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Soda Shoppe for July 1, 2021

Started by so_P_bubble, July 01, 2021, 12:48:42 AM

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First of all you need to go get some sugar !!


We live on a blue planet that
Circles around a ball of fire
Next to a moon that moves the sea
And  YOU don't believe in miracles?


Thunder storms here now and one vibrating dog!! We are thankful for the rain but it could come quietly.

Jane, sugar is on sale here for $1.44 for 5 lbs so I did stock up. Picking time is ahead and it sure takes a lot.

Patricia, 70's is perfect weather for us. One can work out in it and not melt!
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


July 02, 2021, 05:09:01 PM #32 Last Edit: July 02, 2021, 05:10:39 PM by patricia19
It's 82 degrees presently at one PM and headed for a high of 86. You don't melt here either as it's a dry, not wet climate. Think Arizona, or the desert, or a 500-degree roasting oven. It would help if you remembered to hydrate as you won't sweat.


Another day is over and...

We did get the expected rain...nice soft soaking rain

And I did get sugar. SANDY and it was on sale here, too, AMY

I cooked some pheasant that Frankie stuck in my fridge because her mother took it out of the freezer and told her she had to use it NOW.  So she brought it over and put it in my fridge and told me what her mother said...."If you don't do anything else with it, cook it and feed it to the dogs."  So I did!

I still need to make a trip to WM but I'm not doing that on Saturday.  I'll wait until Monday morning to do that.  I happen to know that Monday morning isn't busy.

I also have a bit of advice for those of you with timid animals.  Many years ago, I just happened to mention, in my niece's presence, that both my dogs shook and hid when the fireworks were being set off or thunder was really cracking.  She told me to go to the health food store and get something called "Rescue Remedy".  It comes with a dropper and my doggies only needed a couple drops and they calmed down.  They still stuck to me like glue but they weren't looking for a place to hide and they weren't shivering in fear.  And it's all natural so it will not hurt them!  Look for it!  It wasn't very expensive and it worked!

And now I'm going to the haystack!  I wish you all a peaceful night's sleep and a happy tomorrow.  And may God bless us, every one!

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Good morning...
So far no rain but weather folks are still calling for it and more! Lots to do today and hope I can get all the jobs done. Need to take some rhubarb to sil this morning a few other chores in town then home to work. Have one more quilt to deliver after making contact with the lady.

Jane, I will look for that next time we go to the city, thank you!! Babe will thank you also.

Better get my dudes on.

Enjoy your day and stay safe.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Good morning everyone, another gray day here with more rain on and off all day. Getting tiresome and wish mother nature would send some into the western states where it is badly needed.One good  thing about today, my DIL is coming to cut my hair and boy do I need a haircut.

JANE  the more I read about the air fryers the more I want one. My DIL has one and used it once and did not like it so never used it again.

SHIRLEY  I am wit h you, the AC is fine for keeping it cooler inside but not like fresh air and to me it is noisy too. Since I have only 2 windows it is in the window in here ad close to where the pc is so I am too close to the noise of it.  I am with y ou, snow is nicer  than  the rain we have been getting, it is beautiful t o look at before the summer is through I might wan t some rain so better close my  thoughts on it now.

PATRICIA  in Arizona my daught er is baking wi th almost no humidity and here we are boiling with all the humidity in summer.

CALLIE  you have been missed here.  This is  the onoly forum I get to anymore so never get to Norm's B&T.

AMY  this town has changed so much since I firs t came here 71 years ago. A quiet town where people were friendly and just about knew everyone. City people s tarted buying land and moving here. They wanted the concenience of city living tha t we did not have. T his town is all lit tle villages and we had a lo t of s tores and clo thing s tores and a depar tmen t st ore. Plen ty of mills and a lo t of people who lived here worked in  town.  The city people got  into politics  and started  changing every thing. Now  the whole  town is more like a bedroom communit y, no more jobs for everyone. Sad  to see it change  the way it did. No more 5 pound bags of sugar here, 4 pounds now and costs more.

Better get a move on, son will be here soon and want to get dressed before he does.

Have a good day and keep cool.

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July 03, 2021, 11:43:02 AM #36 Last Edit: July 03, 2021, 11:53:43 AM by patricia19
Good morning from a smoky Interior; I woke up briefly last night and could smell it in the bedroom. Evidently, the winds have shifted, temperatures are cooling, and rain is predicted this coming Monday.

Nothing on the agenda for me but venturing out on errands and finishing up a few household chores. Farrah has been clingy the past few days, but she had the zoomies yesterday and chased down a fly that had gotten in when I was on the balcony. So, she had her protein, and I quit worrying about her health.

Our July fourth plans were canceled due to weather. I hope that no one is foolish enough to set off fireworks, but this is humans we're talking about.

Hi Gloria, this city has changed too, from around 22,000 when I was young to 100,000 today. We've grown more industrial than bedroom, so we aren't that pretty, but we're the ones to come to for services in 175,000 Interior miles.

Hi Amy, I wish I lived rurally. I moved into this building when my get up and go left and never returned. And because it was both Independent and disabled senior-oriented. It's in an older industrial area, and since they cut down the trees in the back, not that scenic.

Jane, I had forgotten about Rescue Remedy. It's natural, and people can take it too. It works, but the effects are mild with no aftereffects. I remember a lady from old SeniorNet who was moving with her husband and two fussy cats. Her husband built a sort of double wooden condo for the back of their car, and each morning she would put a bit on their tongues, and it worked wonders.

You are my hero in all that you do. If my job isn't done before noon, it rarely happens!


I jus t got this in an email from my oldes t son and he never  thought tha t masks did anygood a t all. Interesting.


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94.2 new Covid cases are from the unvaccinated re the CDC.


Gloria, we are reasonably  quiet through Spring and winter. Summer we are inundated with what some call "citidiots". Not all leave their brains and manners at home but the greatest majority do. Gone is the peace and quiet, gone also is the beauty of the stars and moon for lights. They don't like the fact they have to share with the critters..never mind that they are in the critters home/back yard and should mind their manners. I guess it all boils down to respect....to which if one doesn't respect themselves how can they respect others and nature?

I watched your video and although he does have a good point I will keep on wearing my mask. He was blowing the smoke through the masks he had one with some force. I try not to huff and puff.. :2funny:
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Looks like I missed my chance to say "Good Morning so I'll just go with...Good Afternoon Everyfriend!  It's nice to see so many of you around.  I had a busy morning.  I think I said that Cooper (my great grand doggy) spent the night here.  Frankie had a late work day yesterday and was beat when she got home so she just left him.  And she was going to Maryland to visit her mother so she just picked him up on the way.

My chore for today was to make more brine to do the cabbage for cole slaw and I had a brainstorm.  According to the recipe, you can the coleslaw in the brine and then either eat it that way as pickled cabbage or drain the brine and add mayonnaise for cole slaw.  My brainstorm referred to the pickled cabbage I made last year that turned out so sour it drew in not only your lips but your cheeks all the way to your ears and it closed your eyes.  Even adding sugar didn't help.  But today, I got out the jar in the fridge, drained the vinegar, rinsed it, added sugar and let it sit for an hour.  Then I added Mayo and stirred it up good and.....WOW!  Cole Slaw!!!!  Good Cole Slaw!

I'm still going to make more of the new recipe but now I know I'll get through that sour stuff too.

PATRICIA...I read the last line of your last entry several times and I still don't know to whom you were referring!  I sure don't fit that description.  I do have a healthy respect for everyone on this forum, though.  They are all role models in their own way!

The rain just cut loose again!  Mickie and I were out for a walk and it was beautiful!  Just warm enough not to need a jacket and not so hot it melted us.  And now it's pouring!  Unpredictable weather!

I guess I better get back to work and start cutting up the rest of the cabbage, grating the carrots and chopping the peppers or I won't be ready to can the rest of it tomorrow. 

My morning is pretty well planned tomorrow.  My church has started having services again and that's at 10 a.m.  Then I'll hurry home because my SiL is preaching the sermon at their church in Houston and I try to watch when he does that.  He's pretty good and I like that service, too.  I wonder if I get extra points from ABOVE when I go twice on Sunday?

I hope you are all having a good day...better than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow!  Keep on keeping on!

Wonder where PHYLLIS is?  And Rammel? And Sandy? And anyone else?

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Jane, yes ,you are amazing in all that you do!!! All your delicious goodies that you share with others. all the work involved in doing them. YOU ARE AMAZING!

I am sitting here reading your cabbage ordeal and thought of the time we made sauerkraut. as you know you let it ferment and you can not hide from the smell!! At that time we had new windows but one was giving us grief so a rep came out to deal with it. Imagine the look on his face when he entered!! We did eventually tell him the cause of the odor. :thumbup:   
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Amy, when I went through my gr-mother's house that Dad helped build from 1912-14, he kept seeing things left behind after the auction. I have the "kraut masher"... a maybe 2' pole of oak, rounded & smoothed nicely. The monster gray/brown "tub", looked to be same clay mix as used for those jugs to hold vinegar or wine, but it was broken. Don't know the diameter of the masher but I can't get my fingers around it. I came home with the dipper that was always hanging by the cistern, a large spoon used for making soap and Grandma's cane, I guess they soaked that wood to make the curve in the handle. Looks to be walnut, as well as the sort of paddle used to dip clothes out of boiling water on wash day. All hang on those long ago expandable wood peg hangers down in a room in the basement. Dad's parents made wine & vinegar as well as growing everything & preserving everything. They had apricot trees on the farm and dried them along with apples, etc.

When my mother decided to write her memories down I begged her to just tell about ONE day on loose leaf paper that I took her, put her age at the top & I would organize it by that. She had me get her a tape recorder but that didn't work out at all, just pencil & paper. I spent one whole year while kids were in school, adding continuity but trying to keep Mother's words the way she talked. My kids are all interested in the past but so far none of the grands are.  I've given some things to the historical society in the little town they grew up in or near. If anyone wants to see they can visit there.

Got the roast ground & all that stuff put away, now to make a bowl of meat spread. I was so disappointed the guy I called yesterday to give me an estimate for clearing the berm & do some other jobs, called about half an hour before he was to be here & said their dryer broke & had had to get it to the appliance store for repair at same time he was to be here, so asked if he could come this morning at 9:00. Of course I was okay & understood... only this morning he didn't bother to come by or call, so I will look for someone else. Don't expect them to do really hard labor for $25. an hour (cash) but he know when he did a good job last time I gave him a $50 bonus. He really was a good worker & think his wife is the problem. She was going to work with him the last time but didn't get out of the vehicle & I had to be the other pair of hands doing the job. When I paid him I told him I wasn't paying for her to just sit in the car, no clue why she even came unless she thought I wouldn't know she didn't work. I am disappointed since really need some help this week. I'd love to find a husband/wife team to get caught up around here but people don't want to work... help wanted signs everywhere.


Shirley, what great keepsakes you have!!

I have some of those jugs and some smaller ones. Not sure what was or is in them as the cork stays on!

 I came across an old potato masher, the ones today are like this ## but this one ran back and forth like a windy road? I do have one and prefer it to the new fangled ones but gosh they are difficult to find.

When we travelled we would seek out museums to visit and  I was amazed at what they called antique as I still use some of the items. Goes to show you just how good they are compared to the throw aways we have now. away
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


July 03, 2021, 08:00:08 PM #44 Last Edit: July 03, 2021, 08:06:29 PM by patricia19
I recently returned from shopping and bill paying. I try to have change and single bills for the taxis as many will not carry change. For me, that falls into the fool me once category.

When I do have good service, I make a point of thanking the person and adding what was appreciated. For example, there were two who went above and beyond to help me find an item at the grocery store. I thanked them, and after I checked out, I went to customer service, asked to see the grocery manager, and told him of my excellent experience and their names. I believe he was surprised to be complimented instead of yelled at and said he'd let them know they were appreciated. You have to lead by example.

Jane, you are one of the busiest homemakers I know. I make all these plans for a day, thinking it's like the old days, and perhaps one out of three gets done. I have a dartboard now, and I should stick the list up and let it fly next time. Hopefully, it will be the easy one.   :thumbup:   

All of my relatives up to the generation following me were farmers. There were no rich gentlemen farmers either. These were the type who drank moonshine and cussed out the mule.


Hello again!  We had three 15 minute rain showers today.  That's enough to water the grass and the gardens and the farmer's fields.  But it's not enough to keep Mickie and me home from our walks.

AMY, I think I have one of those "antique" potato mashers, too.  I really think it was my mother's and she brought it to my house when I was entertaining two families for Thanksgiving.  Or maybe my dad brought it.  He was the potato masher and he probably didn't like mine.

I've been remembering my visits to the farm where my dad grew up...mostly because the cousin that just passed away grew up there and built his house on the farm and lived there the rest of his life.  My dad was one of 7 brothers and only one of them stayed and worked the farm.  When my sister and I visited in the summer, we did what they did.  Mostly I went where the boys went...out to slop the hogs...off to bring the cows back from the field...up in the hayloft to spread the hay when someone tossed it up...out in the field to water, hoe, pull weeds, pick veggies and whatever else needed done.  But I was remembering when I went to bring in the cows, George picked me up and set me on the cows neck to ride back.  I felt like a princess.  And he was right there with one hand on my shoulder just in case!

I have the cabbage brine ready for tomorrow and the carrots and peppers are chopped but the cabbage is still waiting.  I did a bunch of stuff that wasn't planned but that reared their heads and demanded attention.  Feels good when that stuff gets done!

I thank you for the compliments but I don't deserve them any more than all of you do!  As I said before, you are all a bunch of people with special talents.  Sometimes I get very frustrated with computers and cell phones but I'm very grateful for this forum.  I always think of my grandmother in her 80s and how much she missed!  I think if this forum had been available to her, she'd have taught herself to use it!  And I KNOW my mother would have!

I wish you all a peaceful night's sleep and a happy tomorrow.  And may God bless us, every one!

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Lloyd Hammond

Hello everyone. We Had a good family feed this evening. tired and ready to hit the hay. Hope to see you all tomorrow. Good night and sweet dreams.



Lloyd...sleep well...a good feed always makes one tired and sleepy...it does for me...happy yours was with your family...

" look after our planet, it is the only one we have "   


a quick "Good Morning Everyfriend"!  I have to be off to feed Mickie, get ready for church, take Mickie for her first walk of the day and then head out!  I'll be back when I can!


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Happy 4th of July..

Enjoy your day with family and friends  and no doubt good food and laughter.

Good morning..
We had rain overnight and now sun is kissing the day. :thumbup:  A day of rest here other than giving a tomato plant a new home. We stopped at the Mennonites and the plants were on sale for $1.00 ,bought some for us and some for the neighbour..Also bought radishes as big or bigger than golf balls!! Those are for my friend who dearly enjoys them.

Patricia, I also do the same good service should get a good report to say job well done. During this pandemic some people have forgotten that the essential works are doing a service for them. I have heard the workers tell me about the abuse from customers they have had to deal with. One said she would just go get the manager and when confronted was as nice as pie to the manager! Why people have to tear a strip off of those trying to help is beyond me. Poor upbringing..no manners and no respect for others.

Jane, I  bet you have your original rolling pin . The ones today are so tiny compared to what I use. Now having said I am so pleased with Hank, what a mixer and so easy on my hands!

Better get ready to meet the day..

Enjoy your day and stay safe..

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers



Good morning everyone. 54 and wish I could turn the heat on. Pretty chilly in here. With that mask link I posted, all I got from it is the mask is protecting the wear er  not others and keeping our distance from others-strangers?` I know  the CNAs I had while Yvette was on vacat ion they all kept their masks on in here.  Most  of them said that this was the only place they have come where on the entry door is posted a sign from the manager that masks must be worn.

The rain stopped for now, even the walks are dry. St ill have rain in  the forecast though. A chilly Fourth this year here.

JANE  I get t ired  reading all you do. I remember all the time invonved with canning but  oh so good in the winter months.

PATRICIA  great that you showed your appreciation for the sevice you got from the store's employees. My daughter has done that for years.

AMY  you do a lot of canning and freezing of food, too. You do not shirk on the job either. Re member those old food grinders with the different blades?  I have one that was my Mom's and I still use it. Clamps onto the side of the counter shelf. Hoard for me to turn that handle these days but I love that old thing.

Have a good and safe  4th and le t's hope the fireworks are few so the dogs who get so frightened will be OK.

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Happy Birthday, America!

I'm still here.  It's a beautiful day but we have no plans for celebration.  It will be just a normal Sunday.

Take care, All.


July 04, 2021, 10:58:28 AM #54 Last Edit: July 04, 2021, 11:01:12 AM by Amy
Gloria, thank you for the compliment. I think we can count you also in amongst us that worked  in the kitchen  plus raised a family. I have one of those grinders and use it to make green relish!! At the moment while I did say today is a day of rest I am canning. There was 30% off on some of the hamburg and I am now canning 10 pints for the dogs. I really like my air fryer....just the right size for  us..

I love this cooler weather..

Phyllis, good to see you. When done with canning your egg custard will be made in the instant pot.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers



July 04, 2021, 12:13:44 PM #56 Last Edit: July 04, 2021, 12:16:13 PM by Shirley
Hey, Gloria, thanks for the card, really pretty, think JL outdid herself with that one!

I had one of the old grinders & used it SO MUCH I finally gave it to my daughter & bought the Kitchen Aide mixer with full power & the grinder that goes with it. Good thing because it gets used more than when I had 3 kids living at home. The kids all still love the meatspread and all those grands do, too. Am taking a big bowl over for the fireworks tonight, finger snack foods so I'll get help spreading it on Ritz crackers or they will start eating it by the spoon full.

Had Google set the alarm for 5:00am but as usual, woke up about 15 min before. It's been a long week of 4-5 hours sleep a night so was afraid I'd oversleep. Need a couple hours catch up before the fireworks. We've had some booms already this morning that sound like when my uncle blew sticks of dynamite off (he was building a lake & had it on hand). Was impressive!!!

Glad you mentioned the hamburger, Amy, I forgot I bought a big package at Sam's yesterday & was shocked the cats actually each ate a bowl full of "bites". I will put a hand full in sandwich bags & then the whole lot into a freezer bag with date, so I can pull out when needed. So far they are not after the birds this year, had some baby bunnies in the spring but seem to be satisfied with the red meat they get every day (along with the dry & canned cat food, people salmon & tuna, etc). Not sure why they decided this was okay, but I'll save it all for them & get me some next week (or go thru the fast food lanes when hungry for a hamburger).

I keep stopping to run outside to try to capture a shot of "Doc", the WWII plane a group of old factory workers restored. They say it's in mint condition & my understanding, earn some of it's upkeep by selling rides around/above town on holidays. It is a sound those of us that heard the planes during WWII, will never forget. We lived 20 miles from a SAC base all during the war, so ears always alert to the different types of sounds. Enjoy those memories!!!


Wishing all of my fellow Americans and our friends from afar a 🇺🇸🇺🇸 HAPPY 4th of JULY 🇺🇸🇺🇸

"Love many, trust few; learn to paddle your own canoe"


After all the compliments that have been circulating, a song from the 50s (I think) found it's way into my brain and I had to come home from our walk and look it up.  Only the first couple lines are effective....

"We belong to a mutual admiration society...."  I can still hear Teresa Brewer singing it but it goes on to include her current love.  I prefer to think of my friends as a part of that society! 

I didn't get the cabbage canned today but it's all ready to do tomorrow.  I'm planning a run to WM in the morning and I hope that doesn't take all the wind out of my sails.  And I think, just to be on the safe side, I'm going to make up another small batch of the brine.  I'd rather have leftovers than not enough!  And the recipe says that if you have brine left you can just go ahead and can it for the next time,

There are a few of my neighbors setting off fireworks and they are not overwhelming.  I'm rather enjoying them!  And they're not scaring Mickie because she can't hear them!

AMY, I do have the rolling pin that I went to housekeeping with but I'm envious of my sister.  She has the one that came with my grandfather when they closed the bakery.  I'm not sure how old that one is since my grandfather and his father and uncle owned the bakery together.  And my grandfather's father and brother came here from Germany in the 1800s. 

Time to think about finding my way to the haystack!  I've been very tired tonight for some reason.  I think the zzzzzs might be after me!  I wish you all a peaceful night's sleep and a happy tomorrow.  And may God bless us, every one!

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My sleep lately has been up and down. The past two mornings, I woke up at three and dozed my way to five. So this morning, I left at seven to take some items back to Freddies, otherwise known as Kroger's Fred Meyers, and was back home around nine. I certainly hope to sleep through tonight!

I roasted a pan of chicken thighs and two small pork roasts after rolling them in kosher salt crystals. The two thighs I had were delicious, and I have enough now for the remainder of the month.

I have a slow cooker beef roast with potatoes, onions, and carrots, and that should be finished about eleven PM. I'm not really supposed to have red meat, but I'm working my way through the meat I had previously.

Next week will be busy with small Amazon deliveries, maintenance calls, and figuring out how to get the refrigerator's door bar to stay put. I also expect three online issues to be resolved or else at this point!