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5/5/13 10:25 P

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Hi Jan, Glenna, Judy, Patty, and Ann

So good to hear all about your weather, gardens, etc.
We have full grown apple trees that were in full bloom this week. If we do not get any freeze we also should get lots of apples. That is if we are still living here in the fall.
If judge decides to let my sons wife keep the kids in Oregon his lawyer will try for 50-50 custody there. That would mean that we would move there for a while till our son is set up. She is in Newport, Oregon.
My son is on his way to California today to get his kids for the 10 days of this month. They will be tested when he gets back here on what grade levels they are at.
So DH and me are enjoying some time alone.
We went to church and really enjoyed it. We then went to Jack in the Box and had a terrible fating meal:)
I am trying to put some recipe in the Sparkpeople food tracker. It does take some time to do that. But it will be easier in the long run.
Hubby and I tried one of JoAnns baked potato recipes with Jo's sour cream and spices and bacon bits (Can not remember the name of it). We both liked it really well.
Cloudy here off and on today and suppose to have rain tomorrow night. As long as it is not snow.
You all have a great Sunday evening.
Nina

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5/5/13 7:44 P

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Hello everyone,

Jan, If you have a blender, (not a food processor) it isn't difficult to make mayonnaise. I have done it. It just takes patience. The oil goes in drop by drop. I am surprised that you have rhubarb already. I can't get out into our back yard to see if there is any growing there. I am looking forward to making rhubarb goodies. I wonder if I can find a good way to make a "pie" with rhubarb.

I agree with you, shawls are lovely and purposeful. I do use them. My daughter got several Pashamina stoles for me. I use those a lot because up here when the sun goes down it can get very chilly.

Right now I am praying for the sun to hurry up and go down. It is very hot. I just checked and the temperature is now 81degrees. It is hot. It is hard to believe that last Sunday at this time we were watching it snow. I think our road must be open. There is a lot of traffic on it today. I am sure the people are out Sunday driving because it is so beautiful. I need to start my car. I haven't done so for a week. That is not good. I am hungry for some dark chocolate so I may drive to the store for a bar. We'll see.

Patty, I think it is great that you could find pillowcases at the Good Will store. I don't usually go to that specific store because they didn't pay their employees minimum wage a few years back. It is extremely hard to live on what they pay. I do go to other thrift stores though.

Ann was wondering how the farmers manage to raise crops, There are two things different. They plant a lot more seed and to get to those seeds the animal must expose itself. Farmers cannot tolerate animals destroying their crops so the generally get rid of the pests, such as raccoons. In my case, the lady that lives in the trailer is feeding them. So I can't get rid of them. I am just about sufficiently frustrated that I will pay someone to come and shoot them. I can't let Gidget go out because the 'coons would kill her or the eagles carry her off. I am not terribly concerned about the eagles, but the raccoons drive me nuts. I can't even open the cat door because they can climb up to the balcony and when Gidget hears them she goes nuts and wants to get out to chase them.

I am very glad to hear that the fires in your county are under control. Having been a firefighter I know digging fire lines is hard work even when it is cool. Those people are wearing their heavy turnouts which adds to the difficulty. They make it harder to move and dig and they are hot just to wear not to really work in. In the dead of winter those suits are hot.

There are many spots in the campground across the street for motor homes. There is one spot that will support two motorhomes at once. That isn't even a group reserved slot. almost all the spots will support a motorhome if you drive in head first. You couldn't back into those slots.

I am about to inherit a motorhome from my son when he gets a job and a house. I don't know yet where I will put it. I may choose to leave it where it is, the rent on his space is only $45 per month. I don't know if I will be able to swing that, but we'll see.

There are places up here where I could put it and not pay any rent. I might choose to do that. I don't know what it will take to drive it anywhere. He tells me the motor is not in good shape. And the motorhome leaks. I know how to fix the leaks, but the motor is different. Perhaps my SIL will be able to fix that for me. Again we'll see.

It is very still outside. That would indicate that the baby birds have not yet hatched. When they do there won't be any stillness during the day. Those babies are very demanding. Their parents sing a lot to protect their territory. I am not sure about the territorial thing. I see the birds going everywhere for food.

I haven't seen or heard any robins this year. I wonder if they are disappearing? I need to get some of those things that are made to house mason bees. There are almost no bees left up here. I don't think up here that insecticide is a problem. In other places probably.

I got a call from my former husband this morning. He was calling to wish me Happy Mother's Day. He got a bit mixed up and read his calender wrong. I didn't mind at all. We had a lovely conversation and I got an open invitation to go down to see him. He still lives in the house we bought on New Year's Day 1963. He has been there over fifty years. That is what he meant when he told me to pick a house where I could spend the rest of my life. I understand now.

See you all later.

Love, Judy emoticon

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5/5/13 6:07 P

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Quite a change in weather today. Very cloudy and I saw some sprinkles on the drive way. It would be great if L A area got more than sprinkles to help with the fires. At one time we had 6 fires in the county going but all under control. At least the cooler weather makes the work for the firemen easier. Imagine digging fire breaks in the heat.

We are eating at Red Lobster tonight with DS, DD and GS. We'll meet them there as it is just about 1/2 way between both houses. DD has made dad a banana cream pie so probably back to their house for dessert.

Our DIL in N.C. thinks almost the same as you Patty, that is almost isn't worth planting a garden as the critters get in and eat every thing. DS has put up an electric fence and that hasn't even kept them out. They have fruit trees also that get eaten by the animals. Makes you wonder how the farmers can grow the crops we buy in the store without the critters eating everything. The blueberries we are buy from Costco are coming from Mexico. They sure are good. Nice to beable to almost buy them year round. They are so good for us.

Glenna, I'm surprised you have produce coming up all ready. As you are further north and colder. I'm sorry Sarah had to go back into rehab. Let's hope it will be a short trip and this time she will inprove so she can manage back in her apartment. DIL says her dad isn't complaining any more about the food Meals on Wheels brings so he must be adjusting to it. He is a diabetic but doesn't take care of what he eats. Loves donuts.

Judy, your forest camp ground must have a lot of trees. Those are the type of camp grounds that are hard for those of us with big motor homes to park in. I heard the Good Sam club wants to open up to people that tent camp. Their membership is down like the rest of the RV clubs. Many of the RV camp grounds don't allow tenters so it will be interesting how that works out. We have quite a few RV parks in the city area and none allow tents. I'm glad our tenting days are over. I always seemed to get settled in with a rock under my sleeping bag.

Jan, I sure hope your food plan helps the tummy.

Tomorrow is lab work, Tues is chemo and Wed. I'll have to have a shot to keep the white cells up. This time I made an app't for the lab work. Maybe I can be in and out of there. They do take the app't first and walk ins after. Monday and Friday they say is their busiest days.


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5/5/13 6:02 P

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Glenna, It's good to hear from you and hear how your garden is growing plus the report on Sarah. My rhubarb is growing great guns and I made a batch of stewed rhubarb using Splenda. Other than that I have two artichoke plants that I hope produce this year. We are just preparing the large garden. I do have a lot of strawberries flowering but we need more of this hot weather for them to do very well.

Judy, The pickled beets, deviled eggs and spinach salad sound great. I just had to look to see if I can eat beets - yes! I also love the cucumbers sliced thin and marinated in vinegar and water. Found out the mayonnaise I have has soybean oil so I can't make deviled eggs unless I make my own mayo.

Patty, You got some good deals in town today. I got a chuckle out of your hubby modeling the shawl anonymously. The shawls look so soft and lacy. I wonder why people quit wearing them. Fashions seem to recycle. It seems for ages women wore shawls - in the Amish stories they use them. I think they are pretty and feminine.

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5/5/13 2:30 P

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Afternoon Girls,

Hubby and I went into town for lunch and a quick stop at Goodwill.
I bought a t shirt, with black, tan and white. It should go well with my black pants.
I also found a pair of pillowcases, brand new, I think these are hand made.

Then we stopped at sams for a quick trip too.

Now home.

New pics on my blog.

It is 77 and sunny here today...what a year this has been for us here in northern lower michigan...mercy, 77 is quite warm.

Thanks Glenna for the update on Sarah, and for keeping us informed.

I have tried having gardens, but the rabbits and raccoons just eat them all up...forget about it...too much work, for too little to show for it.

have a blessed day girls.
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Good morning everyone,

It is so good to see you again Glenna. Thank you for the news about Sarah. I hope she is getting better now. It is too bad that she had to go back into the rehab center, but I hope that visit brought her far enough back to health so she can stay out of both the hospital and the rehab center. This winter for her has been especially difficult.

It is nice to know your garden is doing well. I appreciate the great news about your fruit trees. I love it when the trees really bloom big and don't get frosted. Good fruit years do help the budget.

I planted peas and the raccoons at all the peas I planted. So I have nothing coming up yet. I will try again, but first I need to buy some hardware cloth. I'll foil those 'coons some way. I am not yet sure how much hardware cloth to order. I have two very large planters and several small ones. The growing season up here is so short that it doesn't make any sense to have the ground tilled for a real garden.

Last night I made some pickled beets for supper. I used rice wine vinegar and splenda to do the pickling. I have some of them left and today I will pair them with spinach for a nice salad. I am thinking that salad and possibly a couple of hard boiled eggs, maybe deviled wIill make a nice lunch. I don't normally eat lunch, but breakfast this morning was particularly early because I had to go downstairs to get a message out to Mary. I am too lazy to make two trips up and down the stairs, so early breakfast.

Jan, It is supposed to reach 80 degrees here today too! Quite a switch from the snow we had last weekend. I can certainly tell its spring. Hopefully the temperature won't go much higher for a while. Let my body adapt please. Right now 80 degrees is too much after living at sixty degrees all winter.

I hope to see you all later today, but who knows? Yesterday I got busy and forgot to get back.

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Hello Jan and all, It is sunny and warm in WV also. Beautiful weather!

I did talk with Sarah yesterday on the phone. she had to go back into the rehab center for awhile. She said to update everyone on where she is. I'll keep you posted if I hear something else.

Are any of you planting gardens? We have peas, lettuce, beets, radishes, and carrots up. It is too early for beans, corn, etc. Often we have a frost or freeze mid-May. Our fruit trees are blooming like crazy. It should be a bountiful fruit year, if they dont' get frozen.

Hope everyone has a good Sunday,
Glenna

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Good morning,

I hope it is sunny where you are. We expect to reach 80 degrees today which is rare for this area especially in May.

The new diet is doing okay. Basically it's like a South Beach but with food restrictions.

The heat keeps me drinking more than usual water.

I plan to spend time outside enjoying our yard and getting more weeding done after church and lunch.

DH is singing in the choir this morning which I look forward to hearing.

How is your day going?

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