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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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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 1:32:59 AM

MidnightSun, Give the strawberry plants a chance. They might still come.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:02:33 PM

Happy Earth Day!

Too bad every day can't be Earth Day.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 4/22/2014 8:03:19 PM EST]
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 4:01:43 PM



Life IS Good!

trugas, Go to www.Ebay.com, then type in the Oust you exactly want. You'll find lots to buy. Am using a disinfectant spray that kills bacteria in the air. Spray upstairs, head downstairs, spray again and walk out the door. Like opening windows as much as possible. Hope your chair becomes odorless very soon.

Yesterday was Patriots' Day in Mass, Wisconsin, and Patriot's Day in Maine. It is a public holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Mass on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Since 2007 The Boston Marathon has started on Patriots' Day between 9:30 am and 10:00 am, resulting in the racers going through Kenmore Square near Boston's Fenway Park towards the middle of the Red Sox game.

The Boston Red Sox have been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots' Day every year since 1959. They have the earliest baseball game in all of MLB with the game start at 11:05 AM

Over 36,000 runners entered the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Showing that the Boston bombings last year with 264 injured and 3 dead, 1 a child, did not dampen the Spirit of Patriots' Day.

Meb Keflezighi won the Elite Men’s division, becoming the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, finishing in a time of 2:08:37 for the 26.2 mile run.

The winner from the Elite Women’s division was Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, finishing in 2:18:57.
More on Patriot's Day.

Listened to the home team play baseball against the Baltimore Orioles at 11:05 AM via the internet. Went outdoors several times when the visitor's were at bat.The temp climbed to a super 70. Tough 7-6 loss, exciting tho.

Shorts and a t-shirt were worn. See the striped maples buds are opening, the daylilies are growing, some of the perennials are growing, as are the strawberries.

Looks like 3 of the ever bearing strawberry plants did not make it through the extra cold and long winter. Plan on growing green beans. Had very good luck last year. This area is Zone 2. No one plants until Memorial Day w/e.

The temp is 72°F. There is an 70% chance of rain.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 9:56:35 PM

My post timed out so I can't edit it and correct mistakes. Let's see if I can get the broken link to work: There's much good info on their blog about
indoor air pollution

[Edited by: goldieolds at 4/21/2014 9:57:38 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 9:43:16 PM

You are wise to avoid the scented air "fresheners" (ie, polluters). Here's some good information on them from This Green LIfe, which is a blog put out by NRDC (National Resources Defense Council).

For those who may not be familiar with NRDC but who are concerned about the environment in which we live, it is a very, very good organization. It has played a major role in preventing some important environmental missteps, such as the destruction of pristine lands and protection of endangered animals and their habitats, through public education and activism, and also through lobbying and the courts. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is one of their lawyers and Robert Redford is one of their active spokespeople. If you want to know more, I'm sure you can link to their website from their blog.

More info on their blog about L=http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/1311.asp]indoor air pollution, [/L]which is what you, Tru are experiencing. One suggestion that I hadn't thought of, but makes sense and is not expensive, is to open a box (or boxes) of baking soda to help absorb the chemicals and smells. There are also plants that help clean the air. Tru, I know you have a lot of plants outside, but do you also have some inside? I would expect so. Some information about furniture and what makes it toxic is also included.

There is a short but very good little video on that page called "My Toxic Couch", by Dr. Sarah Janson (sp?) who is also a senior scientist for NRDC. It is extrmely informative, but scarey.

Tru, I've also been wondering if you might know anybody with electric/electronic air filters that you could borrow to help with the air clearing process.

Links to safe safer home cleaning products including both inexpensive products you can make yourself and safe safe commercial products. Much information and many resources. I'm glad this has brought me to it, so I can read it for my own use, too.

Unfortunately I'm not able to listen to the whole video, due to computer memory issues. It stopped right when it got to the "good part" of telling what we can do now with the furniture we have. I hope it will provide you, Tru, with some usable information to help with your current problem.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 4/21/2014 9:49:59 PM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:22:52 PM

Appreciate the info, but not the one wanted. l cannot use those scented thingies, that was my entire reason for wanting the spray with no scent. I looked the fan thingies up and they too are discontinued. So just what people have left on hand 9that is the way l got my spray) last two cans in small goldhills country store.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 3:58:21 PM



Life IS Good!

If you spend $17.59, you can get 8 Oust refills. Many more on Ebay. Buy from them 5-6x a year. Always get the stuff, even from Hong Kong. 5/5 stars!

No refunds on special items. Have John put the chair outdoors and air out the odor

Decided not to eat at finest restaurant in the area which is The Topic of the Town for Easter. (The meals are much better than the token facebook page). Really did not want to eat an expensive all you can eat buffet.

Selected cooking Beef Stroganoff at 4 AM. Used the 1½ lbs of extra lean beef stew meat that was marked erroneously as chicken nibblers by the assistant meat cutter the day before. He said he accidently hit the incorrect code which priced two pkgs at $3.39 instead of the normal $4.99.

An diced onion, a tbsn of Worcestershire, a 10.75 oz can of condensed golden mushroom soup, 1/4 cup water, 4 ounces cream cheese 4-6 cloves of diced garlic, and the beef were crock pot cooked on high for 4 hours.

8 oz of baby bella mushrooms were sliced thick and cooked separately in the microwave oven. A 2 qt Pyrex bowl of water was heated in the oven and this time tri-color rotini was nuked for 11 minutes.

A stem of asparagus was snapped in half, where the stem snaps is the correct location to cut off the all the bottoms. Cut the tops diagonally 1¼" long and nuked them. The are steamed in a Pyrex bowl covered. Then carrots were sliced about ⅜" thick and also steamed.

When the crock pot saw four hours of cooking, the porcelain 6 qt container was placed on my butcher block table. 4 oz of sour cream was stirred in along w/the sliced mushrooms, asparagus, and carrots. Had this excellent meal around 8:30 AM.

Played Biosphere for 90 minutes then chose to take a ride to the Woodsville, NH Super Walmart. It is a most scenic drive along US Rt 302 West. Beginning in Littleton it parallels the Ammonoosuc River. Then the Wild Ammonoosuc River empties into it in the Village of Bath, NH.

Bought many food items at the Super WM store. Spent over $35 which is rare for me. The best deal was a hefty 24 oz coconut custard 8" pie for just $3.99. Went to Shaw's and bought Hood's Mt Washington chocolate ice cream. It has chocolate covered peanut butter cups the size of M&M's in its chocolate flavor. The 3 Day Wicked Awesome w/e sale saw a 1.5 qt (1.42 litre) for only $1.99

The temp reached 60°F (14°C) yesterday. Went outdoors for 2 hours of sun and vitamin D. There is a 10' by 30' (3 x 9 metres) mound of snow 8-10" deep over my perennial flower garden and the 25' (7.62 m) long daylily section. Much of the the rest of the snow has completely melted.

The temp is 72°F. Lovin' it.

Have a pleasant day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 10:08:28 AM

Yes Goldie the oust is chemically harmful in large doses, but it kills HINI virus and Strepticoccus etc. it has it's advantages. It is used sparingly as l only have one can of the two l bought a couple of years ago. l just can't abide the flowery sprays that just cover odors. Outs kills bacterial odors and such.

Life is Good and l enjoy it to the fullest of my ability. I enjoyed the time spent with my son, the meal, the free gas he put in my car, and all yesterday.
Now l am back to sitting in an open room and thank goodness it isn't cold. Cool and rain expected, but not cold.

I contacted the LaZboy people and expect to hear from them. l re read the delivery sheet and since l asked for a platform to be put on this chair, it is classified as special order and no returns or refunds on special orders. Imagine that!

I do not know what the stuffing is in this chair but l am afraid the stuffing is the culprit. There is a whole lot of stuffing. LOL.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 9:54:51 AM

Morning:

I would love to buy some more Oust but not sold anywhere around here, and l contacted the company and they said NOPE. NO more.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:51:35 AM

Hope everyone had a good day. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:42:05 PM

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 4:05:46 PM



Happy Easter!

Dirtgirl, After talking with many modern day mechanics my oil changes dropped to two a year in my '05 Neon. The new cars only need one oil change a year. A reminder haunts you until it is completed. That must be fun.

goldie, Think all products should have a chemical toxicity rating. Glue, carpets, Bounce, and etc. That way folks would know what damage the smell they are breathing will do. An idea whose time is past do.

trugas, Great idea to live as long as you can. See oust refills for the fan and the aerosol cans are still sold. Would never by that kind of stuff.

Enjoyed an early posting of my rounds yesterday, then a hearty late brekky. For me brekky at 6 AM is way late. 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning is the norm, about an hour after waking up.

Went w/homemade hash browns and vidalia onions, two jumbo eggs over easy, baby bella mushrooms and multigrain toast soaked w/evoo. Also had three strips of turkey bacon microwaved crispy.

Watched the Joy of Painting by Bob Ross who had 14 years of teaching of teaching painting on PBS. He used the wet on wet technique taught to him by the legendary Bill Alexander.

This is the technique used by me since 1988, the begining of my wet on wet style of oil painting. Still paint w/oils to this day.

Spent some hours enjoying BioShock, the underwater City of Rapture, on the XBox 360. The Los Angeles Times review concluded, "Sure, it's fun to play, looks spectacular and is easy to control. But it also does something no other game has done to date: It really makes you feel."

The New York Times reviewer described it as: "intelligent, gorgeous, occasionally frightening" and added, "Anchored by its provocative, morality-based story line, sumptuous art direction and superb voice acting, BioShock can also hold its head high among the best games ever made."

My review is, "It is a world set in the 1950's including its music that is enjoyed exceedingly with a combination of moderate violence with shooting weapons, utilizing plasmids that give unique powers, and a desire to protect the little sisters. A most engrossing world to be in."

Late morning saw the recyclables carried to the Dart and a ride down the mtn road. The road is nicely solid. My driveway needs some sun, wind, and warm weather. It still has 2" of mud.

Saw a medium size young white dog w/2 chocolate patches on it running up the mtn road. Parked, got out and called the dog. It did stop running, yet a few steps toward the dog caused the dog to book. It has a 5' metal chain leash dragging as it runs. Stopped at the Town Building to report its flight.

After disposing of the recyclables, a drive to Whitefield NH was made. Bumped into my pal the Rite Aid mgr inside of the Subway store. Had a $5 ($5.45 w/tax) black forest ham footlong loaded w/all the veggies.

Stopped at the Mac's Market where my friend the meat mgr works. Bought two packages of lean stew beef. The labels read chicken nibblers and were $3.39 a lb., instead of the usual $4.99 a lb. Mentioned it to the meat cutters and they said to go just ahead. Plan to make the stroganoff later.

The CT River water level has returned to normal. Can see where gravel was filled in on one part of the side of the hwy where the river poured off of it into the forest. Spring continues.

The temp is 59°F (14°C).

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 10:15:32 AM

Tru, I am sending you healing and protective energy; hope it helps. Too bad that everything is happening at once. The glue used by the Helping Hands is probably adding to the toxic load. I'm glad you are doing what you can to protect yourself from the toxic chemicals. I don't know about Oust specifically, but many of those types of products just add more chemicals to the air. If it is enzymes, then it could be good, if it is not synthetically scented (ie, "fragrance"). It is good that you are getting out of there for a while. Not so good that you can't safely leave windows open while you are gone. Not even a crack?

Makes me appreciate my trade-off. Although I'd love to be in a more townhouse type of situation, where I could walk outside on the ground level and have a little yard or patio, at least living higher up I feel like it is ok to leave my windows open, at least a crack, and often more. My balcony is exceptionally large, and life is extra good when I am sitting out there in the nice weather. Esp back when the main balcony door opened and closed properly.

I hope you are having a nice visit with your son.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 4/20/2014 10:18:17 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 9:33:51 AM

Morning Midnight, Goldie and Dirt Girl:
Yes the fumes are still here when l got up this morning. Not nearly as strong, and l am going without the mask now, they are still there and l am glad l will be gone today. l plan to leave the vent fan over the stove going as l do not trust leaving any windows open. Listen if the thieves around here will steal plants and clothes, then they will steal furniture and TV's for sure.

I have had everything open and using an air fumigator. Oust which is no longer on the market. AND using a mask in self defense as it made me cough every time l breathed it. AWFUL. l wrote a bad review on Consumer and Yelp. l loved La-z-Boy up until now.

Now that l am sitting here opposite the chair, l see it is ugly too. But it is comfortable and the housekeeper is paying me what l paid for a glider and taking it. Which is essential as l need the room.

Helping Hands came and fixed the door so that after the glue sets l am able to ride the power chair out and in the front door. Don't know why l need to as l have the scooter, but it isn't all that comfy to stay on for long periods, like at our get togethers. The power chair will be better. Just in time too, as my walking is much worse now with the calves pain in past month. l have Dr appt next Tues to see if this recent group of symptoms is related to the heart. After all, l am 83. Smile. 2 years ago tho my heart was fine. I just can't get over how tired and breathless l am when l do anything. Best to get it checked out.

Life is Good and l want to stay awhile longer.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:40:00 AM

trugas, Hope your chair is fume free soon. :)

MidnightSun, How often you change your oil depends on the type of driving you do and how old the vehicle is. Considering that it's one of the cheapest things you can do to extend the life of the cars engine, why not change it if it's dirty whether it's at 2,500 miles or 5,000 miles. :)

Fwiw, the oil in my last vehicle could have easily been changed somewhere around 2,500. The current vehicle needs it at around 3,000. Lots of city driving (stop and go) which is harder on the engine.
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 3:58:42 PM



Life IS Good!

Goldie, Was the right time to reciprocate. They have been outstanding giving me deals. Was happy to share in the manna.

trugas, Changing the oil and filter every 6-8 months is perfectly fine. The garages/dealers want to change it every 3 months. So they can make $$!

Our area saw a low of 20° (-6°C) yesterday morning. Forecast is for two more chilly mornings, perfect for the sugar maple sap to flow, and then a warm up. Hope that spring returns next week along with rain to melt the last of the snow and help thaw out the soil.

Enjoyed a brekky of the cod and shrimp with lots of veggies prepared yesterday. Carrots, Vidalia onions, and Sweet Twister™ peppers were added. Nice way to face the early morning at 2:30 AM.

The GB rounds went okay, the topics and posts were noticeably slower than usual. Several other sites were visited and tested using Speakeasy Speedtest. It accurately tests your download and upload speeds. Hope the mods iron out this site.

Played hours of BioShock. It is so pleasing to see the graphics on the 1080p 42" LED TV and hear the surround sound from my 10 y/o RCA sound receiver w/5 speakers and a powerful woofer. Saw that my last saved game was March 30, 2010, just over 4 y/a. That was when the XBox was last used, before this week.

Did not drive to see if the water in the CT River has receded. Know it will remain above flood stage until this afternoon. N.W.S. in Grey, ME says the water at 8 am yesterday was 18.6 feet. Flood stage is 17.0 feet.

The temp is 48°F.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 3:33:13 PM

Tru, I just read your other post and see the answers there. But please read what I wrote there, as well.

Midnight, way to go on scoring the free pizza. Nice that you had enough to share with the meat guys who so often give you good deals. I'm drooling. ;)
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 3:15:40 PM

Wacki, congratulations on your recovery!

Tru, did you get a new chair? Is it new chair chemicals or something that spilled or was put on it? Do be as careful as you can not to breathe it and keep the windows & doors open to ventilate as much as possible. Even wear a mask if necessary. A dust mask or other kinds sold at the drug store may not keep all of them out of your system, but could help cut down on the amount. That's what I do when the redecorate the hallways and things like that. Cancer is not the only danger from chemicals. If your kidneys, liver, immune system get overloaded and can't keep up with cleaning toxins out of your system, it can cause all kinds of other issues/symptoms. Some that you already have, so could get worse.

I have chemical sensitivities and have acquired a lot of info on this over the years, and have talked to more than a few other people with it. I don't want to dwell right now on the negativity of the symptoms/issues that may result, but will talk more about it if you want me to.

Good luck.
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:35:07 AM

Morning: Yes life is good even tho l have this chemical laden chair stinking up my home and causing me to cough and exposing me to cancer.

Good because l am getting my oil changed (car) before the new price increase. It has only been 8 months since it was changed, (i don't drive much) but l am going on a 2 hour drive tomorrow , so it is timely. As well as avoiding the new price increase.

Good also because Helping Hands called and is coming today to finish up the work on the doorway so power chairs can come and go. I expect he will fix the fan to remote control as well. Good thing with all these chemicals in the house. Hopefully the smell will be temporary and so that too will pass and
Life will be Good again there as well. Smile.
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Life IS Good!

wackiness, Glad you made it! Nice to be able to tell your story.

trugas. Good to let the housekeeper do her work, then you do the shelves afterwards. Like that you are growing potatoes. May also this year.

Good Friday greetings!

Went outdoors early to do what was hoped to be over for 6 months. Brush snow off the windshield of the Dart and scrap the thick ice off the glass. The ice scraping took 15 minutes in 11 (-12°C) temps.

Melted snow turned to ice and was 2" thick. Very solid ice due to the unseasonably low temps the past two days. Needed to back up the Dart for a bit just to go forward. The gravel road was nicely plowed down to the surface.

Bought at the mkt were a new to me item. Sweet Twister peppers, inspired by flavour. Grown at Mastronardi Produce Ltd, Kingsville, ON. They are greenhouse Grown • Family Owned • 4th Generation, now in their 60th year. Truly sweet tasting peppers, that was $2 a lb.

Also bought were Mineolas 50¢ ea, asparagus for an unreal $1 (no typo) a lb, baby bellas 10 oz for $2.28, cukes for 40¢ and giant plastic shopping bag size heads of green lettuce for $1.50. Passed on $2.85 a lb grapes. Have produce remaining from last week.

Visited my pal the mgr at Rite Aid, then decided to pass on a trip to Subway, WM, and Shaw's Supermarket. Did stop at Parker's Mkt and Deli to get a slice of pizza. They have one of the few places where a ⅙ of slice of an 18" pizza can be bought starting at $2.50 (tax inc).

It has been months since my last visit. Told the young pizza baker gal that pizza could be smelled. Shoot she said and ran over to get a giant pizza oven spatula and removed the pie. It was well burnt around the edges. She gave the entire 18" cheese pizza pie for free. Thank you so very much!

Drove to Whitefield to see if my pal the meat mgr was working. Asked him if he and his co-worker wanted some slices of pizza free. They took two slices a piece and wrapped them up for lunch. No excellent deals on meat were found this week.

Drove around munching on slices of pizza and came across the CT River in flood water stage. There were barricades of red and white stripped signs that read Closed due to flood water.

Took about 40 pix of the river pouring over the CT River Hwy, Rt 135 nearly up to the top of the guardrail. Several homes beside the banks need a boat to leave or return, or wait the flood out.

The Official National Weather Service out of Grey ME had a Flood Warning extended until Saturday morning. "The Flood Warning continues for the Connecticut River near Dalton until Saturday morning."

At 12 PM Thursday the stage was 21.6 feet. *Flood stage is 17.0 feet.* The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by late tomorrow evening. Lots of pix were shot.

The low yesterday morning was just 10°F . The temp this morning was 20°F with the high to be 54°. Spring returns.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 10:43:44 AM

Yea Wackiness, now you just need to stay off of ladders. Hope your ribs heal nicely.

Life is good and l am still busy. One of my plastic shelves broke down and l took everything off it to get to the legs. Today l have to get it back in operation. Food all over the bedroom.

I have housekeeper xcoming today and l will let her do her job then start on the shelves after wards. I want to go out and pile dirt up around the potato plants. Hard to do as l planted 3 potatoes to a pot and some grew tall while others are still just inches tall. But l have to empty the sink of the pans l baked in as l do not want them scrubbed (makes them stick).
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 8:06:54 PM

Cancer Survivor---2011

Life has a new meaning.
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Life IS Good!

Once slide down my mtn road almost like a runaway pinball. Will Never do that again. Scared the daylights out of me.

Saw some giant 3" stem strawberries today. My first time seeing them. At $5 a lb, they sure are nice to look.

Boiled a half lb of tri-color pasta in the microwave yesterday. It was al dente in 11 minutes. Pan fried some thawed cod, red bell peppers, vidalia onions, then microwave cooked some broccoli florets.

To this a drained can of pitless medium black olives and some peel and eat shrimp were prepared. Nice sized shrimp that are 41 to the lb. Mixed it all up with some lightly cooked diced garlic and a liberal amount of evoo added.

Made homemade Japanese shrimp sauce using the following:
3/4 tsp paprika
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder,
+ or - per taste
3 tbsp melted butter
mix all into a plastic or glass mixing bowl
add 1 cup real mayonnaise (never salad dressing)
Light or no fat is okay. Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
It allows all the flavors to mingle.

Optional: a teaspoon of tomato paste for added color and acidity. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper for a little spiciness

One can just dip the shrimp into the sauce, as an appetizer, or mix the creamy sauce with the entire contents for a salubrious feast.

After eating this scrumptious meal, a fancy dessert was in order. Made a coffee cup size root beer float with real maple syrup, chocolate and pistachio nut ice cream. Was so delish a second cup was enjoyed.

The low yesterday morning was just 15°F. The high was 28°F. 3" of powder snow fell and still remains. The temp was 10°F this morning with the high 47°F. Will shop at the market and a few other stores.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 1:04:52 PM

Morning: Taking a break from the kitchen. Still need to clean up and run dishwasher. I think l used 4 pounds of strawberries on the two cakes. One with frosting then solid strawberry halves, dipped in glaze, the other with maries strawberry glaze then stacks of sliced strawberries and surrounded by whole ones. Will take whipped cream to add at the serving time.

Life is Good and busy. Smile.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 6:09:59 PM

Yikes, looks like a blizzard outside. I have an acupuncture appt. that I don't want to miss. But I really don't want to go out in it and drive, etc. The problem is that the only way we can schedule appts. is in person, and if I miss this appt., I won't be able to schedule for a long time. It is a student clinic and next week they'll go on break. After that they'll be booked up for weeks. It is only open one night a week.

This weather is confirming my theory that I think that Mother Earth is going through menopause. :)
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Life IS Good!

Anyone want to play?

It sure did rain yesterday. The 100% chance was right on the money. Went out to the and soaped it down with a big car wash sponge and a bucket of soapy water. Lots of mud to rid. Did let the rain rinse it off.

Got right into the underwater City of Rapture in the X-Box 360 game of BioShock. Orphaned young girls known as Little Sisters are protected by powerful Big Daddies, men grafted in giant metal diving suits for armor, that protect the girls at all costs.

The first person shooter, named Jack, who crashed into the Atlantic, must fight altered human beings named splicers drugged to the max on "ADAM". The game is set in 1960 with much nostalgia, including songs and memorabilia of the late 1950's.

BioShock is the fifth highest rated Xbox 360 game released to date. BioShock (video is 1 min) toys, action figures, and collectibles are routinely sold out. It has a 95+ out of 100 rating in over 4 million sales.

The temp is 28°F. 3" of new snow in the mtns of northern NH.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 4:25:56 PM



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dirtgirl, The other supplier to the Northeast is IGA, mostly for their meats. Very good prices and always have the groceries in stock. Have few big box stores and just 5 dif supermarkets in a 40 sq mile circle. Not a fan of Save-A-Lot. They used to be a bargain. Now not very competative. Works out fine. Not many people to sell too.

Lived in LA for 5 years. Like the quaint New England small towns and slow pace of life. Very comfortable and relaxing. If it ain't done today, will get to it tomorrow. Lots of folks like well into their 90's and into 100 y/o. Am all for that.

Twas a great yesterday morning to get the laundry done. Washed the 500 count new red Egyptian cotton sheets, pillowcases, shams, blanket, and bedspread. Not one drop of red on any of the other clothes, mostly jeans. What a nice soft feeling after the sizing is washed out of the new material.

Took my camera and the Dart for a scenic drive on the CT River Hwy. Saw many ice floes, though they were not giant, yet many small ones. Over 100 geese and scores of ducks were resting in the river.

At times the river created the perfect mirror images of the reflections that on the sides of the banks. Ended up in beautiful downtown Northumberland, NH.

The population was 2,288 in the 2010 censuses giving it a density of 63/sq mi (24/km2). There is a covered wooden bridge that is most delightful that is only open to foot traffic.

Photos of the floes in the river, reflections mirrored in the water, geese, ducks, and the mtns in the distance, still snowcapped were taken. Also took more photos of the metal bridge between VT and NH on US Rt 2 that will be replaced. Construction has been delayed for 1 year.

Returned up the mtn road to see a female moose (bulls antlers growth in moose begins in late winter with the formation of velvet, a soft, blood-filled skin that fosters development.) trotting up the mtn. As soon as she saw me she went into a gallop and went off into the forest.

Must have shot close to 100 photos during my three hours in the field. Will have some to share one day when a new album is created and the photos uploaded. Have been told by other members there is an 80 pix limit on GB.

The temp is 66°F (19°C). There is a 100% chance of rain and it is raining.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 2:02:04 AM

DG, a good summary of the local grocery stores. I think you are correct about Rainbow owned by Roundy's, from WI.

Additionally, we have Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and all the food co-ops. I believe I have read that we now have the most food co-ops of any locality in the country. They are member owned, but open to anybody to shop there. And they are growing. Several co-ops have more than one store, and more are opening additional stores: Lakewinds, Seward, the Wedge, as I recall will be opening new, additional stores soon. Mississippi Market and Lakewinds already own more than one store. Maybe some others that I'm not thinking of.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:20:35 AM

MidnightSun, Don't know about that though there is good variety of produce in most stores here. SuperValu is a wholesaler so they stock everything in all sizes.

Other stores here are Cub (SuperValu and franchise stores), Rainbow (Roundy's out of Wisconsin I think), Lunds and Byerlys (local gourmet grocery - Byerlys stores have carpeting), Kowalski's (locally owned), Aldi (generic labeling), Target and WM. Lots of other mom and pop stores here but the big ones are the first four.

Cold again here. Last week seems like a cruel trick. lol
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 4:19:13 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Read that Supervalu is a big produce supplier. Have seen good and bad produce at the Super WM. None that see produce are in my area. The finest and lowest price produce comes from the soon to be three year old mom and pop biz named Big Papa's Fruit and Produce. Half the price of any supermarket. Just 1-2 days fresh.

Enjoyed the 1995 movie remake by director John Carpenter of "Village of the Damned." 99 min, A horror, sci-fi, thriller starring Christopher Reeve (in his final performance before before a horse riding accident on 27 May 1995 left him paralyzed), Kirstie Alley, and Linda Kozlowski.

All people and animals in a small country village become unconscious. 9 months later the women give birth to special gifted children. As the children mature it is discovered they are alien beings posing as humans.

The original version was released in 1960. This was Reeve's last film before a horse riding accident left him paralyzed. Well acted and directed. Rated R for some sci-fi terror and violence. "Village of the Damned." is way better than the imdb.com rates it. 4.5/5 stars.

Set up my new Vizio 42" HD Smart TV. Only have PBS locally to watch. There is no cable or satellite reception. After lots of thought returned to WM to purchase a slim wall tilt mount for up to a 70" TV for under $25.

After nearly 3 hours, the wall mount, TV, DVD, XBox 360, and the RCA 5 speaker surround system were installed. Now need a long ethernet cable to hook up the new TV to my downstairs phone to get all the internet features which are many.

It rained until 2 in the afternoon. A great day to set up my new entertainment system. Temps hit 52° (11°C) and the clouds left for an occasional afternoon of sun.

The temp is 76°F (23°C) in sunny skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:02:01 AM

trugas and goldieolds, I don't buy groceries at Walmart but do buy the occasional thing I can't find elsewhere. Mostly I shop at Target. I do all my grocery shopping at a grocery store. They treat their employees better and pay them better. Target does too. :)

MidnightSun, Don't know about out there but the stores SuperValu owns here they mainly just supply. The grocery business is very competitive here as there are chains, franchises, independents and locally owned stores. Everyone wants a piece of the action. Not worth it for me to shop at Walmart for groceries as they carry limited brands and sizes. Also, the produce is better at other stores. But, having said that, everyone has to shop where they feel comfortable and where they can afford. Maybe the guys at your WM know what to do with bad produce...they sure don't here. ;)
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 4:26:24 PM



Life IS Good!

Used to BBQ almost daily. Gave it up and cooking over a campfire. Willing to return to a century ago, as long as I can remain only here and nowhere else.

June will see my Strawberries harvest. Pancakes is #1. May need to learn how to make a fab strawberry pie.

Woke way too early yesterday morning. Finished my rounds, then took the most pleasing 3 hour nap taken in weeks. How refreshing. It felt like a brand new day.

Got ready to go to town and buy some items forgotten on Thursday. Figured it is to rain today so it was a good time to go for the drive. Big Papa's Mkt saw a Big crowd. Vidalia onions were 88¢ a lb and all colors of bell peppers were $1.50. No need to go w/o.

Headed to my Greek friend's Gold House Pizza and Restaurant to order a meat Gyro (souvlaki) for lunch. Cost was 6.86 inc/tax. Like them. Think the steak bombs for a $1.20 more are my fave.

Shopped in WM and bought a few items during the flood of shoppers. Top of the list was cottage cheese. They ran out of the fat free version so the 4% was purchased for $1.86 a lb.

Crossed the lot to stop at Shaws. Really just wanted a small amount of sliced chicken breast to purchase to play their come on game "Monopoly." Perhaps a 50¢ off coupon will be won, that is $1 less everyday at WM.

55 million in Monopoly prizes at Albertson's and Shaws are touted. Both were owned by SuperValu of MN, who owns Sav-A-Lot from Maine to Cal, the Nation's leading discount food chain.

SuperValu also owns lots of market share, and former chain stores. (Scroll down.)

The temp is 56°F. Rain earlier, now lots of fun in the sun. Heading outdoors.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 11:22:56 AM

Using gas to heat food is bad too. Contaminates the air you breathe. Just about all modern things have problems, but we aren't willing to go back in time. Even wood cooking is hazardous to breathing.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 10:32:19 AM

Walmart...l don't buy much there. l have been there once this year, to buy paper plates and Kleenex. My son likes it but not for everything. Everyonce in awhile l compare food prices and they don't match well IMO. Course our walmart doesn't have a full food line. I looked for canned apricots and canned pork n beans, and beat the price elsewhere easily.

I can't wait for the roadside strawberries. I only paid $1 a pound recently and they were good, but no where near the home grown road stands.

Yesterday l wasted the entire day watching a TV series and so today l want to do something active.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 4:35:02 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Getting your temps on Monday. Thank you. Will have the subs and cookies prepared and waiting!

goldie, What a good list to avoid. Lots of chemicals and MSG by other names. Such as Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate and many others.

Anything that can not be pronounced should Never be eaten. Saved your link to share w/others. Many Thanks! FDA needs to add more rules to the word organic. Chemicals can be added, to a certain point. not my idea of organic.

Really enjoy the new 24" Samsung LED monitor. Sharp, crisp graphics and true whites unlike the CRT one. Am highly thankful and satisfied saving $70 off list.

What a joy to play Starcraft and see HD movies. Played Starcraft and was lost for hours. StarCraft: Brood War is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft.

There may be no such thing as a perfect game, but StarCraft: Brood War comes durn close. A Real Time Strategy game that has stealth, base building, air and land assaults, sieges, squad building.

Having the 3 races is great for the reason that you have to learn how to use them separately because they are so different. The game is also addicting Have played it since 1998 when it exploded on the market.

Watch the 1965 pulse pounding spaghetti western film by Sergio Leone, "For A Few Dollars More" This is a Western, action & adventure movie rated "R" that runs 2 hrs 7 min.

It is about life and death in the old SW. Where life had no value, death, sometimes had its price. That is why bounty hunters appeared. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood star in this 2nd Dollars series.

Now on streaming Netflix.com or free to watch on putlocker.bz. A classic Western with lots of whistling, singing, shooting and in many ways, curiously poetic.

Here is the original soundtrack. 2 min 48 sec. Here is the free movie on putlocker.bz 2 hr 12 min. 5/5 stars, to a lover of genuine Western action.

Spent an hour outdoors loving the warm windless afternoon. Temps reached 62°F (17°C) in blue cloudless skies. Enjoyed having the snow at the edge of the forest facing the sun completely melted to walk on the ground for over 100 ft. Shorts and a t-shirt were worn. The vitamin D felt healthy.

The temp is 62°F. Spring in the northern NH mtns

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 4:31:46 PM

I forgot to mention that Walmart is starting with only half their stores carrying the Wild Oats organic and natural food line. They want to make sure they have enough supply.

Midnight, you have mentioned more than once that you don't believe in the organic standards. At first I did not look it up, b/c I feel like I am pretty familiar with the organic standards, from when they were revised back in the '90s. At that time we (well, I signed a petition) were able to prevent them from including sewer sludge and GMOs.

Eventually curiosity took hold and I tried to look up what you were talking about and didn't find it. I'm thinking that maybe you are thinking in terms of packaged items, for which the organic standards are complicated and easily misunderstood if one isn't familiar with them. It is a tiered program where "containing organic ingredients" does not mean the same thing as "100% organic", etc. It is more involved than that. I just look at the ingredients list, and the organic ingredients will be specified. If it is not specified, then the ingredient is not organic. I believe that complicated tiered system was a compromise, like most legislation these days. The big chemical corps lobbied hard to not be excluded. etc.

However, for produce and fresh food, which I had been referring to the last time you made that comment, I don't see what the confusion is. Of course, there is always the possibility of someone trying to cheat the system, but that would be illegal if they were caught. If a fresh tomato is labeled "organic" than it should not have been sprayed, grown from GMO seeds, etc. If a can of vegetable soup, containing tomatoes is labeled "organic", it may have a certain percent of ingredients in it that are not organically raised. I would look at the ingredient list to see if tomatoes were designated as organic or not. Unless the can says "100% organic". But I'd still probably check the ingredient list.

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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:47:45 PM

I drove around the lakes on my way home last night, and it was weird seeing no snow around the lakes but ice still on them. Did see some open patches, so that's starting to come off, too. Not looking forward to the cooler weather on the way. Highs only in 40s and some lows even below fr**zing.

I was sent a link to an article (from DI) telling that Walmart is going to start carrying an organic line of foods called Wild Oats. I don't know if they are connected to the chain (former?) of Wild Oats stores. I think it was bought out by Whole Foods.

I have very mixed feelings about this news. Of course, I'm glad to see that organics and health conscious natural foods are becoming that mainstream, but I don't like Walmart, don't want to shop at Walmart, and there is no Walmart convenient to me. But if their prices are the best (25% lower, as they say) for the same quality, then I need to find the lowest prices. If the competition from them brings prices down at other stores, then that will be a great thing. But according to the article, they expect that prices for organic ingredients will go up at first, due to increased demand.

I'm always skeptical of "off-brand" organic and natural products, lest they might be cutting corners to undercut prices. I looked up the Wild Oats website, and it looks good. I skimmed their list of 125 no-no ingredients and overall it looked good. I was glad to see beet sugar (except organic) and cottonseed oil on the list. Both are almost, if not all, made from GMO seeds. Midnight, MSG was also on the list. Many things I was glad to see, many more that I have no idea what they are, but they have unpronounceable names (often a giveaway of an artificial ingredient). Unfortunately, corn except for organic was not on the list. Nitrites, nitrates, partially hydrogenated oils were on the list, and among things that everybody should avoid as much as possible.

Well, we'll see. I do pretty good with prices anyway, by shopping sales and Trader Joe's.

NYTIMES article about it.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 11:41:21 AM

Morning:

Yes a little drama when housekeeper asked "Are you firing me?" Stunned.
It was worked out. I see now that l have to make sure she really understands me and not just agreeing. I thought l had explained removing only the hours for cooking. Apparently not.
She is really trying. Talked of planting and shopping for plants and yardwork.

Sure glad to hear your awful s*** weather is finally changing to decent temps.
So Life is Good again.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 2:18:44 AM

Forgot to mention that we had fantastic weather here this week. A few days in the 60's and one where we hit 70. Most of the white stuff is gone in the TC metro area except for the now black piles in parking lots and small piles on the north sides of houses. Rain forecast for a little bit tomorrow and then a 20 degree temperature drop starting Sunday. Hopefully it's only temporary. Mother Nature sure has a strange sense of humor. lol
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 1:51:53 AM

MidnightSun, The sub and cookies sound like a good deal. We'll all be over sometime next week. ;) Congratulations on the new tv and the new monitor. I also have a Samsung monitor 15" that was bought several years ago when my crt went out.

trugas, Sounded like too much "drama" with the cleaning lady. Glad you were able to talk with her and hopefully she will leave the drama at home.

goldieolds, The new corningware is labeled safe for oven and microwave use only...not for use on stovetop or broiler. I'm not a big fan of cinammon but may have to check out your link. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:01:54 PM



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goldie, Thank you for good TV wishes. It is a good size for my first LED TV. Never had Corningware Glad you had plenty of extra lasagna and the room to keep it in the freezer. No room in mine. Need to eat more ; )

trugas, Nice prices and fabulous to bake a cake, fill it with pudding then add strawberry glazed strawberries on top and whipped cream. You practice baking cakes?!

Left yesterday morning to go to the market on welcomed frozen ground. The road was nicely solid to prevent getting stuck or spraying mud on my Dart. The other side of the loop road remains closed to thru traffic. It is the 5th day of mud so deep that two vehicles were towed out.

Arrived at the market early. Bought were snow peas for $3.50 a lb, cukes 3 for $2, 1 liter (33.7 oz) of evoo for $7, loose chestnuts for $3 a lb, green leaf lettuce for $1.50 a hd, red grapes $2.35 a lb, and a bottle of Cactus Joe Avocado Starter 24 oz just $1. Not much was needed as lots of veggies remain fresh in the fridge fro 1 and 2 weeks ago.

Decided to buy a Dell 24" flat LED monitor at WM for $169. My old CRT 21" monitor was going fast. The Degauss needed to be used increasingly more often (daily) to see the correct colors.

Then drove a ¼ ; mile to Staples to see a Samsung 24" higher quality LED monitor on sale for $149. Reg Price is $219. Bought the Samsung, then returned the Dell to WM. Am very happy with the super high picture quality of the Samsung made for gaming, industrial use, and graphics.

Getting caught up to the 21st Century rapidly. Good to buy Christmas presents for oneself. Especially those that are high quality and on sale.

Saw two geese and two ducks resting and threading water in the Ammonoosuc River. Soon there will be 1,000's returning. They often fly north at night. Hope to see each of their V formations during the day.

The temp is 62°F. Highest of the year to date.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:19:49 AM

Morning:

We have been having fog in the morning..light fog, then it warms up to mid 70
s and then it gets windy and cools down quickly. So something for everyone. Smile.
Got a few bargains yesterday when l took back the rotten watermelon. Dripped all over the place, but they insist one return the item..LOL.
Got butter for $2.50 a pound..that is up for me tho most places it is higher.
Got strawberries for $1 per pound. Not bad ones either. l am going to bake a cake, fill it with pudding then marie's strawberry glazed strawberries on top and whipped cream.
Housekeeper new hours - shorter- today, and l won't cook while she is here. Takes up her time and l get upset and stressed. l will wait til she leaves. Then l can sit down when l want and continue when l want. It doesn't have to be done today, l just want to practice fo r Big John's birthday cake next week.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 7:56:43 AM

Midnight, enjoy your new t.v. That sounds huge!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 7:45:50 AM

Well, I definitely did underestimate how many servings I'd get from the lasagna, and I'm glad. I had several delicious meals and put a big over-sized serving in the freezer, and I have a little piece left for Friday, when I'll need a "grab and go". I've been using the little square CorningWare dishes for reheating and for the one in the freezer. I'll be able to reheat it right in the same container. I use the oven for reheating, since I do not nuke my food.

I love those old CorningWare pieces, and am so glad I still have them. Can even use them on the stove-top if I want to, but haven't been lately. The newer ones don't say that you can do that. I have several larger pieces also, and have been using them lately, too. Also have a loaf pan version, which used to be good for meatloaf, back when I used to make it. Now it's more likely to be used for banana bread. The little Corning saucepan has a bad chip in the rim, so I don't use it much now, but keep it just in case. I don't remember if the ones I'm using now were all my mom's or a combination of mine and hers, or what. Think there may be some more of my old pieces down in the storeroom from when I moved in. Someday I'll have to go down there and look in the boxes.

A salesman at the Kitchen Window store told me once that putting CorningWare in the micro compromises their integrity and they can explode if subsequently put (in the oven or on stove-top -- I don't recall which). Maybe that has something to do with why they no longer say you can use them on the stovetop. I suppose most people would want to use them in the micro, but I'd rather be able to use it on the stove.

I got at least double the amount of that mustard potato salad that I bought at Cub the other day for only $1.69/#, by adding things like onions, celery, radish, red bell pepper, cuke, shredded carrots, etc. Not all, but several at the same time. It really stretches it and makes it a lot healthier, IMO. There was so much dressing that it was still covered after mixing it up, and it tasted good. I think the added crunch is a plus, too.

Have a good Friday everybody!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:15:13 PM



Life IS Good!

Anyone want to play?!

Was looking at sales that Best Buy, Amazon, and WM had on the internet for mid size TV's. Spent some hours comparing LED TV's on Tuesday and researched them further Wednesday morning at 5 AM. Found several with the kind of features that was wanted.

Decided on a VIZIO E420i-B0 42" LED Smart TV HDTV with a 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Price was $428. If a 22.9% WM charge card was signed up for and used in 24 hours on an order over $75, a $25 discount on the total would be $403, the final cost.

After an extended time in thought and re-reading the terms several times, it was decided to apply for the cc card which was instantly accepted. Ordered the TV that was in stock at the Woodsville NH Super WM, 20 miles south of Littleton.

Arrived early for my dental 8:45 AM exam appointment. Naturally there was lots of paperwork to complete for my first visit. After a routine check and a panorama shot. We spoke extensively.

Many of my teeth are ground down due to excessive grinding. For the cost plus the time for the extensive work that would take months and months of tedious work, it was decided the fastest and most permanent care would be oral surgery and replacement dentures.

Am all for this to get the dental aspect over with asap. Now my ins has to approve the surgery and this could take up to 6 weeks before it is approved and an appointment made for the oral surgery. Times marches on.

Stopped in the same building to visit the ServiceLink Resource Center. It helps for free educational programs and free counselors to help people make choices about their futures such as financial planning, living arrangements, service availability, and social connections.

My health ins monthly premium increased 300% beginning in January. 30 minutes with a free counselor had me switch carriers so that beginning May 1st, there will be no cost for monthly medicine coverage. May cap is no more than $6.30 for all brand name med's. $2 and change for generics. Am all for this.

Cruised down the smooth US Rt 302 Blvd from Littleton to Woodsville in my Dart. Asked the Electronic Dept Mgr many questions on Vizio and LED TV's in general. Then my recipe for the order was shown, he got the pre-ordered TV and brought it to my car.

Across from me wa a young lady who had just parked in her Dart. Asked her how she liked hers. Said she bought it in Sept '2012, now has 17,000 miles on it, has no mechanical problems, and she loves the ride, comfort, and super acceleration from the turbocharger.

We spoke for 15 minutes. Told her mine has just over 700 miles and feels great for the few miles driven. Am getting 36-37 mpg away from the mtns and the engine is not even broken in until 1.000 miles.

Returned to Littleton to the Gold House Pizza. Parked on the Main St in front of the restaurant for 25¢ an hour on the meter. Ordered a 12" Steak Bomb Special, (onions, peppers, and mushrooms) and had a pleasing $8.06 tax/inc lunch.

Jim, the owner, was putting the finishing touches on 15 giant Greek salads to go, 6 18" pizza pies and a huge cardboard box full of drinks, chips and etc. It took the woman 3 trips to bring the order to her car. The Gold House is where the locals eat.

The temp is 53°F (12°C). Will visit the market and other stores.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 4:09:50 PM



Life IS Good!

For me, often,
if not always.

Finished my posts very early yesterday morning. Took a 3 hour nap that was needed. My right hip was so sore from the many places walked the day before. The napped added much more comfort.

Rain arrived and it melted the final snow off the roof of my house. It has been about 6 months since rain was heard on roof. Also could hear the rain dripping onto the two propane tanks in the back of the house.

Played each of the three races that StarCraft offers. Commanding Terran, Protoss, or Zerg forces, players must complete a series of missions while managing resources, amassing armies and defending their base.

Each race is truly distinct with unique units, technologies, attributes, and abilities. A cinematic of the original StarCraft opening clip is here. 3:45 min.

Had a salubrious lunch of shrimp, veggies, and linguine made the day before. Dessert was a chunk of cored pineapple and cottage cheese. It was so good seconds were eaten.

Took a leisurely walk down to the foot of the driveway. Some of the gravel and lawn in between the tire tracks are seen. This is not my driveway.

Could smell Spring. The smell of thawing balsam firs are unmistakable. The air felt warm. It was 53°F (12°C). Soon the brooks will break out with the roar and echo of water heard in the distance. Some clear, sunny days are upon us.

The temp is 44°F (6°C)in the northern NH mountains. Spring has really arrived in the mtns.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 3:30:39 PM



Life IS Good!

goldie, Like to have about 6 meals of leftovers. Sometimes get bored with much more than that. Also use cinnamon to control blood sugar. The Egyptians used cinnamon 1000's of y/a. My doc said to use cinnamon daily. No mention of cassia or Ceylon. Using the dark kind. Not a biggie to me. MY annual blood check is just fine all around.

Have hypoglycemia as well. Salads seems to work for me with cottage cheese and evoo.

trugas, Glad the housekeeper realizes her error. Good that you will cook and that you bp will go down.

Was saddened to learn that veteran actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93. Was a childhood fave as was Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello.

Made some shrimp lo mein using linguine instead of fettuccini for the noodles with broccoli, green beans, red bell peppers, onions, carrots, scallions and the thawed 14 oz pkg of 41 shrimp. Know snow peas, bok choy, and ginger is used in the real McCoy. Did not wish pay dbl at the local markets.

Read the forecast for Tues into Wed. It reads rain likely in the evening, then rain or snow, or sleet after midnight into Tuesday. Figured to get out as do a few errands, as my road will become a mud puddle and a soft mess during the rain.

Went to the market in Whitefield. Learned my friend took off 5 days from the meat dept. No deals to be seen. Bought a large half farmhouse coffee and French Vanilla at Cumberland Farms. Any coffee size is $1.08 inc/tax.

Drove back to Lancaster. Limped w/hip pain into Shaws and 4 other stores. Opened at the P.O. a Chevy Dealers pretend prize winning yellow envelope reading "You've won $2,000!" Will follow the farce to the end just learn more on this known fake win/sales scam.

Returned home just before the mtn gravel road turned into inches of soft slimy mud. Our forecast was to be 51. It reached a high of 62° in beautiful sunny skies w/few clouds. Water from the snow pack on my roof is not just dripping, it is pouring off.

Phoned the Silverbow Honey Company a family owned honey packing business located in Moses Lake, Washington at 12:30 PM my time. 9:30 AM PDT.

Asked the gal who answered the phone why my unopened bottles of honey are dark, like molasses. She asked several others around her and answered that honey reaching about 10 y/o turns dark and the flavor changes a tab bit more hearty. The honey is still good to use.

Said to freeze honey if one knows it will not be used for some years. Phoned my local honey packer/distributor to share the info. During my visit to them last week, the office folks told me they have never seen dark honey.

The temp is 54°F. It is rained nicely this morning. Just enough to give the snow a slow melt.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 1:20:27 PM

Had a talk with the housekeeper. Said we need to reevaluate the hours and such. Cut back to just housework, not cooking. She was agreeable and seemed to know what l was talking about with the negative stuff. So She said she realized it after she left.

I feel much better and Life is Good Again. Smile.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 9:04:20 AM

Life is good and I am grateful to have a hard working housekeeper. l am going to drop the hours for cooking. That will leave only housekeeping and errands and laundry. So that gives me a break physically. l am not a teacher, nor physically can l stand in the kitchen for all the time required to teach, fetch and supervise. So the cooking is gone. No more stress over that. My b/p should go down. My legs and back pain should lessen.

The negative talk has got to stop. l don't want to hear it and l get too involved in negative thinking myself. l need support in positivity. The long lost daughter who might be a scam, the husband's problems at work with a drunk boss, the homeless people squabbling and their dogs running into the street, across the street all has to GO. Don't bring it into my house.
Watching the news is bad enough.LOL

I do not know how gentle l can be, but l can be honest about how l feel and lay out the rules that l said when l hired. Come in cheerful and clean. (and cook) that's it. I am dropping the cooking, her work is good, the laundry is done well and that is what l expect to continue.

Then instead of lying awake in pain and my mind going over and over what to do about the problems brought into my home, l can go back to being a happy person.

I plan to start with "You are here to support me. You clean well and do the laundry well. The cooking is causing me problems, so l will drop those hours. It doesn't work for me. We need to go over the areas l talked of when l hired you. Negativity brought into my home. l don't watch the news much because l can't handle the bad news. l need to have cheerful happy postive people around me."
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