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    fw, has it been almost a year since Hunty came? Wow! I guess you and DD are doing better since the big showdown? It sounded like it since y'all did supper together, etc. I don't blame you a bit for expecting stuff from her. Our DD and her boyfriend seem to be doing well with each other---they're leaving Saturday to spend a week at the beach with his siblings/mom/stepfather. Things are much easier on us when things are going well between them. We wish they would go ahead and get married if they're going to but the boyfriend is still working on his Master's and I think he wants to wait till he's through with that and finds a job in his field. Last night DD was telling us that they have picked out names for their potential future children....
    Take a nap today if you need to.

    Gbug, I guess the squash in your garden is the yellow crookneck? We love that cooked with onions. Hope you have lots of fun and relaxation at the casino.

    wjcalderon, your kitchen is really pretty! Thanks for the pic.

    SD, funny that the Mighty Mississippi is so puny and, well, regular-looking in parts. I've seen it at New Orleans but that's all.

    Tine, that must be a real relief that your MIL is calmer about her situation and plans. You're a good friend to proof a 140-page paper! I've proofed plenty of papers but never one that long.

    hikr, your wall hanging for Ben is lovely! What a great gift for him. Way to go on 10,000 steps! As to my new nickel allergy---my symptoms were extreme redness, itching, and burning of my earlobe and under my eye, sometimes with swelling and peeling. It started back in the winter and I thought perhaps I was allergic to face or eye creams but even quitting using anything on my face didn't help. Some days it was much better than others, almost to looking normal, then it would flare up again. The day I went to the dermatologist it wasn't bad at all but she immediately could tell what it was and gave me a steroid gel to use, which has been wonderful. Turns out even the 14K gold earrings I wear probably have nickel in them for strength since gold is a soft metal. So she wants me to switch to nickel-free earrings (this hasn't gotten done yet). She said she sees lots of this all the time.

    Niko, I hope your back and hips are still feeling all right. How's your energy level? Mine is awful lately---probably partly the heat, even with AC.

    earlybird---so sorry about that tooth! Sure hope you don't need a crown. I'm right with you about the weight. I was great at my physical in March and since then, well, it hasn't been pretty.

    Bernice, Rabbit, StartingOver, and anybody I missed, hi!

    pinetree, how's it going?

    For Thursday:

    1) Financial stuff with DH DONE
    2) Unload/load/run dishwasher DONE
    3) Vacuum downstairs DONE
    4) Do laundry
    5) Plan menus
    6) Return books to library/maybe quick grocery trip

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    Hi guys!

    It's going slow, must be my age!! You get older and it takes forever to heal!

    Thank you for all the birthday wishes, this Sat, we will be partying, smoked pulled pork, smoked corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, ( of course it chick-fil-a's!) strawberries, hersheys chocolate cake, rocky road ice cream. oh yum... cant wait!

    Thank you too for all the pictures of the river! I am so grateful I can travel thru you here!!

    FW, Happy Birthday to the puppy!!

    SD, have a blast shopping! I will be thinking about you!!

    ILC, how are you doing?

    Gbug, have fun!! win a bunch!!

    Tine, so glad your mil is better, its a drag on your headache. hope they dont start up again after your fall. take care! I have to look up your tree too.

    EB, I can write a list and will forget all about it, I kinda do what I want when I see it.... I really try to do at least 3 thing I said I was going to do!

    Niko, are you closed today too? thats not good!! Hope you're doing ok.. hugs

    Hikr, went to buy whole chicken yesterday at king soopers, .77lb, they are brined.. 330mg salt per 2 oz. I give up! Have 40 lb coming next week from zaycon.
    what chicken are you doing? I'll be back to cooking next week... I need to get back into it before I forget how!! lol

    Hi to everyone I missed..

    My list
    do what ever I can.
    exercise
    find dinner

    Have a wonderful day!

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    Pinetree-I guess? Still trying to decide on an age let alone Bday. Glad things are a big better??

    ILC-its a long established pattern where I ask her to do something she doesnt want to do. She puts me thru the paces and then we do ok. The change was I didnt accept anything this time. Her life,her mess,my house. You clean or I'll hire someone to remove it. As long as I see good progress I will try and be patient but... no promises. The hardest part is i could bust this out in a week.
    Have to go get her now and grab alicense for the hunty. Poor baby I found a stitch they missed from the fight w/ Y. Luckily I could do it.

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    Tine - i think it would be interesting to hear the paper you read being presented. Good luck to your friend. hope the migraine goes away.

    hikr00 - i am a big big fan of the cozy mystery. I love to find a series and then read from the start. i love the titles too. I think my favorite series is the cat who books. i read the whole series once a year. they are very good until the last 4-5 when i dont think lilian braun was writing them anymore. still i love the series. there are so many cozy series that i will never run out of something to read.

    ilc - i have worn nickel free earrings for probably 20+ years. i get mine from Simply Whispers. they had a catalog but havent seen one for a while, i just order online.

    fw - i dont like when people hold me up when i am in the mood to get stuff done. at least you have found something that works.

    heading to dentist..........good thoughts it can be an inexpensive quick fix. well at least i can think that. everyone have a good afternoon

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    You can buy stainless steel (does that have nickel in it?) ear wires and posts and change them for the nickel ones, if you have earrings you really like but can't wear.

    So far so good today. I had breakfast, a banana, a handful of shredded wheat, and a little milk, 7 points. I hate that WW upped the points for milk because of the sugars in it. Hardly seems fair. Lunch was a rice cake, a ham and cheese wrap, radishes, and an apple, six points. I have lots of points left for the day. Today is errand day and Husby will probably start in about going to DQ. I'll have to check but I think I could swing a grilled chicken sandwich with a side of Flamethrower Sauce, fries, and water instead of pop.

    Wish we had a Wendy's in town, too. Their menu makes it so easy to stay on plan.

    Got another little cap done. I'll be glad when those are all knitted because I want to switch over to sewing.

    Got the broken section of the awning pole replaced and restrung, so we can use the camper awning again. Here's what the awning looks like, in case anyone is wondering how an awning can have fiberglass poles. I'll admit it was nice last weekend to walk into a store and be able to just buy exactly what we needed, instead of having to order on Amazon and hope it's the right thing. We may have to rethink Grand Rapids if we ever completely eliminate Spearfish. I'm also happy I had to buy a pack of four poles, so now we have three spares.


    I've almost decided I need to dump a bunch of small kitchen appliances. I used to have a big collection and thought I needed every type of little electric appliance there was, but then I got over it and got rid of a bunch a few years ago. I like my pantry so much more now. But lately I've realized I still have too many things that do essentially the same thing. Do I really need that big expensive Foreman grill with the interchangeable flat plates AND a sandwich maker? Do I need the Foreman grill AND an electric grill too? That kind of thing. Obviously the Foreman grill stays, since it's a multiple-purpose item, but there are other things I could happily get rid of. Still thinking about it all...

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    SD-I dumped both those and the torilla warmer. My hard point is the wafflemakers.
    I have a round one for belgium,the vintage one refurbed that Dmom used when I was a kid,the square 4 waffle one and a few other floating around. Seriously,FW. Oh well. Bsmt first,kitchen after.

    OMgoodness, Went to the county shelter and took DD for strength. The girl behind the counter was such an amazing beach. She cant take Yogi off babbles something about it being on another site,tries to tell me Hunty is late and i cant count him as a foster if I didnt do it through a rescue. I try to show her the whole progression of the HW/vaccination/neuter cycle. She wont look at it. I dont care about the diff between the $7.50 and the $30. but I dont want a late on my record and I dont like being called a liar either. So I waited 20 min. for the supervisor and we got it all straight. IDK why some people get so jaded. She was sure she was right and I was a beep. I will say if i find that $30. charged on my statement their will be words. DD was ready to slap the girl. I kept my cool while smug w/ her. I smiled and petted other dogs,let people go ahead while I waited,talked w/ other clerks,talked about rescues I had worked at,talked to the old man that adopted Charlie to us and how we had dinner at the Sportsmans Club once. DD talked me down after we left. We went to the 5Below store so she could get DH a Fathers Day gift. Just crazy how some people act.

    Made a great steak dinner w/ baked potato,corn on the cob and a grilled peach.
    DD is spinning some grey wool she got from Her BF's sheep and will give the yarn to his sister for her Bday tomorrow. Just very cool. I hope those 2 work out. Her is making her new spindles for her spinning wheel and she is having a fabric printed w/ his union sysmbol so she can make him bandanas. He has pygmy milk goats and she hopes to learn cheese making next.

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    I had a bunch of waffle makers, too. I think the only ones I have left are the one for the Foreman grill and the vintage Griswold that doesn't have a base. We rarely eat waffles anyway because then we'd just put butter and syrup and other bad things on them, so why put myself through that?

    I also have a vintage Belgian cookie iron. Those are very rare so I'll be keeping that, too. It has only one use, making Belgian cookies. Something else I shouldn't eat but they're so dang much work I don't plan to make them very often.

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    Good evening - i lucked out at the dentist. He refilled the tooth and saved me a bundle. I was very happy.

    I have found that over the years i dont need kitchen gadgets. I have a crockpot, mini chopper, stick blender and geo foreman. i had a bread maker once that i used a couple times and then it sat. Now if i want homemade bread i just use the plastic bag recipe and it works great. Good luck SD if you pare down. I don't miss any of it. Newer gadgets are just too darn expensive so I dont even look at them.

    will be waiting on family member at hospital tomorrow so getting together some entertainment and snacks. they are blowing mulch in our flower beds tomorrow so i am glad i will miss that hubbub.

    enjoy your evening

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    I've gotten rid of a lot in past years, EB. I haven't missed any of it either. It's just time for another round of purging in the kitchen. The sewing room needs it again, too.

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    Look who just moved in down the road. WDIO.com - Wolf Center Welcomes New Pups Into the Pack

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    SD-very cool. DD goes bedhead!!lol
    Plus we were watching Andrew Zimmerman at your state fairs yesterday. Very cool also.

    Well DD goes in later do maybe I can get a load over to the S.A. tomorrow. Wish I had a magic wand to zap it away.

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    I'm still behind reading your posts..

    Turned out the paper was only about 60 pages. The 140 pages I first saw was some odd preview. It was still felt long, and I'm very detailed when I'm proofreading. It is a good paper, and I didn't have a lot of corrections.

    We have carpenters doing some renovation today. They will come back in August when they have a new window and door for us.

    My BF's brother comes tonight and will stay the weekend. We're going to a wedding tomorrow. Our ekstra room is like a storage room at the moment, so we need to do some decluttering today just to reach the sofabed. We don't use that room much when we're on our own.

    I'm sorry for you you don't know elderberries and flowers. I think it's very good. I tried canning some of the elderflower cordial yesterday, but it changed the taste, so I'm gonna store it in the freezer. I've made 6 liters (about 1,6 gallons), and you dilute it with still og sparkeling water before drinking, so it's gonna last for a long time.

    Today:

    - Run dishwasher. Done twice.
    - Reorganize freezer to get room for the elderflower cordial and freeze it.
    - Declutter "guest room".
    - Laundry.

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    Tine - elderberries kept ringing a bell with me so i asked my mom and yes they grew in my hometown. we picked them as kids and grandma would make pies. we picked so many different berries with kids i didnt remember. i will tell her about the cordial, maybe she remembers more.

    SD - that awning looks good. i bet it makes a difference when in a sunny location. i have to say that i have never missed anything i got rid of either.

    fw - let me know if you find a wand...........i wouldnt mind one either. haha

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    I miss our rectangular awnings because they gave us more shade and were substantial enough to hang things from, like Add-A-Room walls and wet towels, but OTOH we like how it flexes in wind. We can at least hang ONE towel from it! If it's not real windy. I also like how the guy lines are so much longer than the dog leash, so the dog doesn't get tangled in legs like used to happen with the others. The best part about the Aliner awning is keeping rain off us while we unlock the door.

    Storm's moving in.

    I added tomato cages to the four tomato plants and put out a ton of whole peanuts which I see are about gone in maybe ten minutes, drilled some strategic holes in the center well of the hummingbird feeder so it won't collect rainwater anymore for mosquitoes to breed in, dug the chair cushions out of the shed and the birdbath, got out some meat for supper (Korean beef in the Crock), petted the dog (very important), and did some other little stuff so far.

    I hope to finish another little cap today too, at least. I'm really not getting much else done around here due to knitting. Once I get through with the caps that has to change.

    It looks like our lone loon might be back again this year. There's a loon down there just offshore, right where our dock will be put in. There are minnows down there so I suppose he's looking for some breakfast.

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    pinetree, your birthday menu sounds sooooo good! Have fun! You deserve it!
    Did I tell you I ordered chicken breasts from Zaycon? I had a code that I used for we got them for $1.69 a pound. We'll get them a week from tomorrow, so sometime before then I have to clean out my freezer and get things organized because it's a big jumbled mess in it.

    earlybird, I'm glad you didn't have to get that tooth crowned.

    SD, those wolf pups are beyond adorable! Yes, wolves are wonderful parents, and I believe the male and female also mate for life. Wolves have gotten such a bad rap in literature and movies and the media.

    Tine, hope you have a good weekend with your guest.

    fw, that is too cool about your daughter spinning wool and her boyfriend growing the sheep! Maybe she can learn soap-making using some of the goat milk---apparently it's supposed to have wonderful properties.

    Everyone, hope you're having a good day.

    Today is my son's 28th birthday! Exactly 28 years ago I was doing hard labor but it was worth it. We're going to have shrimp for supper since that's one of his favorites, and I'll pick up a small birthday cake at Kroger today.

    For Friday:

    1) Fold/put away clean laundry
    2) Mop
    3) Clean bathrooms
    4) Walmart/Kroger
    5) Record June's expenditures

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