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What I did on Friday 1.Woke up at 4am because nurse came in to do daughters vitals 2. Started packing our "stuff" because her testing was almost done and we'd be going home 3. We had long talk with Doctor about early test results and what was next. 4. Made 3 trips to load the car..a lot of things after 5 days and nights living in that hospital room. 5. Home on a beautiful sunny day, hottest of the year so far at 93, with sunroof open and air conditioner on. 6. Unloaded daughter and car, played with puppies and kittens who really missed us despite all the neighbors caring for them and then I crashed!
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1. I was an only child. 2. My parents weren't sure what to do with a child so I was raised as a miniature adult 3. I was a military brat and lived most of my childhood in Europe, which made it easier for them to treat me as an little adult 4. I was only child at cocktail parties, dinner at Officer's Club etc. 5. My Mother was not domestic at all :-) we ate out a lot more than ate at home which was really unique in the 50's and early 60's. When we ate at home usually Dad cooked. 6. By the time I got to high school - a private girls one at my request - I was not only an adult but often took care of cooking, house etc. My mothers health started failing when I was in 6th grade. 7. All my child activities came from doing things with my school friends families ...movies, picnics, carnivals, etc. 8. I learned from my parents how I didn't want to raise a child and from my friends parents on how I did 9. My different upbringing has really taught me a lot and made me a better adult than I expected. Emergencies and crisis are much more easily handled by me then most of my friends. My ability to prioritize issues etc was learned at a very young age. I am good.
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When it comes to canning I used to be the queen of canning :-). From 1972 until the late '90's I canned literally everything possible. I averaged over 800 quarts a summer. We had a whole storage room dedicated to storing the jars of food. My daughter was born in 1970 and from infancy had food allergy issues. Some of them the doctors and I managed to figure out, but lots of things made her sick when she wasn't allergic to them. So it was easy to figure it was a spice or chemical added to the canned veggies and fruits, but they did not have ingredient labels back then. I was so glad I had learned to can, not from my farmer's wife grandmother but from my city dwelling bakers wife Irish grandmother who learned in Ireland. For over two decades they was not a store bought can in my pantry. My biggest challenge was getting all the foods I needed to be able to can. We live in the Seattle area which has such as short growing period compared to other parts of the country. Every summer my husband would take a day of vacation so we had a 3 day weekend to go to Eastern Washington and pick tomatoes, green peppers, onions, okra etc. We picked tomatoes from light red to green..all shades. When we got home the whole carport was set up with sheets of plywood..old doors etc laying on whatever held them up off the ground and the 200-500 lbs of tomatoes were laid out flat by color. I started canning the ripe reds and over the next 3 weeks worked my way across as they all ripened. I did tomatoes, tomato sauce, a little tomato paste, spaghetti sauces-Marinara and meat, chili, tomato soup, vegetable soup, okra and tomatoes, chili sauce and salsa. By the time all this was done the local veggies were ripening in our garden and at local farmers so then I did every veggie you can imagine. Then made pickles..dill, kosher garlic, bread and butter. Sweet relish and dill relish. Then it was fall and another 3 day weekend back to eastern WA to pick apples, peaches, apricots, pears etc to can fruits, applesauce and make jelly and jams. I canned even potatoes. Thank God I loved canning and I actually really miss it now. The reason I stopped was simply I can no longer lift a pressure cooker full of jars nor a water bath pan. I have had arthritis for 45 years and about year 35 my body said enough was enough. It was really hard to get used to eating "store bought" let me tell you :-)
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I play word game on computer way too much. If my fingers itch to be busy that means I need to scrapbook! All my actual writing is also for lists..which I have to type into computer and print if anyone has a prayer of reading them...sometimes myself included.
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1. Gas in our area is running about 4.15 a gallon 2. lg. canned tomatoes 28oz 1.68 Wal-Mart price 3. 1/2 2% milk 1.99 on grand opening sale 4. can fruit cocktail 1.48 Wal-Mart price 5. Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup 3.29 6. Large apple juice 2.74 on sale Target 7. roma tomatoes .66 A lb. 8. Kraft American cheese slices 2% small pack 4.18 I have to save all receipts because we itemize our sale tax. Wa state does not have state income so we are allowed to claim our 9% sales taxes paid on our returns. I now try to shop at Wal-Mart or at least Target for as much as possible because I find I save a major amount on a lot of items there. Some things have gone up over 50% in price over a year ago :-(
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2012 on Groceries - Friday, March 23 at What was I thinkin?
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What I feel patriotism means 1.NOT using public forums like Facebook to bad mouth our President. We don't have to agree with him but we don't have to make our enemies happy by telling the world we don't 2.Flying an American flag 24/7 - which means paying the cost to have a light on so it is never flying in the dark... 3.Thanking any soldier, airman or seaman when I see them in public and can privately do so 4.Being sure my kids and grandkids knew how to respect the flag and what it stood for... 5.Being sure my kids and grandkids knew that their great-grandfathers on my side both served in multiple wars as full time Air Force enlisted man and officer. 6.Being sure grandkids knew about the wars they were in and those since..my 22 yr old granddaughter had never heard of the Korean War or anything since..they didn't "get that far" in history classes. 7. and as Libby so beautifully put it "Respect for the democratic process, and the compromises that often means, even when the result is not what I envision."
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imPossibilities 1. travel to other planets for everyone 2. an affordable, high mileage, NO maintenance car 3. time travel 4. a solution for no more traffic jams
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When I first read this on the 10th only Libby had added her comments. It was noon, I was sitting at computer trying to be really silent so I didn't wake up my daughter who was still asleep because she is ill. I thought about how tired I still was after spending the day before driving in horrible traffic to take daughter to multiple medical appointments and decided I wasn't going to do anything that day..including the list :-). I have found as I have gotten older you sometimes really need a day of doing nothing.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2012 on Morning - Friday, February 10 at What was I thinkin?
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Clueless for an answer. I haven't watched a romantic movie in at least a decade, maybe longer. This is not a category that appeals to me nowadays. Being cheated on and unexpectedly divorced after 34 years tends to leave one jaded....I preferred watching Disney movies with grandkids over a romance. I love to read romance because they have happy endings and if I don't like the characters or how it is going and I throw them in garbage.. LOL
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1. I was always afraid something was under my bed. If I had to get out of bed at night I would stand up on my bed and leap towards door 2. dentists..had a few horrible experiences as a young child...still avoid them unless an emergency. I made my husband take our children when young. I refused to do it...too afraid and knew they would know it. 3. Men I don't know became a problem when I was about ten. A few days after we moved to Madrid, Spain there was a huge riot outside our apartment building involving 1000's of men. I later learned it was over an international soccer game, but all I knew at the time is we were locked in the building and everyone in lower apartments had to come stay with those of us on higher floors for safety. There was a lot of fighting, yelling, cursing and bleeding and there were only men...many dirty scary looking ones.. For years I was always afraid any man would suddenly turn into a screaming violent person the way they had all suddenly become violent. 55 years later I still have perfect instant replay in my mind..
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I really couldn't think of any songs I would classify as love songs at first until I read the others lists. For me I am terrible, really terrible, at titles, so... 1. Any song by Neil Diamond 2. Any song by Bary Manilow 3. Any song by Tim McGraw 4. Any song by Brooks and Dunn 5. Any ballad in a Disney movie :-)
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What I wish for myself? 1. That I was taller..I never could reach very high and now with age and arthritis I can't reach above me at all. I think over 50% of the world is on shelves higher than 5' 2. Wish I could get my weight under control...of course if I was taller I would not be so fat ;-)...not overweight but "under-tall" 3. Like Sherry I wish I could take away my daughters fatal food allergies 4. I wish I could do a better job with housekeeping like I was able to 30 years ago 5. I wish it was easier to ask for help and not feel so ashamed when I can't do simple tasks on a bad day 6. I wish I could spend days scrapbooking without guilt when that is all I am able to do right then 7. I wish I was a naturally organized person like my daughter in law ......
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Create a list of trivia and/or tips about a skill you have learned... At my age I have to try and think if it is a skill I have just learned or if it is one I finally remember again :-) 1. Learned to use a couple of new keys on my Cricut. 2. Learned to use a laminating machine for first time - based on results I still have more to learn or need a better machine 3. Learned a fun new recipe for a slow cooker lasagna 4. Learned I can survive with less sleep than I like
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Creative people I am crazy about: 1. Walt Disney who created a magical world from his vision 2. Names unknown...all the "inventors" who design he tools for us to scrapbook. Paper trimmer to reduce the massive amount of cutting made a huge difference for me...I had to give up scrapbooking due to arthritis a few decades ago but then tools started be invented and I am able to create again. 3. The talented designers who inspire us all to create beautiful pages...including Tami who really helped me find a way to use my thousands and thousands of pictures!
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What did you do this week? I have been trying to design a few craft products for gifts for a gift exchange. 1. Actually started one of the projects - since I will need between 25 and 50 of them. Hope to do at least 3 different items. 2. Made a special trip to the largest craft store in area to look for and price supplies for crafts. 3. Took family member to Dr. appts. twice this week. 4. For Valentine's Day...nothing
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How did you travel when you were a kid? Once again a military brat who moved a lot.. 1. By car when stateside, first one was a 1946 model unknown 2. By "repurposed" military ocean liner from NY to Germany when I was 4 3. By ocean liner from Germany to states when I was almost 7 4. By car again stateside..1957 Ford 5. Got my first bike for 7th birthday 6. By luxury ocean liner, the SS United States, from New York to Spain I was 10 7. Rode donkey in rural Spain 8. First airplane ride from Madrid to Palma de Majorica for vacation when I was 12. 9. Transatlantic airplane flight from Madrid to New York when I was 13..no jets then...22 hr LOUD flight
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What winter memories have you preserved? We are blessed in not having a lot of winter....but 1. both son and daughters first time in the snow as baby..toddles or whenever it finally happened 2. same with grandson and granddaughter 3. any snowmen built during childhood 4. son cub scout trip to snow 5. grandsons boy scout snow weekend camping trips 6. the records 3'+ of snow 3 years ago...highest before was 6"!!
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I don't use a lot of them..didn't realize it until you had me list them :-) All are directed at grandkids and kids... 1.babe 2.honey 3.love
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My favorite flavors: 1. diet coke..always..anytime 2. lemon ice cream 3. peach ice cream - especially Tillamook, but I hagve to drive a few hundred miles to get it 4. Baked Lays, regular flavor 5. Doritos, original 6. chocolate...milk only 7. chocolate covered cherries from See's
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I did a seven page list..hit post and when I tried to enter special "word" in box below (only 1/8th of box showed) whole thing disappeared :-(
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Today I.... 1. started day a little slow due to poor quality sleep. 2. drove 45 min. to a Super Wal-Mart. 3. spent 2+ hrs.. monthly shopping, comparing prices & researching items for a craft project. 4. drove 30 min. to shop at an independent scrapbook store. 5. drove 1 hour back to my area stopped at butcher shop and pharmacy. 6. unloaded FULL car, checked e-mail and crashed....
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2012 on Today on Friday, January 27 at What was I thinkin?
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I read so many books it is hard to list different titles but I can list a lot of authors I love in no particular order...Maria Ferrarella,Debbie Macomber, Diana Palmer, Maureen Child, Merline Lovelace, Brenda Jackson, Susan Mallory, and Nora Roberts just to name a few. I read at least an average of one book a day...depends on if I am scrapbooking how many :-)
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My celebration words 1. family 2. PICTURES 3. presents 4. balloons 5. food 6. cake 7. togetherness 8. love
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2012 on Words on Wednesday January 25 at What was I thinkin?
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The places we dream in...where I slept and where I dreamed were not the same 1.I slept in my own room because I was an only child 2.We moved every couple of years and my preschool/grade school years we were overseas in furnished military housing usually..nothing special so no real memories 3.My place to dream was where ever I curled up with a book 4.My place to dream was lying in the grass looking at clouds or stars or the moon and wondering if my grandparents were seeing the same sky I was 5.My place to dream was the rocking chair I spent hours holding my babies
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Winter in Redmond, Washington brings.. 1.Unending weather surprises...we get comfortable dry days in the low 50's, rain and wind in the 40's and a few rare days of snow and lows in the teens. 2.Unending layers of clothes because we can start a day in the 20's and end in the 50's after lunch 3.The very few insects we have bees and wasps are all gone in the winter :-) 4.Crisp clear air because of high winter breezes that move fireplace smoke and vehicle exhaust away 5.Lots of fireplaces and wood burning stoves for a cold night comfort. 6. Unending cancelled flights because the planes can't get here..stuck in the midwest or east by their bad winter storms
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