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    I GOT THIS IN AN EMAIL FROM CARLENE JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER. I cleaned it up a little. Not for language but for spelling and punctuation. She’s a mess. She uses caps because of her 81 year old eyesight. Regarding Summer--With Black Dogs--And Sunlight--And Parking Lots--And Hot Top: YOU HAVE TO THINK FOR THEM. RECIPIENTS MUST BE REMINDED YOU MUST NEVER STOP TO TALK TO ANYBODY IN A PARKING LOT. YOU WILL OVERHEAT AND/OR KILL YOUR BLACK DOG. BETWEEN THE HOT TOP AND THE BLACK HAIR THE HEAT GENERATED IS UNBELIEVEABLE. EVEN WITH BENTLEY AND HIS SPOTS, THE BLACK AREAS GET SOOO MUCH HOTTER THAN THE WHITE ONES. THE HOT TOP IS CERTAINLY HOT TOO. BEND DOWN AND FEEL IT. YOU HAVE SHOES ON--THEY DON'T. PUT THEIR HARNESS ON IN THE CAR AND WHEN THEY JUMP OUT, GET MOVING RIGHT AWAY FOR THE BUILDING OR EVEN CEMENT WALK. DO NOT STOP. THINK OF THEIR PAWS. THEN OF COURSE YOU NEVER LEAVE THEM IN A CAR ANYWAY. BUT, I TELL EVERYONE, NEVER BE IN A POSITION OF HAVING YOUR DOG IN THE CAR AND ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS SHUT. WHY? WE DID HAVE A RECIPIENT HAVE HER DOG JUMP IN THE CAR. SHE SHUT THE DOOR AND THEN FELL HITTING HER HEAD. LUCKILY SHE WAS NOT KNOCKED OUT. BUT HAD AN AMBULANCE BEEN CALLED THEY MIGHT HAVE HAULED HER AWAY NEVER NOTICING THE DOG IN THE CAR, THUS KILLING HER DOG. SO WE JUST DON'T. HERE'S THE ROUTINE: 1. DRIVERS DOOR OPEN. 2. BACK DOOR OPEN. 3. LOAD DOG. 4. SHUT BACK DOOR. 5. GET IN DRIVERS SEAT AND SHUT THE DOOR. (ME: in other words...shut your door last!) GET INTO THAT ROUTINE. NEVER BE IN A POSITION OF BEING OUTSIDE THE CAR WITH YOUR DOG IN THE CAR AND NO EXIT. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE UNTIL IT DOES. I HAVE BEEN VERY LAX ALL WINTER ABOUT LOADING DOGS HERE. I WATCH AND ALL THE TRAINERS AND WALKERS ARE NOT DOING THAT. WELL TODAY STARTS A MADENING PROGRAM. I THINK I WILL WEAR A WHISTLE. HOW MADENING WILL THAT BE? IT WON'T BE MADDENING AT ALL IF YOU ALL DO IT RIGHT. IT IS NOT A STUPID RULE WITH NO LOGICAL BENEFIT. I WAS REMINDED WHEN GOLDIE MADE CAROLINE EMAIL THE MESSAGE. FROM CAROLINE TO CARLENE: I always remember your caveat to keep one car door open, so that the dog can get out and help you if you need it. I always keep the back door open until I get into the car safely (there is an open/close button in the driver's side door). The other day when I was leaving school, I told Clark to load up, which he did right away. I then went towards the driver's seat, but I lost my grip on the door handle and fell to the ground (not hard). I called" Clark! Come!" He peeked around the back door and saw me on the ground. I could almost hear the "how did you get down there? You were upright 2 seconds ago!" He hopped down and dutifully helped me up. I got in the car and he loaded up (again), and we went on our way. But I was so glad I kept the hatch open! Clark and I have been doing well. Almost the end of the semester! He has been working hard to help me to classes and to run research participants. We are getting our steps in, and that is so phenomenal that we are still walking together without other support. (ED... IT HAPPENS MINUS A WHEELCHAIR )
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    Dogs

    Bentley and Sizzle at the Boston Marathon a week or so ago. 1. At the starting line. 2. Guess where Carlene is?
  4. I'm so sorry you guys are going through the dementia issues with your parents. I only had one parent growing up and she died when she was 38 years old. And I'm an only child so I don't foresee me having to deal with it. Other than possibly myself. I watched my grandmother go through it though and it was heartbreaking. But then again she had daughters to make her decisions and I was spared that. It's funny that you mention it. Just last night I finished a book about an Alzheimer patient. I don't know why I'm so drawn to those books. It seems to always fall on the daughters shoulders to take over. Some women are stuck in the 'sandwich generation." They work away from home, still have children in the home and have parents to take care of. Bless them. Each and every one of you have my heartfelt prayers for wisdom to know what to do, patience to follow through and peace of mind knowing you are doing the best you can in a difficult situation.
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  6. Homesteader, MIL also, has said she doesn’t want to live in a center, because everyone is old. I guess, we show them as much love as we can, doing the best we can to make them comfortable. Snapshotmiki, my bump on the head is doing well. Minor headache and sensitivity to touch, but, otherwise, fine. The trip home was mostly uneventful, strong winds kept me on high alert. DH & a dear friend... replaced the outside washer hot/cold faucets, while I was in TX. The faucets were horrible, coated in lime, missing the handles. Turning the main water off was the only way to stop the water flow. They were originally installed in the 1950’s. Then, the guys replaced the kitchen shut off valve and installed a new faucet! DH had told me on the phone, they were doing “man things”. It’s so nice not to hear the drip in the kitchen sink. I was going to replace the faucet, but, had to wait until after my trip JIC something didn’t go as planned. Unpacked & ran some laundry, but, otherwise rested yesterday. I was surprised how tender my muscles were. Sun is up, birds are singing and I have a lot on my ToDo list. Time to get motivated..
  7. Same here WE2 and Mt_Rider. It's hard seeing parents lose their facilities. My mom is starting to forget to the point where I am the person in the wrong. I'm seeing where the children need back-up support, especially in financial decisions for the parent. I don't want to get blamed for things my mom decided on, and I only carried them out for her. We're praying she likes the new apt with several other friends in the same retirement center. She keeps saying that she wants to be around people her age so they can talk about the Depression. Then I take her to her age group and she says they're too old.
  8. I hear you loud and clear, WE2. Taking it day by day here too. Today was sunny and warm....then cloudy and gloomy. Next time I looked out it was deep fog. Then began to graupel...turning to rain....then snow...... Then it all stopped and melted. Ever-changing kaleidoscope of weather. MtRider ...Springtime in the Rockies.
  9. Water heater safely installed. Appliances back in place. Threw out LOTS of stuff in cabinets so I've got more room (and not to re-fill the space!) for the things I use most. Hubby started new work project for a client but did get the a/c back together in my van and turned it around, nose into the garage, and started working on the rusted places above the windshield. I'll be facing LOADS of laundry tomorrow from our trip and what we've used since home. Dad's up and down. Being really awful. Hospital called this evening and wanted me to talk to him, to try and calm him down. He says they're holding him hostage against his will. I think I was able to settle him a bit. They're planning to move him to a nursing home for some physical therapy. He'll be able to stay there 100 days as long as he's making progress. He's been made aware that he's going to a place to help him get stronger. It's very difficult dealing with someone you love who's going through such dementia. Hostility, distrust, confusion and probably fear. Lord Jesus...have mercy on a soul that's being tortured by ill-health...amen.
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  11. Naw Miki, moving is so slow when you are old and all alone. I had errands planed for today but didn't get many of them done. I think everything is closing down. The Lube Stop close to me is closed. So I went to another one about 10 miles away. It was good because the last K-Mart in my area is just up the street from Lube Stop. Got to the Lube Stop and its gone too. There is a different brand in there but I went in to get my oil changed anyway. They are lousy.They didn't check anything except what was under the hood and the air in the tires. Lube Stop oiled your doors, checked all of your lights and would change them etc. They also did E-checks. Bummer. After that I went less a mile up to K-Mart. They always carry a brand of shorts each summer that I love. Thin-ish denim and around $6.00 each. Well guess what? That K-Mart is closed down too. I only know of one other K-Mart about 20 miles from me in another county. It's by Hobby Lobby and I've been wanting to go there anyway so I'll try them tomorrow. I don't even know if that K-Mart is even still open. So, because I had to wait so long to get in the bay to get the oil changed and was on the other side of town, I didn't get my Jeep E-checked, new tags for the Jeep, trash recycled or shorts. I also wanted to get a ball hitch installed on it from U-Haul. Wonder if I need an appointment to get a hitch put on? Tomorrow is another day but its supposed to rain all day with storms.
  12. @Annarchy How's your head feeling? I'm just getting back here after taking a break. Went to Church yesterday (no evening service). Five minutes into service I got a bad earache (usually sinus). Came home after and rested a little. A friend gave me a dozen oysters, so I fried them up and made some oven bbq chicken and a green bean salad. Boy were those oysters good! Room mate made lasagna (3 pans) for DH and him, so they are working on that. Today is laundry day and will be raking up the garden again after Friday's flooding (again). I'll finally plant tomorrow or Wednesday and then more rain Thursday, but hopefully not as much or fast. Peanut will get a bath either today or tomorrow as she's smelling a little like a hamster. Not much else going on. Will be glad to finally get garden going! Will you be getting moved soon, Jeepers? Time goes so fast, doesn't it?
  13. Hope everyone had a glorious Resurrection day, yesterday. Most of our family is still living in the same state, so we only put on about 350 miles yesterday. Mom was exhausted at the end but seemed happy and content to see great and great-grandchildren. I keep saying each year that it will be her last, but she keeps plugging on. We will be moving Mom on Friday to a little less independent retirement complex. I doubt if she will use all the activities they provide but she will be with friends from her church. We've been packing her for weeks, and she has about 2/3 more than the apartment will hold. I keep telling her that a train wreck is coming, but she waves me off and doesn't think about it. She has little concept of time and space anymore. Makes me want to have another auction at our place so we can start over. We've done it before and I find it refreshing after dealing with others who can barely walk among their stuff. It's definitely an american thing.
  14. Midnightmom

    Windows 7

    This just came up in my FB feed...
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  16. Have a safe and uneventful trip, Annarchy. WE2....so sorry you all are having an deluge of difficulties. Bet you felt like you were trying to be in three places at once. Know the feeling when my folks have issues. Good thing MrWE2 is so experienced with repair/installation. We'd be waiting on "someone" to come and do the job. All your prepper adaptions made life doable tho! Hope the situation for your dad is resolved....the heart and dementia. We're getting to know that one here too. So very sad and distressing! Sunny.....cloudy....sunny ....the usual. Some parts might get rain/sleet/snow. Might be us or might not. Springtime in the Rockies. MtRider Happy Easter everyone.
  17. Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Day! Good Morning, It’s time to re-pack & head home. The weather forecast seemed fair, mid 50’s to start, 90’s by the afternoon, with minimal winds. Hoping everyone has a Blessed day!
  18. Lol WE2, sounds like DH’s comment, “...did you stop & get a burger on the way home....”. I figured we got the “art” part of the Culinary Arts Department. Sorry about your Dad & the water heater issue. Fine tuned MIL’s sprinkles and trimmed the hedges in the front of her house. Then, worked on trimming all the frost damage off her lantana in the flower beds. Removed and transplanted a bunch of the over growing aloe vera. Hid most of the sprinkler hoses, pulled some weeds before having to quit because I couldn’t get any more into her roll off dumpster bin. We went to the store, got her a bunch of supplies and DH’s sausage, that we can only find here. Dinner was What-a-Burger and we ended the day watching news, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Live PD. Tomorrow I head home...time to get some sleep 🛏 💤
  19. Something like this? https://www.google.com/search?q=pyrex+ounce+measuring+cups&tbm=isch&source=univ&hl=en-us&client=safari&fir=k17_1HjuMMklrM%3A%2CAz-dCf89lWP1aM%2C_%3B5DDL5rs2x0RSpM%3A%2CCHckbw-bm7e5NM%2C_%3BHeEjgr-PXOLcDM%3A%2C21bdp65YHuG3SM%2C_%3BToTK_9BCUigHEM%3A%2CbhXgW7MXH-8jtM%2C_%3BVL-Zh8GQkqOfCM%3A%2C4-fFgbgoltIJnM%2C_%3BsYYa2-xf4nykfM%3A%2C1zPQb2rAm9T3SM%2C_%3B2UgRroymBiVDZM%3A%2CR8_thMSIqnXFtM%2C_%3BeM00fs83yQ5LiM%3A%2Ci5ViiQKTKYPDDM%2C_%3BfVaj2Al40zIFxM%3A%2CoI1L-j4TlvRCkM%2C_%3B-MzJGL6lbR3jbM%3A%2CqJ5FK4Wq6ImBlM%2C_&usg=AI4_-kQHKiIJ2OQ5APs0bJIVkoLEOVbL_g&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjDxaDsq-DhAhXhMXwKHWeiD3QQ7Al6BAgLEAI&biw=768&bih=985#imgrc=ba7UhtzPuuPeBM Here’s another one: https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/mini-measuring-glass-with-double-spout-set-of-2/product/75762?utm_source=google&utm_medium=paid search&utm_campaign=pla&sourceid=7SPFGPLA&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxP--36zg4QIVhKDsCh0gXAiXEAQYBCABEgL6aPD_BwE Target also carries 2 oz & 8 oz clear measuring cups.
  20. Playing catch up. The day we were loading the TT to leave for some R&R I walked in the house and heard water. Drated water heater was leaking from around the controls! Called hubby and he turned around and came back home. Turned off water...and continued on our business! Truly enjoy the couple of days "away" from all the stress around here...but when we got into cell phone reception got a text that my dad was in hospital, not doing good. Just grabbed our absolutes from the TT and left the frig on propane/gas and headed to the hospital. He was having a major heart attack and pneumonia was trying to set in. Doc said "he'll get better or he won't"...we're doing everything we can. Dad has 5 stints and a pace maker...and the pain was so bad they were giving him morph. Got a call Thurs. about midnight from hospital (my stepmum lives an hour away from this hospital) so off we went again...and stayed until 3 or so. Then back up Friday afternoon and brothers were there so we only stayed about 30 minutes. He was doing very well! Needed to get started unloading our TT and go looking for a new water heater. Golly those things are pricey! Ouch to the credit card :-( Today he was very much improved according to step mum, even had his lunch in the recliner, but he's being terrible to step mum, accusing her of all kinds of things. He's really not entitled to treat her that way even if he's mixed up and has dementia! He's really too much for her to handle, and should be in a care facility...and I told her so. Told her today we wouldn't be up there at all, just HAD to get this water heater hooked up...and we did. The kitchen is a total disaster...the water heater sits in a corner behind a lattice work folding panel. The microwave cabinet is in the middle of the room, the dishwasher is in front of one side of my sink, the frig is almost blocking the door to the LR...can you imagine!? BUT I've again got water and hot water. Didn't have any water all day and have been heating water in my t-pots to wash dishes and took our showers via garden sprayer (heated water of course), so it will feel good to take a LONG hot shower! Including a picture that I took out the front of our TT...so relaxing! The couple we camped with were a hoot! They had us over for hamburgers (I snuck a picture of the host dishing them up for us!) the first night and then we played a game called "Washer Toss" two nights and really enjoyed it. Hubby's going to make us a set, we so enjoyed it.
  21. Yes...I figured that out when others used the term 'fluid'..... MtRider
  22. I see I was not clear again. 'fluid' ounces. The 'fluid' is understood, and dropped in a lot of tables and recipes. Sorry, Sarah
  23. The asparagus in the store looks pretty. I might have bought 3 bundles. And they'll probably all be gone by...Tuesday.
  24. Sounds like bar measurements might be your solution. https://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/06/cocktail-101-measuring-utensils-jiggers-cups.html Follow the link for more info.
  25. 3 tsp = ONE Tbsp Most shot glasses are 1 oz (unless it's a "jigger." I have no idea what the measurement is in a jigger.) The chart above (with the milk bottles in it) says that 2 Tbs = 1 fluid oz
  26. It is a great cause, Mt_Rider, helping the community as many ways as we can. The young lady that received last years scholarship, was there & introduced this years outstanding academic student who received it. I don’t know why, but this time at our meeting, I was acutely aware of the age of our group. At least half, if not more, are over 80, several are in their 90’s. I can’t help but hope, when I get to their age, I will be as active and alert. They are a great group of Ladies. Installed all the hoses and sprinklers, yesterday. Forgot to screw one together tightly & got soaked tightening it down, stood up from adjusting another, while watching where my feet were, smacked my head squarely into a large tree branch. I saw stars and fell flat on my back. I bet it would have made a hilarious YouTube video. I sorta quit for the day after that. Today, it’s fine tuning the sprinklers, hedge and frost damage trimming to do. Then, I need to get a couple of supplies. Time to get at it....
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