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Old 09/12/14, 12:28 PM
 
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Great job WildIdeas! Such comfort knowing you have that ready!

Nancy, thanks for that heads up! I had never heard of that type of colitis, but after reading about it, I could see why he would test for that, if indeed that's what he meant. Especially since I take both Prilosec and Tylenol all the time. I am to call his office Monday for the results so I'll ask more specific questions then.

Picked beans this morning, two colanders full. Need to blanch those and freeze. I think I saw a small amount of space in the larger freezer, I'll squeeze them in somehow.

Laundry's going, have work to do, but was half-way inspired to go cut that chard down and can it up. 70 minutes though, per pint just to process it - gads. It always does seem like so much chard before it's cooked down though, so it might actually only be one canner full!

I really think I need to do it. Just do it. I was thinking this morning, what if I woke tomorrow a.m. to a freak frost and it all died. Would I be mad at myself for not canning it? Yes. Yes I would. So, there you go, it needs done.

There are some baby beans on those beans I planted as a super late bunch - they were planted July 18th. Yellow wax beans. Only about 10 plants or so, but that's a lot of beans the way those yellow wax's produce.

Well, I guess I need to get out of here and back to the stuff that's calling my name. Thanks to all who sent well-wishes over the colonoscopy - it meant a lot to me. Oma we all would have done the same for you if we had known!
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Old 09/12/14, 07:52 PM
 
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Well, hello everyone! I finally got to see the RA specialist yesterday. DH went with me, he had to drive. But, hey, at least I was able to take a shower myself and even get dried off! At this point I will embrace any positive experience. The doctor is nice, and he does seem to be on top of his game. We are going to jump all over this, and hopefully I will get back to normal, soon. They put me on three new drugs. Just what I wanted, more drugs. Oh well, I hope they will do the trick.
It is flat out cold this evening! The wind is blowing and it is making the rainy weather kinda nasty. So far we got an inch and a half. In Carlsbad, they got around 5 inches. Boy, does it flood in Carlsbad! At least we are getting rain, blessed rain! I just heard that it will clear off tomorrow. I hope we get to work on the camper this weekend, DH said something about needing it soon. ??? Wonder what he has going on??? Thank you everyone for all the prayers! Love to read about what everyone is doing. Keep inspiring me!!
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Old 09/13/14, 03:50 AM
 
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Wow, it was 39* when I finally woke up this morning (8:45), so who knows how cold it got. Just looked at the temp now and it's already down to 43*, so it looks like another cold night. Not quite a frost, but getting too cold for my comfort. I think I'll be picking more tomatoes tomorrow and bringing them inside to ripen. The tomato beds have sheers around them, so it gives them some protection, but I'd just feel better to have more of the toms inside. I have my potted tomato starts inside, as well as the potted begonias. It's supposed to be nearly 90* the next 3-4 days, but cold at night, much colder than the forecast temps so far.

Sunday, I'd planned to work in the garden, but my bff decided we needed to go on a road trip - we ended up driving down to Portland and shopping Costco and Goodwill. Found drinking glasses that match my "no longer manufactured and getting harder to find all the time" set at Goodwill - I snapped up 6 tumblers and 3 highball style! Did a major grocery shop when we got back into town, and I'd bought a big king salmon across from the Costco store (over 12lbs at $5/lb, native caught and lovely fish), so I had a lot of work to do when I got home, just getting it all put away.

I got called for jury duty Tuesday - had to be there most of the day, but ultimately didn't get selected to serve. I'm done with jury duty now. Would have been an interesting case to be on, I think. From the hints dropped, it seems the fella got drunk and pointed a shotgun at a neighbor and at the cops, among other charges. Been meaning to check the local paper to see if they covered it, and whether he was convicted.

I stocked up on solar salt for the water softener while I was in town Tuesday, came home and collapsed with a major headache. Still had it up until a few hours ago, so I haven't managed to get much done around here the last few days. I hope I am still headache free in the morning - I have so much I need to get done before the weather changes, and I just hate wasting sunny days.

Travis, you're right - doesn't do a bit of good to tell this bunch to be good, lol. Maybe you should just tell us to be careful instead.
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Old 09/13/14, 09:16 AM
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Got home Thursday morning after working nights. Was taking my blood pressure medicine, when the wife's phone started getting TEXT messages from my middle daughter. She said her A/C was not working again. I left a note for the wife, that I would fix it when I woke up. Got up at 10:30 AM. Loaded tools up and went to her house. I turned the blower on and air came out the vents. Next, turned the whole unit on and went to check the pressure. It was 40 pounds low, since I worked on it the other day. Yep, It has a leak!! So, I closed the unit up, went home and got 2 window units I had and went to my son's house and got my 3rd window unit he had. They were all spare units. I put all three in her house. I told her, when it got cooler, I would change the coil out. It was super hot in that attic!! I got home about 7:20 PM. Walked in the house, took a shower and went to sleep. No supper. I slept eleven hours. Friday, after three eggs and ham, for breakfast, the wife and I went to town doing light shopping. Later I went to my dad's. I am now at work resting. It is my weekend to work.
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Old 09/14/14, 12:22 AM
 
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Tomato season is over. Temps got down to 36* last night, and that was enough to kill the tomato foliage, even covered. I took cuttings (and labeled them properly this time), just in case they'll still root and grow). Abby and I picked all the tomatoes, including the tiny ones that will never ripen. I want to try the "love apple" pie recipe to make a mock apple crisp with those. I do have a kitchen table covered with green tomatoes, most of which should ripen over time, so I guess the opportunity for vine-ripened maters is really what's over for the year. Sure am glad I brought in the potted tomato plants and the begonia pots in last night (and again tonight). I potted up the cucumber plants I've been trying to grow all summer today - they looked a bit rough earlier, but tonight they are perking up and look like they may survive being transplanted. I'll have to have Abby help me hang the shoplights over them all. I think the pots I brought in tonight are going to stay in!

Still working on Abby's hair - made a lot of progress before she washed her hair this evening, about up to the crown of her head and not losing so much hair as I pull the mats apart. After her hair is dry, I'll go at it again.

I finally sharpened my lawnmower blade, but with the mower upside down, I managed to foul the air filter with oil, so I still can't mow. The air filter was pretty dirty anyway, so it was probably time to replace it. Just have to put it on my next town shopping list. From the look of the oil, it was time to drain it, too, lol.
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Old 09/14/14, 10:16 AM
 
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Yesterday we did some shopping for my mother (she wanted to frame a card- none of the readymade frames met my mother's specifications, or fit it, and even on special the custom frame would cost $82. We brought the info back to her, and also stopped by the secondhand bookstore. Went for dinner at outback. Mother was a little upset that there was a lady even older than herself celebrating her birthday also. We have spent a lot of time screaming in her ears because she refuses to wear hearing aids and then she gets upset because we "sound mad". We have also discussed with my db future options for care- he agrees she should have private care in the home when that time comes. There are also many signs of mental as well as physical deterioration. Hanging on by the skin of my teeth trying to not lose it. She has nagged GFB into leaving the house just to get away from her nagging. I am about to go lock myself in the bathroom to get away.
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Old 09/14/14, 12:05 PM
 
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MGM so sorry about your tomato season ending. I suggest: start some Micro Tom tomatoes. You can grow them in plastic dixie cups if need be, of course they need a light, preferably a grow light, or a sunny window. Here's a pic of ours from last spring. Delicious. I got my seed from Ebay but I'll bet it's available elsewhere. Tiny fruit, but so many of them!

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GMB deep breath. What a time your Mom gives you. I feel sorry for you.....

Michelle are you ok?

Well, DH is making us waffles and we have another of those American cantaloupes - oh so delicious.

Here are some pics to brighten your Sunday:

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Old 09/14/14, 01:03 PM
 
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Homesteader, you have such yummy things! Glad you got thru your procedures and back to your gardens!

GMB your mom sounds like my dad. Loved to accuse people of "looking mad." And he did not hear well either. He had to know who everyone I talked to was, even if I did not know them. Then when I tried to explain quietly, he could not hear me. Refused to do anything about hearing or vision, until it prevented him from driving.

Michelle is on Facebook. I noticed she was missing here too, but it sounds like she is OK.

Enjoy hearing from you all. Got the heat on and going to make some chili. Still working on my sewing room, I am really proud of it.

Have a nice Sunday everyone!
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Old 09/14/14, 07:52 PM
 
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Beautiful pics, Homesteader - thank you. I think I have some Micro Tom seeds in my collection. I didn't realize they were THAT tiny, though! I do have some tomato plants started from cuttings from my outdoor plants and am trying to start more, plus my bff is going to supply me with some Sun Gold starts, one of my favorite cherry toms.
GMB, (((hugs))) - I know it's not easy dealing with your mother.
Class, what state are you in? It hit 88* here today, with 90+ forecast for tomorrow. Won't need the heat on (woodstove) for at least a few more days, I think.

One of our summer chicks tried to go swimming in the horse trough - should have worn a life vest, I think. Abby found it, drowned. Our rooster and a few of our older hens are molting. Brewster the Rooster was looking so regal just a few weeks ago - now, he looks like a worn out feather duster. At least they will have fresh feathers for winter. Nearly time to get the light on in the hen house, too. Days are getting shorter.

Been working on my "books wanted" list again. I like to keep an updated list in my purse so I can refer to it at garage sales and Goodwill. I have a nasty habit of buying duplicates of books I already own, otherwise. I like to re-read all my favorite mystery series every few years or so, and it's annoying to have to skip a book.

Well, back to detangling!
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Old 09/14/14, 08:54 PM
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GMB - The "sounding mad" story was funny, but I'm sorry you are having to go through all that and Homesteader, I'm glad it seems things are working out. Speaking of things working out, I really need to work out some garden plan for spring and figure out quickly how to start seedlings in the green house over this winter so I can harvest all summer long and into fall. I see most of you do just that!

Today we went on a farm tour at Glade Road Growing in Blacksburg. It is Sustainability Week, apparently. I loved it and they are really nice people, have gardens orchards, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks. They have a really nice set up there and they even have an outdoor brick bread and pizza oven. I was very impressed that they have done so much and they really put a lot of thought and hard work into it. They were so nice to answer all of our questions and I was able to stay another hour and we had some great discussion. We learned loads of information. Oh, and Hoof Hearted Farm was there too, to talk about goats. So now we are excited to create an actual plan! I feel I could have made some friends too but maybe that's because so far everyone in my part of Virginia is really friendly! In Chicago if you smiled and said good morning, people looked at you like you might be simple-minded.
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Old 09/15/14, 12:26 PM
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Weekend at work was no REST!! Had a lot of work to do. I am off Tues and Wed, and return Thur night. I am expecting the tractor parts to come in today, so I will be busy putting the tractor back together. See you Thur night.
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Old 09/15/14, 02:16 PM
 
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GMB-people often confuse the Micro Tom with the Tiny Tim. Tiny Tim is a larger plant than the MTom, but is also a good candidate for indoor growing!

Today is my birthday - whoop! DH got me a beautiful set of cookware all fancy and with a ceramic coating - Love them! He also went and did the feeding before leaving for work - that was sweet!

Not much going on today but laundry and a little working.

Realized I need more mason jars - we were talking yesterday about canning cole slaw (saw a recipe on line and we're going to try it), applesauce once apples hit peak season, bacon, chicken, and he wants to grind our own meat to create a "ground beef", to can. Don't have enough jars for all this that's for sure! Glad too, because the reason is, we put up all those potatoes and pickles, beans, etc.

Called the dr. office for the test results but they have to call me back as he was not in the office yet (was at the hospital). Hurry up and wait on that.

Had a nice chat with both my mom and my daughter who called to wish a happy birthday. We have a big party coming up end of the month to celebrate all three birthdays as I said before. Looking forward to that!

Ok, I'm off to catch up!
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Old 09/15/14, 02:31 PM
 
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Today we went on a farm tour at Glade Road Growing in Blacksburg. It is Sustainability Week, apparently. I loved it and they are really nice people, have gardens orchards, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks. They have a really nice set up there and they even have an outdoor brick bread and pizza oven. I was very impressed that they have done so much and they really put a lot of thought and hard work into it. They were so nice to answer all of our questions and I was able to stay another hour and we had some great discussion. We learned loads of information. Oh, and Hoof Hearted Farm was there too, to talk about goats. So now we are excited to create an actual plan! I feel I could have made some friends too but maybe that's because so far everyone in my part of Virginia is really friendly! In Chicago if you smiled and said good morning, people looked at you like you might be simple-minded.
WI - My Aunt lives in Christiansburg and my cousin (her oldest son) lives in Blacksburg and works at Virginia Tech. You are so right - they are nice people and it's such a beautiful area. We were just there visiting the second week of August and I didn't want to leave!
My cousin volunteers at "FloydFest" every year - local music festival. Apparently it's a pretty popular festival. One of my favorite musicians is JJ Grey, from Jacksonville, FL. He's an awesome blues artist and has a great band. I think he plays the Fest every year.
I'm so glad you're happy there!!

GMB - BIG (((HUG))) - it takes a lot of patience dealing with elderly parents sometimes. Bless you for taking the time to be with your Mom.

CC - I hope they can get your RA under control. I've no clue what that kind of pain is like, but I used to work with a lady that had it and I was shocked at how debilitating it was for her.

Homesteader - What a beautiful bouquet of flowers - thank you for sharing that with us!!
You've gotten a good haul from your garden this year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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I took my time getting things done at home Saturday after church, then went to p/u the grandkids and they spent Saturday night with us. We had a good evening. I took the girls to see Disney on Ice last evening - that was a good show. They had a great time. I let them ride some of the kiddy rides, there at the Fair, before we headed home. I don't think DD had a hard time getting them to bed last night - they were pooped by the time I got them home.
I was too, I went to bed around 11 pm and didn't get up until 6:30 this morning.

My friend Gwen is finished with the baby quilt I hired her to make for a friend's baby shower this Saturday. I'm going to leave early today and go pick it up.

Well, I finally got a drivers side seat belt rigged in my car. It will be next month before I can fix it permanently.

I've been missing listening to books on CD, since before vacation, so I took my lunch hour and went to the Library. Picked up 3 to listen to for the next few weeks. The radio was nice for awhile, but it was beginning to get on my nerves. Too many commercials and bad news. I need some positive influence again.

More stuff out of the house. I had some things Gwen wants and I know she'll use them, so I loaded them up last night. One more score for the decluttering project!

Have a great day, everyone!!
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Old 09/15/14, 04:00 PM
 
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Homesteader-Happy birthday!
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Old 09/15/14, 04:03 PM
 
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Had a wonderful weekend.Did some crafting for the home ec. bazaar.We all make things ,donate it and the money goes to our club,which in turn helps us to buy or donate to a needy cause..Then went to the Apple Orchard with our daughter and 2 grandsons.Weather was so nice .We got Indian Corn,a pumpkin ,apples ,had wonderful cider slushies and peanut butter fudge, for over $2 for one little square.The place was packed.People shopping like crazy.
After we got home youngest grandson and I made a big batch of peanut butter fudge
After they left I canned 20 jars of Salsa.1/2 of it I gave to son and family.
Yesterday I made a big pot of Chilli before going to Church.Then hubby and I dressed our 2 scare crows in new clothes and put them out. All the other outside decorating, grandson and I did last Friday.
Late afternoon went back to Church to fix food for the youth group.Had around 80 to feed. This morning was our sewing day at Church and lunch .Got a lot accomplished.
It's gray and dreary outside and raining cats and dogs.One could almost take a nap
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Old 09/15/14, 04:24 PM
 
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Oma2three check your private messages there's one from me......

Thanks Adirondack gal and all for the birthday wishes!
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Old 09/15/14, 04:53 PM
 
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WHOOOPPPEEEE! Test results negative for "colitis". Doc didn't call, it was his nurse so I didn't go any further with what he tested for extactly, doesn't matter it isn't there so Happier Birthday to Me!

But I am sorry Nancy that you have that type of colitis......wait, it was Nancy right, not Peggy, or darn, which one of you was it?
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Old 09/15/14, 05:14 PM
 
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It is Nancy with the colitis I was so happy that my problem was finally diagnosed and that it wasn't ulcerative colitis or Crohns that I didn't even care.
I still wonder what causes your flare ups as it has to be some kind of inflammation.
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Old 09/15/14, 08:46 PM
 
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Homesteader, is it your birthday? Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
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Homesteader Happy Birthday.I'll bet getting the good result about not having colitis is the best present
By the way check your private message , there is one from me.
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