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PennGas

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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2005 7:04:52 PM

Let's say hello to my friend from Boston!!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 2:55:39 AM

Good morning Fire!

Watched a fascinating movie on the Portland, Oregon Mavericks. The owner was Kurt Russell's dad, Bing Russell. He was best known as Deputy Sheriff Clem on "Bonanza" for many years and on many western movies. Bing created the only independent baseball team in America in 1973, the legendary Portland Mavericks.

He placed ads in the sports magazine hoping 30-40 would show for tryouts. 300+ arrived for the tryouts. He paid the players out of his own pockets. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball.

Bing's Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell — Bing's son — as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of America's beloved bubblegums — the Big League Chew.

The team was as much about the independent spirit as it was about baseball. The Mavericks' in your face attitude was contagious to fans, and during their reign (1973-1978), they — and Bing Russell — said to MLB we're playing this game on our terms, not yours.

They were the real life Bad News Bears. Their sell out crowds broke all the records for an A Team. The name of the documentary is "The B@ttered B@stards of B@seball," 73 min It debuted at the July 11, 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the Netherlands.

Produced for and is exclusive on Netflix. First month is Free! Loved the movie as much as baseball is loved. A 6 out of 5 stars. Don't make the error of assuming one must be a baseball fan to enjoy this. It works just as well as a story of the little guy sticking it to the man. The man in this case is the court-protected giant known as Major League Baseball.

Went out and weeded to my hearts content late morning. The back support is the finest $14 investment ever made. Got evey weed wanted removed, added some Preen (It is organic!) until it ran out.

Peeled some of the other town's newsprint that stuck to the soil when some of the wildflower seeds were sown. Then started digging at the 2' x 4' riprap on either end. After 30 minutes of work w/o progress, the answer arrived.

Picked up all the smaller rocks, throw them in the hole, then filled the hole w/composted manure and my excellent homemade compost. Left the boulders on the opposite ends and planted the annuals bought earlier this month in the filled in area. Job completed.

Civil twilight is 4:58 AM EDT. Night is 8:46 PM.

Sunrise: 5:31 AM. Set: 8:12 PM.

Length of day: 14h 40m. Length of visible light: 15h 47m. Tomorrow will be 2m 21s shorter.

The temp is 54° (12°C) with the high to be 70° (21°C). Chance of rain 50%. 70% chance this afternoon w/t-storms.

Off to the market for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 4:47:34 AM

Good morning Fire!

Watched an intense episode of "The Greatest Tank Battles in History". In October of 1973 Syria launched a sneak attack on Israel in the Golan Heights.

A few outnumbered tanks manage to hold off an invasion of overwhelming size in one of the greatest tank battles ever waged. On streaming Netflix. 5/5 stars.

Got to read the May issue of Outdoor Photography that has the annual Landscape Special. Lots of action shots in sports, travel, wildlife and scenery.

Went out at 10 AM to perform lots of garden maintenance. The rain we had, 1.43 inches in 24 hours and 5.88 for the month grew the lawn veggies flowers and the weeds.

Concentrated getting the weeds out. Also one of my beef steak tomato plants keeled over due to the extra weigh if rain. Needed to push the 5' wire cage in the soil deeper and prop out the sides w/wood.

Mowed the last half of the lawn. The soil was so saturated that at times my steps squeezed out water. The wheels sank nearly 1" in those areas as well. It was fun to cut it in temps of just 61° (16°). Truly a no sweat experience.

Finished the lawn just in time for the Recycle Center to open at its noon to 5 PM time on Tuesdays. Brought the glass, tin cans, mags, paper and a collapsed metal chair to the transfer station.

Returned home instead of going to town and spending money. Watched the pilot show of the first Star Trek from 1966. Did not know Majel Barrett, the voice of all the computers in the 4 separate series, Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation and the wife of series creator Gene Roddenberry in real life and Leonard Nimoy were the only two of the original cast in episode 1. Am a Trekker, all of them, from Day 1.

Civil twilight is 4:57 AM EDT. Night is 8:47 PM.

Sunrise: 5:30 AM. Set: 8:13 PM.

Length of day: 14h 43m. Length of visible light: 15h 50m. Tomorrow will be 2m 19s shorter.

The temp is 49° (9°C) with the high to be 73° (23°C) in beautiful clear skies.

Have a fabulous day!

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:26:39 PM

Evening Fire!

Long day at work, setting up for even a longer week. Been dry around here, have hoses/sprinklers out to put moisture in, will have to finish on Friday, we have odd/even sprinkling.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 2:45:10 AM

Good morning Fire!

Had very light, yet steady rain in the wee hours yesterday morning. At 8:15 AM the moderate rain arrived. Soon after the t-boomers started. Closed up and saved my work, shut the computer down, then unplugged the electricity to the pc and the modem. Also disconnected the phone line from the modem.

Decided to head back to Whitefield. Wanted to see if all my medical records were send from the former clinic. Had asked two weeks ago for some previous years lab results. They were waiting for me at the reception desk.

Stopped at that town's Subway for a breaky combo. $3 for a white egg, bacon (or ham) cheese and all the veggies. A 16 oz coffee is included. While inside the sky opened up and quarter dollar sized rain drops bounced off the pavement.

A wave of water poured down the paved road nearby. Could see a brook two inches deep flowing. Vehicles slowed down. Think the drivers all were worried about slipped down that road.

Visited my pal the meat mgr.When he came out of the meat cutting room He was asked by me, "How's your osmolarity?" He looked, squinted, and said How's my what?

Explained osmolarity is used to determine certain medical conditions, like the dissolved particles in urine. Read that on my newly rec'd Lab results and wanted to have fun.

Bought another pkg of the three fish cakes with potato as a filler. Liked it and it was also fully cooked in the cold case.The price was exceptionally low.

This store has fabulous low meat and fish prices, in general. Compared to our high priced Shaw's.

It rained steady mostly moderate from 8:15 until 2 PM. Then it rained lightly, finally stopping at 2:30. We rec'd 1.72 yesterday and so far 4.54" for the month. The sky became bright, saw blue patches, then the sun returned. Mostly cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny.

Civil twilight is 4:56 AM EDT. Night is 8:48 PM.

Sunrise: 5:29 AM. Set: 8:15 PM.

Length of day: 14h 45m. Length of visible light: 15h 52m. Tomorrow will be 2m 16s shorter.

The temp is 57° (14°C) with the high to be 70° (21°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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dickc49
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:53:46 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Well, that was quite storm that came through! Had a tornado warning with it. It appears Revere got hit by it. Storm pass3ed over us, but nothing was seen except lots of rain in a short time. Some roads closed from flooding including a portion of route one. Sun is out now. Good old New England. If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:57:57 AM

Morning Fire!

Overcast here this a.m., out earlier in the hot tub with coffee. Have all sorts of errands today. Will it ever end?

Still have to return and catch up on the postings. Have a good day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 3:31:30 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went out early yesterday morning to harvest strawberries and some blueberries. Have enough for about two meals. Probably will be the fruit in 1% milk and with cereal. Got the berries before the birds did.

Checked out all the plants, flowers and the wildflower areas. All is growing well w/o slugs or rabbits having a free buffet. Covered the 1 lb cottage cheese containers the ammonia and my scent is in.

This is working well. The third day w/o the annual flowers being eaten by rabbits. Also read a 3 ft piece of a used garden hose as a fake snake is another good rabbit deterrent. Hope to find a used hose at the transfer station sometime soon.

Drove to visit my pal the meat mgr at Mac's Market in Whitefield. Haven't seen him in a few weeks. Bought some Shooner 2.5" fish cakes made of three types of fish and potato as a filler. No MSG on the label and a swell $1.99 a pound.

Asked he how Shaws can sell Split boneless chicken breast and bone in pork sirloin cutlets for $1.49 a lb for both this week. He said his cost is $1.60.

Then Shaw's is truly selling both as a loss leader, hoping other products are bought while its customers are in the store. Stopped in Shaws to buy a pkg of of the split chicken breasts.

Looking forward to cooking them in the crock pot soon w/lots of veggies. Stopped at the Main St field where the Civil War re enactment soldiers spent the night in their tents. Will have photos to share in a day or so.

Had a nice big healthy spinach, green leaf lettuce salad, along w/many different veggies w/chunks of ham and cheese along w/ two of the fish patties. They are about the thickness and size of a wide mouth Nalgene bottle. No chemicals in them that made me want to eat more.

Had two hours of rain late morning. Forecast is for scattered thunderstorms during the night into late morning. Nothing arrived as this was typed.

Listened to the home team play the Seattle Mariners w/the windows and doors open in a fabulous 71° (21°C) w/a 3-12 mph (4-19 kmph) breeze. Nice to avoid the other half of the lawn that needs to be mowed due to it being soaked.

Civil twilight is 4:54 AM EDT. Night is 8:49 PM.

Sunrise: 5:28 AM. Set: 8:16 PM.

Length of day: 14h 47m. Length of visible light: 15h 55m. Tomorrow will be 2m 14s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 72° (22°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 3:55:01 AM

Good morning Fire!

Completed the last of the forms from TIAA CREF. Am thinking the paperwork is finally completed, ending of this book, the final page is completed.

Went out to see a rabbit running away from my tomato plants. Rabbits are not fond on tomatoes, yet if they are hungry they will eat anything green. Or at least taste test it.

The containers of ammonia and my scent around the annuals, perennials, and wildflowers are working great. No nibbing or plant loss is seen. Like this method, except in rainy weather. Read mothballs work also and the rain does not dissolve them.

Watered all the plants, flowers, new lawn and wildflowers. Saw the newest wildflower seeds are germinating fabulously. At 10AM jumped into the Dart and took a drive to downtown Lancaster.

Mailed the letter to TIAA CREF, then saw the downtown Street Fair was beginning. Parked in the motel lot beside the P.O. Took my camera and saw the field across the St on US Rt3 had 100's of people.

It was a Civil War reenactment of 2 dozen men w/genuine uniforms, muskets, and cannons. Tents of the era were set up as well as the style of cooking pots and pans on several fires.

The drums beat, the lieutenant shouted, "Fire!" Muskets filled the air with smoke. The order "Fire at will," was commanded. There were two 3" (76.2 mm) cannons. None were fired.

The Main St was jammed with vehicles, in fact it was the first time seeing stop and go traffic. Vendors lined both sides with their merchandise along with booths selling fried dough to lobster rolls.

Our visitor's Center held the antique, muscle, and classic car show. 100's, if not a thousand folks were enjoying the fabulous 73° (23°C) sunshine in nearly clear skies.

One fellow had a giant pure black and shiny Newfoundlander that was handsome. There was a civilian owned Army store that sold equipment, rations, and supplies that would follow the troops.

A pair of leather Army boots just below the knee were $15 in those days. A private in 1860 was paid $13 a month. It was raised in June 1864, when soldiers rec'd $16 a month.Civil twilight is 4:53 AM EDT. Night is 8:51 PM.

Sunrise: 5:27 AM. Set: 8:17 PM.

Length of day: 14h 49m. Length of visible light: 15h 57m. Tomorrow will be 2m 12s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 74° (23°C) in partly cloudy skies. Rain/t-storms are expected later.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 12:53:04 PM

Good Morning Fire!

Overcast here, clear skies earlier, was in the hot tub with coffee earlier this a.m. Forecast is for sunny and 89 today. Invited by friends to come over this afternoon to soak in their tub. Checked the weather map and big storm coming from the southwest headed for the TC's, in the Sioux Falls, SD area now, but no mention of it hitting us. I don't know? Sure looks like it'll be here, unless it's moving REAL SLOW.

We returned from Billings, MT were there for 9 days, took a Jefferson coach to Williston, then on Amtrak on a sleeper which included meals. It was a comfortable trip back to the TC's!

Hope all is well. Will return to catch up on the posts.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:25:39 AM

Good morning Fire!

Saw the extremely powerful movie "Mississippi Burning" (1988) 128 min. A crime, drama, mystery, and deep southern Civil Rights issues of the '60's in fictional rural Jessup County, Mississippi.

The FBI sends a couple of mismatched agents in to search for three civil rights activists. One agent (Gene Hackman) is 'old school', sly, and knows his enemies a little too well. The other (Willem Dafoe) is a naive Kennedy fire-eater, ready to bring the full force of the FBI and military down upon this small town's head.

These FBI agents investigate the murders of civil rights workers during the early 1960s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Mississippi town where segregation divides black and white... and the KKK rules.

Well-acted, compelling, great script. Fantastic message. 5/5 stars.

Returned to Big Papas Produce Mkt Bought two big red bell peppers for $1.25. Also bought two pineapples for $1.50 ea. Had them cored for a mere 50¢ more.

The owner had to return to the Boston Produce Center Late Thursday night. He nearly sold out of everything. This privately owned market continually gives all supermarkets a fabulous run for their money w/the freshest fruit, prices and low prices.

Bought Bone In pork sirloin chops during the start of Shaws weekly sale.

Not many can beat the $1.49 a lb in this area. Also bought a 1.5 lb container of fat free cottage cheese for $2 a lb. It goes great w/cold sliced pineapple.

Returned home to water all plants,flowers and newsprint covered the new seed. Used the small1 lb containers to fill up w/my scent around the wildflowers and the annuals to repellent the rabbits. Read that mothballs and cayenne pepper also work well.

Took a 90 minute nap over sitting in the sun. Had been up for over 11 hours and felt sleepy. Always feels super after a good sound nap. Will sit in the sun after this post.

Civil twilight is 4:52 AM EDT. Night is 8:52 PM.

Sunrise: 5:26 AM. Set: 8:18 PM.

Length of day: 14h 51m. Length of visible light: 16h 00m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 52° (11°C) with the high to be 79° (26°C) in clear skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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dickc49
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:17:03 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Hope you are having better work days, especially today being Friday! How long before you have your 30 years in? Glad we have a cooler much less humid day today. Dew point is down to 52. Wish it would stay that low all summer. Going to go out and work in the yard today as a result. Will see what my back lets me get done. Its been bothering me more lately. Going to the docs Aug 6 and will ask why.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 4:00:45 AM

Good morning Fire!

Loved the low of 59° (15°C) Wednesday night. Had the windows open all night and the front door open part way. A ceiling fan in my bdrm cranked in the cool air from outdoors. Temp indoors dropping to 64° (18°C), perfect for my house plants.

Left early and took the fireroad the last half of the journey to Littleton. Bought were lemons 2/$1, limes 4/$1, giant heads of green lettuce $1.18 ea, avocados 98¢ ea, green bean $1.38 a lb, bing cherries $2.49 a lb, 40 cukes ¢ ea, and baby bella 10 oz for $2.25

Passed on grapes at $2.38 a lb. Mainly as lots are left over from last week. The bags are big at 2.5-3 lbs. Will only buy 1-1.5 lbs in the future.

Returned home to put the produce away. Then checked all the plants for damage from the t-storm the early evening before. No plants or even the flowers were damaged.

Mowed the lawn in the most pleasant conditions. Finished half of the 1.5 acres. Humidity was 48% w/the dew point a gentle 52° (11°C). In fact it was a superb day w/the high a pleasing 73° (23°C) and the wind 4-8 mph (6.5-13 kph).

Drove to the P.O.for the first time this week. In the mail was the requested Zio Heart Monitor results and a letter from my PCP dated 4 days ago. My heart randomly goes fast for brief intervals with a condition know as Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Will talk to the doc about it during my appointment in 1 week. Not worried at all.

The oral surgery was cancelled as the anesthesiologist can not work next week. It was scheduled for Wedhe 30th at 8 AM. This will also delay my hip surgery for another month. Am disappointed in the continuing delay.

Civil twilight is 4:51 AM EDT. Night is 8:53 PM.

Sunrise: 5:25 AM. Set: 8:19 PM.

Length of day: 14h 54m. Length of visible light: 16h 02m. Tomorrow will be 2m 02s shorter.

The temp is 49° (9°C) with the high to be 78° (24°C) in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:47:05 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Been away haven't had an opportunity to stop and visit, I'm sure have alot to catch up on, looks like two weeks ago I visited.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 4:27:43 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went outdoors at 7:45 AM to dig up the final bare section where the former wild blackberries grew. Naturally with removing all roots, rocks and soil never loosened before, it was a job that took longer than expected.

The pitchfork did the heavy work, then the steel rake did the fine turning. Hand broadcast the wildflower seed, added some composted dry manure over the seed, then used the back side of the yard rake to wiggle soil over the seed.

Added some water to soak that area, newsprint was laid over, then the newspaper was drenched. Added some small roots to hold the print down. Saw the seed planted beside this area 2-3 days ago is germinating wonderfully. Went to the bare spot the grouse dug in the first wildflower area.

My liquid scent the day before did a fabulous job of keep it from returning. Scraped up that 18" circular area with the yard rake, seeded it, then also eased the soil over the seed. Watered, covered it, watered the print, then added some stones to prevent the wind from moving it.

Watered the remaining plants and new spots in the lawn. Sweat soaked my t-shirt and rolled down my back and head. Worked 2.5 hours in the gardens. By 10:15 the temp had climbed to 81°, the humidity was 69%, with the dew point a nasty 68°. The high of the day was 87° (31C).

By 1 PM heavy rain and t-storms let loose some miles north of me. Lots of yellow and plenty of red on the radar map indicated a very severe storm. Cold air arrived north of me. Temp dropped 20° (32C to 20C) in an hour.

The clouds made the sky very dark. Then the wind arrived. Had 2 hours of thunderstorms, no hail, with large raindrops the size of quarters late afternoon into the evening. No power outages in my area.

Civil twilight is 4:50 AM EDT. Night is 8:54 PM.

Sunrise: 5:24 AM. Set: 8:20 PM.

Length of day: 14h 55m. Length of visible light: 16h 04m. Tomorrow will be 2m 3s shorter.

The temp is 62° (17°C) with the high to be 76° (24°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Off to the market to find deals and for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 10:52:06 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Hope you like the hot and humid, we sure have it today. I will be INSIDE as much as possible! Wife has a sweater on, I am comfortable. Par for the course. Got a nice paper based package of Ancestry data on my soon to be son in law from his mother. Took a few days, but I now have his (and my grandsons) tree built back to the early 1800's. Will be inside most all of today. Its too hot to be outside today!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 3:41:41 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went out at 8 AM yesterday to water all the plants, enjoy the sun rising over the forest, and the splendid new day. Near the road the smaller of the two patches of wildflowers had a 16" circle bared to the ground.

A grouse feather remained as evidence of what dug into the already soft hand tilled soil and spent the night.

Added some repellent to the area, reseeded it, watered the brushed in soil, covered it w/newsprint, and watered the soil. Will see if the deer and rabbit repellent along w/a human smell added to the ground will keep the pesky critter off my wildflowers.

Got ready for my 11 AM diabetes orientation visit and left right away north of Lancaster to the lovely Town Of Groveton. The Medical Center was real easy to find as it is two doors down from the Fire Station.

Was taken into the office minutes after may arrival, escorted to an exam room by a nurse which took my vitals. This day my pulse was 74 w/my BP at 139 over 78.

My weight was an entire 1 pound down from two weeks earlier. Now down 5 lbs since March. The Doc came in and introduced herself w/a smile. Again by her first name. Really like the friendliness.

Did let her talk for some minutes. When she began to explain the basics of carbs calories and sugar intake, she was stopped. Let her know the basic when well known and to get right into the nitty gritty of our meet.

She explained my pancreas is producing plenty of insulin yet my cells, all of the were rejecting this. Elaborated how my hip cartilage wore down to the bone and hiking, 40 miles (64 km) each week w/10-15,000 ft (3000- 4,800 km) of elevation each week had to stop.

Further explained my new thirst and desire for apple, blueberry, egg custard pie w/ice cream, and lemonade (sugar) along with my habit of bread, pasta, rice, and pizza (carbs).

She did a meal by meal in depth analysis of my typical meals for a week. She calculated that of the target of 200 grams of carbs ea day, my highest is 195 w/my lowest being 180 grams. That is how my weight has dropped nice and slow at 1 lb per month.

She was thrilled that my snacks are mainly avocados and grapes and my use of cinnamon (Decreases Blood Sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol) is substantial. The 10 benefits of cinnamon (a quick read list) has been known for over two thousand years.

In the summary of yesterday's visit the doc wrote: "Patient is quite knowledgeable in nutrition, had given up a lot of carbs, and sugar which is reflected in his 5 lb weight loss."

Know by lowering carbs and all sugar intake my weight will continue to see pounds lost. She gave a goal of losing 11 more lbs. In this manner no meds will be needed to control the borderlin diabeties. Happy to be healthy.

Civil twilight is 4:48 AM EDT. Night is 8:55 PM.

Sunrise: 5:23 AM. Set: 8:21 PM.

Length of day: 14h 58m. Length of visible light: 16h 07m. Tomorrow will be 2m 2s shorter.

The temp is 63° (17°C) with the high to be 86° (30°C). Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon along w/a t-banger.

"Thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds...large hail...heavy rainfall and frequent lightning." -wunderground.com. Just like a real storm.

Have a fabulous day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 4:25:36 AM

Good morning Fire!

The low was 50° (15°C) yesterday. The windows were open all night with the house cooling off to a lovely 66° by 8 AM. Spent 90 minutes doing the laundry. Had a 6 inch white egg and bacon w/jack cheese and a 12oz coffee for $3.27 inc tax while in Littleton.

Stopped at Olympic Sports to exchange a printed t-shirt of the reigning World Series champs. Seems the thread in the right underarm was not fully stitched. No problem to exchange it for another.

Headed to the Physician Offices at the Littleton Regional Hospital for my 10:30 appointment. This new and modern hospital with the latest healthcare equipment greatly expanded on the east side and had to have a road relocated 1,000 ft from its original location.

Went to the Eye care unit. It looks fabulous w/a waterfall in the lobby that was 24' tall. Five tiers the water falls. Plants surround the base of the 14' pond. A fantastic indoor display.

Lots of beautiful photography framed 16"x 24" on the walls. Love the North Country hospitality. Everyone smiles and introduces themselves by their first names.

Arrived before time and filled out the typical 3 page form, which is routine and expected. Waited all of 5 minutes before a female tech called me inside the exam room.

Lots of Q's were asked by the tech and by me. All the wonderful eye tests were performed. Then the dilation drops were inserted.Can tell this tech is well qualified. She pulls down the skin beneath the eye. the drops were aimed and a bullseye was accurate.

After the drops took effect the good OD (eye doc) came in smiling, shook my hand and introduced himself, also by his first name. He tested for glaucoma, then tested retina pressure and looked inside the retina w/a magnifying lens and strong lighting.

He said my retina is perfect and has no signs of any problems in the future. No glaucoma either. Said my vision has superimposed jagged bright spots know as ocular migraine. (A quick 49 sec video of it starting and it seen at the max)

Asked while here about and eye vision exam. He said it would be a false reading w/my retinas being dilated. The desk gave me an appointment in three weeks.

Also given to me was a Rollens wrap around sun glasses. With my retinas dilated to the max, the bright sun was intolerable. This simple device filters out the UV rays superbly. Sat in the sun reading for an hour.

Returned home to water the gardens, the new lawn repairs, and the new germinating wildflowers. All is growing exceptionally well. A fantastic sight and a super happy feeling.

Civil twilight is 4:47 AM EDT. Night is 8:56 PM.

Sunrise: 5:22 AM. Set: 8:22 PM.

Length of day: 15h 0m. Length of visible light: 16h 09m. Tomorrow will be 2m 0s shorter.

The temp is 56° (13°C) with the high to be 86° (30°C). Two more sunny days ahead.

An appointment w/a diabetic specialist at Weeks Memorial Hospital on dieting to lower glucose levels is at 11AM.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 12:17:09 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: My grandson had his third birthday yesterday so we had the party at his house. Everyone had a good time and that kid now has more toys than Toys R US. He is going to have a blast. His Mom and Dad now have to figure out where to put it all! <He He>
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 3:39:50 AM

Good morning Fire!

Finished my Starcraft: Brood War battles early yesterday morning taking turns being a member of the terran, zerg, and protoss races. Lots of joy playing land, air and deep space battles.

Went out mid morning to look at the straw and blue berries. All is well. Plants wildflowers, and the repairs to the lawn are going very well. The new grass is 2" tall. Decided to remove its newsprint and water w/fertilizer.

Worked prying out the humongous rip rap in the now 2' x 6' hole. Using boulders for a basic lever & fulcrum. This riprap must be very deep, very heavy and very huge.

Could not even move it after 1 hour of solid effort. A new plan is to dug under it and have it collapse at least 3 inches below the lawn grade. Then plant the annuals bought for this area the beginning of July.

Dug up the roots and rocks in the final remaining section that contains the newly planted wildflower seeds. Added a new 4' x 5' extension w/a fine looking radius corner.

Have a mere 2' x 4' area to plant the remaining wildflowers. All is growing well. Harvested some strawberries and enough blueberries for a pleasing snack. Temp rose to 84° (29°C) for the high in clear skies.

Am listening to the K.C. Royal challenge the home team on the net. Home team leads it. Will return outdoors after this post to listen to the game and improve my tan.

Civil twilight is 4:46 AM EDT. Night is 8:58 PM.

Sunrise: 5:21 AM. Set: 8:23 PM.

Length of day: 15h 02m. Length of visible light: 16h 11m. Tomorrow will be 1m 56s shorter.

The temp is 52° (11°C) with the high to be 82° (28°C). Three more sunny days ahead.

Looks like a fine morning to get my laundry done. Have an eye exam scheduled for 10:30 at the Littleton Regional Hospital.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 3:02:16 AM

Good morning Fire!

Yesterday saw another cool morning w/a low of 46° (8°C). The windows were opened at 6 AM for some fresh air an a blast of the mtn air to remain in the house all day. Readied my Dart with boxes of various recyclables for the Center.

The featured item this week was a heavy metal desk. This is tall enough to stand at and work. Even has a foot rest. Would imagine someone w/a giant basement and a pickup truck will take it home.

Decided to take a slow drive to Littleton. Expected the State Police to be riding the highways looking for speeders and such over the w/e. Stopped at Shaw's to get in on their weekly sale.

Bought broccoli crowns for 88¢ a lb. It is never that low in these parts. The lowest price in 10 years. Also bought 4 pints of blueberries for $1.50 a pint. Passed on cooked shrimp for $6.99 for a 14 oz bag. Have a dozen in stock.

Stopped back at Big Papa's Fruit and Produce. New price list & 'toons.

Got a deal on avocados that dropped to 88¢ a lb from $1.25 on Thursday. Bought 2¼ lbs of sweet potatoes for just $1. What a deal. Went to visit my pal at Rite Aid. Found he is on a 10 day vacay.

Summer traffic has arrived in Littleton. Needed to pull into a parking lot to turn back. There was a ¼ mile line held up at the 2nd US Rt 302 east light for peeps headed to the big box stores.

Banged a U'ie and returned home via the CT River Hwy. Managed to shop, stay out, and cruise the Blvd's for 3 hours. Returned home to put the produce away then sit in a chair in the sun and read. The high was a dry 78° (26°C) in nearly clear skies.

Civil twilight is 4:45 AM EDT. Night is 8:59 PM.

Sunrise: 5:20 AM. Set: 8:24 PM.

Length of day: 15h 03m. Length of visible light: 16h 13m. Tomorrow will be 1m 54s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 75° (24°C). Further sunny days ahead.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:42:33 PM

Good Afternoon!

Well, last Saturday I decided to go and see what my Hyundai dealer was talking about... I have been getting emails and phone calls from the dealership... "We need your used Hyundai Elantra... Demand is HUGE... Bring it in and buy a new one!"

I took my little red Hyundai Elantra in and let them see what see what they could do. Now mind you, I have only had the car for 3 years and 17 days... I am in a brand new Elantra Limited (the old on was just a plain Elantra). It now has leather interior, 8 way power seats, heated seats, including the back seats (I guess they don't want my butt to get cold!), premium sound system, the coolest wheel covers, and lots lots more for (are you ready for this...) only $29 more per month!!! And, the length of the contract remained the same!!!! They gave me $2,000 OVER the buy out for my little red Hyundai!!! I got a BRAND NEW 2014 Sparking Silver Elantra!!!

I REALLY feel like I did well!!!! What do you think???
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 4:26:06 AM

Good morning Fire!

The temp yesterday morning dropped down to 45°. Had to close the windows when a long sleeve shirt needed to be put on. Had some chicken soup (w/carrots and broccoli) for breaky to warm me up.

Passed time waiting to leave for my transthoracic echocardiogram appointment after my morning rounds by getting lost in some space and land battles of Starcraft: Brood War.

Arrived early at Weeks Memorial Hospital. So early a stroll was taken to the hospital cafeteria. Wanted to know what is typically served for breaky. Saw a staff member w/a huge plate of great looking scrambled eggs.

Asked how much for that? Was told, "$1.25 for the eggs. Bacon is extra." Did not ask the cost of the bacon. Thought the portion and price for the scrambled eggs was great.

In 5 minutes a most beautiful blonde technician called me to conduct my tests. Was astonished at her beauty. There are few truly beautiful women in the area.

She brought me into the cardio lab, my t-shirt was removed, then lied down on my left side. Thought reading could be done brought in a mag. Was told the lights needed to be turned off so the tech could more easily read the monitor.

A few 1" circular patches were added to my skin, clips w/wires added to the metal knobs in the center, the machine turned and it was off to the races. The echocardiographic transducer (or probe) is placed on the chest wall (or thorax) of the subject, and images are taken through the chest wall.

This is a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart. Several questions were asked by me as the tech tested the valves, blood flow, visualize any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation), and to estimate how well the valves open (or do not open in the case of valvular stenosis).

Saw the echocardiogram in the parasternal long-axis view, showing a measurement of the heart's four valves. Also heard the whoosh of the sound of the blood flowing thru my valves.

Naturally she is not allowed to tell me the results. A $200 visit to the heart specialist or a return visit to my PCP in two weeks will tell me the story.

My abnormal heart palpitations did not occur during these tests. They did occur when the Zio Holter monitor was worn for a week. A most interesting hour at the cardiologist's office.

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield. No deal on fish or meat. He was unhappy that his cost continues to increase making the retail price rise. He and his assistant listened intently to my story during their morning break.

Returned home to read in the sun, ponder the day, and the future events. Temp was a pleasing 74° (24°C), a humidity of 44%, w/a most comfortable dew point of 51°F (10.5°C). The wind was 3-11 mph from the WNW.

The only work was watering the gardens. Lots of fun in the sun.

Civil twilight is 4:44 AM EDT. Night is 9:00 PM.

Sunrise: 5:19 AM. Set: 8:25 PM.

Length of day: 15h 05m. Length of visible light: 16h 15m. Tomorrow will be 1m 50s shorter.

The temp is 49° (9°C) with the high to be 79° (26°C). Even more sunny days coming up.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 3:35:52 AM

Good morning Fire!

Left extra early yesterday morning for Littleton. So early, two 6 gallon (22.7 litres) jugs were filled w/spring water. You saw the kettle drum spring at the Littleton/Bethlehem town line in my new album under misc. May have to take a summertime view photo.

Bought at Big Papa's Market were giant heads of green leaf lettuce $1.18 ea, packham pears 4/$1, navel oranges 2/$1, tomatoes $1.44 a lb, limes 4/$1, 1 lb spinach $3, Driscoll 6 ozs raspberries $2, and jumbo eggs $2.25.

Went to WM for a few items. Then stopped at Shaw's. This store had 85% fat free ground beef for $1.99 a lb, a mgr's special. Got a big pkg. Made a burger at home. It is closer to 90% w/little pan grease.

Stopped to visit my pal at Rite Aid. It was his every other Thursday off plus he gets every other w/e off. Nice job to wear a tie everyday.

Worked at weeding and garden maintenance, then sat in the sun and read. Temp was a pleasing 73°F (23°C), humidity 52%, and a fabulous dew point of 52° (11°C). One fine way to spend the early afternoon in the sun.

Have a 9 AM appointment at the cardiologist for an Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). An echocardiogram (aka an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer.

The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.

My new Dr. is determined to get to the bottom of my heart palpitations. Looking forward to this test that should last about 1 hour. Will then have more blood drawn for more lab tests the good doctor wants.

Civil twilight is 4:43 AM EDT. Night is 9:01 PM.

Sunrise: 5:18 AM. Set: 8:26 PM.

Length of day: 15h 07m. Length of visible light: 16h 17m. Tomorrow will be 1m 47s shorter.

The temp is 48° (9°C) with the high to be 76° (24°C). More sunny days coming up.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:23:01 AM

Good morning Fire!

GB site was down at 3:03 AM. Even my homepage said "Report Gas Prices. No current gas prices reported." At 3:12 Am the site was up and running.

Woke up to rain at 1 AM Wed morning. It rained constantly since 2 PM the day before. It ended for the afternoon at 1:30 PM. Rec'd 0.80 inches for the day. 3.0" in total for the month.

Looks like this area is in for a fabulous run of sunny days in the mid to upper 70's (25°C) w/the night dropping to the mid 50's (13°C). Made a wonderful diced onion, sweet pepper, mushroom with ham omelette. Topped that w/cheddar cheese. Low carbs are good.

Was a very good morning to return to sleep after my rounds. Light rain did not stop. Had 2.5 hours extra sleep after my rounds. It felt great to catch more zzz's.

Watched "Green Zone" (2010) 115 min An Action/Drama/Thriller. Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone.

Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader.

Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan,

Magellan told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom?

The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, based on a 2006 non-fiction book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Watch the "Green Zone" for free at this site. Lots of urban combat in Baghdad, Middle East politics and anger, action, twists and turns. 5/5 stars.

The grass seed is germinating perfectly. Soon the newly sowed wildflower seed will also sprout. All plants are as green as can be. Which means they are most happy. Me too.

Civil twilight is 4:42 AM EDT. Night is 9:01 PM.

Sunrise: 5:17 AM. Set: 8:26 PM.

Length of day: 15h 09m. Length of visible light: 16h 19m. Tomorrow will be 1m 45s shorter.

The temp is 57° (14°C) with the high to be 75° (24°C). A fine run of sunny days coming up.

Off to the market later for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 3:28:59 AM

Good morning Fire!

Emptied the few remaining chicken drumsticks in a Pyrex bowl w/a cover. Added carrots, green beans, and added the 1.75 pkg of chicken tenders bought for $3.61 the other day into the clean crockpot.

Two ozs of water added with the crockpot and all the veggies in the microwave for 10 minutes to give the veggies a head start being heated before the tenders.

Began to see a war movie that came out just 4 y/a. It flowed well. Turned it off half way to go outdoors before the t-storms the forecast said would arrive late morning and continue into the afternoon.

Filled up the lawnmower w/gas and mowed. T shirt and head was soaked in sweat. Continued mowing and did not allow the dew point & humidity to bother me.

Finished the remaining lawn. Liked that it was done 2x in 20 days instead of the usual 3x. Returned inside to add cut up broccoli crowns into the crock pot for 25 minutes.

Ate a wonderfully healthy lunch and then returned outdoors. Used the flat shovel to break a few roots remaining where the riprap used to be.

Raked the soil the pitchfork loosened and turned over a few days ago. Former clumps were nicely powered soil. Hand broadcast some of the super great wildflower seed shipped for free to my store last week.

Used the back side of the lawn rake to sweep the seed about ¼ inch into the wood loam.Water it well, then covered the seeded section w/newsprint.

Seeded half the area as a section was beyond my arm reach to cover all of it with newspaper. Added some of the thin roots on top to keep the wind from blowing the print away.

Should germinate in 4 days. Will then complete this section. The other wildflower sections are growing lavishly with seed planted nearly one month ago.

Then it is time to finish the 2' x 4' hole that is now 2' x 6' long and about 14-16"deep. Two boulders remain in the ends. Have zinnias, portulaca, and marigolds well watered in stock waiting for their new home.Civil twilight is 4:41 AM EDT. Night is 9:02 PM.

Sunrise: 5:16 AM. Set: 8:27 PM.

Length of day: 15h 11m. Length of visible light: 16h 21m. Tomorrow will be 1m 41s shorter.

The temp is 67° (20°C) with the high to be 82° (28°C). Light rain since 2 PM yesterday. 0.13 inches so far, 2.87 inches for the month. A 90% chance for a T-storm later.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 11:16:52 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: We have the newest Grandson this morning. We will have him daily until about 12:30 from now on. His Mom had to go back to work Monday as maternity leave was over. My sister will pick him up here and his Dad, who works about a half mile from my sister's house will pick him up and bring him home. We still have the other two grand kids every afternoon. Daughter will still pick up her other son from us in the afternoon.
Boy is it HUMID. Looks like it sticks around all day, and that the rains from the front do not get here until late and into tomorrow morning. It is supposed to clear out by early afternoon and bring us much nicer refreshing air. I wish it would get here faster and stay longer!
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 3:39:48 AM

Good morning Fire!

Slow day outdoors as my late morning doc appointment was my #1 priority. After watering the plants and flowers due to the lack of rain that was not enough to soak the new lawn seed, it was time to visit my new PCP doc.

He said my fasting glucose was on the high side at 115 (74-106 Mg/dl is normal) Told him for a year lemonade was a new drink, pie w/ice cream were new, and a shot of real maple syrup was added to coffee.

He my eating habits changed after all my years of eating select foods. He said to limit carbs such as pizza, bread and pasta, stay away from ice cream, and sugars such as my homemade lemonade.

He also said to lighten up on the maple syrup use in my coffee and on pancakes. That should bring the glucose level well under 100 w/o any meds needed.

Do know that sugar is new to my diet in the past year to 1.5 years. Have avoided it in cereal, oatmeal and all drinks.

He ordered more blood tests, a liver test and a scan to see my heart. Also more blood tests such as Hemochromatosis (Iron Storage Disease) TIBC, along w/ several others asap. The plemobist was on her lunch break. Will go to the hospital for further lab work on at my leisure.

The doc made an appointment for me in 3 weeks to see the results of the new tests. The Holter monitor results were not yet available to him.

Also made a eye doc appointment. Have a jagged orange area that has increased recently that is bothering me. Sometimes there is pressure, tho no sharp pain. Will see this new doc next Monday at Littleton Hospital.

Civil twilight is 4:40 AM EDT. Night is 9:03 PM.

Sunrise: 5:15 AM. Set: 8:28 PM.

Length of day: 15h 12m. Length of visible light: 16h 23m. Tomorrow will be 1m 38s shorter.

The temp is 61° (16°C) with the high to be 80° (27°C). An 80% chance of rain and a T-storm later.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 3:10:24 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went out before the heat of the day arrived and finished loosening the soil and digging out roots and rocks of the 2' x 16' upside down L strip. Did not add seed as the soil was clumpy and wanted the sun to dry it out into flowing powder.

Did lots of garden maintenance. The weeds are growing like mad. Plan to use Preen that is an organic weed preventer for all vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens.

Use Preen once a month and never hand weed again. Here is a list of weeds in one's state. Your state's weed id. Yes, it is 100% organic.

By 10:30 the heat and humidity arrived. The temp was 75°, dew point 66° and the humidity at 73%. Perspiration dripped off my head and rolled down my back. Time to return to the cool house.

Watched a movie classic named "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (1980) 109 min of action and comedy. A giant "word of mouth" transformed Gods into the biggest foreign box office hit ever released in the U.S.

A Sho in the Kalahari desert (An African Bushman) who interacts with modern technology, while there is a lot of adventure, a fair amount of suspense, and even a charming romance.

The Gods Must be Crazy is a very funny but poignant film. The humor ranges from subtle and intellectual to crazy slapstick.Gods is beautifully filmed in exotic locations, a maybe surprising amount of violence a few segments (although somewhat cartoonish and funny violence — these segments often resemble Woody Allen's 1971 film, Bananas),

Unique and different, this film showed a different side of Africa and introduced one of the few genuine characters in the African Bushman. Highly recommended for anyone who has not seen this film. If you can find it, rent it.

This is a classic — a masterpiece — that presents both surface entertainment and complex, deep themes and subtexts. If you haven't seen it yet, you should.

Found another FREE movie site. It is www.allmovie.com. Here is the link to "The Gods Must Be Crazy".

You can read the synopsis first. A delightful diversion from modern violence, albeit a few scenes w/guns in the remote countries of Africa, yet no one is killed, brief tribal nudity, and no profanity. Rotten Tomatoes gives this a 95%. Mine is 5/5 stars.

PCP appointment at 11:15 to find the results of my Holter monitor test (ambulatory electrocardiography device) that kept track of my heart rhythm for 1 week. Seems like it was 1 month ago, instead if it being just 1 week ago.

Civil twilight is 4:39 AM EDT. Night is 9:04 PM.

Sunrise: 5:14 AM. Set: 8:29 PM.

Length of day: 15h 14m. Length of visible light: 16h 25m. Tomorrow will be 1m 36s shorter.

The temp is 66° (19°C) with the high to be 82° (28°C). Steady light rain fell earlier. 0.54 in. Will be a partly cloudy day of sun.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 2:33:22 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went for an early ride to the super WM in the Town of Woodsville. My local WM was out of plain topsoil. Also wanted to see if they had other brands that were remembered from last year.

Spoke to the Garden Center mgr. She also remembers white bags of topsoil that were $1.18 each. Said they were no longer stocked. Bought two of the $1.38 that are stocked.

Stopped at the in store Subway for a white egg ham and cheese w/all the veggies and a hot coffee for $3.27 w/tax. Shopped for a few other food items, then returned to Littleton.

Big Papa's Market were are nearly out of their stock at 10 AM. Any remaining produce is auctioned off Sat at 2 PM. They open oThurs-Fri 8-8 and close for the rest of the week after the Sat afternoon auction.

Bought yellow bell peppers for a deal at $1 a lb and some avocados for $1 each. Want to make healthy guacamole for my salads, eggs, and for a dip w/a Wheat Thin snack.

Returned home to keep the new lawn seed that is covered w/newsprint wet. Passed on working in the 2' x 4' hole, which then became a 2' x 6'w/the boulders. Temp was 80° (27°C) w/a 40% humidity and a dew point at a comfortable 53° (12°C).

Mowed ⅓ of the lawn. Then had a slice of blueberry pie w/Maine blueberry & cream Hood's ice cream on top. Very much enjoyed. Returned outdoors to chip away at the two remaining giant boulders in the final hole and listen to the home team play Houston @ Minute Maid Park in TX.

Civil twilight is 4:38 AM EDT. Night is 9:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:13 AM. Set: 8:29 PM.

Length of day: 15h 15m. Length of visible light: 16h 26m. Tomorrow will be 1m 31s shorter.

The temp is 65° (18°C) with the high to be 84° (29°C). An 80% chance of rain.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 11:58:55 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Overdid it with my back yesterday. It is complaining today. I felt it when I ducked the lilac bush with the lawn mower. Now I have to be careful for a few days. Still have a bit of outside work I wanted to get done today but will have to work very carefully!
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 4:29:22 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went outdoors early yesterday to get a head start of the morning. At 7 AM the temp was 44° (7°C) with the sun still below the forest. Wore a t-shirt and shorts to keep cool.

Grabbed the pitch fork and began to dig out roots, rocks, and loosen the firm soil where my neighbor pushed the riprap out of the way 2 weeks ago. Am still amazed at the many boulder and rocks in a small area. In a 2' x 16' area with a right angle at the top 17 rocks and three boulders were removed. A nice workout.

Watered the newsprint of the grass seed just planted Thursday. The moist paper transfers the water to the soil keeping the seed wet, while the sun can not dry out the soil, and it keeps the birds from eating the seed.

Got ready for my 11:15 dr's appointment and heading down the rolling hills of US Rt 3 south into the Town of Whitefield, NH. Arrived at the clinic to discover my appointment is on Monday at 11:15. Somehow the day was written wrong in my planner.

No matter. Filled my car w/$3.59 gas using my Smart Pay Card at Cumberland Farms. Also made a great tasting 24 ox cup of ice coffe w/French vanilla for 99¢, $1.08 w/tax.

No one in the area can beat Cumberland Farms. Unless you need oj or something at 3 AM. Their staple items are double what is found in a supermarket

Visited my pal the meat cutter at Mac's, then headed back to Lancaster. Shaws has a Wicked Awesome 3 day w/e Sale. Skinless, boneless Cod is $4.99, Strip steak (the large section of a T-bone) is $5.99with Pasta at 88¢ a lb.

Also were reduced chicken tenders that folks were buying by the dozen. Bought 1.75 lbs for $3.99 or $2.28 a lb. Overbought.Must have been hungry.

Got may mail at the P.O. then headed home. Broccoli, carrots Julienne, thick sliced mushrooms, onions, sweet Italian peppers along w/Basmati rice were cooked. Also one of the 3 strip steaks were cooked quite slowing in a ceramic frying pan.

Added some cream of mushroom, evoo with 6 cloves of garlic for a super feast. Blueberry pie and a big scoop of Hoods bb icecream w/cream made an excellent desert.

The day turned out to be gorgeous 79° (26°C), the humidity at 38%, and a pleasant dew point of 50° (10°C). A fabulous breeze was 2-8 mph (3-13 kph.)

Civil twilight is 4:37 AM EDT. Night is 9:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:13 AM. Set: 8:30 PM.

Length of day: 15h 17m. Length of visible light: 16h 28m. Tomorrow will be 1.28s shorter.

The temp is 51° (15°C) with the high to be 82° (26°C) in clear skies.

A beautiful full Moon is shining.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 12:25:21 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Hope all is going well in your neck of the woods. We have some more cooler and drier air. Of course 80°F is not as cool as I would like, but for July........ Going to do a bit of yard work and such while the dew points are low.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 2:46:32 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, Hope to read more of the family feast at your home.

Yesterday morning was so pleasant w/a low of 59° (15°C). It was great to leave the windows open to cool down the house and to breathe fresh air all night. Nearly the same temps are expected for several more days.

Headed to Big Papa's Market (new price list and 'toons!) early to look for deals. Was the 3rd one in the doors. Their 3 garage doors are open w/displays on tables overflowing in the parking lot.

Bought were huge lemons 50¢ ea, limes, 20¢ ea, giant green leaf lettuce heads $1.18, avocados, $1.08 ea, oranges 50¢ ea, jumbo cantaloupes $2.25, green beans 1¼ lbs for $1.88,

Also bought were packham pears 25¢ ea, 5 large bulbs of garlic $1, red grapes $2 a lb, broccoli crowns $1.38, 1 lb strawberries $2.25, and cukes 50¢ ea. Bought more this week as the fridge is getting empty and the prices are low.

Bought 2 bags of no nutrient topsoil at WM, $1.38 for 40 lbs. Visited Shaw's, did not buy anything. Stopped at Martin's Agway for some Contractor's seed. Bought 68¢ worth. They told me to take the seed for free and have a nice day. Thank you Sonny & Diane.

Emptied the car of groceries. Then got to work. Leveled and graded the soil over the tractor tires prints in my lawn. These were made from my neighbor using his tractor to push rip rap (a boulder) into the forest almost two weeks ago.

Spread two 40 lbs bags of the topsoil, hand broadcast the seed, used the snap rake to wiggle the soil over the seed. The seed/soil mix was watered, then covered the area with newspaper. The newspaper was also watered. Added some thin roots to hold the newsprint down.

Completed the remainder after my afternoon posts. The temp was a delightful 74° in clear skies. Humidity a pleasing 40% w/the dew point at a welcomed 48°.

Civil twilight is 4:36 AM EDT. Night is 9:06 PM.

Sunrise: 5:12 AM. Set: 8:30 PM.

Length of day: 15h 18m. Length of visible light: 16h 30m. Tomorrow will be 1.25s shorter.

The temp is 50° (17°C) with the high to be 77° (24°C) in clear skies.

Have a PCP appointment late morning to get the update on my heart monitor reading from last week. Then it is fun in the sun.

Bought my blue 2013 Dodge Dart w/a turbocharger 1 year ago today. It has just under 2,900 miles.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 4:48:54 PM

Afternoon Fire!

We have my wife's family in town, younger sister and husband's son(nephew) getting married on Saturday, majority of family arrived today from Denver and Milwaukee. Another sister arriving tomorrow from northern Wisconsin.

We're having family in town over for dinner, our son grilled chicken thighs, legs and some breasts yesterday on the grill, basted with honey, orange juice and white worchestershire. Wife is making a new oriental salad she received the recipe from an oriental friend, had to go to oriental market to get some of ingredients.

Glad to leave work at 1pm, stopped at the local liquor store, picked up some remaining items. Enjoying a vodka martini on the rocks with two garlic laden olives. Boy is it nice to relax!!! We told everyone anytime after 5:30, think I'll make another martini!

Will stop back later tonight to catch up on the posts.

Will

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 2:18:53 AM

Good morning Fire!

In March of 2013, after 18 years on dial up at $9.95 per month, our local telephone Co., Fair Point Communications finally offered high speed broadband to all in my area.

Phoned the biz office and they said there was a 4 year price lock at $27.99 for 7 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload speeds. Noticed that my Apr-May bill saw a $1 increase. When the June bill was rec'd, there was a $3 increase to $30.99. This w/notice or warning.

Been phoning the biz office since Monday. Always was a computer recording, "All of our reps are busy w/other customers, please continue to wait." Finally spoke to a rep and explained the above to her.

Her answer was the rates are now $41.99 ea month but w/my 4 year 'price lock' $11 would be discounted to make the bill $30.99. Told her that the new cost is completed disputed and never rec'd a price increase notice.

Asked her to mail me a copy of the alleged notice of price increase. Know there was no notice of a price change. Was put on hold. She returned w/a different story.

Now those (like me) on active promotion will be completed credited at some point on their past bills and there will be no price increase. Wrote the info down and thanked her. Seems to have worked out nicely.

Drove to beautiful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconia,_NH]downtown Franconia, NH[/L] to visit my auto insurance Co, and pay next year's premium.

Cost went up just $12. Have max coverage on my 1 year young, slightly used, 2013 Dodge Dart. Now with 2,850 miles.

Bought no nutrient topsoil for a hole filler at WM. Also a bag of composted cow manure to amend to my homemade compost aka black gold. Picked up the wildflower seed the was a ship to store order.

Stopped at Shaw's to look for blueberry ice cream. They had Hoods Maine Blueberry and cream, 1.5 qts (1.4 litre) on sale for $2.99. It was a delish treat on the drive home. In the freezer she went.

Temp was a 78° (°C), humidity 50% and the dew point nearing sticky at 58° (°C). Unloaded the garden supplies, looked over the jobs needed to be completed (mental rehearse), then left the heat of the day for inside the cool house. Well stocked and ready to begin, on another day.

Civil twilight is 4:35 AM EDT. Night is 9:07 PM.

Sunrise: 5:11 AM. Set: 8:31 PM.

Length of day: 15h 20m. Length of visible light: 16h 31m. Tomorrow will be 1.21s shorter.

The temp is 62° (17°C) with the high to be 75° (24°C) in clear skies.

Off to the market later to get a few items.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 2:23:13 AM

Good morning Fire!

For the first time in several weeks a nap was taken after my rounds yesterday morning. It was a very pleasant and refreshing. 90 minutes of needed rest.

After my lunch of drumsticks, green beans, carrots and broccoli, 693 (not a typo) photos from last winter up to yesterday were downloaded into a new folder on my computer.

It took two hours to go through each of them. Six pix were uploaded into a new GB album. When it came time for headings and comment, five vanished. One used as the cover remained. Later GB allowed two more to be added.

This my new album that begins with three winter photos. Hope to add a few more photos a couple of times each week.

Charged the well used battery of my Nikon, formated the memory disk, and went on a drive to shoot new town calendar pix. Ended up at my pal, the meat cutter's store. He has fresh Cod on sale for $5.99 a lb. Bought four, 1 lb pieces, then took the back roads home, camera in hand.

No luck seeing wildlife. Did stop at a large farm and asked to take pix of a herd of cows. Durn cows walked over a hill and were out of sight. Told the farmer a stop on another day would happen.

After the fish went into the fridge a drive on the fireroad saw me stop at the 25 +/- field at the height of land for some long distance mtn ranges. The sun baked the air, yet the slight haze proves it is summer.

Views 20-50 miles away were taken. Will share all the best of 700 pix eventually. Most photos are in the 4.5 to 7 MB range.

Not sure how many more, or if any more pic can be displayed on the GB albums. My MB quota/allowance is past the max. Was able to add two more pix in the afternoon.

It became a steamy day w/the temp at 85° (29°C), the humidity at 54% and an uncomfortable dew point of 69°F (21°C). Enjoyed relaxing in the cooled by the mtn night air in the house.

Got an email that the wildflowers have arrived at my local WM. Will get them on my usual Thursday morning shopping spree. Will phone the store to see if pick up can be before 10 AM.

Civil twilight is 4:34 AM EDT. Night is 9:07 PM.

Sunrise: 5:10 AM. Set: 8:31 PM.

Length of day: 15h 21m. Length of visible light: 16h 33m. Tomorrow will be 1.17s shorter.

Just had a good rainfall, t-boomers, and a short power outage. Temp is 76° (24°C). The high is to be 82° (28°C).

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 10:32:43 AM

Hi Fire!
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 10:13:43 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Hope you were on your way home yesterday when the tornado warning was issued. We were just about 5-10 miles north of the affected area. Looks like we might get a repeat of the severe storms today. Hope there are no more tornado warnings though. Would like to get the free lawn watering however!
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 2:57:11 AM

Good morning Fire!

Made an extension trellis for my red and blue clematis using coated metal wire hangers and tie wire. The total trellis is 7 'tall w/an extra 1' of free space on the copper tube at the top.

Worked for a while trying to loosen the last two boulders in the new 2' x 4' hole, that is a foot to 16" deep. No luck and frankly little ambition to remove them. Have a nice collection of removed rocks fashioned as a rock wall around the hole.

Took a photo of them and the half a wine barrel with 100's of happy flowers blooming. Mid morning jumped in the car to go to the P.O. Removed the Holter monitor after the 1 week the doc prescribed

Used the neat glue remover on my chest, (which ended to be duct tape by me) and stuck the monitor on the pad, and in the box provided then mailed it postpaid to the lab. The lab will email the findings to my doc.

Have an appointment Friday. Will phone late Thursday afternoon to see if the results arrived. If not, another day will be requested.

Was planning to go to WM in Littleton for bags of plain topsoil w/no nutrients to fill the 16" deep 2' x 4' hole. Time was getting late so will go on another day.

Apparently the holiday delayed the wildflower seed. FedEx has tracked the seed out of Williston, CT, off to Boston. It is 162 miles (258 km) north to my local store.

Civil twilight is 4:33 AM EDT. Night is 9:08 PM.

Sunrise: 5:09 AM. Set: 8:32 PM.

Length of day: 15h 22m. Length of visible light: 16h 34m. Tomorrow will be 1.13s shorter

Temp is 62° (17°C). The high is to be 85° (29°C) in partly cloudy skies. Had a downpour late afternoon. 0.33 inches.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 5:14:11 AM

Good morning Fire!

The temp was such a pleasant 58° (14°C) the past few nights w/the windows opened and a gentle breeze of 4 mph (6.5 kmph) flowing through the house. Cooled the walls and insulation quite nicely.

Closed all the windows at 9 AM when the temp surpassed 66° (19°C), the inside temp of my home. Watched "Ask This Old House" to keep me up to speed on modern construction. Was a carpenter who built built my entire house from the ground up.

Flipped a few PBS channels and became mesmerised with the show "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." The filmography is superb as well as the magnificent Mtns and rivers sceneries.

Sacagawea (or Sacajawea), was a Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States. She traveled w/them for thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806.

Then went outdoors in the sun and planted the last of the 2 six packs remaining from late May. They filled the voids were seasoned echinacea grew for many years. A brutal winter of cold that 5 varieties of perennials did not grow back this spring.

Worked on the 2'x 4' hole, now with 19 rocks removed. My neighbor helped me roll the 500 lb boulder in the forest Sat afternoon. He said he would help roll two of the largest rip rap in this cleared area when the time comes.

The wildflower seed should arrive Monday - Wednesday at my local WM store. Will seed the stepped on and bare area. The other two section planted continue to grow well.

Am very pleased w/these areas cleared of wild blackberries and the efficiency of the WM seed. Newsprint to keep the birds and weeds out and keep the soil moist is the necessary secret.

Listened to the home team ioutdoors in the sun late afternoon. The temp soared to 80° (27°C) in clear skies. Will work on my tan all summer long.

Civil twilight is 4:32 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:09 AM. Set: 8:32 PM.

Length of day: 15h 23m. Length of visible light: 16h 36m. Tomorrow will be 1.10s shorter

Temp is 52° (11°C). The high is to be 83° (28°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 1:07:42 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Hope you are enjoying the post Arthur weather. Its certainly less humid. Looks like that comes back tomorrow though. It sure is warm today still. Home from our trip to Maine and visit with our youngest daughter. Had a pretty pleasant drive yesterday as most people will travel today.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 1:04:08 PM

Morning Fire!

Heat and humidity began to arrive mid afternoon yesterday, spent the day planting few new shrubs, perennials and hostas I split. Neighbor walking her dog saw me planting the hostas, asked didn't know you could do that now. She thought they had to die in the Fall before you could do that. I told her now is a good time, split them add Miracle Gro around the planting when replacing the dirt. Have a growing season to admire your work. She said you must be HOT, I'm hot just walking the dog. Told her the breeze is helping to keep things little cooler.

Finished around 7pm, had enough of the heat/humidity. Came inside showered, felt like a new person.

Barbecued pork spare ribs with barbecue sauce for dinner, including ears of corn, cole slaw and baked potato, delicious.

Had some rains early this a.m., overcast, humid and temps rising. Going out to finish planting, then have to go to the compost lost to dispose of grass clippings, dead foliage and shrubs we trimmed.

Friends of ours invited us over later this afternoon to cool off in their pool. Will take them up on it.

Midnight, what I was asking: Doubleheader to you only pay one ticket price for both games? If not then not a doubleheader but a day/night game paying ticket prices for each game. Here the Twins refer to a doubleheader as the latter,....it's not a doubleheader if you're paying a game ticket for each game.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 2:53:10 AM

Good morning Fire!

Sox won the first 3-2 and lost the night game 7-4. Another today, then 4 w/the White Sox. Fans pay no admission other than the cost of the tix.

Left early yesterday morning to drive the 32 miles from my house to the nearest Super WM that is in Woodsville, NH. Just about no traffic in either direction on the river Rt 135 or the scenic US Rt 302 east.

Did see lots of high wind damage just south of Littleton into the Town of Lisbon, pop 1,600 that hosts the annual Lilac Festival.

Primary reason was the buy Lenders blueberry bagels that my local WM does not stock. Also to buy the much healthier combo of Greek yoghurt & cream cheese.

They also sell 2 lb pkgs of ham that is $1 less than buying two 1 lb pkgs at my local WM. Also they have a better cost for turkey bacon and being a Super store, a much better selection all around.

Stopped in that WM's Subway for a $3 6" breakie sub which comes w/a free 16 oz coffee. Truth be know it is some of the worse coffee ever had. Bitter beyond my liking. It is not even worth free.

Stopped at the local Dunkin Donuts for a 99¢ medium (14 oz) coffee using my found in the mail coupon. This is the finest coffee that has ever been tried. Have not tried all coffee at the shops.

Temp late morning saw 67° (°C) w/a good breeze of 7-17 mph ( kph). Stopped at Olympic Sports in Littleton on the way home and bought several of my home team t-shirts at a reduced from original list price.

Followed the mighty CT River that The CT River Road parallels for 15 miles. More than a thousand acres of corn is planted. New Englanders have a saying about their corn. "Knee high by the 4th of July." It sure is.

Visited the local Martin's Agway Store to take advantage of their clearance sale of BOGO free 6 packs, both in veggies and flowers.

Bought a "Bonanza Mix" of marigolds, "Profusion Orange" zinnias, along w/"Happy Trails" deep red and mixed color portulaca flowers.

Difficult for me to pass up flowers named "Happy Trails." Thinking of planting these flowers in the 2'x4' hole being worked on where the rocks are being dug out. Final cost is $1.25 a 6 pack or 21¢ a flower.

Phoned my neighbor to the north late yesterday afternoon. He stopped over, we used two tree limbs, then rolled the huge 500 lb rip rap (boulder) off into the forest like cavemen.

Now to finish loosening up two more hefty boulders in the new 2' x 4' hole. May see 20 rocks and rip rap in that small section when completed. "The granite state," our motto, is quite true.

Civil twilight is 4:32 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:08 AM. Set: 8:33 PM.

Length of day: 15h 24m. Length of visible light: 16h 37m. Tomorrow will be 1.06s shorter

Temp is 64° (18°C). The high is to be 80° (27°C) in sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 11:06:42 AM

Morning Fire!

It's comfortable here today, sunny and a nice breeze. Tomorrow heat and humidity are to arrive, temps supposed to reach 90! Have an entire day planned of doing landscaping, been trying to get it completed since the Spring. Rains have prohibited that from happening and we've been away the last two weekends. Have lawn to mow also, will leave that for our son.

Midnight, sorry to hear about your heart, hope things improve. Glad to hear the humidity will be leaving your area.

Are the Sox playing a double header? Double header are two games back to back with 45 minutes in between for one gate price. Or are they playing a day/night game? The stadium is emptied after the first game, then gates reopened and fans pay a new gate price? If it's the latter, then it can't be called a "double header."

I finally went to Widipedia to find out what "Civil twilight" is.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 2:30:08 AM

Good morning Fire!

Greetings amc and dick!

Rain on and off yesterday morning. Stayed inside and listened to music via internet radio. Then played Starcraft: Broad War for some hours. It has been a while since last played.

Stopped raining here long enough to enjoy a walk outdoor to see the plants producing fruit and the flowers blooming in the gardens. Everything is growing well.

Nicely plush, a rich kelly green, and very healthy looking.

Am very glad to have mowed the lawn before the rain fell. It is looking great, as are all the flora.

The high was a pleasing 69° (21°C) w/a gentle 1-4 mph (1.6-6.4 km hr) breeze.

We are in a beautiful cooling down trend for five days. Nights have returned to temps in the 50's (14°C). Am quite fond of the current temps that are to last for a while

Yet 160 miles south on the Boston coast the ballgame was cancelled yesterday afternoon due to heavy rains. That's okay as there is to be a dbl header today.

The Maine coast sees pouring rain as well. This afternoon the rain should be in Nova Scotia.

Civil twilight is 4:31 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:07 AM. Set: 8:33 PM.

Length of day: 15h 25m. Length of visible light: 16h 38m. Tomorrow will be 1.03s shorter

Temp is 56° (13°C). The high is to be 73° (23°C). The sun returns completely.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 7:56:48 PM

Evening Fire! Happy 4th of July!

Same to you dickc and Midnight!
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 10:22:58 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Happy Birthday America! Hope you are doing something fun today. Did you get to Boston for the fireworks on the 3rd? Too bad storms moved in and hurried them up. We saw the fireworks up here in Bethel. Saw lightning in the distance as they were going off, and on the way to the townhouse it started to rain. About 15 minutes later? Downpours! Whew, just got them in. Am here all day and will head back to Mass tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 4:21:48 AM

Good morning Fire!

Happy Birthday America!

Fireworks Display for 4th of July.
Remember the price that has been paid for your freedoms.

Left at 7AM to go to Big Papa's Mkt. Saw that there were several trees downed and cut up on the CT River Hwy (NH Rt 135). Found out that several towns had some big trees fall, w/up to 1" of hail, heavy rain, and severe winds the afternoon before. The evidence was all over Littleton.

Bought at the mkt were 5 lbs, of carrots $2.50, 5 lbs of red potatoes $2.88, pears 88¢ a lb, huge heads of greenleaf lettuce $1.18 ea, 5 limes for $1, oranges 50¢ ea, and green beans 1.25 lb for $1.68.

Pineapples were $1.50 ea, the lowest seen in years. Passed on several items that were higher than Shaw's sale prices.

Shaw's broccoli was $1.59 for crowns, Red Baron 23 oz pizza were 3/$10, 16 oz of Chi Chi's salsa 2/$3, chicken legs 99¢ a lb, and bought a few other items.

Put the food away at home and then went out to sit in the sun. At 11 AM sweat was pouring off my head. Just sitting was getting way too hot and humid. Returned inside the house to cool off.

Decided to watch the Roberto Duran - Vinny Pazienza boxing Match #1 of 1994.06.25. Very comfortable in the house w/the ceiling fans on low and the house temp at 74°.

Took a 90 minute nap, first one in more than a week. Felt great Temp was 84° (9°C). At 2 PM the humidity was 50% w/a 65° dewpoint. Planted a few more beans. Need to make a line from the wire roof to the ground.

The ladder made for the blue and red clematis needs a 4' extension. Those two plants suddenly took off and are growing rapidly. In fact the flowers in the half wine barrel in front of them are extremely prolific.

My ordered wildflower seed left Chicago for Boston Thursday. Tracked it on FedEx. It should arrive on Saturday/Monday at my local WM store.

Civil twilight is 4:30 AM EDT. Night is 9:10 PM.

Sunrise: 5:07 AM. Set: 8:33 PM.

Length of day: 15h 26m. Length of visible light: 16h 39m. Tomorrow will be 0.58s shorter

Temp is 65° (18°C). The high is to be 71° (22°C). A 70% chance of t-storms this afternoon and night. Possible afternoon sunshine.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 2:36:33 AM

Good morning Fire!

Emptied the remains of the crockpot into a Pyrex bowl, covered it and replaced it in the fridge. Trimmed the fat off St Louis style spareribs, added Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce, a tsp of Worcestershire sauce and 2 oz of water.

Added red potatoes and carrots and cooked them in the crock pot for 3 hours. Added broccoli crowns that were cooked 30 min until al dente. It was a fabulous brunch.

Watered all the plants, picked some strawberries and ate them on the spot. Not a doubt. They are the best ever. Tender, juicy, delicious. All mine, no more sharing w/the sparrows, as the netting is working fine. Even the grapes are growing.

The tomatoes have astounded me. The plants are growing rapidly, they are tall and fruit size is approaching the size of a quarter. Have never seen this in the beginning of June.

Lined the wide and deep planting holes w/a dozen crushed eggshells mixed in the soil and add epsom salt to their water, every two weeks. Once a week liquid fertilizer is used. All plants are watered every day, unless raining.

My neighbor to the north stopped by.Mail for for had been received at his home down the mtn. Answered the door and went outside w/o a t-shirt. He said, "What happened to you? Did you get an operation?"

Told him it was a heart monitor device and my heartrate has become elevated. Will mail it to the lab in the box provided on Monday. Then next Friday a follow up Dr's appointment is in the works.

Mowed 50% of my lawn in the heat and humidity of the day. The temp soared to 92° with a67% humidity and a dew point first at 72°, then dropping to a nicer 68°. Still is high enough to soak one body and head.

Returned in the house and laid down for a while. My pulse was pounding, even my knees felt a bit sore. When my pulse eased a 12 oz root beer float w/pistachio was made that cooled ne right down rapidly.

Hope my neighbor returns to help me roll a 2' rock into the woods. Worked on the 2' x 4' area. Now have 18 rocks from this small area.May seed with grass, may turn it into a small wildflower area, or fill it w/BOGO pansies.

This afternoon and night has a severe warning for thunderstorms with damaging winds and small hail with heavy rainfall. Chance of rain is 80%.

Civil twilight is 4:30 AM EDT. Night is 9:10 PM.

Sunrise: 5:06 AM. Set: 8:34 PM.

Length of day: 15h 27m. Length of visible light: 16h 40m. Tomorrow will be 0.54s shorter

Temp is 66° (19°C). The high is to be 92° (33°C). 80% chance of t-storms. This afternoon and night has a severe warning for thunderstorms with damaging winds and small hail with heavy rainfall.

Off to Big Papa's Market for some deals and will shop a few other places.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 2:50:10 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went out before the heat of the day kicked in. Watered all the plants and made sure the green beans were wet in the paper towel. Planted two that sprouted. Thought of mowing the lawn. The mtn dew was still heavy on the lawn in the sun at 10 AM.

Worked digging out more of the rocks in the 2' x 4' (0.61 x 1.20 metres) area that has been in the middle of my lawn since day one. Have a dozen rocks out.

More to remove. Plan on taking a photo so the viewer will be amazed at how many rocks can fit in just 8 sq ft. About 45 minutes the sweat began pouring off my head. My t-shirt was soaked.

Minutes later it was felt my Holter Monitor was at my waist. The tape could no longer stick with the great perspiration. Jumped into my Dart and drove to the hospital.

A cardiac nurse listened to my tale of events and said it is normal in this weather. At 11 AM the temp was 77 w/a 70% humidity and a 70 dew point. A dew point above 71 is oppressive.

The nurse fixed me up and gave me a few tegaderm film patches, in case of another another muggy day.

Decide to stop at my local Subway for a $3 ham, egg and cheese w/all the veggies for lunch. Talked w/the fellow w/runs the Visitor's Center. He said he gave directions for a couple to climb Mt Jefferson (5716'/1742.2m) one day and ran into them a few days later.

They remarked how precipitous it was and it required foot and toe holds. He sent these folks up the steepest way, as he only knew this trail. Three other are a bit longer, yet so much easier for beginners.

Told him to have all would be hikers should telephone the Appalachian Mountain Club and get their take on trails to take to the summits.

Btw people have fallen to their death on the trail he told the hikers to take. Would call it demanding and strenuous to even advanced hikers. These folks were new.

Bought a dozen cans of Bumble Bee tuna in water to stock up. 5 oz is on sale for 69¢ ea. Also bought 1.5 qts (1.4 l)of Friendly's Forbidden Chocolate. Had a plastic spoon in the car to make the ride home extra fun.

Dropped off the ice cream and drove around taking photos for the calendar on for myself. Ended up at Forest Lake State Park to take photos of the folks swimming w/many mtns as the backdrop.

Civil twilight is 4:29 AM EDT. Night is 9:10 PM.

Sunrise: 5:05 AM. Set: 8:34 PM.

Length of day: 15h 28m. Length of visible light: 16h 41m. Tomorrow will be 0.50s shorter

Temp is 70° (21°C). The high is to be 88° (31°C). A 30% chance of t-storms.

Big Papa's Market is open today for a four days this week only. Will go tomorrow.

Have a fabulous day!

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