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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2014 2:02:30 PM

I have no trips in mind. Pretty much saw most of places l wanted to visit.
I will garden and relax at home.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:31:01 PM

Were back. We got in last night about 4am. I drove all but the last 80 miles. I just was not going to be able to stay awake so I let the wife drive in from this side of Toledo.

It was a fun but busy trip. I got to meet lots of the wife's relatives, and saw a lot of country around the Kansas, Missouri border.

I got to stop & photograph a covered bridge in Iowa. Ive done a lot of touring Ohio & surrounding area's photographing covered bridges, something I had never seen in the west.

We also came back with a little Yorkie dog. We were having a BBQ at the wife's dad's house when a car pulled up, opened the door & speed off with a little dog chasing after it. We couldn't just leave her there. She is such a good dog were not sure if we want to keep her or find her a home.

I'm told the the male dog we have been fostering has a potential home already. He is a good dog too. With a little training he could be a really great dog.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:57:59 AM

Yes Baylee l think they learned something from the 1906 event. Surrounded by water, it seems strange the city burned down.

I am going on a short drive to enjoy an un-populated area. Always enjoy driving thru back country and looking at cows and trees and wonder if it will still be green. Just under an hours drive. Lunch there , then drive home. I am looing at another senior complex that is set up like this one, bungalows or cottages, and they have an on site cafe. Intriguing, as l have never run into that, except a county wide distribution and congregate meals served. This county has one kitchen and it sends out institutional type food. Awful. I can't find a cook to hire, so looking into cafe on site. Doubt l will move as there are so many other advantages here. So l set up a list of pros and cons.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:49:10 AM

Good morning!

Tru, thanks for the link to the info about the fire dept. That all makes sense, and sounds like they are better prepared than lots of other cities.

Well, the guys supposed to work on our place this summer are now two weeks behind in other work, and at this rate it will be fall before they can get to our job. And I am planning on a bit of a trip soon -- not an exciting vacation, just visiting a couple of friends. I do want to be here when the work is done, so I'm still trying to juggle several events.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 1:11:13 PM

Got a perm yesterday 1st day and can't tell anything til you wash your hair but this one lady is always full of compliments (half are unbelievable) so i got up this morning and it is sticking out all over and practically uncombeable so l feel like going over and saying, "still like my perm?" Lol. Someone who always compliments everyone- on everything- everyday- is totally looking for attention in my books.
I plan to wash it or at least wet it enough to comb.
That's all I have planned for today....oh no l will run the dishwasher also.
Fascinating day ahead eh?
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 2:40:16 PM

I found this: Baylee,San Francisco Fire Department Auxiliary Water Supply ...
en.wikipedia.org/.../San_Francisco_Fire_Department_Auxiliar...
Wikipedia
The system is made up of a collection of water reservoirs, pump stations, cisterns, suction connections and fireboats. While the system can use both fresh or salt
I amazed myself that it worked. l just learned copy and paste last night. Not clean but it answers the question.

Have a good and safe trip Playtime. Enjoy and be open minded to inlaws.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 8:21:53 PM

The wife & I are leaving for Kansas City tomorrow. she has been planning this trip for awhile. Ive been hoping to push it back a month or two but but she is determined to make it happen. When It's to see her family Its tough to say no. They are not that close, so when people are into it, you just gotta go.

Most of them I will be meeting for the first time. So this should be fun. I haven't had a good long drive in quite a while. I enjoy cross country driving. Talk to you all when I get back. I'll be doing Gasbuddy from the phone for the next few days.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 11:31:00 AM

It feels like September here already -- I had the heat on in the car last night! And (big surprise) more rain probably due by tonight.

Tru, for the SF situation I wasn't thinking of boats in the bay -- though that sounds like a great idea -- but of using trucks that have tanks to fill with water. I guess they are more common in the country, where we don't have a hydrant every few hundred feet. Well, there is a hydrant near the top of our driveway, but it's also about 750 feet to get up or down our drive! So the fire trucks here are at least two different kinds, and one kind can shuttle back and forth between a water source and the fire. Then the other kind of truck takes the water out and uses it, while another like the first one shuttles back for more water. OR, maybe add a parallel set of water lines and hydrants in the city that can use salt water if necessary.

I would love to see SF, and we have a set of amazing photos of it from 1904. We collect stereo cards, for the old-fashioned viewers, and the earthquake and fire were very popular subjects.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:40:55 AM

Baylee l think they do,from the fire boats in the bay, but how far do hoses go into the middle of town? I read about it once but my memory fails me. I just found it was interesting to note that the earthquake did not cause all the damage. I remember that part.

Playtime, l have seen several sites mention the coolness of this summer. I guess for US in CA it is a good thing as high temps would really coz a problem in this drought. It was 77 here yesterday and cool wind. We had sandwiches for the pot luck as we expected hot August weather. It wasn't enjoyed much. The worst part was my friends dog was sick and she wasn't going to take it to vet til friday. It had labored breathing and racing heart and had thrown up the little food it ate the day before. I talked her into going to ER. We were there til 9:30 and l don't drive after dark. But it was close to home. The parking lot was dark and no curb color so hard to see that but once out of that l was ok.

I sure would like to take a trip. Wish l had relatives that lived somewhere nice, like Hawaii. My sister lives in Fresno and they are hot. I often head north to Oregon in summers past.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/14/2014 10:43:04 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 6:26:22 PM

Most of my family is in either Colorado, Utah or California. This drought has been going on for years it seems. Whats crazy is the high to day in Cleveland was maybe 75 degrees in the middle of August. It seems to rain 3 days & then stop for three days. I have not had to water the garden in a month. Its just crazy!
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 10:36:57 AM

Tru, I wish we could divert some rain your way! And if I lived in SF, I'd be figuring how to pump salt water through some of those pumper trucks.
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:54:57 AM

I saw on last night's news that San Francisco is going on water rationing. They have a double problem, also need water to fight fires. That was the problem with the 1906 earthquake. Not enough water and the fires burned the town down.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 11:21:49 AM

The falls were no longer, it was just a huge muddy amount of water much wider than the original.

Everyone has an abundance of water but us. We are in a drought.

Some have way too much water.

I must leave this computer. l have been on for over 3 hours. When l stand up l can't walk for a few minutes l found when l went for coffee. Smile.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 9:43:26 PM

Sorry, Tru, I forgot to answer your question about Hawaii -- no, I didn't see that about waterfalls. The news sources around here probably figure we have quite enough water ourselves this year!

The bug situation is getting a bit better, so unfortunately that is a sign that summer is getting on to its usual conclusion.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 12:45:56 PM

I wish we had porches. It is so fun to sit out and chat with neighbors. We get together and meet our new ones also. Especially the ones directly impacted by our noise and such close to their apts.

I took out jelly beans last night and zuccini bread the other night. It is fun
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 8:13:02 PM

I think your both right about training the pups to get along with other animals being helpful. I sure hope it helps. I'm also hoping it teaches my pets that its OK if someone other then us is in the house every now & then.

I worked through my 3 day weekend.(I work 4 10's all the time) & will probably have to work 12 hour days all week to keep up with the tires coming into the shop.

I came home the other night in time to go to a neighborhood Meet & greet party. Two of the new younger neighbors put the whole thing together. It was a lot of fun! got to meet a few new neighbors & got to know others better. Good food & deserts. Mostly brownies, I had 6 of them. lol...

Now I just need more sleep... ZZZ...
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 6:33:47 PM

Playtime, just by your keeping and training them, you are helping them be more adoptable. Dogs that are good with other dogs, and used to cats, have more chance of finding a good new home. I have rescued and re-homed several cats, but I wish we could do more.

There are several farmer's markets around here, and I have been making an effort to buy local -- and I love and adore some of the summer vegetables fresh and eaten raw. I have a huge bag of peas to munch on now.

We're STILL waiting for our construction work to start -- yet again they have told us "Next week". But at least I have been able to do some of the other work that needs to be done in that building.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:19:07 AM

Talk about water, Baylee did you see the waterfalls in Hawaii after their storm? It was on our news.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:17:05 AM

Playtime, we have a neighbor here who volunteers to walk the dogs at the local animal shelter. Saw her yesterday and she had hurt her toe and was using a walker herself. LOL. They will miss her l bet.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 1:06:19 PM

I guess when you have a tough time at work , it is hard to come home to other than a peaceful home. Puppies can be a handful. Smile. Still it is nice of your family to foster.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 8:52:25 PM

We have reached the busies part of the year for me at work & now this month one of us is on vacation every week this year. This last week we had auditors and the FAA around. That sure doesn't help production...

I can't believe the amount of complaining I've heard this week & the lack of teamwork I've seen. Its almost like kindergarten all over again...
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:27:38 PM

Yes we're fostering them for adoption. No idea how long they might be here. we were told 2-6 weeks. We are doing the house training. The boy does really well, the Girl, not so well. We take them outside as often as possible. and we have pee pads in a few places for them.
The wife had a good day to day with them and the cats are coming around more.
It all just takes time, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for it.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 11:04:50 PM

It is important that the puppies get socialized. Around people mostly, some dogs. Hope you can hang in there a bit. How about one at a time? and sit command first and foremost.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 9:36:06 PM

Playtime, are you fostering them for adoption? They sound adorable, but are they also housebroken?

I have thought about doing a similar thing, but we don't have a fenced yard, so dog rescue groups would never accept up. And the cat goes out too, (in the spring, summer and fall) so probably we would not be appropriate for other kitties either.

There is more water around here these days than I can ever remenber in the summer! The rivers are overflowing their banks, and the forecast for the next week is the same as it has been for the past several weeks.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 7:30:57 PM

Hi Everyone,
We started fostering two young puppies this last week. Its a bit of a mad house here now. I'm not sure I like how its effected our pets. Diva, the dog looks quite annoyed. Marylin the cat is stand offish, but standing her ground. Twiggy & Malcolm are in hiding most of the time. I really don't like that. I don't think they should have to hide in their own house. The puppies are fairly good but rough house to much, & sometimes whine when everyone has been gone to bed to long for them.

I'm trying to keep an open mind about this. But its also effecting Me & Diva's time. She acts better outside when we spend more time out together. I don't put her on a leach outside unless we go for a walk. So that time we spend is kinda important because a fair amount of people walk their dogs around the neighborhood. The more time we spend, the better she is when people walk by the house. The puppies have to stay in the fenced in area out back. It take time to teach them the rules & gain trust in them. They may not be here that long.

Thoughts anyone?
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 8:14:07 PM

2many...everyone is entitled to an opinion and cruises are good if you like them. And the destination). Some people don't like them at all. I enjoyed seeing the salmon in the wild and not the hatchery, l hated seeing them trying to get past a lock or blockage they set up after hours. I enjoyed the up close view of the eagles too but on the other hand it makes a difference where you go as well. I don;t want to go on a mexico cruise at all. The weather would be great, but otherwise ...so l don't go. I did not go to the red light district. No interest of that or of old machinery. It matters what ones interest is. Onboard l gambled at night sometimes, saw one movie but no shows. l did go to an illustrators show. Bought some of his cards. But the food oh my gooodness. That alone makes the trip for me. LOL.

After awhile that too gets repetitive. I would think.

I enjoyed driving around the town of Petaluma yesterday. Looking at areas l don't usually venture into. Nice communities. Normally l go on the main streets to a shopping center and then home.
It was nice and the company was pleasant. Don't mind taking people anywhere when they are pleasant and interesting.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 8:57:42 PM

We have been on long ferry rides off Norway and Newfoundland, but the only strictly pleasure cruise was on a schooner sailing off the coast of Maine. Fun, but not like a party cruise -- the passengers had to help hoisting the sails or we couldn't leave port! And we'd love to be able to go back - but certainly not this year. The contractor keeps dropping by and saying that he will start our repair work "next week" -- for 3 weeks running so far. But that's okay, since we aren't in a real rush; we just want it done properly.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:20:19 PM

I'm glad you enjoyed the Alaska cruse.

My friend said it was not a very big ship, so it only took so long to walk the length of it. A fair portion of the entertainment was crew people doing things that they were not that great at. He said many of the things to do at ports were over priced. He watched more movies, than he would not normally watch on the cruse & slept a lot.

This guy is usually quite positive about his travel experiences, but maybe he has been so many places that this just didn't measure up for him. Plus I think his wife wanted to go more then he did, so maybe his attitude about the trip was not great in the first place. He is not a nature guy either, but He did like the glaciers & wales.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:44:04 AM

Recently a GB stated he was afraid he wouldn't retire because he wouldn't know what to do ... He lives in FLA. l reminded him he was already in a retirement area. Just needed to find fun things to do. But mostly the rest of us say, "where did the day or month go?"

Today l am taking a friend to Petaluma to look at other senior apts. She wants more activities and bigger town. The problem with it is and I told her several negatives, we have long wait lists and we are old..But for her, the negatives here are getting to her and she feels she will be healthier away from her particular apt. There is a lot of smoke there and restaurant food smells and biggie is allergy trees too close. I reminded her that they don't pay utilities nor have a pool. She doesn't care about that, so today we will go look and talk about the positives. On the way home we can buy fresh fruits at Sprouts. There are even roadside strawberry fields.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:12:08 AM

Good idea Playtime. My son is almost 50 and l encourage him all the time to start getting his total checkups, but he has some back problems and that is all he wants to work with. I think his eyes and teeth also need to get started watching.

I loved the Alaska cruise. Maybe it depends on which liner you take. My son went with and he found plenty to do at night on the ship and of course all the flying onshore etc. I set a much slower pace with bike tours and such.

I gambled aboard and won 2 big jackpots which allowed my son to take more expensive tours ashore. I paid for the cruise that way. (Then quit gambling)

[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/26/2014 10:14:09 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 7:37:14 PM

Hey everybody.

Ive never been on a cruise before... Well there was the little one on our local Cuyahoga River & out along lake Erie, But it was less then a "3 hour tour"! lol...

Plenty of guys I work with have been on cruses & they love them. One of the guys just got back from the Alaska cruise. Though from his review of it, you may want to wait until your of retirement age. There were not as many affordable activities as he would have liked.

I spent some of my day at the doctors office. Nothing wrong, just at age 50 its time for some preventative maintenance.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:04:26 AM

LOL cute Baylee, and probably true. l have seen videos of dogs enthralled with certain TV shows including musicals.

I invited a lady via message to come and we could go to Napa, the coast or Ukiah and she never returned my call. Saw her late and she didn't mention the call, so neither did l. She just said to the group that she had a particularly bad day. l had hoped to take her on a drive to get her mind off of her pain. Didn't work.

I just went to library and store and closed up the house as our temps are going up and up the next week. That is how l handle it. Open now and when house gets as cool as it will, l close up and hold the cool most of day.

I commented again at how few flies or bugs we have flying around and how lucky we are to be able to sit out til dark, some stay even later, without pesky gnats and flies etc.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:41:16 PM

Ir we wanted to, we could see 3 different Shakespeare plays outdoors this weekend! And there are dance performances that are out of town this week but will be downtown in another couple of weeks. And the dog will get to go as well - he's very cultured!
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:30:36 AM

diva that is impressive to me, as it is the only trip left on my wish list.
Wonderful that you had that nice experience.
I took my trips from this area and were nice too. Aren't we lucky?
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:53:14 PM

DK, that does sound lovely. We are spending our money on repairing a cool old building we have as an "extra" on our property. Not glamourous, but useful. And we do feel a hundred miles away when we are there.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:49:29 PM

Mr. Diva and I had a wonderful cruise to the Caribbean. A couple of pool/beach days in Florida before heading back to reality.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 6:22:46 PM

I haven't been taking it easy. I brought in a chest of drawers, moved lots of furniture and stored some items in Space bags. Brought food items to frontroom etc.
Summmer, it rained just a bit today. There are some menacing clouds. It would be nice for our drought but very unusual for this area.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 8:23:10 PM

I spent most of the day today driving the wife around from one doc office to another. Seems she has some fluids in her knee.
Before I moved to Cleveland I had rarely been to a hospital. Its seems Ive been to every one of them in the last 16 years.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:21:34 PM

Tru, a Chinese or Indian buffet can be a good deal, if you don't have to rush away.

And yes, I could spend a lot of time doing amusing things in TO. There are outdoor music festivals just about every summer weekend, and a dance evening plus ye classic Shakespeare-in-the-park. But I use so much gas getting back and forth that it would add up to enough to pay for a real trip if I went downtown too many times. My limit these days is about once a week.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:54:53 AM

Morning:
For those who can't travel, there are lots of things local to do eh Baylee?
Then there is enjoying friends who also remain home. I am trying to get some of the pot luck group to go out to lunch once a month. But even that is costly to some of them. l have the money, but hate to pay for overpriced food. LOl. I want to get something l don't fix at home. Like battered shrimp. Some chinese foods. I like the buffets where l can try new things.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 4:45:59 PM

We're hoping to go visit friends and relations in Ottawa sometime soon. Won't cost much, but we need to find the time free as well.

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:19:46 PM

The little black leaf eating bug turns out to be a weevil, witch is a type of beetle. I'll be looking up about a little brown bug today.

I worked to day for our weekend guy. He left for Anchorage today to do the cruse back to Vancouver. At least someone is traveling! It was a slow day today, so I got a lot of cleaning done.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 5:31:59 PM

We'd love to go and do stuff, but I don't get paid in the summer, so we're kinda poor right now.

Once we all go back to school (kids, both of us teachers), there won't be time to go anywhere anymore other than to visit my son in college (about 3.5 hour drive each way).
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 5:14:41 PM

BayleeBuggy, This coming week on the Polar Bear express to Moosonee and in October the Agawa Canyon train from Sault Ste Marie. Last day of this season.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 1:32:19 PM

Tru, Target bought out and shut down a chain of stores, called Zellers. I was annoyed to begin with, since I used to buy basic stuff there like pet supplies and boring shoes. Then staff people told me that T. would not give them any preference in re-hiring. That made me very annoyed.

Then T spent many months - 6 or even longer - redoing all the stores, and missed at least 1 Xmas season that way. And the one store I looked at thoroughly had EVERYTHING changed around - washrooms switched from one corner to the exact opposite. Lots of expense and no reason to do it!

I've also heard that the stores are usually empty of stock, and the management thought they could sell exactly the same stuff as the US stores, charge a lot more, and people here would buy it! NOT!

Anyway, to get back on topic, one thig I'm not doing this summer is shopping there! I just got back from a farmers' market with a big basket of peas, so I will be eating them straight from the pod until I finish them. Much nicer than any candy.

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 11:30:30 AM

Morning:
Baylee, what's that about Target?
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 7:36:09 PM

Jetta Pilot, that trip sounds wonderful! I always wanted to do the Agawa Canyon, but I think that line has been shut for good. But I did get to Chirchill, Man. once, in the beginning of Nov. to see polar bears. As well, there were some great Northern lights displays. There is a train line to there as well, but it would have taken forever.

Walmart opened here several years ago, but I've never shopped at one. And Target is busy at losing their shirts after some very strange business decisions. Too bad, eh?
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 12:13:27 PM

I found out the big orange bugs are grape vine eaters. I will kill them on sight from now on. some of the little black ones Ive seen around, prove to be leaf eaters too. I must have knocked 30 of them into my bucket. We have not had a flea problem here this year. Maybe the hard cold winter killed them off. I did find one tick on the dog & promptly worked it off her & killed it.

I have been a Sam's Club member for 16 years, but a few weeks ago the wife & I got a Costco membership. Sam's discontinued a couple things I use all the time & Costco seems to have better & more healthy stuff, and they are closer to the house in an area we shop at a lot.
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 10:29:15 AM

Morning:
Housekeeper just returned from trip. She has a dog. She found a tick she said on my floors when swiffering. I have never had a tick here. I do bring in pincher bugs in the seed pods once in awhile.
Hope we don't have ticks. If so, l am getting the insect man to spray the inside of this apt.

I joined the much put down (by me) Costco. I got my over the counter drugs at way lower prices than Walmart. But they don't carry everything..such as plant food. l went online to price Miracle grow water soluable food and found even Target beat Walmart at this. Thank goodness for the internet. I can make sure l get the lowest price around. Costco is good for large families or people who don't like to shop often, but for a single person, the 12 to a package fruits are just not a good idea. If I can freeze what l buy, then fine. Or like the coupons for water filters etc, that works too. But their gas prices are same most places or even beat by Rotten Robbie's 10c off per gallon.

Right Jetta Pilot, but l also said any plans as well as trips. Plans include day to day activities too. Smile. I should have been more clear. Good luck on your trip, it sounds spectacular.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/12/2014 10:34:08 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 10:08:39 AM

To get this topic back on track about summer trips !!!!!!!!

Monday morning I will be driving about 500 miles north and then on Tuesday take a 5 1/2 hour train trip to Moosonee at the bottom of James Bay and at the edge of the Arctic.
This will be the furthest north I will ever be with my feet on the ground.

[Edited by: Jetta_Pilot at 7/12/2014 10:10:07 AM EST]
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