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Old 04-19-2016, 05:03 PM   #2241
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Not visually appealing, but tastes good...
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:46 PM   #2242
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Carl's Sour Dough Starter

Hi Maggie,
Here is a great source for a Sour Dough Starter if you want to start over again. I stumbled across this several years ago. It is really good, free for a SASE, and has a great story of sharing. Here is the website.
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Carl T. Griffith, who gave a sourdough starter to anyone who asked, or who sent him a self-addressed stamped envelope, died early in the year 2000 at the age of 80. He is known for his generosity and the high quality and vitality of his sourdough starts, which came from a sourdough culture carefully nurtured and preserved in his family for over 150 years. His friends have kept sharing his starter as a way to honor him.

Also ironic that you mentioned Lily of the Valley. We just transplanted some yesterday. It is a beautiful plant. Just be careful, particularly around Lily. All parts of the plant are cardio-toxic if ingested by humans or animals.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:20 PM   #2243
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Thank you.

I threw out the loaf of bread.

I ate one piece of it, tasted pretty good, but....ummm, it has not set well with me.

Who needs that.

I'm going to flush the starter down the toilet in the morning.

It was kind of fun to see what it would do, but there's only one of me here most of the time and starter needs to be used and fed.

Using starter can be labor intensive, but I have had fun playing around with it over the years....biscuits, coffee cake, English muffins, etc.

Such an ancient way of making baked goods.

The Lily of the Valley will be on the north side of my house, an area Lily is never in...back is fenced, her territory, unless we are walking, when she is leashed.

I may have known it was toxic, but I had forgotten, so good to be reminded.


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Old 04-20-2016, 07:08 AM   #2244
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Becoming ones own primary caretaker is a sad fact of widowhood.

Joined at the hip as we were, we sorted out and talked thru almost everything that came our way. We liked that about us, and treasured it.

I handle many things differently now....part of moving thru, going on, evolving as I take care of myself without my fellow traveler in all things.

I tolerate less, not having him here, is the truth....stepping back more quickly from things and people I can't change....who add nothing positive to my life and/or are steeped in negativity, draining my emotional resources.

We all have them.

I am now the primary caretaker of me, my resources for self care are more finite, and I do things differently.

It wasn't a plan, but I see that it has happened.



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Old 04-20-2016, 12:51 PM   #2245
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oh, I like that one Maggie!!! hugs and love to you two...
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:02 PM   #2246
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You're sweet, Gail.

Some days I feel more acutely the loss of the other half of my soul...when I would like to talk with him about something, get his feedback and perspective.

I so very much miss that.

I still talk with him, ask for his input on things, and when a path appears for me I like to believe he has led me to it.

However, it is not the same, and the last couple of days I have been especially aware. There are others to talk with....but....

I'll shake it off...I always do.


Labs this morning, a bit of choring, found a beautiful, trailing pansy hanging basket on special at Ace Hardware for $9.99....I love a bargain.

It will look very nice, hanging in the front....near the trellis and over my rock and shell bed,


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Old 04-21-2016, 07:37 AM   #2247
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Unable to find my favorite, small box, House Wine Riesling, without paying outrageous shipping costs...I am branching out a bit.

I don't like red wine, but this Sofia Coppola rose' is pretty tasty.

I love her little sparkling cans, but their price is prohibitive for frequent consumption.

This is light, fruity, and very pink in my glass. I like.

I'm getting pretty good at getting corks out , and pouring the rest into my PlatyPreserve keeps it fresh til completely consumed. I am a glass-at-a-time girl.


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I'm getting pretty good at getting corks out...

Does this mean my mom's old cork puller is working well for you? Hope so.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:03 AM   #2251
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I subscribe to this philosophy.

Decisions made late in the day, when one's mind is weary from struggling with some life something, are always better left to the daylight.

Clarity finds a way of rising to the surface during the night, is my experience, with better decisions made come morning.

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When I was growing up, my Mom had three possible responses to my requests (which she explained beforehand once I was old enough to understand). Yes meant yes. No meant NO! (No use begging, it made things worse.) The third was, "I need time to think about my decision."

#3 was often phrased, 'I need to sleep on it."

In the years since, I've often found that she was wise to delay decisions overnight, and I try to do the same as often as I can. Maybe several nights for the really big decisions.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:25 AM   #2253
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Yes.

I also remember "Things will look better in the morning."

Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't.


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I like the Sofia bottle, clean elegant line.

My favorite part of going to a wine or liquor store is the bottle and label designs.
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