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Old 12/06/14, 07:50 PM
 
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Twas a good day. I worked. in the garden."Our" 3 ferals hung about me while I hardened. BBC (GFB) did some minor plumbing repair & trimmed the chats (chaya) back 2 feet where it was. encroaching on an 18 gallon pot. I'll be able to plant turnips in it next weekend. I weeded, watered where necessary, planted more parsnips and peas, harvested 3 broccoli heads, harvested an 18 gallon pot of lotus roots~ they were much larger than last year's, now I found the Lotus fertilizer, and thinned the turnips to have greens with dinner. We killed the stir fry at lunch and I added a tot of wine to the reheated black beans over yellow rice. Still have enough black beans n yellow rice to wrap in whole grain tortillas for tomorrow.
Thank you to those who prayed for CD in the Philippines. The super typhoon decreased to a category ,3 prior to landfall. Haven't heard from CD yet
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Old 12/06/14, 08:01 PM
 
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Blasted auto correct! CD=DS
The hyacinth beans and pigeon peas are blooming profusely. GFB & I discussed just why it is that tropicalvegetables are most productive in the winter, when the climate is mild enough to grow temperate zone veggies. The only thing we could think of is that heat is too deleterious even for tropical plants. With everyone's climates warming, that is a scary thought.
Wanted to check Weather Channel & find out about the typhoon & discovered DirecTV is out. So now Bob & I are retiring to bed with a computer to watch Ice Age again.
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Old 12/06/14, 08:02 PM
 
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Blasted AUTOCORRECT Bob =Gfb
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Old 12/07/14, 03:14 AM
 
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GMB, I vote we just rename GFB Bob, lol! Your phone certainly has a mind of its own.
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Old 12/07/14, 03:33 AM
 
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I had such a nice time today. Had a short, but nice visit with my bff's mom, and rode with bff to the coast. I found goodies at Goodwill: brand new tire chains for $10 a set (now I have chains for all 4 tires on my SUV, as well as a spare set for both of my pickups), a big stainless stockpot with lid for 7.99 and a deep stainless frying pan for 4.99, which is just what I've been looking for to replace the missing base for my steam juicer (fits perfectly, and is a nice fry pan, to boot). We did some stock up shopping at Costco, grazed on the free samples, and had a hotdog and soda for lunch (1.50 is a price that's hard to beat). We wandered through the craft fair in Ilwaco, but didn't find anything that I just had to have. We drove to Ocean Park to see about the Aladdin tuneups, but the guy who does the Aladdin work was on vacation, so it's a good thing I didn't haul in the 2 lamps I brought along. I was able to buy replacement chimneys and extra mantles for my lamp collection, and I found 100% lye on the shelf there for 2.99 each - I bought 6 of them for future soaping projects. We got back to Ilwaco just in time for the crab pot tree lighting, fireworks, and carol singing, admired the boats in the harbor that were all decorated with lights for the season, and headed home. Stopped at Winco for groceries on the way through town - found 97/3 ground beef for 3.78/lb, so I picked up about 10# of it.

Didn't get home until after 9pm, and had to grab my horse out of the neighbor's lawn along the way. Abby and I will have to do fence repairs tomorrow. I hope my back is up to it. I was in pain from riding in the car today - better once I laid flat for a while and now reclining.

It was fun, and now I'm done...stick a fork in me!
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Old 12/07/14, 07:21 AM
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MANYGOATSNMORE, My wife bought my son a bed type thing, where you lay on it and after securing your feet, you turn it so you are upside down. It stretches your back by allowing you to hang down from your feet. Does wonders for his back. I don't recall the name of it, but that what it was designed to do.
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Old 12/07/14, 11:43 AM
 
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Just back from the laundrymat. This won't be a long-term thing, but plumbing and machine repair are both needed. A young couple are sitting at the front, all over each other. I mean ALL over. I'm thinking, OK, newly-weds? Ummm, nope probably not. A woman who did a huge laundry all by herself, six dryers going at once, gathers them up in a mother-of-teenager voice, after she's loaded the car. What?!?!
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Old 12/07/14, 12:15 PM
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You do know it is the RUTTING season!!
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Old 12/07/14, 02:01 PM
 
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MANYGOATSNMORE, My wife bought my son a bed type thing, where you lay on it and after securing your feet, you turn it so you are upside down. It stretches your back by allowing you to hang down from your feet. Does wonders for his back. I don't recall the name of it, but that what it was designed to do.
Inversion Table.

Google for the pros and cons, and health issues to be careful about.

I have one and love it. No problems. It's adjustable for different heights, and perfectly balances to get up when set right. I do have to wear thick socks or booties when using it, as it pinches at the ankles otherwise.
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Old 12/07/14, 08:35 PM
 
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I've wanted an inversion table/Teeter Hangup thingie for ages. I know how much better I feel when I can get my vertebrae stretched out. It's why I don't enjoy road trips as much anymore - the longer I sit, the more compressed the discs become and it pinches a nerve (or maybe more than one nerve) in my lower back. Even lying flat on my back and stretching as far as I can go, then holding it there, helps. If I could find one of those inversion tables at a reasonable price (remember, I'm very frugal, lol), it would come home with me in a heartbeat.

I was planning to work on fencing today, but I just was hurting too much and was exhausted from yesterday, so a day of rest and gentle back exercises was in order. It seems to have helped, as my back is quite a bit better tonight.

One of the things that's always on my Costco list is rotisserie chicken, since I can get a big chicken for 4.99, already cooked and absolutely yummy. They say minimum 3# chickens, but I've weighed them at about 5# each, which makes the chicken $1/lb, cooked. I put 4 of them in the freezer last night, and stripped the breast meat, legs and thighs off the 5th one before adding the carcass to my"perpetual stock pot" to cook down for broth. I have a feeling Abby might be making us a new pot of chicken soup tonight or tomorrow.

I think I'll spend the evening working on the next cap and scarf set. This one is for my grandson, and he wants red and black, so I'll get to practice changing yarn colors on this one. After his, I only have my youngest dgd to finish up, and she's 2, so it will be a smaller set to finish out the crocheted gifts. I'm enjoying the crocheting, but it will be nice to know the gifts are done.
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Old 12/08/14, 08:13 AM
 
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Still working through STUFF. Boxes of my parents' stuff. Boxes my siblings need to pick up. Boxes I brought from my former residence. Oddly and sadly, when I think about that house, I think about cleaning it up, too. I can't find new curtain rod hangers I bought. I found nice lace panels, and wanted to take down dusty, dirty, holey pull drapes. I can tell you where exactly to find some hangers at the other house, and give a pretty close tally of what's there. I don't think this is a memory issue; at 64 I think about that sometimes. I'm living out of boxes, and some of them were packed a year ago. The sibs who did take stuff moved some things around and emptied the drawers (into boxes) when they claimed their furniture. I moved the other sibs' stuff around so I had space to live here. At this point, what's here, what's not, where it is ??? This is actually amusing to me: the sib who already claimed the most stuff suggested to the executor brother that she would like to buy the remaining contents after everyone has made their requests. Huh? What contents? She's also the one who took a truckload of clothes, tablecloths and books to a charity a couple months before Dad passed away, and accepted "gifts" of family items.
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Old 12/08/14, 09:18 AM
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It is finally FRIDAY for me. I will be off work till Thur night. I am posting the final pic of the crib, finished at my daughters house. I am still working on the log baby changing table. I hope to get some major work on it my off days. You all stay warm and dry!!

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Old 12/08/14, 09:48 AM
 
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That's nice work, Travis!
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Old 12/08/14, 10:54 AM
 
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Wow, Travis, that is beautiful!!!! You did an awesome job!

MGM - I'll have to see if I can get the pics downloaded from my iPhone. We had a lot of fun!

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Youngest DGD and I headed to Bristow about 1 pm Saturday. We got there really early for the train ride, but I wanted to make certain we arrived in time. She picked out a fridge magnet for their house with a picture of the Polar Express from the movie. She was so excited she was saying every 5 minutes, "I wanna go on the train" - she's 4 so, impatience seems to be her permanent mood right now. LOL!
We finally boarded a little after 4 pm. It was so cute to see all the kids on board having fun. Everyone had on cute PJs and coats. It was chilly and drizzling outside, so it looked and felt Wintery. One couple had on sweater Long Johns with a snowflake print, that one made me laugh.
The ride lasted a little over an hour. They started by handing out sugar cookies to each passenger. All the kids rec'd a "golden ticket" when we picked up our tickets and the Conductor punched each child's ticket. Then they handed out hot cocoa to everyone. The train went west, outside of town where they had a "North Pole" facade set-up and the kids could see Santa and elves from the train windows. As we started back east, Santa came in and gave each child, in turn, a Reindeer bell. During the ride to the North Pole, there were Christmas carols playing and everyone sang. The Polar Express story was read before Santa got on.
It was so much fun. The kids were all so excited and the atmosphere was festive. It was very memorable. They had pony rides set-up in town, on the way back to the car. Sierra wanted to ride one, so I splurged on that too.
Next year I hope to take both the girls and one of their friends.
I bought tickets to the Nutcracker for DD and the oldest DGD for next weekend, so I couldn't afford the train ride for everyone this year. I promised the youngest we'd all go next year though.

I bought Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets for DH as a gift. That performance was last night in OKC. It was an awesome concert - worth every penny!
One dollar of each ticket went to a local children's music therapy charity - I love it when money is shared like that.
DH was entranced. He was a music major all through school and I could see that type of ensemble being every music major's dream. The singers were exquisite. It was a storytelling and music montage, just awesome. Very talented people.
Afterwards I took him to dinner at BJ's - the food was excellent. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend!

I'm so glad I spent Christmas money buying DH and all the kids experiences they will never forget. We did get large gift items for the kids, too, but I think the experiences are something they'll remember forever.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I think that's what's going to see me through Monday!!
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Old 12/08/14, 02:49 PM
 
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Not much new today, thought you'd like to see Woody:

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Old 12/08/14, 05:25 PM
 
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Woodys cute!
GFB and I did a little Christmas shopping today. I have a wretched deep cough & been using my rescue inhaler. We did pick up comic books and I got a Death (of the Endless by Neil Gaimon) t-shirt for GFB. We are barely comfortable here without a/c. That and emotional blackmail from my mother. She drives poorly these days and she tried to insist she would drive us the 5_6 hours to lunch w/ddil & brands in Jacksonville on the 24th. Ddil asked for us to meet them there and then a few weeks ago. GFB agreed but last night he checked his calendar & he has court that day, 3_4 hours south of there. So I will have to do that drive on my own, facing a manipulative DILand mother. Oh joy, not.
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Old 12/08/14, 10:51 PM
 
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Vickie, what a wonderful weekend! I agree, experiences are what the kids (and we adults, too) remember far more than any toy at Christmas.
Homesteader, awww, Woody's so cute! I think about adding a new kitty occasionally, but my old gal keeps telling me she's quite content to be an only kitty. Someday, she may be in for a brutal awakening, lol.
GMB, as Barney Fife says, "Nip it!" When your manipulative mother tries her shenanigans, just ignore and do it your way. If she complains, tell her she was a good teacher, lol, and do what you need to do. I know it's a lot easier to say it than to do it, so I'm sending you a cyber (((hugs))) in sympathy.
Travis, that crib is a masterpiece. It really turned out well. I hope it is handed down for generations to come. My dad made me a cradle when I was just a teenager, with strict instructions not to use it too soon, lol. It's been used for all 4 of my kids, and 4 of my grandkids, so far.

My back is improving, but Abby is having a few cranky days and isn't much help with things like fencing and cutting wood at the moment. I've chosen to ignore her and work on decorating for Christmas and making gifts. Not much else going on today - just listening to carols and crocheting away.
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Old 12/09/14, 09:15 AM
 
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So I've been wondering about memory loss. I bought some curtain rod hangers and cannot find them. I got turned around coming out of the city at night last week. I forgot to gather up some piano music for a student's afternoon lesson, after thinking of it in the morning. I sent another student some YouTubes, found sheet music for all but one piece, and forgot (entirely) that I didn't already own that, so hadn't made the parent a copy. I even scrambled up who the composer was. I don't think any of this is particularly new. I seldom lose things, but when they're gone... I only moved here a year ago and haven't been able to move in and organize. (Posted about earlier). I have done the same sort of thing occasionally when driving, going back to a job interview in a strange city in my twenties; a policeman realized I was driving in and out of town, and pulled me over. In the local city, they've closed some roads and changed some one-ways back in just the last two weeks. With the sheet music, I've added several students this fall, all of about the same advancement, bringing my total to 23 . We are currently choosing competition pieces, and due to their needs, I am seeking out, studying and practicing a fair amount of repertoire which is new or almost-new to me. I don't want any to be assigned the same piece as another of the same level. I have always kept to-do lists; I have some hanging around from a few years ago, things I did and did not finish. All sounds reasonable and logical, so now I start to worry if I'm having memory problems and just trying to justify or downplay them. Is this just how 64-year-olds think?
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Old 12/09/14, 09:35 AM
 
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UseLess, it could just be stress, which you do have right now. Those who've been with the board awhile remember my concerns about memory loss and dementia a couple years ago. I self diagnosed ADD and stress. Had to constantly monitor the environment due to an emotionally abusive upbringing...and it was a VERY toxic corporation. The doctors I worked with poopooed the possibility of dementia. I've had wordfinding difficulty about 30 years now and I do have a large vocabulary. Its better when I get lots of sleep and have a low stress level.
Out to dinner with my bf and GFB last night-Barbque!
Got to get my last box of the year together for DS. The typhoon had dialed down to TS status by the time it hit the main island. Again, thanks for prayers.
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Old 12/09/14, 04:35 PM
 
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UseLess - I think it's more like you're overwhelmed with everything, after reading all your posts!!
I'm a list person, it's the only way I can stay half-way organized and remember things.
Like GMB said - if I don't get enough rest, it gets worse - if I'm too tired I do well to get my daily work done. When I was taking care and dealing with my Mom, before she passed last year, it didn't take much to overwhelm me.

Homesteader - Woody is so cute!

GMB - I'm thankful the typhoon was downgraded. Good news!!

My cousin's FIL is in the hospital here in town, so I went over and took her to lunch today. We had a great time chatting and catching up over lunch. I think we both needed that.

Work has been productive and the office quiet today. Most are out in training or meetings.
I'm able to think much clearer when it's quiet like this. The students are taking finals this week, so next week will be really quiet on Campus.

The sun is finally out again, after several days of cloudy weather, drizzle and heavy fog. I'm very thankful for the moisture, but it's nice to see the sun again. I needed some solar energy!!

Have a wonderful evening, all!!
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