge that was being refurbished for more than 1 year.

The bridge is 374'6" long and is made up of spans of 117'6", 66'6", 62'6", and 80'0". It has an overall width of 24'6", a roadway width of 20'6", and has a maximum vertical clearance of 11'9".

It also features an enclosed sidewalk. The bridge is posted as a one lane bridge for six tons, passenger cars only. The original Bath covered bridge was built in 1794 but was destroyed by a flood. The bridge was rebuilt and destroyed 2 more times, also by floods.

The 4th time the bridge was rebuilt, it was destroyed by fire. The current bridge that stands at the site now was built in 1832 and is open to passenger cars only.

The Bath covered bridge is completed and open to cross. This bridge now has fire and smoke detectors.

Spoke to the alarm Co tech that was programing the large control panel.Lots of LED lights, switches, and wires. Took many photos that will be shared in a special album.

Went shopping for soft foods that will be easy to chew. Have major oral surgery at 10 AM. Stopped at my neighbors to remind him about the ride we discussed a month ago. He is all set. Now need to not eat or drink anything after 4 AM, a full six hours before surgery.

Since meds will be given, there is a strong chance that no afternoon post will be completed. Perhaps just a quick update. Not even sure at this point on my rounds for Friday morning. We shall see.

The temp was 72° (22°C) , w/a low dew point of 58° (14°C) and the humidity 63%. A fabulous summer day.

Civil twilight is 5:42 AM EDT. Night is 8:47 PM.

Sunrise: 6:12 AM. Set: 7:17 PM.

Length of day: 13h 04m. Length of visible light: 14h 04m. Tomorrow will be 3m 00s shorter.

The temp is 80° in clear blue skies.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 10:33:46 AM

It was funny l thot. You would be surprised at how few robins l have seen in my 83 plus years of living in CA. Must not like the coastal places l have lived.

I occasionally see woodpeckers and l just love watching them go up and down on a tree looking for insects. Last place l lived l saw them more often, as there were big trees just outside my yard, but here our trees blew down and that ended woodpecker views.

As to Robins, l know they love early morning lawns with big worms to eat. Maybe we don't have the big worms. LOL. I sure know the ground is hard too.
Life is Good for robins where ever they may be. And me.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 4:05:45 PM



Life IS Good!

There are robins all along the Pacific Coast. Not any doubt.

Here it is easy to tell when the spring arrives, The sugar maple sap flows, everyone is laughing uncontrollably, and the snow melts. Then the songbirds return and everything is green and grows.

Winter is many months away. Okay, some months away.

Enjoyed sending the multi chicken recipe to over a dozen that requested it. The 3 separate variations plus the flavor give this a near 5 star rating. Wish it could be served to all to taste and rate.

After seeing an episode of the original Star Trek (1966-1969) and one from a fabulous Criminal Minds, it was time to head outdoors. Lots of trimming flowerless leaves and dead heading to keep those in bloom.

Watered the flowers and tomatoes. Getting 4 and 5 nicely plump and well ripened tomatoes daily Have about 60 left. The tops have been cut of and all suckeres are removed.

Finished the last section of the lawn. It looks well manicured. The wildflowers have 5 different blooming flowers. Those are annuals like Johnny Jump ups, cosmos, sweet alyssum, crimson clover, and an unknown variety. Many others are still growing. The perennials should bloom next summer.

Took a ride early afternoon to cruise down US Rt 3. Wanted to see how the area trees were doing colorwise. All have a tinge on the higher elevations. None down low.

Got to take some pix of the mtns and some further calender pix of the town. It felt like the hottest day of the year.

The temp was 82° (28°C) , the dew point 70° (21°C) and the humidity 70%. Lots of t-storms were 60-80 (96 to 128 km) miles south of my area.

Civil twilight is 5:40 AM EDT. Night is 8:50 PM.

Sunrise: 6:10 AM. Set: 7:20 PM.

Length of day: 13h 07m. Length of visible light: 14h 07m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s shorter.

The temp is 77°, in beautiful blue skies. Had a good rainfall 1.69" and t-storms overnight.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 12:05:52 PM

I said at group gathering last night..."well Fall has arrived as l got my first static electricity shock today" and one lady said "Didn't know that was the sign of fall, l knew that robins were the first sign of spring, then moved to CA, and no Robins so l didn't know how to tell when spring arrived."

Life is Good when around funny and interesting people.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 9:46:31 PM

Hi all, things going fairly well here but a bit cool. Hope this means that winter isn't coming soon. =:o
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Life IS Good!

Relaxed all w/e. It was Great. Did work and had fun today.

Went to Littleton to get away from the 144th Lancaster State Fair traffic. It is the largest event in the North Country Labor Day w/e. The largest event of the year are the fireworks July 4th at the Mt Washington Grand Hotel.

Stopped in Rite as soon as they opened. My pal the mgr said after Aug 31 summer items would be 75% off list price.

Had my eye on a double awning canopy. Each side can be raised another 3' 6" to give the covered canopy a 15' 4" length. On sale for a nice price of $32.50. List was $129.99 all season.

Drove to WM for some fat free sliced cheese. Was disappointed it has been discontinued at that store. Brought two 1 lb tubs of cottage cheese. $2.02 ea.

Went to Shaw's and stocked upon condensed cream of mushroom & chicken soup. 12 oz cans are on sale for 75¢ ea. Bought 10 of each to add to the 8 there are in stock.

Bought a 6 piece pkg of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99 a lb. Have been playing w/a recipe for two weeks to make the finest chicken parmesan, sauceless cutlets, or w/a creamy sauce.

Write to me and will send you the complete recipe for all three versions. Prep 25 mins. Cook 20 mins. Ready in 1 hr or less. Recipe makes 4 servings. Very easy to make. More than worthy of the Bon Appétit restaurants.

Had A fantastic Labor Day of cooking, w/plenty of R&R, a temp of 81° (27°C), 70° dew point and a humidity of 71%.

Civil twilight is 5:40 AM EDT. Night is 8:50 PM.

Sunrise: 6:10 AM. Set: 7:20 PM.

Length of day: 13h 10m. Length of visible light: 14h 10m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp is 86°. The hottest of this year.

Have a wonderful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 11:02:14 AM

Today is Tuesday the second day of September already. I am quickly approaching my 84th year. WHEW. Like I say "Life is Short" so make it a good one. Hopefully all is well with most if not all of you.

Nothing exciting going on here----------------as usual. LOL . Just a trip to dr to discuss why my b/p has decided to shoot up after months if not years of being low. The same medication. Also want to discuss another pneumonia shot, as the last bout of it l had recently really worried me. It was hard to come out of and l remained weak and tired for a long time. I don't like to be incapacitated like that. Like l say, life is too short. I don't want to waste it. LOL.

I finished with the cleaning out of my big refrigerator. Allowed my housekeeper to wash the door shelves and l dried and put them back in. After she did her usual l washed the inside windows in front. Baked an applesauce cake l took to get together and they loved it. l felt it was too dry, even tho l cut back on the flour the recipe called for....
But Life is Good when one shares good food.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 1:37:44 AM

trugas, You are making me hungry. lol

goldieolds, The traffic cops at the fair had whistles. :) I think I was at United Noodle years ago when it was on Hennepin & 280. Not much more than a warehouse back then.

MidnightSun, Sounds like you had another relaxing day. :)
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 4:10:38 PM



Life IS Good!

Police use a 50,000 volt electric gun that fires tips deep into a subject. After shocking one half to death, the tips must be surgically removed. Yeah, humane... like hanging.

Had a convict once tell me he was from the phone Co and to push 3 digits as a test. Pushed two and hit an incorrect one. Told him to come here and make me. Said I want to see you make me. Btw,the 3 digits are so he can use unlimited long distance phone calls and all of them would be on my phone bill.

Enjoyed a most restful Sunday. Passed on mowing the lawn for some catch up w/inside cleaning. Caught upon paperwork, relaxed and watched some TV series on Netflix. Also saw on PBS "Ask This Old House"

Then it was time to water the fruit and flowers. We had a trace of rain overnight. The walkway had the color moist with dampness and the cars had droplets on them. It rained lightly for some hours later at 2 PM.

Walked to the foot of the drive, looked and listened. Nothing but the forest trees up and down the mtn. Only the occasional rustle of leaves were heard in the 2.5 mph (4 km h) gust of wind.

Did notice the ferns and brackens of the forest on my 15 acres are getting yellow and brown. Lots of leaf tips also are turning color. Autumn arrives here in three short weeks.

This is the big w/e of the 144th Annual Lancaster State Fair. Tens of thousands each day will go to this agricultural fair to take in the harvest exhibits, tractor pulls, monster trucks, the games of the Midway, rides, and the grandstand shows.

New this year is wrestling; pro men's bouts, including women matches, and tag teams. Video clip is at the bottom of the above link. Staying home to avoid the traffic crowds, R&R, and chase rabbits out of the property.

Listened to the afternoon baseball game on the internet. Picked two red tomatoes. Then washed the cars in the 3 hours of light rain.

Civil twilight is 5:38 AM EDT. Night is 8:52 PM.

Sunrise: 6:08 AM. Set: 7:22 PM.

Length of day: 13h 13m. Length of visible light: 14h 13m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s shorter.

The temp is 81° in clear skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 3:29:05 PM

Stop it Goldie, you are making me soooo hungry. All l have eaten today is some hash browns and one egg and a couple of figs. I am cooking rice under my half a chicken with only leeks so far but will add veggies later. Sesame oil sounds good too.
I did quite a lot this morning too and now my back and feet hurt, but that goes away quickly. My leg tho has been bothering me lately- just enough to let me know it's still there. LOL.
Taking advil for that. Made some applesauce mini muffins coz in going thru freezer to figure if l need anything l found l had 4 bags of good green apple applesauce. Mini muffins are just bite sized and pop into my mouth. Love it.
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:28:58 PM

Do police still carry whistles? Too bad they don't use whistles more and guns less. ;(

Had a yummy summer meal earlier. I made a sandwich with one slice (I always eat open-faced sandwiches) of Ezekiel Bread, some delicious goat cheddar, a fabulous organic heirloom tomato (from the store) and some basil from the garden. I accompanied it with some cold corn that I cooked yesterday. It's that Amaize corn that I love, and still good cold. I always like to make extra so I can have some the next day w/o having to cook more.

I thought that the Amaize corn that I bought last week was going to be the last of it, but then when the new sale started Thursday, they had more and it was even cheaper. I'll have to go back and get some more this week. There won't be much more.

$1 each for the good, big scallops isn't bad at all, for an occasional (for me) treat. Recently when I saw them on sale at the store (L&B) I figured out how much a quarter pound would be and thought I'd only get a couple for that & it didn't seem worth it. Next time I'll ask how many. Right now, though, it's fresh wild caught Alaskan salmon season and that's my big splurge. Love, love, love it! And every year it seems to go up in price, so I have to adjust upward what I'm willing to spend, only buying it on sale. So far, L&B has not had it on BOGO as they have in past summers. I hope they still will. The other night I saw, and bought, some at Cub. It was marked down to $7.99/lb, which is lower than I've seen it anywhere so far this summer. But I'm not sure it is Alaskan. It just says wild (as opposed to farmed, which I don't buy) and that it is a product of USA.

Thanks DG, I never think about Coastal and haven't ever looked at their website. I think they're located near United Noodles. I want to get over their one day to see if they have the little black Chinese pills that I'm taking on the advice of my acupuncturist for my legs/ankles/feet. It has helped the swelling go down tremendously, and I hope they're also helping the circulation. The ones I have now were bought at the Chinese medicine dispensary at Northwestern Health Sciences University, but I'd like to find them for a cheaper price. I also get Shou Wu Chih at United Noodles. It's a good tonic, and supposed to keep hair from turning gray. Not why I take it. It is also good for liver &/or kidneys (I forget which). I got it at United Noodles for about $6, and have seen it for a LOT more on internet.

If you (DG) haven't been there, it is a HUGE Asian market, with all kinds of Asian food products, as well as some remedies, etc. There's also a deli where you can eat prepared food, but it hasn't been open the times I've been there.

That reminds me. Last week I made some chicken thighs in the slow cooker. I ate up the veggies the first time, but had some of the thighs left over. I made some jasmine rice and put some snow peas on top to steam while the rice was cooking (in a regular pot on the stove.) There was some of the sauce made with the chicken left, and it had been made with teriyaki. I ate it all together, adding a little bit of toasted sesame oil for extra flavor. Man, was that delicious. Toasted sesame oil is a bit pricey, but just a tiny bit adds sooooo much flavor, it goes a looong way. I've had it for a long time, so decided that it's time to stop saving it for a stir fry, which I haven't been doing lately, and use it. I probably bought it on sale. You don't use it for cooking just a tiny bit for seasoning. You could do the same thing with a salad, but don't use it as the salad oil, just a few drops for flavor.
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 9:14:41 PM

trugas, Glad you are able to make ends meet on your budget and budget for those things that come along that are unexpected or wanted. As you say, many are not as fortunate. You are indeed living a good life on your own on your terms. :)

MidnightSun, Glad to hear that you're smart enough to not give out personal info over the phone. :)
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