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I did. It's actually turned into a nice day and the sun is even shining right now. I filled up the wheelbarrow and returned it to its station on the porch.

I am of the opinion that you can almost never have too much storage space or too many outlets. I even have task lights underneath my kitchen cupboards and each fixture has its own outlet, so I can have additional small appliances plugged into those if the wall receptacles are full. It's great when the girls want to bake for Christmas and each need their own station. I love my big kitchen!

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They are the purged areas. Tthis building is 25 yrs old. It's only me that found the need for the plugs on the inside wall. But then each apt on the floor has a slightly different layout. Whoever first bought the apt chose not to have a closet in the space that is now my office so I found a real lack of kitchen cabinet space. I put in the cabinets in the corner but the plug was in the way. The previous owners had a table & chairs. I found someone to help me tomorrow to do the heavy lifting to put everything back in place.

Poor mischievous kitties! Hope you get that wood in Terri.


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GF, glad you now have receptacles where you need them. When we needed an electrician for our new ac, we had him put in a new line just for the microwave so no more blown fuses.
Terri, hope you get a break in the weather so you can get more wood in.
Crazy cats! The male figured out how to opens cabinet door, female went inside and got her foot stuck on glue trap. We were able to get it off without damaging her paw. Hopefully what we bought today will keep them out.

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Wow--that sounds like such a huge project and one that should have been done before you moved in. Nevertheless, I'm glad you like the new plugs and now have working outlets where you need them. Cathy's right that it might be a good time to sort and purge some more IF there's a need. You seem to have a pretty good handle on your clutter for the most part.

We've got rain again and I'm watching the windows to try to catch a break so I can go to the woodpile and fill up my wheelbarrow.

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Cathy, glad you are feeling so much better. A good nights sleep is essential too!

Whew!, what a day yesterday was. Up at 5 am to move stuff from the front closet. It was full of stuff and small furniture. It all went on my bed. Moving the cabinets which were full, vacuuming, checking measurements, moving the front hall furniture, etc. You get the idea. I had just finished that and getting myself ready when I looked out the window and saw his truck sitting there.
I am thrilled with the new plugs. He ran into difficulties b/c of the construction of the building but he solved them all. Even replaced a couple of the old style plugs that weren't on the work order. Those were a bonus. Now the big job is to putt my apt back in order. Means moving some things around now that I have power where I need it.

Today should be a recovery day but I have some shopping to do at the Health food store (15% off) and then the Home and Garden show.

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GF, do you need to move all this stuff so that the electricians can get to things there? What a mess but also was a chance to go thru that stuff before you put it back and get rid of a few more things. I don't envy you the mess though. 10 is NOT early---LOL
Terri, don't create more UFO's ---LOL
Feel so much better this morning. The doctor gave me a new prescription for flexeril for my IT band---boy does that feel better---and I was finally able to get a good night's sleep. I will come home and elevate my leg this evening and try not to overdo---but I do feel much better in the knee, too. But now the burn has broken open--another sign of healing---along with the itching---so I will need to cover it today at work with a bandage---but I should be able to wear long sleeves again today.

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Strawberry beds sounds wonderful! I miss my raspberries. Be careful not to overdo it Cathy. My Doctor says after the cortisone shots people feel better and then do more damage by doing things they shouldn't.

You deserve a some slow days Terri. You're still recuperating, remember?

Well, never call yourself stupid but this afternoon I did a stupid thing. I stumbled going up our inside apt stairs. Carpeted but it was still jarring.
I called the Electrician's company at 4pm to see when he is scheduled. So they decide tomorrow morning at 10am. YIKES!!
All those kitchen cabinets to move, all full and there's one more that is not in the photo, plus all the stuff on top from the bookcase project (still in progress). Bathroom to clear, stereo cabinet to move, and 8 ft closet to empty!!!
Where am I going to put it all?
Vacuuming and some floor washing to do!
It's a good thing that the kitchen corner cabinet project is on hold. I'll need a rest after all this.

Before all that, I put elastic cuffs on a pr of PJ bottoms. They were riding up and my legs were getting cold.
This is the tidy picture. I had stacks of paint cans, recycling, recipe books, tools and so much more.


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Sorry about the delay on the project, Barb. But am glad you chose not to drive in the snowstorm.

Good thing you went to the doctor, Cathy. I'm sure you told him about your fall and now it should be in your medical history for future reference, if needed.

It's been a slow morning for me, but I've finished a pair of socks I've been working on and am now going upstairs to sew. I have several projects I'd like to get done while I'm stuck indoors and need to use up some of my fabric stash.

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Doctor drained my knee and gave me a cortisone shot. Icing and resting is the plan today.
Dh bought lumber yesterday to build a new strawberry bed. He wants to put a shed where the one is now.

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Well, her carpenter isn't available, being busy finishing up other jobs and then away. I'll put the project on hold for now. Yesterday I went to a building store that is closing and bought some lumber that was highly discounted. I might tackle the job myself but it will wait for awhile for the design to incubate.

We are having another snow storm. It's been snowing all night and is still snowing so I won't go to Guild today. It's a good distance, not in town. I'll work on catching up with the blog posts instead.

Cathy, I miss those great breads made with flour. I like the heavier ones with seeds and stuff too. And 'm reluctant to bake with yeast too but since watching all the baking shows, I've learned it's the age of the yeast that's important. some breads, like brioche actually sit for 24 hours in the fridge. It just doesn't agree with me.
I didn't see you mentioning a burn! I'm glad it's healing. Sheesh, take care of yourself!

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It is so nice to find a handiman that is trustworhy and talented. He is worth his weight in gold.
Kudos to getting that unit together and great that your neighbor came to help out. Yes, cooking can be a science---we just don't think of it that way. I never have been a bread baker---I think the use of the yeast kind of scares me---like where do I find a warm spot for it to rise? But I do love dense breads and dh does not---so I only get to indulge when I go to Panera---I love their baguettes and sometimes I buy one and bring it home but I have to eat it all myself.
I got thru the work day yesterday fine---and then decided to go shopping when I got home---not a smart idea---too much walking about---so my knee was really protesting last night and today. I called the ortho doc and got an appointment for tomorrow. I am thinking he might want to xray the knee and leg to make sure I didn't do more damage when I fell. The burn is starting to itch some so it must be starting to heal.

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What a great day yesterday! A few tags and inquiries regarding my request for help (paid) by the time I was almost finished assembling the cabinet. I phoned a neighbour who is always telling me she is really strong and to call if I ever need help. so I did and she assisted with the last bits where I needed her to hold the backing in place while I nailed it down and the door while I put in the screws. then she lifted it and carried it to the guest bathroom - WOW! Then it was easy to slide it in place. It feels so good to have the flat box out of my hallway where it's been sitting since Oct. I think the quality of sleep I've been getting and the Happy Light are showing their benefits.
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After a nap, I got the specs together, edited the photos I had taken and sent an email to a local company about building a cabinet (to serve as a pantry) in the dead corner of the ktichen and hall. That has been on my mind for a year! She responded within a half hour that she forwarded my request to a great woodworker who is on her list. The company she runs guarantees their work and all are screened and covered by appropriate insurances. I used her last year for organizing my storage unit, redoing the bedrooms shelving, assembling shelving and redoing the laundry room, mounting cabinets and putting up shelving. The fellow did such a great job and was so easy to work with I kept calling him back for more work, lol.

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Terri, I'm glad you didn't strain anything. Yes, sometimes the fresh air and a bit of exercise is good for healing. And yes, the bread is like a science project. I keep hearing interviews on the radio and on TV programs that baking is a science although I've never paid much attention to that in the past.

Today I started assembling a tall cabinet for my guest bathroom. The instructions have a big X across a single person and then shows 2 people. I put out a request on the FB Locals helping Locals page (cash job) and although there are a couple of tags, no one has responded yet. I've done part of it but I'm reaching the stage that I need help. The instructions are wonky as always and none of the pieces were labelled.

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Barb, the wood I loaded was in the form of small limbs cut into stove length, so they weren't terribly heavy. I just made lots and lots of trips back and forth across the hillside. My muscles complained for a couple of days, but that's because I've been so sedentary lately. I really needed to get out and get some fresh air and exercise.

Your bread recipes sound like a science project to me! How wonderful that you're able to put all of that together, though, and get some healthier bread that agrees with you.

I'm glad Cathy is feeling so much better after the fall. That could've been really horrible!

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Cathy, I'm glad to hear you are doing better. As to the flours, I do mix up a lot for general baking but each type requires a different combination of flours. They all have different properties and the right combination is needed to have a successful bake. I'm trying to increase my nutritional content since the commercial gf breads are a lot of empty calories. I'm also trying to reduce or avoid yeast for health reasons. All the commercial breads use yeast. This recipe is basically a quick bread/loaf.

The bread recipe I found, originally by an English fellow, is basically a quick bread/loaf with half each of brown rice flour and buckwheat flour and it uses baking soda, cream of tartar and tartaric acid as the raising agents. It has a strong and different taste from the buckwheat and the acidity from the tartaric acid. I've been experimenting with different combinations of flours that retain the nutritiousness but with a more palatable taste for me. I'm trying to reduce the sodium and acidity too. Yesterday I made two loaves, one substituting all the baking soda with potassium bicarbonate and the second loaf with half of each. In both I used 1 1/2 c brown rice flour, 1/4 c chickpea flour and 1/4 c sweet rice flour (also known as glutinous rice flour). When I have a slice of these breads I feel full instead of still wanting more.

I got a lot accomplished yesterday. I wrote to the company that is doing my electrical work with the details of the work I want done along with photos and requested the paperwork I need for our Strata company. Now I'm waiting for them to schedule it.
I went to Yoga too. It was cold but at least it was still daylight at 5pm. We are all done with the cold and are anxiously waiting for warmer weather. It's been a very unusual February.

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GF, bet your house smelled good with that bread baking. Can't you mix up the flours ahead of time in the amounts you need and bag them up in preparation?
I know I was really lucky not to have hurt myself worse with that fall---I do feel lots better and moving actually helps more than sitting around now that I am on the mend. If it gets too much at work, I can leave early and just come home. Getting up and down is a lot better now.

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Good morning all! It's a new week! emoticon

Terri, I was surprised at you moving all that wood so soon after surgery. I'm glad you are taking it a little easier.

Cathy, Oh My gosh! You took that fall so casually but they are serious. I had another fall last week, tripping on the edge of a carpet, one of those slapstick comedy scenes. I landed on both knees and hands. My chiropractor told me I gave myself a bit of whiplash.
Your idea of a combination of wider platform, ramp and stairs sounds like a great solution for all.

I'm morning person too. Unfortunately I spend too much of it on the computer with my morning coffee. I was up exceptionally early this morning, already 2 loads of laundry done and prep for making a gluten free, yeast free bread. It's so much more complicated when I must mix flours for each loaf.

Last week I got started on organizing my sewing accessories and putting them away in the drawers like they were before the move. I got through several items in my mending/repair pile as well. That feels good. Terri, I really admire your ability to repair and modify jeans. Also posted several bulky items for sale on the Buy & Sell which means cleaning, taking photos, doing the writeups, posting and documenting them. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it but when I add up the results it certainly is especially on a retirement income.

It's cold here still but a beautiful sunny day with the sun just over the horizon. Love it!

Update: the bread was made and is out of the oven. I'm ready for more coffee!!

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I do my best work in the mornings, too, so I understand needing to get going then. Drives me crazy when Dh says he wants to do something that needs my help and he doesn't get moving until after 10 or 11---just when the heat is really building up in the summer. I want to get out early, get it done while bearable, then head in as the sun heats up overhead.
I would not mind a ramp but dh does not like them---he says that they hurt his knee worse than steps. But if we get to the point we need a ramp, the best place for it is the front steps because a wheelchair will not navigate that opening into the dining room from the kitchen---well, maybe it could but it would be rough. But I think if I build stairs with a nice wide platform at the top, we could run a short ramp down to the deck and I could use that. It would make it easier to bring groceries up in the rolling cart with a ramp, too. But I would want the boys to build it, not dh---his work is not that stable---LOL

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I agree about the steps, Cathy! Maybe even think of a ramp if you're going to have something built. You don't need it now, but why wait until you do?

I couldn't get moving on anything yesterday. I did get a few chores done and mended gd Lily's jeans for her, but then Steve got home and I came back downstairs. Honestly, if I don't get going on a project by noon, it's not going to get done that day. I'm definitely a morning person. Once started, I can go all day and don't want to stop, but I HAVE to get started early if I'm going to be productive.

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I am not happy about the fall---now I know we need to do something about the back steps----need at least sturdier railing---plus I need to not go down them without holding on to something. Still finding new bruises--figured out the best place to put my leg when I go to get up from the toilet but I still need support on both sides to get up from there so I might take the day off tomorrow. See how I feel later on today.

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Oh dear! Falling is one of the things I fear most. I hope you didn't do any damage.

I'm feeling my unused muscles this morning. It hasn't started raining yet, so I could do a bit more outside this morning but will probably work inside. I've got the laundry going, dishwasher running, and the fire started. I have some overripe bananas, that should either go into the freezer or get baked into something. That would be a good rainy day project.

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Just don't overdo any lifting. It's not been that long since your surgery.
Fell last night down the back steps----so won't be doing much today---I do need to do laundry---dh can help me with that.

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He didn't. It's dark when he leaves for work and dark when he gets home, so I didn't expect him to do it last night. I might back the truck up to the woodshed today and toss it out. It's too wet to burn right now anyway.

He's been riding to work with our SIL and leaving me his truck, just so I have a vehicle if I need one.

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Maybe Steve will take the hint and empty it when he gets home---LOL
It was so warm outside yesterday afternoon that Dh cooked the chicken on the grill. Dinner tasted like summer time.

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I moved half a truckload of wood today and I'm sure I'm going to be feeling it tomorrow. Steve had cut up all the limbs our grandsons pruned from the pine trees as well as a few that broke off the eucalyptus trees in the snow; however, he didn't pick up the firewood and it was still laying on the hillside. So I started picking it up and tossing it down to the edge of the road where I had parked his truck. It filled half the bed of the truck and I'm leaving it there for now. My arms feel like rubber, but I'm glad to have it cleaned up.

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You were still able to get some good pictures. That is weird how the waves froze. I will have to ask my friend Joy if Lake Erie does that when it freezes over---she lives up in that area and I know it does freeze over at times.
We are to have quite a mess tomorrow weather wise---I kind of hope they have us stay home as it sounds like it will be quite bad for driving in when we get out of school.
I did get new tires and my car realigned yesterday---which will make it safer to drive tomorrow---it felt like I was driving a brand new car home yesterday.

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Yes, Cathy, I do dry camp. I seek out Community and city campgrounds since they are more affordable for one person. I also boondock. That's a great tip about the Lions. I didn't know that.

Yesterday I went for a walk along the lake on the north side of the city. It was beautiful but very brisk when exposed to the wind. I was trying to get a photo of the waves frozen in place but a cloud hid the sun just before I reached the right spot for a photo. My Mom would tell the story of how they would chop down the frozen waves so they could skate. That was in the 1920's when it was much colder. Gosh, nearly a century ago!


This a really nice and popular restaurant with a view of the 90 mi long lake. What a difference to summer when it is 80F - 90F and the patio is packed.


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Terri, sorry I missed your birthday---yikes---I am really slipping!
I don't like crowds very much either---I hate having the summer off as I would prefer to travel when not so hot and not so many people.
Do you ever dry camp? I read a blog about a couple that are RVing full time and sometimes they set up a dry camp in certain areas of the country or in parking lots that allow that. They belong to the Lions Club because a lot of them allow them to park in their lots and often offer hook ups for power.

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Belated Happy Birthday Terri! How nice to have all the kids help you celebrate.


lol, my little van must look lonely in that space but it was only to sleep and I was off again at 7am. I get claustrophobic in crowds and migraine from a lot of noise. I like lots of space around me. Over the years, I've reduced my camping to minimalist status. I don't stay more than 2 nights in one place, usually only one. The rolling stone but I meets lots of people.

Yesterday I went to the town where my Weaving Guild meets, went to a couple of flea markets, visited friends and went to a Women's Trade Show. I bought a pair of beautiful Alpaca/nylon socks from a local woman, her last pair in my size and the colour I wanted. She was at the Spin In last March but she always sells out so fast.

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Yesterday was my birthday and DS2 planned a brunch with all the local kids at our house. We had scrambled eggs with sausage and cheese, and biscuits and gravy--or jam, apple butter or honey-butter for those who preferred. It was a nice way to spend the morning, followed by a restful day.

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Thankfully we didn't have snow yesterday. But I spent a quiet day at home.

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When we go camping, I have a big tent that I set up. Then I build my outdoor kitchen with my camp stove and folding tables-- but we camp for several days in one place and I'm usually cooking for a group.

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GF, more power to you to do that all alone. But I still want my indoor toilet! LOL I really wish I could travel more---but money and time is always the issue. Glad you had a nice time at both events yesterday.
Terri, you are so right---the rest of the people were not safe with her on the road---or anyone crazy enough to ride with her either---LOL
I paid off one credit card yesterday and hope to go pay off another today. Figure that is a good use of my mom's money and hopefully we can then afford to keep them paid off unless we have a major issue---but then I will work to pay that off before using again. I am saving some of it to take a family vacation----we will discuss that with everyone at Reagann's birthday in April so I will need to start checking out when the new Star Wars section will open down at Disney World---we are all big fans so that is my plan.

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Happy Valentines Day to you! I almost forgot to say it, my mind was so full of things I needed to do at Guild. Cathy, what a lovely thought by your husband.

Terri, my van does not have water, electricity or propane. I'm 5'3" and I don't have that much extra room. To cook I need to set up the camp stove outside. I have a sensitivity to all propane/gas etc. I don't think I could RV full time. I like to return home, have all my projects, crafts, tools etc. But I do love to travel. When I was in AZ, one time I went to an RV show at Quartzite. What a revelation that was! It will be hard when the time comes that I can't drive but I expect I have a few years left yet. Then I'll sit at home and go through my photo albums, lol. I recently was looking at an image of my Yearbook and there it was - wanted to travel.

I had a great time at Guild today and lots of laughter at the Building's Coffee Social this afternoon.

We have another snowstorm on the horizon emoticon emoticon

I thought I had a photo of the inside of my van once I had camperized it but I can't find it.
Here's one at a community campground, Rock Creek, BC, a quick overnight stay on my way to Calgary in 2017.


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We had a friend who retired from teaching and eventually bought a travel van like yours and travelled full time. She had a small mobile home in a park here, but only stayed here rarely. Once she could no longer drive safely, her daughter made her give it up and move in with her, but Wilma was NOT happy about that. She really wasn't safe on the road though...or, I should say that OTHERS weren't safe with her on the road.

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Yes, that is why it has taken me so long to get to the point of doing it. There are lots of places to camp. I'll also use hostels when they are available (usually cities). Gives me a break. Camping is a lot of work but so much freedom. I haven't tented since I lived in AZ. I car camp, previously in my Subaru Forester and now in my Ford Transit Connect. In reality, camping without setting up the tent. I have pup tent for when it is too hot in the van.

I'm off to Guild today and it's meeting day. I published the new blog post last night. No new snow last night. The highways are clear but the local roads are still covered in snow. I expect a small group today.

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WOW, that is ambitious, esp. if you are doing this by yourself---are there that many camping spots only that far apart? I cannot imagine setting and taking down a tent everyday----I like my creature comforts and an indoor bathroom. And how about the drive back home?
Dh bought me 3 orange roses and a pot of unbloomed tulips---He knows I would pick that one so I could enjoy it longer myself---it was a nice surprise.

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Terri, hope you are on the mend. Good news about your liver.

Cathy, your question set me off to do a bit of research. I recently met a woman who is from Newfoundland and is planning a solo cross country trip like mine to return back there after being away for many years. She's leaving later than me but because of her familiarity with the East coast, I'll get lots of local information from her. My 'Great Northern Journey was 7,000 miles and it took me two months so this trip will be similar but one way only is that length.

The Grand Canyon is amazing but you know that. I would like to visit Yellowstone again. My visit was short and the weather was terrible but I hate crowds. I'm not sure exactly where Terri is but I have done some camping in Northern California along to coast to San Francisco and through the interior via Redding as well through the West from Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, WA, Oregon, California, Utah, Arizona, and the 4 Corners area. Also been to parts of Canada as far as Montreal and the East coast of the US but I've never gone right across Canada to Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Is. it's been a dream of mine. It's a bit intimidating. It is so far! The logistics are incredible. I'll avoid freeways but follow the TransCanada when practical and take smaller highways when they are available. I'll be camping and only driving 2 - 5 hours.
I would love to one day follow all of the old Route 66 but I'm not sure that one will happen. I did do parts of it when I lived in Phoenix.



Some mending and finishing the blog are the plans for today.

ps. I do the baking out of necessity. The GF foods cost double have double the calories and are less nutritious

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You were ambitious with the baking and the entering. Where do you want to visit on your cross country trip? I know I would love to go across the country and see the Grand Canyon and go visit Terri up on her mountain, then head back to see Yellowstone and a few other sites----but doubt I will ever get that far
Terri, great news! Good thing you got that thing out before you had even more issues.
We will finally see sunshine today---and of course, wind and colder temps.

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Good report from the surgeon. My liver is fine and my gallbladder was hideous and full of large stones and there was a lot of inflammation. He didn't understand why I wasn't having any pain just prior to surgery. So I guess it was good that I had it out when I did rather than wait.

I harvest summer squash the same way, Barb. Not very big. Sometimes one or two will hid from me and get overgrown, but I used those for baking.

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Sparkpeople is amazing for their recipe calculator but I find the food entry difficult. By accident I found fatsecret.com and have found it much easier to enter my foods for a calorie count, weight entries, diary, etc. are all accessible on one page. It's not as complete as SP but it does the job.

Whatever good intentions I have for any particular day, they get sidetracked by a new project. Friday, it was the Verilux Happy Lamp that came up on the Byy&Sell and today it was for a Fitbit. And it was snowing heavily!. The guy was only a mile or so away so I went out to get it. But then there's figuring it out, setting it up, downloading software, reading the manual (found online) etc, etc, etc.

I found recipes I had saved years ago as a result of using the Spark recipe calculator. That started me on a baking binge to sort them out. Yesterday I tried a Ginger Molasses cookie that I converted to GF, wrote it up in a document, calculated the calories etc. This afternoon it was the Chocolate Chip Biscotti. I did the conversion to make it gluten free, then did the same process with the writeup, calorie count etc, noting my changes and what to do next time. This is where my days go. I am portioning them out and because I have to enter them, I won't over indulge. At least I got started on last months blog entry for the Weaver guild. Our meeting is Thur so I must complete it tomorrow. And the baking is over for now. I'm good for a few weeks.

Cathy, that is good that it is all settled now and complete. A get together sound like a great ides.
I was able to grow zucchini in my garden and in pots but I had to manually fertilize them. Go figure. Everyone complains about how many zucchini they have and most of the time I only got male flowers. When a female did appear, I was out there with my q-tip, lol. I think most people let them get too big. I harvest them when they are about the size of a small to med banana. I'm not going to grow anything this year. I'm planning on finally doing my cross country trip and anything on my balcony would require watering up to twice a day. We have such wonderful gardens and markets and I don't use that much it will be fine.

How are you doing Terri?

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I have been toying with the idea of planting peas and see how they do---they will be done about the time I need to plant other things so just might do that. The date to plant them here is on St. Patrick's day---whether there is snow or cold, that is the date. Need to discuss with dh about that. We can plant them where we had the tomatoes as the supports are there for them to climb on. I haven't had much luck with squash in the past but we might try that again.
Entering homemade recipes are difficult---glad you are willing to do it and hope it helps.
My sister and I finally got the will probated and the money split up yesterday. We talked about getting together with other family members around the date of my mom's passing ---seems like we only get together at deaths so this would at least be an opportunity to be together.

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You are all being very productive. The days disappear on me so I need to write down what I've done. It didn't help that I spent an hour writing a long email to my sister and lost the whole thing when the computer or Yahoo burped! Even the draft that is supposed to be automatic wasn't saved.

My nephew always listen to audio books when he needs to travel for work. I prefer the radio or music. I tune out if I concentrate on something, like driving, lol.

I started keeping track of calories and my food intake again. I gained almost 4 lbs between Nov and end of Jan by underestimating what I had eaten. I've been spending a lot of time calculating nutrition panels and entering my homemade foods. It's been very time consuming but worthwhile. I've lost the weight I gained.

We had a snow storm last week, then the temperature dropped. It was 12F when I got up this morning. Then more snow tonight while I was at yoga. At least it's supposed to warm up to 32F by Fri. I'm looking forward to spring.

There's been lots of drama from the slide on the highway and the closure. Several detours were set up that weren't so long but they were forestry roads. Now a new detour was made just below the highway. They had to build an access to it on one side of the slide area. The road was only a local with one entrance before. Everyone is very relieved.

A favourite memory was going to my Great Uncle's place where he grew Scarlet runner beans up the side of his garage.

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Green beans are a staple in my garden, as is summer squash and cucumber. I'm already planning my garden for this year but dont know yet where I'll be planting it.

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I don't think I would like audio books---too easily distracted by other things---at least if I am distracted when reading I can go back a bit if i don't know what is going on.
Good thing you have the woodstove and the generator.
We were supposed to get a wintry mix last night but it stayed all rain here---and kept waking me up so I had to turn the tv on in the bedroom to get any sleep.
Have to go settle up the will stuff today--hopefully we will go close out the bank account and I can pay off the bills I plan on using the money for---plus get new tires for my car.
Looked at bulbs yesterday at Walmart---think I might try canna this year. I like to try different flowers each year. Dh and I need to discuss what he wants to grow in the veggie beds this year. I know we will do tomatoes and cucumbers, probably some green peppers, but have space to try something else.

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I should get myself some audio books. I love to read, but always like to be doing some handwork whenever I sit down, so it's been ages since I've read a book.

We woke up to a foot of snow on the ground here! What a surprise that was! The power is out and the generator is running, but our kerosene heater doesn't like running on the generator so it will be the wood stove and an electric heater that keeps us warm today.

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Sounds yummy.
I did use some of my frozen green pepper when I made chili on Friday night.
Finished up a book yesterday while movies were on and did get my laundry washed and put away. One load to do today plus I need to go to Walmart for toothpaste and other essentials for me.

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Well, I didn't get the emails sent and never went upstairs. But I finished another pair of socks while we watched some Netflix and started another pair. This one will be a child's size.

Today I've just been puttering around . I started a load of laundry and baked a raspberry cobbler. I was looking for something in the freezer and realized that I have several bags of frozen berries from last year, so decided I'd better use some of them. The boys are coming over to help Steve build the forms and pour cement for the wall that will close in the basement, so they will enjoy some cobbler.

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Wow, you have been busy---you have done more than I do normally when off without having surgery---LOL Sounds more like you are bored and need something to do.
I wish it had stayed warm for today so I could have gone out and puttered in my garden beds. Dh has gotten a lot of the yard looking nice but hasn't been over by my hosta beds and they need a good raking in preparation for the Spring. I have daffodils poking up along the driveway and haven't checked to see if tulips have poked up in the front beds.

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It also helps that DS1 has the Baskin Robbins of manure with all of his animals!

I've been puttering around a bit today, but still getting plenty of sit-down time in between chores. I've done a load of laundry, ran and emptied the dishwasher, baked some sweets for the weekend (some sand art goodies in a jar that we got for Christmas), made some phone calls for Steve, and now I'm doing my Sparking for the day. Then I'm going to send out some emails to catch up with friends who need updates since my surgery--so that will keep me off my feet for a while. I made a list today so that I can see what I've done at the end of the day--not to push myself, really.

If I don't run out of steam, I might go upstairs and finish the flannel shirt that's waiting. It only needs the collar put on, front bands sewn down, and then buttonholes and buttons. I showed it to gs Timothy and he liked it, so it will go to him. My grandboys are growing up and need work clothes, so flannel shirts are a win for them.

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That is what they are recommending---sounds like he has it working well for them. I still turn my soil a bit when we had our compost but she said we didn't need to do that---but I like to plant with my hands so I want it mixed in a bit---LOL---Not sure how ours is doing---haven't been back to the compost pile---don't think Dh has been turning it enough---need to remind him to do that now that his back is better. Worms are always a good sign!
It's been so warm this week that DH has been out trimming bushes and raking up some leaves around the back part of the house. This will be the last warm day for a bit---back to cold after today.
One hour fog delay to start my Friday---nice!

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I used to use the rototiller to turn over my entire garden area every spring, but have moved to less tilling and more mulching. DS1 started an experiment in his garden a few years ago that has been working well for him. He calls it "lasagna" gardening and never turns his soil. He has a greenhouse where they start all their plants and when it's time to set them out, he simply puts them in a hole and continues to add layers of compost, manure, cardboard, and whatever organic materials he has. His soil is super rich and full of earthworms, so it must be working. He convinced his neighbor to try it and he did two raised beds to test it. One, he did the way he had been doing, and the other, according to the "lasagna" method. He planted exactly the same things in each bed and the results were very noticeable, if not dramatic. So he's now a convert, too.

Our last garden was on native soil, and that's why we opted for the straw bales--that, and the gophers. When we decided to plant the melons and squash, I filled the hills with my worm castings so they could get a good start, and then mulched with straw and grass clippings. We were really surprised at how many worms we saw when it came time to pull everything up in the fall because we hadn't seen a single one in the spring, when we were planting.

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Terri, it was interesting---I do see changes, but again no one mentions that the earth is shifting and that this might be part of the issue. Yes, carbon emissions are not helping--I do agree on that---but I don't agree with everything---but there are lots of things we can do to help and we do a lot of them---composting, raised beds, not tilling up the soil, mulching, not using chemicals as much as possible, not fertilizing our lawn, recycling as much as possible, not using a sprinkler to water. All those things do help---just need more to do that.

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We don't have the frigid weather that you'd have, Barb; but it's cold for California. He's not standing out in it this time, though. He has a nice, warm truck to drive as they haul away the material from the slide.

I'm glad they identified and stopped that banging! That would drive a person crazy.

That sounds like an interesting talk, Cathy. Or was it the same message with a different title?

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GF, at least you found out the source of the noise---hopefully they will take it down. I wouldn't want to use that detour with just a regular car----be afraid of getting caught in some snow drift and no one coming along for a long time---esp. if one has a white car. Only cars with 4 wheel drive should take that.
Terri, hope the weather is not horrible for Steve when he is working. Is he flagging or taking off the debris in a truck? Glad you no longer need the pain meds prescribed and can just take OTC meds.
Had a very interesting speaker on the Master Gardener meeting---talked about Global Climate Shift---I like that title over Global warming----it makes more sense with these cold temps we have all been experiencing.

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Terri, that's how I was with the pain meds. I didn't need them after the first couple of days and never did take the tylenols 3's I was given. Keep taking it easy. I was told no lifting for 2 weeks.
I hope your prince doesn't have the biting icy winds that our workers are dealing with. I felt particularly sorry for rock scalers up on the slide area fully exposed to the winds from the lake. Last night it dropped to 7F/-14C but with the windchill it was -13F/-25C. We have a beautiful clear sunny day today and the wind has dropped.

Last night my neighbour who is on council found the source of the banging. It was a cold weather flap on our hot water room on the room above me that is not accessible from the inside. I had my earplugs ready but wind died down so I didn't need them. I thik they'll be dealing with it today.

The Highway dept worked on the Forest Service road which I mistakenly called it a forsetry road and it is now approved as a detour. Mixed reviews on it which I suspect depends on whether one is driving a small sedan driving the road for the first time or a 4x4 truck and driven it regularly.

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Our storm came through and dropped snow off and on all day yesterday, but it didn't stick. It was a good day to stay inside.

The sun isn't up yet, so I can't tell what it looks like out there, but it isn't raining. It might be a nice day. I'll still probably stay inside unless it just to walk a tiny bit. I'm just now able to draw a deep breath without pain, so want to work on that today. It's still not completely comfortable.

But, I didn't take any pain meds yesterday and didn't need any this morning, so am probably over the worst of it. My followup is on the 11th.

Barb, that's exactly what my dh is working on right now. They have the highway open to one-way controlled traffic while they haul away all that material. There is no other way around it at this time of year unless you have a snow machine. It affects lots of commuters and high school students, because the school is in the next town to the east of us.

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That's the kind of thing that Terri's dh would be working on where she lives. Not fun for local people and that logging road--seems like that would not be good to take in the winter either. Hopefully the blockage will be cleared by the time you need to go anywhere.
We are now back to above average temps here---it felt like Spring yesterday and today will feel that way, too.

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Yeah, sometimes we're not Superwoman! Hard for us to accept, emoticon

It is really cold here now. 15F/ Minus 11 C. I'm not going anywhere although I did go outside today looking for something loose that is banging. I don't know where it is coming from but it is driving me bonkers!

I'm working through my stash of single meal frozen soups. Tomorrow I need to make a new batch of Chickpea patties which I am out of and they are a good way to use up the fresh zucchini in the fridge. They make a great sandwich. emoticon

The highway I take to the larger city to the north of me had 3 rockfalls within several days, one really huge, blocking all 4 lanes of the highway. It's a 3 hour detour through the mountains. Glad I don't need to go until next month but some people commute between the two and several smaller communities. If they're on the wrong side of the road closure, a 15 minute drive can be 4 hrs (backtracking). A shorter route is to take a logging road to connect to a highway over a mountain on the other side but is all snow covered and limited to vehicles under 5 tons.


This is a map of the logging road route that someone posted, lol. I had heard of it but didn't know how to get to it. That will be a summer journey.


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I'm pretty sure my follow up will be local, and not until Friday or later. But I won't be doing any driving until I feel a lot stronger.

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You be good from now on---and have someone take you back for your follow up appointment.
Back to work but much nicer temps here for this week---back to a bit above normal.

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Cathy, it wasn't bad driving and I don't do a lot of braking when just driving slowly. You can always tell when it's a tourist in front of you because they speed up and then brake for every corner. We don't have your traffic, so I could just cruise along. But there were some areas of rough road that rattled my insides. But you're right that I probably should have had a driver. It's just that someone would've had to drive that driver to the coast in order to get my truck home and everyone was working.

I'm taking it easy from now on and not pushing anything.

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Terri, I am surprised he listened to you---but you should not have driven home over those mountains---Silly girl---all that braking was not good for you. I know I am not good with those road conditions and would never have been out if them if I didn't need to get home---I even thought about calling dh to come get me but didn't want to leave my car overnight at the school---not in the best area to do that. I creeped along and some were not happy being behind me but I did not care---go around if you are that crazy. I need new tires and my car alignment done so I knew my car was not really ready for that driving either. Hope you feel no pain today and that you get pampered.
GF, hope you finally got to where you can start to redo the sock. I wore a pair that Terri sent me yesterday and they keep my feet nice and toasty without being too thick.
I reorganized my desk and cleared off some junk---let's see how long that lasts---LOL
We went to the Dollar Tree last night and the store was colder than the outside---I felt so bad for the employees--I needed to go home and warm up after being in there.

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I wrote my post but had not refreshed th page so I discovered I was way out of date. Deleted it and started again. lol.

Cathy, that sounds like a really scary drive home. Not fun. Now you have the weekend to relax or at lest not having to go somewhere I hope.

Terri, Did you only stay the one night after the surgery? Did you drive yourself home? Ok, not sure about that one.
I hope that pill works and you stay pain free. There is nothing that needs to be done except for you to recover. Pamper yourself, sleep and rest. Kudos to your GD emoticon

Guild members have done striped socks and other things from leftover sock yarn. They turned out great. Part of my problems was that I kept droppign stitches when I was unpicking to get back to a good row and got myself into a complete muddle. I put in a lifeline and ripped it back.

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Okay, I'm home and glad to be! After packing up all my things, packing them to the car in several trips, and then cleaning the room, I was starting to feel sore. The Lodge where I stayed is run by volunteers, but there's no housekeeping staff and the require that guests clean up after themselves. I knew all of that from staying there with my sister-in-law while she was having radiation treatments, so it wasn't a surprise. I had Anna run the vacuum and I swept the bathroom. There wasn't much to do, but it was enough for my insides to complain. I couldn't take a pain pill before driving, so I just headed straight home.

Now I've taken my pill, heated up a rice bag and am heading for the recliner where I plan to remain.

Barb, I understand how you can mess up on the heel/gusset of a sock when there's a lot of visiting going on. I've been putting stripes in my socks in order to make them more interesting and to use up the small bits of yarn left from making the socks. I'll take a picture of some that I have in my sock stash and post them later.

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Cathy, that is no fun! Even if you're experienced in driving in those conditions, there are always people on the road who are not. With our mountain roads, we've learned some things, but not everyone has. Most people should stay home when the roads are that bad.

Yes Barb, I still think my plan was good. I've had a restful time and was close to the hospital in case anything happened, rather than 90 minutes away over those mountains I mentioned earlier. But Cathy is right that it was unusual for Steve to go to work rather than with me. We're pretty close after 45 years and we thoroughly enjoy one another's company. If the surgery had been more serious or if I had still been in that awful pain, he'd have never agreed--and I wouldn't have suggested it.

I'm awake, but am letting Anna sleep for a while . I'll get dressed and ...Oops--there's her alarm, so I guess she's getting up too. She has to work today, so we'll get me packed up and I'll go home.

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GF, I have met Steve and Terri in person----so I do know them---LOL---but I was teasing her about Steve---she calls him her prince all the time.
Terri, glad you are pain free---hope that continues and you can go back to eating whatever you want. Tell Steve I am surprised at him----LOL---hope he makes it up to you this weekend and takes good care of you.
We got snow yesterday---and it was not fun driving home in either---they sent us home an hour early and it should have been sooner. It took me 3 times as long to get home and I fish tailed in a few spots and my anti lock brakes went into affect---that was a weird feeling and it took me a second to realize what was happening with my brakes. I was very glad to get home and put my car in the driveway!

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*** I copied and pasted all the Feb posts from the January Chat***
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Everything went well. I'm resting in my room at the Lodge and Gd Anna is staying with me. Going to bed now. 

Oh, and I'm virtually pain free!

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Well, I need to clarify my comments again, lol. I presume Cathy knows more about your situation than I do. I thought the plan to go the night before was a good one. 

I believe gall bladder surgery is considered a minor surgery now. They do it laparoscopically. I was in for only a few hours. I went on my own and only had to have someone pick me up. I'm coming from a different perspective I guess. 

Cathy, it's our turn for that cold weather this week. Predictions of -16C/3F overnight low on Tue. I think that is the coldest in the 14 years that I've lived here. 

I fixed my sock yesterday. I'll have to finish the gusset at home so I don't mess it up again.
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Terri, I can't believe your Prince went along with that plan. Hope everything goes smoothly for you. And that you get a pair of socks finished! 
GF, there ought to be a way for you to have a main switch in your apartment and one in the electrical room, too. Esp. with it being locked up---what if you needed emergency electrical work and no one around to turn off the main for the electrician? 
No delay today---not cold enough---but still too cold for my liking--LOL---glad it is Friday.
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