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Old 06/18/14, 05:00 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Desert of So. NV
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Howdy all! Good to see some on the mend and doing things again, that feels good doesn't it?

What a mess here - first, I operate the base unit of our volunteer fire dept. I don't respond in person to anything, but am utilized to help w/communications. Anyway we do have a brush fire going of about 3-4 acres and of course most of our members are off on a training seminar out of town. So 2 of our neighboring vol. stations are responding, plus some BLM units now, it's just so frustrating sometimes as our dept. has lost several members in the last 2 years. Just not enough people. And, the radios today are just so scratchy, everyone is having trouble hearing everyone. Grrrrrrrr....no structures are threatened at this time so that's good.

Got out of here early to town and got back fast, didn't have to go anywhere but the pharm for an rx which I called in ahead of course, and then wmart.

I think I lifted too much though, my upper back is spasm-ing - 24 lb. sack of cat food, 20 lb. sack of wild bird seed, and a larger package of bottled water. Whoo eee that is too much weight for this tiny gal sometimes! Water had to go up stairs into the house. Seed went to the barn, cat food into another building.

Tomorrow have to go for a 9 month doc checkup (ack!!!!!! town 2 days in a row oh no..........), and then will leave that and go pick up DH to bring him home. He needs to do repair to the truck he drives everyday, so he'll have it up on a rack and have the parts ordered, but won't get it finished. Not sure yet if I will be taking him in to work or not on Fri. He hasn't said yet. Oh, he's a mechanic...

I brought home a can of Bush's beans in the Maple Cured Bacon flavor. DH and I want to come up with another home-canned beans recipe, so we decided to try different Bush's beans flavors, and then try to mimic them for our own! They will make a quick and easy dinner tomorrow night after my driving all over and getting home later.

Not sure what else is in store for me for the rest of the day, it's only 2 p.m. here so I still have lots of day left!
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Old 06/18/14, 05:04 PM
 
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Peggy, sorry about your Mom. Not everyone can keep them in your home, it just isn't physically possible sometimes. We do have my Mama living with us, but no way could I have dealt with my father if he had outlived her. Just could not. If I were still working, I don't know what we would have done now, either. Hang in there and do something good for yourself!
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Old 06/18/14, 07:36 PM
 
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How wonderful it's raining Not only that we don't have to water the garden ,but rain is so much better for the plants and ground , than well water.Also dug up the first of the new potatoes, that and peas from the garden in a nice buttery cream sauce .Ok not heart healthy ,but ever so yummyAlso made the first batch of Pesto and froze that.But oh that heat and humidity!!
Tomorrow at VBS the kids will not be allowed to go outside for activities because of the heat.
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Old 06/18/14, 10:52 PM
 
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Oma- I really don't do well in FL in the heat, especially since I'm an outdoorswoman. For years my actions were to not feel guilty about airconditioning (which GFB didn't have before he married me, but he recently said that with the higher temps and not cooling off at night since all this concrete went in, that he didn't think it would be possible for him to live without it anymore). I bought an inflatable pool every summer for our kids or grandkids to play in during afternoons and took them camping to various areas where we could swim or tube in springs. And I read lots of books about polar explorations.
This year, I have been saddened to find my whole attitude changing about staying indoors. I no longer have that urge to get outside, even in the early morning and late afternoon. But I have no energy. Even the thought of trying to put up good buys from the greengrocers leaves me blaaeh

I am driving myself nutty worrying about this DC trip. It was not what I would have picked for myself. I picked it for dgs, but his participation depends on being to get from Greenville to Charleston, a 3-4 hr drive, to catch the Amtrak. He has no car. DD has developed horrible panic attacks and can't leave the house most days. My son in law always comes down with whatever anyone else has, in a bigger and better way. It's such a pattern. He had no back problems till DD was immobilized and almost left crippled with back pain, and as her surgery was being arranged he suddenly developed back pain and had to have surgery too. She gets a migraine, he gets a migraine. She is having panic attacks and depression and now he is having them so bad he has to miss work. I suppose I could ignore SIL's request that I not come up there and drive up there to pick up dgs and drive to Charleston and put my car in longterm parking at the Amtrak...It's just that it's not the most secure parking in the world.

Oh well. I think I will go on to bed and read the manga we got today (played chauffeur for GFB after his work- rode with him up to Vero Beach) and we stopped at Books A Million. We have had long days of frog strangling rain. Dance in the Vampire Bund- I stayed away from it for years because I thought it would deal with vampires and Nazis. Instead, ithas nothing to do with Nazis and is very well written.
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Old 06/19/14, 08:50 AM
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Well, I haven't done much out in the garden except water every so often. Everything is looking good, and I have a couple baby zukes coming on along with a few baby tomatoes! That is exciting. Been harvesting mulberries as I desire to go out and pick them.

Been getting some things organized a little bit in the house. Have so much more to do. I have my kitchen table opened up again. Had stuff stacked on it forever, now some of it is put away and some is stacked somewhere else. I have an idea to move a few things around though, just came to me. Did a load of laundry this morning. Did some shopping. Trying to get some things done that I have wanted to do but was too lazy or worked too many hours to think about it before. Looking forward to using the table again! There is still shopping I would like to do. It has been so long since I felt like looking around all that much it was nice to go in and just look. A few things caught my eye aesthetically, but then the practicality of it set in and I couldn't make the purchase. I have been eyeballing the ceramic skillets for some time as a nice alternative to teflon. This from the lady who has a ton of cast iron sitting around. REALLY???!!! But I still look every time!

I did find some egg rounders which I'm pretty excited about, as I cna eat egg sandwiches all day long every day, but I want the egg to fit right on the bread. Got two of them at wallyworld. Four bucks apiece, but so much closer to breakfast sandwiches from home to take with me to work. I'm a breakfast junkie. Then I was looking at the glass carafes that have the steel and rubber clasp stopper. Different colors, like the old fashioned soda bottles, for making soda at home, or something like that, well I looked, and decided against them as they would be a buggar to clean.

Decided it is now a wise move to make my bed every day. I have indoor/outdoor cats and one loves to sleep on my bed. He gets downright filthy at times and it carries onto my sheets, so I put new sheets on the bed as well as a fleece throw that I don't care too much about, so now we both can be happy!
Goodnight everyone!
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Old 06/19/14, 11:58 AM
 
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I think we should all grab a cup of coffee and think of Travis while we drink it!!!!!

Whew. DH says to me, while we were in the veggie garden this morning, "well we've been found out". Who? I say? "A jackrabbit, he was right over there".

Fast forward - DH is gone to work and I come around the house and wham! There he (she?) is. I was quite surprised - so, the silly thing, starts hopping TOWARDS me. Pete, the neighbor, happened to be out, and my mind is swimming with thoughts of Monty Python - that killer rabbit.......

"PETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"What??????!!!!!!!"

"Do jackrabbits attack people??????????!!!!!!!!"

".......Noooooooooooooooo???????"

He was not 6 feet away. Not at all scared of me. A jackrabbit!! Well, then I proceed to try to shoo him off - screaming and waving my arms. Opened the main gate first hoping he would go. Oh no, twice around the 2 acres.

So, I grab the oldest male cat. Pile of melted sugar in my arms. Carry him to where the rabbit is. Cat chases for about six feet. Rabbit stops, turns around. Cat is like, "naw, no way, see ya'............"

Of COURSE I have to leave to go to a doc appt., then on to pick up DH and bring him home from work. I have visions of the veggie garden half gone when we get home. DH will take care of it permanently. I would too but can't hit the broad side of a barn as they say.

Anyway, I have my exercise in for the day and perhaps should reconsider how much I feed the cats..............

Make it a good one people!
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Old 06/19/14, 08:32 PM
 
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A killer rabbit! I love Monty Python! BUUUT- regarding attack rabbits- are you old enough to remember Jimmy Carter? He had a rabbit swim out to attack him in a lake. Rabbit must've been a Republican. And as far as feeding your cats it makes no difference. A hunter is a hunter no matter how well fed. Calico, the feral momma, had her kittens living up by the porch so we could feed them canned food every day, and one day we were just putting the food in the bowls when she came up dragging the cottontail that had been sampling the vegetable garden. None of the kittens were interested but she ate that rabbit down to the colon, in preference of the canned food.

We had dark clouds, the air cooled down and got windy, and no rain, usual rainfall month to date is 4.2 inches and so far we've had 12 something inches. I managed to get the burn pile burnt. Tomorrow I'll be riding with GFB to work. He said he's planning to try to mow the lawn Saturday. I regret now planting that centipede grass. One of the neighbors here at the lake identified our short fine grass that never needed mowing as St Augustine. This after 2 Master Gardeners at The Extension service couldn't identify it from samples. Doesn't look like pix I've seen of St Augustine, but I'll keep it in mind for the next lawn die off.
Our manga left the main postoffice in the region at 4 a.m. today. It was mailed the 13th. This post office takes a long time to put stuff up. The last few things we ordered never got a package notice in the po box- we just kept asking the clerks for 2-3 days after the tracking said it had arrived, and they finally found it for us. But no package notice ever.
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Old 06/20/14, 01:29 PM
 
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GMB, I sure do, although I was 21 years young in 1979. I googled the rabbit incident, how funny. I had not heard about that one. My memories of JC are: him addressing the nation with a big 'ol sweater on, asking Americans to put on a sweater instead of turning on the thermostat. Must have been during the "energy crisis" right? And his admission of lusting in his heart - I don't think anyone missed that! I liked him. I always felt a pure genuine-ness on him.

I have the hiccups. Just so you know!

Rabbit was here last evening after we got home, and of course when he saw DH he slipped under the fence and left. We didn't see him this morning. I swear he "knew". No damage anywhere that I can see.

It was a long stressful day for me yesterday as my tummy was what I refer to as "floopy", which is my word for agitated and feels like I may have to make the mad dash to the toilet any second. I made it all the way til about 7 p.m., thankfully home then before it hit. But having to drive into town feeling that, then get thru the doc appt., then drive deep into town to get DH, it was nerve racking.

Begged off tests that the heart doc wanted. I told him flat out, can I say no? I mean, there are certain conditions, that, the docs have to keep testing you in order to keep treating you. To not do so would be malpractice. But in my case all I have are PVC's and APC's (premature ventricular contractions and atrial premature contractions), which a small dose of blood pressure medicine has all but stopped the symptoms.

I told him, look we have to come with the first 6,250.00 out of our pocket for every single thing, even my visit here with you today, and so if it's not really necessary, I just can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on tests. He agreed, said it was ok in my case, and he'd see me in a year! WHOOOP. My ekg showed no changes, my bp was 120 over 70 and my heart rate was 69. Good enough!

I have had a busy busy morning, have lots of laundry planned, you know, extra stuff in addition to the regular clothes. Blankies, pillowcases, floor rugs, that type thing.

I did transplant some more cosmos, marigolds and a purple salvia volunteers to that little circle garden. I also put up a little metal trellis for that morning glory that I t'planted a few days ago. If I do just a few every day, that will fill in nicely. It can be seem from the kitchen window.

There are so many peppers all over, still not ripe save for about 4 he picked. Lots of lovely green tomatoes too! Need to pick chard again from the first row. I cut off some dill flower heads to dry and use in pickles later on. I Will Have Cucumbers. Did I mention that lol!!!!!

Vacuumed, scrubbed the kitchen floor, scrubbed down the sink (stainless steel) really good. Finally showered, got the dishes going and of course watered watered watered!

DH took the jeep this morning since I don't need to go to the post office today. He will begin the 2-3 week process at work of fixing his little truck. We have two other trucks he can drive to work. The jeep is the only automatic and I can't drive a stick. The other two are major gas guzzlers so he'll take the jeep as often as he can.

DG's 6th birthday party will be at chuck e cheese this year. How fun, I love that place and she always has such a good time there. May be some new friends this time from their new neighborhood!

I don't quite know what to do to tie up the beans. I have not grown pole beans in the past, just bush, and I guess I thought they would just grab on and climb but they don't. If I wind them around, by days end they are all off the rope again, and often, broken at those spots. I guess the green garden tape will be in order. The bean patch is spectacular!

Ok, I guess I'd better get on to something else to keep me off the streets and out of the bars as I say!
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Old 06/20/14, 01:36 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
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....oh, we did try those Bush's Maple Cured Bacon beans, they are very good. We tried to identify what we tasted besides the obvious bacon/syrup so I can try to copy it!
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Old 06/21/14, 11:16 AM
 
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Hi Everybody! It's little ol me, out here where the deer and the rattle snakes play! And I mean that. DH killed a 45" rattler on Tuesday evening. It was a close call for him and I guess he was still a little shook up when I got home from Lubbock. Good thing DH still has good, fast reflexes! It was right up next to our rock house and the encounter was a surprise for both of them. Then last night DH came running through the house yelling, "Rattle Snake!" And sure enough there was another one! This snake was 46" long and fat! It was laying right next to the pick up, and we had been all over that area. I am so thankful that we bought a snake pole last summer. I wanted one because even though the snake is dead, you still have to put your hand in to some tight spots to get them out to remove the head. Just the idea of a rattle snake bite makes me feel ill. I know that some folks wouldn't kill them on a bet, and that is alright by me. They can come and get all the rattlers around the place! Of course now we have the rattler shakes, and it will take a while for us to calm back down and not "see" them everywhere! LOL
My garden is growing nicely and I can't hardly wait to pick squash. Someone remember that I said that when I get sick of picking squash at the end of Summer!!!
I had better get a move on and go help DH. He is up at a neighbors cutting up some trees that fell in the last storm. He can hook up the trailer himself, there is limit to what I can do with my hands right now. I have enjoyed being able to do so much, since it has been so long since I was able to. I already know that I will have to see another doctor because the pain is already coming back. Sure hope they have something that works as well as those Prednisone pills!!! OK gotta stop stalling and get moving. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!
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Old 06/21/14, 11:26 AM
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Well, I just couldn't resist the urge to get in the garden and do some planting. I figure the seeds are going to either sit there or maybe do something for me. I planted okra, cukes, two kinds of spinach, and some lettuce. Soon I will plant Kale and Collards.

Weed wacked the tomato patch first...then dug around. Whew! Got everything watered too. Watering is so much nicer with the cans in back. Still need two more for the shed then I should be ready! I need more potting soil. Planning on planting some pole beans from a hanging basket.
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Old 06/21/14, 11:28 AM
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And I'm making mulberry wine!
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Old 06/21/14, 05:07 PM
 
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Bill and I are just beyond frustrated. Still no fix to the a/c. Guy was out here twice this week. Monday they are calling the manufacturer to get a rep to come here. They have never had so much trouble with a unit like this before. I think we just got a lemon but there is no making lemonade with this one! So I am hot, tired, annoyed, frustrated and down right disagreeable!!! So there is no idea of when this might be fixed. Phooey!!!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!! (Trying to change my attitude here!!! Doubt it will work!!)
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Old 06/21/14, 11:24 PM
 
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Grandkids and I had a garage sale today which was a lot of fun ,one always meets some really nice people.Didn't make a lot of money, but then I sold almost every thing for 25 cents each.We got rid of lots of stuff, people were happy to get bargains and the kids made some cash to supplement their spending money when they go to camp.The rest got packed up and taken to Goodwill.Good day all around except for the sunburn I got.
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Old 06/22/14, 12:06 AM
 
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I've been gone for a while for medical reasons and as of now I have a broken ankle. It is so discouraging since I was just getting ready to get my garden going at the new place. It has really been a lot going on. We found out the pond on our new place was stocked, caught a good size cat fish. Weighed over two pounds. My calfs are doing so well on the pasture. They are so big. The chickens love the grassy yard. we almost have our barn up, my husband is doing it himself. it is all used material except the four 12 ft. Post for the corners on the big barn. That is all we have bought for materials. Chicken house, goat house and all fencing so far is used. We reviewed our first bill for our electric and it was 22.00 and we do use some, only we have done away with a lot of things.no dryer, no air conditioners, only two over head lights. We do have a fridge and TV. Oh and a washing machine. The bill was for 28 days and we did not use one kwh
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Old 06/22/14, 04:52 AM
 
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It sounds a great place you have moved to. Bad luck with the ankle , I hope you can soon hop around. I am giving up on my garden this year. We have had frosts the last two nights and yesterday it snowed. The old folks cannot remember such cold weather at midsummer
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Old 06/22/14, 10:32 AM
 
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Peggy - I'm so sorry about your Mom. I know that is a tough decision - I had to do that in 2010 and, even though it was for the best, it still took some getting used to.

Billie - I hope they replace your unit, SOON!!!
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It's nice to read what everyone has been doing. I've been busy at work trying to keep up and get my new laptop set-up. It was a good week.

The Sandplums are ripening at a good pace now. I'm attending a workshop next week to learn how to can them and make wine. I've never done either, so I'm excited and the lady leading the workshop is a good friend.

DD rec'd her Associates Degree in Diversified Studies last week. It was a big accomplishment for her, especially after 4 kidney procedures last year and raising 3 kids while going to school.
She's thinking about working this year in the school system and taking 1 or 2 classes part time, towards her Bachelors degree. I just try to encourage her and help with the kids as I can.

We kept the grandkids Friday night, then I took them home yesterday afternoon. I took the girls to the park for a few hours, so they could play at the splashpad and run some energy off. I finally made it home around 8 p.m. - too tired to fix dinner, so I put everything away. We're going to have hamburgers and sweet potato fries for dinner tonight!

I've been feeding our friends dogs this past week, while they've been in North Dakota. 3 of them ranging from a spastic Australian shepherd to a 3 month old pup that's a real mess.
Friday night, while feeding them, I fell in a hole in their yard and sprained my ankle. I managed to get that healed pretty quick overnite with some plantain salve. Then I went to feed them last evening and one of them had escaped the back yard, so I managed to get the gate rigged so he couldn't get out again.
The whole feeding routine is like being in a Keystone Cop act - it's a comedy in action. I'll be so glad when our friends get back!!!

Well, I best get busy.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!!
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Old 06/23/14, 11:55 PM
 
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Today: GFB mowed the city lawn, I went to the Batteries Plus shop after my allergy shop to get an LED for dgs lamp for his dorm room (small cheap lamp from Family Dollar- Maximum wattage 40 watts bulb, so I got a 60 watt equivalent Omni directional LED that only pulls 9 watts) called my Hospice's IT number since Iwas getting no response to my emails about where to turn in the old Hospice's laptop and the new Hospice's smartphone-They said to bring it to their main office at the other end of the county. Mailed Dgd a bikini, (since she didn't earn good grade money) GFB drove me to the new Hospice's main office and I turned them both in and now! I feel like I just came off an allday backpacking hike and pulled off my pack and boots and put on camp shoes- felt almost like I would float away, the relief was so great. They require their perdiem staff to work a whole 8 hrs and retain the right to send you out to work care centers or on call (on call being after hours). I haven't been able to work an 8 hour day for over a year now so I was only doing 3 visits a day- usually done in 4-6 hrs and it would leave me so weary I couldn't do anything but collapse into bed when I got home. It was time to give it up.

When we came back to the house from all that I got back on the computer and managed to load 7 day Metrorail passes on both the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Smartpasses. (FINALLY)Then I clicked on www.MountVernon.Org. Raed up on all the tours, searched the web because the connector bus from the metro to Mount Vernon wasn't listed on the WMATA website, finally discovered that the bus was run by the Fairfax Connecter and printed its timetables, texted dgs to see if he was interested in the filming of "National Treasure" tours and he wasn't, just in the house and grounds- so then went to the Buy Tickets page. And discovered that I couldn't get their calendar to move off 6/23/14. Tried a million different ways and just wound up frustrated. Tomorrow I must try again- 3 times and you're out, as the saying goes- and then try to email or call if I can't move it to July 12th. I pretty much am trying to alternate days calling for long journeys with shorter-trip days.

Sunday I plan to go to services at the church we attended when we lived in DC in the early 50s-Foundry Methodist (Clintons attended it when he was Prez) They're holding a Homecoming in August. Nobody there has responded to the email I sent them offering to bring them a copy of the Children's Choir circa 1953 pic my father took. I was right upfront for that. Then I hope to walk around the neighborhood I lived in as a toddler-which I found back in the early 80s solely utilizing my memories. Maybe from thence to the National Cathedral. Also considering a visit to the Monastery and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

We're signed up for tours of the Capitol the afternoon of the day we arrive. We'll have 1 full day for Arlington Cemetary/Custis/Lee Mansion and touring the Pentagon, and interspersed with visiting the spy museum, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the Mall and its memorials, Chinatown, hope I'm hitting a reasonable balance between being too spontaneous and relaxed and too scheduled and rigid. GFB commented while I was waiting for an interminable download that he bets the kids and grandkids have no idea about the time and effort I'm putting into this trip. No, they probably don't. Just hoping I can hold myself together in the heat and humidity.
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Old 06/24/14, 07:05 AM
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Did about half of my hoing! Sitting here getting psyched up to head in to work, sipping coffee and enjoying my morning. My door is open and the AC units are off! There is a light mist hanging over the hay field in back of my place over the fence. So pretty! I love living here, even though it isn't everything I want. It is still awesome. I have my garden, and a good set of neighbors! Looking forward to geting a cucumber at work today. I had one the other day and it gave me such a burst of energy. It was amazing!
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Old 06/24/14, 12:19 PM
 
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Congrats, GMB!! You deserve to be free and retired!!
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The weather here is wonderful for June!
We've had quite a bit of rain and it's keeping the temps in the 80s and lower 90s. It feels almost tropical. I love it!

Our friends made it back home from ND yesterday, so I promptly stopped by and left the half-bag of dog food I'd bought to feed their 3 dogs. I didn't stay long, they were tired from traveling and I was ready to get home and be done with the feeding job. They were so glad to be home.

We had leftovers for dinner last night and I fell asleep around 9 p.m. I felt better this morning. I'm ready to run errands at lunch.
I'm attending a workshop this Saturday and DH has Sunday and Monday off, so I won't have the grandkids this weekend. Next week I'm taking a 4 day weekend, I'll only have to use one day of vacation, since we get the 4th off. YAY!!

I finally finished setting up my new work laptop, so I'm having the old one wiped and I'll turn it in this week. My new Dell is much lighter, so it won't be such heavy burden when I have to take it with me during training sessions. It's much faster booting up than the IBM laptop was - so nice to have a better computer!

Have a great day, everyone!!
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