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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 15, 2018
« on: Today at 09:47:41 AM »
Reporting that the Aspen trees are turning gold very early this year.  At the same time, we had a record-setting low two nights ago.  Early winter?  We still have poor air quality from smoke coming from the west and NW. 

Bubble:  I am sorry to hear about Don's "new normal".  We all dread the loss of our comfort in our lives.  Hugs to both of you. 

Bank on the Square / Re: Money Matters
« on: Yesterday at 03:38:57 PM »
You are very fortunate if you have a few great teachers in your school experience.  I was reprimanded three times in a row for daydreaming and boy, did I ever shape up - Business Law 9th. grade.  My teacher knew I could do better than space out and he pushed me to answer the questions. 

Do you notice that COSTCO will deliver items free in two days - if tally is over $35.  You must be a member.  You need to sign for the delivery and order before noon for deliver in two days.  I have not signed on yet.  We do go to COSTCO about every two months and it is jammed with carts and people.  It could help people who must live somewhat close to a store. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 15, 2018
« on: Yesterday at 02:50:25 PM »
We planned to drive to Montana to visit son but smoke from British Columbia fires are making forcing them to stay indoors.  I could have used a rollator yesterday - after taking a hard fall in the church parking lot.  A sign had fallen and I was looking for my car so that didn't help.  Just bruised - very thankful. 

So sorry to read about Radioman Don.  I wish him the best and a good recovery. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 15, 2018
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:26:18 PM »
Sandy:  I hope you find the perfect rollator - the two ideas mentioned I would think would be great - larger wheels or all terrain, and a seat built, oh the third one is it should be light enough to lift in and out of a car & up stairs.  Best wishes for your choice. 

Jenny:  You two must have signed on to be grandsitters on demand.  Good for you.  Yes, the family murdered has to be one of the worst stories lately - such a evil person. 

We watched the sky looking fierce a few hours ago and we did get a little rain so now the weather looks like it is still heading east.  I made the 6th. meal in an Instant Pot and it went well.  The pressure cooker is great at tenderizing meat.  I like to make soups and this will be nice plus making more vegetarian dishes too. 

June:  Best wishes for you - sorry about your being light headed.  Are you drinking lots of water?  Take care. 

Bank on the Square / Re: Money Matters
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:58:24 PM »
One DIL is a teacher and she buys school supplies for many of her children every year.  Our son and her just expect to do this yearly.  Several organizations and large churches buy new backpacks and fill them with the expected supplies. 


Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 1, 2018
« on: August 10, 2018, 02:49:26 PM »
Our mornings and nights are cool again - this is more average. 

MaryTX:  Thanks for the information in instant pot cooking.  I have made 5 meals with it so far and the kitchen didn't explode.  I use Pinterest but don't want to widen Facebook beyond friends and family. 

Jenny:  Here they voted to make the drug legal and still so many are bent on making side money - what a dangerous place.  How could they grow the pot when children are in the house. 

           I agree, visiting with family is super great and it just exhausts us too.  Would not trade it though.  I haven't seen you outside - :D  I look up when we pass by.

Larry:  It is always nice to bring home the unused portions.  Anything to making life easier.   

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:56:26 PM »
I read your posts on fear of heights and it brought back my worst memory.  Living in Seattle, my dad used to take me all over and especially to look at the diesel engines on submarines.  I must have been 11 or 12 and to walk the plank from the dock to the sub - there was no rope to hold onto.  Half way there - I dropped to my knees and began crawling - my dad was mortified and I was scared.  ....  I made it and then walked behind the officer, he had someone in front shouting "woman on board".  Talk about embarrassing.   

wjoan:  I am so sorry you cannot get an answer to the medical problems Candy endures.  I hope her doctor keeps on searching.   

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 1, 2018
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:26:41 PM »
Joy:  It sounds like you and your card partner just enjoy the visiting time.  Nice!

I have made 5 meals with the 6 quart Instant Pot and feel comfortable using it - now to look for some more challenging dishes. 

Yesterday was spent at the Justice Center - I had a summons for jury duty and Don drove me there because hailstorms have been pounding that area every afternoon.  It was a Criminal case involving children of a relative - closed to only jury.  There were 50 plus called and it took all that time to get to the 9 jurors with a couple of alternates. Thanking heaven that I was at the end of the group called - it would have been too much for me to handle. We all took an oath to not look at the news online, etc and never speak of it while trial is ongoing - Today, I still feel so glad that I did not have to listen to that case. 

My only highlight of yesterday was viewing the large wall with framed pictures of Police Dogs who have retired.  They are so smart and well trained.  We used to go to their Police gatherings just to see the super smart dogs.  These were all boys. 

Don drove me leaving at 6:15 AM to get there - heavy traffic plus every afternoon a storm pattern so we did not want car damage.  Two days ago, there was baseball sized hail.  Enough of that sad talk.

I am taking a break after spacing out the housework - the kitchen floor is laminate and I vacuum it then use a damp mop.  All the while listening to ALEXA playing music - today was Elvis and his early church songs - sometimes John Denver.  You know, the songs we know the words. 

I like my kitchen.  It is roomy and a desk is built in by the window so my laptop can sit here while I keep an eye on what is cooking.  The window to my left shows the ravine in back.

Jane:  Glad you are home again and how nice to have family visiting.  4 Furry Friends!  That is quite a group.  Enjoy the visit. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 1, 2018
« on: August 06, 2018, 12:01:11 PM »
Unwanted phone calls - our phones are not easy to read the caller so I end up being frustrated by the robots calling.  It certainly is a different world when we cannot protect ourselves.

Lloyd :  Sorry that you had to sell your draft horses - I know you cared tenderly for them. 

Jane:  I admire your grit!  Going to WM and dealing with the public.  Our WM is herding everyone to the self-check lines and many times has only one person at a station.  Zucchini memories - one job I had at a publishing company was in an area where everyone had a garden.  You should have seen the donated veggies stacked high in the lunch room area.  Everyone made bread and other things with the bounty.  It did get a bit crazy trying to think of new recipes. 

Larry:  I made chocolate pancakes for a late breakfast here - I found the mix at an International type store.  Not enough chocolate though - it could use more choc chips.

Sandy:  I did not realize you have suffered a stroke.  Do you have a button that senses a fall?  I hope you can find some way to have someone check in with you.   

Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:47:38 PM »
Angel:  Your story of your child becoming sick makes me furious.  It must have almost given you a heart attack and the poor darlings had to feel so poorly. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 1, 2018
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:32:45 PM »
I am about to look at recipes just to find something different to cook.  My latest quilt needs more fabric for the back so that means another trip to the store. 

My Kindle book reader quit yesterday and I thought it was a dud but this morning all I had to do was insert all the passwords and it is working.  Great!

Gloria:  Have you tried Acupuncture?  It may or may not help and may take several visits.  It you find a place that says "community" in the ad, the sessions are quite reasonable.  Everyone wants to give health advice - just do what you feel like doing and I wish you well. 

Larry:  I remember a woman who had a cabin in a national park (that was taken over by Mr. Clinton's decree - her particular area) who would toss a salt lick out for the elk and moose.  It did draw them to the river too.  But - they are all over the park anyway - and the animals don't respect borders.   ;) 

Hi Jenny!  I think you are in Douglas county too - we do live withing walking distance (for all to know).  I am against pregnant women taking pot for morning sickness - because if it can affect adults brains - they have no idea what is happening to the baby.  --- So sorry about your cousin. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for August 1, 2018
« on: August 03, 2018, 06:35:56 PM »
Reading your notes, I said a little prayer for each of you.  It is difficult to admit we cannot do the same things we did twenty years ago and not easy at all to face the reality of damage from a mishap or just waking up to a "new normal" any morning.  I feel fine at the moment.  We just filled out the paperwork to donate our bodies for research at the university here or if in Arizona, that school.  We have moved all over the country so many times - it just doesn't make sense to claim different states at a cemetery. 

June:  My husband salts everything and still has a salt deficiency.  I told him that I would buy a cattle salt lick just for him. 

Radioman:  Don, I wish you the very best as you get through these next months.  A journal sounds very nice.  Your sons will appreciate the stories. 


Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 15, 2018
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:47:07 AM »
We had a call last night after 10 pm and it was our daughter saying she had been offered a new job - the reason for the late call was her new boss was in India.  She can work out of her home or go to San Francisco or other areas.  We had one other nice piece of news yesterday - only one more praying about.

I made a different oatmeal last night by soaking it and spices in the fridge.  It just isn't as flavorful as the Steel cut oatmeal made in the crockpot overnight. 

Jane:  Our closest WM now has only 1 human checking out and several helping in the self-check section.  I like to talk to the human.  Yes, I did learn the machine - I don't like it.  It isn't fun.

Larry:  What is the name of the dividers and where can they be found?   Thanks  What makes you think I am over 70?   8)

Paramedics are in the neighborhood.  They arrive with a full fire truck and another rescue squad - they are super people! 


Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:22:11 AM »
wJoan:  Every minute of the day, there is someone on earth trying to get into our information.  There is a special place for them.....

angel:  There seems to be a lot more reporting of food products that have been mishandled.  I always think of the time both Don and I became sick at same moment after eating at a fish place.  We didn't report it - felt too weak to even make the call.  We even had different meals but something was very wrong.  A lot of the problems go right to the required safety procedure and then just WHO are they hiring plus what is the training. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 15, 2018
« on: July 26, 2018, 03:34:03 PM »
Joy:  Good to know you are feeling better.  Take care. 

Jane:  It must be hard to cook for yourself.  I had problems when going from a family of six and all the recipes were for a dozen people.  I still go to the extra-large pots & make double baking because one can always be frozen or given to a neighbor. 

Jenny:  Some storms around here - very sad stories too.  Manitou Springs is always a dangerous place.

Jane:  Did you eat all the ice cream before letting it thaw for the recipe?  Good for you.  Just buy more next time. 

I wish that we had instant karma when a robo phone call comes through. 

Next month, I have to call in and check if Jury Duty is for me.  No one on earth has been called as many times as me - well, it seems like it.  Once, I was stuck until the wee hours of the morning with one man smoking cigars - it was awful.   

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:37:32 PM »
Oldiesman:  Thank you for all of your help! 

Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: Cooking Recipes
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:32:46 PM »
Bubble:  Thank you for leading us to the new site.  I do a lot of soup and sometimes just taste and change as it cooks.  I will try to focus on tried and true recipes.  Thanks a bunch!!!

Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:04:04 AM »
Good Morning all!  We have moisture in the air but at the cost of mudslides in the steep hills.  It looks like a Seattle sky here this morning but I don't hear the fog horn.

I have been downloading library audio books for years on an old iPod.  Yesterday, the iPod just did not take the newer version from the library.  Another worthless and once expensive electronic device - Don said "That is how Apple makes so much money".  Another Crum Bum experience.  First, the library keeps messing with (changing) their access - it was so easy years ago.  Next, the corporations bring out new versions and make sure the older versions are not compatible. 

Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:52:07 AM »
Callie:   Don't you wish you could send them to jail? 

Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 23, 2018, 05:57:55 PM »
Isn't it interesting on how our ancestors lived and made a living?  Supporting family - and including cousins, nephews and nieces, grandparents in their homes many times.  They lived such kindly lives. 

Gripe:  I have to go into my mail and check off the SPAM now - it is about 4 to 6 SPAM daily.  Crum! 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 15, 2018
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:33:50 PM »
Larry: Your housekeeper sounds like a gem.  Having a crew come in here for under 2 hours was a gift - it takes me about two days to do the deep cleaning on one floor - that includes a nap.   ;)  Still, I just don't like to spend money on things like cleaning --- always fixing a meal an hour later so then there is still clean up.  Windows and baseboards are the hardest for me. 

Gloria:  There are always gremlins waiting to do mischief with the electronics.

Roley:  Interesting that you can predict the weather when the gulls move in shore.  We have fox here but they stay hidden - we also have coyotes (they look like dogs but are tricky). 

Joy:  Good wishes with your new cell phone.  I just learned the art of BLOCKING on mine - getting about two calls per day from trash. 

Gloria de:  Transportation gets iffy so I am happy you have a couple of choices.  Jenny and I are in a suburb where we can call for a little bus - set up an appointment.  I am not sure how far they will drive.  With everyone in the world moving here (not too much of an exaggeration}} I am wondering how we will even be able to drive around in a few years.  Everyone speeds and whips their cars in and out of lanes - they are so obnoxious.  Of course, I drive perfectly -

Amy:  I have to look for some more batik because the 45 X 45 square I just sewed needs to be larger - and the batik I have won't look good - so that is my excuse.  Why is it that nothing I have matches so I end up having to buy more when the goal is to downsize the fabric shelves?   

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 15, 2018
« on: July 19, 2018, 10:02:48 AM »
Another hot day for a stretch here and the nights have been hot too.  We need a "norther" as Texans would say.

Cotton Candy:  We lived in Plano for 9 years having been transferred from a town of 500 in Minnesota to Texas.  All four children graduated from Plano high and also Texas universitiys.  Are you in that area?  Thank you for the Blessing you send out on you name.

Gloria:  I jumped with joy over the house cleaning help!  It is too pricey but sure was a treat.

Jenny:  Glad to see you home and your dad is so much better.  Your Bob is a gem!!! It sure is different this summer with so many hot nights.  Did you hear that West Nile Virus in near the Fort?  It could be here too with that ravine.  Take care.  I am so glad that Mark & family did not have fire damage. 

Larry:  That is a such a practical gift - helping fix some homes. 

Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 17, 2018, 11:18:10 AM »
Pat:  If your relatives are still farming, bless them!  It is so dry everywhere - a disaster.  I cannot remember how many states get water from the Colorado river - it is not producing enough for everyone. 

I guess my gripe would be - people should stop building pools in their yards, stop growing the green grass that needs so much moisture, etc.  My biggest gripe is:  developers still grading everything to to build homes and then the entrance has a "water feature". 

Another gripe while I am at it:  the city crooks (politicians) pushing for winter Olympics when we are in a huge downturn in the snowfall area. 

Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:41:52 AM »
Pat:  How can I complain about housework after your description?  I can truly see that it is tough work - even what I have done over the years has seemed to be exhausting some days.  It never was day after day though.  I hope you have some help - any little help is welcome at times. 

My gripe:  Driving in the city of Denver --- it is clogged and there seems to always be someone whipping through & changing lanes thinking they will get there faster.  Must always get ahead of the vehicle in front - just to stop at the next red light.  Don't forget - lights turning red mean speed up and race through it.  Housing is totally out of control - we could sell our place in ten minutes but "where would we go"?  Should I tell them that those cute Prairie Dogs carry the Bubonic Plague?  That is true!

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 15, 2018
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:12:10 AM »
Sipping coffee - we sat up around 4:30 AM for at least an hour - Don did not feel well and thought he might have taken one extra bedtime pill.  So, we waited - then, I did go back to sleep and made it until after 7 AM.

I am getting ready for a free house-cleaning tomorrow.  Our oldest son knows a friend who is starting a business and they tested the crew on my house a few months ago.  Our son uses our place when he has appointments in Denver and he wanted to do them a favor as well as treat me.   :smitten:

Amy:  We drive at least a long in time to the VA but the streets are totally clogged now with newcomers.  Insane drive.  Fires are the tragic word here in Colorado this year.  A couple was arrested & sentenced for shooting and starting a fire that wiped out many houses.  I can't keep up with the destruction.  One son has a cabin/house near Rocky Mountain National Park - (look it up) near Grand Lake.  There was a fire that came close but thankful to the fighters they stopped it.  Terribly sad this year.  Sorry that you don't have time for shopping.  Do you do any online shopping? 

Lloyd:  Your workmanship is just beautiful.  That is a treasure for years to come!  Don makes small things like pens. 

Larry:  We like a quiet church service on Saturday nights - then, we drive close to a Chick-Fil-A and they have small portions and great chicken. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 15, 2018
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:01:36 PM »
Gloria de:  So sorry to read about your trip to the ER.  It must have been exhausting for you.  I do hope all is under control now. 

This is one of the first cooler days in weeks with a change of rain tonight.  Normally, there is a summer monsoon time but that has been absent for quite a few years. 

The calendar isn't full this week but sure has heck, it will fill up fast.  I did get a bit of sewing in this afternoon.  It is a hobby I should drop but I do cherish that older Bernina machine.  I have an older Viking in Tucson and also a Singer Featherweight.  You would be surprised at how many machines my friends keep.  The featherweight is from the 1940's and it has a certain clickety clack sound to make it a therapeutic time for me.  Makes me think of mom. 

One grandson called and he told us he is really busy putting up windows after a hail storm - they hired him because:  he is an Eagle Scout!  He is full time school and full time work guy.  All our grands work and go to university full time - This one had to change his major because a counselor gave him wrong advice (this happens too often).   

Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:53:08 AM »
We are [privileged to see such beautiful works of art.  Thank you for sending photos of lovely and peaceful flowers with water in the background also the quilt photos of gifts for cancer victims.  All of this work is so inspiring. 


Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: July 05, 2018, 02:28:20 PM »
Rammel:  Thank you for mentioning I am not paranoid.  We have ALEXA and use it often mostly to bring special music into the house.  Our daughter is suspicious of ALEXA and in her line of work for a tech company from home - she won't have it in the their house.  We have nothing to hide - or, at least we think that way today. 

Bubble:  As fast as anything is invented, all over the world the lazy crooks want our money and information so they can sell it off.  I am glad to read that Radioman Don is recuperating - I will check in on another site. 

For any phone call, I ask right up front - Who is calling, please?.  We have friends and relatives all over plus Don has the VA call and that can be a recording, so many things. 

Gloria de:  You may be a bit shorter but your mind and soul are in fine shape.  Hugs

I am pretty sure that our Military Intelligence could clear up everything for us as to snooping on our information - because of our freedoms, this will never take place in our time.  As for email trash - I check several daily for SPAM and that will alert the server to look into the issue.  At least, I hope they keep up with SPAM. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for July 1, 2018
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:25:53 AM »
Radioman Don"  It is so nice to read your note - take care. 

Roley:  I do hope the hot weather passes quickly so all in your area are comfortable again.  Our granddaughter is in London for a school session - she really liked visiting Edinburgh. She is taking Economics at the same school her mother went to years before and I wish I could visit her too. 

Jane:  Glad that your painful night is over.  I hope you get the work time you wish and sending special vibes to you so the customers will be happy and grateful for your service. 

Jenny:  Do  you remember the "Tunnel of Fudge" cake mix?  I made it for company and flipped the pan on a plate without cooling it - we all had to jump out of our chairs because the river of fudge spread all over the table and leaked onto the floor.  Our good friends from Leadville always talked about that episode.   /b]

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