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Old 11-23-2017, 06:18 AM   #4781
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Hand Pain

A few years ago I had the same sort of pain and clicking in several fingers. I put up with it until an injury forced me to see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and arm things. She fixed the injury and the trigger fingers with cortisone injections. They have stayed fixed.

She also told me they do a simple surgery in cases where the injections don't work.

So, if rest and avoiding repetition don't help, a doc might be able to fix you up.

Your decision, of course.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:39 AM   #4782
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Thank you, Mimi, and I will surely see a doctor if my own tending to doesn’t prove effective.

How close are you to being in that new house???

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Old 11-24-2017, 07:44 PM   #4783
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Getting close

A month or so to go for the house. The hangar should be done on Monday.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:05 AM   #4784
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Ahhh, good, so maybe by Christmas!

I am really interested in your fireplace and mantel, and would love to see a picture especially of that.

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Old 11-25-2017, 05:41 AM   #4785
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I'll post pictures when it all comes together. Not much to see right now, just a prefab fireplace installed in a wall. The stone people need to do their magic to make it look right. The mantel is lying on sawhorses in the hangar so it will be available when they are ready to install it.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:52 AM   #4786
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Can’t wait to see it all done, Mimi.

I’ve been having my coffee in my new sitting area , candle lit, watching the sun come up.

My yard guys did an excellent fall cleanup back there, and with the rock border in place it is all just lovely to look out upon.

Wood is being delivered this morning, so fires are assured until I head south.

Small pleasures from little things.

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Old 11-27-2017, 12:56 PM   #4787
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A lovely Thanksgiving with my son and his, after which I returned home to my small, quiet and clean little house.

Puttered around here over the weekend, putting out a few holiday things and finishing up some pre-winter tasks. Started a Netflix series, Godless, where astonishingly Michelle Dockery, of Downton Abbey, plays a rancher woman in New Mexico I believe it is...complete with a southern drawl and not a hint of British Aristocracy.

I could hardly believe my eyes and ears, but itís really pretty good...set in the late 1880ís, and including struggling folks of varied backgrounds trying to start a new life. I am rather drawn to that period in time, for several reasons, including because Doug always said he was once a bounty hunter in post Civil War Kansas who rescued me-in-a-former-life from marauding Indians.

After extracting some gift suggestions from my grands over the last few weeks, I have today finished their Christmas shopping online...so much easier than braving the hordes, jostling for popular items and standing in long lines to pay.

Weíve had some unseasonably warm weather, interspersed with bouts of cold, so my shrubs have been trimmed and the beds cleaned up...I think I am done now with outside work, and with a face cord of wood in place the weather can now do whatever it likes.

My staging area for the next trip...a corner of the back bedroom...is starting to fill, and Lily is watching travel preparations with great interest and anticipation, sniffing things and looking to see whatís there for her. Iím starting to get the itch...

This has become my favorite part of my little house...what used to be the dining area of my kitchen, now a sitting area...picture taken looking toward the back yard as I stand by the woodstove in the living room.

The perfect spot for morning coffee, mid day tea, reading...

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I’ve been getting the Mother Earth News free daily newsletter for years...full of interesting tidbits of information regarding different aspects of a simpler, more natural approach to life.

Not a vegetarian, living on a self-sustaining homestead in the wilderness, an herbal remedy afficionado, partaking only of organic food etc., I still am interested in and subscribe to all of what they offer on some level...so take what I need, and leave the rest.

Sometimes, something in the newsletter really strikes me, like this recipe and picture this morning...

https://www.motherearthliving.com/co...FAAB948950C1C6

My Mississippi grandmother used to make Brunswick Stew when we would visit at Thanksgiving....tho she didn’t use chicken, but squirrel and rabbit caught, skinned, cleaned and frozen by my granddaddy, who hunted small and large game.

I have never cared for okra...it is slimy...but it belongs in dishes like Brunswick Stew and a good Gumbo, so therefore I eat it when I enjoy those dishes.

I can still taste this dish, just by looking at the picture, tho my grandma’s had diced potatoes in it.


There is so much going on in our country and world that I can hardly keep up...so I broke down and subscribed to the Washington Post a week or so ago, complete with breaking news alerts via email.

Geeeeezz. I wish I could get Doug’s take on so many things. I think he would be shaking his head and getting up in the night to read news pages to see what is happening.

It feels like our country is imploding.


We are having a beautiful and prolonged fall here, dry and sunny and gorgeous, tho it’s fixin’ to get very cold next week.

I will get a big pile of wood into the garage this weekend, and then I am ready.

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Fried okra! Yummy!
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Okra cooked any way is good. Slimy is OK if it tastes good--easier to swallow.
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Yeah, me, Iím not too interested in slimy....no raw oysters, raw fish of any kind actually, no eggplant, escargot...


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So apropos, to so many things...
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Yeah, me, Iím not too interested in slimy....no raw oysters, raw fish of any kind actually, no eggplant, escargot...


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You've just made me laugh! Oysters, escargot and even eggplant are some of my favorite things. I won't ask if you eat steamers...how about Dorsey's favorite lobster?
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Hi Bruce!

No steamers, and prefer no whole belly anything....I was raised in the Midwest, just never learned to eat those things.

I do loooooove lobster, tho.

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how about Dorsey's favorite lobster?
Lobster is just crawfish in the giant economy size. Never have tried lobster boiled in Zatarain's crawfish seasoning, but I bet it would be delicious!
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No no no no nooooo.....nooooo Zatarains for lobster!

You just boil them up and dunk their bits in melted butter.

Or, let someone else tear their freshly cooked selves apart and serve it to you on a roll.

I’ve tried crawfish, but they are extremely labor intensive in my opinion, and not worth the effort when you can buy the tails frozen to make etouffe, etc.

I don’t understand the appeal of crawfish, but neither boiled peanuts or okra...just call me a Yankee.

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No no no no nooooo.....nooooo Zatarains for lobster!

You just boil them up and dunk their bits in melted butter.
I've had lobster that way, many times, and it's delicious. But I'm still tempted to try lobster at least once boiled with Cajun/Creole seasoning. Maybe only once, if it doesn't taste goodÖ
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Iím sure it would taste okay, but would be a criminal offense to put all that strong seasoning onto a good lobster.

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Iím sure it would taste okay, but would be a criminal offense to put all that strong seasoning onto a good lobster.
You wouldn't say that if lobster could be found in Louisiana territorial waters, because then spicy lobster would already be a thing. Cajuns will season and eat anything that's not trying to eat them, and most things that areó if they can get in the first bite!

But fortunately for lobster lovers everywhere, lobsters aren't found in Cajun Country.
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