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Good Day Selling Dogs

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I got got up at 7, had breakfast, and spent a half hour loading everything back into the car so I could get to our storage facility before 9 this morning. Then we set up, and sold pizza and hot dogs from 10 to two,packed up, and made a run back to Nelson's.

Then I had the clean-up duty and washed pans and utensils, bagged up cheese, pepperoni, hot dogs, and buns in gallon freezer bags, and put them all back in Nelson's. Then I did the treasurer thing until 6:30. The result of the today's Bike and Boating Safety Day was that we spent $146.40, received $443.75, and showed a profit of $296.35, sort of. Since we always have some stuff left over, we didn't buy everything we used, but also didn't use everything we bought. Still, even at only four hours for 8 people, we didn't make much of an hourly rate. It's just good that this was a beautiful day and we were set up in the shade, so everyone had a fine time. It rained so hard that this event was cancelled two years ago, and we worked in the light rain all day last year. All in all, it was a great day.

My real gripe today is the fragility of my body. Old age and sun damage has made the skin on my forearms about as strong as wet tissue paper. Loading the hot dog buns in the back of the car this morning I brushed against the back door rubber seal, and a big flap about an inch and a half long and an inch wide flipped back where the skin tore. I pushed it back to where it belongs, as closely as it would fit, and put a big inch and a half wide band-aid over it. It was mostly lymphatic fluid to start, but it leaked some blood out from under the bandage anyhow. It didn't hurt, and there was never any feeling of anything pulling.

Then my left index finger broke open when we had a problem with the pop-up tent popping up, and I was pushing too hard on a pin. That thing bled several times today, and I messed up another pair of jean shorts. When the blood tries on them it seems to be really hard to get the blood stains out.

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ROWINGFOOL 5/1/2011 3:49PM

    Pretreat with cold water soaks for the blood, wash in cold, use enzyme pretreater/detergent if still needed, do not dry the clothing until all the blood is out, or the stain will set. If you can toss the garment into cold water before the blood dries, that's best. Peroxide is a bleach and won't get blood "out" any more than regular bleach will.

I'm sorry to hear about your skin damage. I put sunscreen on everybody whenever we're out for all-day events, but not day-to-day. I suppose we could do better.

Have you tried a retinol-A containing cream to strengthen your skin? I found out that red palm oil (unrefined, from Tropical Traditions) has a genuinely huge amount of retinol in it. I bought $20 worth to use as a beauty cream, but found out the hard way that it dyes your skin orange. OK to use right before bed, if you sleep on dark colored sheets. Retinols are orange, after all. :)


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IRISHF 5/1/2011 3:36PM

    Whoa, sorry to hear about your skin tearing.

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MS.ELENI 4/30/2011 8:50PM

    Getting old is not for the weak.It really stinks.My skin doesn't tear yet but I bruise at the slighest touch.
Try using perioxide to get blood out. Get some rest tomorrow

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Sweet Onions for the Crowd

Friday, April 29, 2011

I bought everything today, including a five pound bag of sweet onions. Now I have to peel and dice the onions tonight. When we serve hot dogs we provide all the fixings!

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MS.ELENI 4/30/2011 9:50AM

    If you keep your knives sharp like I do it will cut quick. I have to be real careful because I take blood thinner.The last time I did nick myself my knife wasn't real sharp.
Your hot dogs sound so good.I have been craving a good one for days.I actually like checkers hot dogs.When I was little I ate them straight from the pack.

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THINRONNA 4/30/2011 2:17AM

    Sounds good!...except for that cut on your finger. I hate when that happens.

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REXTINE1 4/29/2011 10:17PM

    But frozen onions aren't the same as fresh - and how do you know you will get Vidallia's? Anyway, when I got to the last onion (I had been dicing them for nearly an hour) I cut all the way through the onion on the first horizontal slice and sliced the end of my left ring finger. I normally work the knife back and forth, and I don't know exactly what happened. So then I cut the slice vertically from front to back several times, then horizontally a few times, and did the rest of the onion half the usual way. But I put a band-aid on the ring finger first, because it tended to bleed. The knife was sharp so it didn't hurt, and I'm typing with that finger, but the blood did run out for a while.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/29/2011 7:00PM

    I remember taking my 3-year old daughter to a neighborhood picnic for the children. She was disappointed because they did not serve any onions. Sounds yummy. I may have to indulge in a hot dog before the weekend's over.

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DIASTER 4/29/2011 6:56PM

  Oh no! I would have purchased a large bag of frozen chopped onions.

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    No kidding! When do we eat? heh.

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Sprinkler Education

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yesterday I surveyed both Sam's Club and Costco to see who had the best prices on Nathan's All Beef Hot Dogs, hot dog buns, mustard, relish, Coke and Pepsi, etc. It's my job to buy the hot dog and drink supplies for the Bike and Boating Safety Day Saturday. The Kiwanis will be the only group serving that day, and the menu will be pizzas and hot dogs.

I also bought another sprinkler and replaced one that wasn't putting out enough water for some of the new grass plugs I planted. I noticed a tiny sign that said the sprinkler heads have an easily cleaned filter, so I saved the old sprinkler. Today I searched until I finally found an educational video on how to clean the filter. I did the job, and was so encouraged that I cleaned the one next to the one I had replaced yesterday. It's too bad I didn't get that message last year when I replaced another one, but the new one was only five dollars.

I took the dogs straight west this morning, down to the Pinellas trail, south to Florida, and then west to Pop Stansel Park, which is on Sutherland Bayou. Then we went straight north past Sutherman Complex, which is a bunch of ball fields and other recreation complexes, then East on Missouri past the hockey rink (they play roller hockey on concrete down here) and the too tall (zoning violating) basketball court.

After that we jogged east and south to get back across Alternate US 19, and went past the high school and south on 14th Street to get home again. We started out at 7:00 and were home again just before 8, but the thermometer read 75 at 7 and 77 at 8. It is 78 inside the house, but when we went out it was warm outside. It looks like I'll be going out by myself pretty soon and just walking the dogs over to the cemetery afterward.

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MRDPOLING 4/29/2011 1:56AM

    I have been craving grilled hotdogs for a couple days now. Guess it is about time to fire up the grill!

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MS.ELENI 4/28/2011 8:58PM

    Bill waited til dark to take Roxy and it was still in the 80's. They didn't walk far.

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Muscadines and Curlews

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I took the dogs for a 2 1/3 mile walk this morning, and they were still frisky when we got home. But we started at 7:30 and finished up at 8:15. I still worked up a little sweat.

The muscadine grapes are still growing like gangbusters, while the other four have slowed, some nearly stopped, and one is fading away - down to one leaf now, and that one doesn't look too good. Here is a picture of the southern muscadine:

The next picture shows it cropped from another shot to show how it has a grip on the wire (two tendrils each wrapped around three times, and is starting to grip the rope again. It has other tendrils around the rope lower down, but they're hard to see because of the leaves.

Also, this morning there were two curlews on the front lawn, and I tried to get a picture of them. For the first picture I had the flash turned on, (the default mode) which didn't help much. the second one I turned the flash off.

Just as I was about to put the camera away, a bunch more curlews came in like the vandals descending on rome. I see groups of four or five when I'm out walking, but I have never seen this many in a single flock.

There was no way to get them all, and they looked small, so here is a cropped view.

There was a snowy egret on the front lawn one day, but it left before I could take a picture. We have a lot of cattle egrets, which are smaller - about the size of the curlews, and several kinds of fancy birds, some of which are not native. I remember now, someone told me that the cattle egrets are from Europe.

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BRAVEONE92 4/27/2011 12:06AM

    I love muscadine preserves. I lived in Georgia for 1.5 years and
ate them for the first time. My DH is from Georgia. He
also loves the preserves. We tried a lot of different places
to find some, but had no luck. How do you use your

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MS.ELENI 4/26/2011 10:51PM

    love the pictures. emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 4/26/2011 9:36PM

    Wow cool photos! Love seeing what your up to Rextine! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/26/2011 9:08PM

    How cool of the curlews to show up to decorate (and fertilize) your lawn. Much better than plastic pink flamingos.

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    Very cool. Nice pics! I had never heard of muscadine grapes until last year. Someone brought some to work and asked me if I wanted to try one. Of course, it was good.

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Clean (but lumpy) Teeth

Monday, April 25, 2011

I walked down to my dentist today to get my teeth cleaned, and Nancy, the dental hygienist, convinced me to have the fluoride treatment. It turned out to be nothing like I expected - the white varnish makes a yucky mess on your teeth, and you can't eat anything hot or hard or acid, or drink any alcohol, for at least four to six hours. The varnish is on my gums too, and I have to wait until tonight to brush my teeth.

Then I walked the dogs to the Post Office to mail a card to one grandson, which was a two mile trip for them. They were panting before we went too far, and I was worried. We didn't start until 11:00, but Ralphy didn't lie down in the shade and they both made it home. It's getting warm enough that I'm going to have to walk them early in the morning from now on to keep from carrying Ralphy part of the way home.

We had a record cold December this year, and the last month the temperatures have been 7 and 8 degrees above normal. It's getting to be like summer, and the sun is north of east when it rises and sets now.

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MS.ELENI 4/25/2011 5:07PM

    It has been so hot lately. Bill has been waiting til just before dark to take Roxie out. Some people don't realize that dogs can get heat stroke. I wonder if the hot pavement bothers them.

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