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Old 04-12-2016, 10:23 AM   #2199
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Glad to see the recycled Patron bottle....
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:39 PM   #2200
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....they are really gorgeous bottles, Vince, and worthy of repurposing rather than destruction.


I scrubbed the floor in the Interstate this morning, and did a good cleaning of the black tank.

Note to self: when in water/flush conservation mode, mind the use of toilet paper carefully.

I think I'm going to pick up some of those very small, scented trash can liners, to hang from a hook in the bathroom for paper deposits during such excursions.

Done out there, but for wiping out and straightening the galley cabinets.

Now....time to seriously tackle the yard.

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Old 04-13-2016, 12:24 AM   #2201
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A suggestion for your black tank...the next time you dump, add two gallons of hot water, a half cup of tide, and a cup of borax. After a few hours of driving your tank will even smell nice.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:08 AM   #2202
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Thanks for that tip, Vince.

I put two oxy-chem pods and a couple of gallons of water in there yesterday, to clean things thoroughly while I next drive.


I've been watching a couple of "House of Cards" episodes every evening....flash to current news...and Dennis Hastert. Isn't that called "art imitating life"?

I know, no politics allowed here, but it's not really politics I'm speaking of, it's politicians...and this...State.

Nothing...surprises me.


Heading out this morning for an overdue haircut, and to drop off my pile of prayer shawls.

My haircut lady, a fabric-of-my-life relationship....there for me for many years, and over time she cut Doug's, too....thru many things...hair of varying lengths, she knew just how to cut its short and layered professional self, to get it to lay right....her absence in extended retirement travel being the reason I grew it out.

I like low-maintenance hair.


Spring seems to have re-sprung, the winter cold that set back in lately letting go for sunny days and heading toward highs of 70 later this week.

I like. Makes me want to putter in the yard, use my new firepit, plant some flowers.


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Old 04-13-2016, 09:07 AM   #2203
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All I can say about E & S is WOW!

We drove through some of the Amish countryside to get there. Impeccably kept farms. Even saw a gentleman plowing with his 8 team of horses.

Found my Castile soap at E & S. Stocked up on it, as well as a vegan bullion product I have only ever found at Whole Foods. It was a lot less expensive at E & S.

Thank you for telling us about this store!
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:15 AM   #2204
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E&S Sales is pretty fun.

A much smaller version lies near Kolona, Iowa, and I will be stopping in there when I do the Iowa run the end of this month.


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Old 04-13-2016, 11:55 AM   #2205
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Hi Maggie.. sounds like you are enjoying being home again.. I have a fire pit and love it... not only does it take care of fallen branches and such, it's great for friends to gather around... pats for Lily... Keep having fun!!! gail
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:11 PM   #2206
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I am enjoying being home.

I love my Interstate, but also my little house, family and friends here.

Going to have the first fire in the morning, when I begin to tackle the yard.


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Old 04-14-2016, 12:12 PM   #2207
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Yard tackled, more tackling will wait til tomorrow.

Raking, schlepping, blowing, digging, pulling, Preen-ing, and then Gorilla Cart-ing to my new, gargantuan, fire pit several heaping loads of downed branches and similar debris from my tree line....where my yard guys toss such things when they come to do whatever, and which did not get ridded out end of season last year due to early onset of snow and other inclement weather.

There was lots.

The fire pit is going to be a very efficient rid-er of dry, burnable debris...so much so that I was half listening for sirens, fearing the level of flame and heat generated might elicit a call from someone not a near neighbor...thus unaware of what I was doing, at which time I would have to explain to the authorities the small inferno on my patio.

Only a couple of small, 1st degree burns later, the mountain of debris hauled was reduced to ashes....with my careful tending so as not to ignite my nor my neighbors homes, and no fire engines came careening down my street.

3 1/2 hours of very hard labor is enough for me for one day. Hot tea and I are having a sit.


I have finished through Season 4 of House of Cards. If you have never watched this Netflix series, but like edge of your seat thrillers, it fills the bill quite well.

Once I began, I was uninterested in anything else on TV. Rather like being at the end of the game Whiplash, where you are pulled, jerked and thrown in uncontrollable directions.

You can only let go of your end when you stop watching, tho your mind continues to reverberate long after. At least, that is how I have experienced it.

Seriously, it is riveting, and I don't say this about much. It is also crude and very brutal in areas, not for the faint of heart...but really, really good and very well acted. Complex and flawed characters, few of whom succeed in standing up and doing the right thing when push comes to shove.

I'm glad I'm done with the series so far, as the last half dozen episodes have left me feeling a bit ragged and traumatized....partly because it shows politics at its very, very worst, something I have seen up close....tho that didn't affect in the slightest my driving need to see the next episodes.

My psyche will now have a much needed break for R&R, as there is not even a premiere date set for Season 5. Good.

Weather here is sunny and spring-like, and going to be 75 over the weekend.


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Maggie, you did that huge fire and did not roast a hot dog or marshmallow?
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I did not.....but I did reduce all of that branch and debris to just a small amount of ashes.


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Old 04-14-2016, 08:19 PM   #2210
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Yeah, hard labor sort of gets in the way of fun...and you did accomplish what you set out to do! I'm sure you must have a good feeling of satisfaction of job well done!

I called Safelite today and they came and did the repair on "Goliath" windshield. They didn't even let me know they were here...just did it and left. I hated that he had his first Ding. But at least it is over and repaired at no cost to me.
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Morning Maggie,

So I was reading the spring edition of Mother Earth News and to my delight an article titled "No Knead Crusty Bread". Hmm I think, sounds good, and it proceeds to give a recipe from the New York Times for Jim Lahey's bread which I have affectionately dubbed Maggie's bread 🍞😊.

So I'm going to make a loaf here at home this weekend for some breakfast company and I would like to add freshly finely chopped rosemary. Would I add that in the very beginning of the bread mixing process.

There was also a recipe for sweet home made butter. Sounds really great but maybe to ambitious for breakfast company. Usually best to try out those kinds of recipes before company to get it right.

Thanks for any hints and tips.
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Yep, Jim Lahey was my mentor for this bread, and I credit him for it in the pdf document I give out.

A few changes to his, gleaned from other sources, and I worked up all of the variations, including the with-charcoal method, but his basics and the process are the same...I also substitute parchment paper for a flour coated towel.

Who wants to have to clean flour and sticky dough bits off a kitchen towel, when parchment paper does such an outstanding job.

On the subject of gluten, I have read or seen on Dr. OZ a couple of different authorities recently speaking to the gluten-intolerance sweeping the country.

Both highly espouse the nutritive value of whole grains for the human body, which our ancestors relied on to nourish them for thousands of years, saying the problem is not bread or gluten, but how bread is commercially made in our new-fanged world...quick methods which don't allow gluten to adequately develop, thus causing digestive problems.

Breads used to be made with long-rise methods, such as sourdough....which gives an entirely different end bread result, and one which allows gluten time to develop.

The no-knead, Dutch Oven method allows gluten to develop over 18-24 hours, and the end result is an old style bread more friendly to one's digestive system. And, it couldn't be easier.

I did bake bread twice for potlucks at Alumalina, folks raved about it and several asked for the recipes....I like to think I am spreading the joys and nutritive value of good bread around the country.

I found an interesting pan bread recipe that I may try at Moraine View...it is baked on a griddle, which we could do over a fire, if the weather is hospitable.....we'll see.

I think it would be fun to try it, need a group to eat it.

Any who want my pdf document for DO bread, if you send me a pm with your email address, I will send it to you.


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