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11/1/20 6:30 A

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I love sweet potatoes but they are so expensive here since they all come from the USA. I have a nice roast in the oven. I started it well before dinner time so I can cook it low & slow. Will prepare potatoes, onions & carrots to roast in the juices. I rarely cook roasts since I'm not good at it. My older sister is terrific with roasts.
Some healthy food for dinner. I came home from my exercise class and pigged out on goodies b/c I was so hungry.

It's hard to believe that there was the huge snow storm last weekend. It's bright sunny and lovely now but still chilly.

I love the gas fireplace. when I feel chilled, I stand right in front to warm myself quickly. It is my main heat. Oddly, I feel warmer this year with the fan turned way down than when the fan was up higher in past years.

Just have to share this sunset from this past week. Not a spec of snow left now as we got up to the mid 50's this week.

This was taken at the same time, only looking South. How different. This is my LR window view and the previous is my kitchen view but I take the photos from the rooftop patio (1 floor up) so I don't have power lines in the photo.


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10/31/20 2:39 P

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Yes I do! There's nothing like a nice warm fire to back up to!

I'm baking some winter squash this morning to try out a couple of recipes. Some of my kids aren't big fans of squash or sweet potatoes, so I'm thinking they might like something more savory. Lord knows I have enough squash to feed a village!

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Don't you just love standing by the fire when you are chiily? My kitty Jade is very happy the heat is on. She was on top of the heat register in the bathroom this morning. Crazy kitty!

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10/30/20 2:08 P

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I know what you mean about sleeping better when it's cooler. I've actually had a small fire going in the wood stove a few times lately and spent one day doing some baking. It was nice to need the warmth and be able to stand next to the fire.

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You sure have gotten a lot from that garden and put up lots of food for the winter.
Lots of rain here---from 2 fronts and Zeta---cold air following this 2nd front---I am glad as it has been a bit uncomfortable sleeping ---I am looking forward to putting my warm blanket on my bed and needing it this weekend.

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Well, the frost came earlier than predicted out at the ranch and I found some blackened leaves on the pepper plants, tomatoes and winter squash. So I picked all the bell peppers and pulled up the plants, picked the ripest tomatoes, and cut the last of the winter squash and pulled up the vines and put everything into two big piles. It was the hardest physical work I've done in a while out there. There are still lots and lots of tomatoes on the plants and I should pick them and bring them inside to finish ripening. The green ones will continue to ripen and give us tomatoes for a few more weeks. Steve says there's a chipper out at the ranch (found in an old barn) that he can use to chop up the cornstalks and then we'll compost them, but he won't be home until the weekend and only for a few hours, then. So that job may have to wait another week or so and I hope they don't get rained before then or they'll be soggy.

This is the first year I've had a garden out there, so I'm learning that there is a different climate out there even though it isn't far from here. It's pretty interesting.

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10/28/20 6:41 A

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Terri, you sure have gotten a lot from that garden this year. Hope everything ripens before a frost.
Lots and lots of leaves to deal with here. We might tackle some of them today once the sun comes out.

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Barb, the cabin at the ranch could be occupied while we work on it if we just close off part of the house and put our bed in the living room. I don't want to live that way for long, though. The other house is several hours away by car and will give us a comfortable place to spend the winter, but is away from our family so we don't want to stay there indefinitely, either..

My garden is still producing tomatoes and peppers but is slowing down and I've stripped and pulled up several plants. I need to make a space to plant the garlic for the winter and get it into the ground soon. The onions are in and seem to be doing okay except for the places that the quail have scratched. I still have winter squash on the vine and have been cutting it as it ripens. I'll leave the immature ones on the vines until the frost kills them, and the sugar snap peas are climbing the trellis and beginning to bloom, so we may enjoy some of those before the frost comes. I checked the predicted dates for the first frost and it said between November 7-17 so that isn't far off, but gives me a little more time.



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Barb, sorry you had snow this early.
Terri just posted on another chat that the buyers backed out of the sale. I know she is bummed but also a bit relieved that she now doesn't have to rush like crazy and still make the pjs she always does for Christmas.
We are now fighting our battle with the leaves. Dh fell on Saturday when outside trying to deal with them. Luckily not hurt but now I am thinking of one of those alert buttons for him. Just have to check to see what works best in our area.

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Cathy, that was a good strategy for the cookie pans and your old ones are probably better anyways (unless you wanted new ones, lol). Best wishes for Michael's move. Sounds like youi are all handling it well.

Terry, it really has been an extended season this year. I don't know how you get so much done. Aren't you sometimes bone tired? Do you know when the subjects will be removed for the sale? I forget the American term. Did they go along with the 90 day Escrow (we call it closing date). I'm sure you will want to a lot of things at the new place over time. I didn't realize until recently that you are moving to the canyon house. A good plan. Somehow I thought you were going to the ranch. It's so hard to get the work done if not living there and it means less stress overall around moving from your log home. Changing homes is stressful at the best of times. It gets harder as we get older.

It felt like we were in an extended summer here it was so warm and beautiful and then, just like that, on Friday we had snow. I had a hearing appt in another community which meant driving through a dangerous windy section of highway around a small lake. It's bad at any time.so I cancelled it. Now it is rescheduled for this Friday. No snow in the forecast.

I had a very full week last week, wrote everything down in Windows sticky notes and then accidentaly deleted that note when I was cleaning up computer files. But I've been busy, not like Terry's busy though,

I finished the chair pad for the Guild member. The design is needle felted. She was thrilled. It took me forever to come up with the inspiration for the design. Once I knew waht I was doing, it went really fast. I'm pleased with the end product but would like to redo around the edges.


It seems there are a lot of people moving this month. Two new couples moved into our building this month and two people (now a coouple) moved out. One unit is still on the market. The neighbour across the street is moving in a couple of days too. Several people at Guild moved too. I guess it all built up from last spring.

It is too soon for this! All the leaves were still on the trees. It set some records.it is a month early. I don't have my winter tires on yet. I had to buy new gloves because I lost one of my good leather gloves that were a gift from my Mother. It must have fallen out of my pocket when I pulled my keys out. I went back and checked everywhere I had been but no luck. Now today, the mate went wandering. I have no idea where it is. I guess it was lonely. Yikes!


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No, it's the old shed where he keeps the lawn mower and tools in. We moved it from our old place and it is one of those plastic sheds. The outside is holding up well but the support under the floor is rotting out---hopefully this will last us long enough to pay off something before we need to buy another shed for that stuff. He even threw some things away---LOL
I went to Walmart to look for new cookie sheets for me, but the ones I wanted were gone, so I went to Dollar Tree and bought some disposable ones---gave them to Dh to use for sorting his puzzle pieces on and now I have all my cookie pans back for baking and cooking---LOL

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Is this his new shed he's having to work on already? Good thing you're home today and that he has help to get the job done in one day. I hope he's able to purge a little if it's needed.

I'm glad I planted so much and so much variety this year, so I could try different things and see how they did for me. I will do a lot of the same kinds of things (tomatoes, peppers and squash) but will likely try some different varieties again next year. I'm not sure about the size of the garden. It will depend on how much of the canned foods we actually go through this winter. I know that the salsa and tomato sauces will be a must.

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Luckily they are moving from one subdivision to another, just not as many trees in this area they are moving to. We moved to a city setting so no way could we let ours out way back then but I think it helped that is was getting colder out and they were older. One only lived a couple more years and the other about 5 years more. You sure have gotten a lot from your huge garden. Do you think you will grow as much next year or change some of the things you grew?
Dh is emptying his shed today and his helper and he will go get new flooring for it---I am home to that they can empty first and then get the wood so it doesn't bow from being in the truck too long. I can keep an eye on things while they are gone. Hoping we can get rid of a few things while at the clearing out----LOL

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Moving any animal from a country setting into town would be difficult and hard on the animal, I would think. Ours won't have that issue but we'll have to introduce her to the other dogs and teach them that she belongs there so they don't chase her. I hope Michael's cat adjusts okay.

I picked another big batch of green beans yesterday afternoon while I was sitting the grands. I cooked up a large pot at their house and left it for them (green beans and bacon is always better the next day) and I brought the rest home and canned it. There was enough left after filling two canners to make myself a small pot for my lunch. I'm sure enjoying the extended growing season and abundant produce from the garden. Things are definitely winding down, though.

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Terri, I am afraid his cat will try to go back home when they move. It is hard to move cats. We made our cats into inside cats when we moved. But we did have the screened porch for them. They actually did quite well but they were older so it was better for them.
Barbara, it sounds like you are busy.

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Be sure to post a picture of those gnomes when they're done!

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Once we had an indoor outdoor cat. We lived in a mobile home on a rented lot. My husband and son move it to our property while I was in the hospital and they couldn't catch the cat. A week later when I got home, I had my husband drive me back to old lot and called our cat. Seems he was staying in neighbors barn and had wiped out the starling population during those 5 days. That cat lived until he was 17 years old. One of the best cats we ever had.
Deer season has started here, so I'm missing my husband for awhile. Our oldest granddaughter is getting married this Saturday so it's a busy time around here. Also have to pick up our half steer next week for freezer. Still struggling on making tomato cage gnomes for all in family.

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Good plan to keep him from doing more than he should and then both of you paying for it later! I think indoor/outdoor cats would be the most difficult to relocate. We're wondering about ours now. She lives outside most of the time but we only feed her inside the house, so she "asks" to be let in to eat and again to go back outside. When Steve is home, she sleeps on his side of the bed, but not when he's gone. It's her choice. I don't know where she sleeps then. Dogs are more social and ours have made several trips out to the ranch and get along fine with the other dogs there and don't bother the livestock, which was a concern at first. Rosie is going to be 13 this year, which is quite old for a large breed. She's healthy and fit, but is slowing down a lot and we are wondering how much longer she'll be with us.

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I sure hope he is right---you need him home to help move things and pack them up.
We went to Michael's to get a load of bricks and we talked about his move. I suggested that my Dh could stay at the house after they move most things out with the dogs while they got things into the new house before taking them. That way Dh won't be in the way or try to lift things he shouldn't but he would be useful in taking care of the dogs. They like him and are used to him taking care of them. They are trying to figure out how to move the cat---he spends most of his time outside so they might have to catch him up a day or 2 before the move and keep him in a bedroom or his cage. Always something when you are moving with animals.

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That cabin will be a lifelong series of projects, I imagine. Not that it will need all that much work, but that we will be making it more and more our own as time passes.

I'm glad to have Steve home for a few hours. We spent a lovely quiet evening catching up with all that's transpired last week while he was away and ended the evening with a bowl of popcorn and watching a movie. This morning, he's giving the dogs a bath in our shower. I'll make us an omelet for breakfast and we may go out to the garden for a while before he has to go back to camp for work tomorrow. He's thinking that they'll be buttoning up this job in a couple of weeks and I can't wait!

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Yes, making it livable is the first priority for the cabin, then the add ons. Yes you need a guest room. I do hope to do a road trip cross country in a year or 2 and you will need it then---LOL
I did get some cleaning done here and laundry---and the heat turned back on. We needed it this weekend but won't really need it during the week.

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I felt like I was busy yesterday but don't know what I got done. I know I did a little bookwork, but...

...so today I will make a LIST and cross things off.

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Cathy, I am advocating for at least a guest bedroom, but we'll see how things go. There is other work to be done that won't show and won't be as much fun first. But it will be another worthy project for my Prince, so you'll no doubt be hearing all about it as we go along. I'm happy for Michael's uncomplicated home purchase. I understand about the dogs, as you know. I'm glad your flickering lights were not YOUR problem and agree that it's worth the price of the electrician to rest assured.

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Barbara, good luck to your son on selling his house. My youngest has just bought a new house but didn't have to sell his house to buy this one so they will sell it after they move out. He has 2 bull dogs and it is hard to keep it clean for showing plus not easy to take the dogs out of the house for showings. The realtor thinks she has a couple of interested buyers so it might not take long to sell his.
Terri, I think you will need to add on to that cabin so you can have a sewing room there---LOL
We have been having issues with flickering lights---turns out it was in the power lines so that is fixed. But we will have to pay for the electrician that came to make sure it wasn't in our connections. Rather be safe than sorry on that point.

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Barbara, that's true about the cost of building supplies! If we were going to have build again, that would have been hard. As it is, we will have to do some repair and renovation on the cabin before we move in, but we will have access to our own sawmill by then and can cut our own lumber.

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Terri I understand the joys of selling. Our son & daughter in law are trying to sell their place. It's been an awful experience for them. And if they sell, they plan on living in their tv until they can rebuild on their large farm. Problem is price of building materials has tripled since the Covid thing. So they have asked a big price now for their place and won't waver any on price. Many of the ones who have looked are from cities out of state...wanting to get out of major populations but they want it for nothing. We're staying put and thankful for where we live and no bills.

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Good morning~ Having my 2nd cup of coffee and trying to catch up with my team members before getting to work on this house.

We accepted an offer on the log house but now the buyer has time to do any inspections he wants to do. He's coming today and I'm still in full canning mode with tomatoes and peppers, and have them all over the kitchen and dining room, so he's going to see the kitchen "at work" today. I need to run the vacuum and do a little dusting before he gets here, but I can only do so much in the way of cleaning. I just want to make it "presentable".

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Barb, every day things always get in the way of life. Glad the tooth is taken care of and hope it was worth the money. Nice of you to make the cushion.
Terri, always something on your plate.
Von, sounds like you are ready for winter.

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I'm glad you feel better, Barb--that's what we're here for! It sounds like you're pretty near ready for colder weather. I see that there are baseboard heaters in the cabin we will eventually move into but I don't like them and will probably take them out as we work on it prior to moving in. I prefer to heat with wood anyway.

This house is our dream house, and we could live in it forever but the grounds are on a hillside and we can't keep up with the mowing and weed eating there. There are still some things that have to transpire before the sale is secure (buyer inspections) but we are looking forward. We still have the first home Steve built for us when we married in 1974 and rented it for many years before deciding to sell it. It needed lots of work, so we opted to move into it for 3 years to accomplish that. We haven't finished it all yet, but plan to move back there after the Christmas, whether the log house sells by then or not. That house is so close to being ready to sell that we want to finish it and get it on the market in early spring, while everything is green but doesn't have to be mowed yet! LOL It's a lot of work to keep a defensible space around the house when you don't live there!

It sounds like we're some kind of landed gentry with all these houses, but we bought bare land and built them from scratch--paying as we went so there wasn't much debt involved for most of it. We've lived on one income for 47 years and raised 7 kids by doing things ourselves and being frugal. The houses are basically our retirement fund because we never put much money away--nor had any to put away in the first place!

Von, you're right about the chores! I need to bring up some firewood for the cookstove and light it up this evening. We're expecting rain this weekend, which should really help the firefighters around here, but the house is definitely chilly and it will be nice to stand next to the stove to warm up. We can turn on the heater too, but I like to save the kerosene for when it's really cold. Besides, I don't want to have to call to have our 400 gallon tank filled right now, when this house may be sold soon. I may have to do some baking, too.

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Wow cores just never seem to end. Love reading about everyone's life.

We have about finished with our winterizing chores. Even have a stack of firewood on porch. We heat mainly with wood. It doesn't take much to heat our house as it's triple insulated. We do have one gas heater which we use on cooler mornings when we know the day will heat up. We have a small electric heater in our master bath. One side of our house stays cool year round but we do have dual window units for a/c but also heat. We had to remove our central unit years ago due to the fact the duct system was in our crawl space and with a/c would build up mold. Not good for allergies.
We picked and froze some turnip greens yesterday. Daughter in law came out and picked as well. Helped hubby to pick up and move firewood. Stripped dry rosemary for winter use and cut some goldenrod for my medicinals. I'll put in vodka today for a tincture.im still working on gnomes. Got to run to county seat today to pay property taxes. Will hit some dollar stores while there. Had plans to go to a craft show but think it was canceled. Got to go get my walk in soon.

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Thanks Terri and Congratulations to you. I'm so happy for you!!! Hope it all goes smoothly.

We had some chilly days a couple of weeks back that caused me to go buy a small parabolic dish heater. There is something going on with my gas fireplace so I didn't want to turn it on until I checked I more and the fan noise of portable heaters (which I have). I have suplemental baseboard heat but it doesn't heat the area where I spend my sitting time so it's wasted electricity.

This was the last day of summer like weather. This weekend is forecast for normal seasonal highs of 55F. I have lots of soups and casseroles in the freezer which will be great for quick suppers. I did a lot of cooking in the last month when there were such great prices on farm produce.

I packed up the patio umbrella and bamboo blind which are waiting to be taken downstairs to the storage. I need to wash my winter coats before I need them Didn't get to it this summer.

Finally got the replacement cartridge for my laser printer. The one I had bought stopped working after the printing one page. I ended up having to dismantle the printer from my desk and take it into the Mr. Cartridge shop a few blocks from me. The guy was great. He also told me the cause of the smudges whaich happen occassionally but I can live with that. A comparable replacement would cost me $400 -$500 and they don't fit in my desk. Dealing with all this is where my time seems to disappear.

When I look at what I've done over the past few weeks, so much seems to be what is needed for daily living. My digital watch (stainless steel) broke when I caught it on the corner of a cabinet, need to follow up on the excessive wear of my snow tires, van service is needed and on it goes.

Anything I've ordered online lately has not worked out well and it has cost me extra money but my watch is only available online unless I buy a Men's version which are too large for my small wrists. The cheap digital watches available in Walmart and the drugstores last less than a year. What garbage. Everyone wants cheaper, cheaper, cheaper but that is the result. I would rather have some quality and have it last. So I'm ending this with a rant, lol. I feel better now, Big grin!

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Barb, it's so nice to hear from you and catch up on all your news. I was wondering how you were doing with that tooth and all. Have fun enjoying the last of the summer warmth, such as it is.

It's chilly in my house and I haven't turned the heat on yet. I can just put on a long-sleeved top and be okay--or bake something. I probably need to bring up some firewood so I can just start a small fire in the cookstove. That will be enough, I think. On the other hand, Steve will be home this weekend and I'm sure he'll have the heater up and running.

We accepted the most recent offer on our log house and signed the documents this morning. We asked for a 90-day escrow so that we can have until the end of the year (first week of January, actually) to move out. That will enable us to celebrate one last holiday season in this house. I hope it doesn't pall the mood for all of us. We do love this house. It's just too much for us to keep up now.

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Written this morning. Edited this afternoon for readability due to all the typos etc from the arthritis in my hands.

Good morning all, I am so behind in everything. Time disappears. I don't know where it goes.

Cathy, Congratulations on your new ride. The Kia Soul is great! A couple of people in my building each have one and love it. I don't like the new car smell either. Actually it is petrochemicals gassing out. Yuck! I don't know why but when I bought my van, I didn't notice it. Maybe because there is very little upholstery. It's nice to go exploring once in awhile.

Lots fo great vegetables and fruit here available from the Farmer's but your own always taste better.

Barbara, I have a sensitivity to most scented stuff too. for the most part, I only use unscented products.

Terri, you must be insanely busy. Remember to take care of your self. PS. we were both writing at the same time. I'm glad you'll have some days clear of the smoke.

I had the dental surgery to try and save the molar and am now recovered. I hope it works. We had our building's AGM (Annual meeting of owners). The weather has been beautiful. We met in the garage and were all spaced out. Different but it worked.

Twice a year I have to remove the window screens for our building's exterior window washing so it means I actually wash my windows and
screens. That happened this week. What a mess washing the screens in the bathtub. Lots of cleanup and laundry needed afterwards.

I have my appointment for the flu shot on Tue. With that and my exercise therapy classes, physio and chiro appts, next week will be a wipeout.

I go to my Weavers & Spinners Guild this morning. Today is our monthly meeting. I made a chair pad for our president from old sweaters I had felted a number of years ago. She is so busy and does so much for the Guild, I offered to make one for her when she was admiring mine. The sweaters were all plain so I need to add some embroidery or something simple to make it pretty but I will give it to her this morning so she doesn't have a cold bum sitting on the chairs in the Community Centre.

Our summer like weather ends today so I've been making sure I enjoy it. It will be a beautiful drive to Weaving this morning through various small communitiues, farms, vineyards and three lakes.

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We are beginning to see some color here and are expecting rain this weekend, which will clear some smoke out of the air for a while. It will dampen the fires, but not put them out and will later make even more smoke--but it will be nice for a few days.

I need to get out to the garden and see if I have more ripe tomatoes to can and see what else is ready to be pulled up.

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I have seen those gnomes on a website. Good luck making them. Gnomes are starting to grow on me---LOL
Took my car for a nice long ride yesterday and did some retail therapy. We found this puzzle store---oh, my, big mistake---LOL WE also went and found the new house my youngest son is buying---further from us but definitely bigger and in a nice subdivision. I wouldn't mind living there as it would be a nice place to get in some walking. He will have to build some fencing to keep in his dogs though. It was just nice to see different sights yesterday. Still no Fall colors here though.

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I too don't like new car smells. After I had the flu 3 years ago (even had the flu shot) I've not been able to tolerate some smells now. I now have to buy unscented detergents. And where once I liked the smell of Bounce fabric softener.. I now can't tolerate it. I was using pinesol lemon scent and now I can't. I now can not tolerate even some toothpastes. And if I meet someone with some perfumes I have to leave. I basically clean now with bleach, vinegar and I can still use regular pine scented pinesol.

I'll be harvesting greens soon and putting in freezer. My son's bok choy is about ready. He'll be home for the winter soon. He works on oil hauling barges up the rivers. He's been gone since April. Upper parts of rivers are beginning to freeze so we think he'll be home in a couple of weeks. He's wanting to make kimchi with the bok choy. He ferments a lot. He's wanting to make kombucha when he comes in as well.
I'm trying to make porch gnomes from tomato cages. It's a struggle. I'm off today to help hubby haul firewood and then to gather golden rod blooms

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I found the new smell too overwhelming---too much plastic---scents do bother me---I put a lemon air freshener in the very back and that took care of it---actually had to close that and need to take it out of the car now---now it smells just right in there.
I don't envy you the packing up and then having to decide what will fit i a much smaller space. Good thing you have all those things canned. Where will you put all the freezers that you have in the new place?
I planted small mums yesterday---already have some along the driveway but none towards the back part---so they should fill in those areas nicely in a few years.

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That's funny to me that you don't like the new car smell. I've only had a couple of truly new cars in my whole life, so I haven't experienced it much.

Yesterday was pretty unproductive as far as canning or food prep goes. I actually sat and watched Call the Midwife and started knitting a new pair of socks. Today, I need to get back to dealing with food, though. The season will end soon and I will be putting the garden to bed for the winter.

I also need to be sorting and packing more things in this house in preparation for it's (hopefully soon) sale.

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Barb, I really liked my Kia Rondo so I think I will be quite happy with the Soul---now to get used to using all the technology. I am already very happy with the back up camera.
Terri, you have had quite the harvest. Those chickens will enjoy the pumpkins later on, too.
We need to trim the front bushes---not sure if we will do that today or take a long ride in the car. I want to try out the cruise control and break the car in a bit. I left the windows down when I got home yesterday---I do not like the new car smell---LOL

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Congrats on the new car, Cathy! I hope it meets your needs for a long time.

I harvested the last of my 2nd planting of Blue Lake bush beans yesterday and pulled up the plants. So those are done and now I can decide what to do with that area, if anything. The first planting of corn is done and I had the grandboys cut the stalks and bundle them for decorations. We're going to take some to DD1 on the coast today. I also cut some large squash and pumpkins to use for decorations because they were too far gone to use for food. After decorating for a while, they'll go to the chickens, I suppose.

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I I love the Kia soul. I'm so happy for you. My granddaughter used to have one when they first came out. I heard they have good gas mileage. Enjoy!

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Terri, quite the haul from your garden. Hope all those people enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Barb, we had a bumper crop of cucumbers here. Enjoy your greens.
I think I got almost all of the cucamelons off the plants on Wednesday. They have been interesting but don't think I will grow them again. I will try something else new next year.
I got a new car this week---a Kia Soul---this should be my last new car and hope it lasts until I can't drive anymore.

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We have eaten turnip greens from our fall garden. Things have grown slow this year due to cloud cover, too much rain and cooler temps but I'm so thankful for what we've gotten. We will have a salad soon if we don't get a frost or freeze. We have 1 cucumber! Other blooms aren't setting. I'll be freezing turnip greens soon.
Been busy making Christmas gifts. Sets of embroidered towels and aprons. Finished 5 sets and have the borders to stitch on the next set. Granddaughters and their mom have me making porch gnomes from tomato cages. Daughter-in-law bought all the materials except fabric. Not sure to make them Christmasy or where they can use year round. I've made ghosts, witches and Santa's one year and they are interchangeable. Want to make these the same way so may make 2 per cage.. ..one for Christmas and another for year round. I'm using glue gun this time instead of sewing.

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Life is busy, fires and smoke are horrid and unhealthy, but the garden is still producing and I'm determined to get all the food out of it that I can. So, today I picked nearly 4 gallons of cherry tomatoes and at least half a bushel of tomatoes. We also picked corn, hot peppers, bell peppers, squash and melons. I will share some with a friend who has 5 young boys, some with Aunt D when we go to town tomorrow, and some with a granddaughter who just moved into her first apartment. We have a meeting with our realtor in the morning and I will send her home with a few bags full, as well.

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Terri, no, he didn't actually need his degree for his job but the business classes have helped him market his product to the customers and the math has enabled him to do a lot more with computing amounts for quotes to the clients. I don't think he thinks it was a waste of his time but for others, college is just not meant for them. There is nothing wrong with hands on jobs---because of our educational system demeaning it, we have lost so many jobs overseas due to that plus the unions haven't helped much with that either.
But now I wonder if our education is so dumbed down that the kids who want to be doctors, etc. won't be able to do the work because of their lack of education---esp now with virtual "learning".

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And Michael is working in a career that didn't require his college degree, isn't he Cathy?

We used to have a program in our high school (back in the 60s and 70s) called Regional Occupational Program (ROP) in which local businesses worked with the coordinator of the program to use high school students as interns in their businesses. The student had to have good enough academic grades to qualify for the program, a good attendance record and no character/disciplinary problems. I believe they were paid minimum wage (possibly a little less, but I don't know) and their employers would give a progress report to the coordinaor every quarter. If it didn't work out, a student could change "jobs" to something he/she liked better or simply wanted to try. It gave them some work experience in the "real" work world as well as some connections in the community as they interacted at work. It got them out into the work force and away from solely interacting with their peers. I don't know why they discontinued the program because it was great! I knew kids who worked in offices for insurance brokers, real estate, the county, the courthouse, the newspaper, in retail stores, gas stations, tire shops...I'd have to go look through my old yearbook to remember more.

Not all kids are into sports or headed for college, but they will ALL have to earn a living some day!

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We have a really good Career program in our county that really teaches the kids the skills for jobs. Often a lot of them graduate and get jobs paying more than the teachers make---LOL I agree, not everyone is college material but the education system just doesn't see that. Only one of my sons went to college. And I knew the middle one would not be a college student---he is a fireman---always knew he would have an active job.

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Terri I agree. This was my biggest gripes my last few years in the classroom. I have 3 grown sons. Only 1 got a college degree but all 3 work for the oil industry. The 2 without degrees make more $ that the one with. The one with the degree does not even work in a field requiring a degree. All 3 work jobs requiring common sense and mechanical skills mainly. I'm so thankful their dad taught all 3 those skills. All 3 can fix just about anything. Two of my granddaughters went to college. One finished and has a decent social work jobs in a nursing home. Other never finished and works in a daycare. They both make about the same money wise and both enjoy their jobs. Another granddaughter is a junior and is doing virtual learning this year. She wants to be a vet tech. There is a local vet who offers training so she is looking into that instead of college. I see many employees offering training now which is a good thing but it would be so much better if they learned these things while in high school.

We have cooler temps now. We planted 5 more rows of turnip greens. We'll be sharing with family and neighbors. All but carrots are up. I won't harvest carrots until spring. We'll have lettuce and cucumbers soon.
Everyone take care and stay safe. A lot of human trafficking going on in our area right now. Be aware of your surroundings.

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Vocational or Trade skills have been looked down upon for so long that we have a couple of generations of unskilled people. Most vocational programs have been eliminated from high schools as everything shifted to "college prep". Well, college isn't for everyone--or even the majority--and isn't necessary for most trades. So why do we keep pushing kids in that direction instead of encouraging them to develop skills in something they enjoy doing? When I was in high school, they offered classes in typing, stenography, business machines and bookkeeping as well as Home Economics and various wood, welding and auto mechanics classes. It's no wonder we're so helpless these days. I know that technology has changed a lot of things, but they could simply modernize the classes to fit the field of study. Why not teach small engine repair? HVAC repair--or other things like that?


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We all should do more of that but it also takes some skills that are lost to a lot of us. Don't give me a tool---I am hopeless with them---but give me some pots and pans and a needle and I can do those things fairly well. My mom on the other hand was very handy with tools but didn't like to cook, bake, or sew. My sister is more like my mom than me.
Another lovely Fall like day----need to do the 2nd Fall bin.

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That's been our life for 46 years, Barbara. I haven't had a garden of my own every year, but have always found ways to find and preserve food for winter. We've picked wild berries and made jam or frozen/canned them for winter treats, gleaned fruit from wild apple, pear or plum trees or from neighbors who generously shared from their orchards, raised chickens for meat and eggs, rabbits for meat, and goats for milk and for clearing land. We live too far away from the big grocery stores to run to town for little things, so have done my big shopping twice a month when we got paid. Like you, we make do or do without and we fix things (when we can) rather than buy new. It's a lifestyle for us--not a trend.

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Barbara, the teachers are feeling it is the end of the school year instead of the beginning--they are burnt out already. No one prepared them for this kind of teaching---so much easier in person except for classroom management---online you can mute them or put them out of the online classroom with just one click---LOL But it is very hard to know what your students are capable without paperwork and walking around to check on how they are doing---esp. with the kids like I work with. And I feel kind of redundant---I just sit online and have almost nothing to do---although I did get to read to the kids the other day as the teacher had an IEP meeting she had to attend during classtime. At least then I felt useful that day.
Terri, always best to be prepared. We try to keep a good supply of canned goods on hand here and do not panic if they talk hurricane or blizzard---we don't have to rush out to the crazy stores at that time.
Lovely Fall like weather here this weekend----I am loving it---going to make a meatloaf tonight for dinner. Might even consider baking today or tomorrow.

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Same here Terri. Since my husband and I raised 3 sons and always lived in country, we always tended to do what everyone calls "prepping". It just wasn't feasible to run to the store everytime we wanted or needed something. We either made-do or did without. So prepping has been part of my lifestyle for 40+ years. I learned to make a huge meal (remember I had 3 growing boys and they tend to EAT), so making large nutritious meals went hand and hand with keeping supplies on hand. Now that it is just hubby and meal, I still continue to keep things on hand. My meals now are much, much smaller and I do package up left overs for a couple of older needy neighbor ladies. We have always had a garden out of necessity and since we love the fresh and home canned veggies, we continue to do the garden and canning thing, though I do more freezing now. We also like gifting the neighbors with fresh produce. They in turn gift us with fresh eggs. This has just been a lifestyle for us. I do admit that I've been doing more dehydrating this year and also have gotten into herbal meds. I also do alot of bone broth and feel this is just a much healthier lifestyle. Our sons are grown with grown families now and am thrilled a couple of them do the stocking and canning thing. Only one does the gardening but he lives in a suburb so he mainly grows in pots and hydroponically.
I am so sadden to hear of the wildfires and all that is going on with nature now. So many storms. We sometimes get the rains from hurricanes and thankfully we live on the side of a hill that keeps us protected more from the tornado off shoots. My prayers are with all that are enduring these things. I really feel for teachers right now. I'm retired teachers and know how hard it is to teach in normal times. I know your workload has doubled and can't imagine teaching in today's times. My prayers are with you all.

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Lots of potential disasters and real ones, too. My family has often snickered over my tendency to prepare for "The End of the World As We Know It" -- but they aren't snickering now! All of a sudden, I'm not such a weird-o!

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That smoke sounds so horrible. I am glad Steve is not having to work in it.
The 2 storms forming in the Atlantic are the same names as my sister and her son---Ted and Vicki---I do find that amusing but hope they don't come ashore---seems that any names the same as family members have turned into very bad storms. Feel sorry for those down south---that storm is just nasty!
Enjoying Fall like weather here----love it! But so tired of being so cold in the school building.

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Oh Barb, I forgot to mention that I received the Spark mail with the herb chart in it and was able to download it to my computer. I can print it later or simply copy it to a new document and print it. Thank you again!

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Yesterday, we drove out to the job site where Steve's been working and the smoke was so thick we couldn't see 50 yds ahead of us while driving and we HAD to wear our masks inside the truck to breathe! He showed me the slide they've been working on and it's clear that they will have to wait until a lot of the smoke clears before they can start up again. He needed to check the propane tanks in their trailer to be sure the refrigerator was staying cold. We also removed the meats and veggies from the fridge and brought them home. They can replenish their groceries if/when they go back to work. I am so thankful the smoke is not that bad here, but feel for the folks in that town. There is no way they can go home right now, even though the fire has passed their town.

Today has been laundry catch-up and some cooking and canning. I sent Steve to the coast to deliver a dehydrator and some veggies to DD1 and his Aunt D, I also gave him a list of things I need from various stores, so he picked up his aunt to let her tag along with him for all of that and get her out of her apartment for a bit. It will give them time to visit without him having to sit at her place, which makes him antsy when we all have so much to do right now. She can't do a lot of walking around, but will enjoy riding in the truck with him as he goes from place to place.

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My sister moved to Portland last year and I contacted her to make sure she was alright. They are prepared in case they have to evacuate and she says the air quality is really bad. She does have ac in her bedroom so I hope she spends most of her time in there. She is a smoker so the combo is not good for her. I am hoping this is keeping her from smoking so much---she does go outside to smoke.
Barb, it does make sense to freeze portions and makes it so you eat healthier, too. Good for you.

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Cathy, in my quick scanning of the posts, I missed the bit about the bathtub. I just don't know what to say. Now if I approached organizing like you do at work, I would be much farther ahed. But then I'm, retired and dont' have the same energy as I once did. It is still warm here and am not looking forward to when I need the heat.

Terri, yes, you have Patti's online name right. Drying herbs is very easy. They require a low heat and don't need turning like I need to with fruits and vegetables. I can set a temperature on my dehydrator. You will enjoy that corn in the winter. Terri, SP has everything locked down so I can't attach a photo to SP meassages. I was able to create a link to the photo on Public OneDrive. it should be in your messages.

Lean ground beef is on sale this week for a great price and I needed to use the vegetables on hand so yesterday I made another "Shepherd's Pie" and added more vegetables this time. I will portion it and freeze it today. I find making it is much more work than just having the 3 parts as a meal however the benefit of my own freezer meals without additives is worth it. Other than nights I cook, most times I pull a soup or a meal from the freezer for dinner.

The tomatoes are demanding attention so more chopping, rasting and freezing today. The organic Santa Rosa plums have been slow to ripen and the San Marzano tomatoes from the same place have Anthracnose which is probably why they were a third of the price they should have been. The Italian plums I bought Thur (not organic & from a different fruit stand) are not good quality. I won't go there again. I'm learning which are the best places to go but they do change a bit from year to year.

I may need to turn on the A/C today, especially since I can't open the windows. Still too much smoke. The cause of it is heartbreaking and I cry for all the people suffering. Image from Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


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Barb, you have been busy. Sorry the smoke is traveling your way.
Terri, you will enjoy the corn this winter and a nice addition to soups, too. Stay safe and sure hope the fires stay away from your properties.
I am slowly learning a few things on the computer and sit there and listen to the classes I am supposed to support. Bought some stuff this weekend to help with the organizing I want to do. I am getting used to getting up again and glad to be able to go in---but I don't like being so cold---so I turn on my portable heater and sit near it. Isn't that crazy?
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Barbara, I am seriously impressed with your oils and infusions! I am not even close to doing any of that, nor am I sure that I want to. But I do like the idea of growing and using my own herbs for cooking, since I buy them anyway.

Barb, I would love to have a printout of that guide! I've thought about Patti (CanningNanny) a lot through this season and wonder how she's doing. I haven't done any fruits this year, either canned or dehydrated. We will miss them later, but there's nothing I can do about it right now. I may get some apples later, but the pears are gone. We didn't put up any berries, either; however, I still have a few quarts canned in light syrup that I can use in cobblers or pies if I want.

I wasn't going to can corn this year because I didn't think it would come out right; however, we have SO much and I don't want to toss it all to the livestock, so have been canning a lot of it after all. We'll have plenty of that and green beans this winter on the pantry shelf and lots of winter squash too. I think I'm going to have a spaghetti squash for dinner tonight, just to try it.

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I'm seriously behind with you all. It happens so easliy and quickly. I can't believe it's been a week! So I'm working through your posts and commenting until I catch up.

Cathy, it wasn't the specialists fault with my molar but probably b/c I'm experiencing osteopena. Nice that you found those lovely green peppers. One of the farms I stopped at last Sat had the most beautiful and huge green and red peppers. Unfortunately I can't eat them. They repeat on me for hours.

Terri, what a horror at your Canyon house. I can't imagine! and all the extra work too. I have a great postcard chart from 40+ years ago from the bulk food store on my fridge that lists most herbs & spices and when to use them. I scanned it. If you want a size you can print, I can send it to you by via SP messaging. Let me know if you do. I often used it when I was learning and now I still look at it when I get an idea. When I like something or I see an entree advertised in the grocery flyers, I look at what is used in it and adapt it to what I am cooking or have on hand.


Barbara, our member CanningGranny does a lot of dehydrating, then she makes them into powders. Some years I have done a lot of dehydrating but found I didn't use them very often because we have so much available avalable at decent prices during the winter. I'm not so sure for this year though. I think a lot depends on where you live, rural or city and the reliability of power although I use it every year to some degree. You have some serious herbal infusions going on there!

Lifeisgood, 60 hours! That's a lot!

The San Marzanos I bought last Sat are just now ready to process, well actually yesterday. I can smell them along with the Santa Rosa plums. It's very smoky here today due to the winds so no exploring. I'll chop, roast and freeze the tomatoes this afternoon along with the Romas I picked on Monday.

On Monday it was my older sister's birthday. WWII is between us, 6 years but sometimes it feels like a generation. It's hard to believe she turned 80. so often I've turned to her for advise after all she's already gone through it.

Thur was first meeting of my Spinners and Weavers Guild, different to Drop in weeks, since early March. 27 members came, carefully spaced at 4 to an 8 ft table with the execitive up on the Stage. It was a long meeting since we hadn't met since mid March. Afterwards, about half of us met under the the trees outside.

Time to get ready for Yoga Therapy class at 9am. Need to wash my hair which always takes extra time.

Take care everyone. The wildfires to the South of me in Washington State (and of course OR and CA) are horrendous. Our province has sent support aircraft to help WA. On Wed the smoke was blown North and the winds will bring it again today.
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That is quite a bit of herbal stuff. Good for you. We have a local lady that does all that and sells teas for certain things and for medical use. She is from England so I love when I get to hear a talk from her.
Got to work on classroom yesterday---at least the counter is cleared and the bathtub almost emptied---yes, we have a bathroom with a tub in it---and have had to use the tub for several of our students. Today I want to start on our craft storage closet---with no students I can empty the whole thing and really get things better organized.

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I mainly use my dehydrator for food items. I dry my herbs and teas naturally. I tie or string them up using needle and seeing thread and then hang in cool dry place. Right now I have fresh rosemary laid out to dry on paper in my shop. I have some dried rosemary steeping in olive oil and some in vinegar. I have dried fig leaf tea, peach leaf tea, grape leaf tea and blueberry leaf tea. I have dried elderberries in a vodka tincture as well as fennel seed, peppermint, and clove. I have others to do as well but need to get more vodka. Some will be cooked into syrups. I am careful to label each jar of dried teas, tinctures, oils and vinegars not only what it is but what it helps. I'm trying to get by this next spring with less colds, coughs and allergies. It's been fun learning all this. I'm also redoing my herb garden which right now only has rosemary, sage, spearmint, garlic and oregano and a bay leaf bush. I plant annual basil and parsley and next spring will plant purple cone flowers, peppermint and chamomile. We have a lot of fruit trees and many of the leaves are medicinal. What I don't have I order online. I do lots of canning and dehydrating of veggies from our garden. I've done this for 40 years so nothing new except the medicinals I'm doing this year. I have a naturalist for a neighbor and we share our herbs. She just gave me dried mullin leaves. I'm sharing my fig leaves and plantain. Next spring I'll add dandelion.

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Terri, I doubt you can get to it this year but after all the canning, maybe you can explore online info on how to dry herbs. Since you already have a dehydrator, it should be fairly easy for you to venture into doing this.
Crazy day yesterday---kids still picking up laptops---still have more that have not been picked up. Hope today I can spend more time in my room clearing off counters and cleaning in there.

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Most of my grands are back to school--two in public high school and one in a small elementary Christian School and the rest are homeschooled. If I were educating children right now, it would be at home--for multiple reasons.

I would like to learn more about drying and using herbs. I know it can't be that hard, but I've just never gotten into it. I use an Italian blend all the time, so it would just be a matter of finding the right combination of herbs to mix my own. I dry some peppers for taco and chili seasoning and will have a lot more of those--both in quantity and variety--this year. I would like to try to make some pepper oils for cooking and have been exploring some recipes online.

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Hope things go well for you. You sound exhausted. We are going back virtually and I think it's going to be one hot mess. Good luck with the kids coming back and keeping them apart. At that age there is not way they should be virtual. Let us know how things go. I know I will be interested to see how others are doing during this challenging time.

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I am heading into school to hopefully finish up my classroom. We just had 60 hours of in school teacher orientation...and I walked away more confused then ever. I am just going to do my best to safely make it feel like normal for my Pre-K students. We will be using pool noodles for social distancing instead of plexiglass. We will be wearing masks and pretending to be superheros.

Tomorrow is my last day of my seasonal job. I will miss it, but looking forward to reducing my work load. Exhausted!

I feel like I missed summer.

Fingers crossed that Tuesday goes well. First day of school. I can't wait to see my students. 😁

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Terri, I am not surprised the kids like them and not so much the adults. I am going to take the ones I picked yesterday for the pastor and his kids to try---although his kids are almost adults now. Dh only likes sweet pickles and I don't---plus I don't can---but interesting thought on them.
Barbara, sounds like your freezer will be quite full.
I finally got those green peppers done yesterday and they are now nicely diced and frozen in a freezer bag for the winter. That is about all the saving for winter that I do.
Weather has been lovely for the Labor Day weekend. Enjoying the front and back door being open.

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I've really gotten in to doing more natural herbal remedies. I'm also dehydrating a lot of our garden veggies this year. It takes up so much less room and is giving us more space in our freezers. We have half a hog at processors now and in line for half a steer which will be January before they can get to it. Canned up 14 quarts pears yesterday. We had canned our Asian pears a few weeks ago and the ones we canned yesterday were from our kiffer pears tree. I've experimented making sauerkraut this year and found I love it. Next is homemade yogurt and kombucha. We planted our fall garden today and planted bok choy to try instead of cabbage. Staying busy.

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The cucamelons had mixed reviews here. The kids love them and do all the searching and picking. Steve didn't like them and neither did our friend when I took some down to the canyon. But I didn't plant them for the adults anyway, so I guess that's okay. Mine are like yours--enveloping everything within their path, but they aren't really bothering anything. I don't think we'll have to plant them next year because I'm certain that we will have volunteers coming up. Some people make pickles out of them, but I think that would be tedious and I make enough pickles already.

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Terri, I would love to hear that you have sold that canyon house and maybe could keep the log house a while longer or not have to stress too much about it selling soon. Oh, my, to that freezer cleanout. That had to be awful. Glad you had some help with you to move it out of the house.
I bought 4 huge green peppers yesterday at the store and I am in the process of chopping them up and freezing them. Each one is taking a whole cookie tray to spread out for freezing so having to do one at a time.. One is already in the freezer bag and the 2nd one was cut up at 5:30 this morning and put in the freezer---hope to space it out enough to get them all done today and in freezer bags for winter use. I also need to do a cucamelon search today since it will be cool enough to be outside here today. Those plants have expanded themselves across to all 3 veggie beds. It has been interesting to grow them but I don't think I will repeat them.


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Yes, I've been busy but not canning anything lately. A man who had come to look at the log house learned that we have the other house in the canyon that we plan to sell and he wanted to see it. So I made plans to go down for a few days to check on the house and see some family while showing him the place. I stopped and harvested the garden on my way down and took all the produce to share. It was very well received and appreciated.

I found that the refrigerator/freezer in that house had failed some time between our last visit in May and now. There were only condiments in the refrigerator, but the freezer had had quite a bit of meat, cheese and some ice cream in it. I cannot describe how ghastly putrid it was--and I had to clean that mess up and try to get the smell out of the house before the man came to look at it! It was, by far, the nastiest job I've ever had to do. At the last, gs Blaine and I pushed the appliance out through the sliding glass door and onto the porch where it will sit until Steve gets down there with a truck to haul it off to the dump.

I don't know whether or not the man was interested in the property, but he did say that we would talk again later. My neighbors also have someone who wants to see it, so there is more interest percolating.

I arrived home last evening after stopping to see my new, 2-day old great granddaughter for a short visit. Jenny had brought them to my mom's house after they were discharged from the hospital so that Mom could see them without having to go out. I lucked out by going through town at the right time. I didn't stay long because I was still 2 hrs. from home and pretty tired from all the work I'd had to do at the other house. We didn't do anything today, but rest. Tomorrow, we'll take Blaine home and get back to work in the garden, as I know it's been producing these past few days while I've been away.

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Barbara, sounds like you are keeping busy. Sorry you don't have much internet data time.
Barb, glad that procedure will be covered by what you already paid out. Sounds horrid---why didn't they realize it when they did it the first time---geez! Sorry you missed your guild meeting but it sounds like you had a lovely time after your nap. I used to watch Bob Ross occasionally and would love to try doing it---he made it look so easy. I am a decent artist when I mess with it so that might be something I will take up after I retire.
I am going on a cucamelon search either today or tomorrow---I know they are finally coming on the plants---those darn things have gone everywhere---covered the squash plants and the pepper plants in the same bed and reached across and started invading the tomato plants and the cucumber plants on the other side. It was neat trying to grow them but I won't repeat. I don't think Dh cares for them too much and I don't like cucumbers so they are not for me---LOL

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Glad you stopped in Barbara.

Cathy, thanks for starting the new chat. after 2mths on the Jul/Aug, It didn't even occur to me when we rolled over to Sept.
I feel for the teachers too. It sounds like you have a plan Cathy.

I needed to wake by 4:45am to have enough time before I left at 6:20am. So much time is taken up with just house stuff and I spend about 15 in bed with the heating pad and doing some exercises.

My time was good, no traffic problems. Even accidentlay went for a wlk by waking the wrong direction after parking, lol.

The bone isn't growing around one root so bacteria gets in and creates problems. He can shave off the root so it meets the gum tissue and I'll have a 60 - 70% chance of saving the tooth. There's no charge as is covered under the original procedure. So I'm going for it. Appt is Sep 21st.

I stopped at a Fruit Stand on the way home, had lunch and went back to sleep for almost 2 hrs. It was only 1:30pm., so what to do? The Bob Ross (TV Learing to Paint) exhibit is on at the Art Gallery and ends Sept 13 th so I headed there. There was about a 20 min wait to get in. It is a beautiful warm day and we were in the shade so it was no problem. In the first room was the Bio doc which I found really important to understanding everything I saw. Back in the 80's I had watched some of the shows. After viewiing the 26 paintings, I watched the Bio doc again and then went through the other exhibits.

The Art Gallery is located next to the lake and a large park. It wasn't crowded. I think they've made improvements to it since the last time I was there. I'm happy to have found a new place to go for a swim and walks withouth encountering the crownds at the main beach. Also had a lovely conversation with 2 ladies who had come for the day from the city where I had been in the morning. They were sitting on a bench each holding up enormous Margarita glasses with Tonic water. Plastic glasses for travel. What a great idea. I had a great afternoon that made up for missing my weaving Guild gathering.
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I so feel for teachers starting back this year. I haven't been here to chat in quite some time. Being retired, you would think I had more time. But with limited data on my phone and internet WiFi makes it hard to get online for any length of time. Been busy with gardening and canning mainly and making masks and Christmas gifts


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Well, September rolled around so thought I would start a new chat for us.
Been back to work 2 days but can't even get into my room---they are not done stripping and rewaxing the floors ---good thing kids are not coming back next Tuesday because the halls are full of desks and stuff from the rooms. I came home at lunch today and staying here to work as they don't have laptops for the IAs yet---and I can't do Zoom at school without it---so can do it from my phone at home so it just makes more sense for me to be at home. But I am not doing that for the classroom virtual learning stuff. They can't fuss at us if they don't provide what we need. I have gotten a lot of the online training things done the past 2 days that we have to do each year. I hope next week I can get inside my room to start doing some straightening in there. I figure I can get a lot of reorganizing down with just me in the room. I like doing that kind of stuff. I have enjoyed seeing some of my co-workers, too. It feels good to get out of the house.
I know Terri is very busy canning and storing up lots of her nice garden goodies.
Barb is working on her stereo system and going to the orthodontist---yuck!
Hope everyone else is okay!

Eastern Shore of Maryland
USING CAPS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED FRIEND TILL SURGERY! Team leader for Empty Nesters and the Gardening Team.


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