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Barb, thanks---I have found one finally online but not crazy about finish---those are much too wide too. Although I have thought about moving the DVD cabinet into the spare room, but not sure it would work in there, but it can be moved down some to make room for another small cabinet.
Been looking at Wall planks online---thinking of using them where we had to replace part of the wall in the laundry area---kind of a shiplap look---too difficult to match the color on the wall in there so haven't done anything there yet.
Dh has been released by the wound center---yippee! Now to get him to start doing his chores again. He did put some dishes in the dishwasher yesterday and folded the towels so I could put them away.

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Terri, hope you're having a great time Mom and getting lots of visiting in.

Cathy, for the first time in ages, the muscles at the back of my neck aren't all knotted up. Hope the Dr's appts went well and enjoy your weekend.

I remember you saying several times that you wanted a broom closet but couldn't find one. I've seen stuff like this and think it could be adapted to a broom closet, just don't install the closet rod. The brand in Canada is For Living 2-Door Wardrobe. Dimensions: 72" x 29.6" x 19.3" (182.88 x 75.18 x 49.02 cm)
It may be a little wide for your needs but maybe you can find something similar. Or one with shelving, just put the fixed shelf higher up and add something for stability.


There is also a narrower 2 door combination cabinet with shelving on the left side.
For Living 2-Door Storage Cabinet features a slim design for storing an ironing board or other tall items. It is a little smaller than the above one in width and depth.
Dimensions: 72 x 24 x 16" (183 x 61 x 40.6 cm)


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Barb, hope those procedures help your issues. Hope you get lots of clutter gone before it is time to build.
Terri, glad you found time to do that with your mom.
Back to work I go today---then taking off tomorrow---LOL---Dh has 2 doctor appointments

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I'm on a little road trip with my mother. We are going to visit my dad's sister today, then meeting Mom's sister for dinner. Staying the night with Mom's oldest friend (since childhood) and going home tomorrow.

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Enjoy your last day of freedom Cathy! You say things so much better than me! ie " that was a nice surprise to come home to."' The last 2 concussions did a lot of damage.

I had to move the lumber & door before my chiropractor's appt yesterday. Today I have the Medial Branch Block therapy (needles in my neck) so I won't work on the pantry until a week before my next physio & chiro appts. In the meantime, I'll work on the construction design, lighter tasks, more organizing and cleanup and decluttering.

That salad had way more calories than I expected. Chickpeas are as bad as potatoes!

I was planning on going for a swim in the lake tomorrow but I was reading the pamphlet on the MBB and swimming is out for 2 day afterwards. By then it will cool again. This has been the pattern all summer.


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Terri, that was a nice surprise to come home to. If only all things came all prepped for you. Mice can be a real problem--I know we had a big issue with them this past winter. Almost tempted to plant mint all round my house---LOL---but boy, I know it would take over like it did at my mom's---LOL I bet there is still some mint popping up at her old house..
Barb, looks good. HOpe you get that pantry all built soon.
My last day of freedom---and have to take my car in for service. But we had a nice time in OC with our gd yesterday.

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That is quite a job Terri. I had mice in the kitchen of one place I lied. Getting a cat solved the problem but until then it was horrible. I wouldn't tust any of the food, including canned unless I knew the canner. There are some dangerous suggestions of how to can.
As in any job most of the work is in the prep. Nice that you have your green beans now!

Cathy, I agree, I searched to find out their value. They have gone up 400% but I would never get that here. I'll wait and see if I get any nibble.

I moved the lumber in from my van to my apt this morning before I went to the chiropractor this afternoon. Also the bifold doors for the new wall mounted pantry (raised off the floor). Then I went to the Market for fresh vegetables and made a chickpea tomato parsley salad (and a few other ingredients) that I had seen for sale last week. It looks so good and tasted good too. With some BBQ chicken, my dinners are all made for a few days.

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We ran out to the ranch last night to take them the clean laundry and Steve had bought a pressure gauge to test our water pressure that he wanted to try out. I did a bit more cleaning in the cabin, moved out an old armoire cupboard that Sarah wants to refurbish for gd Clara's room, emptied a large lazy susan in the corner cupboard of home-canned foods and empty jars I'll wash and use the jars for my own canning), and another lazy suzan at the other end of the counter that had boxed and store-bought canned foods. I have no idea how old this stuff is, so all the boxed foods went out to animals. I vacuumed the shelves clean of rodent poop and will wash and bleach them next time I'm out there. The mice that have ruled that kitchen aren't going to know what hit them!

When we got home, I learned that DS1 had brought me some green beans to can (if I wanted). He already had them cleaned and snapped, so all I had to do was put them into the jars, add water and put them into the pressure canner. I have all that stuff out all over my kitchen, so I had it on the stove within 15 minutes. All the work was done for me already--Woo Hoo! I didn't plant any green beans this year, so was sad that I wouldn't have any to put on the shelf. Now I do.

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Terri, good idea to do the pie filing as something different to do with the apples I found the fool-proof cream cheese pie crust if you want to try it, I will post it. I haven't been brave enough to try it yet ---like you, I am not a pie maker but do love them.--I prefer doing cakes and cookies.
Barb, glad you got rid of both items and hope you didn't give away something you need. Honestly, collectibles are only valuable if someone wants them---look at Longabgerger baskets--you can't get what you paid for them by a long shot---also precious moments figurines. I wouldn't want the thing you had in the picture.
Still nice weather---going to heat up starting Wednesday when I go back to work. So I am enjoying it while I can. Have gd today and I think we will head to Ocean City for some fun before summer ends---it should be lovely down there since it is not going to be hot and humid.

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Terri, you must be going all day long canning and pickling! That's an incredible amount but then you have a large family and you share it around.
Chris I was imagining how you can give yourself a pedicure and be on the internet at the same time?

Cathy, glad you had a lovely and relaxing day. We all need those. And yes, LOL, I asked myslef the same question regarding the yard sales. I find them interesting and sometimes I find stuff you just can't get anymore or for much less. And I like exploring.

I sold the pantry after about 15 people saying interested, msging back and forth and not getting replies. Finally it went to a couple whose husband does the monthly fire alarms check in our building. i am so glad to get it out. My apt feels lighter now since it took up a lot of space reducing the hall clearance and was a dark fake wood colour. it's contentsa are sitting in boxes in the hall so I'd better get going on the new wall mounted pantry in the dead corner.

A fellow wanted to buy an old 5X optical zoom digital camera I still had up for sale but when I checked it, I didn't like the way it worked and it will be going to the electronics recycling. I offered him the better 10X Optical zoom camera but he didn't have the money. Finally he came up with a little more but still much less than waht I wanted but I sold it to him b/c I have too many old cameras. I kept upgrading to better ones for trips like 5X Optical Zoom to 10X to 16X to 30X. I gave him everything with it including a case and the separate charger. Now I hope that the charger isn't the one I need for the 16X camera. OOPS!

I unpacked another box and found several items form travels that I can put up for sale. After 40 years of travels, I've brought home a lot of mementos. Never anything of value to anyone but me, however, this time I found the ceramic wall hangings from San Antonio in the early 80's are collectible. I have a blue owl and a matching blue chicken hanging trivet that were in my kitchens for years but I don't have any place to hang them now. They are ' Victoria Littlejohn Ceramics' which didn't mean anything to me. I just liked them.


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No apple pies. You remember that I have a piecrust dysfunction? I need to practice making crusts until I make some good ones and then do it often enough to maintain the skill. I still have about a dozen apple trees on the ranch that will be producing, so there's plenty of time and fruit to do all of that. DIL Sarah would like to can some pie filling, so I might do that.

I am making a lot of pickles again this year. They were such a hit last year and are all but gone, and I made well over 100 jars. I still have some relish and a few pints of dill spears from last season, but only because I held some back. Once the tomatoes start ripening, we'll be able to make and can salsa, sauces and stewed tomatoes too. Lots of canned things will make it easier to spread out trips to the grocery store, which is a necessary thing when living remotely. We can't just drive down to the corner store for things.

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Barb, hope you found a buyer and that they came and got it in time for you to go out---but if you are getting rid of stuff, why are you going to yard sales?
Terri, hope everything turns out---you sure make a lot of pickles. Have you made an apple pie with any of them apples?
Chris, what color toes?
It was lovely weather here yesterday. I wore jeans all day long and spent some time on the front porch--that was just lovely!

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I'm making pickles today. Starting with garlic dill spears and may go to bread & butter later. I also have another 5 gallons of apples to preserve somehow. Probably more applesauce because I don't have the counter space to put out my dehydrator right now.

DD1 is ordering albacore from a local fisherman who will clean and fillet it for us for a fee. It looks like that will be coming next week.

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I looked it up and it is good pollinator. Nothing bad said. Just a cool experience.

Cathy, that's horrible. enjoy abetter day today. Thanks for the compliment. I'm always full of ideas, lol. Thur, I found suitable wood for the woven hanging frame at the Restore for $4.50. Can't wait to get going on it but there are so many things I need to do first (prep).

I sold 2 more things yesterday that I had kept from when I had a house, a 100ft extension cord on a reel and a trouble light. Four days ago, I put the cherry finish storage cabinet up for sale. No enquiries until this morning when 5 came in all at once. I want to go out to some garage sales but I need to sell this cabinet. I'll see who responds back to my replies before I go out.

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I think there is a moth that looks just like a hummingbird---try that first when you explore the web.
Got soaked when I came out of the grocery store yesterday---felt horrible last night---hopefully it is done with today---nice weather for a change---front door open and ac off---at least for a while.

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went over to help my mom cut down all the little weed trees in her garden. then just spent time visiting with her, found a little bug that i have to do research on it was about 1 1/2 in big and looked like a small hummingbird had a long tung but 6 legs so defiantly an insect. www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QBq
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Barb, you are very creative. I need a small closet to store my brooms, swiffer mop stuff but can't find anything. I remember they used to have them but not anymore. All of them now have shelves in them for a pantry instead of a broom closet.

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it is always a challenge to figure out how we use our spaces



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They are beautiful baskets. When Chris first mentioned them, I did a search and found this interesting article. The building was amazing. From Chris's last post I see it's been torn down. That's sad. www.simplemost.com/longaberg
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In my building, the units below me have a large 5 ft wide pantry that mine doesn't have. I use the extra space in the LR for my computer corner but it also means I need a pantry. I bought a temporary one but even at only 2 ft w, it is too large for the space and too dark. I've had many ideas. I couldn't find the right size cupboards or doors at the recycle places and a new build solution was like $700. In the last couple of days, I've emptied the pantry cupboard, put it up for sale and moved it aside until it sells. Yesterday I tried one of my ideas using the 9 1/2in deep bookcase with a slightly darker oak finish that I found. I think it will work. Still looking for doors but in the meantime I'll hang a Guatemalan weaving on a frame as a door. I'll make a small platform for the brooms & mops next to it making the total width 16 in wide. I need the leaning stuff where I'll use them the most and not in the laundry room.

I'll build my own small pantry on the wall in the 120 corner of the hall that is dead space. A while ago I found a 5 ft bifold door to go on the front. I'll paint it to match the wall colour.

This is the original corner as it was when I viewed the apartment. I replaced the carpet with wood laminate. The left side of the wall is my computer corner.


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Chris, I don't htink they are worth more if the company is closed---they were just a fad---but they were well made baskets, just not worth the prices they charged for them. Just like those Precious Memories collectibles---they haven't held their value either like they said they would.
One more day of feeding my son's dogs---he is supposed to be home today to feed them tonight---yippee! I am just not a dog person---they are sweet but too much energy for me.

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glad you got the glasses taken care of for free! I used to buy Longaberger baskets pretty regularly, my grandpa on mom's side was a basket maker so there was some interest there and the baskets are well made> I do use all the ones I have purchased and a few just because they are cute. but I haven't purchased one in awhile. Their corporate offices are a basket www.google.com/search?q=long
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Barb, glad they are replacing them. But what a pain that it happened when you paid for that not to happen.
Terri,yes, at our age you should have your eyes checked at regular intervals---mine hadn't changed enough to warrant a new pair of glasses so I didn't get new this year but I have thought about taking my old ones in and having those lenses replaced as I really like that frame.
Errands run this morning---dogs fed and took my car in to find out it will cost 300 to replace the sensor--it better last another 10 years for that price. I did run to Acme after feeding the dogs last night and got some good dollar deals on veggies plus picked up some fruit for us---watermelon for dh, fresh local peaches, bananas, and some tiny candy grapes---haven't tried them yet but they were so cute looking that i figured we would try them---oh, and strawberries because they actually smelled like strawberries. I will cut them up after we eat the peaches---only bought 5 and that was enough for the 2 of us to have a couple of servings of that.

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That's great news from the optometrist, Barb! Glasses are so expensive! My prescription hasn't changed much over the past few years, but I went ahead and got new glasses. I kept the old ones and was sure glad I had, when I lost a screw in the new frames and my lens fell out. I was able to wear my old prescription until I could get the new ones repaired. It's about time for my checkup and I am too busy right now to go in and don't want to spend the money on new glasses. But Steve has glaucoma and uses drops every morning and evening to keep the pressure down in his eyes and it was discovered during his annual eye exam--so I guess I should go.

How are you doing today, Chris? Resting, I hope.

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Well wishes for a speedy recovery Chris.
I had to look up the basket too.
Cathy, all's good so far.
I've finished washing all my windows. The last were done this morning. I'm a broken record. More cleaning and decluttering.
The optometrist's office called back this morning and they are going to replace the scratched lens (polarized, bifocal lightweight sunglass) for free. YAAY!
And Yoga at 5pm!

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Chris, hope it is all over and you are home resting up. I can imagine how much that basket cost originally---I never did understand that craze for those prices---your price is something I would like---LOL
Terri, sounds like a good idea.
Barb, hope you did not jinx yourself.
Took my friend to her doctor appointment and a couple of errands---boy, is it hot outside---need to feed the dogs again tonight and I don't feel great so I might just skip the pool if I don't have more energy later. Boy, I hated getting up to the alarm clock this morning.

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Praying for you today, Chris. I hope all goes well with the procedure. I had to google Longaberger baskets because I didn't know what they were. I have an assortment of baskets that I use as bread baskets during family gatherings, but nothing collectible. I started buying attractive baskets at thrift stores to use as gift baskets for various fundraisers. Now that I'm thinking about it, I might start gathering some baskets to gift my adult grandchildren with some things from my pantry for Christmas. I'll have a good variety if things continue going as they are.



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after the long day yesterday working at the frame store then a few errands after work then came home to strip my bed, but I figured if I'm changeing the bed might as well clean and vacuum also ...... so 3 hours later all clean and showed with the special soap and fell into a clean bed and room .

i like shopping garage sales, you get such good deals usually. I collect Longaberger baskets and I found one at a garage sale for 3 dollars once! On line it was over 30 dollars!



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Sorry Chris, I missed sending you well wishes for tomorrow.

Cathy, you'll get your walking in easily with the dogs and it will feel more purposeful. At least for me, I always need a destination.

A beautiful weekend, Not too hot. some clouding over at times but that just keeps it cooler. I've been sitting on my balcony, drinking coffee and sorting papers and receipts from my trip. I always asked for the receipts b/c sometimes, that was the only way I knew where I had been.

Since buying the new Cat6 cable for my computer, the servicing and the turning off cookies for 3rd parties, it has been running so much better and faster. I hope saying this doesn't jinx it.



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He bought a Fiskars splitting maul for $40 and a Jobmate sawhorse (not sure of the price) that he will use. She came down on both those items because I had already bought so much--either that or she just liked him. They were all laughing at what a good sport he was for coming down with the truck to pick up my bounty and he joined right in.

Barb, you're surely right about finding those things at the thrift store later. A yard sale can be a good way to make some extra cash, but is usually meant to get rid of things. If you have nice things to sell but don't want to give them away, you might just have to find another market. My DIL2 does that sometimes when she has a piece of furniture or other items that are of more value.

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Terri, you made quite the haul at that yard sale---did Steve even need more tools? LOL I can imagine I would be selling off Dh's stuff like that just to get rid of it---he has a ton of tools---so what the boys don't want will either go in a yard sale or I might just dump the whole lot on one of those places. I know that whenever Michael has to borrow something of ours, we make a note of it and get him his own item for his house so he doesn't have to come borrow it. But this year he gets nothing---but the trip to Disney World---LOL
Chris, hope the surgery goes well. Dh has had to use that special washing stuff before too.
Barb, you are so right---if you want to get rid of it you price it right.
I am taking care of my son's bull dogs---good thing he texted me because I thought it was next weekend---LOL

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Ha,ha, That gave me a good laugh Terri. You were her super buyer angel. The one I went to this morning was priced to keep, not to sell. they were quite obnoxious. Well, they can keep their stuff. Next week I'll see it in the thrift stores and Habitat Restore, lol.

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I saw an ad for a yard sale saying there was a lot of canning jars and equipment, so I got up and out of the house early this morning and scored several boxes of jars to add to my stash. There weren't as many qts and I'd have liked, but I bought all she had for $3 a dozen and I will be able to use them all. It was kind of sad because she's selling everything because her husband passed away and he was the gardener. It's been a couple of years since he passed and she was cleaning out the garage and selling all his tools and work things for very reasonable prices. You could tell that she had just decided that it was time and she had everything priced to go. She had at least 6 friends there to help her and it was amazing how quickly things left. But sad. I bought an orchard ladder, a nice recliner for myself, all the jars, some garden planters and a large bag of potting soil, some large tomato cages--and then I had to call Steve to bring his truck down to haul the ladder and chair, and then HE found a few things he wanted.



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my mom is borderline hoarder, I hated it growing up she keeps everything! So i really make it a priority to get rid of things once they have outlived it's usefulness. unless it is something i need only now and then.

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Barb, glad those items are gone and that you dropped off other stuff to get it out of your way. We all have too much stuff. I am back to shredding more papers since I came across my file box that I haven't used in several years---need to clean it out and then file the stuff that I have stuffed elsewhere---LOL
Terri, guess you needed a break from the canning. I too try to plan my trips to hit several places when I go out and plan the easiest route, too.
I need to go to the bank and CVS this morning so I have already mapped that out in my head---LOL

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Yay to finally selling the camp stove and bottles, Barb! I hope they enjoy them and you enjoy having them gone! I like to map out the most efficient route in my head when I plan a day in town. There are some stores that are easier to get into from one direction than from the opposite, so I plan to swing into their parking lots at the best part of my trip. You've done a lot to your apartment to improve your storage space, so when you combine that with your downsizing, I can see why things are looking better.

I've been working on some mending this morning and need to get back to the canning because this produce won't last long. Steve has gone back out to the ranch to cut another log that he hadn't anticipated needing, so I have the house to myself for a while.

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Thanks for the advice Cathy. That is what I have been doing but b/c of muliplte moves and the design of the townhouse I used to live in, similar stuff is in 5 places. I'm still organizing from the move. My current apt has less useable space. When I think back to what it was like when I moved in, when I had only a pathway through with stuff piled up everywhere, it is so much better. But I want CLEAR space! LOL. I have too many interests and hobbies. And I agree with others, it is hard to keep up with the paperwork.
I'm glad DH is improving. That will be less stress for you.

Terri, I've lost my posts too many times. Now, most times. I write my posts in notepad, then copy and paste. That was a lot of pickles and processing, so much I can't even comprehend it.

I'm good on my shredding until I have to get through a box or bag of stuff that needed saving for awhile. Then it becomes a big job.

Yesterday was a very successful day. Each week when the flyers arrive, I go through them and make lists of items on sale that I need or am interesed in. I made a mental route map and took along items to drop off at the hospital thrift, free store and haibtat restore. All these are within 2 miles from home. I was heading to the Recycle when I passed the Autobody shop that repaired my van after an accitdent 5 1/2 years ago. I wanted info on the wiring issue (broken wire or connection) with my front passenger turn signal. It stopped working when I was in NE New Brunswick just before entering Quebec (a month ago). The Quebec dealership told me they would have to take my bumper off would have to take my bumper off and start looking. Yikes! That's an open ended cost. Yesterday, at the autobody shop, after explaining the turn signal problem and my door problem, WD40 was applied and I was shown where to put it, I was directed to the auto repair place across the street. Explain it again. He checked, then checked again, then had an idea, got a little tester and found the loose holder for the bulb was the the problem. It had broken loose from the headlight assembly which means replacing the whold thing. unfortunately. Quote of $550 to replace it with an after market assembly, including labour. Expensive but I have a solution! And my doors work beautifully now!

When I got home, there were 2 more enquiries about the campstove and 1 lb bottles of propane. Too much time spent msging about viewing and pickup but in the end they were sold.

Last night was a beautiful evening. After dinner, I walked to the lake, along a walking path and then back, in all, about an hour.

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Barb, sometimes it seems to get worse when you look at the big picture. But step back after you get one area under control and see how good that looks--that should motivate you to move to the next area. Also, only do small sections at a time so as not to have so much stuff piled around you that is overwhelms you. Like don't empty a whole closet---pick a shelf or a rod or the floor--do that and step back---then tackle the next section when you are up to it. This really does work.
Chris, I feel for you in worrying about after your mom dies. Luckily, my mom was not that bad but it was bad enough since I had to go thru it all myself as my sister just walked away from it all. I hope you will have help when that time comes.
Terri, wow, that is a lot canned. Sounds like the zucchini will go quickly once you get to it. Yes, lots of MIL points for you. Does she have a front loader also? Will you have your own washer/dryer when you move to the new place or use hers?
Dh's ankle looking better and doesn't hurt as much to walk on it ----but it did hurt more last night after he walked on it yesterday to the doctor's office from the car and back plus in and out of the house. Cyst removal today---then next week he only has one visit to a doctor unless something happens.

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I had a decent post typed up yesterday and the Internet ate it somehow. That was the 2nd time in recent days and was too frustrating to deal with on top of everything else.

I'm recovered from my week at the fair, but still not caught up with the garden, canning and house cleaning. My friend, Jennifer--who planted all my garden seedlings in her garden--is the lamb leader for 4-H and has so much more to do upon returning from a week at the fair, that I told her I'd harvest the garden and deal with it this week. She's got a stock trailer of supplies to sort, inventory and put away on top of all the housekeeping and laundry for her family. There were two large laundry baskets of just cucumbers and many of them were too large to use. They were yellow and had "gone to seed" so some of them went to her chickens and some into my compost. I'll probably see lots of volunteer sprouts from the seeds next spring, but that's okay.

So far I've made 5 half-gallons and 20 qts. of dill pickles and 14 pints of bread & butter pickles. I'm out of dill, so have to go to town for more supplies before continuing. I also had about 50 lbs of zucchini to deal with, but was able to send some home with DD1 yesterday. She likes the large ones for stuffing and baking, so that took a few of those off my hands. The rest will probably be shredded and measured into baking portions in freezer bags.

Barb, there are times that a commercial washing machine would've been very nice to have but now that it's just the two of us, my front loader is all I need. DIL2 will have her laundry room set up and working by the end of the month if all goes well, and won't need my help in that area any more. I've been earning serious points in the Mother-in-law Dept. lately with all the laundry I've been doing! LOL

Chris, my mother has moved a few times in the last several years and has been forced to eliminate a lot of unnecessary stuff but she still has a fully furnished 3-bedroom house and so does my dad--and he hasn't moved since 1971! His place is going to be a nightmare! That's largely what has motivated me to start eliminating things I don't need or use. I've sent all my kids' memorabilia home with them and continue to do so as I come across things. I don't want them to have to sort through more of my things than necessary and I need to have room for anything I inherit from my folks. I'm trying to only keep the things that are truly meaningful to me and will be important to my children. Otherwise, it will just be more for them to deal with later.

I have some furniture that belonged (or was built) by my grandparents, but none of my kids ever knew them and aren't interested in antiques--so there's a good chance that it will simply be sold when I'm gone. I can't get emotional about those things. I'll just enjoy them while I'm here and not worry about later.

I don't have to shred things because we have a wood stove and I burn those kinds of papers. My mother had two big trash bags of shredded papers and I put them into my compost. That worked too.

Barb, at least you're making some headway with selling some things and sorting/eliminating some others. Sometimes I feel like a hamster on a wheel that's always working but never getting anywhere...

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Wow Chris, 7 Bags! emoticon

Cathy, I'm worried a bit. I have one thing in my mind and I type another, like reading over my post, I wrote "everyone" when I was intending 'everything". Don't know what that is a symptom of. I've had exposures to lead as well as my many concussions. Btw, the spots on the windows were inside.

Everything was late yesterday. The fellow for the rope was supposed to come between 8:30am and 10 am but when he hadn't showed by 10:15, I msg him. He's forgotten. So he didn't arrive until 11am. After that, I had an enquiry about the camp stove and propane bottles. He was supposed to come by 1:30pm. He msg'd me at 1:25pm that he couldn't come b/c elevator was out and he had a new knee. I felt like half my day was wasted waiting for people.

Before I went on my trip, I lent a digital camera to my neighbour. She didn't know how to transfer the photos to her pc, so last night I transferred them to her pc and to a backup usb stick. I was worried about forgetting she had the camera.

My place is a mess. The more I work on decluttering and organizing, it means more stuff is pulled out and has to be dealt with. Today's plan is for errands I didn't do yesterday.

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I try and keep up with shredding. But there is still a lot that I can go through and get rid of. Maybe when it gets cooler so I dont feel like I'm wasting time inside..... I dread going through my moms house. She lived through the depression and WWII so she doesn't get rid of anything!! I wouldn't say hoarder but pretty close!! She even has forgotten what she has! LOL She wanted everything out of her shed to clean it one year and everything was put out in the yard, and I told my sons to throw some things out that were useless and she wanted to know what I threw out and I said if you cant remember it wasn't worth keeping....



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Barb, I have a hard time in the summer remembering what day of the week is or the date because I am off routine. I don't know how you kept that straight on your journey---LOL Yuck to the mold on the windows---inside or outside? I still need to do my windows but it won't happen until it is much cooler.
Chris, good going!
I worked a bit in my spare room---added some stuff to the donation bag and then decided to go ahead and shred all the documents I had from the death of my mom----they said I didn't need to keep any of it now that is was closed---the only thing I kept was one copy of her death certificate just in case, but all else was shredded. I didn't want my sons to have to do that after I was gone like I had to do with my grandmother's stuff after my mom pasted away. So that got rid of one file bin and a bag of papers I had all organized to take with us when we went to settlement of the house and the will. I ended up filling a whole bag of shredded papers and that just went out with the trash this morning. I even pulled some weeds from the front flower beds while I was out there--it was actually decent enough to be out there and the trash can was right there for pickup so added to that. I would have done more but I am dressed nicely to take dh to the wound center this morning and didn't want to get too dirty and have to change.

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Senior moment Cathy, lol. I knew you were visiting the day lily farm. As to he yoga, my regular habits are all gone after being away for so long. All day Sunday I kept thinking it was Monday. Then on Monday, I was up at 5am, hand washed 3 very heavy wool sweaters, picked up my friend and we met another for lunch, then took her home, after that had to deliver a document to the Strata Mgmt company. Way too much stuff for a Monday. And last week was cancelled b/c it was a holiday. I have it in my Calendar now.

Put more stuff up for sale on our Buy and Sell site. someone is coming this morning for the spool of nylon rope. Wish someone would take the camping stuff but I think it is too late in the season now. Did some sorting in my storage locker. some stuff to recycling and other stuff to the charity thrift stores.

When I opened the door on return from my trip, I noticed the humidity. Very unusual but everyone was so closed up and it had been unusually damp for our area. I've noticed spots on my windows like something was splashed on them. The other day, I wiped one with my finger and realized it was mold! Yesterday I washed the all the bedroom windows. I'll work on the large LR windows, patio doors and kitchen windows. My shoulder was sore this morning, so I have to be careful about not overdoing it.

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Barb, did you forget what day it was? All those flowers were day lilies, not iris--and that was just some of the colors---there were a lot more than that, I just took pictures of the ones I liked the best but I would have loved to have taken them all home----LOL
Terri, hope he gets those steps done so you can put the house on the market----but then you have all that canning and would that be a problem if they were going to show it? Will you wait until next Spring to put it on the market?
Chris, interesting job. I love that store but avoid going in as I could just spend a fortune in there!
Today is the visit to his regular doctor to check out his wound. The nurse said it was looking better and agreed that letting it air out is a good thing.

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Chris, that is beautiful framing and how precious.

Terri, my misread. I'm glad it's not 2 washing machines, lol. The owner of the 6 bdrm large house across the street installed a commercial washer & dryer in the garage. Her and her husband have several Vacation rental homes so she does all the laundry at the one place. The house was originally built as a B&B.

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worked last night it is my part time gig until i start to collect social security. so I was very tired last night did over 5 miles walking around the store this is a military jacket done for a family

this a Veniceian mask all leather that a couple wanted framed from their Venice trip

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Barb, I had to go back and see what I'd written. I said "laundry machines", meaning the washer and dryer. No, I don't have more than one of each, but there have been times that I could have used them! My DIL has 4 kids and the 3 boys each had 2 animals at the fair whose stalls/pens had to be cleaned every day--and the animals bathed and groomed. It's dirty work and the laundry facility at the campground is pricey, so they try to avoid having to use it when possible.

I haven't washed the sleeping bags yet and will wait on them while I catch up with a few other things today. I'll take all the clean laundry out to the ranch for DIL2 so that the kids have something to wear. I swear that I must have nearly every stitch of clothing they own! Then I'm going on to my friend's house where "my" seedlings were planted and will work in her garden for a while and probably bring home a pile of produce to process. She has her own mountain of laundry to deal with this week and simply can't take care of everything, so I'll take the garden off her plate for the week.

Steve is working on the front steps this week. He has committed to driving truck for at least a couple of months, starting in two weeks--so he NEEDS to get this project finished before then. He'll be working out of town all that time and I'll be busy here with the garden produce and preserving the harvest, so I can't go with him.

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Wow, the Iris are gorgeous. I had no idea there was so much variety. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Probably best that the nurse takes care of the wound. You must be relieved.

Terri, in your previous post you said washers. Is that a typo or do you have more than one? You must have a lot of laundry to do. Their mothers sure must be happy that you are doing it.
I've never figured out the 'whites' thing either. Same with baseball. I need some laundry tips, lol. My white socks always look dirty even after washing.

Went for lunch yesterday with a couple of friends at a place with lovely gardens. It was a beautiful day. Very relaxing sitting in the shade and chatting along with a delicious lunch.

I forgot to go to yoga last night. I'm shocked!

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Found a little pumpkin growing---so cute!
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The very last load of laundry is in the dryer and it's all the "whites" that the kids are required to wear during the fair events. It doesn't make sense to me to have kids in white clothes when they're working with livestock, but that's the way it is. I'll wash our 2 sleeping bags tomorrow.

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Terri, that sounds like a horrible way to spend the night. Bet you are glad to be home to your own bed. Glad the kids did well and profitted from it.
Bandage stuck to the wound last night---so it hurt---did something different so hoping it won't stick this time. i let it air out before bandaging it again. Calling the wound center once it opens.

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We're home and the car and truck are unloaded. Laundry machines have been humming non-stop since I walked through the door and I expect will continue through tomorrow (actually TODAY, since it's past midnight already) Steve will store the camping gear that we won't use until next year in the shop, but the extra cots and sleeping bags will remain handy in case of sleepovers. I gave most of my extra beds away and the cots come in handy.

A little about our rain storm...it went from temps in the 90s, down to the low 80s before dropping into the 60s when the rain came. We thought we'd be okay, but then our tent began to leak like a sieve and I knew our sleeping bags would get wet. My big SUV had the back seat removed and the middle seat laid flat for the cargo I'd brought to camp with me, so we just put our foam pads in there and moved in. Steve hooked up my CPAP with the extension cord and I was all set and comfortable until midnight. That's when the power went out and I lost my CPAP air. The rest of the night was pretty miserable for me because I don't sleep well without it. Steve woke up sore and said he hadn't slept well either. Thankfully, that was the last night of rain and we were able to go back to the tent and use our cots last night. Everything was a little damp in the morning, though.

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Sorry to hear about your DH Cathy. I agree that you need to followup tomorrow.

Terri, yikes! Had that happen to me once when I took my young neices camping. Unfortunately, I only had a 13ft trailer. Didn't get a lot of sleep that night, lol. Hope it goes better for you. it's harder for us as we get older to do without our sleep.

We had some rain overnight which would help a great deal but there was also high winds and lightning. Some of our smoke is coming from the fires in Washington state.

I got my computer back but not all the stuff that was supposed to be removed was and I'm getting the same BIOS setting msg. Grrr.

Working away on my cleanup of organization. My trip away was really good mentally and emotionally for letting things go.

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i'd call the doctor on monday, you don't want to take the chance of an infection.

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Barb, hope the wind changes so the smoke goes away. Hope your neck feels better.
Terri, hope the auction went well.
Dh's ankle hurt worse after I cleaned it---figure I did something wrong---but I am not a nurse---why do they think normal people can take care of wounds like that? Sure hope we get into the wound clinic on Monday---maybe they can train me better---it still looks nasty! Darn insurance companies that make them send you home before you are healed.

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It rained last night, the tent leaked and we ended up sleeping in the car. Auction starts soon, so I'll elaborate later.

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Good news that he is home but I would have the same reaction to cleaning wounds unless they are my own.

A human caused wildfire has been burning in the hills about 25 miles south of me for a week now. Up to now, the wind has blown the other direction but last night, it changed and now we have heavy smoke. all my windows are closed and the A/C and air cleaner are on. I am so glad I am retired. I feel for the feel for the people who have to work outside. Our week long Peach festival is finishing this weekend and the parade is today. Sad that the smoke has rolled in. A lot of families won't be able to go.

After my chiropractor treatment my neck felt great until the middle of the night. I'll take an Advil and see if that helps.

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Glad you got the water back on. That is nice that the performance can be seen by so many.
Dh is home---now I have to take care of the wound---yuck! But at least I won't be sitting in the hospital freezing to death and can get some things done here at home.

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that's a long time to be with out water! It cooled off some here, so I turned off the air

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I've heard quotes of 100,000 people watch but they are spread out along the long beach front and all the way up both sides of the lake as well as from rooftops and balconies throughout the city. The Snowbirds fly over the whole region so that people who can't get out and those in the smaller communities see them as well.

Cathy, it sounds like DH let it get far too bad. Good thing you saw it when you did. Stay strongi.

Our street had their water off yesterday. New watermains are being installed. It was supposed to be from 8 am to 4 pm but the water didn't come back on until 7 pm. They were still working until after 8:30 pm. It was one of our hottest days, well into the 90's. I felt so bad for them. They are back at work this morning.

I have a chiropractor appt today so no heaving lifting, moving furniture or vacuuming beforehand. I should use the heating pad before my appt but it's difficult when it is so hot. Wed, my physiotherapist said I was moving ike a robot ( neck stiffness).

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Back to the hospital today---they say he is improving---but hope they get him on his feet today.

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Cathy, same as Chris, hope your DH is ok and out of hospital soon.

I got my desktop PC back. Now for all the setup and deep clean in my office/living room. I've been putting a lot of stuff in a laundry basket and I just gave away a pile of travel and adventure magazines who wanted them for crafts.

Last night, after watching from our rooftop balcony the pararchute team do their stunts, I walked to the lake and watched our 'Snowbirds' perform (equivalent to your Blue Angels). The last time they were here, the visibility was really bad from the wildfire smoke. This year it was fantastic. The team is always fantastic.





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The only creatures I see in my yard are rabbits and squirrels but I think we had a ground hog one year. Oh, and birds.
My dh ended up in the hospital yesterday---if I had seen his ankle/leg he would have been in there the day before--so back to the hospital I go today.

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Tammy, we have a problem with urban deer. We provide gourmet meals for them. One day where I used to live in a complex of 16 townhouses, we woke up to find all the flowering tulips with their heads very neatly nipped off. People who had opposed gates were now in favour of them. A 6 ft gate closing off the back gardens solved the problem. They still have access to the front yards.



This week I'm catching up on my appts following my trip. Yesterday was dental for the crowns that came out. Both had holes and one that if the fix doesn't work, I'll have to have a root canal and new crown. Today is physio. I can barely turn my head, my neck is so stiff.

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i put straw down around my veggies, it helps keep weeds down and the critters don't seem to like stepping on it as it moves when walking on, plus I can just til it back into the ground after the season or in the spring and it helps keep soil from compacting.

I have my strawberries in an old tire tractor wheel that was the kids sandbox. I used a sawsall to open it up to the first treads. keeps them in place ans has great drainage with all the sand mixed in I'll have to dig up a picture. I put pols on 3 points and hook netting on when they start to ripen so the birds and animals can't get to them




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Barb, my deck is not quite attached to the house and no protection for anything I would have out there so don't think it would work out for me. I would love to have one of those outdoor kitchen areas outside but then the mosquitoes would really eat me up---LOL
Chris, you are so lucky to have that access to all the coffee grounds.
Imreite, hope the fence works. My dh just built a new raised bed for his strawberry plants and attached fencing all the way around with doors to keep the big critters out but with large holed mesh that allows the bees in and out.
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i finally put up a garden fence. i did not have 1 the last 2 years, but this year the critters have been TERRIBLE. the have been eating everything, they ate my beans and peas. i planted 3 times and they kept eating them. they attacked my pepper plants. i finished the fence friday and we had some good rain today so i hope some sun the rest of the week and i should see more growing and i could see the tomatoes start to turn red.

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I agree about the rose. Where I used to live, a fellow pruned the roses so severely and close to the ground that the only lthing left to grow was from the rootstock.

Chris, that zucchini dinner sounds good! I like slicing zucchini 1/4" thick lengthwise, partially cooking it by steam or the microwave, then spread a very little amount of butter, sprinkling with Asiago cheese and putting it under the grill (toaster oven) until the cheese is bubbling and slightly browned.

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Chris, that can happen with any mixed flower but at least something came back---LOL
Terri, hope it cools down at the fairgrounds.
Spark had kicked me off--had to go reset my preferences---so aggrevating when it does that.
Going to spend the day with a friend who broke her leg while on vacation in France--she can't put any weight on it at all. She loves flowers so I will take my pictures of all the flowers I saw on my vacation.

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It was likely a grafted rose that sprouted from the rootstock, Chris. I love roses in a vase, but that's all. I'll be digging up the ones at the ranch as soon as I get to that stage of yard cleanup.

I'm at the fairgrounds with DS1 and family and am about to start setting up camp.

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Barb, forgot to mention how much I wish I had a rotiserrie but no where to put it if I did. Great deal for you and nice that you can use it on your balcony.
Chris, sounds like an interesting concoction.
Terri, hope everything goes well at the fair and that we hear from you at least a couple of times. Hope the kids do well in their presentations and earn lots of money when they sell their animals.
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I've made a dish like that, Chris. Sometimes I use the same filling as with Stuffed Bell Peppers (with rice, sausage, tomato sauce & Italian seasonings) and other times I use whatever I have in the fridge that needs to be eaten. Cover it all with cheese and they think I planned it that way.

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sometimes zucchini hides and you don' find it until it is ginormus! I then cooked a spaghetti type sauce with ground beef and scooped out the seeds and then went close to the rind and cut the rest of the zucchini into cubes and cooked it with the sauce and when done i put it into the zucchini boats covered with mozzarella cheese baked it for about 40 until the shell was soft zucchini lasagna my boys loved it



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Last day of prep before heading out to the fair. Our county fairgrounds are 2 hours from here, so we won't be making a lot of trips home. I'm going to try hard to take everything I might possibly need and then make the best of it.

The pickles look good. One qt. jar broke in the water bath and was a loss, but the rest sealed and look good. The sweet baby gherkins smell good but we won't sample them for a few days because they'll still be curing in the jars. As a trial run, I know now that I'll have to stuff them more tightly into the jars before canning because they shrink.

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My theory is that it's always best to pick things like cucumbers and zucchini when they are small, much less to deal with unless you want/need more. Terri, you are so experienced that I'm sure the pickles will be great. What a busy time for you all.

As long as the PC can be plugged in, it should work and if it has a USB slot, then you should be ale to copy the contents. If you have an Electronics recycling centre in the city, it's best to drop off your pc there (and hard drive after the hammer treatment). There are a lot of toxic materials that should not be released into the environment. Also electronic waste contains deposits of precious metal estimated to be between 40 and 50 times richer than ores mined from the earth.
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Since I started tracking my daily calories in Jan, I've lost 18 lbs. I couldn't weigh myself while on my trip but even my smallest clothes were falling off so I might have reached my goal weight but I ate too much potato salad since it was so easy to buy but I couldn't keep it safely for more than 1 day and I haven't tracked my calories since I got home. I also pigged out on a few things I shouldn't have so I've gained some back. The 2 large boxes of clothing that I took to the thrift & free store were all the larger sizes or what I didn't like or didn't suit me. I'll get back on track when my PC is returned from servicing.

I replaced the ethernet cords from modem and router and the speed has improved on my netbook but I'm still not getting the response I should. The last time I called the provider, I was on hold for 2 hrs and never did get connected.

It's a long weekend here, Family Day. So many events going on. Today I'm taking a bunch of stuff to the Recycling Centre, stuff that can't go into our Blue Bin pickup.

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Chris, sounds like you have trained them well. HOpe the one improves so that you don't have to lay down the law---but sometimes we do have to do tough love with them. We had to do that with our oldest---it was hard but it really did change him and he can be very helpful when we need stuff done and finally grew up after we did that.
Terri, hope the cucumbers turned out well. Hope that new stove works out well for you. Are you going to take it to the fair? Bummer that you can't get those other items---maybe they won't sell and you can get them if they drop the price again.

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Barb, those are the kinds of projects that just get put off around here until I forgot what they were about in the first place, and toss the whole thing. I still have an old PC that I'd intended to get the personal stuff off of and now I don't even know if I could turn it on, let alone extract photos and documents. I'll probably just take the hard drive out and toss the whole thing and forget about what might be on it. Of course, I'd destroy the hard drive. I love the rotisserie oven story--that's an amazing find for $20! I love rotisserie chicken, too.

I bought myself a propane camp oven/stove combo yesterday from a private party who's selling their home and moving to Arizona. (Another family leaving California to escape the nonsense) They have some very nice things, but are downsizing and selling everything at a huge discount. I wish I had a money tree because there were several things that are on my wish list, but even at half price, we can't afford it right now.

It's good that the boys are good roommates, Chris. I hope the younger son can find his feet and not continually bring drama--assuming that's the one that's giving you fits lately. I don't think it's wrong for them to temporarily simplify their lifestyle (by living with family) in order to get out of debt, as long as it's not a habit. None of mine have ever moved back home, but they have lived close enough to me to supplement their pantries by raiding mine (with my permission, of course) and have occasionally needed to borrow money for gas or a bill when there wasn't much work in the winter. We've never had much money to loan, so that hasn't been an issue but they've all borrowed money from my mother and paid it back with interest. She always tells them they can pay what she's getting at the bank, so it's not very much interest, but it's good business for both of them. Good that they help around the house and pitch in with money as they are able, too.

The friend who gave my seedlings a home is up to her neck in 4-H Fair preparations with my DIL and can't tend the garden this week or next. I went out and picked 6 gallons of cucumbers yesterday just to help out and keep the plants producing. I even picked all the really small cucumbers so I can try to make some of those sweet gherkins. I've never made those before, but have a recipe that I'd like to try. Picking the smallest ones should give me a couple of extra days between picking now. I hope! The tomatoes are loaded, but not many red ones yet.

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Thanks for the advice. I need to remember that every time I bring something new into my apt, it mean is a new project.

Years ago my brother got stuck with a business partner's bills. It's all too common occurrence and unfortunately happens within families too.

I keep clothes since my weight has fluctuated. For various trips, I've had to buy special clothing. They are sorted by size in flip top storage boxes. I don't need to keep gardening clothes anymore.

Back in early May, I bought a $20 Yard Sale large Wolfgang Puck Toaster-Convection Oven with Rotisserie (incl manual). It is for hot weather cooking on my balcony. New, they cost $250. It was probably 10 years old at least but looked like it had never been used. Last week I put a whole chicken on the rotisserie. It was so easy to put it on the spit and didn't need any attention until the cooking time was up. The cooked chicken was awesome. They had been on sale. I went back and bought two more before the sale ended. Last night I cooked another one. Again, awesome. So tender and moist. I love the rotisserie. I had a rotisserie in my stove about 30 years ago and have missed it.

Last year at a yard sale, I was given a multi outlet Panasonic cordless phone with answering machine. Since my phone's answering machine isn't very good and my cordless Panasonic is a single unit, I figured, Why not? I have never opened the bag. This morning I sorted it out, cleaning it and testing/charging the batteries. That is one more task in progress. It will either work or will go to the recycling.

My desktop PC is in for testing. Performance has been really poor. Another project.

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I do not do their laundry or clean up after them. i told them when I feel like cooking you can eat whatever other than that they are on their own. they do help with things around the house, and do contribute some to my budget



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Terri, I used to make my spaghetti sauce in a pot that big but since the boys moved out, I haven't needed it. Maybe I should get rid of it but always think that it might come in handy one day.
Chris, understandable that they come home but hopefully they will both be able to pay off those bills and get on their own in the near future---as long as you are not their doormat to doing their laundry and cleaning up after them now that they are grown---they you start to feel unappreciated and that's not good for anyone.
Got all my laundry cleaned, put away, and the suitcases emptied yesterday---and relaxed in between loads which I needed after that long drive on Wednesday. Today I need to plant the daylilies I bought and work on the other stuff that needs to find homes for again. Plus we need to do a grocery run and pay a bill while out and about.

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Terri, they had left, then came back. one has business loans that come off the top of his pay check and he does work another part time job to pay his bills. just not enough to live on his own. the business is doing good but the loans were friend loans that MUST be paid back. the other son came back from New York living on his own for over 10 years, when the job market was so depressed and he got real depressed about all kinds of things and I can not just throw him out on the street, he is working now so he is starting to dig out. He does have his moments and he owes me a lot of money , story to long to get into. So my life is a challenge on some days



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I didn't know you still had sons at home, Chris. Is that new or have they never left? I love using my crockpot and I make my pot roast using cream of mushroom soup and a pkg of dry onion soup mix on top of my beef roast. Then I just stuff red or yellow potatoes and carrots around it wherever they'll fit. It's so easy and delicious.

Barb, I actually started with a large stock pot to soak and cook the dry beans but when I got ready to add the canned tomatoes, meat and spices, I needed to find the biggest one I have. It's not a canner, but is as large as a water bath canner and I had it filled to within 4 inches from the top by the time I finished adding to it.

I've got my car loaded up with the clean laundry I did for DIL, who doesn't have her machines hooked up yet, some canning jars in case our friend wants to do more pickles, and some blueberry plants that will be planted out at the ranch whenever we decide where to put them. They're in gallon pots now, and will be okay for a while. I need to go to town and put fuel in my car and stop at the bank to make a deposit before I go out to the ranch, so should get going.

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i deep clean my house on a yearly basis and get rid of things that i did not wear or use within that last year unless it is something sentimental or a special outfit that only gets worn on special occasions. It feels so good to purge.

i'm being creative today for dinner, to warm for oven so out comes the crock pot already have 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of beef stew meet mom gave me cooking with cream of mush room soup and spices will put potatoes on top in a bit with a cheesy sauce on top of that. With 2 sons still living at home 1 lb of any meet is not enough!



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Terri, that was one big pot of chili!
Chris, sorry you are having issues again with your son.
Barb, good starting point. Do a little at a time. Pick a shelf, a drawer, a closet. Something manageable. Remember to take a break when it gets to be overwhelming. You can go back to it. Remember that it took you a life time to accumulate so it won't be a quick chore to downsize.

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Thanks Chris, sorry to hear of the issues with your son. It must be hard. Cathy asked about the Aug Chat, so I started it.

Terri, I can't imagine the size of your Chili pot!!!

I need to make a plan on cleaning. I'm terrible at and it is hapdash since it gets out of control. I run out of steam. I'm starting at the front door and working through. After 7 weeks of living in a 4.5 ft x 6ft space, I know I don't need all the stuff I have since I won't doing or using the same things anymore. Major downsize of travel & camping stuff, electronics, computer stuff, music and recording stuff to be done. I already cleaned out 2 boxes of clothing that went to the thrift store and free store.

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love the pictures and the stories! Also thanks for starting the August chat!

i have been entertaining family and recovering from said visits. My son is also acting up again. I wish he would get over it all i am so tired of it .




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Good for you, Barb. August snuck up on me because I've been so busy with day-to-day stuff that I haven't looked at a calendar for a while. Yesterday, I kept 7 grandkids here while their moms went to the coast to shop for next week when the 4-H kids take their animals to the fair. They always do a lot of pre-cooking of meals and freeze them so that they don't have to think much about it at the fair. Today and tomorrow will be lots of meal prep for them and I'll help out where I can.

I made a huge pot of chili and beans yesterday, thinking that I would can most of it for later and could take some with me next week when I camp with the kids & grands at the county fair. As it turned out, it was ready to eat before the parents got here, so I fed all the kids dinner. Then, one dad came to get his kids and I fed him too--so 10 of us ate from that pot of chili last night and I still had enough to can 13 quarts and have a bowl left over for lunch today.

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