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He actually vacumned hid bedroom while i was there snd he asked me to help turn his bed. I am do tired right now, i have been up for 24 hours.



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Julie, I ordered from ParkSeed. I don't usually order seeds but somethings you just can't find in a store. I also usually buy my plants from the local high school greenhouses---I volunteer there every Saturday in the Spring and it is an amazing place----the number one in the country---and we just added a third greenhouse. We are the only high school with 3 in the country. Last year he sold over 180,000 plants with just 2 greenhouses and we are usually sold out before Mother's Day.
Chris, I am sure you will be glad to be home and back to your normal schedule. Glad you feel okay with leaving him. LOL to making him clean off the table. Wonder if it will all go back on it after you leave?


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LOL Yes I DID! I told him i wanted that table cleared off before i leave and it is done!! He took me out to dinner last night too. He is feeling better. Caughing less and less. Im feeling better about leaving him now.

Also good to be back in my routine.



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I have been hesitant to order seeds just because of how many are in a package. Where do you buy your seeds from?

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Terri, did you take that nap? All that driving will tire you out. Hope things work out so he can have that surgery as planned.
Chris, are you cracking the whip on your son? LOL Hope you get things all done so you feel good about leaving---and bet he will be glad to have you gone---heehee Not really, I am sure he appreciated your help while he was so sick but ready to get back to his normal routine.
I am glad it is Friday. I ordered some seeds and got the notice yesterday that they are on their way. Terri, I am thinking I might send you a few of the cucamelon seeds for you to grow this year since I know I don't want that many plants. Why can't they sell seeds in smaller amounts?

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Got my son to go through his drawers and get tid of stuff so i could finally get things put back in place before i leave sat morning



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We were going to plant the trees today but I'm just too tired to go out there. I went with son to SF and back yesterday for an appointment and was really tired last night. I went to bed at 9 and slept until 6:30 this morning. I'm still dragging a little, so decided to stay home and get some chores done here. Laundry is going--second and final load in the dryer--but not much else. I've answered some emails and phone calls and have updated the family on how son's dr. appointment went yesterday. I need to get up and move around a little and see if I can wake up; otherwise, I think I might be taking a nap.

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Terri, that is quite a list of things to be accomplished. Hope it all gets done so that you can plant those fruit trees Will you put a fence between the trees and where the horses will roam? Know they will overeat if let go in an orchard---silly creatures---LOL Guess all those seedlings have gotten Steve motivated to get that fence done. A friend of mine had a pet bull---could only be used for show---a twin that was never going to grow big--and it loved rotten tomatoes. The owner was thinking her tomato plants weren't doing so well in producing until she caught her little girls picking the good tomatoes and throwing them over to the bull. He didn't seem to mind them doing that---heehee

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Chris, I'm glad your son is better and that you are able to do a little sightseeing while you're there. Enjoy the warmth while you can. I'm glad you were able to help him in this way. That's what family is about.

We've spent the weekend at the ranch, setting posts for my garden/orchard. Adam has some old power poles that we were able to cut and use as a gate post for a drive-thru gate and we have wooden poles for corners posts and for every 50 ft. of fence line. We will use metal T-posts between the wooden ones, which are cemented into the ground. It should be a sturdy fence. There will be times that the horses will be in the surrounding field, so Steve will run electric fence outside the garden fence to keep them off of it. If I pull weeds, I can throw them over to the horses, too. I used to do that when we had goats and their pen was next to my garden.

I cleaned up more around the cabin and finally finished tearing down an old stairway and wooden walk that used to lead from the cabin to the swimming pool. The supports were mostly good, pressure-treated 4 x 4s, but all the planks were rotten and dangerous--and messy. We aren't going to use that walkway anyway, so I didn't want to replace it. I pulled nails and salvaged what I could and burned the rest. I can get a lot of cleaning done with a good burn pile! LOL I was so sore last night I could barely move. I took some ibuprofen before going to bed and feel 100% better this morning. Steve has a pickup load to take to the dump and then I think we're going back out to the ranch this morning. I will do some more burning and he will do some tractor work to remove some dead trees, old rose bushes and clear some blackberries and debris. I think Adam is going to drop a huge fir tree that's in the area where we want to plant our new fruit trees, so that will be another cleanup project but it has to be done before we put up fencing and plant anything.

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Barb, i am not that organized---LOL---but men's messes drive me crazy---not my own! You sure have traveled a lot.
Chris, glad you got to enjoy some of your time there and that he is well enough that you can come back home. Then he can go back to making his messes---heehee
Going to a retirement meeting tonight----not really looking forward to 3 and half hours for 2 nights---but if I don't understand, I will ask questions---they will be sorry I am there---LOL

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My son lives outside of Phoenix off US10 in the foothills in Awatuqie. I have been her before and saw Sedona, Grand Canyon, petrified forest, and other places. I forgot how about beautiful the mountains are.
I've been in most of the 50 states in the US it is so beautiful and i feel so lucky to have seen so many things.

Sounds like you are all getting things done. I'm still here. I'd booked my flight til the 29 originally and figured might as well stay and enjoy it.



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Cathy, my place would drive you crazy. Projects have to be in the open for me and with trying to organize and declutter, it's a mess! But in my defence, I only have a limited amount of space in a 2 bdrm apt. No basement to hide it. Back in the early 80's I had the ashphalt shingles stripped off the my 1908 house. We weren't as careful then. Ugh! They put the shingles on instead of painting again. So under those shingles, there is probably some really bad, old lead paint that needs to be stripped before it can be primed and painted. If you're not restoring a heritage style house, go for the siding.

Chris, when I worked in Phoenix, I went exploring whenever I could. I remember driving one route that looked like I was going off into the sky.
I had been at Canyon de Chelly and would have been heading back to Phoenix. That photo was taken within minutes of this next one which thanks to the internet and my prolific photo taking, I can identify it's location. I have a photo of the tree with the arrows which is 30 miles south of Alpine on Hwy 191, the Coronado Scenic Byway Trail so that is where my driving off into the sky photo's location. It is incredibly beautiful there.




I'm interested in knowing which highway you son is near.

My dental surgery went fine but Fri morn (3rd day) I woke up with what I thought was an infection. I called the Endodontist's office and now I'm on antibiotics again. It's getting better now. I take the Penicillin V for 7 days. Its' a pain to keep track of b/c I can't have meals for 2 hrs before or 1 hr after taking the PenV. Then there is all the after care for the gum surgery, the stiches etc.

I've been doing minor organizing and cleanup. I finally sold the ceramic insert for my 6qt crockpot whose handles cracked. The woman who bought it has exactly the same model and her ceramic insert was broken when her brother dropped it. I love it when it works out like that. It was only a nominal price but when you give things for free, many people don't appreciate them.

When I was using my little Canon Powershot camera a couple of weeks ago at Guild I noticed the selector dial on the back wouldn't adjust. I guess I've dropped it one too many times. It's served me well with more than 10,000 photos taken starting with my Safari trip to Kenya and Tanzania in 2012. This morning I found the same model on eBay. Unfortunately, with shipping costs to Canada, the US $ exchg and credit card foreign $ commission, it will cost 40% more than the listed price. Delivery is by Mar 9th.

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I can only imagine. One reason I don't go down to the basement because it drives me crazy---and so does he when he buys more tools because I can almost guarantee that he has that tool down there but has no idea where it is at----LOL But he has been working down there when it's too cold or wet to go out to his Christmas shed.. That at least is organized chaos---LOL
I think we made contact with 5 different companies about coming and giving us a price quote on the siding---it just makes more sense than having to paint every few years. Dh might have to take a bit more from retirement funds or we will have to make payments---but we have a nice chunk to put down if we borrow.. I have no idea how much siding would cost but at least we have a small house.

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You're right about that, Cathy! Both of our bio boys had projects all over the place that they would work on sporadically. Lots of these have gone either to their houses or to the metal scrap. Adam now has 3 boys of his own and Ben and Blaine have both got go-carts that they are building. It's a great way for them to learn but is also a mess.

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Terri, as we all know, our "boys" toys just get bigger as they get older and clutter up the yard--LOL Hope those things disappear quickly. Does Steve keep his "tractor" there or is it at the ranch now? I know that "toy" has been very handy and gotten good use out of it. I am glad I live on "flat" land and not your mountains.
Chris, as long as you are safe where you are from flooding, hope you enjoy seeing that happen. How much longer will he have to stay at home before returning to work?
Local Home show this weekend---we want to go and see if anyone is there that paints houses and also siding companies---trying to decide which route to take---but our house has the old asbestos shingles on it---if they can't cover them and have to remove them, it would be way too costly to do that---but I think they just covered over my mom's house---it had them on it, too. Siding might mean we wouldn't have to worry about painting it again in the future. Anyone else had this done or did a price comparison kind of thing on it?

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Oh I know he'll go back to his ways. His job takes him all over the country traveling. He let things go as far as housekeeping. He got some major house repais , replacing some plumbing things that needed to be done in his free time. He works for Zillow highering Generel Managers to do construction in targeted cities. He had his own constrution business before all these health issues in last 10 years. He got hired for his experience and knowledge. He traveled over 200 days last year, so housekeeping wasnt on his priority! So now MOM is in charge! LOL So far I've done about 10 loads of laundry and organized some things.

It is supposed to rain here early tomorrow an when it does the washes fill up , looking foward to seeing that.

You all have been busy with all your projects. Hope they are going well,
All health issues, sending prayers and well wishes for healing.

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Cathy, we like our yard to look nice too. It's just that we have a lot of land at all of them, so you have to choose what you're going to do with it. At the log house, we're on a hill so there is no real yard--just a border along the driveway that we have planted with trees and perennials. The canyon house has a yard but it isn't fenced, so the deer consume everything we plant that isn't fenced. We just keep that area mowed and watered so it looks nice around the house. The ranch cabin has a huge, unfenced yard with lots of old fruit and nut trees. The deer have "owned" that place for many years, but now the dogs keep them out of the yard most of the time.

Still, there are lots of things stored "out back" that are going to have to go away soon. We've been working on that for years as much of it was from our sons. We're getting there slowly but surely.

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Barb, make sure you take the meds to stay ahead of any pain. Glad it went quicker than you thought and were home early. Nice that you have all those meals ahead when you get busy on some project and don't want to cook anything fresh.
Terri, I have lived in the country a lot---but we still tried to have decent yards---but with farming the back area is often a jumble of machines and buildings. Living here in the city, I love having my gardens admired up front---but we have gotten a lot of compliments on what we have done in the backyard, too. Especially the long patio under the trees and the raised beds.
Chris, I doubt he will change his cleaning habits after you are gone---LOL---but nice of you to clean for him and make him buy the stuff you needed to do it well.
I think this is the first year we don't have plans to add a new bed to the yard. I think we might have reached our limit---LOL---either that or are knees are just protesting too much. We do need to get out there and fix up the front bed that needs a new back and some new soils, too.

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Still in AZ, my son isfeeling better, I am cleaning house for him, doing laundry, cooking meals for him while he relaxes and heals. I made him buy things to make cleaning easier for me . He has all tile floors so just moping and dustiing and organizing. He traveled over 200 days last year with his job, so he only did what had to be done. Enjoying the weather! It is in high 70's! I will probably stay through next week make sure he is healed enough to care for things himself.



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Well I sure wrote my post badly this morning. I editied it for clarity.

The surgery went well. He finished early and I came straight home. When I looked in the mirror I thought I looked like a chipmunk who had had a stroke. There is more aftercare and for longer than I expected. The freezing is out now and I don't have enough pain to take an Advil but will take it to help with the inflammation. I don't think I'll be going to my weaving Guild tomorrow.

Terri, I like doing what pleases me in a place too. Building the steps on the front weren't a necessity for you and I imagine there were always more important things that needed attention.

Cathy, I hope they get that trench filled in quickly and your driveway repaired.

I've run out of steam. I can't think of anything else to write.

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Barb, we are using a realtor and she is giving us things she knows will have to be done, ie: the front steps. We have to walk up steps and a path to the back door of the house but our deck is in the front and looks out over the view of the neighborhood and many miles up the river canyon. We just never got around to putting steps up to that deck/front door and the realtor says it's a "must". Living in a house in the country is different that living in town because you seldom think about its curb appeal until you want to sell it. It's just the house where you live and work and you don't really think about how it looks to others. At least, we don't. I just do what I like, when and where I like. We are having to see things through new eyes now and it isn't easy. I hope your oral surgery goes well and that the recovery is swift and uneventful. Are you driving yourself or will you need a driver afterwards?

I don't plan to start getting flu shots until I have to. It does seem as though these viruses are getting more and more nasty, though. Makes me wonder why.

It's a gorgeous day here today. It's a little late for it, but I'm going to prune Steve's grapes for him. He hasn't had time with everything else on his plate. That's one way I can help him and spruce up the looks of the outside of the house.

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I've been getting the flu shot for about 10 years now. Some years the vaccine is less effective because the prediction of which flu and how it will move around the world is different to what happens. This year it matched pretty good. I'm glad I got it. In 2009 on my return flight from Chile, I caught the flu while on the 12 hour flight next to a very sick person. It was a really bad flu that year and I was super sick. I had left Canada before the vaccine was available.

I have about 30 meals in the freezer now. I love it when I am stocked up and only need to grab a container from the freezer. I've always liked lentils prepared in Vegetarian restaurants but before using the French 'Puy' lentils, the soups I made with them were Ok but not great. I love these French lentils. They are small, whole oval shaped and do not get mushy. The soup is so full of good vegetables and flavourful.

This morning is my appt for the oral surgery to save my tooth. Not serious, similar to having a tooth pulled. It's an hour drive to the city north of me. Today is a gorgeous sunny day making for a beautiful drive along the lake, unlike last time when I was in a snowstorm all day.

Terri, my only advice is people remember first impressions. What work is required for potential buyers to use the front stairs? Are you using a realtor?

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And I never get it---all the teachers who get it get so sick each year---plus all the years in the school system has given me a good immune system. Most of my nasal issues tend to stem from allergies or Dh bringing something home---LOL
Terri, hope you are right and that you can get it listed soon. Good idea for a work part to get that fencing up and the greenhouse set up for your new plants.
They have been tearing up my yard and the front of the sidewalk to put in new gas lines along our street---what a mess they have made---but I will say that is there is a trench not filled in properly in my yard, they will be coming back to fill it in---we don't need a trip hazard for us when mowing the lawn. Plus they have to repair our driveway entrance that they tore up part of it---now that they have hooked up the gas we are hoping that will occur very soon.

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Thank you for the extra information re: flu prevention, Gregory. You wouldn't think we'd all need to be reminded to wash our hands, but more is better with all these bugs going around!

Barb, Cathy and I are on the Almost Empty Nesters team (since before we actually WERE empty nesters) and we have had the opportunity to connect in person, too. I admit that sometimes I can forget which team I'm posting to and have had to edit my post to suit the intended audience. I'm glad you remembered the spinach and added it. I love to be able to use up bits and pieces for soups or casseroles. Even omelets, sometimes.

Cathy, I will be transplanting into larger containers when the seedlings are ready. By then, I should be able to put them out on the porch where they'll still be protected but can become more acclimated. I hope to be able to get a work party going out at the ranch soon to get my garden fence up and then set up my greenhouse. Then everything can go out there while we show the house. Maybe we can get started next weekend, but it will depend on the weather and how projects are going here at the house. Steve is about 98% done with the front steps and railings. I think we could show the house before it's done as long as no one uses the front steps. They can certainly see how they'll look.

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Hello! You may not have heard - universal precautions best defense against CoVid19. Also CDC admits flu shots at best a 58% match overall.

I just found out today, and so I thought I'd spread the word.

Please stay safe.
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Barb, you must really love lentil soup to make more already---LOL Yes, Terri and I are on another team together.
Chris, glad to hear from you. Yikes to the switchback roads but imagine the views are breathtaking but not always in a good way---LOL Will you be able to come home at the end of the month? Hope he continues to improve.
Terri, it does seem early for those seeds. Will you be transplanting them to little bigger pots soon? We do plugs at the school greenhouse, transplanting the little seedlings into the pots when they arrive from the growers, then people take those plants home and plant them.
They say it is safe to go back into the school building so I go back there to work today---sure hope the smell is gone for good---but they are not sure what caused it so who knows. I will only be there for parts of the day---have a funeral to attend---wish people did not have funerals at 11---makes it harder to take off unless one goes there and then back to work. I think I have enough comp time plus my lunch break to cover the time off.

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Chris, enjoy that balmy weather. while caring for your son. Not equal to a vacation but much better than being stuck with a snowstorm.

Yes, it was me that made the Lentil soup last week. I still have a few left. It is my latest fave soup. I had all the ingredients so it was convenient to make the 2nd batch and have lots in the freezer. I forgot to add the 1/2 pkg of frozen spinach left from last time so I defrosted it and added it to the soup. For safety, I simmered the soup a bit and now it has cooled again, I can package it for freezing.

I think you must all belong to another team that I am not part of b/c sometimes I feel like I am walking in on the end of a conversation, lol. Leaves me puzzled but it's not a problem.

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Still in AZ caring for my son, he had a slight temp yesterday. We are back from seeing my nephew and his wife who came down to care for him til i got here, wifi spotty because of all the mountains.looks like you are all busy. My son at home said we got a lot of snow. It is 72 here.



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Cathy, I think it was Barb who made the lentil soup last time, but Patti is always canning something so easy to mix them up.

Yes, I will have lots of peppers and chilies this year. I will trade some of my plants with Jennifer for things I don't have IF she gets hers going. She's got 3 kids and has several ewes that are delivering lambs right now, so her mind is on other things.

I bought some more seed cells and trays to start some more things soon. I'll look at my seeds for things that take longer to grow.

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Terri, knew the heat pads would help. You are going to have a whole lot of peppers this year---LOL
Pat, did you eat all of the other lentil soup you made?
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Wow, that must really make it feel like spring is on it's way!

It's late and I'm tired, so this is short. I thought I had gotten so much done today but I think it was more in my head than real, lol. A huge pot of Lentil Vegetable Soup, (larger than the last), a gelatin from fresh pressed apple juice and limes, and prep for more cooking tomorrow. Researched and documented several gluten free recipes for orange cake and self raising flour.

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One flat of peppers are sprouting! I have jalepenos and some bells poking through. Steve bought me a couple if heat mats to help them along and it's working.

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I keep a box of disposable latex gloves to wear for various jobs and was glad I remembered to use them when I pickled jalapenos last year. I've made the mistake of not wearing them in the past and was sorry!

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Chris, thanks for the advice on garlic.
No way would I try to grow those peppers---LOL---or the habenero ones either!
I might have found a way to the Philadelphia Flower show---going to call today to see if there is a seat available.

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I figured they must be hot after I read the description on the seed site. "Hotter than habaneros" it said. That's too much for me! I hope the ones I'm planting don't get that hot or they'll be wasted.

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When I hear Scotch Bonnets, I think of trip to Jamaica in the 90's with a workmate and her friend. They bought Scotch Bonnets at the market, cut them up and put them in a stew that even their Jamaican friends could barely tolerate. They had no idea of how hot they were! They didn't use gloves to cut them so their hands were burning.

I had a good sleep last night and we have sunshine today. It's wonderful especially after so many cloudy and snowy days.

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Well, I'm going to be a few months off with my garlic because it's getting planted this spring. Hopefully it won't be a total flop. I know that I'll at least be able to use some scapes for cooking if I want.

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Garlic comes up yearly, you plant in the fall and harvest following fall, i used to let them all go to seed, but them someone told me to take seed heads off when they flower, the bulb will get bigger. I did that last year and it seems to have worked



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Chris, sure hope Brian doesn't need any more trips to the hospital while you are there and that he recovers so much better with Mom there to take care of him. That sounds scary but it also makes me mad as they probably sent him home too early due to insurance telling them they wouldn't cover him to stay longer. It is definitely my pep peeve with insurance companies dictating our health care.
Barb, glad you could freeze it and vary your menu with different ones.
Terri, hope all the seeds germinate and that you have luck with the onions and garlic this year. but thinking that garlic needs a couple of years to get settled in. Isn't that like asparagus beds? Are you going to try the cucamelons I told you about before? I think you would like them and they pickle well from what I understand---if you don't eat them all fresh. I think the kids will really like them at the ranch.
Nice to see a new poster. Interesting that you can use food stamps for those items but it does make sense and they can grow a lot more food with the cost of seeds than they can buy.
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GRALAN, I just hit the Google button for Scotch Bonnet seeds and got a variety of sources. The seeds I ordered only took a week to get here, so they aren't that far behind the tomatoes and bell peppers I planted last week. The look like an interesting pepper. Are they quite hot? I like some spice, but most of us are fairly wimpy about spicy food so I have to be careful. The ones I'm growing this year are from TrueLove Seeds. You might check out their site and see if anything jumps out at you.

I also have other things to plant, but they'll be much quicker to germinate, so I'll wait a few weeks. What do you do with your peppers?

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It is wonderful to read of Terri's peppers and more. I started collecting mine, so I'll be behind you in growing season but I hope not much.

I have habanero seeds, but I'm searching for Scotch Bonnet seeds. As a chile-head in a city priding itself on eclectic cooking and diverse International population, Universities, world renowned Medical schools and facilities, you'd think I'd be able to find Scotch Bonnet Peppers. But no, just no. Once in a while I find hot sauce made with them, but most of the same category utilize habaneros which do not supply the same flavor.

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Believe me Barb, if I could've stayed asleep I would have! I love being able to wake up when my BODY tells me it's time--not my MIND. Sometimes it just won't stop, so you may as well get the body up and give the mind something else to do, right? I cook for a large family--even though it's now just the two of us! LOL Your soup sounds wonderful and I will look it up on Spark recipes later. I like to have jars of soup stock on the shelf for easy meals, so often can leftovers for that purpose. We've gone through lots of my canned chili, soups and veggies this winter. I hope your tooth issues are resolved quickly and your can go back to your own lovely face instead of the chipmunk face.

Safe travels Chris, and I will be remembering Brian in my prayer time.

I planted more pepper and chili seeds this morning since I finally got the last of them in the mail on Friday. They are watered in and positioned in my sunniest window. We actually moved the dining room table aside and put up a plastic lifetime table for my seed starts. I need to mark the date on the calendar or I will forget when they were planted. I know peppers take a long time to germinate. I'm experimenting with several different types--some sweet, some hot and some that claim to be sweet with a "subtle heat". I made a lot of salsa last year and didn't have enough chilis to make more. Two of my kids' families absolutely loved it and ask for more all the time. So I will plant lots of tomatoes and peppers and garlic this year. I've never had much success with garlic or onions, but I will try them anyway.

Congrats on getting the taxes done, Cathy. Good idea to pay off debt while you can. I plan to put mine into my ROTH IRA fund. It will help to max it out for last year.

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Chris, best wishes for your son and safe travels

Cathy, it made 9 diiner size servings (1 1/2c ea). I froze 6 containers. I cycle through different soups.
I am always amazed by women who cook for large families. It felt like it took me all day to make the soup yet for some families, it would only be a couple of meals.
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Years ago, my middle sister stressed about what to do with the panelling in her living room. It went on for a long, long time. Finally she figured out how to paint it and it is still that way today, some 30 years later, lol.

I need to do some serious cleaning but only the easy stuff is being done.

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I am leaving for AZ today to care for my son Brian, he had a minor surgery, that turned into something more, entailing 3 ambulance rides. I do not know how long I will be gone, I booked out til the 29 of Feb. He had a second surgery and removed a lot of blood clots, My Niece who lives 90 min from him has been there since friday. I will check in as I can. Prayers are appreciated, thanks!



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Chris, I like the painted paneling---looks better than a lot of the wood they were made of. But I will say my bedroom paneling almost looks like shiplap stained dark but running up and down instead of across.
Terri, hope you got a nap in.
Barb, the soup should be easy enough for you to eat. Do you freeze it or just eat it for days? I have a small lower jaw so my bottom teeth are covered by the upper---nothing to be done about that---they even had to use a child size imprint tray when they did my braces when I was 19. He had to pull a tooth to make room to straighten the rest of them...
Got my taxes done yesterday--will use part of the refund to pay off the dryer we just had to buy. The rest will be for fun.
Also worked on the spare room---rearranged some items I have stored in there---sat on the bed and saw some other things on the shelves that I will get rid of when I get to that stage. The floor is clean---I do need to vacuum but shook out the rug before placing it back down so it doesn't look as bad now.

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I always allow a bit of time for errands when I go to the larger city. This time I made only two short stops. It was too cold and snowy to do anything but go to my appt an hour early. I planned on reading my book but I cat napped instead and they took me in 20 min early. He explained it was caused by genetics and a smaller jaw, not anything I had done or not. I'd had a root canal many years ago on the tooth but some people like me have extra mini branch roots that aren't seen when doing the initial root canal which later cause problems. He can save the tooth by oral surgery through the gum to block the branch roots which saves my crown that is only a year old. The estimate is almost a $1,000. It will be well spent by saving the tooth and being able to chew properly. I came straight home.

I still look like a chipmunk but am feeling better and not much pain. Today I made a huge 6 qt crockpot of French Lentil vegetable soup with yams, onion, celery, carrots, roasted tomatoes, spinach and herbs. It is so good!!! I've found my new favourite lentil. Just look at all that goodness!



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It's great how a little paint can freshen up a room, isn't it? My DIL2 paints everything and it really is an inexpensive way to change things up.

My brain is running like crazy and wouldn't allow me to sleep past 4:45 this morning. I was up at this time yesterday to see Steve off to work for the day, but he's back home and I could've slept in today if I could've turned off my brain. Yawn...oh well. Guess I'll start writing things down on a list so I can concentrate. It's going to be a long day, I suspect.

Barb, I'm glad you got right on the antibiotics but sure hope you can find out what's going on with your teeth. I'm with you--I want to keep mine too.

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Barb, glad you got antibiotics before the storm---hopefully it won't hurt too bad --and hope you got home safe from that appointment.
Chris, smart move. A lot of the walls in my house are plaster and lath but our bedroom has been paneled---but only part way up---and then some painted wallboard---I like that it is not all the way up---and the paneling is actually pretty nice---doesn't seem as dark since the upper part is a lighter color---plus we took the one long wall and put a very long closet on it so that breaks up the darkness, too. The living room is some kind of patterned wallboard---no way were we were taking that down to see what was behind it---so we just painted it---you can still see the pattern but with the color, it looks so much better than the dirty stained white it was and the pattern is not that noticeable.
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The sheets is a good temporary solution. I had't heard of particle board used for walls. In my old house, it was lath and plaster. Aspenite or OSB was used in some houses.

Back in the late 80's early 90's, I learned to graft fruit trees from a woman I met at a Seedy Saturday in Vancouver. She moved from an orchard to a pie shaped lot in a subdivision and planted the back yard full of fruit trees and had a 120 varieties by grafting.

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I have another abcessed tooth, this time on the top on the other side. I look like a chipmunk. I started on antibiotics yesterday. I don't know what's going on. I've spent a fortune trying to save my teeth.

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Brenda, good idea to cover it until time to redo so that is doesn't annoy you so much. Replacing the stuff would make it easier on the electrician---you never know what you will find in those walls from what I have seen on some of the Rehab shows on TV---I don't even want to think about what is in my walls since my house was built in 1932---hopefully not knob and tube---LOL
Chris, interesting about that machine. But your family could come get all the Canadian geese from here to use for their feathers----LOL---but imagine it is a different kind of goose feather.
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Chris, that's one of the coolest things I've ever heard!

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Mine are goose feathers and i do at times send them back to be refilled, over time the feather breaks away from the shaft, and the machine they have is made to air/dry clean all the feathers and all the bad one fall to the bottom, and they redill by weight, the machine is about 14 feet long and the way it works is pretty cool. My family owns the feather business. So it is not an issue for me.



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BEDA, the sheets are a nice quick fix for now to keep you from having to look at something that makes you crazy.

Chris, do you really send to Germany for your pillows or find goose feathers locally? We love our feather pillows here and DH takes his with him whenever he packs for a trip.

The skin of the apples is dark on the Arkansas Black, but not that dark. The Winter Banana is a greenish-yellow skin, if I remember correctly.

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my house is particle board walls, that is why most houses that old had paneling or wall paper. I left the paneling up and just painted it. kinda gives it a country look. My bedroom is still wallpaper and I still like it so it stays. the living room dining room and computer room have painted paneling. I wasn't going to go through what I did in the kitchen with plastering all available walls to make them smooth.



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Terri---Thanks for the advice on the Trust. I will look into that.

Love the thought of all your fruit trees. My great grandparents had an orchard when I was a child. Had been in the family over 100 years, but sadly when they passed, it was sold. My grandmother had 4 peach trees, a cherry tree, a gooseberry bush, blackberries and strawberries. I have started a self pollinating peach tree, blueberry bushes, blackberry bushes and strawberries. Plan to get more peaches, cherry trees, and pecan trees going this year. Going to start an actual strawberry/asparagus bed and get a gooseberry bush going. My mother lost her gooseberry bush and so I thought I would get her one going. We enjoy gooseberry pies and my mom makes a gooseberry cheesecake that people actually fight over. It's the bomb.

Chris--glad your bathroom is coming together for you.
Remember my sheetrock with all the glue from the removal of paneling that threw me into a tizzy, since I thought I would just pull the paneling off and paint? Well I ended up stapling sheets over those walls just so I didn't have to look at that sheetrock.
I am going to have my electrical redone in the house and the guy who is doing it for me thinks I should just go ahead and replace sheetrock in the kitchen so we can see inside the walls. Kill 2 birds with one stone. I guess I will be starting that project in the spring.


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we used to go to an apple grove to pick apples and they always had different varieties to taste, with different names, so good.

my next project is sewing pillow cases. I have German feather pillows, they are 30 inches square. Unless I get my cousins in Germany to buy them when I send some money. I usually make them myself. Not hard, just time consuming. The new sheets I bought, i will use the pillow cases from them to at least have 1 side the color of the sheets the other side just plain white, so it will look like matched sets.


I am so spoiled by sleeping with this size pillow, that I have had all my life.I send them back now and then to get re feathered , they do wash in the laundry just takes a long time to dry

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Cathy, it's not a black apple. That's just the name, and it's an old variety. It's a small, firm, winter apple and is good for cooking. A dear friend of ours introduced us to them many years ago. He was born and raised on a farm in Oklahoma and used to be the best storyteller. Having a tree of Arkansas Black apples reminds me of Cliff. I bought another old variety of apple last year called Winter Banana, which also has nothing to do with its name. It is a late summer producer and does not taste like, or resemble a banana! Go figure. That one was introduced to us by our beloved neighbor who sold us the parcel that we built our log house on. I'm a little nostalgic in my gardening, I guess.

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Chris, hope the hanging of the border goes quickly this week and you can say Done! I think we all tend to do that with projects.
Terri, hope the grafts took and that the rest of the trees get done soon. What is a black apple?
I just chilled yesterday. Pride and Prejudice was on TV so I watched that.

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Living with a man who is 95% perfect, and who only ever finishes anything 95%, I know what you mean about having it haunt you for all this time. Sadly, our sons inherited that 95% gene and their wives have to deal with it, too. I guess it's not so bad in the whole scheme of things and sometimes we can just do it ourselves, like you did. But not always.

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Finished all the painting angot everything back together and hung up!! YEA!! Only took me about 6 months! LOL Right after kitchen remodel an all that cleaning up it was time to get into my garden it was such a mess, then fall and all the harvesting, then getting ready for the holidays, glad its done, still have the strip of walpaper to hang but want to let the wall cure for a bit, ill do it this week



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BEDA, instead of putting the property in son's name now, you could put it into a Revocable Living Trust and maintain control of it and still protect it. I'm not sure about all the particulars, but I think that's what we will do. We can stipulate what happens upon our deaths and name the executor of the Trust after us--then leave specific instructions for disbursal in our wills. It keeps your estate out of probate, too. We've learned a few things recently as friends and family members have passed who were prepared in different ways. If you have your son's name on your home and HE gets into trouble, they could come after it then, too. So I'm thinking that the Revocable Living Trust is the way to go. "Revocable" means that you can amend or change it if/when you want to.

I did not get my piles burned yet, but we went out to the ranch and pruned and grafted some trees. There are some ancient fruit trees that are going to come out soon because the trunks are hollow and I don't know how they're even standing. They have some life in them and still product fruit, but it's so high up that we couldn't get to it even with the tall ladder, so those old guys are coming down this spring. We pruned an old apple tree that isn't that bad yet, but does have some scarring and rot on parts of it. We cut out 3 big limbs to open it up to the sunlight and eliminate a lot of dead wood. It still needs some more small pruning, but it's better for now that we got this done before it starts to bloom. We did the same thing to a plum tree and then grafted some burgundy plums and pluots onto it from our little orchard here at the log house. I wanted to take some of our fruit with us and not have to plant bareroot trees and then wait 3-5 years for fruit. DS1 says that if the grafts take, we could have fruit next year. We also grafted some of my Arkansas Black apple onto an existing apple tree after we pruned that one back. That's 2 and 1/2 trees done and now only 15 or more to go.



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Chris, glad you enjoyed it, too.
Hope the animals are not too rambunctious.
Made good progress on the spare room---I could go sleep on that bed now if I wanted---LOL---need to clean the floor and think I will get rid of the toy box and items in there---my gd hasn't touched it in several years now so it if kind of redundant..
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Patti-Hello, nice to get to know you. I like granola and that looks good. How did it turn out?

Chris-I totally get the frustration of putting in a bunch of time with a potential customer answering questions, developing a rapport and getting nowhere. I will have people call me, talk for 20-30 minutes, I'll send a tech out, free, to perform a site survey of their address to see if we can connect, then I won't hear from that person again for a year and we go through the whole dance again. Or recently, I had an older gentleman, who was apprehensive and I bet I have talked to him 12 times in the last 3 months, a minimum of 20 minutes every time. He finally decided to schedule and when he called me to do that even, I was on the phone with him for half an hour figuring out his schedule. Mine was almost completely open for next week, but he was having cataract surgery, no one could be available in the afternoon, his wife didn't want to mess with it, yadda, yadda, yadda. I have him scheduled for next Friday, remains to be seen if it gets done or not.
You mentioned "framing" what is it you do?
Also, about the pics being sideways. I figured out the photos straight from your phone are too big a file for uploading here. A simple trick, is to just edit your photos in your phone, by simply choosing the crop and accepting the crop as it comes up. That way you don't have to figure out size or anything. If it cuts out too much of the photo, just be sure and not go in so tight on your subject when you take the photo, then when you crop, you will get the photo you want and it will upload the size it needs to be here.
Your ratatouille looks good, but like a lot of trouble for me being a single person. I made Chicken, Broccoli Fettuccine the other night and it was such a big pan, I ate it for dinner, took some for lunch and gave the rest to my mom. She loves that kind of stuff like I do, but my dad won't eat it, so she never cooks it. It was Delish! I just know I didn't want to eat on it 4 days, would not be healthy choice other than once in a while.I don't make traditional Alfredo sauce. I picked up a Campbell's soup recipe book one day at grocery store and it's just a can of mushroom soup and cream cheese. I add fresh mushrooms and broccoli at the end of cooking, then just add a dollop of cream cheese to my individual serving, so I can control that better and for warming it up and making it fresh tasting.
Terri- I too need to work on the living will thing. I need to get one of my son's on my deed for the house. I've actually been thinking I should get the property completely in one of their names, so if something happens to me, I can't lose my property because it's not technically mine.


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Chris, check your first post---bowels---had to smile on that as when I made my vegetable beef soup with all the veggies, it does help clear me out a bit---LOL Quite an interesting mix of veggies. That sounds like a neat way to sell veggies.
Terri, did you get that stuff burned safely?
I hope to finally clear the bed in the spare room today and put the shredder back into the dining room next to my desk and maybe do some shredding today. Time to clear out some of last year's copies. Also time to put out some Heart decor on the doors since it is now February. Also laundry today---good day for this stuff as it is another rainy Saturday.

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I just use chicken bullion I think I out like 3 in add some salt and pepper, parsley and Tuscan seasoning



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Boy, I'll say! That's a good combo of veggies! How do you season it? Italian seasoning? Any chicken or beef stock or is it totally vegetarian?

I think I'll try to burn a brush pile today to get rid of all the recent prunings. That would clean things up a bit and can be done right now because the ground is sufficiently damp. I'm not sure when our next rain is due.

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both my son and I had 2 big bowels last night, I will wait a day or 2 then freeze the rest. The local grocery store by me offers random veggies in a package for 1.99 a pack. I usually buy those to make this as I can put all those veggies to work and put so many different veggies all together. Eggplant being the main one
this one had onions,garlic, celery, zucchini, turnips,tomatoes frozen from my garden, rutabaga,potatoes, carrots, daicon radish, and a small anise vegatable.
there is no portion size that I use. the Anise vegetable give it a slight sweet taste. you will get all your servings of veggies in for the day!




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Chris, looks good! Do you freeze it in batches after you are done?
I think we all probably need to update our wills and fill out those living will things. I know we do.

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I am making a huge pot of ratatouille, I put quinoa in it also so it will be a complete protein meal. I could eat this at every meal

can't figure out how to rotate them. I don't usually use this pot as it is really large but I did'n want to have to worry about stering that much vegetables at one time

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Oh dear, Chris. How frustrating to spend all that time for nothing. I think I mentioned that Steve and I are wanting to get our end-of-life plans made, too. We each drew up a Last Will & Testament many years ago and had it witnessed and notorized, but that was to protect our minor children at the time. It's pretty much obsolete at this point because it had to do with their care and custody. The baby will be 27 this year, so I think we're past all of that!

I've been on the phone all morning, taking care of business and placing some orders. I got some laundry done and put away and emptied the dishwasher, but that's about all I've accomplished so far.

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work last night, waited on a man who was so needy about his framing order after 2.5 HOURS he told me he would have to think about it it was 50 more than what he thought. what a waste of my time.
today doc apoint, then meeting with a financial advisor about getting a living will done. I don't want things ending up in probate. I'm well and healthy just time to start thinking about all this



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Patti, hope you enjoy it. I am not a fan of that stuff.
Barb, glad you got that part done before the doctor visits
Chris, smart to take a break.
Terri, hope all goes well with the tree.

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I hope you enjoy the granola, Patti. It does look pretty good.

It sounds like you made good progress, Barb, even if there were some difficulties. I'm guessing that you were finally able to get the new freezer leveled. You are smart to let your body rest and recover after those adjustments. I think we are too often apt to get back to work and undo all the good that was done for us. It's just hard to be still when there are so many things to be done.

Cathy, just play with the new phone when you can. You'll discover all kinds of things.

Steve is going out of town for a few days to do be at the other house while the tree work is being done. He wants to be there to help pull the brush out of the way and to talk to the tree man about what we want done. I'm staying here with the pets this time instead of hauling them down there with us, or trying to get someone to stay here with them.

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got everything that needed to be primed, never real neat priming just make sure all the spackle patches are primed. was going to finish painting this morning, just wasn't feeling it! I also am getting my hair cut today and then work, that's enough for one day.

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Anytime a new piece of technology comes into my home I find it takes a while to learn all about it. It's easier if you have grandkids to show you the way, lol.

Spackling and painting take so long to complete. So many small steps to completion.

On mon, I found brackets and a shelf that were perfect for the empty space above where the new freezer will sit. Yesterday, I got it mounted and the moved the little freezer into it's final place. I had a lot of trouble getting it leveled. There is so little clearance. It fell off the levelling blocks every time I moved it back into place. It tipped more than 45 so I can't plug it in until tonight. I had to get it completed b/c today I have my Physio appt for my neck and on Fri my chiro appt. I'll need both after the antics of last night. Now to find places for everything I moved to make space for the new freezer. I have about 60 ft of shelving to reorganize, put up misc hooks etc. I won't get much more done this week b/c my body wants to rest and heal after the appts.

The part came in for my sewing machine so it was repaired last week. It was $35 total.

Patti, we were posting at the same time. That's an easy recipe to follow. It should be a medium toast colour. I used to make all the time before I discovered I couldn't tolerate oats, even if gf.

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Today, I'm making Granola !
I wanted Blueberry Granola that is simple and easy !
I've never made my own before, so I Googled it and found this recipe from The Kitchen...
How To Make Easy Homemade Granola
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I use pecans instead of almonds and used half honey and half maple syrup for the half cup of honey !
It's in the oven on it's second 10 minutes ...
I'll post a picture when done !
Update : Here it is, out of the oven and cooled ! I think I will cook it a bit longer next time !



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I hope so , too, Terri---otherwise a whole new paint job. That is also why I went the wallboard look for that portion in our laundry area that needed to be repainted---had no idea what color was on the wall and really didn't want to paint the whole area---I do love the look of that wall but it wasn't cheap but it was easy to install. I have some pieces left and trying to think of a project to do with them so as not to waste that money.
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Steve did a bit of spackling too, Chris. No paint yet as he's letting everything dry well and see if any of the spots need another hit.

Cathy, there are places on some corners that have been bumped and paint has chipped off and a few spots on walls that have the same problem. Another spot is where he put in a vent and had to cut through the drywall. That place had to have a piece of drywall replaced, so it then had to be textured and will now be painted. I really hope the new paint matches up as well as he says it does or things aren't going to look very good.



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Got a few holes speckled that were missed and the area taped off to start priming then paint, then the strip goes back



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Chris, smart not to spread the germs to the public. Hope you feel better.
Terri, glad he was able to match the paint and hope that leak issue is finally solved.
We went to Walmart yesterday and I was able to walk without any problems and felt like I was speeding but know it was just back to my normal pace---that felt good to be doing that---Dh couldn't keep up with me this time. Then we took Dom out for his birthday lunch and got his gift. We took him home and then we went and got our first Smart phones---of course I still feel like it is smarter than I am---but I was able to change the size of the text and send messages. I also answered 2 calls okay---right now that is what we will concentrate on---I had them put Dh's phone on the easy setting---I will change his text size tonight when I get home.
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