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Old 07/06/14, 08:38 PM
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Wasn't Franki Valli and Patti LaBelle great??? I loved the crowd response with "oh preeetyyy baaaaabeeyyyy..." that was cool! We stayed at dads and watched the national show and it was great. Ate junk food, some fried ribbed buffalo fish....I made mac salad. Not too shabby!

My Late Aunt Tudy's daughter found some old pics of me from when I was younger so brought thoese home to scan for mom.

Got home this evening. Saw puddles so it looks like we got rain. Awesome! Got some nice green tomatoes on my big plant.
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Old 07/07/14, 06:28 AM
 
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looks like it is going to be a hot one today... and I have to mow the lawn when I get home! then I'll need to water ALL my plants! they need it! Took my god-daughter on a bike ride yesterday so nothing got watered! oh I hope the plants make it throught the day!
Plus the blueberries and red raspberries need to be picked tonight.
I am saving the raspberries up so I can make more raspberry jam, it came out so good last year.
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Old 07/08/14, 12:35 PM
 
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Okay, I know you are probably falling out of your chair to see me posting....

There's no way to tell you what I've been doing since I last posted, so I'll just hit a couple of highlights.

We lost my mom in the spring of 2013, she was 82 and had dementia, I was just missing her this morning.

The boys are growing and didn't ask me! #! son just graduated, made National Merit Scholar, and is enrolled here in the state to major in engineering. #2 son is eligible for his learner's permit, we are going to get up crazy early tomorrow morning to take him down for the test - if you're not in line 2 hours before they open you pretty much have to sit there all day. #3 son is getting bigger and bigger, he starts middle school this year. He has been begging for a new bunny for years, so that was his birthday present. She is rotten as heck, even #1 son spoils her and he's allergic and has to take Benadryl after he pets her!

Our garden is looking better this year than it has in so many years past, I am drooling over the tomatoes and wondering how many quarts I can get off of them. I just picked our first fresh corn for dinner , can't wait! Tomorrow we get to have green beans and new potatoes, also yum!!!

I'm glad to see so many names I recognize still here, hopefully I can stop by more often!
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Old 07/08/14, 03:14 PM
 
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So very sorry for the loss of you're mother Christine. (((( hugs ))))) I lost my mother in the fall of 2012 and still find myself picking up the phone to call her. I think it is starting to get easier though.
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Old 07/08/14, 06:03 PM
 
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Sorry to hear about your Mom, Christine. I lost mine back in December and I think about her all the time.

I'm headed up to Moore for the DGDs ballet classes. I've been working on decluttering my kitchen this past weekend and I finished cleaning and sorting one of the pantries last night, then got the dishes cleaned up.
I put all the stuff in the freezer in containers, so it's easier to store and get to.

The Rhodiola and Sam-e caps I've been taking are doing a bang-up job of increasing my energy and clearing away the depression. It's been little by little over the past week and 1/2, but it's truly helping. Thank goodness I combined them and figured this out!

Have a great evening, everyone!
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Old 07/08/14, 08:02 PM
 
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Welcome back, Christine. I am sorry for all those who miss their mothers.

Well, best laid plans aft gang agly, and all that. Instead of a quiet day reviewing my packing and going out for dinner date w/GFB, we had to dash back to Lake Placid. Because SOMEONE erroneously packed 2 right ft sneakers instead of the comfortable sneakers. And we noticed the baby corn had silked. So it had to be harvested NOW and it doesn't keep so I had to make stirfry. Only had a few yardlong beans and some Malabar spinach and a baby eggplant to throw in with the chicken and baby corn. We ate off "fine bone china" (what we call paper plates) and had the microwaveable pouch of brown rice. For GFB does dishes and he needs an early night after driving me to the lake and back. Tomorrow is his 4:30 am reveille for the work 2 hours north of us. AND my gf is picking ME up at 6:45 (almost an hour after GFB leaves) to drop me at the Amtrak for the vacation!!YAY!
So,, now to find a daypack, pack snacks/water/books, clean out my purse, finish packing meds, and then try to get some sleep!!
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Old 07/08/14, 08:52 PM
 
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Have a great vacation, GMB! Relax and have fun.

Christine! Woohoo, you're alive! So glad to see you posting. Sorry about your Mama, tho. I'm lucky to still have mine with me, although she makes me laugh at times at the things she says and does. She's 92, so entitled, I guess. Your boys are really growing!

Had a busy day with DH, did errands, grocery shopping, stopped at the Habitat for Humanity restore today to see if there was any linoleum large enough for our bathroom, but the only type they had was a foot too short. Sure was a lot of stuff in there, and we'll go back when we need something for remodeling.

Got two or three drops of rain, maybe more will come. Other parts of the state got huge amounts and some flooding! Go figure.

Off to do the milking. Our veggie guy gave us almost a full case of nectarines so when they ripen a bit more I'll can them.
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Old 07/09/14, 02:27 PM
 
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Posting from the semi smart phone from Amtrak. Please excuse any typos die tofat fingers and/or train rocking. Yhe cars have 2 elecyric outlets at each pair of seats(so I am recharging while posting) All my fellow travelers are very nice,, talking to strangers and assisting each otherwith bags. My seatmate even shared todays paper with me. I packed snacks+ wwaterso as to conserve as muvh $$ ,,as possible 4 the actual vacatiom. I guess I was too excited to sleep last nite, didnt fall Sleep till aftsr 2 am. Train is just past Orlando + Im getting very sleepy. May take a lil n&p prior to dgs bparding in Carolina
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Old 07/09/14, 02:38 PM
 
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While cleaning out one of my kitchen pantries I found an old electric skillet I've had for years, but never use. A few other items the same thing - never use them. I've been purging things from my kitchen like that, because my cabinets had gotten so crowded it was irritating to put things away after washing the dishes.
So now, I'm starting another box of stuff to donate and the electric skillet is going in the box. I very rarely fry anything and when I do, I use my cast iron skillet. I have a griddle I use for pancakes, so the skillet is no longer serving any purpose. It feels good to get rid of stuff and make more room in the cabinets. I'm finding that when I go to cook now it's much easier to find and grab things I need.

I have a feeling I'll be going back and getting rid of even more in a few months. I'm so tired of clutter, it just stresses me out!

It rained today and, thankfully, cooled the temps back down to the lower 90s instead of reaching 100. Whew, I knew it would eventually get hot, but I've been hoping and praying we would miss out on the 100+ weather.

DH's Mom emailed to let us know they'd be here this weekend. They are driving up from South Texas in their RV and will be staying in the RV park about 10 miles west of us.
I think they had planned on leaving last Sunday, but apparently their elderly poodle went into renal failure and passed away Monday. My MIL isn't a visibly emotional person, but she said in her email that Katie will be truly missed and I know she will. It seems the years passed so fast since she was just a pup. I think she was about 16. Both MIL & FIL are in their late 70s now, so I wonder if she won't get another dog. Katie was her walking pal and a very sweet girl. Our furbabies are family and they sure have a way of planting themselves on your heart.

I'm taking tomorrow off to take our newest furbaby in for shots and to be spayed. Then it's into the city to take DGS to the eye doctor. I feel so fortunate to be able to help DD get new glasses for him. I'm truly thankful we have a decent income these days.

My cousin's wife made Sand Plum jelly out of the basket full of plums I took her Saturday. She advertised it for $10 a jar on FB. She uses the money off the stuff she makes to supplement her income, so I hope she can get it sold for that. I just didn't realize you can get that much for a jar. More power to her, she works really hard on all the crafts and baked goods she sells and she's a very smart business woman!

Well, I best get busy and get some work done here. Have a great afternoon, everyone!
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Old 07/10/14, 07:30 AM
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I am back from Montana and this is my first day back at work. I am still catching up, so I will report back later. It is HOT in Louisiana!!!
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Old 07/10/14, 07:43 AM
 
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can't wait til 3:30 today. I will be starting my weekend early. (off work tomorrow) I need to go for a bike ride or go kayaking. working on green bean tonight and canning them tomorrow. maybe I can go kayaking or biking on Sunday!!
welcome back Travis!!
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Old 07/10/14, 11:29 AM
 
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Hey everyone! GMB have a great time! WELCOME HOME TRAVIS we have missed you!

I've not been posting much, normal for me this time of year really. Gardens are good in some ways, but I'm realizing we should have put in a new bunch of tomatoes when we lost them early on. There will hardly be any for putting up. Carrots too, they have ended up being very small and a tad bitter. Hopefully the potato harvest will be great. Peppers are doing ok, but we are losing a lot them to a growing brown spot they all keep getting, makes them bad. But we are getting some.

I've totally lost track of where I left off - can't really catch up exactly. Just lots of watering, working my online stuff, had the DG here for 2 days. Did the 4th at friends' house like always. Same 'ol here really!

We've had lots of clouds so it's been a tad cooler, but then humid so I'm not sure which is worse the hot dry 115 days, or the 95's with humidity. I just stay in all day!

Have to go to town today for shopping, so I'd best get off of here and showered and off! Make it a good one people!
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Old 07/10/14, 11:30 AM
 
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Welcome back Travis
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Old 07/10/14, 04:23 PM
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I spent nearly 4 weeks in Montana. We had all kinds of guest come in, but in different weeks. Had grandkids most of the time, had to ride each one on the 4 wheeler. I got tired riding real fast. Saw elk, mule deer, and even had a black bear walk down, across the road in front of the cabin. On the way to Montana, ran into a hail storm near Denver. Everyone just stopped on the interstate. 3/8 inch was about the size of the hail. Got home on July 7th near midnight. It has been raining on and off, making it hard to mow grass. The RV did fine. It still took a thousand in gas either way, but I did not buy it for gas mileage. I did all the driving. The wife wanted to help, but I told her just to handle the grandkids we had with us. I kept the speed between 60 and 65. I brought home logs to make a log crib for my youngest daughter. She is going to have a baby. It will be a fall project. Since it is raining so much, I am going to change the rear wheel seals in my tractor, starting Sat. Busy here at work, still trying to read all my e-mails from a month and I have to do a lot of reading on the forum.
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Old 07/10/14, 08:19 PM
 
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Went and had an MRI today and I was in for a shock. I thought I had had one but that was a cat scan. I toughed it or but had some bouts of claustrophobia in it. Hubby spent the rest of the day on the kitchen sink. I don't have one in the cabin since we bought it with nothing. Just a room and a little back porch. Not even electricity to it. He has water run to the cabin but it was just a hydrant to catch water in a pot. But it is coming together. So I will have a kitchen sink with running water.yea. And we have electricity which I'm proud to say only runs 22.00 a month.
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Old 07/10/14, 09:50 PM
 
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Hi Travis,glad you are back safe and sound.
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Old 07/11/14, 07:13 AM
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Back at work this morning. When I had my MRI, I had to put a washrag over my face. I get claustrophobic bad. I cannot stand nothing close to my face, where my eyes cannot focus. Grandkids at the house last night. Wild as usual, but they played good. The phone line to the house is out. I will be off till Tues night. Going to start working on my tractor, changing the axel seals. Loosing too much oil through them. You all be good. Time for breakfast and more coffee!!
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Old 07/11/14, 04:25 PM
 
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Welcome back, Travis, I'm glad you had a good time - vacations are wonderful!!
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It has been a busy and bittersweet week. I took yesterday off to drop the newest mutt off at the vet to get spayed and get her shots. I'll pick her up in the morning. I had nowhere to pen her up for a few days, so I just ask them to kennel her until Saturday.
I then took DGS to the eye doctor and to get some new glasses ordered. I was prepared to buy them, but we found out his insurance covered the exam and glasses - that was wonderful news.

We went to Academy to get him a new sleeping bag and ended up buying that, plus a camp pillow, new hiking/climbing shoes and a bag of sports socks!
We ate lunch at 5 Guys and he thought it was awesome that you can build your own hot dog and cheeseburger. He loves jalapenos and grilled onions, so he now thinks that is the best burger joint in town. LOL!

During all of this, I got a message from my cousin in Denver that my Aunt was dying, so I messaged her and she called and let me tell my Aunt how much I love her. She was alert and could barely get it out, but she told me "I love you back". I'm so thankful for that last conversation. She passed away this morning and I feel like another part of my childhood has slipped away. I plan to fly out to the funeral next week. I'm just blessed that I got to spend 3 days with them all, when my Mom passed in December.

I'm back at work today, but feeling tired. DGS spent the night with us last night and I'm keeping all 3 of the kids tonight, while DD has a girl's night out with some of her friends. I told her to enjoy it, because the rest of the month and through the first 3 weeks of August I will be traveling, so I'm not going to be able to babysit for awhile after tonight.

Have a great Friday, everyone!
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Old 07/11/14, 10:28 PM
 
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OUVICKIE,so sorry about your loss.Glad you could exchange that you love each other one last time. I have one Aunt left in Germany she is 95 and not doing so good .The last of that generation.
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Old 07/13/14, 02:57 AM
 
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Christine!, welcome back, and don't be a stranger. I was just thinking of you the other day, wondering what you were up to. My condolences on the loss of your mom. I'm sure you miss her terribly - my own mom died right after I turned 15, and I still miss her.
GMB, have a great trip - sounds like you're off to a good start (other than the shoe glitch, lol).
Travis, welcome home. Montana is so beautiful this time of year. The humidity in Louisiana must be awful with all the rain you've had, and after being in the drier air on vacation. BTW, what fun is bein' good?
Vickie, so sorry you've lost your aunt. Like Oma, I only have one aunt left, the last of her generation at 91 years young. I love her dearly; hoping and praying she lives to be at least 101.

I've had a very busy week here. On Tuesday, the well guy came out and installed my new water softener/filter system, also shocked the well. Oh, my, it makes my horrid well water taste marvelous! It will take time to clear all the rust out of the pipes to/in the house. I am supposed to run the water and turn the faucets off and on repeatedly until I no longer get orange water and sediment when I turn on the taps. I was off to a good start....I had running water for almost 24 hours before one of the pressure fittings under the kitchen sink sprung a leak. So, I have good water through the hose that's hooked up in the pumphouse, but still have to flush the toilet with a bucket. At least I can fill the washer in the utility room with a hose instead of hauling buckets of water for that! Anyone know a good plumber?

I have been mowing nearly every day since getting my mower going again...unfortunately, I found a metal tomato stake the hard way, and now I need to sharpen and re-balance the mower blade. It still cuts, but leaves longer, chewed looking stripes in the cut grass...not good. I was able to get the main lawn, all around the barn and shed, chicken pen and most of the fenced in garden and orchard area mowed. It looks so much better now.

Yesterday, I went garage saling with my bff - I posted about my finds on the tightwad thread. Suffice to say, I packed my SUV full of very useful items, but I'm still looking for a queen bed frame and headboard for the guest room. It was a fun day, even though it was very hot (91*) and we tucker out a lot more quickly than we did when we were younger. I spent the evening washing all the canning jars and other kitchen items I found and doing laundry to wash the new clothes I bought.

This morning I drove down to the river to shovel sand into buckets and totes. Brought it home and spread it to level a patch for the swimming pool, got the pool fairly well scrubbed and set in place. I started filling it - have about 4-6" of water in it so far. I have to be careful not to overload the new water system, so I'll be filling it a bit at a time. I asked if running the water for an hour at a time was too much and was told no, so I'll have to divide up my water use between watering the gardens and filling the pool. Probably a good thing I'm not using much water in the house. It's supposed to be in the 90's for most of the coming week (92 today), so even a partially filled pool is going to feel good.

Fair is this coming Thurs - Saturday. I take garden dept entries Wed evening - it's gonna be miserably hot, so I hope that I even GET entries. I still need to print out pictures for the fair theme, finish prettying up the little garden I planted in front of the building last year, and I'll need to take my little air compressor down there to blow out all the dirt that has accumulated since last year. It's a lot of work to help put on the community fair, but I have a lot of fun doing it. It's like a big family reunion, since most of my family is involved in some aspect of the fair, and I love seeing old friends there, too.
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