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Old 06-15-2014, 03:00 PM   #379
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Thanks for all those suggestions, Gene, but I know not the answer to one of them.

I wouldn't dare try to touch it or deal with it myself. Makes my eyes cross just to read what you've written.

Will have it looked at by the pros.


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Old 06-15-2014, 03:04 PM   #380
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Barb's eyes would cross too. If you've absorbed a little of it, it may help you understand what the pros say.

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The van battery was dead this morning, for some reason, but Silvertwinkie and his brother got it jumped and me on the road. That battery is just over a year old, can't imagine why it would be dead. Will have to keep a watch on that.

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Hi, Maggie; From my many years of dealership experience, I would say a very common reason for a dead battery is a light left on somewhere. Dome lights, glove box lights, vanity mirror lights, under hood lights, Etc. Sneak out there at night and see if anything is glowing.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:34 PM   #384
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I found this recipe online late last year, and have just made my second batch. I posted it on some other thread at some point, thought I would add it here, as well, just because.

I am not chemical-phobic, tho do avoid their unnecessary use, but really resent the ridiculous cost of commercial laundry detergents these days.

I love the way this mixture cleans, its' light fragrance, and especially......its' cost.

All of the ingredients should be found within close proximity to each other, in your favorite laundry detergent aisle.

BEST HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT

1 Box Borax
1 Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 3lb Box OxyClean
1 5lb Box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
2 Bars Fels-Naptha Soap, grated

Mix ingredients thoroughly in large, 3 gallon or so, airtight container. I use a 12 quart container picked up at the local restaurant supply store.

Use 2-3 tablespoons per load, top or front loader. Makes about 2 gallons, enough for 200 or so loads.



On another note....as I'm mindlessly grating the Fels-Naptha today, and mulling over my adjustment to widowhood, I realize that probably a dozen times each day, still, my head automatically turns to share some small or large something with Doug.

My soulmate, helpmate and wingman. I miss him.

Had an email from Doug's sister yesterday, about the depths of grieving Doug's 96 1/2 year old mother is going through. She who has outlived two husbands and now her only son, is expressing how much harder this death has been for her. I am sad for her, and she is so ready to go and join her men.

I will see her the end of this month, after a visit to the cemetery and on my way to northern MN to spend some time with friends.

Doug's kids were at the cemetery over Father's Day, and report the rosebush I planted is alive and seems to be doing well.

Doing okay. Hot as h--l here.

Lily is at doggie day care, I am tending to things inside rather than outside.


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Hi Maggie... nice stuff they made for you... and thanks for the recipe, I'm going to make some just for fun!!! hugs, gail
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Hi, Maggie; Making laundry soap is too much work for me. I have to use DREFT and no scents allowed due to skin problems. Using the measuring marks in the cap just doesn't work for me. I now use a shot glass with marks on it. One ounce does a large load and the bottle seems to last forever.
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Wow, Robert!

I have always been somewhat enamored with suds, which I like to see so that I can visualize proper cleaning going on.

I just don't look, with this recipe.


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I sent off to Dr. Wright Culpepper (one of the best names, ever) at Faithworks yesterday the blankets and children's things received at the rally over the weekend. In an email letting him know these were coming, I had also asked about the donations in Doug's memory.

He sent back the following response:

Thank you so much Maggie.

I will follow up with you on how the funds will be spent. We have had conversations about possibilities with the health system about how we can honor him, but we and they have not had a chance to meet lately.

They have opened the Nunnally House and it is beautiful. We are working closely with them and have now stopped having cancer patients stay at Karen's House, and have turned our focus to those who are staying at Nunnally and expanding our reach to local cancer survivors. However, we are hoping that the Cancer Care Center will be able to use it for ancillary services. That remains to be determined. At any rate, I plan to give you some choices soon.

We have the memorial picture at our main office which is seen by many more than just those who were guests at Karen's House.

You remain in our thoughts and prayers. I look forward to talking with you soon.

Blessings,

Wright


We knew the hospital was building a new, larger facility, next door to the House of Hope, which has apparently been completed and is now in use.

When I get more information on what the donated funds will be used for, will post that here.

Such good people, there, appearing at our sides.

So many good people here, as well, and on my trip home.


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Maggie, I love reading this thread. It is inspiring. I make my own laundry detergent and use a similar recipe. It saves money and works very well. It actually is easier to make than I thought.
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Thank you.

There are so very many good people out there. It is soul comfort to experience that, which I did again today.

Had the service tech here to give the central AC its annual going-over, who shared that his wife, the love of his life, is terminally ill and currently in ICU. He took off work yesterday, but she is some better today and so he came to work because, of course, if he doesn't work he doesn't get paid.

Offering comfort and sympathy to him, and taking note of the specifics of the new AC filter which Doug had always taken care of, we talked about death, dying, afterlife or not, etc., then that I am still adjusting to all that goes with my husband dying suddenly a few months ago.

As we talked and shared, he offered to trouble-shoot house things on the phone, if that would be of any help to me. He meant it.

When he left, I told him I would keep them in my thoughts, wished a peaceful resolution to his wife's illness and thanked him for his offer of help. He said it was the right thing to do. Another one.

I am still somewhat amazed, and daily very grateful, at the response this thread has gotten but, as I have said before.....we are all more alike than we are different. If it helps me, helps others, and harms no one, it's a good thing.

Am in the process selling a couple of Doug's weapons. All of yesterday and this a.m., dealing with that. I who know nothing.

My son noticed the other day that the two handguns which were in the Interstate when Doug was stricken, now on a high shelf in the house, were....still loaded. I haven't touched them, but to bring them in and put them up.

Doug would raise his eyebrows and say "of course they're loaded.....why carry a hand gun that isn't loaded?", and he would be right. Hadn't occurred to me to check that, nor would I have known how.

Yes, I am getting appraisals from several dealers, and have a gun friend of Doug's working on this as well....really, so I know what is a fair price. Both are going to family who will use them, which Doug would very much like.

Having a broken tooth pulled this afternoon. Lucky me.


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As we get older, we lose more teeth and know more people who have died, or know their loved ones. Being old takes courage. Barb had a tooth pulled last week and it seems be healing well. She's waiting for bone to grow for an implant in November! Implants are expensive, but someday they may be the only teeth we have. I just talked to an old friend I hadn't heard from in 15 years—at age 62 (how did he get so old?) he's getting married for the first time. Teeth go, friends die, but people still get married and hope for long years together.

I hope your tooth comes out easily, unlike Barb's giant molar, so big they had to give her a general anesthetic. She really liked the anesthetic and was kind of goofy for the rest of the day. I hope you have a friend to drive you back home. I get goofy just from local anesthetic and it is an excellent excuse for ice cream.

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