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Distilled Water

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After doing the research & listening to sources I regard highly, I've decided to go with distilled water. This is a reversal of my previous opinion, after reading rebuttals to the naysayers who are against distilled water.

I needed something inexpensive, and something that I can do in an apt.

Since I moved last week, I've been drinking tap water. It is so awful, and so much more worse than I remember. Probably because I've learned so much while on SparkPeople . . .

Kmart, Walmart, and Lowes do not carry water distillers. So I looked online and was shocked at the price of countertop 1 gallon distillers (small). No way can I afford that.

So I searched on You Tube for homemade distillers. I think I could rig one with a teakettle or my large stock pot that has a steam vent in the lid. Others rig them from pressure cookers and similar.

My laugh of the day was finding out what people on You Tube are REALLY using them for - alcohol and home brews! Kind of like when I learned how to plant seedlings under lights, and learned alot of people grow marijuana that way. No alcohol or MaryJane for me, thanks; I really DO want to make JUST distilled water at home.

I am going to bid on a couple on eBay. I will look for non-BPA tubing or glass tubing, and give the stove top method a whirl. I do have a carbon filter (Brita, PUR) to filter the distilled through when it's done, and I do take enough minerals already.

Meanwhile I am dehydrated from avoidance of tap water since I moved. I am a big water drinker. So I will buy a few gallons of distilled to get me through.

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PJGABRIEL 6/23/2011 12:27PM

    I use the Zero Filter and really like the water from that, also looked in to distillers several months ago and was shocked at how much they cost. Good Luck.

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OOLALA53 6/23/2011 9:21AM

    Haven't looked at all you blogs, so you may have said where you are. Is there possibly a service that supplies a good-quality water filter for a monthly rental fee? I've been using one in San Diego for 20 years. I have to pay for a new inner filter every 2 years ($25), and now $11 a month. The company switches out my model periodically and each model has been top of the line--worth $600 or more! $133 a year seems like a bargain for all the drinking, food-washing, and cooking water I need. emoticon

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ASMPP1 6/23/2011 8:11AM

    I hope you can do it.

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MARTHA503 6/22/2011 6:33PM

    Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for the things I take for granted like clean sweet tap water and a city that has its own power plant (no power failures here) and no rolling power blackouts. THanks for sharing your info.

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Free National Parks Entrance Days

Saturday, June 18, 2011

There are almost 400 National Parks that are always free. For the other National Parks, (more than a 100 of them that do charge fees), there are several days a year you can get in free. Here are the remaining FREE days for 2011.

•June 21
(First day of summer)
•September 24
(Public Lands Day)
•November 11-13
(Veterans Day weekend)

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/19/2011 12:31AM

    Great information to have. Thank you for sharing. Sandy

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MARTHA503 6/18/2011 10:09PM

    Thank you Carol!

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THISYEARSMODEL 6/18/2011 11:57AM

    Thank you for posting that!!! emoticon

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Thankful Thursday

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Well my move is over and I'm happy to be back. Still alot of unpacking and organization to do of course. I will be alternating spending every other evening unpacking, and every other evening at the ministorage site until 90% of my belongings are purged - I will never go through this again.

During the day I am job hunting, exercising and catching up on SparkPeople.

I never found the cell phone charger, have to buy another.

Tonight I am trying to get Adobe Shock Player to work on Windows Vista IE8. I've followed all the troubleshooting etc. I miss my desktop computer.

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ASMPP1 6/17/2011 8:55AM

    emoticon Be sure to rest!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/17/2011 6:38AM

    Hope settling in goes well. Are you rested up?

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MARTHA503 6/16/2011 10:43PM

    Moving can be so stressful. Now you can take your time and organize one area at a time. We are cleaning out the garage this weekend. Too much stuff!

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NELLIEC 6/16/2011 7:59PM

    Moving is definitely a time for reassessment and purging of excess. (And one never realizes what excess is until they have to move!)

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VTMAID 6/16/2011 7:48PM

    Congrats on the move. That's pretty stressful!

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Recovering Day 2, and Banana Split Cheesecake

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Woke up clear-headed this morning, this is second night in a row of a full night's sleep after THE THREE DAY MOVE. My bruises are turning colors, my aches & pains have subsided by at least 50%. I can feel the tiredness still there, like if I sit down I'm in trouble, for example. However the magnitude of the tiredness is reducing.

Putzed in the kitchen, made breakfast at 11am and took vitamins, put in a load of wash, watered plants, am upgrading security and updates on laptop and running scans since they haven't been done in several months while I used my desktop computer. The scans and updates run while I'm doing other things, emptying boxes looking for my cell phone recharger, and finding everything *but*, all of which needs to be put away. Might have to go out to the car, I have the car adapter cell phone charger. General chaos and lots to organize and put away in my room. Will be glad when things get back to normal. Taking today off has been heaven. Still haven't visited SparkTeams and I love you all and miss you. Hope to get back to Spark stuff by the end of this week. Today is the first day I'm doing SparkPoints since last Friday.

I hope my cell phone charger turns up. I only have the car adapter at the moment.

I need to change lightbulbs, one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom.

The spellchecker doesn't like "putzed", LOL.

Thanks everyone for your support and kind words. It means the world to me.

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Banana Split Cheesecake was posted by Cheryl on Hillbilly Housewife's Blog,

I can see lots of possibilites, such as the body baked with egg and nuefachtel and xylitol or stevia, instead of using the powdered sugar, etc.

Banana Split Cheesecake
Makes 2 pies

2 extra serving sized graham cracker crusts
2 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese at room temp.
4 c. powdered sugar

Mix the powdered sugar and cream cheese and spread evenly on 2 crusts.

1 can crushed pineapple, drained
4 bananas sliced
1 largest size cool whip
chocolate syrup

Divide the pineapple and sliced bananas between the 2 pies and layer the next 4 ingredients in order. Chill before serving.

I would add fresh sliced organic strawberries to mine, and just add an occasional cherry on top.

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ASMPP1 6/16/2011 8:48AM

    emoticon Take it slowly. You will make it.

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MARTHA503 6/16/2011 12:15AM

    I'm glad you're feeling a bit rested. This recipe sounds so good. It'll be great at summer cookouts. Thank you for sharing it.

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EASTNCHIK 6/15/2011 10:34PM

Thanks for the recepie. Yummie.
Prayers while you are recovering.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/15/2011 8:25PM

    "putzed" - I thought that was a PA Dutch made up word. ~smiles~

You are making me hungry!

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OOLALA53 6/15/2011 4:58PM

    I've never had pineapple on a banana split. This must be Hawaiian. emoticon

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm recovering from The Move, and getting re-acquainted with a laptop which I hate but is necessary here.

I still have alot of work left to do.

I am DETERMINED to be done with all moving-related issues by June 30.

Fri: Packed and cleaned furiously, slept one hour.

Sat: Movers came, worked all day from 8am to 6pm, which was unexpected. I foolishly thought we'd be finished, loaded, and unloaded before noon. I had so much stuff we could not fit it all on the truck (17ft; 20ft wasn't avail). So we loaded for ministorage first which was in one city; unloaded then came back and loaded for new apt, which is another city. We had planned to make one efficient loop with everything on the truck and hit all places with only one load, but instead we ping-ponged back and forth.

Sat pm: Drove 1.5 hours back to the old apt, arrived 8pm and tried to finish by midnight so I could drop off the key and wouldn't have to pay another day of double rent. Didn't make it, slept from midnight to 3am on the floor in old apt.

Sun: Got up 3am, still exhausted, and started in on Day 2 of The Move. Everything left in my old apt I had to load myself. 2 closets. And many unpacked fragile things that I didn't want the movers to pack nor move nor touch. I left them til last intentionally in case I ran out of time - good thing I did, too. In addition to those, had several boxes of unpacked things (10?) that should have been packed, like ceramic pots. I put them in open boxes without packing. Packed the last of the kitchen fragile stuff. Had about 4 more boxes of misc junk. Towards the end, everything went into the misc boxes of junk. Those are all re-do boxes. Service men were coming so I was under a deadline. Towards the end I moved everything out onto the patio, knowing I was not going to finish loading the truck in time, and left them a wide path to the door. 10 minutes later we had an afternoon downpour. The movers had not followed my instructions regarding putting a large piece of plastic over the furniture in ministorage, and instead had left it on the truck. I ran to the truck and got the plastic and used it like a tarp, though some of the boxes bottoms were already wet, and everything out there got at least a few drops of rain. Finally got out of old apt at 5pm; never was I so glad to leave there for the final time. However I was not fit to drive the truck, Sat or Sun, and Sun when I got in it the gas gauge was on empty. So I drove to a different town where gas prices are 20 cents a gallon cheaper to fill up. I needed food and sleep bad.

Sun pm: While I was fueling the truck, I called a friend and asked her to pick me up and take me to dinner. She did. Target was nearby so we met there so I could leave the truck in the Target parking lot. It was the best dinner (Chipotles') I've ever had. I felt immensely better though still limping and exhausted. Drove back back north to ministorage town and made it, slept in truck in parking lot.

Mon am: Entered ministorage 4am for Day 3 of The Move, still exhausted, then got my car and pulled it into ministorage behind the truck. Unlocked the ministorage and the truck, extended the ramp, and started unloading. Again. 3rd time is the charm, right? Moved some things in storage to make more room for the incoming. Then each box that came off the truck went either into the car, into ministorage, or needed to be packed. I packed the car to the gills and left the rest in ministorage, will have to come back. I repacked as much of the unpacked and wet boxes as I could, left 4 boxes open and unpacked, will have to come back. Loaded the clothes from closet & truck that I didn't have wardrobe boxes for, into ministorage. Had planned to buy a couple new wardrobe boxes while there but didn't have time. Parked my car in front of the office, swept out the truck, walked to the dumpster with wet boxes etc couple times, closed and locked ministorage, and drove the truck to the drop off parking place. Went inside, put my truck key on the counter, and waited for the lady to get off the phone, finally sat down. Waited some more, then waited while the lady went outside and looked at the truck, fuel gauge, and odometer, then waited while she did her paperwork, then waited while she got my deposit; sitting down was a good thing.

Mon pm: It never felt so good to be back in my small car again after all those days driving the truck! Drove 1.5 hrs back to the other city where my new apt is. However I didn't make it, swerving dangerously, I had to pull over in Taco Bell parking lot and sleep an hour. Got drive through lunch afterwards (delicious poison) and journeyed on. Got to new apt ~2pm, still exhausted, and started crying, because I needed to unload the car, and it contained food, so it couldn't wait. I thought I would be alone to clean things up as I put them in the fridge etc., but there was one housemate there and she saw me filthy and unshowered for two sweaty days etc. Oh well. Finally got the car unloading done 6pm, was showered and in bed by 7pm. I slept on top of a mattress that had a blanket on it & that's all; the car may be unpacked but my room is not unpacked. I was so tired I couldn't go to sleep at first, just laid there and felt my hands, arms, shoulders, knees, thighs, and hips throb. A friend called me at 8pm, but I was so tired I told her I had sleep now.

I do not like the feeling in this house. I hope the uncomfortableness I am feeling is just newness and adjusting. But I don't think so.

Tue am: still stiff, sore, bruised, and limping, but I'm clean and had one night's sleep, and am not limping as much. Have not visited any SparkTeams and am not ready to. Fired up laptop, new wifi connection, found my mouse and mousepad in the boxes, moved things so I could set up laptop, and checked emails. Hadn't been online since Friday night, so was checking for prospective employers' emails since my phone number has now changed. Signing off now to get dressed in a suit and pumps and get on the road, traveling 52.6 miles one way for 2pm interview for a job that I think is low-paying, in another city. Hope I don't wobble in my pumps, and will have to use lots of under-eye concealer and more makeup than usual. Not in the best condition for an interview, and the 4th day in a row I've had an urgent and important deadline to meet. That's the way life is sometimes. Unpacking at home, and the work left at ministorage, and SparkTeams will have to wait til another day. There is some stuff in the fridge - SHARED fridge - I have to cook quickly before there are issues.

The understatement of the year is: I'll be Recovering all week. Behind on Spark all week.

I make many more typos on laptop than I do regular computer. Spellcheck is necessary.

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RUBYTWOSDAY 6/20/2011 11:21AM

    I hope you have recovered from the move. Its sounds like it was quite the job!

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LINDAB111 6/15/2011 9:20AM

    Hope things are settling down and you can get back on an even track soon. Prayers and good thoughts!

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MARTHA503 6/14/2011 10:46PM

    You have earned some relaxing and restorative time for yourself! I'm glad this is almost over!

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ASMPP1 6/14/2011 10:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Take some time for yourself when you can!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/14/2011 6:11PM

    Please take some time for yourself to recover this week. And like you tell me, don't forget to deep breathe!
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CCCARTER3 6/14/2011 2:35PM

    Carol,Please take a break ,I know what it is like to move and it is hard on us its stressful.
You need sleep and rest to fuction daliy.
Hope the job interview goes good.I will say a pray for you.
take care.If I could I would be there to help you. emoticon

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OOLALA53 6/14/2011 2:34PM

    My gosh, you've worked hard! But you're right. Life is like that sometimes. I think sometimes of the planting and the harvest season in agrarian times. The people worked long days day after day for months! You'll get through this.

Don't worry about us. And try to make it easy on yourself for food. I've made it through some tough periods on half a plate of takeout and the other half raw finger veggies and a piece of fruit for many meals.

This sure makes me want to clean out my garage and my house! emoticon

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DAWN.BELIEVES 6/14/2011 12:04PM

    Hope your recovery is quick and the job interview goes well. I know that moving is difficult to say the least. Take a break for a day and just chill! You need it!

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