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  1. We had a cold front come through! Highs are under 100. Hence why it fell to 99 as you crossed into Texas.
  2. I love that show. Need to catch up on the new season! I picked up one with its own cell service at a pawn shop for $20. I think it's going to live in the camper as my emergency backup. They didn't swell (much) yesterday, and look practically normal again. They're randomly itching like crazy, though. Arrrrrrgh.
  3. Came home a day early. Need to work on getting the camper drained, unhooked, and all that fun stuff. Also emptied out & cleaned the bottom 2 drawers of the fridge since most of the stuff is in the camper, and started the self-clean cycle on the oven (the 12-year-old dropped au gratin potatoes in there). Going to go slow, and keep my feet up when I can.
  4. I almost had ankles this morning, after upping the water and electrolytes yesterday. Then we got in the car for several hours. And will be for the next few days. Aaaarrrrrrgh.
  5. Heat + humidity + lots more walking = very swollen feet/ankles.
  6. The difference is, the purse/phone is something that you normally grab EVERY time you get out of the car, not just when you're taking the baby to daycare. It's basically stacking "check the backseat" onto a habitual behavior. It isn't that it's necessarily more important, but that it's something you're already used to doing every single time.
  7. We save dryer lint in the cardboard egg cartons (until we get excessive amounts). Pour paraffin/wax over and you then have fire starters that you can break apart once cool. You can also add sawdust. We used to collect crayon bits, put them in paper muffin cups in the muffin tin, and pop them in the oven until they melt, then solidify back together as they cool to make wacky multi-colored crayons. I bet it gets hot enough in my car during the summer to melt them if I tried!
  8. I have and can use Excel (and the rest of Office), and I also have 2 different publishing programs once the text is all spiffied up, if we want to set it up where it can be easily (and prettily) printed as a pdf.
  9. The wind was blowing hard enough on my way home yesterday that the dirt in the construction area was almost obstructing the view of the cars in front of me. Went through pouring rain, then turned on our road and had a state trooper and an ambulance go past. Got home where it was just sprinkling, parked under the metal carport next door, got out, and thought it was hailing because the rain was hitting so hard. It briefly let up, long enough for me to get back to the house. As I opened the screen door, it started picking up again. I don't know how much came down, but it sure filled the moat (drainage ditch across the front of the house) quickly!
  10. Yup, that's what we're working on avoiding with supplementation and dietary changes and such. She's having me look at Dr. Gundry's Plant Paradox - I have known issues with a LOT of the things on his no-no list, but I'm not sure I believe some of his other recommendations. I'm still processing.
  11. My alternative medicine lady told me that you really need functioning adrenals to fast, and I don't have that. To the point where she is pondering how I actually function. I told her sheer stubbornness. Basically...I have enough energy to fake it through work (not firing on all cylinders, but still productive enough to keep all the balls in the air), but when I'm done, I'm done and pretty much have nothing left. I'm also not digesting food (which I already knew), so I'm sure that helps. About 15 pounds of the 40 I've gained in the last year after going to work full-time are probably from inflammation, so we're working on figuring out what's triggering that (she thinks I'm probably getting exposed to mold somewhere - I'm highly allergic to most kinds). Working on supplementation and a few other things. FYI - I go to alternative medicine practitioners rather than a doctor because the doctors out here either suck to the point that they misdiagnose thrush as strep (yeah, antibiotics are not the answer for fungal infections) or do very very expensive concierge care. I haven't found an in between yet. We pretty much only go to the doctor when we absolutely have to.
  12. I actually purchased his e-book a while back, when I was considering actually backpacking at some point (I still am, that point might just be further off than I'd like...). I'll have to see if I can find it again. I remember thinking it definitely sounded like it was worth purchasing!
  13. A local police station received this question from a resident through the feedback section of a local Police website: "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?" The SGT working that day replied to the question.... First of all, let me tell you this... it's not easy. In the rural area we average one cop for every 505 people. Only about 60 per cent of those cops are on general duty where we do most of our harassing. The rest are in non-harassing units that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents. At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60 per cent of general duties are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty. So, roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 6000 residents. When you toss in the commercial business and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 15,000 or more people a day. Now, your average eight-hour shift runs 28,800 seconds long. This gives a cop two-thirds of a second to harass a person, and then only another third of a second to drink an iced coffee AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to the challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilise some tools to help us narrow down those people we can realistically harass. PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbour is beating his wife" is a code phrase used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody some special harassment. Another popular one is, "There's a guy breaking into a house." The harassment team is then put into action. CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or drivers with no licences and the like. It's lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file. LAWS: When we don't have phone or cars, and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "statutes". These include the Crimes Act, Summary Offences Act, Land Transport Act and a whole bunch of others... They spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people. After you read the law, you can just drive around for a while until you find someone violating one of these listed offences and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, the book says that’s not allowed. That meant I had permission to harass this guy. It is a really cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty well. We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because, for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some people. Next time you are in the area, give me the old "single finger wave". That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can harass me." It's one of our favourites.
  14. I splurged and upgraded my Kindle to the new waterproof Paperwhite with 32GB of memory yesterday. After trading in an old one and the discounts and such, under $50. My priest is suggesting that I join him on a 21-day fast, or whatever parts of it I can handle. I've been exhausted, stressed out, and having major digestive issues. I told him everybody else in the office might wish I didn't by about 3 pm. I have an appointment with an alternative practitioner who generally steers me right at 12:30, so I'm planning to fast until then and see what she thinks of the idea. But...I'm still drinking my cup of coffee in the morning, or I will be dead by noon.
  15. Here's a list I've seen bandied about as why English is such a hard language to learn: 1. The bandage was wound around the wound. 2. The farm was used to produce produce. 3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4. We must polish the Polish furniture. 5. He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. 9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 10. I did not object to the object. 11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 13. They were too close to the door to close it. 14. The buck does funny things when the does are present. 15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18. After a number of injections my jaw got number. 19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear. 20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? They might not quite be what you're talking about, but they're fun to read!
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