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Geema, we were posting at the same time. That's a really good idea to take a cooler shopping in this heat. I try to remember to take my cooler and insulated bags with me during the heat waves that are called summer these days. Take care in this heat, Geema.
I always have a large cooler in my car and in the summer I just add the ice blocks when I go grocery shopping. Geema, is the 'naughty joke' the one about once a year and tonight's the night? Do you have any blossoms yet on your zucchini? We had one a couple of days ago, I picked 2 more today and I'll let the other 3 that are started get big and make some zucchini bread to freeze.
Tasty--My husband always uses the mulching mower so we don't get our own grass. But my neighbor who also has a really big yard has a riding mower and gives us his grass. We spread it out in one section of the garden and I stir it up every day till it dries out and then use it. I always remember many years ago when we were young and had our first house we used to throw the grass away and the old man who lived next door would get mad at us and take it for his yard, saying "you have to give back to the earth"...his exact words. Sure is funny the things that you remember.
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." -Will Rogers
I guess you folks are really facing some heat. I'm so grateful that we're just to the north of the jet stream which is controlling where the heat is going. Those of you in Ontario and we New Yorkers are going to get the after-effects of the fires out west. Our weatherman showed a satellite shot of smoke drifting as far as western New York today and it will be with us by tomorrow. It should make for some beautiful sunsets although we probably won't notice it much otherwise. Those poor people out there are really going through a form of you-know-what right now.
My friend just called. She locked herself out of the car while shopping. Luckily she has AAA so she's waiting patiently for them to show up and open her up. On top of that, she realized that she'd left the house thinking she had the house keys in her pocket but she didn't. No problem--she has one in the car. But wait--she can't get into the car. I guess she's having a worse day than I am right now.
Carole: Yes that is the joke! Isn't it funny how something like just pops up when you least expect it. No, I don't have any zucchini large enough for blooms yet. Some of the tomatoes has small tomatoes set on. Not near big enough for fried green tomatoes though.
AND, I sat down in my recliner and slept the afternoon away. AND the temp outside is 103.4° at the moment (ohhhhhhhh my poor electric bill - I hope we don't keep having this kind of temp all summer). We have no-burning bans all around the area. Some places are even cancelling fire works - I hope those "stupid" people behind me do not shoot off fireworks this year as all that part of my yard that I am not mowing (about 2 feet high) is very dry. I wonder if I should call the police/fire department and warn them so they don't set me afire.
Birdy: When I go shopping I always put my keys in my slacks pocket. It is a very good habit (maybe strange but that is what I do). I got blueberries to make the "dessert in a cup/mug".
In between projects, just stopping by to say I'm okay... we all tend to worry about one another if we don't post when we usually do... I haven't had a chance to read anything that went on today.... but glad to see lots of activity. Must attend to dinner now. Blessings to all., and I will see ou in the morning....
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No grass cutting here today - everything is way too dry
Geema--my friend patted her pocket on the way out and thought she had her keys. It turned out that the lump in there was her cell phone instead! I have more to add to the saga.
AAA showed up in good time and got into her car--it's pretty old and easy. While they were standing there this guy comes up from another part of the parking lot and asks if the AAA man could take him next since he was already there. He, too, just locked himself out. As she was calling me to tell me that all was well, they were making arrangements!
But, wait! We're not done. I went out to dinner at a favorite Greek restaurant and when I got home there was a message from her. She was laughing so hard I could hardly understand her. When she got home she went to unlock the door with her spare key and it wouldn't work! It was quite old and she hadn't checked it recently to see if the lock would work with it.
Now she was in a pickle. She went into her shed and got a step stool and screwdriver and managed to pry off the screen and open the window. Then she ran into a problem. She has short legs and the sill was too high for her to climb in (she's over 80 and has stiff joints.) So, she dragged the ladder leaning on the roof (she uses it to pull off snow) over to the window, climbed it on the underside to get close to the sill and managed to get her butt in. But the couch was partially in the way plus one of the cats wanted to get out at the same time. Can you picture this? A bit of a bottleneck. Anyway, she finally leaned back and rolled through the window after swatting the cat out of the way, luckily landing mostly in the couch before ending up on the floor. When she called she was sitting in front of the fan and air conditioning cooling down after her adventure. She's a feisty lady but there are times when she gives me fits. She never thought to call me to drive up and give her some help. I've already suggested that she leave both car and house keys with me as a backup. I don't think she'll ever change. She's well known around here in golfing circles as the lady that always golfed barefoot. Oh--and that's how she climbed the ladder, too. The first thing she did was take off her shoes!
I can't top that so I guess I'll say good night. Talk to you tomorrow.
Wonder if she is related to me!! (maybe a long lost cousin???) ROTFL Sounds like something I might do!! I squeeze the lump in my pocket when I check to see if my keys are in my pocket before I shut the car door. I do not want my "family" to "put me away"!! When you are in your late 70s you don't want to give them any excuses or reasons. Time will come too soon anyway the way I see it!! P.S. I don't like shoes either - go barefoot alot "yet"!!
The underside of the ladder??? Now that is just toooooooo funny!! She sure has spunk!!
Temp is down a tad!! 97.5° at 8:20 p.m. EDT
See you tomorrow!!!
Good Friday Morning.... wow, is it Friday, already? I don't know where this week has gone. Just flashed by when I wasn't paying attention.
Birdy, your friend sounds like one everyone should have - a terrific sense of humor, and full of life. Nothing will stop that lady.
I used to be the barefoot contessa also, until my ankle fracture 12 years ago - the darn doctor set the foot at the wrong angle and now I have to wear a shoe with at least a wedge heel or limp... I wear nurses shoes.
Ants in the attic are making their way into my kitchen again. Randall was here last week (in his role as pest control tech) and he thought he'd gotten them all... but apparently others were around that didn't get snuffed. So, he's coming back this morning. These ants are attracted by the light, and they are coming in thru two recessed light fixtures over the sink - usually there are canisters to hold this type of light in the ceiling, but as this was a make-do job (before I bought the house) the guy didn't think that was a necessity. Mr. Cheapo. He's the same guy who didn't think it was a good idea to put a water barrier on the walls when he made the carport into a bedroom.
We had a small roast for dinner last night, one that slowly cooked all day in the crock pot, and had the house smelling so good when I got home yesterday... yummy.
Hopefully, I will get everything moved back into place today after moving things out of the way of standing water in the bedroom and bathroom... the throw rugs are dry now, so they can go back down. The only casualty is the large area rug that had on the back porch in one of the sitting areas.. It's a 10 x 10 and I doubt that it could dry without leaving a robust aroma behind. I thought about putting it on the surface of the trampoline (it's porous) and I may just try that first before carting it away to the dump.
Time to get moving... Take care, and I sure hope you get some relief from the heat; my paper said that records were broken all over the place the last few days. I'm hoping to find some time later to add all the good recipes to the index, and to read all the posts that slipped past.
Good morning everyone. Sure was a hot one here yesterday and already getting warm out, the air ran quite a bit during the night which is unusual. Didn't sleep very good last night, not sure why, thining about DH when I went to bed and just tossed and turned for a bit. Did do some yard work early in the morning yesterday, went out about 7:45 and came in around 10:20, was pretty nice out up until then. Was going to do some more early this morning but not sure if I should today.
Good morning. I've actually been up for almost two hours since a sharp thunderstorm came through. It was just this one band with little wind but some rain which was good. The forecast for the week doesn't have any reliable rain for the foreseeable future. We're just lucky that we're on the north side of the jet stream which is holding in that heat. At least we're looking at 80's after Saturday. Geema--I saw on the news that you had 103. I got up there once last summer and once was enough for me. Take care in this heat.
I have now justified the purchase of my smart phone. After seeing it on the news, I downloaded a free app from Charmin that locates public restrooms near where you are currently located on the map and rates them on cleanliness. Where has this been all of my life!?
Beema--I can relate to a house where someone has done cheap and fast work. Only my work was done almost a century ago. Anyone who thinks that an old house should be built better than the newer ones should take a tour of mine. It's a money pit that never ends but at least it's all mine.
I have a new quest. I always enjoy the pita bread that they serve at my Greek restaurant. They serve the thin pocket pita that most people recognize in their bread basket but also another which is my favorite. It's thicker, fluffy, tender and without a pocket. Their souvlaki and gyro sandwiches come wrapped in it. Apparently, this is the original pita that was available in the US until pocket bread became so popular. They brush it with olive oil and Greek spices before warming it. It is so good. I did a search and found a recipe. Back in the past, I made regular pita with a pocket. It's fun to watch it puff up and then fall. This bread isn't as picky to make. I might give it a try.
Time for more coffee. Talk to you later.
Good Morning All:
Got up with a headache - just took something for it. I hate medicine!!!! At least the temp came down during the night - it is at the moment 78.4°. It is very still out and the sun is behind the trees. Having a cup for coffee. Need to finish Cali's food and then maybe I can relax a bit.
Birdy: The bread sounds interesting and good. Hope you can clone it.
Another bright & sunny morning here in Eastern Ontario. It's about 70 now but will be up about 90 later on plus the humidity so it's a morning to get things done before it's too hot. I have a quick meeting this morning but then I'm not sure how the rest of the day will pan out.
Geema, Is your headache heat related? Try and stay cool today. The temps you had yesterday are not fun.
Birdy, I like your friend - sounds like a fiesty old lady. I hate the thought of being locked out of my car. Did it once, in the pouring rain. I was going in to work and jumped out of the car and slammed the door shut. Not only were the keys still in the ignition, but the lights were still on, too. Yikes. Nowadays they are always in my pocket. I rarely have a purse with me, usually just the car keys, a small change purse that's big enough for my licence etc, debit & credit card and a few dollars - don't use cash too much. I gave up wearing a watch when I came to live in the county and also stopped carrying a purse. That was my "retirement statement"
My cup is empty - and I need a refill, see ya' later,
NYBirder--I was just on Recipes and saw that someone just posted a recipe for souvlaki. I always think that's neat when something that's not real common is mentioned almost at the same time.
Good morning all;
Nothing much new here. I have been taking it easy this week.. I guess all that work I've been doing lately has caught up with me. My ole bod is rebelling. I haven't had the energy to work on the floor. No, Beema! I haven't started sanding yet. I'm anxious to see what it will look like but my body says Nooooooo! I'm planning on a short trip next weekend to see my niece, so I am taking it easy. I don't want to have back problems for it.
thanks Beema for mentioning that wonderful gift my friend gave me. I think it is special.
It is raining here today. A good day for lunch and cards.
Hope all is well where ever you all are.
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