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Old 10-18-2016, 10:46 AM   #3179
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That would work, too.

Something else I saw suggested melting down the last bits of candles for this, adding a piece of crayon for color, dipping a facial cleansing pad or cotton ball in melted wax to make fire starters....lots of ideas out there.

I love the smell of cedar, so these are perfect for me...also need something that burns a bit longer because I don't build a fire in the woodstove like I do outside, where there are pine cones and needles, dry twigs, etc., handy for kindling.

I'm going to pick up some paraffin before I drop the Interstate off at Cook's later...where it will spend a few days getting a ding repaired from where I backed into a tree this last trip.

My first needlework group since I'm back will be Thursday....going to Uber there, and walk back.

Practice for being without a vehicle here pretty soon.


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And egg cartons work instead of the muffin cups....
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:51 AM   #3181
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Hi Gail!

I did see the egg carton idea, tho most of mine seem to come in styrofoam cartons.

I may try that at some point, tho I like the looks of these.


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Old 10-18-2016, 11:34 AM   #3182
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Yes, the muffin cups are definitely prettier... and totally agree about the cedar... I have boxes of collected twigs from pruning the pear trees that I use for kindling... love the wood stove... enjoy the day.. keep having fun!!! Hugs and love ...
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:27 PM   #3183
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It's still here....boy..or girl?
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:42 PM   #3184
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Just a thought: Do you have a seed-based bird feeder on your property? Critters like this one just love all the seeds birds toss on the ground. We used to have said feeders, and got rid of them when we realized (Doh!) that they attracted pesky rodents we did not want near our house.
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:45 PM   #3185
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No bird feeders.

There are two feral cats in the neighborhood, and the very pretty calico was on the front porch this morning...I keep hoping one of them will take care of this little guy for me, and it will just be gone one day.

He is pretty cute to watch.


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Old 10-19-2016, 11:47 AM   #3186
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Sipping my coffee in the half light this morning, I missed setting the mug square on the coaster, and dumped an entire cup onto the carpet...beige carpet.

The furnace servicing was first thing this morning, after which I was going to clean the living room and hallway carpets anyway, so I moved my big chair and started there first.

A mess, but warm water, Oxyclean and a dab of Dawn took it all out.

It is an otherwise slow news day at the little house...return home choring nearly finished for the time being, so I am ready to resume volunteer Mondays at the hospice center, and my needlework group on Thursdays.

Looking forward to seeing those women, and finding out what has happened with everyone since I was last there in July.


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Old 10-20-2016, 12:57 PM   #3187
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Finished cleaning the living room and hall carpet this morning...it would not seem possible that dog hair is left behind by my vacuum cleaner, but the Bissell always pulls up a mass of it.

With the woodstove, the living room takes a real hit, in spite of diligent vacuuming, but cleaning it more often than the rest of the little house is a price I will happily pay for the joy and comfort the woodstove brings.

We will soon be having temps cold enough for a morning fire, and I made another batch of wax and cedar shavings firestarters this morning, so I will be well supplied...poking some pieces of past-their-prime pine cones into the tops of these.

We all know what great kindling pine cones make, so why not.

Picking up my rental car in the morning, and have a small bit of running to do before heading out with the grands on Saturday morning.

Not much going on here, but I guess that's a good thing.


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Hey there!!! ..have a fun one with the grandkids...hugs and love as always from way out here....
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Sipping my coffee in the half light this morning, I missed setting the mug square on the coaster, and dumped an entire cup onto the carpet...beige carpet.

The furnace servicing was first thing this morning, after which I was going to clean the living room and hallway carpets anyway, so I moved my big chair and started there first.

A mess, but warm water, Oxyclean and a dab of Dawn took it all out.

It is an otherwise slow news day at the little house...return home choring nearly finished for the time being, so I am ready to resume volunteer Mondays at the hospice center, and my needlework group on Thursdays.

Looking forward to seeing those women, and finding out what has happened with everyone since I was last there in July.


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Ceramic tile in the whole house. My wife says it much easier to clean up after the two dogs and me.
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Old 10-21-2016, 11:53 AM   #3190
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Hey there!!! ..have a fun one with the grandkids...hugs and love as always from way out here....
Hi Gail!

I have a Toyota Camry from Enterprise, which is a nice little car, and bigger enough from my Matrix that the kids will notice it.

So odd to drive a regular vehicle, after a stretch with the Interstate...you feel like you are sitting on the ground, and the brakes grab so quickly there is lots of jerking and stopping for awhile.

My house is about 1/3 ceramic tile, Jim, which I love for the exact reason your wife does, but I am in a small house on a slab...nice to have the living room and bedrooms carpeted underfoot in the dead of winter.

I complain about the shedding Lily does, but I wouldn't trade her out for anything.


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I complain about the shedding Lily does, but I wouldn't trade her out for anything.

There is an additive to food, called Shed No More, which works. We give it to our Yellow, Hopey and it has cut the shedding in half.

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Hmmm...I think you've mentioned that product before, Bud.

I think I'll order some...it is basically vitamins and minerals, and as careful as you are with your dogs, I'm sure it's a good product or you wouldn't recommend it.

I know you recommended a dog food I could order online that would help with shedding, but I'm not up for the expense of that...Lily is very healthy on good old Pedigree.

I'll report back.


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