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trugasCA

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

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 12:02:52 PM

I am still hauling things around from front room to bedroom and around the bedroom , trying to place things in point of need. Such as stacks of pillows. Brought the laundry cart and the ironing and sewing baskets out of front room and back to bedroom.

Washed inside of bedroom window and hosed and aqeegied outside of same. No better, it is mostly dirt between where the window is pulled back to accomodate the a/c. Thought l might squeeze in between, but cannot. Space only about 1/8 or 1/16 wide.

So when house keeper comes today, she will have more space to clean in. I did have stacks of things l was sorting thru.

Beyond this housework for me, nothing left to do just now. Enjoy the day.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 4:02:42 AM



Life IS Good!

d/g ,Hey there!

g/o, Best that be can done is to squirt the hose underneath the car. The $10 car wash is far less effective. It does not wash directly underneath, only from the sides.

t/g, The put the mask in full retrospect: protects against field concentrations of all known chemical and biological agents in vapor or aerosol form. It also provides added alpha and beta dust inhalation protection. In case protection is needed. ; )

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by tonight at 8:39 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/ city lights at night) and all the satellites in your area, if seeing them in the country.

Watched some quite recent UFC MMA bouts on their home site and on youtube. Lots of action to gear its viewer for the big card Sat night.

Also on the Main Card on Fox TV are the number 8th & 12th women's MMA warriors who really know how to fight. Have been watching these two gals rise up the ladder for years

It was 21° (-5°C) outside this morning when walking to the Dart. All wet areas from the previous day's melting snow were solid ice. Even many spots on the CT River Hwy had ice (unsanded) to be concerned.

Bought at the mkt were expensive cukes 3/$2, giant leaf lettuce $1.50, limes 3/$1,1 lb of baby spinach $3, broccoli crowns $1.38. 5 bulbs of garlic $1.38 (27.6¢ ea), and cantaloupes $2 a piece.

A partial list of this week's prices at Big Papa's Mkt in Littleton, NH is found here. Click on 'See more.'

Stopped in Rite Aid to see if Heady Topper, a double India Pale Ale brewed by The Alchemist in Waterbury, VT could be ordered. It is unfiltered and contains 8% ABV, with hints of citrus flavors.

Unpasteurized Heady Topper is kept refrigerated by authorized retailers until point of sale. As of October, 2014, it was rated the number one beer in the world by Beer Advocate, and has been described as "a complex web of genius."

Sold only in limited production, it sells out within days or hours of being released. The Alchemist brewery produces 1,800 cases a week of this tremendously sought after ale. THE #1 ale/beer in the entire planet. Heard that a case is a whopping $75. That's $3.13 for a 12 can (bottles are not available.) Will know in less than a week.

Returned home, put the food away and used the 4 tine pitch fork to lift up the dead grass that is over my chive garden. Have a patch 5' x 7 now 2-3" tall', just over the size of a full size bed.

Also began to hand till the soil to plant the dozen and a half garlic cloves that have sprouted over the past week in the house. The soil is way too wet and clumpy. May add lots of humus and manure to the soil that is only $1.62 for a 40 lb bag at WM.

My back muscles ached terribly after using the pitchfork. Not a chance to walk it off. Went into the house to sit in my exec chair and relax the muscles. It was painless w/in the hour.

Hope to strengthen my lower back to be able to do common gardening like in previous years. Last year roots, rocks, and boulders were dug out of the ground w/o any issues.

The temp is 35° (2°C) with the high to be 65° (18°C) w/a 70% chance of rain.

Civil twilight is 5:28 AM EST. Night is 8:03 PM.

Sunrise: 5:59 AM. Set: 7:33 PM.

Length of day: 13h 33m. Length of visible light: 14h 34m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 11:57:23 PM

Hi all. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 11:56:30 AM

The piece I saw on the news about this outbreak of bird flu was re turkeys in MN. They said it doesn't pass to humans, but maybe they were just trying not to alarm people. And I suppose it could mutate. For now, I'm not worrying about it, except for raising the price. The only turkey's I expect to be in contact with are dead ones in the grocery store. I love turkey. Turkey and salmon are my two favorite meats. I don't know if I'll make a whole one any more; it's gotten too hard to deal with. But who knows; that could change.

I get hay fever and other allergies and go through a lot of tissue. I was thrilled a few weeks ago to see a bunch of boxes in the clearance cart at a Lund's store. It was Angel Soft, 165 sheets for 84¢! I bought 8 or 10 boxes. I noticed right away when I first used it that the sheets are smaller than most. But it hasn't mattered now that I've been using it. It should last a while. :)

MS, when you wash your car yourself, how do you clean the underbody? When I go to a car wash I make sure that the wash I get includes the underbody. I want to make sure to get the salt out of there. Lately I've been getting a Groupon type (but a different kind) of deal. I get a punch card for multiple washes for a good price, and it includes underbody wash. There are several locations, and one is not too far from me, near some stores I go to. I used to wash and wax my first car or two myself, but those days are long gone.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 8:55:16 AM

No chemical masks here, only dust masks, don't use even them anymore.
Pollen count is high here. Lots of sneezing going on.

Back to not doing much to write about , now that l have my housekeeper back. I did dust the rocker and all it's rungs. I moved my ugly chair back to the front room. Watching a netflix movie in there. The Detectives with Matthew McConahey and it is weird. Apparently a series.

Using one of the plastic chairs in here now. So won't be buying any more chairs or even futon l was considering.

Guess chicken and all fowl will be high by fall. Due to bird flu. I understand dogs now have flu...what's going on?

Responded to sister's email and haven't heard from her since. Hope she hasn't forgotten how to use computer already.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 4:33:02 AM



Life IS Good!

Keep two chemical masks at the house in case of a catastrophe. Got them in the '80's when world wide attacks peaked. It was a just in case ideal for $20 each Would be a hoot to wear in these wee towns. Ha!

Had a fabulous time completing my rounds a little early yesterday. Early to me is finished by 5 AM, or sooner. See that many are sleeping, as there are few posts at that hour.

Another morning w/temps slightly freezing. This is ideal for the sugar maples to store sugar and build energy for when the temp is above freezing. This area is seeing a splendid maple sugar season w/lots of sugar in the plentiful sap.

Battled (as a Terran) against the Protoss and the Zerg races for several hours playing StarCraft. This is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game for Mac or a pc.

Do love the symphony music and the sharp looking graphics, and big army game play battles. Find it fun and definitely addictive. Just what is needed in the wee hours of the morning.

Went out at 9:30 AM and hand washed my car. It was the first time this spring to rid the salt and sand coating. Living on a gravel road means driving the first mile sees one's vehicle coated with sand.

The car was washed carefully twice. Not too worried about sand, am concerned w/the build up of salt on the paint (and on the frame) spread on the road to melt the ice all winter.

Picking up the bucket of soapy water thru my back out at one point. Don't think the bucket weighs 10 lbs. (4 kg) It is not a nerve or joint pain, but a muscle one across the entire lower back.

Got out the chamois cloth, wet it, squeezed out the water, then dried the car spot free. Decided to take a nap and allow nature to do its healing. This worked great.

Drove to Whitefield and stopped at sever rivers and brooks to take photos' of the high water flowing rapidly from the snow melt. Also got in some good sized ice floes sailing fast down the CT River.

Bought some deli sliced turkey breast for a $1.99 a lb. Spoke up a storm to my pal the meat mgr and to the young female check out gal before leaving for home.

The high of the day was 58° w/ spirited gusts of wind 14 - 16 mph. It was just right to sit in the sun and catch some vitamin D in shorts and a tee.

A better day tomorrow w/ rain due on Fri & Sat, then back to the lovely sun. Large areas have melted on my property. Even the daylillies are growing several inches. No signs of crocus and daffodils yet. They are under more than a foot of snow.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by tonight twice. At at 7:56 and 9:33 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye. In the country one can see all the satellites and the stars in our Milky Way.

Off to Big Papa's Mkt for some light shopping.

The temp is 25° (-4°C) with the high to be 63° (17°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Civil twilight is 5:30 AM EST. Night is 8:02 PM.

Sunrise: 6:01 AM. Set: 7:31 PM.

Length of day: 13h 30m. Length of visible light: 14h 31m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 9:10:43 PM

Yes, I think people can get it or it can mutate. I don't know what good that wearing a mask does as I believe that it can transfer to other things. :(

I noticed today that the turkeys are on sale at the grocery store but these are the ones left over from christmas. There are also a couple of geese that have been hanging around the frozen food section. I still have a frozen turkey that I should cook so I can free up some space in the freezer.

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 10:15:12 AM

UH OH bird flu..l hadn't heard about that. Can't people get that too? isn't that what all the masks in asia were about? Looked it up and we have had 145,000 poultry farm closed ..and nothing on my local news. All they talk about is overseas stuff. Since February the virus has been found in CA.

I am not fond of turkey anyway. Only have it on Thanksgiving as tradition.
I have a prime rib ready to cook today. Small for just me. No more a special occasion treat. I got a good price recently and bought several. This one was $23 and will last me several days. Get tired of casseroles all the time and go for a good meat and potatoes meal. Can't beat prime rib.

Finally threw out the rest of the ham. Tired of it and seldom fix beans anymore.

Easy day yesterday and just housekeeper coming today. First anyone has worked for me in almost 6 months.


[Edited by: trugasCA at 4/15/2015 10:20:53 AM EST]
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 4:10:15 AM



Life IS Good!

Uh oh! Can see a valid reason for turkey's to be high this year. Duck, lasagna, fish, do me well over turkey. If the cost is right.

My rounds went pretty quick even tho extra sleep was rec'd yesterday morning. Feels good to sleep later and complete my posts earlier than usual. Yet come 5 AM fatigue set in and a 90 minute nap was taken.

Got ready to do some errands and began them at 9 AM. Wanted a few baseball schedules from the realtor lady that was rec'd for the past 25 years. She is now retired so none are available in her office, or on my town.

Got an avocado for 99¢ in Shaw's. Just went in for the Monopoly game ticket. Walked around the store 3x, went to put the fruit away in the Dart, then walked the perimeter of the shopping mall 5x. Figure 1 mile was walked.

Visited my orthopedic surgeon at his office. Asked him about jogging and the effects of my weight pounding on the new hip joint. He said pain was to be expected the first few times one jogs after hip replacement surgery.

He suggested Hoka one one new technology running shoes w/50% more cushion for light running on non paved trails. He said the nurses love the padded comfort this brand offers being on their feet for much of their shift.

They sure are pricey at $130 upwards of $170 for a pair of jogging shoes. Wonder if place like Ocean State Job Lot and WM will have lesser cost knock offs out for sale for the summer. Can remember when Crocs first hit the scene in the $50 range, then $10 versions appeared.

Stopped by my Propane Co office to see the bookkeeper and ask to go over my account w/her. They attempted to say my credit was $1.31 less. After a firm negotiation, she added that to my credit.

Made sure she repeated verbally 2x that a refund check was wanted. Then she gave me the same spiel about the 4-6 weeks it takes. Told her after 30 days a 2% a month cost to the company would be charged.

She tried to play this off. Told her that 2% a month is how much the Co would charge me. Wanted to be able to say that in front of the office mgr and the bookkeeper. Hey maybe the 2% will work.

Drove to the CT River and took some photos of the mild ice out in this area. Mind you mild here at the moment. There is ice from 4 to 60 miles (6 to 96 km) away. At any time, pick up truck sizes of floes could come sailing down the river, jamming it up and sending ice and water ¼ mile from its banks.

Visited one of the Town's Selectwomen w/my baseball jacket who does sewing repairs out of her house. She said to come back in a few hours and the zipper would be fixed.

Drove to Whitefield and filled my gas tank. Gas is up to $2.18 a gallon. Still plenty cheap compared to a y/o. A woman at the pump told me how she liked the color blue (streak) my Dart is. Told her it has metal flakes and glistens in the sun.

Stopped at mac's Mkt in that town. My friend had his two days off. The newer meat cutter was asked if a 4 lb pkg of store made hot Italian sausage could be made into a 1 lb pkg for me. Price was an amazing $2.29 a lb.

Returned to the Selectwomen's home. She must have heard me pull in as she came outside w/my jacket. Asked her how much do I owe you. She said "No, No, nothing" Told her, "How about $5 for her time. No No No! Let me give you $3 then. "No, No, No!"

Asked how much to shorten cuffs on heavy blue jeans. She held up her hand and gestured $5. Geesh, what a low, low price. Told her she will be my new seamstress. What a kind heart to accept no money and offer such an incredible low price for hemming.

Returned home to boil farfalle in ther microwave with plenty of homemade bruschetta made w/ evoo, cooked onions, garlic, black olives, thick sliced baby bella, eggplant, and red peppers. Added the hot Italian sausage and had an excellent dinner.

The high temp of the day was 58° (14C). It was nicer in the late morning w/ few clouds. As the day went on many more clouds arrived to make the air feel chilly. It was not a tee shirt afternoon in the great outdoors. Wore the repaired jacket w/its new zipper slide.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by tonight at 8:50 PM. See the ISS w/the naked eye and all the satellites in your area.

The temp is 27° (-3°C) with the high to be 55° (13°C) in clear skies.

Civil twilight is 5:32 AM EST. Night is 8:01 PM.

Sunrise: 6:02 AM. Set: 7:30 PM.

Length of day: 13h 27m. Length of visible light: 14h 28m. Tomorrow will be 2m 57s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 11:16:01 PM

MidnightSun, There are some really beautiful hardy geraniums.

Hope everyone is doing ok and not making any long term plans for turkeys for thanksgiving this year. The bird flu has spread to 22 turkey farms here and MN raises more turkeys than any other state. Also in ND and IA. :(
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 1:08:45 PM

Kathy l am not sure which report you are referring to as they do them almost yearly and l couldn't find this years..but l know that the farmers are saying they are not growing certain crops if any because of the rationing of water to them. That will affect everyone. Prices will shoot up and l know that almonds will be affected. Some crops require more water to grow than others, so shortages will undoubtably occur.

Some of the farmers are selling their water because that brings in more money this year than the crops would.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 4/14/2015 1:10:56 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 12:28:13 PM

Trugas & friends:

T/G: Saw the report @ water reapportionment in CA.; does that program affect you?

M/S: I am going to check out the Cuisinart GreenGourmet:

I agree w/Dirt Girl; I wish I could import you here to AZ to "liven up my landscape"!

Easy day today w/only 1 errands & picking up a few groceries. I could definitely get used to this "retirement" lifestyle! I'm looking forward to June 2nd, my last day of work, and seeing Kenny Chesney on 4/29.

I signed the contract for our lower level A/C and Heating system yesterday. It will be installed on 4/28, just in time for our higher temps. I love the idea of a 2 stage system. On days below 88 degrees, it will come on to cool, but on higher demand days the 2nd stage will kick up, so I am ready for the 100 degree temps, but hope to keep them at bay a little longer.

Another topic, & not certain if I posted this info On "Life is Good", but both of my parents passed away last year; great life (63 yr together)...

We are going back to northern Louisiana (more Bible belt & 4.5 hr. from New Orleans) to get the house ready for sale. My mother had a green thumb, and had beautiful flowers, and my father grew fantastic tomatoes, so I love fresh vegetables.We decided to sell it "as it", so another loving couple can make memories there. Trip will definitely be bittersweet....:( and :).

Enjoy your day!

p.s.
I found a farmer's market @ 20 min. away, and think it closes in April, so I'm going there this Friday before it closes to enjoy the fresh veggies!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:30:19 AM

I mentioned before l moved here they put in a million and a half dollars in landscaping here. The mower and blower have devastated it. But most of it goes into impressing people up in front and around the office area. Little has been done back here since the plants were put in except cut down the pretty stuff and leave the rest/

Thanks dirtgirl it was more than just me. But l did save a lot of the pretty plants and now am replanting them..Butterfly Gaurda and l did get someone to remove the ugly prarie grass and replaced them with rosemary which can be beautiful.

Now l am going to get started in my veggie area of my (patio), Yard. I have some heavy work to do...oh my son may come Mothers day..maybe l will let him put all the dirt in the half barrel l emptied to move it. Or maybe l will go ahead and get it done. My back already hurts so....................................LOL.

I should continue indoors tho as the new previous housekeeper returns tomorrow. She will be shocked to see my crowded bedroom now that l have moved my computer and related tables and my recliner back here. But l can clean my own bedroom and let her do the rest of the apt. Maybe.

This room has a higher window, but l see the maroon leafed tree across the way, and my flowering maple with lovely pink blooms. If l stand or when l stand, l also see over the a/c my crepe myrtle and the camellia. l like the sun coming in, in a few minutes it will be above the neighboring apt house. Mostly l love the quiet. I can hear cars come and go in the parking lot and sometimes a person will talk to someone, but not annoyingly, and the peace and quiet is so much appreciated back here, that l don't mind the crowdedness. If l tire of it l can always take my recliner back to the frontroom. Right now l sit in my rocker to watch netflix in there, and often that is around dinner time and l have to close the shades against the sun anyway, so that works fine. I will be in the main cooled room during the heat of summer.

I am planning a pot luck to celebrate 2 birthdays of April on the 24th. I am having meatballs and l plan on making pineapple upside down cakes. Two because there will be at least 12 and maybe up to 20 people coming. It worked so well at the last get together here when l had chicken and salads, and we all ate outside that l plan to set up a table in here frontroom, and use the buffet again and out the door to eat. Easy smeashy. They all bring a chair and this time a dish l hope.



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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 4:49:49 AM

Life is extremely good, if I can just keep my bums of in laws out of my house.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 3:43:40 AM



Life IS Good!

The many chefs I've talked to in In and upscale restaurants say to season all the s.s. pans. Saves lots of scouring. Love the ceramic coated pans. The no-stick Teflon life coatings will be banned soon as it contains PFOA.
Number 1 WINNER + Best Overall ceramic pan is the Cuisinart GreenGourmet.

t/g, Do like the grounds really need some top quality landscaping. Perhaps the mgmt does not do it so their tenants can think of the possibilities.

Early morning yesterday saw a low of 25°. The puddles from the roof and driveway melt were solid ice at 9 AM as the temp began to rise quite rapidly. Changed into shorts and a tee at 10 AM.

Took a liter of water in a Nalgene canteen bottle and headed up the mtn road. Got a ½ mile and my back began to kill me. It was muscle pain across the entire lower back. Stopped to look at the White Mtns seen in the Kilkenny Range of Lancaster NH for some minutes, then decided to return to my property.

The road is still soaked with melt water from the banks beside the road. The frost is still in the ground. If a car or truck drove by, it would soak me in muddy water. Did get in some elevation gain and a mile.

Went in the house and put on my back support. Then went outdoors to observe spring. A flock of geese returned from their stay down south, a few crows cawed, and some flies, big honking ones, were buzzing in the air.

Added some drops of vegetable oil to the puddles around my house and on the driveway. Saw black fly larvae squirming about. Want that population as low as possible when they hatch and become hungry in 1 month.

My 15 high bush blueberries saw that beautiful alizarin crimson color w/ buds growing. Also noticed the various maples are now crimson w/buds growing as well as on several bushes on the sides of the roads.

The temp reached 72° (22°C) yesterday in perfect blue skies w/ no clouds seen. Added a fresh bar of Irish Spring wrapped around twine on each of the high bush blueberry plants. The odor of that soap should keep the deer from chewing on the plants like they did 2 years ago.

The Rhododendron bush is very happy this spring. It recovered from a deer feast 3 y/a and has filled in beautifully. It leaves are now nicely horizontal. They fold down like a rocket during the deep freeze.

Sat on a nice flat boulder behind the new wild flower garden that was created last summer. Those perennials are like many of the ferns here. They lay flat under the snow, remain green, and just continue growing when the snow melts.

Very happy that those weeks spent digging out rocks, boulders, and roots last June were worth my effort. Also have a new oval 2' x 4' area that will need new perennials this spring. Thinking of planting violet cranesbill along with a colorful mix of blue and white hearty perennial geraniums.

The mom and pop family biz Sullivan's Greenhouse aka Life Everlasting Farm will open for the season by Mother's Day. Growing season begins in just over one month.

The temp is 50° (10°C) with the high to be 62° (17°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Civil twilight is 5:34 AM EST. Night is 6:59 PM.

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

Length of day: 13h 24m. Length of visible light: 14h 25m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 10:33:08 PM

trugas, You are a gardening diva. :)

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 8:30:47 PM

Stopping by just to say "HI"!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 10:46:38 AM

ooops - sorry, mistaken post.

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 10:15:49 AM

No Midnight the owner/manager or whoever does not want any planting anywhere. They do pay for some flowers at the entrance where the sign is but never back here. We don't even get ground cover, but l, while looking for dirt to cover the clay and hoses found some shredded trees and liberated some to cover our bare spots. Picture to follow..
ground cover

It is coming along. Another gardener offered us some tall pineapple sage and we refused. Sticking very close to what is already planted and acceptable and soon as the Butterfly Gaurda grows and fills in , it will be enough l think for our area. Unlike some who plant never quit and put all kinds of flowers but also have to water daily. That negates the entire idea of drought tolerant planting. They cannot stand an empty space.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 10:07:59 AM

Hi everybody.

Tru, it would seem that flowers planted by residents or management benefit everybody. I would think that if residents want to plant flowers at their own expense and labor, that management benefits, too. When they show to new prospective tenants, it looks better with more flowers.

Midnight, the instructions for my "new" Cuisenart stainless steel cookware did not say to season it, so I didn't. There are different kinds of SS, with different alloy combinations and I think it also has to do with the polish. I don't know if that has to do with whether seasoning is recommended or not, but it would seem that it could. My Cuisenart pots and pans don't always need soaking, but sometimes it helps. Also rub a bit of Barkeeper Friends on it. Not a big deal. Sometimes it's just to correct the discoloration. I don't do it every time.

Sometimes I use All Free (no perfume) but usually I use plant based cleaning products as much as possible, including laundry soap. I use Oxy powder to boost laundry cleaning power. My favorite dish liquid is Earth Friendly Dishmate Natural Almond. It comes in other scents, but I love the almond scent. It is not perfume, but natural. I also like Seventh Generation, Citra and Biokleen products and a few others.

We're lucky to have so many options nowadays!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 5:00:10 AM



Life IS Good!

Good to talk about the landscaping. Nice of the mgrs to allow some of the plants. Will "They" buy flowers and have the gardener plant them?

g/o All pans especially s.s. need to be seasoned. The worse are those thick cast iron pans. Season them on every use.
No BB and B's in this area. Can't smell the mothballs. The squirrel does and has not returned to the attic. Have never purchased an orchid. Cal is loaded w/them. Also poinsettias and poppy's. All detergents that were checked out have a tad of perfume in them. Like Tide because it cleans the best. All is fabulous as well.

Had a fabulous time watching some favorite TV Shows on Netflix yesterday morning: Lost, Sons of Anarchy, Everyone loves Raymond, The Walking Dead, Start Trek: TNG, and the Twilight Zone.

Took a pleasant drive to Littleton to get a zipper repair kit at the local WM. They did not carry one. passed on driving another 20 miles to the WM superstore in Woodsville, NH.

Will ask a local person to replace the broken zipper slide on my baseball jacket. Did receive an email confirming my new jackets had been shipped out via FedEx on Saturday.

Got the snow thrower and made a path to my outdoor water pitcher pump. (Have the green one.) The -30° temp for weeks this winter froze the top of the well head water and the expanding ice popped the pitcher pump off the top of the contamination seal.

Also wanted to get to my first garden, then newly chicken wire w/ bird netting. The Chicken wire roll is behind the 10' x 10' garden buried in the snow and ice.

Also made a path to the first bare ground area. It is about 12' x 16'. Looking forward to placing a chair there that is the sun, reading, and getting a tan.

The snow is as deep as 2 feet where the snow thrower discharged it onto the lawn during the winter. Lots of melting on this day w/a high temp of 64° (17°C), blue skies, no clouds, and full sun. The sun now remains above the tops of the trees, at about the 11 o'clock position at high noon and most of the day.

Also used the snowthrower to clear a circle around the pitcher pump to be able to work w/o being in deep snow. Loosened the cover reset it, and use strong carriage bolts to secure the hand pump to the well cover.

Made a path thru the snow to the shed. In case my bike is desired for a ride, or if something is needed. Worked for 2.5 hours completing the aforementioned tasks.

Saw the squirrel on a branch 30' away from the house. He stared at me and my words to him were stern. Will not begin the varmint repairs until the chicken wire can be retrieved then added on top. Seems like the moth balls work magnificently as it is completely quiet in the attic night and day.

My neighbor to the north walked up the mtn road late afternoon for his health. Greeted him and chatted for a good visit of 30 minutes. Have a small jump start on my tan this summer.

The temp is 28° (-2°C) with the high to be 68° (20°C).

Civil twilight is 5:36 AM EST. Night is 6:58 PM.

Sunrise: 6:06 AM. Set: 7:28 PM.

Length of day: 13h 21m. Length of visible light: 14h 22m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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Yes Goldie, same one bench, we moved it to get a little further away from the entrance to that talkative lady. People may want to sit and just enjoy, not listen to her . But
not far. Tho maintenance walked by when l was planting and said he would unlock the chain if we needed to move it further. And he would help if l needed it. General census of majority is leave it and try it out there. Yes that apt with the white bamboo shade to protect me from heat of afternoon sun, is my apt.

It is a work in progress as we do a little at a time and add a little to the area. Need more dirt now to level and cover the running hoses. To prevent tripping.

My opinion on tide is that the regular makes me cough and sneeze, so l went to scent free white bottle and am fine now.

Midnight we have had ongoing meetings about the gardens and the community shared areas and the needs and our planting flowers and such ever since l moved here. Each manager has different opinions and the basic rule tho is "NO planting of anything in common areas" That includes the front borders of our apts. We do it on the sly, they of course know it and some make us take them out and some say no pots and some say go ahead.

Kathy l like that idea, keep moving the bench. She the manager does check on it as she made a table alongside be removed. Yet in another area they are allowed to keep big boxes full of dirt to plant in.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 6:56:38 AM

Hi all.

Tru, that's the same new bench, not a 2nd new one, right? It looks nice with the stones and flowers. And lots of pretty flowers in the yards of surrounding units. Is yours the unit with the big white shade? We've had that problem (weed-whacked flowers), too, when in the past flowers were planted behind the garage, and they'd get whacked or mowed down. I wish we could have some climbing plants back there that would grow tall enough to climb up the chain link fence that's on top of the garage.

Kathy, nice to hear from you again. AZ has always appealed to me. I've only been there when we stopped on the way driving from MN to CA when I was a kid. I remember it was 102º in the shade at 7 pm. I've wanted to go visit there in more recent years, but don't know if, how or when it would work out. Some friends from here moved out there and I thought maybe I could go visit and stay with them. But we've lost touch. Too bad, for multiple reasons.

MS, thank you. I don't like the idea of having to season pans, esp. if it has to be repeated. Giving my stainless steel pans a soak and maybe rubbing a little Barkeepers Friends on them, when needed, is not a big deal. It makes me happy when I'm washing them to see how shiny and pretty they are. But I'll give the ceramic a chance, esp. for eggs. However, I often only make one egg at a time, and 8" is kind of large for that. Maybe it won't matter. I'm not particularly fond of the color green, but so be it. I liked how nice and accommodating the staff of Bed, Bath and Beyond have been, so far. And that they accepted really old, expired coupons. An incentive.

I hope the fumes from the mothballs cannot drift into your living area. They are toxic and breathing them on a regular basis would not be healthy for you.

I bought myself a present the other day: a pretty little orchid plant from Trader Joe's. They cost less there than at other stores. I've not had good luck with orchids, so hope this one does better. Any tips? I haven't taken the cellophane off of it yet. I suppose that would help. ;)

I can't stand the perfume fumes from Tide. It is one of the worst in that respect. I suppose the "Free" would be ok, but people in my building use the stinky one, and that perfume lingers. Chemicals like that make me sick, so I can't even be in the laundry room while they're using it. Or immediately after. And it clings to the washers, so I have to smell the inside of the machines to find the ones that don't smell, b/c I don't want the residue getting onto my things. Yeah, I know, I'm weird. ;)

If anyone is interested, "The Blind Side" is going to be on TNT Sunday night.
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Life is absolutely precious.
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Life IS Good!

k/b, The Tide sale is a nat'l one offered by companies owned by SuperValu. Love their sale prices.

t/g, Have a tenant meeting to get suggestions for landscaping. The give it to the mgr. Flowers are happy. Grass clumps are not.

Had a jolly time battling two other races in a fabulous war of attrition playing StarCraft w/the two other sides enjoying a melee on me. Like it was a marathon chess game, my ground was held firm while inching ever so slowly on my enemies to defeat their combined tactics.

Somehow got hung up surfing and shopping at Fanatic's great sports gear and also at Majestic's famous athletic clothes. In the end two spring home team jackets and a red pull over were purchased. Will root for my home team w/new apparel.

Went to the recycling center late morning and spoke to the attendant. He is the fellow that installed 3, 4, and 5 taps to the sugar maple trees on the other side of the loop road.

These tree were planted when the town's founding family arrived and built the first two homes here and cleared several hundred acres w/oxen to grow hay for the cows and have good land for crops.

That family was the original builders of the 4 story farmhouse and matching barn. The original house has been razed, the barn remains.

He said there was little sap the past few weeks. Just in the past few days has the sap been flowing abundantly. He said the sugar content is 3.2%. This is nice and high w/less time needed to boil the water out.

Stopped at the P.O. Had two first class letter returned to sender. Just ads from a doc and from my credit union. Figure it costs them nearly 49¢ w/printing and postage. To get them back is sending them a message.

Wondered 4x around our 32,000 sq ft sales floor of Shaw's for exercise. The store mgr, originally a store mgr of Shaw's on Commonwealth Ave, Boston. That has a 50,000 square ft store.

He enjoys the peace and quiet of country living in Lancaster and the far slower pace of life. We spoke of baseball for a good long while. The Lancaster, NH store is 32,000 sq ft of sales floor.

Bought 3 bananas that are 29¢ this w/e only. Passed on the 88¢ 2 liter coke products. Did buy another cod fish for a low $4.99 and two Reese's peanut butter cups for 88¢ each plus one receives 1 Monopoly game piece for each sale item. Won a whopping two free game tix. My 4th or 5th time.

A day of solid overcast w/sprinkles on and off and some snowflakes falling to the ground. No accumulation. The wind was intense w/gusts that were 13.0 mph (21 km/h) on Wunderground.com.

The wind gusts had to be much stronger than that as the house made some snaps a couple of times. Sunday and Monday will be super spring day in the mtns w/temps in the 60's (up to 19°C) and plenty of sun.

The temp is 29° (-2°C) with the high to be 58° (14°C).

Civil twilight is 5:37 AM EST. Night is 6:57 PM.

Sunrise: 6:08 AM. Set: 7:26 PM.

Length of day: 13h 18m. Length of visible light: 14h 19m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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MidnightSun, My guess is a lot of the newbies won't last as long as some of the original members.

trugas, If you move the bench often enough, the management won't remember where they originally put it. lol

kathybye, Sounds like the lunch with the girls was fun. I use Tide Free powder because I just don't care for the smell of detergent.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 1:41:22 PM

It sounds as if everyone is enjoying the Spring weather, and getting ready w/planting flowers, and making gardens.

MS: A 100 oz jug of Tide, any kind, was also on sale for just $8.99 is great; my fav detergent as well. I do use the pods now w/no dye, as I'm super sensitive w/clothing.
Hubby likes liquid, so I buy for him.
Trugas: viewed the bench area; looks great!
G/O: I like to use saute pans as well.

Here's what's up with me:

Beautiful day in AZ., currently 72 degrees @ 10:15am.
I enjoyed a lunch Friday @ a famous Inn (Hermosa) here in Paradise Valley (ritzy area where $M home are built in the mountain). However, people come to this restaurant (& small casitas for stays) for the beautiful scenery and quiet lunches/dinners. The ladies I lunched with (former SLPS like me) do not like pics on FB, so I took pics of the grounds (w/exception) of casitas, because they are private.

I may post on FB this weekend. This would be a great place for a wedding, but I'm thinking of asking hubby to take me here for my next birthday in October, or his birthday in February.

No plans but 1 errand today.. Yahoo! Enjoy your beautiful day, and hopefully "quiet/ or fun time, whatever your plans may be."

[Edited by: kathybye at 4/11/2015 1:42:18 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 11:00:14 AM

new bench

We pulled out a whole lot of clumps of just grass in first photo, to put a pathway to moved bench, now facing the crossroads rather than at an apt.
I am not sure l will leave that way. I may put the Butterfly Gaurda in and mark the spot with a tile to keep the guy from weed eating it down. He took out all the mexican poppies growing in front of the first picture. I expect Pam the manager to do something but what? after all there are other people planting all kinds of things in other areas.

Life is Good when most of us tenants get along. A fellow sitting on the bench was harangued by her, mis pesty, constantly as he sat, so he got up and walked around to the other side of the tree to get away from her constant narration of her ills.
One of the dogs had a seizure and of course mis nosy had to run right over and l asked her to stay back and she pushed her walker to nearly his head, but l stepped in front of her to stop that. No more nice guy Me.

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Life IS Good!

d/g, Am happy to have the net and phone back uninterrupted. Best the phone line is up and away from the bath the snow and ice gave it for decades. Do expect trouble free service.

g/o, OrGREENiC Needs to be seasoned 2x a year. Sometimes three if overheated. Works fabulous to me. Often cook in evoo. Many peeps do not know how to season a pan. Even tho the pan comes w/instr how to. Have seen those idiots show photos of a dry burnt pan on the net. Yes, idiots.

t/g, God gave her a real pain in the neck. Adds spice to life. Am a firm believer in Karma.

Purists who took 20 years to get 4 mil pts do not like that the newbies will catch up faster.

My phone and internet are working fabulously. Drove to WM early yesterday, just after 6 AM, to buy a 14 oz box of moth balls. Stopped in Shaw's for their w/e only special sale of wild caught cod for only $4.99 a lb.

A 100 oz jug of Tide, any kind, was also on sale for just $8.99, this w/e only. Bought three of them to earn 3 extra Monopoly game tix. Am fond of Tide, my detergent of choice.

Returned home, set up the step ladder in front the of bathroom door, opened the box of moth balls, up the ladder to open the access panel w/a flashlight in hand. Did not see the creature.

It could be buried in the 20 inches of fiberglass insulation. Tossed moth balls all around and shut the ceiling panel. Research on the net for weeks says those varmints will not touch poison and seldom will enter a trap.

Moth ball are touted to be a humane way to overcome their paradise w/a odor that is highly offensive to them. Have prepared matching color asphalt shingles, ½ plywood with the tools needed.

The chicken wire is buried in deep snow behind my first garden that is fenced and has bird netting on the top and sides. My take a few weeks to be able to get at the chicken wire. The snow was fairly gentle w/the netting, stretching it only an extra foot in the middle.

Pesky prep day and the rain prevented a walk up the mountain and the wet muddy road is far from idea to drive on, let alone walk. More super warm spring days on Sun/Monday w/ temps in the low to mid 60's (16-19C). That plus the wind w/help dry the road rapidly.

The temp is 37° (3°C) with the high to be 46° (8°C).

Civil twilight is 5:39 AM EST. Night is 6:55 PM.

Sunrise: 6:09 AM. Set: 7:25 PM.

Length of day: 13h 15m. Length of visible light: 14h 16m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 9:25:21 PM

MidnightSun, I've noticed that drilling through walls is what the phone company does these days for new lines or repairs. Don't think there is anyone left in the phone company that can run a wire inside. I too have had experience with phone company repair people who are just average. :(

trugas, That's funny that she's wearing a neck brace for cataract surgery. :) I think it's great that we're getting more points or at least they're evening the playing field somewhat. It's amazing how many people didn't even read the last line on the main page of the news story. lol

goldieolds, Cold today, warmer tomorrow. :)

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:24:44 AM

Midnight, did you season your Orgreenic pan? If so, do you have to repeat it? I ordered one but now see it's gotten a lot of bad reviews. I ordered it when I was in the store. They didn't have the size I wanted, so they looked it up and ordered online. It will be sent to me with no shipping charge. I also had a coupon for 20% off. It was very expired, about 2 years old and they accepted it. I ordered the 8" size for eggs, but I wonder if it is too big for just one egg. I've used a 7.5" in the past.

I also brought back one of the pans from my Cuisenart stainless steel set that came with a flawed bottom. They exchanged it out, no problem. I've had the set for a while now, but had not used this pan yet. Been carrying it around in my car. ;) I look forward to having that size now, the 3 qt. saute pan - it looks like a high sided fry pan, ie, wider and flatter than a 3 qt. sauce pan.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:17:02 AM

I won't even think about being kinder to that lady. She has everyone granting her every wish. Free a/c a guy gave her, l gave her a walker, a fan, etc. She has people doing things for her three four times a day and they are starting to feel used. She came out with a neck brace yesterday, l was told she had cataract surgery, guess that hurt her neck or more likely the neck brace is an obvious thing to get people to ask and then she can tell them all about her cataract surgery as if no one else in the world ever has had it.

Have to leave early to go to eye dr. Hoping to get new computer glasses. I have to keep enlarging the print here.

Isn't it great to get 100 points now for posting?
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:00:19 AM



Life IS Good!

Our first traditional mowing in on Memorial Day w/e. The ground is usually dry and firm by then. Mud Season just before then.

As always misery enjoys company. Share a random act of kindness and some laughs. They overpower misery.

It took one day for the repairman to arrive, then about an hour to get the phone working again. The repair man from the phone company arrived at 3PM yesterday. Just what was in my thoughts occurred.

The fellow ran a new line up to the second floor, drilled a hole thru the wall and run the line to a new jack on the second floor.

The outside jack that connects to the first floor of the house is buried in snow and ice ice several feet thick. It has a short. Will deal w/the connection on the first floor at another time.

Plan to run a line from the new jack to the original wiring coming up from the first floor and seeing if eliminating the original outside wiring that is shorted will work. The fellow phoned when he left to see that the line worked properly.

He read w/interest the 3 other repair reports in the past year. Many were vague, especially the last one where both inside jacks were changed for free. The company will charge me $120 for the new installation. Am way ahead of the game, still.

Drove to Littleton at 7 AM to shop for a few items at Big Papa's. Bought were 1 lb pf strawberries $1.74 ea, broccoli crowns $1.38, giant 4.5 lb cantaloupes $2 ea, cukes 40¢ ea, red onions, 88¢ a lb, baby bella $2.25, and huge leaf lettuce heads $1.38.

Passed on 3 lbs of carrots for $2. usually there are 5 lbs for $2.50. More of this weeks prices can be found at Big Papa's Facebook page. Click on "see more."

Shopped at WM. Many of the food items wanted were not on the shelves yet. See their prices increased in the 10% range from 1 week ago. The veteran workers are somewhat unhappy that newbies rec'd a raise. The veteran worked for years to earn theirs.

Mentioned to the check out gal items were out of stock and the prices were increased, probably due to the raises to the newbies. She said, "Don't get me started." Laughed as this is my usual que to start the dissent. Did let it go.

The temp is 38° (3°C) with the high to be 53° (12°C). A little rain now. Lots of rain later.

Civil twilight is 5:41 AM EST. Night is 6:54 PM.

Sunrise: 6:11 AM. Set: 7:24 PM.

Length of day: 13h 12m. Length of visible light: 14h 12m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 7:15:18 PM

trugas, Sounds like she is lonely. Maybe there is a church in the area that has folks that drop in on people and keep them company. I think there are some exercises you can do for your hands that will help with the writing. :)

MidnightSun, Thanks for the info on the Murray. More white stuff falling here so probably won't need to mow for a while. ::sigh::

goldieolds, Good to know that micro center has knowledgable people.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 10:13:01 AM

Tru, ear buds don't work too good for me, either. They tend to fall out. I prefer headphones that go over my head and cover my ears. Not sure if they make them for cell phones or if you can use the same ones or ??

Is there a Micro Center near you? They have good prices and my experience is that they have sales people who actually know something. If one doesn't know what you need to know, chances are another one does. Maybe you can call their 800 number and ask questions, and order over phone or online. Just a thought. Or maybe you don't need any more advice b/c you have what you need. But Micro Center is still a good resource to know about.

They also have good low cost specials on electronic type sundries, such as CD sleeves, LED flashlights, cords, and much more. I bought my first computer from them (the only one I've bought.) And a printer, etc.

Micro Center

This probably doesn't have anything to do with your neighbor, but the handwriting you described reminded me of an old friend. He was left handed and never learned how to write properly. Growing up in segregated schools with teachers who didn't expect much probably had something to do with it. He was very, very bright, read extensively and wrote about his ideas. It looked terrible. He also never really learned grammar or spelling. Had a learning disorder, I think, before such a thing was known and understood. But when he had someone type up his writing, editing it for grammar and spelling, it could have been written by a college grad student.



[Edited by: goldieolds at 4/9/2015 10:22:47 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 9:54:39 AM

Yes l know handwriting deteriorates with age. Mine has. Sometimes l have a hard time reading my own notes. specially if l am in a hurry when l write. But l haven't gone back to first grade yet with it going from big to little to big and all over the page ...yet. And l am a heck of a lot older , so farther along than most of the people here. The ones my age and even younger, are going into homes or dying. Leaving one 92 year old and me and a couple of them that are house bound and l never see out.

I understand that some have palsy etc, but that is not what it was. That is shaky letters. This wasn't , just looked like a child learning to write.

Anyway l wish l could go out the door without her running out to meet me for attention. I am sorry she is miserable, but why does she have to share that ? LOL. I already have a nice lady friend who is actually clinically depressed. I have her on the phone for at least an hour everytime l call about the lunch bunch or things. I can handle that, but one is my limit. Ihave my own health and well being to take care of too. It is getting more and more difficult for me to be positive about life with these people hand feeding me all their problems daily.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 4/9/2015 9:57:34 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 4:21:54 AM



Life IS Good!

d/g, The Ariens snow thower Sno Thro is excellent. Have a Murray lawnmower w.the big wheels on the back. My first Murray and it too is superb. Only if it starts at the end of May. ; )

g/o, Do enjoy all of those. Soon the snow will be gone and nature enjoyed to the fullest.

k/b Would be nice to have a new A/C that uses less electricity. Hope that can happen.

t/g, The woman wants company and entertainment. You could hang a sign on the pest's door "Mice Wanted. Free Food!"

Had telephone problems late morning yesterday. Went to make a phone call and the line is dead. Not even static. Had that problem, just a few months ago. Then this time there is internet issues.

Modem continuously resets and when it connects the sites either time out or the pages just load up w/nothing seen w/the dialog box "This webpage is not available." Gosh, not again.

Driver to a neighbor's on the road to call the phone co. The lady said it would be corrected by 6 PM today. Modem still resets w/no internet at times.

Prepped the large oval 6 qt crockpot w/ heated asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans, and two ounces of water for steam. Added the well trimmed pork southern style ribs and began the slow cooking process.

Did plan to take a walk up the mountain, then decided to go to town to phone the telephone (Fairpoint Comm) co and do some errands while out. Drove to Whitefield and got some fine very lean southern spareribs. Plus at $1.99 a lb on sale, they were just to good looking to pass up.

Bought a few cans of pit-less black olives on sale for $1.19. Just a few months ago they were 98¢ a can at WM, now marked up to $1.42. Saw gas increased 3¢ to 2.13 a gallon. Still have a very full tank.

Stopped at the PO for my mail. Have been "returning to sender" all First Class presorted mail that is pure spam. Am Registered with the "Telephone Preference Service" the key is to get your name off the telemarketer mailing lists.

Had some spare ribs w/ the veggies for lunch. Like mine with BBQ sauce. Added some broccoli florets 40 minutes before the crock pot was turned off. Desert was a of blueberry pie w/Friendly's strawberry ice cream.

The bottom line is in 3-5 days the telephone co said they will be able to service my line. If by chance there are no or limited posts for a few days, Then my internet service is unusable. Will get credit for each day of non-service.

Off to the market to get just a couple of items, then shop at some of the stores in Littleton.

Have several inches of new snow on the window boxes. It is snowing. 2-3" is expected.

The temp is 27° (-3°C) with the high to be 41° (5°C).

Civil twilight is 5:43 AM EST. Night is 6:53 PM.

Sunrise: 6:13 AM. Set: 7:23 PM.

Length of day: 13h 09m. Length of visible light: 14h 09m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:13:24 AM

MidnightSun, You mentioned that you have an Ariens snow blower. Do you also have an Ariens mower? If so, do you like it? Hope the snow ends for you soon.

goldieolds, That is too much work for your friend to do right after getting out of the hospital. Glad her son is taking it over. As far as the easter basket, chocolate anything is always welcome in this house.

trugas, Too bad that your sister wasn't able to hear you well. I know several older people whose handwriting has gotten considerably worse over the years. I suspect it's due to either lack of writing or some muscle coordination thing.

kathybye, It is nice to have neighbors that care and look out for you. Some people would say that they are nosey but it's nice to have neighbors that are aware of what is going on in the neighborhood.

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 8:25:39 PM

Hi, All!
The earbuds sound great, Trugas. Midnight Sun,, the Picture of the snow is lovely!

Goldieolds, my son hasnt lived here in years, so it's nice to see him occasionally. :)

Dirtgirl, it IS nice to have neighbors that care about you!

Hubby is leaving tomorrow, so I will be alone for awhile, but that is when I get filing paperwork, seeing friends, and just "chilling" and catch up on Netflix or old movies.

Really the only news is we are now in need of replacing our lower level A/C unit. The house is orginally 22 yoa, so we've had unit almost 18 yr in Aug., and serviced it until it bit the dust. New unit hefty price, but we'll have a thermostat we can easily program, and maybe, just maybe, our electric bill will not be as high.

Actually, I just remembered, our local utility (2 in AZ), SRP is raising rates gradually, May through October, so people can afford to turn their A/C on.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:56 AM

I went to Best Buy with name and model # from online written down. It was a $19.99 NONDAL amplifier on sale now for $12.99. I walked to a wall of ear buds and asked for help as there are so many. The girl had no idea where to look and went around a corner to find an on sale item. Couldn't , but l brought the model # and all so l found it myself, only she used her little fancy price checker and it showed it was $19.99, so she agreed to give it to me for the online price. When she rang it up it automatically registered the sale price. So anyhoo, l got it home and hooked it up and called my sister to visit with all my hours and she and l both hooked up so we can hear...great huh?

NOPE. She answered the phone and couldn't hear me at all. I think l woke her up at noon.'She kept answering and not able to hear me, tho my end worked. Finally l called on her son's phone which he handed to her and she could hear a bit better, and l asked her "why do you answer the phone when you cannot hear?" She answered she couldn't find the ear buds and she figured she could pick up the callers #, which she couldn't and so it is all a waste of time and money. She won't ever be able to hear me so all l get is a sore throat from yelling.

The ear buds fall out of my ears,hers too, they enclose some pads l don't know yet which size l need to use. Everything is so small, and delicate, they won't last long. But good idea. MDHPEBP1-A is model # of Mondal ear buds. She won't keep hers with her phone, so it is all useless to her.

We had HAIL yesterday and it was cold. Finally, now that it is spring, winter has arrived. Maybe earth has changed it's seasons completely.

Life is good tho crowded still here in my back room away from all the nutty people and traffic l saw out of the picture window. Still l went out to get my mail and here she came(the pest) and asked me to do her a favor. She started in on the long details of why and l cut her off, saying "IT is cold". Took the letters she wanted mailed and went off to mail room. I couldn't help but notice the address line of the envelope. Looked like a child who was just learning to write. Big letters and swaying all over up and down. Crazy. I noticed the stamps were correctly aligned. I just now thought of that...if her handwriting is so unstable, how did she get the stamps so precise? I even have trouble with getting the stamp to line up correctly at times. I truly believe this is woman is faking.

Pest control came...about two weeks after l had a problem. I told the fellow, who was very nice, that l had taken care of it myself. 5 days no more noise. He said that was great because the insulation in our attics is not level and difficult to place the traps. Apparently they use the old snap kind that he would have to come back and empty. So he was happy l lifted the attic entrance and tossed up a baited trap that they have to eat and then die. He did say he put that kind of trap alongside my house and would go to the neighbors when he heard that man throws bread out everyday and bait there. He was very nice.

I have no more mice and so Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 9:33:56 AM

Tru, so glad your sister is now in a good place and that she even likes it. Peace of mind for you, now, in that respect, at least. Sounds like DIL is looking after her, to some degree. That's good, too.

You mentioned once that your son was going to move back to your area. How's that coming? Glad you had such a nice meal with him.

DG, glad you received a nice Easter basket and have nice neighbors that look out for you. :)

Kathy, glad you had such a nice time and meal with your hubby and son, and received flowers. Fun!

Midnight, glad you're enjoying your yummy food, t.v. shows and war games.

My friend D was released from the hospital in time to go to a seder at her son's Friday night. It amazed me, in a good way, after how sick she was when I visited her Thur. night in the hospital. It's the first time she hasn't done it herself at her place. It's so nice that her sons have taken it over now. Both of them cook, and so did DIL. They invited me, but I'd already made other plans. She told me yesterday that right up until she was re-hospitalized, she thought she'd be able to do it again this year. No way she'd have been up to it She still has a lot of recuperating to do, after all she's been through, including open heart surgery. The next day she went to her grandson's 6th b.d. party. Glad she was able to do these things. I think she's doing better, but says she's not feeling well.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:27:21 AM



Life IS Good!

Hey there d.g.!

Glad your sis is in a nice healthy place she likes w/a friend who watches and cares for her.

Still have not opened the ham bought last week. It a ten pounder. Now think corned beef soaked to remove the chemicals is better tasting.

Shined a flashlight on some of the window boxes to see more snow than was expected yesterday morning. First light showed a winter wonderland of 4 to 5" of snow that had fallen on Monday into the new day.

One doesn't need mtns to see the beauty in the country. To me snow on country charm is just as beautiful. That is a bear size Newfoundlander in the photo.

Some Newfoundland dogs have been known to weigh over 200 lbs. The largest Newfoundland on record weighed 260 lbs and measured over 6 feet from nose to tail.

For many years one NH Mtn hiker had his dog Brutus w/him on all the Four thousand footers. Always a joy to see that giant dog on a summit or on the trail. Brutus along w/my dog had completed each of the 48 mtns on the NH list to receive their own patch, scroll, and free membership.

Temps were very mild for early April in my area. The low was only 30 (-1C) as the sun rose over the mtns. It was a beautiful pink on this day turning to a most brilliant orange a few minutes later.

Watched The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, MASH Law & Order: SVU, and the Twilight Zone. Played StarCraft and got lost in the games for a few hours. Then it was time to go out to fire up the Ariens 28" snowblower.

Walked 25 feet from front door to the machine to find when it was reached the w/BBQ sauce added.

Also made farfalle w/hot Italian sausage peppers, onions, mushrooms into a bruschetta w/cooked garlic and the ever present evoo generously poured on top along with 5 Italian shredded cheeses that are melted. It is mouth watering delicious.

The temp is 20° (-7°C) with the high to be 44° (7°C).

Civil twilight is 5:45 AM EST. Night is 6:51 PM.

Sunrise: 6:15 AM. Set: 7:22 PM.

Length of day: 13h 06m. Length of visible light: 14h 06m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 12:19:05 AM

trugas, Let me know what they call the phone thing. Glad your sister is in a nice place and likes it. Now you don't have to worry as much. Nice that you were able to share your dinner with others. :)

Hi MidnightSun. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 8:48:31 AM

I am relieved to know my 86 year old sister is finally in a decent place, and not staying in bug infested dump. She has a lady who has befriended her and takes her places, and sounds like she will thrive. She even feels she will be healthier there.

She had things in storage and sounds like she has all her needs met except a chair or two. Meaning recliner. She still has a TV. So she is fine.

I have a cell phone that is so tiny l cannot hear and speak well over it and it seems there is a $12 unit one can plug into the phone and ear plugs which amplify sound. I must go to Best Buy and get some. Reason is ..I have over 900 hours on the cell, as l seldom use it for long. If l get those then it would become useable.

I gave one person 4 slices of ham, another 3 slices and still have plenty. My son must have taken about a dozen slices. I went back to Raleys for their sale on Prime Rib roasts. Bought 2 more at 2.5 pounds each, and now have three in the freezer. Looking forward to cooking them.

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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 4:45:17 AM

Hi all.

Glad to see that everyone had a nice Easter. I got an easter basket from the neighbor. They like doing stuff like that and it's nice to have neighbors that look out for you. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 4:34:07 AM



Life IS Good!

Best to not see others antics. Have avoided the papers and news for years. Love to think there are no problems out there.

Glad your sis is in an apt that her son can not live in. Sponges will always be around. Like crime will be. Prefer to think about the coming spring and my gardens. Planted a red clematis and wrapped it around a blue one. The thought of them delights me. Even tho there is afoot of snow out there.

Had a splendid morning Monday finishing the battles that began the day before on StarCraft. Find this game just as mentally challenging as chess, yet mentally tiring as one has to give board commands to different groups of your army constantly.

Readied for a pleasant trip to the huge super Wal Mart in Woodsville NH. It was formally the Grafton County seat w/its .9 of a square mile area, and 1,126 population in 2010.

It is a very rural part of the Town of Haverhill, NH. Love to visit it as it is though life has stood still since the 1940's. Have always enjoyed quaint New England towns.

Love taking the CT River Hwy (Rt 135) to Littleton and south on US Rt 302. The route is the most scenic with rural America at its finest on both sides of the Ct River. This drive is 53 miles (85 km) one way. It is about a one hour drive to get there.

Was surprised to see the river having its ice out that area, with fields almost all melted. No geese or ducks were seen. They should return is about 3 weeks. My area has 12-14" of snow remaining.

The finest deals for me at that super Wal Mart is an 8" blueberry pie, 24 oz/ 906 grams for just $3.98. They also sell maple turkey bacon, 12 oz for only $2.28. My local WM carries neither.

Passed on a Subway 6" brekky sub w/coffee for $3, $3.27 w/tax. Visited that towns Shaw's for some asparagus on sale for $1.99 a lb. Wanted a Monopoly game ticket. Rec'd a bonus as the lady in front of me left her 8 tix on purpose on the counter.

Very much enjoyed the peaceful drive home using the cruise control and rubber necking everywhere to look at the area's snow-less hills and fields while dreaming of the coming spring in my area.

Returned home for a homemade chicken carrot, potato, and asparagus lunch w/a ⅙ piece of the blueberry pie topped w/Friendly's strawberry ice cream.

The predicted snow began at 1:30 in the afternoon. It was not those slow flakes gently floating down from the sky. This is the rain type. Snow pours down and accumulate rapidly.

Up to 3" is expected. It is to snow off and on right into Saturday evening. This is typical early April weather in New England and particularly in the northern mtns. It never sticks around.

Listened to the home team play the Phillies in PA via audio stream found and the game day video feature on the MLB.com site. So happy baseball season has begun. Six months of exciting baseball.

Light snow falls. Have 3"on my window boxes.

The temp is 30° (-1°C) with the high to be 44° (7°C).

Civil twilight is 5:47 AM EST. Night is 6:50 PM.

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

Length of day: 13h 03m. Length of visible light: 14h 03m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a wonderful day!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 9:29:40 AM

Crazy lady stayed one night in hospital or ER and is already home so l figure it wasn't much of an emergency. I didn't even know she was gone til l visited another neighbor, now that am back of apt l no longer see all the antics.

Had a lovely dinner with all the trimmings. I even made stuffed mushrooms for dinner . and sister called and she is finally in a senior community in a studio herself. Son can't live there YAY! But he will still nickle and dime her to death. Anyways she has decent living conditions finally.

.Life is Good.

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 4:24:52 AM



Life IS Good!

d/g. Yep there sure was a catch all phrase. "*Limited-time offer available to new residential high-speed Internet customers". Paying $28 a month for 7 Mbps service.

k/b Wonderful your family could get out to as restaurant and they had a costumed EB for the kids.

t/g You are a warrior as well. You like battles?

Enjoyed playing StarCraft after my posts yesterday morning. Really enjoy the non stop action, the astounding graphics, and the magnificent symphony music while battling two other races. Heard a StarCraft III is being tested and will see its release this year.

Took a two hour nap and one that was so needed my eyes were shutting on their own. Woke to the thought of eating a turkey feast a a local hospital that would be way under $5.

Have chicken breasts and legs that needed to be cooked. Finished the last of the corned beef, washed the porcelain oval, added a half cup of water, some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce (lots of HFCS) and turned that baby ion high.

With snow or rain due for two days, took the drive to Whitefield to visit my pal the meat mgr and look for some deals. He had boneless southern style pork ribs on sale for $1.99. He said to return Tuesday morning, the truck will deliver a new supply and he'll cut some better one for me.

Could not pass the store made hot Italian sausage on sale for $1,69 a lb. Also purchased a $6.99 a lb Delmonico steak that cost $6. Got the urge for a meal of prime rib for cheap money.

Did not stop in Shaw's and could have kicked myself. Returned home to fry the Delmonico slowing in a frying pan w/two of the sausage links. Have lots of red potatoes, carrots and asparagus made to complement the steak wonderfully.

Drove to Shaw's late afternoon enjoying the bright sun in blue skies. Bought a half gallon of Friendly's strawberry ice cream on sale, this w/e only for $1.99. Wanted to try my luck in the Monopoly game.

Today sees many home openers and teams challenging them during the warm sunny afternoon and evening. Sure do welcome another 162 games of baseball in the next 6 months.

Snow is due today into Wed evening. An 80% chance of precipitation. 1-3" is expected.

The temp is 21° (-6°C) w/the high to be to be 42° (6°C)

Civil twilight is 5:49 AM EST. Night is 7:49 PM.

Sunrise: 6:18 AM. Set: 7:19 PM.

Length of day: 13h 00m. Length of visible light: 14h 00m. Tomorrow will be 3m 03s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 7:33:00 PM

HAPPY EASTER, Life is Good friends: ( I hope that most of you have a great day, and do not have to deal w/ life's aggravations!)

Hubby and son were able to make it here today, and received beautiful flowers from my son.

We decided to do a brunch, which was fantastic, at my Fav Tex - Mex Grill< Z-Tejas. I was able to make a reservation, so opted to go here where there was a large Easter bunny (in a costume) where the kiddos were able to get pictures).

Hope everyone is having fun and sharing the Easter Blessings with friends and/or family.
Christ is Risen, Alleluia!
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 3:44:13 PM

MidnightSun, The price lock is generally a good deal, just beware of the little asterisk after it and the notation...."*Limited-time offer available to new residential high-speed Internet customers. Price shown applies to 1.5 Mbps Internet service and requires FairPoint phone service and 1-year term commitment. After 48-month promotional period, standard rates apply. Early termination fees and other terms, conditions, taxes and additional charges apply. Additional equipment fees may apply. Speed and uninterrupted service not guaranteed. Internet services may not be available in all areas or at the rates or speeds generally marketed. Services and pricing subject to change. © 2015 FairPoint Communications, Inc. All rights reserved." Note the internet speed limit also. Doesn't hurt to check it out though.

We have a similar deal here with CenturyLink that requires you to subscribe to a higher level of phone service to get the deal so if you have just a basic phone line with no added features, you will see a big jump in price. Still worth it if you consider that if you watch a lot of movies you probably couldn't get a cable connection that cheap. :)

trugas, The flower place was part of the local zoo in St. Paul which still has free admission after 100 years. Of course the rides and the food costs money but parking and entrance to the grounds are still free which I think is a major bonus in these days.

We also have areas in both cities that have Mexican or Hispanic restaurants and also a very large Hmong community in St. Paul along with a there. I haven't been there but I think it's a place that I should put on my list sometime this year.

I think too that you have to avoid the crazy people. Either avoid them or don't talk to them which is harder to do than it sounds. :)

goldieolds, I will have to add MGM to my ever growing list of places to visit at least once. There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to do the things I want to do much less need to do. Speaking of need to do, I have to still file taxes. =:o

Gotta go. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 9:06:36 AM

Goldie it sounds like you have an awful lot more available in your town ..That market especially sounds good.
Then dirtgirl sent a link to a museum, flower place l enjoyed looking thru. Forget the details now but remember nice buildings and such.

Our town is small, and l don't go to San Francisco anymore. Never really cared for going to SF, but it does have interesting places. I went to zoo and Exploratorium, Museum of Fine Arts and just loads of places over the years. One of the latest l enjoyed was when they opened the Presidio to the public.

Yes dirtgirl my neighbor across from me is getting worse everyday. Spoke to the lovely lady who does all the flower planting and is very private -- and she said she gave up trying to sit out there and read. She also like nut one has only a studio, and likes to sit out and just read and let her cat play on his string leash. Gives them both fresh air. She really wanted the bench too. The whole thing is spoiled by one person. For her, for me, and for others.

Well maybe they will keep her this time. Rehab or some such. If she plies them with all her maladies they may realize she needs to be in a home.

I had a row with another crazy living here. I was approaching the laundry room on my scooter, and she opened door and walked in and l said "hold the door" and she slammed it in my face. So l unlocked it and rode in. She mumbled something under her breath, but l just loaded the clothes that l had washed into the dryers and she sat down and said something again ..talking to herself. Then she asked me "Do you have a name?" l said " Everybody has got a name" she said "I'm not everybody" and l said "neither am l " and went across the room and sat down. She came over and gathered some news papers right next to me and threw them away..trying hard to intimidate me. I picked up my book and started reading. She asked me what time it was...I ignored her. Several other comments l ignored then she got up and opened each of 4 washers and slammed them so hard l could imagine they splintered. But l didn't even look up. She was so angry. But l had a rude run in with her before about 2 years back when she asked me a bunch of questions and l was very polite and answered her nicely and then she harummped and stommed off. So l don't need to even respond to her anymore. I used to work at Oakcrest where that type of actions were the norm. It was a place for mental illness. I am no longer intimidated by those types of actions . The ones that get to me are the sweet little constantly needy types.

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