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Unstuffed day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I have pared down my menu for this day dramatically. No more stuffing, fruit salad, pie, ice cream, munchie snacks, Pink Panther poop, cranberry sauce, or cobblers. DD and I just enjoy a nice planned meal and today I actually got to prepare all but the green bean casserole. A day off.

We really have changed the thins we used to eat.. I make my whipped potatoes with 1/2% milk, no sour cream, no trans fat margarine.
Casserole is made with Fit and Active mushroom soup, I now sub my homemade cran/orange/ apple relish instead of the jelly. We are splurging with red velvet cake for dessert.
I got up early and started cleaning kitchen, made the relish, brought all of ingredients upstairs from pantry, prepared my bag of baking items for teh cookie bake this Saturday at me friend's house, washed dishes, re-arranged my storage containers in my cabinets, sorted laundry, got my hen out and oiled her up and put the apple in her tummy. I also made whole wheat bread and have that in the oven. When it is finished, the hen will go in the oven.

Sparker Racingtolose called us just now to wish us Happy Thanksgiving and she was headed to the race she is in, The Turkey Trot, near Chicago. We hope she does well and stays warm,, It is the same temp there as here, she should do well!

I am thankful I have this day off.

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NORASPAT 11/23/2012 10:47AM

    LINDA, Way to go for sure paring down the food for better health. Sorry i have been missing in action DH is doing better but not fast enough for my liking. Ear ache after taking narcotics is a big worry.

This Blog was on the day I read your next blog so it was a success HUGS Pat in Maine.

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/22/2012 5:48PM

    Sounds great. My dinner's cut down similar to yours, but without the cake, and plain green beans. Oh, and I did have a little red jelly stuff, since someone gave me a can of it, but only a couple of spoonfuls - too sweet. The freezer will be eating a lot of leftovers. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/22/2012 10:45AM

    We ahve cut back as well. It's mostly just Ashley and I doing the turkey. && It's a heck fo a lot of work for jsut me to do. With rests in between for my back. Basic stuff but darn it there will be turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and green bean casserole. She is bringing dessert.
Happy blessings day to you

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MIATIA1 11/22/2012 10:21AM

    Have a greaat day. Menu sounds yummy even with out the poop! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOMORENOMORE 11/22/2012 10:14AM

    Your dinner sounds delicious! Pink Panther poop? I'll have to google that!

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CASTIRONLADY 11/22/2012 9:59AM

    Great planning on your part! Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

May you all have a healthy and Blessed day tomorrow.. keep in mind those that are less fortunate than you, if you can afford it, share with another, either your home, your table, your leftovers or your time.
It is given to us to pass it on to others, as it was passed to us.

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/21/2012 7:42PM

    All the blessings of a thankful heart be yours, too. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/21/2012 7:13PM

    You and your DD have a blessed healthy thanksgiving too Lin!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I had so many errands to run today, wanted to get them finished before the weekend.

We always make a circuitous trip to do this to save time and money. After work, we stopped at the bank, then to dad's house to hook up the timer to a lamp, check on mouse traps and get the mail.
Next stop was the post office to get make-up stamps for that roll of stamps I found in my desk. The price will be going up again January 26 or 27.
Next stop was HVAC office to pay the inspection bill via credit card. Might as well get points for it.. on to Aco Hardware to pick up some essentials, used some big coupons, used BOTH credit cards and got MORE points on my card.
Next stop was last one before home: insurance office to pay the whole bill, guess how? Credit card!!
For every point I get, I get free gift cards, so today I earned two $50 gift cards just by paying bills. I never carry a balance, pay interest..

DD LOVES to get gift cards for Christmas, I send them to sisters, and use them for myself to go Christmas shopping for next year.

So, all of this only took about one hour and forty five minutes,, glad it is done.
Our little pile of savings for vacation next summer is getting slightly higher: tomorrow we go to the credit union to cash in a lot of change, make deposits, move some $$ around,, I will then cash some of my credit card points for two gas cards so we do not pay for any gasoline on our trip. THAT is a biggie.

Time to work with the stability ball and do some stretches.. tomorrow at work is a busy day..

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/20/2012 10:51PM

    Great day. It's always fun to make the circuit so you get mostly right hand turns. :)

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ROCKYCPA 11/20/2012 9:33PM

    Great way to save money and earn gift cards!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/20/2012 4:53PM

    Good deal with those credit cards. I want some!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/20/2012 4:53PM

    Good deal with those credit cards. I want some!

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MOnday fog

Monday, November 19, 2012

this is the fourth day of thick fog here. It burns off around noon, then returns all night until noon the next day.. kind of creepy.. oh, I just looked outside, the SUN is out finally.

DD finally got teh light timer to work for dad's house. Saturday i made an arrangement with the neighbor to drop his snowplow blade on dad's driveway when there is more than a few inches of snow this winter. HE drives by the house on his way f=home from work each day, so will do it VERY reasonably for us. What a blessing. I told him we just want it so it looks lived in, and we can get out of our car near the garage to enter the house.

DD took our hen out of the freezer this morning, letting her warm up before we oil her up for the oven Thursday. I will be baking bread and a pumpkin pie, so we will enjoy my day off a lot.

I slept somewhat better last night, no pain pill for the first time in months. I also got my sister's Christmas gift last weekend, so my shopping is finished.
I am blessed to have things arranged so I can do them after work, just need to stay motivated.. Christmas cards start this week too..

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/19/2012 4:52PM

    Wow, you sound busy! Glad the fog is on the outside, and it burns off. Glad to hear you're sleeping better. It can be a drag taking pills. Looking forward to a great Thanksgiving day too.

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NORASPAT 11/19/2012 4:46PM

    LINDA I was so happy to read you are in less pain, I hope that keeps up for you. You are so very organized, I have the cards and the addresses but I have not thought about it till you mentioned it. Thanks. emoticon emoticon
My DH has been sick most of the week and after Dentist and Dr visits finally after 3 Dr's this morning we were told DH had Shingles and we are hoping this is the right diagnosis. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 11/19/2012 3:50PM

    Enjoy and count your blessings.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/19/2012 2:27PM

    I'm glad you ahd a good night sleep last night.

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PJBONARRIGO 11/19/2012 2:25PM

    It sounds like you are doing well and are ready for the holidays, I'm impressed. Glad to hear that you slept well and have got the plowing under control. You are very organized! Enjoy your time off and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

I do not know how we acquire so many "things". We went to dad's house yesterday to try to get a timer to work,,no go.. I started just picking things out of drawers, off counter tops,etc.. filled a whole trash bag in ten minutes.. I am not exaggerating when i say that mom has at least 100 bottles of hand cream/body lotion! I trashed about forty just in a quick few grabs,, they have been sitting in the house for about ten years. IF they did not get all watery, I would have taken them to the home where she lives.
I also set out three big trays of D-con and they were all empty!! We have a myriad of baited traps, about five ultrasounds plugged in the outlets.. These are field mice that come in from the cold; There is a huge field that has been harvested across the road from his house, so in they come!

There is no food in the home except a jar of peanut butter for baiting. We have to store it in the fridge so they will not gnaw the plastic jar open. I am earmarking things to put in the garage sale, I reach up on a closet shelf near the back door, find a leather case:OH NO! Another gun!
I took all of dad's long guns out, all of the visible pistols out too, a couple years ago when mom was moved out. I thought I had all of them, but this Smith and Wesson somehow escaped my view. I know he bought it to have it re-blued and fixed up, but now I need to contact our dear friend, who is the sheriff here, and ask him if he wants to buy it,, Dad groomed him to be sheriff and helped get him elected back when, he is always helpful with Dad's belongings.
These people threw NOTHING AWAY!! I counted sixty vacuum cleaner bags, none of the vacs even work,,,,
A half closet full of club jackets, dad's sheriff shirts, gloves, pants, his Kevlar, ammo, handcuffs,holsters, mace, billy clubs, searchlights, super heavy duty flashlights, sheriff ponchos, hats...etc..
I just do not have room for even more guns in my home.. The clothes all have his name on the front of them, some of the things I can give back to John, the sheriff, but for the most part, I see Halloween costumes..
Five pair of boots, seven umbrellas, enough plastic shopping bags to cover planet earth..
coolers(they never camped), a BBQ grill (never used), 22 hubcaps(none matching), estimate of probably 100 bar signs, clocks. The original Budweiser light for over a pool table. etc,,

Four dressers full of old greeting cards that mom never threw away, about 250 stuffed animals from crane machines that mom won at bingo's, junk, junk, etc,, mom has two huge closets full of just her clothes.. not one dress or skirt, but they are full closets... five safes,,,
we have our work cut out for us..
we just randomly grab things every
time we go in the house and fill up some bags for trash. It never looks like we put a dent in it though.
If I did not work full time, I would just stay there and start in on each room.. soon enough...

Talk about cardio!!!!!

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NORASPAT 11/18/2012 11:35PM

    Wow that was an interesting Blog Linda. It looks like your Dad had an interesting career. Did you always live in Michigan and was your Dad always a Sheriff, it must have been an interesting lifestyle for you too.
Hopefully you will be able to sell some of the possessions. Will you be seeing Mom on Thanksgiving Day. Dh is just getting up, he has a fever today so I have not been anywhere. I had wanted to go to Kohls and to go to Plattsburgh but it is not happening. No emoticon emoticon emoticon w I must make a much smaller menu than I had planned. HUGS Pat in Maine. I will catch up later.

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/18/2012 9:21PM

    Wow! You have actually have more stuff to get rid of than I do. Keep pecking away at it. Every litter bit helps.

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WELLNESSME09 11/18/2012 7:30AM

    Good for you for doing such a difficult job! emoticon
Much luck to you in your continued efforts!

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PATRICIAAK 11/18/2012 7:14AM

    Sounds like you need to contact Craig's List!

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BOSS61 11/18/2012 7:03AM

    Whoa, you are living a reality TV show. Some of what you found has value; much is downright scary. Guns scare me, but that's the eastern liberal in me I know. Good luck with the challenges, and be careful what you touch, breathe, etc. Maybe gloves and a mask, until facts prove them unnecessary?

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