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  1. DH's sister called tonite to say their mom is "in hospice". She's still living with SIL but they have hospice assistance now. So DH is calling to find plane flights/car rental for this week. He wants to see her before she passes and then won't go to the funeral cuz it is too much cost and .... .....then there is the issue of leaving me with all the animals and weather.......and my folks ....alone out here. DH is "last man standing" so to speak, for many things in our lives and my parent's. My dad is still driving around their village but no further. I can drive a few miles to our tiny village...if I'm doing ok. But it would take an EVAC to get me to drive further. And....it's winter. We have a gutter drainage pipe that is chock full of ice and backing up everything....sending melting ice down in front of the access door to garage/basement space. Just figured that out today. But .....we'll all deal with this. He MUST go...and go now, quickly. Likely leave on Tues. I'll call my church to ask someone to drive him over to the city to airport. He'll work Sun/Mon and doesn't work again till next week. And we'll need the money after paying for this trip. It came up suddenly....cuz his mom acts like nothing is wrong. She will be THRILLED to see him again so this is absolutely going to happen. Pray for all of us, please. MtRider
  2. With this laptop dying....choices have to be made. Right now I can't open my Kindle for PC program at the same time as my browser. The CPU is at 100% usage too often and I don't know how to cut it down. Antivirus programs raise it up to some extent. But the Kindle program is the default to "starve" if there isn't enough ...whatever...to go to all the programs. Anyway, if you have an eBook reader, I'd appreciate any comments and advice. I really don't need audible. I like reading visually MUCH better. What feature choices do you find important? If someone were to have say....nearly 1,000 eBooks in the Kindle Cloud..... .....not all War and Peace type novels, of course. But what kind of data space would that use up? (I realize I will always have those in the Cloud..... until the Cloud doesn't work anymore) I like having access without having to get on the Net. Always have usage issues. Physical issues that will alter my choice: I can't hold something in my hand very long. I read on laptop cuz I don't have to hold it....I can magnify as much as I need....and just read. I know there are stands.... I know some devices weigh more/less. Can I prop one up without it getting overheated? Also...if I'm looking for another laptop, which feature reflects having enough CPU? Central Processing Unit...I only vaguely know what that is. I do tend to have a LOT of documents and downloads. No music or video. Data and charts and other types of information keeping. That's what I use the laptop for. Not a lot of pics....some. Y'all have always been helpful in sharing what you know. MtRider
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    Um....the folks at the blood donation center got a little too enthusiastic? MtRider
  4. 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
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    Weird things in your first aid kit....

    Praying your prosthetic will fit well and set you free again! MtRider
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    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.
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    Hiya, Chainsaw Mary!! We feel like we know you too, from hearing about the adventures of reclaiming that piece of property. Love the pics and drool over the garden. How did it fare with the recent COLD? MtRider
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    Got some news....with difficulties

    "... but he might want to take funeral clothes. " Yeah, I'm hoping he has room for black pants and a shirt. But he's not checking any bags, just carry-on and personal bag. He's a minimalist tho.....unlike me. That's one of the reasons he would change the departure date...if she's going to pass quickly. This is happening so fast...it seems. One is never ready but I think DH is kinda still in shock. A nearby neice is trying not to go into early labor but she's probably going to give birth in the next few days. Just more drama... but he'll get to see a new Great niece or nephew. A passing and a birth at the same time. Life moving to the next generations. I'm so very tired.....but we did get DH tickets on the Bereavement Fare this morning. Took several calls to get all the data. Ticketing folks both offered condolences, which is their 'script' for Bereavement Fares but it's nice. That fare takes some $ off the price but the value is in no penalty for changing the dates. I've used that several times when I've gone to help ...when DD1 got plowed over on her moped. And when my brother's fiance died of cancer....he had her daughter to care for along with all the funeral arrangements and his work sites and....appreciated the help. By now, that 10 yr old girl has been our niece for nearly 20 yrs. We just kept her even tho my brother didn't get a chance to marry her mom! So DH has a ride to airport tomorrow.....and despite all the SNOW that's going on, the actual airport area is probably not going to catch much of this. Might be a bit tricky up on this mountain tho. The church deacon [mountain rancher] who's driving DH has a 4-wheel drive, of course. God has been reminding me of all sorts of ways that HE takes care of those in need. Quite specifically ....so I'll be ok. For the first time since the last 2 snows....my shoulder isn't 'frozen' and I can reach up without squealing. More snow scheduled for later in week but if DH comes back on Sat...the weekend will be sunny...with melting snow. MtRider ....I think we've thot of everything.
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    Old Man Winter Cometh

    Yeah, I've heard that too, Miki. We do get some fine, gritty stuff from the pellet stove. Not a lot as you do with a real wood stove. We use it on the driveway if there will be sun....even just being dark color makes an increase in solar melting. But these areas are water every day and ices again every nite. A CO thing....never seen it's like elsewhere. Due to vast temperature ranges within every 24 hr period. 50* during the day sends a lot of water into low spots. Then sun goes down and temps go down in the teens. So when I 'sand' the ice towards evening, and the next afternoon there is AGAIN a puddle of water....the sand has all gone to the bottom. So you have to 'sand' daily. At least the hay bits float. Messes up the VERY smooooth slick ice. If I time it right, I can mess up the ice just with my boots, if it's not fully frozen. Just so it's not freezing in a perfectly slick surface. ....then do it again the next evening. No ZAMBONI needed here!!! I did switch to my boots with the best soles. But sheer ice is a 'nother critter entirely. AND it keeeeeps snowing on top so a lot of ice is now hiding. Tonite I slipped x3 and 'took a knee' on one of them. As long as I don't do a backwards pancake maneuver..... We used ice trax for a while but with these severe hillsides, they kept peeling off the boots when we'd slide sideways. Tried several different types. Wrapped them with more straps and cords. Ice crampons might work We haven't had a melt-thaw-snow-repeat winter for a while. I'm not enjoying the reruns. Jeepers....I cannot believe your mean snowplow guy. Obviously on purpose Last winter for that nonsense! MtRider .....it's snowing....no, it stopped......no, now it's snowing again
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    We're flapping about trying to remember EVERYthing we need for DH to leave and me to stay. I don't drive very far....not even to my folks' village. Here I was making progress on decluttering until all this SNOW kept falling. Now.... Hope we have enough hay. Hope we think of everything.... Well truly, tho I can no longer attend my church, they are still there if I need them. I have always done the Prayer Request Notification Emails. For more than a decade, that's been mine and I can still do that. So I put us on it tonite. We'll be ok. MtRider
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    Old Man Winter Cometh

    Be safe all of you in the cold zones. We're about to get hit with yet another system.....snow by Tues. I'm quite tired of January already. MtRider .....shoveling dirt onto ice and even using hay to disrupt icy surface.
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    Got some news....with difficulties

    Thank you all!!!!! I just read our weather report for this week.....and it's not good. MORE snow and we're all ice and snow-pack still from the last one....two. The melting has been flooding some of our main pathways. I've been shoveling what dirt/grit I can get loose to cover the ice. I've resorted to spreading old hay....just to get a better gripping surface! But if it snows...all that lies underneath. Just thinking of dealing with snow...on Tuesday when we're planning for him to be flying and renting car...driving 2 hrs to get to SIL's house. And my shoulders [esp Right] keep going into fiery spams...locking so I can't move it up. There are things in our lives that requires two hands in air....like shutting window coverings. So your words of encouragement and prayer have me taking a deep breath and calming again. God is here and beyond reasonable expectation, I will be able to do this.....or HE will send help. Someone from my church is driving DH down to the airport ...and later pick him up. That's settled. My folks had him stop by and gave him money to make sure he has enough. We do but they want to help. And who knows....DH might stay a bit longer if she's about to pass.... Stay tuned...this was one situation we were not expecting right now. Pray that my folks stay healthy and stable toooooo! MtRider ...thanks so much for your support !
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    2019 Where The Heart Is

    That's sad. You know what she'll be going thru, WE2. That understanding will really help. MtRider
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    Old Man Winter Cometh

    Twenties, Ambergris? Whoa! Are you allowed to light smudge pots.....or the cheapo equivalent: burning tires? Yeah, tires stink but they burn a long time. How deep into Florida's groves is that supposed to go? We've got Doppler blue [snow] marks scattered allll over CO. Not right over our piece of real estate at the moment. MtRider .....
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    A Chocolate Tragedy

    Milk or Dark chocolate? Certainly IS a tragedy in any case. Says it's transported at 120*....I suppose you wouldn't want it to harden inside the tanker. Never thot of chocolate being transported in liquid form tho....More like bars. Like they transport gold...... MtRider ...you get the wierd news award for this week, Annarchy!
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    Old Man Winter Cometh

    Yeah....we're WINDY...not real cold. But any wind running along our snow picks up a real chill. Just finished topping up the horse tank. Weather hitting my brother/niece our east too. Part of this new system is entering the Utah-Colorado border. Green/pink/Blue - a nasty mix for travel. We'll plan to be back home before it gets to us.... Guess we'd better hurry! Fast is the word on this one. MtRider
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Sheeeeeesh, Annarchy. Glad you are safe! Have a nice visit with MIL and all the ladies! Weather coming in...again. Just reminded DH we need to top off the horse tank water...again. Hope to see my folks later today ...before the weather locks us in....again. And yesterday, the massive MS malfunctions eased off. The shoulder was able to move...altho to put it above my head, it only will go on a certain track. But later last evening, I DID get to wash my hair. Today is ok...probably haven't got much energy but hopefully I can fit in a visit. MtRider
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I've been trying to wash my hair for 2 days now. But all the snow shoveling/sweeping froze up R shoulder. Intense nerve pain but regular Nuprin can relieve it mostly. It cannot be raised unless I wiggle it ...it clunks to different position...and raise it up with my L arm. Not gonna happen while washing hair. Good thing I'm a hermit on my mountain, huh? MS was realllly bad this morning. Ah...let me define "morning". Past two weeks I've slowly switched days/nites, kinda. Going to bed at 3,4, or 5 AM and getting up after 5, 6, or 7 hrs of sleep. I kept forgetting to take the sleep aid until LATE ...early morning. This gets so confusing! Last nite I set an alarm on the laptop....took pill and was asleep by 1AM. Woke at 12 NOON.... I don't know if it's just that I can't go that long without protein....or I locked up....or it's the second day after I did a LOT.... I've been dreadful MS-sick today. Barely walking with seat cane on one side and quad cane on the other. Thankfully, it's been easing up as the hours go by. Not getting anything done. MtRider ...this too shall pass.... and THEN I can wash my hair!!!!
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    What’s For Dinner 2019

    Dang, woman! When I look at your food plates, my mouth waters! MtRider ....had some soup/pasta combo I dumped together cuz I was working on a project ALL day...
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    Saying hey yahoo all

    Hey SASS!!!!! I've heard you're roaming Facebook and such. Been really wanting to hear how Nebraska [ I think that's right??] has been for you! Last we heard you got there safe with help from your son. AND how are your bitty grandkids????? Are your son/DIL still in Hawaii....during those two threatening hurricanes last summer that had this mom ON EDGE TWICE!!! OR did they move to Texas??? Just been wondering and hoping you and yours are doing well! Yes! Come back and see us more often. MtRider
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    Gardening Through the Winter

    Had to call DH to view your pics. We came from MN long ago and gardened there....and Maui [sort of] and here. We're just GREEN with envy at all the green growing things you're able to do. LOTS of work represented there...and we know that too. for both you and Chainsaw Mary!! LOL Maybe one day I'll have a Maui garden...iffen I can figure how to keep those danged tropical BUGS from ravaging everything. You mention sweeter radish. Yes, in our COOL SUMMERS up at this altitude, we grew sweet broccoli - big as dinner plates. IF we could keep the deer from munching them. And the root crops like turnips....oh my! Twice the size of softballs and crisp...not pithy. Tasty...not fiery HOT! Cuz they thrive in cooler temps. Perfect for your winter. In-ground carrot storage means no wilting carrots to hurry to use. Light freeze on lot of root crops makes them better. We noticed that some veggies are a completely different taste when grown in different temps/conditions. THANKS for sharing!! MtRider ...ah, some day we'll garden again!
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    Old Man Winter Cometh

    My MO friend left JUST before it hit...heading to our hometown in east Iowa. They arrived there JUST before it hit there. It was trailing them. She has some family matters to attend to up there...her mom/sister. She's the one y'all are praying for....and she's staying up there a couple weeks to help her sister due to that compound broken wrist y'all are also praying for. They called back to their home area and found they do have power but so many do not. Her dh will be heading for home - "hold down fort" while she's up in IA. She didn't report eastern IA being that much of a mess. MtRider ....y'all be careful, WE2s
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    wallmart horror stories?

    Probably hamburger because it's the most likely to get contamination. Cuz it's ground - more surface area to 'catch cooties' ....and who knows WHAT someone might grind into there. MtRider .....oh Ambergris??? Brevity was too brief this time and we're all curious-er and courious-er.
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    What’s For Dinner 2019

    Wow! It's important but sooo hard to keep on with a weight loss plan. I found the easiest for me was to live at my folks and run up and down their stairs 90 times a day...while being so busy I don't even notice. Lost 13# in 3 wks that way. But the end result was I've managed to keep MOST of that sorta freebie off. MtRider ...Good luck!
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