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2/26/16 8:44 A

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I'm sure that is very worrisome for you. I was the same way, when my son was in Afghanistan. He made it home safe , not sure how sound. He has some PTSD,but he is doing fairly well.

When will your son be coming home? Or rather how long was he to be there with the Peace Corp.

I'll keep him and you in my thoughts and prayers.

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2/25/16 9:54 P

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I have been married twice. Ruffner and now newhouse. Ruffner were from the Uniontown and Latrobe areas. Newhouse from west va. Then darlington, and cannolton.

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2/23/16 9:59 A

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I was born in New Castle but lived most of my young life just west of Cleveland, Oh. Then I moved out here to Colorado and have been here for 46 years. (Wow, time flies!) My roots are in the Frosts, a lot of whom worked in the steel mills in Lawrence County, the Gaskills who worked around the mines in Fayette County, the Barnetts, who also worked around the mines, and the Glasses, who were new immigrants from Lithiuania and worked on the furnaces in the mills, but I'm running into a bunch of other names as I bring the family tree forward toward modern times. I was beginning to think we were related to just about everyone in south western Pennsylvania but I haven't come across any of the names you mentioned, yet.

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2/22/16 9:07 P

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I got the sample of those too. Again I agree with your assessment of the product and cos
I received a sample of a product named Nu-solv. It looks like " thick it" used in the hospitals for people having trouble swallowing. I'm going to a support group Meeting Mar. 6th. I'm going to ask if it could be used to thicken stool.

It thickenes any fluids and the thickness depends on how much used. It's easy on your gastric system, so I think it would work for an ostomy... and it's cheap in comparison to other products.

I'll let you know after my meeting and my talk with the proffesionals.

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2/22/16 8:59 P

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I'm 19 miles south of Mahoningtowm/New Castle. I did part of my nurses training at Frick Hospital. I lived for 13 years in the Fayette and Greene County area, but I am from Beaver Falls in Beaver County. My maiden name was Weber, and my family was from Kepple and New Galilee areas.

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2/20/16 10:24 A

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I'm working on a family tree and most of my ancestors came from southeastern Pennsylvania, Connellsville, New Castle, Taylor, Mahoningtown. Maybe we're related. ;-)

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10/28/15 3:32 P

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Wow, that does sound pretty expensive!

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10/28/15 11:30 A

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I got my sample of Diamonds™ Gelling Sachets, 5 sachets, yesterday evening and gave them a try. The gelling doesn't help a lot when my output is totally liquid (after drinking coffee, tea, or water between meals) but the deodorizing and anti-gas are great. The big problem is the cost - $25 for 100 and I'd need to use 6 or 7 a day. Medicare doesn't cover them. I still have 3 and am going to use them today. I report anything new tomorrow.

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10/21/15 2:06 P

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I know that I rejoice when ever it rains!

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Hollister does make a lubricating deodorizer but you have to use it every time you empty so it gets expensive. I rinse out most times. The gel should make emptying cleaner and easier. We'll see how it works when it arrives.

Apparently we had a little rain last night. That's good. It's suppose to be cold and rainy all day.

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Maybe I am peculiar since I prefer more liquid contents since they are easier to empty.

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I posted this in the Products Used forum but I'll post it here again. It's an offer for a free sample:

Diamonds™ Gelling Sachets with ActiveOne™ Odor Control solidify liquid contents and reduce or eliminate excess gas, enabling the user to achieve a flatter, more discreet pouch. Not only does this result in greater comfort, but users often find that Diamonds™ sachets help prevent leakage and sleep disruptions caused by the need to drain or release gas. For ileostomy or liquid stool output.

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It just means my sacroiliac joint (the joint that connects the hips to the trunk) has been damaged. It's common among older people like the arthritis in the base joint of the thumb that just about everybody seems to get. Over the years we wear out.

My cousin who lives with me had to go into work at 2 am and is getting off at 9 am. I was going to work on getting the down stairs bathroom ready to paint but I know he'll be tired and want to sleep so I think I'll go shopping instead and let him have the house to himself for a while. I wish the mall had some interesting stores but it only seems to have specialty clothing shops any more. Maybe I'll go to Lowes and look at the tile.

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Sacroiliac vacuum phenomena -- wow, that is a mouthful. It does seem they would have found something to help it!

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We finally go a little rain last night. The weatherman is saying we'll have snow in the mountains sometime this week. I'm not ready for snow but I'll take more rain.

I walked in the park on Saturday for the first time in several weeks. I've been getting my cardio on my stationary bike but my legs have been aching so decided to make a change. Unfortunately, I discovered that it is the walking that is making my hips and the small of my back hurt when I move around. I think it's the sacroiliac vacuum phenomena thing a rheumatologist diagnosed me with. She never did say what to do about it, but it's a common thing and surely someone has found a way to deal with it. The pain is bad enough to keep me from getting things done so I'm going to look on line for more exercises to relieve it. I love walking and don't want to give it up.

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I see.

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I don't think they do the glucose tolerance test any more. I remember the lab in the doctors' office I work at In the '70s doing those first thing in the morning. We seemed to have someone passing out about once a week. My doctor did do several A1Cs in his office and a lab workup. When I was in the hospital in 2011 they tested me because the GI doctor ordered an IV with dextrose and my blood sugar went sky high. But they didn't start me on any med, just stopped the dextrose. When I was in for my last surgery in August of last year and ended up with a really bad infection they poked my finger a few days in a row and then stopped. I think I'm just border line. Everyone's blood sugar tends to go up when they're physically stressed.



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Did they ever do a Glucose Tolerance Test?

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Good for you for staying on your meal plan. I tried the smaller meals and snacks for a while but find I eat less if I can stick to three meals and maybe a piece of fruit between lunch and dinner. A few years ago at my annual physical the nurse practitioner told me I have type 2 diabetes. The next year the doctor told me I didn't have it, I was pre-diabetic. The next year after that he told me just insulin resistant (which I had thought was the same thing). The next year he didn't even bother to check my A1C. He retired and my new doctor said I wasn't diabetic. Now he's retired, too, and I haven't had my blood sugar checked in a while. I have two brothers and a sister who have type 2 diabetes so I think I may be inclined that way but just haven't gotten there, which is fine with me. I still have to watch it, especially in the hospital. If they give me an IV with dextrose my blood sugar level will spike. Then they're in every few hours sticking my fingers.

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Since I am on the diabetic plan, it means I have smaller meals plus a couple of snacks per day. So far I am not going over on calories.

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I slept hard last night but no problems with the pouch. Being lactose intolerant but not having a colon means I don't have the discomfort from it. Because of that I'm not as diligent as I was before my surgery about avoiding milk products or using lactase tablets when I do eat something with regular milk in it. But I should be. I also shouldn't be eating or drinking much after supper. Not only does it mean I have to wake up more during the night but it's when I go over my daily allowance of calories. I've managed to stop for short periods but can't seem to make it a habit. I think it's time to try again.

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Oh, dear. My oldest son thinks it is terrible that I wake up several times during the night to go to the bathroom and take meds at specified times. However, it mostly prevents such happenings! And I usually fall back asleep pretty quickly.

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Uggggh! Another night time explosion. I haven't had this problem in three years. Wonder what's going on. Of course, I did eat Neufchatel cheese without taking a lactase tablet (I'm lactose intolerant) so that may have contributed to it but why didn't I wake up in time to burp my pouch like I usually do? No antihistamine to blame it on this time. Probably shouldn't have washed my hair when I showered but I didn't want to have to do it later. I'm going back to bed as soon as it dries.

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Wow, what a horrible thing to happen just from a sneeze!

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Now that the shower's been fixed, it's time to paint the room but first I must decide if I want to put down new tile and get a new vanity for it. Putting down new tile will involve moving the washer and dryer and so will painting the wall behind them, so I might as well do both at the same time rather than move the washer and dryer twice.

I sneezed this morning and pain went rippling through my upper back so I'm sitting with the heating pad on it right now. Don't know how much I'll get done today if it keeps up. Maybe the heat and a Tylenol will take care of it.

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Wow,that young man certainly had a good work ethic!

I'm glad the shower is pretty!

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The shower is finished. A young man who had very little English worked without a break for nine hours yesterday because he wanted to get it done. The boss sent another worker in this morning to finish the sanding and caulking that couldn't be done while the plaster and glue was still wet. He just left. It's not the fiber glass shower surround I was looking at. It's molded plastic sheets. At first I was a little upset, but then I remembered the reason I didn't buy the one I was looking at was that I wasn't sure it would fit without the extra expense of moving a divider wall. I left finding one to the contractor and this one could be cut down if necessary so is probably the only one that would fit in the little, not exactly square, cubby hole of a space that the shower is in. I guess this is what was meant to be. It's pretty though and, as long as it doesn't leak, I'm happy with it.

It's cool but clear this morning. Think I'll take a walk soon and enjoy the crisp autumn air.

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Oh, my, I hope that you get a good job done. That is a little nerve-racking when you don't know if they will do what you want.

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That's a shame. Hiring someone to work on the house is always a little scary. Even checking with the BBB it's hard to tell what kind of results you'll get. A couple of years ago I hired a man with 30 years of experience with concrete to overlay my foundation. He showed up with a young inexperienced man he'd just hired, told him what to do, and, without telling me, left to do another job. I ended up with concrete smeared up onto the brick facing of my house that I can't get off.

The fellow's coming today to redo my basement shower. I told him what I wanted but thought he'd consult with me before buying the material. He didn't, so I have my fingers crossed he bought the inset I wanted.

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Boy, do I know what you mean about cost. My daughter had a friend's husband do some painting on her house, and he ran out of steam and didn't finish. She ended up getting someone else to finish and clean up after the first guy. She had already paid the first guy, so some of that was a loss --especially considering what a sloppy job he did. At least the second guy did a much better job and sort of salvaged the job the first guy did.

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A lipid panel just checks your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers.

It stayed sunny all day yesterday which was good. The yard waste recycling place I went to is off what I think of as a country road (probably because it's like the roads where I grew up), 2 lanes, 50 mph, small roads coming in from the side hidden by overgrown weeds and without warning, used by heavy equipment and large dump trucks. I hate driving those kind of roads in bad weather. But all went well and I managed to get rid of a lot of wood. I still have a couple of dead limbs to take off one tree but I have a spruce whose branches are scraping the roof and I can't get up there to cut them back (vertigo), so I need to call a tree trimming company and get that done. I may have them take down those other branches. Depends on cost.

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The only one I knew the name for was the CBC since she mentioned that. I don't know about the others since the doctor had faxed them in.

We have some more fog today with rain.

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It's got to be scary to have to drive knowing your blood sugar might drop so low you can't handle the car. Were you getting a lipid panel. I've read that they've decided it doesn't matter whether or not you are fasting when you take that test, the results are the same. I'll be glad when that's universally understood. Lucky they hit your vein. I hate it when they put the needle in, miss the vein, and then dig around trying to find it. It never works and it hurts terribly. I once had an ex-army medic for my pre-op nurse. He hung my arm over the side of the gurney while he got the syringe ready then put on the tourniquet before he lifted my arm up. All the veins were engorged with blood and standing right up so he could just slip the needle right in.

It seems to be a foggy fall so far. Colorado Springs had two days of thick fog last week, my middle brother from Ohio just sent me pictures of a fog bank rolling across a field toward him (second day in a row), and you had fog yesterday. Today is clear so far here and I have to pack all that wood I cut up into my car and get it to the recycling place. It's only free on Saturday.

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I had a blood test this morning. Since it had to be fasting, I decided to go early so my blood sugar wouldn't drop too much after getting up. That meant I had to drive while it was still dark, which I don't like to do. It was very foggy this morning, but there was hardly any traffic, so I could drive on the slow side to make sure I didn't miss something I should see. The lady actually got my vein first thing and drew all the blood she needed for three vials. I was very happy that it was done so easily. By the time I left, the fog was lifting a little and there was slightly more light.

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I'm so glad to be done with all the scoping.

The mountains look hazy this morning like there might be more smoke descending on us. I haven't been out so don't know if the air smells of pine smoke, but I can't see any haze between me and the bluff to my north so it hasn't made it this far. Maybe it won't today.

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That sounds a little nerve-wracking. But if it is being closely monitored then it is probably OK.

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I had some kind of conscious anesthetic with my first colonoscopy and remember most of it but was put totally out for the others. I never had pain or even discomfort with any of them despite the fact that I was badly ulcerated over half my colon for the last two. I know there are anesthetics that cause amnesia. I had one with my upper GI. They have to have you awake to insert the probe but then give the anesthetic so you don't remember how uncomfortable it was (at least that's what a nurse friend of mine told me). I know I don't remember the procedure. I think that's Propofol, the drug that killed Michael Jackson.

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I think they have their favorite drugs also and don't want to consider alternatives. The doctor that gave me that scopalamine when I said it didn't work right, just said that next time he would give me more. I swore to never have that done again. After a bunch of years I started having horrible pain and finally decided I would have to have to have a colonoscopy again. I was in a different area so I researched the available doctors and chose one that was said to be very kind. When I talked to her she said they don't even use scopalamine for colonoscopies anymore. However when she tried to do the colonoscopy, I was totally blocked and ended up with emergency surgery for my colostomy. Now I have an ileostomy.

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Doctor's don't seem to want to understand that we are each different and that's scary. I guess their job is easier if they just believe what the drug manufacturers tell them a med will do is a universal truth. I had a minor surgery to open up an abscess in my abdomen and when I came out of the anesthesia I was still paralyzed. I felt like I couldn't breath even though the recovery nurse said I was breathing just fine and not being able to move was very scary. It only lasted a minute or two until the paralyzing drug they give with anesthesia wore off but I was truly totally panicked. Before my next surgery, when the anesthesiologist came to introduce himself and ask if there was anything he should know, I told him what had happened and to not let that happen this time. Just like the recovery nurse, he wasn't surprised, so it must happen a lot. You'd think they'd figure that out.

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And I seem to underreact. I am slow to respond to dental medication so the dentist has to give it to me, walk away and do something else and then return. There was scopalamine for a procedure that I just didn't seem to respond to since I felt a lot of pain. The "doctor" said to the student nurse that I wouldn't remember it afterward. Well, it is over 20 years ago that he said that and I still remember!

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I seem to overreact to some medication. Nasacort otc gave me really bad side effects within two weeks of starting it (hunger and anxiety). On the other hand, I've been on high doses of prednisone for months and not had much in the way of side effects.

Today I'm antihistamine free and feeling more awake and wishing I hadn't signed up for a webinar on bonds this morning because I feel like going for a walk. If the weather holds, maybe I'll go after lunch.

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That sounds like an unpleasant lesson to learn.

That must be a really powerful antihistamine. Some of the symptoms of raspy voice, the mucus at the back of the throat I have experienced. I take a cough medicine which is supposed to thin the mucus and I use my asthma inhaler before I go to bed. I have discovered that if I also suck on a cough drop that does help. I do something my Chihuahua dog does that the vet calls a reverse sneeze where I inhale to get the mucus moving. That seems to work the best since the cough drop loosens it up enough to get it moving out of my throat. (It is a Honey Lemon variety)

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Lesson for today: osteomates do not eat chili for supper, take a prescription strength antihistamine that's known to knock them out at bed time, and not take an anti-gas tablet, too, unless they like washing sheets in the middle of the night.

I couldn't eat beans when I had UC without getting a flare up so now that I no longer have to worry about flare ups (well, only tiny ones because I still have some rectum) I don't want to give them up again. I really should stop taking the antihistamines. They're too strong for me, but the doctor made me promise I wouldn't stop them for at least 3 months to see if they would work. For four years (since I was on a ventilator for a few days) my voice has been off and on raspy, sometimes to the point that I can't be understood. If I talk for more than a few minutes my nose runs and my eyes water so badly that it looks like I'm crying. Recently I've had the feeling that there is something in the back of my throat. The doctor took a look and says it's just mucus but even with his strong antihistamine the feeling hasn't gone away. And the antihistamine really does knock me out, that's why I changed from taking it in the morning to taking it at bedtime, but I'm still sleepy all day. I've only been taking them for a couple of weeks now. Hopefully, I'll get use to them soon and the sleepiness will go away.

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Having some company decide what product I would use would drive me crazy!

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I use Byrams, too, mostly because they were the medical supply company the stoma nurse at the hospital suggested and when I checked they were the cheapest. Back then, before Medicare, cheap was very important to me because my insurance didn't pay for ostomy supplies and I didn't know how long it would be before I could go back to work. As it turned out I never did get to go back to work. I tried Osto Group, but they wanted to decide what product I used and that meant I constantly was dealing with leaks. Rather pay out-of-pocket for a product that seldom leaks while I could than be afraid to leave the house.

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I don't use DuoDerm, but my supplier is Byram.

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LOL! Hadn't thought of that. If the airplane cabin depressurizes there would be a possibility of an explosion. So maybe it's a good thing I can't fly.

Today is starting out cool and overcast, very autumn-ish. I enjoyed all the fog yesterday and am a little sad I didn't go walk in it (I use to love to walk in fog) , but it was a little too cold for me to have enjoyed it. My DuoDerm was delivered evening before last. The one 4x4 sheet came in a 16x16x16 box. When I saw the box I thought it was to protect the DuoDerm but it was laying right on top, so I guess it's just that that's the smallest box AllegroMedical owns. I cut a small patch and put it on under my wafer yesterday and so far so good - no leaks and no itching and burning. We'll see if the skin looks better when I change my wafer again tomorrow. If it does I may try changing less often.

But if I continue using DuoDerm I'm going to have to find a supplier that doesn't charge as much for shipping and handling for the $7 4x4 sheet as the sheet itself costs. Maybe a brick and mortar store here in town can get it for me without S&H changes.

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I will have to admit that I probably won't be flying anymore. I have these horrible imaginings of the TSA people searching me because I have a bag of fluid concealed. Somehow I think that bag of fluid won't explode or any thing like that.

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I've never gotten into Facebook although my middle brother has been encouraging all of us to join. I just don't have that much to post and would rather email people if something big happens in my life. Maybe I'm wrong in that.

Lots of kids and grandkids can keep you busy if they're all still living close. My family is spread out across the country. I meant to visit them all after I retired but that was back when I didn't think I was retiring until this year - back before I got really sick. Now I can't do it. I have a mutant gene that increases my probability of developing blood clots so I don't fly anymore and the money is tighter than it would have been if I had continued to work until I was 66.

We're having a cool foggy morning and I'm sitting here wrapped in my nice warm throw not wanting to get moving. The DuoDerm I ordered came yesterday and I need to get up and go play around with it a bit before I try putting a piece under my wafer.

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Nowadays, my socializing is mostly at church, and as an extension of that, FaceBook. SparkPeople is also somewhat social. Of course, I guess I could say I created my own social group since I had 6 children and they and their families are a large part of my socialization also.

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Unfortunately most of my friends were work friends and after I got sick and had to take early retirement we just had very little left in common. I run into a person I worked with every once in a while and we say we should get together but it never happens. One of my good friends out side of work died several years ago and the other moved. Then I was working and going to school for a few years and working two jobs for a while so I wasn't that active socially.

Since my first surgery it seems as if every time I get feeling good enough to start getting out again I need another surgery. It's been a full year since my last surgery and I'm thinking about taking a class at the senior center or joining a Silver Sneakers group at a gym. I don't like gyms but the social part of it might be good for me.

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Either that or a good friend with a truck!

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Another overcast day. Yesterday we only got a minute of rain out of a whole day of overcast. I hope today's clouds have more rain for us in them. I think part of the haze is smoke again. At least it looks like it when I look at the bluff north of me. Smoke or no smoke I have to be outdoors today because I absolutely promised myself I'd get as much of the limb that fell off the white poplar tree cut up and ready to take to the recycle place as possible. I've been piddling around, doing a little and a little for too long and need to have it done! If I had a truck I wouldn't have to cut things up so small to transport them, but I don't have a truck, just a Saturn. I think realtors should tell you you're going to need a truck if you buy a house.

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I guess the pause gave the drivers time to notice them before they started crossing!

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Maybe they don't go downtown because there's more concrete than plants to eat there. I was sitting in the exam room at my doctor's office one day waiting for him and watching the deer eat his shrubbery when the deer walked over to the edge of the busy 6-lane street and paused for a minute. I was sure they'd be hit if they walked out onto the street but the cars stopped and the deer walked across all 6 lanes. My doctor said they do it all the time.

I have a contractor coming this morning about my downstairs shower. Better get ready.

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Well, in my little city, there is a leash law, but many people let their dogs run free. I have seen the deer raiding people's gardens, so much so that a neighbor built a high fence to keep them out. I've never seen deer near the downtown (probably because of the traffic), but they certainly are prevalent in the yards near me.

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You hit on the difference between country deer and city deer. The city deer know the dogs are fenced in or indoors and are use to being barked at. They also think people who approach them are bringing them food. Three years ago when I decided to grow beans on my fence I got them to stop eating the plants for a few days by dusting the plants with smelly body powder, but the powder ran out and it wasn't worth it to go buy some more. But now they're eating my new rose bush so I'm going to the dollar store today to see what they have in the way of body powder.

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I remember that when I lived in the country and had a fair number of deer stroll through, I ended up putting a fence around my fruit trees. One morning I looked out and there were couple of them reaching over the fence and nibbling on the trees. So I stepped out the door and barked like a dog. They took off running!

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Luckily the contractor's secretary called me early so no phone tag and no feeling trapped at home waiting for the call. Thankfully the total amount on the estimate was a mistake.

When I opened the blinds this morning there were two large bucks complete with velvet covered antlers lying in my back yard. A little later another one showed up and the three of them walked around a bit eating my rose bushes (one just newly planted this spring) and the volunteer tomato by the compost bin. I haven't looked to see if they ate the pumpkin plant or the few volunteer bean plants I've been picking beans from for a month. When the new neighbors moved in with their German Shepard I thought that would be the last of the deer raiding my yard for snacks but they've figured out how to get here without going through her yard and now she doesn't even bother to bark at them.

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I hate playing phone tag also!

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Wow. A pepper allergy. That's gotten make it hard to eat out. There are a lot of foods I can't eat but nothing that universal.

I'm stuck at home today until the contractor calls me back about the estimate for repairing/redoing my downstairs shower. It has two options on it but the total cost is the sum of the cost of both options. I don't think that's what he meant. It least I hope not. With any luck he'll call early. I always feel rather trapped when I have to wait for someone to return a call even if I don't have anywhere I need to go. And I hate playing phone tag.

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Yep, tomatoes are a favorite vegetable for me.

As a side note, I never use black pepper since it makes me get painful tongue bumps. That means if someone cooks with black pepper that either I have to pick off each speck of pepper or I just don't eat it.


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Tomatoes off the vine! My mother would slice bread and put mayonnaise on it, then put it, a knife, and the salt and pepper shakers on a plate and carry them out to the picnic table in the back yard. Then she'd go to the garden, pick a tomato, wash it at the faucet, slice it and add it and salt and pepper to the bread and mayonnaise, eating her sandwich at the picnic table. Her picnic table had a heavy trellis covered with grape vines over it and, in the summer, a pot of rosemary as a centerpiece.

I have a volunteer cherry tomato bush growing next to my compost bin. The other day the wind blew the compost bin over and crushed it a bit but I think it's coming back. I hope so.

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Today has been mostly cloudy and I keep hoping it will rain at least a little, but no luck yet. I guess I better go out and water my tomatoes.

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That's good. We haven't had any (or very little) smoke coming over the mountains from Washington and Oregon for a few days and it hasn't been bad for more than a week. It's scary when the smoke is heavy because we don't know if it is the smoke from the other side of the mountains or if there is another forest fire in the mountains here. They say its going to get worse so the good thing is that the parts that are already burned won't burn again for quite a while. Unfortunately we needed those trees to clean the air and keep it breathable.

While, I made a pot of chili so I wouldn't have to stop and cook later. It's bubbling away on the stove so I better get out back and cut up some more of the branch that broke off my big white poplar tree. There's a lot of it to cut up. Have a good one.

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So far the fires that we had in the vicinity weren't too big and were put down pretty quickly. We have had haze from the bigger fires.

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I was just reading that Washington is one of the 10 states that have been hit worst by drought this summer. We're only a few years out from our last 10 year drought and it feels as though we're teetering on the edge of one. Of course, what seemed like huge forest fires to us a few years ago seem minor compared to what is happening now. Hope you're somewhere reasonably safe from all of it.

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