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happydaznVa

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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2009 11:29:44 PM

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happydaznVa
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 10:21:25 AM

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Midnight, I be here now! Yesterday, 11am, I be at Patrick Henry A/P. At 3:30, I be at Atlanta A/P with 3hr 53min layover. At 9:10pm, 10:10 EST, I be at Minneapolis/St. Paul A/P. Had to hurry to be at gate for next journey. At 11:10, I be at Bismarck, ND A/P! What a long day.
Very pretty feather, where's the rest of it.

Good that most of the reports were good. Sounds like the lady doc is interesting. She has some good points. Thanks for the info on 10 benefits of cinnamon (a quick read list) has been known for over two thousand years. This is a keeper. Vinegar also is good for cutting sugar.

Fixing to leave for Great Falls, MT (550 miles)and then Glacier NP (160miles).

Have a GR8 day. Hope I will have Inet tonight.

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 2:47:57 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

Where you be?

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

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

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

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

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

By 1 PM heavy rain and t-storms let loose some miles north of me. Lots of yellow and plenty of red on the radar map indicated a very severe storm. Cold air arrived north of me. Temp dropped to 66°.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 4:35:23 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

You coming back?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 4:55:25 AM

Good morning!

I ♥Life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 4:29:07 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

Even more sad that Mike bough the house 3 doors down and planned on moving her there so he could take better care of her.

Also am found of healthy avocado. It is about $1 here also. Much more that that and it is passed over. Like the wide noodles, cheese, and burger as well.

Keep on jogging.

This is the first year my tomatoes are more than 5' tall. That is do to the crushed eggshells added to the soil. Fruit is still green. More than other years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listened to the the home team played the KC Royals yesterday afternoon. First in the house, then in the sun. The home team won the series.

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

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

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

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

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

Have a pleasant day!

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happydaznVa
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:07:57 PM

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Thanks, Midnight. Never did meet the lady, she was stuck to her house due to her condition. Mike had bought another house 3 doors down from where he lived. It had a "Mother in law" house connected. He was planning on moving her there so he could take better care of her and his neighbor volunteered to check in on her while he was at work. Oh well, that is life.

Love avocados and they are healthy food! They run avg $1 each here.

We went for our morning walk at the hill. Been a couple weeks since we were there, jogged the hill 5 times and felt good, except the last one, kind of a struggle at the top.

Was warm here and dry. Worked in garden filling in with compost. Tomatoes are about 4 ft high, picked 1st 2 ripe ones today and they did not last long. Eggplant running plentiful. Have had it cooked with onions, and again today the wide noodles, with cheese and a little bit of hamburger for taste. Tasted just like lasagna.

Have a good week
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 3:27:19 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

My condolences to Mike his family and his friends. What a completely sad experience. Oh My!

After looking at the most beautiful tech, My pulse increased from 65 to 94 bpm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a splendid day!

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happydaznVa
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:49:50 PM

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When it rains, it pours! Mike, my daughters friend and my friend, and he is the father of the bride, learned at her wedding today of his daughter, that his mother had died at about 5pm. My daughter called us last night as we were on way home from cousins funeral that Mike's brother was trying to get their Mother into car to take her to Mike's house. She went limp and not moving, and had no pulse. He called 911 and they were there as he was doing CPR. The EMT's took over and had to shock her 3 times. Mike got a call at the reception that she had died. She was 80 and in bad health and had trouble walking. He didn't announce it and was going to tell his daughter after reception. Now, that makes it Son in law's mother passed away 7/8, my cousin in NC passed away 7/15 and Mike's Mom passed today.

Hope your test are good. I have had one where they hook up wires to different spots on your chest. Forgot what is called.

Now Midnight, didn't you know that the hospital sends in the most beautiful ladies they can find. This takes your mind off what they are doing while you are admiring her beauty! :>)))

Have a good night
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:21:11 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

Sad to see relatives pass on. Good to always see the family. Even at a wake and funeral. Sad your brother had so much replaced but the heart itself. Will know the results on Aug 1. My next PCP appointment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 48° (9°C) with the high to be 79° (26°C). Even more sunny days coming up.

Have a tremendous day!

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happydaznVa
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:17:04 AM

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Hi Midnight
Was a long trip, but pleasant. Saw cousins that I haven't seen in a while. 2 hour visitation, then service & burial. Then we went in and had a feast.
We left at 9am and got home at 10:20pm. Wife drove about an hour while I slept. Enjoy seeing my Aunt's (3 left) and cousin's, about 5000! No, maybe 25-30. You saw the reunion picture at my profile, the one after the clowns.

At the link for the market, I like the baby in the watermelon pants!

Hey man, go for the test! The doctor has not got my brother (78) straight yet. His heart gets erratic. Has had Aorta valve replaced and 4 catharations (sp) and can't do anymore. Think that age and health status will prevent him getting a new heart.

Have a good night
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 3:54:58 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

See you be busy and understand the absence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 11:01:36 PM

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We had no rain today, only warm sunshine.

Yep, think I will like Green Zone.

We had some rain several days ago and 'maters and egg plant are taking off.

Not tired of it yet.

May not be here tomorrow, driving back to NC for cousins funeral. Have to be back for wedding of a close friend Saturday. Be glad when the rush is over!

Have a good weekend
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:43:43 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

Name of the movie is below. It is not on Netflix. As good as Black Hawk Down. You will like it much.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Off to the market later for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:48:01 PM

I ♥ Life.

Midnight, thanks, funeral is Friday and we will be there.

What was the name of the war movie? Like old movies. Haven't watched Netflix in awhile. Only got to see 1 episode of 24! See where they are running reruns, on off nights. You have a good evening, I'm going to sleep

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 3:55:42 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

The mind is the first to go.
:o

Sad that you lost your cousin. Blessing or not. Great you folks went to see your family. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 11:51:18 PM

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Midnight, thought that I was here last night! Mind slipping again.

Received call tonight that my cousin passed away early this morning. It was a blessing, she had a fast moving cancer that was undetected until 4 weeks ago. Did not recognize her, but her mind was sharp. Bad thing, she was sole caretaker of her Mother, 92, who was partially paralyzed due to stroke. Sue's husband was also limited due to encephalitis from mosquito bite 10 years ago or more that she also took care of. She is now at peace in Heaven. We had gone down to NC Sunday to visit her and my 3 Aunts, one being her Mother.

Been trying to catch up some of my statements in computer and balancing them. I am soooo far behind.

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 4:15:41 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 3:52:31 AM

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Rather have the stock on my shelves, Than cost time and more money to go to the store and buy at a higher cost.

Would use pebbles to spread on my driveway. Otherwise ledge pak is the ideal topping. It is nearly stone dust. Where it lands, it stays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 10:49:57 PM

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Midnight, I like to stock up with bargains too. My saying, it can sit on my shelve just as well!

Thanks, hope you hear a good report too.

Topsoil is high here too, and some of it is loaded with clay.

little pebbles go for $35 a ton. Haven't bought any in several years.

Gotta get up early, driving to NC to visit cousin with cancer. She is the care provider for her 94 year old mother who had a stroke about 8-10 years ago. And, her husband, he had encephalitis from mosquito bite.

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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 5:17:51 AM

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Here a yard of topsoil is expensive. In the $35-$50 a yard. Gravel is cheap. about $8.

Not liking that quick year going by. Glad your wife's melanoma is on Stop. Your is okay as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The temp is 48° (9°C) with the high to be 82° (26°C) in clear skies.

A beautiful full Moon is shining.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 11:55:12 PM

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Thanks, was relieved myself. Wife had biopsy done on a mole just after we moved into our newly built house in 2003. Came back, was Melanoma. Did radical operation and has had no new occurrence. That is a long time to have a business. That was the year I was born. Hope they have it for another 35 years.

I need some GOOD top soil, but I buy it by the yard!

Doesn't seem like it has been a year, but time is flying for me. Pretty car and color.

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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 3:19:57 AM

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Somehow others can see the young women. I can not in any browser. The evil Mudsprings added that pic. Games for the idle...and an idiot.

Fabulous your mole biopsy is clean. Super news!

Call the ISP and complain about intermediate use. Get 50% off for this month. Be firm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 10:46:34 PM

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Midnight, I-net out again tonight and I am at McD's.

Hit your link again and same picture came up. Farful even made a comment "nice portrait". I agree, but she's too young.

Forgot to tell you last night, when we got in from our trip to Minnesota, had a message from Doc's office. Finally got the lady and she checked the report. Said that the biopsy was totally clear with no sign of cancer! Whew! What a relief, but the area is breaking out from the bandage I have to change daily after showering and use polysporin. Tomorrow is last day to put it on. Itches! Hope your report comes out as good as mine was.

Need to get back home, wife uncomfortable at night when I am not home, which is not often. This is the 3rd time I-net has gone out on Thursday or Friday in last 4 weeks. Was not home last week, so don't know if it went out or not.

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 4:33:14 AM

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Give it another try. Can see each of the three pix. Sometimes can not link well to GB. It always was a hit or miss. My pix are over 5 MB. GB ruins the sharpness w/its far less resolution.

Cod, like lobstah, and haddock, along w/clams, is a seafood staple in New England.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bought no nutrient topsoil for a hole filler at WM. 40lbs for $1.38. Also a bag of composted cow manure to amend to my homemade compost aka black gold. Picked up the wildflower seed that was a ship to store order.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Off to the market later to get a few items.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 11:19:15 PM

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On your link, the picture that comes up isn't a winter scene. When you click on one of the winter scenes, the same picture comes back up. Is a nice looking lady.

On adding pictures, I found that only JPG pictures can be added, but that was a while ago. Found it was easy to add pictures. Feel over 1 meg is the problem.

Cod is good fish and better cooked with other items.

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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 3:09:07 AM

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Felt many episodes last week. Will find out what they mean very soon. Perhaps on Friday, if the results from the Co are back.

Have several pix of the trellis the half wine barrel of flowers, and that 2' x 4' hole that is filled w/almost 2 dozen rocks. Would like them all to be 30 lbs or less. Two are in the 100's of lbs. Will work on those final two boulders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just had a good rainfall, t-boomers, and a short power outage. Temp is 66° (19°C). The high is to be 82° (28°C).

Have a fabulous day!

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Midnight, that monitor is similar to one my cousin had before he received his new heart. His monitor would send a report to his doctor in Raleigh of an episode! His wife received a call one morning asking her if she had checked the monitor, she replied "No", was told to get him to the hospital, he has had an episode! (don't know what a episode is). David told me that he could have been in Hawaii and it would have sent signal to Raleigh. Technology is great!

Am interested in seeing the trellis and this rock hole! I would also pull the rocks(bolders?) out. We have lots of rocks around our house, some 30#, give or take.

So, now we are both waiting for results! Hate to wait!

Got to start packing, we have to be at the airport at 6am to check in. Be glad to get back home.

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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 3:42:59 AM

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The distance from Portland, ME to Lancaster, NH is 110 Miles. It is a 2 hours 36 mins. No Arthur here, Our weather arrives from Ontario. Once and awhile from Quebec.

Let me know on that mole. Using Sunblock. Btw UV rays are far stronger 5,000 above the sea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 11:26:44 PM

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Midnight, that statement about Subway coffee is funny, and true!

Did the hurricane hit near you? Missed us, went out to sea. Got some rain

Good thing about Costco, you don't like it, they replace it or refund your money.

We have seen that L & C on PBS and enjoyed it.

Be sure to use sun block while in the sun, no protection, that is what causes melanoma, a deadly condition.

Hope to hear something this week on my mole

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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 4:43:52 AM

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To say Subway's free coffee is not even worth drinking is the same as saying it is worse than terrible.

Damage was a flash 10 minute wind blast. Looked like a tornado. Was heavy rain and then wind.

Good the store replaced the ham. Never a problem w/the two lb pkg. Keeping an eye on it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Temp is 53° (12°C). The high is to be 83° (28°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 12:00:38 AM

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Midnight, on the Subway coffee, why do you think they give it away! :>))

Was the damage to the town of Lisbon from the hurricane. No damage at home for us.

Careful on the package of sliced ham, we have taken 2 packages back to Costco because the package puffed up and package looked like it had been blown up with air. They replaced it. Now, we split the packages into about 10 slices each and freeze them. No more puffy packages. Taught to throw puffed up packages away, may be spoiled.

No report yet on the mole.

Have a good week

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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 1:11:13 AM

Good morning!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Civil twilight is 4:32 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.
Sunrise: 5:08 AM. Set: 8:33 PM.

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

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

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 3:33:27 AM

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Call it a typo 238 years of freedom from England. Hurray!

Fridge is over stocked. Freezer near full capacity. W/e's have the Wicked Awesome 3 day sales that our only supermarket chain has. Like to see the ladies in their summer attire. LOL!

So what's in International Falls, MN (Icebox of the Nation) worth seeing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 10:27:23 PM

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Hope you had an enjoyable day to celebrate the 338th anniversary of our freedom from Britain, now our closest Allie.

Midnight, brother also can't walk very far or fast, and has trouble bending over.

All the travel you are doing food shopping, can't you buy more and maybe save you a trip? OH, I get it, you go visit your buddies!

We are in International Falls, MN, leaving in the morning, heading back to Minneapolis. Plan on stopping at places we did not want to take the time for on trip up.

Have a good night
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 9:20:05 AM

I L♥VE Life

 Happy 4th Happy

beautiful Summer weather here in Mid-MO sunny 60° may get to 80° today

stay safe & enjoy your Holiday Weekend

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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 4:41:19 AM

Good morning!

Happy Birthday America!

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

Wrote brunch. That was 11 AM.

Will wait for the mole test results. Tough on the Main aorta replaced. Glad your brother caught up to his pulse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 11:59:11 PM

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Midnight, eating all that at night before going to bed is sure way to put on weight!

Won't know about the black mole for maybe another 7-10 days. Checking to see if it is melanomia!

Brother has had main heart aorta replaced, 4-5 places in his heart cauterized, can have no more. His pulse ran away a couple of times, but he ran and caught it! :<))

Have a good night

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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 2:36:16 AM

Good morning!

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2 Q's below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 3:47:23 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

How did the black mole turn out?

What was done to cure your brother?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 11:53:33 PM

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Midnight, running late, Checked in late and have to be in Williamsburg at 9am, about 45 minute drive. Have to check a mole on my side that has turned black and crusty. Called yesterday morning and surprised they can see me in the morning.

Hope they can get your problem solved. My older brother has been thru that.

Have a good HD
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 3:25:11 AM

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Left with lots of time for my 9:30 appointment at the Cardiology Unit. Had the latest version of a Holter Monitor applied as a patch and small device over my heart.

The cause is heart arrhythmia. Specifically tachycardia. On occasion my heart pounds out 200 beats per minute. A very new condition. It could be my thyroid or my heart. Am scheduled to wear the monitor for 7 days. Usual is 1 or 2.

Have been concerned on this new condition and it has affected my sleep due to worry. My BP was 142 over 78 yesterday. Friday is was 128 or 129 over 78. Expected to have to wear this older version of the Holter Monitor. Glad it is not that one and is the small patch. No loose shirts and it'll be any easier sleep.

Drove to Littleton to absorb the A/C. The temp reached 86° (30°C), the humidity 59% and the dew point 65° (18°C), just beginning to get muggy. Also returned the HD Pennington Wildflower mix, "Great for Colorful Border Gardens." Not so good.

No Q's asked on the 32 oz bag that cost $7.98. The seed was powdered like common table pepper. The WM ordered seed has big ½" long seed w/some ¼" circular seed.

It is expected to arrive at my WM on Sat July 5 and may take 5 days longer. It took exactly 5 days before. This is 4 oz of seed w/no filler for $9.

There is Big difference in the density of the seedling growth in this Environmental Seed Producers Wildflower Seed.

Decided to stop at the Gold House for a giant steak bomb. Had Genoa salami and pepperoni added for a mere 10¢ more. $7.39 for a foot long, w/tax $8.16. A taste of Heaven.

Over the w/e saw "World War Z" (2013) 116 min - Action/Adventure/Horror on NetFlix. This fabulous movie got my undivided attention in 6 minutes. It was what was always wanted in a horror movie that is seldom received — genuine terror!

Brad Pitt races against time and fate as he travels the world trying to stop the spread of a deadly zombie pandemic. These living dead are beyond insane. They make human chains to climb 12 story buildings

By the 1,000's they bash vehicle windshields w/their heads trying to bite the uninfected. This spreads this infectious disease w/the victim stricken with the same madness.

The cast is multiplies of thousands. The special effects are perfect. The depth of violence is astounding. The panic and the horror are felt. At times this movie flows at a heart pounding pace. A masterpiece of suspense, action, and fear. "World War Z" 5/5 stars.

Civil twilight is 4:28 AM EDT. Night is 9:11 PM.

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

Length of day: 15h 29m. Length of visible light: 16h 42m. Tomorrow will be 0.46s shorter

Temp is 64° (18°C). The high is to be 90° (32°C) in mostly sunny skies. Happy July!

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 5:29:42 AM

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Spent lot of time on the net to find the exact wildflower seed that was purchased at the WM online store several weeks ago. Not sure why the mostly shade seed continued to be displayed. Even after looking up my order the shade seed kept being displayed.

My area is 8-10 hours in direct sunlight. Plan on raking up the HD seed. The WM seed arrives at my local store in about 5 days. Will replant the area with the superior seed. This is the seed. Free shipping to my store.

This seed works fantastically. Have two other areas as proof. Plan on taping the Home Depot seed and returning it. Kept the receipt. Am very disappointed in the spotty germination. One would have thought 8x the seed would be 8x better. Think the 32 oz bag for $7.99 is close to worthless.

Began to dig out a 2' x 4' (0.61 x 1.20 metres) area that has been in the middle of my lawn since day one. It is loaded w/rocks and a couple of boulders. Used the pitchfork and worked out half of the deep, mostly 8"-10" (20-25 cm) rocks. A few are basketball size. Saving them for another day.

Mowed the front lawn. This is about 25% of the entire lawn. Was enough for me after watering the plants and ten performing garden maintenance. Got to sit and read in the sun for an hour.

Just what was wanted. Another gorgeous day w/few clouds in the sky. Temp was 85° (29°C), humidity was pleasing at 40%, and the dewpoint at 58° (14°C). Two more days just like coming up.

Civil twilight is 4:28 AM EDT. Night is 9:11 PM.

Sunrise: 5:04 AM. Set: 8:34 PM.

Length of day: 15h 29m. Length of visible light: 16h 43m. Tomorrow will be 0.42s shorter

Temp is 58° (14°C). The high is to be 85° (29°C) in mostly sunny skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 3:57:10 AM

Good morning!

I ♥ Life!

Good to rid the area of the rodents. Does he eat the rabbits?

Would like to see the flowers that look like lupines, yet are not.

Got cha on Arthur. Reviews on "Redemption" are fabulous. Never saw it.

Saw an excellent movie yesterday morning that was released in 2013. A review will be in a day or two. Loaded up the car with recyclables and went to dispose of them in their proper bins.

Rather make small trips each week than spend lots of extra time with a large load every few weeks. Kids plastic play toys and a turntable complete w/cover were the 'featured' items of the day.

Went to the P.O. and found a dozen c.c. offers w/o interest for the first year. Have taken up the offers and used a few from time to time. They have sold my name to others.

Had looked up the Wicked Awesome 3 day w/e sale at Shaws. Would have bought 3" portobello mushrooms that weighed 3 oz each for $1 a piece. It was cheaper for me to pass on this and keep buying the 10 oz pkgs of baby bella for $2.25 at my mkt.

Did buy Friendly's ice cream (pistachio) 1.5 qts (1.4 litre) for $1.99, an 8 oz apple pie for $2.50 (a mark down), A&W root beer for 88¢, Bumblebee 5 oz cans of tuna for 69¢ ea, St Louis baby back spare ribs for $1.98 a lb, and fresh corn on the cob 18¢ ea.

Stopped at the Town Library to ask about their gift of the Orion Star Blast 4.5" telescope (Image works w/Chrome, not on FF. Video works on both.) Pic of the Orion telescope

They began to show me how it works. The Trustees of the Library are in the process of approving the Contract of Agreement when the fabulous telescope will be available for a free use, which looks to be the second week in July.

This small town takes a lengthy time for everything. All the members must agree to the terms It can be a long time when 1 member does not bent and agree. Usually that member is retired and a more agreeable one is selected.

Finished the small formerly unmowed section of the lawn. Just in time to the entire lawn all over. Planted 1 dozen annuals in the bare spots of the perennial. 1 dozen remains. Did some garden maintenance and watered all plants.

Civil twilight is 4:27 AM EDT. Night is 9:11 PM.

Sunrise: 5:04 AM. Set: 8:34 PM.

Length of day: 15h 30m. Length of visible light: 16h 44m. Tomorrow will be 0.38s shorter

Temp is 56° (13°C). The high is to be 85° (29°C) in mostly sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 11:13:41 PM

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Midnight, getting more ads in email, maybe a fluke.

Heard gun shots behind my house last night. Saw my neighbor this morning at the mail box, about 200' to the road. Asked him in he heard gunshots last night, about 8pm. He said, "I sure did, got 2 rabbits! Ripped most of his string beans. My back neighbor is a hunter, so I don't worry with shot in back. He said he has been getting squirrels and rabbits. More power to him.

I need to remember to post the flowers we saw last Monday, I think. I worked in the yard and cut some more stakes for my Lady. Cut the grass myself too.

I'm going to get my right thumb cleaned out in September, I think. Been bothering my for at least 30 years. Just getting worse, have no gripping power with it. Had it xrayed and doc said Auther was also part of it. He did both thumbs on my son-in-law.

Watching Redemption, good so far.

Have a good day tomorrow
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 4:31:03 AM

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Bought a spray for rabbits. Smells like rotten eggs. Works perfect. Getting the paid local junk mail ad pkgs. Not 1 spam. No sales phone calls. Love it. Plus it is Summer!

Had hoped the lawn would be dry by late morning so some of it could be mowed. Was not to happen. Did get to remove much of the last newspapers on top of the newly seeded wildflower section.

The seed has germinated, yet the HD seed is nowhere as thick as the other two sections. Used another town's newspaper and the recent days of rain has sort of stuck the print to the ground in places.

After some days of drying it should be easier to remove. May even order more of the better wildflower seed from WM, rake over and reseed the final area. Lots of bare holes 8" in circles that the HD seed left.

Had an late morning appointment w/my new PCP at a new facility. Good news that my BP is 128 over 78 and 3.8 lbs were lost since March. Gosh nice to lose 1 lb ea month w/o hiking.

Not so good news news is there are 9 separate issues that need to be dealt with. This includes my hip replacement surgery. Will give this doc some major challenges to correct them.

No further details of the conditions will be shared. Some tune ups are needed. Nothing life threatening. Will share them when they are corrected as the months continue.

Had more blood drawn w/additional tests to be performed today. Have another appointment in two weeks from Monday. Can not share hypotheses, facts will tell the story. More will be known then.

Civil twilight is 4:27 AM EDT. Night is 9:11 PM.

Sunrise: 5:03 AM. Set: 8:35 PM.

Length of day: 15h 31m. Length of visible light: 16h 44m. Tomorrow will be 0.33s shorter.

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

Have a tremendous day!

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