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  1. Yikes, Kappydell, dealing as a peace keeper in riots... DH did the L.A. riots, full gear. Had me on edge every day. Scary stuff. I’m glad you are out of it now, and, if you don’t mind, “Thank you for your service”. The closest I was ever allowed to work in the service, was giving the SO their tests, to be considered for the positions, prior to employment. (Shucks, I still remember the contents. Lol.) And that back brace looks uncomfortable. I wore a plaster cast, from my armpits down to my bum, for a year, when I crushed my spine, back in the early ‘70’s.
  2. NOT! We broke a heat record, dating back to 1910, we hit 112°F in Phoenix. Our thermometer said 110° in the shade... the car said 115°. Yeah, it’s hot. I did an AZ rain dance, I washed my van. And guess what? The clouds are building and there is dust storm warnings. Then, the elderly lady called and asked me to take some food the food bank stuffed in her car. They put 2 unopened cases of hash browns and tater tots. Yikes, I will be vacuum sealing all the 5lb. Bags into meal sized packages. Then, I managed to empty one paper box. That leaves 5 boxes and 6 drawers. Working on it. oh, did laundry, refilled the dog, chicken and bird water, picked 10 tomatoes, cleaned up dog puke-he ate too much, played and got too much heat. Poor baby. DH turned on the news,first time since MIL left. Oh my, why are people here in AZ rioting, destroying property, businesses, government buildings, because one person was treated wrong in Minnesota? I know, because they can,and they think they all are treated that way. Sigh! The person who did it has been arrested and formally charged with manslaughter, so why the riots? Justice is being served. Do I wanna riot cause my friend died, because the hospitals wouldn’t take him? Oh, never mind, he was white.
  3. Littlesister, left over steak is great for French dips. Thin sliced French bread, buttered & baked until just crisp. (Or bolillo bread or any bread for that matter.) Thin slice the meat. In a bowl, mix a Tbsp of minced onion, a tbs of beef bullion and a tsp. of pepper, heat til boiling, microwave. Then, pour it on the meat. If desired, spread mayo on the bread. Fork the meat onto the bread & use the left over juice for the dip. DH loves ‘em. That’s what we are having tonight. oh, my...Mt_Rider, did you see perslane on the list. Mmmmmmm.... I might harvest the pods, leaves and stems, just because. But, I don’t think I need it growing in my garden.
  4. Oh my. That’s it! Thank you, euphrasyne. An invasive species in the US...
  5. Robo callers, is my first impression. I have gotten calls on my phone from my own number. How does that happen anyway? Worst part is I can’t block my own number.
  6. Good Morning, Sunny and hot here, as usual. We were 109° yesterday. Probably be that hot for a while. I harvested the carrots, we got 8 vacuum sealed bags. DH likes them fried. There is a plant in the garden I cannot identify. It sprouted in the cow pea row, even though none of the cow pea seeds grew. It is about 3 foot tall now. Here’s a closer picture of the flower and pods it’s making. Ignore the tomatillo plant, sprawling out under it. The first pod to fry/dry out, has small black, heart shaped seeds In each of the little sections.
  7. Definitely! That’s the next big project on my list. Several years ago, I cleaned and cleared the shed out, installed insulation, drywall and peg boards. Re-did all the electrical, with the over-seeing help of a licensed electrician, put in a window AC unit, work bench, and shelving, and re-shingled the roof, for DH. He used it, until... it got too cluttered... I’d put things back in their place.... but... you know... stuff gets put in there, out of the way, and before you know it, it’s spilling out the door... Then, we had the huge Palo Verde tree fall, over on to it, during an extreme wind and rain storm, which took shingles off, causing the shed to leak in a couple of places. BIG project to tackle... after I get mom’s room done. As for her coming back here, IDK. She made a passing comment, ‘never’.
  8. The CG, after sending him my preliminary break down of the requirements, forms, & reports, he said “never mind”. And, I still didn’t get into his state’s requirements. My brain hurts. Homesteader, I pray all goes well with the transition and she adapts well in your household and you do too. A friend of DH’s had a heart attack & deceased, because the ambulance & hospital refused to take him, because of the covid. I guess I will be busting it on my office tomorrow afternoon. A lot more paper to purge, sort, shred and throw out. My goal is to make room for the bed, that’s being delivered tomorrow. Then, whittle down my clothes to make room for her stuff. Yeah, my head hurts, trying to figure it out. And what to do with my office, art supplies, computer and desks. If I can work it right, I may leave my office in half of the room. She will have to deal with me being in there off & on to do my work. Sigh. Small house....
  9. Today, I pulled and washed carrots. Pulled most of the cabbage, one good one is 8-10” in diameter. Wow! Left 2 in the ground and gave the hens a couple that were overly munched on by aphids. They loved it. Then, cubed 2 half loves of bread from the refrigerator, that was left over from when mom was here, and sun dried it. Got an half pint of panko and a pint of plain breadcrumbs that can be made into Italian crumbs or whatever we choose. Tomorrow, I need to process the carrots. I’ll probably slice, blanch and freeze them, to be able to fry or just boil them. Got the first tomatillo, it’s as big as store bought. And, have been picking tomatoes almost daily. Not quite enough to can yet, but, there’s more coming soon. With our heat, some of the bottoms have heat burn. We water every day now. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the computer, researching the steps, forms, & reports necessary to start a non-profit business for DH’s friend. Yikes!!! I never would have even imagined how labor intensive it is. Good grief, the annual tax form is 14 pages long! Nope! I wouldn’t do it without a lawyer and a CPA.
  10. for your DH, Littlesister. for your parents, Mt_Rider. for your Mom, Homesteader. Life is tough sometimes, especially on the heart, for those we care so deeply for. MIL is doing well. The store is going to bring her makeup to her car so she can buy it. And she is eating the food I brought her, so she doesn’t need to go to the store.. We took yesterday off! Went kayak fishing on Canyon Lake. Caught 6 Sun fish (perch)... one got away, and one was less than 2” long. Lol, DH couldn’t see it when I held it up. We enjoyed the time away from everything. Then, the shore filled up, cramped, with people. AZ is back in business, and with the holiday, they were packing in. I had fish & rice for lunch today. We saw 3 does in the parking lot, when we got there around 6am. That was awesome, and saw a golden eagle, sand wren, & loons. It was so relaxing. I’ve been spending most of my time, going through old paperwork and pitching the unnecessary stuff. So far, I’ve trashed 50 lbs. of it. Good grief, I didn’t realize how much was there. DH got me a filing cabinet... IDK if it’s gonna be enough. Then, he got MIL a twin bed. The mattress is here, but, the bed is coming next week, I am busting it to make room in my “office”. I will still need the small cabinets, stacked on top of each other, in order to file it all What a challenge. OMG, it came in pieces and I had to put it together, with glue, dowels and screws. That took a whole day. Then, yesterday,DH sold his 95 Chevy Tahoe. It went to a young man that has always wanted it. Plus, he has 3 kids now and needs the extra vehicle, because they both work. I hope it lasts for him, as long as it did for us. God willing. Next weeks schedule, includes, harvesting the carrots and cabbage. They are about ready, plus, with our heat, it’s time. The temp. was 90° yesterday and today, but, we’ve been above 105° for a couple of weeks. Time to get some sleep, tomorrow is my day off, and I’m really looking forward to it. Keeping everyone in my
  11. Need to do more research.
  12. not measuring mine. Today, is finishing the laundry and hickory smoking a brisket. Didn’t do too much yesterday. Crashed early and slept in. The sun is shining, the mockingbird is on the electric pole, singing away. And it’s 91° in the shade.
  13. Good Morning, Home safely, traffic was mostly lighter than normal. Saw a lot more people wearing some type of masks, even if they weren’t covering their noses. DH took me out in the desert, to “get away”, just in time for a phone call and have to come back home. Lol, Murphy’s Law. Oh my! You should have seen Storm, he was all over me when I walked through the gate. I missed my Velcro tail, DH picked another ripe Roma tomato, we will be needing to can them shortly, if they keep producing like they are. Today, I will be unpacking & doing laundry. Just little things, because I am beat down from everything that needed to be done for Mom. Keeping everyone in my prayers.
  14. Wow, just wow. I’m shocked with the way people, who need real help, are being treated. It’s a shame, in so many ways. Got the oil change, no charge. Sam’s Club didn’t have any roasts. All hamburger and steaks. Got two 5.5 lb. packages of hamburger, a brisket, and two packages of lamb chops, usually expensive, but, this time, under $5/lb. Went to WM for the rest of Mom’s list, on the way back. Stopped at Harbor Freight, no gloves, still, we are ok on gloves at home. Vacuum sealed a couple 1/4 lbs of burger for Mom, and cheese into small one serving packages. Then, let MIL drive her car, to make sure it was running right, to Walgreens for her prescription & came home. She got upset because they gave her the generic thyroid med. I let her go back by herself, just to make sure she could do it by herself. She was rather pleased. She also, changed her bed sheets, and I showed her an easy way to put them on her bed & the pillow cases. So, ... she’s not going to need the maids to come any time soon. They come from Mex. and she is not going to chance getting the crud from them. I’m relieved. Big sigh of relief. Tomorrow, I am heading home........ guess what? I will get to sleep in my own bed, for the first time in 2 months!
  15. DNA harvesting... population control.... money grubbing... scare tactics.... it all seems plausible to me. I’m not going to quit wearing my PPE. Nope. If others don’t care about their health, that’s their problem. If they don’t feel it’s a real threat, that’s their problem. I’m near the Mexican border, right now. I am doing everything I can to not get anything that may be going around this area. BTDT. So far, I’ve seen children wearing mask, but, not the parents, really? <— me in my N-95.
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