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  1. Daughter came in from N.C. This morning. Her DH ended up having to work so was not able to come down. She will be leaving tomorrow afternoon. We went out to lunch and then on a half day shopping trip. We did get everything out of the china hutch and got it moved away from wall so they can hopefully get the floor leveled when they do the work under house. It turned out to be only one floor board that had broke. So will have to have that one replaced and floors refinished. I have some things that was in the china hutch to go through for yard sale. Don't think I need all that stuff any longer. She will be coming back in Aug. for granddaughter's wedding and then again in fall to help with yard sale. then my grandson in Washington state said he is coming down in November and leaving on the 20th. Was hoping when he told me he would have been staying until after Thanksgiving. But I know he has to work. He had to take what he could get for vacation this year. My house is totally torn up again. Going to now start looking for contractor for the fireplace, den and bathrooms. Will be glad to get all this behind me and I can do a little traveling and other things I want to do. Need to work on garage so I will have room for the old fridge come October when the new one comes. I am looking at all the tomatoes all over my kitchen counter. So trip tomorrow to market as it is way to many for me. Daughter took a lot of them and will see if granddaughter wants some when she gets back into town in morning before heading to market. Got a load of cucumbers today also. That was the biggest picking of those so far. More on vines will be ready in a few days. Getting green peppers now as well. Still waiting for the eggplant. Won't be to much longer. Starting to worry the bed will not be here before granddaughter in Washington gets here. They said by end of August but haven't heard a word. Might have to call them on Monday. Never a dull moment around here these days. Told daughter I am selling the house and moving in with her because things are getting crazy around here when the construction starts. That fireplace is going to be one big mess. But I will be able to use it when done.
  2. That is so cool. Wish when I used to go fishing the fish would jump up at me like that into a net. What can I say, that would be easy fishing.
  3. Blessedhomemaker, the blog is not coming up. It just says widgets, and nothing other than not secure.
  4. Thank you everyone. Yes my birthday was yesterday. (71) That's turned around (17). Not getting any older, I have decided to stop having birthdays. I keep getting older when I have them.
  5. The lady came today for the appraisal early this morning. In and out in 5 minutes. Took pictures of all the bedrooms, kitchen and den and inside of both sheds. Pictures of outside of house and the generator and well. Then measured around outside of house and left. So just a waiting game now. Took another load of tomatoes to market and got paid for those. Money will come in handy for next years raised beds. I think raised beds will be much easier on me than just tilling up the yard and trying to keep it weeded. Not doing anything else today. I'm tired and going to do something I hardly ever do. I'm going to take a nap in a bit. Maybe in an hour or two I will feel better. I am going to can the rest of the roma tomatoes. I had a bumper crop and now it looks like I am going to have a bumper crop of eggplant. The plants are loaded with eggplants and still loaded with blooms which will soon be more egg plants developing. Eggplant parmesan soon to be on the menu. I make it and freeze it for quick meals. Add a salad and dinner is served.
  6. My alcohol so far is still good. Not quite a year old yet. But I just didn't trust the swollen bottles. That is good info on getting rid of old alcohol and peroxide. I don't store much of it anyway. But I do use a lot of alcohol as being diabetic, I wipe my finger before I check my numbers. Have to prick the finger. No fun, but must be done. The info on how long they last is great as well.
  7. I have had a very busy day today. Got this estimate for jacking up the floor. Not as bad as I thought it might be. But I need a plumber to turn off water and gas in that area under house and move the pipe so they can put 5 joist that should have been there when house was built in 1964. Then it will take 2 jacks to jack the floor up and no guarantee that they can get the floor back up to the wall where it should be. But will hold the china hutch after they are done. If it doesn't come up to where it needs to be, When I have the floor fixed in that area, there might be something they can do. As for the fireplace, that is a joke. These people can't do that, but knows someone that they will have contact me. There should have been concrete blocks for support under the fireplace and there is nothing. So the shifting over the years has messed that up. They might just condemn it. I sure hope not. Will see how that goes as I really don't want to open that can of worms right now. Tomorrow morning the appraisal will be done. Then I can close on the loan. Will be glad to have all this work done so I can concentrate on bathroom remodel. But first the structural stuff has to be done. The bad part is that I am going to have to move all the food off the shelving units in the small bedroom, so nothing will fall as they jack up the floor in that area. That is not as bad and only a precaution just in case. Don't want an issue like the dinning room floor. That joist follows along the garage wall from front to back of house and no joist going the opposite way to hold any weight. So floor separated from wall and is sinking. That is why I am doing the small bedroom. Don't want that same problem. So been busy cleaning house all day as well. Cleaned bathrooms. Washed bathroom blinds. washed sheets And lots of dusting and mopping floor in kitchen and den. No wonder I am tired. I haven't eating all day. Just my coffee and got to work.
  8. Mt. Rider your muscles stop spasms stop and you start doing better. You are right. There are a lot of variables that can cause those spasms. Just have to figure out which one is the trigger.
  9. I have had that same problem. Had 2 unopened bottles of alcohol that did that. I was afraid they would burst, so I opened them and they seemed fine. But to be on safe side I poured it into a large canning jar and put the plastic lid on it. Still good. I have also had that happen with peroxide as well. But not as bad as the alcohol was.
  10. We are with Dominion VA Power. Big company and also in several states. Not happy with things going up like they are. Even gas has gone up again, now $2.99. Haven't been to store in 2 weeks. Almost afraid to see what the prices are now.
  11. Prayers for the family and special for the little one as he comes to grips with this.
  12. That all is well for your hubby. I know that is a big worry on you. Take care. Prayers going your way for you and hubby.
  13. Has anyone gotten notices about your utilities going up? Awhile back we got notice that our water is going up 25% but not the percentage for over how many years. Now I got a notice that our electric is going up 45% over a 10 year period, That is an increase of 4.5% a month. Cable has gone up 4 times in one year. haven't heard anything about gas yet. But I am sure it is coming. All this because we are now depended on other countries for oil. All these companies except cable depends on oil. So we are in deeper trouble than we think.
  14. I never owned a cow or goats. But I know it would be fun. My grandparents had a milking cow. I was young, so don't remember to much about it. But I do remember grandma making butter, and the milk as I remember was really good. Store bought does not compare to fresh straight from the cow.
  15. It will not surprise me if things like this doesn't get even worse. And with it will come much higher prices.
  16. Mt. Rider, if his checks are not showing up on payday, then they are having financial issues. Might be he needs to move on. That does not sound right. That is some flood. Not looking good at all. Did you see on Fox news about China. They are having really bad flooding. Praying your muscle spasms get better. Wonder if some of it could be weather related. I know I have a lot of issues with my arthritis when it rains here. Got the curtains up over the shelving to cover the food. Been cleaning and working on bedroom this afternoon. Got the last of the holes filled and just waiting on the plaster to dry where I had some small holes where we used to have valances from the old curtains that used to be up there. Once that dries and I can get it painted, then I can get the curtains hung back up once the paint is dry. Will be really busy next few days. They are coming tomorrow morning to give estimate on jacking up the dinning room floor. Then Friday the lady comes to check out the house to see what it is worth. Then Friday night daughter and son in law will be here for the weekend. They will being going back home Sunday night. Thank you Miki. My birthday is tomorrow. But at my age who's counting. I can turn numbers around so I am 17 years young What can I say. My body says otherwise.
  17. Went to foot doctor this morning. Foot is doing much better. He also had me get a pair of shoes as I am diabetic. Insurance just bought me a pair of New Balance tennis shoes. He had me fitted for an insole for the shoes because of the bone spurs and planters fasciitis. So that should help. I can get a free pair once a year. After I left there I went to Home Depot and got 2 dowels for the shelving units. Going to get sheets up there for curtains temporary till I get time to make some. The dowels will be the curtain rods. Going to finish the touch up painting in bed room and it will be done. Then will call mattress discounters and have them go ahead and deliver the mattress and box springs so they will be here when the bed gets here. Granddaughter from CA sent me some beautiful roses for my birthday. That was a nice surprise waiting for me when I got home. So they are in the vase in water now. Got to get moving now and get busy. Rest time is now over.
  18. Darlene that is a great site. I have used the Bernardin lids before with no issues at all. They are as good or better than the ball lids. I got the canning lids from niceeedeal and they seemed to be fine. Haven't tried them yet. There are no markings on them to state they are ball lids like they said. But will see. I have bought ball lids before with no markings and they worked well.
  19. The food in that small bedroom is a lot of food. Mostly what I have canned but top shelf is store bought foods that we never grew, peas, corn and things I make soups and things with for canning. The two shelving units are 5 shelves each and holds 5 quart jars straight back in a row. I could put a sheet over each one like a curtain, which is something I have been looking at doing. I have boxes of sewing stuff, craft things and office stuff in boxes all in that room on floor now. As I go through everything. It is being used as a temporary storage room right now. But will get sheets up on the 2 shelving units in hopes she won't want to see what is behind there. The other issue is if she wants to see my hall closet which has been my pantry for years. It is also full. Under the bottom shelve are 5- 5 gal. buckets. But I can say that has my craft stuff in it for now while I go through things. The buckets are marked but I turned the labels to wall so you can't see that. The closet in both the front bedroom and the one in small bedroom has all my canned flour and other foods in there as well as teabags, coffee and other things in there. All my 25 year food is on the top 2 shelves in the bedroom I am turning into a guest bedroom. So cannot hide but so much. I am hoping she won't look in closets. But if she does, I will just tell her that I stocked up one because I was the only caregiver for Dh and was not able to go to stores and also because of corvid, and Dh was so sick that I would not leave house and could not leave Dh alone. For the most part that would be the truth. All they want is to make sure the house is worth more than half of what I borrowed against it. So I am covered anyway as I know about what I could sell the house for. Mt. Rider, sounds like you have a real mess to deal with. But at least your rent didn't go up. That is a great thing. Lots of praying thank you Jesus for that one. I just went from no house payment to a house payment for 15 years, but the payments are small and I can get that payed off in half the time. What money I don't need I will pay back to the loan. But then the house payment is less than my car payment was. Go figure. Thankful I can now get this work done on the house. It is all long overdue to be done.
  20. Euphrasyne, Glad to hear you are doing so much better. Prayers answered but still needed. Take it easy and don't try to do to much to fast. Got the call today that my home equity loan went through. The appraisal is Friday and that will finish everything up and should be getting things going in 2 weeks to 30 days. So now to find me a good contractor for the fireplace and den as well as the main bathroom. Got the master bedroom ready for the new furniture now. Had to go get lab work done this morning and got the room finished when I got home. Not to happy that I can't hide the food in my small bedroom, but I can just say that's what happens when you have a pandemic. Though most of the food if food I canned. Still don't want it seen. But can't hide it anywhere. Just hope she doesn't take a picture of it. That room right now is a mess and until I get everything finished and gone through,, she will just see a messy room.
  21. Welcome back blessed homemaker. Congratulations on the new grandchild. I know you can't wait to be able to see both the children. My youngest grandchild is almost 20 years old. Still waiting for great grandchildren. They are so slow at having kids. What can I say.
  22. This has been a crazy day for me. Couldn't get anything done because of everyone calling wanting to talk. I don't mind that as I enjoy talking to my friends. But one call right after the other and then this evening my granddaughter in CA. She was funny, First she called and then she started texting me. So I have been on phone most of the day. I did manage to get clothes washed but not put away yet, and to get dishwasher unloaded and then put dirty dishes in it. That was my day. So still need to get the bedroom floor cleaned when I get back from having lab work done tomorrow. Hope I can get in and out fast. I need to get the whole house at least partway cleaned up before the lady comes to appraise the house for the loan. Bad part is, she has to also see the inside of house and I can't hide the food. She will see it. So I guess I will just tell her please don't think I am hording food. I was unable to get out to store due both to corvid and my sick husband couldn't be left alone. Though most of what she will see is the food I have canned. Don't want these people thinking I am a hoarder. Mt. Rider, Hope you are doing better now and can go horseback riding tomorrow.
  23. Something I forgot to mention a while ago. Right after Church this morning, there were 2 women with shirts on that read I think it was government health organization. They came into the sanctuary with notebooks in hand. We are not sure what is going on, but I did hear they are going to try to get the pastors to go door to door to give info and get us to get the vaccine. So I am betting they wanted the names of all members of the church. A lot of people that saw them are wondering why they were there and what was their intent.
  24. Finished 2 of the books I was reading and now have started another one. American Marxism by Mark R. Levin. This book has just come out and tells about where our country is heading. I think this is going to be an interesting read.
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