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  2. Mt_Rider

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Today I was able to use my R shoulder after loosening it up ...and Nuprin. So I did EVERYTHING. --Put in load of dark clothes, went to feed horses, ducks...let goat out to eat with horses. Walked dog. --THEN Koa and I went to the village. Less than 5 miles but I usually don't drive it. Stopped at our mailboxes on the road about a mile or so up. Then went to Post Office - sent a business letter for DH - had to buy an manila envelope and address it cuz we didn't have any at home. Checked our postal box there...he uses mostly for bills and such. Then across the street where a tall guy loaded up 3 hay bales on the roof rack of car. {thankyouverrymuch} Then up the road to library. Up the elevator, introduced myself as DH's wife ...returning his videos. They know him there cuz he checks out movies all the time. DH always walks the dog in open areas near there so OF COURSE we must do that today! Silly dog gets all excited! Don't know where I was walking but good thing I had the ski pole as walking support. Cuz there were multiple foot-size holes in that area ....missed getting a leg into two only cuz I began poking ahead of me with the pole. OK, dog satisfied. We voyaged home. THEN I have to untie the ropes and yank the bales off the roof....onto plastic sled and haul to hay shed. [WHY did we not build that shed next to the driveway?????] But with snow, it was pretty easy...except 2 out of 3 rolled off sled before quite arriving at their destination. I was getting so tired that I wasn't as agile with the sledding. Had to yank to get them into place in barn. No stacking ....only 5 total in there. Three more than I had this morning. THEN I noticed the horse water tank was quite low and we have more storm weather forecast for tonite/tomorrow. So I pulled the lower end of hose over and stuck in thru the twisted wires....pointing down into the tank......because I need to be able to see from up at the house, if it's running thru the hose. I drive up to house and drop the upper end of the hoses down to ground. We keep that end elevated up to the porch so it's in the sun and not buried in snow. I'd already walked the whole length last nite after snow quit.....pulling hose up out of 3 foot drifts in some places. So it had been laying on top, in the sun all morning. All hooked up and turned on, yet I didn't see water pouring into tank. I use binoculars but by then my hands had the exertion tremors so bad, I had to go up on porch where I could lean my hands against the post. Nope...no water. So I began walking down and making sure all areas of hose were still sitting in sunshine. Adjusted hose here and there. Walked half way back up and opened a juncture of two hoses....yay, I've got water running that far. Finally it began to squirt/sputter at the end and then it was pouring into the tank. As I waited for it to fill, I checked in with my mom from one of the clearest 'phone booths' locations. We had a chat while I watched the tank fill. It needs to be emptied, scrubbed and filled....but that will not happen THIS day. Had to walk back UP the whole hill again and shut off the water. Then begin to ensure the water drains the whole way. Take upper end of hose up stairs to dangle from porch railing. It drains on the steep hill but I drove down to walk the level part on the lower end. Lift and place it carefully on TOP of the snow when it's drained. [course we have snow in the forecast for tonite/tomorrow..] THEN I went up to house....put away this and that. Brought dog and me and stuff from town up. Heated leftover spaghetti in oven and lay on bed to REST. Got CHILLED and turned on heating pad. Got rest from 2pm to 5pm. THEN kinda raced around to put on the heavier coveralls. Was getting dark {....and therefore COLD} fast. Poured warm water for ducks. Had already laid more straw and more feed. Gave horses a generous amount of hay for this likely COLD nite....again. Last nite it was ZERO. Walked dog in dusky-dark on road with headlamp. Then got up to house to get things set up in basement for tomorrow's AM feeding. Grab dog's teeth cleaning treat AND the dark load of clothes from the dryer. I'd switched them over during one of the passes thru the basement. Dog assisted me and the heavy laundry basket up the stairs. Got her treat, as expected. Reported hat I was back INSIDE to my folks. SINCE I did so much yesterday and today....so many projects completed....I SHOULD be able to just do normal things, altho I never do morning chores. That's a heavy extra. But the BIG projects are done-for-now. Except that 1-3" of snow predicted tomorrow. Well, we'll see. MtRider ....Day 2 has ended.
  3. kappydell

    Gardening Through the Winter

    that sounds MUCH better than I cut myself shaving....which is all I can think of offhand. Or I got into a political discussion and lost my head?
  4. Today
  5. Cowgirl

    Got some news....with difficulties

    Bless her soul. I am so glad that your DH is getting to visit his mom. đź’ś
  6. Mt_Rider

    Got some news....with difficulties

    PS.......P just called me. She's coming home from BINGO and her car runs out of gas 5 blocks from her apt. [Her 30 yr old son is in BIG trouble.] But she didn't have DH's cell # in her phone....so she could call DH to read her off her AAA number [which she also didn't have with her] so they can rescue her. DH can't go rescue her cuz one of them must stay with their mom...even if she's gone to bed already. Can you see why DH doesn't visit family often. MtRider ....and she says she didn't even win at BINGO!
  7. Mt_Rider

    Got some news....with difficulties

    I'll tell the story of my day over in Whatcha doing? This is DH's story-so-far.... DH arrived in Mpls airport at midnight. Went to Salt Lake UT first... He called as he headed for the rental car. He had a 50 min drive to his sister P's house. Except there were several things INCORRECT about that data. 1) He also had 45 min drive to get out of the Metro area and then a 50 min drive.... 2) His sister lives in an appartment...neglected to include an appt number when she gave us her address...SO.... At 3 AM, DH is knocking on the door of a HOUSE...with the same exact address P gave us, but it's "XYZ street"....instead of "XYZ street WEST". Small town insanity. Either the folks were not home; did not wake up; or were too afraid to ANSWER THEIR DOOR! He finally calls P on his cell and she tells him about the appartment thing....so he scoots quickly to rental car and LEAVES before someone does answer the door! Then P can't figure out where he is {about 2 blocks away, actually} but she had to dress and drive to McD's [which both of them could find] to meet him and lead him back. She doesn't know street names....just where she lives and drives. Uh....helpful, P. Really helpful at 3AM. So he finally got to sleep for a short time on an air mattress in the living room. His mom was DELIGHTED to see him when she woke up. They've had a good day. His mom goes to sleep frequently in a recliner with her feet up...in the middle of a sentence type frequently. Forgets what they already talked about. Breathing labored. But she had a great day. DH told P she could take a break and do something she'd enjoy since she's been full-time care for weeks now. She decided to go play BINGO. I know how it is to be locked in for weeks. So DH is where he should be and I'm surviving here. It would help if the snow would go away until he comes home. Keep praying. Afterall, he did NOT get arrested at 3AM for disturbing someone's peace and sleep. Keep praying, please! MtRider Thanks.
  8. euphrasyne

    What’s For Dinner 2019

    Sunday was pork roast with sweet potatoes and green beans Monday was carnitas with some of the leftover pork roast, chopped tomatoes, avocados, tortillas, & rice Tuesday was breakfast of eggs, sausage & cinnamon rolls (because people were tired of pork) Tonight was more of the leftover pork roast shredded with BBQ sauce served on hamburger buns, with some fruit that needed to be finished off. (we had a veggie plate for lunch). Those bolillo rolls look amazing.
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  10. Last night was Mexican casserole with sweet potato, broccoli and corn meal muffins. I make the casserole with leftover chicken and we get several meals out of it. Tonight will be salmon, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
  11. I don't know anything about Androids, iPads or iAnything. My phone is the cheapest phone from TracFone. $100.00 a year baby. I don't like to read on my laptop or my Kindle Fire's. I either read on the Kindle Touch or Kindle Paperwhite. 99% of the time on the Paperwhite. It's a 'reader' and that's what it does best. I really like the Fire's for things other than reading. I can do quick web searches and play a few games from the free aps. Especially word games to keep my brain active...I hope. It's also great for free movies and things from Prime. I don't care that much for movies but they do have lots of really great documentaries. Also free TV, Radio, etc. I bought the 8 inch and decided I liked it and got the 10 inch. I usually only use the 8 inch when the 10 inch is charging. The 10 inch is heavy compared to the Paperwhite. I have the tri folder for the 10 inch too. The one I got isn't all that stable though so I rarely use it for that. It's not that comfortable when you are in bed on your back propping it up on your stomach. It seems to fall forward all the time. It would work on a hard surface though. This is the one I got when I bought the Fire 10 inch: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07K2RVYMR/coliid=I2VPDHEKY8VL3Z&colid=YQT0IQ0PHQ8B&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it What I really like for video watching on the 10 incher is a stand. They have them for smaller readers too. I got this one: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00HFRYA7U/?coliid=I280QUC6N50OL9&colid=YQT0IQ0PHQ8B&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I'm thinking I'd probably like something like one of these pillow props to use for the reader while in bed since I do most of my reading in bed at night: https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kindle+holders+for+reading+in+bed&sprefix=KIndle+hol%2Caps%2C221&crid=2Y2FONN4IQZR2
  12. Jeepers

    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    My DIL made a jar of something called morphine in a jar or something silly like that. It's made with essential oils and coconut oil as a carrier. It's for topical use and supposed to be for pain relief. She made it for my arthritis in the neck. It didn't work BUT it does help with my burning neuropathy pain on my leg. It's messy and smells to high heaven, not necessarily in a bad way, but it does take away some of the fire and sting. It's solid until it hits the skin. I dab it on with a tissue or a makeup remover round thing. I need to get her recipe.
  13. Jeepers

    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    Ya know a long time ago I thought about ammo boxes but for some reason I didn't think you could buy them. Especially around here. A quick peek at Amazon proved me wrong. They have plenty of them. Who knew! I should have. They have everything. That's where I got the body bags. So, next month (if I don't forget) I plan to get a couple. One even said it was water and air tight. One had a padlock. They aren't real expensive either. Thanks Sarah. I'm sure you are excited to get your new leg. Hope all goes well for you and your adjustment period is fast.
  14. My iPad has 128GB. Yes it has a nice camera, and I use it some, though not as much as my phone camera. It easily transfers photos to my computer via my modem. I also store some online via Google and also on my blog at Ello, for the ones I use in my posts there. It does not have an SD card, but if you don’t have a computer you could use an external hard drive or flash drive with an adapter. I really like its ease of use, the available apps, and its versatility. Android tablets would also be worth exploring, although I don’t have the experience with one to make a recommendation.
  15. euphrasyne

    Need data/opinions about eBook readers...Kindle, etc

    My MIL has a kindle. It is the same color as pocketbook on my phone. The way the screen colors for books is adjustable for most of the book apps. I usually use a 'tanish' low lighting background with an antiglare font. I also hate bright screens and this is comfortable for me to read. You should check it out if you are looking for something with different lighting. My older daughter has an ipad, it uses a special flash drive for extra storage. It is about $15 for 32Gb. I usually get them cheaper locally, but this is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Suntrsi-External-Storage-Compatible/dp/B075H8KX2T/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1548251012&sr=8-9&keywords=storage+device+for+ipad Almost all devices can be memory expanded if you know what to look for. ^^
  16. Storage-wise, my iPad has 128GB. It's not expandable. I think 32GB is the bare minimum that they make them with anymore. I do have a case that folds around, but I hardly ever use that feature. You can plug an iPad into a computer and back up the pictures onto it. You can adjust the size of print in all the devices - computer, iPad, Kindle, etc. It's a function of the reading software.
  17. euphrasyne

    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    I have a wooden armoire in my bedroom that I keep all my medical supplies in. Like Jeepers, mine is all sorted into labeled bins or labeled shelf space. My sections are: Teeth, Ears, Feet, eyes, Rx, Cold/Flu, Skin, Wound Care, Pain, and Paranoid. I keep the weird things in paranoid like some plastic sheeting, extra garbage bags, etc. I also keep a list of where the other things are in paranoid bin (like the wheelchair & IV stand in the shed or the shower chair in the garage.) I like to keep everything in my room so that I can control inventory. I don't have any body bags though. I may need to go shopping.....
  18. I have an iPad, a Kindle Paperwhite, a Surface Pro, and multiple phones. I've had Kindles, Kindle Fires, Samsung tablets, and other random toys. What do I end up reading on? The Paperwhite. I don't like reading from the color screens. The way that the screen for the Kindles is designed makes it where I can read for a LOT longer without my head hurting, plus it's a lot lighter than anything but my phone. The Kindle Fires just ticked me off because they're so locked in to the Amazon app store that they didn't function as a useable tablet for me and I couldn't access some of the apps I normally use all the time. They were basically just used for watching things. I didn't even like the resolution for cookbooks. It is a matter of personal preference, but I flat out don't like to read on a color screen unless it's something that I need color pictures for. Note that iPads do not have the ability to use an SD card, if you choose to go that route. I don't have a case that folds and stands by itself, but I normally have a music stand, cell phone stand, or something else available to put it on.
  19. TheCG

    Got some news....with difficulties

    Why do you think we don't see Superman anymore? No phone booths.
  20. euphrasyne

    Need data/opinions about eBook readers...Kindle, etc

    I read on my phone with an app called pocket book. I read on my computer with a program called calibre library. I just transfer a couple (dozen) books to my phone from my computer and delete them off the phone when I'm done. I have ….more than anyone would admit too, probably more than my library has physical books.... books on an external hard drive. It takes up roughly a Terabyte and I've room to grow. You would be better off buying a tablet than a 'book reader.' They cost the same, there are numerous free apps to read books and the tablet has many more uses than a book reader. Storage is a non issue. Anything you buy is going to use an SD card or a micro SD card and they are very cheap to upgrade for more storage. I think I pay about $89 for 5 Terabyte external (for use with a computer, not compatible with devices,) $40 for a 400GB micro SD, and roughly $10 for 32GB micro SD. The easiest way to access the cloud is to sign up for a free google email. Go to google, click on the app button. Third icon from the right that is squares. Choose the green & yellow triangle that says google drive. You can now drag and drop any information to your 'cloud.' Download google drive app on your phone or tablet to access your info on that device. it will use your data plan if you are not on wifi. I use it to move data around, not for permanent storage.
  21. Mt_Rider

    Gardening Through the Winter

    Um....the folks at the blood donation center got a little too enthusiastic? MtRider
  22. kappydell

    Gardening Through the Winter

    Chainsaw Mary says thank you for the warm welcome. Today she was out raking pine needles. They harbor fleas, and our dog dodger loves-loves-LOVES to roll in them. Then he cant figure out why we chase him down for a flea bath (he acts like such a martyr)! Tomorrow we have doctors appointments, so I can get cleared for neck surgery (I joke abut having my throat cut) Making up a good tall tale to explain that new scar will be fun. I've already got good ones we made up about vampires (to explain the shoulder scars - I ducked & it missed); about my cancer scars (six) from the robot assisted surgery (that was a BIG fight over a parking space); my hip & knee replacement scars (gators); still thinking about what to say about the neck scar. Now what kind of tall tale would be fun? Hmmm. My last surgeon laughed out loud when I told him about making up spectacular tales because after all, every scar tells a story. Might as well make it a good, spectacular, leg-pulling, whopper.
  23. Last night was a small roaster of scalloped potatoes & ham; tonight was pork steaks & broccoli. M says all she wants with those is "homemade bread". Errr…..OK. Makes dinner easy & makes it worthwhile to bake that bread fresh a couple times a week. Our latest successful "new" food was crumb coated potato wedges - I had extra home made shake & bake so while the oven was on anyway, rolled the potato wedges in oil, coated with "extra" crumbs (I always have extra crumbs left after doing the chicken) then into the oven to cook with the chicken. Worked very well - I like crispy crunchy crumby foods. And I did not have to waste those crumbs! I also have discovered that my homemade bread makes crumbs almost the same texture as panko, as long as I toss it in the blender while it is stale, not dry. So I now have even more reasons to bake lots of home made bread! Besides, I love browned crumbs, aka "poor mans parmesan". Makes me a crumby cook, you could say.
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  25. Cowgirl....that's some new information. Esp. about the folding cover that can prop it up. That's currently how I read on laptop. Different sizes....but I can adjust the print size to see comfortably...right? I've handled other people's iPads and they are quite heavy. But...so is a laptop. I've got enough ebooks to fill more than 32 GB {?} (I THINK....very rough guess.....AND I keep forgetting which is GB or MB or ?????) Does an iPad have that kind of capacity? But then, if I got an iPad....that takes pictures too, right? That would be tempting to fill up space with pics. I USED to take lots of pics. But they all go away after you change devices so I gave up. {yeah, store in the CLOUD} All of our emergency family issues have come in front of this issue in priority right now. But....I will have to do something. Old laptop limping along but is acting like an unpredictable old person! MtRider
  26. Mt_Rider

    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    Praying your prosthetic will fit well and set you free again! MtRider
  27. Mt_Rider

    Got some news....with difficulties

    I remember when you posted a pic of you and your cousin, Jeepers. And yes, I did see to it that he has 'funeral clothes' ...glad that doesn't have to be a suit. Just nice pants, nice shirt, nice sweater if he needs that. [ won't tell what HE thot he could wear as shirt....] Guys! TheCG.....wellllll, that's a good question. Due to long-term disability, I have usually had that set up. But my close friends N/W are so overwhelmed right now. W came to plow us out of DRIFTS of snow today before the guy came to pick DH up for airport. I think I only have my folks to call before I go feed and after. If they didn't hear from me, they could call N/W or they could just ask for a 'wellness check'. They can't come check themselves. It's harder to have them as backup....I think I'll have my mom write down the time I go out. Cuz she got DH's flight departure time mixed up X3 I have no cell service but there are locations thru out the barn yard and even on the road where I walk dog, where the cordless house phone picks up signal. I call those locations: phone booths. I just realized that term is not going to be known to youngers....except if they watch OLD Superman movies. LOL I also have the car which is more reliable starting in cold weather than my older truck. Yeah, I think we've got the risks minimized.... I'll tell you, starting with a BLIZZARD today scared me ...but God and I had a talk and I'm ok again. We're sunny now and driveway plowed. MtRider ....but I used up a week's worth of energy already.
  28. Sarah

    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    Ammo cans. Kinder are not strong enough to open them. We used to use them, painted white with a red cross, attached to the field equipment. But again, kinder not strong enough to open.
  29. Sarah

    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    I got one of our female medics laughing. Aquaphor is what they use in their official kits, in large jars. But, Bagbalm has the same ingredients. In my kit, in a repurposed lip balm jar. (And yes, I am large breasted, which is what got her hooting.). The eye cups, glass and plastic. But have never found a good way to keep them clean. Nor have I found a good 'universal. If you have a real optician near you, one that actually makes in-house, ask for 'burn glasses' lens... They are like a goggle lens, but much better universal fit. For what it is worth, think about your containerization. I use zip lock bags, but always seem to be the wrong size. I am using one of the bag resealers, those handheld battery ones. I pop whatever is into the bag, and seal on the side opposite the zipper. Tomorrow, I get the prosthetic. Yay! PS. ArmyofFiveforGod, dead link in your signature.
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