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Monday, February 8, 2021 10:35 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Been too busy over the past few days to post much, but hubby finally recovered from pneumonia to finish dear daughter's bed, so we helped glue felt on the feet, and drwaer liner between the frame and plywood platform (to prevent squeaking) and helped put on the plywood. With my various aches and pains I couldn't help with the heavy lifting, but I cleaned and waxed the frame (dear daughter didn't want a tung oil finish, but the beeswax/carnauba wax finish didn't smell too bad and did an excellent job of cleaning the the frame and sealing it against humidity changes).

Also, our cable provider recently gave us an upgrade to our modem and router, but the router broadcasts simultaneously on 2.4 and 5 GHz, and there's no way to get the connected devices to select which one to connect with, so the devices keep switching to find the strongest signal, which causes disconnect. We have to manually reconnect the tablet which interferes with dd's virtual gym class. So hubby bought a Motorola router wth a strong 2.4 Ghz signal, but (even better) it ID's each signal separately and allows us to connect the devices to the 2.4 GHz signal specifically. It didn't require much more than plugging it in, but I went around the house with my phone and the tablet to makre sure it was getting good signal everywhere, and that the devices weren't hunting for a higher signal. All is good.

Tomorrow, I return our DVR from our canceled cable TV service and the cable-provided router, and that should put a close on that issue.

And maybe now some much-delayed yardwork. I showed hubby the trimming that I think the avocado tree needs and he's OK with it. Also, after the rain came the sun, and the weeds have exploded, and the longer I'm delayed attending to that the worse it's gonna get.

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THUGR posts about Putin so much, he must be in love.



Glad your husband is feeling better. I didn't even remember you saying he was sick though. He managed to get that bed done in this amount of time while fighting off pneumonia at the same time. Tell him I can use his help over here when he's done trimming the avocado tree.



Going to have to deal with my cable company this month myself. That sweet contract I got myself into last year is up. My internet has acted really spotty the last month or so too... almost as if they're pulling some shenanigans to try to coach me into buying a faster connection...

I doubt I'll get anything as cheap as I got the last 12 months, but hopefully it's not more than $5/mo increase.


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Monday, February 8, 2021 10:40 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Woke up to more damn snow...

It wasn't enough on the driveway where I needed to bust out the snowblower after the blizzard again, but this is the third day of getting 1 to 2 inches, and with the really, really low temps the sun can only do so much.

Although I was not dressed for the occasion, since I planned on just driving right over the snow in the driveway when I went out yesterday, I ended up shoveling by the curb for about 10 minutes while the car was warming up. There were huge dirty chunks of ice the size of softballs all over the end of the driveway from the snow plows. No way I was driving my car over that after I finally got it working good. Couldn't even feel my hands by the time I got in my car.

Did I mention I love winter?


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Monday, February 8, 2021 5:45 PM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Been too busy over the past few days to post much, but hubby finally recovered from pneumonia to finish dear daughter's bed, so we helped glue felt on the feet, and drwaer liner between the frame and plywood platform (to prevent squeaking) and helped put on the plywood. With my various aches and pains I couldn't help with the heavy lifting, but I cleaned and waxed the frame (dear daughter didn't want a tung oil finish, but the beeswax/carnauba wax finish didn't smell too bad and did an excellent job of cleaning the the frame and sealing it against humidity changes).

Also, our cable provider recently gave us an upgrade to our modem and router, but the router broadcasts simultaneously on 2.4 and 5 GHz, and there's no way to get the connected devices to select which one to connect with, so the devices keep switching to find the strongest signal, which causes disconnect. We have to manually reconnect the tablet which interferes with dd's virtual gym class. So hubby bought a Motorola router wth a strong 2.4 Ghz signal, but (even better) it ID's each signal separately and allows us to connect the devices to the 2.4 GHz signal specifically. It didn't require much more than plugging it in, but I went around the house with my phone and the tablet to makre sure it was getting good signal everywhere, and that the devices weren't hunting for a higher signal. All is good.

Tomorrow, I return our DVR from our canceled cable TV service and the cable-provided router, and that should put a close on that issue.

And maybe now some much-delayed yardwork. I showed hubby the trimming that I think the avocado tree needs and he's OK with it. Also, after the rain came the sun, and the weeds have exploded, and the longer I'm delayed attending to that the worse it's gonna get.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

THUGR posts about Putin so much, he must be in love.



Glad your husband is feeling better. I didn't even remember you saying he was sick though. He managed to get that bed done in this amount of time while fighting off pneumonia at the same time. Tell him I can use his help over here when he's done trimming the avocado tree.



Going to have to deal with my cable company this month myself. That sweet contract I got myself into last year is up. My internet has acted really spotty the last month or so too... almost as if they're pulling some shenanigans to try to coach me into buying a faster connection...

I doubt I'll get anything as cheap as I got the last 12 months, but hopefully it's not more than $5/mo increase.


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With everyone online, they're prolly gating you: holding you to a lower-than-contracted speed.

You can always check your speed at speedtest.net.

At one point, when we were with a third-party provider on the Verizon lines, hubby wrote a script that would successively run speedtest.net and plot the results. It definitely showed we were being gated. But third-party pointed to Verizon lines as being the issue (copper lines, too far away from switching computer) and Verizon pointed to third party, so we dumped them both. (It was clearly Verizon's fault.)

After this last "upgrade" on our modem and router, hubby for the helluvit ran a speed check and found that we had been switched to a 100 mbs service altho we are paying for 400 mbs service. So, one more irate phone call to our cable provider, and we got in touch with someone who knew someone who knew someone who had a "wand" that allowed them to override our settings, and with the next check we were at 460-470 mbs. WOO HOO!

Anyway, check your speed. You'll prolly find that you're being gated. And also there will be better times and worse times to connect. (We were being bonked at 2AM; I was told that's when banks, credit card processors and other financial institutions do their $ transfers, so - in our area at least- that's not a good time.)

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Monday, February 8, 2021 6:07 PM

BRENDA


Walk in, grocery shopping done and recycling as well. As I was coming home it was trying to snow. Little flakes you could hardly see. Don't know what will happen this evening. Those it has warmed up some.

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Monday, February 8, 2021 10:17 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Been too busy over the past few days to post much, but hubby finally recovered from pneumonia to finish dear daughter's bed, so we helped glue felt on the feet, and drwaer liner between the frame and plywood platform (to prevent squeaking) and helped put on the plywood. With my various aches and pains I couldn't help with the heavy lifting, but I cleaned and waxed the frame (dear daughter didn't want a tung oil finish, but the beeswax/carnauba wax finish didn't smell too bad and did an excellent job of cleaning the the frame and sealing it against humidity changes).

Also, our cable provider recently gave us an upgrade to our modem and router, but the router broadcasts simultaneously on 2.4 and 5 GHz, and there's no way to get the connected devices to select which one to connect with, so the devices keep switching to find the strongest signal, which causes disconnect. We have to manually reconnect the tablet which interferes with dd's virtual gym class. So hubby bought a Motorola router wth a strong 2.4 Ghz signal, but (even better) it ID's each signal separately and allows us to connect the devices to the 2.4 GHz signal specifically. It didn't require much more than plugging it in, but I went around the house with my phone and the tablet to makre sure it was getting good signal everywhere, and that the devices weren't hunting for a higher signal. All is good.

Tomorrow, I return our DVR from our canceled cable TV service and the cable-provided router, and that should put a close on that issue.

And maybe now some much-delayed yardwork. I showed hubby the trimming that I think the avocado tree needs and he's OK with it. Also, after the rain came the sun, and the weeds have exploded, and the longer I'm delayed attending to that the worse it's gonna get.

-----------
Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

THUGR posts about Putin so much, he must be in love.



Glad your husband is feeling better. I didn't even remember you saying he was sick though. He managed to get that bed done in this amount of time while fighting off pneumonia at the same time. Tell him I can use his help over here when he's done trimming the avocado tree.



Going to have to deal with my cable company this month myself. That sweet contract I got myself into last year is up. My internet has acted really spotty the last month or so too... almost as if they're pulling some shenanigans to try to coach me into buying a faster connection...

I doubt I'll get anything as cheap as I got the last 12 months, but hopefully it's not more than $5/mo increase.


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With everyone online, they're prolly gating you: holding you to a lower-than-contracted speed.

You can always check your speed at speedtest.net.

At one point, when we were with a third-party provider on the Verizon lines, hubby wrote a script that would successively run speedtest.net and plot the results. It definitely showed we were being gated. But third-party pointed to Verizon lines as being the issue (copper lines, too far away from switching computer) and Verizon pointed to third party, so we dumped them both. (It was clearly Verizon's fault.)

After this last "upgrade" on our modem and router, hubby for the helluvit ran a speed check and found that we had been switched to a 100 mbs service altho we are paying for 400 mbs service. So, one more irate phone call to our cable provider, and we got in touch with someone who knew someone who knew someone who had a "wand" that allowed them to override our settings, and with the next check we were at 460-470 mbs. WOO HOO!

Anyway, check your speed. You'll prolly find that you're being gated. And also there will be better times and worse times to connect. (We were being bonked at 2AM; I was told that's when banks, credit card processors and other financial institutions do their $ transfers, so - in our area at least- that's not a good time.)

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If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

THUGR posts about Putin so much, he must be in love.




Seriously a dick move if they're gating me though. I only have 25mbps.

Unless you're constantly downloading and archiving every movie and TV show ever made from the Pirate Bay, I don't even know why anybody would ever need 400mpbs.






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Monday, February 8, 2021 10:21 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Huge amount of work done today. Too much to even list, really.



Last thing I did was partly liberate the dish washer. The barrier blocking it was only a fascade. I flimsy piece of wood paneling glued to a 1"x1" frame. I might actually clean it up and keep it and build it back up when I get that washer out, remove the tiles, clean up the last area in the house with mouse droppings and figure out if I can put lenghthier water/drain hoses that can be better hidden in the cabinet between the washer and the sink.



BTW... anybody have any tried and tested methods for cleaning grout between tiles?

TSP doesn't do the trick. The tiles themselves look brand new, but the grout looks like hell. Got a few spots sparkly white, but between mildew and grease I'm not very happy with how it looks right now. I'd love to get this all wrapped up sooner than later so I can stop living with my stove in the middle of the kitchen floor.




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Monday, February 8, 2021 10:32 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



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Originally posted by Brenda:
Walk in, grocery shopping done and recycling as well. As I was coming home it was trying to snow. Little flakes you could hardly see. Don't know what will happen this evening. Those it has warmed up some.

Well, I didn't do the walk but I DID take bags and bags of heavy recycling over to the recycling place (it's a few miles so I had to drive), and did really heavy grocery shopping at the store right next door. With all the heavy lifting, now my back is sore so I'll be doing just a few light things before I go to bed.

FWIW my next batch of cooking will be a vegetable-filled meatloaf made with ground turkey. So one of the things I bought today was ketchup, which makes a great meatloaf ingredient.

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Monday, February 8, 2021 10:42 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Meatloaf... mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.




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Monday, February 8, 2021 11:37 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Walk in, grocery shopping done and recycling as well. As I was coming home it was trying to snow. Little flakes you could hardly see. Don't know what will happen this evening. Those it has warmed up some.

Well, I didn't do the walk but I DID take bags and bags of heavy recycling over to the recycling place (it's a few miles so I had to drive), and did really heavy grocery shopping at the store right next door. With all the heavy lifting, now my back is sore so I'll be doing just a few light things before I go to bed.

FWIW my next batch of cooking will be a vegetable-filled meatloaf made with ground turkey. So one of the things I bought today was ketchup, which makes a great meatloaf ingredient.



Good for you on getting the recycling done. I wasn't going to but after I got sorted, I decided to do it.

I picked up a couple of light things as far as groceries went. Just a box of instant oatmeal that I eat so I can take my meds and I found some fresh pork chops that will last me a couple of days for supper.

My dad used to make meatloaf when I was a kid. He used Campbell's vegetable soup in it. Not sure about ketchup though.



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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 3:41 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Well Jack and Brenda - this is my special meatloaf chock full of vegetables because I hate, hate, hate, vegetables, and if I don't make them tasty somehow I just won't eat them. Ketchup is a vegetable! But aside from that this meatloaf had diced potatoes, diced onions, cooked mashed sweet potatoes (it's an experiment - to see if the starch in the sweet potatoes will act as a panade* and keep the meat tender, instead of using milk-soaked bread or breadcrumbs *"at its most basic, a panade is a combination of starch and liquid that keeps the protein in the meat from shrinking and tightening during cooking"), and fresh pureed tomatoes (and hot sauce). Each serving has a half-pound of vegetables, measured raw, and those are my vegetables for the day. And if I don't eat that, I don't eat vegetables.

So ... it's probably not like any meatloaf you might have ever had. Definitely not the kind you'd put gravy over! More like bbq. With vegetables mixed in.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:08 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I might have had ketchup in meatloaf before. I dunno. My grandma used to make it when I was a kid. I don't know what she used. I probably haven't had meatloaf in almost 30 years now.

I like the meatloaf, but I really miss her meatballs. They were better than any I've ever had in a restaurant.


You don't like vegetables? I don't think I've ever heard an adult say that before.

There's got to be at least one that you don't mind, right?


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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:17 AM

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It just occured to me when looking at the photographs the washing machine was installed around 4 to 5" from the wall. I'm hoping this wasn't done because it says in the instructions you need that clearance for "heat" or something, because if I can move that thing back about 3 inches it would solve a couple of big problems I've had with that corner of the kitchen.

First is that the entire door of the dish washer and the little crack from the opening up-top is pushed out past the end of the rounded countertop. I can't tell you how many crumbs and coffee grounds have fallen on and in there over the years and what a bitch it is to clean. It would be amazing if there were nothing blocking the fall to the floor in that spot from now on.

Second is that you can't pull out the bottom cabinet shelf without first opening the washer door, and even worse you can't pull out the large drawer I need to build when the washer is closed. I'm thinking this might be why they just put fake covers over where the only two large drawers would be. The one to the left of the sink couldn't open at all with the dish washer door sticking out so far, and the one on the right couldn't open more than about 15" without first moving the fridge.

That alone probably wouldn't be enough reason to take out the drawers completely though. I'm assuming the original drawers broke and rather than build new ones they decided it wasn't worth the effort with the obstructions there and just covered the openings (badly).

Horrified to see what is on and under that washer. I saw turds on top of it, so the mice really used that area behind the stove all the way to the back corner as their playground.

I'm hoping it's actually easy to move though. It looks as though they only tiled directly in front of it over the original vinyl sheet, so hopefully it ends up being not very heavy like the stove and will move freely once I liberate the legs from the tiles.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:56 AM

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after washing the tiles behind the stove and to the side of it with a TSP bath only made the tiles sparkly clean and left the grout more or less filthy, I tried spraying a small amount of bleach spray on them and using a toothbrush to work it in and set overnight.

I won't say it didn't do anything, but given the amount of work I'm still not very pleased.

It looks like I might have found a possible winner online though. A mix of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent. Not only do I have all of those things (a lot of the remedies have things "everyone" has in their kitchen but I don't have), but a few people say that the baking soda and peroxide is the best. Most people leave out the dish detergent, but they're talking about cleaning tile floors... I'm going to need that detergent to make a paste that will stick to the walls, even if it doesn't really help at all with the cleaning.

I don't have any measuring cups, so I'll have to just experiment with the mix, but I'm going to try scrubbing that in with a toothbrush at some point today so it can sit for 15 or 20 minutes and see what happens.

I'll let you know how it works out if I get to that today.




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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:32 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Well Jack and Brenda - this is my special meatloaf chock full of vegetables because I hate, hate, hate, vegetables, and if I don't make them tasty somehow I just won't eat them. Ketchup is a vegetable! But aside from that this meatloaf had diced potatoes, diced onions, cooked mashed sweet potatoes (it's an experiment - to see if the starch in the sweet potatoes will act as a panade* and keep the meat tender, instead of using milk-soaked bread or breadcrumbs *"at its most basic, a panade is a combination of starch and liquid that keeps the protein in the meat from shrinking and tightening during cooking"), and fresh pureed tomatoes (and hot sauce). Each serving has a half-pound of vegetables, measured raw, and those are my vegetables for the day. And if I don't eat that, I don't eat vegetables.

So ... it's probably not like any meatloaf you might have ever had. Definitely not the kind you'd put gravy over! More like bbq. With vegetables mixed in.



I kind of like my veggies depending on what they are. I eat less carrots now than when I was a kid. And I don't eat cooked peas. I like them fresh, young and sweet. Brussel sprouts and broccoli are good too. I eat a lot of those and some beets.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:34 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and I had to get something that I can clean the bath tub out with. So, I settled on a plain old mop.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:12 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Well... Can't really say if that cleaning paste worked or not. I got to putting it all up, but never got to taking it down. I'm sure at this point it's not actually doing anything anymore since it dried out hours ago. But since it's up there, maybe I'll mix a bit of peroxide with water in a sprayer or just go full peroxide tomorrow and give it another action coat before taking it down.

I got too side tracked with other things, and wow if I thought my kitchen was a mess before I had no idea how it could get.

I finally liberated the dish washer. Underneath and behind that I found yet a 3rd pattern of vinyl, and what was probably white vinyl baseboard that had yellowed from decades of nicotine and mouse pee. Great! That means that the vinyl sheet in the rest of the kitchen that was under the crappy beat up tiles was at least the third time the kitchen was covered. Did they even make single sheet vinyl floor coverings in the late 50's?????

The water line is the only existing line that is long enough to pull the washer out without alterations. Both the drain and electric are far too short. Drain should probably be an easy fix if I find the right sized extension to replace the short one that looks as though it was about to go anyhow. The electric though... boy...

There's a switch under the sink in the cabinet to turn on the disposal. I had to remove the cover for it, and Uncle GD BOB strikes again and this time he played "Electrician".

Three whips went into the junction box. The power source from the box where the sump pump plug is contains the whip drilled up through the floor into the cabinet. Strike one.

The 2nd whip is from the garbage disposal right in the cabinet and is only around 2 feet long. The 3rd whip comes from the front of the garbage disposal, goes all the way to the back of a fake wall they put over an original cabinet then travels into the junction box right along side the water and drain lines into the disposal switch box and not without a spare inch to pull on the disposal. Strike two.

At the end of these whips once they are inside the box, there is literally only 1" of length on all six wires so you can't even pull the GD switch fully out of the box to unscrew any of the wires off of it. Strike three.

The Sump Pump, Garbage Disposal, Dishwasher, Microwave, Stove, the light over the sink, and the outlet where I plug in the Foreman grill and coffee pot are all on the same breaker. Strike Four. We're not even playing baseball anymore at this point.



After doing all the work and capping off the live wires temporarily, I made sure to check that my sump pump was working right. Then I had to plug the hole up for the dish washer into the disposal, otherwise even just a light use of the sink would mean water in the cabinet. To do that, I stuffed a big ball of electrical tape into it then wrapped the crap out of it with about half a roll of electrical tape. It took quite a bit of trial and error to get it sealed up tight, but for a week or so it should hold and I've got a bucket under it just in case.


HUGE freaking mess under there and on top of the washer. There's a cloth lining that looks like the mice chewed on it and is so gross I wouldn't even think about washing it. I need to research what that thing is for and if I need to replace it when I put everything back.

I'll clean everything up tomorrow after my paint shift.




At least there's a silver lining to the day. I will be able to move the washer back to the wall, and that will put it under the cabinet and allow for full motion for a new drawer when I build one.

It will also be nice knowing that I've finally gotten the last place in the house that isn't behind walls totally clean from the mouse activity tomorrow too.




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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:37 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Well Jack and Brenda - this is my special meatloaf chock full of vegetables because I hate, hate, hate, vegetables, and if I don't make them tasty somehow I just won't eat them. Ketchup is a vegetable! But aside from that this meatloaf had diced potatoes, diced onions, cooked mashed sweet potatoes (it's an experiment - to see if the starch in the sweet potatoes will act as a panade* and keep the meat tender, instead of using milk-soaked bread or breadcrumbs *"at its most basic, a panade is a combination of starch and liquid that keeps the protein in the meat from shrinking and tightening during cooking"), and fresh pureed tomatoes (and hot sauce). Each serving has a half-pound of vegetables, measured raw, and those are my vegetables for the day. And if I don't eat that, I don't eat vegetables.
So ... it's probably not like any meatloaf you might have ever had. Definitely not the kind you'd put gravy over! More like bbq. With vegetables mixed in.

Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
I kind of like my veggies depending on what they are. I eat less carrots now than when I was a kid. And I don't eat cooked peas. I like them fresh, young and sweet. Brussel sprouts and broccoli are good too. I eat a lot of those and some beets.

I have never generically liked vegetables, not even the sweet and high-starch ones even babies usually like - peas, carrots, and corn. I do like potatoes and I do count them as a vegetable because they do have a lot of potassium and some vitamin C, as well as fiber in the skins, which I do eat. So they're not like grains which are starch on starch and nothing else. And if you chill them after cooking, or freeze them, which I do, some of their starch becomes resistant starch, which isn't quite as bad for you. Other than potatoes, the only other vegetable I like are green beans, fresh from the garden, and cooked just enough to be tender, served Polonaise (with bread crumbs fried in butter) (and fresh green beans from the garden are not going to happen here anytime soon!).

But I like some vegetables in some ways. For example, while I truly, deeply dislike fresh tomatoes - sliced fresh tomatoes on sourdough with a bit of mayo are a fantastic taste. Forget the bacon and lettuce, you don't need them! I didn't even know I liked fresh tomatoes at all until I was in college, and one of my roommates introduced me to the perfect tomato sandwich.

So, it's all a matter of figuring out how to eat them.

But I still dislike carrots. And I've finally decided to eliminate them from my diet. While a lot of people like them because they're 'sweet', I really dislike their carrot funk. Truly, indelibly dislike them.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:46 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I did a lot of reading up on dishwashers and the good news is that, yes, there is no problem with me pushing that unit back and making the door flush with the countertop.

The bad news is I'm fairly certain that about half of the setup isn't within code. I don't think code is very strict around these parts, but it certainly wouldn't fly in Crook County, IL.

I've got a lot of figuring to do. If it were just a question of do I want a washer or not, it would already be out on the curb. But if I choose to remove it I will have to either luck into finding a cabinet I can integrate into the current array or I will have to build an entire cabinet myself from scratch to fill the hole.


The other bad news is that I'm going to want to replace that mouse infested "blanket" on top of the washer. It's a steam limiter and more importantly it's insulation to keep the sound down to a reasonable level. I have to see if I can just throw something cheap and homemade up there, because a new cover isn't cheap... and they're no GD reason for that other than cashrape.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 1:40 PM

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Got a smattering of snow somewhere over the night or early this morning.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 1:42 PM

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Out to do a Christmas meet with a friend.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:20 PM

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Christmas.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:25 PM

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It was a long time in the making, but every square inch of house is now mouse free.

I even primed the floors where the washer and stove sit, and hit the washed walls behind them before wrapping up today too.

I'm about 80% sure now that I'll be getting rid of the dishwasher. (Even though I spent 3 hours bleaching and cleaning it today and it looks brand new).

I don't like that so much of it is out of code, and I've never used it once in 10 years. Even if the water and electric to it were done by code, it's only 2" away from the stove and code is 6" away from a stove/oven.

I'm thinking about just building walls on both sides where it used to be under the countertop, tiling the ground beneath it with the rest of the floor when I tile, putting down baseboard along the wall, and then making that nook under the countertop where I keep my garbage and recycle bins.

The kitchen isn't that big and I HATE having to move the two bins any time I need to get in the cabinet on the bottom of the curio cab, and I'll finally have a use for that space after 10 years of it annoying me to look at.



2 more days and I'll be done with my 4th batch of door and shelf priming too.




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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:14 PM

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Now weather people are talking snow on the weekend.

But in other news massive 20 vehicle pile up on a major highway here. Luckily only 1 person killed. Had be a half dozen semis involved in this crash.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:15 PM

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Yup, she moved last year and things have been disorganized around her. So this was the first chance we got to get together.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:20 PM

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Well Jack and Brenda - this is my special meatloaf chock full of vegetables because I hate, hate, hate, vegetables, and if I don't make them tasty somehow I just won't eat them. Ketchup is a vegetable! But aside from that this meatloaf had diced potatoes, diced onions, cooked mashed sweet potatoes (it's an experiment - to see if the starch in the sweet potatoes will act as a panade* and keep the meat tender, instead of using milk-soaked bread or breadcrumbs *"at its most basic, a panade is a combination of starch and liquid that keeps the protein in the meat from shrinking and tightening during cooking"), and fresh pureed tomatoes (and hot sauce). Each serving has a half-pound of vegetables, measured raw, and those are my vegetables for the day. And if I don't eat that, I don't eat vegetables.
So ... it's probably not like any meatloaf you might have ever had. Definitely not the kind you'd put gravy over! More like bbq. With vegetables mixed in.

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I kind of like my veggies depending on what they are. I eat less carrots now than when I was a kid. And I don't eat cooked peas. I like them fresh, young and sweet. Brussel sprouts and broccoli are good too. I eat a lot of those and some beets.

I have never generically liked vegetables, not even the sweet and high-starch ones even babies usually like - peas, carrots, and corn. I do like potatoes and I do count them as a vegetable because they do have a lot of potassium and some vitamin C, as well as fiber in the skins, which I do eat. So they're not like grains which are starch on starch and nothing else. And if you chill them after cooking, or freeze them, which I do, some of their starch becomes resistant starch, which isn't quite as bad for you. Other than potatoes, the only other vegetable I like are green beans, fresh from the garden, and cooked just enough to be tender, served Polonaise (with bread crumbs fried in butter) (and fresh green beans from the garden are not going to happen here anytime soon!).

But I like some vegetables in some ways. For example, while I truly, deeply dislike fresh tomatoes - sliced fresh tomatoes on sourdough with a bit of mayo are a fantastic taste. Forget the bacon and lettuce, you don't need them! I didn't even know I liked fresh tomatoes at all until I was in college, and one of my roommates introduced me to the perfect tomato sandwich.

So, it's all a matter of figuring out how to eat them.

But I still dislike carrots. And I've finally decided to eliminate them from my diet. While a lot of people like them because they're 'sweet', I really dislike their carrot funk. Truly, indelibly dislike them.




I love potatoes and corn. But I won't go near any kind of bean or legume. I hate them all.

Also not fond of fresh tomatoes or actually tomatoes in any shape or form unless they are cooked in a pasta sauce, minus sugar.

I was made to eat a lot of carrots when I was a child by a friend of my mum's who kept saying they're good for your eyes. Well, I have glasses now. So, no carrots or on my not list too.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:17 AM

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Hey Brenda, I hope your and your friend have a good visit.

Thinking of your friend moving and remembering back to when you moved out of your horrid old place with your horrid landlady, I'm still in awe of how you got moved and settled in without much fuss it seems ... just keeping at it task by task, day by day.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:25 AM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Hey Jack - it sounds nice to have something DONE! like to close the door completely on the history of your former 4-footed visitors.

Btw, I hope you don't think of this as jealousy or competition with your speed ... because I too was once young, and even though I had to grit my teeth from pain, I still did things like drywall and tape and mud and paint, and move rocks and dig out lead-contaminated dirt and remove large stumps by hand and regrade parts of the yard by hand.

I had my time pretty much into my early 50's.

But when I read your posts I think to myself ... if you're lucky, you too will get old. And then you'll understand what happens with age.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:21 AM

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Speed? lol Thanks for saying so.

My buddy would have been done with the kitchen in a week. But then again he'd throw a ton of money at the problem and buy a lot of new stuff, and when he did re-use stuff, he'd just give it a quick wash down and a single coat of paint with primer in it and call it a day.



I've never imagined that I'm the type that's going to get old. The joke that I'd be dead by the time I was 50 was a lot funnier when I was 20 though.

I think I got one more house in these shoes. Wrap this one up, get a good price for it, move down into a 800sq ft. fixer upper with a solid foundation and a nice garage down by my brother, then after my only house "problems" left are regular maintenance and wear and tear, my hobbies can be things like wood working and just making stuff for people out of the garage. Maybe even finally get around to welding. There's always money if you know how to weld things.




Yeah. But today was a great milestone, even if it looks like a tornado hit my kitchen. I started the dehoarding and mouse removal back in July of 2018, and it took until February 2021 to finally finish it.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:51 AM

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La Niña summer here - rainy and warm. Everything is unusually green for feb and I’ve barely had to water the veggies

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:44 AM

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Must be nice.

Groundhog saw its shadow and is apparently the best meteorologist in the US in 2021.

What was supposed to be a February with higher than average temps and lower than average precipitation has turned into a dangerously frigid winter hellscape, and every day you look they extend it another day or two.

At least it looks like the 12" snow storm missed us and we only got a few inches this time. There's still a foot of snow on all the roofs here, and long rolls of "ice sausage" in everyone's gutters.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:33 AM

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Gross... Tonight's 11 degree is the warmest night we're supposed to have until the 20th. Worst February I remember in a long time. Supposed to get 4 to 7 more inches of snow between today and Sunday.

Got things to keep me more than busy indoors. But I'm going to go out today to pick up a few more gallons of that primer that's on sale. With all the painting that will need to be done after the cabinets, I'm going to need it. On the off chance I don't burn through three gallons on the inside work on the 1st floor I want to repaint the 2nd floor aluminum after I recaulk them like I did the low level windows and eventually get around to repainting every square inch of old aluminum that isn't a new gutter or wasn't replace before the gutters when up. So it will all get used.

Should have bought them when I was out the other day, but I'd already bought an extra gallon of white enamel paint and I'd just bought those two sanders and had a large bill come up. It was an expensive 48 hours, and my judgement was clouded by that.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:44 PM

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La Niña summer here - rainy and warm. Everything is unusually green for feb and I’ve barely had to water the veggies

I guess that explains the dryness on this side of the Pacific. We're mostly thru our normal rainy season, and we have only 3-4" accumulation (14" average).

So how's life been treating you MAGON'S? It's my understanding that Australia beat Covid, right? No more lockdowns?

How're family and friends?

Any special projects going on?

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For us, I think our biggest achievements were that we got our estate plans all set up for our disabled daughter, our retirement insurances in place, a complete re-do of the garage into a workshop (including pulling new electricals), and having our old iron waste pipes replaced, since the kitchen drain pipe rusted shut* and the others weren't far behind.
*on a weekend, of course.

Also, getting solar panels, which has reduced our average monthly electrical bill to about $20 instead of about $200, building two bedframes (one for the guest bedroom, king sizedand one for dear daughter, queen sized ... mostly hubby's doing), have the back addition area re-framed to include a hallway into a bedroom, and painting said bedrooms (dear daughter loves color: she and I painted her bedroom four different colors in horizontal stripes around the room).

Still have a lot to go. If only we weren't so creaky!!

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Gross... Tonight's 11 degree is the warmest night we're supposed to have until the 20th. Worst February I remember in a long time. Supposed to get 4 to 7 more inches of snow between today and Sunday.

Got things to keep me more than busy indoors. But I'm going to go out today to pick up a few more gallons of that primer that's on sale. With all the painting that will need to be done after the cabinets, I'm going to need it. On the off chance I don't burn through three gallons on the inside work on the 1st floor I want to repaint the 2nd floor aluminum after I recaulk them like I did the low level windows and eventually get around to repainting every square inch of old aluminum that isn't a new gutter or wasn't replace before the gutters when up. So it will all get used.

Should have bought them when I was out the other day, but I'd already bought an extra gallon of white enamel paint and I'd just bought those two sanders and had a large bill come up. It was an expensive 48 hours, and my judgement was clouded by that.


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I wish you could come over here and help out!

Hubby and I ... he gets thru a day ... I get thru an hour or two ... and we need a day to recover!

Nine months ago, I was busy digging out that second vegetable garden, putting a couple of hours in most mornings, before the day got too hot. I was assuming that with cooler weather I'd be able to get more done, but this arthritis thing has really set me back. It's just a measure of how things have changed for me, and hubby, over the long run.

I'm still hoping to resolve this. I had a couple of weeks of feeling GREAT(!!!) after feeling horrible for months. So it can be done, I just need to figure out how.

In any case, I did manage to torch most of the front yard...before the fire department stopped by a told me to stop! I guess my torching is going to be in the backyard, and I'll just have to spray the front bc I refuse to hand-weed all of that stuff.

I tried that a couple of years ago, hoping that if I got the weeds before they set seed I'd have fewer weeds later. I do have less sow thistle and dandelion, but more western ragweed ...all I managed to do was change the population, not the overall amount. So, since I have no choice I'm just going to regularly spray until I can reshape the yard and put down chipped bark.

Anyway, getting our cable provider to stop billing us for TV service that we no longer have ... done. That saves us about $120 per month, and I'm glad to get rid of that. It was a lot of channels but few good choices.

If you can manage, see if you can find "The Expanse". Not sure who's distributing besides Amazon, but it's free there and it's an awesome scifi series. I can't wait for the next season. And unlike Game of Thrones, the books are already all written, so they're not having to make it up as they go along.

Oh, BTW SIX, trimming the avocado is NOT on hubby's "honeydew" list! The tree is about 60-70' tall, and right through all the power and communication lines in back. We're going to leave that to the professionally licensed, insured, and bonded, professionals!





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Thursday, February 11, 2021 4:05 PM

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Hey Brenda, I hope your and your friend have a good visit.

Thinking of your friend moving and remembering back to when you moved out of your horrid old place with your horrid landlady, I'm still in awe of how you got moved and settled in without much fuss it seems ... just keeping at it task by task, day by day.



We did. We talked, had lunch. Saw some pictures she has of her mom and of her new place. She has a room mate human and a couple of cats as well.

That's the way I try to approach things now. One thing at a time, so I won't tire myself out too much or hurt myself.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 4:07 PM

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Been out for my walk and back Decided to talk to some at an electric/ computer place about this laptop with the zapping me and nothing would come up this morning. This person said it that the hard drive is dying.

ETA: Had a fight to get it to cooperate when I got home but I did.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 4:38 PM

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I wish you could come over here and help out!



Too bad we're not neighbors. In the last year I've helped out my neighbors more than my friends.

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Hubby and I ... he gets thru a day ... I get thru an hour or two ... and we need a day to recover!


Even I've got to do that. For example, after posting here this morning I decided on a nap and I just woke up right now. Too late for my painting shift, and I don't feel like dealing with any of the other stuff either.

I am trying to motivate myself to get ready and go out and do some various shopping while it's a balmy 20 degrees outside.

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Nine months ago, I was busy digging out that second vegetable garden, putting a couple of hours in most mornings, before the day got too hot. I was assuming that with cooler weather I'd be able to get more done, but this arthritis thing has really set me back. It's just a measure of how things have changed for me, and hubby, over the long run.


Too bad your old gardener friend isn't around anymore. No chance you can't get some reasonably priced help?

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I'm still hoping to resolve this. I had a couple of weeks of feeling GREAT(!!!) after feeling horrible for months. So it can be done, I just need to figure out how.


Yeah. That's a shame. You sounded real excited about it and thought you knew what was wrong. Just take it little steps at a time. I know with the outdoor work, especially, the problems just come back on you a lot quicker than any work you get done inside, but getting something done is better than getting nothing done and eventually you'll get to where it's under control and it feels manageable. Just make sure you keep up with regular maintenance things and then try to do the Projects a little at a time when you feel capable of doing it. And whatever you do, DON'T do what I do and get all manic and work through pain while hopped up on affine. Then you just eventually crash and burn and (if you're prone to depression) you can end up doing nothing for weeks at a time.

You'll eventually get there.

Seriously though... I know I mentioned it before, but even though a "To-Do" list is invaluable, at the bottom of that list put a "DONE" list too. Whenever you finish something from the to-do list, or somehow jump to doing something that wasn't on it because your work led you there, make sure to add those things to the DONE list.

I didn't start that up again myself until my brother was here last May, but I now have just shy of 100 items on that list. It's a huge motivational boost to me to look at what I have accomplished. Especially on one of the bad days when I've fallen back into a funk. I only wish that I'd thought to put dates at the end of each DONE item, but if I really wanted to know (at least with project work) I have it all dated with my photos.

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In any case, I did manage to torch most of the front yard...before the fire department stopped by a told me to stop! I guess my torching is going to be in the backyard, and I'll just have to spray the front bc I refuse to hand-weed all of that stuff.


I'd say, "wow, really", but then I think of all the fires in California and how little rain you've gotten. Though I totally empathize with your desire to keep any work you're doing in the back yard and away from prying eyes, do be careful.

I can't remember... how did that spray I recommended you get work out for you? Did you get one of those awesome 2-gallon Round-Up pump sprayers? If the spray isn't doing it for you, put more in than the instructions say. It literally melts any of my weeds. And even though spraying for weeds and bugs is never fun, that good pump sprayer at least elevated it from my least favorite chore around the house.

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I tried that a couple of years ago, hoping that if I got the weeds before they set seed I'd have fewer weeds later. I do have less sow thistle and dandelion, but more western ragweed ...all I managed to do was change the population, not the overall amount. So, since I have no choice I'm just going to regularly spray until I can reshape the yard and put down chipped bark.


They always find a way. Spraying will never be done around here, but after finally getting it under control I spend a whole lot less time doing it, spread out over several treatments per year. And I rarely, ever have to get my hands dirty pulling anything anymore except for cutting any "suckers" that grow right next to the Maple's where I wouldn't want to poison the grass and I don't feel like having to buy and store a third pump sprayer for grass safe chemicals.

But just keep that manageable and part of your regular chores, and then chip away at those projects when you feel you're up to it. They're not going anywhere.

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Anyway, getting our cable provider to stop billing us for TV service that we no longer have ... done. That saves us about $120 per month, and I'm glad to get rid of that. It was a lot of channels but few good choices.


Nice. I haven't called my company yet. I'm not expecting too much trouble, but I think my internet will go up at least $5 a month this year.

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If you can manage, see if you can find "The Expanse". Not sure who's distributing besides Amazon, but it's free there and it's an awesome scifi series. I can't wait for the next season. And unlike Game of Thrones, the books are already all written, so they're not having to make it up as they go along.


I was actually watching it back in the drinking days. I liked it. It was before Amazon took it over, and I think I stopped watching all TV somewhere in the middle of the 2nd or 3rd season. I might give it another try one of these days. The problem is with some of these shows there are so many episodes to watch it feels like homework. I won't lie and say I don't waste a lot of time on YouTube, but usually the absolutely maximum length of videos I'd watch there are around an hour long and don't require any other watching, with most of the videos being around the 10 or 15 minute mark.

No obligations.

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Oh, BTW SIX, trimming the avocado is NOT on hubby's "honeydew" list! The tree is about 60-70' tall, and right through all the power and communication lines in back. We're going to leave that to the professionally licensed, insured, and bonded, professionals!



Professionally licensed, insured and boded professionals, you say?

Never heard of 'em.




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Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:56 PM

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I'm just going to regularly spray until I can reshape the yard and put down chipped bark
Well, I have an idea for my yard, which I'm not going to get to this year because I'm still buried in paperwork ... but ... I'm thinking of putting down a couple inches of those wood shavings/ horse bedding I told you about, and rototiller-ing them in, except of course around the oaks and avoiding the root areas of anything I want to save. (Privet, my garden thug - you're on your own.) That'll disrupt whatever is actively growing, allow me to level off large areas by raking, and TRY to improve my heavy clay soil. Then I'll throw down a metric crap-ton of corn gluten in case that helps with the weed seeds at all. Then I'll lay down some really nice wood shavings I was given along with several inches of purchased mulch.


I have saved a few TV shows about establishing a xeric yard/ landscape, and killing what's there and keeping it gone is a first step. [-- BTW removing Bermuda grass sod with sod-cutters and deeply mulching for many months is apparently the key to getting rid of it. The trick apparently is the keep it COMPLETELY shaded but especially around the edges where light tends to leak through, so that the roots eventually use up their energy trying to re-sprout, and die. To that effect they used cardboard OR plastic (they later removed the plastic) covered with 6" mulch to make sure there was no bit of light getting through. They actually extended both the cardboard and plastic beyond the edges like at sidewalks, because that's where the most problems are. --] So one trick to keep stuff from sprouting apparently is to keep things COMPLETELY shaded for a long time with mulch. The other trick is to not use a spray-watering, but drip irrigation. But I have many very large trees, and I'm not going to set up drip-irrigation for them. I'll be using semi-permanent spray-watering.



Anyway, maybe after you spray the weeds a good layer of mulch will work for you, too, on the majority of your weedy soil. That might keep down the work you have to do.


BTW - for a few years I kept my front yard as a 'wildland' garden, with lots of Mexican evening primrose, oxalis, and sweet alyssum. But hand-weeding was too arduous (hand-weeding because it's the only kind of weeding that's selective), especially since I didn't have access paths. And watching the areas I don't do much with, I've seen a progression of weeds over the decades. At first I had nothing but wild barley, with thousands of breeding ladybugs in spring. (They must have been there for the aphids.) Then there was some kind of wild grass that makes seeds that can work under your pet's skin, through muscle etc, because of its one-way barbs - there are a few different types - and I don't remember the official names but unofficially they're called 'foxtail' around here. And instead of ladybugs in the spring I had small bluish-brownish butterflies all through the summer. Then I had tons of wild oats and no particular abundance of insects but the occasional grasshopper in summer. Cheeseweed started making an appearance as did burr clover. Then some kind of solanum with small white flowers moved in. As delicate as it looks, those plants really last and spread. I thought the wild oats were gone, but about 10 years ago there were some abundant rains during a cold part of the year, and the hillsides were covered again, as were areas of my yard.

Anyway there's definitely a natural progression of weeds (and insects), along with the effects of rainfall amount, timing, and temperature. Your weeds may or may not have been influenced by your weeding.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:23 PM

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Got the shopping done. Came home and realized that any of the plans I might have had to otherwise salvage a do-nothing day aren't going to come to fruition. It's fine working after dark, but not really interested in finally getting started after dark.

Some cool finds at the big box store though. I had only gone there for the primer, but decided to see if they had any of their nice tool bags in stock that were in the sale paper. They were out of stock a few days ago and I snagged 3 of them today. It's nice because the Ryobi tool deals I've been buying don't come with any tool bags. I already had a few large ones from old tool sets and other things, but now I've got some smaller ones for the sanders and some of the other smaller new tools that didn't have bags.

Also found an adhesive/grout compoud that is supposed to do both and is designed for small replacement projects like mine. Still cost 8 bucks for only 28 cents worth of tiles that need to be replaced, and I'm probably only going to use 1/10 of the pail, but it was the smallest one they had.

And I picked up one of those grout pens to try out. Pretty expensive, considering how little coverage you get with one. I might eek out a 12sq foot surface for over $4. But it's supposedly anti-microbial, and you're supposed to actually be able to straight up change grout colors with them instead of just lightening them. I'm still going with white, so I'm hoping it does the trick. I'll probably have to buy 3 more of them if they work. Even thoguh they say you don't have to scrub the grout first, I will do so. Once I finally get that paste off the wall tomorrow and let it all dry I'll give it a shot. I think it did a fair job of making things lighter, but I want it pure white as if the stuff was just put up there yesterday.


Going to put some felt pads under the stove and dishwasher tomorrow. That will probably require some leverage and wedging and a fair amount of cleaning first too. The back legs of the stove looked alright, but the front legs that were encased in vinyl tiles look rusty as shit.


Hopefully by tomorrow night I can put them both back to the wall until I do the floors and I can get to sanding the cabinets by the weekend.


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Friday, February 12, 2021 10:23 AM

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I wish you could come over here and help out!

SIX: Too bad we're not neighbors. In the last year I've helped out my neighbors more than my friends.

SIGNY: Hubby and I ... he gets thru a day ... I get thru an hour or two ... and we need a day to recover!

SIX: Even I've got to do that. For example, after posting here this morning I decided on a nap and I just woke up right now. Too late for my painting shift, and I don't feel like dealing with any of the other stuff either.
I am trying to motivate myself to get ready and go out and do some various shopping while it's a balmy 20 degrees outside.

The weather there ... it sucks.

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SIGNY: Nine months ago, I was busy digging out that second vegetable garden, putting a couple of hours in most mornings, before the day got too hot. I was assuming that with cooler weather I'd be able to get more done, but this arthritis thing has really set me back. It's just a measure of how things have changed for me, and hubby, over the long run.

SIX: Too bad your old gardener friend isn't around anymore. No chance you can't get some reasonably priced help?

Well, when the padnemic reared its ugly head, hubby got all paranoid about it and didn't want ANYBODY coming over to work. I tried telling him that our sometme gardener would be working outdoors and ince lunch was alwsy part of the deal I could give it to him outside, and I would be masked up any time I needed to talk to him or pay him, but hubby is SO paranoid about the virus and I can't change his mind. But I have to respect his wishes.

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SIGNY: I'm still hoping to resolve this. I had a couple of weeks of feeling GREAT(!!!) after feeling horrible for months. So it can be done, I just need to figure out how.

SIX: Yeah. That's a shame. You sounded real excited about it and thought you knew what was wrong.

I'm trying one more thing before I see the ENT surgeon who will, if nothing else, R/O some sort of sinus infection. If the inflammation is also food-allergy related, I have no idea what food it might be, so I'm going to just not eat for 48 hours. Halfway thru that. They say fasting is good for people anyway, either I'll avoid the offending food or I'll boost coritsol, or trigger autophagy (or all 3) and maybe damp down the inflammation reaction

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SIX: Just take it little steps at a time. I know with the outdoor work, especially, the problems just come back on you a lot quicker than any work you get done inside, but getting something done is better than getting nothing done and eventually you'll get to where it's under control and it feels manageable. Just make sure you keep up with regular maintenance things and then try to do the Projects a little at a time when you feel capable of doing it. And whatever you do, DON'T do what I do and get all manic and work through pain while hopped up on affine. Then you just eventually crash and burn and (if you're prone to depression) you can end up doing nothing for weeks at a time.

You'll eventually get there.

Since weeding IS the biggest "maintenance" chore and spring is when the weeds explode, it's imperative that I get ahead on that.

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SIX: Seriously though... I know I mentioned it before, but even though a "To-Do" list is invaluable, at the bottom of that list put a "DONE" list too. Whenever you finish something from the to-do list, or somehow jump to doing something that wasn't on it because your work led you there, make sure to add those things to the DONE list.

I didn't start that up again myself until my brother was here last May, but I now have just shy of 100 items on that list. It's a huge motivational boost to me to look at what I have accomplished. Especially on one of the bad days when I've fallen back into a funk. I only wish that I'd thought to put dates at the end of each DONE item, but if I really wanted to know (at least with project work) I have it all dated with my photos.

Well, I do something similar in that when I accomplish something I cross it off my "to do" list and write it into my diary. It IS a good motivational tool, even if all I've done is clean the house, do the dishes and cook a meal that day! Also, when it comes to dealing with insurances, cable company, or what-have-you, it's very useful to be able to read back to them WHEN I called them and what the content of the call was. A habit from when I was a supervisor and dealt with a lot of outisde businesses.

But honestly, to me, there is nothing quite as satisfying as crossing itmes off the list, and then being able to throw the list away!

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SIGNY: In any case, I did manage to torch most of the front yard...before the fire department stopped by a told me to stop! I guess my torching is going to be in the backyard, and I'll just have to spray the front bc I refuse to hand-weed all of that stuff.

SIX: I'd say, "wow, really", but then I think of all the fires in California and how little rain you've gotten. Though I totally empathize with your desire to keep any work you're doing in the back yard and away from prying eyes, do be careful.

I can't remember... how did that spray I recommended you get work out for you? Did you get one of those awesome 2-gallon Round-Up pump sprayers? If the spray isn't doing it for you, put more in than the instructions say. It literally melts any of my weeds. And even though spraying for weeds and bugs is never fun, that good pump sprayer at least elevated it from my least favorite chore around the house.

The spray works great, as does the sprayer. I was just hoping to reduce the amount of spraying, seeing as I'm trying to be environmentally responsible.

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SIGNY: I tried that a couple of years ago, hoping that if I got the weeds before they set seed I'd have fewer weeds later. I do have less sow thistle and dandelion, but more western ragweed ...all I managed to do was change the population, not the overall amount. So, since I have no choice I'm just going to regularly spray until I can reshape the yard and put down chipped bark.

SIX: They always find a way. Spraying will never be done around here, but after finally getting it under control I spend a whole lot less time doing it, spread out over several treatments per year. And I rarely, ever have to get my hands dirty pulling anything anymore except for cutting any "suckers" that grow right next to the Maple's where I wouldn't want to poison the grass and I don't feel like having to buy and store a third pump sprayer for grass safe chemicals.
But just keep that manageable and part of your regular chores, and then chip away at those projects when you feel you're up to it. They're not going anywhere.

SIGNY: Anyway, getting our cable provider to stop billing us for TV service that we no longer have ... done. That saves us about $120 per month, and I'm glad to get rid of that. It was a lot of channels but few good choices.

SIX: Nice. I haven't called my company yet. I'm not expecting too much trouble, but I think my internet will go up at least $5 a month this year.

Just jot down somewhere safe - on a calendar, maybe - who you talked to and what they said. Getting this done required four phone calls and a trip to the cable store to return equipment. One more phone call to make: I forgot to tell them to cancel our "Wifi" service ($5/mo) since we returned their router as well as their cable box.

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SIGNY: If you can manage, see if you can find "The Expanse". Not sure who's distributing besides Amazon, but it's free there and it's an awesome scifi series. I can't wait for the next season. And unlike Game of Thrones, the books are already all written, so they're not having to make it up as they go along.

SIX: I was actually watching it back in the drinking days. I liked it. It was before Amazon took it over, and I think I stopped watching all TV somewhere in the middle of the 2nd or 3rd season. I might give it another try one of these days. The problem is with some of these shows there are so many episodes to watch it feels like homework. I won't lie and say I don't waste a lot of time on YouTube, but usually the absolutely maximum length of videos I'd watch there are around an hour long and don't require any other watching, with most of the videos being around the 10 or 15 minute mark.
No obligations.

SIGNY: Oh, BTW SIX, trimming the avocado is NOT on hubby's "honeydew" list! The tree is about 60-70' tall, and right through all the power and communication lines in back. We're going to leave that to the professionally licensed, insured, and bonded, professionals!


SIX: Professionally licensed, insured and boded professionals, you say?
Never heard of 'em.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:31 PM

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The weather there ... it sucks.



Truth.

I live in a part of the world where I only enjoy about 5 months out of the year. Really got nobody by my self to blame for that at my age though.



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Well, when the padnemic reared its ugly head, hubby got all paranoid about it and didn't want ANYBODY coming over to work. I tried telling him that our sometme gardener would be working outdoors and ince lunch was alwsy part of the deal I could give it to him outside, and I would be masked up any time I needed to talk to him or pay him, but hubby is SO paranoid about the virus and I can't change his mind. But I have to respect his wishes.


Hopefully that's over soon. I don't want to play Dr. Ruth and go into detail about how he should respect yours as well. Your gripe here isn't unwarranted, but paranoia isn't something one can find much success reasoning with. Finger's crossed.

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I'm trying one more thing before I see the ENT surgeon who will, if nothing else, R/O some sort of sinus infection. If the inflammation is also food-allergy related, I have no idea what food it might be, so I'm going to just not eat for 48 hours. Halfway thru that. They say fasting is good for people anyway, either I'll avoid the offending food or I'll boost coritsol, or trigger autophagy (or all 3) and maybe damp down the inflammation reaction


It was much easier for me to figure out mine, but after talking with you and Kiki I just went cold turkey on the Hodge-podge of stuff I KNEW had whatever was causing the hives. Slowly I introduced the least likely culprits back into the diet until the Cajun spice was the only thing I wasn't eating anymore without any problems. And just like you said might happen, after around 7 or 8 months I started using the Cajun spice again and I don't get any reactions. I still probably use more than I should, but compared to what I used to do I'd say it's quite sparingly. And if I ever do get the hives again I know what caused it.

Wish I could give you advice, but since you have a much wider range of a diet by probably 10 or 20xs, I really wouldn't know where to start other than to say that it can be done. Good luck.

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Since weeding IS the biggest "maintenance" chore and spring is when the weeds explode, it's imperative that I get ahead on that.


Agreed. Good plan.

In the mean time though, if you've got that "DONE" list (in your diary) you can go back and look at all the projects you completed while you were at war with the weeds. Your memory probably makes the weeds themselves a larger enemy in your head than they actually are because you think of all the other things you were doing at the time.

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Well, I do something similar in that when I accomplish something I cross it off my "to do" list and write it into my diary. It IS a good motivational tool, even if all I've done is clean the house, do the dishes and cook a meal that day! Also, when it comes to dealing with insurances, cable company, or what-have-you, it's very useful to be able to read back to them WHEN I called them and what the content of the call was. A habit from when I was a supervisor and dealt with a lot of outisde businesses.

But honestly, to me, there is nothing quite as satisfying as crossing itmes off the list, and then being able to throw the list away!



My list is all on the computer. Just a simple TXT document. Easy to cut and paste and re-arrange. I don't get too much satisfaction from removing something off the to-do list because right now there's always something else to go on there and it's usually about a dozen items for the week that may or may not even get done during that week. The satisfaction for me is being able to move them down to the DONE area though.

Good habit there having times and dates and names of people you talk to. I picked that up when I worked at a customer service help desk. Invaluable when trying to get money owed to you or to strike up a bargain. Save those trouble ticket numbers too if they're available.



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The spray works great, as does the sprayer. I was just hoping to reduce the amount of spraying, seeing as I'm trying to be environmentally responsible.


You're at war. You have to let that one go, especially if you're doing yourself bodily harm.

There was a day when I'd tell my grandma I didn't want to use any chemicals because I'd be afraid that the birds that always dig for worms on my property after it rains might die from it. But when you've practically given your property back to nature with 3 foot high weeds, 7 maple trees growing right next to your house's foundation, moles making holes all along the same foundation, ants eating your water damaged porch and raccoons eating through a shingled roof to have their babies, you finally realize enough is enough and the rent is due.

I've made peace with the fact that I simply can't afford to be environmentally conscious when my repayment for that is the destruction of my most valuable assets.

Keep recycling. Keep turning off lights and other things when you don't' need them. Keep planning out your errands for one trip instead of driving 5 times more than you need to. But use the spray.



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HAHAHAHAHA!!!!





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Friday, February 12, 2021 1:47 PM

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Out for my walk on a nice bright day. I'm sure it's plenty cold out though.

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Friday, February 12, 2021 1:53 PM

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Out for my walk on a nice bright day. I'm sure it's plenty cold out though.

I'll bet! It looks like you're on the Arctic side of the jet stream!

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Friday, February 12, 2021 1:55 PM

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So far the Sierra snowpack is at 70pct of to-date normal, and 45 pct of normal yearly total.

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Friday, February 12, 2021 5:08 PM

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Hey Signy, you might seriously look into a thick layer of mulch. The only problem with it is if you have what I call 'broadcast' watering - sprayers - you'll have to water extra to get down through the mulch to the soil, and only then can you start to get the soil wet enough.

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Friday, February 12, 2021 5:32 PM

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Out for my walk on a nice bright day. I'm sure it's plenty cold out though.

I'll bet! It looks like you're on the Arctic side of the jet stream!

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We were. I think the temp today went up to 0 where as yesterday(Thursday) was in the minuses.

Weather people said its been some of the coldest days on record for the Lower Mainland. Might snow tomorrow and then turn into rain but they seem to be leaning more towards the rain now. So, I just wait and see.

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Friday, February 12, 2021 5:34 PM

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Was a little warmer today on my walk. Had to do just a little grocery shopping. Nothing heavy. Just bread and some canned fish. I opted for tortillas this time around.

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Friday, February 12, 2021 10:36 PM

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Did my regular paint shift. Glued and clamped the broken door in time to get it in before the next shift in 2 days. Spent a ridiculous amount of time cleaning off that paste off the tiles finally (I'm never doing that again). Scoured the stove on the outside. Used the AWESOME grout pen to whiten up all the grout lines from the wall to past the stove where I'd washed them. Put another layer of primer on the wall where there is no tile behind the stove and the dishwasher. Installed the two new tiles to replace the broken ones that have been uglying up my kitchen for the past decade. Moved everything back to the wall so I can start sanding those damn upper cabinets finally.

After days of dancing around that flexible gas line, I thought I'd messed up bad when I jacked up the back to clean the filthy, grease crusted legs in the back (I quickly removed the pads I'd installed... they'll be good when I have tile, but they don't play well with the existing subfloor and make the stove a literal bitch to move right now).

But when I turned the gas line back on I smelled gas. Shit.

It took me longer than it should have to realize that I'd turned one of the burner knobs just a little bit from the off position.



Everything's good, and for the first time since I've started this project I can actually tell a huge improvement from what it used to look like. You wouldn't believe how good the clean tiles look compared to the unwashed ones that didn't get the grout pen treatment yet.

And a clean stove and dishwasher that look like they're brand spankin' new even though I'm probably ditching the washer... And just knowing that the mountains of filth that used to be behind them are now just a fading memory.

I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight.




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Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:14 AM

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Speaking of

In the Garden and RAIN!!!

Rainfall here is looking pretty grim. Here's the current total for downtown Los Angeles (solid green) compared to normal (blue line). It's over a week out of date, but since no rain's fallen since the last update, it doesn't matter. Just mentally draw that flat green area out through nearly mid-February to be up to date.

Sigh. And since there's no rainfall in the next 10 day forecast, you might as well extend that green area to almost the end of the month.





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Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:36 AM

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Finally pulled my old printer all in one apart for parts.

Two good D/C motors in there were the real prize.

My old man always plays my grams in UpWords and when I went over there I realized how much he was handicapping himself by letting her look at the board right side up while playing the game upside down.

I'm going to build a housing for one of those motors and attach it to a switch to make a platform that will raise the board just slightly off the table and rotate the board while holding the button down between turns.




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Saturday, February 13, 2021 4:02 AM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Did my regular paint shift. Glued and clamped the broken door in time to get it in before the next shift in 2 days. Spent a ridiculous amount of time cleaning off that paste off the tiles finally (I'm never doing that again). Scoured the stove on the outside. Used the AWESOME grout pen to whiten up all the grout lines from the wall to past the stove where I'd washed them. Put another layer of primer on the wall where there is no tile behind the stove and the dishwasher. Installed the two new tiles to replace the broken ones that have been uglying up my kitchen for the past decade. Moved everything back to the wall so I can start sanding those damn upper cabinets finally.

After days of dancing around that flexible gas line, I thought I'd messed up bad when I jacked up the back to clean the filthy, grease crusted legs in the back (I quickly removed the pads I'd installed... they'll be good when I have tile, but they don't play well with the existing subfloor and make the stove a literal bitch to move right now).

But when I turned the gas line back on I smelled gas. Shit.

It took me longer than it should have to realize that I'd turned one of the burner knobs just a little bit from the off position.



Everything's good, and for the first time since I've started this project I can actually tell a huge improvement from what it used to look like. You wouldn't believe how good the clean tiles look compared to the unwashed ones that didn't get the grout pen treatment yet.

And a clean stove and dishwasher that look like they're brand spankin' new even though I'm probably ditching the washer... And just knowing that the mountains of filth that used to be behind them are now just a fading memory.

I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight.




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It's great to get over the hump like that. Every home improvement project always reaches a point where it looks worse ... A LOT worse ... than when it was started. But then, things start to gel, and it looks better and better.

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