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Old 03-31-2017, 05:45 AM   #4019
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Hi Jane, and happy campground hunting.

This is one of those older motels, all ground floor with the doors leading directly outside....very handy for pet owners, but Lily has found the noises from the outside a bit distracting.

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Old 03-31-2017, 01:11 PM   #4020
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We got a rather slow start this morning, then I treated myself to a real breakfast at the family restaurant in Kalona...taking a scrambled egg out to Lily.

Doug and I used to take his Mother there for dinner when we visited, then I took her myself a few times.

Good food, reasonably priced.

Then of course, stopped at the Amish grocery on the way to Iowa City.

What a great place for all things baking...I am now stocked up on flours, yeast, dried fruits, oatmeal, etc.

If you've never been in one of these....

Picking up sweet granddaughter at school in a bit, and we're going to do a little summer clothes shopping til her parents are off of work.

Looking forward to seeing this crew.

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Old 03-31-2017, 01:36 PM   #4021
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I was in an Ahmish market in Ohio and stuff just jumped off the shelf into my hands. I grew up Mennonite and it was all familiar stuff that I just had to have.
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:03 AM   #4022
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Sweet granddaughter and I had a blast shopping for clothes at Kohl's...she has a real sense of style, and knows exactly what she likes.

It was fun, then we took Lily into Petco and let her be lavished with treats and affection by the staff there.

Pizza and Prosecco and catching up into the evening, and this morning I will take GD to her ballet lessons.

Then, home....new car has performed very well, tho now needs a scrub.

All is well.


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Old 04-02-2017, 12:05 PM   #4023
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Been choring and resting, choring and resting, since we got home mid afternoon yesterday.

Nothing exciting going on, just checking in.

Will attack my to-do list with a vengeance this week, and start getting the yard cleaned up.

I had a pair of ducks looking for a place to nest in my driveway and then on the front porch this morning, so don't want to give them anything that looks too inviting.

I have flowers in bloom, and the crabapple tree in the back yard about ready to bloom, as well...spring has sprung.

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Old 04-02-2017, 12:57 PM   #4024
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I made pasta with puttanesca sauce today...because it sounded good, and it was.

This is not a picture of mine, but it looked very similar.

Found this little tidbit when looking for recipes.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spag...lla_puttanesca

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On edit, this is the one I meant..

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation...te-pasta-sauce
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:34 PM   #4025
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Plans for today were slightly derailed, by rain and other interference , but I'm now having a sit while it pours outside.

I finished a couple of days ago "The Secret Wife", which I really enjoyed for its historical significance and attention to detail...about the ill-fated Romanov's, and what would have happened if one had survived, been secretly married, and lived a long life.

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Wife-G...cret+wife+book

It was really good, and then I started "A Small Indiscretion", also good, and used the nifty Nook feature to create and save this.

https://www.amazon.com/Small-Indiscr.../dp/0812985427

I love that feature!

These words so true...so often we are unaware of something that impacts us or others, which is turning and churning and happening elsewhere, until something unexpectedly jumps out and grabs us...sooner, or much later.

All the more reason to get up every day, and try to give your best, do your part in a good way, with whatever life has dealt you....because, you never really know the impact you may be having, big or small, from your little corner of the world.

If you don't understand all this, that's okay, but it's what's in my head today.
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:46 PM   #4026
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I found this very old photo on Ancestry yesterday...a home in southern MS built by one of the sons of the 3rd ggf, who brought his family down the rivers from Tennessee to Natchez.

That would be my great-great uncle, this homeowner, and I got to this house several years ago when visiting a cousin in Amite County....the house is still standing, tho the main house no longer lived in.

If you stand at the front door, facing out, the homeowners initials and year of build are carefully stenciled under the overhang of the porch.

This homeowner was brother to my 2nd ggf...these two brothers returned with the slave to the Battle of Franklin to retrieve the body of this homeowners son... who had been killed in battle and buried in a grave carefully marked by the slave, who had accompanied him to the War....then walked back to southern MS to get the boys father and Uncle Jim...led them back, to the grave, retrieving the body to bury in the family cemetery.

What a time, what a story.

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Old 04-04-2017, 12:05 PM   #4027
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Back to my to-do list today....weeding and pulling around the house, clearing last year's foliage from the back yard garden, staring at my far backyard and tree line....which always looks a fright this time of year, and really needs to just be set fire to so I can start over.

My bleeding heart back there are bravely blooming thru the debris from the winter, however, and I'm going to pull out the fire pit soon to burn fallen branches, etc., so it will soon look immensely better, if only for a little while.

Hauled wood into the garage for the cold snap we're fixin' to have, my last supply before I left in January being depleted but for the oversized pieces set aside for Moraine View in a couple of months.

I am down to maybe 1/2 cord, from the 2014 haul-a-thon.

Tulips and hyacinths coming up, buds pushing out on the lilac bushes, and perennials starting to show new growth...I like spring.

I bought one of these little guys last week, have pulled it out of the box, affixed a sturdy blade, and am fixin' to trim some young cedar trees I have been nurturing...and a few other things.

It is heavy enough to make one mindful of its place, but not so much that it will be unwieldy for me...and nothing like the chainsaw we have, gathering dust in the garage, untouched since Doug died.

This will work for me.
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:29 PM   #4028
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Ohh (I like that and have a similar one) a nice recipracating saw. The make special​ blades for it for pruning and branches. Enjoy.
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Hi Maggie... nice saw... I love tools I can handle!! All my stuff is small and electric... Mimi, are you there?? Did the storms miss your place??? Thinking about you..
Hugs and love from the almost not damp Oregon coast...
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:33 PM   #4030
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I haven't had a chance to try it out yet...more rain due, so maybe not til the weekend.

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Old 04-04-2017, 08:47 PM   #4031
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Hi Maggie and Gail,
Yes, I'm still here. The storms passed my place with almost no fuss at all, just had to comfort a dog who doesn't like thunder one bit. Friends who live a bit south of here had trees broken and some blown down. Storms are a hit or miss thing.

Starting to prep my Dutch oven dishes for the Hill Country Rally this weekend. I'll be camped next to BubbaL and BSLowrey and their '66 Safari--only two serial numbers away from mine. We're almost twins.

And, they say it's a great wildflower season down there this year. Can't wait to see it.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:34 AM   #4032
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Mmmm....Dutch Oven cooking, Mimi.

Have a great time!

There is no drought going on in Central Illinois.

Tho little snow this past winter, we are catching up in steady and copious rain.


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