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Old 04-18-2016, 11:06 AM   #2227
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One of the many skills Doug and I honed over 25 years working for the State of Illinois' Child Welfare system was to always pay attention to your gut.

If something doesn't feel right, it isn't right.

If you don't know what it is that unsettles you, pay attention and start looking, because something's there.

Some things I hate to be right about, but I was right about something this morning.

I'll spare you the gory details but I just felt something was amiss...and, it was.

Fixable, but disappointing nonetheless.


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Old 04-18-2016, 02:55 PM   #2228
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I do hope your sourdough starter decides to get active. Nothing like a good sourdough. We just finished a loaf I bought last week at E & S. It toasted beautifully.

We drove straight through Illinois without stopping for the night and are now at the Minnesota Airstream Park. It is very pretty, even without the leaves fully out.

Your tabby pavers should be lovely. I had not heard of using the clear Rustoleum for your application. It works beautifully on patined surfaces, so I am anxious to see how it looks on the shells.

Be well, my friend.🙂
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:46 PM   #2229
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If you get a chance to drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth, Page, do it. A beautiful drive, and our favorite of all lakes.

The water is crystal clear, the stones silky smooth from the constant waves.

Minnesota is a state of water, forests and wide open spaces, and as you head west there is nothing but prairie...think Little House, and imagine the Ingalls family in their covered wagon.

I am going to mix a loaf of bread in a bit. just with unbleached white flour...and not make this geriatric starter work too terribly hard.

I've never kept a starter this long, so not sure just what to expect out of it. I do want to see what it's able to do.


Today has been one of those days...a test, to see how much I can handle, and handle I did...but soon I will have a shower and open one of my Sofia Coppola's....because, I deserve it.

Other than some human aggravation...dealt with.. I purchased 6 bags of cedar mulch and a 94lb bag of cement mix for my tabby stones...then hauled them from the car with my trusty Gorilla Cart.

Taxes are paid, check in the mail. It is not true that widows can file as married/filing jointly the year of a spouses death, and the year after, as I was told by the accountant who did our taxes last spring...and then posted here.

Don't count on that tax break, folks, as it ain't there. I was misinformed. That is only true if you have at least one dependent. Ummm, no.


Someone on these Forums advised me after Doug died to leave his name on our checking account, in case a check came in his name, so I would have someplace to deposit it.

Received a small refund from one of Doug's medical providers in Georgia today, which means the great State of Illinois has finally paid those bills. I had all the co-pays in within 6 months of his death, so overpaid a small bit, apparently. Took it to the bank, they stamped it "for deposit only", and that was that.

Thank you again, to whomever gave me that advice. I have had checks in his name now a couple of times, and keeping our joint account is not something I otherwise would have thought of.

Going to go mix that loaf of bread and see what happens.


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Old 04-18-2016, 05:15 PM   #2231
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We'll see what tomorrow brings...
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Maggie, as always, your inner strength will see you through. God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:35 AM   #2233
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It's rising, and feels elastic to touch...
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Hi Maggie!!! now I want to make some bread!!!! inspired by the sourdough starter... keep having fun there!!!!
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:49 AM   #2235
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Hi Gail,

I just patted and shaped it for a second rise, am going to bake it in 2 hours whether it likes it or not.

After 19 hours, it had obviously done something, can't say it rose like crazy , but I'll post a picture of it baked later today.

I seem to remember reading once upon a time about an ancient sourdough starter found sealed in a crock in Greece or Rome or some such place that was successfully revived after it was discovered.

We'll see.


Mulch is down, a few plants in, front and side yards are basically ready for the season....I can putter away at the back, which is fenced in and unseen by those driving by.

It's fixin to rain the next couple of days, but there are plenty of things to do inside.

Take care of yourself, Miss Gail.


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Good morning, Maggie. I hope your bread turns out for you. I have to hand it to you, lady. You are determined! Evelyn.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:22 PM   #2237
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If it doesn't turn out, I won't have lost much, and I'll know that keeping starter 2 1/2 years in the freezer is too long.

Determined is true of me....depending on who you ask, that is a strength or a weakness.


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Determined is definitely a strength. Only those who oppose your position on the matter at hand view it as a weakness.
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I would agree with you, Mimi.


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This dough was too wet....I mixed it as for my other no-knead dough, but clearly it needed more flour or it wouldn't have spread like this.

The excess moisture may have affected how it rose, as well....or didn't, as was the case.

A work in progress....I will try this again.

It smells good...
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