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Old 05-06-2016, 11:55 AM   #2339
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The ladies loved my bag.

A couple of newbies, since the move to the new location and some publishing of that. It really is a nice facility, I must say, with a separate room for those taking meals there, a new popcorn machine, a coffee gathering area, an indoor track, weight room, computer room, etc.

Luxury accommodations compared to the rental we came from, and staff are going out of their way to encourage membership and participation.


Little house is scrubbed, tile has been steamed til it squeaks, and rugs washed.

It's spring, it's what I do.

Lots still on my to do list, but not much more for today....but for ""Grandparents Day" at the grade school my sons youngest two attend.

I will put on something nice after awhile, pretty myself up, go and sit in their respective classrooms and be fussed over a bit. Cute.

The sun is shining, it is warming up, and all is okay in my little corner of the world.


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Old 05-06-2016, 11:37 PM   #2340
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Maggie, happy Mother's Day. I hope it will be happy and relaxing for you. Evelyn.
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Old 05-07-2016, 04:42 AM   #2341
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A bit slow to respond, but...

Hi Maggie,

Love the "make it yourself" attitude and the results.

As to a car, I am not certain why you are selling the Matrix as to use the Interstate for a daily driver could be more expensive than having a second vehicle...maintenance, etc considered.

If you can find a monthly rental for the times you are in town, this may be more economical than to have one sit for six months each year.

But, if I am up your way and we meet for lunch, I can always pull my AS to your house and pick you up...LOL
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:19 AM   #2342
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Happy Mother's Day to you, as well, Evelyn, and to all Mothers everywhere.

My son is grilling tomorrow, and I will be a guest who brings a loaf of fresh bread.


Hi Tommie!

My original plan was to sell the Matrix and get a larger vehicle, it being 11 years old, but, most importantly....me wanting and needing something a bit larger.

My SIL offered to buy it months ago, knowing it is a good vehicle that has been well cared for, and they will be home from NYC in June....planning to fly out, and drive it back. I'm going to use that $ to finish paying off the Interstate.

He has already sold his money-sucking MG, and has been driving their other car back and forth to work.

So, that plan and commitment is already in place, and then I got to thinking...why not be car-less for awhile, save the $ to put a sizeable down payment on another vehicle, or purchase one outright.

On an average week, I don't put 20 miles on the Matrix, so I'm not terribly concerned about that, and I could condense trips out even more if I set my mind to it.

I would definitely rent a car for the Nov-Jan months home. It just seems sensible, to me, to be without a second vehicle for awhile, given that I am gone in the Interstate 6-8 months out of every year.

I'm going to try it... for at least a year, I'm thinking... and see how it goes. If nothing else, I will save more $ for another vehicle.

Would love to see you any time, Tommie.


I didn't dump my tanks on the way back from Iowa Sunday morning....never a good day to pull into the county campground and get in the line-up to use their facilities ...so am going to do that here in a bit.

Bob's modification to the attachment end of my Rhino sewer hose has made the difference between night and day in my dump station experience...a matter of a few seconds, to get it on or off.

Thank you, Bob.

A few plants to get in, plenty of other things needing tended to...I'm a nester in my heart.


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Old 05-07-2016, 12:36 PM   #2343
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I have...uneventfully ...dumped my tanks, gotten Lily of the Valley and some other perennials in, done a couple of loads of laundry, made a big batch of spinach pesto and roasted a pork loin while doing everything else.

I'm going to quit for now, as I have done a days work in 5 hours of near constant motion...minus some phone time ...plus it has begun to rain...I will perhaps have an early glass of wine. .

I need to mind my tendency to plant everything in shades of pink.

I love pink and light purple shrubs, flowers, bushes. Love...them....

And then, there is my ivy.

Doug and I put these trellis panels in along the front porch late fall of 2013, because I like to leave these windows uncovered, but still want some privacy from the street...and, I wanted ivy.

I planted these as planned, spring of 2014..sans Doug ...and they have done beautifully. I love to nurture their winding selves along the trellis, and to look at them.

This is my warm weather view from my favorite chair.

There is a hanging basket out there, over the rock and shell bed...also in white, pinks, and purples.


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Maggie, I am happy for you that the previously dreaded, difficult task has become more manageable for you. I'm all for making things easier, (especially as the years go by...LOL)!

Your trellis looks nice and must create a cozy little spot for you to sit and relax. Nice!
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Rain, rain, and more rain.....but all new plantings are in the ground.

I saw this yesterday, and was really tempted.."Paris in Pink Lenten Rose"..for full shade. I don't have a good spot for it, tho.....

Fresh flower bouquets from each of my kids yesterday. I have great kids...good people, and responsible, productive citizens...fully launched into adulthood. I am very proud of them and the lives they have built for themselves.

Hardly a perfectly parent, I apparently did some things right. The truth is, we do the best we can with what we have to work with at the time, try our hardest, and hope for the best.


Reading a news page this morning, this was said about a certain politician..."It must be liberating to just have no regard for facts whatsoever." I'm going to remember that one.

Have you ever known people, or entities, like that? Just making up whatever suits the path they want to take?

Have you ever tried to fight lies or half truths designed to destroy a person or entity, promulgated by conscience and moral center absent individuals so evil it is almost tangible?

I could write a book, but would have to bill it as fiction as few would believe it was true.


But, I digress, so shall stop here, and wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day.

I'm going to bake my loaf of bread for dinner today, Skype with one child and visit the other.

I'm a very fortunate woman and mother this day.


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I watched a man on Rachel Ray do DO bread the other day, and rather than doing the light pat-and-fold on a floured surface, he just pulled the dough loose, folded it lightly a couple of times, and left it in the bowl for that second, hour or so, rise.

So, I tried that technique this morning, and it worked great!

I still dropped the dough onto parchment paper for the second rise in the bowl, because it is easier to get the dough in the DO without burning yourself, in my opinion, but a very nice looking loaf without the mess of the flour.

Thought I would share, for those of you bread bakers out there.


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This thread has some nice qualities....where else can we chat about dumping our tanks and baking bread on the same page....
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It's my thread, so as long as we don't grossly violate the rules...I do drift a bit into forbidden topics on occasion, but it's part of who I am...we can talk about anything we like.


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Happy Mother's Day Maggie and all the Mom's who are on the forum and this thread.

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And, Happy Momma's Day

For sure, Maggie, for sure!
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Thanks, folks.

I can't wait for you to meet Lily this summer, Bud. She is the dearest thing.

I seldom sleep much into daybreak, but this morning it was almost 6 before I woke up. I had no sooner changed positions and begun to wake than she scooted up next to me to nuzzle my face and get some lovin'.

I think she feels touch deprived over the nights, lover dog that she is. You can always tell a dog that receives a lot of physical affection...not all dogs do, but Lily is one that loves to be petted and scratched, and craves it. Sweet Lily.


I made this my wallpaper on the IPad, I love it so, and am going to start on my tabby pavers this week. I'm excited to see how they do.

Looking at my large supply of chalcedony rose from New Mexico last year, I may do a couple with some of those smaller pieces in them...I'll have to see how the color of the cement sets up, and whether there would be sufficient contrast for them to be interesting looking.

My friend in MN has a rock tumbler, and I am fixin to ship off to her my little pile that are especially rosette, and could be made into pendants for the girls in the family.

It apparently takes weeks to tumble rocks properly, so she will then have them for me when I see her in July on my way West.


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Maggie, your pic of shells is very unusual and pretty., especially the one in the lower left corner....looks like a perfect tree in the shell! I saved the pic for my file...hope you don't mind?
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