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8/29/14 8:26 A

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It is gloriously quiet! The jackhammers and air compressors are gone, people on the street can get in and out again without waiting for equipment and trucks to move. It's cool, the windows are open, and I can enjoy the peace. And hot water and FIOS. I intend to have a peaceful, dull, ordinary, wonderful day!

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Glad to hear the gas is back on..and so glad it is back on in time for the holiday weekend too!

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My gas is back on, the gas company (rather than their subcontractor) came out to turn everything on. I was so bummed out two nights ago with not having phone, tv or internet that I didn't cook dinner, and last night the gas wasn't on until after dinnertime, so I haven't had a dinner in two nights. Tonight I'll be able to cook! I'll need a nap this afternoon, though, because I also haven't slept well in two nights. I just want normal! We'll be disrupted again soon for a house siding repair, then having the house painted. I'm paying (a lot) for that, though.

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Somehow I stopped getting emails for this group! Getting myself back on here. Hi, all!

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Nell hope your day is a whole lot better?
Chefsophie hope your back pain is feeling a lot better!

Hope everyone has a good day?

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Another beautiful day here. My plan is to roast a small chicken breast and serve with lemon pasta and sliced tomato. I did something to my back three weeks ago, probably lifting something heavy in the wrong way. I may need to make an appointment with the chiropractor.

Nell sorry to hear about all your problems. It sounds like the gas company has created a perfect storm.

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The gas company broke my FIOS line yesterday, Verizon just got here to replace it. I was without phone, TV or internet for 28 hours. I still have no gas, no stove or hot water. I can make sandwiches for dinner, but I need to shower after a sticky day.

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Good hump day! Hope your day is stress free?

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The jack hammers have started tearing up the street that was just repaved 5 years ago. It's going to be a long day.

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Good Tuesday !

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Today was another cool, dry glorious day. I made pasta primavera tonight, taking advantage of the last of the summer veggies. I did use frozen peas, though. DH asked where I got them. I told him "at the store" so he ate them and said they were good. If I'd told him they were frozen he'd have picked them out like he did the mushrooms.

The gas company is supposed to do their line replacement tomorrow, after putting it off for 3 weeks. I won't have any gas for the day, so I have no idea what I'll make for dinner, without a stove or hot water. Maybe I'll have to pull out the electric skillet I bought for the kitchen reno last year.

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8/25/14 6:12 P

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Another beautiful day. Too bad I had to work all day. Tonight I'm making a baked potato and a grilled small beef tenderloin. I plan on making a it an early evening.

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Good Monday morning!

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Sounds like you had a great fun day!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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Came to Boston today and went to Fenway Park for a baseball game. Red Sox lost, but a beautiful day and great seats. Now we are heading back on the train.

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Have a great Saturday!

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Have a great Friday!

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8/21/14 11:52 A

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It's Thursday where I am.....

~Barbara~

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It's Friday have a good day and a better weekend!

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I am at my daughter's for two weeks. We need to shop for food today--their fridge is always empty!!

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Good morning everyone! Have a good hump day?

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Wow wait for me I'm coming for the day?

Hope everyone is having a good day?

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It is another beautiful day my son-in-law grilled chicken that was delicious. He also grilled corn on the cob seasoned with old bay seasoning. We also had cole slaw. Today he went clamming and is going to make chowder for dinner. His chowder is fabulous. I am trying to get people to clean out the leftovers as I am leaving Thursday for a long weekend.

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I air condition only to 85 when I am away in the summer so my cats don't suffer. I figure the electric bill is just another cost of cats.

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Going to visit my daughter for a couple of weeks. I'm hoping that the temps come down a tiny bit since the house will be closed up more than usual. My poor little Bobby cat is going to be all alone, except for visits by my son and friend.

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Hi all! On the downhill slide out of summer, and they are saying to expect another early and harsh winter. Oh, well, it will make my snowboarding daughter very happy!



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Good morning...

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Good morning! Yesterday meant a 96 year old woman who I will be caring for and she is great! Out spoken and she looks like 80 instead of 96?

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Had brunch with a friend and finally had chorizo for the first time. I enjoyed it--it's not something I would say I loved but I enjoyed the dish.

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"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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The last few days have been beautiful. Last night my daughter went clamming, and I made linguine with clams and chorizo. It was great. Served it with a watermelon and cucumber salad with a Hoison dressing. Tonight I am making stuffed clams followed by coconut, lemongrass curried cod with baby bok choy. Enjoy your weekend all.

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I'm off to drop off a box of papers for shredding. Our county offers this service a couple of times a year, and it saves a huge amount of time. And burned out shredder motors, which happened to me when my MIL died.

It's cool and beautiful here today.

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Kind of a soggy morning here, so need to make it a good'un!

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Good morning..have a good day!

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My grocery shopping this week didn't include much produce since I am leaving Monday night for my trip. It felt weird. I ended up spending about as much as usual because I took the opportunity to stock up a few things--like toilet paper!!

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I'm taking a three-day weekend, then knuckling down on Monday to get back to work for serious. I feel like I need a break, even though we just got back from vacation, because I was so sick this last week.

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Have a great Friday!

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The bag from the CSA today was so heavy that I think I hurt my back a little carrying it! So many delicious things, including two gorgeous eggplant, many peppers, onions, tomatoes, melons, berries. I'm going to eat so well this week!



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Yesterday I had a craving for bacon--which I haven't had in ages. So this morning I decided to vary things up for breakfast/lunch and have bacon and eggs. Which I did and enjoyed, but for some reason my stomach gets a little queasy when I eat eggs. I know that it will happen but I do like eggs occasionally!!

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I have the weekend all to myself--DH is off at a conference for work--and I think I might spend some time getting myself more organized in the kitchen for eating a fresher, more immediate lifestyle. I have some work stuff I need to do, but otherwise I pretty much have the house to myself.

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good morning everyone!

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A storm went through today and now it is lovely with no humidity. Tomorrow I am taking one car back to the mainland, and will grab some groceries as well as some live lobsters for dinner tomorrow when my daughter and her family arrive. Friday we are going to a pot luck, and I found an interesting watermelon cucumber salad in the New York Times. The main course will be pork tenderloin, and I do like fruit with pork.

Nell I hope there are no problems with the gas lines. Miss G. About ten years ago
I had a lovely small market in walking distance from home, and I loved going daily and picking out what I wanted for dinner.










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That does sound good, MissG. I have to try to remember it for when the kids are here later this year.

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Nell, I hope that the drain lines are okay! What a pain!

As for the shopping after a long day, it is remarkably quick. If you go in knowing what you want, it's a 5- or 10-minute process. And when it's literally steps away from your front door, I don't think it would be that much of a hassle.

Yesterday I decided to make pulled pork for the two of us. I had a very small bone-in pork roast, which I browned with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then stewed in chicken stock for a couple hours. After I pulled the meat off the bones, I added organic apple cider to the broth and set it back to a fast simmer. I sauteed an onion until soft and brown, and peeled and cut up 4 apples, both of which I added to the pot. I seasoned with coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, and a little cayenne pepper, then at the end added a little balsamic vinegar. It was delicious! And no added sugar outside of the cider and the apples.

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I just realized I haven't gotten any emails for this thread in a long time.

When I travel I have to remember I am staying in a city where people walk everywhere, but they do that in cities here, too. It's still hard to shop every day when you work 10+ hours a day.

When we got back from our trip a couple of weeks ago, there was a letter from the gas company that our house had been chosen for a gas line replacement (lucky us). They marked the utilities last week and were supposed to be here yesterday, but didn't show up. They showed up this morning, but it was raining so they left. I called and it will be another week or two. All the lines they painted to mark utilities will have to be redone, the rain washed them out. One of us has to be here to be sure their big old backhoe doesn't break our drain lines like Comcast did 20 years ago. Comcast refused to repair the damage, and it took us several weeks and a lot of digging to replace them. The gas company has to pay a fine if they hit a utility line, but tearing out our drains has no penalty. I didn't ask for this job, and I don't care if they have to dig with teaspoons. I don't want my drains cut. I need to show them approximately where they are, I can't be as exact with underground plastic as you can with metal.

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Europeans definitely shop very differently than we. The refrigerators are about the size of our dishwashers, in most homes. They don't refrigerate their eggs or their hard cheeses, and they buy them in small quantities to use within a day or two. Everything is very fresh.

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I think that Europeans shop differently than many of us. I go to the market once a week. My impression is that it is typical for them to shop daily so having that little store walking distance makes more sense, picking up just a few items.

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I know what you mean by the disadvantages of living in a suburban environment, Barbara. The first day we were back I made a run to the grocery store, and I was really struck with how spread out everything is. Huge swathes of asphalt around building after building so that people can park, pushing everything very far away from everything else. In the apartment where we were staying in Rome, there was a small grocer carrying meats, bread, and dairy on the corner, and a fruit stand right across the street from him. And the streets themselves were about the width of a New York sidewalk. It was all so convenient.

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Have a good Tuesday!

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One of the disadvantages of living in a suburban environment.

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Yet another lovely day for me to end up staying inside and working. I am hoping to get out of here at a reasonable hour and go for a walk. I have left over quiche I can have with some sliced tomatoes for dinner. I also need to clean my kitchen before my daughter and her family arrive Thursday. I got everything else done. Miss G I noticed that when we were there and also when we went to England. People exercised by walking everywhere for everything.

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It's one of the things I noticed: Italians don't really exercise. I saw maybe three joggers, all of them foreign, and one gym, which was empty.

But they all walk everywhere. It really brought home to me how much walking does the job.

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Good morning every one! Have a good Monday!

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And you had fun losing those pounds!! I am always amazed that I never gain anything when I visit my daughter, but running around after my grandson does it.

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Good afternoon everyone! Friday and Saturday am watching my daughter dogs while she and her family on vacation.. Donna her sister in law is helping me out for next week? Thank goodness that is hard work caring for 3 dogs.. so will not be one here every day so just wanted to let you know incase someone would ask where I am..

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Sophie, it was very much like that! I am fortunate to have a family of enthusiastic sharers when it comes to food, so we would all order different things so that everyone got to taste many things off the menu. Almost all of it was phenomenally good. And I'm down several pounds from when I left!

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Another beautiful day. Last night I had a small swordfish steak with a cherry reduction sauce. It was lovely. Tonight I am making a sausage and spinach quiche with a caprice salad. Welcome back Miss G. Your trip to Italy sounds like ours a few years ago, food, more food, lots of wine and logging 20,000 steps many days.

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Lucky you!

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Back from Italy, getting back into the swing of things. Walked many, many miles while we were there. Drank much good red wine.

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It is another beautiful day. We are trying a new seafood place. It is a great sandwich shop at lunch and has been serving seafood dinner a few nights a week. You are out side at picnic tables with white linen table clothes. Yes the flies definitely freaked me out. This weekend we are vacuuming and shampooing the carpets. My daughter and her family are coming Thursday, and I will be serving steamed lobster, slaw, and pasta or potato salad the night they arrive with gelato for dessert. Rita we love dog sitting.

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I hate flies and all those types of annoyances! Glad you got it taken care of!



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Wow! Chefsophie that would of freak me out but glad you took care of them for sure!

Everyone have a good day! Today me and my hubby is dog sitting with my daughter's 3 dogs while her and her family is on their vacation! What parents don't do for their kids?

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Well I have been overwhelmed by work, and then got attacked by a black fly infestation. It was awful. I ended up killing over 75 flies. I closed the windows, but they still got in. I felt like I was in an Alfred Hitchfcock movie. With the help of others, I managed to kill them all, and now can sleep with my windows open. Tonight it's rib eye with a potato.

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Where is everyone?

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Have a good day..

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Ended up taking a pork chop out of the freezer. I bought a family style package a few weeks ago and packaged them up, one chop to a package. It works well for me, for portioning.

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Good morning! Make it a good one!

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Have to decide what I want to do for dinner. The weather is much more tolerable than it has been, so cooking is not bad.

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Good morning every one hope your Tuesday is a good one?

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I can't believe the weekend is over and a new week has started. It rained all weekend, but we did need the rain. Today is lovely and the humidity has gone. I have to take my car to get the brakes fixed so I am bringing my other car back tomorrow so I have transportation while the other car is being fixed. I expect it will take awhile and the price higher than I want.

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Have a good Monday morning!

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The ceviche was interesting. I have always found lime a very strong taste, but I have to admit that the orange juice was too mild for me. I thought that the lemon juice would balance that, but it didn't come through. It was tasty though. Tonight I took out a chicken breast--just planning on pan-roasting it.

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Have a great Sunday !

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Doing the ceviche tonight.

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Have a good Saturday!

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I was planning on making a tomato pie with a salad for dinner, but it is so hot and humid I may come up with a plan B. Ceviche sounds great, but I don't have any fresh fish. I want something cold.

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