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Old 08-16-2015, 10:30 PM   #18041
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volunteered for a new charity today that provides school supplies to teachers. 3 hours of sorting and counting pens/pencils/crayons/etc. still managed to get in grocery shopping, laundry, a large homemade meal, and a 2 hour walk around the local lake.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:13 AM   #18042
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We had a squirrel stretched out under a lawn chair on the cement patio most of the afternoon trying to keep cool.

I had the same squirrel behavior here in the east bay today.

Leaving Wednesday to visit #2 son and DIL in DC. I may be missing the dry 102 degree heat.


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It's already 86F outside, so I am going to do some planting indoors in my grow room where it's much cooler. Mostly salad greens and herbs for the fall.
I downloaded some really cool kindle books about compact vertical gardening. I already have several sturdy shelf units indoors, so I might try out some of the vertical gardening system ideas I've read about. I have plenty of seeds, plastic glasses and food storage containers on hand, and JumpStart T5 grow lights, so it won't cost me anything extra to set up a vertical growing system.
All I need is a small drill bit to poke holes for drainage and assemble the system on the existing shelf units using tie straps. I have plenty of catch basin containers, i.e. I have saved plastic jars and trays for the bottom rung of the water draining process.
Stuff like this is fun for me to do, and keeps my noodle sharp.
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Well, this was yesterday. Sometimes it takes me a while to get back to civilization (and wi-fi) to post pictures.

That's DW paddling ahead of me...another magical day of FIRE in the Salish Sea/Puget Sound region.

There were so many salmon jumping around us that I was actually afraid one of us were going to get a leaping salmon right in the face!
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I just returned from visiting my Mother .She just turned 99. She lives in a continuing care facility in a independent apartment but will probably need assisted living within the year . She is fighting it but I am afraid the writing is on the wall .For 99 she is in fairly okay shape but her eyesight is terrible and she is so afraid to fall that she will not take a step without her walker .Mentally she is fine with only an occasional lapse . Spending time with her at her facility makes me realize how precious life is and to enjoy it while you are able .
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Well, this was yesterday. Sometimes it takes me a while to get back to civilization (and wi-fi) to post pictures.

That's DW paddling ahead of me...another magical day of FIRE in the Salish Sea/Puget Sound region.

There were so many salmon jumping around us that I was actually afraid one of us were going to get a leaping salmon right in the face!
Absolutely beautiful photo. I can almost feel the cool air on my face kayaking there... (I used to do a lot of lake kayaking, but it must be awesome to do sea kayaking (although I would be a bit scared!))
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Fiddled about the kitchen this morning tidying up before going out for a walk at 9:30am to try and beat the heat that is still clinging on around here.

Didn't work....about 20 minutes into my walk the heat ramped up so I was in a damp shirt, but thought to myself that it's great to be outside enjoying the trail and not at w*rk, so that put a smile on my face.

Found a trail section I had never been on before so that was really neat.

Back home after 2 hrs for a bit of lunch, then off to the Post Office to mail off two packages to friends.

Some more chores at home in the afternoon - finally decided the tile floors needed a good "Swiffering" - yuk, I was right!

No cooking tonight - left over ribs from last night, the rest of the cornbread, but will make a fresh/cool garden salad.

Oldest DS is packing up to go back to college Friday, so gotta start packing myself for the long drive.
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It's already 86F outside, so I am going to do some planting indoors in my grow room where it's much cooler. Mostly salad greens and herbs for the fall.
I downloaded some really cool kindle books about compact vertical gardening. I already have several sturdy shelf units indoors, so I might try out some of the vertical gardening system ideas I've read about. I have plenty of seeds, plastic glasses and food storage containers on hand, and JumpStart T5 grow lights, so it won't cost me anything extra to set up a vertical growing system.
All I need is a small drill bit to poke holes for drainage and assemble the system on the existing shelf units using tie straps. I have plenty of catch basin containers, i.e. I have saved plastic jars and trays for the bottom rung of the water draining process.
Stuff like this is fun for me to do, and keeps my noodle sharp.
I've been doing some experimental vertical gardening this year, outside. I grew zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cukes vertically. It's been interesting and fairly successful. Always before we lost most of our melons to the muskrats. I used 2"x4" hardware cloth on 8' t-stakes for the melons, and did the cutting off the bottom leaves and tying the stems to a 2x2 wooden stake for the zucchini. It worked fairly well for keeping the fruit off the ground, and seems to have kept down the mildew on the leaves. I've used cheesecloth and t-shirt material to make slings to support the melons, and used surveyors tape to tie the vines to the frame. The cukes I just built a wooden A-frame with the hardware cloth and trained the vines up one side and down the other. It's been fun, and I wish I had more space and time to play with it. I'll be watching to seehow your indoor experiments go.
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I've been doing some experimental vertical gardening this year, outside. I grew zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cukes vertically. It's been interesting and fairly successful. Always before we lost most of our melons to the muskrats. I used 2"x4" hardware cloth on 8' t-stakes for the melons, and did the cutting off the bottom leaves and tying the stems to a 2x2 wooden stake for the zucchini. It worked fairly well for keeping the fruit off the ground, and seems to have kept down the mildew on the leaves. I've used cheesecloth and t-shirt material to make slings to support the melons, and used surveyors tape to tie the vines to the frame. The cukes I just built a wooden A-frame with the hardware cloth and trained the vines up one side and down the other. It's been fun, and I wish I had more space and time to play with it. I'll be watching to seehow your indoor experiments go.
I decided to go with standard quart size clear plastic food containers, standing up straight. The room is carpeted, so I decided it would not be prudent to do drainage holes or try the cascading soda bottle configuration.
Using clear plastic containers allows me to see the moisture situation in the containers so I don't overwater. I'm using soil-less commercial mix so drainage will be fine as long as I don't overdo it.
I own 4 shelf units with open grate type shelves to allow light through, and enough 2 foot long T5 grow lights to mount them on the underside of the shelves. I covered the wall behind 2 of the shelf units with reflective Mylar (2nd photo).
Next wall to be covered is behind the shelf unit in the 1st photo.

I have two 4 foot Jumpstart T5 grow lights mounted to the wall above the shelves (2nd photo).

I planted some spinach and arugula for now in the identical plastic containers (1st photo, 3rd shelf). No bees required for greens.

I am going to try something that climb up the shelf vertical poles and is easy to hand pollinate with a tiny artists brush. Not sure what veggie that will be yet. Some kind of vining squash might work well.

I have some flexible tubing that I might try to fashion into a gravity type automatic watering system for one of the shelf units. Still undecided...

Progress so far...eventually every open space on the shelves will be occupied by a plant, 1 per container.
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I sat around the house today. I'm on Day 6 of 10 for the antibiotic regimen for the UTI. I am behaving and drinking water (no beer allowed) and staying out of the sun as directed by the data sheet for the Rx I am taking.

I have to admit I am getting a bit of cabin fever. However, I am getting all sorts of things done indoors in the coolness the AC. I am getting really good at the Tetris, Mahjong and Solitaire games on my cell phone.

Mr B and I are watching a lot of baseball, Law and Order and John Oliver . It's kinda neat being here all the time with him while he takes breaks from studying for the IRS enrolled agent program. I'm usually on the go, out and about while he does that.

4 more days and it's PARTY TIME
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Fiddled about the kitchen this morning tidying up before going out for a walk at 9:30am to try and beat the heat that is still clinging on around here.
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It was 39 this morning when I headed up to the Ranch House a bit before 6:00. It is supposed to be cooler tomorrow morning.
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I'm working on a quick redecoration of the powder room. I painted the walls and replaced the TP holder and towel bar. I spray-painted the light fixture with black paint, and painted the mirror frame to match. They look good, so I think I will update the vanity cabinet by painting it black also. It's just builder-grade cabinetry so I don't feel bad painting over the oak.

I also have a new faucet to install. DH got out all his tools to start the install but then decided he didn't want to hurt his back by crawling under the sink. He said he will do it later...but he leaves tomorrow for a week- long contracting gig. So I played plumber and crawled under there and removed the old faucet. I've got the new faucet bolted on to the vanity and ready for the supply lines, but I'm waiting for DH to come home and decide whether we use the old supply tubes or the new lines I purchased. I have to wait because if I decide, it will be wrong. Once I know which lines to use I will finish the job. I think it's a little easier for me to get under the sink because my shoulders are a little smaller and I am much more flexible than my Iron Man hubby.
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Whee-oh!...
Been spending lotsa time at Woodhaven, and haven't been watching what everyone was doing...
Just catching up on hearing about Nords, W2R and some of the other "events"... So glad y'all are going to be OK... We don't want to crowd the emergency rooms.
I helped support the local hospital a month ago with an impaired trip to the ER... dazed and almost incoherent with what is called urinary retention. Pain and double vision... made it just in time... whisked into a exam room and "fitted" with a catheter.... Instant cure... except that the follow up was wearing a leg-bag for two weeks. Never had a problem before or since, but now taking Flomax as a precaution. Before I left the ER, a doctor came in an told me I could have exploded and died... Wow... to top it off, he carried out the drainage bottle and told me I had set a new record... over 800 milliliters whatever that meant.
Nothing new to report... just a beautiful, peaceful life with zero stress. On my way back to the lake for a few days of work, exercise and being with nature. Gonna check up on my two mama deer and their five fawns. So tame I expect they'd let me pet them... babies are beginning to lose their white spots. I've even forgiven them for chewing up my newly planted crabapple tree last winter.
Off to the wilderness... and the early beginning of Fall... Kids back to school, so I'll have the lake and the 43 miles of roads to myself.
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Just catching up on hearing about Nords, W2R and some of the other "events"... So glad y'all are going to be OK... We don't want to crowd the emergency rooms.
Update: Neither Frank nor I had any injuries, pain, or soreness from the accident, even later, so we really lucked out. At first the other driver lied and said we hit him, but after looking at the cars the insurance people decided his insurance company would be accepting full liability for the accident. So that was a big relief. Hopefully soon we can have Frank's Murano fixed in the shop and he won't have to pay a cent.

Sorry to hear about your trip to the ER! I am glad you are OK now, too. I am glad you are now leading a beautiful, peaceful life with no stress. That is just super.

I'll be back to leading a life like that tomorrow, after closing on the sale of my old house. Real estate transactions stress me out but that is almost over.
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I'm sitting here surfing, waiting for yet more rain to arrive. This has to be a record for having a mostly wet summer. Silver lining...it is NOT snow.

Tomorrow I am breaking out and going up north to the Old Woodsmen's Field Days in Boonville NY.
Yes, that is a real town name.
It is a very well attended event where lumberjacks and lumberjills compete in a variety of logging related skill contests. It is pretty interesting to watch the competitors as well as the spectators .
The concession food is always fabulous.

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I have a lady friend who lives there, so I might just spend the weekend. I'm going to see if I can fit my bicycle in the back of my Escape. So much easier to get around on 2 wheels than 4.
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I'm sitting here surfing, waiting for yet more rain to arrive. This has to be a record for having a mostly wet summer. Silver lining...it is NOT snow.

Tomorrow I am breaking out and going up north to the Old Woodsmen's Field Days in Boonville NY.
Yes, that is a real town name.
It is a very well attended event where lumberjacks and lumberjills compete in a variety of logging related skill contests. It is pretty interesting to watch the competitors as well as the spectators .
The concession food is always fabulous.

Details here...
http://www.starwebhosting.net/woodsmen/schedule.html

I have a lady friend who lives there, so I might just spend the weekend. I'm going to see if I can fit my bicycle in the back of my Escape. So much easier to get around on 2 wheels than 4.

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DW had second cataract removed today. I'm at home with her for the day.
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Question.....how did she make out with the first one?
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Question.....how did she make out with the first one?
Thanks!

First one removed was a good outcome. That resulted in elimination of frequently running into immovable objects with her car!

This one should eliminate needing to wear a contact lens in the eye (hopefully).

(me? no evidence of cataracts yet at 71...must be genetics)
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