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Friday, August 10, 2012

I am not sure if it is possible to have a hurricane in Michigan, on the Lake, but here in Mid-Michigan, we have had 40mph gusting gales and constant, skin-pelting rain.. Gully washer rain, rain that pulls berries off plants!
Flooding everywhere,, DD found a small trickle leading from my garage wall headed towards the other end of my house(int the basement)!

the rain filled my rubbermaid garden buggy within inches of the top, just overnight!! Probably about twenty gallons...
I was so worried that my berries would dry up!! ha!!

Now i am worried that they wil all be blown off their teensy little stems before they ripen!! We have a bumper crop of blackberries,, huge!! The plant is only three years old!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/11/2012 12:44AM

    Hope your berries are ok!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/10/2012 11:53PM

    Hope you and DD are safe and suffered no damage from that crazy weather.
Blessings and hugs,

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RRBSKI 8/10/2012 5:00PM

    We had something similar...not as much rain...run through us y'day; had to fix a couple pieces of vinyl siding that had started to lift on the end. We darn sure need the rain. Take care and all the best with the berries.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

One week from today I will be finished with work and start my vacation! usually I wait for the mom bills to make a stack and pay them all at once, along with mine, but now I am doing the pay-as-they-arrive method to keep up with them before we leave. We did more banking today and picked up some free books from a donor from freecycle.org.. She left at least seven John Grisham hardcover books, plus about six of other paperbacks on her porch and we simply emailed her that we would pick them up and we did! IT is a great organization to belong ot.. We picked up jigsaw puzzles form a man across town a few months ago.. nice,, we than pass them along..all free,,

Debbieanne, , we are going to take our dustpan, place the dustpan underneath the huckleberry plants, which grow right ON the ground,, we then put the Afro pick underneath the plant and pull the berries off the plant, letting them fall into the dustpan. I have been stewing and planning, wondering all year, how to get those darned berries without killing my back,, I am unable to kneel anymore, so that is my choice..
pulling the tines between the teensy little stems of the plant and pulling those precious berries off the plant into the pan, MAY work.. if not, I will stand in the forest re-styling my hair into a "Fro" just to kill time!

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NORASPAT 8/9/2012 11:40PM

    LINDA Just ONE WEEK LEFT WooHoo Way to go.
I thought huckleberries were like black berries they sound more like Maine wild blueberries we use rake to get those up off the ground.
I only just heard about Freecycle.org I will look in to it when i ever get a minute from the computer. I am so glad you and DD are off on your trip. It will be great hugs Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/9/2012 6:57PM

    LMBO!!! I was actually picturing you doing just what you said. If you get done early "picking" your berries, you may still have time to do your hair into the "FRO"!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/9/2012 1:19PM


Bring home tons of those berries and freeze em.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Another beautiful summer day, but got muggier after non,, we closed the windows to aid our breathing.
Ran errands to Credit Union, grocery store for more lettuce and onions,, gotta have our salad!! Went to dollar store to buy some Afro picks and a couple other long-tined combs ,, I am going to jury-rig them to pick huckleberries in the forest next week. Last year I ended up bending over for 90 minutes in the hot sun to get those little buggers.. They are not like the tasteless,cultivated blueberries you buy in the store. they are the half size of a pea! They also do not grow on bushes up in the air that you just walk up to and pick. They grow right flat on the ground in the wilds of the forest,, they are also the main staple of black bears and moose up there!! I am pretty sure last year ti WAS a moose, not a bear, that I heard behind me when I was picking.
I am slightly smarter than I look, so I did not take the time to investigate WHO it was, just HOW FAR it was from me.

They say you do not have to be the fastest runner to stay live when confronted by them, you only have to be faster than the last person!! I WAS the only person, so I backed out of the forest posthaste!!
This year DD and I are picking together in the same place, so if you read a news story of a big, fat, white lady with huckleberry stains all over her face, getting attacked and killed by a 1.Bear

know it is me, because I would not let them get DD, I would take the attack and send her off with the berries.. that is what Moms do...

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/8/2012 9:13PM

    You are a great mom to your DD.

But what is the afro pick for? You ahve no afro.
Or would that be tos care the bear off?

Too funny. You are smarter than you look.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/8/2012 7:25PM

    emoticon blog!! I loved it!!! Back to the countdown...

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RAMALEX 8/8/2012 2:22PM

  You must really be excited about going.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

But who's counting??LOL!
It s sa bit warmer today, closed the windows just now.. After my sower, I am headed downstairs to start packing non-perishables, check things off my list and pay some mom-bills. nothing special,,

We are eating lots of fresh fruit here now, seems to be helping,, I love that home grown produce!! I made homemade tacos last night using home grown peppers ,, the sopa` was good, but no homemade garlic or tomatoes yet for that...

The sever pains in my feet have subsided for now,,
Good news is :I got my first shipment of Rx meds in yesterday's mail.. One med at a time I guess,,

It is very weird not to make three trips to teh pharmacy each week after all these years..

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NORASPAT 8/8/2012 11:21PM

    Home grown tomatoes are soooooo very good. I have stopped using tomatoes in my salads I use grapes now i like them so much better than those watery winter tomatoes. HUGS
Counting seconds now are we. It has to be soon if you are starting to Pack.
I am sorry you have had foot problems, I hope the pain will stay away.
I am still doing acupuncture but the Dr still suggests surgery and i do not want another back surgery.for sure.I hope the needles help tomorrow, HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Those homegrown veggies are the best! Glad your pain is better I deal with a lot of that too and know how discouraging a new onset can be. Take care.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/7/2012 10:21PM

    Glad you are enjoying the homegrown produce and that the severe pain in your feet has subsided. WAY TO GO on not wasting time going to the pharmacy each week!!! Enjoy your extra time!!
Vacation is coming quickly...maybe not fast enough for you though. Have a wonderful week!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/7/2012 10:20PM

    I'm glad things are going better. Prayers ahve been answered. He takes care of your needs.

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TRYAGIN 8/7/2012 12:50PM

    A friend of ours gave us some tomatoes from their garden, and I have been eating a couple every day. I don't know why they taste so much better, but they sure do!
Have a great day.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Today is an absolutely gorgeous day!! Low 80's, low humidity, and sunny, nice breeze. We actually opened our windows!
It is not a good fibro day for me, but the pain has subsided slightly,, except my feet.. hot, electric needles shooting through each toe and up my whole foot to my ankles. Followed by that darned huge iron spike through the top of my whole foot.
Basically, it feels like somebody hooked my feet up to a car battery and threaded needles through each toe, then drove spikes through the tops of my feet.

The mind is okay, the body is getting older every second!!! I am now thinking that the pool exploding and losing my clotheslines for awhile, are signs that I am not gong to be doing this kind of stuff now.. hoping ex-hub will be able to help me hook my clotheslines back up next trip here..

I think I need to get something for pain,, I hate to, it knocks me out.. got to do something... I try not to,, not wanting to be a burden to DD.. especially on our vacation next week.. I want her to enjoy it like I did last year..

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/6/2012 11:19PM

    Praying that you are soon relatively pain free. Enjoy your vacation soon!!!

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AUNTRENEE 8/6/2012 10:21PM

    (((hugs))) (((hugs))) and a million more of those your way. Hope that you enjoy your vacation when it comes.

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SHEILA-45 8/6/2012 8:34PM

    That vacation is almost here! emoticon So sorry your feet are acting up from the fibro. Wish there was a cure for that... It's good to have the meds on hand if and when you need them. I like having them handy just in case. Feel better soon. emoticon

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SHARON10002 8/6/2012 6:17PM

    Wow! You've got it figured down into seconds! emoticon I know you are excited! When are you leaving?
Can you send that weather down here. I'll take 90 of 'em to get me into November.
Hope you were able to get something to help your fibro pain today. . . emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/6/2012 3:28PM

    I can certainly relate to what you are going through as I am going through the same thing right now. Hope you get to feeling better for your vacation!!
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ADKISTLER 8/6/2012 3:14PM

    I can relate to the feelings in feet. Praying you feel better without having to rely on meds. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/6/2012 2:29PM

    Enjoy the cooler temps lin.

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CJJANISS 8/6/2012 2:24PM

    hope you have a great vacation

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HADYDADUBR 8/6/2012 2:17PM

    Yes it is a beautiful day !!!!

Hope you enjoy your holidays.
Mary :)

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