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Old 06-12-2017, 05:13 AM   #4313
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Hi, Maggie. We're home safe after a wonderful week that culminated at Moraine Niew. Wonderful people, but that was to be expected as anyone who is among your friends has already been vetted and passed. Thanks for the dinner on Wednesday. MMM delish. I will have to trouble you for the recipe for that pasta dish and also for the wonderful 'lasses cookies. I can see bringing a large quantity of those to a Scout camp and watching them evaporate.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:20 AM   #4314
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Awww.

It was great to see you two again, and to get to know you better.

I'll get those recipes to you.

You are welcome here any time.

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Old 06-12-2017, 12:16 PM   #4315
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After unloading and doing some laundry yesterday, had a good soak and scrub in the tub last night....lovely, after navy showers in dry, dusty and windy conditions.

It is in the 90's and very humid today, so it seems our prolonged spring has passed and we are now in full, Midwest summer mode.

My newest plantings have all been watered, and seem to be thriving.

The wind has cleaned rock dust off my new border, so they are all showing theirselves better than last week. Going to do some fine tuning and rearranging of their placement a bit tomorrow, so the prettiest are where I will see them most often.

Did a bit of digging at Ancestry to articulate to Laura this morning my relationship to Henry Clay....whose great grandfather and my 5th ggf were brothers. The Henry Clay.

Laura was born in the US, and is also related to him, amazingly, so we are distant cousins.

That is two cousins that I have met and confirmed thru the Airstream Community...both from old Northern Neck of Virginia families.

Have started a granny square type blankie for my sweet niece, who moves into her first apartment in August....uses the variegated, RedHeart Ombr yarn, which does the color changes for you...no cutting and tying off of a gazillion colors.

Nothing much going on here. Planning a trip to Iowa City sometime next week, then will load the Interstate to begin heading north and to cooler temperatures.


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Old 06-13-2017, 10:32 AM   #4316
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Lily and I had an early walk this morning, as it is hot and 100% humidity is predicted for today.

Then I hauled and did some re-arranging of rocks in my border, and replaced some screws...one missing, one rusted...in the Interstate's awning.

Got on a ladder, got the rusted one out, took it to ACE Hardware and got a handful of new ones...you always know when you go into ACE that you will readily find help...after first self-selecting the right size, but not stainless steel.

It looked like stainless, but their bins are actually labeled as such.

Back on the ladder, and got them in tight.

My new neighbors to the north... the ones with the wandering 3 year old, who likes to run next door to my place, just to be chased, which he did again last evening ...are fencing in their back yard, tagging on to my existing fence, which is then looking old and sag-y in a few places, next to their bright and shiny new one.

Going to take a stab at shoring it up tomorrow....using wood screws, strategically placed at a few posts, to hold in place a sort of brace...via steel fence posts.

It should work, right?

Sometimes....I hardly recognize solo me, doing things I have never done before, with muscles I have never had before, and I feel like a grey haired version of Wonder Woman.

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Old 06-14-2017, 02:52 PM   #4317
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Made an early run to Home Depot for a couple more bags of river rock for the LLP off the back stoop, and cedar mulch for my north bed of periwinkle and lily of the Valley.

Now properly bordered, mulch finished it off...and all hauled via my trusty, now slightly rusty, Gorilla Cart...hauled, spread, plus fence repaired and shored up by 10am.

Why so early, you ask? Because it is hot as ---- here, and humid enough to turn me into a puddle.

75 degrees already at 5am this morning.

Pulled out the cordless screwdriver, drilled some new holes and put in 3 1/2" or so wood screws to re-attach a fence panel at the far back corner that I didn't even know had detached at one end.

A job, but good for my aging bones, and nice to have the immediate gratification of completion.

Immediate gratification is a good thing.

We did get a small spattering of rain today, and hopefully will get some more before tomorrow from a system moving thru, tho the heaviest of the storm..with hail...will pass north of here.

It's been about 3 weeks, so it could rain for a couple of days and not be too much....and I could stop watering.

That's the news from the little house. Starting to plan my route north, and going to spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior, where I have not been in two years.

Our favorite lake...there's nothing quite like it.


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Old 06-14-2017, 04:24 PM   #4318
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The land John owned in Canada is near the north shore of Superior. I agree that it's beautiful up there. It was a bit of a culture shock for me the first time we went there. This West Texas kid didn't know that many trees could exist.
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:18 PM   #4319
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It's beautiful up there, but I won't be going that far north this time.

Lake Superior is the most spectacularly beautiful lake...so clear and vast, unlike anything we had ever seen,

It was one of our early-on trips...maybe in the year we traveled 30,000 miles in our Interstate.


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Old 06-14-2017, 06:35 PM   #4320
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Wow- 75 at 5am? That is too hot!
Of course, if it is 75 around here everybody is whining. If it is below 40 everybody is whining.

I wonder how I'll do when I go to Arizona this summer (Moto World Trial round). At least I'll be at about 7000 feet, so maybe just hot. (Not HOOOOOTTTTTT)
(Hope my AC is working well!)

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Old 06-14-2017, 06:45 PM   #4321
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It's summer in the Midwest, and we do heat with humidity here.

At 7,000 feet, it should be cool enough to be tolerable, I would hope, but I would also make sure your AC is working,

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Old 06-14-2017, 07:14 PM   #4322
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On Sunday afternoon, Blackie and I head for the Texas Hill Country to join an unofficial group of vintage Airstreamers at Inks Lake. If it's not too hot, I'll sit by the lake. If it is too hot, I'll sit IN the lake. That's the way Texans handle summer.
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:16 PM   #4323
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Have a great time!

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Old 06-14-2017, 07:59 PM   #4324
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Maggie, It was 55 this AM. 75 was the best it got around 4 PM. Back to mid 60's now. AC off and windows open. I love Canada.
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Yep, you go north, and it gets cooler...that's what I'm looking for, and it is about 20 degrees cooler right now on the shores of Lake Superior.

On another topic...one of the Moraine View group had bought a 12 volt cell signal booster, that has an antennae that attaches magnetically to a vehicle roof.

Altho theirs was prohibitively expensive for me, she reported a significant increase in signal and connectivity, while I struggled with a couple of bars of 3G, 99% of the time...so I looked into these, and called Verizon tech support for info and recommendations.

Verizon doesn't sell them, so didn't have specific recommendations, but told me any booster would work, so I found this single-user booster at a very reasonable price....it is on its way to me, and will arrive early next week.

I believe I also have somewhere an adaptor which allows a 12 volt item to plug into electricity, too, which should make this usable most anywhere...such as at my Adirondacks cabin rental in a couple of months, if needed, tho there is wifi there.

It is a sad fact for me that connectivity is a wanted and needed part of everyday life...I would like to be that person who embraces a non-technological lifestyle, but I just can't.

When traveling, specially, the internet is my link to so much in my life...I do and communicate so much online and thru email, and when I don't have it, I don't like it.

So, we'll see how it works.

We apparently got some rain overnight, but I suspect no "storms" as I was not awakened to a cold, wet nose touching my cheek to alert me to a need for comforting.

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Good morning Maggie... we're having rain again for a few days.. probably be in the 60's, then Saturday starts another week of sun and warmth... like 70's... that's warm enough for me... I saw one of those 12v to 110 in the auto section of a local store here... Black and Decker, $12... I have an older one that was in the Bvan.. I keep it in the car now.. pretty handy device.... keep having fun!!! Hugs and love from here...
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