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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 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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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 3:53:02 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, W/e is wonderfully relaxing and silent. Never give out info. Give many callers my wrath over the phone. Have a police whistle to rattle their eardrums, when needed. Ha!

tg, Thank you for the 3 day confirmation. Here it is the snow of winter that needs more entertainment.

Enjoyed another episode of "Criminal Minds." Have become a big fan quickly. Watch this show first over my other faves such as "Lost Girl," "Everyone Loves Raymond" "CSI," "Law and Order," etc. It has the impact that is enjoyed in a police themed series.

Laid down to take a nap. Don't think sleep was actually achieved. Did rest my mind and body for nearly 90 minutes. That counts for at least relaxation.

Played some hours of StarCraft: Brood War. Humanity soon becomes caught in a war between the Protoss and the Zerg, which culminates with the death of the Zerg leader, the Overmind, on the Protoss homeworld of Aiur.

StarCraft: Brood War is a real time strategy game still praised even today as one of the best games in history. The original site.

Loaded up the Dart w/recyclables. Could have delayed the ride, wanted to rid the accumulating glass, tin cans, and paper products. Did not notice what the featured free item(s) were. It was at 10 AM.

Took the ride to Whitefield. Wanted to see my pal the meat mgr. He took the long w/e off. No deals again this w/e. Can see all that stores prices are inching up.

The Corp Office which is an oil Company in VT has sent all 14 stores a memo that profits are down and to raise prices. This is according to the deli mgr. Can see all the retail prices increasing. 93% lean hamburger is now $4.99 a lb.

Returned home to sit in the sun and enjoy the serenity of this area. The temp climbed to 77, a 56% humidity and a wonderful 49° (9.4°C) dew point.

Also enjoyed watching the flowers, butterflies, hummers, and the yellow jackets landing and taking off from the last cairn in my property. They remind me of the jets on a carrier going and returning from patrol.

Civil twilight is 5:37 AM EDT. Night is 8:54 PM.

Sunrise: 6:07 AM. Set: 7:24 PM.

Length of day: 13h 16m. Length of visible light: 14h 16m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s shorter.

The temp is 70°. Wonderful light steady rain falls. We need it.

Have a splendid day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:42:40 AM

dirt girl it isn't hard to have a guaranteed income each month actually as there are many out of work for long periods and not sure of any income and l may not have a lot coming in, but it is enough to pay rent, buy food and what l need when l plan a bit. I am very lucky IMO. I am grateful.
Of course when a big item comes up then l require a bit of budgeting, but that is fairly easy, as l have developed such good credit, that l can get Zero interest. I do find it difficult to save money but that's ok too.

Goldie the scallops may cost $15 a pound, but who needs a whole pound? l bought 4 of the fairly large scallops and they cost me only $3.99 or $1 each. They made a good meal and at about the same price as a pound of hamburger. Granted the hamburger would go further, but once in awhile one needs to add variety to their diet. I cut mine into fourths to eat, so they were pretty big. Smiles.

Yes midnight 3 days is about the usual round trip for a movie. I don't want to get them more frequently as l see too much on TV as it is. They are nice in the summer when programming gets poor, but the new fall shows fill my time and l don't watch the Netflix or return them promptly a lot of times.

Life is Good to me and l am enjoying it a whole lot. I do a little gardening, not nearly as much as my younger neighbors, but enough for me. Yesterday l moved 3 large Gladioli further back in my front border as they were so tall they were beat on by my drop down bamboo shade when a breeze came up. I have several of another color to put out as well, but a little yardwork goes a long ways for me. I don't want back aches. I pulled out some old plants that are more like ground cover. Also planted another Purple Coneflower.Echinacea.

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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 9:50:20 PM

trugas, Hope you have a very relaxing weekend. It's hard living from month to month but not owing is good. Dinner sounds very good and I'm glad that you're eating well. :)

MidnightSun, Looks like your weekend is already relaxing if you can stare at the grass and go back to your magazine. ;) I know you're a smart guy and probably know this but don't give out personal information on the phone. Just got an email from the company that runs the antivirus that I use and it seems that phone scams are on the rise and have branched out to all sorts of countries now. :(

Btw, I stared out the window at the grass the other day. lol

goldieolds, I've usually had sea scallops in restaurants and I've had bay scallops at home but it's been a few years. It might be worth checking out Coastal Seafoods website as sometimes they have deals though they never seem to low. Fwiw, I know at both Coastal and Kowalskis you can buy them buy the pound so you could get just a few. I'm guessing that you can do that at L&B too. :)

MusicTeacher, Glad you are enjoying your new job. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 4:08:54 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, Do remember the name. Not sure if it was seen. Thank you for the link and sharing your memory.

tg, Loved giant deep sea scallops until the price reached $15 a pound. Can you receive an Netflix ordered in in 3 days?

Finished my morning rounds yesterday nice and early. That gave me the time to research more info on a new project that is being done. When the time comes to announce the results, my readers will be the first to know.

Got to nap for 90 minutes. It felt Great. Keep getting phone calls from Worldcom Multimedia. It is a 703 area code, created in 1947 in north eastern Virginia just outside of D.C. A quick check discovered the Co registered on 14-03-1995 in India.

The New Delhi based company's Corporate Identification Number (CIN) is U74899DL1995PLC066369. The registration number is 066369. The company's official address is A 42/F DDA FLATS MUNIRKA New Delhi, India 110067. It is Not opportunity calling.

In a dozen calls this summer, my answering machine never had a message from them. No need for me to ever answer my phone. Keep my phone always the ringer switched off. Do keep a police whistle at the phone to give them an earful, when in the mood.

Drove to town to get some boneless, skinless chicken breast on sale for $1.99 a lb. Also had a weeks worth of mail in my PO box. Returned home to sunny medium blue skies w/a dewpoint of 54° (12°C) and a temp of 70° (21°C). Very pleasing weather.

Wanted to make a cooked stock of a new recipe that is fun and delicious. Have made them on four occasions. Will share the recipe on Tuesday.

After lunch a chair was sat in to create some Vitamin D via the sun. It felt so pleasant with a 2.5 mph (4 kph) breeze. Took a good long look at the unfinished section of the lawn. Then turned the page of my magazine.

Civil twilight is 5:36 AM EDT. Night is 8:56 PM.

Sunrise: 6:06 AM. Set: 7:26 PM.

Length of day: 13h 19m. Length of visible light: 14h 20m. Tomorrow will be 2m 57s shorter.

The temp is 77 in clear skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 2:30:57 PM

Wow, scallops. Yum! I love big sea scallops; have never had the smaller bay scallops, that I can think of. But I've not had scallops in years b/c they are so expensive. Do you have any tips for getting them more affordably?
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 1:00:07 PM

Good Morning, Trugas ♪ Thank you for sharing at my new Studio about your potluck and food plans. I think you were trying to share this with MidnightSun at his GB Home, since I was not recently kept in the loop about your Lunch Bunch and your Son's camping trip. In any case, I wish you and yours a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

I am so glad that you are enjoying a nice, peaceful, simple, and happy life! I agree with you that as long as you can make ends meet and live frugally within your means, life will be good! Yes, I thank God that my life will be much better after my first payday on September 15th! Having a steady and reliable income to count on surely makes life much better.

So far, I am loving my new career as Assistant Manager of Keyboard Concepts! It is truly an unexpected and perfect answer to prayers for work! It is much better than working in another unrelated career outside of music and sales, both fields of which I have worked in during my entire career.

Thankfully I got a good night's sleep after my first two days of work with not enough sleep in between 9 hour work shifts. Today I look forward to enjoying my Church's Beach Picnic at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, CA! That will be my Labor Day celebration since I will not have Labor Day Monday off from work, but shorter work hours on that day. My Mom and I will do errands and tasks as needed before and after visiting the beach today.

Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 11:01:54 AM

Peaceful weekend ahead here. Then two days into next month all the bills get paid again for another month. I may live from month to month, but l don;t owe any big monthly payment bills.
I am free to do whatever a wish this weekend and l have a nice rib eye waiting to fix for dinner. Scalloped potatoes to go with and Tapioca for dessert.
So Life is Good allright..
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 8:02:21 PM

MidnightSun, Just remembered the movie Where were you when the lights went out.

trugas, Scallops and tapioca sound really good. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:49:38 PM

Just up from a late afternoon nap, and time to go down to visit on the front lawn with the dog owners ..
Fixed myself some scallops and then ate some tapioca l made earlier. Was good. The last batch didn't work out. This one is delish.
Summer winding down and Life is Good.

Looked up Castle on Netflix and they have it on disc. I have seen all 6 seasons and loved them but am tiring now.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/29/2014 7:56:40 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 3:54:09 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, Walking 8 miles to my g/f's house. Was a great time. Getting to be one more month 'til the first frost.

goldie, See that West Wing is on streaming Netflix. Castle is not available. Lost is and on my faves. Just got into Leverage. My kind of show.
Wrote a fab article on "The Story of Gabby Douglas" a few days ago. Think she is sensational.

Finished my rounds early yesterday morn. More gymnastics of Gabby Douglas was watched via youtube. Am awestruck at her exceptional ability. Then took a 90 minute nap to get some needed extra sleep.

Woke up at 5 AM after my nap so that'll tell you when it was nighty night. Watched my first "Leverage," Season 1 Episode 1. The series of 5 years 2008-2012 has the theme of a gang of grifters, hackers and thieves out to settle scores against the rich and powerful. Absolutely the first episode sparked an interest.

Left early for Littleton. So early a side trip on the Fire Road was taken. Had my camera handy and ready to shoot. Hoped to see some wildlife on miles of the remote gravel road.

Bought at the market were 3½ to 4" tomatoes 88¢ a lb, Driscoll's black & raspberries 6 oz for $1.67, Mineola oranges 3/$1, avocados 88¢ ea, giant heads of green leaf lettuce $1.18 ea, cukes 40¢ ea, large eggs $1.98, lemons up to 75¢, limes 5/$1 and 10 oz pkg of baby bella mushrooms are $2.25 ea.

Visited WM for more fat free cottage cheese 1 lb is $2.02. Stocked upon Essential condensed cream of chicken/mushroom 4/$3. Will return to Shaws to get their Wicked Awesome specials this w/e.

Have a new recipe for crispy boneless skinless chicken breasts w/panko bread crumbs cooked in evoo. Garlic added of course. Can be dry or w/added marsala or parmigiano style.

Perfecting the recipe, then will share it. Really liking the way they turn out. The juices are locked in. Wish a 100 of them could be made and shared with everyone in a giant GB bash.

Made an excellent salad w/spinach, tomatoes, yellow and red peppers, mushroom, onions, broccoli, green leaf lettuce with shaved carrots, evoo and cottage cheese on top. Nothing beats a homemade salad.

The temp saw a high of 67° (°C) in mostly blue skies w/a breeze. Went outdoors after dinner in just boots and shorts. Left the few blueberries on the last highbush. Mowed nearly ¼ more of the lawn. My hip was acting up so mowing was stopped.

Civil twilight is 5:35 AM EDT. Night is 8:58 PM.

Sunrise: 6:05 AM. Set: 7:28 PM.

Length of day: 14h 22m. Length of visible light: 15h 23m. Tomorrow will be 2m 57s shorter.

The temp is 73 in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:42:18 PM

trugas, Believe it or not, if you live in a rural area and have a pump for water, you don't want to flush the toilet too much or you'll need to have the pump primed. :)

MidnightSun, I can't remember but I know there was a movie made based on the '65 blackout. Glad you are still getting some berries and some tomatoes are starting to ripen. :)

goldieolds, That was the storm and the area around Highland Pkwy was out of power for about 3 days there were so many trees down. I felt sorry for them every day as I drove by on my way to work. The first day or so they had police blocking the street so no one could go in.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 5:50:43 PM

Midnight, have you watched the West Wing series? That was such a good show. I learned a lot about how our government works from watching it. I think it was pretty accurate. The writing and acting were so excellent. I wish it was still on. Except it got kind of weird toward the end, like so many shows after they've been on a long time.

You might like Castle. It's a police/detective series but with a twist and some humor. The murder is never who you think it is going to be.

And LOST. Oooh, I loved that show, at least for the first few years. It would be a good one to be able to watch w/o having to wait for the next week's episode. I remember walking around the lake and telling my friend about it, comparing it to good literature with all the symbolism, nuances and layers of meanings. Like other shows, it got rather funky the last season or so. The final episode was very unexpected. They had decided that would be their final season, so there was a definitive ending.

I remember Gabby Douglas well. I heard and read a lot of her story at the time the Olympics was on. I am not Nationalistic and competitive, so don't necessarily root for Team USA, nor do I care how many medals they get -- I like to see them spread around. I just like to watch the top athletes do their thing, esp. in gymnastics and ice skating. Boy, that little girl was fearless and she flew from bar to bar. As I recall, they called her the flying squirrel or something like that. Often some are more powerful and athletic, while others are more graceful and refined. She was both. I was very glad she won!

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/28/2014 5:56:40 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 5:32:01 PM

Tru, hope you're feeling better today. Is your sister coming to stay, or just to visit? If it's just a visit, although it will be a lot cooler than the Valley, it won't be like winter yet, in two months -- I hope! ;)

Meteorologist Mark Seely said that they expect this to be an El Nino winter, whichwill make it milder than usual. Yay! Go El Nino! If he doesn't show, then all bets are off.

DG, was that the storm that took down all those trees in St Paul, esp. down the boulevard of Highland Parkway?

We were w/o elec. for three days once. I think it was the time that the tornado strength straight line winds came through back here. I'm not too high up and was in better shape physically then. But some on our neighbors on higher floors who had trouble walking, didn't do as well w/o the elevator working. After that we were considering getting a generator, but then someone from our bldg negotiated w/ the elec company and they switched us to a higher priority line. Now if the elec. does go off, we're among the first to get it turned back on. It hasn't gone off very much any more, and then it has been brief.

Lunds had been w/o power then, too. I think they have a generator, and so theirs came back on sooner. But I remember going in their to buy something to eat so I wouldn't have to open the refrigerator, and the manager offered me some of their dry ice that they didn't need any more.

That was before I had internet. Now that alone being off would drive me nuts.

That's why I believe in keeping a land line telephone, with a corded one available, at least.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/28/2014 5:35:41 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 3:07:31 PM



Life IS Good!

Northeast blackout of 1965

May see 6-8 power outages a year. Few last more than a couple of hours. Usually a tree falls on the line.

Watched an episode of Season I of "Criminal Minds." Really like the show and have become big fan. Read that CBS renewed the series for a tenth season which is set to premiere on October 1, 2014. Am all for another season.

Played StarCraft: Brood War and battled the Terrans, Zerg, and Protoss on land, in the mtns, and in the air. Have been playing this award winning game since its release in 1998. If not played for two weeks, it is felt something special is being missed.

The StarCraft universe is set around the early 26th century. Terran exiles from Earth have colonized a distant area of the Milky Way galaxy. They agree on the United Earth Directorate (UED) — an international body governing Earth

Went outdoors to perform some garden maintenance and harvest some of the last highbush of blueberries that ripened very late. There is about 1 cup of berries remaining that needs to still ripen.

Also harvest 3 2" strawberries and saw two tomatoes turning a healthy orange. Made certain to spray four pieces of wood w/deer and rabbit repellent and added another container of scent under each plant. Too late in the season to afford to lose a harvest.

Held my head up high and began the tedious task of mowing the lawn. Began at the foot of the driveway and worked my way to the perennial gardens. Managed to finish half of the lawn until my hip cried "uncle".

Enjoyed basking in the sun studying grandmaster chess games from a mag. Like that my hip does no hurt while seated. In a week next Thursday, my oral surgery will be completed.

Will then call the orthopedic surgeon's office and get an appointment for the hip replacement. Am hoping it will be in October to get this hurtle out of the way and return to my normal life.

Civil twilight is 5:33 AM EDT. Night is 8:00PM.

Sunrise: 6:04 AM. Set: 7:29 PM.

Length of day: 14h 25m. Length of visible light: 15h 26m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55s shorter.

The temp is 67° in clear/partially cloudy skies.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:54:02 AM

I sure find out quickly how dependent l am on electricity for everything, when l am without it for awhile. Bout the only thing here that isn't dependent on power operating it is the toilet. LOL.

I feel better and plan not to take any extra pills. The dr just suggested vitamins because older people sometimes don't eat well, not because l needed them. So l will later ask to be tested to see if and which vitamin l might need. A while back they said l was short on D and l took it for awhile and quit.

Life is good when you get up feeling good, or even get up feeling normal, or at my age just get up. LOL.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 9:26:19 PM

trugas, Yes, that will be a shock for her. We had a 20 degree temperature drop within a half day this week after a front went through. Hope you're feeling better. :)

MusicTeacher, Congrats on the new job. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 2:07:04 PM

Good Morning, TrugasCA ♬ I hope and pray you will get well and feel better soon. Take care!

Thank you so much for the heartfelt congratulations on my new job! Looking forward to starting my new job and the new chapter of my life tomorrow!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 12:46:06 PM

Got sick again from taking vitamins. Isn't that weird? Cramps and all.
Like being poisoned.
Hungover today, so glad we decided to start housekeeper coming 3x's a week instead of twice, and she will be here at 1pm. May have her do laundry and dishes. See how much time is left.
Guess l will skip the bbq.

Dirt Girl my sister is on her way in 2 months to your area. From the heat of the valley will be a shock for her.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/27/2014 12:47:35 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:31:47 PM

Several years ago we had a major storm move thru the TC area. My area was without power for about 15 hours. It was kind of nice and quiet in the neighborhood for a change. Not that there was loud music but just the noise from all the appliances and general hum of all that electricity.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 3:49:12 PM



Life IS Good!

Greetings to all!

To be w/o power for 14 hours is a test of madness. Once went 3 days w/o power. One hour feels like an entire day. Only good was that it was winter and the food in the freezer could be stored in the cold. Had my dog to guard it. Also have a gas stove. Used a kero heater for heat at the time. Most outages are in the 3 warmer seasons.

The Free Gabby Douglas Story is here. (85 min - PG) On updated FF browsers a pop up window w/an ad will appear, plus a Playboy.tv ad. Using Chrome w/AdBlock Plus deletes the ads. Movie is also on streaming Netflix. Or Free on putlocker.is using Chrome.

Enjoyed seeing a half dozen of the Gabby Douglas routines in the pre-Olympic's and her awesome gold medal performances in 2012 and earlier. No TV signals in the mtns will always mean a catching up with the times for me.

Then watch a nearly 20 y/a super middleweight boxing match between Roberto Duran and Vinny Pazienza I & II. Then watched Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Márquez I. Their first was a draw. There are three more matches to see on another occasion.

The low was 48° in the wee hours. It was nearly 55° when it was time to go outdoors. Wore just shorts and sneakers. Did two hours of garden maintenance.

Lots of dead flowers to trim off and leaves. Now that the sun is much lower above the treeline, want to give the newly planted perennials all the sun they can get to grow deep roots before the winter arrives.

Can see maple trees showing a hint of color. Other trees such as white and yellow birch are now showing leaves w/o chlorophyll. It the season for the change in autumn.

Vacuumed the Neon and the Dart. Used a portion of a can of foamy cleaner on the Dart's back seat. Cardboard box dust from going to the Transfer station built up on cloth.

For $4,000 more, black or white leather upholstery could have been selected. Was not at all worth the money to me. Used a light scrub brush to work the dust out of the pores and a towel to wipe up the foam. This worked well.

Watched three hummers in battle. One would fly into and bump another. Then the third would steal some nectar from the crocosmia. The winner of the first clash would attack the third. On and on the fray continued until they flew off into the forest.

Civil twilight is 5:31 AM EDT. Night is 8:08 PM.

Sunrise: 6:01 AM. Set: 7:33 PM.

Length of day: 14h 31m. Length of visible light: 15h 32m. Tomorrow will be 2m 54s shorter.

The temp is 84° in clear skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 11:51:12 AM

Good Morning, Trugas ♪ Thanks for your reply! Usually I don't feel the smaller earthquakes like the 3's or under. But the one on Sunday evening that woke me up from my nap was a jolt. I think it depends on the way the earth moves also. In any case, I am grateful we are both doing well after Sunday's two earthquakes in CA, with the big one in your Northern CA region, and a small one in my Southern CA region. Just like you, I also have a gas stove at home that I can also light up in case of a power outage. It is a blessing to have when there is a power outage. Those with electric stoves should have at least one camp stove with butane or propane gas for cooking outdoors, in case of emergency.

I thank God for yesterday's big news and life milestone of landing the new career as Assistant Operations Manager of Keyboard Concepts! I look forward to starting this new chapter of my life and career on Thursday, August 28, 2014! Thankfully life will get much better for me now with this new career, after a very difficult past year of losing too many Students and income over the recession. Many prayed for me and this is definitely an answer to our prayers! I couldn't be any happier or grateful to God for that! :-))))

Enjoy your Tuesday today! :-))))
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:14:49 AM

The last time my power went out, we never knew why that time. My ice cream separated and it didn't taste good like that and l tossed it. I haven't looked this time at the ice cream but did eat the bars which were shaped differently but tasted the same. I also haven't tried my Magnums, but imagine the coating of chocolate will keep them fine. The meat was all still frozen. 14 hours and l never opened til about the 12h hour.

Being used to no electricity but having gas stove l was able to heat water to wash my dishes and cook oatmeal. I fried bacon and l would not have been able to do that with all electric. But l carefully smelled all around after a time space for any gas leaks befor lighting the gas. It happened at 3:20 and l didn't light the stove til at least 5 a m. so l would have smelled a gas leak by then. Also l saw maintenace walking around and checking things about 4 in the dark ..
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:21:02 PM

Hi all. :)
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Life IS Good!

Have had melted ice cream on the way home from a store.Put it back in the freezer and it was fine.

Glad no one was injured or saw property damage. Been in my bathtub in Glendale and the water shake side to side and spill over the side. Wasn't even aware it was a quake until the news was seen later.

Had a pleasing combo of 3 fresh berries w/1% milk and wheat bran flakes for breaky at 3 AM. After my rounds had some fabulous laughs watching "Everybody Loves Raymond". Then settled down to watch "The Gabby Douglas Story" (2014) 1hr 26m PG-13.

This powerful inspirational story is the life of an 8 y/o girl that fell in love with gymnastics. A dream that got stronger with age. She saw a Chinese coach on TV, "The Coach of the Year" and wished to train in his gym 1,000 miles away, in Iowa.

Her mom got injured and could not pay the bills. Poor is only when one runs out of hope. Gabby was rich w/talent, had the desire to learn, lots of muscle strength, and gifted.

A host family from Iowa decides to take Gabby in for 2 years so she can train w/her beloved coach and his wife at their gym. The coach rebuilt her, trained her to do the impossible, so grace can join in on her skills, then propelled her to the Hall of Fame.

Along the way Gabby had several falls and lows. Sometimes the only way to get stronger is to get knocked down. Gabrielle even felt like quitting. Her mother visited her in Iowa and reminded her of the sacrifices made so she could pursue her dream.

The only thing worse than failing is quitting. She returned to the gym w/renewed determination. Her coach told her, "A champion is not made of muscle. It is made of heart."

Gabby Douglas performed w/the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won gold medals in both the individual, all-around, and team competitions in each of the four gymnast events.

Gabrielle Douglas is the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual, all-around, and team competitions at the same Olympics as well as being the only American all-around champion to win multiple gold medals.

She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships. Gabby reaches for the stars. A heartwarming film for the entire family that shows adversity may be conquered. My rating is a 6 on a scale of 5.

Top 10 best of the FREE movie sites. Two are Smartphone friendly. Six are in HD.

Did return to that Shaw's store to check the cod price. It is now $5.99 a lb for this week. ; )

Civil twilight is 5:30 AM EDT. Night is 8:05 PM.

Sunrise: 6:00 AM. Set: 7:35 PM.

Length of day: 14h 34m. Length of visible light: 15h 35m. Tomorrow will be 2m 54s shorter.

The temp is 86° in clear skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:08:49 AM

Musicteacher, can't believe you can feel 3.3 earthquakes. It must be your soil is sandy and moveable. (I learned that from the 89 quake in SF. One area was devastated because the soil was landfill and not solid.
I have looked online a time or two and seen the hundreds of quakes in our area that l never feel nor do we even know about.
Life is good when the quakes don't disturb you ! LOL. It has been 25 years since l felt an earthquake. It was a jolting type. This one just rolled , which is kinda scarier as l wondered when it would quit.

I lit the gas stove and made tapioca pudding and later put on a chuck roast and browned potatoes with green beans. Delicious. Read a library book most of the day.
Worried a lot about my full freezer. Only the ice cream was affected, but 14 hours without electricity and l was starting to worry about the cost of all that food.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 1:50:01 AM

Good Evening, TrugasCA! ♪ Thank you for letting us know how the earthquake early Sunday morning affected you. I hope and pary your B/P problem will improve. So glad you got your electricity back after it went out due to the earthquake in your region. Other than those problems, I am grateful you are safe and well. Take care and have a blessed week!

This afternoon after Church and some errands, I enjoyed a long nap at my home in Long Beach, CA of about 3 hours. I awoke from the nap when a jolt from a 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck at San Pedro, CA at 7:50 PM tonight. I thought I was having a bad dream, but my Mom came into my room and stated that we just had an earthquake. I thank God we are doing well, as it was nothing like what happened to our neighbors up in Northern CA. Since I have lived in Southern CA all of my life, small earthquakes like this one are a part of our lives here.

Good Night!
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 9:30:54 PM

Everyone had more news than l until 5 or so. We had a transformer blow out and no electricity , phone TV even my radio was out. I found some batteries and all the news l could get was Napa. I wanted to know what about us? What happened to the emergency station, l never found it. Just people calling in to talk radio.
The quake was rolling in our area, whereas in Napa it was Jolting. I was awake with b/p problem, headache and so l saw the spectacular light show of the transformers blowing up. Sure am glad l have the freezer going again, and all l lost is ice cream.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 3:13:29 PM


Life IS Good!

dg, Other GB also told me the third season of "Criminal" had become creepy w/weird themes. Only saw the first 3 episodes.
You missed the part where the seafood mgr said to me that cod is on sale for $6.99 this week. Showed her the ad read $5.99 a lb. Did return to that Shaw's store to check today. The new price sign is $5.99 for cod. ; )

Woke up well before 1 AM yesterday and began my rounds. Sometime around 4 AM returned to sleep for 90 minutes. Felt so much better after the extra sleep.

My neighbor up the mtn has a son who visited me early in the morning. The cause being my outside hand pump failed. He turned the leather suction flap over and the Harvard pitcher pump was as good as new.

Asked him to take a look at my Neon. Connected the removed battery cable and he could not get it to turn over. Said he will ask some pro mechanics what it could be and return in a few weeks.

Drove the Dart to the Recycling Center before the glass, tin, and paper could collect in a giant pile in the house. Spoke to a few of the town residents. Featured item of the week was a brand new stainless steel saucepan.

Drove to Whitefield and was surprised to see traffic. The cause of this was a 300 person bicycle race from Twin Mtn to Littleton. Police were in Whitefield and in Littleton directing traffic. Also to prevent cyclists from being hit as they took two rights across oncoming traffic in their 20 something mile (32-48 km)race.

Visited a lady friend who has a barn sale loaded with items. Bought 2 pairs of new nylon stocking that look like they are left over from the 1950's They probably are. Two pairs for 25¢.

Plan to go to the barber shop and get a bag of hair to place in the legs and tie a knot. Nylon stocking w/a bar of soap inside is ideal for washing ones' hands that have pitch pine. The mesh really scrubs deeply.

No deals at my pal the meat mgr's supermarket today. Headed to Littleton and decided to stop at the Gold House for their major size steak bomb for $8.06 inc tax. The 12" size did not disappoint.

Then stopped at Big Papa's Marketto look for 1 PM deals before the 2 PM auction of all produce begins. He had sweet yellow bell peppers 5/$2.

Saw that Shaw's had a sale on 3 liters (101 oz's)od Bertolo's Evoo for a mere $16.99. Jumped on that and left the store to avoid temptation to buy more items on sale.

Went to Home Depot and bought 3 new ¼"wide lag bolts 1¼" long to have nice new shiny bolts to attach the pump to the top of my well.

Could use a catch container and a run off pvc pipe to send the run off water from the pump down the gentile slope off into the forest. Have a small and far too shallow dry well filled w/pea stone.

Civil twilight is 5:28 AM EDT. Night is 8:07 PM.

Sunrise: 5:59 AM. Set: 7:36 PM.

Length of day: 14h 37m. Length of visible light: 15h 38m. Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The temp is 79° in sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 12:00:47 AM

trugas, Know what you mean about low bp and having no evergy. :)

goldieolds, Fwiw, they have good fries there also. :)

MidnightSun, Have you ever heard the expression "you get more flies with honey". Perhaps it was just a pricing error...people do make mistakes. :)

I used to watch Criminal Minds but then the show got a little too creepy for my tastes so I haven't watched in a while.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 4:17:43 PM



Live IS Good!

Dg, Never asked her that Q. She now moved to TN to get out of the cold Maine winters. She only hiked in the summer. Did not want to see snow on the trails.

goldie, Vinegar is great for grass and weeds in cracks, In flower or food gardens Preen is ideal.

Enjoyed a thrilling TV crime drama early in the morning yesterday. A college campus is terrorized by a serial arsonist. The profile team attempts to find the wear abouts of the next fire and who the arsonist is in the TV series "Criminal Minds."

The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. The show differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on profiling the criminal, called the unsub or "unknown subject", rather than the crime itself. New on Netflix.

Went to bed after 8 PM the night before. Had hoped to sleep until 4 or 5 AM. Sleep until 2 AM. The cause being at 8 AM an abdominal ultrasound was to be done at the hospital.

Did not eat from 1PM the afternoon before until 9 AM. When the test was completed, hightailed it to Subway for a white egg, bacon, provolone, with all the veggies on a 6"flatbread. No jalapeno peppers or hot sauce. A coffee (or soda) included w/tax for $3.27.

Had my shopping list for Shaw 3 day w/e and new weekly sale. Purchased bone in sirloin pork chops for a great price of $1.69, midnight black grapes are $1.67, (bought red the day before for $1.50 a lb) and red peppers field grown are $1.99 a lb. High for this time of the year.

My list was written down that cod was $5.99 a lb. The seafood mgr said it was $6.99 this week. Went to the the front where the fliers are and yes, it read $5.99 a pound.

Returned to the seafood dept and asked for 9 pieces of cod w/big fat loins. When they were all wrapped after weighing (almost 8 lbs), the current flier was given to the seafood mgr.

She said we never sell it at that price. Told her unless they are purchased at $5.99 a lb she would be placed under citizen's arrest by me for theft by deception and bait and switch.

That opened her eyes, especially when she was told by me to call the police. Told her make up her mind, right here, right now. Could hear a giant sigh from her, as she changed the price of the cod sticker for $5.99 a lb totaling $46, instead of the $8.99 (or her $6.99 sale price) list price of $69.

Told her to have a nice day. Then went to the C.S. desk, asked for the store mgr, explained the sales ad reads $5.99 and the seafood sign reads $6.99. Told him that a return visit later will be done to check on the cod price. Mean it.

Went to Sullivan's greenhouse to ask about growing a herb garden. Was told that parsley, cilantro, basil, and oregano do not grow back each spring up in Zone 3. Will consider my new annual 2' x 4' section for a herb garden next spring. A six pack of each this year cost $2.

Bought two more 4" containers of echinacea for $1.25 ea. Returned home to put the food away and cooked some delicious cod. Planted the two new perennials, then relished lots of leisure in the gardens.

Civil twilight is 5:27 AM EDT. Night is 8:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:58 AM. Set: 7:38 PM.

Length of day: 14h 40m. Length of visible light: 15h 41m. Tomorrow will be 2m 52s shorter.

The temp is 61° (16°C), the high is to be 75° (24°C), to be in sunny skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 12:09:41 PM

OOHH l haven't had onion rings in probably 50 years. Maybe longer. 65 years when l was a teen ager. Smile.
Yes l have gone back to Trader joes about Kale something or other l didn't like. They gave me full refund. But expessed surprise l didn't like it as so many customers did.

Dirtgirl l don't know if b/p will stabilize or not. It's crazy as when it is low l feel rotten and can barely move around, and when it's high l get sick headache and feel punk. Like right in the middle. That is true of me for temperatures as well. I guess l am just a "moderate" kind of person as well.

Goldie, another difference about state and federal at Rohlffs is the feds have walkin closet and taken away in state funded to make larger rollin bathroom for handicapped.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 3:46:44 AM

DG, Mmmmm, I used to love onion rings, but haven't ordered them since I've stopped eating wheat. The batter is usually made from wheat flour. There was a place in Atlanta when I lived there that had the BEST onion rings. And I don't eat hamburgers (beef), either. I think I was near one once and stopped in to see about getting a milkshake, but decided I didn't want one enough to spend the money for the price of it. Maybe I'll try one some day. I'll keep your recommendation in mind. ;)

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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 12:37:36 AM

goldieolds, You should try Culvers if you get a chance. Just about everything I've had there is good. They cook the food when you order it so it's always hot. A few minutes wait but it's worth it. Btw, their onion rings are good. :)

trugas, Hope you get a handle on your bp. Sometimes it's hard to get it just right but 1/2 dose might work for you. You are right, food prices always go up and it is good to have a full freezer. :)

MidnightSun, Wonder if your hiking friend played in the dirt a lot as a child. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:48:05 PM

Tru, do you know that TJ's refunds your money if you don't like something, such as the chicken meal not having any chicken in it? It's a store policy, to encourage people to try new things. You can just bring in the receipt or empty box, or sometimes, just tell them. They do it willingly, no having to do a lot of explaining or anything. I think they would want to know if didn't have chicken in it as labeled.

DG, we've gone to MickeyD's more than once, but only one time got the chicken nuggets b/c there was some sort of deal, 2-for-1 or something. Mostly just got coffee at their special price for seniors, w/ refills. I don't usually eat out and then not at those kind of places, except maybe an occasional ice cream treat. I had never eaten chicken nuggets before and found them addicting, but never went back there for more. Wouldn't trust their chicken and since I don't usually eat wheat due to a sensitivity, it is not something I'd look for out. I did happen to find some g.f. ones on sale around that time, at Kowalski's and splurged on them. Even on sale they were kind of pricey, so was pleased to see them for only $1.99 at TJ's the other night. But they still aren't something I'll eat very often. But they're there if I get a jones for them. ;)

Then I had to figure out how to make honey mustard dip. Wasn't sure if it was just honey + mustard to taste, or ?? I imagine that at MickeyD's they probably have something else, but would it be necessary at home? Can't remember how I made it or how it turned out. I think maybe it had to be diluted. Not sure.

I have seen Culver's ads and thought that it looked like they have better quality food, but haven't tried it.

Another reason we went to that MickeyD's was b/c it was walking distance for him, I think. Haven't been in touch for quite a while now, and I miss chatting w/ him. Intend to try again, but haven't yet pursued it. His life situation has changed and I don't think he's still at the # I have, but I think his friend is, so I could try. Will see. I'm not good at getting in touch with hardly anybody any more. I think I should change that, but haven't yet. A big part of it is my cockamamie (that word is actually in spell check!) schedule. ;)

Oh, it's time to get ready for acupuncture.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:22:25 PM

Hi Tru, DG, Midnight, et al.

Tru, if I could only have one store nearby I would probably choose Trader Joe's. At least for me it would not be a bad option! For me it does double duty: food + wine. Does the Napa place have a pool? Does it get as warm -- is weather similar? I could be wrong, but I think you'd end up not wanting to eat all the time in the restaurant and still want to do some of your own cooking and baking. Or maybe you're just tired of doing it. But you do so much of it now. But you could probably get the ingredients some way, just not as conveniently as now. And maybe a little more expensively. I think you might be somewhat like me, and enjoy shopping. But maybe if the home and grounds are nice, you'd want to stay home more. And who knows, maybe you'll find a new "group" that are more compatible and don't bicker so much. ;)

4 Ways to Kill Weeds Naturally

How to Make Your Own Neem Oil Pesticide

I was trying to look up Neem oil b/c I've seen some natural products that use it and I think it has sanitizing/disinfecting properties, and I was trying to find out more about that. If it does, I thought of adding some to my dish soap to feel more confident after handling raw chicken or something like that. Although I try not to handle it with my hands, when possible, and I have an "instant hot" (near boiling) on the sink that I run the utensils under. Anyway, that's how I came across the above two articles. I haven't finished my quest for the info I was looking for.

I agree that life is especially good with a well stocked fridge, freezer and pantry!


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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:26:57 PM

Had to take a quick run to dr's coz of b/p fluctuations. He said "try" alternating 1/2 pill one day, full dose the next. Cough was as suspected allergies. He said "Sonoma county you know". Maybe if l move to Napa?
BTW they Napa, called while l was gone and had my application and wondered which type of unit l wanted. l told them State funded, not federal. Asked how long the restaurant had been there, and it has since it was built l am told, so l guess they plan to stay. Of course prices go up but they also go up on food in stores. My sausage has gone up more than twice the cost. l pay $2 and it is now $5. I have plenty in freezer. So..Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3:56:03 PM



Life IS Good!

Howdy dirtgirl! Used to hike w/a Cal woman when she lived in NH. Her trail name was dirtgirl. She said she had that name as a child.

Hello goldie, trugas, and all you lurkers!

Left a bit early for the market yesterday. It was a very pleasant drive on the CT River Hwy. Everything was so calm and peaceful. A light fog flowed over the river, 3 to 4' above.

With much of that road repaved it felt like cruising down the blvd. A gaggle of 2 dozen geese were laying down resting and grazing in a newly mowed hayfield. The leaders were looking around and most vigilant.

Was the first to arrive at the market. The only cars in the end of the lot were the help. The young hubby, his wife, and his dad were stocking the tables rapidly.

The 6 helpers were unloading the store's own 53' tractor trailer. This is taken to the Boston Produce Center the evening before. is open 8-8 PM Thurs thru Friday. At 2 PM on Saturday. All produce is sold in a fast paced auction.

Bought a few items including 5 bulbs of garlic for $1, navel oranges 3/$1, Driscoll's raspberries 6 oz $1.67 ea, red grapes $1.50 a lb, 2 lbs of onions, $1.38, baby bella $2.25, wax beans $1.18 a lb, Butternut (also acorn) squash 44¢ a lb and cukes up to 50¢ ea.

Went to Shaw's and bought imitation crab in over 2 lbs pkgs for $1.99 alb, Boneless ,skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1.69 a lb (not a typo). broccoli crowns, for $1.49, and cans of Essential condensed cream of soups for $75¢. Bought 10 of each kind.

Headed to Rite Aid and chatted to my pal the store mgr., swapping stories and laughs. Took NH Rt 116 that parallels the Ammonoosuc River It is a wild brook trout tributary of the CT River to Whitefield.

Bought some store made pepper and garlic sausage to freeze. Mostly for my homemade chili. A fine price of $2.99 a lb. Also bought a block of cheddar cheese, 2 lbs, for $9 on sale in the deli.

Got to take some photos for the town calendar during the triangular drive thru 4 towns. Was happy to get the herd of cows that was evasive all summer.

Saw a new sign that point down a trail that goes to a pond that intrigues me to visit real soon. Have an 8 AM appointment at Weeks Memorial Hospital in radiology for an ultrasound in my abdomen.

Civil twilight is 5:26 AM EDT. Night is 8:11 PM.

Sunrise: 5:57 AM. Set: 7:40 PM.

Length of day: 14h 43m. Length of visible light: 15h 44m. Tomorrow will be 2m 51s shorter.

The temp is 73° in partly cloudy skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:20:04 AM

goldieolds, Yes you mentioned the trip to Mickey D's but you didn't mention the chicken nuggets. You may like Culvers as they have chicken strips (a bit more expensive) but much healthier. Their fries are good too. :)

trugas, You're right, I've never heard of a dog starving itself either. lol

Hi MidnightSun. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:56:24 PM

Goldie this is really funny...Trader Joes is the closest market honest , in the Napa place. Then Safeway then downtown is Raleys. No grocery outlet, no Sprouts that l know of.

The giving up my car was one of the big reasons l moved here. The pool was second. I no longer go to the pool. One block to Safeway and back to back is Raleys and the post office as well. Ross in same shopping center(l like their prices on slippers) I can easily do that on my scooter. Then l have housekeeper and l could send her if l needed to do so. I make a thorough list with brand names etc and she has a cell phone too. I like to choose my own fresh produce.

In the Napa complex, there are three pick up points for bus. I never take a bus ever. Not much shopping necessary when you have a built in restaurant. Of course l would probably cook my own breakfast as l eat early, and l already planned on Trader Joe's salads for lunch or some of their ready meals once in awhile. l ate one yesterday. Chicken and rice, but found no chicken in it.I just got my daily call that Bella won't eat and come feed her. If she would not give her treats, she would eventually eat. l told her l had never heard of a dog starving themselves to death. LOL
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 12:21:01 PM

Tru, I had forgotten to ask how it compared in relation to your son, so that it is closer seems like a plus. :)

Do you they have any organized shopping trips with transportation provided? I understand that as an issue, b/c I like shopping, too. But from what you said, it seems that if you balance the pros and cons, there are a lot of pros. I didn't quite understand the laundry card issue.

It has occurred to me to wonder about shopping (in both places) if something happens that you can't go on your own power. A neighbor friend of mine (across the hall) recently was forced to stop driving by her family (siblings). She's approximately your age and according to what I see, is not impaired in any way that should affect her driving. Now she has to walk or take the bus, which are easily possibly around here. (Well, relatively "easy"; it wouldn't be easy for me, but it are available.) This neighbor seems to be in very good shape and walking works for her; it wouldn't work so well for me. She does a lot of physical work, walking, etc.)

Anyway, it is something to consider. It could even be temporary, but would still be important during that period.

Another neighbor friend of mine, also about your age (maybe a couple of years older) stopped driving a couple of years ago. She walks to the store, too, or gets rides. This is MN, so walking when it is below zero is not a good option. But if you live somewhere where walking, or riding your scooter, is not an option, are there alternatives? Maybe nice neighbors would take you. Or maybe there are delivery services. They may sound expensive when you can drive, but if you no longer have the expense of maintaining a car....

I'm just saying, it is something to consider.

Last year my 80+ cousin in Santa Monica had his license pulled b/c a new doctor misunderstood something he said. Then his insurance co. was notified and canceled his insurance. He found a more expensive insurance policy and continued to drive. I do not recommend that. Eventually he got it worked out and had his license reinstated, but it took a long time. He has never cooked, so has to go out to eat. But where he lives, getting prepared food from restaurants or Whole Foods is not that far away. Just a few blocks, I think.

I still love the idea of living in Napa, and am tempted to see if there is a way I can do it myself. :) I wonder if they can make gluten free linguini? (Or at least wheat free).

Last night I bought some wine from Trader Joe's that is from Lodi. It is one of their temporary special purchases, so they won't have it too long. But for $3.99/bottle it is REALLY good! I have said that I don't want to live anywhere that doesn't have a Trader Joe's. And not just for the wine, but for the various staples that I buy there, such as cheese, kefir, organic produce, delicious rice pasta, chips, etc, etc. YUM!

Last night they were sampling gluten free chicken nuggets. Yum. I didn't know they have those. Not something I normally eat. But last year I met a friend (DG: aowjrop) at a McDonald's and he bought some chicken nuggets that were a special price. I'd never had chicken nuggets before and found them terribly addicting, but not something I should eat, with my sensitivities. I finally found some gluten free ones on sale at Kowalski's, but they were still expensive. The ones at TJ's are a much better price. :) I didn't buy them but will probably get some in the future. Right now my freezer is FULL! A good problem to have; much, much better than the opposite. :) And I don't like to make things so much in the summer that require lighting the oven.

I LOVE having so much good food on hand. Yummmmm.....

Did I tell you about the delicious seafood salad I made last week? My mom used to make it, but I only used crab instead of two or three kinds of seafood. It is a green salad with French dressing. I made some other modifications, and really liked it with the crab, wh/ I'd had for some time. I don't think I have any more cans of the cheaper crab meat on hand (had to throw one away b/c it was too old) and I think I'm going to want to make it again. I have one can of the good kind, lump, that was on clearance for half price, but that's too good for this salad. They had canned crabmeat at TJ's for only $1.99! I bought a can of it. Then was at Byerly's, buying some of my favorite Amaize sweet corn on sale. I looked at the crab just to feel good about how much I'd saved, and was not happy to see that *all* of the kinds they have, had sugar in it. ICK! If I'm going to eat sugar, I want it to be in something that really needs it to taste good, like ice cream. And I want it to be certain kinds of sugar. I thought, what if all if it has sugar? When I got home I looked at the ingredients on the can I'd bought at TJ's, and it does NOT have sugar, or any extra ingredients! One example of why I love TJ's so much. :))

See y'all later. Life is especially good with a Trader Joe's near by. :))

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/21/2014 12:30:53 PM EST]
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Life is Good and l am enjoying the freedom of choice l have in where l live. I love it here for the shopping, but am tiring of cooking all my own meals. So l looked at the place in Napa that has an onsite culinary school run restaurant. Meals are $6 and that is unbelievably low. Culinary school restaurant in Santa Rosa is twice or more than that. They are kind enough to deliver the dinner meal to your apt should you be ill. Yesterday on the menu was linguini l believe with chicken, salad and desert all for $6. This place also has potlucks and weekly ice cream socials.
It is an hour closer to my son. Not that he would come more often necessarily, but it saves gas.
I think l am ready to downsize and move to a new location. The area is nice. I don't drink so the wineries wouldn't bother me. Large towns are within 20 miles some closer. But for costco and Grocery Outlet then 20 miles.
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Life IS Good!

The EcoPan looks nicely rugged and w/ceramic finish. Have only WM around here. Have no clue what Bed and Beyond, JCPenney, Sears, and the others offer. They are 100 miles away. Do know the OrGREENiC one is $20 at WM and it worked so wonderfully, another was purchased.

Saw an episode of "Orange is the New Black" yesterday morning. A privileged NY'er is sent to a women's prison for a crime committed in her past. In the Emmy Award winning comedy/drama series.

Two seasons of this show are on Netflix, the producer of the series, and a 3rd season is being filmed for release next July.

Went outdoors early. Ripped or dug crab grass that was beginning to grow in my gardens. Also pulled the jewel weed that grows so rapidly.

Also cut down many sword like 2" leaves and stalks of crocosmia lucifer that the rain laid flat a few days ago. It was smuffing out the sunlight of neighboring perennials and would have killed the lawn.

Found room that was 2' x 1' for a dozen flowers. Hightailed it to Sullivan Greenhouses where two 6 pack mixed marigold were on sale at half price. Two for $2.50.

Returned home to see how root bound the marigolds were. Used the blunt blade of a scissors to twist out the tangled roots. This method worked nicely and quickly.

Have the assorted colors of the dozen in the ground. Sprayed two small blocks of wood w/deer and rabbit repellent and added two scent containers on either ends.

Moved the front half of the lawn. The amount of twigs and leaves amazed me from the rain storm a few days ago. The mower did get only half of them. Will have to pick the twigs by hand. 100's of them.

Sat in the sun, added lots of deep tanning lotion, and read a book. Could hear something in the distance thrashing around in the forest. In fact looked up several times. It was a racoon, which was promptly chased away.

Civil twilight is 5:23 AM EDT. Night is 8:14 PM.

Sunrise: 5:54 AM. Set: 7:43 PM.

Length of day: 14h 48m. Length of visible light: 15h 50m. Tomorrow will be 2m 50s shorter.

The temp is 79° in clear skies.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 11:35:11 PM

trugas, My tomatoes aren't doing well either this year. Not ripening fully so some started to rot before I figured I should pick them. I've never seen such goofy weather for growing veggies.

glorious, Glad your tomatoes are doing well. :)

goldieolds, I must have been naping when you drove by. lol I've been to Memphis but didn't see much as it was at night and we were just picking someone up. Been to Jackson Tenn and that is a nice town. Also been to Nashville. The one thing I noticed about the freeway system down there is when they post that an exit is 25 mph, it IS 25 mph and not 40 mph like here.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:32:30 AM

Thanks for stopping by Glorious. Good to hear from you. My tomatoes are not doing well this year. Plenty of them, but deformed for the most part so far. l don't eat a whole lot of red, but like to fry green tomatoes. Smiles.

Life is Good, you got that right. l am going on a drive to Napa today. Gas being a bit cheaper, l feel l can afford to do this once in a while now.

Enjoy today and have fun. Life is Good, but also short.
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