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9/2/12 10:14 P

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Good Evening. summer is still upon us but it sure is getting dark sooner. I think I heard the sun will set at 7:15. Not quite that yet and it is already gone.

We didn't eat out tonight, maybe tomorrow night. I had a tummy upset this morning and I don't know if it was from second time warmed over hamburger pie or the new pills I am taking. So I just had scrambled eggs and toast for supper.

It has been a lazy day. Read the paper, knitted a little and a neighbor came by for quite a while. She seems to come over about once a month to check on me. At least she didn't come this time as we were getting ready to eat or leave for dinner.. She has a good heart and always knows all the neighborhood news. Darn if I didn't forget to ask her if she has gotten a cleaning lady yet as I might know someone for her. Also forgot to ask why the neighbor around the corner has their house up for sale. They are the ones that share the side of our back yard with all the morning glories that spread every where.



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9/2/12 5:32 P

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Sarah, I hope relief from the heat comes soon.

Judy, It's been a year since I picked blackberries so it's not fresh in my mind about the scratches. I love berries! I remember a particular tree in Oregon City that was huge and flame-colored at it's peak. I've always heard the east coast has the wonderful fall foliage color.

I forgot to say what I'm having for dinner tonight:

I've got meatloaf stuffin' muffins ready to pop in the oven when we get home. Along with that we'll have HE Cashew Pineapple Cole Slaw (except with roasted peanuts because I don't have cashews) and mashed potatoes.

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9/2/12 3:17 P

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Hello everyone,

I am sitting here eating my healthy breakfast, listening to the traffic going by my house. This is a very unusual sound. On major holidays there is always something going on in Packwood. We live between the cities and Packwood so our road gets very heavy traffic this weekend. It sounds like a freeway, more motorcycles though.

Patty, I agree that autumn in lower Michigan, (and upper Michigan) is wonderful! This is the only time of the year when I miss Michigan. I grew up in and around Lansing. Several years ago I took my native Oregon husband to Michigan in October, We drove through the upper peninsula. We stopped at the Cut River Gorge. The fall color in Oregon is beautiful, but nothing like that of Michigan. When we walked out onto the bridge over the gorge he made the comment, "it looks like every leaf has a light behind it!" He was constantly in awe of the color in Michigan. He was also stunned by the enthusiasm in football fans. I had timed that vacation to coordinate with the MSU vs UofM game which falls on my birthday weekend. He'd never seen anything like that.

Jan, I do not pick blackberries, I don't even like them, though my roommate loves them. I will make syrup for her if someone else will bring me the berries. My former husband loves blackberry pie. I would make that for him if he brought me the berries. I see no point in getting all scratched up for those berries.

Yesterday I went to visit friends for just a minute. I took some sausages we get at Costco to them. They can't get to Costco and don't have a membership anyway. They do love some of the products that I can get there. On my way home I spotted a Yakima fruit stand and stopped to see if they had any slicing tomatoes. They didn't have them, but they did have freestone peaches, so I bought a lug. Now I have peaches to dry. I have a can of Fruit Fresh around here, but I don't have a clue where it might be so I'll have to use some lemon juice to prevent the peaches from browning. I still want those tomatoes, but I will wait until after the holiday traffic is gone before I go to get them.

I'll see you all later.

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9/2/12 2:29 P

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Hi Everyone

Hope you are having a good Labor Day weekend. It is roasting hot here today. The humidity makes it close feel, like you can't breathe. This too will pass.....it better pass!!! lol

It is a quiet day here. Tomorrow my shopper will be here. Not sure what I'm going to get yet. I'm last minute this trip. I can't think of much that appeals to me yet. I'm hoping for a bolt out of the blue to give me some ideas.

Patty the roast sounds good.

Jan have fun blackberry picking. We use to always get chiggers when we picked them!

Enjoy the fruits of your labors today!

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9/2/12 12:35 P

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Good morning Patty and everyone,

It's a pretty, sunny day here. I also noticed a few leaves changing color on our travels here and there. My own Japanese Maple loses it's leaves in mid to late November when it's usually raining so that is no fun but autumn is definitely my favorite time of year.

We have church this morning and then after lunch we are all going blackberry picking- it's that time of year here. DS#1 has diverticulitis so he makes his berries into a syrup. He said he made a milkshake with it that was the best he's ever had. I've been going through Cooking Across America and there's a recipe for Willamette Valley Blackberry Cobbler - so that will me our treat.

I've got a list going of recipes I intend to make from Cooking Across America. For some I need additional ingredients from the grocery store after payday but there are others I can make before that.

Living in a town on the way to the beach towns and parks, traffic is particularly heavy this weekend. We have to plan a way over the hill to get to church so we don't get caught in bumper to bumper.

Did I move yesterday: yes
Water: yes
Follow exchange plan: yes

Hope everyone has a super day.



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9/2/12 9:43 A

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Good morning Girls,
I slept like a log last night. Thank you for all your prayers. I should be all set now for another month, then 3 or 4 days of little sleep again.

As we were driving to the Grand Traverse Resort both Thurs. and Fri. we were noticing the leaves starting to turn color. I love this time of year, the days are a bit cooler, the humidity is less, the color on the changing leaves all leave me almost breathless it is so beautiful. Then when the leaves fall, I can stand outside and they rain on top of me falling all around me...I just love autumns in northern lower Michigan.

I have no idea what is planned for today. We will take it as it comes.

Son called yesterday to thank us for our gift, and to just talk about the wedding. It was a beautiful small wedding. Everyone there loved the wedding couple, and it showed. Much nicer in my opinion than a huge wedding where half the people don't even know the couple. just my own humble opinion...

now on to business. First of all, 12 messages yesterday. Way to go team, cheering each other on and sharing blessings and sadness alike. I love this spark team. We all seem like friends here.

ok, did you move? emoticon my little gleeful fellow
no

did you drink your water?
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I think so

did you stick to your diet? emoticon
yes

Well team, it is up to us whether we get there or not.
Ann is there
Jan is fast approaching onederland
we are getting more fit, and healthier by eating our diet and drinking our water.

What are you cooking for supper?
I made lasagna last night for supper, and in place of the noodles, slice eggplant. It is wonderful...a great go too meal. I also used cream cheese with a bit of heavy cream as I did not have cottage cheese nor ricotta.

I got that idea from one of JoAnna's recipes. In one of the books, she had lasagna casserole, it called for noodles, tomato sauce, and cream cheese, and other things. If you have it in your books, it is very yummy. Anyway, this is where I got the idea. JoAnna had so many wonderful ideas.

I am also going to cut a beef roast in half and put it in my small crock pot...yum I love a beef roast, and slow cooking it is the only way I found to have it be tender. In the oven, it just dries out.

ok, I am off here. Need to put that roast in the crock pot, and plug it in.

have a super blessed day.
Patty

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