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Old 04-22-2017, 01:35 PM   #4117
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Broke out the fire pit this morning, and burned up a mass of downed branches and wood pile debris from the winter.

A beautiful day for it, cool and sunny.

Am forcing myself since I've been home to pull out and consume what are sometimes "mystery meals"...prior cooking episodes, in vacuum seal bags in my freezer.

Kind of funny, really....microwave it, then find out what it is, make myself eat it.

Sometimes I can tell beforehand, but often I cannot.




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Old 04-22-2017, 03:24 PM   #4118
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Must be wet up there, over 100 wildfires burning in Fl now. Mostly small. In n fl we've only had one good rain in two months, n of us it's wet. Highs in the upper eighties with humidities below 30 percent. Dry, fires. Have a good one. Sorry for the hijack.
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:56 PM   #4119
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It's okay, not a hijack.

It's always pretty much open season on topics here.

We have had a fair amount of rain in Central Illinois, but nothing significant for awhile so it is dry enough now to be perfect for anything yard.

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Old 04-22-2017, 06:34 PM   #4120
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While I've never visited the Upper Peninsula, I have flown over it and across Lake Superior to Thunder Bay, Ontario. That's where John and three of his high school buddies bought 40 acres of land back in 1956. I have just sold that tract, and still hope to sell the 160 acres John held on his own. Same buyers think they're interested in that also.

We used to go up there on vacation during the hottest part of the summer--often stopping for the airshow at Oshkosh on the way up. On the Canadian side, it is pretty country.
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Old 04-23-2017, 02:37 PM   #4121
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Nothing too exciting going on here...a lot of phone time, a little yard work, a little cooking, a little laundry, walked Lily and washed the new car.

I have two prayer shawls completed since I've returned home, ready to turn in tomorrow...and have started another, in a pretty shade of pink.

They get credit for 12 hours of volunteer hours for each shawl turned in....I would say, that's about right.

A busy week ahead, lots of odds and ends on my calendar.

Thinking about where to toodle around to here in a couple of weeks...the Interstate is calling to me to take her out on the road.


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Old 04-23-2017, 10:19 PM   #4122
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Don't forget you need to come to Green Creek...
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:01 AM   #4123
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Green Creek is a fur piece, Vince...looking for northern Illinois, a little Great River Road into Wisconsin, perhaps.

My children decided I need a garage door opener. A gift from them, along with the installation.

They said I would have never bought it for myself, and they were right.

No, the little house has never had one, nor has it ever had a dishwasher. Very nice little house, but basic and simple, easy to maintain in 1985 for a single mother with no mechanical skills whatsoever.

I consider it good for my aging self to haul that heavy door up and down, but that's just me, and eventually there will come a time when I can't do it...so, they want the door to be ready.

I remember Doug's mother, capably mowing her yard on a riding lawnmower at age 90, and she was as spry and physically able as a woman 30 years younger right up to the last year or so of her life. I feel certain that can be attributed to her activity level, and to doing things for herself.

Going to require adding an outlet to the ceiling of the garage, first, but not my circus, not my monkeys...going to just sit back and watch it all happen.

In the Amish grocery in Iowa a few weeks ago, I picked up dried date pieces, and made a triple batch of this bread this morning...cut it into sections, package for my freezer, and I have many delicious, healthy, fiber rich breakfasts.

I substituted 1/3 coarse whole wheat flour...


Date Nut Bread

This famous date nut bread is from a 1961 "Hints From Heloise" column, and was submitted by Pat Nixon.

8 ounces pitted dates, chopped into small pieces
1 tsp baking soda
cup boiling water
4 T butter
cup sugar (can sub 2T brown sugar)
1 egg
1 cups flour
cup chopped walnuts
tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 8x4x2.5 inch loaf pan.
Place dates in a large bowl. Add baking soda to boiling water and pour over dates in blow. Set aside and let mixture stand while mixing other ingredients.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Strain water from the date mixture into batter. Add flour and beat well. Add nuts, dates and vanilla and combine unitl all ingredients are well mixed.
Pour the mixture into greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 mins, or until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:35 AM   #4124
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One thing to consider- hauling up a garage door can be an easy way to tweak a back if you get just a bit off.
Especially if it is being a little recalcitrant.



But good point about keeping active.
You can come over and mow my lawn any time you want.

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Old 04-24-2017, 12:00 PM   #4125
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Funny. I don't mow even my own yard, never having had a riding mower, either.

After Doug died, I began hiring it out. I could physically do it, but am very heat intolerant, also fortunate to be gone for a good part of the mowing season.

Yep, pulling the back happens on occasion. I'm still dealing with a pulled muscle from planting ivy under my yews a few days ago...reaching and stretching and digging with a trowel, on my hands and knees.

Overall, tho, doing pretty well for an old woman.

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Old 04-25-2017, 06:53 AM   #4126
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Miss Lily, in the early morning sun...
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:05 AM   #4127
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Spent yesterday running some errands, doing labs, and meeting with a long time financial anchor to review this and that, and go over some regulatory changes coming up.

He is a good, solid human being, who has never once led us astray and I trust him completely.

If you are lucky, you have a good, solid, handful of those people in your life.

Hold them fast, as they don't grow on trees, and are not a dime a dozen.

We need these people, as they are our anchors in life, our guidance during storms, and there to be leaned on when needed...we need to appreciate them, and their trustworthiness, and to tell them so.

I remember a multi-problemed mother of many children, that I met with for the first time in the course of my employment 12-15 years ago.

She was a long time, hard core, drug addict, had been in and out of the system for years as she had children, they were removed, her rights terminated, etc.

Having recently moved to the area where I was employed, she was again pregnant and hoping to keep this baby. I went thru with her the reality of her situation..her history, court findings, current situation, and what necessary change had to occur to reach her goal.

We met for a long time, after which this system-savvy woman, who'd had many prior caseworkers, said to me "I don't get no bad vibes from you, Maggie"...the very beginnings of a frank, honest, and trusting relationship that lasted a number of years, and thru several difficult setbacks.

I thought at the time "I always want to be that person"...the what you see is what you get person, the real and honest and straightforward person, whether with my clients, other professionals, friends, family, acquaintances. I strive for it every day.

I still feel that way, and I so appreciate people like that in my life... and, I am fortunate to have them, my good, solid handful...more than some get, and I am grateful for them.

They stand in stark contrast to the snakes and sociopaths who find their way into ones life....cultivating a sense of trust where none is actually there, taking for themselves without regard for their professional obligations to you...and I've had some of those, too, where the damage was skillfully done before they revealed their true selves.

They do serve to teach us how better to discern those who are good from those who are not, however.

There it is...my small soap box this morning, as I reflect on and appreciate the truly good people I am fortunate to have in my life, and try every day to be one of those, as well.

Heading out to buy cedar mulch this morning and get that down in my south bed and flower garden.

We've had some heavy rain, but my yard guys got a mow in yesterday morning, and my new plantings will be very happy, so ain't gonna complain.


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Old 04-26-2017, 12:38 PM   #4128
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Double pink impatiens, hung from a moveable hanger that I installed myself...on a stool, drill and Phillips screwdriver in hand.

They are gorgeous.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:10 PM   #4129
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Maggie, I so enjoy following your blog here. You are a wise, amazing, inspiring woman. Thanks for all you share. I just added your date bread recipe to my library along with some other recipes you have shared and plan on giving it a try this weekend. I hope you are planning on Canopener again this year. You take care.

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Old 04-26-2017, 02:43 PM   #4130
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Aww, thank you, Judy.

I deeply appreciate the good folks here, and the outlet for the written word....the good, the bad, and the ugly...tho it doesn't all make it onto these pages.

I'm not going to be at CanOpener next year, going to head into Louisiana in early January, and I'm thinking go back to New Orleans for the first time since Doug has died.

A favorite place of ours, where we honeymooned and then visited many more times. It will be hard, but I want to go, walk the Quarter, listen to the street musicians, have a cafe au lait....lots of good memories there.

I've decided, too, that gatherings of 300-350 people are not generally for me, Judy, tho I enjoyed the event earlier this year, the new people like you that I met and catching up with some fine folks I have gotten to know over the years.

There are some Lily-haters who will be glad I don't return, is the truth, and that's okay.

Thanks for dropping in, Judy.


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