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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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remecuda
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:47:01 AM

Hi
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 3:57:08 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 46°F (8°C) with the high to be 72°F (22°C). There is an 80% chance of rain.

Have a wonderful day!

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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 7:38:10 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: We had a good Easter too. Daughter came home from the hospital with the new one too. I am up in Maine this morning getting some late season skiing in. This is the last day the mountain is open for the season. Will hit Vermont tomorrow for another ski day. They will stay open for a few more weeks.

Thanks AMC. I hope you had a joyous Easter. Daughter came home with the new one yesterday
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 3:15:48 AM

Good morning Fire!

Trust everyone had a super Easter. Thanks amc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 30°F (-1°C) with the high to be 72°F (22°C).

Have a pleasant day!

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 11:48:10 AM

Morning Fire!

Happy Easter!................also to you dickc and Midnight!
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 11:11:05 AM



 
                    Happy EASTER !!!

 
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3:28:08 AM

Happy Easter Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 24°F (-4°C), with the high to be 58°F (14°C).

Have a splendid day!

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 11:05:22 AM

Morning Fire!

dickc, congratulations on the new grandson!

Snow still remaining from the 12" that fell Thursday later afternoon/evening. It's overcast 46 degrees with rain forecast later today.

We're preparing the diningroom for Easter dinner tomorrow, picking up my mom this afternoon. She'll stay with us tonight, going to the Easter Vigil Mass this evening. Kids and 4 1/2 month old granddaughter coming over tomorrow for ham dinner with all the fixings. Making sure the camera's batteries are charged.

Have few things to do around the house and outdoors this a.m., wanted to change the oil and filter on the Mazda, don't think I'll have time to do it today, especially with the forecast of rain.

Hope everyone's Saturday is good.
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 8:09:19 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: My new grandson was born last night, Nicholas was born at 11:18 PM. 7 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches. Daughter is pretty tired still this morning. She did not sleep much last night. We have the other grandson. He stayed overnight. He is getting ready to head to swim lessons with my sister. We will take him to the hospital a bit later to meet his new brother for the first time. Will see if I can get that last of my raking done too.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 3:57:17 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

The temp now is 31°F (-1°C), with the high to be 50°F (10°C).

Have a tremendous day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 5:00:13 AM

Good Friday greetings!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The low yesterday morning was just 10°F (-12°C). The temp now is 21°F (-6°C), with the high to be 52°F (11°C). Spring returns.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 4:16:42 PM

Hi Fire!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 1:33:43 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Well, maple syrup done, 9 1/2 quarts. Did not go skiing as the cluster migraine is now on day four. UGH. I hate my mold allergy. Was hoping the cold weather would kill the mold for a few days. Will try to go skiing tomorrow. May or may not.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 4:09:08 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The low yesterday morning was just 19°F (-7°C). The high was 28°F (-2°F). 3" of powder fell and remained. The temp is 12°F (-11°C) with the high to be 47°F (8°C). Will shop at the market and a few other stores later.

Have a fantastic day!

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:31:41 PM

Evening Fire! Just enough time to say Good Evening! Left downtown at 5:30p.m., snowing downtown not accumulating. Driving home north burbs, snowfall heavier. Arrived home wife stuck end of driveway with Town'n Country, she couldn't make it up sloped driveway, covered with 7 inches wet, heavy snow. I looked for place to park on the street driving past the driveway and the stuck Town'n Country. Drove to next intersection to turn around, got stuck in the heavy wet snow accumulated on the street. Rocked it out and in 2nd gear, neighbor had to give a little push.

Drove past the driveway wife and son shoveling snow. Drove to the parkway, turned around, parked in front of neighbor's home on street where it appeared lower accumulation of snow.

Went inside the house, changed, fired up the Toro Snowthrower. Got the driveway cleared, cleared snow on the street up to the front of my Mazda so I wouldn't have problems pulling up into the driveway into the garage.

Once both vehicles in the garage, cleared snow in the street in front of our driveway and 10 feet either side of the driveway. Accumulation of at least 12 inches wet, heavy snow. Still snowing.
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:18:01 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Did you get some snow too? We got a half inch. Now in the 30's and still trying to melt it.
Will boil that syrup today. Did not go skiing as I wanted as I was sure the weather would mess it up. Was right. Lifts got iced up and many trails froze in an unsafe to ski condition. They are spending today fixing that. Will ski tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 4:18:54 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

The temp is 24°F (-5°C) with the high to be 37°F (3°C). It is snowing moderately. 3" so far on my window boxes.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 3:08:17 PM

HI!!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11:25:31 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Well, I just have to final boil my maple syrup and can it. Maybe later in the week. Yard is almost fully raked, and my headaches seem to be making a return now that the warmer weather and higher humidity is here. Love my mold allergy NOT!
Still some skiing left for the next month or so, but it will be less and less trails. Will get a few more trips in, but the end will come soon. :>(.
need to shop for a new vehicle. Time to replace my 12 Y/O one with a newer one.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 5:01:37 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 62°F (17°C) with the high to be 66°F (19°C). There is a 100% chance of rain on the way. Sadly overcast is covering the full Moon eclipse.

Have a wonderful day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:01:28 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 31°F (-0.5°C) with the high to be 73°F (23°C) in sunny skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 3:45:15 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 34°F (1°C), with the high to be 56°F (13°C). There is a 90% chance of rain.

Have a splendid day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:37:32 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 28°F (-2°C), with the high to be 60°F (17°C).

Have a tremendous day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 3:30:51 AM

Good morning Fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 43°F (6°C), with the high to be 54°F (12°C).

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:45:56 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, You are most welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 21°F (-6°C), with the high to be 53°F (12°C). Will visit the market and other stores later.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 10:12:40 PM

Evening Fire!

Was sunny today, temp reached somewhere near 80, Twins lost again.

Thanks for the info re: taxes midnight. We have a tax consultant, introduced him last year to my mother, my brother's FIL used to do them for years, but he died shortly after July 4, 2012.

Put new plates on my Mazda 626, siliconed all the weatherstripping, W-D 40'd the hinges and cleaned all the glass inside and out. Daylight was fleeting as I finished.

Rain forecast overnight and tomorrow, more rain over the weekend. Temps supposed to drop to low 30's next week with some possibility of snow.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 3:35:43 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, AARP does anyone's taxes for free at participating libraries. Then they send it e-IRS. Rec'd a refund depot in my bank in 10 days. Have to reserve a spot in Feb for March.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 34°F (1°C), with the high to be 42°F (6°C). Off for my dental exam this morning.

Have a fabulous day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 4/9/2014 3:38:44 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 11:39:50 AM

Morning Fire!

Sunny and 40 degrees. The precipitation forecast for yesterday never arrived, typical, wrong again.

Working on taxes have my mothers and ours to do, one of the jobs I dislike.

Will stop back later.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 2:48:16 AM

Good morning Fire!

Saw JT's pin up note on the 1000 points to post gas prices. Like it!

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

Phoned the dentist on Saturday and left a message to ask if my appointment was today or Wednesday. The secretary phoned just after 8 AM. My appointment is on Wednesday morning, not this morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 37°F (3°C), with the high to be 52°F (11°C) and a 70% chance of precipitation all day. It is raining.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Morning Fire!

Fire and Midnight, don't know if you noticed, but starting today the site is awarding 200 pts. for each gas price posted up to 1000 pts. per day, up from the previous 750 daily maximum. Got used to seeing the 975 daily maximum total with the 1075 daily when posting once/wk opinion poll.

[Edited by: amchornetx at 4/7/2014 10:25:44 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:13:18 AM

Morning Fire!

42 and cloudy this a.m., breaks in clouds some sun. Possible shower later. Not much else.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 3:29:44 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, writing a letter sees results.

Temps warmed up wonderfully compared to just a week ago. Saw only 28° (-2°C) for a low last night. 44°F (7°C) was the high yesterday. Finished my rounds early after waking up much later, it was nearly 3 AM.

Prepared the crock pot with 2 thawed chicken breasts, green beans, carrots, and egg size red potatoes. Then went back to sleep. Woke up 90 minutes later, then decided to ready for a drive to my pal, the meat mgr in Whitefield.

He took Sunday off, his usual days off are Tues and Wed. No meat deals interested me. Even tho giant chicken leg quarters were 89¢ a lb. Went to that local Subway and bought the $3 breakfast combo.

Ordered a 6" flat bread breakfast egg, bacon, cheese sub with peppers, onions, and extra black olives, plus a large cup of 50% blonde and 50% French vanilla coffee. Nice to spend just $3.27 inc/tax.

Returned to make homemade gravy from the chicken breast and veggie drippings. Used cornstarch to make a fabulous tasting gravy. A cooked carrot or two is mashed up in the gravy to give it more taste and color. Onion and garlic are added as well.

Gave the meal a rest in the fridge for another time. Relaxed in the afternoon and listened to the baseball game on the internet.

The temp is 25°F (-4°C), with the high to be 51°F (10°C).

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 4:11:04 PM

Afternoon Fire!

56 and sunny, still plenty of snow around, clouds supposed to move in.

Was disappointed in seeing Wisconsin lose to Kentucky yesterday. Only broadcast was a TBS station, 2 announcers totally all Kentucky, 98% either verbally or camera! Brought up the description of the game, never seen this before in the description, stated "promoting Kentucky." I thought a national broadcast of a national tournament NCAA semi-final, is supposed to be objective describing BOTH teams. Never have seen this before, even with local broadcasts, announcers are fair, objective in describing the action of BOTH TEAMS!!! Did not care for IT AT ALL!!!

Will be doing my mom's and our taxes again later this afternoon. Wish I was doing something else!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 4:46:08 AM

Good morning Fire!

When the sleet stopped at 9:30 AM it was time to get ready for a trip to the Super WM on US Rt 302 south using the new Dart. Brought the camera in hopes of getting some great big ice floes.

Lots of ice remains up north on both the CT or Ammonoosuc Rivers. Much more river water is seen flowing south of Littleton, NH in Woodsville, NH. No worthy shots on 40 miles of the rivers on the way down or on the return.

Did purchase some blueberry Lender's bagels that my WM never stocks. 6 bagels $1.58, low fat Greek yogurt mixed w/cream cheese is $1.78 for 8 oz, and a bag of a mix of shredded cheeses is $8.48 for 2 lbs.

Kept my rain check for 41/50 cooked medium size shrimp at Shaws in Littleton that is $5 for a 14 oz bag. Purchased 6 of them, the max, as my local WM has not stocked them in almost two months. WM are $6.98 for the same 14 oz size.

Stopped at my local Shaw's to buy a 1.5 quart (1.4 litre) of Turkey Hill banana split flavored ice cream. On the bottom half of Moose Tracks (Fudge ripple with peanut butter chips) bought Friday. 1.5 qt (1.4 l) for $1.99 on their Wicked Awesome 3 day Sale.

Averaged 38 mpg in 100 miles driven on the Dart to Woodsville and back. Not bad considering the steep hills between my house and Littleton. Up the hills sees 11, 9, or 7 mpg. Coasting downhill is 90 mpg.

The temp is 32°F (0°C), with the high to be 44°F (7°C). in pure sunny skies. Wind is has 18-32 mph gusts.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:46:23 PM

Afternoon Fire!

We did some cleaning in the house, moving things around. Went out this a.m. to soak in the hot tub with some coffee. Been sunny all day. What a difference a day makes.....I'm sure you've heard that saying before!

Going to unload the dishwasher, take a shower and go to 5p.m. Mass. Might do kabobs on the grill for dinner afterwards.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 3:36:58 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, Am very happy now. You rec'd 13" of new snow! :o

Went to Littleton and was going to points south to see if the CT River was nearing its ice break. The mileage reading was flashing on and off. It never did. Returned to the Dodge dealer and had them look at it.

40 minutes later the Service Mgr said it was all set. Said the brain needed to be rebooted, it was and the problem solved, Way to many visits on a brand new car, now with 600 miles.

Kept thinking how the mud was melting on my gravel road and wanted to return home asap to avoid the undercarriage and body from getting muddy. Shopped at a few stores in Littleton, paid the new refinance payment a month in advance and went home.

The fancy brick faced 12,000 sq ft The Village Bookstore had a sign on the front door reading it closed forever on Wednesday after 40 years. It was a hub and magnet to that town.

Many businesses fear that the closing of that store will keep people from visiting downtown as often as they did. Many used The Village Bookstore as their focal point and place to meet.

When the door opened at 11 AM, the usual time The Gold House opens, a visit to see my Greek pal saw a chat,smiles and good to see you once again. Ordered a mighty steak and cheese loaded with mushrooms, onions, and multicolored peppers.

Sure love the footlong cost of a massive steak bomb that is $8.06 inc tax. This is the Facebook page to The Gold House. Lots of photos and fun.

Realized on the drive home, that Staples was forgotten to be visited. Did want to buy a new printer, one with a cartilage for each color ink. Will return to that on Monday, as there is an appointment to have a dentist examine my teeth.

The temp is 36°F (2°C), with the high to be 43°F (6°C). Sleet likely with a chance of freezing rain this morning.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:05:41 PM

Evening Fire!

Sore from clearing the snow, with it being heavy/wet variety, had some difficulty manuevering the snowthrower, tires spinning. Definitely feel the work from today, will soak later in hot tub with the fresh snow all around.

Enjoying a second libation, we're going to have mussels for appetizers, smaller lobsters and fries for dinner, it's Lent.

Going to go out on the deck, get the last glimps of daylight. Have a good evening!
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 11:15:53 AM

Morning Fire!

Snow began early yesterday evening, had a meeting a church last night. Snow accumulating quickly. Driveway is sloped first 1/3, didn't build enough speed, began sliding made it halfway with the car pointed at the Town'n Country in the garage. Backed down the driveway and down the street. Put it in 2nd gear, built up some speed, less sliding in the lower gear. Made it to the garage apron had minimal snow, front wheel drive, tires caught the cement and pulled me into the garage.

This morning have 13 inches of snow with some light snow still falling supposed to end by midday. Will be going out shortly with the Toro snowthrower to clear driveway and other areas. Then in the back, clear the deck, hot tub and area, along with the patio. Will be busy for awhile.

Midnight, glad to hear everything went well with the Dart's radio installation.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 7:10:49 AM

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 4:29:53 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, Love the no charge!

Woke up so early yesterday morning that there was time for a 90 minute nap after my rounds before leaving for the market. The town paved the sharp turn at the bottom of the mtn road.

Water the night before had melted on the turn and then froze in the morning. Slide straight into the snow bank. Was thankful the bank was nearly 3' tall to prevent the free rental PT Cruiser from hitting the trees.

Bought at the market were red grapes at $1.50 a lb, broccoli crowns $12.38 a lb, baby bella mushrooms 10 oz for $2.28, 3 lbs carrots for $1.50, and Driscoll's strawberries $2.25 a lb.

Also bought were green beans $1.35 a lb, cukes 3/$2, Mineolas 4/$1, bananas, 49¢ a lb, Green leaf lettuce a $1.50 for a giant head, and a 6.5 lb pineapple that was cored for $2.75.

Decided to not drive back to Woodsville and went to Shaws to buy a 22 oz, 8" egg custard pie for $4.99. Asked a female baker if Miracle Whip goes well w/custard pie. She laughed well and said you must mean Cool Whip.

Visited my pal at Rite Aid and asked if he know his Chevy Cruze was to get a recall to check the front wheel drive axle as some are defective and keep the car from driving.

He said he did not get a recall yet. Chevy will wait until a few die and then recall the Cruze. Not far from the truth either. We had a good laugh over this.

Stopped at the local WM to buy bandaids, chicken noodle soup, and no fat cottage cheese oz for $1.88. My chosen topping for the custard pie and the fully ripe, juicy pineapple.

Visited Littleton's Subway and bought the footlong ham sub w/pepperjack cheese loaded with all the veggies, spinach included. My subway points have climbed to 1,077. 1 point for each $1 spent. 75 points for a free footlong. Have enough points for 14 free footlong subs. And some other goodies.

Mid afternoon the Service Mgr phoned to say the new radio was installed and they dbl checked that the entire car was fully functional. Returned the loaner PT Cruiser and paid $15 for my Dart's emission and inspection sticker (had a coupon) that was washed, waxed, and vacuumed. Drove home smiling and am thankful all went smoothly and well.

The temp is 21°F (-6°C), with the high to be 45°F (7°C).

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:22:35 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Disconnected the Beam central vac canisters electrical connections, tube connections and got it off the wall brackets with a couple taps with the rubber mallet.

Drove to the Beam dealer with the canister, 30' hose, floor brush extension and carpet beater unit. Looked at a couple new vac canisters if needed, probably, got some spec sheets and prices on both units. Discussed with the receptionist/sales person, she was very informative. Asked if I'd ever replaced the belt on the carpet beater, purchased a new beater unit from them in '05. Never replaced, she took the unit plugged it in to test it, felt a new belt needed. She took it in back, replaced it, brought out the belt that was in the unit and a new one for comparison; original was stretched out a bit, no charge.

Technician she informed me was supposed to be there Thurs and Fri to test unit, when she returned updated me he was going to be off, another tech will check it out on Monday then she'll call me. I was satisfied with her assistance.

Brought info home we looked at it last night, tentative decision on which unit we'll purchase.

Overcast, gray, 34 degrees, precipitation supposed to begin this afternoon changing to snow, 6-10 inches forecast overnight thru tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 12:07:29 PM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Still boiling some sap. Had five gallons to boil up today. Need to do smaller batches now that the bud season is close. Once the buds begin to swell, the sap goes sour. Got my taxes half done. Need to spend another two to three hours on them, then check them. Another two to three hours! Still have the yard to rake, and all the stuff that goes with that. Still have to finish hanging a door at my daughters house. With all of that to do, I'm going skiing tomorrow. I'm going out to have a bit of fun!
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 2:37:34 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, The radio replaced should occur on Monday, as promised.

Left at 6 AM in twilight to drive to the Town of Woodsville NH on US Rt 302 West/NH Rt 10 South. Sunrise was at 6:20 with the temp 24°F (-4°C). The plan was take photos of the ice floes on the CT River and visit that town's super WM and have my 55-200mm lens looked at.

The mighty Ammonoosuc River runs beside US Rt 302 West/NH Rt 10 South. It is 55 mi (89 km) long, beginning in northwestern New Hampshire. It is a tributary of the Connecticut (CT) River, which flows to Long Island Sound.

"Ammonoosuc" is Abnaki for "small, narrow fishing place". The word "Connecticut" is a French corruption of the Mohegan word quinetucket, which means "beside the long, tidal river"

The CT Rivers passes through 11 villages and towns, then collects the Gale River in the Town of Lisbon, NH and the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath. Both then merge with the CT River and travels it length with 51 other rivers emptying into it.

The CT River begins at the Canadian border in the most northern Town of Pittsburg, NH and flows south for 410 miles (660 km) through four U.S. states before emptying into Long Island Sound. The CT River produces 70% of Long Island Sound's freshwater.

Saw 9 ducks flying back south. They came up north way too early. The CT River has not broken out 50% yet. Tiny ice floes are present and many parts of the CT River in The Town of Woodsville, NH are still frozen over.

Brought my Nikon D3100 to the super WM store. The fellow who is the camera mgr agrees the 55-200mm lens is defective set on auto. It works on manual. Plan to call the Nikon Co and ask them to repair it.

Stopped at Bath, NH covered bridge to take a few dozen photos of the rebuilding process. Found it fascinating that a steel bridge needed to be built to support the wooden bridge during remodeling. The covered bridge looks to be 50% completed. It may open by this fall.

Have lots of the Town of Bath, NH photos, CT River along some 30 miles, and Ammonoosuc River photos flowing through the Town of Littleton, NH. Will one day create several albums with links for all to view the springtime scenes.

The temp is 26°F (-3°C), with the high to be 38°F (3°C). Off to the market and a few other stores in my free loaner PT Cruiser from the dealer. The Dart is expected to be completed on Monday.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 1:10:04 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Bright and sunny, 30 degrees. Soaked in the hot tub this a.m. with coffee. Weather will change later this afternoon, precipitation changing to snow, 1-3 inches forecast.

Repaired a full size box spring yesterday, one of the edge boards cracked/split, took out the staples pulling back the material underside, then the mattress material, finally separating both ends of the broken board. Went to the local lumber store purchased an 8' 1x3 pine board, cut it to length, used a coping saw to cut the curved ends. Glued both ends, clamped them, put in 3 #6 1 1/2" screws both ends to secure them. Stretched the mattress material stapling it down, did the same with material underside. Good as new, cost of the board $1.07.

Today disconnecting the Beam central vacuum canister in the garage. Called the local dealer, believe the motor going on it, sounds like bearings going. Per the dealer if installed when the house built in '87, I've gotten more than the required years of it 27 years.

Will go out tonight when the snow begins to soak in the hot tub, it will be refreshing.

Midnight, hope the Dart's radio will be replaced as promised.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 4:16:40 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, One can say little on the T&C.

During late afternoon yesterday rec'd a phone call from my local library. The book that was wanted from the State Lending Library had arrived. It is "Reading the Forested Landscape" by Tom Wessels. 200 pages

His 20 year study in vivid original detail of trees and the landscape in New England. Each chapter focuses on a single form of disturbance — either man made or natural — that impacts the region's forests.

The chapters focus on logging, pasture abandonment, fire, beaver activity, blow downs, forest blights, topography, substrate and their impact on the plants and land located near these disturbances.

The book includes a number of useful appendices, covering such varied topics as a chronology of New England history, key kinds of evidence to look for in the woods, common woody and non-woody plants, a glossary, and a bibliography.

It is such a delight to me that it is my 6th time reading it in 15 years. Am most thankful to have "Reading the Forested Landscape" for 2 weeks to study the forest like a detective investigates a crime scene.

Knew the radio on the Dart would not be delivered to the dealer yesterday or even today. In fact the dealer said it could take up to 3 days. Phoned the dealer to request a compact car for delivery in the afternoon. Hoping to get a Chevy Cruze (37 mpg) to compare features w/my Dart.

Temps soared into the high 40's yesterday and will all week. Did get out and enjoy the sun, which is now just above the trees. Went up to the custom log cabin and returned. Looks like those folks have not been there all winter.

Breaking vehicle update:

Dealer has a free rental for me. The Service Mgr took 30 minutes to drive here, pick me up, and return me to the dealership. He offered me a used Jeep Cherokee for a loaner. Said no thank you.

What a look he gave me! Said a compact car is preferred. Then he asked how about a '09 PT Cruiser w/87k miles from his Used Car lot. Thanked him in front of other employees for "going the extra mile." He said it could be until Monday my Dart is completed. Do believe him.

The temp is 26°F (-3°C), with the high to be 46°F (8°C) in rich blue, sunny skies.

Have a fabulous day!

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 2:01:44 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Temp dropped overnight to 14 degrees. Snow from the N.W. finally arrived here, didn't get the 12-20 inches like in the Dakotas. Awoke this a.m. to snow flurries and winds, temps in low 20's. It has cleared to partly cloudy and still windy. Forecast this week, temps in mid 30's for high's, snow forecast beginning Wednesday night thru Thursday, 1-3 inches.

Town'n Country went and passed, disappointed.
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 10:24:40 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Well, the sun is out now. Looks like spring is finally here. Have to go to daughters house in a few minutes and help her fiancee hang a new door. He's never done it before, I have. Daughter wants the door right. Will show him how. He is an auto mechanic, so he has the basic skill set to learn how.

Enjoy spring!
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 4:06:43 AM

Good morning Fire!

amc, Got the story in a nutshell. Oh well.

Began 5 hours of driving places to go and lots of errand at 8:30 AM. Drove to the quaint Town of Franconia, NH. Needed my insurance agency to change the lien holder to the name of the credit union for process the loan.

All went great at the Ins Co. They gave me a full color 2014 calendar with beautiful nature scenes, an expensive 2014 appointment planner, two vinyl/rubber like stickers that go over a newly cracked window to contain it, the new binder, a copy for myself and a new ins card with the off hours 800 biz number.

Returned to Littleton with a little extra time so a visit to Staples to see their newest printers on sale was done. May even buy one that has 4 separate ink colors plus two other functions and a fax.

Then went to meet the young female bank loan officer at the CU. She like the new binder and all documents were prepared and signed to agree to a 2.25% refinance. Continuing my current payment at this CU will save me 2 of the final payments. Am very happy.

Visited the dealership to ask how were repairs going. The Service Mgr said it definitely is the radio that is defective. A new has been ordered. It may arrive Tuesday or Wednesday.

Somehow it feels it will take much longer. Mgr said when the new radio is installed the Uconnect and all comes together. Dashboard is removed and remains that way to facilitate the installation of the new replacement radio.

Drove to the Propane company to prompt pay discount. Propane is down to $3.149 a gallon. It was $267.9 in early December and all last year.

Visited a local Real Estate Firm to ask about a ball game schedule. Had a fun time chatting with the owners daughter. She showed me pix of her daughter and son two days in Ft Myers, FL excited at meeting several of the home team's baseball players.

Went to the P.O. and then the Record Dept of the local hospital to see if my records were transferred. The gal was surprised that it has been more than 30 days since the authorization letter was sent and confirmed it arrived. She phoned the other facility to ask to send them along as the door was walked out.

The temp is 28°F (-2°C), with the high to be 48°F (9°C).

Have a wonderful day!

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dickc49
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:11:19 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Looks like you got lots of rain this weekend. Did not get that much in Maine, but I came home with a bad head cold. UGH. Hope you do not catch it. Hope you can start getting to the yard work soon. My yard is finally mostly bare with one small exception. Still needs to thaw in a few places though. Bet I can still rake it.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 1:51:36 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Overcast here with intermittent light rain, heavy snow to the N.W. of the TC's in North and South Dakota, 12-20 inches with it moving to the TC's, snow levels not to be that heavy, haven't really given a total. Temps dropping today will remain colder this week.

Midnight, on hold with the Town'n Country, wife has cold feet. Disappointing was her idea to go to the dealership on Saturday after receiving the mailing and seeing the incentives online. I'm all set to close the deal, but, well don't need to expound.
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