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Old 11/15/14, 10:03 AM
 
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MGM yah my doctor was moaning to me about the weekend calls to the on call physicians from day surgery patients, who would be discharged Friday after afternoon, with a prescription for Vicoden, and then discover that it couldn't be filled. They would check out several drugstores since the pharmacist is not allowed to ca llaround and see who might have a stock, and then they are in agony over the weekend, because the most likely thing they would get even in an ER could be Ibuprofen. Then they call their primary dr- my dr- and he can't even call in a prescription for 5 or 10 pills to hold them over the weekend. All he can do is advise them if it gets too bad-the pain- to go to an ER. And ER docs in this state don't give opiates. I would suggest you try to set up a relationship with one of your docs former colleagues, so you will have a script ready to go if you need it. I am already taking OTC NSAIDs 3-4 times a day and have been since 19982. Yes, I know it will probably kill off my kidneys sooner or later but that lies in the future and the pain is in the here and now. It's shifted from the rhomboid of venus area to the coccygeal area and that location means worsening of the spinal problems. BUT it's planting time now (I have to locate my crosnes- I laid them down somewhere in the yard and forgot them. Not Alzheimers- normal where- did- my -glasses - go stuff. yesterday GFB worked, and Thursday he went to another small town to research Monday's upcoming work. I went to Home Depot, got yellow pear grape tomatoes, sweet mint, red peppers, 4 sweet basils, &10 red romaines. Planted them in pots Thursday afternoon and Friday along with 8 pots of blue podded peas, 4 pole greenbeans and 2 large pots took the last of the Irish potatoes I chitted. Over 1/2 of them rotted instead of sprouted. Not sure what went on there. Today I need to get snow and sugar snap peas planted and continue clearing the area around the sparrowgrass pots, and asmentioned earlier , search for my crosnes. (They seemed to be named after a town in France which is pronounced crones, like in hag like auld woman, but I figure if they didn't want the s pronounced they should've dropped it when it started to be planted in English speaking countries)
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Guess I'm out of the loop on what's going on with the RXs for pain meds. Our gd called me at midnight last night, complaining that her mother had visited and now her vicoden are missing. I try to stay out of their squabbles, and reminded her that her mother is an addict and always will be, by her own admission. I feel badly that they can't have a decent relationship, but gd said she would not be able to get the pills replaced and had difficulty getting the few she had. I've got a few stashed away from previous injuries and surgeries, and will just keep them so in case of a major catastrophe where meds are not available.

GMB, I have not forgotten that I owe you seeds in exchange for the tomato seeds you sent me a couple years ago. I'll find something that will grow in your climate!
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Old 11/15/14, 06:47 PM
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Made about 8 gallons of cider today and cut up a bunch of apples and cooked them down for apple butter. I did not get the apple butter made so I just put all the cooked apples in the fridge. I will do that Monday. Hope everyone has a nice Sunday!
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Old 11/15/14, 08:26 PM
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I worked the last two nights. The last night, I could not get on the forum. They are working on the work computers and I could not get on Yahoo, Homesteading Today, or the local newspaper. I woke up around noon today to work on the Log Crib and Log Changing Table. The crib is 99 percent finished, it just needs the plywood covered in cloth, the knobs for the latch ends made, and to be finished. My son-in-law is going to finish it. I will show a pic of it completed when he is done. I am gong to post two pics of it now. The first pic is of the crib, with the slide gate up.

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The black tape, on the right bottom leg, is holding a piece of wood on I glued. The next pic, is of the crib with the slide gate down.

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The third pic is of the slide gate down, but at an angle to catch the routed deer head.

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I will be in the shop tomorrow on the changing table. I got a lot done on it today and I started a Thread of the build on the Woodworkingtalk site.

Now on TUMBLEWEEDS, I thought a while back, to take several of them, put in a press, that will press them to the size of a 4x4 post or there abouts, then add glue of some sort to make a post. Just my thinking of a way to use up the tumbleweeds. I am always thinking!!
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Old 11/15/14, 08:36 PM
 
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Travis, great job on that beautiful crib.What an heirloom.
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Survived the shopping trip with daughter and granddaughter.It's amazing how much clothes a 13 year old can try on without getting tiredI told her you are lucky to have a patient Aunt and Oma.But it was worth it ,I even found things for daughter and son ,plus some books for son and grandson.Best part is got it all wrapped and put with the loot I have already.Next trip will be with grandson to Gander Mountain for his stuff.Like to get most of it out of the way before stores get packed.
Hubby just got home,they got one small deer.He and son will go back tomorrow.Grandson is all done,it was too cold
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Old 11/15/14, 08:55 PM
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Very nice Travis and Cale liked it too!
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Melissa, I had to look up what 31 was, lol. I see what you mean about spendy!
Oma, so sad when someone so young takes his own life. Congrats on the deer and on getting so much of your Christmas shopping done. I am making progress on Christmas, but will need to see what's available on Black Friday before I'm done.
Travis, the crib is beautiful. You should be very proud of it. Looking forward to seeing the changing table, and I promise, I WON'T TELL!
GMB, yeah, I think I'm going to ask my dd's MD to take me on - I've known him for years, he's in the same practice, and although he's not "officially" taking new patients, I think he'll add me. I know there is a lot of addiction and abuse of opiates, but there are legit reasons for their use and I have always been very careful not to use more than the bare minimum. I never want to be the nurse you read about in the paper!
Jan, somehow it seems worse to have the parent stealing pain meds from the child than it does to have the child steal from the parent...not that either is good or right, of course. They've changed the regs so that now you have to hand carry the Vicodin scripts from the MD to the pharmacy, and if the pharmacy is out of them, you're out of luck. Abby got 8 pills after having her tooth pulled, but did fine on a few ibuprofen, so those have been put into the reserves, like you have yours.

Today started out well - I went out to cut wood and the chainsaw fired right up, and I got to the 3rd tree before the chain flipped off again. I don't even know how or why - just cutting through a tree trunk and as the round came off, it took the chain along.

So, I came in, showered off the exhaust smell, and made cheesy cauliflower soup. I usually make really good soup, if I do say so myself, but I overdosed it with garlic this time, and it just didn't taste good. Then I worked on my crocheting - working on a baby blanket. Got about half done, only to realize my edges aren't even - looks like I missed a stitch per row for several rows about 4-5 rows into the project. I'm so NOT ripping all of that stitching out! So, I decided this blanket will be for Guppy to use in her carseat instead of giving it as a baby gift. Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed, lol!

Is everyone staying warm? It was 21 here last night, made it up to 46 today, and it's down to 19 so far tonight. As long as I think to go add wood to the fire, the house is staying comfortable - I don't like it really warm, especially in my bedroom. Abby cranks the stove up too high - I don't need it to be 80* in the house.

Well, I think I'm headed for bed - hopefully tomorrow will be a better day and I'll get a few things accomplished around here. Take care, all!
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Old 11/16/14, 06:49 PM
 
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Well, so much for the today being a better day thing....woke up to frozen water in the pump house. I thought I had it well enough insulated, but I was wrong. The heat lamp AND heater are both on now, and I think I have a dripping fitting, so I may have a leak in there (my brand new system ). However, there are shutoffs on every part and the fitting just screws on, so if I do have to replace a part, it "should" be an easy fix. Still not the way I wanted to start the day. Haven't done much else other than turning on the heaters (under the house, too) today. It got down to 16* last night and I forgot to turn the water on to run all night, so it was my own fault that I froze again. One or 2 more cold nights and then we are supposed to warm up some. Can't wait - much of what I want to work on outside is frozen solid.

eta: I did finish crocheting a lap blanket for Guppy for Christmas today. I guess I accomplished something. Water is still not on.
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Old 11/16/14, 07:22 PM
 
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Peas are sprouted! And something that resembles cucumbers is coming up in the bean pots! (Beans are coming up too!) I actually planted cukes in there in September and just figured the seeds were too old or it was too hot or something. I'll transplant them when they get a few more leaves. I found an asparagus spear in the one pot I had exposed yesterday and GFB and I shared it. Planted 12 smaller pots to peas, transplanted the last 2 broccoli, dug sod out of 2 spaces about 3x3 ft square, to lay down plastic and site apple tree pots in. And spent a long, long time cutting down the torpedo grass that stands taller than my head, (with an ordinary steak knife) to free up 2 wire trellises (trelli? If the plural of hippopotamus is hippopotami? etc) and a tomato cage that had been enwrapped by the grasses and vines. I have a LOT of native Bitter Melon vines growing thru the garden but the little melons pass out of the ripe stage so quickly into overripe I've only been able to grab 3 or 4 at a time to throw into stirfries. Back is much better- apparently the residual effects of the TENS persist for several days. GFB has been researching, and also hung out the laundry he ran while I was playing in the garden. I LOVE the smell of line dried clothing, sheets and towels!
We also heard from DD today, I had asked if we could visit sometime close to the holidays and she had said yes. Due to GFB's schedule, we'll travel up there on Thanksgiving Day and have a long weekend, maybe swing by Charleston for a day or two on the way back home. Assuming we can find pet friendly accommodations, that is. DD sounded very good. Her teenaged daughter is being "challenging" is I guess the kindest thing to say. DD told me she understood "my" side of the parenting much better now, and she also said she regretted some of the stuff she had done as a teen. Told her that whatever had happened, she was alive and learning to deal with a lot of this stuff now so not to waste her time on regrets. Her therapist told her she had a severe case of Procrastination Perfectionism- that when she looked at doing something, she knew what she wanted to accomplish and it was usually too big and overwhelming, so she wouldn't even start. Gee, that's usually the way I handle things too!!! Her therapist told her to do 1 thing a day. That's all. 1 small thing. She'de been trying to accomplish super big projects unsuccessfully in small amounts of time and beat herself up emotionally because she "only" got 1 or 2 things done, instead of the dozen things that made up her big project. Now she is reframing. Instead of beating herself up emotionally because she didn't get the kitchen cleaned, she can congratulate herself on getting the dishes done. Etc, etc. I may need to try this method of dealing with things. It sounds like how you eat an elephant, one bite at a time.
I would love some cooler weather. It's still just a tad too hot for me at 85* F in the middle of the day.
Edited to add Sorry about your frozen pipes MGM. Hope the leak is minor and an easy fix.
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Old 11/17/14, 01:19 PM
 
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Travis - that crib is BEAUTIFUL!! Wow, that's some awesome craftsmanship!
MGM - I am sorry about your pipes. We have dealt with that in the past and I totally understand. I hope they thaw out soon!!
Jan - I'm sorry to hear about your GD losing scripts to her Mom. It's sad when family does stuff like that to you. I hope the great-grandbaby is doing okay.
GMB - I'm glad to hear your back is better.
Oma - I'm sorry to hear about that other young man. Suicide is very difficult on families.

Life is so much more pleasant when you're not in pain!
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I made it to church Saturday, came home and got the tarp wrapped around the well house and secured.
Snow flurries started lat Saturday night and it snowed most of the day yesterday. Not a lot of accumulation though. 1-2 inches.
I drank Irish creme coffee with breakfast. Got the critters fed, fixed breakfast, did laundry, cleaned the kitchen and made chicken & veggie noodle soup in the crockpot. We had it for dinner last night and it was sure good. Plenty left for dinner tonight too. Yum!
I read Erma Bombeck's book "Family - the Ties that Bind & Gag!" She was such a great writer. I laughed all weekend. I just love her books!

The roads were slick and snow covered, so they called school off today and even closed the University down. I'm good with that - I got an extra day off!!

I fixed breakfast, fed the critters and I'm drinking some more Irish coffee this morning.
The sun is shining and getting warmer now, so the snow should be melting off soon. The wind is blowing and cold, but that just means it will dry the roads off faster.

Well, DH went to work today, so I best use the time and get some stuff done here.
Have a wonderful day, everyone and stay warm!!
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Old 11/17/14, 02:55 PM
 
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My back is no longer better. Ran the tens during lunch-GFB ade bacon and tomato sandwiches. I cleared more weeds, planted more peas, and watered. Now to shower. Am glad GFB is driving us back t the city and not me.
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Old 11/17/14, 05:32 PM
 
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GMB, sorry to hear your back is still acting up. Backs are the worst to have pain. You just don't feel like you can do anything, and it's difficult to do even the smallest of chores. Try to rest as much as you can!

Had a long talk with dd about her role as a mother to gd. It's about half a century too late for her to want to step up, but I just stay out of it. She insists she would never take meds from her daughter, but then I remember she IS an addict, on and off again in detox, so who to believe. Will be caring for little ggd for a few days beginning tonight while the parents go on a cross country trip for his work. NOT a good time to be travelling, and I just don't feel good about it, but we'll have a good visit with the baby for a few days. It will be challenging to help ds and his girl friend move this coming Friday with the baby in tow!

Did get some turkey cooked down and will put it in the crockpot tomorrow with some noodles, chopped green onions and some dehydrated peas. That way, at least dinner will be ready when we get home from running errands. Haven't used the dehydrated peas yet, so I hope they turn out well.
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I have been lurking and reading all of your posts for a while and finally decided to post.
GMB I know how hard it is to fill these Vicodin/Norco prescriptions. Fortunately WM will take a prescription from an out of county Dr as I have to travel 2 hours each way every month to see my pain Dr as they are almost in Nashville. Don't try to fill it one day earlier or the pharmacy will flip out. My Flexeril is not so bad as it can ben refilled without a new Rx every month. And of course there are the urine tests every couple of months to be sure I am not taking any other drugs - I am a 61 yr old Grandmother I do not look anything like a drug addict.9
TRAVIS your crib is beautiful I cannot wait to see it completed.
As for the weather it is so cold here in Mid TN everything is frozen. They were supposed to start putting in our new heating/cooling system today but it was so cold with freezing rain and snow they cannot start until Wednesday. The only really warm place in this house is in my bed with the heated mattress pad on and the blankets over my head.
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Spent the day installing kitchen cabinets at Kadia's house. We are getting a lot done, but still a lot to do. We had leftovers for lunch and I was tired to just make grilled cheese and tomato soup for supper. Getting ready to watch the Voice, Cale and I both enjoy that show. Stay warm! Supposed to be 12 degrees in the morning here...
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As for the weather it is so cold here in Mid TN everything is frozen. They were supposed to start putting in our new heating/cooling system today but it was so cold with freezing rain and snow they cannot start until Wednesday. The only really warm place in this house is in my bed with the heated mattress pad on and the blankets over my head.
Bundle up in polyester & acrylic. Much warmer than cotton. Pull a knit hat over your head- or a scarf. We lose 25% of our body heat thru out head. Consider greasing up with petroleum jelly. It's a long distance swimmer strategy to prevent hypothermia. Used to do a lot of cold weather camping and my Boy Scouts would groan "it's the Cotton Kills speech" every year when I got up to address them on packing for cold weather. Put away your cotton until you get heat back in the house. Oh, welcome aboard also.
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Jlynnp, welcome! Glad you came out of "lurkdom" and posted. I hear ya on being a grandma and not an addict - me, too, but the rules don't let them pick and choose.
Vickie, what Abby wants is an electronic tablet device she can do art on. I'm not even sure what to get her, but plan to do some research between now and Black Friday, and ask her to look at the tablets on line and let me know what will work without breaking the bank. For my ds, he used to work at the local feed store, lol. I know he always needs wool socks, as he manages a plant that makes organic potting soil, so he's out in the cold all day. Even inside, it's not heated, so he can get pretty cold. I'm trying to make sure that the gifts I give are useful and something the recipient will really enjoy.
GMB, hope your back feels better after the TENS tx. I feel your pain!
Melissa, I often do grilled cheese for a quick dinner. Another favorite is a scrambled egg on toast sammy. Quick, filling, and warm in the tummy after a cold day. Stay warm!
Jan, yup, your dd can tell you until she's blue in the face that she didn't take the pills, but you just cannot believe an addict. They will cheat and steal, and lie to your face. The addiction is in control. It takes a long time to earn any trust back. I trust my dd now, but am still on the fence with her SO, who is clean now, but did some real trust killing stuff when he was using. Enjoy your ggbaby - those times are precious.

Well, I haven't figured out the water system yet. It flashed a message that seemed to have to do with backflushing, which we pressed the button to do, but still no water. I need to find the manual and see what it recommends. Thank goodness it's supposed to warm up in a couple days. Hopefully, what ever's wrong will correct itself and we'll be back in running water soon. I guess I'd better build a better well head house with built in heat, in case that is the problem area. There's still some work I can do to the front wall of the pump house, too. Thank goodness I store an amazing amount of water in the house - it's inconvenient, but not a hardship. It's just embarrassing to do this twice in under 12 months. Last time I froze the pipes was in early December 2013, and it took me until July to get the water back on, and months longer to get everything I needed working in the house. I thought with the insulation added to the pump house and the new water system, I'd be okay in the cold snap, but I pushed it too far.

I have a to-do list to finish this month (posted on the Prep Journal and To-Do List thread in S&EP), but most of the items left to finish are outside, and they're frozen solid! I'm left with a few in-house jobs. This is the last week of the Epidemics class I'm taking on line, so I'm listening to lectures - still need to post a few more posts in the discussion forums, and take the last quiz to be done. I'm also planning to give some feed sack grocery totes and crocheted hats and scarves for Christmas, so I need to keep working on them, and if I get really desperate for something to do, I have a pile of paperwork that needs sorted. Not that it's likely I'll get that desperate, lol!

eta: Found the manual, still no water, so I'll take it out there in the morning and see if I can figure it out. I really don't want to have to call the well guy. Oh, and I finished my class.
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Jlynnp Welcome to the forum.

Manygoatsnmore, Insulation does not make heat, it only slows its movement down. Once you add heat, insulation will help it stay warmer.

Woke up Sat around noon, after working nights. Went out and glued some boards up for the Log Changing Table. The wife's ceramic kiln would not fire up Sunday, so after checking it out, it needs nearly all the heating elements. It is so old and brittle,rusted, that I told her to buy a new one. I stacked up the firewood rack, as it is now cold here and the wood stove is fired up. Monday, the wife and I went to Costco to do some shopping and ate out at a seafood rest. I also repaired a lamp for the wife that had a stuck switch. I have two days to work, then off again to work on my project. You all stay warm!!


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Welcome, Jlynnp!

GMB - Sorry your back is still bothering you.

My cousin told me hers was worse when she took omniprozale (?) for indigestion. I looked and the stuff I was taking had that in there too! I switched to something with fematidine (?) in it and my back and joint pain isn't as bad as it was. I don't know what omniprozale does to cause that, it's weird.

MGM - LOL!! I just reread your post and realized you said "tablet" not "table"! Sorry!!

Jan - Hoping for safe travels for you GD!
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Most of the snow & ice melted late yesterday afternoon, so back to work today.
It's still very cold outside - I had to put oil in my car, when I went out to feed the critters. I felt frozen when I got back in the house - I should have sung that song!
It was down in the lower 20s this morning. At least the wind wasn't blowing though!

Our new Director started this morning and I've got a new assignment from our Team Lead, so it looks like I'll be pretty busy for a few days.

I didn't get as much done at home as I should have yesterday, but I did get some more clutter out of the house and loaded into the car. I need to run errands at lunch, so I'll drop the donations off while I'm out.

Stay warm, everyone!
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Howdy all! Hope you are all coping ok with the cold. It's colder here, we are getting up in the mornings to 24-30F, but no snow of course. Rarely see snow here. Nice days still, highs in the mid 60's. Gotta' love the desert!

Our DD is still struggling with the Lyme disease. She has finally stopped all antibiotics, but they are keeping her "pic line" ?? " pik line" ?? in her arm in case she "flares". Her gallbladder was beginning to be a problem, apparently a common "side effect" of either the Lyme itself, or the treatment. Anyway, it's not her heart but may be the gb causing her sudden drops in heart rate, etc. It's all very confusing. Then, they discovered she has Epstein-barr virus too, probably has had it a long time, but the Lyme has "reactivated" it or some such. Many prayers still needed.

In the meantime, had DH try to start the Jeep (would normally be shopping day for me), as last week it took about 50 tries to get the key to "move" at all once inserted. Oh, he's an auto mechanic by the way. So he tested it, it worked the first time, but as soon as he turned it off, it stuck again. No town for me today. He'll get the part and whatever tools he needs and bring them home to fix it. Could be bits of "brass" from the key, little "bits of things" get in there he says, and sometimes just opening it all up and cleaning it out fixes the problem.

We've still been canning if you can believe that! Sam's Club had more of those wonderful "pickling" type cukes last week. DH also found more green tomatoes, so he made picallily (sp?) and then, made some sweet and some sweet with super hot peppers in them pickles. I had a BAD, BAAAADDD attack on Sat. morning. In between him helping me thru that, he got the canning done while I was resting.

There is one kitten left from a batch, and he hangs out and sleeps tucked way down into the big woodpile we have. So, we call him Woody. Well, he got very lonely as his momma wants nothing to do with him anymore, and the other adults go off to "start their day", and he's all alone. So I've been working with him to get him used to me.

He literally explodes up out of this woodpile the minute he hears me open the door! Like a woman popping up out of a cake. Anyway, Sunday one of the adult males, Grand Silver, returned. He was gone for almost 2 or 3 weeks, and I think he was hit by a car. He's fine, but a bit, slower....It was a joyous morning as he is a particular cat that loves me so much, very attached to me. So now that he's around, Woody has a buddy all day, and I have been able to not only pet him, but he'll let me actually pick him up and snuggle him. He looks just like Grand Silver, a tabby. As the cats turn..........

I got the cookie dough made for the sugar cookies to bring on our trip. I do them in stages, make dough and freeze. Then on another day I do all the baking. Then on the last day or two before we leave I ice them. Will do turkeys, pumpkins again, they are the prettiest!

I have the greatest in-laws so the trip is such a joy. It's his dad, sister, BIL, and various assorted kids/grandkids/great grands.....lovely in San Diego. We'll bring back our yearly box of pomegranates. We just harvested the last of ours and got the seeds out, and froze them. Big pom jelly session coming up soon!

Have been reading all your posts, welcome to the newbie jlynnp - Billie in MO, many prayers continue for you.......

Travis, wow that crib - what a great guy you are!
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