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  • in reply to: Friday in the Midwest, May 22 #5412854 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Nothing planned for the weekend. The kids were all home last weekend, so hate to go bug them again this weekend. I have a cup of coffee here, but DH just left for a walk and asked me to meet him in 45 min. for breakfast down at the cafe.

    I mentioned going fishing, but don’t know if we’ll get that done. I do still own 1/4 of a huge pond. With the strained relationship with my two brothers, I don’t know if we can fish at the other pond (I would hope I would be welcomed but….). I just know how strained the conversation was when I talked with my DSIL about a paper I needed for income taxes. I’m not the one they are ticked at, but I’m part of the 4 pack deal in selling dad’s farm. I held the other three off as long as I could, but this sale had to happen eventually. Dad didn’t want this to happen, but because he didn’t write a will it is now exactly what he didn’t want. June 11 will be the 1 yr. anniversary of my nephew’s passing in the grain bin accident. I know my DB is still bitter and angry, but his son was an adult and made a bad decision by crawling up into that bin. Maybe once they get past this first ann. they will heal a tiny bit. I breathed easier once the winter was over. I was worried that the nephew’s wife would lay down in the snow and take her own life. She said she didn’t want to be here, and did seek help for those thought, but I just don’t know. I just hope she can find a way to keep moving forward without Brad.

    I went to breakfast and stopped and got three more plants, so I finished up the last pot when I got back home. I have no hanging baskets, so I might have to cave in and do something about that; my poles stand there empty.

    Well, I’ll check back later.


    in reply to: What's for supper? #5412651 Report Abuse
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    Taco Soup for us. I could eat this every day. I made a double batch in the pressure cooker, so maybe I’ll have some to freeze.


    in reply to: wouild you take a gift #5412581 Report Abuse
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    Did this young person get sidetracked by something or someone? Did someone tell them they didn’t need school, and then got them doing things they shouldn’t? Sometimes kids just get senior burnout and just get overwhelmed and just give up when they are so close to the finish line. I hope they change their tune and realize that a diploma in hand is like a ticket to the future; without the ticket you don’t go far, and you have lots of dead end roads.


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    Mostly only mustard, but sometimes onions.


    in reply to: wouild you take a gift #5412525 Report Abuse
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    No. If they make the grade to graduate at the end of summer, give the gift then if you feel they deserve it. If this were friends or relatives of mine, they would get nothing period.


    in reply to: Midwest Report 5/21/2015 #5412478 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I’m on my second cup of coffee. I was up at 8:48; the alarm only buzzed for a minute. I came down and fed the cat, cleaned her box, and gave her clean water. She is happily sleeping now.

    I did the few dishes from yesterday. I cleaned up my two hummer feeders. I’m thinking I might as well put them away. I haven’t seen any hummers since the one stopped to eat and then fly away. No plans for the weekend.

    I did get the two big pots planted. I now need to find a few more flowers to put with the ones I have left. I don’t see the morning glories coming up that I planted. It rained the next day after I planted them, but it’s been so cold. They might have just rotted. I found more milkweed in the bed so I pulled them. I think I might need to pull some echinacea. It’s almost become invasive in the big bed. I have lots of phlox, but have seen black spots on bottom leaves, so this could be a crappy summer for them if it doesn’t warm up, and dry out. I need to get some seeds planted in the big bed.

    I kept coming across this big plant while weeding and half pulled it in one plant, and then decided I better wait to see what it was. I finally remembered what it was; it’s my 3′ tall purple asters and they don’t bloom until late summer. Good thing I didn’t pull all of them up.

    I guess I need to get moving, so will be back later.


    in reply to: I went to carpel tunnel doctor today #5412465 Report Abuse
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    Wow Leroy, glad that you went. Aren’t those shock tests fun. :) The surgery sounds similar to mine, but less invasive. I think my 1″ incision with 7 stitches was old school compared to what they want to do for you. I have to look really close to see my incision now. It’s been a little over 2 mo. for me. It was the best thing I ever did. I haven’t had one night of lost sleep since I had it done, and no more numbness. I didn’t have to have my other hand done because it’s never bothered me.


    in reply to: Update On DGS OT.sob if you would like. #5412459 Report Abuse
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    Tina, If Landon couldn’t understand the work there are numerous issues going on that he needs to be tested for now. If you keep trying to teach him and these issues are still not addressed, then he’s going to get even more frustrated. I remember way back in the 80s, we knew a couple that gave their son coffee. This is before Ritalin was even on the market. The coffee had the same stimulant effect on him that Ritalin would have done. It brought everything in his brain up to speed. My DS was born in Oct. of 87. We kept caffeine away from him thinking it would make him worse. In middle school he used Mt. Dew in the same way. The amount of caffeine in a bottle of Mt. Dew would be an overload for other kids, but was the exact thing that calmed him down. He could drink it late at night and still sleep like a baby during the night.

    Landon either didn’t comprehend what he was taught; he lost attention and missed key components; he isn’t seeing the work like others do. If he’s good in math, he’s got comprehension, and he understands. I’m guessing his attention span is what needs addressing. He can’t stay completely focus long enough to totally absorb all he needs to, like steps to do the work, or possible to absorb the teacher giving out the directions. If your attention drifts off (kids and adults call it spacing out), even for 30 seconds, he could have missed key parts of information, or directions (or part of the directions) on how to do something. If he misses steps in how to do something, that will probably make him do things wrong in his school work.

    The KEY parts of learning: hearing, comprehending, process what you heard, following through with what you heard. I’m guessing the glitch is between the hearing and the comprehension.

    Maybe your DD could try the Mt. Dew and see if it helps her son. One bottle of pop is cheaper than a drs. appt. right now. My son (high school age) would drink one bottle and be normal, drink two and was scary quiet. I like a kid with a little life to them! LOL

    Tell her to try the stare down game. See how long he can stare you in the eye without his eyes darting away. Maybe check on a watch and see how many seconds he can stare at you; make it a game. DS couldn’t do this without Ritalin in his system. In my opinion, Concerta was the best medicine to be invented. It eliminated the peaks and valleys, because it was time released and keeps them on an even keel all day long; no ups and downs when the medicine wore off. He had to take it before he left for school; he had to go to the nurse’s office and take it again at dinner time; he took it after school so he could do homework. The classes after dinner were his worst grade wise. It took time for the pill to dissolve and get built back up in his system. He never had to take medicine at school when he was on Concerta. He took it before he left for school, and he still had enough in his system when he got home from school that he could do his homework without taking anymore. It was his choice to stay on it all the way through college. Once he graduated college he stopped taking it.

    I know about the teachers talking at recess and not watching the kids. My son went through that also. He came home one day with both his arm all scratched up with big gouges. I asked if a girl did that. Nope, a BOY did it. He got his teeth busted up ($300) from being thrown to the ground by a boy. The list goes on and on. Kids that have issues get picked on and teased. That’s a whole different topic again.


    in reply to: has anyone ever entered #5412173 Report Abuse
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    I couldn’t afford to enter anything in the state fair here in Iowa. I read an article one time about a couple ladies that start baking weeks ahead of time and freeze their stuff. These women enter like dozens of different kinds of cakes, cookies, or rolls. I personally would never make something, freeze it, thaw it out, and then enter it into a contest.

    I only ever entered two baking contest at our county fair. One was for a cheesecake, and the other was for things made with apples (my homemade canned apple pie filling made into a pie). They let people eat the entries after the contest and my dad made the comment, “It’s sad that the only way I get a piece of your apple pie is to get it here.” My reply, “YOU KNOW WHERE I LIVE.” My DD made an apple cake, and came in second, and I got third.

    On the cheesecakes, the winner was an Bananas Foster. I kid you not, I took one bite, and almost gagged trying to swallow the one bite. It tasted like spoiled bananas. How does something like that win? One judge was a gal that used to run a bakery. She said I made a great cheesecake. She pulled me aside and told me if I would have put almond extract in my brownie bottom I would have placed higher. I got fifth but they only had seven cheesecakes.


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    I would never tell someone that I didn’t like the way they dressed, or that their hair looked bad, or that they had BO. I knew a few people that had issues with BO. One was scalded as a child in a tub of hot water and he was afraid of water. I became his secret pal and I gave him shower gels and new bath towel set, cologne, and deodorants like Old Spice. He was talked to by the guy that was basically watched out for him. He did better after that. The other had a health condition that caused the BO, and there wasn’t anything he could do. He showered every day and nothing helped. I have also been around people with bad breath, and found out later that they had an abscessed tooth taken care of. I wouldn’t hesitate to tell someone that their feet smelled; I would make it a joke, but still get the point across that they needed to do something. Sometimes the foot smell comes from the shoes or possible the kind of socks. Again, it could be an underlying health issue.


    in reply to: Update On DGS OT.sob if you would like. #5412114 Report Abuse
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    I’m glad to see that things are starting to move forward, even if it is at a slow pace. I think you should try to find someone to test him as soon as possible. It might be a month wait before he can get in. You have the whole summer to work on getting his confidence built back up, and catch him up on all the academic things he’s behind on. He’s at an age where time is critical to keep him moving forward. He a little boy that is ‘Falling Through The Crack’ but is still hanging on for dear life. He hasn’t fell through just yet, but he does need a family that will reach down and pull him back up.

    What was the reasoning that he has to repeat 1st grade? Is there any way he could do ‘summer school’ and still go on to second grade when school resumes? I surely hope that if he has to repeat 1st grade that he gets a different teacher.


    in reply to: 5/20/2015 Midwest Report #5412061 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I took 2 Aleve PM last night. It was another marathon day of digging weeds and dandelions, and digging edging and cleaning that up. I set the alarm for 8:45 but I got up and shut it off. I heard the cat screaming outside my door and it was 10! Yikes, I just laid my head down for a second. I guess I better stick to 1 pill from now on.

    I gotta get the lawn mowed if it isn’t wet. I have two huge planters full of flowers and a few leftovers that need some extra partners. I guess those pots were heavier than I thought.

    I’ll be back later.


    in reply to: who owns the rainwater? #5411882 Report Abuse
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    Hey, I just had a thought (Look out, it gets scary when I think!).

    Collect your water, and if they say anything to you about it tell them this, “I prayed to God and asked HIM to send me some water for my rain barrel. HE sent me this rain that landed on MY ROOF, and went into MY GUTTERS, and ran down into MY RAIN BARRELS, because HE sent it just for me. Your rain fell on my lawn, and you’ll get that back when the lawn is done with it. YOUR RAIN is running down your street to the storm drain just like it’s supposed to!”

    I had a few more smart remarks, but I think this should be sufficient.

    I must be tired; it’s midnight! Ohh, the witching hour! LOL


    in reply to: who owns the rainwater? #5411781 Report Abuse
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    So does that mean that if their rainwater floods your basement you could sue them for damages?

    I don’t see how they can say they OWN the rainwater. Is the water that goes down the storm drain process to make more drinking water? Yes, ewww, that’s how you get your drinking water in many towns. If people upstream didn’t flush their toilets then the people downstream wouldn’t have any drinking water.


    in reply to: Mid-West Report 5/19/2015 #5411638 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I’ve been up about 2 hours, and had 1 cup of coffee. I ran out of 1/2 & 1/2 yesterday, so had to drink coffee without it. I turned the furnace back on last night before I went to bed. I got up this morning and it’s running, brrr!

    My neighbor is getting a metal roof put on her house. The Amish guys are doing it. I really don’t like the fact that the one guy constantly has a cigarette in his mouth while he works on this roof, but it isn’t my roof. DH and I both laughed when discussing how the squirrels are going to get across that roof now. I wonder if it will become a slide for them, and they slide right off the side of the house. Evil I know, but I would so love to see those little brats fall off the roof. (evil snicker here!) I chased away two squirrels that were doing ring around the rosy in my flower pot on Sunday morning.

    I’m figuring this will be my first year with no orioles. There’s just too much activity going on in my backyard between DH staking out the new sheds and the roofers next door. I only saw that hummer once. Oh well……… The house finches ate the oranges and the grape jelly, so that about the only thing eating that stuff. I’m surprised the robin didn’t find the jelly. I’ve had a baby grackle sitting on the ground out by the feeder; where’s a cat when you need one. Boy I’m mean this morning. No, I just have way too many grackles.

    I did bring in a few of my flower pots from the deck. Wow, did I have a surprise this morning. The Peruvian Daffodil had two buds open; the burgundy sweet potato vine is unwilted and even had a lavender bud open. The dwarf yellow/green sweet potato vine is all fluffed out again also. The other plant with long vines? was green this morning, not brown green like yesterday when I brought it in. It’s sitting on the stool. I find it amazing what cold will do to some of these plants, and how they change in a matter of hours.

    I was walking by the big flower bed last night and found some milkweed growing in the bed (pulled it), and saw two oxeye daisy (pulled them). Wow, I’m gonna have to keep a watch on this bed; those two daisy plants were about 8″ tall already. The milkweed was about 5″ tall. I’ve been trying to get rid of these two plants for about 2 yrs. now. When the plant has roots UNDER the ground it’s hard to get them under control.

    Carol, I hope you get all your plans finished today.

    Marilyn, How’s the new brace working out? Did they ever say anything about the muscles or tendons possible being pulled or slightly torn from your fall? I was thinking about that the other day when you mentioned how long they said it could take to heal. I know pulled muscles and tendons take months to heal. BTDT If you fell hard enough to break a bone than muscle/tendon damage was probably done right along with the break. I can understand now why it still hurts. I forgot about that part of falls. DH hurt his shoulder/arm one time when he slipped off the step on his motor grader, and it took forever for that to heal. I think it was like 9-10 months. He pulled the muscles/tendons because he was hanging on to the handrail when he slipped.

    Lair, Have you warmed up yet? I can imagine your poor little impatience standing out in the cold with their little leaf arms wrapped up around themselves shivering! Yes, I have a vivid imagination! To bad you can’t put little jackets on them. LOL

    Leroy, Do you have a busy week ahead or do people just buy artificial flowers for the graves nowadays? I think I might have seen Jasmine plants at the nursery I went to. I hope your bread turns out.

    Sandy, I’m glad you felt better when you got up yesterday morning. Funny how 1 hour changes things. I hope you get your raised beds done.

    Alma, How are you doing after your fall? Did I understand correctly that you now have something similar to Life Alert to wear in case you fall again?

    Well, I need more coffee finally. I’ll tough it out without cream. Chat at you later.


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