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Old 02/10/15, 11:18 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Desert of So. NV
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Alice!!!!!!!! Welcome - this is a great forum, post away all you'd like. We share lots here, even non-homesteading stuff, although I do share a lot of that!

To catch you up on the pea planting business, I wanted to plant 1000 pea plants, and got SUCH teasing here, (all in fun), so now I'm down to 500, but THEN, they tilled up this much bigger area you see, so I might get like 600 or 700.............
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Old 02/10/15, 11:25 AM
 
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UseLess - My prayers go out to you. I haven't had that problem, so I can't say I know what it's like, but I've seen the issues some of my cousins have had in their own families. It's stressful and hurtful. Jealousy is such an ugly thing to deal with, especially when it's someone you love.

Jan - My Mom had a swallowing issue that was similar. She got to the point where she could not/would not eat anything bulky. I think it has to do with them not being able to chew correctly or just not chewing things well anymore. Potato chips are thin and crumbly - maybe that's why she can chew and swallow them easier. Just a thought!

MGM - My 17 year old grandson is high-functioning autistic and he does similar things. Just when DD thinks he's got a schedule down, he forgets to put on deodorant, put his plate away, wash his hair good, etc. If he gets focused on something else, forget it, he has to be "reminded". I don't know if they ever get totally independent.
Prayers of strength for you, it has got to be frustrating to live with sometimes!
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We've had a glorious stretch of warm weather. I think it ends today for awhile. We've had some beautiful foggy mornings. I love going out to feed when the fog is hanging in the valley below us, it's awesome!

I stopped to get my mail last evening and ended up having a beer with our neighbor. He was coming down the road on his tractor with his adorable aussie shepherds. He has the cutest dogs. He's a retired widower and a great person. I love to stop and chat with him occasionally. I stayed for about 45 minutes, then headed home to feed the critters and watch the Basketball game.

I took some benadryl around 7:30 - my allergies were really getting to me yesterday. I ended up falling asleep on the couch around 9 pm. I saw the last quarter of the game and then went to bed. I just couldn't keep my eyes open.

It's going to be a busy work day and I have errands to run at lunch.
Have a wonderful day everyone!!
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Old 02/10/15, 11:46 AM
 
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Homesteader - Woohoo!! Have fun. You're granddaughter is adorable - I bet she has a blast helping you both.

Alice - Welcome! I'm glad you're doing better!
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Old 02/10/15, 03:38 PM
 
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DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

510 pea plants, 10 very mad arthritic fingers, one almost-as-mad lower back, legs so tired they're shaking..........but, I will forget all that when I'm piggin' out on peas!

Whoop indeed.

Pass the virtual ben gay please while I bask in absolute bliss.
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Old 02/10/15, 10:56 PM
 
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Alice, I can't believe you just found us! But, I'm very glad you did - better late to the party than not to party at all.
Vickie, I didn't realize you had a grandson with similar issues as my Abby. Jan and I have commiserated and consoled each other over the years...living with a "kid" with issues is a challenge! Abby will go from taking perfect care of her hair to not washing it for a week if I don't keep a watch on her. Remember when she came home with her hair totally dredded? It was literally a mat all over her head - all from not taking care of it each day and no one in the household there reminding her to simply brush it. I don't know if she'll ever be totally able to live independently. I've already talked to my other kids about leaving her the house and a stipend to live on for her lifetime, but they'll still need to oversee her (or someone will) when I'm gone.
Travis, for not getting much done, you sure did a lot! Hope you got some good grandbaby rocking in there.
Homesteader, your dgd is adorable. She looks so proud of herself on that tractor. You dh looks like he was having as much fun as she was, too! Passing the virtual BenGay your way. Might want to try the Deep Blue one more time.
Jan, time to give your dh some elderberry tincture! Hope he feels better soon and doesn't share the bug with either you or your mom. I'm sure you know that swallowing difficulties are common in the elderly...I hope your MD will send her for a swallowing eval with a speech therapist. They will evaluate her swallowing and advise you on how to help her avoid choking. Things like tucking her chin when she swallows may be helpful. Having her checked for a stricture in her esophagus might be in order, too. I know I have a bit of one - feels like the food gets stuck before it hits the stomach and wants to come back up instead of down, and can be very painful when it hits. My triggers are meat and bread (2 of my favorite foods, of course), and drinking a bit of water with each bite helps tremendously. Perhaps Westexas might have some suggestions of questions for you to ask her MD?
Use Less, I remember the stress of settling my Dad's estate, and it didn't even involve a house! (((Hugs))) on dealing with the difficult sister - I think we all have one difficult sibling - if we have sibs at all. I love and laugh with one of my sisters, but my other one has been a crab apple from birth, according to my older sibs! She even spent the first month of my life staying with our aunt and uncle next door because she was jealous of my arrival, lol. So, I feel your pain! Thank goodness for your brother.

I finally had my scrambled egg sandwich when I woke up this afternoon (didn't fall asleep until after daylight today - grr)....oh, my, it was heavenly! Have I mentioned I've missed my own hen fruit, lol? Then I worked out to a Classical Stretch episode, finished editing another chapter for Bret F's story (Ashen Horse, posted in the S&EP forum, if you want to read his fine writing), and after I get off HT, I need to get back into the Calculus One course. I'm also working on a crocheted baby blanket - I have a new great-niece or nephew coming in June. If it stays dry outside, I might even go for another night time walk to the mailbox. I won one of the seed drawings in the giveaway thread and have a feeling there may be a package waiting for me.
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Old 02/11/15, 11:21 AM
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Back at work this morning, but it is Friday for me. I will return Friday dayshift for overtime. Then work Sat, Sun, and Monday nights. I hope to get the molding finished in the kitchen tomorrow and finish painting the cabinet. I also, need to get the post and lumber for the lean-to and concrete the post in. So, lots to do!!!!!!!
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Old 02/11/15, 12:17 PM
 
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Well, it's 26' now, but that is the high for the week. We're looking at highs of 0' later. A long time with no break. I used a pitchfork to peel away more bricks off the sides of the driveway, to make it a little easier in & out. I'm going to try backing in after work today. The drive slants down a little, and I'm spinning the tires to back out. Having trouble sticking to any one chore or activity for very long. Tried a little light reading. The story isn't interesting, and it doesn't make much sense. Sorting and filing isn't working, either. Stomach not so good. That all feels like anxiety-related stress, or stress-related anxiety but the question would be, "Why?" Some things are settled or in the works, and nothing else has gotten worse. The sky is blue (what??) and there's a little sun. I just filled the last space I have in my lesson schedule unless I add an afternoon. I don't feel like doing that right now. My band plays a short gig tomorrow evening, and I'm visiting my long-time teaching colleague Friday. She's shortly taking up another long-term maternity-leave job. She likes it. I have to say I have no interest in going back into school every day for a few months.
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Old 02/11/15, 04:51 PM
 
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Vickie, I didn't realize you had a grandson with similar issues as my Abby. Jan and I have commiserated and consoled each other over the years...living with a "kid" with issues is a challenge! Abby will go from taking perfect care of her hair to not washing it for a week if I don't keep a watch on her. Remember when she came home with her hair totally dredded? It was literally a mat all over her head - all from not taking care of it each day and no one in the household there reminding her to simply brush it. I don't know if she'll ever be totally able to live independently. I've already talked to my other kids about leaving her the house and a stipend to live on for her lifetime, but they'll still need to oversee her (or someone will) when I'm gone.
MGM - Yes, Jacob is a very sweet boy. Things have gotten easier for DD as he's gotten older. He's 17, but more like a preteen when it comes to personal hygiene, chores, etc. DD is hoping the HS's training program will be able to fit him to a job in their area. He needs to learn a trade - he doesn't want to go to college, so we've told him he has to learn a trade in order to get a job and learn to be somewhat independent. Right now he spends a lot of his down time at home playing video games and reading graphic novels. We have to encourage him to participate in social activities and she gives him chores with a monthly allowance for keeping them done and getting good grades.
I enroll him in Camp Barnabas every year, in Missouri. That gets him out of the house for a week and doing things outside with people his own age, but in a protected Camp environment. He makes friends pretty easy, but we have to be careful - he trusts everyone.
I told DD a long time ago, Jacob will always need an advocate and needs to live in a good group environment, if he decides he wants to live away from home after he graduates.
As parents and grandparents of special needs kids - I guess we never get past wanting to protect them. I have a friend whose daughter has Down's syndrome and she said the only thing she wants to be sure of, is that her daughter will always be taken care of, even after she's gone. Thankfully, she has a son who is willing to take his Sister in whenever needed.
It's definitely a lifetime job when you take care of God's special Angels!!

UseLess - I don't know about you, but when the weather is cold and dreary for long periods, I get very anxious. The only thing I can figure is, it must be that feeling of being stuck inside for so long. Once Winter is over, I swear I feel like I've come out of hibernation!
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My work life has become a full paradigm shift. Another one of my Team members is taking a job elsewhere. We have 3 new people starting in the next 3 weeks and having a new Director, also, just has me feeling a bit wonky. Pretty soon there will only be two other Team members, who have been here more than a year. It's almost like starting a new job, yet I haven't gone anywhere!
I'll adjust, but this may take awhile. Thank goodness for all of you. It's nice to escape here for a short while and read about everyone's daily goings on. You all keep me encouraged.

I was having such bad allergy and sinus issues last night, I went home and took twp benadryl. Well, that helped, but I was konked out by 9 pm. I kept falling asleep on the couch and finally went to bed around 10:15. I was groggy this morning too. I drank some Emergen-C at lunch and I'm hoping I won't have to take any allergy meds tonight.
I am definitely not getting anything done at home in the evenings. LOL!!

I did get critter feed at lunch yesterday and thankfully I got it all unloaded right after I got home. It's cold and windy today and supposed to rain tonight. We need the moisture, so hopefully we'll get a decent amount.

Have you ever volunteered for something out of a sense of responsibility and then dreaded the event?
I'm working an art reception Friday night and I'm really not looking forward to it. I think it's because it's right after work and I will likely not get home until close to midnight. I'm always worn out after work.
I don't know what's wrong with me. I used to enjoy these things more, but the older I get, the less energy I have after working all day. It's like pulling teeth just to get myself pumped up for something like this.

All I can think about after work is heading home and getting into my jammies. My word I can be so lazy!

Have a great evening, everyone.
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Old 02/11/15, 05:32 PM
 
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Oh Vickie - you're just normal! I don't have the stamina so much anymore either. Comfort has become so important. Now of course my health issues, esp. the tummy one, does put me in another category, but even thru that, looking beyond that, I tire much more easily. I seriously could have planted that full on 1000 peas in the old days. I'm not sure how many days it will take to be fully over the 510!

Well, I may not provide the total encouragement you need, as I have just learned that our (Nevada) beloved Jerry Tarkanian (the UNLV basketball coach), has passed at 84. It is a sad day in Nevada. The towel biting, funny, wonderful man is gone. What an incredible amount of joy he brought to so many of us through his coaching of our teams.

I lived about 2 blocks down in the little tiny condo I bought as a single mother when we won the NCAA Championship, and then the next year, we made it to the final game again, but lost. Talk about a party when we won! Whew that was a fun time!

You all know I am a recovering (only because I can't get the games now) college basketball junkie. It is a sad day indeed.

Mom just told me a couple days ago, that she is going to sell said condo. She bought it from me. That's kind of an end of an era too. She has had it as a rental for many years. But it's too much for her to worry about now.

On a brighter note, you all can laugh over this one. I did town today (that being of course Las Vegas), for shopping, for you newbies I don't live in The Big City, I just shop a corner of a suburb of it, anyway, long story longer, I had a paper cup of a soda for the ride home.

About at the top of the mountain pass (translation=no pulling over), the lid came off, the cup itself collapsed in my hand and the whole thing dumped into my lap.

Quite the ride home. Good thing it was a nice sunny warm day (sorry Use Less, and you other winter bunnies) but that's one of the reasons we live here!

Rest in peace Tark the Shark, many thanks........
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Old 02/11/15, 11:23 PM
 
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Would like to ask for prayers. It's about our 2 Alzheimers friends in the nursing home. Can't really share details ,but it's about a deadline tomorrow that is super important.The stress he is causing us is unbelievable. She is sweet and mellow and well settled in.
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Old 02/12/15, 04:32 AM
 
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MGM, I think you covered the swallowing issue pretty well. In addition, I see folks just don't have the energy to chew their food and benefit from a soft diet. Eating becomes more enjoyable when you don't have to expend as much effort to accomplish it. Bread is one of those things that just naturally stick in the throat, but sometimes a compromise is in order, like toast.

OMA, prayer for you and your two friends. I sure hope it works out for them, and you are an angel for caring for them.

Have had a nasty cold for over a week now, and it is finally breaking up. Boy, these weeks sure do fly by! HOMESTEADERS, my peas that I soaked on Sunday are still on the counter, sprouting away, and most of the last order of fruit trees are still waiting to be planted. Guess I know how my Valentine's Day will be spent! Also our anniversary, but we are going to celebrate when I get off later this month. Have to go to Austin for business, and we are going to head over to The Big Easy for a day or two, then meander home, visiting friends along the way. Maybe even get some fishing in, with our friends on the coast. Two weeks from today - whoop!
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Old 02/12/15, 09:55 AM
 
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Hi, Alice. Welcome aboard!
Don't know if I should post much about the current situation stressing us- DSIL, who is easily led, left his job with no prospects in sight. He'de been spending most of his weekends off with his one good friend in NW GA. 3 weeks ago he texted us a pic of a small house (not tiny, maybe 650-750 sf) with the title This may be my new home. I texted him back Mine or ours?? He's made a lot of comments on FB bout "going to visit his second family". His friend has turned into a doomsday TEOTWAWKI dystopian prepper. The daddy who wouldn't let DGS have a nerf gun for his birthday years back is suddenly investing in bigtime armaments and claiming to be a Randite. (Have nothing but negative feelings about most Randites due to multiple negative experiences with Randites, especially the ex) Should I mention that DSIL doesn't cook or eat meals? DGS was the one who made the microwave mac n cheese for his little sister. I asked who was going to mow the lawn, as DD had to do it when they lived in FL and yard care services were part of the reason they bought a townhouse when they moved. His response was he's going to uproot it and plant a garden. Now DD, back when they lived near us and were in $$ difficulty, asked my help in planting a garden and he wouldn't eat ANYTHING from it. She gave it up within a few weeks of starting to pick beans, since he was so negative and dgd followed Dad's lead. I can't help but wonder occasionally if DSIL's friend has found this forum, I am really, really concerned about DD who has disabling anxiety, (and DSIL told us when he texted us about leaving work that her anxiety was much worse) DGD who is a sophomore in high school, and only then do I start to have concern for DSIL.
Had pizza and played scrabble last night with my BF out on her patio - us 2 ladies in shirtsleeves and GFB wrapped up in a jacket. I also gave her my copy of "Orange is the new Black" which I finished reading a few weeks ago. This weekend she drives to Gainesville to spend time with her Prader -Willits son, and she had nothing to read. So she was happy. She lives in a micro-apartment down the street from us. Nice to have her close by now. I was gonna take my Scrubba bag to show her, but I couldn't find it last night.
Today we are driving to the lake. I am going to try to prune trees and spray with Neem anti-fungal. Ordered GFB his Valentines gifts from Raintree Nursery - a 3 in 1 low chill apple, a Petite Negri fig, a Texas Blue Giant fig, a Williams Pride apple and 2 thornless blackberries- Triple Crown and Chester.
I took all mmy harvest over to the city neighbor when we got back to town Sunday and invited him to choose what he wanted- he took a fistful of green beans, snow peas, turnip greens and a loofa to make vegetable stirfry. He mentioned he was still shelling out the plastic sack of pigeon peas I gave him 2 weeks ago ..which reminds me I haven't even started to shell this past weekend's pigeon peas. I must pack them back to the lake and shell them on the trip.
Temperature is to drop this weekend. President's Weekend usually brought a blizzard, or at least really cold temps when I lived in DC area. It has been so nice to have the windows open here!!
BTW I discovered that if you are drawing SS prior to age 65 they automatically sign you up for Medicare the first of your birth month. I thought it started the 1st of the month after the birth month. The online signup page told me to call SS, and when I did, I was told I now was on Medicare. So I called Humana and signed up for their PPO Medicare plan- as a PPO I don't have to get referrals, and my primary, dermatologist, and allergist are all Humana PPO providers. That doesn't start till 3/1. The Humana people told me to have the allergist amend the claim for last week with Medicare as primary and Humana Obamacare as secondary. When I went in for yesterday's shot, the allergist's office staff told me that you can't bill 2 federal programs for the same visit. Can't bill obamacare AND medicare. Sigh... Humana people not that well educated on their product.
So the allergy people, who have charged me a discounted rate when I was between referrals and needed to self pay, wouldn't do that and told me that if SS counts the shot toward my deductible I will be liable for the original cost. Sigh, sigh, sigh. Sigh.
Texted DGS and asked him to tell his financial aid officer at the college that his dad was no longer employed. He just did his financial aid statement prior to this happening. My greatest fear is that they -my DD and DSIL- may want him to move home, Am going to do my best to see that doesn't happen.
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Old 02/12/15, 11:34 AM
 
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I am not entirely following the story of your family members, but it sounds like way too much angst. I feel awful for you. Is he in a midlife crisis, whatever his age, or some part delusional?? It sounds like it would be better if he just left and your DD and GD could stay.
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Old 02/12/15, 02:58 PM
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Had a bad afternoon yesterday at work. Walked back into the control room for my unit, from the bathroom, and my unit was tripping off line. Which means, it just quit running. I did not know which button to touch first, so I was touching them all. Got things leveled out, with help from others, before I want home. This morning woke up around 7:30. Cooked biscuits, deer sausage, and eggs. Then I worked on the molding in the kitchen. Got it all done. The wife is gone to get the middle granddaughter when school is out and to pick us up some supper. The granddaughters mother got married last year, but today they left for their honeymoon in Jamaica. Bubba is sleeping on his
bed. I am sipping coffee. Got to work day shift tomorrow overtime. Fixing to go out and put the cabinet together, to give it its final painting, then go work on my log splitter. I am rerouting a hydraulic line to put the control handle in a more, better position for working. Well, got to go. It is 2 PM here and I got plenty to do!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02/12/15, 10:37 PM
 
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Oh, it was truly a glorious day here today - the sun was shining, it got to 66* outside, and I was able to open up all the window to air out the house for several hours. I was able to work outside for a while and enjoy the sunny weather, too. Spring is truly trying to spring, as evidenced by leaves coming out on the deciduous shrubs, fresh growth at the base of perennials, grass growing, and 3 fresh eggs laid since yesterday.

I cleaned up around the entrance of the house outside the front door, but it needs the pressure washer taken to it (maybe tomorrow). I picked up all the wood that has migrated from the wood shed to that area and got it all hauled in. Then I filled the wheelbarrow with the rest of my split wood - emptied the woodshed. I have rounds to split, and plenty of downed and standing dead wood to cut, but have to hope my back will hold up long enough to let me do it. That's another job to possibly work on tomorrow.

I spent some time reminding Muttley of his lessons on loading up in the back of the SUV. As long as he's on leash, he does very well at minding, but he will NOT jump in if he's off leash. I did get him to stay in the back with the hatch closed. He wasn't particularly HAPPY about it, but was better after I got in the back seat and calmed him down. I did have to remind him that he's not welcome to climb over the seat! After opening the hatch, I wouldn't let him jump out until I told him it was okay, and he even jumped right back in when I told him to. Eventually, I would like him to enjoy riding in the SUV or truck, and to be able to take him to the beach or river with me, or even travel on longer trips with me. Bit by bit, we're getting there.

Inside, I've swept floors, done some straightening up around the house, and done a few loads of laundry, with more to do tonight. I suppose I should get off here and fold a load. Take care, all!
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Old 02/13/15, 10:56 AM
 
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Homesteader - I saw that news about Tark. I remember him, he was a great coach. I'm sorry to hear about the loss. He led a good life!

Oma - Prayers for you and your friends!!

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I'm thankful today is Friday!
I have the art reception this evening and I'm hoping everyone leaves by 9 pm so we can get it cleaned up and go home. I love the artist we are giving the reception for, Virginia Stroud. She's a wonderful native artist and very personable. I'm leaving work a little early today, so I can go get chips & salsa for the reception.

DD and her BFF finally have the oldest granddaughter's Princess Tea Party set for Saturday, the 21st. I told her I'd come over early and help them get set-up.
We're going to the fellowship dinner at the OKC church tomorrow, so DD can get acquainted with the folks over there. I'm hoping she'll like it and this can be her new home church. She really needs the support and encouragement of a church family.

Well, I best get busy. We have another interview for a Team position here in the office at 10 am this morning.
Have a wonderful day, everyone!!
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Old 02/13/15, 07:50 PM
 
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Lovely lunch and a nice long visit at the home of my long-time teaching colleague. She turned 70 this week, and is headed to an area school district for a long-term maternity leave sub job. I have it in my head to just stay inside the next couple days. It is COLD here again. We're looking at more snow, too. I need to do a little grocery shopping, though, and I'm still having to use the laundrymat. We'll see.
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Old 02/14/15, 06:13 AM
 
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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. We, like many others, chose to be married on this day, so I am once again giving Thanks for the man gently snoring in our bedroom. Prayers for your DSIL and DD and their children, GMB. Only God can sort this one out, and I sympathize with your distress. The hardest part of being a parent is letting our loved ones make those mistakes and learn some things the very hard way. Glad you are there for your grands. Just yesterday I saw a grandmother who is raising two of hers, both of whom are struggling with being away from their parents. It is a very common thing these days, unfortunately. If not that, there are the aging parents who need our help. Good thing we are born caretakers, and have our outdoor pleasures to keep us going. And our beloved spouse, be they hot- or cold-natured! I will have to try the pigeon peas, as they must be prolific. DH loves purple hulled peas, and I bet he would like them. I asked the weekend doctor to discharge my one Acute Care patient today, so do not have to go to the hospital this weekend. Looking forward to "playing outside" a LOT today and tomorrow, visiting mom at assisted living, and going to Abilene with DH. Bet we can find something good to eat while we're there. Is it just me, or is the coffee particularly good this morning!
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Old 02/14/15, 10:32 AM
 
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Westexas- pigeon peas taste best when mixed with green and dried beans, I think.
Internetting from Dunkin Donuts for Valentine's Day breakfast. Last night I fixed salad and broccoli from our garden, yellow rice, and lobster tails (on special at Winn Dixie) for an early Valentines dinner.
GFB had a Valentines card waiting for me this morning. I had messed up and thought V-day wasn't till tomorrow. Planned to get his card today. He had ordered the new Girl Genius novelization for me for V-day but it hadn't arrived yet. As I mentioned earlier, his V-day will be the plants. After breakfast we need to buy 30 gallon pots and plenty of manure and garden soil.
One of the ladies that walks past our lake cabin stopped and chatted Thursday. She is also a gardener - back home in Massachusetts in the summer! We swapped addresses- she invited us to stop by if we're ever in the area. She said she thrilled to find folks "as nutty about gardening as I am". Gave me "walking" onions. Gonna plant them today.

Use Less, DSIL has a crisis every couple years and frequently it involves him leaving a job as his solution. When he got laid off from Starbucks he bought an expensive bread machine and was going to bake all his family's baked goods. I think he used it 3 times. He always have to have the most recent technology. Once when I was discussing with DD how to economize on the electric bill by shedding phantom loads I found out that he runs their TIVO 24/7 so he can catch up on his TV shows when he has time. There wasn't anything she could do about it. I gave them LED lightbulbs back when they were VERY expensive so they could reduce their electric bill a little, but whenI asked DSIL why they weren't using them he explained he was waiting for the halogen bulbs to burn out. I still don't know if he ever installed them.

Now DD has her own problems also but I wonder how much of them might be from feeling so out of control of her financial life? If DSIL doesn't have $$ he'll put his latest toys on a credit card. When I found out a couple years ago that part of their credit cards bills came from charging the groceries when she didn't have any money for grocery trips I begged her not to do that and instead let me know when she didn't have enough and I would send her $$. They mainly buy cat food, meal replacement shakes and bars, ramen noodles and microwave mac n cheese. I can't help but wonder of some of the issues they are having are related to malnutrition??? But I can't say anything. I do feel a little vindicated about nutrition when DGS gained 10 lbs (muscle, not fat) in his first 6 weeks of college, eating meals with the cafeteria meal ticket.
Guess I need to get going on our errands-GFB is going to assist in the garden since he doesn't have his own work hanging fire today. Y'all in the cold areas stay warm!
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GMBear, How distressing for you. Cat food for them, or pets?? I read about elderly people eating canned pet foods, but I don't know the truth of that. Not healthy. There are things about your SIL's actions that sound vaguely familiar to me. Scary I am watching a rerun movie, sorting and filing papers. This is a little break. More mine than things still hanging around, though some of that, too. My brother's family are off to visit him where he is working. He's been sounding stressed but not sharing much It's worse trying to read between the lines; I wish he'd just unload. I'm tough. Back to it.
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