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The furnace came on early this morning - it is cooler in Tucson now - but much colder at home in Colorado. We are this year going to be home for Christmas and first a birthday party for Don (a December baby).
Congrats to the young Scout! Good for him!
A shout-out to our Don Reid! We care about you.
We are invited to a younger couples home for Thanksgiving - it is so sweet of them to include us. I try not to think about how different it is being away from family and it will be so nice to be home for two weeks at Christmas. Am under orders to not do any kitchen work, etc. and they are planning our lives now from the moment we arrive.
Amy: Moose Farts are in the Pinterest site so I saved the recipe (I think it is saved). Thanks. Stay well, how is hubby?
Sandy: Sorry about your pain with the muscle pull. Would a sling help your arm? May each and every day help heal your arm.
Gloria: I hope your family in Kingman are doing well. Wondering if they have smoke from the CA fires.
One son is in San Francisco this week an he tells us the air quality is really poor from all the smoke. There are so many sad stories from these fires and more to come I am afraid to hear.
I baked two loaves of pumpkin bread yesterday and plan to make 4 more this week. Also, made a pumpkin pudding (it wasn't anything to write home about).
We are back from our two-hour weekly class - mostly military history. A retired 2 star general leads us and he is well-informed - even was a t.v.national commentator plus has a sense of humor.
Weather in Tucson is perfect right now. It is daily in the high 70's and low 80's ad chilly at night so the entire house cools nicely.
I read all the notes from several days and forgot to write any down - so I just want to wish all the tough issues away for each of you.
Jenny: Your note just appeared. Congratulations to your new Eagle Scout. One of our grandson earned it too and it actually is nice to have on a resume. Some people know the work that goes into earning that merit. I know the school - Valor.
Microsoft ruined Seattle - we are so happy that Amazon is NOT choosing Denver. It could not get any more crowded.
We could not vote this year because the ballots cannot be forwarded. The city of Denver always rules the entire state anyway.
Finally, tomorrow the television ads will be over here in Tucson. It has been so overwhelming and nasty - really must be millions of dollars wasted on t.v. posts. Wishing they could have given that money to a real crisis here within the state - many super problems.
I hope I have not confused you with three cities. Seattle - my home town. Denver - children are there as well as our home - Tucson, we come here for a few months in the winter (which is pretty mild this year).
Sue and Dig: Agreeing with you on loss of privacy for sure. We are being herded and it will be even more so with the younger generation.
Amy: If you check in - Hugs to you!
Lloyd: I hope Nancy's leg is healing - hopefully, she can sit and raise it up before you are driving on. What a wonderful visit for you two - be sure and take lots of pictures.
I will pass on the sauerkraut and instead invite you to eat some Swedish dishes that will curl your toes. Not exactly delicate fish.
Jane: It is a blessing that someone found the bare wires - I do hope you can find a friend or at least a reasonable electrician. I am sorry for this stress.
November 01, 2018, 11:39:24 am
I have been trying to catch up on your news. I'll look at the Duluth cam soon. Sure have walked there many times and we used to take the children up North in the winter to ski and visit relatives - and always take them on a sight-seeing tour. Don's home town & university.
I think it is about time (next year) for us to make a Minnesota drive. Meanwhile, several cousins from there will be coming to visit us in Arizona - this fall and later in winter.
I brought my new 6 quart Instant Pot and haven't used it much here. You are right when you mention so many ingredients (having switched to a lot of vegetable recipes).
Mary Ann: Sorry for your memories of Halloween. Not many years ago, we lived in Fort Collins, Colorado and I had a new job just as Don had a new job. I had to fly to Seattle as dad was in hospital & not responding. He died on Halloween and mother passed on Thanksgiving of the same year. She was in an Alzheimer's unit in Minnesota. So, those holidays have not been as joyful sometimes. Hugs for you.
It snowed - 2 inches of snow last night at home - Colorado (near Jenny). Here, in Tucson, flowers are still blooming and it is finally cooling.
Flowers are still blooming and Hummingbirds are in the yard. Well, it is Arizona. Cousins from Minnesota have arrived this week - they are less than an hours drive. Tremendous noise from the street as they are digging to put in faster internet - it has been several days of this pus several days of nothing in between the actual work.
We have two trips planned for going into Mexico. The lines can be long coming back - we must have Passports and they do ask questions. I expect it to be even more serious business than it is even now. The wonderful and smart German Shepherds get to meet and greet each of us too.
Jane: What kind of candy do you make for the holidays?
My cell phone gets calls from the Longmont, CO area daily - a calling center that uses many phone lines. My aim is to Block each and every number - I would like to ask some elected official why we have to put up with this interference in our lives. It is a business, of course -
Jenny: You can wash my windows too Good news that Bob's toe is better. Any trips south planned? The last Broncos trade surprised me.
Shirley: I am so happy that this surgery is over for you and for the entire family.
[b My mistake - I did see a note that it was this weekend but now I know that info was wrong to change the clock back. It used to be the railroad did not change either and maybe that has changed now.
We just had a SKYPE call over the computer from youngest son. It is so nice to chat and look at each other via the camera on the laptop.
October 28, 2018, 01:45:13 pm
Good Day all! Remember to turn your clock / - Fall Forward. We don't have to do this in Arizona. I sure wish it would go back to the normal clock time all over.
Thinking of Shirley and family.
Amy: It looks like home in Colorado may have snow at the end of this week. That isn't unusual at all.
Soon, two cousins are arriving - one from Minnesota and one from Washington. Both of them are trying to beat it out of snow.
I made applesauce in the crockpot yesterday - outdoors. Just a little bit of Agave syrup to sweeten the green granny apples.
Prayers for any issues in here - whether large or small. Sometimes, life doesn't get easier.
I wasted an hour at least on this old Viking sewing machine - then, finally, I was able to work on some hot pads. Don is off for acupuncture treatment and I usually go along but it is too hot to sit outside in the car.
Shirley: I sent you an email re: your son and hope and pray he has a correct diagnosis.
Jenny: How nice that you could have an extended visit - I hope you were able to find fall colors.
Soups on: Tonight is a chicken vegetable soup with pasta adding around 4:30 PM. Last night, it was without the pasta with a sourdough bread. I am looking at a Greek Lemon Soup recipe and remember fondly a wonderful soup in a Greek restaurant. We have scads of lemons in this area and leeks look great. The veggies are really nice here.
Jane: How nice that you had such a great visit - fleeting as it was for your idea.
It is nice to read eveyrone's notes. The sun is shining in between heavy showers. Don is trying to work on our t.v reception - he does not want to pay for someone to go into the attic and put up an antenna in that spot. Instead, he bought another indoor antenna and wouldn't you know - a former shopper has already used and returned it. Not a good sign.
Otherwise, it is good to concentrate on what is good news and how fortunate we are not to be losing house, job and all. I am reminding myself of the "good" things today.
Jenny: So happy that your family is safe. Our daughter said they had 12 inches of snow at their house - north of DEN.
It would be nice to have everyone check in as to their safety.
Joy: Keep up on that very good therapy.
Jenny: I believe you were east when we left. It is a bit cooler - was high 90's when we arrived. How is your dad?
Lloyd: After all these storms, perhaps you can get in an RV trip. Take care.
Roley: That is a beautiful place to walk.
I am listening to John Denver and figured that I like about 80% of his songs.
Don is at a lecture where I should be but I had a terrible night and it may have been the leftover Chinese meal - although it was only one night in the fridge. The laundry and ironing is finished - no comment on how many years I have been doing laundry -
We are in Tucson for a while - our youngest son decided to drive us this year and he then went on to Phoenix and another meeting in NYC - giving a lecture for bankers. Don and I are in awe of our offspring - our granddaughter is still in college and has been hired by a Think Tank - I barely know what it could mean. It would be so fun to sit in on these meetings.
We have been here a week and it has taken a lot of time - plus car being worked on yesterday. I can say the cupboard and fridge are both filled and all the house duties are finished. My sewing is going to be easy stuff right now - the kind where I don't have to "think".
It looks like we may have a couple of limes on the teeny tree and that would be a treat.
June: Your post just arrived - take care and keep drinking that good liquid. I am trying to sip water all day - children's orders.
Yes, it is difficult to order and remember to check every detail and they still get it wrong. Hope all is well with your air conditioner now.
My gripe is about the new Denver VA building - it is 5 years late in opening and billions over cost. Don had an appointment at the new building and the parking building was totally full. He tried that twice - nothing. He ended up having to park blocks away and walking to his appointment. Not everyone going to the VA can walk to their appointment. This is our wasted tax dollars given to dimwits and crooks.
Gloria: You had a lot of rain at one time. Here, we finally had a shower and it was enough so there was some water standing on the lawn.
Jenny: We used to have elk when we lived in Morrison and cougars were spotted too many time too. Have you heard the coyotes? They have been wild two nights in a row - right below our house in the ravine. Are you sick and tired of the political ads - what a waste of money. Don is itching to go to Arizona in a couple of weeks.
Joy: Sorry about your having trouble putting the therapy stockings on - that is quite a chore and exhausting.
Jane: Thank you for Don's last name - Reid. I have delayed memory issues. It seems to be happening too often. One of our grandsons is named Reid.
June: YOu are an inspiration! So uplifting to read your notes.
Lots on our plate right now. A son is coming for a week of medical tests and staying with us. He did this two months ago.
Otherwise, I made vegetarian soup today and will freeze some. It is tasting alright - I wasn't too sure it would be tasty but the vegetable broth I tweaked with some spices and it seems to be eatable.
Shirley: I wish you a wonderful stay in the hills. We have our windows open every night now and it cools down with the attic fan pulling in the cooler air.
Radioman - I don't have your last name. Wishing you the very best in your new residence and peace to you for all the changes in life.
Thanks for the news on Johann - I know their house is near enough to water. I am sure the children and other relatives are watching over them...
Jenny: It sounds like you are dog-sitting? We do that once in a while - it sure changes the daily routine. I didn't see the warning. Best to Bob and his search for easy foot relief.
It is nice and cool for the moment but still too hot for the next few days. We are not fans of hot weather.
Jenny: No alerts here - there are big clouds to the SW hills.
That is OK to forget - we are filled with so much new information every day that our brains have to ease up a bit ----- my theory.
This hurricane looks so dangerous.l l I am thinking Johann and all her family are near the water in Myrtle Beach. Hopefully, we will hear from her..
Jenny: It is Grand Lake - but still you know how the hail gets so large in this state. He is there right now and has appointments with several contractors but I have no idea when they are going to actually fix the problems.
Quilting is at my house tonight. My project is on hold --- there are too many things going on in this family.
June: I am glad that you had the pro nurse put a bandage on your arm. It certainly isn't fun having purple marks every time there is a little bump.
We shopped at the small store with bins of all sorts of things - called Sprouts. They are in several states. So, there are small containers here ready for the quilters to sample and of course, their favorite ice creams. The wind is picking up today per usual afternoons - foothills are quite a bit cooler but still smokey. Dreadful year and terrible loss of life on the western slope and beyond. '
Sandy - predicting hurricanes can be tricky some years - I say get out of town if it even looks like it might come. My folks remember (I was a toddler) when Boston was flooded and the National Guard pulled cars out of water. Also, Don and I took the ferry one October over to Nova Scotia from Portland. It was a wild ride and everyone grabbed any stable chair to sit - leftover waves from a hurricane to the south.
One of our sons drove to the high country to check on his cabin. There was hail damage plus squirrels had tried to get in the house and eaten parts of a vent so there is another job. The roof is a total loss to hail damage and only temporarily fixed by one grandson. They need the pros to re-roof everything. Winter is coming and in that part of the country, these things take a long and frustrating time.
Thank You AMY: Amy: My personal Go To Girl - our own GOOGLE GAL - thank you for all the research to did for lazy me... regarding noninflammatory recipes. This is all for a son & wife - son is visiting for a week soon with doctor appointments set-up and he says he feels better since going on this special diet. I am to be taking cooking lessons for a few recipes - our DIL is going to show me what they think is good.
Amy: We rented an apartment in Minnesota (before children) and the owners lived upstairs. I was allowed to use their washing machine but not the dryer. Everything froze online and barely dried. Still, I put linens, pillows and stuff out on a rack here but at least it is sunny even when cold. Do you grow rhubarb? If so, I am coming.....
Larry: Hockey is my favorite sport - basketball, and baseball. Not so with football ever since the pampered few decided to protest our flag. The baseball hit went 505 feet for a record - it looked like it stayed in the air forever.
Gloria: We rarely see Gliders anymore. They are soothing to the soul.
Off to church tonight - this is the more quiet service and is fine with me too. My week ahead is totally full and I am having the quilters over one night as the other gal has to work late. They all like ice cream so anything with it is easy. Sherbet for one of the quilters as she cannot tolerate the dairy products.
Mary Ann: Those pull-top cans can be difficult and you have to be careful not to cut your fingers........
Does anyone take a Butcher Knife and knock dents into the side of the jar top? It usually works. Me - of short patience.
Jenny: Nice news that you have relatives checking on your dad. The trips to care for parents - I ended up quitting a rather new job one year when both parents had health emergencies.
Amy: I have used the instant pot six times. Tell us what you are making.
I need recipes for noninflammatory vegan meals. If you or anyone could send me ideas, it would be so sweet.
Every day I try to go into one room and organize (donate or throw away) something. It is looking better. I am donating a quilt rack just because I do not want to work on large quilts again - ever - for sure - you betcha!
FYI - This week, the longest baseball hit was scored here - a Colorado Rockie player hit a 505 foot slammer. Then, he hit more great ones. Amazing. Better than any movie!
Back from running 4 errands. We had our flue and pneumonia shots at the Safeway store. They keep the records and we can get these shots in any state where there are these stores. It is so easy.
Jane: You deserve the short line - rest well.
Amy: What is a Chelsea bun? Baking anything is a super treat to a neighbor.
Sandy: Good news for you on the medical tests - that is super news anytime.
My HP laptop froze yesterday and at the same time, the auto voice kept repeating a message to call a phone number on the screen. The message on the screen told me that my laptop had been hacked and my security was at risk. Sure - don't believe anything if it happens to you--- Don pulled down the updates to security and that message disappeared. It was scarey and I am sure a lot of people go to that site and perhaps even pay.
This part is not a gripe - so very happy to have normal temperatures today - hooray, fall is here in Colorado and finally not a hot afternoon. This is how it should be everywhere.
How fortunate we are to have this place just for us!
I have been in the basement on and off and trying to choose what to drag to a consignment store. They are very picky. They won't take my mother's collection of blue Mor's Dag - Mother's Day plates that usually hang on the wall in any Scandinavian house. Why?
Jane: Blessings to your brother Jim.
Jenny: Your neighbor Pam sounds like a trooper about her health. I wish her a full recovery! When and where is this next baby due?
Shirley: I hate these cell phones. I am in charge & this one has accidentally "butt dialed" but most embarrassing was after ten p.m. to a neighbor who was trying to get my attention and asked me why I was calling? I was flabbergasted.
Gloria de: You have wonderful neighbors because you are a wonderful neighbor!
What a beautiful cathedral we have in Washington D.C. I wish that I had seen the inside when I lived there for six months. We watched the funeral for Sen. Mc Cain - and I could do the laundry at the same time so that is good.
Bubble: Wishing you could come to the states - we would all love to meet and greet you.
Jane: Getting your BP down was so important - great news.
Jane: Sorry to read about your ladder mishap. Ladders are scarey anymore. Mend quickly and totally.
Radioman Don: It looks like a lovely place for you with so many choices of what to do - maybe float in the pool today?
Lloyd: The important thing is no one was hurt in the mishap.
June: Your son wants you to keep moving and also have the camaraderie you deserve with your friends in the building. You are doing a fantastic job of staying upbeat and caring.
I have phone calls to make this afternoon and laundry. It still seems odd to start laundry in the afternoon - we went out for coffee at a bakery - I had a blueberry croissant. I checked out a consignment shop and will make plans to bring a few do-dads over there one of these days. Grandson arrives in Minnesota today - it is a long enough drive so he stays overnight in Omaha or thereabouts. /color]
Parking Lots! The painted lines in parking lots are being painted closer just for another car or two can get in the lot. Also, it is so stupid to be backing out of the spots and so difficult to see traffic oncoming. Disaster in the making.
I came out of a store and tried to help a gal backing out - by hand signals I had her stop because traffic there stops for no one. My car was in a spot where I could pull forward - wouldn't you think they could build a better parking plan?