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Fire_n_Ice

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Message Posted: May 7, 2007 10:31:02 AM

Stop in and meet ohyeah, a funny lady from Raleigh, who really needs her own home here. After the miles she's accumulated zooming thru GB on a daily basis, she really needs a place to put her feet up and relax. Welcome to your new home, ohyeah!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2015 11:42:08 AM

Good morning Ohyeah :: HUGS :: Got some yard work done over the weekend and now my back is telling me not to do more today. That's OK, its supposed to shower off and on today anyway. I don't want to get wet.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2015 1:37:40 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Had a super day. Slept later than usual, GB was fast, and my rounds were finished early. Watched my fave TV Shows on Netflix. Also began to see a movie that will be finished another time.

The low was 35 w/more overcast, dampness and overcast. It sprinkled on and off during the day. Went out to the gardens and did some maintenance. Finished clearing leaves and last year's perished growth.

Rain arrived so a trip to Shaw's was done. Bought baby bella mushrooms that were on sale 8 oz for $1.49. The store ran out, so a rain check was issued that is good for one month.

The young women in front of me had a baby and an overfull shopping carriage. She turned to me and asked if her monopoly tickets were wanted. Asked the cashier how many are there? 21 she said. Told the customer it looks like two hours of work. She said that why she didn't want them.

Thoughts on the way home were of making lasagna. Had two 15 oz containers of Ricotta cheese in my fridge. Time to use one of them. Had one serving of ribs remaining that BBQ sauce, molasses, and a hint of maple syrup was added to veggie beans.

Added a half cup of water to the bottom of the crock pot, half the 28 oz can off Hunt's sauce, and a pinch of baking soda. This neutralizes acidity.

Made four layers of egg mixed w/Ricotta and cottage cheese, uncooked 98% fat free ground up pork loin sirloin, yellow and Vidalia onions, red and yellow peppers, spinach, and thick sliced baby bella mushrooms. Plus four diced up cloves of garlic.

Used a handful of 5 Italian shredded cheese mix to stick every together on each layer, top and bottom. Poured the rest of the sauce w/a 4 oz can off watered down paste on top of the finished works and slow cooked the lasagna on low for 5 hours.

The crock pot went in the fridge to cool off and solidify the works. Will have 6-8 Big meals this week. Still have some of the spiral ham. It is good wrapped in plastic for a month. Time for ham and eggs w/ homemade hash browns and evoo on toast in the morning.

The temp is 39° (4°C) with the high to be 50° (10°C).

Civil twilight is 5:11 AM EST. Night is 8:17 PM.

Sunrise: 5:43 AM. Set: 7:45 PM.

Length of day: 14h 02m. Length of visible light: 15h 05m. Tomorrow will be 2m 46s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 7:07:00 AM



On this date, in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand.

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 1:32:52 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

The temp was 30° (-1°C) once again yesterday morning. And with white precipitation. Daybreak saw more snow falling. It remains about an inch in depth. Somehow the lawn was snow free, yet the driveway and road had snow accumulate.

Melt water and the vernal springs each had a layer of ice on top. The daylilies and perennials continue to inch up. As do the crocus and daffodils. Checked up on the strawberries. All of them are growing well.

Had several feet of snow to blanket the flowers before the deep freeze set in in Jan and Feb. Our temps were 20 below zero (-29°C) for weeks on end. The winter low temp saw -32° (-35.5°) several mornings.

Took a drive to Shaw's in town to get some Vidalia onions on sale for 79¢ a lb, cod for $4.99 a lb, and sliced baby bella on sale 8 oz for $1.49. Did not drive to Whitefield to shop.

Returned home in a good looking snow storm that offered large chunks of snow flakes and little hwy buildup. Made some homemade thick crunchy tempura shrimp and broccoli along with veggie fried rice for a pleasing lunch.

A few of my fave TV series on Netflix, then it was time to post for the afternoon. The high of the day saw 37°F (3C°). Once again 10°F less that was forecast.

More overcast, rain, or snow in these mtns until Wednesday, where the sun may break through the clouds of the past ten days in a row.

The temp is 34° (1°C) with the high to be 54° (12°C).

Civil twilight is 5:13 AM EST. Night is 8:15 PM.

Sunrise: 5:44 AM. Set: 7:44 PM.

Length of day: 13h 59m. Length of visible light: 15h 01m. Tomorrow will be 2m 46s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 1:33:12 PM

Good afternoon Ohyeah :: HUGS :: Spring is slowly springing up here. Snow is gone, but the green of a new season is a bit slow to arrive. Need to try and get out to do some yard work.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 7:08:36 AM



On this date, in 1953, the Francis Crick and James Watson article describing the double helix of DNA is published in the magazine Nature.

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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 1:54:16 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Woke up to the chilly wee hours of the morning yesterday. The temp dropped to 30° (-1°C). Our rain turned to snow. By daybreak there was an inch of snow everywhere. The high for the day was only 33° (1C). Ten degrees less that was forecast.

Went to the weekly and special w/e sales of Shaws, our local supermarket chain owned by Albertson's and its parent corp Supervalu of Minn. Their fiscal year (ended 2/28/15) w/an Annual sales saw $17.7 billion.

How swell Supervalu executives repeatedly use the word “pleased” to describe the company's financial performance. Their retail prices remain the highest of any store. Only go there for the weekly & w/e loss leader sales.

Got in a fine 90 minute nap, played some StarCraft, a military science fiction real-time strategy video game. Then the idea of driving to Whitefield hit me. Wanted to buy 1 chicken breast at my pal's store, not 5 or 6 that are jammed into Shaw's family packs.

Had a pleasant drive down US Rt 3. The snowscape was truly picturesque. Arrived to discover the internet system by Fairpoint Comm was down in that entire town.

Only cash could be taken as payment. No cc's or debit cards. The ast mgr gave me a story of why they could not take my check for a $2 chicken breast. Had more than needed in the car. Passed on buying anything.

Did get to talk for 20 minutes to my friend the meat mgr. In fact he showed me around the non sales part of the store. He was there when the check was denied by the asst store mgr. Know my pal could read my mind.

Returned home empty handed and pan fired red and yellow bell peppers, yellow onions, the last of the thawed store made Hot Italian sausage and some ⅜" sliced crimini mushrooms.

Added a bit of water to two beaten eggs and began making some fried rice. Last added was two cloves of diced garlic. The fried rice came out great. Added a 12 oz can of beef gravy to the contents prepared and had a delicious lunch. Got to save a meal for another time.

Snow is ion the forecast for all day Saturday. Then more rain for two days. We may see some sun on Tuesday. Otherwise we are in another run of rain thru next w/e.

The temp is 30° (-1°C) with the high to be 48° (9°C).

Civil twilight is 5:15 AM EST. Night is 8:14 PM.

Sunrise: 5:46 AM. Set: 7:43 PM.

Length of day: 13h 56m. Length of visible light: 14h 59m. Tomorrow will be 2m 48s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 2:42:34 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Had a fabulous night of sleep well rested and had pleasant dreams while waking up. Hard to believe it was already Thursday. The week seemed to shoot right by.

First light saw a blanket of snow on the lawn. April in the mtns means snow at any time. Even a blizzard can be expected well into late May. One year saw a deep blizzard in June that killed everyone crops. It was the year of famine.

Drove down the CT River Hwy. Easily noticed the high water was less than 1 foot from flood stage. Last spring was a bad flood. Folks could only stay home til the flood waters receded about 10 days later. Most remain well stocked for the winter, spring floods, and the at times, deep mud season.

Bought a few items at the market. Cukes are 40¢ ea, red and yellow bell peppers $1.88 lb, celery $1.34, organic asparagus $1.98 a lb, avocados: 88¢ ea, broccoli crowns $1.38 lb, and Bartlett pears only 94¢ a lb.

They are expanding the store so even more produce can be stocked. The owner takes a drive to Boston and return w/a 53" ft long tractor trailer loaded w/fresh produce.

In 2½ days the store is sold out. By chance anything remaining get auctioned at 2 PM on Saturday. Some of this wek's prices can be found here: Click on 'See more'

Was down w/all my shopping in Littleton by 8:30. Took the pleasant drive on Rt 302 to the super WM store in Woodsville, NH. There 3 pairs of joggers were purchased.

Saw a red pair, a blue pair and a white pair, all w/ black trim. Bought all three pairs and a set of Dr Schools Active Insoles. The gal at the check out counter looked at me oddly buying three pairs. Told her I was stocking up for the summer.

Visited my pal who was formerly the ast mgr of Subway in Littleton. He now manages the Super Shoe in that town. Been months since talking to him. He thanked me for the visit.

Returned home in a snow storm that was beginning to look like a blizzard. The hwy accumulated slush and my speed was dropped to 40 mph to be safe.

Snow is falls gently and is expected right through tomorrow evening.

The temp is 30° (-1°C) with the high to be 45° (7°C).

Civil twilight is 5:16 AM EST. Night is 7:13 PM.

Sunrise: 5:47 AM. Set: 7:41 PM.

Length of day: 13h 53m. Length of visible light: 14h 56m. Tomorrow will be 2m 49s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:20:37 AM

Hey there, ohyeah!

And Happy ThirstDay!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 1:22:36 AM

Good morning!

Have not heard a peep from the squirrel that formally resided in my attic. Seems to be two weeks since spreading a box of fresh moth balls in the attic. The net info pages also suggest loud radio music/talk shows and flashing lights to annoy them so they will leave. Glad the varmint is gone w/o incident.

Completely enjoyed a Big StarCraft battle with 2 army's of each of the three races. Was a Zerg battling the Terrans and Protoss as three of the four armies ganged up on me and one army battled the attack the base camps of another. It shall be a decade of fun easily worth the $5 spent to buy a used StarCraft II DVD in excellent condition on Ebay during the beginning of winter.

The rain stopped at 9 AM. Then the sun broke thru 30 minutes later. Put on my shorts to go out and work in the gardens. Began to make a sweep pulling out grass, dead leaves and last year's stems.

Maybe finished 25% which is four of the six areas. Also began to rip out live and dead wild blueberry routes in an area separating the lawn from the forest. Sprayed Othro Weed Be Gone last June. Results were seen in a week. Pulling out the roots to ensure they do not made a big come back one year later.

Want to walk into forest w/o a barrier of thorns to rip my legs and clothes. Love the successful results of the two wildflower areas that were worked on for a month last June May continue the perennial wildflowers in two more areas. Have a two month head start on the project, if decided on, already.

Would have to hand till the areas w/a pitchfork, rid the roots, and haul out the rocks and boulders. Then rake and level the areas. The wild flower seed was under $8 online at the WM site last year. It is back breaking work. Even if one was 20 y/o. Worked outdoors for 3 hours.

Drove out of my muddy driveway. Between the snow melt, vernal springs from up the mtn, and the nearly steady rain for days, the Dart sank a few inches in the muddy mess. Will need extra stone to add to the driveway. The time has come to stop the mud. Will ask my neighbor to the north if he could spread stone w/his tractor.

Went to OSJL in Northumberland, NH, bought 4 cans of black olives 6 oz for $1, then bought another pair of shorts that were bought last week for $10. Like the style, color, and fit. Learned y/a to buy several outfits that are liked. One wears away and there is another new one to take its place.

Went to Shaws and bought an 8 oz solid bar of feta cheese for just $3.99. Not like Shaw's to have a low price on an item that is not not sale. Passed on buying another pkg of southern style pork ribs during their weekly sale for only $1.29 a lb. May buy them when in Littleton at Papa's Mkt later.

Picked up my mail at the P.O. To my surprise was a refund check waiting. Opened it to discover the main office of the Propane Co added an extra $1 to the refund. Have to wonder if my complaining paid off w/a wee bit of a bonus and it was also mailed fast.

Off to buy some produce at Big Papa's then stop and shop at a few other stores in Littleton.

More rain falls. Snow depth is saying bye, bye.

The temp is 37° (-3°C) with the high to be 49° (9°C).

Civil twilight is 5:18 AM EST. Night is 8:11 PM.

Sunrise: 5:49 AM. Set: 7:40 PM.

Length of day: 13h 51m. Length of visible light: 14h 53m. Tomorrow will be 2m 50s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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dickc49
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 12:23:40 PM

Good afternoon Ohyeah :: HUGS :: NFL schedule is out and the Patriots open at home on Thursday night against the Steelers. Pats have never lost when raising a banner. Lets see how this one ends up! :>P
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 1:17:03 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Had rec'd a phone call that my Caller ID read it was a non profit org. Did not answer and no one left a message. Did a search for the telephone number and all the sites seen told of this non-profit that was actually a telemarketing company hiding behind a 501(c)(3) biz registration. So then voila, a new scam arrives.

It rained on and off and when it seemed to stop mist, both light and heavy fell. Did manage to remove the humus and manure bags and the Miracle Grow soil enhanced w/ nutrients from the Dart. Still love the 40 lb bags on sale for 5/$10. Looked up the price on Lowe's website and the sale price has been removed.

Cut the ham bone from the spiral ham and added the bone into a 2 qt pot. Simmered the bone for an hour, Scraped the bone clean of all the meat stuck to it. Added basil, parsley, Mrs Dash, a touch of paprika, added diced carrots, then egg noodles, onions, garlic, then some spinach at the last minutes. Had a low calorie healthy lunch. My first ham bone veggie soup was excellent.

Back outdoors looking at the minor damage the moles did this year. They made very few tunnels throwing their usual soil in clumps on top of the lawn. This is a mole's feeding tunnels, complete w/soil and needing 1 month or more to grew the grass back.

It was a quiet day in the forest. Did not even watch Netflix. Did play some hours of StarCraft. In one battle, the opponent attacked faster than my men could be created. Began wiping me out by destroying my base. It took 30 minutes just to neutralize that. Then eventually it was my turn to wreak havoc.

Rain is in the forecast every day this week thru next Monday. Have a few towels ready if by chance the squirrel hole leaks before a chance to fix it. over the w.e it was discovered the extension ladders were still frozen solid in ice and snow on racks up against the house. Am in no hurray to repair the hole in the roof and re-shingle that spot.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by 8:16 PM tonigh. Even a better sight over mid North America. Last night of the ISS for a while. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/city lights at night). It is the brighest object in the night sky. Only the Moon is brighter. See all the satellites in your area.

The temp is 30° (-1°C) with the high to be 52° (11°C). Rain sees a 70 - to 90% chance all week.

Civil twilight is 5:20 AM EST. Night is 8:10 PM.

Sunrise: 5:51 AM. Set: 7:39 PM.

Length of day: 13h 48m. Length of visible light: 14h 50m. Tomorrow will be 2m 51s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1:38:45 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Lost power at 5:02 PM yesterday. The wind swayed the trees amazingly being 34 mph (54 km/h). Stayed up for an hour,. which seemed like three, then went to slept. The utility co left a message at 7:15 saying the power has been restored. Woke at 12:30 this morning.

It was a Happy Patriots' Day to our New England and Wisconsin friends who celebrated the opening salvo of The American Revolution which began on April 19, 1775 with the Battles of Lexington and Concord, MA. It is celebrated on the third Monday of April.

The 119th Boston Marathon went w/o a hitch. Rebekah Gregory lost a leg in the 2013 marathon bombings. She ran the race in a prosthetic. Her brave story.

Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, crossed the finish line to win the Boston Marathon in 2 hours 9 minutes and 17 seconds. His 2nd win. The marathon begins in Hopkinton MA w/the finish line near Copley Sq Boston, 26.2 miles later.

2. Yemane Adhane Tsegay 2:09:48
3. Wilson Chebet 2:10:22
4. Bernard Kipyego 2:10:47

Kenya's Caroline Rotich captured the women’s crown in 2:24:55. It was hotly contested w/ the runner ups just seconds behind.
2. Mare Dibaba 2:24:59
3. Buzunesh Deba 2:25:09
4. Desiree Linden 2:25:39

Security was noticeably tight. A uniformed police officer stood every 200' in their lime yellow rain jackets.

There is of course many police officers under cover. The only incidents were rain, wind, and chill. Over 20,000 participated w/ well over 1,000,000 spectators lining the route.

Millions watched on live TV. Here are the marathon stats by the numbers (i.e, Prize money: $830,500, 28,200 bananas, gallons of water needed, fruit cups eaten, and etc.)

The only MLB ballgame on Patriots' Day at 11:05 in the morning saw the Orioles fall 7-1. Much of it was caused by their own doing. Fenway Park opened on April 20th 1912. It is their 103rd Anniversary and remains the oldest park in MLB.

After a rainy Patriots' Day with the Boston Marathon and home team Red Sox ball game, it is now official w/the return of the geese and ducks: Spring has arrived.

Made my version of Pasta Mona Lisa. Boiled farfalle, onions, sausage, bacon squares, carrots, broccoli, cubed red peppers, and large black olives cut in half.

Drain the sausage and let a few paper towels absorb any grease. Then top this treasure masterpiece w/ briefly cooked dices garlic in evoo and 5 Italian cheeses melted on top. Fresh loves added onto the cheese melting makes this a masterpiece.

After a rainy and most windy Patriots' Day with the Boston Marathon and home team Red Sox ball game, it is now official, w/the return of the geese and ducks: Spring has arrived.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by 8:16 PM tonight. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/city lights at night). It is the brighest object in the night sky. Only the Moon is brighter. See all the satellites in your area.

The temp is 44° (7°C) with the high to be 54° (12°C). Rain sees a 70 - to 90% chance all week.

Civil twilight is 5:21 AM EST. Night is 8:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:52 AM. Set: 7:38 PM.

Length of day: 13h 45m. Length of visible light: 14h 47m. Tomorrow will be 2m 52s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 12:21:03 PM

Happy Patriots day Ohyeah :: HUGS :: We have a biggish storm moving in. Looking like many of the Marathoners are going to get wet before they finish. It's cold and windy out there. The runners will have a stiff headwind to deal with too.

Got a response from a request I made on Ancestry's message boards 29 months ago on Sunday. I have found a long lost second cousin. Our families lost touch in the early 70's. I found on line the first of this family three years ago, but neither they nor I knew where the others were. Dad had two first cousins, but they were not close as their mothers were sisters who had some kind of a severe feud between them and did not talk. No one knows what the feud was now which is probably just as well! :>) I found that I have another 2nd cousin now living in Australia! Pretty neat the William answered back. He never knew his grand mother had this sister as she never mentioned her (part of the feud I'm sure). I will be getting further in touch with him over the next few days and weeks and seeing if I can get email addresses of his brothers and sister. Boy is the Internet something!
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 2:07:25 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Yesterday saw a very nippy morning w/the temp dropping to 35° (2°C). There was solid overcast or there would have been another below freezing start to the day.

Saw the exciting results of the Ultimate Fighting Championship #185 on Saturday evening. Several upsets were seen. Luke Rockhold picks up a signature career win against veteran Lyoto Machida by submission in 2nd round.

In the women's bouts, Paige VanZant (kickboxing 0, MMA 6-5-1), just 21 y/o, a huge underdog, faced veteran Felice Herrig 30 y/o (kickboxing 28-23-5, MMA 16-10-6) in the co-main event.

VanZant drilled out an impressive three-round unanimous decision win that will likely prompt a jump up the straw weight (max 52.2 kg/115 lbs) rankings ladder.

"I'm the underdog and I'm supposed to lose," VanZant said. "Winning makes me feel so much better." Scores were 30-27 and 30-26 twice. Am a huge fan of the women's MMA UFC events.

Left at 8 AM to go to Tractor Supply Co in Littleton, NH. Did not find a deal on seeds or bags of gardening material. Did find a super deal on 6' 1" real bamboo stakes.

They list for $2.99 ea. They were on sale for only 49¢ each. Plan to use them for pole beans next month. Or to prop up my Crocosmia Lucifer. Heavy rains always topple them.

Asked about Miracle Grow topsoil that was seen on Lowe's internet sale pages. The dept mgr looked online and saw bags of the 1 cu ft, reg $4.97 on sale for 5/$10. Bought 5 40 lb bags. What a super deal.

Visited WM to buy two 40 pound bags of Humus & Manure for $2 each. (Was $1.62 last year. A 30% increase) Returned home smiling w/the fabulous deals purchased. Pulled last year dead growth from the gardens, half wine barrel, and window flower boxes.

Had to pump up the wheelbarrow front tire. The portable air pump in the Dodge Dart trunk continues to be most handy. Burned the dead grass around the yard (legal here), turned over half the compost pile, then hand tilled some soil on the garden. Want to plant garlic soon.

Quickly 4 hours went by. Temp made it to 58 in full sun. Much of the snow has melted due to rain. More rain is expected all week. Tried to pull out my 24' ladder out of the ladder racks on the side of the house.

The winter of blowing snow to skirt the house saw my 24' and 32' ft ladders still frozen in snow and ice. Did not want to chance hurting may back. Wanted to repair the varmint's hole into the attic. Will have to delay that further.

Came in exhausted, back was sore from using all my muscles. Had ribs and veggies for lunch, then relaxed to listen to the ball game as this was typed. So happy spring is here and 6 months of baseball.

In the northern Mid North America the ISS orbits by 8:08 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/city lights at night). Seeall the satellites in your area.

The temp is 29° (2°C) with the high to be 44° (15°C). Rain sees a 70 - to 90% chance all week.

Civil twilight is 5:23 AM EST. Night is 8:07 PM.

Sunrise: 5:54 AM. Set: 7:36 PM.

Length of day: 13h 42m. Length of visible light: 14h 44m. Tomorrow will be 2m 53s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 7:10:10 AM



On this date, in 1775, the "shot heard around the world" was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass, starting the American Revolution.

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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 3:26:47 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

On April 19, 1775, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, patriots from the surrounding Towns of Lexington and Concord, MA fired on the British Army. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.

Today is know as Patriots' Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot's Day in Maine. It is celebrated on the third Monday of April. The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots' Day every year. The Boston Red Sox play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots' Day every year since 1959.

Since 1968 the ballgame has started at 11:05 AM. The Boston Marathon, the oldest and largest continuous marathon in the world, begins its race at 9:30 AM. This is so both events do not end together and bottle up traffic.

Today is also GB Claudie's birthday. A very Happy Birthday Claudie!

A fabulous Saturday that was forecast as 100% chance of rain on Wunderground.com all day long. Had plans to work on my roof and did not not, per the expected rain.

We rec'd sunny skies while towns above and below this area saw on and off rain. High was a pleasant 64° (18°C). Then at 2PM the sky rapidly turned gray. 2:27 PM heard a t-boomer. 2:29 saw a huge downpour.

Thought about the beautiful red edged hemerocallis (daylilies) seen at the OSJL store in Northumberland all day and night. Looked them up in mail order nurseries and found them to be $15 ea.

Loaded up the recyclables and took them to the Recycling Center. Asked the attendant how the sap run went on his trees. He said he rec'd what he needed, yet overall the season was a disappointment in this area.

He said in Vt and ME along w/north and south of here saw a banner year. Thursday when the young woman cashier at Big Papa's was spoken to, she said her folks maple sugar farm in Barnet, VT was having a slow maple sap season.

What is interesting about the Town of Barnet VT is that it has only 129 people. It comprises 5 separate villages w/a giant area that totals 43.6 sq miles.

This is The Center of Town aka as 'The Commons.' Much of it is rural, milk farms are abundant, and the prime way of life. Unless one is retired. Then TV usually is.

The mighty CT River passes right thru the beautiful town. The spring melt often overflows on its banks. Otherwise life in northern VT is very slow paced and care free.

HAD to return to the Town of Northumberland, NH toget 4 pkgs of 6-8 each for $3.99 at the Ocean State Job Lot. It was formerly an Ames store. Also bought nifty summer shorts for $10 and a real solid leather belt for just $7. Look out WM, you have real competition.

It rained so hard and became so dark after 2:30 PM the power was expected to go off. It still could at any time.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by 8:28 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/city lights at night) and all the satellites in your area, if seeing them in the country.

The temp is 36° (2°C) with the high to be 59° (15°C) in sunny skies.

Civil twilight is 5:25 AM EST. Night is 8:06 PM.

Sunrise: 5:56 AM. Set: 7:35 PM.

Length of day: 13h 39m. Length of visible light: 14h 41m. Tomorrow will be 2m 54s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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On this date, in 1923, the first game was played in Yankee Stadium (“the House that Ruth built”). Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4–1.

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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 2:21:46 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Woke up to light rain just after 12:15 AM yesterday. One of those times where it was impossible to return to sleep. Began my rounds early and posting went quickly.

Still was unable to return to sleep after my posts even tho my eyes were heavy. After relaxing for quite a while sleep slowly overcame my active mind and could nap for 2 hours at 7 AM.

Shaw's Wicked Awesome 3 Day Sale began yesterday morning and ends Sunday at closing.

Walked the driveway w/a waterproof ball cap and my team jacket on. Wanted to make certain the driveway was passable so the Dart would not sink.

Drove into town and bough excellent looking southern style pork ribs for an incredible $1.29 a pound. Bought the ribs at the store, 3 lbs of carrots for $1.88, and low fat Hellman's Mayo for $ 1.88 for 30 oz jar.

Added 8 miles to go to Ocean State Job Lot. It is a chain of 115 discount stores operating in New England and Upstate New York w/two stores in New Jersey. Hoped to find knock off's of Hoka One One jogging shoes. No such luck.

OSJT does have its continuing stock of standard items. It is know for buying overstocks and discontinued items at low prices and passing on the saving to their customers.

Did buy a 10 oz jar of relish for $1. It was the only one w/sugar instead of HFCS. Have my eye of some daylilies that are red w/ orange in the center at that store. If they sell before my return then so be it.

Stopped at the PO and picked up my mail, a replacement DVD of U2's Rattle and Hum album, and the two spring baseball team jackets that were ordered. Very handsome, colorful lightweight jackets that are sure to greatly bother the few Yankee fans in this area and make the many Fenway Park fans smile.

Returned home to prep the 6 qt crock pot w/red potatoes, green beans, carrots and the super lean $1.29 a lb southern style pork ribs. 30 minutes before unplugging two heads of broccoli crowns were added. A fabulous dinner with about 6 - 7 meals remaining.

Temp reached 64 when the rain stopped mid afternoon. Work in the gardens are planned. My back support will be worn. Seems after only a few bends, my lower back muscles are crying, "Uncle!"

The temp is 34° (1°C) with the high to be 57° (14°C) w/a 90% chance of rain.

Civil twilight is 5:27 AM EST. Night is 8:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:57 AM. Set: 7:34 PM.

Length of day: 13h 36m. Length of visible light: 14h 37m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 1:25:19 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 36° (2°C) with the high to be 65° (18°C) w/a 70% chance of rain.

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 2:06:20 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 26° (-3°C) with the high to be 63° (17°C) in partly cloudy skies.

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:06:54 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 2:30:07 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 8:31:17 AM

Good morning Ohyeah :: HUGS :: Up in Maine doing a little skiing. With the back getting downright nasty to me this is most likely the last skiing of the season for me. I will see the doctors on the 23rd and find out what is going so wrong with my back. I am pretty sure it is SI joint dysfunction. Not sure what they can do about it other than to "bake" the nerves with radio waves to knock down the pain for 6-18 months. Hoping that the joint will lock up soon from the arthritis and then stop hurting.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 2:52:33 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 27° (-3°C) with the high to be 58° (14°C).

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

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

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

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 2:27:37 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 38° (3°C) with the high to be 47° (8°C).

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

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

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

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 1:26:19 AM

Hi ohyeah, I'm just stopping in to say hello and that I hope you're doing well
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 11:46:35 PM

Salutations ohyeah537.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 1:44:47 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 35° (2°C) with the high to be 53° (12°C). A little snow now. Lots of rain later.

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:03:20 PM

Good morning Ohyeah :: HUGS :: The last snow in my yard has melted finally. Outside my fence, along the side street there is still a small mound from the plow. That will go by the weekend. Now I wait for things to begin to green up.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 2:27:12 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have several inches of new snow on the window boxes. It is snowing.

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 7:58:40 AM

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 1:57:47 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Victory is sweet!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 20° (-1°C) with the high to be 44° (7°C).

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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Good morning Ohyeah :: HUGS :: Thought we might see you after the Duke win!
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GO DUKE!!!! Number 1 in the country!!!!! :-)
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 2:27:37 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 32° (0°C) with the high to be 44° (7°C). Light snow falls. Have 3"on my window boxes

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 2:28:45 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 25° (-4°C) w/the high to be to be 42° (6°C)

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

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

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

Have a pleasant day!

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Hi ohyeah, I hope you had a happy Easter
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Happy Easter Ohyeah :: HUGS :: Hope this Easter Sunday finds you and the girls doing well.
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HOPPY EASTER OHYEAH!
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On this date, in 1887, Anne Sullivan makes the breakthrough to Helen Keller by spelling "water" in the manual alphabet.

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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 2:47:48 AM

Blessed Easter Greetings!

The forecast was for more snow in the afternoon totaling 1-3". Decided to take items saved to the Town's Recycling Center. There was snow mixed w/ rain at my place, rain down below in the valley.

Did my green duty, talked to several folks that are known, then drove to Whitefield to visit my pal the meat mgr at Mac's Market. The store had lots of items wanted on sale.

Then it was remembered 6 or so chicken legs were on the top of the extra fridge outside. Will buy some deal next week and cut up the food already cooked. Did buy a Delmonico that was on sale for an amazing $5.49 a lb.

Topped my gas tank for $5.50. Just love paying for gas at a low $2.10 a gallon. This is up to 30¢ less than Littleton's prices which is but 12 miles nearby.

Lancaster has remained a solid $2.39 for reg and $3.09 (just down 10¢) a gallon for a solid month. Returned to stop at the P.O. Saw the snow on the CT River has melted into ice. And with puddles. All fishing bob houses had to be removed from the rivers, lakes, and ponds on March 31st.

Bought two insignificant items at Shaw's as 1 item offered a bonus Monopoly ticket. Have my game card loaded w/all the pieces except one to win any prize.

The $50,000 home makeover, the $500,000 vacation home, and the $1 million in cash prizes needs two tix to win ea of them. Would say the odds are more than 50 million to 1 to win these three top prizes. Yet if one does not play, they can not win. Ha Ha!

Rain is due today w/snow for Sat, Easter, right into Monday.

The temp is 22° (-6°C) w/the high to be to be 35° (2°C)!

Civil twilight is 5:50 AM EST. Night is 7:47 PM.

Sunrise: 6:20 AM. Set: 7:18 PM.

Length of day: 12h 57m. Length of visible light: 13h 57m. Tomorrow will be 3m 03s longer.

Have a blessed day!

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On this date, in 1949, the treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was signed.

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 2:23:21 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Spent the time yesterday morning to get my laundry completed and write out checks for bills. May as well pay them a bit early. Did forget to pay my ISP bill last month. Have no clue why.

Check your land line bill and compare it Jan and Feb. As was said then, The US Fed Gov't added a $4 tax to each bill. Complaints and threats of discontinuing service are kept as stats at your phone co.

Drove to Littleton to pay a payment on my car loan. Have 14 months remaining and 8,800 mile on the turbocharged Dart.

Have not heard from my Insur Co on the check they sent to cover the payoff the hit and run. The adjuster never returned my phone call from 1 week ago.

Visited Shaw's to buy an item for another tic for the Monopoly game. Saw the store mgr and mentioned a slight issue that happened the day before. Went to the Customer Service counter to pay for 1 item. The women there said for me to go to the check out line.

Then she began a lecture that the CS counter was for returns, lottery tix, and money orders only. Huh? So the mgr said that is unacceptable and said he would speak to her.

Bumped into the assistant sore mgr who heard this from me two w/a. Told him all she did was get another CSM to side w/her at that counter. Figure the 1-2 punch will hit the mark. If not, have two contingency plans, just in case.

Temp was a lovely 64° (18°C) in beautiful sunny skies in the afternoon. Got a chair and sat in the sun and sat in shorts and a tee for an hour. Water poured off the roof of the house.

There is even two strips of lawn showing north of the veggies garden. A patch of snow-less land grew by leaps and bounds in that hour. Spring arrives in the mtns.

My hip hurt too much to go for a work. It bothered me just going in, around, and out of the stores.

Went in the house to see my two free days of MLB.com TV on my computer. Enjoyed watching the Washington Redskins crush the Yankees 7-2. Their loss Always makes my day.

It is lightly snowing. Expect snow tonight, right into Easter. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.

The temp is 40° (4°C) dropping to 36° (2°C)!

Civil twilight is 5:52 AM EST. Night is 7:46 PM.

Sunrise: 6:22 AM. Set: 7:17 PM.

Length of day: 12h 54m. Length of visible light: 13h 53m. Tomorrow will be 3m 02s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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Good evening ohyeah537.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 2:24:15 AM

Blessings to you on Good Friday!

Slept 40 minutes later than usual yet finished my posts far earlier than usual yesterday. GB servers fluctuate the speed of up and downloads depending on the day. How many GB's could be using the East Coast servers from 2-5 AM?

Temp dropped to 8° (-13°C) on the mtn. Then climbed to 45° (7°C) for the day. Soon the roads will be a muddy mess w/vehicles being tossed side to side. Ina few weeks when the grass shows and the rains arrive the soil with be like a sponge.

This lasts about 1 month. Then to greet spring in these mtns, the biting bugs hatch come Mother's Day in May. No even a doubt, let me tell you, they are Hungry. Come the first 3 days of the heat in June and they diminish greatly.

My hip was truly hurting from the early morning and through the day. This was from jogging at first, Then running afterwards. Thought 500' would be a joke. Not laughing about it.

Drove on NH Rt 135 aka The CT River hwy which parallels the CT River just a few feet away. The river in the morning was solid snow. By noon there were many wet spots and puddles of water on top of the snow covered river. The first of the spring.

Bought at the mkt were green beans $1.25 a lb, 5 lbs red potatoes $2.68, Bartlett pears $1.25 a lb, leaf lettuce, $1.38 a huge head, cukes from MX 3/$2, 1 lb of baby spinach $3, limes 4/$1, (lemons also), and baby bella mushrooms $2.25 for 10 ozs.

Some of this week's prices at Big Papa's Market. Click on "See more..."

Spoke to a new young lady cashiering on her outstanding embroidered jacket that had the name of her sugar maple farm. She will sell me a gallon of maple syrup for $40.

Just may take the 90 minutes drive from my home in a week or two to buy some syrup and see her place. They use [L-https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/69/168514941_59c94bda8b_z.jpg]buckets as was done originally[/L] (top removed to see inside), no lines or vacuum tubes.

On average it takes 40 gallons of sap to boil of 1 gallon of pure maple syrup. Some years even 50. Folks tap the trees, hang the galvanized buckets, collect and carry them to the sugar house daily for up to 5 weeks.

Stopped in Whitefield to buy a few items at Mac's mkt. Bought split chicken breast for the low price of $1.29 a lb. Made some breaded chicken cutlets w/cheese and cream of chicken on top.

Then spent an hour to made more homemade chicken noodle soup. Used wide wheat egg noodles, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms and simmered the skin and bones of the split breast in the water loaded w/garlic. Has to be the best tasting yet.

Rain is due today w/snow for Sat, Easter, right into Monday.

The temp is 50° (10°C) w/the high to be to be 60° (15.5°C)!

Civil twilight is 5:54 AM EST. Night is 7:45 PM.

Sunrise: 6:24 AM. Set: 7:15 PM.

Length of day: 12h 51m. Length of visible light: 13h 50m. Tomorrow will be 3m 04s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 2:45:00 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Had a nice deep sleep until after 1:45 AM yesterday. The GB servers were running fast in the wee hours. Finished my rounds 45 minutes sooner than usual.

Test the speed of my ISP several time a day. Using this site for my net speed tests. Choose the closest location to your area. Know there are 100's of other test sites. It is the GB servers that are often bogged down. Not my ISP, which is Verizon.

Got to get in a pleasant nap and still be rested and up by 6 AM. Enjoyed more epi's of Sons of Anarchy, Lost, The Walking Dead, Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU. Still laugh to the Andy Griffith Show (Mayberry), MASH, and Everyone Loves Raymond. Love a hearty laugh from a nice healthy sit-com.

Went to the SSA office in Littleton. Got there at 11 AM in hopes it would be empty. Jammed w/a dozen folks. Just had to drop off a paper. Loved placing it in a box and walking right out the door.

Shopped for two items at Shaw's. Just wanted to earn 3 Monopoly games pieces. One was an "Instant Winner." Won two *free tickets" Need one ticket for each prize to win. Most won so far was 25¢ off their ultra high priced items.

Went to visit the assistant mgr of Littleton's Subway. Knew him from when he managed the pet dept at WM. Come to find out his wife retired from Subway as the store mgr and regional inspecter. My pal works at another retail store. Did get a Spicy Italian w/ all the veggies and extra lettuce on a wheat sub.

Am even more happy w/ Subway They did remove all the HFCS in their bread a few y/a. Now Subway has stated that they will be removing a chemical known as azodicarbonamide from its breads.

This chemical is commonly used to "increase elasticity in everything from yoga mats to shoe rubber to synthetic leather" and is used for the same reasons in bread.

The ingredient is used as a bread conditioner, to whiten the dough and allow sandwich bread to bake more quickly. Was always leery of chemicals added to foods. Especially the ones that can not be pronounced.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." — M.L. King Jr.

The temp is 16° (-9°C) with the high to be 43° (6°C).

Civil twilight is 5:58 AM EST. Night is 7:42 PM.

Sunrise: 6:27 AM. Set: 7:13 PM.

Length of day: 12h 45m. Length of visible light: 13h 44m. Tomorrow will be 3m 04s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 2:11:57 AM

Good morning ohyeah!

Watched "Bless The Child" on Netflix (2000) R 1hr 47m. A Psychiatric nurse Maggie's (Kim Basinger) ordinary life becomes anything but after she takes in her sister's young child and uncovers a frightening truth about the girl.

Not sure why the critics gave this movie so many negative reviews. An excellent movie with a fine cast and solid acting. The concept of good vs evil is always entertaining. Jimmy Smits from NYPD Blue co-stars. 5/5 stars.

Opened the last pkg of point cut corned beef, simmered it in fresh water twice, then slow cooked it submerged in the crock pot for 4 hours. Nice and tender. Needed a break from the chicken drumettes made the other day.

Dressed for the 26° (-3°C) temps and went out to sand the driveway. The snow on it is now ice. The sand in the barrel has lots of rock salt to help melt the ice.

Took a Nalgene bottle of water and headed up the mtn. The road was a sheet of ice w/the melt of the days and the freezing of the nights. It was a struggle to get traction w/my hiking boots w/the road being all ice.

Had a heck of a time using great effort to get to the log cabin. Was not an enjoyable experience. The town needs to spread some pebbles. The views from the clear cut in VT and northern NH are magnificent. Blue skies w/o any clouds were super. 1 mile plus some elevation gain.

The temp reached 40° (4°C) mid afternoon. Tuesday into Wed morning sees a 60% chance for snow. Which is okay. Most days are now above freezing. Springtime in the northern NH mtns.

The temp is 23° (-5°C) with the high to be 45° (7°C).

Civil twilight is 6:02 AM EST. Night is 7:40 PM.

Sunrise: 6:31 AM. Set: 7:10 PM.

Length of day: 12h 39m. Length of visible light: 13h 38m. Tomorrow will be 3m 04s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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On this date, in 1848, for the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:23:00 AM

Happy Palm Sunday!

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield to discover he had a vacay in Kansas City all week. His wife and him enjoyed the 75° (24°C) and the beauty of the area. Was surprised that my hands did not grab the low priced meats and left empty handed.

Went to Shaw's for their w/e specials. Bought reduced low fat 4 Italian shredded cheese for $1.77 for 8 oz's, All 2 liter coke products were $1. These two item offered bonus tickets to the come on game "80 Million in Prizes" Monopoly playing coast to coast.

Stopped at my PO to pick up my mail. Got a letter from some unknown that misspelled mt name and wrote the town as "Landcaster" (sic). Had the Postmaster return to sender: refused. Sure did not have that good feeling to it. The second letter sent from the same person/address.

Thought of the cheese for $3.54 a lb and returned to the store to buy 6 more in the 8 oz pkgs. One get a ticket for the transaction plus 1 for each additional item. The price of the cheese is the 2nd lowest ever.

Drove to the Fuller's Sugarhouse (see the 3m s video inc the entire operation). Was greeted by hosts Ed, Dave abd Patti Fuller, their now adult children and a few similling young ladies.

The gift shop and the sugar house were packed w/ people itching to get on a fine spring day. Had a wonderful coffee w/maple syrup as the sugar, plain homemade donuts to dunk, and a cone of maple syrup on snow, all gratis.

Took a tour of the section of the real post and beam building that sold sugaring tools, evaporators, lines, buckets accessories and has several reverse osmosis filters for sale.

Went in the boiling room w/their 3 y/o state of the art evaporator made of stainless steel, and non wood store firebox, a mere $90,000 investment.

Five weeks of sugaring is expected in the Lancaster area. Just 5 days ago was the first real sap flowing. They use a vacuum system. Thursday they boiled 9,000 gallons of sap to produce just 160 gallons of maple syrup.

The gift shop is stocked with nostalgia, paintings, maple sugar, candy, sampler's, and many items to fill its country charm store. Had a sample of local made blackberry jam. At $8.69 for 18 oz's, it is twice the price of the Amish jam sold at at Big Papa's Mkt for $4.50.

Educated the family on carrageenan. None was in their jam. Said it is a thickener found in many foods such as jellies, jam, meat, cookies, cakes, and dairy/ice cream products.

Same as adding two heaping tablespoons of Vaseline to hot chocolate to give it texture, thickening, and stabilizing agents. It increases shelf live. Many folks get stomach cramps from it.

A gallon of maple syrup this year at the Fuller Sugarhouse is a whopping $79.95. Half gallon $49.95 this year. Non commercial mom and pop sugar house sell a gallon in the $45 and up price range in my area.

Learned there is a new standardized grading system implemented in Canada and in the USA. This page has the new grades and maple sugar history.

The temp is 10° (-12°C) with the high to be 35° (2°C).

Civil twilight is 6:04 AM EST. Night is 7:38 PM.

Sunrise: 6:33 AM. Set: 7:09 PM.

Length of day: 12h 36m. Length of visible light: 13h 34m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a blessed day!

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On this date, in 1930, the cities of Constantinople and Angora changed names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.

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