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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: Sep 22, 2014 3:59:23 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g Find that shopping for deals and cooking are my hobbies. You are invited for a home cooked meal. Will offer a menu. ; )

t/g, The movie is Free and is here. A 100% safe site rated by all the search engines.

Found great pleasure playing StarCraft on the platforms and in space yesterday morning. One can also play in the valleys and on the mtns. It was a delightful two hour battle.

One can select up to 7 armies of opponents and various scenarios such as ice, desert, space, jungle or an ash world. Choose 1 of 3 races or allow the computer to choose one random for you.

Took a 2 hour nap that was ever so refreshing after waking up before 1 AM for the day. Watched some MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) bouts of Ronda Rousey who fights out of Santa Monica.

Also watched some bouts of Gina Carano who retired in 2009,now at 32 y/o. In other weigh divisions are Paige VanZant and Cat Zingano are the Champs or current contenders.

They are the two #1 female contenders in each of their weight divisions. Doubt that they will ever fight each other. These gals can really fight, yet there's no denying that marketability has played a part in the sport's growth.

Enjoyed sitting in the sun for 90 minutes It was a beautiful sunny early afternoon. The temp reached 77° (25°C) w/gusts of wind to 10 mph (16 kph). Read my chess mag, watched bees and yellow jackets, and performed light garden maintenance.

Will return to the sun after this post and listen to the home team play baseball. For the Sox our season ends in 1 weeks. Congrats to the other ball teams that made the playoffs. See you at the World's Series.

Civil twilight is 6:04 AM EDT. Night is 7:12 PM.

Sunrise: 6:33 AM. Set: 6:43 PM.

Length of day: 12h 10m. Length of visible light: 13h 08m. Tomorrow will be 3m 4s shorter.

The temp and high is 57°. There is a 50% chance of rain. It rained on and off.

Have a pleasant day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 9:46:41 AM

Didn't even eat dinner last night as l was out front with a neighbor who was working on my border. Til dark then l was too tired and had a bool of cereal. So l have the chicken breast for today, tonight whenever l cook it. l have mushrooms bought yesterday and salads and the beets l cooked up before going out front.

At costco l found a sweetpotato cracker with seeds and it is good. I tried it with dip, but prefer it alone, or maybe some cheese. Good flavor.

Saw an ad for a new movie "the Judge" l want to order. Just coming out, so l will have a wait. Life is good and l love it ..
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 12:22:05 AM

Snowplowerguy, I don't want to know the details. =:o

trugas, Sounds like you had a fantastic day. So happy you got the prune plums you wanted. :)

MidnightSun, If I'm ever in your area, I'm going to drop in for lunch dinner or whatever. You always seem to cook delicious sounding food. :)
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 7:15:30 PM

Had a fun day shopping and got lots of goodies. Went all the way to Petaluma to get the Italian Empress prune plums. 77c a pd. Our Trader joes didn't have the basket of plums so ...
Went to Sprouts and then Raleys, the new one in Petaluma, while ours is being renovated. Then back to Costco. Spent over $100 and enjoyed every minute of it. Smiles.
Life is Good. OH yes it is...

Thanks snowplower, but the sun only came out on my way home. Good to see you here.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 9/21/2014 7:16:27 PM EST]
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 4:24:03 PM



Life IS good!

dg, O2 was strangely low. It is usually 97/98%. May have a nerve that sends electrical impulses to the heart tweaked. 100-300 beats per min, as explained in yesterdays post.

spg, Welcome!

tg, Glad you could spend much of the day w/you son. T-Day is just around the corner. Then Christmas and you b/day. Happy that all is well w/the both of you.

Enjoyed getting my post rounds over early. Had the ISS flyover written on paper. Simply forgot about it until a few minutes after it orbited by. Other towns nearby were 27° & 28° (2-3°C) in the morning. My area saw 34° (1°C).

No frost was on the lawn when it was time to go outside. Watered the tomatoes and the flowers. Zinnias and the tomato plant leaves look quite wrinkled. The marigolds took the chill very well. Perennials are unbothered.

Had my brekky of raspberries and strawberries w/1% milk and Raisin Bran. It was only a half cup. Half of what is usually eaten. Then stir fried red yellow and orange bell peppers w/broccoli, carrots, onions and mushrooms.

Dropped an egg into the ceramic coated frying pan then added cold, precooked rice. Made some fried rice and filled up my tummy.

Checked for the weekly and w/e sales flyers. Saw 8 oz pkgs of mushrooms and celery hearts are $1, while broccoli crowns were 99¢. Passed on a marked down pkg of ribs for a choice $13 ($10.99 a lb) porterhouse steak marked down to ($2.99 a lb) to $3.32. Pink and fresh.

Headed to Weeks Hospital for a blood draw ordered by my PCP the day before. Great there were no peeps in the waiting room and there was only one ahead of me.

Was called 15 minutes later. Asked what tests were to be taken of my blood. The Filipino tech say he was taking 4 vial of blood, (15 ml) for all around testing, diabetes, along w/my Hepatitis Serological Profile and my HFE hereditary hemochromatosis DNA.

Shall know the results in 3 months during my follow up appointment in Dec. Stopped to get my mail at the PO, then returned home. Cooked the porterhouse au ju on low medium heat along w/lots of sliced baby bella mushrooms.

The forecast of partially cloudy skies never materialized. Saw overcast throughout the day. It was a serene beautiful drive. The CT River was calm w/8 ducks resting on the water. Lots of leaves are beginning to turn brilliant orange and red. Peak color should be in a week to 10 days.

Civil twilight is 6:03 AM EDT. Night is 7:14 PM.

Sunrise: 6:32 AM. Set: 6:45 PM.

Length of day: 12h 13m. Length of visible light: 13h 11m. Tomorrow will be 3m 4s shorter.

The temp is 77°. Sun all day long. There is a 50% chance of rain tonight.

Have a splendid day!

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Snowplowerguy
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 11:13:14 AM

Life is good!

Happy sunny Sunday Trugas!

Please don't report me DG! I still haven't gotten over the last one!

60's here this week so it will be some time before I see white $tuff. :-(

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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 1:35:36 AM

Snowplowerguy, You should be reported for that avatar....too scary. lol

Hi goldieolds. :)

trugas, Glad you had a good visit from day with your son and that the visits will be more frequent. :)

MidnightSun, Is your O2 rate ok with your doc? I'm guessing surgery means a pacemaker?
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 5:51:09 PM

Life is Good when l spend the day with my son. He arrived at 8 am and left at 1;45 so we did a whole lot of catching up. Sure enjoy him and spending time with him.
He will be back Thanksgiving. Then Christmas and then my birthday, so they start coming closer together. <visits>
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 3:54:26 PM



Life IS Good!

d/g Have 6 months to research lots of grapevine tips. Will make a dbl wire arbor 20' on each side of the 2 or 4 cordons. Then prune in early April.

g/o, tomatoes look a bit rough after the 34 overnight. The sheets protected the inside leaves during the hard frost two nights ago. Days are numbered.
Used to visit the NASA sit for there daily pix. Too much to do these days.That pic is sensational. Thank you sharing.

This area saw a low of 26° (-3°C) yesterday morning. Nearby areas saw 24° (-4°C). Saw the ISS orbit by at 4:10 AM. It is the brightest object in the night sky, now that the Moon is small in its waning crescent.

One can see the H shape w/its solar panels with the naked eye. It is the size of one's little finger nail with their arm outstretched. The usual view is 3 to 5 minutes.

A long time considering it is averaging 17,227 mph (27,724 kph) 205 miles (330km) w/a max distance of 255 miles (410 kph) above the Earth. The ISS orbits 15.5 times each day. About 93 minutes to orbit. The ISS is bigger and brighter than any star, except the Moon.

Went out at 10 AM yesterday to see vast frost on the lawn in the shade. Removed the sheets to see some of the leaves wrinkled and frostbitten. Gave each plant ½ gallon of water. Then drove to my 10:45 Dr's appointment.

Saw lots of frost in the fields. Folks that had uncovered tomato plants had leaves that were cooked spinach. Many picked the tomatoes and left the plants for the freezing temps. Hope to extend my growing season for another two weeks.

There were a dozen folks in the waiting room. Began to read the Sept issue of WebMD. 5 minutes later, the nurse called. The others were there before me. There are 5 doctors to see their patients.

Vitals were BP 138/78, 95% O2, HR 82 /min. We discussed my borderline diabetes, osteoarthritis of my rt hip, left ventricular, increasing borderline hypertension, and SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia).

Know that after the dental and hip replacement surgery hiking and rapid elevation gain will restore my vitals to more healthy numbers. Have an appointment w/a SVT cardiology electrical impulse specialist from Dartmouth Medical Center at Weeks Hospital in Lancaster in two weeks.

The doc will test and discuss my heart's electrical system. It doesn't work right and causes the heart to beat very fast. The heart beats at least 100 beats a minute and may reach 300 beats a minute for seconds to a few minutes. More tests will be performed. Perhaps surgery as well. Will know more then.

Civil twilight is 6:01 AM EDT. Night is 7:16 PM.

Sunrise: 6:31 AM. Set: 6:47 PM.

Length of day: 12h 16m. Length of visible light: 13h 14m. Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The temp is 57° in overcast skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Snowplowerguy
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 11:09:43 AM

Life is good!

Thanks for stopping by my place!

Have a great Saturday!
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 3:05:41 AM

Good suggestion that DG has. Or, make fewer items. If you took both chicken breasts and croquettes(?), you could probably do fine by bringing just one or the other. OTOH, if you just don't want to be bothered, that's ok too! Maybe the smaller group offers more "quality" socializing. :)

Glad to hear you're going out with your son. His BD is the same as my S-I-L's. Luckily I remembered to send a card in plenty of time this time. Timing is NOT my forte.

Midnight, I hope your plants make it through the hard frost ok.

Another spectacular Milky Way photo.

Art, gardening and preservation converge in The The Heirloom Project.

Excerpt from newspaper article

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The milkweed mural and a handful of others are the work of artist Rachel Breen, who lives in the neighborhood. They’re part of her “Heirloom Project,” a public art installation designed to sow appreciation for native plants and the habitat they provide for bees, birds and butterflies.

Breen, a “social practice artist” who also teaches painting and drawing at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, was inspired by the work of Seed Savers, the Iowa-based organization committed to preserving heirloom seeds. “They’re doing really important work,” Breen said. “We’ve lost so much plant diversity.”

Her project is about celebrating plants, but is also “a metaphor for a much bigger question: How do we think about the future, and what do we pass on to the next generation?
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 1:08:56 AM

trugas, If you still want to do potlucks, why not take less? I know sometimes it's hard to cut a recipe in half but it might help with some. :)

MidnightSun, If it helps, I've found some good information from Cornell's website at times too. :)
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 4:04:51 PM



Life IS Good!

Want to learn all that can be learned over the winter. Will read your link after this post. Many thanks!

Like cooking extra for myself to heat in 2 days. Would be angry to bring food to a potluck and need to take half home. Eating out is a fab idea. Enjoy breaky to the max w/your son. Then will you check his tires?! ; )

Picked ripe and nearly ripe tomatoes before sundown. Covered up the tomatoes w/sheets, left the marigolds uncovered. Temp is below freezing. Turned off the water to 6 outdoor faucets. Will know at 8 AM or so how everything made out.

Lost power from 4 PM to 5:10 yesterday. Have a dozen candles, some a foot tall, just for that reason. Listened to music in the car.

Bought some deals at the mkt. Driscoll's Big 18 oz of raspberries are $2.50, all colored peppers $1.25, 3 lbs of onions $1.28, 18 oz of giant blueberries $3.50, leaf lettuce $1.38, huge navel oranges 3/$2, Bartlett pears $1.25, lemons 50¢ ea, limes 40¢ ea, and grapes $2.28 a lb.

Big Papa's Mkt easily beats ALL the competition.

Shopped for some food items at WM. They did not have fat free cottage cheese in stock. Boo on that!

Went into Shaw's and found 1 pkg of $1.99 southern ribs with a $3 off sticker. That brought the ribs down to $1.25 a lb. Will enjoy to eat them unexpectedly at that low cost.

Gas went down to $3.41 locally. It is below $3.25 a gallon in the southern, populated part of the state.

Enjoyed a ham and BLT sammie at home w/homegrown tomatoes, leaf lettuce cuke slice, and onions on round flatbread. Then Law & Order: SVU was watched. The forecast predicted sun. There was none. Have a late morning appointment w/my doc to go over what the abdominal ultrasound showed nearly 1 month ago.

Civil twilight is 6:00 AM EDT. Night is 7:18 PM.

Sunrise: 6:29 AM. Set: 6:49 PM.

Length of day: 12h 19m. Length of visible light: 13h 17m. Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The temp was 28° early this morning the high is 57° in sunny skies.

Plan to watch the ISS orbit by at 4:09 AM. The Milky Way looks fantastic.

Have a delightful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:00:03 AM

dg l run into one of those fuzzy fridge monsters every once in awhile.

I don't like it when l make more than is eaten or can be eaten and it isn't freezable. Like when l take dishes to the potluck and bring home half.

I much prefer the eating out, and my son is taking me out to breakfast tomorrow. Yeah.
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 12:48:36 AM

goldieolds, That's a good magazine. It's from that group of magazines that don't have much advertising in them. :)

trugas, It's hard to throw food out but if you didn't, there would be a fuzzy fridge monster in the back. ;) Lunch bunch sounds better. :)

MidnightSun, You've probably already seen this but here is some more

grape info. :)
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 5:29:39 PM



Life IS Good!

Lost power for 70 min and all is well. Sat in my car and was entertained w/the radio.

d/g, Sun and UV rays makes my day. Even at 58 it is dynamite.

g/o, Adored the joke you posted. Thank you for sharing.

t/g, Have a new found delight, w/chicken breast cutlets. Prepare them 3 diff ways to spare the boredom.

Enjoyed researching online more info on my grapes. Particularly why no fruit. Vine is 4 years old and 2" wide at the base of the cane.

Need to prune the vines down to only fours shoots, called the Kniffen Method, in the fall or spring while it remains dormant.

Have located 20 gauge galvanized wire to make a wire trellis going east and one going west in the spring. Each location is in full sun for 12 hours plus.

Read from many sites the most common mistake people make is not pruning hard enough. Light pruning doesn’t promote adequate fruiting, whereas heavy pruning provides the greatest quality of grapes. Also cut the oldest wood and just leave the newest shoots.

Mowed the remainder of the lawn behind the house. Then delighted sitting in the sun w/just shorts on reading my chess magazines. The sky have very few clouds, with the sun being strong for mid Sept. The temp climbed to 63° (17°C). Will take it over rain or gray clouded skies.

Civil twilight is 5:59 AM EDT. Night is 7:20 PM.

Sunrise: 6:28 AM. Set: 6:51 PM.

Length of day: 12h 22m. Length of visible light: 13h 20m. Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The temp is 58° in sunny skies.

Have a fantastic day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 10:09:09 AM

Goldie you would have to ask midnight about streaming...l don't have access to their list.

My no plans day turned out about like l thought. I cut my hair a bit and shampooed it and then worked on the shredder which is plugged up. l said forget it the second time l worked on it but this is the third and it still won't take paper. It runs backwards is all. I found a new tool a skewer. it did better than the ice pick and opened paper clip.

Did all my dishes up before the housekeeper got here. But found more in the fridge for her to wash. Finally threw away most of the chicken breasts l took to the potluck and half of the croquettes. l don't like throwing food away, and no room in freezer, so l am thinking of giving up on the potlucks completely. We'll see.
I am tired of the fuss of it all too. Lunch bunch is more down my alley. As a matter of fact, l would like to go twice a month.

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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 7:52:36 AM

DG,what a great idea! I'll back you on that. :)

Tru, do you know if "Monuments Men" on Netflix is available on streaming, or only DVD? Neither my friend nor I can play DVDs at this time. She has a subscription to the streaming video.

BTW, interesting info at the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art

Someone put a magazine called "Reminisce" in our laundry room lounge. I"d never heard of it before, so picked it up to look through. There was a story so funny I had to copy it to share wtih you.

[quote]
CAUGHT IN A SENIOR MOMENT
An eldery lady caught four men in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags, drew her handgun and screamed, "I have a gun and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!" They didn't wait for a second. The men got out and ran like mad.

The rattled woman loaded her shopping bags into the back of her car and got into the driver's seat. She was so shaken she couldn't get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then realized why it wouldn't fit.

A football, a frisbee and two twelve-packs of beer were on the front seat. It wasn't her car.

A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the trunk and drove to the police station.

The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn't stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting being carjacked by an elderly woman with glasses, curly white hair and a large handgun.
[enquote]

LOL!

[Edited by: goldieolds at 9/18/2014 7:57:16 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 11:58:26 PM

Hi all, beautiful weather here today. Would be nice if it kept up for another 2-3 months. :)
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 3:39:31 PM



Life IS Good!

Woke up to light rain falling at 1 AM yesterday morning. It rained for two hours, it stopped for a few hours and began again, more moderately this time. Completed my rounds, then took a 90 min nap. The sky was still dark.

Woke up to rain and played StarCraft: Brood War. Had one of the best battles ever. The Protoss and terran fighting side by side against me w/my Zerg army. Very hard work, yet very entertaining.

Drove to the PO after the rain stopped late morning. Then went to Shaw's for some boneless, skinless, chicken breasts on sale for $1.99 a lb. Lucked out seeing 2 pkgs of 80/20% ground lamb for $1.99 a lb.

Returned home for a low carb lamb burger lunch and saw a fabulous epi of Law & Order: SVU. While investigating a baby's infected w/Aids, the unit uncovers a doctor who claims Aids is not real. That it is a gov't and pharmaceutical conspiracy.

Did see the sun for 10 minutes. Just was not time to enjoy it. Did go out and add some compost to one clump of echinacea to stand it upright. Picked 6 more tomatoes. Storing them in the fridge to make salsa. Will need to be fairly soon.

Civil twilight is 5:58 AM EDT. Night is 7:22 PM.

Sunrise: 6:27 AM. Set: 6:53 PM.

Length of day: 12h 25m. Length of visible light: 13h 23m. Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The temp is 65°. The sun returns.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 3:38:39 PM


Life IS Good!

riverrising, Welcome!

Ten pounds less will make you feel 20 years less. Old hikers adage. Believe it. Good for the knees. Better for the back.

My plan is to take it easy. A fine plan it is.

Temp was down to 36° (2°C) yesterday morning. It did not warm up to 50° (10°C) until 11 AM. Watered the tomatoes and picked 5 of them. Nice, juicy, and firm ones, thanks to the crushed egg shells amended to the soil in May.

Wind was from the north and had a chill to it. The sun sun felt fabulous. The shade did not. Performed further garden maintenance and picked 1/4 cup of blueberries.

Many of the daylilies are browning with the exception of the one transplanted in early May, named radiant greeting. They bloom orange-yellow with a wide red halo and slightly ruffled petals. No longer w/blooms this year, just lush green growth for next spring to flower.

Mowed 25% of the lawn around the highbush bb's. Have the lawn behind the house remaining. The sun is low in the horizon, the lawn is now almost entirely in the shade. In just weeks the sun will never be seen above treeline until April arrives.

Saw an episode of Law & Order: SVU and then one from CSI: Miami. Made some fried rice w/red and orange peppers, onions, mushrooms, julienne carrots and broccoli. Felt the need of a change of veggies w/ribs and chicken cutlets.

Civil twilight is 5:57 AM EDT. Night is 7:24 PM.

Sunrise: 6:26 AM. Set: 6:55 PM.

Length of day: 12h 28m. Length of visible light: 13h 27m. Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The temp is 60° (15°C). There is a 70% chance of rain. It was raining lightly at on and off all day.

Have a wonderful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:51:16 AM

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

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

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

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


Life IS good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:06:42 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 56°, with partly sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 3:58:54 AM

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a tremendous day!

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

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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But again it is proven that Life is Good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 3:42:14 PM



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 73°, in bright sunny skies.

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

Have a wonderful day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 2:01:00 PM


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

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

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

Hope everyone is having a good day. :)
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 4:11:07 PM



Life IS Good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 72°

Have a splendid day!

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