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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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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 9:39:33 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a splendid day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a tremendous day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:52:18 AM

I'm with you - hate spending money on shipping. The other day, after looking at the slow cookers on the Mills Fleet Farm site, I saw an outdoor swivel/rocking chair on sale for $25, and I thought it would be good for my balcony. My poor old fold-up outdoor rocking chair has been falling apart for a long time. Last year my friend soldered a piece on for me so I could keep using it. The one I saw doesn't fold, but is probably heavy enough so it wouldn't blow around in the wind. I was hoping they would have an option to pick it up at a store here, but didn't see any sign of that. B/c it was "oversized" shipping would cost more than $80! LOL. Fat chance I'd pay that. The ones like my old one that I've seen in ads here were $40 on sale. Too much IMO, but I could get two of those for the shipping cost of the other one. It would be nice if more stores that have both online and local stores would allow pickup.

Amazon is going to have some sort of local presence here, but we don't know what, yet. But they were to have started charging MN sales tax for items bought on their website as of Oct. 1. So Sept. 30, I quick bought several things that I'd been considering. Was able to get all of them eligible for Amazon Prime, so didn't have to pay shipping. Or sales tax. I'd never bought that much online at one time before, although it was $80 and included two items for gifts. For me I bought a 4-cup Cuisinart Mini Food processor (mine was less w/ free shipping). Now I have to sell the 3-cup one I'd bought previously, but not yet used. I think the extra capacity will be more useful.

I also bought a digital postal scale; I've been wanting one for a long time, but never wanted to spend the money; ones I've looked at previously were $25 + shipping. This one was under $20 with free shipping. It has good reviews and can measure either ounce or pounds, up to 75 lbs. Hope it works as good as I expect. And that I can get over my "eBay block" to start selling the many things I want to convert into cash. I have sold some things on Amazon, and it's a hassle to use my old analog scale, which is not exactly accurate, so I have to estimate and add a little extra to make sure it has enough postage. And usually then take it in to weigh it to make sure. It's often cheaper to buy the postage online, and have to put a weight in to do that. And I think, at least theoretically, I should be able to put a suitcase on it before a flight; if I ever go anywhere again. :(

I could get used to that Amazon Prime.

Midnight, thanks for the movie site info.


[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/17/2014 10:57:55 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 9:33:32 AM

I just went online to look up the Rival crock pot and dg they have 364 complaints and a recall on line so guess l won't buy that brand. Look under "Consumer Affairs".
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 9:24:01 AM

DG l ordered online as Target card holders don't pay transportation fees, and they just send it to my home. I can't wait. Maybe today. If l don't like it l will return it to the store and look at the smaller ones.

Life is Good that way...I think the prices of mailing or shipping l should say, deters me from ordering more online.
Costco charges a bit more for items online, but if you are way off from one of their stores, then it would be worth it l guess. I order online at Walmart then go pick it up to save shipping, but Target makes no difference. I like Target better to pick up even over Walmart ...Walmart's pick up is way in the back of the store and no one is ever there, you ring and wait. Whereas Target,s pick up is right in front of store and always someone behind the counter. Go early, no lines.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:43:11 PM

trugas, If you were at Target, they had the Rival Crock Pot "plug-ins" in the same area. The smaller one (set of two) is 1 quart. Think it that small may be for gravy or veggies on a buffet line. 1 1/2 quart may be better for cooking in.

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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 3:36:20 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g Was used to that weather that you have. Then Mom Nature brought on Autumn. Oh well, spring is a mere 6 months away. Enjoy the moment as long as possible.

g/o, Free is pirated movies, not TV Shows. Sometimes the quality and sound is not so good. Yet the library is Huge. Even w/current, nearly just released and 20 y/o movies. This is the website. Some of the alternate sites want you to dl their software. I never do.
It was last summer the Israeli young lady visited. A string bikini like none ever seen in these parts.Very revealing. Plus she was in fabulous shape.
There were/are many huge lawsuits over the all metal replacements. Over time the ball and head grind down leaving powder and a loose joint. Will not link to the images. There was a recall and an award of 2.5 billion paid by Johnson & Johnson, Corp owners of Depuy, the mfr.

t/g,Can understand that a big 6 qt crock pot weighing 15-20 lbs would give you trouble. 6 qts is not only heavy,it hold a Lot of food.

Ordered StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty on eBay yesterday morning. The new game is $60. That is the PC version and a very high cost compared to other games. The are many new stunning graphics and improvements over the original.

Ordered it in very good condition for $13.57 inc pstg from Ebay. Rec'd email confirmation it was shpd. It should be here Tues or next Wed. There is a sequal available now "Heart of the Swarm" and another sequal to be released soon.

Watched some Netflix TV Series. Also going thru the 4 seasons of The Walking Dead. Very graphic scenes that are not recommended while eating.

Went thru 1000+ pix taken spring summer, and fall. Began to upload them in a time frame. Then rec'd notice that my allotted amount of MB is used up during the final upload.

Will now create a new group of pix on another site. Hope to share it next week.

Had the pleasure of a 3 hour nap from 7-10AM. Foe me to sleep that long proves it was needed. Woke up to partly cloudy skies and temps in the 70's. Changed into shorts and a tee and went outdoors.

Mowed the entire lawn mulching up the hardwood leaves. In the extra thick leaf areas it took 2 and 3 runs across the same lines to chip up the leaves into near dust.

Great to do this when the leaves are dry and fluffy. A big job to rake, even bigger when the leaves get soaking wet. Glad to mow them and have free fertilizer in the spring. With spread pelletized lime before the snow falls.

Spent two hours mowing. Wanted this to be my final time using the lawn mower. Enjoyed the looks of a leafless lawn and the thought of not needing the lawn mower until Memorial Day 2015.

Made a fabulous salad of leaf lettuce, delicious home grown tomatoes, ham, prosciutto, and pepper jack cheese w/evoo and garlic on top. Can feel my feet, legs and hip pain after two hours of non stop mowing. Turned in early. Slept later.

Tonight the ISS orbits over the East Coast early at 6:10 PM. See the ISS (w/the naked eye) and all the other satellites in your area at this website.

Civil twilight is 6:33 AM EDT. Night is 6:29 PM.

Sunrise: 7:02 AM. Set: 6:00 PM.

Length of day: 10h 57m. Length of visible light: 11h 56m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp is 71° in pouring rain. We need it.

Have a fantastic day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:13:50 AM

Another reason l want a smaller slow cooker is weight of the inner ceramic pot. My wrists are weak and my strength is less as l age. But the 4qt didn' t seem much lighter.

Goldie a 1.5 qt seems awfully small to me. But maybe l should take a look at them. l haven't rec the new one in the mail as yet. l have some beef ribs marinating in apple cider vinegar, but l probably will just put them in counter top oven anyway. I want them browned and juicy. May make polenta to go with them.

Have to stay home all day today (maybe) til the HUD inspection is done. I am usually the last one visited. I will get off here and shower and wash and set my hair before 8 a m. just in case.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 4:24:55 AM

DG, get used to it! {sprinkling fairy dust}

Tru, I hope that Crock Pot works well for you. Please let me know how it does. I might get another, one of these days.

Midnight, do you mind repeating the websites that offer free movie and t.v. show streaming? I haven't been able to stream before, but might be able to now with wifi. Want to try it. I thought I kept the info, but can't find it now.

Was that just this summer, that the Israeli friend visited? They're very European, culturally, esp. in Tel Aviv, on the Mediterranean coast.

Was visiting friends the other day (DG, I waved at you). They have streaming Netflix and had gotten hooked on Scandal. Really surprising, since it is not the type of show they usually watch. We watched some episodes from previous season, which I'd watched when it was current. But so much goes on in each episode and w/ my memory, I couldn't remember enough to spoil it. I've missed the first couple of episodes this season, so would like to watch more of it online, if I can.

Hope your replacement goes well. I was surprised to see that they are still using metal ones. My uncle had some many, many years ago. All failed and he ended up with a "hanging hip", w/ no joint. I trust much has improved since then. I think that's why my dad suffered from hip arthritis later in life w/o considering the surgery. He'd seen his brother go through too much.

It was funny, once we cousins, then in middle age, were watching an old home movie. It was from a family picnic at Lake Harriet when we were all young, some maybe not born yet. All of a sudden, in unison, we all gasped, "Uncle Marvin's running!" We'd never seen him not limping and w/o a crutch or cane.

Thank goodness they've had a lot of time to perfect it by now.

But having had back surgery twice myself, I wonder if two days is a realistic expectation to be able to go up stairs and take care of yourself at home. I'd consider having a Plan B, just in case. Having your positive mindset is definitely an advantage. Wishing you best of luck.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 2:26:25 AM

Hi all. Beautiful day here and tomorrow is supposed to be about 70. I could get to like weather like this. :)
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 3:47:11 PM



Life IS Good.

My g/f had an Israeli friend visit over the summer. Her string bikini was unlike anything seen in the area ever. Everyone stared. Did look several times more than usual.

Just adore the clearer point and shoot images that the DSRL offers. Big Megapixel sizes that can be easily reduced and have awesome clear opix.

Been using the crook pot almost once each week for a dinner for the last 25 years. The leftovers make the next meals so easy, just heat and serve.

Enjoyed some TV Shows on Netflix in the wee hours after my rounds yesterday morning. Also played some Star Craft: Brood War. Nice to take a needed nap for 90 minutes. Woke up at 8 AM.

Began to ready for my orthopedic appoint later in the morning. Decided to go for the drive to the Town of Whitefield. Here are 20 images of this fabulous New England gem.

Visited my pal's grocery store in that town. Told him how tasty and tender the shoulder roast is and thanked him again for the low price. Bought 1½ lbs of pepper jack cheese, sliced in the deli for $4.99 this week. The stack is nearly 3" tall.

Drove home to put the cheese away. Visited my garden, looked at the remaining perennial and wildflowers. Saw a female ruffed grouse run off into the forest. They look similar to a chicken, tho much smaller.

Pick up a over a dozen pieces of mail at the P.O., sorted thru the you have been approved ones, and tossed those, along w/the ads in the sorting bin. Time to go to my 10:45 hip surgeon's office to meet the female PA, then the surgeon afterwards.

Had all the vitals done. Bp was 140/70, not bad for one who has been sedentary since mowing the lawn almost 1 month ago and no longer working in the gardens. H.T is 81 w/96% O2. Plus 1.2lbs weight loss.

Filled out a massive questionnaire, then the PA asked me a ton more. Countered by asking her a score of Q's some she could not A. Then waited for the surgeon to enter the room and get to the details.

He showed me the actual DePuy hip replacement and explained the procedure. He will give me the ceramic on PVC version cup and head, the most expensive and longest lasting. Not the stainless steel model. That had a class action lawsuit. Also signed the Surgerical Permit Contract of Agreement.

Afterwards 4 x rays were taken with the orthopedic ball marker extended to measure the length and the size of the head that fits into the cap. There was little waiting and it took just a few minutes.

Then my blood was drawn for a red/white blood cell count and to ensure that MRSA is not present. Will also need to get another blood test 1-2 days before the procedure

Sounds great to me. Tho not eating after midnight on the morning of surgery will most likely be a challenge. Not even water is allowed. Am ready to be bionic on Nov 10. Most likely 2 days will be needed overnight to recover and gain leg muscle strength to walk up stairs.

Civil twilight is 6:32 AM EDT. Night is 6:31 PM.

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

Length of day: 11h 00m. Length of visible light: 11h 59m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp is 79° (24°C) in partly cloudy skies. Tied for the warmest night of the year at 64 and most likely the last one that will be as warm.

Have a fabulous day!

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Life is Good and l got all business at Walmart done before the crowds arrived. Went early as planned to take neighbor to dr but she cancelled. Too tired. That is exactly when she should see her heart dr.

We had a downpour an hour ago. I don't know if the rain is continuing l will look out later. 2 more "storms" on the way. We sure need the rain.

The brand l bought Goldie was "crock-pot" itself. At walmart. One l ordered at Target is also a Crock-Pot. But smaller and hopefully better. It is round but l had already ordered when you mentioned the oval. I like oval too but this will be used for smaller meals so it will or should be ok. I will try it and return it if l do not like it.

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DG, I just looked at Mills FF on line and they have a Proctor Silex 1.5 qt like mine, but newer version, for only $11.99 and a 4 qt PS for $13.99 which I might be tempted to get, if there was a FF anywhere convenient. Online it only comes in black, which I don't like for the kitchen. And now that I look at the little pictures, I think it's round. The little oval is white and has the rubber gasket and strap for transporting, which mine doesn't have.

There's also a 4 qt Crock Pot for $14.99 in stainless steel. No fancy colors shown online. ;(

Midnight, do you have a preference for round or oval slow cooker?
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Tru, what kind of slow cooker did you return, so I don't buy that kind.

I'm not sure what you want to know about the salad dressings. What happens is that if I see a good organic type brand on sale for half price or less, I often buy it. Then I might not like it on salads, so it just sits there. Or I think I'm going to like it, but never use it, b/c for salads I like to use EVOO and vinegar. I learned this way of making a tossed salad waaaay back in the '70s (from Adele Davis' book, I think) and have resurrected it. I put a good flavorful extra virgin olive oil on the greens and veggies, mix it up good (it doesn't take much oil). Then I put on the seasonings, usually garlic granules, turmeric (for inflammation) and dried Herbs De Provence. Mix it up, add the wettest ingredients, usually olives and tomatoes and feta or blu cheese, if using, then the vinegar, usually balsamic (Trader Joe's has a good one at a low price) but sometimes red wine vinegar or, if I remember, a rice one. Toss it all up, and it's my favorite salad. But sometimes I use French, Thousand Island, Cesar or Blu Cheese dressing. Any of the other dressings, usually vinaigrettes, tend to get left behind.

So I use them to cook chicken. It really just depends on what I have that I don't think I'm going to want to use (at least anytime soon) on a salad. A vinaigrette salad dressing is basically the same as a marinade: oil, acid and flavoring. My mother used to use a French dressing on chicken cooked in the oven. I don't use French to cook chicken b/c I like it on salads sometimes, so save it for that.

Whether salad dressing, soup, teriyaki or soy sauce, I don't just use enough to season, but I use more + water, so there's sauce to eat with the food. The boxed Imagine Portobello creamy soup is not like the canned Campbell's kind. It's velvety creamy and very yummy, good enough to eat by itself in a bowl, IMO. Trader Joe's has a similar one, but I haven't tried it yet, b/c I've had enough stockpiled away from discount sales.

The salad dressing that I've been using so far in the slow cooker with chicken breasts is Organicville Tarragon Vinaigrette. It's worked well and I've liked the result. The last I made it I didn't add water and I should have, b/c I would have like more sauce.

Putting them in flat, side by side, I don't think it takes much longer to cook them from frozen. They can't be totally frozen or I can't get them out of the package; they stick to the paper in the tray.

I can't picture the size of the your 3 qt. round, but in general, the nice thing about the oval is that even with the small one, I can put the chicken breasts in flat, side by side. They fit the shape. With a round one you might have to stack them or put them in vertically. Maybe that wouldn't matter, but might take longer to cook through, esp. if frozen. Round ones are deep but narrow. Oval are short and wide. Probably just personal preference. A friend of mine gave me one of her round ones once, and I ended up giving it back to her w/o using it. BTW, she buys them at Goodwill. I've never seen one there, but I go rarely and she goes frequently. She buys George Foreman grills there, too. I think she just throws them away when they get too burned on to clean easily.

Another word about my salads: it's gotten to where I like EVOO so much and believe in its health benefits, that I've even been putting a little on my salads first, even if I'm going to use a bottled dressing. Then I don't use as much of the bottled dressing. Bottled dressings usually have canola and maybe some other oils in them. Somehow they've managed to be considered healthy, but they're really not so good for us. If I do use something with canola, I want to make sure it is either organic or labeled non-GMO. Or is from Trader Joe's, since their private label products use no GMOs.

Hi DG and Midnight.

I just remembered a funny story. Many years ago an Israeli friend was visiting. We'd been out all day, going to museums and such, and were tired and hungry. There was chicken for dinner, but it wasn't cooked. I wasn't doing it fast enough for her, trying to decide what to put in it, how much, etc. She started grabbing stuff from the refrigerator and throwing it in. I'm sure there was some salad dressing in there. And it turned out good!

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goldieolds, I can't remember the brand but I think they were all 1 1/2 qt. I forgot to check the link but here it is Craig Blacklock North Shore pictures. His wife, Nadine and his father, Les Blacklock were both photographers.

trugas, Hope your day is wonderful. :)

MidnightSun, The development cost would be why I would want to go to digital. The cost of the Fuji Reala film that I liked using wasn't bad but the development cost is getting bad. The local company that I get pictures developed at uses the glossy format because most of their customers prefer it though I think if you wanted they would print in a matte finish.

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Life IS Good!

d/g, Also have a SLR Pentax 35 mm. Spend 100's in developing fees to find half were any good. The digital makes ALL the diff, is cheaper than buying film, and paying to develop sort of good images. Takes huge door & window size sharp photos w/8 MB of pixels. Nat'l Geographic quality.

g/o, Laughed at the feeling of not posting to change that 5 of a kind master #1. Bought the Nikon D3100 on a fabulous sale. Got the 50-200 mm lens for free. A $200 saving.

t/g Have cooked frozen meat before. Just takes 2 hours longer +/-, depending on the size.

Woke up and hour earlier than usual yesterday. Tried to roll over and return to sleep. Watched an epi of Law and Order: SVU, hoping it would make me return to sleep. It was not going to happen.

Had Raisin Brand cereal with straw, blue, and raspberries in 1 % milk. Could see the Waning Gibbous, 70% of the Moon was illuminated. Saw the shadows of trees on the ground.

Completed my rounds very early and returned to sleep for two hours. Played several hours of StarCraft: Brood War, the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg.

These three distinct and powerful races battle one another on the ground, in the mtns and in space. Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced, highly competitive, real-time strategy game play.

Had the last of the chicken noodle soup. Have a 24 oz container of it in the freezer. Decided to make a new batch. Used the remaining 2 chicken breasts, plenty of veggies, and added wheat noodles and milled flax seed for my health and to thicken up the soup. Milled flax seed is wonderful for both.

Went out for a look and see on my tomatoes. Glad to have picked a dozen the day before. The remaining ones were frozen. Picked some of them for the rabbits for their food. Rabbits also chew on the lawn.

The lawn... Have purposely neglected it for three weeks. Have allowed all the leaves to fall and cover the grass. When most leaves have fallen, will get the lawnmower, cut it, and mulch in the leaves. No more hours of raking.

Civil twilight is 6:30 AM EDT. Night is 6:32 PM.

Sunrise: 7:00 AM. Set: 6:03 PM.

Length of day: 11h 03m. Length of visible light: 12h 02m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s shorter.

The temp is 76° in sunny skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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Goldie am familiar with bbq and soy sauce and mushroom and even onion soup to flavor with. l was wondering about the salad dressings you use to cook with. I used balsamic and didn't like it.

I ordered a 3 qt round,from Target, but l have a 6 qt oblong, so for one or two pcs of chicken or steak l guess the round will be ok. The 4 qt didn't handle 3 chicken breast frozen. Had to thaw to fit. I package most of my chicken in twos. Some in 4's for my son.

Gas is $3.19 now. Pretty nifty.

Returned to Walmart this morning the 4 qt l bought last Sunday. If l wanted to Boil my food, l wouldn't buy a slow cooker.
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The other great Minnesota nature photographer is Jim Brandenburg.

He is an award winning former National Geographic photographer who eventually came back home to Minnesota, settling up north. It's an amazing feat to take just one beautiful frame a day for 90 days. Most photographers have plenty of outtakes that the rest of us don't see.

DG, your post got cut off. I'm trying to remember who Craig Blacklock's father was. I used to know it. :~/ He was a photog, too, wasn't he? A long time ago I went to a talk, with slides, that Craig gave, somewhere around here. It was interesting.

Midnight, thanks for calling my attention to the numbers. I never look at that. Eleven is considered a "master number" and I consider it a lucky number. Kind of hate to make another post and lose it.

On Oct. 9 you wrote: "g/o, Mod to Heavy rain 2 mornings ago. Have a Nikon 3100, auto focus 2 lens, on sale for $500. Sharp pic w/huge Megapixel's to make a life size images clear. Think each mfg works well. Ya get what ya pay for."

I thought that meant you were selling it. Guess you must have meant that you bought it on sale.

I haven't been up to the Duluth/Iron Range area since the '80s, I think it was.

What brand are the ones at Fleet Farm? And how small? I wouldn't recommend one any smaller than mine, 1.5 qt., unless you only want to use it for dips and such. Also I'd only get an oval. Although the round would work fine for soups and stews. But to put bigger pieces of meat in it, the oval is more useful.

A long, long time ago I had a cat. But he was an outdoor cat, and would come running when I called him, like a dog. But now I am allergic to both cats and dogs and don't like when people take them to public places. Indoors or where people are crowded and it's hard to avoid being close or touched by them.



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trugas, It's nice to have a variety of topics and interests to discuss so we don't get bored. I like dogs but I've noticed that they do tie you down if you want to travel a bit and you can't take the dog with. I noticed that the neighbors didn't get a new dog after theirs died which now gives the flexibility to travel. Their grandaughter has a new dog so now they get to enjoy a visiting dog without the responsibility. :)

MidnightSun, I never get tired of that part of the state when I travel through it. Perhaps the best part of traveling along Hwy 61 north of Duluth is the occasional view of Lake Superior. Craig Blacklock is one of the best nature photographers of he is the son of . Looking at some of the photos gives me incentive to start saving for a digital camera. :)

goldieolds, I noticed that Fleet Farm now has several small crock pots for around $13.00. Some in really neat colors, blue, red and fuschia. I have the larger crock pots but a small one may be something to consider. :)
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Life IS Good!

Happy Columbus Day!

d/g, Loved what was seen from the Interstate in my 2 days west of the Twin Cities. Would enjoy returning seeing what the NE part looks like. Your paradise is like here, few jobs and few people.

g/o, You are very welcome. Learned in the past to make a fabulous dinner in the crock pot, return from work 12 hours later and have a sumptuous meal ready, hot, and waiting. The crock pot lasagna was a break through. Feel many meals can be cooked while out of the house.

If you are asking me about my Nikon D3100, it not for sale. My post never said it was looking to be sold.

t/g, Dogs add so much joy to life. Especially if one is an outdoors person like me. Indoors peeps usually prefer cats.

Played some StarCraft: Brood War yesterday the early morning. Been a few weeks since the real time strategy war game was played.

Then emptied the small amount of ribs and veggies that remained in the crock pot. After washing it, the shoulder roast purchased for $3.49 a lb at store where my pal works as the meat mgr was trimmed of all the fat.

Turn on the crock's outside container on to get it well hot. Trimmed close to ½ lb of fat. Was fastidious in the tiniest places. Added some evoo, a 12 oz bottle of beef gravy, carrots red potatoes, and the placed the roast deep in the gravy.

A half cup of water and 6 cloves of garlic, diced, two tbsp of Worcestershire sauce and a tbsp of Mrs Dash were added. Into the nuke the 6 qt ceramic pot went to get the contents hot and cut cooking time.

Three hours later a huge crown of broccoli was cut in big florets, along w/3 yellows onions peeled and sliced into a cross of quarters were added. Turned the setting to low heat.

Changed into a new ball game tee, my tennis shoes, and white shorts. Took a drive down to the CT River. Took a half dozen of shots. Mostly the silver trees were predominately green w/hues of color.

Got the pix just in case the trees don't turn or rain and wind knock off the leaves. Not enough color to make the pix worthy of sharing. Thought of heading to the summit of Mt Prospect, yet know the colors are far past peak in the distance.

Went to the local Shaw's to get some 1 lb boxed of wheat pasta of several varieties at the w/e only sale. Broccoli crowns were also on sale for 99¢. They are usually $1.49-$1.59 a lb in this area.

Returned home to a blast of flavors when the front door was opened. Became instantly hungry. Filled a plate with a combo of everything in the crock pot, the added 3 tbsp of water in a cup and the same amount of corn starch well mixed, then added to the crock pot and mixed in.

It will nicely thicken the gravy contents into a stew consistency. Was a fantastic meal. Seconds were had, then a slice of blueberry pie bought at super WM the other day. The 24 oz 8" bb pie was just $3.98.

Picked 12 of the ripest tomatoes on the vines. They are 3-4" in diameter. The size of softballs. More than can be eaten in a week.

The ISS appears at 6:57 PM tonight coming in from the west. See it in your area and time w/the flyover list here. It is the brightest object in the sky other than the Moon.

Civil twilight is 6:28 AM EDT. Night is 6:36 PM.

Sunrise: 6:57 AM. Set: 6:07 PM.

Length of day: 11h 06m. Length of visible light: 12h 05m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s shorter.

The temp is 65° \ in clear skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Tru, my slow cooker is 1.5 liter/quart oval. That's important, b/c IMO oval is much more versatile than the round ones. My chicken breasts come in pkgs of two, so that's what I put in. This package totaled .97#. One was a lot larger than the other, but that did not matter. That leaves room for veggies. Mine were defrosted this time, but I've put them in frozen, too. Or, rather, mostly frozen. I have to defrost them somewhat to separate them from the paper and get them out of the package.

It looks like this, except it is the older version w/o the black silicon band around the edge. Nor does it have the carrying handle.

I've also used some of this soup to flavor and make the sauce. Used some crimini aka baby portobella mushrooms and some other veggies. Usually carrots, onion and potatoes. I don't remember exactly. I may have used this with ground chicken, don't recall which.

Another flavoring I've used is soy sauce and maybe rice vinegar. I think that was with chicken thighs.

Also have use barbeque sauce, I think.

I don't have recipes, just improvise as I'm doing it.


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Goldie, l just bought a smaller crockpot for $15 and want recipes for smaller amounts.
I never thought about using salad dressings for cooking chicken. Great idea. Give me more. How many chicken breasts do you put in with only that much liquid?

I have an abundance of chicken breasts and can use some different ways or flavorings to cook them.

Life is good and l think l am a very lucky person to be here and know you people. You are by far more interesting than the neighbors here. All they seem to talk about is dogs. New dog foods, dog illnesses, dog behaviors, dog beds, and treats etc etc etc. They let their dogs decide when and where to walk and who they visit, and how long they stay. They won't even go out for a day or even more than an hour or so because their dogs don't like to be left alone.

I am beginning to be most grateful l do not have a dog. I can come and go when l want and spend my money on what l want. LOL
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Tru, glad you got the chicken at the coupon price. Stores are not always that accommodating, but it's really nice when they are, and for me, it inspires more loyalty.

Glad you got your dishwasher fixed with only a minor repair.

My Dad did a lot of gardening, and I've wondered if the DDT and other chemicals he used had anything to do with his getting Parkinson's later in life. My friend Joe, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year, has done a lot of building, and has used a lot of chemicals, too.

I don't know if this will help you, but FYI, organic produce starts with a 9 on the little stickers and has five digits. It is in front of the other numbers, making it one number longer. Conventional produce usually starts with a 4, or maybe one other number, and has only four digits. BTW, I don't buy organic bananas, either.

DG, glad you got to see the eclipse last week (assuming you like such things, too). Wasn't it cool?

Midnight, I owe you gratitude for inspiring me to try new things in my slow cooker. It's been especially helpful for cooking the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and ground chicken that I've been given. I'd never bought or cooked those things and wanted to do it easily w/ minimum standing to prep.

My last slow cooker chicken breast accomplishment was the other day and really delicious. I put some cut up carrots on the bottom, then some cut up sweet potatoes (or organic garnet yams, as they are called in the stores -- they are sooooo delicious, very sweet -- they are the only kind
I buy) a few smashed whole garlic cloves, a few small little round red onions (shallots??). I put in some Organicville Tarragon Vinaigrette salad dressing for the liquid. I put some on the bottom and some on top of the chicken. About half way through the cooking I added some thickly sliced crimini mushrooms. I even made a mistake and thought you'd said to use 2 TBL liquid, which is how much I put on the bottom. Didn't measure how much I put on top. While it was cooking I looked up my notes and saw that it was supposed to be 2 oz. I thought about adding some water, but didn't. I turned out fine, but I would have liked a little more sauce to eat with it. I didn't even peel the yams, and they got soft enough to eat the whole thing. No waste, and added nutrients. And less work. The whole thing turned out really yummy. (And I don't even usually like cooked carrots.) B/c my cooker is so small, I knew that I'd want additional veggies, so while it was cooking, I roasted some small russets and another yam. I ate one of the russets before the slow cooker was done, and refrigerated the rest.

Another day, after I'd eaten most of the slow cooked veggies and still had a piece of chicken left, I cut up one of the white potatoes, threw in some frozen green beans and heated it up. Turned it up to high for a short while and then down to warm for a long while. It got heated and the beans cooked. It would have been better with more sauce left, but it was still pretty good and very filling. And EASY!

I buy some salad dressings like that when they are on clearance for half price or less. If I don't like them so much on salads, I've learned that they can be good for cooking chicken.

Thanks for the offer re the camera, but I'm not ready to spend that kind of money yet (haven't saved up enough). It's hard to accept that entry level cameras cost so much, but I know that's the way it is. Why are you selling it? Isn't that the one you just bought a year or two ago? Are you looking to trade up?

I've also got to compare performance in low light, since that's when I do a lot of my work. I don't know about DSLRs, but in the point-&-shoots, Canon was supposed to be good for low light shooting. I also expect to buy from my local camera store, assuming I can get a good sale price. I've noticed that when they have a brand sale, like the one when you got yours, that the price is pretty standard. The local camera shop is competitive during sales and is very close to where I live, and then I can stop in and ask questions when necessary. Or so is my plan. ;) My view on this is about the same as MusicTeacher's. I understand that you don't have such a store near you, so it's a different situation. Also, I might want to trade-in some of my old equipment if I don't find a better way to sell it.

I'm well aware of Nikon's reputation and quality. I have four old Nikon film SLRs in my closet right now. And three Nikkor fixed focal length lenses and one zoom that is more automated. And that's not counting my mom's film Nikon point-and-shoot. But I also know that there are other high quality brands and they have different strengths and weaknesses that may be better for different people. For me, a priority now is low light capability.

My Nikon F3 was the top-of-the-line professional SLR at the time that I bought it. And now, what I paid for it then, won't even cover an entry level camera. :( [sigh]

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trugas, Sounds like you scored again. Nice of the cashier to give you the chicken at a discount. :) Popeyes just came back into this area. I like the fried okra at Church's but we don't have one here. :(

MidnightSun, All of northeastern MN is beautiful, lots of woods, waterfalls. The only thing it lacks are good jobs and warm weather. If it had those, Duluth would be the largest city in the state. Then the area would have so much development and people in it, people would want to get away to someplace else. lol
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Life IS Good!

d/g. Can see why the range is called sawtooth. Describes the mtns perfectly. Adored the read and all the photos, that expand to a larger size of 2x. Really dig those dbl waterfalls. Many thanks for the link!

t/g, Actually think the reg/organic food is purposely placed beside each other so some will pick up the organic one. Read USDA guideline to use that word. It can have a certain % of insecticide and still be labeled organic.

Grapes are also sprayed w/insecticide. At least they can be washed. Apples are sealed in that wax. As are cukes. Folks do not like worm holes.

Nice of the gal to let you have the chicken for the coupon price expired 9 months ago. Have no Popeye in these parts. Would like to try.

Tried to get in a nap at 8AM. Too much on my mind to fall asleep. At least rested for 30 minutes.

Was down to my last yellow onion making a Western. Saw an epi of The Walking Dead, then filled my car with four bags of recyclables. Headed to the dump at 9 and shot the breeze w/the attendant after transferring the items.

Drove on the CT River Hwy to check out the silver maples. The river was steaming w/thick fog. The air was 34°F / 1°C with the water in the 40's. In fact a tee and shorts are getting out of place w/seeing your breath in the cold morning air.

Deciding to buy 10 more cans of tuna in water at Shaw's for 69¢ a can to stock up. Their stocked brand Essential Cream of Chicken was also on sale for 50¢s; an can.

Stocked up on 8 more cans. WM sells them for $1.25 so there is a fabulous savings. They had nicely sliced prosciutto ham sliced in pkgs in the case for $3.99 a lb. Well worth the price as regulary is $10.99 a lb.

Visited Porfido's Market and Deli in Littleton while in town. Frank Sr bought the building in 1930 and its been in the family since. Found excellent rare pastrami there for the everyday price of $5.99 a lb. It is usually at least $10 a lb.

Enjoyed the new paving on the CT River Hwy on the journey. So pleasing to drive on that stretch of heaven. The river is so slow and the trees very reflective in the gentle water. The silver maples have not yet reached their peak colors.

Civil twilight is 6:28 AM EDT. Night is 6:36 PM.

Sunrise: 6:57 AM. Set: 6:07 PM.

Length of day: 11h 09m. Length of visible light: 12h 08m. Tomorrow will be 3m 0s shorter.

The temp is 58° in sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Made another mistake shopping the other day and paid way too much for bananas. Didn't notice sign saying organic. Paid .60c more for the same amount l usually buy. That is 10c more for each banana..Not as bad as .10 c more for each grape, but nearly, and l cannot afford those prices. I wish they would have an organic section and not have them side by side and then l wouldn't pick up the wrong thing. At Costco the signs are way up high and l am down on a scooter and food is stacked beyond my head. It makes it more difficult not to get the wrong thing.
The grapes were bought at safeway, and l had a special price for the regular and the organic were more than a dollar a pound more. that is why l took them back. The bananas aren't nearly as easy to return either. I already ate one too. Don't feel any healthier either LOL.
My food expenses would double if l bought organic. I eat a lot of produce , especially in the summer. Right now l am craving a good orange, and l seldom eat oranges in the winter.
I do eat mandarins and canned fruits.
When l grew up everything was organic, except for the DDT sprayed. LOL.
Life is Good and l am really going to savor each banana!!!

In case you don't run across this on another site, l have to tell you about my experience at Popeye's..I had a coupon and l didn't see the tiny printed date, adn tried to get 3 pieces of chicken for $3.49. with the coupon, and they said no. When l got to pay window and showed her the coupon, she pointed out it had exprired 9 months ago...??? I need to file my mail more often- but then she said "I will let you have it for that price if you'd like" I said I liked, and boy did l like it. Good chicken.

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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 10:58:13 PM

trugas, Pork usually goes on sale a few times a year. Much cheaper to sell the animals then feed the larger ones all winter.

MidnightSun, I'll have to check what my settings are but there's not much there. The avatar photo is from near Carlton Peak in northeastern MN. The description of the area on the website is kind of technical but the photos give you an idea of the area in general.

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Life IS Good!

d/g, Like your colorful avatar so a stop at your profile page was made. Was hoping to see your GB pix albums. None to share?
Also bought 2 packs of 10 pencils for a great low price. Way less than the usual cost.

t/g, Am amazed stores have the nerve to sell stew meat for $5 & $6 a lb. It is merely from the shoulder. Pork loin roasts were $1.99 in the spring. Now at $ 2.99 and up. Glad much red meat was given up.
Am the dishwasher here. Am too cheap to pay $5-$800 for a new dishwasher. The need for it is not worth it to me.

Temp was freezing yesterday morning. Saw the grass white w/frost when going outdoors. The tomatoes somehow made it. Will be harvesting the remaining real soon.

The wildflowers are blooming wonderfully.Took several shots over the past several weeks.Will add them to my albums. Still sorting thru over 1,000 photos. It takes time, that is an understatement.

Jumped into the Dart, pulled to the foot of the driveway at the road. 6 healthy wild turkeys were startled and were there figuring out which way to go. Caught a photo of 3-4 of them before they hopped into the forest.

Drove down the CT River Hwy. The silver maples have hues of red on their green leaves. These trees are the last to turn. With the temps dropping, the colors should be worth the wait.

Visited my pal the meat mgr in their Whitefield store. Told him my mind was set on making home made beef stew. MSG free and nicely thick. Had checked out the prices and cuts that Shaw's sells.

Shaw's wanted $4.99-$5.49 for cut stew beef and a shoulder roast. My pal cut several shoulder roasts and added a $3.49 a lb price to the 3 pkgs. Chose one and thanked him for the excellent low price.

Also bought hot Italian sausage, store made at $2.99 a lb and deli sliced pepper jack cheese for just $4.99 on sale this week.

Saw a longtime friend working on his gravel drive. Stopped to chat w/him. He was repaired the sloped drive the rain washed away w/a hand shovel and a wheelbarrow. He just turned 76 y/o.

He showed me inside his new to him, used 24' trail trailers. He paid $2,200 for one and $2,500 for the other. Said he plans on doing trailer camping w/one and sleep in the other on occasion.

Someone dumped 3 6 wheel loads of garbage on the side banks of his parking area. Then dumped a load of 150 scrap tires down another bank. He lives in a trailer on top of a small mtn, about 1000' above the parking area.

There is a very steep road that one needs a 4 wheel drive to make it up the mtn to his home. He can not see below. He has a huge mess to clean and wants to catch the perp. Not sure if someone is angry at him or discovered by chance a place to haul junk and dump it. What a dirty deed to do to someone.

Civil twilight is 6:27 AM EDT. Night is 6:38 PM.

Sunrise: 6:56 AM. Set: 6:08 PM.

Length of day: 11h 12m. Length of visible light: 12h 10m. Tomorrow will be 3m 1s shorter.

The temp is 37° (3°C), the high to be 58° (14°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 10:11:04 AM

Midnight l am surprised at how cheap pork is right now. But stew meat cut up is $6 a lb at safeway. I never buy it that way, l go for whole chuck or other beef and cut it up myself when something is cheap. I bought a $2.40 boneless chuck recently and just now looked it up (in MY 17c notebook) and it was $7 a lb.originally. Plenty for me to stew tho.
Of course l rinse my dishes before loading in dishwasher. I rinse them before putting into my clean dishpan filled with hot soapy water to which l add a bit of bleach when l hand wash as well. I would not put a plate with leftover salad or beets or fat cut from meat into my dishwater. Some l put in garbage, but having a garbage disposal, l often rinse them into it. That is not washing or pre-washing. Just a bit of running water to rinse off the worst or the chunky bits left from eating. The ones that don't have that don't get rinsed. I take it you don't have a garbage disposal either.?
Makes for less garbage in plastic bags, to carry to dumpster to go in landfill.
I laugh when you said you wouldn't need a dishwasher. Reminds me of when husband wanted to buy an automatic washing machine, and l said "I don't want one, how would I know it gets things as clean as when l wash them and rinse them in regular washing machine?" l simply was resistant to new technology. Found out it is great and Life is Good with automatic dishwashers and washers and computers and ..........
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 6:50:56 PM

trugas, I too scrape the excess food off. If it doesn't come off in the dishwasher the first time, it gets another go. Amazing that a 17-year-old Pakistani girl won a Nobel Peace Prize. It gives me hope that when I'm old I won't be worried that those who are responsible for our care will be too busy texting. ;)

MidnightSun, I've gotten those notebook deals at Target over the years along with other school supplies that are on sale that are needed or eventuall will be used. The area is very pretty with the mountains. I agree that the cost of developing film is expensive.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 3:30:25 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g, Wise to get organized. Bought 10 notebooks at WM Back to School Sale for 17¢ each. Agree on not wrecking my new car by hitting the moose. Saw the mtns in the background on the moose pic. Shows parts of what is seen here. Lovely country with much wilderness remaining.

g/o, Also have a Pentax 35 mm manual SLR. Like it, yet not film development costs and the delay in seeing the photos.

t/g, Some people just do not learn so easily. Have to be told and taught. Best wishes on your yard work.

It was a gentle, pleasant drive back to Littleton to shop at Big Papa's Mkt, Since it opens only 2.5 days a week beginning on each Thursday, do like to get there early for the best choices.

Bought a shopping bag size leaf lettuce for $1.50, 16 oz Foxy strawberries $1.75, 18 oz of blueberries $2.95, 12 oz raspberries $2.95, red grapes $2 a lb, red and yellow bell peppers $1.35 a lb.

No 5 bulbs in a bag garlic this week. Had to pay $.41 for a huge one. Bartlett pears are 78¢ a lb, Yams 77¢ a lb, and 3 lbs of carrots $1.33.

Took the drive south on US 302 to the hamlet of Woodsville, NH to its super WM. Bought lots of food items my small local WM does not carry.

Returned home via the wicked winding NH Rt 135 thru rural America just inland from the CT River. Many old farmhouses, barns, cows, and hay fields are seen.

Farmers are cutting the last of the hay, drying it out, bailing it, then storing it in their barns. Enjoyed going thru the quaint Town of Monroe, NH.

This is my 6th or 7th in 20 years time visiting this rural town. Some 6 years worth of pix are found on this site.

Returned home for a hearty rib and veggies lunch. Felt the need of a cup of chicken soup for dessert. Somehow my pc lost its sound while out shopping.

Using my 'system restore' the machine was restarted w/settings 5 days in the past to correct the sound problem. Took 25 minutes while the pc did its thing. All is now well.

Civil twilight is 6:25 AM EDT. Night is 6:39 PM.

Sunrise: 6:55 AM. Set: 6:10 PM.

Length of day: 11h 15m. Length of visible light: 12h 13m. Tomorrow will be 3m 1s shorter.

The temp is 55° in scattered clouds.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 10:35:05 AM

dirtgirl, some people l knew wash, fully wash their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. I just soak the hard baked on items and do rinse off the dirtier ones. Cups and liquid filled things,l just put in, but some bowls have a lot of food left in them after emptying. It's the chunky residue l rinse off. I average a full dishwasher every third day. If l do a lot of cooking, like Thanksgiving, then more often. I use paper plates and sometimes paper bowls at times. I just don't like doing dishes. I don't even like unloading the dishwasher, but if l let the housekeeper do it, l have a hard time guessing where she puts things.

But all in all l am happy to have the dishwasher functioning again. I know it does a better job than l do in washing the dishes and l don't like the housekeeper using a towel to dry my dishes. She once was using a hand towel. Imagine.

Looking forward to more baking and soup making etc as fall and winter weather cools. More dishes to wash and only do the big pots by hand. Crock pot too.

Life is Good and l am enjoying life. I have a stack of books l ordered and they all came at the same time it seems..yet l don't really have the time to sit and read all that much til it gets cooler. I have 7 books now. Some l might quick read if the author doesn't hold my interest.

Today l plan to take out my tomatoes. Boy they have lots of roots. Not looking forward to it. But it needs doing, and some other yard work.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 1:51:50 AM

goldieolds, I just caught the end of the eclipse. One person was on the rr bridge near the fairgrounds with a camera on a tripod. I think you should go to National Camera and check out the digital 35mm. I have a Pentax 35mm manual and I'm thinking of getting a Pentax digital eventually but the cost is a big factor. Bring some of your old lenses along because they might not work at all with a digital. :(

maintroll, Sorry you have zombie grandchildren. I'm guessing that means that they are constantly looking at their phones. :)

trugas, Glad your dishwasher was an easy fix. Didn't know that you had to prerinse or use a dishwasher that often as only use mine about once every 4 days. :)

MidnightSun, Not so many passwords but now have a more organized place to store them. Good thing that you didn't hit the moose. Nice pics of the moose and area. :)
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 3:03:19 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g,Can understand you neat system w/tabs for organizing your user names and password. You have a ton of them. ; )

g/o, Mod to Heavy rain 2 mornings ago. Have a Nikon 3100, auto focus 2 lens, on sale for $500. Sharp pic w/huge Megapixel's to make a life size images clear. Think each mfg works well. Ya get what ya pay for.

Nikon built its reputation w/honesty while Kodak 'customer service' continuously ripped peeps off left and right in the '60's and 70's. Then in '07 Kodak wrote the NY BBB that they would no longer respond to customer complaints. :o

t/g, Great news your dishwasher is repaired. Ya have to pre-rinse? Seems like one may as well just wash dished in the sink. It must be good o0n your back using the dishwasher. My dishwasher is me. Soap, sponge and lots of hot water.

Suddenly a bull moose bounded up the bank onto US Rt 2 in front of me in Guildhall, VT. Slowed and pulled over on the hwy. There is no breakdown lane.

Grabbed my camera and just started taking pictures. Two worthy ones are in the above link. Am glad at that minute there were no other vehicles on the hwy. The young fellow turned back to the direction he originally came from. Away from the river.

Had an 8 AM follow up with the oral surgeon. Asked what was the anesthesia rec'd last week? He stated it was propofol. Worked great IMO. Did not feel or remember the surgery. Who would want to?

Also rec'd a photo copy of the consent form giving my written permission for the oral surgery. In a mere few seconds he remarked. "Ah, your gums are healing rapidly."

Was good to learn this as this also means my borderline diabetes is nicely low which supports the expeditious healing of my gums. Felt great on the way out. Two women were entering the building w/lots of presentation equipment and posters. "Good luck!"

The ISS arrives twice tonight early in the East Coast. 6:57 PM and 8:34. Biggest brightest object in the sky, except the Moo. See when it arrives in your area at this site.

Went to visit my pal the Rite Aid store mgr. He told me that Boston's Beer (Sam Adams) "Rebel" arrived. Looked at a bottle in the light. It was golden. Not a fan of that. Prefer red, brown, or near black ale. Passed on an $8.49 pricey six pack.

Shopped at WM and bought a few items that were needed. All except wide coat hangers. Was on the written list. Forgot about them somehow.

Returned home via the CT River hwy. Silver maple leaves have a hint of color. No where near their peak yet. Will try again later. The last two days of rain and last night's temp dropping into the 30's should brighten the colors.

Will shop at Big Papa's Mkt. Then perhaps take the trip to super WM in Woodsville.

Civil twilight is 6:24 AM EDT. Night is 6:41 PM.

Sunrise: 6:53 AM. Set: 6:12 PM.

Length of day: 11h 18m. Length of visible light: 12h 16m. Tomorrow will be 3m 0s shorter.

The temp is 64° (18°C) w/a 30% chance of rain.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 10:20:49 AM

Dishwasher fixed and l am delighted. Was just a fuse. First repair in 8 years. I have a 2 year warranty on it lasting into 2016 and by then l may want a new one or won't need one at all. I bought a new counter top oven last Christmas sales and still have not used it. Imagine it would be hard to explain on their warranty that it had not even been used if anything wrong with it when l do get around to tossing my old one. LOL.

Repairman told me the new dishwashers that claim you do not have to pre-rinse are wrong. Also suggested l use a short wash and use mine daily instead of waiting 3 days to run it. But that means transferring hookup of water filter to dishwasher hookup and why bother? I have to use pliers and have trouble getting them secure. I will stick to my twice a week washing.

Yes Life is Good when you can push a button and dishes are cleaned and germ free.
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 10:09:41 AM

Life is certainly good without zombie grandchildren and with an LG TV.
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 9:42:56 AM

Did anyone see the "Blood Moon" eclipse yesterday? So cool! I'd forgotten, as usual, and was in the middle of trying to get something done, when all of a sudden I thought: the eclipse! I rushed out to the balcony and it was the right time, the eclipse was in progress. Usually I miss these things b/c I forget to look at the right time. I was happy to get to see it this time. :)

And there was a very beautiful full rising moon Wed. evening.

Made me want to get back to trying to accumulate the money to buy a DSLR so I can start shooting Luna again. Hopefully I could get a few hundred from selling my old film cameras (have several, both mine and my Dad's) even though they're not going for much now. Some are old enough to be collectible, I think. But I don't know the best way to sell them. Or trade in. Think I want to keep one. Got to get back to researching, too. I'd assumed I'd get Nikon, but now not sure. Then I'd have to keep my old lenses and only sell the bodies, I think. I could use my old lenses on a Nikon DSLR, but they wouldn't autofocus. At first I thought that didn't matter, since I always did everything manually before, and didn't use the auto functions my good Nikon had. But then I realized that my eyesight isn't so good anymore, and I might just be focusing to correct my vision, which would not be giving a sharp image. LOL (but true). Although for photographing the moon it wouldn't matter, b/c I just set it on infinity.

I've read some articles that talk about some other makes that give as good or better quality. But of course now I don't remember which ones. Canon? Pentax? Olympus? Could be any or all of them. Nikons are definitely good, but it's also a case of paying for the name. Do you know how Nikon built up their reputation? Back in the day ('60s or '70?) they gave a bunch of free cameras to prominent photojournalists. Of course, that helped to build their reputation.

A lot to figure out. And then there's the learning curve. Not sure I'm up to it.

Tru, those disappearing posts are SOOO aggravating!

DG, perhaps I misspoke when I said "more accurate", b/c I think she looks at both for a more complete picture. I get so many different blood tests sometimes that it's hard to keep them all straight. I do fast before the lipids, so maybe they do both then. But I know that she keeps up on the cutting edge science, such as the MTHFR gene that most doctors are still clueless about.

I'm reading a very interesting article: on reversing and preventing dementia and memory loss as people age.

The author, Dr. Mark Hyman, is well known and respected in the field of integrative and holistic medicine. He's asked to speak by many well respected groups and has worked with Dr. Oz. His belief (and practice) of trying to get to the root causes of illness, has been my perspective for 30+ years.

I think this page is even more important, but maybe that's b/c it relates to my own specifics: methylation.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 10/9/2014 9:48:58 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 12:54:00 AM

trugas, Oh, I hate when the posts disappear like that. Pizza and ice cream sound like perfect birthday food. :)

goldieolds, Fwiw, I've heard from doctors that a fasting blood level is often more accurate because if the person's levels are off then the fasting level will be above normal more times than not. The A1c is a good indicator but not as definitive as originally thought because you can have spikes which will raise the average of the A1c. What's more important is to eat healthy, watch your weight, brush your teeth, etc. :)

MidnightSun, I used the tabs to organize by website with all the information, user name, password, security code, name, address, etc.. That's the only way I could keep track of all the passwords and user names.
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