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trugasCA

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

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:19:10 PM



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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dirt girl
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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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trugasCA
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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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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:48:46 PM

DG, I did wave, as I was driving on 36. You must have missed it. Darn. ;)

Yes, dinner was nice. Extremely informal. I always like going out there, it's like being at camp. Joe had wandered over to a neighbor's and got carried away helping with something. Carole and I were sitting in their tiny porch waiting for him, when it sounded like we were being attacked. The squirrels are starting to gather their acorns to prepare for w@#% and when the nuts dropped out of the tree onto the metal outdoor chair it made an unbelievably loud noise. LOL.

I figured that Midnight was talking about cookware, but didn't know whose. Did he have one that failed? I don't have RR cookware and the pan my friend has is not RR either. I've seen Rachael's cookware in the stores and that wasn't it. For one thing, hers have silicone handles, and this one had a stainless steel handle that said "EcoPan" or whatever, on it, and was ceramic. That is what I'd be looking for.

But maybe I was wrong, and the one in the Amazon picture wasn't it, b/c it says "Eco Life" not "EcoPan". Perhaps it was this one:
GreenPan

I'll have to ask her what it says exactly.

Gloria, good to hear from you. The tomatoes sound wonderful. I forget, are you in Memphis? I was listening to Prairie Home Companion the other day, from there (rerun). Sounds like a great place to live. I need to find someplace warmer and with a longer summer. :) ! TOL, Peace and Light!

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/18/2014 11:51:27 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:48:32 PM

Life Is Good!

I am so thankful I have been held hostage by my garden having to water every other day due to the extreme heat and no rain, but it has been paying off, I have had a bumper crop of really yummy beef steak and big boy tomatoes so I had to stop and say Life Is Good!!

Hope you are all doing well!!
Sweet Dreams to all!
Peace & Light!
TOL!
Gloria
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 8:30:25 PM

goldieolds, I believe that MidnightSun is referring to the Rachel Ray cookware line. Dinner at your friends sounded great. I didn't see you wave when you went by. ;)

Hi trugas. :)

MidnightSun, Do you play a lot of video games? Are they pc games or something else?
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 8:03:20 PM

"Maybe it was the Rachel Ray brand." -- what?

My friends' yard is all beautiful gardens. Many, many hostas. She showed me where the deers have been munching on them, and she was not happy about that.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/18/2014 8:04:14 PM EST]
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:10:42 PM



Life IS Good!

Maybe it was the Rachel Ray brand. Guess not It is Eco. It has to be ceramic coated frying pan to truly be non stick. Nothing in the ad mentions ceramic. Ceramic makes eggs pancakes and all slide out of the pan.

Your meal sounds fantastic. Plus two desserts!Went out just before first light yesterday during the rain to cover the deer and rabbit repellent containers. Needed to do this again earlier at 1 AM.

Used a bullet flashlight w/9 LED's to brighten the way. These small fist size lights are as powerful as my $60 headlamp. Think mine were $4 each.

It was misting nicely.The cars were beaded with water droplets. Had a Hunts tomato paste can that was filled with 1½ inches of rain water placed on the driveway the day before.

All the plants and flowers are doing well. Picked some blue and some strawberries before any critters got 'em. The wildflowers are growing slow but sure.

Have a 30' row of various daylilies. The red and yellow ones are blooming. The orange ones have gone by for the season. Plan to add 4 more of the red variety in the spring. Also will add more low growing perennials come May.

Watched "This Old House"on PBS and then a 60 min show on Elvis when he was a boy singing Gospel Songs in in Tupelo, Mississippi. Then his family moved to Memphis.

Fascinating breakthrough from an average singer as a 10 y/o to a top teen rockabilly singer in a band during his late high school days. The rest is history.

Had a field day enjoying some war game action playing StarCraft: Brood War for a few hours. The on and off rain lasted until 1 PM. Wanted to mow the other section of the lawn. It was soaking wet.

Have a eye doc appointment first thing at 8:15. May as well have a record of a current eyeglass prescription. Mine is on file at my favorite optician in Boston. A call orders new glasses mailed within days. Want to price shop locally.

Will listen to the home team as they play Houston in Fenway Park. The afternoon became overcast. A fine day for some R & R and baseball.

munchkins_mom, If The Cape was like the past two days in the mtns, you did right waiting for the boat trip to Maine. Gosh,the rest of the week looks like a beauty.

Civil twilight is 5:21 AM EDT. Night is 8:18 PM.

Sunrise: 5:52 AM. Set: 7:46 PM.

Length of day: 14h 54m. Length of visible light: 15h 56m. Tomorrow will be 2m 47s shorter.

The temp is 66° in sunny skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:10:01 AM

BTW, I had dinner at friends' house last night. She made ratatouille in a ceramic fry pan. It was called "Eco..." something. She's had it a couple of years and says it has worked well, and it is a pretty light blue color instead of dark green. She got it at Home Goods. I've seen some very nice cookware there at good (discount) prices, including good brands, and I plan to look there to fill in. The only thing is that their inventory is always changing and they don't have sets. A manager there told me that they do that on purpose so people will either go around to their different stores or keep coming back to see what they have.

Home Goods is part of the TJ Maxx and Marshall's chain. I have some things form those stores that I've been meaning to return. It's been so long that I assume that I'd only get a merchandise credit, if they do it at all. If I do get a credit from them, I can use it at Home Goods, so I'm not going to look to buy anything at Home Goods until after I do that. I think I'd seen the kind of pan she has there, so now I know it is good, if they have it when I'm ready to buy.

The ratatouille was delicious. She put some tofu in it, too. It's a good vegetarian dish, perfect for the harvest season. They've been vegetarian for a very long time. She also made some babaganoush that was yummy on the rye crisp that I brought. I also brought some of that delicious Amaize corn, including extras to leave with them.

We had two desserts. I brought some cheesecake and Carole had made some kind of vegan, naturally sweetened chocolate concoction with dates (to sweeten) and nuts, etc. Both were good.

This looks like the pan she has.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 7:50:38 AM

I've still got a few more pounds of ground chicken meat in the freezer, that was given to me, plus some ground turkey, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. Prior to this, I hadn't cooked anything with any kind of ground meat since going off red meat (beef, pork, mainly -- still eat lamb on very rare occasions) way back in the '70s.

I've tried a couple of recipes with some of the ground chicken, and so far it hasn't done anything for me. It The first one was Rachael Ray's recipe Chicken Ragu with Fennel. I don't even remember what the second one was. (Must have been memorable, right?)

They tasted ok, but so far, nothing I've tried with it was any better, or even as good as the same recipe would have been made vegetarian. I like whole chickens and chicken pieces, and don't dislike the ground chicken, but I also like vegetarian dishes, and I didn't find the chicken an improvement to justify the extra work and not just using beans or tofu or something, which I also like. I'm not thrilled with the texture, but if it tasted great, that would be ok. For years I've been limiting how much meat I eat to once a day, and not every day.

Any suggestions?

Some time ago, I had bought some ground turkey to try to make a turkey meat loaf like the one they make at the Wedge Co-op, but I haven't done it yet. When I looked on the internet for turkey meatloaf with oats (instead of bread crumbs) there were so many different recipes that came up, and none looked like the one I wanted, so I haven't done it yet. I don't much like handling raw meat any more, and getting too many things "contaminated" with it, and my work space is extremely limited. I like to be able to just plop it into the pan from the package, using tongs. I know I'll have to handle it when I try to make the meatloaf, though. The turkey meatloaf that I liked tastes like it has fennel in it, which is good.

I wish they'd give out their recipe, or at least the ingredients. I know someone who works at another co-op and have thought of asking her if maybe they'd give the recipe to her, as a fellow co-op employee.

Midnight, I've been meaning to ask you if you know if I could make something with the ground chicken in the crock pot w/o browning it first, just plopping it right into the cooker w/ some other ingredients? I'd really like to eliminate the browning step, extra pans, time, etc. (Standing is hard for me so often have to cook in stages.)

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/18/2014 7:59:46 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 7:33:13 PM

trugas, Trac phone is a good deal when they give you the double minutes and especially if they don't expire. I have a StraightTalk phone but that is $30 per month. I agree, if you really need to find something like the ride, there are plenty of people around that would be willing to help. :)

MidnightSun, That rudbeckia sure is pretty and not they regular black eyed susan that you see around here. The reason I mentioned the hardiness issue was because we've had cases here where the company that supplies the seed to the grower claims one zone hardiness but after the plant is planted in yards, it's not hardy in that zone. The business refunds the money or gives credit and then changes the description on the sign. 'Indian Summer" was one of the rudbeckias that wasn't hardy here in zone 4. Btw, you're making me hungry with all your meals. :)
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 4:15:56 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl,Here is a super close up pic. Looks like this. Zone 4-8. Also have black eye susans for years. Deer love to eat them. These new rusty ones just did not make it thru this Zone 2 winter that lasted into April. Worth $2.50 for the two of them. Also looked them up on the garden sites. Added a container of odor beside them. Will be okay.

Went out after my posts in the morning to cover the containers of scent. There was mist/light rain. A trace of .01 in was rec'd.

Returned inside to watch an episode of "Lost Girl" and lie down for a while. Was drained from the 1 AM wake up. Tried to sleep, could not. Took a walk in the gardens to see the flowers, fruit, and plants.

Played some land and air battles w/the three species on StarCraft: Brood War. Hoped the lawn would dry out to mow. It did not. Went to the Recycling Center, P.O. and then to Shaw's.

Passed on the $7.99 large cooked shrimp 41-50 per lb., 14 oz. Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield to see if there were any big deals. None, even hamburger increased by 30¢.

The main office told him to increase the meat prices. All meat, poultry, and seafood prices have increased by 33% in the last few months. Am glad my freezer is well stocked food.

Decided against driving to WM just to price shrimp. Nothing else wasme. needed. Figured it is $7 just to drive there and return home. Will think of other items needed to make a trip worthwhile.

Boiled in the microwave ⅓ lb of linguine, drained well, a pour of evoo, diced garlic, Mrs Dash, a half can of cream of mushroom soup, with thick slices of cooked baby bella and broccol added to the pasta.

It went well with a part of a chicken breast. Will have it for 4-6 more meals.

Rain early in the afternoon drove my inside. Nice to get caught up with paperwork and some light house cleaning.

Civil twilight is 5:19 AM EDT. Night is 8:19 PM.

Sunrise: 5:51 AM. Set: 7:48 PM.

Length of day: 14h 57m. Length of visible light: 15h 59m. Tomorrow will be 2m 47s shorter.

The temp is 66° (19°C), w/a 50% chance of rain now in overcast skies.

Have a splendid day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 12:53:28 PM

Dirt girl...l understand they have helpful apps. If l had one l probably wouldn't be able to figure it out. A new lady moved in and she is working for a driving service called Lyft which sure would have helped me out when l was stuck in the middle of the night at ER. Requires a smart phone. The app shows where all their cars are and available. Neat and she is very nice to show us and even gave me a card for a $25 ride. But l would have to have a smart phone. I kept it figuring l could "borrow" one in an emergency situation. My phone is very basic for emergencies. It costs me $6.75 per month. I buy a tracfone card every 3 months which gives me double minutes and l have 926 now. I get 40 minutes a month that way, so you see how little l use it. LOL.If l used all of my minutes at the rate l acquire them, it would take a year. If l got no more minutes that is.

I am happy with having an emergency phone. l call my sister on it as my home phone has long distance blocked. I did that because l don't want to mistakenly call a little town nearby and be charged local/long distance fees. so l don't need long distance really. Therefore Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 8:17:49 PM

trugas, I don't know if you have a smart phone or not but I understand that there is an "app" out there that enables you to scan a barcode (upc) and it will give you prices that other retailers are supposedly charging. I don't have a smart phone but I've seen people scanning (or photoing) product in the stores. I mentioned it to one of the supervisors and she is the one that told me of the app.

MidnightSun, Do you know which variety of Rudbeckia hirta you have? I know that some varieties are not hardy here in zone 4.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 3:59:00 PM



Life IS Good!

goldie, Same Richs. When WM opened in NH it put Rich's in the red the first year. All closed in NH, perhaps nationwide as well. Here WM offered jobs to folks that were hurt when the paper making plants closed. Yet WM has put some decent mom and pop store OOB.

Woke up at 1 AM yesterday, did my rounds, watched an episode of Law and Order, then took a 90 minute nap. Was nice and refreshed when it was noticed that the time was 7 AM. Lots of day left.

Went outside to pick up the remaining sticks and branches the storm had left the other day. Had done only half the property the day before. Made a good size pile that will be super for kindling.

The battery was installed in the Neon. Nice to see the dome light come on and the ding sound that the door was open. Turned the key and it did not crank. Will have my buddy's son looks at the two possible causes this w/e.

The lawn was so wet from dew the night before it sparkled in the sun. Decided to go for a drive and allow the sun and wind to dry the grass. Headed for the P.O. and rec'd some bills with lots free cc offers.

Went to Shaws for their Wicked Awesome 3 Day w/e sale. Saw cooked large shrimp for $7.99 41-50 per lb., 14 oz. bag. Will compare that to WM prices during the w/e.

Did find two excellent deals. Capicola (Spicy Hot Italian ham) was on sale for just $2.99 a lb. Both both pkgs that were discounted, as they were the near ends of the loaf and sliced.

Saw a loaf of Scala bread that expires today marked down to $1.50 a one pound loaf. Had a plastic knife in the car just for these emergencies. Cut off two slabs of that soft tender bread and made a fabulous cold cut sammie.

Was going to visit my pal at his store in Whitefield. Then changed my mind to go to Sullivan's Greenhouses. Talked to the young gal who was met two weeks ago.

Bought 6 pints (4") of perennials of 2 each of Rudbeckia-hirta, Echinacea-magnus, and Blanket flower (gaillardia grandiflora). Returned home, put the food away , then prepared and planted the perennials.

They are in the 24-30" and 30-36" size when matured in three years. Easily worth the $7.50 paid for all 6. Mowed half the more difficult half of the lawn, then returned inside for a treat of grapes.

Civil twilight is 5:18 AM EDT. Night is 8:21 PM.

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

Length of day: 14h 59m. Length of visible light: 15h 02m. Tomorrow will be 2m 45s shorter.

The temp is 64°, sun earlier, now clouds.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:19:49 AM

I am comparing what l look at at Costco, with Walmart prices online, before l decide to buy. I am even starting to compare by the ounce or square foot or whatever as they get confusing by offering so many sizes and the larger is not necessarily lower price now.
We haven't been talking of the following on this thread, but l am practicing copy and paste and so l am not sure how to leave it if l don't follow up with paste. More problems for Bella my friends dog.. She is only 4 or 5 years old. The bloodwork showed another problem above the chronic lung problem, and the liver disease, now she has a kidney infection. Owner has to give 2 amoxicillin a day and she says the dog wont take pills even with some pill cap? Anyway they gave her first at the vets, and then she crushed up the second into some spaghetti baby food. I don't think that's a good idea as l imagine it is bitter and the dog took 2 or three bites and quit. She was using a spoon to feed her. l suggested she put it on her finger, she said no, she won't eat anymore, so l got up and took it and put some on my finger and the dog licked it off, and continued to do so until it was all gone. I had told owner, to fool her by not putting her food in a doggie dish. Make it look like it is people food and she would be able to feed her from her hands just like she usually gets her treats. I am fearful she will just give up on giving the meds, as she did the liver medication. Bella is so much better in strength etc.
With the electrolytes, and nausea shot and baby food, and now the anti-biotic. I have hopes for her to continue IF she is fed properly.
I am happy l was able to help and will try to keep doing the same.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 4:51:18 AM

goldieolds, It pays to be aware of prices. I don't pay attention to the competition between WM and other stores where they bring receipts in and save X amount. It depends on how often you buy something and the distance traveled too.

The Affinity is a bit north of Rosedale on Snelling where the Drive-In used to be.

You are correct in saying that the due date is the due date. I believe in the past, there has been a class action law suit or some uproar about how either Visa or Mastercard applied payments. It turns out that a lot of payments weren't credited when they were received but a couple of days later because they didn't have enough people to process the payments. I don't remember all the particulars and this was about 10 years or more ago but now, most card companies have a policy that if it's in the door or po box by a certain time on the day due it is credited for that day.

I believe the fact that you are calling a payment in and giving them an account number makes the transfer instantaneous. When I've called a payment in to a credit card company, the auto response asks when you want it credited (that day or another day).

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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 4:23:42 AM

Thanks DG, I'll look into that idea, but I don't think it'll work. I don't buy (or receive) many gifts any more and they have all that kind of stuff.

Coincidentally I came across an old newspaper article about the opening of the new (in 2012) Affinity Plus in Rosedale, and remembered that you had told me about it. It kind of made me angry that they have that much money on hand, and also to spend on that building with all those amenities, and make fancy meeting rooms available to the community at no cost (it didn't say they have to be members), but they can't offer a decent rewards program, give the highest interest rates around like they used to, or open some kind of office (such as the little ones in grocery stores) for long-time members who don't live in their areas. I don't bank there anymore b/c none of their offices are anywhere near convenient to me, and they don't even provide stamped envelopes for mailing in deposits, like my other bank (now turned into a credit union) does. I've been using their VISA but going to go back to only using it for the internet. There's no where around here to pay the bill, can't use the ATMs for that, so I have to call it in, which I don't like doing. And they want me to do it a day or two before the due date, but I don't, usually. To me, the due date is the due date.

I need to write them, not you, but guess I needed to vent. =0

Midnight, is the Rich's store where you looked at the Pyrex bowls the Rich's Department stores that started in Georgia? I used to shop there when I lived in Atlanta and didn't know if they are still around, or gone national.

I'm glad I live in an area where I have many more choices for shopping. It leads to competition and better prices, too. We all pay for Walmart's low prices when their employees aren't paid enough to live on and have to apply for benefits like food stamps. The time I was there the prices I saw on things that I would be interested in buying were not significantly different. Just pennies difference. But you don't have the other options, so it works best for you. Glad that you have some place you can get what you want at decent prices.



[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/16/2014 4:29:37 AM EST]
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 10:54:48 PM

goldieolds, Maybe you could use your points to get christmas or birthday presents for your family and friends. Or ask them if they want whatever is available and would they be willing to donate an amount somewhat equal to the value. Do you suppose that those who breached SuperValu were looking for gas points? ;)

trugas, Your new friend from the "wallow in the mud" is quite funny. :) It's good to learn new things at any point in your life. :)

MidnightSun, Maybe the birds have too big of a variety of things (bugs) to eat in your area. Sounds like you're in a more wooded area than I am.

[Edited by: dirt girl at 8/15/2014 10:57:40 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 4:15:33 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, have crows year round and they never eat my beetles.Wish they would. Have lots of various birds. They would rather eat berries than beetles. Saw a chipmunk today steal some berries. Am saddened.

goldie, No elections here on Tuesday. Ours is in November. MY CU cc also have a points program, no cash. SuperValu is colossal. Hope it is not a big security data breach. Will look for it on the net.

The ISS orbits twice 9:09/10:45 tonight and tomorrow night 8:20/9:46 in some areas.

At 5 AM my power went off yesterday morning. Phoned the Public Service Company of New Hampshire to tell the Co that my power went off. A pre-recorded message stated many communities surrounding me had no electricity.

Decided to go back to sleep with the power returning in 10 minutes. The quickest it returned in many years.

The rain rec'd Wednesday peaked at 4:30 PM with .40" an hour falling. The wind gust reached 18 mph (28 km/h). The rain rec'd was an inch. Went outdoors to see the rugged cherry tree 16' from the house split off and tipped over.

Saw many branches and tips of trees blown on my lawn, the mtn road, and on the hwy on the way to Littleton. Two trees that were across the highway were removed earlier with debris and sawdust piles from chainsaws present.

At Big Papa's Market (prices and photos) brought were giant cantaloupes $1.75 ea, pints of raspberries $1.67, tomatoes $1 a lb, 5 lbs of carrots are $2.75, and broccoli crowns $1.38.

Also bought were limes 5/$1, lemons 3/$2, oranges 50¢ ea, green beans $1.18 a lb, cilantro $1.33, parsley $1, spinach $3 a lb, and baby bellas $2.25 for 10 oz.

Temps have been in the mid 60's (C) all week sunny w/ just 2 days of rain. Love these temps the best, unlike places with temps of 102° (39°C), such as bloody Fresno has — each and every day.

Love the mild temps of New England, the congenial country folks, livin' so wonderfully rural, and down to Earth, and the lower cost of living that is so pleasing.

Often am reminded of "The Good Life", (a movie and TV series), it is a philosophical term for the life that one would like to live, originally associated with Aristotle.

Civil twilight is 5:17 AM EDT. Night is 8:23 PM.

Sunrise: 5:49 AM. Set: 7:51 PM.

Length of day: 14h 02m. Length of visible light: 15h 05m. Tomorrow will be 2m 45s shorter.

The temp is 65° (18°C), now w/a 40% chance of rain in overcast skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Yay! don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions. :))
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Life is Good dirtgirl and Goldie....I finally did copy and paste ..once. I haven't tried it today yet. One gb said "now we have to watch out" meaning l will copy and paste like crazy. He also asked "who taught you? we'll track 'em down" Very funny man. New buddy due to recent wallow in the mud. LOL. If you don't understand that comment it isn't important at all, just ignore. Smiles.

Life is Good and l am happy l am alive. Happy l learned something new.
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I was voter number 123 and the last one to vote before the polls closed. Did anybody else vote Tuesday?

For many years I had a Northwest Airlines World Perks Visa credit card. It gave me enough points to "buy" my ticket to Hawai'i in 2005. And that was before airlines started adding extra fees. Yippee! I even had enough points to fly first class, but there weren't any first class seats available for the times I could go. This was something I wanted b/c sitting for any long periods of time my back and hips stiffen up and it is crippling and very painful for me, and doesn't go away when I land. This is especially an issue for a 14-15 hour flight in cramped seats (I have long legs). But I was determined to go, was able to get a bulkhead seat, so made do, taking a lot of walks up and down the aisles.

When NWA merged with Delta, they went with Delta's American Express reward card. The NWA Perks cards were converted to Visa "Flex Perks" which gave points that could be converted to any number of airlines or other travel costs. We had the option of signing up for it and were given a signing bonus (points). I didn't go anywhere while having that card, and had amassed a nice balance, enough to take at least one trip. This year when my card was to renew I decided I didn't want to pay the annual fee of $49. We also had the option of using our points to pay the fee, which I've done in the past. But this time, since I haven't been traveling, I didn't think it was worth the number of points that it would have cost, so asked if they had a no annual fee card to transfer to. The new card, with no annual fee, gives 1% cash back and a larger percent on certain categories. In order to change to that new account I had to cash in my Flex card points. To my surprise they converted it to almost $500! I didn't receive the cash, but they applied it to my account and I didn't have to pay anything for a couple of months!

That really helped me out, and I was really happy about it. But I have had some moments of sadness at no longer having those points banked for future travel. :( I've had to remind myself to be in the moment and remember that in THIS now moment I needed the cash more than the travel points. And I look forward to getting some more cash back in the future. It won't be that much, b/c that was for several years worth of charging.

I, too, pay off my account each month.

I also have a Credit Union Visa, but it only has points that may be used toward "gifts" instead of a cash back program. And for some reason, those points expire after a certain period of time. I have over 500 points scheduled to expire at the end of this year if I don't use them, and there is nothing I want available for the number of points that I have. I don't know how a person can save up to get the good items if points expire. :(

I'm going back to only using this account only for the few internet purchases that I make.

But in general, the cash back credit cards can be a very good thing. Just make sure that it's a known and trusted bank issuing it.

Uh-oh, I just heard that SuperValue (of Cub Foods) has had a security data breach.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 9:13:22 PM

trugas, I think the credit card companies do want people to carry a balance so that they can make a lot of money on interest. :)

MidnightSun, I can always tell when the beetles show up here as that is when the crows start noticing them. Otherwise the crows don't usually go near the raspberries. When they start pecking around by the raspberries I know there are beetles out there even if I can't see any. :(
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Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Label say do not use two weeks before eating. Like shaking the beetles into the soapy container. Can't see 'em and it keep their pop nicely low. They strip an entire leave. Awful creatures. Would imagine birds eat them. Where are the birds?

Trugas, Thank you for further explaining how those points work on that credit. Am always skeptical on receiving 'free money'. Am sure you looked into it and like the results of getting that $50. Perhaps it is to lure one into buying more and not paying it off. You know there is a 'gimmick' to about everything.

Enjoyed playing Starcraft: Brood War. It is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft. Floats my boat since 1998. Adventure, action, and my all time favorite: War.

Did want to nap, fought the fatigue from the 1 AM rise. Picked some dime size blueberries and examined the plants for those japanese beetles. Covered the containers of ammonia and my scent.

Returned inside to add the contents of the crock pot into the 2 quart pyrex. Washed the crock pot, then added four of the six boneless skinless chicken breasts bought Sunday for a great price of $1.69 a lb.

Added a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup, some carrots, 5 red potatoes, and the last of the green beans. Decided to do my laundry then drive to Littleton to buy a battery for the Neon.

WM was jammed like it was Saturday. Long lines in 10 open check out counters. Bought several other items then went to the SCM desk. After an amazing 15 minute wait, the battery was purchased and the core, brought into the store was credited on my account.

Bought a thick and stocky mini notebook w/200 pages and plastic covers, called a 'fatbook' for just 97¢. 9" x 11" ruled notebooks were on sale for only 17¢ ea. Bought a gallon of Rain X. It coats the dry car glass windshield like it was telfon. Rain bounces off of it.

The 32-40 shrimp to a lb was out as was the 8 lb pkg of epsom salt. Instead of stocking on black pepper, two original Mrs Dash containers were bought for $2.38 each Black pepper retailed for 50 ¢.

Went to Shaw's to buy an end of deli roast beef for $4.99 a lb and green grapes for $1.47 a lb. Also bought another 10 6 oz cans of Bumble Bee Chunk White Tuna in water for 69¢ ea. Love tuna, especially at that price.

It sure did rain like mad on the way home. WUnderground stats read .25" an hour. in my 40 min drive. Needed to slow down to 40 at times. The hwy was difficult to see clearly.

Checked for plant damage. There was none. Everything is getting a drink. Left a hat in the rain to wash it on the gentle cycle. Will go out after my post, wash the car, and allow the rain to rinse it off. Lots of fun.

Civil twilight is 5:14 AM EDT. Night is 8:26 PM.

Sunrise: 5:46 AM. Set: 7:54 PM.

Length of day: 14h 07m. Length of visible light: 15h 11m. Tomorrow will be 2m 42s shorter.

The temp is 65° (18°C), the sun returns

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:18:53 AM

Midnight..the 5,000 points is cashed in for the $50 bucks and they will put it in my acct. I charge my groceries and all the normal things l buy anyway, and pay for it (pay it off) just as if l paid the cash in the first place. I am not going out of my way to spend any more than l normally spend, just running it thru the charge card.
This posted early. l wasn't finished talkin here!

I don't know why the credit companies are doing this, unless it is in the hopes that you will not pay it off in full, then they can charge interest. I won't let that happen. I pay it daily if it is on the bill. At least weekly as the computer allows me to do that.


[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/14/2014 10:22:04 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 12:04:24 AM

MidnightSun, I thought I posted here yesterday. If you use Sevin, check the label for time if you're going to eat the grapes. We've had a couple of cool springs so that has slowed them down a bit as not as many have hatched but we still have them. :(

trugas, I have a similar deal with my cc. 1 point for every dollar charged and every quarter they have bonus categories like gas stations or restaurants. I too cash the points in and place them against the balance. I'm fortunate to be able to pay the balance off every month.
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 4:18:01 PM



Life IS Good!

What is the 5,000 points for. To buy more items? Seems the more you spend the more interest they make. Do you pay off the total debt each month? Have to ask, how does you buying items give you money back?

Watched an episode of "Breaking Bad" and "Orange is the New Black." Then took a 90 minute nap. Decided to drive to the Super WM in Woodsville and buy some food items that my local one does not carry.

It was a pleasant drive down scenic Rt 302 east through rural towns named Lisbon, Lyman, Bath and Woodsville. Mostly vast farms with corn growing are see. Also saw many wildflowers of all colors in bloom on the sides of the road.

The Town of Bath wooden bridge is still being refurbished. From its quaint downtown, it looks to be ready for the autumn tourist season. The Ammonoosuc River was so beautiful and peaceful. A pair of ducks frolicked in its tranquil waters.

Fought oncoming hunger while passing the Subway section of that WM. Stopped at the Gold House in Littleton Take a peek at their menu and scroll down to see their low prices.

My choice was a fantastic Steak and cheese special w/onions, peppers, and mushrooms. A rich 12" long feast for just $7.39 plus tax. Grand total only $8.06. The biggest and best in the area.

Civil twilight is 5:14 AM EDT. Night is 8:26 PM.

Sunrise: 5:46 AM. Set: 7:54 PM.

Length of day: 14h 07m. Length of visible light: 15h 11m. Tomorrow will be 2m 42s shorter.

The temp is 65° w/a 100% chance of moderate steady rain.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 10:06:12 AM

Actually Midnight l thought it was coming in a check form but instead, and l prefer this, they just put it in my acct. I am talking about the $25 I got and now l am entitled to $50. They sent out a letter and it says:

"We have exciting news for you: as a valued Member of CU you have an opportunity to receive 5,000 points (a $50 value) when you use your CU Visa Platinum credit card! This one-time offer is effective immediately when you have a combined $500 in charges to your CU Visa (purchases, cash advances or balance transfers) now through September 30, 2014."

I have done that and more. In purchases and paying off the dishwasher. So l am checking my rewards and when l get the credit, l will cash it in Smile.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 4:29:16 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Those japanese beetles buggers eat full size grape vine leaves, then begin on another. A soapy water container is nice to catch them as they fall. Sevin works well. So many plants and leaves, need an entire crew.

trugas, Have lots of fun with your neighbors. That way you will have more to write about. Are you actually going to get sent a $50 check? Or?

The ISS orbits by twice early tonight on the East Coast, northern America, and in BC Canada. Look for it in your area.

Saw the pilot of a TV show that has been on my interest list for many months on Netflix. Like the way the pilot was edited to get the viewers attention with plenty of action. Then go back to the correct time line.

The show is "Breaking Bad." A high school chemistry teacher dying of terminal cancer teams with a former student to manufacture and sell high grade crystal methedrine to secure his family's future.

One of the strangest story lines ever. Rottentomatoes.com (the put down site) gives this a rare 100% score from its tough critics and a 99% viewer approval. Will see the 2nd episode and keep an open mind.

Went outdoors mid morning to water the plants and check on things. Looks like a bunny found my lowest cluster of near orange tomatoes tasty. It dined on three and left half of the fourth.

Sprayed some short wood pieces w/rabbit and deer repellent (has a rotten egg smell for an hour then goes away, it still remains potent) and placed them on the tomato mounds. My first year having a tomato harvest in August. Very happy with the preparation, care, and results.

Brought a step ladder to stand up around the fenced in 10' x 10' garden. It has chicken wire sides, then overhead and sides covered with ¾ nylon mesh. Sure does keep the birds out.

The Concord grape vine took off this summer and began to cover the four sides and all across the overhead netting. Needed the ladder to reach across the top to cut and put the vines off.

The tendrils wrap rugged and all had to be snipped off. Strawberries and green beans are now in 100% light.

Hope to one day have a super grape harvest. Will expand the east and west sides w/a trellis like addition. Even a wire strung 10' on each side is enough. Plan on it for next spring.

Civil twilight is 5:13 AM EDT. Night is 8:28 PM.

Sunrise: 5:45 AM. Set: 7:56 PM.

Length of day: 14h 10m. Length of visible light: 15h 14m. Tomorrow will be 2m 40s shorter.

The temp is 78° in clear skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 9:53:58 AM

Nothing going on here of particular interest. Quiet day. Got my Costco cash cards. Activated them and found l had to pay cash to add to them and only at a cashier. Online l was able to use credit card and get rewards that way. Was going to do all my costco shopping that way. I try to get reward points every way l can do it, but guess this one won't work. Costco cards do not ever expire like other gift cards when you use the amount listed. Paid off my credit union card and have almost enough to get the $50 reward.
Then l went to the group and took my power chair this time so they didn't have to give up one of their chairs to me. Leader said "B...(me) said not to put anything in the green salad" to the group. l had told her she didn't HAVE to put anything but greens, because l felt it would be cheaper on her and easier. So l said put anything you want to put, add avocado if you want, as a matter of fact please add avocado. Then she said "they cost too much". LOL.
I fed my tomatoes. Picked several. Cut up the chuck roast and added pre cut veggies to the liquid and finally had the soup l wanted. I did it the easy way because l had another "tired all day" days. Life is good when l can take it easy on a tired day. Smile.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 9:32:11 AM

Yes it is!
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:20:00 PM

MidnightSun, I've come to the conclusion that japanese beetles only do two things in life...eat and procreate.

I've noticed that they don't attack things in shade as much as full sun but they attacked one of my roses this year and it was in shade. I hate the little buggers.

goldieolds, I haven't watched EastEnders in a long time.

Hi trugas. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 3:52:53 PM



Life IS Good!

No one for animation. Do love the plot. Thank you much for the link.

Fabulous your complex has a once a month gathering.

Look for the ISS tonight at 10:45 on the East Coast and northern West Coast and twice tomorrow evening early. Times of all satellites for all of North America.

Removed the pork chops and veggies from the crockpot, cleaned it, then added 1.5 pounds of country style pork ribs marinated with Ah So sauce. Aso three pork chops, few red potatoes, 1 lb of carrots, and 1¼ lbs of green beans were added.

Went outdoors at 9 AM and loaded 5 cairns (stacks of rocks) in my wheelbarrow and brought about 50% to pile in the side of the ditches at the end of my driveway.

That way if anyone by chance runs off the edge of my driveway, they have an excellent chance of returning to the road. Wheelbarrowed so many trips that the count was lost. Quite the workout.

Had begun stacking the cairns two summers ago. Was a fabulous morning to rid the property of extra granite that were in the 40-50 lb (18 to 22 kg) yield. NH grows lots of granite. Seems mostly to be on my property.

Began to heavily prune my Concord grape vine. Tho it is a spring tradition, vines were running across the nylon netting restricting sun to the strawberries and green bean plants.

Did see a few grapes, still green, on the vines. Battled the Japanese beetles with a container of soapy spray and a dusting of Sevin. Also shaking off the beetles into a container of soapy water lowers the population. Am often reminded, "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war."

Had a delicious lunch of veggies w tender ribs, a part of a chop on the side, along w/a healthy salad of green leaf lettuce, spinach, pineapple chunks, three berries, squares of cheddar, black olives, cuke slices, baby bella, cottage cheese, a drizzle of evoo along with diced garlic. There is no place like home.

Listened to the home team play the LA Angels at 3:35 in Anaheim on my Dart's radio. A fabulous games and a fine win for the home team. The sun is blazed at 80° w/a 57° dew point in a pleasing humidity of 48%. It will be another day to be the sun and further my tan.

Civil twilight is 5:12 AM EDT. Night is 8:29 PM.

Sunrise: 5:44 AM. Set: 7:57 PM.

Length of day: 14h 13m. Length of visible light: 15h 17m. Tomorrow will be 2m 40s shorter.

The temp is 56° (13°C) with the high to be 81° (27°C) in clear skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:51:12 AM

I assumed Red Lobster, too, based on the biscuits. Haven't been to one in many years. As I recall, at one time they used to have cheesy popovers that were really yummy!

DG's movie suggestion made me think of the most recent "Eastenders" episodes. They had a really Romeo and Juliet-esque story line going on. sad.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:42:51 PM

trugas, I missed the post where you said where you were going but when you mentioned biscuits I kind of assumed it was Red Lobster. lol I noticed that their biscuit mix is in stores now but it doesn't taste quite the same. I don't accept every buddy request either as it does get to be too much and to keep track of the few I do have is too much sometimes. lol

Hi Music Teacher.

MidnightSun, Thanks for the movie suggestion. It's nice to watch a movie that is g or pg rated sometimes. I got a movie from the library the other day on a recommendation from a sales clerk. Gnomeo and Juliet very cute and a different twist to the ending. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:13:05 AM

I am delighted truly, that you have made the move to clean up your site by starting over and therefore knocking out any bad comments from nasty people. You are smart to have your own place and thank you for the invite and for understanding my position about adding more to go to. l spend much time in the morning just trying to write something of interest in each place that has been warm and friendly to me. I am even slowing down and don't accept every buddy offer. It does get to be too much of a good thing. l do read some of your messages at least on one site , since they seem to repeat l feel l have all the info from the one place.
Thanks Midnight , we did enjoy once a month outing ..
Life is Good if you keep it simple. Smile
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 12:54:22 AM

Good Evening, TrugasCA ♩ I read about your enjoyable lunch outing at Red Lobster! I am so glad it went well for you and your group! My Parents and I only ate out once with my Parents at Red Lobster for one of my Parents' Anniversaries, and we enjoyed it! :-) We just don't eat out much, as we prefer eating healthier home-prepared meals and like saving money too!

Thank you so much for the congrats on my decision to move my Studio to a much more visitor-friendly new Studio location! I really do appreciate you taking the time to stop by my Studio! I totally understand how keeping up here on GB with so many buddies at GB Homes to visit is very time consuming. At least you now know where to find me if you want to chat directly with me on non-private issues, questions, or comments. You are always welcome back to my new Studio any time you wish to return.

Sending you my warmest wishes from Southern CA to Northern CA! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :-)

Good Night!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 3:49:23 PM



Life IS Good!

goldie, The fist time my 2 qt Pyrex dish for $10 a Rich's was seen for $6.88 at WM, became a fan. Can not seeing paying top dollar when a discount can be enjoyed. Love to save. Not spend.
Have the battery number. Like that WM will take returns as well. If the battery does not cause the engine to crank and start. Will know it is a serious expensive fix. Hope not as the old battery did not hold a charge. No big store selection in forest. Miles to go to get anywhere.

trugas, Reads to me that everyone had a super time w/o any conflicts. Not sure about the hats.It must be a restaurant or groupthing. Am happy for you that $14 paid for a great meal and a superb time.

Saw a most excellent drama named "The Encounter" (2011) 85 min, that held my interest and entertained superbly. Suppose you met Jesus in a diner?

Stranded in the middle of nowhere five strangers find themselves marooned in a deserted roadside diner. An arrogant businessman (Steve "Sting" Borden), a lonely single woman (Jaci Velazquez), a couple on the verge of divorce, and a youthful runaway all come face to face with a diner owner who serves them more than temporal nourishment.

This genial host is a certain Nazarene (Bruce Marchiano), who knows all of their secrets and possesses the answers to all of their problems — if only they would trust and believe in Him. It is a miraculous Encounter that will leave them all changed.

Free to see here. No virus, worms, trojans, drivebys etc. No swears or violence. Just a free fab wholesome movie for the entire family. My rating is 5/5stars.

Stopped at the local greenhouse and talked shop w/a pretty 27 y/o gal. Her 10th year with the mom & pop flower farm. The more she spoke, the more Q's she was asked.

Have the names of some perennials that may be purchased next May. All plant & flower pints (4"x4") are just $1.25 each. Overloaded quarts are $4.50 to $12.95. Many gardens had stunted growth of flowers due to the extra harsh winter. Want to wait and know how the garden grows next spring.

Enjoyed an early afternoon basking in the sun, reading, then doing routine garden maintenance and simply enjoying the flowers. Temp was 72° (22°C) in mostly clear skies. Now on a run of sun through Monday with highs in the upper 70's (26°C).

Civil twilight is 5:09 AM EDT. Night is 8:32 PM.

Sunrise: 5:42 AM. Set: 8:00 PM.

Length of day: 14h 18m. Length of visible light: 15h 23m. Tomorrow will be 2m 36s shorter.

The temp is 78° in mostly clear skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 12:33:56 PM

We had a lovely filling lunch at the Red Lobster. A great and patient waitress and the food was excellent and all were happy with their orders. The service was excellent and the waitress was sweet and had a good sense of humor.
Except for one comment about the free biscuits and being told to get mine from the other end, it was all jolly. There was one lady who said she didn't want to go IF so and so went, yet she sat opposite her and engaged in long conversation to the point l couldn't get a word in almost. LOL. So that was good.
Now they want to get hats in a same color like the "Red hat group" but couldn't come to an agreement about which color. LOL. One wanted straw hats, another green color then blue and finally one wanted black. That's four colors out of seven people. See how difficult to come to a consensus of opinion? it is a riot and l have started just laughing at it all. Like who goes in whose car...I said "just show up at the parking lot and we'll shove you in a car." Actually some don't like leaders driving and l am one of those. She almost ran into another car on the way this time. And she was in the wrong and honked at them. Funny lady. We all had a laugh at my missing the one entrance on the way in and when we saw the other car leaving they missed it on the way out. LOL again. It is a strange set up behind a bank and only one entrance to two restaurants and some other business.
Anyway l had a big lunch for only $11. plus tax and 19% tip, but it all only came to $14. That included a huge dessert free, which l shared. I was too full of the big lunch but couldn't refuse my favorite .. FREE.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:42:46 PM

I agree, laughter is a big help. I've heard of both "laugh therapy" and "laughing yoga". Both are just basically laughing as much as you can for a while, which is supposed to have lots of health benefits. Humor itself helps to deflect some of the seriousness.

Talking here about the day-to-day things that irritate you probably also helps you to release them and and then move on.

A friend of mine has a garden that is getting devoured by deer. What do you use as a deer repellant?

Midnight, just be careful that the battery from Walmart is the right one. I bought one there once and then had to return it b/c it either wasn't the right one, or wasn't as many CCAs as they had told me over the phone, or something. Don't recall the details, just that I had to go back to return it, and was really bummed about it. I think those were the only two times I've ever been in a Walmart store. Don't like them.

Luckily here in a large urban area we have lots of choices of where to shop.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/8/2014 11:44:59 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 4:08:38 PM



Life IS Good!

Don't sweat the small stuff. Like that your group is going to eat at Red Lobster tonight. Tell us how it went, please.

Look for the ISS on the East Coast at 8:20 PM (WSW) and 10 PM (WNW) tonight. Times for all of North America.

Went out early to check the plants, cover the ammonia and my scent containers w/lids and spray deer and rabbit repellent. Rain was heavily forecast w/the sky looking ominous.

T-storms were heard far south of here in the afternoon. We rec'd 1.03in of rain, mostly in 30 min, for the day.

Enjoyed the drive on the CT River Hwy aka NH Rt 135. The state had added ⅛ inch of resurfacing since my last trip. Nice and pleasing to cruise down the blvd on a smooth hwy.

Best deals at Big Papa's Market this w/e are a 2 pint (12 oz) pkg of Driscoll's raspberries for $2.75, 1 lb of strawberries $1.33.

Also bought were packham pears 3/$1, red bell peppers $1.88 a lb, avocados 4/$2 (lowest price ever in these parts), cukes 40¢ red grapes $2.38 a lb and asparagus $2.50 a lb.

Went to WM and brought the old battery in a bag on a shopping cart. Had my receipt which was written in, good thru 12/8/14. Gave her the receipt and the battery and said it will not hold a charge.

She turned her side of the battery toward me. It read right on the case, "2 year warranty." So it expired nearly 1 y/a and w/3 years written by mistake on the folded receipt.

WM wanted $78 plus change for a new battery (w/a 2 year warranty). Drove to two auto part stores in Littleton and got a quote from each. W/a 2 year warranty on each brand, the stores wanted $100 to $109.

Plan to return to WM for their lower priced battery (Think it was an Eveready.) if my local store can not beat or match $78. The Neon registration is $93, ins $125, and it will cost $500 for 4 new tires. Will mull over adding the Neon back on the road. Civil twilight is 5:08 AM EDT. Night is 8:34 PM.

Sunrise: 5:40 AM. Set: 8:02 PM.

Length of day: 14h 21m. Length of visible light: 15h 25m. Tomorrow will be 2m 35s shorter.

The temp is 74° (19°C) in mostly clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:50:37 AM

Good Morning, Trugas! ♪ I hope all is well with you.

Just as you have suggested to me in the past...

I have a special announcement to make. I decided to close up my former MusicTeacher’s Studio and open up my brand new MusicTeacher’s Studio this morning, because one of my regular Studio visitors, MidnightSun, was unable to find and visit my Studio last night. I did not want to leave MidnightSun or possibly other GasBuddies out from finding my Studio and visiting me. Please "Add to favorite topics" and/or bookmark my brand new MusicTeacher's Studio for your future visits to my brand new GB Home. You are invited to visit at any time. Sometimes I post interesting pictures from my garden, and pictures about my everyday life and happenings on my updates.

Have a Wonderful Friday!
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[Edited by: MusicTeacher at 8/8/2014 11:51:10 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 9:57:54 AM

Life is good when you don't sweat the small stuff.
Boy is that a lesson to take to heart.
So many little irritating things happen almost daily and if l let them get to me l would crack into little pieces. LOL.
Too short to worry about all that stuff. Laugh and be happy. That is my motto.
I talk about stuff that goes wrong in my life, but that doesn't mean l let it bother me for long. Smile.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 4:45:18 PM

Life is good, esp when you have your own blackberry patch. Sure miss mine.
Been busy doing nothing. Messing around, driving here and there. Nothing exciting (guess l can safely say that here with out being asked not so politely to leave, since it is my topic.) LOL.

Said that on another thread and was told not to let the door hit me in the butt. I only meant that l had nothing to write about. Seems the person could at least have asked "what do you mean by that?'' if she wasn't sure. Jumped to a conclusion and chewed me up and spit me out. LOL.

I run into a few people around here with short fuses who jump to conclusions as well. But l take it with a grain of salt as long as it isn't mean.

Tomorrow we get together to go to lunch at Red Lobster and l will order scallops and skewered shrimp. MMMMMMMM.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 3:51:22 PM



Life IS Good!

Added the remaining meatballs and a few ziti shells marinating in my homemade tomato sauce in a 2 qt Pyrex glass container. W/o a doubt the pasta dish increases its taste the next day and beyond.

Made my homemade marsala sauce then added about 10 ounces to the fresh crockpot. Added carrots and potatoes and nuked the whole deal for 12 minutes. The sauce was simmering nicely and the veggies were hot.

Finely diced 6 cloves of garlic to the sauce, then added six of the assorted pork chops bought on sale for $1.88 the other day. Went outside to water the flower and plants and continue garden maintenance.

Had my fill of it and got even more ambitious. Mowed half the lawn. Temp was 62° (17C°) in a soothing light breeze. Wore boots and shorts. This day mowing was fun!

Returned inside to the overpowering fragrance of the house permeating the delightful aroma of garlic and marsala wine. Tried to forget the teasing smell. Had to go for a drive to get away.

Drove to Whitefield to get gas for $3.529. The state was added ⅜ inches of repavement over some sections of US Rt 3. Excellent to get the cracks out and smooth over the rough spots.

Bought cod at my pals' supermarket. Just $5.99 a lb. He took Tues and Wed off. Talked to the 2nd in command. He said he just made homemade sausage out of 98% lean pork and guaranteed there would be no fat in the pan. Unlike all store bought sausage.

Picked up a 2 lb pkg for $2.99 a lb and two 2 lb pkgs of pork loin country style ribs heavily marinated w/Ah-So sauce for an amazing $2.29 a lb.

Returned home to a sumptuous meal of pork chops, veggies and a taste of the sausage nuked between two paper plates. No grease at all. Love it!

Civil twilight is 5:07 AM EDT. Night is 8:35 PM.

Sunrise: 5:39 AM. Set: 8:03 PM.

Length of day: 14h 23m. Length of visible light: 15h 28m. Tomorrow will be 2m 34s shorter.

The temp is 67° in overcast. A 60% chance of rain this afternoon.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 4:07:23 PM



Life IS Good!

Got ambitious and dug more soil around the new annuals. Had left a foot strip between a boulder and the flowers. That would not sit well with me. Moved the sod to a bare spot at the edge of the lawn.

Drove to the PO and got my mail. Rec'd my C.U. Visa c.c. bill. Had wanted to pay it Fri or during the w/e. It was a pleasing reminder. Bill was not due to the end of the month. Best to pay it off early.

Went to two of the intown Greenhouses to look for discounted annuals.None remained in stock. Drove the two miles south of town to Sullivan's Greenhouses (Google Earth camera for a view of the hwy, mtns, and river). They had super healthy six packs for $1 each. Bought three of various marigolds.

Shopped at Shaws for some deals. Bought assorted porkchops for $1.88 during their weekly sale. Will return to Littleton on Thursday to Big Papa's mkt and that town's Shaw's for boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.69.

Made a great lunch w/many veggies and 1 small center cut pork chop. Dessert was a juicy pear and slice of cantaloupe. Returned outdoors to transplant the flowers, water all the plants, and prune, pinch, and deadhead what was needed.

Sun is out there shining like crazy. See the t-storm clouds are passing to the south and north of us. We missed the 80% chance of rain and t-bangers that were forecast.

Civil twilight is 5:05 AM EDT. Night is 8:37 PM.

Sunrise: 5:38 AM. Set: 8:04 PM.

Length of day: 14h 26m. Length of visible light: 15h 31m. Tomorrow will be 2m 31s shorter.

The temp is 75° in mostly clear skies.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 9:24:54 AM

Yes it is!
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 3:28:14 PM



Life IS Good!

Love homegrown veggies.

Our saying here is the corn has to be knee high by the 4th of July.

"Pa the water's boiling, pick the corn." Sweet!

Good morning!

Almost forgot about the 3 packed 18" x 11" x 12" tall cardboard boxes filled w/non perishable items for hours. Lucky for me they were seen by the front door when it was time for my lunch just before 8 AM.

Quickly got ready and carried each box to the car. Drove adventurously to Whitefield on US Rt 3, then on Rt 142 to The Assembly of God in Bethlehem.

The Pastor and his wife are neighbors of mine about ½ mile up the mtn from me. They are just several hundred feet further from the remote unpopulated fire road that allows access deep into forest.

Made it to the church 30 minutes before the needy arrived. We swapped several stories. Told him of the "Seen two calves walking by" story on Friday. Had some great laughs together.

They thanked me for the generous food and we said our goodbyes. Drove to downtown Littleton, being 4 miles right there. Visited my pal at Rite Aid. Also shared stories of jolliness.

Paid my monthly payment of the Dart at the CU. Their system was down so they wrote me a receipt on a full sheet of paper. Went to the State of NH Liquor Store for some marsala cooking wine.

Saw 5 older women come thru the front door w/shopping carriages. Did wonder how much liquor or wine they were going to buy. In NH all liquor and a vast selection of wine can only be bought at the state owned store. Yet beer and wine can be sold in supermarkets.

Sat in the sun reading for 1 hour. Then detailed the Dart by vacuuming and wiping the interior with a foam cleaner. Had time to wash then turtle wax the entire car.

Had the Neon on my 70 amp battery charger for some hours. No even the dome light or the ding that the door was open can on. Disconnected the battery removed it, and put it in two plastic bags in the back floor of the Dart. Will exchange it at WM Thursday. Warranty is good thru Dec 2014.

Civil twilight is 5:04 AM EDT. Night is 8:38 PM.

Sunrise: 5:37 AM. Set: 8:06 PM.

Length of day: 14h 28m. Length of visible light: 15h 34m. Tomorrow will be 2m 31s shorter.

The temp is 78°. An 80% chance of rain. We need it.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 10:49:25 PM

Finally got a couple of jalapeños to pick. A couple of yellow cherry tomatoes too but that's about all that is ripe at the moment.

Looks like the sweet corn won't be ready before a frost. Just planted it a bit late and it was too cool. Good thing the store has it now. :)

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