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Today was another good day.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The weather was cooperating. Last nights frost did not happen and so I have another few tomatoes will ripen.

DH had 2 classes today I had one. I had the afternoon to myself and the dogs and I was able o dig up turf from the back yard and I have put it in the pool area. It is looking nice.

I cannot struggle with the pavers. I would have loved to use a level but just lifting them up on one side has done a number on my fingers. I had to swallow my perfectionist pride. I have to get it done and the snow will cover it.
I have cut down all the Hostas and I will be able to get to the garage on a nice wide level pathway of granite chips. We can use the back door of the garage because I have levelled it off. I Usually use the snow blower and this year I might even keep the back pathway clear if we can stay on top of the accumulation.

I dread the long commute in the snow our son is about to be doing.

Night time driving on country roads just gets me anxious. We shall see, he is his own person and this is his decision.
I am rambling and so I am off o my bed. Pat in Maine,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/20/2014 12:53PM

    I used to work nights and even when I worked days I had to be at work at 5 A.M. so it was dark in the winter. It gets dark here in the winter at so I often had to drive home in the dark too. I seemed to always be driving in the dark on country roads. I only had to drive 9 miles to work but only 2 of it was cleared roads. I got used to driving on snow. There were only a few times when it was really treacherous and probably most people should not go to work at those times or find a place to stay close to work.

It sounds like you got the really important parts of the yard done and ready for winter. Good job!

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MILLISMA 9/20/2014 10:19AM

    Glad no frost and another nice day. The pavers will probably do some settling during the winter. You'll have to post another the pool area looks great. You're ahead of me since I haven't started cutting back my hostas but I'm letting the deer help me. lol

Have a great weekend. Wishing you sunshine emoticon

hugs.....Mary Anne

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EFFIEANNIE 9/20/2014 9:44AM

    I hate to think of winter coming. I love summer so much. Sounds like you are well prepared.

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NEEDSHELP52 9/20/2014 9:43AM

    Pat, worrying is a Mom's specialty. He is use to be awake at that time and if he is careful he'll do okay. I too like perfection but there are times when you just have to let go. I find when I do things get figured out where it works for the best. HUGS, Terry

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MAWMAW101 9/20/2014 9:24AM

    Hope you have a restful weekend!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/20/2014 8:07AM

    I am not looking forward to traveling in winter weather either! WE go to my parents in IL (2.5 hrs. away) often. It is not as pleasant in winter snow and ice!

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IOEINC 9/20/2014 7:19AM

    Lots of work!! I could use your energy. We have lots to do here too. We have to replace our patio and front walk both with loose pavers, the patio from tree roots so hubby wants to put a deck on in place of the patio. Not sure I am convinced. He had already put in the posts to extend the dogs' yard now that we have 3 but then could not finish it due to his hip replacement. We thought the bigger one, the mastiff would like to run around a bigger yard but so far all he does is go out long enough to do his business and right back in. emoticon emoticon

Have a super Saturday!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/20/2014 6:32AM

    Great job!! Let go of "perfect"; it's overrated!! Have a great, restful Saturday!

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GOANNA2 9/20/2014 5:53AM

    I hope you had a good sleep. Enjoy the weekend. emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/20/2014 12:04AM

  this is a place to ramble & vent so feel free to do so all the best

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/19/2014 11:48PM

    It's okay to ramble.

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Today I met another Maine Spark Friend.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DH and I drove to Farmington Maine. The fair is in town and I was told a Sparker would be selling baskets there. emoticon
We drove up, I FOUND HER BOOTH. emoticon
Her products are so made. The baskets are awesome. Nice and symmetrical and v ery sturdy. Lovely cane Christmas bells. Thanks for the heads up you would be there.
Now we know one another there will be other meetings. emoticon

Driving home the sky was blue and you could see forever over those mountains. The trees are getting more colorful day by day. emoticon emoticon
Tonight will be a frost, - I HOPE NOT but the cold will turn the leaves m emoticon uch faster.
I love doing our Leaf peeping. emoticon emoticon emoticon

At home I had no place to buy grass sod (TURF) So I dug up some of the yard. I took it from the area where the dogs are not allowed to go. Where I moved the paving stones there was sand. I did not want the dogs rolling in it so I put the turf over the sand I hope I remember to water it tomorrow. Pat in Maine.

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GOANNA2 9/20/2014 5:52AM

    Always nice to meet up with a fellow Sparkie.
I would love to see the fall colours in your part
of the world. It will be nice for you to finish those
pavers before the snow comes. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 9/19/2014 12:58PM

    A good day!

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NEEDSHELP52 9/19/2014 12:54PM

    Pat, so nice that you got to meet another Sparker. Don't forget to water!!! HUGS, Terry

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/19/2014 11:11AM

    I love wicker baskets and have a lot of them. I'm glad you got to meet a new friend!!

The leaves here are just starting to change. No frosts yet. They usually don't happen here until October.

I still have my sparkpage shut off so you will need to sent me sparkmail if you need to reach me.

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HARROWJET 9/19/2014 9:12AM

    I am so glad you got to meet another Spark. emoticon

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MILLISMA 9/19/2014 8:40AM

    What a great day! You not only got to meet another sparker but you also got to enjoy the fair. The leaves are starting to turn here also but probably not as much as up north. I love the fall colors, just wish I didn't get to rake them all up. lol

Have a great day.

hugs...Mary Anne

PS Just looked out the window as a small gust of wind passed by and it looked like it was raining leaves!!!

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EFFIEANNIE 9/19/2014 8:33AM

    Fall is so nice and the leaves are beautiful, but I am a summer girl.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/19/2014 7:47AM

    Sounds like a pleasant day! I love this time of year---too bad winter has to follow it! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 9/19/2014 7:16AM

    It is always fun to meet other sparkers. Good luck with the yard work.

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LEANJEAN6 9/19/2014 7:13AM

    Hi Pat in Maine!-I love yer blogs-----You describe yer part of the world so nicely! Lynda

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IOEINC 9/19/2014 7:12AM

    How wonderful that you got to meet another fellow Sparker!! And the added bonus of going to a town fair!!Sounds like you had fun!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/19/2014 7:01AM

    How wonderful! This time of the year I love seeing all the changes, too, just like when spring starts popping out. Only it's followed by . . . WINTER! ACK!

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123ELAINE456 9/19/2014 6:59AM

  Sounds like a .Wonderful Fun Day. Glad that you was able to meet another Spark Friend. God Blessings Always. Have a very Nice Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!Take Care.

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    That's great! I met some fellow sparkers last week for the first time and it was a great experience

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/19/2014 1:49AM

    Wow! meeting another Sparker? that's wonderful. I'm glad you ahd a good day. It's cooling off now hre in Oregon but no colorful leaves yet.

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NASFKAB 9/19/2014 12:57AM

  great job lovely you met a spark friend

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Almost getting things under control.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I called yesterday for the Podiatrist to see DH. I was given an appointment today.

Of course I had plans for today.

I walked with my walking buddies and we walked 4 miles. We had coffee at our coffee bakery. I took one friend home, her Dh was not feeling like walking so I offered to take her home after the walk.,

I went home and DH said we had to call the pool guy. The pool was very low -too low to circulate. I thought about it and I primed the Pump, I put a rock behind the skimmer mouth and then I was able to circulate the pool. I went one further I was able to vacuum the pool and I was able to add algaecide and left the pool circulating so the algaecide would get in to the filter as well.

I did make one mistake I vacuumed so much the skimmer basket split so next year we will need another one. (IF the POOL is to be USED) It was filled with pine seeds and we had a complete block of pine. We had to dig it out. Never saw so much get in there EVER.

After lunch we drove to podiatrist and we had an hour plus drive both ways and the visit.
We got home after 4pm and I went right back to taking care of the pool. Our cover from last year ripped so it looks like I need to buy another cover.

There is only one concern. I am really afraid I will not be able to blow the water out of the underground pipes. I might have to have the pool company do it. DH id adamant he wants to pay for it. I have saved us a lot of money working my tail off. I feel sure if I can find out how hard to blow with the wet vac. I will only have to buy the cover.

Hoping to look this up on the internet. Our pool is 40 years old in October.

I have worked and done classes and so my reward will be to go to Farmington Fair to meet another Maine Sparker.

We are both the same age. I usually find they are always younger than me so I am really looking forward to talk to a Spark friend my own age.
I am off to bed. Pat in Maine.

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PICKIE98 9/18/2014 5:07PM

    I would spring for the pool guy to do it..All winter you will wonder if you got all of the water out and if the pipes burst, now you have another cost and mess..

Enjoy the fair and the Spark meet!! I love when our local Sparkers meet..

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CHALLENGER15 9/18/2014 4:21PM

    Farmington Fair with your sparkfriend sounds lovely!

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123ELAINE456 9/18/2014 3:17PM

  Well Done. Enjoy your time with your Spark Friend today. God Blessings Always. Have a Fantastic Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/18/2014 11:29AM

    You must have purchased and excellent pool for it to last that long. I hope you can keep it as the grand children enjoy it so much.

I hope you have a good time with your spark friend!

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NEEDSHELP52 9/18/2014 11:21AM

    Pat, you so earned your reward. Enjoy your meeting and the fair. HUGS, Terry

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MARITIMER3 9/18/2014 11:02AM

    You are certainly a hard worker! My DH never wants to pay to have anything done, so takes on major projects himself. Like you, though, he usually figures out a way to get it done. Enjoy the Fair and meeting your Spark Friend.

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MILLISMA 9/18/2014 10:11AM

    You are one busy bee. I blew the pool basket a few years ago and I invested in a leaf catcher that you put in line before the basket. It has made life a lot easier and also keeps the filter cleaner. I've already closed the pool since the temps have dropped and the leaves have started coming down also. I'm not sure it the shop vac could blow out the lines. The techs always use a compressor.

When are you going to the fair to meet up with a spark friend? Hope the weather is great and you have a fun time.

hugs....Mary Anne

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GOANNA2 9/18/2014 9:19AM

    Enjoy your visit with the fellow Sparker. Most of
my friends are a lot younger than me too.
I hope you find a way to finish the pool. You are such
a marvel around the house. A real 'Jill of all trades'.
Have a great Thursday. emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 9/18/2014 9:09AM

    Pat, sounds like that pool is a LOT more work than it is worth! Please take care of you and some things are better done by the pool people, blowing out the pipes sounds like one of them.

Enjoy meeting your fellow sparker! emoticon

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HARROWJET 9/18/2014 8:40AM

    Most of my friends are younger than me too but perhaps that is what helps US stay young. emoticon


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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2014 7:54AM

    Oh boy. The pool presents one challenge then another. Hope You Tube nets the information you need to do the pipes.


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IOEINC 9/18/2014 7:54AM

    You are always such a busy bee!!! So glad you could figure how to get the circulator working so you can get the pool cleaned. My bet is that you will figure out how to blow the water out of the underground pipes. You are an amazing lady!! emoticon

Have a wonderful Thursday!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/18/2014 7:18AM

    Well, you surely packed a lot into one day!! Where do you get all of that energy?

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EFFIEANNIE 9/18/2014 6:38AM

    You tube has all kinds of videos showing you how to do almost anything you want to do. My husband using that all the time. Just yesterday he used it to repair the kitchen faucet.

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LITTLEWIND53 9/18/2014 6:10AM

    Hope you can figure out how to blow the lines yourself to save money....

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NASFKAB 9/18/2014 1:11AM

  enjoy your Thursday outing you work so hard keeping things fixed

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/18/2014 12:35AM

    You are a busy woman. Hope you ahve a blessed day Thursday.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I think this is the kindergarten of computers and it is absolutely great.

If kids did not go to Kindergarten they would struggle to get a decent education.

It seems like once we are older there is no priority to teach seniors the basics,
I have been struggling with Files and wondering about the little icons that have ho name, no directions to teach us and alas we just fell through the cracks unless you were able to go from typewriter and familiar with office work, Many f us did not do that in our young lives.

Every time I have problems with MICROSOFT, I am unable to follow the directions. The basic language is like LATIN to me. After attempting to learn something I ALWAYS give them feed back about leaving out many of the senior population.

I will still keep on doing that but I did see in the AARP magazine they have an AD offering the first and easiest computer for seniors.

I did not take the time o have more information. That leads itself to keep calling and right now there are so many calls at supper time for the elections.
Finally we are being served. PAT IN MAINE.

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UUCEEJAY 9/18/2014 2:28PM

    Yes, a lot of computer classes skip the most basic things that you need to know. Glad you found a good class.

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CHALLENGER15 9/17/2014 5:28PM

    Very good!

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123ELAINE456 9/17/2014 4:29PM

  Hi Pat. I get the Amac Magazine the has the same ad that Arrp has about the Senior Computer. I called and talk to Chris Moore at 877/815/8392 Ex. 8284. If you or anyone else calls give him my name please Elaine Sawyer. I talked with him for over an hour and ended up buying the Wow Computer. It cannot be hacked , no malware, yirses, or things like that can get into it. Your identity cannot be stolen. It is a Dream come True Computer for me. It is American Made. They handle all the problem you might have with it.They tell you how to do things on it. It talks to you. It has a built in Kindle in it where you can read and listen to books on it. The Tech Support talks English and you can understand what they say and tell you. No more techs that the you cannot understand a word they say. It has an oversized keyboard and keys. It is a Beautiful Machine. So I would invite you to give Chris Moore a call and chat with him about it. You won't be sorry. You will be glad you did. This will be perfect for DH and his failing eyesight too. I love my Wow computer. Let me know what you think about it. God Blessings Always. Have a Terrific Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!To All. Take Care. Elaine

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PICKIE98 9/17/2014 4:13PM

    I as so afraid of even touching the keyboard when I bought my first pc.. I took a 4 credit class in college plus a 2 credit class for just writing.. I still was terrified I would break the whole system!! that was before I even had internet!!!
The worst part is I was not a senior.. I was in my 40's!!

I do not have an advance tech like what you have, but I am content with a pc.. no tablets, ipads, ipods, etc..
i am not tech savvy, so i need a class like yours.. Good luck,, keep us informed Pat!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/17/2014 11:28AM

    I agree about computers. Our children are comfortable with them as they grew up with them. We have had them introduced to us at a time when learning and remembering is not as easy as when you are young.

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GOANNA2 9/17/2014 9:03AM

    I know the basics only also. I did have some typing
experienc e, but there's a whole lot I don't know about
computers. Glad you are enjoying your lessons. You
will be able to teach us a few things too.
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IOEINC 9/17/2014 8:13AM

    I am with you!! I use my laptop all day long for work but if I encounter a problem I call hubby and even though he is an engineer, it will stump him too. I somehow lost my connection and icon to internet explorer and he had to reinstall it finally when he could not figure out the problem. Usually he just tells me to restart my laptop and that does the trick, but not always. emoticon

Glad that you enjoyed your class.

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VEENAS1 9/17/2014 7:44AM

    I am glad you are enjoying your computer class. I hope it helps you understand how to do more things on the computer.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/17/2014 7:40AM

    That is great news!! Just what you've been looking for!

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LITTLEWIND53 9/17/2014 4:02AM

    I find that computers (and really all technology) changes so fast that I simply cannot keep up with it. Glad you are enjoying your class....

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/17/2014 1:01AM

    What kind of computer are you on? Is it new?

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NASFKAB 9/17/2014 12:46AM

  great you are enjoying wish we had it in Bangladesh

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HARROWJET 9/16/2014 10:55PM

    I am glad you are enjoying your class.

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MCFITZ2 9/16/2014 10:50PM

    Boy do I understand not being able to understand and follow the microsoft directions. emoticon

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MILLISMA 9/16/2014 10:35PM

    Leave it to AARP. Way to go, Pat. I'm sure you'll find this very helpful. My son has been my teacher. lol Please let us know what you think of the class!!

hugs...Mary Anne

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NEEDSHELP52 9/16/2014 10:34PM

    Pat, I do little basic stuff on the computer. Go any further and I am lost. HUGS, Terry

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 10:25PM

    Glad you had a good class. HUGS

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

I was up early this morning, I was thinking I would make Brussels Sprouts today for our leafy greens with BACON. That is the way we like them. emoticon

Up until last week I have bought the ready cooked bacon. Last week it went up in price and so I looked at the bacon in the cooler case and took it home.

I kind of knew when I opened it I had made a mistake. Reluctantly I put it in the pan and watched the fat ooze out of it. The spatters were awful and I thought of the past with my Gran in England. emoticon

Sunday was a family breakfast. Gran bought the bacon rashers (SLICES in USA) and fried them in an iron skillet on the fire-the coal fire.
She poured off the fat and it was always kept for flavoring for other meals.
My Gran was given an allotment of land she was a war widow. My uncle and Gran raised chickens. I was the "GO-FER-EGGS - GIRL"every morning. emoticon

I carried a tin bucket and went to the allotment away from the street houses and I would Shoo away the Rooster and get the warm eggs under the hens breast. Many a pecking I used to go home with.

Gran had the bacon fried and then she cut thin slices of bread, poured the grease back in to the pan and FRIED THE BREAD. emoticon

Bacon was expensive so kids did not get bacon but we did get fried bacon bread. We loved it everyone was together and it was a treat. emoticon
We always had eggs to eat and Gran insisted the kids have milk. emoticon

This morning everyone was in bed and I fried the bacon and I thought about my Sunday morning breakfast.

I have tracked food for a long time but today I decided to reward MYSELF.
I cooked the bacon pout on paper towels and saved the Grease. I put the bacon back in the refrigerator. There was a single crust of whole wheat bread ( we call them "NOBBIES", I do not know why we just did) I took the crust and FRIED just the soft face of it till it was golden brown.
My brothers favorite food was and still is MUSHROOMS. He grew them in the coal house and he went out in the fields and picked them. He is older than me so I just got the juice, he ate the 'Shrooms'. emoticon

I had 'shrooms' in my fridge today and I wanted them, I sliced them and cooked them in the bacon grease too.
Finally I remembered ROMA tomatoes in the crisper. emoticon Our own tomatoes were in and I do not like waste so I microwaved them and as soon as the "shrooms" were cooked I added the tomatoes-RED fried TOMATOES, never green.
I could never eat this traditional breakfast and have no EGG, not fresh but EGGLANDS. and we do like them
I sat down at the kitchen table and I thought about my family breakfast and I was happy as I could be. Alone with my memories and my taste buds.

I never thought about it this morning. My breakfast came out of left field. I was the only one out of bed early and I selfishly reveled in what I had done.

DH got up and asked about the bacon smell in the kitchen. I told him it was to cook Brussels sprouts. I offered him EGG and BACON but he wanted coffee and his CHEERIOS.

A few weeks ago I found some 'extra long' men's shirts. Our eldest son and grandson are very tall so I bought 10 of them at $3,00 I realized I needed a big box and a hefty cost.

I called our son and asked if he had to work, he said no so I told him DH and I would meet him half way. We both drove and met in Lancaster New Hampshire at McDonald's and we sat and chatted for well over an hour. We drove almost 4 hours and so did he. He was delighted with the shirts and he hugged DH and I and said he was happy to be able to talk without the children with him.

We also could ask questions without our 14 and 16 year old Grandkids listening in.

We went our separate ways after a kiss and a hug and I felt less stress. DH was happy too because he now knows our sons and their family issues. Nothing we can do but we talked and laughed and had a nice time together.

Short and sweet. !!!!!!!!

When we got home we had our Brussels sprouts, bacon and onions. Carrots and potatoes browned in bacon fat was a great meal.

YES it was a great meal. YES it went way over in my nutrition but there is not a bit of GUILT or REGRET.



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LABRYS32726 9/19/2014 9:59AM

    I cooked brussels sprouts last night and used bacon and garlic in them. They came out very good. I cooked 3 strips in the pan on the stove and see what you mean about the splattering, etc. Usually I cook my bacon in the oven and it is much simpler. I just spray a baking pan and lay out the strips, slightly overlapping them. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until the desired crispness is reached. Easy.

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UUCEEJAY 9/16/2014 6:11PM

    Awesome! We need to enjoy our memories and our children.

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LITTLEWIND53 9/15/2014 11:14PM

    Nothing at all wrong with having an occasional REWARD day and you sure earned it. It sounds so delish, my mouth is watering, lol

Glad you had time with your son......


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    I fix my Brussels sprouts the same way. I would take those eggs and bacon. I hate cereal. LOL.I love veggies cooked in bacon grease. Well worth the splurge!

I love your stories of when you were a child. I have never heard of fried bread but I know it would be delicious as it would be like croutons, only fresh.

I'm so glad that you were able to visit with your son and find out what is going on with his family.

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PICKIE98 9/15/2014 4:26PM

    When my Grandma and I baked bread, we called the ends, the "heels". They are treasured in our family,,
bacon grease was used for everything at Grandma's and my Aunt Evelyns. It makes the very best corn muffin and pizza pan grease!!

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NEEDSHELP52 9/15/2014 3:31PM

    Pat, you put a smile on my face. emoticon You needed a day like that. Sounded so good. Glad there was no quilt, didn't need to be. HUGS, Terry

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HARROWJET 9/15/2014 11:20AM

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GINIEMIE 9/15/2014 10:16AM

I don't fry bacon anymore, I bake it. Usually the entire pack at once and use what I need, wrap the rest in a paper towel in a plastic bag. Then Erik can use it in his sandwiches.
When I was growing up we had chickens too and most of our weekend breakfasts had eggs.
My favorite sandwich was bacon, lettuce and tomatoes (from the garden) We would fry the bacon, and toast our bread in the grease as you did. I loved that and still save my grease when I bake the bacon-but rarely eat bread cooked in it, like you it's a special treat.
I've never had brussel sprouts with bacon-guess I should try that, Erik might like it. I like steamed or roasted brussel sprouts.
Isn't it funny how certain odors or foods will bring a rash of memories to mind.
Glad you got that visit in with your son, what a special time.
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MARITIMER3 9/15/2014 10:08AM

    I'm really glad that you got to talk with your son on his own. That is precious time, especially when you live far apart.

As for the breakfast, when we visit Britain, I always allow myself one "full English" and then am good the rest of the time. Love the fried bread, tomatoes and mushrooms, but must admit I prefer North American bacon to the English variety.

When Peter and I were in Scotland, they added oatcakes and slices of fried haggis and blood pudding to the breakfast, and. In Ireland it was potato scones.

Have a great week,

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/15/2014 7:43AM

    What a glorious day for you!!! Great food, great memories and some quality time with your son. Wonderful!!

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EFFIEANNIE 9/15/2014 7:37AM

    So nice you had a good talk with your son. Nice how food can hold so many memories. I remember the fried bread when we visited England.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2014 7:02AM

    Food has such a way of bringing back such lovely memories! HUGS

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123ELAINE456 9/15/2014 1:25AM

  Sounds like a very Special Lovely Day for DH, your Son and You. God Blessings Always. Have a Great Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care. Great Food.

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NASFKAB 9/15/2014 1:09AM

  we do not eat bacon but loved your memories had not realised that fried bread is cooked in bacon grease, great you got to talk to your son alone, must have meant a lot to all of you

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IOEINC 9/15/2014 12:41AM

    Sounds like you had a lovely day!!! We don't buy bacon that often as it has gotten really crazy expensive of late. My father too loved his bacon and eggs on Saturday morning (Sunday he made the best blueberry and cinnamon pancakes and we had sausage with it). My mom used to save the bacon fat in winter and soak pieces of bread in it and set it out in the yard for the birds. She said it kept them warm in winter. Okay so she was a bit eccentric but she was a truly lovely woman with a giant kind heart. Come to think of it both sides of my family had (and still have) their quirks. I like quirks and eccentricities rather than flat out crazy. Which a lot of them are!!! emoticon

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TERRI289 9/14/2014 11:43PM

    Sounds like a lovely day....with great food and company! emoticon

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RD03875 9/14/2014 11:28PM

    Love my bacon and sausage and will never give it up, it's just one of my "things" You can always bake it in the oven using a rack so the grease drips off.

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MILLISMA 9/14/2014 10:27PM

    What a great day! Yum on the Brussels sprouts with the bacon and onions. Haven't done that in years. I had to just sit here and smile about the bacon husband's grandfather loved bacon fat and my husband did too. At times when we splurged and bought bacon, he would save some of the fat to saute things in. It was also his favorite thing to put on fresh baked bran muffins (just like his grandfather)!! Thanks for bringing back such a fun memory.

Glad you got to spend some special time with your son. Very wonderful of you to make the drive and for him also.

hugs.....Mary Anne

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/14/2014 10:16PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your bacon greease dy.

I love bacon. It's lomsot $7.00 here. I don't buy it but might ahve it once a month. The brussel sprouts and potatoes maybe i could have that but not sure. Enjoy!

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