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Once they are in the house it's not an issue it is getting them over the threshold and just to big to maneuver.


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You need to put them on one of the plant stands that are low and that have wheels so they are easier to move around. Just like a Mother In Law to grow on you like that--LOL----I am not officially one so I guess I can joke about it.
WE made our dinner reservations at Disney World and ordered our magic bands last night---2 more things off my list. I also got shots in my hips again---feel so much better today.

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the weather is changing her in Northern Illinois, spent most of yesterday trimming and cleaning all the inside plants to come back into the house from their summer vacation on my back porch.
They get so much healthier and enjoy being outside, wish I could keep them out there all year. There are 2 plants a ficus tree that was only about 1 foot tall when I first bought it is now over 7 feet tall and I have to take off about a foot each year just to get it so it wont hit the ceiling and a mother-in-laws tough that I pilfered 1 stalk from a friend that is now about 3 feet around and about 4 feet tall that I'm starting to wonder what to do with as they are getting to be a chore moving here they are to see how big they are



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I have a sweet potato vine in my kitchen window, but didn't start it early enough to put it into the raised bed, so it's just ornamental. I'd very much like to plant some next year.

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Barb, thanks for the link----I think I will wait until the vines are more yellow---only a couple of leaves have turned and it is going to be hot again this weekend---the vine itself is still green, just those leaves turning. Glad you found a board at the restore shop that will work as a top and bottom. Hope the fix on the lock is not an expensive one.
Chris, i don't use my oven during the summer unless I get a cake order---and I try not to take any orders during the summer. Thankfully, last week when I needed to bake the cake for my son's gf, it was a cool period so it didn't heat up the house too much. The chicken sounds good and nice to get some free meat.
Finally, the teacher gave them paperwork to do yesterday--and something for me to do, too. Made the day go by quickly and I had energy when I got home to do some household chores that Dh is supposed to be doing ---his maid service needs some work! LOL
Looks like today will be the only decent day, the rest will be too warm again.

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i am very reluctant to turn the oven on in the summer even with the air conditioning on still gets to warm in here.
The other day I had a package of 14 drum sticks that my mom bought over from the senior center that they gave her and she didn't want. So I baked them in the over with all kinds of good spices and the last 1/2 in the oven I drained all the juices off and saved for some delicious soup stock this winter and covered them in BBQ sauce, they were sooooo good! got about 5 meals besides the one I ate with 1 son, I had dinner last night, my other son took some for lunch today.

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Cathy, Most of the time I turn to Google for answers. I read several sources and follow the consensus as long as they aren't duplicates of each other. the ones I read basically say now, since yours have reached the number of days and the vines are starting to turn yellow. Since you are still having hot weather, you could wait a bit more. It seems important to cure them as well. They must be harvested before the 1st frost. this link is the easiest to read:
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Here in Canada, we have sweet potatoes (yellow) and yams which I think you call orange or red sweet potatoes so I don't know which the websites are referencing.

I had to turn on the gas fireplace for a few hours yesterday. I was so disappointed in that. I think we are going to have a cold winter. We have a couople of sunny days now but then by the weekend, the temp is really going to drop.

I found an appropriate short piece of shelving (matches the book case) to make the top and bottom of the broom closet. $2 at the Habitat Restore. I hope to start today but I have to take my van in for some TLC on the door locks. I've been having trouble locking them for almost a year. Last week my frustration was too much and everything I have tried has only worked temporarily. The van needs a cleanout before I take it in for the appt.

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Some kids learn well one way and others need more---it really does depend---just no abuse.
I am ready for that cooler air, Barb. Send it my way and I will send the hot your way---LOL---if only we could do that. Cooking off for a couple of days here but heating up for the weekend ahead---yuck! I am not a fan of heat!
Question on Sweet potatoes---should I wait until leaves are dying before harvesting? Right now I think we have hit the number of days that the tag said and a couple of leaves have turned color, but most of them are still very green and growing crazy vines----LOL. Should I wait until they experience a bit of cooler weather for longer than a couple of days? We planted 6 plants and they seem to be doing okay above the ground, just don't know what is going on below.

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Consider the subject changed, Barb. Of course I respect your opinion and perspective and understand that those can change over time and with the changes in our culture.

I have been moving at a slower pace today and doing a little cleaning after our kitchen marathon this past weekend. It surely needs it!

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We are all entitled to our opinions, and that's ok with me. I respect other people's thoughts and opinions.

We can for sure change the subject!! emoticon



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I have been following this discussion of spanking and otherwise hitting kids. I used to think it was ok to give a spanking because I was brought up with it but over the years I have changed my mind. I have firends who kids were never spanked or hit they have grown up to be lovely human beings.
I now believe that hitting/spanking children teaches them that it is ok for loved ones to be violent with them and that violence is a way to reslove differences or deal with anger.

I feel really uncomfortable with the direction the discussion has gone. I'll be back when we're off the topic. I hope you respect my feelings and thoughts on the subject.


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2 of my sons have tasted soap! LOL and my oldest says he has Dr. Scolls permanently imprinted on his head because He would run and I just threw my dr. Scolls at his head!

I went through the paper work on my table and got it all sorted out and all the important things taken care of still have to go through it some more , but the pile is now more manageable!

Made a whole pan of chicken legs for dinner, have enough to last probably til wed when I will cook again. Work tonight and will bring left overs for dinner



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Because of colour sorting and materials, some of my laundry is only done every 3 -4 weeks depending. Then it is 7 small loads in one day.

I processed all the roma tomatoes and they are frozen in 8 oz packages now. They are quite concentrated because of the oven roasting.

I was given about 16 lbs of mac apples. I've been eating them everyday instead of making apple sauce, lol.

so many designs have gone through my heat for my broom closet. Don't want to spend much money and I'm trying to use bits of wood that I already have if possible.

Our weather really has turned to Fall this week. Rain and temps in the low 50's. Ugh.

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We live in a small town and my older kids went to a small Christian school where all the teachers and parents were good friends and worked together on projects and fundraisers ALL the time. It was nothing for them to pick up the phone and call me if there was a problem with one of my kids and it was a short trip to the school for me to drive down and deal with it, if necessary. The teen years bring emotions, frustrations and attitudes in even the best kids and it can be a challenge for all to make the transition from parent to peer. Lines still have to be drawn, but can move a little as they mature; however, disrespect should never be tolerated from, OR directed toward the kids. I never hit my kids in the face, but they have tasted soap when dirty words came out of their mouths, and I have a large crock full of wooden spoons and they have had multiple uses, if you know what I mean. Conflict is uncomfortable and too many parents are abdicating their responsibilities because they don't want to deal with the negative emotions of the inevitable conflict is raising kids. It's hard, but SO important.

I can finally see my counters again. I got 2 lugs of tomatoes turned into 16 pints of salsa and 10 qts. of stewed tomatoes, 2 buckets of apples turned into 7 qts of applesauce, and a huge box of giant zucchinis turned into ten 6-cup bags of shredded zucchini for baking--all on Friday. On Saturday morning and again on Sunday, we filled 2 dehydrators with sliced mushrooms so that I can make my own mushroom soup and use them in sauces when I can't get fresh ones at the store.

I have all kinds of canning jars all over the place because DIL found a stash in an old barn at the ranch and I've been pre-washing them and running them through the dishwasher on the sanitary cycle (there were lots of mouse nests in them! ICK!) Now, I'm boxing up the clean jars to store what I won't use right away, but need to separate them according to size. I won't need to buy jars for a very long time unless I pass some of them on, which I may do.

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My oldest did a similar thing to me and the same thing happened--told him he wouldn't be going to stay with grandmom and would leave with just what he had on his body and probably have to go to a different school---he soon changed his tune. He knew better to back talk me again and use bad language---and the other boys learned their lesson by what happened to him---he wasn't hurt but he learned to keep his mouth shut---told him he could think all he wanted but not to let it come out of his mourh---LOL My boys showed respect to all their teachers and have grown up to be an asset to their community because they learned respect at home.
We had to buy a new microwave---ours was rusting on the inside---no idea why that happened--so nice to have a nice one again. We also had to buy a new weedeater. Ours died the other week---Black and Decker battery one---I think we had it about 20 years so no complaints---we bought another Black and Decker one as we were trying out my son's Stihl one---didn't like the fact that you have to wind your own string---we used to have a gas powered one that you had to do that and it always messed up. We were also looking at the Christmas lights at Lowe's---LOL

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I agree about the schooling now. I'm old school and taught my sons manners and they got disciplined. I remember one time my son was about 12-13 at the time and Child services was all over the news about parents not hitting their children yada yada, he gave me some lip and I hauled off and smacked him one he went over to the phone and went to dial i asked what he was doing he said calling Child services, I said pray they get here before I kill you! LOL he looked at me hung up the phone and I told now do what I told you to do before I smack you again!

I did not abuse my children but they did get disciplined, the problem now is parents are afraid to be parents and children do whatever they want with no repercussions and that is why they are so out of control now and think they are all entitled spoiled brats. They do not respect anything or anyone.




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Chris, we actually did people's laundry for them at so much a pound----all they had to do was bring it and pick it up to put away at home. I have never minded doing laundry--figure the machines do most of the work. The only think I minded was sorting my sons' and dh's socks---but I solved that one once the boys grew up and left, my dh has to do his own laundry now that he is retired but he has always had to sort his own socks---LOL
Terri, I agree---and we taught them a lot better back then as they all learned life skills in math and were all able to read simple directions and follow them. In my opinion, education has seriously deteriorated since I was in school. But then parents cared and made sure you learned your facts---now we can't even get the parents to discipline their children so we can teach them.
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Cathy, all she's doing is babysitting those kids and not very well, at that! I can't believe the taxpayers are expected to pay her salary and benefits for THAT kind of unprofessionalism. She's giving teachers a bad rep--collecting a paycheck for doing virtually nothing. GRRRRR!!! It makes me so mad. I know there are very good teachers, but I see far too much of this kind of thing and then we are scolded any time we don't vote for a raise in our taxes for anything to do with schools. I'm about sick of it. Kids got a far better education many years ago, in one-room schoolhouses for a lot less money.

I've got more produce to deal with and I'm happy. My chilies and tomatoes didn't come out even when I made the last batch of salsa and I needed more tomatoes. Thankfully, my DIL had a big box of them that she would like me to can, so there will be plenty to make more salsa.

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I hate doing laundry the sorting, up and down stairs, the folding and up and down stairs. I'd gladly pay someone to do all that for me! LOL



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Chris, you mentioned having enough underwear for that long---LOL---reminded me of this customer I had at the laundromat way back when my boys were younger. He came in with several loads, went out and got more, went out and got more, went out and got more. He took up a whole side of the laundromat with is laundry. He told me that he just tossed his dirty clothes into a walk in closet and when no more would fit, then he knew it was time to do laundry---he said if he ran out of undies or socks he just went and bought more unitl it was full. I just had to shake my head at him---it was funny! Nice guy, too.
Terri, so did you have some of that soup or chili? Hope you got the pears done.
I had to bake a cake last night for my son's gf---the one I like---LOL---I was so tired but got it done, then I collapsed on the couch. I really do need to do some housework this weekend. The teacher has missed some time this week and I have been doing more teaching while she is gone than what she does when she is there---I don't understand her or how she can give the kids any grades when they don't do anything.
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I dont usually have that much , but I washed some rugs and linens and other assorted loads. I hat doing laundry, so I have enough underwear for about a month so I only do about 4 every 3 weeks or so.

Today will be very emotional I'm sure .



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Chris, it sounds like you're running a laundry service with that many loads! That's about what I have when I do my DIL's laundry and she has 4 kids and my son who had a dirty job. I know it feels good when you get that much done. Today will be taxing and emotional for you with the wake and all. I hope there is some sweetness added in.

Cathy, you're still working full time, so don't have time for these projects. You always squeeze yours into your summer break. I was a real slug yesterday. I didn't get anything done that I wanted to. I guess I'll call it a rest day. I just wish I had at least filled the dehydrators because then I'd be about done with these pears. I think we still have another tree to pick at the ranch, so need these to be done.

Barb, your soup reminded me that I have some soups and some chili canned from a while ago. This rainy weather is making me hungry for that kind of food and with Steve out of town, a quart jar is just the right size for me to have for lunch and dinner.

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washed and folded 7 loads of laundry, lots of up and down stairs. My neighbor is giving my riding lawn mower a tune up and oil change he also managed to fix the sliding seat. I will only have to pay for the parts as I cut his grass most of the summer while he was down south. He is a good neighbor don't mind.

Today will be a long day, work , then meeting up with a friend to travel 1.5 hours away for another friends wake. she lost her battle with cancer 10 days before her daughters wedding, so sad. They did have a ceremony at her bed side, but still not the same. Long day



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I feel like a slug next to you guys, but I have been busy with work. I have been finalizing our Disney World trip and got timeshare booked for after we finish there as we want to do Legoland before we head home. Saved some money by changing our reservation at Disney to a Cars Suite instead of Lion King---i am happy about that and the little boy will probably love Cars much more than Lion King.
Things are not going all that smoothly at school---keep waiting for the teacher to actually teach---the kids haven't done any paperwork until yesterday---and that was due to the fact that she was out and I taught---LOL
Experiencing lovely weather right now but turning hot for the weekend---bummer! Arm just a bit sore where the injection was but feeling fine otherwise.

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I finished most of the tomatoes. A few are left ripening. I didn't use olive oil this time. No, I wouldn't want olive oil in my Salsa either but mine are for soups, etc

I made a huge pot of Peruvian Chicken Quinoa Vegetable Soup for Guild tomorrow. Took out a bowl for my dinner as the pot is too full anyways. It turned out pretty good. emoticon

Chris, looking through my book list and given your likes, I have a couple more recommendations. You might already be familiar with a couple that movies are based on. Will pm you in a day or two.

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I didn't put anything on my cookie sheets and it was a little messy to clean up, but I didn't want any oil in my salsa. I have a friend who oven-dries her tomatoes and then stores them in jars with garlic, basil and olive oil. I'm not as fond of "sun-dried" tomatoes as others seem to be, so i haven't tried it yet. I suppose it would be tasty on a sandwich or a homemade pizza, though.

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Barb thanks for the suggestions! I WILL check them out always looking for good murder mysteries to read.

I just blanch my tomatoes skin then and put in quart freezer bags I have about 25 done so far got a good crop this year



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Terri, you process in a day what would take me a week! I looked up several recipes. don't know whether to roast a a high temp for a shorter time or a low temp for 5 hrs. Two conflicting directions for the 'best'. I ended up roasting the chopped romas (w some light olive oil) in a large SS roasting pan for 1 1/2 - 2 hr at 350 - 400F. Put the romas sliced lengthwise and brushed w olive oil (for winter sandwiches) on a parchment paper lined SS cookie sheet in the top rack while the roasting pan was in the middle rack. One site recommeded the romas roasted like that for winter sandwiches instead of mealy tomatoes, still soft, moist but not wet. It's an experiment. Being only one person, I often would need to make a special trip to the grocery store for only 1 tomato. To be honest, I really don't know what I'm doing, lol. Everything is experimenting for me. Today I won't use the olive oil other than on the bottom of the roasting pan (no parchment paper).
How do you do yours?

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Barb is right that I'm knee-deep. I made a roasted salsa from the ripe Roma tomatoes and also roasted onions, garlic, jalapenos and serrano chilis. My large stock pot was full and gave me 16 pints of salsa. Believe it or not, I'd like to do another big batch like that before the tomatoes are done. It was a popular item last season and one grandson consumed most of it. How do you freeze your roasted tomatoes, Barb?

I've worked through enough pears to fill 2 one-gallon freezer bags and am not halfway done. I also still have apples to process.

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Cathy, Hope your week is going well and you've recovered from the shingles shot. I haven't gotten one yet. they say they last 10 years. I've been thinking about it. So far none of my family as far as I know, has had it. It's a good reminder for me to check.

I bet Terri is knee deep in produce, canning and freezing her bounty as well as cleaning the cabin. She needs some fairie godmothers to help.

Chris, thanks for those suggestions. I'll check them out. I didn't know Nora Roberts wrote mysteries under a pseudonym. I really like Alexander Mc Call Smith series, The #1 Ladies Detective Agengy, set in Botswana. He's a retired Scottish Professor who live in Botswana for many years. I have the series list in order if you want it. I'm pm'ing you the Hillerman series by book order.

Yesterday I had lunch with my Celiac friends. The restaurant we had decided on was closed for the season so we went to the Vegan one across the street, got take-out Buddha bowls and had lunch at the one's place who had moved just around the corner into independent living last year. We hadn't seen her place yet. it was a nice relaxed lunch since we could sit and chat as long as we wanted without being bothered by a crowded restaurant.

Later was my appt for selling my silver coins. The face value was under $19. I received $170 plus there is a dime that she needs to follow up on. Also picked up my watch and the bracelet that was being fixed. Those are 3 things off the years long "Deal With' list! Can't quite believe it!

Today, I need to finish processing the tomatoes, roasting and freezing them. Also need to make soup for Guild Soup Day tomorrow. I'm subbing for a very nice weaver who put her name down, then realised she couldn't come.

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Terri, bet you crashed! LOL
Barb, good news on the neck movement---keep working on it so it doesn't stiffen up again.
Chris, we got a bit of rain, too.
Well, I did develop a reaction starting Saturday afternoon thru Sunday morning---did feel better by the afternoon----but I spent the day in pjs, too. And I didn't take a nap yesterday since I napped a lot on Saturday afternoon. Arm is still sore but it was sore for about a week the last shot, too. At least it doesn't feel as hot today.
2 hour fog delay---love them! And Dh is going to go watch gd and get her on the bus so he will actually get some real time with her because of the fog.

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I'll have to check out that author. I like murder mysteries, and spy thrillers. I will read any Nora Robert's.for the murders and they are all great! Anything thing with .... IN DEATh series. And the Mitch Rapp series by VInce Flynn all great!

So glad your neck is better! I know when I get a link in my neck it is a really nuisance! Cant imagine
1.5 years!!

Terri hope you got some rest. So that you have more energy to finish all your tasks.

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I think you need to clone yourself too Terri.
Hope everyone had an easy going day.

Good news! After the Facet joint Medial branch blocks on C1 and C2 nerves in my neck on Aug 27th, which reduced the muscle spasms, on Wed my physiotherapist was able to get my neck moving more and then on Fri my chiropractor was ble to do his job better, I am finally able to turn my head more than I have in 1 1/2 years with little pain. I have to keep working at it to regain movement but this is great progress!

I didn't even get out of my PJ's today. The advantage of living solo. Actually, I was tired b/c I read late into the night and early morning finishing a book in a series I rediscovered after any years. I found 14+ books I hadn't read by Tony Hillerman and now his daughter Ann Hillerman, mostly mysteries set in the Navajo lands of the Southwest.

I bought 16 lbs of roma tomatoes on Thur. Today they were ripe enough to start processing them. I chopped them up in large bits and roasted them in the oven for extra flavour. two batches done today along with a cookie tray of roasted sliced for winter tomato and cheese sandwiches. Still have about half to do but they need to ripen a little more. that was my big accomplishment today. the rest of the time was spent reading a some stuff on the computer.

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No rain yet, but the weatherman says it's coming. Mom and I are on the road back to her house, and I'll continue home from there. I was going to make salsa tomorrow, but if it's going to rain, I may switch gears and do some yard cleanup instead. Maybe I'll have the energy to get the salsa made tonight. Maybe I'll just crash and fall asleep in the recliner. LOL

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Hope you get that rain and enough to help you out, but not until you get back home again.
Got my 2nd shingles shot last night---hope no reaction to it like last time. I took ibuprofen all night to help fight that off---arm is sore but not as much as last time---trying to move it around more to help with that. Why can't they put the shot in my fat instead of the muscle---LOL

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I'm on another quick trip with my mom this weekend. We'll be picking up my brother at the airport and then off to a luncheon gathering of family I haven't seen in many years. It will be good to see everyone and I'm glad I made the trip, but I'm up and wide awake 90 minutes before the alarm, thinking about all I have to do at home. I was planning to drive home after the reunion (a 6 hr drive), but may have to stay the night at Mom's house if I'm too tired, and go home in the morning. Thankfully, I have the option.

I have apples, pears, tomatoes and cucumbers to preserve when I get home, and Steve will only be there from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure what he wants to do (besides his laundry), but I definitely want to suspend some time catching up with him before he leaves for another week.

The northwest is getting some rain, but it hasn't come as far as California yet. If we get rain next week (and enough of it), I'll light off a burn pile or two. But it's going to have to be a serious rain for that to happen.

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Barb, glad for the improvement in your neck. HOpe that crown stays put this time.
That first week was pretty tough but still not much energy because it has turned stinking hot again---it read 100 on the school sign I go past after I leave my school---that made me feel worse---LOL I am so ready for Fall weather to get here.


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Cathy, when was working I would crash every day after work. A half hour nap would give me energy to get somethings done in the evening. Remember, your gardening counts!

The crown was installed on the tooth that the onlay came off back in June while on my trip. Hopefully they will be good for awhile. I've been struggling all my life to keep my teeth.

I was in the elevator leaving for my appt when I saw the notice about the exterior window cleaning that day. Oops, forgot to remove my window screens. So rush back, take them out and then when I got home, after sleeping for an hour, I had to wash them all before putting them back on. Good thing I had left extra time to get to my appt.
While in the larger city, I had my SIM card transferred to my new phone (bought online refurbished & certified) and a screen protector put on it. Now, to learn how to use it, lol. I mainly use my desktop PC.

I'm updating this from what I wrote this morning. The needles (branch blocks) that I had on Aug 27th, reduced the muscle reactions in my neck enough that my physiotherapist was able to get my neck moving again. Yay. This is the most progress I've seen so far!

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Wish I had the energy to do stuff when I get home. Today I walked the track with the kids so have a good reason to be tired. I plan on crashing very soon on the couch.

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My DIL sell Melaleuka and some of their products are very effective and safe. The smells can be strong, though. I hope you get a good dental report, Barb. Good idea to do your posts in a document first to avoid losing them. I keep thinking I should do that; in fact, EVERY time I lose a post, I think of it! LOL

I made good progress on yesterday's list and have transferred the few undone chores to today's list. I got all the tuna boxed up and delivered and now only have my own to take down to the basement to shelve. I will get the dehydrators out and loaded today. Some apples and some pears are on the list. I have ambitions of cleaning two very cluttered, fairly dysfunctional shelves in my laundry room while Steve is working out of town this week. I've been threatening to do it for ages because it's a catchall spot that HE likes to use and I want to reserve it for myself and things specific to the house. There are doubtless plenty of my junky things there, too--so I just need to deal with it.

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have a safe trip, pinesol does have a strong smell.sorry won't work for you. I like the smell that's why they have different cleaners glad yours worked



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Terri, I completely missed your post. We must have been writing about the same time. I now write mine in notepad then copy and paste to Spark. I've lost them too many times.
It must be illness or a terrible tragedy for her to act like that but since you don't own the property yet, despite being frustrating, I would think it is within their rights.

Thanks for the suggestions for the cleanup. Pinesol is too strong a smell for me and lavender causes breathing difficulties which is a shame but Sunlight dish soap did the trick for getting all the grease cleaned up. It highlighted the need to wash the floors properly, not with a sponge mop, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

I've been really tired the last couple of days. I don't know why. It could be the sudden weather change. It's raining and feels like fall. The leaves of some trees are changing. I had a terrible sleep last night and this morning I'm off to my dental appt in the city to the north, an hour away. Time to get ready!

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Barb if you have access to Pine-sol that will cut the grease I use it all the time here in the US. I now comes in Lavender scent also. I use it also in my laundry takes out grease stains, excessive dirt and make my laundry smell fresh



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Well, it's not for me to say why, but I guess she's had personal reasons for avoiding the ranch for many years. They've suffered some family losses and sadness, so I can make some assumptions; however, I've never met the lady. Some of the things in the cabin belonged to her parents, so she may want to hang onto them and I wouldn't blame her. Other things were clearly bought at thrift stores (still had the price stickers on them) and some was just junk. I've tossed the junk and some of the other things that may have been good before the mice got to them, but will wait a while on other things. Meanwhile, I can move on to the next room and attack that. Jim will return with his truck and some boxes and take some things home with him next time he's able to come. I got the mudroom, back hall and tiny bedroom completely emptied and vacuumed the carpet yesterday. I'm going to pull the carpet out soon, but didn't want to get into that yesterday. That small room is going to undergo some renovation/modification once we buy it.

What a mess, Barb! YUCK! I hate messes and it's really hard for me to get down on my hands and knees to clean. Actually getting back up is worse! Do be careful where that oil was, because it will be slick if you get any water on it.

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Terri, honestly, if he wanted that stuff so badly he should have taken it with him in the first place so that you didn't have to deal with it---and why doesn't the woman come and decide herself? Isn't she able to move about and ride in a car? I don't understand people like that,
Barb, the water wasn't that bad a spill but yikes to that oil---you be very careful walking on that floor for quite a while. Sounds like your sister is not doing well mentally but won't admit it. I am starting to see a few signs in my Dh ---he thought Michael was just coming over for burgers yesterday and we had discussed it on Saturday when Michael was over to deliver cat litter that he would come over and trim the front bushes for us. That kind of thing worries me.
Chris, I totally agree---both of us need a less stressful week.
At least the front bushes look better and I pulled a few weeds--but wanted to not overdo as I was really exhausted last week---but more from stress than anything else---but did get a lot more steps in than I have been which I need to do in preparation for my trip to Disney in a couple of months.

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i have done similar things! I dropped a half gallon of milk on the floor one and an almost full bottle of Khalua dropped from the top of the fridge and smashed onto the floor! What a mess that was. Hope you and your sister will be ok. maybe she has some dementia that no one is aware of, that can cause argumentative behavior.

Sorry for the burglaries that is scary and sad at the same time

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Well, this morning did not start well. First the lid came off the jug of water I lifted up. Four cups of water spilled everywhere! Finally got the coffee made and as I turned to leave the kitchen, my elbow knocked the glass olive oil dispenser to the floor, shattering it. It was out of place due to cleaning up the water. Ugh, Ugh, Ugh! The oil is all cleaned up now but I'm still avoiding walking on the large circle. Later I will have to be on hands and knees washing the floor. Terri, I realized I'm very tired.

Cathy, does she not understand what the children need or the scope of the job? It must be so hard on you. Hope she catches on soon.

Terri, the burglaries your Mom experienced is so sad. My Mom had a couple of situations where she lost valuable family history because she trusted someone. It's not necessarily the monetary value.

Yesterday was my older sister's 79th birthday. I called her last night. It's been frustrating talking to her for the last year or so. She interrupts, jumping to conclusions withourt letting me finish what I am saying, her answers to questions are out of order creating confusion, then when I try to get clarity, she snaps that she already told me. I let it go but I know she's thinking it is all my fault. She wants to complain about stuff but doesn't do anything about it and I don't want to hear it. It just stresses me out. She's 6 years older than me but it is like a generation older.

I use the stop watch function all the time, so that's why I like a digital watch but almost all are too big. There's only one that is a size small enough and now it's only available online.

Our 86F temps have ended with a lightning storm last night. One thunder crack made me jump out of my chair it was so loud and close. I feel like summer has ended now.

Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing Sunday! Best of luck for the new week.

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No, I get the leather bands that buckle, so I can adjust them as I need. I don't like a tight band, so tend to wear it loosely. I keep looking at my wrist...can't wait until my new watch gets here on Tuesday.

I spent some time in the sewing room this morning and patched 2 pairs of shorts and 2 pairs of jeans for DS2 and his boys. We're going out to the ranch this morning because one of the owners is there and Steve needs to talk to him about the power plant. I wasn't sure how he'd feel with all I've done in the cabin (he hadn't acknowledged my emails), but he's okay with it. He did ask that I not get rid of anything until he asks his wife what she wants. She hasn't set foot on the ranch in more than a decade, but I'm sure there are some of her family things in the cabin that she won't want to lose. Meanwhile, I told Jim that I plan to continue cleaning and he wished me well--so I guess I'm not in too much trouble.

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Chris, here's hoping this week is less stressful for both of us.
Terri, do you find the wrist bands too big for you with a man's watch?
Enjoying having the front door open this weekend. Michael is going to come over later today to trim the front bushes for us so I will be out there picking up the clippings but it will look much better after that is done. Maybe I will get a few more weeds pulled while I have the trash can up front for that.

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There's a Walmart, K-Mart and Target on the coast, but that's an hour to the west of me. The county seat is in the town an hour to the east of me and they only have a CVS pharmacy store, which is a good enough store; however, they only had half a dozen watches in all, and not what I wanted. I went online and ordered myself a Timex on Amazon and it will be here on Tuesday. I wear a men's watch because I like the large face (I can SEE it without squinting) and I wanted one with a back light so that I can check the time in the dark. Sometimes, I begin to wake up in the morning while it's still dark and I want to see what time it is without having to sit up and look at the clock. Then I know whether or not to tell myself to go back to sleep or get up and start my day. My last watch lasted a long time and took plenty of abuse, so I just needed another one like it. I wore out two watch bands too--and those were difficult to find when I needed new ones.

Barb, I'm glad you were able to sell some of the old jewelry and learned the value of the rest. You're good at selling things online, so I hope the silver finds a new home soon. My mother used to collect coins and had quite an extensive collection, but she's been robbed twice and has lost much of it. Both times, she was away from home when her house was burglarized and she's never recovered any of the stolen items. Most of them were of more sentimental than monetary value and can't be replaced, so it was a real blow.

I have two buckets of tomatoes to process today, so had better get with it and get it done. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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They don't make things to last anymore---good luck finding a watch---I know I have lots of stores that sell them around here and expensive ones stop working the same as the cheap ones do.
Barb, glad you found buyers fro your stuff. I still haven't taken in my Mom's collection of liberty dimes that are real silver to sell. Meant to do that this summer but forgot.
Just rain and a bit of wind from Dorian---should be a lovely day today. Been a long short week at school---hoping next week is better and that my body gets used to everything.

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Gosh Terri, what a nightmare. With days like that I wonder what I've done to deserve them. Usually, it's from being tired and rushing. And I'm trying to find a digital one, preferably with a light, lol. I'm presuming you don't have a Walmart nearby. They have lots of analog watches. And the drugstores usually have them too. At least ours do. My good watch is finally at the jeweller's getting a new battery but they had to order it in. When I took it in, I asked about selling some of my jewelry. Tue I sorted 5 shoeboxes of jewellery, found some pieces I had been looking for, spent half the day sorting it, then Wed took in my gold rings and some nice silver bracelets and the large pieces of a coin collection. They didn't take the silver but told me what I should get for it on the Buy & Sell. I got almost $400. Have an appt for the 17th for them to go through the small change collection. Today I took the first pass of sorting necklaces, earrings and pins to the IODE thrift store.

I walked to the lake again tonight. That's 3 times this week. I walk very briskly, in all an hour.
I was going to wait until morning to write but just had to respond to your frustrating day. Hope it goes better tomorrow.
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I got a lot done at home yesterday, but my errand was a failure. I had to be at a county office in time to get a copy of some records and left my house in plenty of time (I thought). I knew there was construction and would be some delays, but I wasn't counting on 40 minutes--and THEN, realized that my wristwatch wasn't keeping time and I had actually left home too late to make it anyway. So...I went ahead to town and determined to buy myself a new watch (or find a battery for the old one) and get myself some dinner anyway.

I couldn't find a wristwatch anywhere and when I tried to change the battery, I broke the glass on my old Timex--so I returned the battery (the salesman had already said I could if it didn't work) and tossed the watch. Now my wrist feels naked and I still have to go all the way back and get that paperwork BEFORE I do anything else today. Do you know how hard it is to find a simple analog wristwatch these days? I guess everyone is using their cellphones or fitbit devices to keep time.

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Chris, I don't understand how she can be so unprepared either---and it is driving me crazy already---I need stuff to do myself and the kids look so bored. And I dislike the new trend to use the TV and stuff on there ---it's nice as an extra but where's the real teaching going on? I know we all learned without the use of them and know a heck of a lot more than what is coming out of the schools today.
Terri, good idea to treat yourself while out and about.
I was exhausted when we got home from Sam's Club after working all day, too. I crashed on the couch shortly after my shower.
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I had brunch with a few other retired coworkers picked up a script on the way ho.e and then cleaned out my car vacuumed and washed everything down on the inside , still have to finish cutting the grass and clean up more cat eurk. He drives me nuts with his puking, but he is 21 years old.... so I guess I have to cut him some slack



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I believe she is a teacher for special needs kids, which makes it even worse for her to be unprepared. It seems as though they aren't treating these students like "real" students who deserve as much education as they can absorb. Sad.

Sorry Chris, but the cream cheese frosting was a hit and I don't think there's even a whiff of it left. DIL's oven is not working, so it was the only birthday cake he got and he was thrilled to see it. He wasn't expecting one and that made it even better.

Today is some deskwork (updating the ledger and reconciling checkbooks), laundry, and some errands. I think I'll take myself out to a late lunch/early dinner while I run the errands.

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how in the world did she ever become a teacher?!? This is what is going to be teaching our grandchildren?!?!



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It was almost as bad yesterday as Tuesday. She is so unprepared. Driving me crazy!

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I love Cream Cheese frosting! You can send it to my house!!! emoticon



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Cathy, I'm glad you got those boring videos out of the way and so sorry the teacher didn't come prepared with something for the students who showed up. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come with her. I think you are getting more ready for retirement with each school year. I hope Howard's ankle is still healing well.

I baked up the last of the shredded zucchini this morning. It made 7 batches according to the recipe I used and I now have 15 mini loaves and 3 full-sized loaves, as well as 2 heart-shaped layers that I'm going to frost and give to my gs who just turned 15 yesterday. I was too tired to go and see him yesterday, but will take him his own cake and he'll forgive me--unless he doesn't like cream cheese frosting and then he'll just have to give me credit for trying~

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Barb, that pier looks like a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the views. Nice of you to take the pictures for them. Kudos on the walks, too.
Chris, we will see if after this year I want to stay longer than one more year. I do need to work for 2 but might do 4 for gd.
Terri, glad that tuna got canned and that you can enjoy it this coming year. I got sent a free trial issue of Country Living and it has some recipes for pickled cucumbers---which I am sure you don't need---pickled carrots, pickled blackberries, and pickled summer squash---looks like most are refrigerated kind---but wonder if you want me to post any ot them.
We only had 2 students yesterday but the teacher had nothing for them to do---it was a long day for them---but I did get all my requited videos with quizzes completed---all 8 of them. All the kids come today---sure hope the teacher has better plans for today.

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I'm here, but barely. We canned our entire year's worth of tuna for 4 families yesterday and it took all day and half the night. We had 5 large canners going on two stoves (my 2-burner camp stove set up on the back porch) so it went as fast as it could have. I've always liked tuna but could never go back to the store-bought cans now that I've done my own from fresh fish.

Chris, I'm glad your recovery is going well. I'm sure it will take some time to get used to the odd feeling, but hope it helps solve some problems for you. It sounds like your garden is producing nicely in spite of how long it took you to be able to get out there and get it started. My seedlings are growing in my friend's garden and I am enjoying to overflow from that, but it's not MY garden so I am not able to work it like I'd like to. They are beginning to get some nice watermelon and the zucchini is going crazy, along with the cucumbers--but the tomatoes are slow to turn red, so I haven't been able to can any of those yet. My DIL is giving me green beans to can from her garden, though. She doesn't like doing it, so she cleans and snaps them and delivers them to me to can. All I have to do is put them into jars! How cool is that?

That was nice of you to post the suggestions for Cathy's broom closet, Barb. I have a similar cupboard in my laundry room and find it quite handy. Mine has two doors and lots of shelves, so I still don't have a good place for my mop and brooms, either. Some projects push their way to the front of the line. My kitchen faucet failed yesterday while we were canning tuna and Steve had to mop up a lake under the sink and then run to the hardware store and buy a new faucet and change it right then! Fortunately, we had all the fish in jars by then and could manage without water for an hour or so.

It was a late night for me last night, so I'm going to call it a night and hope to sleep straight through 'til morning. See you tomorrow~

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everyone hope all your projects move along at a good pace, I certainly understand when things are in an up roar we want things to settle down



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Chris, You accomplished quite a lot given your arm and the surgery. keep on healing well!

Cathy, thanks for that clarity. I need to finish some current projects before taking on a big one. I don't have a laundry tub so my guest bathroom functions as that. The sink and taps limit the use of a plastic bin. The model of the sink I want is a special order so i worry that if I wait, it won't be available. I'll check with the plumber on the fit, then order it and have the 'new to me' tap set installed and also the kitchen tap set that will function better than the one when i bought the apt.

The last nights I went for walks to the lake (20 min one way). It was sooo beautiful! Took photos for several groups that otherwise wouldn't have everyone in the photo. They were thrilled with the results. I take good photographs. I only have 2 of me from my trip across country. Most people don't know how to take good photos of people. The walking pier is once again open after somen fdrove into it with their power boat a couple of years ago.





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Chris, sounds like it was a successful surgery.
Hope your first day of students goes smoothly---we will probably have just 2 students today as mine is a mixed class and only the 6th graders are supposed to come today.

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First day of school today. I have the first day jitters...I always do. Sometimes, I feel like I am worst than the kids. I am excited to have a new class...some of them I met last week at the school BBQ. Bring on the day and the routine! 😎

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I am doing good the first week was the weirdest for me it felt strange and uncomfortable and i was kinds restricted with how I could move my arm while it healed and settled in. I passed all their tests when I went to the followup and the chances of it coming loose are less as time goes on, and it heals. It just sticks out some on my chest, it feels like a pencil is under my skin, weird I know.

managed to get the tomatoes blanched and frozen still have lots on the vine .

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Working in the school system does make me feel like a a New Year more than Jan 1st does. Maybe that's why I don't do new year's resolutions.
Hoping Chris is improving.
Terri is canning fresh tuna today with lots of help.
How long before you would redo those rooms? I imagine it would be a while so why not install something better suited for your use now? Especially since you already have it.
I went to work one day last week and took the 2nd day off to take Dh to the 2 doctor appointments. He is doing better. Slowly taking over his chores. He did cook chicken on the grill last night.
I wasn't too impressed by the new teacher. She arrived late. Not a good sign. Hope it's better when we actually start to work together. 6th graders come tomorrow but with our kids, all could show up. We only have 6 kids.

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It's been quiet on this team. Chris is recovering from surgery, Cathy back to school and caring for DH, Terri visiting with her Mom and facing an abundance of produce to process on her return. Me, still cleaning, decluttering and coming up with new projects! Well actually old ones that are getting more defined. Found a tap set for my guest bathroom that gives more clearance than the current one but I want to change the beige (ivory) fixtures to white so do I do a small job now or go all in with new fixtures and countertiops which means the kitchen stuff too. Changing the taps now means removing them and installing again later. I despise duplication of work.

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emoticon A new month. This is the real new year for people with kids., grandkids, teachers etc. Heard that this morning on the radio. Sad to see the end of summer although it's still pretty warm here but from my living room, I can see a tree with it's leaves turning.

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