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Old 08-07-2015, 05:45 PM   #621
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Wow! I hadn't even noticed.

Is there something special about 6900, or just shows I've been around here and participating awhile?

Enjoyed meeting the both of you, as well. It was a great group, wasn't it?!

Travel safe, and hope to see you in Wyoming next year.


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Old 08-08-2015, 06:52 AM   #622
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Old 08-08-2015, 03:20 PM   #623
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I have spent this day mostly on my feet......baking oatmeal blueberry waffles for the freezer, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and a loaf of DO bread for dinner. And, cleaning up after each, because that's what I do.

My grands are here for the afternoon, hence the cookies ....currently playing with the neighbor kids....and I am doing dinner for they and their parents here this evening.....first time I have fed them all here in awhile. There's a reason for that, which I won't go into here.

Doing simple summer food, including teriyaki chicken on the grill....after pulling the homemade marinade from the freezer, the label for which is in Doug's handwriting. Pangs, memories...widowed life.

My neighbors to the south have had one of those huge, red, rental dumpster things in their front yard the last few days. Seeing them outside this morning, I just had to acknowledge its very notable presence and see what they were up to.

"Ridding out", as my first mother-in-law would have called it....."getting rid of a lot of emotional baggage", as one of them told me quietly.

Things left from life with a prior partner, squirreled away in corners, recesses, the garage, hidden and left alone so as not to dredge up feelings. New partner of several years says it's time.

I understand. I still haven't played once, nor sorted thru, our CD's, some of which need to go to Doug's kids, nor the workbench and shelf unit in the garage. Doug's territory.

They will make me sad, so I don't. Avoidant, yes, but I don't have to do it til I'm ready.

One of these days.....


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Hi Maggie... yes, you know when you're ready...pats for Lily...keep having fun!!! the chicken sounds great so that's on my list for dinner too!! hug and love from the lovely Oregon coast.. gail
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:23 AM   #625
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Hi Gail!

When I used to make things with pineapple canned in juice, I would make teriyaki marinade with the juices, fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, etc, then freeze it in small containers.

Doug didn't like to drink pineapple juice, but loved teriyaki anything, so that was the best way not to waste it. Can also make a good teriyaki marinade with orange juice....I have done both, also bought it in a bottle on occasion.

We typically did Sesame Noodles with teriyaki chicken, and I will include that recipe here. Delicious, well received by all I have ever fed them to, and make great leftovers by themselves or with a bit of leftover chicken or pork cut up in them.

Dinner on the patio for 6 was consumed with much relish last night, and the loaf of fresh bread eaten down to just one end.

These three grands are all slim and active, but boy can they eat. I am glad I am not responsible for three meals a day plus snacks for that crew. Their parents are very diet-conscious, so have a small garden, consume lots of fresh fruits, veggies, homemade meals, etc., but I'm sure it takes a lot of planning....and buying.

I would bake a loaf of whole grain bread each day for them, were they mine, and they would eat every bite at one meal or the other. Alas, the younger generation would generally rather buy bread than bake it.....like my mother and then I did.

Bought bread is simply not as good, is the truth....also ridiculously expensive, for what you get....in my opinion. A loaf of whole grain artisan bread at the grocer is about $5 these days, when you can make one just as good, for little effort and less than $1 worth of ingredients.

Doug's mom remembers her mother and grandmother turning out large batches of bread and rolls in a wood cook stove several times a week.....but, then, they were also feeding large families and men who worked farm chores. Many carbs needed to fuel those men.

I took the rest of my Refrigerator Pickles up to my SIL's this past week....they loved them, and so much so that I made another batch this morning. Local cukes are plentiful and cheap, gives the food processor a workout, so why not.

It is supposed to rain off and on all day today.....needed rain at this point, after deluges earlier in the summer.

A good day for tea and the Sunday papers.


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Old 08-09-2015, 10:31 AM   #626
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This is a Capriel Pence recipe, for those of you who have ever watched her cook.

SESAME NOODLES

Whisk together:

1/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2-3 cloves chopped garlic

Toss with 1/2 pound cooked, hot spaghetti, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes.

Cover and let stand a few minutes to let pasta absorb the sauce.

Top with toasted sesame seeds, if you like.


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Old 08-10-2015, 10:18 AM   #627
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Part and parcel of widowhood is taking on those chores once handled by the absent spouse.....doing them as you must, putting off what can wait, because.....once you have done them, they belong to you....and one more small piece of them is gone

For me, it is also about deciding what I can, want to, and will do myself, and what I will leave to someone else. So far, the really dirty and sweaty, rather distatesful, man things are being hired out....mowing, checking pressure in tires, for example.

This morning, I bit the bullet and took on two more Doug-chores.....took the Matrix into AutoZone, who very kindly and deftly removed and replaced my worn windshield wipers, at no additional charge.

I also got on a step stool, removed the AC filter and put in a new one that I went out, located, and purchased all by myself!

I'm a big girl, these are things I can handle.....and, they are now mine.

I also called my very good and reliable, all purpose plumber/AC/furnace/electrician company, who is sending out someone to replace something having to do with the original, outside water spigot in the back yard.

It is leaking around the spigot when you turn the water on, and the AC maintenance person here last spring told me it needed to be replaced....she named the part and even told me where I could pick one up.

Ummm, no thank you. Sitting on the ground, using tools I have never touched before, delving into the interior of the house, taking this thing apart....and then replacing it? I think not.

That's why I have Wm. Masters. . They know exactly what to do, have skill and all the tools....and will have it done in a whip stitch.

They are also very reasonably priced, and one can pace such things so as to not over-tax one's budget. Why ever not?


Just shy of 18 months....I still talk to Doug every day, and maybe I always will. Hard to separate from, and stop sharing with, a loved one you were joined at the hip with for so many years. And, tho I am building a new life....I just don't want to stop sharing with him.

And, it's okay.

Doug encourages and supports me in my new life, I really feel that....pursing his lips and wagging his finger at times, tho, too. I can just see him. Like when I was stuck on that cliff at Chaco, and when the wheel fell off last week.

Ahh, well, I am learning new things....it is a process, and not an event, as we say in the business.

It is 74 degrees right now, with 93% humidity here in central Illinois.

Summer in the Midwest.


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Old 08-10-2015, 10:42 AM   #628
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I love this...

"Relationships last long not because they are destined to last long. Relationships last long because two brave people made a choice....to keep it, fight for it, and to work for it. "
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:10 AM   #629
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For me, it is also about deciding what I can, want to, and will do myself, and what I will leave to someone else. So far, the really dirty and sweaty, rather distatesful, man things are being hired out....mowing, checking pressure in tires, for example.
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It has always made me wonder why our culture teaches girls that things like checking tire pressures are dirty, yet expects us to change diapers and clean toilets.

I would encourage you to get beyond that cultural bias enough to learn how to check the tire pressures and the torque on your lug nuts.

a. either task takes 5 minutes or so (not enough time to get sweaty)

b. neither takes much strength or skill (long-handled wrench takes care of the strength issue for the lug nuts)

c. your hands won't get as dirty with either of these as they do when gardening. Gloves fix that issue entirely.

d. both are safety-related items that will occur when you are away from home and trusted help you can hire.

Your story of losing a wheel on the Interstate scares me. Thank Heaven it was a rear wheel on a country road.

I'm with you on the mowing. Would hire that out in a millisecond if my better half would agree.

I grew up as a widow's daughter, so I had an opportunity to learn that these "guy things" are not so bad after all.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:18 AM   #630
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You're right, I know that.

I am going to buy a lug wrench, and learn how to use it before I bring the Interstate home. I'll be checking those lug nuts regularly.

I have found the tire pressure gauge, and have a 12volt air thingie....whatever those are called ....and use it for my bicycle tires. It will also work for the big tires.....I just haven't done it.

I can go into a Firestone dealer, and they will do it for free.

I will watch for a powder puff mechanic class, too. .

Thanks for the suggestions.


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Make sure that's a torque wrench. Lug nut torque is kinda a Goldilocks thing--can't be too tight, can't be too loose, needs to be just right.
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I will.....and thank you for your concern and your suggestions.

I am going to have the tire dealer tell me exactly what to get, and show me how to use it.

Should I hear that thumping noise again, I can check and tighten them enough myself to get to someone who can do it properly.

Since I am not interested in carrying a gun, this would serve as a weapon should I need to fend off a burglar, too.

I do have a hatchet, as well.


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If you are going to carry an air compressor, be sure to have one that will pump up your large tires. A truck portable compressor is essential, preferably with a 12 volt attachment (lighter plug) and clamps with long wire to reach the battery.
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Thanks, Ed, but I have a little one that is to take 15 minutes if you need to top off a tire out in the boondocks somewhere.

I don't have anywhere to put a big one....this is to be for emergency inflation, only.

Any boondocks camping these days will be with others, at any rate......men with pickup trucks and those things in the back.

Yes, it's a bit dependent, but I am learning and doing the best I can with what I have to work with.......raised by a Confederate aristocracy mother, I learned to cook, bake, sew and clean, not to change tires, check tire pressure, torque lug nuts, etc.

I'm 66, also, with no mechanically oriented cells in my brain.


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I agree, Maggie. I did many of those 'male oriented tasks' in younger, healthier years. Now, at76, I feel that it's reasonable to hire certain hard chores out. I have housekeepers who come every two weeks, keep my home shining...a luxury, I know, but, gives me the freedom I've earned. I hire a handyman to do all those manly tasks I used to do in past years. That is O.K.!
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I agree, Evelyn. We don't have to do it all.

I'm doing a lot of things I never did before, or hadn't done in many years. Mechanical things were not one of those things I ever learned, and I am willing to learn now only what I must.

My house is small, and all one level, so cleaning it is easy for me....at this point in my life. Nice that you have help for that.

I got the Interstate back today. They can't tell me why the wheel fell off, minus the original to examine that is somewhere in the corn field...have chalked it up to a freak accident.


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Since I am not interested in carrying a gun, this would serve as a weapon should I need to fend off a burglar, too.

I do have a hatchet, as well.
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Be sure to have the torque wrench recalibrated after you whack the burglar with it. ;-) It might not be accurate after such a use, but it would work that way if you needed it.

But...
Isn't that Lily's job?
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Yes, a burglar would have to get past Lily.....and she has some pretty wicked teeth, which I am sure she would sink into someone if she felt the need.

I have never felt afraid, really, but am starting to feel like the cat with 9 lives who may be coming to the end of its life allotment.


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Maggie, I get the sense that you are not eager for a gun, but, as you do travel alone, you may want to reconsider. I do carry a marine air horn, (as a warning device), bear mace, and a 38 S&W. You can go to a gun store, get qualified instruction, practice, under supervision in their shooting range. I keep weapons in my home...my daughter and I are both proficient in use. I travel with my 38 (with laser pointer). I've never used it, other than at the gun range, and hope never to need to. It gives me great peace of mind to know it's there ...if I ever do need to protect myself. (My little chihuahua or Pomeranian will not offer more than a bark or two! Just a thought. God bless. Evelyn.
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Correct, I am uninterested in owning and carrying a gun. Just not for me.

Doug had guns, and always carried at least one in the Interstate, unless we were going into Canada. He wouldn't have been without it, and that was fine.

I always felt safe with him, gun or no gun, and that he could handle most any emergency.

Relying solely on myself after so many years has been part of my adjustment.


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