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Phebess the cutters are about 6 inches across anyway to big to go on a cake.

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Maree, after some of what we saw going on in Florida, I'm sure there will be people who are not vaccinated but choose to not wear masks as well. I suspect we'll have some Covid case surges in some regions - some people will be doing what they want, not necessarily what's safe.

Bess and Toni, sounds like you two had a wonderful time!!! What a beautiful way to spend a day!

Nell, that's really not good that you had such a long meeting - I hope you were able to do nothing today!

Cindy, DH and I are still going back and forth on the drive versus train issue - we both see positives and negatives to both modes of transportation. I'm sorry to hear your niece and nephew decided to split up - have you spoken to the nephew to see how he's holding up? Do the Littles get to see him?

NancyAnne, your breads are so gorgeous - what a fun project! And that was my first thought when I heard that the gas company paid the "ransom" - in the "low" billion dollars!!!! To me, that sounds like they are almost encouraging others to try to hijack pipelines and other businesses!!! I don't know, maybe there's a way to not need wifi to run a pipeline? (Though I'm guessing the program monitors the flow of gas, possible leaks, and other essential information for the entire pipeline, so it would all need to go to someplace where humans keep track of this all.) Oh, and you asked about train travel - DH and I both enjoy train travel, we both had taken several train trips before we met. Together, we're done the trans-Canadian rail, travelled up and down Vietnam by train, around all of Taiwan, and went across Australia east-west and north-south. I also did the Trans-Siberian railroad by myself before age 30. It really is a nice way to travel - relaxed and stress-free. Well, except the creepy older guy who wanted to take me to Paris!!! Yuck!

Donna, I hope you had a wonderful day gardening!!! The PNW is such a wonderful place for flowers!!!

Sue, I'm going to crochet myself a sweater from a bamboo rayon and cotton yarn - would I need to block it? Those self-striping yarns are so beautiful - the soft changes are really pretty! I hope you're able to get some extra sleep this weekend!

Kate, wonderful cookie cutters!!! Can you do a tropical coral reef with brightly colored fish? Oooh, going around an aqua frosted cake or something? I'm with your DH - still masking in public places at the moment. With my asthma, I just feel it's such a risk for me at this point.

What a day! DH and I agreed we'd leave for Pennsylvania about 2 pm - we were all packed by noon. About 1 pm, I went to make a quick bite of lunch - opened the fridge - and splat, a full bottle of some rum cream alcoholic drink fell off the top of the fridge and smashed all over the floor right in front of me!!! Splattered me, the fridge, the island cabinet - with smashed glass all over the kitchen!! SIL was standing nearby, and realized when she got something off the top of the fridge she probably moved this bottle, so it was on the door, not the actual top of the fridge. Well, I had to wipe off my shoes and feet before I could do anything. She mopped up the spill, I swept up the glass, she mopped the floor with more water, I wiped down the island and the fridge. Then realized my slacks were a sticky mess from the knee down - washed that part in the sink and threw them in the dryer. It was an absolute mess, though so insane the two of us kept laughing and joking about the alcoholic scent!

So DH and I left a bit late. Made it almost to the hotel outside Philadelphia, but took one wrong turn and even though we eventually corrected it and managed to find the street we needed, we kept getting lost at different points along the way. Yeah, we somehow spent an hour going in zigzags and not quite finding where we were trying to go. Finally got there, though - nice hotel.

Bar Mitzvah is tomorrow morning, our outfits are unwrinkling (I travel with a mini spray bottle), and I think we're all set for tomorrow!

And, as I said, still going back and forth on the train versus driving issue. (We were in the cheapest seats back and forth across Australia, so we could do that if we really want to.) We have til Monday to decide - I contacted the car shipper and it's very doable.







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5/14/21 7:38 P

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Today has been crazy busy. Itís 4:30 and this was my first chance to read the posts.

Nancyanne good luck with your trip and your mom.

Cindy I hope that you sleep better and things get better for the littles.

Nell Iím sorry you are sick. I would love to see masks become a thing of the past, but Iím afraid itís still a wish.

Hubby told me last night about the new guidelines. He has asked me to continue masking when I go out, I just donít have to double mask anymore. He still wants me sanitizing and washing my hands. I will still have to wear a mask in the airport and on the plane. I leave June 1st. Still on the fence about Florida and Texas trips.

Today I did my homework and itís so bad I wonít even show you. Yesterday I received cutters I ordered and Iím baking them tonight. Here are my new cutters, still deciding what to do with the fish.



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Kellie - Thanks. i hope that all goes smoothly as you get used to the changes at work with a new manager.

Phebess - So sorry that the train didn't work out for you but when you have no particular deadline for arriving and can stop to rest as needed, it does make it a bit more relaxing. The yarn I used was James C Brett Marble chunky which stripes a bit more softly and has two colours mixed in the strand. Pretty random striping with it. The way I blocked it is good for acrylic yarns. With other fibers one might want to wet the garment or dampen it and pin it out to the correct dimensions. I know some of the scarf or shawlette patterns I did that used mostly yarns with a lot of wool content, needed to be dampened or soaked and pinned out to the dimensions so that the pattern would would show effectively like this pattern which I did for my daughter a few years ago.




Maree - That was a wonderful way to enjoy the day and treat yourself a bit! I always feel sorry for those who work during the week when it rains on the weekends - the time when they have more time to get outside for activities they might enjoy doing.

Bess - It sounds like you had a lovely time in beautiful surroundings! Wouldn't we all have loved to be there!

Toni - I'm going to be at mom's starting the 20th so will have to bow out of a zoom meeting. Not sure how that would work with my sister's internet which is more limited than ours is too. Sounds like a fun time - maybe another time. I'm glad that you enjoyed the day too! I'm pretty sure I'd want to have my mask handy for air travel just now especially if the plane is close to full. And it might take airlines and airports a while to implement changes.

Nell - Did you have to stay through the whole meeting when you were feeling so poorly. I had hoped you'd be starting to feel a bit better by now. It's been a very long stretch of illness for you this spring!

Cindy - Did you consider that maybe you're cutting back too much? Being consistent with what you're eating does work and going back to what you were doing before the blip, might be the way to go. I'm glad that your niece stayed to chat and if gave you enough peace of mind to sleep better and feel more rested.

Nancy Anne - Interesting the way you can get the patterns which make the loaf look so lovely. enjoy the weekend with BJ!

Donna - I hope you got all the blooms you wanted and had fun playing in the dirt!

I've been feeling a bit fatigued today - didn't really seem to get back into a good sleep after getting up to the bathroom early this morning. It's been a bit of a veg day as a result but there was nothing pressing on my schedule after getting my workout in this morning. Surgery for my sister is still on - talked to her this morning as mom had some chest pains last night but they seemed to pass, she had a good night and felt fine this morning. My sister sent me a text message last night and called to update me this morning. She held off calling the ambulance but would have called had the pain persisted. Trundling mom off to the hospital for a few hours late at night is too hard on her unless it is absolutely necessary. We're continuing to bask in lovely sunshine although it was a bit cooler today. Back to more seasonal temps tomorrow. I just remembered that I tossed my workout clothing in the washing machine some time ago and it's still there so I'd best go grab it and get it hung up to dry properly!

Have a good evening.

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NancyAnne your bread is so beautiful I wouldnít want to eat it! Thank you for sharing the pictures.
Enjoy your weekend with BJ and the movie. We havenít been in a theatre since early 2020 and they are still closed here.

Cindy it is good news you were able to speak to your niece yesterday. It really sounds like they are not going to be able to make this work. Itís too bad they arenít having some counselling to help them through this. I agree with you sometimes you just have to put in the hard work and then there are situations where it just doesnít work. I do feel for the little ones though.
Good luck working on those stubborn pounds.

Nell, I am amazed you could still handle the board meeting. I would have turned off my video too.

Toni and Bess thanks for posting the picture of your day together. I too looked at the website and it looks perfect. There is nothing more lovely than beautiful gardens.
I will love to do a Zoom one day and I will send my email to you Toni. We have a lot of time zones to cover!

Maree sorry you have another rainy weekend ahead and will miss out on going to your happy place.

Today I will pick up my flowers. I went to several nurseries yesterday to find the begonias I wanted. They didnít have enough but will have them for me this morning. Like everything else this year they have gone up in price too. Covid seems to be the excuse for everything. I did get my hanging baskets so there is a little colour out there right now. I will be playing in the dirt today so I will be happy. It is a lovely day so it will be fun to be working outside.

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Just worked legs and chest and thought I'd check in before showering and getting on with my day.

Toni and Bess- So neat to see the two of you together!

I saw the gasline paid the ransom. I'm very concerned about the president this is setting.

Thanks for the compliments on the loaf of sourdough. I'm getting better with practice. I've had some frustrating duds, for sure! I'll attach a picture of a regular bread flour loaf I baked yesterday, as well.

Cindy, the scoring is done with a device called a lame (pronounced lahm). I'll attach a photos of a different loaf scored before and after baking. This one was 30% rye and didn't develop as much oven spring (rise from baking) as the one I posted yesterday, so it held it's shape better. I'm getting better at figuring out how the dough will spring in the oven and scoring to work with it.

I started a group on MeWe called "Beautiful Sourdough" where I post almost everything I do, if anyone is on there and interested.

I'm off for a busy day. We're getting BJ today for the weekend. I'm taking him to what will be my last movie in a very long time as I'm pretty sure the theaters in California are shut down. I leave on Tuesday.

Have a blessed Friday, everyone!

Yesterday's bread flour loaf (I love this one!)


And the rye loaf before and after baking:



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Good FRIDAY morning!

Bess and Toni, thanks for the photo and lovely descriptions of your visit together. Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and we are all jealous.

Maree, I did not hear that news about the new CDC guidelines (or any other news, for that matter, LOL), so I will have to look into that. But I was missing hymnals at my church, too, so I understand your happy tears. Lately I've been taking mama to her church instead of going to mine, and at her church they kept the hymnals out, which I have been enjoying. All three of us (me, mama, DH) will love being able to see people's mouths as they speak, since it has been so hard to hear and understand without that visual aid!

Nancyanne, I was stunned by the beauty of that loaf!! I even showed it to DH, who was coming up with ideas of how you made the design. I think we are all curious about that, and would love a description of the process!

Phebess, I hope your cross-country drive goes well. The relaxed pace with no deadline sounds nice. Our family made that trip (and even longer) back when I was 17, with 6 of us in a teeny tiny Pace Arrow motor home (no AC). I think maybe I told about it here one time. I'm sure your trip will be much less stressful than that was!

Thanks to all for your prayers and good wishes about our situation with the Littles and the N&N. I had a much better day yesterday, did not become exasperated or worn out by their energy, and then niece stayed to talk a bit when she came for them. Enough to make me feel quite a bit better, and get a good night's sleep last night. I am still not happy about their splitting up, though. Somehow I am a very big fan of doing the hard work to make a marriage last, and it always saddens me when people give up on it. Especially when they have kids. I'm still hoping they'll change their minds and work things out.

My weight is STILL up from that one day (and really only one meal) off plan, last Saturday! I had been eating about 60 net carbs daily for the week before Mother's Day, which was working fine. I thought that by dropping down to 48-50 net carbs daily for a week after, that any damage would melt away quickly. Guess I was wrong about that! Next time I'll try dropping back to what Atkins calls "Induction" and eat only 20 net carbs for a few days, and see if that works better. It's no big deal, really, but I'm really trying to figure out a good plan for making weight maintenance my permanent way of life. Too many times I've yo-yoed back up to horridly uncomfortable places, and never ever want to do that again.

OK, time to get my second cuppa before mama wakes up. Hope you all enjoy your day! Big hellos to the whole team!

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I think there will be mask quilts too, Nell! And to think I just washed ours up for travel, though I suspect TSA will take some time to go with this, but we will see tomorrow at Dulles.

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Good morning. We are supposed to have a spectacular day (at last), I'm heading out to the store. Don't want to do much driving until gas is available in a week or so.

Looks like you guys had a beautiful day to walk gardens, Toni and Bess. And you could do it together, what a difference a year makes.

Maree, I think masks will go into a drawer and become a relic of a bygone era. I remember when my father found gas ration coupons from WWII. No nostalgia, but a history lesson for me.

We had our zoom condo board meeting last night, I felt so awful I turned off my video. I didn't want anyone to see how sick I look. The first 10 minutes would have been OK, but 2 hours later I was barely able to sit up.

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Good morning!

As the picture reveals, a blue sky, Ďblue birdí day with Bess and a stunning collection of beautiful plants most all in their full spring glory. As we left we passed a hedge that actually glistened from the sun hitting fresh leaves. Bess and I had such a sweet time. She underestimates her own listening skills. We both had lots to say and hear! It was a lovely exchange and I left with much to think about and reflect on. She did not mention our hitting the gift shop on the way out. We both acknowledged an appreciation for a good gift store and shopping in general...as well as the coffee. (So good we interrupted our stream of chat to comment on itóas in, oh, this coffee is really good....). I had both enough gas (still shortages here at local pumps) and energy to do the drive home with a huge smile. And as Bess says, only thing missing was all of us trooping through those amazing gardens. Iíd return in a heart beat.

I have a zoom account and could take the lead to set one up. I will want to wait until after May 20th though, as I will be pretty focused on my kiddos in Colorado. How about those interested sending me a spark email with your internet addresses as a start? Or propose other ideas? I promise to keep emails confidential to this group and when I come back we can decide on a good time for those who want to participate.

Now I am off to overpack. This is only kind of a joke on myself, and Phebe, I am thinking about your Ďcapsuleí inspiration!

Happy Friday, friends.

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Here we are with the Victorian conservatory in the background. It was a glorious day to meet at a garden. The sky was blue all day with huge puffy clouds that looked like cotton balls. Only the slightest breeze stirred the leaves and the crowd is strictly limited so in short - there was no crowd. Roses and peonies were the main flowers blooming and staff was planting out the choices for summer display, but the grounds are so beautiful, with such a variety of trees and shrubs, that every where you looked was something pretty to see. The roses were spectacular, especially the climbing ones. Children were squealing in the children's garden and it was good to see people enjoying themselves in such a beautiful setting.

I normally only visit these gardens at Christmas time, at night, when they decorate every plant, tree, bridge, and structure with colored lights. So though I've been coming here for years, there are still lots of undiscovered nooks and crannies to be found. As I told Toni - there was a place to accept a proposal around every bend in every path.

The only thing missing was the rest of you gathered round, strolling on the grass, sniffing blossoms with us. Toni is a good listener. I'm a good talker. She is a bold adventurer. Richmond is my home town. Their little restaurant was well set up for social distancing and they made delicious coffee. In fact, perhaps the best coffee I've ever had in a paper cup.

As I said - I wish you had all been here with us - so I hope we can set up a zoom call sometime this summer.

And now - it's house cleaning time and cake decorating - because tomorrow my son and his darlings are all coming to celebrate his birthday with Nana and Gandaddy.

Goodness - what a social week!

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Good morning! It's Friiiidaaay!!

I suppose you all heard about the CDC guidelines issued yesterday to remove nearly all mask mandates for the vaccinated. Even some for the unvaccinated. There's a convenient chart on the CDC website. Of course, states need to react to the guidelines. Let's see how quickly the governors and mayors do so. Last night it brought tears to my eyes to have the hymnals back in the pews!

Those people who bought a mask to match every outfit (Pelosi) won't want to part with them. I never bought a one; received two cloth ones and several disposable ones from my employer. I can't wait to be able to hear better when people speak. Not sure how it will be policed, since the strong privacy rights to one's medical records still exist.

Bess and Toni, what a lovely setting to meet up. I, too, hope you post a picture or two.

And Nancy Anne, that bread is a work of art!! Simply beautiful! Hope your mom can do the less invasive procedure.

Oh, my, it was a beautiful day yesterday. I treated myself to 20 minutes on the back deck for lunch. Another today! But sadly rain moves in for the weekend. Sigh. Again. Really?! So, we'll stay in town and attend a family fish fry Saturday afternoon/evening. DD and family will arrive early Saturday morning (he's a garage sale enthusiast) and head home after the event since DD plays bells at her church Sunday morning.

Time to scoot. Strict presses at crossfit class this morning. Hope all have a great day and stay healthy!

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