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Whooooo.... I have heating pad on my back.  The past two days have been nice....yes, we have lots of snow but sunshine and warm when wind is not making air conditioning.  I had the doors wide open this afternoon.  It helped that I was "detail vacuuming" in one room that doesn't get detail often.  Rearranged a few things [DH's stuffff!] and then it actually fit!  Had to empty the vacuum twice!  Love that vacuum...so easy!  ;)   Picking up lots of tiny rocks.....wonder who's FOUR feet brings those in?  Then did usual vacuum of the rest of house. 

 

UNfortunately, doggie dear has begun her spring shedding ALREADY!  I'm NOT believing that our area is heading into springtime yet.  :grinning-smiley-044:  Toooo much potential for "2 foot blizzards" between now and June when we stop having frozen temperatures.  But....after all the effort of meticulous vacuuming.....gonna have her FLUFFY HAIR all over again in no time.  :sigh:  

 

Sure was nice to air out the house.  DH and dog arrived and I hauled up the groceries via pulley.  By that time my back was done.  Yesterday I DID walk with dog.  We got out of car before the local library and sauntered up there.  DH drove on and got the copies done that he needed.  He came out as we arrived.  :)  Yesterday was sunny too but not really warm so I was bundled. 

 

So yeah, I've had some exercise and fresh air two days in a row.  ...... wonder what tomorrow will bring?  :unsure:  But, got a bit more than my Square Foot of cleaning/clearing/sorting done today.   :cheer:  

 

MtRider  .....now back to New Madrid and heating pad....  :happy0203:

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Had some company today. First my financial planner and later my pastor came by.  He is talking about getting the church open again and stop this staying in the car thing for Sunday service.  I am starting to feel like I need to get back to church. It has been a year since I have been able to go. Watching the service on Facebook is not the same.  Then my granddaughter from CA called and we talked a long while. So not a lot done in house today. I have been looking at what I want to pack up as far as knicknacks.  I really need to go through and down size this house.  Still cannot bring myself to pack up Dh's clothes and stuff. Just not ready yet. So working on other things that I had started before Dh got down really bad. Also talked with my cousin from Lynchburg for a long while this morning.  While Dh was down sick, I had lost 2 aunts and 2 cousins. So we had a lot of catching up to do. One of my cousin's passed just after Dh had passed. Seems a cousin was trying to get hold of me and said he had the wrong phone number some how. So don't know what happened as we have has this number for over 40 years or more. It is the same one Dh had before I met him. But it got straight and I have talked with two cousins over the past two days now. It was so good to hear from them.  I will later in the year maybe take a road trip to Lynchburg to see everyone again. It has been a long time since I have been able to make that trip. Tomorrow I am going to try to tackle the office again. I seem to get that room started and something happens to pull me away from it. So hoping to make progress on that tomorrow. I have two bookcases in there that I am thinking of moving to the living room. I have the place set up for them but need to clean the stuff out of them and then get them moved. I will have my books in them instead of food. Since the food has gone down some now. I don't need them for food any longer. Then I need to clean out the kitchen cabinets and move the older foods to the kitchen to be eating first. Got to get my food back in order of old to the kitchen and newest in office closet. Then what is in between the oldest and newest is in the make shift pantry in small bedroom and hall closet. I have a rotation system that has so gotten messed up this past year or so. Got to get that straight. 

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Thanks for the toot on playlists Midnightmom! My computer is a little different I guess. The first step where those three little dots are under a video is the 'report' button. But close by is a 'save' button so that worked for me. I created a 70's play list. I have four songs so far. Sister Golden Hair, Peaceful Easy Feeling and Dreamboat Annie and Fleetwood Mac's Songbird. 

 

I think this is going to become addictive.  :pc_coffee:

 

BTW Is that young guy in Home Free the guy singing Unchained Melody?  Unchained Melody sung like you've NEVER heard! - YouTube

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3 hours ago, Jeepers said:

I created a 70's play list. I have four songs so far.

 

BTW Is that young guy in Home Free the guy singing Unchained Melody?  Unchained Melody sung like you've NEVER heard! - YouTube

 

Yes that is Austin Brown of Home Free.

Here's my 70s playlist. You can add them to your list if you want. (Either by choosing the "Save" button on each song, or there is a "Save" option at the top of the list to save the whole thing.   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG2WNEApvUh4YR2FFQ7_0QQcrbMX0iD62

 

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13 hours ago, Littlesister said:

Still cannot bring myself to pack up Dh's clothes and stuff. Just not ready yet.

Please take your time, Littlesister!  You are in my prayers!

 

Already walked and then walked dogs.
Couple of calls to make.
Go through and try on more clothes--got halfway through yesterday.
Move some of the food in one freezer to the smaller chest freezer today.
That's about it!

 

Listening to Unchained Melody.  Thanks!

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You have a really good playlist. I forgot about some of them. Danny's Song is so pretty.

 

I'm going to do a 50's playlist. I already have a CD so finding the songs should be easy. 

 

Miki, he is good isn't he! 

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I've always like Tim Foust, the bass.  He can get waaaay down.  Plus "Storytime with Tim" is a hilarious break in their shows.

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Wow so much has happened since my last post.  Old Man winter took a bite out of Texas, and now the tornado season is starting.  I am glad our preppers got thru it better than most.  I bet generators are impossible to find in Texas nowdays.  Even here in GA we are seeing odd things missing from the grocery shelves.  The Walmart people say most resupply trucks are going to Texas first.  OK by us, they need things more than we do....

 

MtRider, your hawaiian lessons remind me of my on and off again morse code learning.  I still have to go outside to practice, because the parrot starts beeping in morse code and driving us crazy if she hears me practicing.  Her ears are excellent - I wear a headphone to practice but she still beeps away, in the exact pitch of my practice tapes, LOL.  Of course she beeps gibberish, I am still learning individual letters so am not making words yet.  I was amused to find out that is where the term "ditty-bopper" came from.  During WW II the radio operators were called ditty boppers because it was ALL in morse code.  Not because voice was all that bad, but because CW operation (morse code) is more reliaable for longer distances.  

 

We got greenhouse frame #2 up.  Then we worked on my adult tricycle which we have nearly completely assembled.  The derailler gave us problems for a while, the directions just said "attach derailler" but the pics were not very helpful in showing us how.  Then "thread the chain here, there, under this and over that and fasten together"  Which took more figuring out.  But all we have left to do is the brake cables and transmisison cable.  It looks nice and is a good size with a large basket on the back.  

 

THEN (with what was left of the income tax refund) we got a HUGE window air conditioner, because our in-house one keeps icing up.  We wanted a sizeable backup just in case we had techical problems in triple digit heat.  Now we have to build a support shelf for it, since it is heavy - but not a problem, we did it already once before with our little travel trailer, putting a window AC in the dining area window.  That we know how to do. 

 

Mary got a scooter, because she is starting to have real issues grocery shopping at Walmart.  The cripple carts are always taken, and she hurts very bad from all the walking.  So she found a reasonbly priced one at the scooter store online, and we paid outright for it.  They offered financing, but when we checked out the interest it would add another 50% to the cost, so I told her just buy it.  We will save the interest money to pay off one of her credit cards.  That is our next financial project...paying off our credit cards.  It is amusing because every time we pay down a card we get more offers for loans.  You know what they say....they want to loan you the money when you DONT need it.  We are wise to that BS.

 

We picked up another freezer - meat prices are still decent on sale, but other prices are going up, the meat will undoubtedly start soon.  I joke with Mary that if the rib-eye half sales keep coming she may have to suffer and eat steaks 2 or 3 times a week!  (Oh, the pain, LOL).  But as long as it is $6.95 a pound in the primal cut and $9.95 a pound in the money saver family pack, we keep cutting it up in the kitchen and freezing it.  When we go to get the lumber for the AC stand, I will pick up another hasp for a padlock. 

 

We have padlocks all keyed the same for the freezers.  The padlocks might be a little extreme, but if things get really bad, we may be grateful we locked the frozen foods up.  We now have a total of 19 cu feet worth of freezer space.  (Oh yes, we do get extra for our friends down the road....her DH just had a foot amputated, and she does not get social security, so they have a frighteningly lean budget.  Her DH wont go to the VA even though he could....his dad had bad experiences with them.  So we pick up extra sale items we know they use when we see them on sale.)  We have a running joke when we call them to tell them that "Frick and Frack Fucking Freaky Fast Free Freight Expediters have a delivery for them five minutes out"  It never fails to get a chuckle....Mary is Fiona Frick and I'm Francine Frack.  

 

Tonight we got a load of dirt to fill in the garden beds, then we will put the greenhouse covers over the frames.  So I am on notice...."make up the garden plan" ... because Mary likes to have a chart showing what we put where.  Summer is approaching, and with it our pace picks up.  Tonight a neighbor asked us if we wanted a piglet....flattering, but we have no place to put one.  Besides, I think Mary would not like butchering a critter she got to know personally...she would make it a pet.

 

I'm updating my collection of game recipes in odd moments.  Especially the local small game that has no season and liberal bag limits. You know things like pigeons, squirrels, rabbits, nutria, possum, raccoon, armadillo,  and the like.  There is an old name for that category of game....its "dinner".  Mary still says she won't eat it so lets hope it never becomes more than a hobby for me to collect those recipes.  I am amazed at what I learn....tonight I found out that squirrel fat can be rendered down into a cooking oil good for baking.  But Mary now says now she WILL go on a feral hog hunt next time the game wardens have one.  That should be fun.  

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, TheCG said:

I've always like Tim Foust, the bass.  He can get waaaay down.  Plus "Storytime with Tim" is a hilarious break in their shows.

He reminds me of Richard Sturben in the Oakridge Boys. My son got to shake his hand, at a concert, back in the 80's so we heard a lot of bass for a time. Especially Elvira. Ah-hoom-bop-buh-mow-mow. :008Laughing: He also does a great Josh Turner's "Your Man".  

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1 hour ago, kappydell said:

I still have to go outside to practice, because the parrot starts beeping in morse code and driving us crazy if she hears me practicing. 

:coffeescreen:    That's hilarious! 

We'll be needing to see garden pics again please soon, Kappy.  Haven't seen green except my amaryllis plant for a long time now.  :)   First time I had one of those give me the big blooms TWICE!  Enjoying the pretty red trumpets! 

 

 

:bounce:    Dog and I walked up the library road again today.  Wow...I had to shed a coat....even got hot!  B) Sat on seat cane a couple times but did fine.  Dog loves the new places to stick her nose.   

 

More laundry ...down, up ...down, up stairs.  AM I getting more stamina?   Doing things around here does not wear me out as much as a visit with my folks...and the drive in and out.  :shrug:   

 

Finished New Madrid.   Oye....he did LOTS of research and .....  :behindsofa:   we all better hope that thing does not slip in our lifetimes.  

 

MtRider   :offtobed:  

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We're up in the 80s again today.  

 

Regarding generators...we're figuring they'll be cheap in pawn shops this summer, and we might get a heftier one.

 

I really hate how allergies affect my joints - they ache and just don't feel stable like they should.

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Mt Rider said: Finished New Madrid.   Oye....he did LOTS of research and .....  :behindsofa:   we all better hope that thing does not slip in our lifetimes.  

I researched it for an article I did several years ago.  It would reeeeealy mess things up if it decided to slip.  i recall a small tremor when I was a child, I felt it up in Wisconsin, and it was from the New Madrid complex of faults.  A big one could change geography over much of the Midwest.  

BTW,  I was amused to find out the local Native Americans blamed the then encroaching white man for it when it had its last big tremor.  I guess they had to blame someone....

Austrailia had earthquakes earlier in the week, and last I heard were under a tsunami warning.  I read one theory years ago that claimed when there was a tremor in one place to look on the opposite side of the globe for more quakes as the tectonic plates compensated for the first one.  I wonder what is on the opposite side of Australia?

 

Mary hauled quite a lot of fresh new compost-dfirt blend into our green house area.  I raked until I had to go get ready to go to physical therapy.  I only have a couple of sessions left, but I can stand (with effort and using hands for leverage) up straighter until I have only a 10 percent tilt.  Quite a change from when I started with a 40% telt!

Mary is feeling every one of those wheelbarrow loads tonight in her back, so I am trying to do the "jump up and let the dogs out....fetch some soda....etc" stuff.  Tonight I draw up garden planting plans for the greenhouse area.  It will be a change, as we will have to leave a walking space down the middle of the6 ft wide span.  We will probably mulch that part with cardboard since lumber is so expensive now.  Grandma used old boards from the farm lumber pile to walk on so her weight was distributed and not packing down the soil.  She was ahead of her time. 

 

The lumber company has been cutting to the north of us, and we can hear the coyotes howling tonight.  Sounds like a large bunch of them, probably displaced by the logging.  We are again taking the dogs out under armed escort.  I hope the neighbor with the chickens has them  well secured.  

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Day before yesterday afternoon, I got a call from my little brother's supervisor asking if I'd heard from him. He hadn't been at work for 2 days and wasn't answering phone. Police were sent for wellness check. He had passed away 2 days before. Dealing with a lot of people over the phone. I've not had to do this before. I have done some walking and been on the phone. If I'm not here so much, I'm ok but wanted to explain. I talked to my brother every other week and we texted, but he was 1,700 miles away. Hug your loved ones when you can!

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Miki, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. I understand about all the phone calls as I had to go through that with DH calling family and friends. Then the paperwork with his place of work, etc.  :pray: that you will get through all of this.  It's not an easy task, but you will get it all sorted out. :pray: for you and your family.  :hug3:

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If you are next of kin, get at least ten hard copies of the certified death certificate every time you get one.  This will save you untold hassle.

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Miki, I'm so very sorry over the loss of your dear brother.   :pray:    :hug3:    :pray:

 

Ambergris is right. It's a whole lot easier and faster, to get them at once rather than trying to order each one later down the road. You usually need more than you think.

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It's a good thing his work had your contact number, and it was kind of his boss to contact you about him missing his work. I know you will miss your brother and I hope that everything goes smoothly in the process of tying up the loose ends.

 

 

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Miki, I have you and family in prayer.  :hug3:

 

Today I got some more paperwork done. So hoping the light at end of tunnel is near. 

Gave the small bathroom a deep cleaning today. Now my back is hurting. But it is clean.  Hoping to get the main bathroom deep cleaned tomorrow and start on the kitchen as well. I want to get the cabinets cleaned out and fridge cleaned out as well. Want to get the shelves in fridge and such washed down. 

Went to granddaughter's house for dinner this evening. Next Friday is my turn to cook dinner for them.  

Still can't bring myself to go through Dh's clothes and get them packed up. Just not ready to do that yet.  Will just take some time. Still to hard to deal with that right now. 

Looking around at the house and what I can do to make some room for things. My daughter thinks I should pack up the stuff on the built in bookcase in den and put all my canned foods on it. She says it would be farmhouse style. To display all the foods I have canned. Not sure that would be a good idea if and when people come over. Though I could make a curtain to cover the bookcase. Something to think about. I also have 2 bookcases I am looking to put in the living room and put all my books back into them. I have books everywhere.  In the shed and a couple of boxes of books in attic. I still have several I have not had a chance to read yet. Looking at ideas but just not sure of what I want to do as of yet.

I think I forgot to sign out last night.  Oh well. I was surprised when I shut down computer that it didn't do that. 

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Miki  sorry about your brother.

 

LittleSister could you put food on the bottom shelves and books up top with a curtain at the middle to hide the food.

 

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Littlesister, there is no time limit in dealing with your husband's things. Only you will know when the time is right for you. It's a process. Try not to add more stress on yourself. You will get there.  :hug3:

 

Over half of the time I forget to close the site too. It probably looks like I'm on here 24/7. In actuality I click in and out numerous times. I never log off. I just close the 'window'. Humm, maybe I am always logged on?  :shrug:

 

I don't think I'd display my canned food. For the reason you stated but mostly because they should be stored in a cool DARK place with as little light as possible. Or as Pauline said behind a curtain. They are so pretty though aren't they! Prettier than anything in the Louvre IMO. I love looking at canning jars full of food. 

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:hug3:  So sorry for your loss, Miki.  And then all the business of it too.  :(  :pray:  

 

Little Sister....still praying for your time of loss too.  Glad you're having dinners together with GrD.  You'll need to be around other loved ones.  Too bad your DD, etc just moved.  Not real far but not near like before. 

 

Ambergris...thanks for that tip.  With folks in their 90's....our turn will come sooner than later.  :sigh:  Hoping my brother can handle most of it, tho I'm the one here with them.

 

Yeah, we got snow.  Enough to need the snowplow guy this time.  But it warmed up to 70* -- WITH the sun directly on the thermometer.  No wind so it was very warm.  Lot of melting....need that moisture for all that grows.  The roads are clear without snowplows.  Dog is shedding and we thot she's nuts.  But....will we have early spring?  :shrug:  Not counting on it.

 

MtRider  :offtobed: 

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On 3/5/2021 at 9:06 AM, snapshotmiki said:

Hug your loved ones when you can

 

So sorry to hear of your loss.  2020 and 2021 have been hard on all of us hasn't it?  Losing any family member or friend brings us right up front with the mortality of us all...we're just a heartbeat away and should live like it.

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Been a very busy week for both of us.  Really making progress at the homestead though!  Yesterday he changed the oil and filters in both vehicles...that took most of the afternoon but it's done!  I went with him this morning and while he worked on the new bed frame (it's going to be steady one!) and the headboard I found plenty to do in the kitchen.  The headboard and footboard that he's putting on our bed frame is an antique set that also has the chest of drawers and a makeup vanity w/mirror.  I'll be selling the makeup vanity.  Just don't have room for it.  The headboard needed some working on, one of the legs was cracked (we didn't notice it before) so he's gluing and pinning it.  He's also putting "cleats" on both sides of the bed box so the mattress won't slip side to side...they do that don't they!?  I washed down all the kitchen cabinets with Lysol and stuck some of my collector dishes on a lower shelf.  They'll need to be washed before using, but they needed to be out of the cardboard box and out of a closet.  Also washed out the top of the kitchen pantry and moved the "adult beverages" up there...out of sight :happy0203:.

Washed out two of the drawers on one side, and washed the flatware insert and then had hubby put a screw in one side and one in the front so it doesn't slip around.  Leaves a lot of room along the side of it.  Now...for the other side!  It won't be as bad because I've already washed it down once and put liner in it, but will wash it down again.  I will say one thing...vintage kitchens give you a lot of shelving and drawers...but they're a pain to reach when they go from the counter to the ceiling on both sides, and from the counter to near the floor also!  I'll put most of the dishes I don't use on a regular basis on the top 2 on both sides...and keep my step stool handy!

Came home and had lunch and he's back at the homestead resuming work and I'm getting ready to start working on taxes....yuck.

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Just trying to keep my mind off of things today. The house feels so empty now. To quiet.  So I went to the General Dollar store and bought some containers so I could get started in the office. Came home and had a bit of paperwork to get done and then started going through things in office. Got one box for things to trash and another for things I am not sure rather I want to keep or not. Things I want or need to keep I am putting into another box. Then going to get the 2 bookcases out I want to put in living room. That is where I am going to put my books so I can see what I have much easier. I want to get the house set up where it will be less furniture in the rooms to make it easier to clean. The office is just to full of furniture. Might be selling off some things. 

 

Jeepers you might be right about displaying some of my canned goods in den on book cases, Though I could use 4 shelves and a curtain, it is something I really need to think about. It is something my daughter thinks I should do. She loves the farmhouse stuff and watches to much fixer upper. Though I love watching those shows as well. 

 

I need to pull everything out of closet in office and redo the shelving in there. What is in there now will not work and not very steady. Hoping I can do that myself. If not, I know my soon to be grandson in law will help me. He loves doing things like that as well as both of them love redoing furniture. 

 

Went on line this morning looking at houses near to where my daughter has moved to . All I can say is WOW!  Prices are much cheaper than in VA. And you get a bigger house for much less than VA. Though moving won't be for at least a year or two. If I decide to make that move. 

 

Bookcase in Den is a corner bookcase. I have my cookbooks in there, but I have to many. So need to go through them and just keep the ones I really use. The rest I will sell off.  Need to have a spring yard sale if I can get things together by then.  Still cold here. Nights in the low thirties and during the day from low forties and fifties. i wanted to plant some things but need to wait as we are still having below freezing nights. But spring is coming. 

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