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  1. The 75 gal. fish tank I used once, was nice. I had minnows in it and algae eaters. They kept the algae under control, and the plants grew excellent. I didn’t use a pump, just syphoned some water out with a hose, sucking up the crud on the bottom, & refilled, about once a week or so, to water my indoor plants. The heat, 110*+ overheated the poor fish and I gave up that idea. The mini pond I had for over 10 years, had large goldfish, an algae eater and minnows. It also had lots of edibles in and around it, including water cress & cattails, but the neighbors tree roots punctured the liner I used. (Remembering that, brought back a smile. We saw something on the porch, went out to discover one of our ferrets had escaped. He was ‘dancing & ooping’ running back & forth between the porch & the pond! He was trying to catch the fish, then, he’d run around in circles because he was soaked. ) I’d like to start another one some day, it was always so peaceful to sit and watch the life in & around it.
  2. Report it!!!! AZ has a law, no animal is to be kept outside all the time on a chain or kenneled without shelter from the elements, food & water. TX has a bill in progress for the same. It makes me furious when I see the way people treat their animals. We’ve watched many ‘outdoor’ animals die in the heat. I know, I can’t change the world... sorry..... rant off......
  3. I guessed wrong too. The mountain roads here have no shoulders, very sharp hairpin blind turns. Extremely dangerous.
  4. Albino beets, they taste the same as the orange and red ones, several grew in my garden last year. I just finished harvesting the seeds today.
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    No worries, WE2. It’s an experience I won’t forget. Her roof & attic are finished, her neighbor sent us pictures yesterday. They are replacing the windows today and installing her new AC/heater. She is pleased, with an exception. DirecTV sent her 6 new receivers! Good grief! She only has 3 TV’s. And the boxes were fine and did not need to be replaced. So...she’s waiting for the return labels to come. She said she told them if they send her any more, she’s going to cancel her service. The insurance company deposited enough for her to be able to pay for most everything, they stated, any other amounts incurred will be reimbursed after all the work is complete. I’m keeping a close eye on that.
  6. Got home safely Wednesday afternoon. 101* between Phoenix & Tucson, 99* at home. Explained everything to DH. After the adjusters comment, that he wanted to re-assess the damage & talk to the contractor, next Monday, I wasn’t in the mood to do much of anything. Most of the roof repair were already completed. Re-installed the misting system on our porch swing and barbecued a couple of steaks and corn on the cob, but I didn’t feel like eating. Got on the scale Thursday morning to a surprise, I lost 10 lbs.! Now, to keep that weight off. Lol. Washed most of my luggage, it smelled like smoke. Grrr is fading fast, we are having to wash the floor many times a day, poor baby. He seems alert and not showing any signs of pain, except when he tries to get up & walk. We know the reality of the situation..... Gunny tries to cuddle him, but Grrr doesn’t tolerate it. Made some french bread, for the first time, it came out rather well. Then made French dips for dinner, using the leftover meat. Today, I have to go to the motor vehicle department for tags, and renew my license picture. The letter said my pic was over 11 years old. So what? My license is good until 2026. Maybe it has to do with the new program they are doing, to make the DL’s airplane compliment. Then, I need to stop and get some chicken food and some supplies for the house, on the way home.
  7. One of those calls, was my own number....how’d they manage that?! Gave us a good laugh for a moment. The “Do not Call” system doesn’t work. We’re on it, but the calls come in constantly. We’ve been curious about the calls that come in after driving to TX. Most of the calls come from towns we pass on I-10.
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    Oh, the AC was running when the aluminum coils with Freon exploded, sending slivers of metal into the whole unit. No way are we gonna try & turn it on, as the adjuster kept suggesting.
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    Exactly! Boy, did the adjuster get on my last nerve today. Lawyers said, until they don’t pay, then, they can help, gave me valuable information to approach the insurance company with. Mom has the full, expensive coverage, full replacement NOT full cash value policy. Meaning, they have to pay to repair all the damage, without depreciation. We went to the insurance office, asking for a printout of her complete policy, not the brief description they send at policy renewal. It’s supposed to be being sent in the mail. Then, we talked with them about the “depreciated” amount they sent her to get the work started, stressing she’s 88 y.o. and living with no heat or cooling and she’s paid the contractor over half of the first deposit, to get the work started and that the AC people require 1/2 down and the rest at completion, but they can do it in one day. And she doesn’t have that kind of money. We had a conference call with the adjusters supervisor, gave them copies of the estimates and copies of the printed photos I took. You should’ve seen the Lady’s shock in her eyes when she saw the pictures. Just as I pulled back into the driveway, her adjuster called. I unlocked the front door and went to take pictures of the work the contractors were doing on her roof, when she called me over, after yelling at him, “What am I supposed to do, go to h*ll!” & handed me her phone. That joker told me he hadn’t received the first AC estimate or the 2nd. I went off. We watched him, 4 witnesses, take a picture of the original estimate paper, $10,000. I sent him 2 texts with the second estimate $8,500. And sent him a text of the contractors estimate AND the contractor talked with him and sent him the proposed estimate!!! I asked what he wanted, stop the people doing the work until he got his act together and allowed payment to get her AC back on? In the mean time she has a heart attack, cause she’s without heating, in 90+ heat or 50* cold..? I told him, “That tells me what type of person you are..” Amazingly, even though, I explicitly told him to remove my email from the system, I got an email saying they’d made another payment. The insurance office took care of mom when she had the car accident, and know her and her age. The agent tried to assure me that they would make sure everything was paid quickly, and they said they understood I left work to help her get this fixed. They had to help her up from the chair and into their office and back out. She is really getting frail. So.... I will be heading home tomorrow morning. Some things came up that need my attention. Mom has this situation well under control. God willing. Otherwise, I be back after I get the other issues dealt with.
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    Lose weight

    You’re already doing good, zzelle. I have faith you will find a plan that works perfect for you & yours.
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    I’m quite irritated. Mom loves to talk to everybody... Neighbors keep coming over every time the contractor comes & I’m unable to talk business. The lawyer finally called me back, they are going to read her ins. policy & let me know if they will take the case tomorrow. God willing they will. Mom is insistent on getting what she wants, & the insurance is low balling her badly. Making out of pocket expenses over $10,000. She doesn’t have that kind of money, she said she’d have to get a loan. I’m ready to go home....
  12. First thing I thought of was when Grrr got ahold of the skunk. Poor Abby. Rained again this morning, here in TX. But overall a pretty day.
  13. Rested most of the day. ”A” called asking if he could wash a load of clothes. Mom said ok. Then, she wanted a steak from her favorite restaurant, so, she called in our order for pick up. But “A” called again, about 5 minutes after she ordered our food, saying he wouldn’t be able to make it over for a few more hours. She called the restaurant asking if we could eat it there instead of take out, they said ‘no problem’. We got there as quickly as possible and actually found 1 parking place left, and saw a long line of people waiting to get in. Mom walked up to the cashier/greeter and told them who we were and that we had placed our order on the phone. The greeter told mom, “...your table is waiting, they just delivered your food...”. Oh my! Now THAT’S service! We can only imagine what that line of people thought. A Mother’s Day gift she will never forget! Especially with all that happened last week.
  14. That’s interesting. I tend to grind/clamp tightly, my teeth while doing hard stuff.
  15. Ambergris, get some Teflon tape for the male connections. I’ve never had a problem separating connections, since I began using it on all water repairs. Mt_Rider, glad you got the 4x4 figured out.
  16. Water... barrel cactus center has water, it’s really bitter, but will keep you alive.
  17. I have an old book too that all the canning is WB. So not safe on so many levels.
  18. Mother, your BIL is wise to be preparing. I hope he’s also planned for protection when all the sheeple show up from the big cities. We have a silk parachute I have used for years, to move big heavy objects. “Walk” the item onto the silk and slide it where it needs to be moved. Works amazingly well. Read an article in Thursday’s news paper, here in TX, how the local electric company is trying to prepare for the summer demand for electricity, due to an investigation report done recently. They are trying to build more production facilities, as quickly as possible and are warning people to expect rolling blackouts. Mid summer heat is going to be unlivable for many elderly people.
  19. FedEx showed up at the door, hands mom 2 boxes, mom tells him, “No, no, I don’t want these.”, turns to me and says, “Ann.” I quickly got up, to see her try to give the boxes back to the man. He turned around, rushed back to his truck with his hands in the air. We had to laugh.... the boxes were DirecTV genies. The first tech that fixed the burnt line had ordered them, but the 2nd tech had fixed the problem, mom called DTV and they are sending return labels. Then... UPS showed up, yes really... with another genie! She called them again and they said take it to a UPS store & they’d take it and return it. Have you ever tried to “talk” to DTV? I despise their automated service. Just to get the first tech here, I was on hold 10 minutes after the recording said 1 minute wait time, before I gave up & tried again, then held 1/2 hour before giving up, then was on hold just about an hour before finally getting someone to talk to, who transferred me to 2 other people, (because AT&T & DTV don’t work together), total time, 2 hours. I can still see that poor FedEx guy rushing towards his truck with his hands in the air.
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    Thurs. evening, got an email saying a deposit had been made, but it didn’t say how much. Mom checked her account in the morning, nothing. We went to the bank & opened a new checking account, so she can keep everything related to this separate. She’s listed the cost of opening it as an expense & is going to include the cost of the checks. However, when I checked my email early yesterday morning, there was another notice, “Settlement Notice”. I googled fire lawyers & found one that will work on a contingency basis. I don’t think I jumped the gun on that, because the amount they said is supposed to be deposited, less ‘depreciation’, is very low. The insurance adjuster said it’s a standard letter they send out after any deposited money. I was adamant that he remove “electronic correspondence” from her account. Mom does not have text, smart phone or a computer! All correspondence MUST be handled on paper and the phone. He didn’t like it. I don’t care. Mom seems to have everything under control, and I decided, with the exception of getting the lawyer going, I’m going to let her handle everything.
  21. Our neighbors used VCR tape around their freshly planted grass, it homed rather loudly in the wind. Freaked us out the first time we heard it. Lol
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