May 25, 2018

Taking her lead

Greetings folks. 

First of all, the cookies notice that blogger noted would be shown on all blogs, I don't see.  Maybe because I block most all ads, I don't know.  I also don't know what to do about it, and have found no information regarding the absence of it. 

THIS POST on Three Sheep Studio gave me the idea of how to save one of my favorite soft capris.  Rose thought her embroidery on the jeans was "back to the 70's" but I saw quite a few jeans with the stitchery last year so what was old is new again.  I used to paint florals or applique fabric stars to mom's clothing to cover the multitude of coffee stains, but this boo-boo on my hem needs Rose's fix.

Somehow, bleach must have dripped and the hem on the outside of one leg has a white area.  I used the Sharpie pens to color it in and now I will find those elusive needles and try my best at freehand embroidery to cover it.  I'm sure I could find a pattern to mimic in the old books I have or better yet, online.
Certainly will be wonky since I am not adept at hand embroidery, not even close, but it will be better than this.  Hopefully!

Enjoy your day.

May 24, 2018

My hero carpenter

Couldn't be more pleased with his work.  He is meticulous, which takes time.  This took all day. 
We may do the interior window trim ourselves since he is running out of time, and that's OK.  But with only three more boards to replace, I think he may finish it all.

I read a post on FB from (can't remember who) about the school incident.  Little did I know that when scrolling I accidently hit the smiling face (reaction, emoticon, whatever) and did not know until I checked the activity on my page.  I immediately deleted the reaction but it must have been on that post for a while.  If this was your post, I'm sorry, it was certainly not intentional.  I also found other posts with emoticons that I did not intend to leave so I guess I better be damn careful when scrolling.
I blitzed through Walmart for a few items and spotted Dove dark chocolate bags for $3.  The bill for these few boards of cedar was much more than expected and I realized that I must pull those purse strings even tighter.  Well heck, I have to save wherever I can and the more I buy the more I save.  Right?
Chris posted that to burn off one M&M candy, you need to walk the length of a football field.  I should be in Utah soon.

May 23, 2018

Two weeks behind

Hey.  Do you have really rough skin on your tootsies?  I drink plenty of water yet have always had dry and sometimes cracked heels, even Amope doesn't help much.  So two years ago I tried Baby Foot.  It worked great for me.  Your feet turn into ugly peeling paws for a few days but so worth it.  I should have done this two weeks ago but forgot.  There are several tips in the Amazon reviews that are helpful.  I keep the booties on for 90 minutes instead of 60, and it's important to soak your feet first to soften the skin allowing the gel to penetrate.  You can't walk on the slippery plastic booties during treatment, but I put socks over them and slip my feet into Mark's shoes to shuffle along if necessary.  I think Target carries it but you can find it easily for various prices online.  
About those slugs.  I haven't seen any yet and think the nights are still too cold for them.  Checked again this morning and couldn't find any.  I use Vickie's method of control, sprinkle them with salt.  I put it in a Coke bottle and drill two larger holes in the lid.  The smaller lid gives more control to cover them rather than sprinkling it everywhere.  I feel really bad about it but they destroy too much.  I also slug hunt with a flat blade edger.  They are usually in the grass early morning and evening as they move back and forth, and I drop the blade on them to make it quick and painless.  The salt is used when they are on leaves and stems (they instantly melt into a messy pool of orange).  I hunt them all the time around the house but not if they are close to the woods. It's amazing how many there are.  I found another torn leaf and wonder if the workers may have hit them with the ladder's foot as they carried it past.  He's coming tomorrow to finish and we'll let the caulk dry over the weekend before washing to stain.  There have been issues with the doors and paint, more annoying than drastic, but having the work done perfectly by this pro is way more important.  So glad we found him and although he is not taking any new jobs, he is willing to work us in for other projects. 

Chris is meeting with doctor tomorrow morning about the new pump and insurance, Carole has been having some edema so I told her to get to the doctor and have him listen to her lungs.  CHF can cause that fluid to build so quickly.  I'm getting my aunt's cast aluminum dutch oven today.  I have dad's and love using those old heavy pots.  The lids also make them perfect for baking the round artisan bread loaves.  Just what I need.  I am having such a difficult time stopping the chocolate (I start with that intention every fricking morning) and bread would not be a good substitute. 

Have a good day folks!


May 22, 2018

Hosta help

Greetings.  I know many of you are gardeners with vast knowledge.  I don't have a green thumb, it's brown from chocolate.  Today I noticed that one of the Blue Angels is damaged and thought I might trouble you for your thoughts. 
The furled new growth has been chewed half way down, the leaf directly behind, and half of the leaf in front.  I thought it may be the deer, but this is only one area that is further back from the more accessible leaves.  No prints in the soggy ground either.  I did not see a caterpillar or large insect, but I didn't want to delve deeper into the plant and find a spider.   What should I look for?  This is in the middle of the row, no other damage.
Any thoughts?
We're having two good weather days at the end of the week so I called the painter and .... oh no.  He hired new people.  Another business that can't depend on employees and does not tolerate drug use.  So I am pretty damn nervous about inexperienced individuals wielding a power washer on my already brittle siding.  I will have a talk with him before they start with the understanding that any damage will need to be replaced by him.  It was understood previously that high pressure will not be used, but any pressure may be risky.  Then again, I may find them to be top notch and better than expected.  Yep, it's a crap shoot.  The trim will be stained with the house, this is just bare cedar right now.
Another disappointment today when we went to choose the new garage door.  If I had not mentioned that the paint will be a charcoal brown, we would have been in trouble.  The door I wanted is a barn style with cross pieces.  We have vertical grooves on the garage siding so I want something simple, not raised panels.  Well guess what?  They assume you will use a light paint or choose one of their colors, and don't mention that using a dark paint will void the warranty on any door that has added detail.  The overlay pieces (whether steel, composite or fiberglass) will warp and detach if dark and in full sun.  Good thing I asked.   Now I am limited to purchasing a base and adding material to create a door, or a completely flush plain steel door.  This should be clearly stated in any brochure, catalog, and online.  Granted, most people go with the standard light colors offered, but some of us may paint our preference.   I do not want the wood grain stained look which is a lot of maintenance with full sun exposure.
Worcestershire pork chops are almost ready, and I've yakked enough.  Aren't you tired of this crap I keep spilling out?  Sorry.  It will end soon.
Thanks for putting up with my mania and any hosta help you can offer.

May 21, 2018


for the siding to be replaced, I sure hope he finishes this week.
There are only three dozen boards being replaced, maybe a few more.  We got an estimate to replace one side of the house which has the garage attached so it's not even fully sided, and the cedar alone would be over $8500.  Ain't happening.  So we'll just enjoy the warm weather, wait for our guy, and hope for the best.  By the way, he has a six foot level.  My hero.

Two additional issues with the door.  One door, many headaches.  They ordered a bright silver sill which shines like a spotlight on the dark house.  When the sun hits it, the light beam is enough to guide alien spaceships.  With black hinges, bronze weatherstrips, bronze sweep, why the hell didn't they order the bronze or black sill?  Now I have to paint it.  The door also came in with 2 3/8" backsets.  Standard is 2 3/4" which is what our door locks are, so we had to purchase a new set for over $100 that matches our others.  They are older Emtek and not adjustable, wrought iron knob and bolt.  Damn.  We have rags in the predrilled holes and a board secured across the interior.

Sometimes we have to put our heads together to come up with solutions.  Sometimes we use the other end.

Either way, I still am baffled by raw bacon being better for you than smoked.  I know nitrates in processed foods are not good for you, but if a rodent had a choice of nitrate or non-nitrate poison, would one be better for him than the other?   Like a stick of dynamite wrapped in red paper is better for you than the blue paper.  Why be concerned about nitrates being bad for you, but not the raw bacon itself, the diet, and the smoking?  Certainly a risk for a pace-maker, triple bypass coronary patient.  But I guess many of us are guilty of choosing our poisons by preference. 

I do choose the leanest slab for my order at the market and indulge in crumbled bits on my salads.  I do eat too many sweets.  I did smoke like a chimney years ago.  Too many of us wait until our health has a crisis or diagnosis to change bad habits.  But once they develop, we have to be reasonable about diet modifications.  I know several people that felt they had their "pipes cleaned out" so there wasn't a need to change.  Everything and anything in moderation will not harm you.  Or maybe some think they will die young anyway so what the hell.  I don't think anyone should tell others how to live or eat, even when we are upset about their choices.  Personal responsibility is just that .... personal.  But personally, I would love to smack a few knuckleheads. 
It just seems that as accountability for your actions has left our country, so has responsibility.   From looking at FB and other media, the rage and lack of compassion for others has become an epidemic, the brutality of fighting, the name calling and screaming, the hatred for those that don't agree with them.  Yet they call others haters.  When you hold yourself accountable for your actions you also respect yourself.   How people were raised and what they have endured, desperation they have felt, lack of love and belonging, all contributes to their self respect.  How difficult it must be, or maybe even impossible, to change the emotional development of the brain that was formed so long ago.  I enjoy seeing young people at work and doing an excellent job, or having fun while being responsible, or eager to learn and pursue their goals.  But in my area, I am seeing more of the opposite, with attitude.  And I am torn between blaming them, or blaming their home life.
A recent article claims that allowing babies to "cry it out" produces more adrenaline, affecting areas of the brain, which results in short tempered and sometimes violent individuals.  The child's brain is still developing and forming and absorbing significantly until 3, and continues on for years after.  When I see these young babies and children being treated so horribly, I wonder what personality traits are forming that will affect them for life.  And it seems to be getting worse with each generation's lack of understanding of the responsibility of raising children, the rampant drug use, and the casual attitude toward their welfare. 
Holy crap.  What the hell was that?  One thing leads to another.  That was a good song.  Is there one titled Time to Shut Up?

May 19, 2018

Excuse me ..... what?

The couple came today to take our old windows.  She is in her early 50's and talked about how all her prior boyfriends had six kids, her daughter has six, her step daughter has six.  She is on disability and can barely catch her breath, has a wheelchair, a scooter, and a power chair.  She is on pain meds for a previously broken back, had hips replaced, recent by-pass surgery, stents, and type 2 diabetes.
Their truck reeked of smoke and two different cigarette packs were on the dash along with a bag of candy.  She weighs around 300, and won't buy her bacon at my local meat market.  She only eats fresh slab bacon because the nitrates in smoked bacon are bad for you. 
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