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Don't have too much fun at the whiskey tasting! LOL. I've heard of wine tastings but had never thought about tasting events for hard liquor. Makes sense though.

We offered to let the FD burn down the buildings for practice and they took us up on it, luckily. They burned down the house, too, and said they were happy to do it because they rarely got to burn down a building full of furniture, which offered practice with different kinds of hazards. I just can't get over those pics.

The doily flowers are proceeding slowly, but it's good practice.

Finally got my overdue mammo done. I hope all is well. I skipped last yr due to covid. I called for an appt yesterday and they said I could get it done at 8 AM today. Yes, please! I hate having to wait and dread it. Drove around town afterwards looking at houses. I've been saying for yrs we needed to target a particular section of town because of it having more ranch style houses, bigger lots, less traffic, and other advantages. Husby finally sees it. We're not completely ruling out other styles, but one level plus basement would probably work best as we get older. We'll probably start actively looking next yr, unless The Perfect House pops up, not likely in this town. We have some financial changes coming up next yr and need to let the dust settle from that before buying another house, unless we need to jump on something before then.
 

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oooh whiskey tasting that would be nice! That is a hard match with that fabric. Dcompton love the pic of your corner ..thought would be a lot more crowded the way you talk lol not discussing my corners! rain and chilly in the 40s so turned up heat. have the oven on to bake the spaghetti squash and frozen stuffed chicken. leftover veggies from yesterday and stovetop heat up the house that way too. working on blanket off and on. did accounting paid and unpaid ..get that off the to do list..time sensitive.
was pleasantly surprised that two places I have chasing for my orders say they are refunding me almost $200 worth of stuff. one from feb.. both orders saying that said my order was marked shipped but not. so just to keep eye out for refunds.

tatting looks nice! I have some vintage brochures on tatting I can send you if you like.
 

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That’s a great picture of the fire.

I’ve made good progress on the mountains. At the moment I’m at 5.33%. I would like to switch to another WIP but I’m enjoying this one, so I’ll stay with it a day or two longer.

I discovered an awesome tool, but may be the last person to get on board. The Snag Nab It. It’s brilliant. It’s been mentioned in frogging posts on Facebook. A long needle with one end rough. When you have bits of cut or frayed ends sticking up to the front, just run it through and the rough end pulls them through to the back. I wish I had it years ago. It was a whole $1.89. Money very well spent. It looks like this. I stuck the end in a few stitches just to hold it for the picture.
 

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That's so thoughtful, Martha, but my tatting storage is full. I bought a couple lots of books on eBay yrs ago when I discovered needle tatting, printed a bunch of patterns from Pinterest, and tore out a big stack of patterns from yrs worth of Mom's old Workbasket magazines, so have loads of patterns, most vintage. If I get anything more, I will have to get rid of something. I'm determined not to outgrow my space. I do appreciate the offer though.

D, I never heard of that tool before either, but I put a 2 pack in our Amazon cart. It looks handy.
 

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I knew I had paid for the whisky tasting but I was expecting the package to have the name of the company hosting the virtual talk. That's ok, it was a neat surprise.
The only thing that would make that better is if the talk was pre-recorded... you wouldn't be able to ask questions, but you could choose which day/night of the week to get loaded educated.🤣

I've been saying for yrs we needed to target a particular section of town because of it having more ranch style houses, bigger lots, less traffic, and other advantages. Husby finally sees it. We're not completely ruling out other styles, but one level plus basement would probably work best as we get older. We'll probably start actively looking next yr
You can't do that! You can't move into town!!! It will ruin my image of you living out in the wilderness of ice lakes growing your own green veggies in your aerogardens because you're cut off from civilization half of the year! No city roads and civilization for you!!! 😜
rain and chilly in the 40s so turned up heat.
Gotta say I'm a little jealous... still running the AC here... not really hot anymore, but warm and clammy (gross.) I'm looking forward to cozy weather.


Flower Petal Artificial flower Feather Flower Arranging This is was my stash-using project tonight... Pens for the clinic. Frustratingly, the pens were NOT from my stash of office supplies... I usually pick up a box or two on the back-to-school specials when they are super-cheap, and everyone whines and says they CAN'T use the cheap pens/pencils, they need the spiffy ones... yet when I looked in my box in the office? All gone. :rolleyes:The flowers were new today, too, and surprisingly hard to find. Michael's and Dollar Tree were both wiped out, and this was one of a few dregs at Walmart. But the floral tape and the ribbon, at least, were from the stash... I used up the last of the spool in the picture, plus some of a spool just like it but slightly darker green, whether by design or from age, I don't know. It felt almost sad to use up that spool, because it seems quite old-- 12yds for $1.25-- even in cheap stuff-- is not a price from any time in the last 20 years... At least it is going to a good cause... and I gave the spool to the rabbits to play with.

Tomorrow I'm at the clinic again, and I'm looking forward to putting up my silly decorations and things I've been gathering for the past week. I probably SHOULD put together the garlands tonight so they are one thing to hang tomorrow... but I probably won't... and I SHOULD go to bed fairly soon... but I'm thinking I'd like to finish the hat I'm working on and add it to the pile-- that's another stash I'm hoping to shrink tomorrow-- my classmate asked me to make her a hat, so I've made a bunch and she can pick, then anyone else who wants one can pick from the left-overs. I'm going to take all the embellishments I picked up over the weekend with me, too, and they can pick if they want me to add any flowers or anything... I'm actually excited for clinical tomorrow because of a particular patient I'm hoping will come in... but getting clutter out of the house is definitely a nice bonus! :)
 

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I think the pink/brown flower print would make nice pillowcases (maybe add coordinating border) and you could do a matching dust ruffle?
Want to finish this wool hat today, the end of the 2nd skein. The last/different wool yarn is really rough and I am debating it's ultimate purpose. I think each ball was marked 4 oz and there are 2 balls. There is also a partial skein of a pretty silvery gray acrylic that will be hat/s.
 

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Zhoen - the good thing about this virtual talk is that it does get recorded and the recording is available for a week to those who purchased a 'ticket'. The actual live talk is this Thursday, starting at 9 pm. I'm going to wait and watch the recording Friday evening after I finish washing my clothes.

SD - glad that the house and barn were (relatively) controlled burns and the FD got the needed training from it.

The temps in my area are going to be in the 80*s the next couple of days and then drop back into more fall like temps on Saturday.
 

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Z, looks like you've been busy. We're remote but not quite THAT remote. 🤣 We don't have to bring our groceries in by dog team, like some people here do, or live without power. We anticipate owning a second house for several yrs, depending when we buy. It's getting harder and harder to do the maintenance here. We got a good lesson about waiting too long to make a move. The pic of the burning barn tells that story. The entire farmstead had to be burned down because FIL refused to leave, but couldn't keep it up himself and wouldn't pay others to do it. The neglect resulted in unsalvageable deterioration that finally forced him out when he had a health crisis and doc refused to release him to go home. We can't let that happen to our beloved lake home.

It was a controlled burn, Ren. They did it after crops were out and the weather was right to prevent spread.
 

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Cool and wet here today. Not sure what my plans are. I'm re-thinking the pink and brown backing because it is much more brown than I remembered. It's perfect for something, probably not this quilt. I might knockout some HC stars later. Dinner is going to be quick and easy tnight, I should have time to get several done. Rechargeables for my camera conked out, after several years of use, today I am in search of a new set.

Hope everyone has a good day.
 

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Yes! After yrs of searching and much trial and error, mostly error, I found/created a perfect (IMO, which in this case is the only O that matters) homemade ramen seasoning recipe. It meets my needs of not having any overpowering flavors but still a nice broth, no added salt, and no bouillon. I never thought I'd find something. We gave up the salt packets yrs ago that come with ramen noodles, especially after Doc told us both to lose the salt. Husby didn't want ramen for lunch, but he used it as seasoning on his hotdish and kept going back for more, so he will probably like it for ramen, too. Yea! Double win. I love ramen with peas and chicken or shrimp for lunches, so it fits my WW plan, too, in proper portions. And it's easy to mix up with stuff I always have on hand.

Back to the tatting. It's a good excuse to listen to another audio book. I messed up a flower and had to toss that one, but the replacement is going better now.
 

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I’m going to vent just because you are there. You may skip this. Tomorrow is one of the most dreaded days of the year. A call with health insurance to get next year’s plan. WHY does it have to be so confusing? There are dozens of plans, all slightly different. I like what I have now, but it’s expensive. No medical deductible, great pay out. Others would cost less and I might save a great deal. Or I could land in the hospital and end up paying more with deductibles. I despise these decisions. In fact, despise is too mild a word.

The whole thing has me in a Very Bad Mood and don’t want to do anything today except sulk. lol. Yesterday didn’t help. Monday I got the call and the rep wanted to go through all the plans right then. No. I hadn’t prepared for it, had nothing to write with, and needed to go the bathroom. So we set a call back for tomorrow. Then yesterday, I got the call back. I said rather crossly - I was eating - that I thought we agreed on Thursday at 11:30. He said it was Thursday. My head almost exploded. Thursday? How could it be Thursday? Wasn’t there just one day since the weekend? Did I sleep for days and not notice? Was I losing my mind? I was speechless. Finally he said sheepishly, “Oh. It’s Tuesday.” The universe snapped back into reality. I have some sympathy. If I had to spend every day going over all this stuff with confused old women, I’d want the week to end sooner too. At least I’ve had time to research the plans a bit so it won’t sound like total gobbledegook. Just mostly gobbledegook. Rant over. Expect another installment tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I’m going to stitch. Maybe make a chocolate cake. Not the best way to deal with stress, but my guess is that it’s going to happen. The weekend birthday cake was white with a raspberry filling. It was ok, but a birthday without a chocolate cake is basically a birthday wasted. But you’ll be proud of me. I didn’t say so.

I don’t know what else the day will hold. I’ll see what happens as I go along.
 

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That's funny because chocolate is rarely my 1st choice. But then I ask for pie on my birthday, not cake.
Tomorrow will be spent on me learning to use the carpet shampoo-er. Something is going on with the dogs. Not fleas, but something. $$$ spent at the vet and they got anti-itch shots and new flea/whatever treatments. But the carpet is gross anyway, at least the carpet will be prettier afterwards.
 

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Chocolate cake is life. That's what DD wants for her 18th birthday tomorrow. But she wants it as cupcakes, which are inherently inferior...

Stayed up too late last night getting everything ready for my long day today... patient was a no-show, and the day was very boring, but at least I brought in most of the different "stuff" I'd picked up for the clinic. My teacher liked the decorations until she found out it was me, then she started freaking out a bit because "it's a new building and I'm not sure we can..." And then the facility managers and the other clinic manager both complemented our decor, so then she let it go. View attachment 58745 For $10-ish (and most of that was the removable command hooks,) I am pretty happy with it. I will leave all of it behind when we finish, but if they are amenable, I will come back and pack it away for them after Thanksgiving (They have PLENTY of storage space right now, being a new facility.)

My classmates liked (and claimed) 3 of the 6 hats I'd made, so that's a little bit gone. I am working on a cream hat right now that already has a taker. Our lone boy chose a scarf for me to make from my pinterest board (I'm looking forward to that-- new skills and all...) So by that math, should have about 3 more to make for everyone to get something ... but tonight... going to bed early!
 

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Good luck tracking down the source of doggy itchiness, DLR. I've noticed Storm is lots less itchy when he doesn't have to eat dry dog food.

I feel your pain, D. We're just starting to wade into the miasma. I suspect we will be getting a supplemental policy from the company we're with now.

I had to quit tatting to do a related side project. I use a crochet hook to pull thread through the work, and I got tired of having the slippery little beast make a break for freedom and fall through the recliner. Such a pain. So I put it on a leash that will clip to my shirt. I didn't make the leash, some hard working person in China did. But I did the work on the hook itself. Luckily it didn't take long.
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Cupcakes were awfully trendy for a while there. Are they still a thing with younger folks? Zhoen, the attachment doesn't show up, but I'm glad folks were happy with your decorating.

DC, hope tomorrow goes as smoothly as possible for you.

Dlr, a clean floor makes any room nicer. Hope you can figure out what is going on with the dogs. I went through that with my cat and her allergies.

SD, you going to share this marvelous noodle seasoning recipe? :)

I did not find any rechargeable AA batteries at the two nearest hardware stores. Only mega packs of regular batteries. The search continues tomorrow. I have to drive across town for my annual physical and testing, might as well check out a few places. It's going to be a long day. I'm getting tested for diabetes, so I can't have anything but black coffee in the morning.

Got pieces for 3 more star blocks cut today. Used up several small scraps. Need to pull out some more large scraps for the next 8 blocks.
 

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The ramen seasoning is probably only marvelous to me.

Original:
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp beef bouillon
1 tbsp vegetable bouillon
1/2 tsp salt

My version:
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp tomato powder

Add seasoning to taste. I used 2-3 heaping tsp in my bowl today.
 

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Thanks for the seasoning recipe! No worries about the tatting booklets. now I can ignore the whole lot of vintage needlework booklets lol Dcompton you were a good girl lol most cakes are good here. dh 59 bday is on friday so asked what he wanted. choc on choc, lemon or orange. said can't get orange cake mix so don't bother. can add flavouring to vanilla. but thinking lemon cus haven't had one for a long time..cus would eat it. just asked about it and he said w really lemony icing said well remember others have to eat it too but can make one just for us later. will check out that bunch of flavouring I got but haven't used yet. wants to go to red robin. got him to bring home pizza for dinner. really should do a pantry challenge though.

nothing exciting but work today and more wrapping up year end volunteer stuff. though one customer was on the verge of complaining that the store had no xmas decor out yet...
 

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Tranquillity restored. The insurance guy called and I sent him packing. I’m keeping what I have. I talked about with Sharon, who is pretty savvy and shrewd about such things, and she strongly advised to keep what I have despite the expense. The other plans would save a good bit, even a lot, IF nothing bad happened, but who can count on that? My unexpected ER visit leading to five days in the hospital, a slate of tests, surgery, and specialists about this time last year, didn’t cost me a penny out of pocket. A cheaper plan sounds great, especially on retirement income, but so it goes. I just need to rein in the discretionary spending. Yes, I’m looking at you, needlework. The US insurance system is a train wreck. It’s appalling that I can have that, at least for now, and so many others can’t have anything. I would happily settle for less for a fairer system where everyone benefits, but no one’s going to listen to me on that score. Sigh.

I think I’m going to put the mountains aside for today and work on the flower sal tonight. My Facebook group Full Coverage Addicts, is having a favorite WIP weekend, Friday through Sunday, so I want to dig in on it and see how much I can get done. After that I’ll probably either start blue moon or pick up the owl.

After saying I need to cut back on hobbies, Artecy is starting their annual sale. I’ve never done a fractal, but I saw this pattern being worked and it was gorgeous. I don’t know if they retire patterns often, but this is a cool one and I may pick it up. Or maybe not. I’m thing about it. Who knows? I might actually do it someday.Fractal Flowers Cross Stitch Pattern to print online.
 
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