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Old 10-25-2015, 10:47 AM   #1051
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:17 AM   #1052
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I am done with my task just now, going to get it in the mail and have it over with.

Then.....winterization will be done today, and Interstate safely ensconced in its storage lot til January sometime!



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Old 10-25-2015, 03:27 PM   #1053
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Interstate is emptied of freezables, winterized, and in its storage spot.

Took Lily with me and walked her back, so we are both tired @ 2 1/2 miles or so. A pretty good little walk.

Now I can refocus on finishing fall chores, inside and outside of the house.

Had an email from Doug's sister, that their mom fell again trying to get out of bed to go to the bathroom....after it took too long for someone to answer her bell .....so she now has a fractured pelvis and is confined to bed but for meals, when they will wheel her into the day room.

I hate it. The last time I talked with Sandy, her mom had fallen 3 times since moved into the new nursing home a couple of weeks prior.....always while trying to get to the bathroom when no one answered her buzzer.

I encouraged her to hire a CNA for her at least for during the night....Louise is not indigent, money would not be an issue. Almost 98, now bedridden.

I hate it.


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Old 10-26-2015, 08:11 AM   #1054
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Email update from Doug's sister informs me that the fractured pelvis of their mom is anticipated to heal in a few weeks. Seems fast for a 98 year old, but what do I know. I hate that it happened.

I will be up to see her soon, and will take Lily for nuzzling and kisses. For a woman who has never owned a dog, nor believed one should live inside, she really, really enjoys Lily.

It is likely the give and take of affection element, which has become so important to me in the absence of my husband. I understand.


The air is chilled, leaves are turning and falling......I so very much, really and truly, love this time of year.

And, it makes me want to bake.....bread.

Going to get a loaf going here in a bit....maybe two. Why couldn't I bake two loaves in the same day?

Then....choices would abound in my freezer. I like the idea of that.

I made this recipe the other day, it having appeared in a Mother Earth Newsletter some weeks ago. They are simple and delicious, and I am going to freeze the remainder in one cup portions today, to be pulled at will for small bakes with corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, queso cheese, etc. Yum.


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• 1 pound dry black beans
• 6 cups vegetable stock or water
• 1 large onion, diced
• 8 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

The night before, cover beans with water and soak overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse, and cover with stock. Bring to a boil, skim off any foam, and reduce heat to medium. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about an hour, or until tender. Pack into freezer-safe containers, and freeze for later use.


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IT MAKES ME SAD THAT SO MANY PEOPLE FEEL THEY’RE ONLY ALLOWED TO SHOW THEIR BEST FACE, WHILE THEIR HUMANITY AND VULNERABILITIES ARE FORBIDDEN AND HIDDEN. HOW ELSE DO WE CONNECT, BUT BY COMMONALITY, BY MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND TRUTH IN LIFE’S EXPERIENCES? WHETHER IT MAKES YOU SMILE OR CRINGE, A TRUTH SPOKEN IS A HEALING THING.
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:19 PM   #1055
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A loaf of rye and one of wheat with steel cut oats are doing their thing on my kitchen counter, to be baked in the am.

The house will smell heavenly....and, there will be bread...really good bread.

Lily is tired from her very long walk home from the storage facility yesterday. I love when she curls up like this.

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Yup. Happy tired doggie enjoying the furniture. I cannot imagine keeping my dogs off the furniture. We use a soft fleece throw that is washable to minimize the possibility of scratches to the leather. The digs push a 'best' into it.


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good morning Maggie.. yes, she looks really comfy there... I love when you post pics with bits of you home like that... to visualize where you are, what you're talking about... Hugs and love from here...gail and gracie who looks like that more than not!!! my furniture is all Early American Dumpster, so they can do what they will with it... hahaha
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A loaf of rye bread baked, and the wheat/oat loaf now in the oven.

If the DO and the oven are already hot, it is an efficient use of energy to do two loaves, back-to-back, correct?

I found some turkey noodle soup in the freezer from last year.....bread and soup, a perfect, rainy-and-chilly-day repast.

Did you know......if you buy multiples of FoodSaver bags directly from them you can save up to 50%, and with free shipping? Have just loaded up on my favorite, one pint bags. The perfect size for a main dish leftover for one....MRE's in the freezer for a later time.

I have been trying to get an answer as to why my homeowners insurance has gone up 22% in the past two years.....the answer from the underwriters is, "no one reason, it is system generated and based on a multitude of factors".

I am a person who likes to know the what and the why of things....no one reason, no specific answer, for such a large jump in premium is frustrating for me.

I did change agents just before I left for Greece, have since my return sat down and reviewed everything with him....which my last agent never once did....and he was able to reduce it by $100/year.

Just a few phone calls to competitors informed me that my longevity, good driving record, no homeowners claims, bundling, etc., with State Farm, make their rates impossible to beat by others. Seems kind of arbitrary and capricious, but apparently not.

It is a slow news day at the little house, and I guess for that I should be grateful.

We had a saying in the business "don't talk about it, you might wake it up"....so I shall not.


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Old 10-27-2015, 11:54 AM   #1060
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Hi Gail!

You know, I have found the leather holds up very well to Lily. She has been with me 5 years, and on the furniture all that time.

The living room furniture is the only good purchase here....the dining room is antique oak, from my paternal grandparents. He was a carpenter and built the buffet and sideboard. I am named after her, so have her initials....which he cut and placed into the glass doors. My father remembered his Dad cutting those.

Bedroom furniture is also antique, from my maternal grandparents in Mississippi.

Nothing extravagant, any of it, but cherished and memories in all of them.


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Hand crafted is by its very nature extravagant these days. Pressed sawdust that is guaranteed to be trash in less than 10 years is the norm now.
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Over 100 years old, this furniture is....my Danish Dida from Long Island did a pretty darned good job, and made them to last.

When you turn around these two pieces he made, the tops were obviously something else once upon a time...perhaps from a bed, as there is hand carved vine with leaves along their entire width.

I always remember these grandparents as being very old, and they both had died long before this furniture became mine and I saw what was on the back of it. I don't know that anyone knew the story of where that oak came from.

There is a picture of my sister and I as pre-schoolers, dressed in our finery, with Nana and Dida at their 50th wedding anniversary. I remember them as good, kind people, tho I saw them less than a dozen times, once a year or so.

Nana made currant jelly from the bush in her back yard. Dida smoked a pipe, and gave us dollar bills from his wallet...which rested next to his tobacco pouch and so always smelled like pipe tobacco.

Whenever I smell a pipe, I think of him.


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