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Title: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 21, 2016, 09:12:32 pm
Back at Old Nauvoo, we had a Cabin & a Porch built by longtime resident Michaela so folks would have a place to go to relax, socialize, have a bite (there was usually food), read, enjoy movies or music, meditate, or sit outside & watch the wildlife. Many of us would hide there when things got crazy elsewhere (which sometimes happened even in Nauvoo).

Our old Cabin was on Nauvoo Hill & had a fireplace, kitchen, bedrooms for Incabitants & guests, bath, extra half bath, & a deck where we kept Adirondack chairs & table. The living room windows & deck had a view of the town (we could see the temple lights at night). We had a hot tub a short walk away, but it hasnít gotten much use lately & it's been covered so animals or birds wouldnít fall in. Among our neighbors were Clifton Clowers & his herd of sheep, & his daughter who had married a city dude & often visited with her family. There was also the farm for Bay Area police horses who had earned a retirement of ease & comfort.

The Cabin was for winter, & Michaela also built the Porch for warmer weather.

Speaking of animals, we had a flock of cats & dogs, with occasional guests of other varieties, who lived with us at the Cabin & Porch. Since this is a cyber town with cyber features of all kinds, folks who loved animals but had bad allergies were able to enjoy our critters. Of course we couldnít just abandon them at Old Nauvoo, so they are staying with me in my suite at the Nauvoo Family Hotel for now.

I found a cabin that is pretty similar to our old one, with a slightly different view (it looks onto Nauvoo from the north, with the temple in the foreground & the river beyond). It has a fairly new slate roof, which makes it more fire-safe, & double-paned windows. Itís available to buy but we need to decide within a few days. The owner only wants $500 Ė he says itís more important to have owners who really like it & will enjoy it, & he has to move soon because of a new job. There is also some land a bit downhill where we can build a new Porch. So I need to see if Incabitants are on board with buying this for the same purposes as our old Cabin. If you trust our crittersí judgment, Punkin, Dreyfuss, & Mandee have seen it & they didnít want to leave.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on January 21, 2016, 09:57:18 pm
Oh, yeah, I'm totally in. I took a look around, sat on the couch, and the furballs all joined me. I take it they've been visiting the new place and, well, making themselves at home.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on January 21, 2016, 10:18:35 pm
The furniture here now belongs to the present owner, who plans to take it when he moves. We still have the Porchmobile that we can use to bring our stuff from the old Cabin. It may take more than one trip, but we have more than a week, & the maintenance people at the police horse farm would be willing to help us if we supply pizza.

Send the critters back to me at the hotel. This cabin is not ours yet & they are not used to it, & I donít want them getting over-excited & doing any damage that might make the owner think twice about selling to us. I have a folding pen at the hotel with some of their familiar blankets & towels so they donít climb up the curtains or scratch holes in anything.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 22, 2016, 01:24:16 am
As long as we can install a Dutch door so I can get in, I am delighted.  The price is right. The view sounds great and I thingk more folks will want the cabin as soon as they pack up and move to New Nauvoo. 

I am finally feeling like going and doing again. Luckily, whatever it was was not the flu that is epidemic in the kingdom at present.  I have a bit of gunk that needs to work its way out of the sinuses, and my throat is still soreish.  but I have survived.  Ginger, lemon, honey,clove and cinnamon drink by the liter.  Saltwater by the cup.  sheesh.

See ya!
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Iggy on January 22, 2016, 02:50:52 pm
Saltwater by the cup.  sheesh.
See ya!

You are gargling the saltwater yes? When I was last sick with the *Unknown* feel like crap, hurt all over, even the eyes hurt Sickness, the only thing that eased the pain of the sore throat was gargling with nearly hot, very salty, saltwater. Even medicated throat lozenges didn't soothe.

Praying for you getting well soonest.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 22, 2016, 06:27:07 pm
snorting and gargling. such TMI.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on January 22, 2016, 11:43:51 pm
Gargling & rinsing with warm to hot salt water is great sore throat & gum relief.  I usually use something natural like Real Salt (comes from an inland canyon in Utah) or Himalayan.

As for the Dutch door, not a problem. Weíll be able to put in cyber access doors or halls for Incabitants wherever they are.

I signed the purchase agreement for this place today & put down half of the price. Anyone wishing to make a donation for the balance can drop it in the Quaker Oats box on the kitchen counter in the OLD Nauvoo Cabin.

This new place wonít actually be ours until the end of the month, so letís respect the property rights of the owner who is actually still living here. He said we can use the mailbox here for messages & use the vacant space in the shed out back to start moving stuff over until he moves out. We have the Cabin in Old Nauvoo until then, & I took the pets back there because the suite at the Nauvoo Family Hotel was too cramped for them. So anyone needing some four-footed TLC, youíll find it at the Old Cabin.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: GoodyScrivener on January 24, 2016, 09:34:30 pm
Ah, this is a lovely place. So many rooms, so many windows to let in the light.

And it's quite nice of the current owner to let us start hanging out before the paperwork is final.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on January 27, 2016, 12:16:51 am
Iím glad everyone is taking good care of the premises, since it wonít officially be ours for a few days.

I brought Punkin for the night, because Iím staying, but we canít leave the critters here unattended. Unless one of us is with them, they need to stay at the Old Cabin so they wonít damage any of the current ownerís stuff here. Iíve mostly been there, looking after them & packing for the move. Anyone who wants to help pack, drop by anytime. Also, if thereís stuff we no longer need, put it in the corner marked ďSurplus,Ē & weíll call DI for a pickup.

We already have most of the balance for the purchase price, so thanks to the Incabitants who have contributed. Iíve put the money given so far in the bank, so donít worry when you see the cereal box empty.

We have pizza & a fruit salad in the kitchen. The pizza flavors are sausage-pepperoni, olive-mushroom-artichoke heart, & clam-garlic. The fruit salad has cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, blueberries, pineapple, oranges, & grapes. Help yourself. :P


Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on January 28, 2016, 03:20:54 am
I spent a couple of hours today at the Old Cabin packing some of our stuff to move here. There are some things that donít seem to have been used in years, & Iíve never seen any regular Incabitants use them. Does anyone want to claim them? They are in the corner marked ďSurplus.Ē The New Cabin is an opportunity to get some new stuff, but we wonít be able to keep everything weíve accumulated.

Here is a listing of a few sources for cabin furniture & dťcor, & Incabitants can suggest others that we can check out.

http://www.logfurniture.com/directory/california-log-furniture/

Iíve assured Punkin that we are keeping all the things sheís given us over the years. Her gifts include the firepit, Adirondack chairs & tables, dinnerware with a forest decor, a large heavy-duty dehydrator, & more.

I hope Michaela comes over here. The original Cabin was her creation & sheíll bring her own unique spirit here.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Michaela on January 28, 2016, 04:44:01 pm
*trudging snow-covered through the door*
I'm here! I'm here!  I can't believe I found it!  When I trekked use to the old cabin and found the door locked and the critters gone I sat right down in the snow and cried.  Then I saw the note on my the door:  Have moved on up the hill---here's the map--- I brushed myself off and headed straight up.  I can't believe it.  I found you! I'm here!
Is that...? Could that be hot cinnamon rolls I smell?
*sinking exhausted into favorite chair*
Can't believe it.... I'm home...zzzzzzzz.....
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: AndrewR on January 28, 2016, 06:44:59 pm
(http://nauvoo.site/images/cabin.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on January 28, 2016, 07:13:39 pm
Michaela! So good to see you here! I'm glad you found us. How are you?

Andrew, beautiful picture!
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: pnr on January 28, 2016, 08:25:40 pm
Yes, it is.  But you cannot fairly call it a "cabin".
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on January 28, 2016, 09:20:45 pm
Pfft! I'll call it a cabin anyway. :P
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on January 29, 2016, 01:23:01 am
Michaela! [hugs] Welcome to New Nauvoo & the Cabin! Well, it isnít ours officially, but it will be in a couple of days.

The favorite chair youíre in actually belongs to the owner that I bought the Cabin from. After I got here, I was staying in a suite at the Nauvoo Family Hotel, & I was looking around town & saw this cabin. It looked just right, & it turned out the owner needed to sell because he is moving for a new job. So you see, everything eventually works out. The critters canít be here unattended until we officially take possession, because I donít want them damaging anything that belongs to the owner. Thatís why I needed the suite at the hotel. I was also taking them back to the old Cabin now & then so they could ďsay goodbyeĒ Ė but they seem to be adjusting well & I donít think there will be any problems. Punkin discovered a colony of bats just up the hill from here, so she is already feeling right at home.

This place has a fairly new slate roof & double-pane windows. Those will sure relieve some of our maintenance & weather issues.

Bring MiMi over here when you can.

Youíre probably aware of Vís health challenges. I hope she comes over here so we donít lose touch with her.


Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: AndrewR on January 29, 2016, 05:18:17 am
Quote
But you cannot fairly call it a "cabin".

If I had a cabin that is what it would have to look like. I don't want a hunting lodge.

I want room for guests a plenty.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 30, 2016, 03:46:37 am
Looks like home from home to me!!  I sure wish Pink Floyd would come and build another hot tub. Mostly because I miss Pink Floyd.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on January 31, 2016, 11:34:41 pm
I hope he shows up too. A place like this needs a Pink Floyd.

The old Cabin will close down at midnight & this will be The Place. Most of our stuff is either in here, in various states of order or disorder, or in the storage shed. The Porchmobile, Little Red Wagon, and dirt bike are here too. We were able to weed out some old furniture, linens, clothes, books, media, & other odds & ends that we no longer needed or former residents didnít claim, & DI will pick up sometime during the week. Tomorrow weíll really get to work setting up our new household.

There isnít much space to do anything until stuff is unpacked & set up, so all we have to eat tonight is pizza left from moving day yesterday. Iíve always liked reheated pizza. Punkin likes it too. Yes, Punkin, we have fruit too. Thereís grapes, cut melon, berries, & more.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 01, 2016, 03:37:50 am
I am pleased to see my handyman is finished installing the Dutch door so I have a convenient entry into the Cabin from my end.  I schlepped the last of the odd bits here this morning.  It's grey and dreary out there. But as welcoming as it is here ( even amongst moving disarray, I can't stay because I have laundry waiting (Monday traditional wash day!)

I was going to bring the leftover hassleback potatoes and bacon wrapped pork loin  and leave it for any hungry folk to zapp and enjoy but Boy carried it all off to his house....it was yummy.

I am finally done with the embroidery on a certain green satin item for the temple.  I am nearly done sewing the outside seam. Once I get it turned and do a buttonhole stitch around the edge, that 20 year project is finally done and I can get to my new and improved 4 sizes smaller temple dress.  I need to get it done so I can wear it to Mother's sealing to Dad.

Himself is home for a month! whoo hoo!

I am off to get some RW chores done. too-de-loo!

*Dutch door swings on silent and smooth hinges, shut*
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 01, 2016, 06:02:37 am
I used my imaginary magic wand, made from a pine tree of all things, to install a Sri Lankan door. Well, really, the door is coded to my presence, so it'll follow me around wherever I happen to live. Because magic is like that. :D

Yeah, I miss Pink Floyd and a lot of others who are no longer on Nauvoo, new or old. I wish they were still here. :(

Ah well. I'm leaving fresh papaya/guava juice in the fridge. Help yourselves. :)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Patty Rain on February 01, 2016, 09:14:43 am
I've thought of PF as well since all this happened. I hope he is doing well.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 01, 2016, 03:17:11 pm
I hope V joins us, or that her daughter signs her up. They know we are here. V is one of the Incabitants who make this place real.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 01, 2016, 11:36:30 pm
LM (Quid) just said that Ketchupqueen has moved into town!

Welcome to Your Royal Heinzness!  8)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 02, 2016, 07:57:04 am
Went to the opthamologist today and got the dilator drops put in for a further examination of my eyeballs. It's going fine. Cataracts are still fairly mild and he predicts surgery in another 3-4 years.

Meanwhile, I sprained my wrist yesterday, so I can't type well at all because of the splint thingie. And I had more dental work done a few days ago and my jaw and teeth still hurt. Ugh.

But there's fresh papaya and guava juice in the fridge. Help yourselves.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 02, 2016, 11:10:13 pm
Hi, Ketchupqueen!

We'll leave the light on (like at Motel 6) and the bottle out for you. 8)

(http://www.heinzfoodservice.com/~/media/HeinzFoodService/assets/img/content/products-and-brands/Ketchup/Tabletop/513900.ashx)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 04, 2016, 08:01:10 pm
The weather is beautiful today Ė to look at. Itís pretty chilly, but clear & sunny. The forecasters say it will be sunny & in the 70ís (F) for the Super Bowl just south of us. Like all of America, I enjoy the previews of the ads even if I donít watch the game.

Is the rumor true that KetchupQueen created the Heinz dachshund commercial? The critters thought it was hilarious, especially Hound, who loved seeing all his successful cousins.
 
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765684050/Video-Adorable-wiener-stampede-of-dozens-of-daschunds-in-Super-Bowl-commercial.html  (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765684050/Video-Adorable-wiener-stampede-of-dozens-of-daschunds-in-Super-Bowl-commercial.html)

It reminds me of the cat herding ad from a few years ago. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJevzF8uIgw  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJevzF8uIgw)

The critters are also more interested in the Puppy Bowl than the actual game.

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/ (http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 05, 2016, 11:54:43 pm
Hungry customer shows up at an upscale San Diego-area waterfront restaurant, & doesnít create a disturbance, panhandle, or crash any parties.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/sea-lion-starving-restaurant-booth-San-Diego-6809698.php

What a sweet little critter. Punkin polled our cats & they all voted to donate their sardine & other fish rations for the month. Dreyfuss says the dogs want to give too, but I donít know about the dietary issues, so I think weíll have them send a monetary donation.

The California sea lion population has been suffering from malnutrition & many have been treated at marine mammal care centers in recent months. The weather has been causing problems with salmon, the Dungeness crab season, and other aquatic life.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Michaela on February 08, 2016, 12:27:35 am
*shaking snow from head*
There's nothing like a fire and a cup of hot chocolate after a long cold day.  Looks like everyone's gone out and/or asleep here.  That's ok.  I need some time to recoup. 
Let's see . . . I'll just put it here, on the table by the window.  it's the perfect place for Ryan's photo.  I like to remember him like this - - -sitting on the back of the four-wheeler in his red helmet.  He was one happy guy on the trail.
I wonder how V's doing?  Think I'll just pick up the Cabin journal and read for awhile.  There's sure to be something in here about her.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Patty Rain on February 08, 2016, 08:51:43 am
Laurie - hope the arm heals quickly.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 08, 2016, 11:41:07 pm
While we still look forward to more El NiŮo storm activity to add to our snow pack & reservoirs, the Bay Area is having a heat wave. Here it is, a week after Groundhog Day, & we had some record temps today. Oakland broke a record with 80 degrees, & San Francisco was 79.

Meanwhile, on the Salt Lake side of the Cabin, 4 people fell through thin ice into a pond at Liberty Park & had to be treated for hypothermia.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865647271/Two-rescued-after-falling-through-ice-at-Liberty-Park.html

See, Punkin, this is why we need to check so many weather reports each day, from around the world. The Cabin has many microclimates. Itís one thing that makes life here more interesting than in an ordinary home.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Iggy on February 09, 2016, 07:56:24 pm
Yesterday here on the Central Oregon Coast at 4 PM it was 85 degrees out, with NO wind/breeze or even a single cloud whisper.

Today at the same time it was 68 degrees.

I fear that we just may have an exceptionally dry spring and summer. At least I won't have to find someone to come and mow/weed wack my lot of weeds. Still will need to find someone to come prune my Chinese Prune tree though. Soon as the leaves form and it gets fruit buds.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 11, 2016, 10:30:04 pm
We have deli salads, meat, & crackers in the kitchen, & I made watermelonade, but I didnít get around to making dinner. Iíve had to give Punkin extra TLC since we heard about the death of the tiger at the Sacramento Zoo.  :(  All the critters are feeling down, but Punkin identifies with tigers because she is an orange cat (she thinks they were created after her image), & anything bad involving tigers hits her hard.

This was a strange case. The male tiger came from the Memphis Zoo in December & the two were expected to mate. Until yesterday, they lived in adjoining quarters with mesh between. They were moved back & forth between enclosures so they could be surrounded with each otherís scent, & they could see, hear, smell, feel, & ďtalkĒ to each other through the mesh. The zoo people decided the courtship was going well enough to put them together, but within minutes he was roughing her up. The staff tried to subdue him with hoses, fire extinguishers, & noise, & were able to fire one tranquilizer dart, but by the time they controlled him they couldnít save her.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Female-tiger-killed-by-mating-partner-at-6821854.php (http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Female-tiger-killed-by-mating-partner-at-6821854.php)

http://sacramentozoo.blogspot.com/2016/02/death-of-sumatran-tiger-baha.html (http://sacramentozoo.blogspot.com/2016/02/death-of-sumatran-tiger-baha.html)

I think Iím having a winter allergy. A couple of times in recent weeks, I thought I might be getting a cold, sore throat, or other URI. But nothing serious developed & they lasted only a day or two, without other usual cold symptoms. A neighbor mentioned having allergy to some plants that are flourishing now, & because weíve had such weird weather, Iím seeing pollen deposits. So I have sneezing, coughing, irritated throat & nasal passages, but thatís it. Claritin & regular cough drops are working to control the annoying symptoms & Iím doing salt water throat rinses. Other than that, itís just a matter of time. Staying away from the pets is not an option.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Redd on February 14, 2016, 03:43:18 pm
I am getting used to this new forum/setup.  I have decided that I really need to get into the 21st century and ditch my old dinosaur lap top that always needs to be plugged in to work.  I will keep it around for the games I have on it, but I really need something smaller, lighter and with a key board that can be attached to my printer.  I also need to loose weight.....I guess we will see which happens first.  ;D

  Greetings to all, now back to my regularly scheduled tax doo-hickey.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 15, 2016, 04:15:01 am
There is some snow at this end of the cabin!! it snowed almost all day yesterday but the temps are too warm for it to really accumulate except on the not very sturdy party tent temporary shelter we have set up while the carport is renovated. Good thing Boy was around yesterday to help his dad.  Did I tell you that I am thinking of joining a light opera company? Yep. after 25 years my voice is hardly stallar but I think I might just decide to do Die Fledermaus in May....I sang to 30 years ago in English....how hard can German be?   But I have to relearn the part, I sing alto more comfortably in my dotage.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 15, 2016, 10:30:51 pm
Jana, I hope you donít mind Ė I brought the Little Red Wagon to your side of the Cabin & took a few loads of your snow. There is plenty left. We are having a heat wave here (rain may come on Wednesday Ė crosses fingers & paws), but I wanted the critters to have some fun. I stashed the wading pools in the outside shed until we get a new Porch built, so I brought theirs out & filled it with snow. Some of their four-footed friends saw & came to join them. You should have seen it!

(http://www.doggyzoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/snow-660x330.png)

(http://www.justalittletalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dog-chasing-cat.jpg)

We probably need to start building the Porch soon. Itís still winter in many places, but I want to have it started in a few weeks. Iíve been thinking maybe we can just add on to this place. Not directly, but I was exploring & found a fairly level spot a little downhill from here with mature trees & some open space, where we can have our Porch. The lay of the land is slightly different, so we could build a place looking more northwest, not directly at the temple but across the river.

Itís less than half a mile away, so the Cabin & Porch would be within a short walk even in light or moderate snow. This Cabin is modern enough, with new plumbing, windows, & insulation, that we could use it all year. At some point, we might consider adding a hot tub. The Cabin gets lots of snow as you can see in Andrewís picture on Page 1, but I think it would be comfortable in summer. If we did this, we could move back & forth between the two all year & have more space for guests or social activities. And we wouldnít need to pack up & move twice a year. What do the Incabitants & Porchupines think of this? If we did, should we still have a separate neighborhood called the Porch for warm weather activity, or combine them & call it the Cabin & Porch or Porch & Cabin?
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 15, 2016, 10:51:18 pm

I just e-mailed Vís daughter with a copy to V. I want her to come up here. We all miss her & hope she is doing OK, & her pets are worried about her.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 16, 2016, 07:10:26 am
Red, so wonderful to see you! How's everything going?

Snow! Glorious glorious snow!

I would prefer a single porch/cabin. I never know what season it is or when weather changes enough to switch from one to the other.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 16, 2016, 06:43:04 pm
I donít know if we have space to do much expanding here that would fit in with the existing style of the Cabin without taking some of our small meadow & a few trees. Is a little under a half mile close enough for the Porch? Since itís a cyber distance, it shouldnít be tough to go back & forth, even in cold or hot weather. We also have the Little Red Wagon & the dirt bike for quick runs. Should we change the name of our homestead to A Cabin With a Porch?

The original Cabin was Michaela's doing. Maybe she would drop by & let us know what she thinks.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2016, 04:16:17 am
Waiting to hear how Jana's opera career turns out. :)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 17, 2016, 01:38:30 pm
A Cabin with a Porch sounds great, and yeah, half a mile isn't far. I'm fine with that.

I'm curious to hear Jana in Die Fleidermaus, too. 😃

The latest adventure has begun for us. We landed in Paris this morning, then took the train to Bordeaux where we'll be staying. No idea how long - neither of us has been to Europe before and we don't know if we'll like it, hate it, or love it.

Alas, it's winter. Or winterish. And I have only one sweater, which is inadequate for the circumstances. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to buy plus sized winterish clothing? Mail order is fine as long as it doesn't take too long.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2016, 04:08:16 pm
Iíll wait & see if other Incabitants weigh in. This is going to be our long-term residence, so we want to be sure everyone, or at least as close to everyone as possible, is happy.

The critters arenít worried. Whatever we do will be OK with them, as long as they can be with us.

The heat wave is over here, & we are expecting rain in a few hours. The wind has been ferocious for most of the day, howling, waving trees around, rattling windows. I have the windows closed to try & keep some of the allergens & bugs from being blown in, so Iím glad it has cooled off.

I got a chess set for the Cabin which is set up in the reading corner. Punkin seems fascinated with it. She seems especially intrigued by the knights. Yes, Punkin, they look familiar, don't they?

(http://cache2.asset-cache.net/gc/109349465-knight-chess-pieces-facing-one-another-on-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=WS1AnAYj659pIESKqepBZU0usMrfYMOhkUq%2Fkq2CVh0%3D)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 17, 2016, 06:29:43 pm
Laurie. marks and spencers, dunno the llink,   http://www.c-and-a.com/nl/nl/shop/dames/xl-grote-maten/jacks-jassen ( I think you might want to switch the country in the top right hand corner to france.  Ulla Popken,  I have to go to bed now more later.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: pnr on February 17, 2016, 07:36:57 pm
http://www.marisota.com/
Marisota is in England.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Redd on February 17, 2016, 08:47:44 pm
The weather here has been mild and wonderful!  Almost garden planting time, and very nearly house building time!  (Can I post photos of the 'house' Hick and I are building?)  well, Hick is here, I am going to go home and watch The Closer on TV.  See you all tomorrow!
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 17, 2016, 11:15:53 pm
Yes! Please post photos! Also, it's really nice to see you here, Redd. You've been missed.

Jana and pnr (autocorrect. Sorry), thanks. I'll check them out. 😀
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 18, 2016, 09:47:29 pm
Iíd like to see the Redd-Hick House too!

The heatwave is over. We had a nice storm yesterday & last night, with lightning & hail. I almost had to pull the critters back in because it was such a novelty for them to be out in the rain at this new place.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 21, 2016, 11:13:46 am
So how's everything going for everyone?

We're sort of settling in. We're in a relatively cheap serviced apartment, not having a lot of luck finding any place to rent short term. We'll have to get that figured out soon, although we can stay in this hotel for the time being. We've walked around downtown Bordeaux a bit, mostly in getting things done. Smoked salmon with goat cheese in a croissant is not getting tired for me for breakfast, although the husband tends to prefer Nutella on chocolate bread. And we're adjusting to the relative cold.

The relative cold means that our skin is acting up - Fahim's eczema and this thing I have in cold dry climates where my skin splits. But my heat rash is finally finally healing, and my IBS, which was doing horribly in Sri Lanka, stopped acting up as soon as we hit the cold temperatures, so my suspicion that the heat was making it worse is bang on. The heat, it seems, was a much more major player than I had realized. And I can now eat normal food again. I haven't tried spicy yet - no idea how I'll react to that. But at least I'm much more in the normal realm of things again. Many hallelujahs for this. Many.

So, all in all, we're doing good. Hotel internet sucks, of course. Which is one reason we'd like to find a better place.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Roper on February 21, 2016, 03:14:12 pm
So glad you've found a place which is better for your health, Laurie. 
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Redd on February 21, 2016, 08:11:13 pm
I am stuck at work!  Hick went with a ward member to help his daughter out of a sticky situation.  Daughter lives nearly 2 hours away, and they are finally on their way back....I won't be picked up until 730pm.  Good thing I packed snacks.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Patty Rain on February 21, 2016, 11:49:26 pm
It's almost too late for a porch for me. It was 90 degrees last week!

Laurie - glad to hear you are doing better. I was so miserable last summer with the heat rashes. I imagine it was much worse for you.

I've had a cold/flu for the last week and a half. Last night I got a blessing and feel I am finally on the mend. I didnít feel so bad in waking hours, but any time I laid down I would get into massive coughing fits. Finally looked at coughing does burn a few extra calories! Too bad my sore core muscles won't be getting as strong as they feel like they should get since I have no desire to do this on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on February 22, 2016, 01:50:13 am
Patty, I don't know how bad yours were, but regardless, they suck. I lost some skin, but it's back. The bright angry red has faded. It's not completely gone yet, but it's definitely headed in that direction. And wearing a bra is no longer excruciatingly painful.

Patty, I hope you get over your cold quickly. I usually prop myself in bed with extra pillows when I'm like that. You might want to give it s try if you haven't already.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: pnr on February 22, 2016, 10:34:42 pm
Told V. people had asked about her.  She sends greetings.   
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on February 25, 2016, 01:20:16 pm
Thanks, pnr. We really miss V. I keep thinking one day Iíll open the door & see her the way we used to so often, or weíll find a note here from her.

The bowl of hugs is back. I finally got it unpacked. So if anyone needs a spare hug or wants to donate one, itís on the kitchen table.

If you see a newcomer hanging around outside, itís Loki, Ivieís new pal. She brought him to visit with us for a day or two, bless her heart, & I couldnít turn her down. She is such an empathetic little critter. She was an abused shelter cat when we got her & she canít stand to see animals hurt. Iíve already fed him, & he canít get much exercise now so donít feed him again until dinnertime.

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=38646658&nid=711&title=idaho-dog-survives-after-being-struck-by-13-trains

Itís been balmy in the Bay Area for several days Ė definitely Porch weather. We donít officially have a Porch here yet, although we have a possible site just down the hill. Laurie thinks itís OK. There really isnít any rush because we can hang out here as long as we want & enjoy all kinds of weather. I have the wading pools out of storage in case anyone wants them (donít forget, ours is the plain blue one & the crittersí is the yellow one with the seahorse design).
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Redd on February 25, 2016, 08:06:54 pm
We had snow in the desert south west last Tuesday!  The weather here is cold and a touch frosty in the morning, but I do not think we are going to get a killer frost.  That being said, it is time to announce the start of pea planting season!  I am going to get at least a dozen plants started on my next day off. By the way: did you know that you should never pull and pick peas???  Actually you should take a pair of snips to the plant and just snip off the pea pods.  New ones will grow back over and over and over again!   



Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Patty Rain on March 02, 2016, 03:29:13 pm
I hope your wait wasn't too long Redd.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 02, 2016, 11:15:26 pm
I need a break from everything going on in this insane world. :-\ What better place than the Cabin?  8)

We are going to have some big storms in California starting tonight & going for maybe 10 days. The weekend is supposed to be a soaker. Does anyone who is presently having extreme hot, humid weather want to come over to my side of the Cabin & cool off?

Punkin, letís sit outside for awhile & enjoy the fresh air. Itís too late to count bats now Ė theyíve already scattered for the night. Weíll take the census tomorrow evening. But we can still listen to the owls & coyotes.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Redd on March 03, 2016, 06:15:05 pm
I had a tax client die, my truck die and a goat die all this past week!  My life is becoming a country western song!
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Redd on March 03, 2016, 06:17:25 pm
I take it back....I just read Iggy's post in Stress and More Stress.   My life is good!
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Iggy on March 03, 2016, 10:12:03 pm
I take it back....I just read Iggy's post in Stress and More Stress.   My life is good!

Why can't we have a laugh button?
I am not laughing at you, but at me. I would rather have my stress's than yours. 
{{Huggers}} to you.  8)
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 04, 2016, 02:24:38 am
I feel for all y'all.

I have a cold. The husband had a cold but is getting better. This always happens when we go to a new country.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 04, 2016, 06:02:04 pm
A California sheepdog recently gave birth to the largest litter in state history, 17 of the cutest little pooches. Mom & all the kids are doing well, but Mom is not receiving visitors for the time being. Sheís overwhelmed & literally has her paws (& the rest of her) full.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3471234/Bundles-joy-Maremma-Sheepdog-gives-birth-SEVENTEEN-puppies-one-litter.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3471234/Bundles-joy-Maremma-Sheepdog-gives-birth-SEVENTEEN-puppies-one-litter.html)

They are Maremma sheepdogs, a working breed that we donít see too often. Itís the same variety as our own Dreyfuss, who is happy to have some new cousins. Heíll want to visit them when they all have setted down a bit, & maybe have them visit us. Iíll have to make him & the others promise to let them go home & not to try to keep them here. This is Dreyfuss:

https://puppydogweb.com/gallery/maremmasheepdogs/maremmasheepdog_boulay.jpg
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 06, 2016, 02:20:08 am
Laurie, get in here where itís warm & dry. The two of you canít stay out there in this weather with colds.

The critters & I have been here all day, because it has been tempestuous (by Bay Area standards). We donít get snow, but weíve had huge rain & wind, trees down, & some roads closed. There are flashflood warnings all over Ė Alameda, Napa, & Sonoma counties, the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco itself. Itís called ďurban & small stream floodingĒ here. Most Bay Area cities donít have major rivers flowing through them, but there are streams, creeks, ponds, plus utility channels & storm drains, & they can handle just so much water.

The Sierra Nevada is getting covered in snow. This is such great news in our drought.

So I decided we would just hole up here where we have firewood, food, & beverages. Even Annabelle hasnít wanted to go out. Iíve done lots of reading & some journal writing, cooked up batches of lamb stew & chili & put them in the freezer, & watched a few movies. Now Punkin & I are out on the deck wrapped in a fleece blanket, watching the rain. I have a pot of hot spiced apple cider on the stove if anyone needs a warmup.   
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 06, 2016, 05:15:51 am
Believe me, we're warm and dry. And we've been drinking buckets of herbal tea. Fahim's cold is done. Mine is a day from being done, probably. This is, quite possibly, the shortest cold I've had ever. In the past, I'd be in bed for a week, maybe longer. This time, it's start to finish four days.

We had to get a nasal lubricant for Fahim. He's a warm weather person, so the cold messed with the inside of his nose. But the lubricant has helped his nose heal so he's not got a burning bleeding nose anymore. Yay.

We're really enjoying the food here. It's a completely different type of food than we can get in Asia, of course. There's a fair bit of stuff that I've missed, like croissants, smoked salmon, baguettes, and so on. And other stuff that I've never had before, like goat cheese. We've found a bunch of halal butcher shops within walking distance - Fahim went on his own since I was sick. And there's a tonne of halal restaurants/cafes/eateries in the area that were not on Google maps or Zabihah (worldwide directory of Halal butchers, restaurants, etc as well as mosques and so on). There are such an incredible number of places where Fahim can get his halal food when we originally thought there would be perhaps a half dozen or so places in the area. Nope. Tonnes. Such happiness.

One place we've eaten at a bunch of times is the Carthage just off Rue St. Catherine. Eur5 for a donair that's so good and is stuffed with deliciousness. We walk away feeling quite happy having fed on that. :D

The dog crap is so much not a fun part of Bordeaux. It's terrible. It's everywhere. We hate it. And it's bad enough that it's really making France look unattractive.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 07, 2016, 04:34:12 am
I had a tax client die, my truck die and a goat die all this past week!  My life is becoming a country western song!

Well, that had to be an interesting week. Very entertaining if you don't have to experience it. My stars. But the goat made me laugh. Hopefully that good meat won't be wasted. I like goat. to eat. Alive goats give me the creeps. Except the babies have springs in their hooves.

Hoe is that for stream of consciousness posting?
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 07, 2016, 11:26:03 am
Mmm... Curried goat... Yum!

We visited a few butcher shops in the area today. Oh my goodness! The quality of meat is fantastic, the prices aren't that bad, and the selection is pretty good. Only thing I couldn't find was my lamb strip loins. Love love love love love those. But we only visited three of the halal butchers - there were a few more within spitting distance, but our bags were full and it was time to head back to base camp. We scored some chicken kebabs and sausages that smell oh my fantastic! We're having sausages tonight and kebabs tomorrow.

I like that, in the downtown core, which is essentially where we are, we can find all sorts of Halal places - butchers, restaurants, cafes, hole in the wall shops, simply by looking around. And we've only been disappointed in one place so far, and even that wasn't terrible - it just wasn't impressive. The butcher shops of course had non-meat items, like spices, nuts, legumes, and so on. We also walked by a few other shops that sold spices and all sorts of things. Lovely little neighborhood grocery shopping places. Food wise, we're pretty happy here.

Now, the dog crap and the bureaucracy...
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Patty Rain on March 07, 2016, 11:39:00 pm
I swear I already made this post.

Redd - hoping you didn't have to wait long.

Laurie - I thought of you when I saw macaroons.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: DerrellF on March 08, 2016, 01:13:22 am
It was a breezy,cloudy day here in Arizona.  I'm not looking forward to summer.  I brought some rocking chairs for the front porch.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 08, 2016, 02:43:02 am
Patty, I want more macarons. I think we're going to have to go get some. We bought some from the grocery store that were not as good as the ones from the patisserie. We need to go back to the patisserie. :D

Derrell, how hot does it get in your part of Arizona? Also, thanks for the rocking chairs. Those'll come in handy. :D
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 08, 2016, 04:18:09 am
Hello, Derrell Ė welcome to the Cabin, & thanks for the rocking chairs! Itís been awhile since a new Incabitant moved in, & the Cabin & Porch were first established at Old Nauvoo, the website where we lived until it closed & we resettled here. So many of the residents have been together awhile & we have ďidiosyncrasiesĒ that we hope wonít bother you too much. This is where you can ďmeetĒ some of the people who have come, gone, or settled down at the Cabin & Porch:
 
http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=002201 (http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=002201) 
http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=003076  (http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=003076)

We have a menageries of cats & dogs, along with guest critters that sometimes come to visit, recuperate, or be looked after for various periods of time. If you saw the Adirondack chairs & tables on the deck when you moved the rocking chairs in, those were a gift from one of our pets, an orange cat named Punkin, who also gave us the firepit & other items we have around here. Some of the critters are less outgoing than others, so donít worry if it takes them some time to become friendly.

We are about to start work on a new Porch, which will be only about half a mile away. Itís more for warm weather, socializing, etc., although folks can stay there too.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: DerrellF on March 08, 2016, 11:54:27 am
In July and August, it can  reach 110 to 115 degrees F.  I'm not sure what that equals in celsius.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 08, 2016, 03:53:14 pm
43-46ļ C
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Patty Rain on March 08, 2016, 11:28:32 pm
I swear I already made this post.

Redd - hoping you didn't have to wait long.

Laurie - I thought of you when I saw macaroons.

Ha I did make that post to Redd. I didn't realize there was a page 2. I kept searching for it and would only see "next" which would take me to another thread.

Laurie  - Mine didnít get that bad. Ouch! We'very been blessed to have a pool so that helped a lot. They are already starting on me this year and the pool hasn't warmed up quite enough for me yet, but it is close.  I have to laugh now about lawnmowers. In Utah everyone would be grumbling when they started up at 8am. Here you can hear them start up at 6 and while there may be grumbles, half the people are thinking they should get up and mow before it gets too hot.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 09, 2016, 01:56:29 am
Derrell, yep, that's pretty hot, certainly much hotter than I can handle. I have a difficult time with 30-35C. My ideal climate range would probably be something like 15-25C.

Patty - yeah, mine was nasty. Really really nasty. I have only skin discolorations left, but only very small patches here and there. The skin itself is healed now. Hallelujah!

Pools are problematic for me. I react to chlorine. Because, sure, why wouldn't I? I react to everything else, why not this, too? If only salt water pools were more common...

Anyway. Yeah. Bordeaux's climate is fine. For me. It's too cold for the husband. We're thinking we might head into Spain in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 09, 2016, 01:58:05 am
Some folks who were at Old Nauvoo may remember the Bay Areaís ďblue catĒ that was brought to a rescue facility a couple of months ago after being abused. He had been dyed purple & had injuries consistent with being used as pit bull bait. The shelter staff named him Smurf. He has made a quick recovery & became inseparable with a blind kitty, & they have a home now. 

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Redwood-City-s-purple-kitten-Smurf-makes-6874903.php (http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Redwood-City-s-purple-kitten-Smurf-makes-6874903.php)

More rain is coming in the next couple of days, meaning more snow in the mountains. The critters want to go to Tahoe or Yosemite, so we might go on Friday afternoon & come back Saturday. If any other Incabitants want to come, we can take the Porchmobile. I bought tire chains for it.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 09, 2016, 09:46:57 am
Smurf isn't purple any more! Yay for Smurf! He's looking so healthy now compared to how he looked before. I'm glad he's recovering well.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: DerrellF on March 09, 2016, 08:50:33 pm
I think I'm going to hang out on the porch to get away from the election for a while.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: GoodyScrivener on March 10, 2016, 12:09:53 am
Smurf isn't purple any more! Yay for Smurf! He's looking so healthy now compared to how he looked before. I'm glad he's recovering well.

I see he's got a couple splotches left, and they look quite fetching against that lovely mottled grey.  I'm glad he's doing well and thought to send us a postcard.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: LMAshton on March 10, 2016, 01:57:00 am
I think I'm going to hang out on the porch to get away from the election for a while.
You and me both. I hang out here every US election.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 10, 2016, 02:48:29 am
Smurf is a handsome little guy, isnít he? What a difference from the skinny, nervous critter that first arrived at the rescue shelter. Thatís where he met Wanda, a tuxedo kitty (like our Ivie), who is blind (like our Pepper), & they became BFF & now have a home together. Itís always great when we can host a critter here, even for a day or two, & then see them enjoying a good life. Our critters still keep in touch with some of the guest animals weíve had over the years.

Iím glad this is a safe haven from the election. We talk a little about politics elsewhere (but we canít be partisan), but the Cabin & Porch are meant to be pleasant, stress-free places. They arenít 100% of the time, but keeping politics out really helps!  ;)

The Bay Area is expecting yet more rain in the next few days, so I will be ensconced here quite a bit. I have lessons to prepare, so being ďconfined to quartersĒ by the weather will be a good thing. In the evenings we can have hot spiced cider, cocoa, pie, popcorn, or other snacks, & neighbors can drop in from around Nauvoo. We have a collection of books, music, music, & board games that weíve been amassing since the early days of the Old Cabin, so folks can socialize, pay Scrabble, or just relax.
Title: Re: Cabin
Post by: Curelom on March 10, 2016, 02:53:28 am
Eeek!

Punkin, get back up here on the deck. Those are NOT tuxedo cats.

Sigh. Punkin has a heart bigger than Noah's Ark. She would take in every kind of critter if I let her.


(http://www.babyanimalzoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/baby-skunks.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 11, 2016, 01:29:24 pm
 I hope she didn't get sprayed.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 11, 2016, 09:07:06 pm
Ha ha, Punkin plays with all kinds of critters, & sheís had her share of run-ins. She has had skunk encounters, been tossed by playful goats or sheep who were just having fun but were 4-5x her size, been bitten by bats & raccoons & needed rabies treatments, & more. A few years ago she went to Ohio on her own to search for her roots, & we worried about her for days until we heard from some nice folks who took her in after she saved their smaller cat from a vicious dog. Somehow she always comes through.

I think she probably has 9x9 lives Ė a good thing or we might not have her today. But she has such a good time & enjoys life so much, who could begrudge having to go outside at 5:00 a.m. with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, a tub of dish soap solution, & a pile of old towels that we will never again need for any reason!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 12, 2016, 09:39:14 am
It sounds like she's enjoying life to the fullest. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 13, 2016, 12:26:31 pm
All the porch/cabin furballs do. And some of them are a bit nuts.

I've brought a bunch of chocolate treats, made in France, Germany, or Switzerland, so you know they've got the good chocolate. I've left them in the cupboard, so help yourselves, but don't let our furballs at them. Chocolate makes dogs sick and I can't think of any reason why it would be good for the cats.

Life is quiet here. We meet with the office for foreigners later this week to make our long stay in France official and legal. We were pleasantly surprised that the appointment is this fast - I've heard horror stories of it being three months after the documentation is sent in, and that's after the theoretical legal limit. We got ours a week after we mailed our paperwork in.

In other news, we're enjoying a real spring. I continue to love the cooler weather and not being overheated all the time. And the tree outside our window is budding red something or others, which is nice. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 13, 2016, 05:49:46 pm
Laurie, are you staying in Bordeaux for the foreseeable future? It sounds like youíre enjoying it. Are there occupational prospects, or can you legally do that? Not sure if you kept your old island home to return to, but we can cyber-mark a corner somewhere around here as ďQuid IsleĒ so itíll be available anytime if you need it.

I put a cable tie around the cupboard door handles to make sure the critters donít get into the confectionary stash. We have some very adept little four-footed felons (how do you think the phrase ďcat burglarĒ originated?  ;)) & we wouldnít want them to be poisoned. I went grocery shopping the other day & the store gave me some salmon trimmings & beef bones. I cooked them & froze the meat & broth in portions that we can add to their meals now & then for a special treat.   

It is still pouring here on the Bay Area side of the Cabin. A good day to sit under the porch overhang & do some scripture reading or journal writing. There's hot cocoa in the kitchen.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 13, 2016, 11:18:47 pm
I love Swiss chocolate. ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 14, 2016, 12:05:33 am
In that case, maybe weíd better post Dreyfuss as a guard at the cupboard. Dreyfuss is a sheepdog, normally very good natured, but if we give him a job to do & instructions, heíll follow them to the letter.  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 14, 2016, 03:48:39 am
Curelom, uh, no, we're not staying in Bordeaux. In the area that we like, which is the old part of the city and where there's access to lots of Halal restaurants and butcher shops, the buildings are mostly Unesco heritage buildings that are at most four or perhaps five stories tall. Generally speaking, there are no elevators. And there are no high rises, which would mean elevators. No elevators means that I can't live here since I can't do stairs, and staying in a serviced apartment won't work long-term. So long-term, Bordeaux is out. Yes, we're enjoying aspects of Bordeaux very much. Other parts, not so much. But this is also true of everywhere - no country/city is ever perfect and there are always good and bad points. The trick is figuring out what you can live with and what you can't.

As far as employment goes, that's not going to happen. I can't work regular hours anyway with my health problems and Fahim is a happy little freelancer. Actually, we're both happiest with him working from home.

We're actually thinking of heading to Spain next week because, well, why not? And part of the reason we're here is to find out if we'd like to live in Europe. Or at least visit frequently. Or something.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 14, 2016, 07:53:53 pm
I miss Europe.  I never got to Bordeaux, though.  I am glad you are having such a good experience (besides no elevators).  I love Spain, and hope that you will enjoy it, too.

Thank you for the chocolate!  I'm not usually a chocolate gal, but there's something about Belgian and Swiss chocolate that makes me happy.  I promise to not take more than my share.

There's been some rain here, and it is a balm to this very dry land I live in.  It does something to me inside when I see palm trees with snow-capped mountains in the distance.   :)I continue to pray for rain.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 14, 2016, 09:19:24 pm
(http://www.apetslife.ca/images/cateatinggrass2.jpg)

Hi, Punkin! I know youíve felt cooped up for the last week when we had one storm after another! We really needed that rain, & we still need more & many people here are praying for more, so enjoy the fresh air & sunshine while you can. Watch out for those phony tuxedo cats!  ;D

Weíll have FHE up here, so folks are welcome to join us if they wish. Or if they want to use a part of our deck or grounds to have their own, we can host them. (There is a picture of the Cabin on page 1 of this thread, so you can see we have a variety of nooks & crannies that you can use).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 15, 2016, 12:01:53 pm
The weather's been nice here in the Phoenix area .  I'm definitely not looking forward to summer, though.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 17, 2016, 10:15:59 pm
Hi, Incabitants, & happy St. Paddyís Day! Itís a warm evening in the Bay Area, & I have a pitcher of St. Paddyís lemonade in the fridge (lemon-limeade garnished with lime slices).

I had planned to make corned beef & cabbage, but it was too warm & I didnít feel like using the stove. We can do that another day, maybe Sunday or Monday when we have rain forecast. So thereís a salad with lots of greens (of course) & tomatoes, radishes, olives, 3-beans, hard boiled eggs, shredded chicken & ham, etc. & several dressings to pick from.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 18, 2016, 02:00:51 am
I like that better than corned beef and cabbage anyway, Curelom.  (I know, slap my mouth.). Thank you.

I think I want to sleep under the stars tonight, with a cool breeze.  There's room for critters.  Goodness, I forgot how sweet you all are.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 18, 2016, 02:10:50 am
Hmmmmm. My friends are temple missionaries in Madrid.   So if Quid goes to Spain it makes my plan to fly down even more concrete. But when???  Busy enough here that I had a mini melt down last night. Poor Andries. He cannot fix it. Just a bit too much all at once. Crowgirl check your Skype text please.  In other news he has to go to Australia for two weeks in May.   Terrible timing just before his sabbatical in Seattle.  Gah.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 18, 2016, 02:12:36 am
I checked it, dear, and responded.  :-*
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 18, 2016, 02:48:15 am
Jana, here's the thing about us going to Spain... We're planning on Barcelona and Valencia, not Madrid, and we don't know that we'll be there that long. It's looking like we're going to do a fair bit of wandering...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 18, 2016, 09:30:26 am
OH. MEH. Quid.   Thanks Crowgirl...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 18, 2016, 04:46:32 pm
We have a layover in Madrid when we go to Israel. I keep hoping that the flight is full and that we can get voluntarily bumped till several days later. Not going to happen,  but I can hope!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 20, 2016, 02:39:57 am
Okay, so you know how I've been loving the weather in Bordeaux? And some of my health problems have improved fairly dramatically after arriving here? Yeah, well...

The husband. When we left Sri Lanka, he had one fairly inactive eczema spot, which is the best his eczema had been in years. He now has somewhere between 30 and 50 new eczema spots, all itchy and outbreaky. He's not happy. It could be the cold, it could be too much beef, it could be the laundry detergent the hotel uses on the sheets, it could be the duvet stuffing (not feather, though, which I'm allergic to). His nasal passages are still unhappy, and although nasal lubricant helped significantly with the burning of the inside of his nose, the rest of his sinuses are still not happy. And the sinuses have left him with horrible headaches.

We really need a climate where we're both happy. It seems like something from, say, 17C to 25C during the daytime year round would be ideal. Know of a place? *le sigh*


In other news, I've been using my French. Not that my French is very good - it isn't. Not that I've been having long conversations - I haven't. But I've at least been managing to manage even with two to six word "sentences", although I've had a few sentences that were as long as 10 or 12 words! While this may not seem like much, it really is. I'm getting over my fear/panic of talking to people in another language. I'm still panicking, but not as much as before. I had a five minute conversation with the hotel maid (she's from Romania and has been speaking French for only half a year, so she speaks slowly and clearly enough for me to understand her very very well.) I've ordered meat from a few butcher shops. I've talked to the lady at the grocery store. I talked with other housekeeping staff. I talked with the owner of the laundromat. I've been having all sorts of successful but short little bursts of French language. Whew!

Of course, I know way more words than come out of my mouth, but the panic in the moment means I forget almost all of them. Such is life. I'm still glad I'm getting this much opportunity. :)

I hope all is well with everyone. We stocked up on some of our favorite chocolate treats - chocolate mousse filled chocolate, passion fruit and mango filled chocolate, wafer thingies with chocolate coating that we could eat by the barrel lull... I've hidden them in the cupboards, so if you can find them, they're yours. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 20, 2016, 02:43:05 am
Oh! And reading labels! I'm actually pretty good at it. I had one experience last week I think where I was reading a label at the grocery store where I didn't realize it was actually in English until I was done. I'd just gotten so used to reading them in French with no problem. All those years reading cereal boxes in Canada paid off apparently...

Speaking of labels. Trying to find a moisturizer that both Fahim and I can use given our two very different allergy lists is fun. Pick up ten different moisturizers, find one that doesn't have stuff one or the other of us is allergic to. Well, more accurately, contains only one allergen but it's something that is a fairly mild allergen that Fahim doesn't react to all the time. All the rest contained allergens that are pretty bad. Shea butter is the worst for me.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming now...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 20, 2016, 10:27:34 am
San Diego is as close to those temperatures that I can think of.

Have you thought of making your own lotion?  It's not hard. The hardest part is finding the ingredients sometimes,  but now days you can order them online.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 20, 2016, 01:55:27 pm
I have thought of making my own lotion. I couldn't get the ingredients in Sri Lanka or get them shipped in when I first checked a bunch of years ago, but I might be able to get them here. I've been thinking of looking into that. Perhaps I just need to get a bit more serious about that...

Also, San Diego - nope. No desire to live in the US. But I appreciate the suggestion. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 21, 2016, 12:44:27 am
I figured North America was out. Maybe if you did a search for"weather like San Diego."
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Post by: Iggy on March 21, 2016, 03:47:42 am
Have you tried coconut oil? We use Nature's Way Organic. I am seriously allergic to lanolin, to the point where I can't use liquid fabric softener or fabric softener sheets even.

Hubby loves the coconut oil for all over the body - his elbows which are super rough, his face that is dry and flaky, his feet that are dry, rough and just plain icky. I prefer Aveeno Moisturizing Body Lotion for my elbows (thought they were just rough but it is where I have psoriasis - just on my elbows!) and my dry, rough as coarse sandpaper soles of my feet. I use Aveeno body wash, exfoliating for my face (ground up rice), moisturizing cream for my face (no scent).

I used to use coconut oil, BUT when I woke up one spring morning with grease ants all over my face, shoulders and arms I liked to go bat-poo crazy! Fastest time from in front of the mirror to nekked and in the shower in my entire life!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 21, 2016, 06:10:06 pm
My hubby is putting the insulation in the ceiling of my little house!!!  Happy Happy Joy Joy!.  After that is done, I will start putting in the plumbing, gas, water and then the cement! I may actually have a house to move into by this fall.
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I like progress!


 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on March 21, 2016, 08:20:17 pm
Fingers crossed, Redd!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 21, 2016, 09:26:11 pm
Big frown  >:(, Iggy. Iíve sometimes wondered about such issues with skin or other personal care stuff. I see facial masque recipes for olive oil, honey, coconut oil, eggs, citrus, avocado, or other treatments made from edibles, but if Iíve used any fresh ingredient, Iíd wash it off before bedtime. Iíd be leery about going to sleep with something edible & aromatic on my face. Fortunately, I donít have any serious reactions & I can use normal products like St. Ives, Origins, or Aveeno.

Great news Redd!   8)  Iím glad youíll have your own house with everything you & Hick decided to put in it, although itís been nice having you stay over at the Cabin while the work was being done. Punkin is going to miss you when youíre not here all the time, but she gets plenty of TLC so donít let her guilt you into too  many extra sardines.

BTW, is it true that the IRS deadline is 4/18 this year because of DC's Emancipation Day holiday?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 22, 2016, 04:38:13 pm
Iggy, yes, coconut oil has been tried. Fahim has weird skin and weird reactions. He doesn't react well to oils in general, so applying any straight oil to his skin doesn't end well. Lotions and moisturizers work much, much better. He's tried hundreds of things over the years, including a tonne of different pharmaceutical ointments and creams.

His skin has been better the last day or two. It could be the warmer climate (Barcelona vs Bordeaux) or the fact that he couldn't pray while we travelled by train, so couldn't do his ablutions (washing in a specific way which involves getting his skin wet, which in my experience, dries skin out more). Or it could be the different detergents/fabric softeners the hotel uses. *sigh* So very many variables, no real good way to account for everything.

Redd! I hope your new house is done soon so you can move in and enjoy. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 22, 2016, 09:38:08 pm
I think I'm going to hang out on the porch so I can avoid the election reselts from Arizona's primary.  Can't this election be over already? :o
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 24, 2016, 02:41:00 am
DerrellF, quite a few of us do that. US elections can be so very tiring, especially for the non-USAians in the crowd.

Barcelona is... Wonderful. I love it here. Bordeaux was nice as a place to visit, but not for a place for us to live. Barcelona is a whole other thing. We walked to a nearby park yesterday - it was massive! There was a duck pond, complete with baby ducklings, a zoo (didn't go see it, though), lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of benches everywhere (one thing I hated about Singapore - no benches anywhere, not even in malls), lots of different types of trees, lots of grass, flowers, walking paths, a sort of whaddyacallit well, like a battlement you can walk up to with a golden statue at the top. There were easily a couple hundred or more people in the park, which we discovered only by walking around because it's impossible to see the entire park from anywhere but at the top of the battlement, but it wasn't even remotely crowded. I could happily visit that park regularly.

We walked around the Gothic Quarter a fair bit, too. We're staying in a hotel in the Gothic Quarter, so we don't have much of a choice... :P But it's really the kind of neighborhood I could live in. Lots and lots and lots of tiny shops everywhere, lots of roads that are smaller than back alleys, not a lot of vehicles (nowhere to park), lots of old architecture.

We stumbled across a market with produce, meats, fishes, cheeses, a bakery - all of it looked so incredibly good and there was quite a bit of stuff we didn't recognize. One stall sold olives only - 25 or 30 or more different types of olives. We bought a half kilo and my goodness, but those were the best olives we've ever had. We don't always like olives, but man, those were good. We found a Turkish bakery in our wanderings and bought a bunch of stuff. So. Good. We'll be going back sometime today to buy more I suspect. We bought sandwiches from there that we ate for lunch in a nearby square filled with people hanging out and enjoying the sun. There was a small children's playground that was packed with kids playing.

I liked Bordeaux to visit. I like Barcelona as a place where I'd love to live.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 24, 2016, 10:07:01 am
If you and Fahim decide to stay, well, I am looking for an excuse to get back to Spain.  I've only been to Madrid and the surrounding area, and fell in love with what I saw/heard/tasted.  I'm leaving a window open to my part of our refuge.  It feels like spring, and the smell of citrus blossoms are in the air.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 24, 2016, 02:52:15 pm
:D
DerrellF, quite a few of us do that. US elections can be so very tiring, especially for the non-USAians in the crowd.

Lol. I'm thinking "especially for those in the USA who are inundated with it every day.     " Surprisingly this year I only got one call. Rather odd.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 24, 2016, 04:57:39 pm
Barcelona sounds like so much fun.  The thing I hate most about elections is all the extra junk mail.  Every candidate and their dog sends you an ad in the mail.  I'd rather vote for the dogs than most of the people running for office.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 24, 2016, 07:41:50 pm
My husband's uncle used to be the assistant coach for the Utah Jazz.  Every election year, his aunt writes in "John Stockton".  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 24, 2016, 09:49:27 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Traela on March 27, 2016, 11:58:36 am
Happy Easter to everyone!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 27, 2016, 08:22:53 pm
Happy Easter.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 27, 2016, 09:12:20 pm
Happy Easter!

We're back in Sri Lanka, arrived yesterday morning. Fahim wasn't doing so well there and was having difficulty getting work done, so we had to come back early. We want to go back, but we need to approach things differently next time. Like no France or further north in Europe's winter.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 27, 2016, 11:48:32 pm
Laurie, the two of you amaze me.  I know you haven't felt well,  but so much adventure!  Love hearing of your travels. Sorry you had to back early.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 28, 2016, 12:20:04 am
That was quick! I had thought you would stay longer, & sorry it didnít work out as expected. Iím sure some other opportunity will come up. The two of always seem to find some way to make adventures happen!  8)

Meanwhile, make yourself at home here at the Cabin. We had a small open house & social hour after church for Easter, & thereís still some ham, fruit salad, green beans, & scalped taters. The pets have been fed, so they shouldnít have any more of this rich food tonight.

Weíre also about ready to uncover the Adirondack chairs & tables & the fire pit, because weíll be spending more time outside. The weather is warming up in my part of the Cabin. Iím not sure that the Porch, the spot about half a mile away that I was starting to plan, will be ready this spring. But not to worry, our large deck & our bit of land gives us lots of space.

I havenít heard from Vís daughter. I hope sheís doing OK & wonder if anyone here is in touch with either of them.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 28, 2016, 11:45:22 am
I managed to thaw a couple of lamb shanks & braise them, & I broke them up & cooked them with some potatoes, onions, & celery. So that's been added to the post-Easter spread.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 28, 2016, 06:30:16 pm
I don't know who originally decided that Nauvoo needed a cabin, but thank you.  This is a great place. 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 28, 2016, 07:49:15 pm
The original Porch & Cabin were the idea of Michaela, a longtime resident at Old Nauvoo. If you go to Old Nauvoo, youíll see that they were among the most active forums. Michaela opened them as a place for folks to relax, socialize, get away from the daily chaos & bedlam, etc.

Michaela: http://nauvoo.site/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=summary;u=55

Old Cabin: http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=002201

Old Porch: http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=003076

When Old Nauvoo closed, some of us thought we needed a Cabin soon so people could settle in after the move. This place was perfect & the owner needed to sell, & I had enough to make the down payment & collected the balance in a week by putting out a cereal box. As youíve found, we have a big living room & smaller rooms for quiet use, a kitchen, main bath & guest bath, an outhouse outside, several bedrooms, & lots of deck space.

Laurie & I decided that two separate places wasnít practical because we had to pack up & move back & forth, so I think this will be the main place, & weíre thinking about building a smaller annex a half mile down the hill for more outdoor, warm weather use & socializing. Maybe with a gazebo, cooking facilities, & small bath house. Weíve always had wading pools for summer use, that we set up & fill as needed, & no oneís ever talked about a regular pool. I donít know if weíd want the upkeep hassle. We had a hot tub at the Old Cabin, but that required a lot of work.

The Cabin isnít typically for full-time living unless itís an emergency (eviction, house treated for pests, etc.) But I donít think weíre too strict, & I admit Iím here a lot because the pets need care. I know Laurie is here a lot, & Jana, Patty, & a few others. Since these are cyber spaces & we arenít physically bothering anyone, I donít think weíre going to track anyone. We just expect that folks will be tidy, occasionally bring groceries or firewood if they're frequent users, observe the Sabbath, & not have wild booze-fests.

Over the years, it seemed that more females than males migrated to the Cabin/Porch, but everyone is welcome. We have books, music, movies, board games, hobby stuff, etc. For awhile some people were knitting a lot, & some RS service projects are brought here to be worked on

Many people came & went over the years, & we wish they were all still here. But this isnít an institution where we can make anyone stay. We have a core of longtime residents. We also have pets. Some belong to Incabitants & Porchupines, & others have been adopted over time. The originals are Hound, a hound, & Annabelle, a big gray cat. Punkin, a smaller orange cat, & Pepper, a blind gray dog of a Southern U.S. breed, joined us later. Then came Dreyfuss, a white sheepdog who looks after everyone like a sheepdog, & Ivie, a tuxedo kitty who came from the Utah SPCA after being seized from an animal abuser. Tellulah, Oberon, & Mandee Meree are spirit cats that belonged to Nauvoodles & came here over Rainbow Bridge, so you wonít see them often but youíll know they are here. Weíve also had occasional animal guests, who come to visit or recuperate, or because our critters find them & bring them here.

Anyway, thatís the story of the Cabin & the Porch.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 28, 2016, 08:27:45 pm
I am now the owner of a horse named Jack, a dog named Sven, a girl duck and two chickens (none of whom come when they are called so they will not get names except maybe for Sunday, Monday and  Tuesday)  so far we have had 5 extra extra large eggs too!   We had a couple of goats, but one died of old age and the other was attacked by coyotes while easting down the neighbor's weed filled yard.  I am in the process of getting a couple of goats to replace them, but that will have to wait until the yard gets cleaned up again. 

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 28, 2016, 11:52:50 pm
I'm glad the cabin is here.  I've always dreamed of owning a cabin in northern Arizona.  That's probably never going to happen  :'( .  This one's pretty nice.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 29, 2016, 12:08:26 am
Well, since it's all virtual, you can build yourself a cabin in northern Arizona and set up a linking door from this cabin to yours. We have magic doors that lead to various parts of the world - we have one to Jana in the Netherlands and one that follows me around wherever in the world I am at that moment. I'm now in Sri Lanka, so when the furballs need sun and warmth, they can visit me and fill up. Or visit the beach.

Patty and Curelom, yep, it was a much much shorter stay than expected. When we left Sri Lanka, Fahim had one eczema spot. Within a week of arrival, he had somewhere between 30 and 50 and it kept increasing. It started improving after we arrived in Spain, but also unfortunately after we'd already changed our flights to return to Sri Lanka. And his sinuses were taking a beating. He really just can't handle cold weather at all, and by cold, I mean anything below, say, 13C/55F.

Whereas me, oh I was doing great. In Sri Lanka, I can't walk 500 meters outside without getting lightheaded and muscle cramps. In France and Spain, I was walking 3-6km a day most days. Sure, I'd end up with sore feet after the longer walks, but that's to be expected given how out of shape I am. I do so much better in temperatures below 25C. Sri Lanka is difficult for me.

So we need to figure out what we're going to do so neither one of us suffers too much. Like Fahim's eczema - we suspect that the laundry detergents (because we both have sensitivities to things like that) the hotels/serviced apartments use plays a part, so we need to travel with our own sheet for Fahim to cocoon around himself so his skin doesn't come into contact with their sheets and blankets. We already travel with things like compression bandages and braces for my lousy joints and medicated skin treatments for our problem skin and other things like that. We just need to thoughtfully expand on what we need to make life easier and better for us. We're just not exactly normal.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 29, 2016, 12:33:43 am
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We're just not exactly normal.

Not to worry.  ;)  How many people do you know who are?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 29, 2016, 07:30:07 pm
Quid, where are you calling home now???
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on March 29, 2016, 08:50:29 pm
According to FB, it looks like they're back in Sri Lanka.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 29, 2016, 11:54:07 pm
It was such a nice day.  So much nicer than what's to come.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 30, 2016, 12:35:53 am
We're back in Sri Lanka. Unknown for how long, but at least for a while.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on March 30, 2016, 09:24:16 am
V. spent last week clearing out the books she no longer can read to free up space for her daughter's work.  She was delighted that her full set of Work and Glory was taken by someone when her church books were set out at the chapel.

V. is being read to over the phone, two days a week, two people, which she finds as good or better than IRL visitation.   (And the idea is just that if anyone (maybe someone who can't serve much otherwise because of their own health but can still read) knows someone who is shut in and has an hour a week to read a book to them and discuss it, and free LD, anyone can serve anyone who loves to read.  I'd never thought of such service.  Would be easy for someone who reads a lot themselves.  Like a two person book club.)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 04, 2016, 01:50:18 pm
I saw this cat around here a few times during the snowy weather, & he socialized with our critters but wouldnít come in. The food I put out back was always eaten, by this cat or the local ferals. Now we find out this handsome guy has a home, & a human who was desperately missing him. Happy ever after!

http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Woman-finds-cat-six-months-after-Valley-Fire-7225768.php

Pepper wanted me to share this story, to show that dogs can have extra lives too, especially if humans help them out (she & Ivie were rescue critters). This was in the Bay Area media, but the Los Angeles Times had better details so Iím letting them tell the story.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-chp-chihuahua-pursuit-bay-bridge-20160403-story.html

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on April 04, 2016, 06:12:07 pm
I saw that on the news.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 06, 2016, 09:44:54 pm
The little critter apprehended on the Bay Bridge is still waiting for his people to claim him. Animal Care & Control decided he needed to leave the pound & be out socializing, so they placed him with us temporarily. He is still skittish & may bolt, so we need to keep him in his carrier & latch it. If we bring him out, he needs to be tethered either to a fixed object or to Dreyfuss, Punkin, or Oberon. Not any of the others, who are either too small or have conditions that might make it tough to tend another animal. 

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Ponch-the-freeway-dog-still-unclaimed-by-owners-7232390.php

We are having a heat wave in the Bay Area, so I brought out the wading pools & filled them. Some of the snow that is still around the Cabin went into the pools.  8)  Remember, the plain blue one is ours & the yellow one with the dolphin design is for the pets.

There is a pitcher of watermelon-ade in the fridge. Itís easy to make: puree the fruit, add equal amount of water (I used a little less, so you can add ice), shake, & add lime juice as desired. Be sure to shake the container before pouring, because it settles.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 06, 2016, 10:28:47 pm
Sri Lanka has been having a heat wave for months, depending on how you define heat wave. People - locals - have been talking about the warmer than usual temperatures since the beginning of the year. It's apparently not just me who's feeling the heat more than normal. And there's a drought, so it's even more noticeable.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on April 08, 2016, 01:32:12 pm
I know the feeling. It's been in the 90's the last few days.  Summer in Phoenix usually starts in April and lasts until October. :'(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 08, 2016, 10:45:54 pm
I am now the owner of a horse named Jack, a dog named Sven, a girl duck and two chickens (none of whom come when they are called so they will not get names except maybe for Sunday, Monday and  Tuesday)  so far we have had 5 extra extra large eggs too!   We had a couple of goats, but one died of old age and the other was attacked by coyotes while easting down the neighbor's weed filled yard.  I am in the process of getting a couple of goats to replace them, but that will have to wait until the yard gets cleaned up again.

Wow!  You've taken on a handful.  Do you ride?

pnr - I would love to read to her over the phone as well if she would like that at any time.  I love the idea of using those who can't serve in other ways of course, but if that doesn't work out I would have no problem stepping in.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 10, 2016, 06:15:24 pm
I'm here, and I'm wishing it was real.

I'm lonely.

I hate FamilySearch.

I'm feeling very discouraged with all the runaround I'm getting, even from those who are supposed to be helping.  Why can't ANYBODY just say, I don't know?  I would kiss someone if they would just say that.

I hate that I'm told to go on Facebook for-----ó.  I am a recovering emotional porn addict.  Facebook is a no-no for me.

I'm tired of preparing YW lessons, and nobody comes to hear them.  I'm supposed to teach 3 Sundays/month and I have taught only twice this year.
I'm tired of feeling useless.

I just found an empty-at-the-moment classroom and burst into sobs.  Not long enough was it empty.  So I think I will wrap in a quilt, find a room, sob until I have nothing left, and then just hide.  Which I can't do in the real world.  The CrowsNest would fall apart if I did.  I've tried, so I know this isn't hyperbole.  Wish it was.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 10, 2016, 08:13:40 pm
Awww, Iím sorry, CrowGirl. You are a valuable person & youíre definitely not useless. The Lord knows that, or else He wouldnít have you doing all that work to be prepared just in case one of His children wanders by & needs to hear it. I know what itís like to prepare lessons & wonder who, if anyone, is going to show up.



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Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on April 11, 2016, 01:31:03 pm
When that happens can you give the lesson and video it, and send it on to the girls who missed out?   

Could you use the time to send them short notes recounting the main points and telling them you missed them.

Could you go to wherever they are to give the lesson? 

In the meantime, personal best is always enough.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Palmon on April 11, 2016, 04:48:19 pm
Crowgirl,  you sound like you are in so much pain.  I hear what you are saying about being lonely, frustrated and feeling useless. 
It is so hard to move.  At least when you move into a military ward, everyone there is going through the same adjustments, friends are easier to find and everyone is so needed.  When you move into a civilian ward, friends seem to be established and it is so much harder.  I have a friend that when she moved into our ward, decided that she wasn't going to wait for the hellos and introductions; she took the relief society list and chose two sisters to visit each Sunday.  I think she often took a few cookies, candy, whatever.  Anyway, when she lmoved again, all those women considered her their best friend.  Every ward is filled with women who are so lonely, just waiting to be noticed.

If you have read through this, there is one more thing and it is probably the most important comment I am making:  you sound really depressed. Please talk to your doctor.  Please let your family help shoulder the burden. I wish problems went away while we struggle to take care of our issues but as the saying goes, if wishes were dollars...
The hardest thing as a mom for me is not trying to fix my children's and husband's problems, especially when they are so overwhelming difficult.  But learning to leave them and their problems in God's hands is how we and they recover and grow.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on April 11, 2016, 05:32:43 pm
Why can't ANYBODY just say, I don't know?  I would kiss someone if they would just say that.

I don't know.  :-*
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on April 11, 2016, 08:06:29 pm
Crowgirl, I remember the culture shock I experienced when I left the Air Force back in 1988.  I moved into a civilian world where it seemed like meetings and schedules didn't mean much at all.  People (even people I had known before my time in the USAF) seemed to treat me as if I had come from another planet.  It appeared that showing up at a designated time (or even, prior to the designated time) was a concept only practiced in the parallel universe where I had learned to live by the clock. 

I longed for strange things, such as buildings that were known by numbers instead of names.  When the payroll department messed up my check, I was floored that my supervisor didn't take it seriously.  Ask any Squadron First Sgt what happens his troop experiences a payroll glitch.  It gets handled post haste. 

I missed the camaraderie that naturally came with an overseas assignment, where folks banded together to make the best of a situation; where a newbie was taken under the wings of people who had been there a while so that they could gain a sense of community; where the dependent family members were (for the most part) unified and helpful. 

I had become inactive before my assignment to Germany.  Now as I look back, I wonder if being catapulted back into the civilian world after coming back to the States played a small (but integral) part in my returning to the Church.  At the time, I thought I was doing it so that my child would grow up in a gospel-centered home.  Now, in retrospect, I think I needed that gospel-centered home as much or more than she did. 

I know my situation is far from parallel to yours, but there are some similarities there.  I also know that tomorrow morning when I awaken, I will call a temple here on the East Coast and place your family's name on the prayer roll.  Hugs and love to you, friend. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 16, 2016, 12:27:42 am
Anyone home? I know someone has been here today, because the critters are relaxing & they arenít clamoring for food.

If anyone does their own taxes & is still struggling with them, I brought popcorn & a fruit salad. I forgot all about Calamity Week & how we watch disaster movies & have snacks, so Iím making up for it. The anniversaries of the Titanic sinking, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, & the 1906 San Francisco earthquake & fire are all within these few days.

The Bay Area will have a warm weekend, so come on over to our side of the Cabin/Porch.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 16, 2016, 01:25:58 am
Howdy all! I've not really been here. I wasn't feeling well for a few days, but I seem to be recovered now.

I put fresh papaya and pineapple in the fridge. You can have it as a fruit salad or as juice. It's the good stuff, so enjoy! Oh! Also, brownies. Really really good brownies.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on April 16, 2016, 01:06:07 pm
Hm I wonder how the brownies would taste topped with papaya and pineapple chunks and maybe a little whipped cream? 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 16, 2016, 02:11:43 pm
Hm I wonder how the brownies would taste topped with papaya and pineapple chunks and maybe a little whipped cream?
Crumble the brownie on the papaya and pineapple and top with the plain Greek yogurt that I brought. Whipped cream tends to be a bit too sweet. Now, if it was un-whipped heavy cream, just pour me a glass to drink!

Perhaps THAT is why I am a wee bit ['erm, more than a wee bit] over weight.  :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 16, 2016, 07:00:06 pm
The Cabin & Porch are once again turning into short-time foster homes for critters. Ponch, the Bay Bridge pooch, is back at San Francisco Animal Care & Control while they evaluate applications from people who want to adopt him. He is a special-needs pup & they want him to get the right humans.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Ponch-the-Bay-Bridge-dog-now-up-for-adoption-to-7249534.php (http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Ponch-the-Bay-Bridge-dog-now-up-for-adoption-to-7249534.php)

With Ponch leaving, I took in another temporary guest waiting to be adopted. This is a cat with built-in earbuds. He doesnít have special needs, so itís OK to visit, pick him up or feed him (same food our cats eat).

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Cat-with-odd-ears-up-for-adoption-at-SF-SPCA-7249763.php  (http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Cat-with-odd-ears-up-for-adoption-at-SF-SPCA-7249763.php)

Thanks to everyone for the great snacks.  :P   I had some fruit & fried chicken to go with the Warriors-Rockets playoff game. The Dubs have a good head start. Only Dreyfuss & Oberon seemed interested, but the other critters had the wading pools & the local wildlife to keep them occupied.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 17, 2016, 12:31:14 am
My real life female fur baby is sick. She has lost nearly half her weight. She poops out side of the box, and the BOXES (one she and her brother use for pee, the other for poo), and it is nasty, nasty poo. After 14 years of meowing like a preemie kitten, she has found her voice and is using it way too much.

She still won't let either of us pick her up, or touch her with the whole hand. Can only be the back of the fingers.

I got this sweetie 14 years ago along with her brother. They weren't even a month old, Ethel weighed in at a whopping 15.6 oz. and Fred barely hit the 8 oz mark. Ethel could at least eat Kitten Chow w/warm water mixed in. She would attack it before it even got soft. Poor Fred couldn't, he tried, but when he got near the dish Ethel would bat him clear into the next county! The person who 'rescued' them didn't have a clue about baby animals, how old they needed to be before you ripped them away from their Mommies. Plus she was drunk, as was her helpers. They knocked Mommy and the rest of the litter into the Newport, OR bay front and was only able to rescue 5 of the kittens. I got two of them that night, the other 3 died before morning.

One day after I got them, I cornered Ethel and put the two of them into a small carrier I borrowed from my neighbor and took them to the Vet. He said Fred was too tiny to do any tests on other than feeling him and looking down his throat and into his eyes. BUT Ethel he could draw blood from and [argh, poor baby girl] poke a plastic thing in her rectum to collect any feces there. If she had feline leukemia or any other disease/ailment, Fred would have it too.

Both were well, and the Dr. told me to feed Fred some Kitten Milk he sold. It cost a mint- so I asked him what could be substituted for a fraction of the cost? Heavy Whipping Cream - heated by my body temperature and not on the stove/microwave. Also to feed him baby rice cereal mixed 1 part cereal to 4 parts strained turkey (also baby food). So Fred went on an hourly feeding schedule. In one week he gained 3 oz. In two weeks he was up to 1.5 pounds and could have blood taken. When the Dr. heard the rescue tale, he asked me for the address of the rescuer. He made sure she was either shut down or educated, I never checked back to see which.

Ethel gained weight faster than Fred, she would claw my ankle if I didn't give her the cream too.

The two times I took her to the Vet, the three times I moved I had to trick her to catch her and then put her into the carrier. The ONLY time she entered the carrier (only twice was it a small carrier- the rest of the time it was a medium dog size carrier), on her own was for the move from AZ back home to Oregon in the fall of 2010, at the age of 8.

In all those times she never had a voice. NOT even the second time the Vet took blood and poked her in the bum.

I quit buying Walmart & Fred Meyer brand adult cat food, and am now buying Name Brand adult cat food that has soft centers. She eats it, but leaves the little bits that fall out of her mouth after the first crunch. She weaves herself around my ankles when I walk into the kitchen with our *done eating* dinner dishes and she wails the entire time we are eating.

So, I bought some canned food. Fancy Feast- cause I could get a price reduction via Safeway 4U, AND I found coupons in a paper that was left at church. She inhales it. One of the cans is not enough for her. Yes they are small ones, but I honestly don't want her inhaling a larger can and then upchucking it.

I called the three Vets in my area. One has quit the practice. One charges $125.00 to do an initial exam, $120.00 to euthanize IF said animal is too ill/old to nurse back to health and you have to take said dead animal to the place that cremates them, they won't hold the dead animal (their words, dead animal, not mine) for this place to pick up. Third place charges $59.00 for initial visit and $81.00 to euthanize and they contact and hold the pet for the people who cremate them, and cremation costs $65.00. I can pay the 3rd Vet the entire amount and they will then pay the crematorium.

The day I called the Vets, and then sat down with Hubby to relate to him the costs. His response was not kind. I broke down and cried all day. I even left for three hours, went to church and locked myself in the Library and cried there.

Neither one of us is able to touch this cat, let alone pick her up and put her in a carrier. I even bought a small carrier so she wouldn't be jostled all over the place in the large carrier.

The following day of Hubby's outburst, Fred got up behind me as I sat in my *office* chair, I got him in an upside down baby cuddle and lo and behold he has fleas! These two have never, ever been outdoors. I have cuddled him like this his entire life and he has never had fleas. He has them, Ethel has them.

So off to the store in the next town that carries Advantage products. $59.99 for 4 tubes of flea killer for under 9 pound cats. That was 30 of March. Had to do another dose last night. I cuddled Fred and he now had a dozen or more fleas - not the 4 or 5 the first time.

I have vacuumed the house every three days, and tossed the bag in the outside garbage. I only have the bag that is in it plus one extra. I have laundered their blankets, my bedding, hubbies heavy fleece robe and blankets, even the bedding on the guest bed, before I vacuum. I honestly don't know what to do.

I know exactly what the veterinarians do with the small animals they euthanize - - they bag them and have the local garbage company come dispose of them. In my neck of the woods it is in the huge drop box that gets shipped to only they know where. Where the Vet's office is, it goes into a landfill. 

This morning as I walked past the kitchen I espied two wet spots on the floor. Oh, lordy, has Ethel taken to peeing anywhere. I donned my heavy duty dish-washing gloves, got three Viva paper towels and sopped it up. Then I verrrwy carefully smelled it. Odd, no scent. Well it didn't come from Ethel unless she is sicker than I thought. Walked into the living room, Hubby looks at me, sees the wet paper towels in my gloved hands and says: Oh Good you found the ice cubes I dropped at O Dawn Thirty.

Whew, just ice cubes.

Thank you for listening to me go on about my fur baby Ethel. I just wish the first Vet was still in business. He made house calls - his entire business was out of his home on 8 acres and a remodeled UPS truck. 



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 17, 2016, 02:12:55 am
Iggy, I'm so sorry you're going through a tough time with your furbabies.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 17, 2016, 03:23:23 am
Awwww, Iím sorry too.  :(

Critters are such special family members, & Iím sorry yours arenít doing well. And sorry you arenít doing well because theyíre ailing. I hope your DH can realize how important your cats are to you & try to be sympathetic.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 17, 2016, 04:50:50 am
Thanks. I am such a cat person. I really, really need at least one in my life. I got these two because I was so lonely, and they needed to be cared for and loved. Ethel was/is an old soul. They reminded me so much of Fred & Ethel Mertz. Fred has never grown into his eyes. His head is just a smidgen too small for his body. Ethel looked beat down and woe begone. They were cafe au lait colored with silver/grey tabby stripes. The vet said he had never seen feral tabbies with cafe au lait. Oh, Fred's eyes are green, Ethel's are yellow/green.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 17, 2016, 04:56:01 am
This is Fred. He weighs about 6 pounds here. The pics were taken in 2009.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 17, 2016, 04:57:11 am
Okay now here is Ethel. She isn't fat, not by a long shot - she weighed about 10-12 pounds here.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 17, 2016, 07:01:10 am
Tellulah and Oberon are Cabin-Porch resident cats of the spirit kind. They were mine when they were alive. Tellulah was around 6 pounds, but Oberon was around 16. I brought them with me to Sri Lanka, and Tellulah was enormous compared to local cats, which generally weigh in at around 2-3 pounds - most cats here are not kept, but rather are neighborhood cats. Oberon was a massive galutin' giant. The vets were amazed at how huge they both were, although obviously more so with Oberon. He was a bit fat, but he went down to around 15 pounds after a while here, and at that weight, he wasn't fat at all - just huge.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 17, 2016, 08:28:44 pm
Hello, kitties!  :)

** Strokes from all the Porchupines  **
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 18, 2016, 02:20:07 am
Hello, kitties!  :)

** Strokes from all the Porchupines  **

Fred says Puuuurrrrr (thank you) He was extra cuddly this evening. Still has fleas!! So will buy another 4 tubes tomorrow.

Ethel left a nasty hairball on the kitchen floor. With the carpet gone it was super easy to clean up. She worked the throw rug over to the wall in the M.Bath so she could stretch out on the tile floor. That is one way to cool down. Fred took the bathtub in the hall bath. It was 95 at the hottest here today. Central Oregon Coast!! Had a HOT, wind from the east too! Not a gentle breeze either, lifted my skirt right up, and blew my hair all over. Sucked the breath right out of your lungs too. That wind stopped around 5 PM though. BUT by then the inside of the house was 90. Bleh.

I have been cruising the internet about small, lap dogs. My Aunt had a Blond Cocker Spaniel that I really liked. One of the elderly Sisters in the branch had a Bichon Frise mix. Friendly little dog. Loved to cuddle. Then again, I would like to get a Great Pyrenees. From one extreme to another. ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 20, 2016, 02:40:10 am
My henna is dead. :( Now I can't hide my white roots and I look OOOOOOOOLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDD!!!!! *pouts*
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on April 20, 2016, 05:20:23 pm
Iggy, I'm astounded that a vet would charge to euthanize a pet.  My cat, Marmelade, had to be put down many years ago.  I agreed to take her with me afterwards and a friend helped me to bury her.  The vet didn't charge a cent. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 20, 2016, 08:05:41 pm
Even the pound (animal shelter) charges to euthanize, plus you have to pay to have a Vet take tests to make sure they don't have any contagious diseases!!

That is why so many sick *pets* are dumped near the school grounds, senior centers, even the Moose/Elk/Eagle Lodges.

Back in 1996 when my dog of 13 years got so terribly ill, I knew there was no cure for her and she was in massive amount of pain. The Vet charged me $35.00 to put her down. 1st Hubby and I lived on 5 acres, and I made him (hubby) make a coffin for her and dig her grave. One of my customers from the Hardware store made me a grave marker out of cement. Took me a long while to get over her passing. Never realized how close we had been.

Considering that Ethel has been THE MOST skiddish of any cat I have had, and that now she is under my feet when I sit and watch TV - as long as my feet are on the ground and I don't have shoes on. When I bring my feet up under me, she moves over to my right, so she can watch me, and she falls asleep next to the credenza. She has NEVER done that in the past. She sleeps either totally under the sofa or the king size bed. Never, ever in the open. Hubby and I feel that she is not long for this world. I am tempted to get the carrier down, put in one of my old shirts (after I wear it and sit on it to get my smell on it) and see if she will enter it on her own accord.

Since I quit filling up the gravity feed dog dish to the max, they have quit emptying it all over the room! Oh, yeah, I washed it. Hadn't washed it since we moved in this house in Nov of 2010. THAT could have been the or one of the reasons they wanted their food elsewhere. Now I only put two scoops of food in the tray at a time.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 21, 2016, 02:40:35 am
Hi, all.  I've been here and there, and ready to address my last post:

--Curelom, best hug outside of CrowBaby's.  It made me feel better. Thank you.

--pnr, I suppose I could text notes to the girls when they don't come.  I'll need to think about that one.

--Palmon, you hit much on the head. My life is changed, and I miss military life.  Everyone else seems to have moved on.  As for talking to my doctor, I've wondered, but at the same time this sort of thing comes and goes.  I'll be seeing one soon, anyway.

--Roper,  :-* ;D. You made me spontaneously guffaw.  Thanks.

--PalGal, you get it!  Thank you for sharing! 

I'm living in a city that even the people who've lived here a while don't want to admit they live in.  I deal with almost hourly frustrations from a parent who still has a lot of her faculties, but cannot make the big, important decisions we all need to make, and feels her worth is derived from what she does, not who she is.  She has been self-denying for so long that she does not think she is deserving of much.  There are days when she asks "Can I do anything for you?" so many times I want to inflict pain (but don't), and then when I give her a task, she can't seem to think of how to do it without getting step-by-step directions and my opinion.

CrowMan is trying to break into a new career field, which is not something people want to do when they say they want veterans to come work for them.  This means he is still home all day, with half the salary we used to have, and I'm starting to feel the pinch become a squeeze.  He is still working away at it, though, but ugh.

The pressure had been building a while, and coming to Nauvoo was the safe place to let it explode.  I am grateful I feel safe here, but sorry y'all had to see that.

Iggy, I'm so sorry to read about your Ethel.  I am allergic to cats, but one of my siblings has one that is like their child.  He was over medicated after a recent dentist visit, and could not sleep for over 48 hours.  Sibling and spouse were frantic for their baby.  I don't know what they'll do when it's time for him to go to the Happy Hunting Grounds.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 21, 2016, 04:56:44 am
Crowgirl, there is nothing that you posted that you need to be ashamed of. And it was hardly an explosion. And there's nothing wrong with expressing frustration and unmet needs and other such things. It's not like you're the first to do that here, nor will you ever be the last. *hugs and kisses*

Here's the hug jar - take a hug, leave a hug, as many as you like as often as you like. A lot of us donate regularly, so there's plenty to be had.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Nottoc on April 21, 2016, 09:12:02 am
I'm living in a city that even the people who've lived here a while don't want to admit they live in.
You live in Detroit?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 21, 2016, 09:56:33 am
Hahaha!  No.  But you just made me feel better.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 21, 2016, 03:44:20 pm
CrowGirl, thanks so much. I never had children, hubby #1 got a vasectomy shortly after we were a committed couple and never told me. Even as a child, I much preferred cats to all the other pets that we had. Mom had a Java Temple Bird. Dad had a parakeet that he delighted in teaching how to Wolf Whistle at EVERYONE who passed by our house. Both birds were in their own cages and were put on the large covered porch during daylight hours.

As a family we had a small, lap dog. Looked like a toy great dane. It was a terrier mix. Cats are much easier to care for as they are so dang independent. All but the last three I have had have been indoor/outdoor cats. I could leave a window partially open and the cats could get outside, go potty, come in eat, then cuddle and sleep. With the help of my oldest brother I raised white rats to sell to the UofW. They were never pets though.

Thus I am overly attached to my four legged, fur babies. My little brother, in describing me to others, says I am a lot like that little old lady cartoon who is *owned* by Tweety Bird. Except I don't use a cane.  ;D

Please accept my humble {{{hugs}}} also.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on April 21, 2016, 05:41:22 pm
CG, I would buy you a new Ducati if I had the means.  8)  From my favorite motorcycle forum: "A good chunk of life's problems can be solved by going for a ride"...Guth 



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Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on April 21, 2016, 06:00:49 pm
I think I'm going to come in here and be sad for a while. The world lost another musical innovator today. :'( RIP Prince.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on April 21, 2016, 07:07:33 pm
HONEY!!!! I'M HOOOME!!!

Yup. It has been a wonderful visit to the Gulf Coast of Florida. We acted like goofy cheesy campy tourists. We reunioned with my ancient aunt/godmother after 25 years and Himself was met and approved of.  I got to spend 2.5 days with my natural sister after too many years.  Plus we went and saw and did all sorts of things. Florida is not just sunburns and sit arounds. Even security was not as horrendous as I thought it would be. Although TSA internet was down when we tried to check in at the beginning of the journey, and the Dollar rentals people are hard sell bait and switch artists, in the end it was just the best trip. Though i had internet everywhere we nested by the end of the day I was so completely done I never even talked to the children.  I have to catch up on everything.

Now tomorrow Himself goes in for his J visa and the 110 day Canada and USA sojourn planning gets finalized.

Nephew moved to his new house while we were away, so our live in house sitter is gone.  This was a worry since Sweetpea is at a dig or otherwise touring for school from mid June to end July and Boy has stuff going on as well.  Suddenly a Taiwanese colleague needed to extend his stay and was without digs so he moves in 1 May til end July....our neighbors can watch for the rest and Sweetpea will be available. whew.

I am glad I don't have to close up the house like I thought I would have to. Since Himself is gone 2 weeks in May for a court case in Australia, he is unavailable. And he has to tie up end of school year, continuing student research and stuff so he can be gone 110 days.  He's distracted and overworked. He will be in and out at the end of July as he flies to a meeting in Sicily, but just to drop off a suitcase.

That is the big news from the other side of the pond.

I am sad to read of the struggles ....Crow Girl....this summer I want to take you away for a little so think on that.

Iggy, I did the watch the pet fade for two our our pets notthat long ago.  It is totally unfun. I am sorry.

So I had better go try and get back on cycle....I came home this noon and slept for four hours.  Traveling for 24 hours and through the dateline will take the starch out of your sails.

I will try and be more around....otherwise I miss the news and stuff....

my tulips bloomed this week!




Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 21, 2016, 07:39:05 pm
Welcome back, Jana.  I am glad your touristy visit to Florida was lovely, and that you do not have to close up your home.  I would love to see you.  When you have dates, let me know.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 22, 2016, 01:22:58 pm
We are having rain again in the Bay Area part of the Cabin, & snow in the Sierra Nevada. So the ski season is not quite done & everyday beach weather is not quite here.

Last weekend we had a heat wave & everyone was out enjoying it, but sadly 2 teens were swept out into the ocean from San Francisco.  :(  The tides are treacherous up there. If you go to the beach, always keep an eye on the ocean, stay out of the surf if you aren't a good swimmer, & never turn your back on the water.

Wednesday was the big marijuana festival in Golden Gate Park, thousands of people gathering to smoke & celebrate weed. Everyone in the Bay Area knew to stay far away from the area unless they were specifically going there. I kept the pets on tethers so they wouldn't roam anywhere near. Extra park employees, even gardeners & landscapers, had to go the day after to clear out tons of trash - beer cans, discarded food scraps & wrappers, drug paraphernalia & other toxic or biohazardous waste. The kind of stuff that responsible people don't leave behind but seems to go with some kinds of gatherings more than others.  >:(

I am about to go to the store. I'll bring back some chicken & we'll have roast chicken, pasta salad, & fruit for lunch. Come, Punkin, I'll need help to carry my wallet.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 23, 2016, 01:51:14 am
More his CG.

I went to a new international market today.  It was fun.  I went with my friend from Mexico, talked foods with a lady from India. Got information about jackfruit from an Asian man. These things are huge,  bigger than watermelon.  It was interesting to find floors in so many places.  We didn't catch on quick,  but each aisle was a different area of the world I think.  (One of the aisles was labeled "Indian food", but none of the rest were labeled that way.  So there was plantain flour in one aisle,  bean flour or rice for in several aisles.  Almond flour in another.  The produce section was quite large,  especially the greens. It was a bigger international store than I have ever been in and it was busy. ..until you got to the Americsn aisles.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 23, 2016, 03:24:49 am
Patty, what did you learn about jackfruit?  I saw them at an Asian market and was intrigued.  I almost bought one.

Our school had their Spring Auction/dinner/Bingo night.  I knitted an afghan and a hat that looked like a fish, plus a bottle cozy for a Gift Card Tree that CrowBaby's class put together.  It was a great feeling to be able to help bring in money for the school.  But it's also great to have it over.  So I will enjoy the evening and look to see if we have bats here.  Or maybe it's still too early for them, and I'll count stars.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 23, 2016, 12:11:18 pm
I've had jak, as it's spelled in Sri Lanka, many times. It's huge indeed. We had a neighbor who had a tree, and occasionally a ripe jak fruit would land in our yard. I couldn't lift it. It was bigger than a large watermelon. They have a fairly bland flavor when not ripe and is sort of starchy - like potatoes and breadfruit. When ripe, they have a flavor reminiscent of pineapple. They're curried when unripe and eaten plain when ripe.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 26, 2016, 11:43:52 pm
How's everyone doing? It's been quiet in here...

We're in Dubai. We flew on Monday and I think it's now Wednesday, although I wouldn't be able to swear to that in a court of law. We're staying in a serviced apartment, so we have a full kitchen. The husband and I couldn't sleep, so we went grocery shopping at 4:30 am at the supermarket down the street. They have incredible selection, almost to the level of large supermarkets like Canadian Superstore or Overwaitea/Save-On Foods in Canada. We didn't go wild, and I forgot to buy butter, but our kitchen is a bit more stocked than it was.

The good thing about Dubai... Nearly everything is halal, which means that it's safe to eat out pretty much anywhere, which means huge selection in terms of restaurants and the like. Nearly everything in Spinneys, the grocery store we went to this morning, is halal, so again, huge selection. They actually have a separate room for non-halal foods - which is great so Muslims don't accidentally buy stuff from there, but it's still available for foreigners who don't need to worry about halal or not.

I'm tired. I have not had enough sleep. I need to nap, but it's not going to happen for a while - I feel a bit too wired, although I don't know why.

How's everyone else doing?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on April 27, 2016, 06:09:08 pm
The weather is nice today.  I still dread what's to come.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 27, 2016, 11:27:02 pm
Everyoneís been traveling except me, lol. Thatís why it has been so quiet here. Iíve been home a lot but havenít signed in much. I think many of us are still enjoying the novelty of being in a new Cabin & Porch in a different setting than what we had at Old Nauvoo. Some of the critters still get nostalgic for the old place, but theyíre all happy here.

Weíre getting 3 gorgeous new cats.  8) Not us at the Cabin/Porch, but us in the Bay Area. A bachelor group of 3 sub-adult lion brothers is coming from the Seattle Zoo to the Oakland Zoo. Sub-adult is when they still have some cub-like features & habits & are not ready to reproduce, & havenít grown their full manes yet but have little partial Mohawk style manes. Iíll try to get them to drop by here on their way to their new home to say hello to our critters.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Three-young-lion-cubs-to-land-at-the-Oakland-Zoo-7379817.php#photo-9908578

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/3-bachelor-lions-from-seattle-zoo-moving-to-oakland/

Jana, Iíve been keeping an eye on yours travels because I still donít have my specific plans worked outfor the summe r & Iím hoping I might manage to see you. When you were in California a few years ago, I had prior plans that couldnít be changed so I missed seeing you. If it works out that your time in Utah is at a time I can get there, maybe something good will happen. It would be wonderful to get together with you.  :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 28, 2016, 01:47:02 am
Patty, what did you learn about jackfruit?  I saw them at an Asian market and was intrigued.  I almost bought one.

What In learned from the man was what was good to eat.  There were some cut into sections,  still quite large and wrapped in plastic wrap.  You don't eat the center.  Then the yellow orange fruit is kind of pod like and held to the rest of it with yellow string stuff that you don't eat.  I was surprised at how much of it you don't eat once you remove the outside,  center,  strings and seeds. The seeds kind of look like beans,  but are bigger.

What I learned at home is it is very sticky.  I could not get it off my hands using soap and water.  I ended up oiling my hands with vegetable oil and then waking again.

The flavor and scent is sweet,  but it also has a floral part.  At first it kind of smells good,  but after being in your fridge for a day it gets to be to much  - the plastic wrap didn't contain the smell. 

It was fun to try.  We like to try new things,  but we won't be buying it again.

My friend who was with me was told to make some kind of smoothie out of it.  She really liked it,  but not the sticky.  Unfortunately, she didn't think of using the oil and it was awhile before it wore off her hands.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 28, 2016, 01:51:13 am
The weather is nice today.  I still dread what's to come.

It was really nice today.  I keep hoping to make it to May before I turn on the AC. Actually, I have turned it on when I was planning for company in the afternoon,  but haven't felt a real need for it for ourselves. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 28, 2016, 01:53:30 am
Laurie - how exciting.  Did you ever dream you would travel this much?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 28, 2016, 07:49:19 am
Patty, the jak fruit seeds can be eaten. The outer papery sort of thing needs to be removed first, the seeds smashed (my mother in law uses a hammer), and then they're cooked for around a half hour along with the rest of the jak - or ten minutes in a pressure cooker. This is for unripe jak.

Yeah, we use oil to remove the latex-stuff from our hands, too. It's the only really effective way to do it.

And no, I never really thought I'd travel this much. I always wanted to, but I never really saw it happening until I married Fahim... I'm not complaining about the travel, of course. I rather like it. :)

We've been grocery shopping. The quality of the produce is as I expected - excellent. And the selection of meats is fantastic. There aren't any real surprises there, but I had high expectations, so it's a good thing. I have a problem with food in Sri Lanka - many long stories there including the quality of produce and animal products and lack of variety - but in Dubai, I don't. When you have as many food allergies & sensitivities as I have, living in a country like Sri Lanka can be challenging. In Dubai, I'm much freer. I'll still have to avoid certain things, of course, but it's not a matter of choosing the four okay things out of sixty, but more like avoiding the 60 out of the 1000. Huge difference. Bordeaux and Barcelona were also better for me than Sri Lanka, but given that in Dubai, nearly everything is halal, Dubai has even more to choose from. Yay. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on April 29, 2016, 06:43:26 pm
You should start your own travel show.  It's been nice here the last few days.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 04, 2016, 07:57:30 am
I split out the language learning posts into it's own thread. It can be found here: http://nauvoo.site/forum/index.php?topic=223.0
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on May 04, 2016, 06:01:40 pm
Summer has come to Phoenix.  Forecast high today 102 degrees farenheit.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on May 04, 2016, 06:08:01 pm
I had a missionary companion from Mesa.  He said that from May to October, you went from the house to the pool. And then back to the house.  If you spent about five minutes outside after the pool, you could be completely dry before you got to the house, but then you'd be really hot and want to go into the water again.  :o
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 05, 2016, 01:09:00 am
Ethel is still alive and kicking, and mewing and pooping outside of the box. Hubby suggested that I remove the hood of one of the littler boxes and place the box in the middle of the laundry room floor - where she is making her deposits. See if that will please her.

I also got down the large carrier. For medium size dog. Put one of my too small shirts in after I slept on it. Blocked the door open and put it under the dining room table. If she is in it, she can watch us in the living room, or me in the kitchen. She has been sleeping there at night. She is also sleeping nestled against the shopping bags I didn't empty from the monthly shopping trip. It is non-perishables aka canned foods. I'll have to wash the bags once I empty them as she shed something fierce.

Our ahem, yard area  :o , cough, cough, is really wild and overgrown. The coarse grassy growth, where if you did straight down you will find underground water, is taller than me. I am 5'4 1/2" tall. The yellow yarrow is close to blooming, as are the 4' high deep velvety royal purple snapdragons. I have had these snaps since mother's day of 2011.

One of the young men (13 yrs. old) from church who lives a block over from us was to come and tend to our yard area. We want him to do it on a permanent basis. We are prepared to pay him $10.00 an hour and supply all the tools needed to do the work. His Dad said he would call on Monday (last monday) to set up a schedule and tell us how much. Haven't heard a word.

It was overcast but dry today, so I am hoping it is dry tomorrow. Cause I have to take the weed whacker to the tallest so we can get to the car! If I do that, then I might as well do around the side of the house, under the ramp, under the front porch and around the rhododendron tree.

Hopefully this old body will have the energy to get 'er done, and whack the ivy and blackberry vines into oblivion then saturate their roots with vegetation killer. sigh I know the vegetation/weed killer is a toxic poison - but the dang stuff is attacking the house and destroying the siding, trim and who knows what else under the house. Since the owner of the land refuses to do it, to obey the City Ordinances, I am forced to do it. Sure would like to hire a professional then deduct the fee from the lot rent.

Derrell, I lived in Casa Grande from Sept 2004 to Nov 2010. I was never so miserable in my life. Too hot. Too much dirt storms. Too hot of winds that sucked the very breath right out of you. Too many scorpions. I did my best to keep the bug population under control, yet still the scorpions came to feast on them. I am back to my beloved Pacific NW. Actually the central Oregon Coast. Hubby is always chilled. He refuses to wear the long sleeved flannel shirts. He is wearing the 3/4 length sleeve thermal sweats. So, I am going to order about three more. I am up to my eyebrows with his moaning: I'm freezing. The only time it has frozen here since 1978 when I first moved here, was twice: late December of 1979 for two days and then in Jan of 2011 for one day. Freezing is when it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower!!! The inside of this house has never been below 74 degrees!!! Grrrrrrrr.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on May 05, 2016, 10:40:32 am
When I was looking online at houses before moving here I was in despair over the number that had tile floors.  I was never going to have a house covered in tile.  Now I laugh because we only have tile,  most of which we put in ourselves.  And I am grateful for it as it keeps the house so much cooler.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on May 05, 2016, 04:56:50 pm
And reduces allergies.  Over the years, we've restored all the hard wood in the bedrooms and went to porcelain tile in the living room.  No carpet anywhere.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Nottoc on May 05, 2016, 06:26:58 pm
Another thing to try is put the food where the cat poops.

We just had a 13 year old Chihuahua die. We buried him in the back yard and put a flowering bush above him.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on May 05, 2016, 08:00:08 pm
Another thing to try is put the food where the cat poops.

We just had a 13 year old Chihuahua die. We buried him in the back yard and put a flowering bush above him.

It must be the time.  We just had a guinea pig die and buried him in the backyard under a flowing bush already there.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 05, 2016, 08:49:52 pm
Another thing to try is put the food where the cat poops.

We just had a 13 year old Chihuahua die. We buried him in the back yard and put a flowering bush above him.
Losing a fur baby is hard, no matter whether the death is expected [from illness] or not. I will have my cats cremated - there is no place to bury them and no way will I consign them to the dump.

Well that wouldn't work. The litter boxes are in the laundry room. Where Ethel is pooping is out side of the box on a specialty mat to collect the litter from cat feet. I have always made it a point to never have the litter boxes close to where anyone eats. Humans don't eat in the bathroom, so why should animals?

We are concerned that once the kitchen floor is tiled she may start going there - She has pooped in the hall way bathroom, but never in the master bathroom. Their dry food is in the faux garden tub in the master bathroom. Yes, I use that bathroom exclusively (sink and throne but NOT the tub), I put up a shower curtain rod and have a lace curtain to make the tub private. Also I keep the window in there open year round.

So, once I get the laundry caught up, will put the box in the middle of the floor sans its *privacy* hood. See what happens then.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 05, 2016, 10:45:42 pm
I love tile floors. So much easier to keep clean, reduces allergies, and if I spill water, no need to wipe it up since it'll dry fast enough anyway. :P

We're still in Dubai. We're enjoying the food, and by enjoying the food, I mean ordering out or eating out frequently and everything has been good thus far. We ordered some middle-eastern food last night which included a meat platter that served 6-8 portions when we were expecting perhaps 3 or 4 portions at most, but really expecting 2 portions. It tasted fantastic, so it's a bonus that there's so much of it. So, leftovers for today. :)

And my IBS is under control - hallelujah! - in part because of air conditioning (being overheated really sets me off in a bad way) and in part because of drinking leban every day. Leban being a cultured dairy product that seems to soothe my digestive tract fairly quickly. So, yay!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on May 06, 2016, 07:10:49 pm
I'm glad you're enjoying your stay.  We have the strangest weather here.  It's cloudy and they're saying it might rain.  Yesterday it was sunny and 102 degrees. :o
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on May 07, 2016, 12:50:32 am
Warm weather and no rain for some  days this week has me out weeding the back garden. Once I am done , I will tarp it for the summer.  My young ward sister who gardens back there is about ready to deliver baby number one.  The wonderful folks next door have a huge truck garden on their land and I don't want my weeds to migrate. They are very nice people but I am sure the extra weeds are not welcome.  The renovation of the carport moves along.  We realized to bring all my stuff into that area displaces the stuff we had stored in there. We trashed, sold and ave away much but we still need to store the rest. SO....we are having the area behind the carport paved with a gravel surround. On the pavers will go a storage shed, and a greenhouse, and the last bit will be a flat area for a party/work tent floor.  or just a flat place to work on for projects.   The old chicken coop and its asbestos roof is demolished.  The garden man has been by to assess the rebuild of the raised boxes in the veg side of the garden. This time in stone, because the wood although pretty, does deteriorate every 20 years.  If the next generation is not planting veg, they can put flowers in and the grandkids will have a fun maze to play in.
The brick layer came by to see about replacing the mortar on our house. He was creepy.  He was not professional. He drove a Mercedes. We are looking for another brick layer.   We have had our wills rewritten.  Interesting experience.  Dutch law provides very clear dos and donts. 
All this and Himself is off in Australia for 2 weeks.
Yay. I am not overwhelmed. No. Not. one.bit.  we leave in 17 days. I might have a stroke.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 07, 2016, 11:24:18 pm
Jana, you always have so very much going on. I hope you have some time in there to relax for a bit.

I loved your description of the brick layer, by the way. :D

Same old, same old here. We went out yesterday shopping for electronics. We need a portable hard drive for backups - we can't exactly bring our 3 or 4 kg two-drive NAS with us when we travel. Well, we can, but it's a pain in the butt. So we bought a portable drive. Fahim's backed up his data and now it's my turn. And... it's backing up really really fast. So everyone else will probably go so what, but I love it. :D

We had to walk outside a bit - maybe 250 meters, so really not far. But it was something like 36C out and I didn't get faint. In Sri Lanka, 30C and walking for that far and I'm nearly passing out. Sri Lanka is much more humid, so that, apparently, makes a huge difference to me. We then got a milk shake, and I was back to cooled down in five or ten minutes. I didn't overheat to the same degree as Sri Lanka even though it's hotter in degrees here. Interesting. Dubai at slightly warmer temperatures is more survivable than Sri Lanka for me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on May 08, 2016, 11:21:08 am
Humidity definitely makes a difference. I used to scoff at the "oh, but it's a dry heat" comments when referring to weather conditions in desert regions. Now I understand.

We've got a test running at work, long term storage at 55įC (131įF)/50% RH.  At those settings, it's absolutely unbearable to be in the chamber for any length of time. A couple weeks ago, though, the condenser array that controls the humidity spazzed out, and it was down to about 20% RH. So we had to pull everything out and transfer the product to another chamber so we could keep the test going while the condenser was being repaired. 55/20 was uncomfortably warm but definitely not killer.


Hubby brought home chocolates for me yesterday. So what if they were on "buy 1 get 1 free" sale and obviously grabbed as he left work for the day. He remembered which ones I like. That's a big deal around here :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 10, 2016, 06:27:29 am
Update on Ethel. I put the carrier under the dining room table. She likes it there. She also likes that her litter box is in the middle of the floor 'cause she has been using it rather than the floor. Of course I have to scoop it every time she goes. Both she and Fred are the stinky-est, peeing & pooping-est critters. Fred weighs in at around 6 pounds, Ethel is maybe 4 now. Used to be 12 pounds. I am feeding them some of that Fancy Feast canned food. One little can each every other day. Fred sometimes sleeps outside of the carrier, Ethel won't let him in with her. Selfish little brat! That's okay, I share my side of the bed with Fred. No matter how much heat he gives off it is comforting to me to feel the vibrations of his purring.

Found an advertisement on a local online news paper for a Yard Worker. Actually this gal does pretty much everything. Yard work, even the nasty yanking up blackberry and ivy. To indoor cleaning, helping to move furniture, etc.

I copied and pasted the advert into Word and emailed it to Hubby. Tomorrow I'll see if he thinks we could give her a call. We have waited 7 days for the 13.5 year old from church to come and do the yard. Not for free either - both he and his father avoided us at church this last Sunday. Neither one of us can do the yard work anymore. Just getting the 50' of cord unwound, plugged in at the house and then to the mower or weed whacker AFTER I maneuver, wrestle and drag the machines out of the shack wears me out. Have to take a rest in front of the fan and drink a full glass of re-hydration drink. It also depends on how much she charges.

For Mother's Day, Hubby took me to the diner in the next town. Owned and operated by a couple from church. He had Chicken Salad, I had Cod fish-n-chips w/cole slaw. Only the dressing isn't made with mayo, and it has cilantro in it. I LOVE IT. For dessert hubby had a vanilla cone and I had a piece of pie= apple, blueberry, marion berry and rhubarb. MMmmmmm good.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 10, 2016, 11:35:39 pm
That boy isn't going to show. Avoiding you is a sure indication of that. Give up and move on to the lady in the ad. :)


I'm sick. I have tonsillitis. My tonsils were mostly removed when I was 12, but the surgeon missed a chunk, and every now and then it gets infected. So I'm on hot liquids for the duration, not speaking, and generally being whiny. Waaaaaaah.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on May 11, 2016, 12:10:21 am
Awwww, Laurie.  I am so sorry.

Mother's Day brought two little girls bearing a plate of strawberry cinnamon rolls, that they baked themselves.  CrowSon called, and we had a lovely chat.  I had two girls to teach in Laurels, and it was a good lesson.  So Sunday went well.

I am attempting to knit a shawl with beading; my first attempt with this particular skill.  That in and of itself is challenging enough.  Add to that the fact I'm using light fingering yarn.  And in the last weeks, my eyes have decided that Granny Glasses are essential for my craftwork if I have my contact lenses in.  Lovely.  Taking the average age of my grandmothers when they died, I am slightly over the halfway point of my life.  I so look forward to the next (mumble mumble) years of just falling apart.  :o ???

There's a lovely night breeze here.  I think a rocker and quilt will be lovely.  I roasted some potatoes coated in olive oil and Ranch dressing.  They're even tasty cold, so please enjoy.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 11, 2016, 10:00:46 am
Crowgirl, I'm glad Sunday went well for you. :)

I hear you about the reading glasses. I've had mine for over a decade. But I'm now at the point of needing progressives, and badly. Up until now, I've had two pairs of glasses, one for distance, one for reading, and it was fine because I really only use distance when I'm out and about or watching TV or a movie. In general, I don't wear glasses doing ordinary stuff around the house since my eyes aren't bad. But now, I'm having trouble focusing at computer distance, which was fine before, and the reading end of things is becoming even more necessary. So, expensive old lady glasses, here I come.

Roasted potatoes... Yum!

I think I'll join you. In my own rocking chair, of course. And, no doubt, with a pile of furballs on top as I attempt to read through the furry mass...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Nottoc on May 11, 2016, 03:42:24 pm
This is where I bought the glasses I use mostly for computer, sometimes other reading especially when reading an ingredients list. :o Debby Burk Optical (http://www.debspecs.com/)

I got the melanin colored glasses. They also have bifocal and transitions lenses. I like them because their high quality (my eyes don't get tired while wearing them due to optical imperfections found in the usual big box off the shelf types).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on May 11, 2016, 10:28:40 pm
Summer is truly here.   :-\  October can't come soon enough.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 11, 2016, 10:57:20 pm
Iíve been hanging out at the Porch, but not necessarily signing in each time. But Iíve been reading other Porchupinesí posts & keeping you in prayers as needed.

* Samples some of the CrowTaters * 

I think Iíll cut up some of these & make a potato salad with them. Letís see, I think we have some celery, olives, & onions around here. And instead of mayo, Iíll add a little more Ranch dressing.

Yes, Punkin, Iíll make enough for you & your friends.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 17, 2016, 08:22:10 pm
Weíre having a heat wave in the Bay Area, with the mercury in the 80s near the coast. I put fresh water in the wading pools & Ivie & Punkin are enjoying theirs. (you may need to shrink the picture to see both of them). Remember, the yellow pool with the dolphin design is for the pets, & the plain blue one is ours.

I have jugs of cold spice apple cider & watermelon-limeade in the fridge. If you see the pets' water dishes running low, please top them off & add a couple of ice cubes.
 
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hlYWtgVgprE/TJ4Aov_XznI/AAAAAAAAAIM/U2ysZPUaBEU/s1600/kitten+pool2.jpgen+pool2.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 18, 2016, 02:46:35 am
Curelom, nearly every cat I have had was NOT afraid of water. Started them all out as kittens, giving them baths to get rid of the fleas. Using diluted human shampoo and then diluted human hair conditioner. As long as the water was warm and I didn't turn the faucets on, they were okay with it.

Then I got my Main Coon cat. Could NOT keep her out of: the toilet when I flushed it, the tub or sinks when water was running. She also liked to drop her stuffed toys in her water dish then drop them on my face while I was sleeping. With her super fine and super long fur, she had to be dried with the blow dryer as I was brushing her. I always felt that was why she would get in the tub/shower with me.

Fred and Ethel never did get used to the baths. In Arizona they both spent more time in the empty bath tub just to cool down laying on the cool porcelain. Here in Oregon, we have only had a few days each summer that were really hot. They spent those days in the empty tubs. Can't remember where I read it, but it is not good to put ice cubes in your pets water dish. Just like it isn't good for humans to drink ice cold water when you are over heated. I know when I do, I get the worst head aches and feel like I am going to pass out.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 18, 2016, 10:50:16 am
My cats hated water. I've known of cats who enjoyed water, but nope, not mine.

About humans not drinking ice water when overheated... When I do, it saves me from passing out and saves me from the overheated headaches. And it cools me down quicker than anything else. So, for me, I'm definitely continuing it. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 18, 2016, 03:34:29 pm
I was raised in the Pacific Northwest - heat was/is not my friend  :P So when at age 52 I remarry and move to Casa Grande Arizona my family thought I was nuts.

We arrived in Casa Grande on 2 Sept. One week later, I thought I was out of my mind to move there. Hot, miserable, wet nearly 90% of the time [ me, not the weather]. What Had I Been Thinking???

Our mailbox was across the road, I could easily see it. BUT to walk there, get the mail and walk back was an ordeal. Drinking ice water brought on horrendous headaches. Hubby told me to get a spray bottle, fill it with water and spray myself often when I was outside. That I did. I had to fill the bottle (held 2 cups) several times during the day. It would heat up sitting in the car, but wet is what I needed.

Hubby never drank ice in his water. Yes we put water in the refrigerator, it was cold, just not iced. I put ice cubes in the cats water. Hubby noticed them staggering after they had drank, so that was the end of the ice cubes.

We are all different, react differently to nearly everything. For me to sleep nearly year round, I slept with a wet hand towel over my face/chest or even on my stomach. I sat at the computer - watched TV with the wet towel across the back of my neck and an oscillating fan on low aimed at me. Of course the towel would warm up, then I would take it and twirl it around to cool it down. Hubby was fascinated that I did this in my sleep.  I wouldn't remember doing it.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 18, 2016, 04:40:50 pm
Since this is a virtual Cabin & Porch, & Punkin, Annabelle, Tellulah, Hound, & the others are all cyber critters, they can eat or drink whatever they want. Some like it cold, some like it warmed up, just like pease porridge in the pot.

Annabelle likes to get in the water or play in the snow, & Punkin will tolerate snow for awhile.  Annabelle likes ice cream, & if we serve it to the pets, she will gobble it all & annoy Punkin who likes to let it melt a little. Tellulah likes her food on the spicy side, but Dreyfuss likes it more bland. And so on. Just like people, our four-footers have their oddities. And they can have anything they want because I donít have to make a trip to Safeway or call any delivery service to bring it or turn on the oven for hours on a hot day Ė all I have to do is whip it up in cyberspace & theyíre happy.

I almost always put ice in my drinking water, even in cooler weather. In hot weather, or when I travel or stay in hotter areas, I freeze bottles of water so I can have ice water for hours. Maybe Iíll die of frozen innards someday, but it hasnít happened yet.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on May 18, 2016, 06:17:00 pm
It actually rained today. 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on May 18, 2016, 10:42:03 pm
Speaking of ice in beverages, has anyone bought a stainless steel double-walled tumbler?  I looked at YETI, but the price was exorbitant.  I then found the RTIC tumbler.  I can fill it when I get my lunch (usually around 1:30 pm) with my ubiquitous Diet Dr. Pepper.  I start work at 2 pm.  It's now 10:30 and I'm ready to go home.  I just looked into my RTIC and there are still ice cubes in there (approximately 4 inches worth).  If I drink all of the soda, I add more from a can (normally at room temperature).  I use a stainless steel straw, so I get the sensation of a v-e-r-y cold beverage as I swallow.  One evening last week, I left my RTIC here at work by accident.  When I came back in the next afternoon at 2 pm, there were still ice cubes in the tumbler.  I'm a satisfied customer. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on May 18, 2016, 11:28:26 pm
It actually rained today. 8)

Quit hogging the rain!  It rained, ok sprinkled a couple of drops, on the way home from Glendale last night, but I haven't seen any rain here in Mesa! 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on May 20, 2016, 10:38:53 pm
There's never enough rain in Arizona.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 21, 2016, 02:21:53 am
PG, I took a look at your RTIC tumbler, and it looks really good. I'd love something that kept things cold for that long. My only issue with it is that it's tall and narrow, and for me, that means it's more easily knocked over. I understand that it's better for cup holders, so it's better for the car commute culture. It just doesn't suit me because of my horrible clumsiness. I knock everything over eventually except for the low and squat stuff.


We've moved ahead with getting residency visas for Dubai. It's a long and fairly involved process involving many steps. Some of them are done, but we still have a bunch more stuff to do. While I would prefer Europe, things like food are a whole lot simpler in Dubai. But Dubai is central enough that I'm hoping we can make our way to Europe periodically. Because, well, I'm selfish enough to want that...

Ramadan is coming up very soon, and dealing with Ramadan in Dubai will be a thousand times easier than dealing with it in Sri Lanka or anywhere in Europe. For those who may not know, my husband is Muslim, hence the Ramadan importance.

Restaurants in Dubai apparently open very early for breakfast for those fasting and then open up in the evening for break fast. I've read that restaurants are open during the day during Ramadan, but for delivery only. It's illegal to eat or drink in public during fasting hours in the UAE, but we're really good at hermiting, so that's not really an issue for us. But there are a LOT of foreigners in the UAE, so life for them gets more complicated during Ramadan I would imagine.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: beefche on May 21, 2016, 03:23:50 pm
thank you, PattyRain. I think I found a gift for my husband! Looking into the RTIC tumblers now!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on May 21, 2016, 05:03:30 pm
RTIC has lids that stay on (with straw capability).  And they have bottles with screw on lids
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 21, 2016, 10:41:26 pm
Pnr, thanks. I'll look for the bottles with screw on lids. I gotta be practical, you know? I knock things over, things break and/or spill. Anything that helps prevent that from happening is a good thing. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on May 22, 2016, 06:17:38 pm
Laurie, my RTIC is 8 inches tall and the top diameter is 4 inches.  It is narrower at the bottom to fit into a cup holder in an automobile, but for my purposes, it's not unstable.  Because of my rhematoid arthritis and reduced grip strength, I purchased a Thermik handle for the tumbler.  Here's a link to the handle:  https://www.thermikusa.com/products/handle-for-30-oz-tumblers?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=17978987331&gclid=CjwKEAjwsYW6BRCTzvu5y8DPhi0SJABnGLlHGzo-6kS3_TLIDlL0Fj_BLY3XdK9CunP5ESNnUnOdRxoCPw7w_wcB

I purchased the handle on Amazon using my Prime account for the same price.  Don't know if that would be helpful for you or not, but I thought you might want to know about this option. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on May 27, 2016, 08:14:02 am
Just to update we have passed through Montreal and are in New Jersey today on the way to Reading PA.  Himself is shedding germs but otherwise we are good. We'll.  My knees are grumpy but that's hardly news.  Rah Rah.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 28, 2016, 04:20:37 pm
Hi, Jana (waves).  8)

I hope the Porchupines are doing well. If I didnít mention it earlier, I updated the TPR again for all needing it.i

Deli fixings, potato salad with hb eggs, & watermelon in fridge
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on May 28, 2016, 09:46:39 pm
Diagnosed with hypertension. :(  We think it's related to one of the medications I've been on, so that is being switched and a diuretic is added.  I also was instructed to buy a home BP monitor so I can track how I'm doing.  As for the other advice, it's all stuff I'm working on - lose weight, increase activity, eat better. I go back in one month to follow up and see if more aggressive measures might be needed.

In semi-related news, I've also joined the Fitbit Brigade LOL. I ordered it from Woot about 2 weeks before the doctor's appointment and received it earlier this week, so it wasn't directly related. Although I do suspect I had a prompting that I didn't specifically recognize as divine guidance. Or maybe the folks at Woot did, to have put it on as the daily deal ;)

I've linked my Fitbit profile to my SparkPeople profile so my activity carries over. SparkPeople gives me "extra" calories for exercising, but because the Fitbit counts every single step, I'm not blindly following that added number. I'm working to stay between my base caloric range, and then I mentall manually add the calories burned during deliberate exercise (going for a walk in the neighborhood, not incidental walking while working or running errands).

We shall see how it all goes. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 30, 2016, 12:32:05 am
Goody, good luck with the hypertension. I hope it resolves itself fairly quickly.

I'm curious to hear about your experience with the Fitbit and how well it works for you. I hope you keep us updated.

Hypertension is not something I've ever had to worry about. Doctors tend to make assumptions that, because I'm fat, I must have high blood pressure, diabetes, and so on, but I never do. My blood pressure has always been on the low side. When I was a teenager, my normal standing blood pressure was 90/50, which also explains why I was so prone to passing out. And while it's not as bad now, it still doesn't maintain regular blood pressure and I still get lightheaded and nearly pass out. But at least I usually get a warning so I can take precautions.

How's life treating everyone else? It's been a bit quiet in here... :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on May 30, 2016, 09:03:32 am
We had quite a weekend in Reading.  One wedding, three birthdays, one expecting in November annojncement.  Sibling quibbles. Flat tire at midnight. Plans made by folks who dont have a clue. But we all survived. Now we are packing the cars to leave. I want to bet when we actually will start out the driveway....it has been a little boring to be ready at the appointed hour and then wait for the unprepared to get organized. Ugh. Boy doo these folk drink.....but hey.  This is my family.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 02, 2016, 09:47:38 pm
I'm curious to hear about your experience with the Fitbit and how well it works for you. I hope you keep us updated.

Roughly one week in....

My biggest complaint is is that I completely disagree with the algorithm that determines my "active" minutes.  Yes, I live a largely sedentary lifestyle. I don't think I've averaged more than 2000 steps a day until I started actively watching it with the Fitbit.  However, when I got a 45 minute walk, almost 2000 steps on its own, and I get credited with a great big goose-egg for active minutes??  Something is seriously wrong there.

It would be nice if I could see a breakdown of how many steps I take each hour, rather than just a little dot showing that I made at least 250 steps in an hour. Particularly because I'd like to see how close I was to getting a dot. Even better would be if I could see how many steps in the current hour, as that might help push me to walk a little more before the hour ends if I'm close to 250. Not a complaint exactly as much as a "something that could be useful to me" suggestion.

Fortunately, I'm not actually using Fitbit's active minutes to account for exercise in SparkPeople. Yes, the two are linked, and total calories burned by regular walking is somehow being calculated. But I'm ignoring that. When I go out for a walk, I enter it as a custom exercise, with 0 calories burned.  That way I get credit for the time on SP.

The little lights do serve as a bit of motivation. Especially if I have 3 or even 4 solid lights and the weather is reasonable. I've adjusted my steps/day goal to 5000, rather than the default 10k. There's just no way with my current life that I'd ever hit that one. So if I have 3 lights, I know my normal neighborhood route will get me over the goal.  And I love when it goes nuts when I actually do hit the 5000 steps.

It's also amusing to synch to the Android app and be able to watch the step count increase on screen as I walk around.  I've never had a clip-on mechanical pedometer work correctly for me, no matter where  I've placed it, and GPS based apps like Runkeeper have been inconsistent. So while I don't know for certain that Fitbit is actually grabbing every step, it's accurate when I'm able to monitor. So it is meeting the original purpose. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on June 02, 2016, 10:43:47 pm
107 degrees today.  113 degrees forecast for tomorrow and 115 on Saturday.  All temps in farenheit.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 03, 2016, 12:37:50 am
Goody, can you import your fitbit data into an app that can give you a better analysis of what you're doing and what kind of data you want? I don't have a fitbit, so I don't know what's possible, but this is what I would start looking at.

The extent of how much I know about how many steps I take is whatever my iPhone registers. When we're out and about, it's always with me, so it registers steps closely enough if not exactly. But at home, I mostly leave it wherever, so those steps are pretty much never counted. Those will only account for a few hundred steps a day, I figure.

When we were in France & Spain, I got in 4000+ steps pretty regularly, sometimes as much as 8000 or thereabouts, but that was not that frequent. A goal of 5000 a day would be pretty realistic for me, too. I can only do that in cool climates, though.

Please keep updating in here. Or if you'd like to, we can separate out the fitness stuff into a separate all-purpose fitness thread. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 03, 2016, 12:44:43 am
107 degrees today.  113 degrees forecast for tomorrow and 115 on Saturday.  All temps in farenheit.

107F=42C
113F=45C
115F=46C

Yeah, that's pretty warm. Ouch! Dubai is looking at 36-39C for the highs in the next week.

Side note: We checked into a different apartment hotel a couple of days ago. The A/C was set to 19C (66F), which is too cold for us. So we upped the temperature by a whole lot. A few hours later, it finally warmed up to... 19.6C (67F). Ugh. So we ended up having to turn the A/C off entirely since it was just too cold. That was around 2 or 3pm two days ago. We're now at nearly 9am, so around 42 hours later and... It's still too cold. I have goosebumpies on my arms. The floors (wood and tile) are frigid. We might turn the A/C on again in a few days. So so so so so very weird.

We figure that a. it's because we have no direct sunlight and b. our neighbors above, below, and to the sides of us have their A/Cs on full blast so they're sucking the heat out of our apartment. My feet are cold.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 03, 2016, 01:36:08 am
I am going to go ahead and move the fitness stuff to a new thread. The Cabin and Porch are for relaxing ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 03, 2016, 01:51:42 am
I can do that if you prefer - I can pull whole posts into a new thread. Let me know. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 03, 2016, 01:56:11 am
I just started a thread and basically summarized what I've posted here so far.  IMO, that should suffice. But I'll leave it to you if you want to move posts :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 03, 2016, 11:30:42 am
Nah, if you're good, I'm good. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on June 03, 2016, 10:40:37 pm
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The Cabin and Porch are for relaxing ;)

Where's the ROFL Graemlin?   ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 03, 2016, 11:18:12 pm
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The Cabin and Porch are for relaxing.   ;)

Sometimes people show up who arenít very relaxed, & occasionally they raise the anxiety & tension level here. But then the pets show up, & all is well. Who can fail to settle down with some encouragement from a cat or dog?   ;)

Not to mention that we always have ice cream here.  :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on June 04, 2016, 03:06:30 am
Not to mention that we always have ice cream here.  :P
WHAT! I wasn't told this. Is there Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate by Blue Bunny? Okay, give me a sec, running to the store to get some.

I'm back with the Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate and some Vanilla. Along with Chocolate Syrup and Hot Fudge Chocolate.

I am happy now. Oh, the best thing yet - these never empty.  :-*
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 04, 2016, 08:44:36 am
We also have a never-ending stream of Elephant House brand ice cream from Sri Lanka - and that's some of the very very best ice cream I've ever had. Their chocolate is fantastic, as is their mango and their fruit and nut. And, really, a bunch of other flavors.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on June 04, 2016, 07:44:19 pm
MMMMMM. Sounds delicious.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 04, 2016, 09:26:55 pm
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WHAT! I wasn't told this.

Iggy, we talk about ice cream all the time here! I guess we need to talk louder, lol. There is always enough for everyone, any flavor you want, & it keeps indefinitely because itís cyber ice cream.  Itís a muggy day here, & am going to have a scoop of pistachio, a scoop of mint moose tracks, & a scoop of key lime sherbet, with madeleines. Anyone care to join me?

Meeeooowww...

Punkin?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 04, 2016, 10:24:42 pm
I just found a bottle of butterscotch sauce in the back of the cooler. I'm making shakes! Anyone interested?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on June 04, 2016, 11:55:11 pm
I just found a bottle of butterscotch sauce in the back of the cooler. I'm making shakes! Anyone interested?

Make me one with the cherry chocolate ice cream? Thanks. So, this is all cyber so it won't throw my blood sugars into overdrive? Awesome!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 05, 2016, 12:53:37 am
At the Cabin & Porch, we can eat whatever we want (within the WoW of course). Admittedly, there are those rare occasions when we exceed the ďmoderation in all thingsĒ that the WoW teaches us. But still, there are worse things than eating too much ice cream.

And now we can go next door to Goodyís health & fitness thread & exercise it off. I just looked in there, & the window has a beautiful view, so it wonít seem so much like drudgery or incarceration to go in there & do our penance on the treadmill, elliptical, or gym mat.


(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/a/(KGrHqVHJBEE7)2UUkWUBPDPwnsGuQ~~/s-l300.jpg)

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 05, 2016, 06:17:18 am
We also have laban (a yoghurt-like dairy drink that's fairly think), which we mix with pomegranate or strawberry juice for something that resembles lassi, and that's really good. The fixings for that are in the fridge, too, if someone wants a refreshing beverage. Plus, in my experience, it's good for soothing upset tummies. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 05, 2016, 07:58:39 pm
Today is the first day of Ramadan in some parts of the world - in other parts, Ramadan will start tomorrow. It's all about the sighting of the new moon, and the Muslim authority in each country has to have their own sightings. Of course, some countries go by the astronomical calculation method, and for those countries, Ramadan starts today.

What all that means is that we were up at 3am so I could get Fahim fed and watered in time for him to start fasting at 3:49am. I typically wake up in pain around 4am anyway and sit up for a while to relieve the pain, so this is not much of a stretch from my usual pattern. I'll go take a long long nap in a bit.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 05, 2016, 11:29:56 pm
In other news, I can finally dress and undress myself without help and, more importantly, without pain or injury. I've managed that for a week straight now - yay! It's been 2 1/2 years, and while I appreciate the husband's willingness to help without complaining, it's also nice to be able to do this for myself again.

For those not in the know, I have bilateral frozen shoulders. My left arm was never as bad as my right, and it's back to around 95% of normal. Right is around 80% or so. The bilateral frozen shoulder started in October 2013 when we were still in Singapore. And I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which makes me more prone to this and other injuries and medical problems.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on June 06, 2016, 03:30:54 am
Your news is wonderful, Laurie.  Bravo for patient husbands, but bigger bravo for healing.

I've been out of Turkey 11 months, and I still find my neighborhood awfully quiet.  Listening to Call to Prayer five times a day for four years really burned into my brain.  And now with Ramazan (as the Turks call it) beginning, add to that the village drummer we would hear every now and then, going through town to wake people up so they could prepare food in time before sunup.  Do they have the drummers in Dubai?

With going by the lunar calendar, every Ramazan is different.  Sunup to sundown has been longer the last few years.  A Turkish friend lamented that Ramazan is special to her, but the days were shorter when she was young, and she fears her son will not appreciate it when he is older.

It's been a strange week.  i'm going to cross threads and ask Iggy to bring some of those plums from her tree over here.  I love plums.  And I think I will try some of Laurie's mango ice cream.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 06, 2016, 06:38:21 am
The funny thing is that the husband told me, at the beginning of the whole thing about him helping me to dress, that when he was younger, he'd always wanted a life-sized doll. :P

Crowgirl, I haven't heard the drumming yet, but it's only the first day of Ramadan, so I don't know. But what I do know is that there's a mosque about 400 meters from where we are, across a busy street that's undergoing construction, and it's so packed that a new one is being built across from our hotel, literally just across the street from us, and it opened last night. So last night, we heard the call to prayers along with surias (I think I got that right - the sing-song chanting of verses from the Quran) that lasted for quite a while. It all sounds so very beautiful. And there will be food served at the new mosque for breakfast and break fast, as there will be at quite a lot of restaurants in Dubai as well.

I've just finished cooking soup for tonight's break fast. There's a batch on the stove - chicken, potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. I'll also be serving laban with strawberry juice and short eats (deep fried bits of food like spring rolls, fish sticks, samosas, and the like). Oh, and dates to break the fast. Y'all can help yourselves - there's plenty.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 06, 2016, 10:55:23 pm
Iíve been around here off & on, but not signed in each time. Iím glad to hear youíre feeling better & your parts are loosening up, Laurie.

It sounds like you miss Turkey, CrowGirl. I remember your descriptions from when you were there, the places you went, people you met, & experiences you had. Do you think you might go back to visit someday? If I ever get there, it would most likely be on a trip that would include the Holy Land & perhaps some of the Mediterranean countries of Europe.

After a heat wave in the Bay Area, itís been foggy for a couple of days. Itís been a relief especially to Annabelle, who favors cool weather more than most of the pets, but the others enjoyed the wading pool too. If anyone noticed a little drop in the ice cream supply, itís because I gave the critters more than usual over the weekend. I have a couple of days to spare next week & may take them all to Yosemite. The park is always crowded this time of year & there are regulations for pets, but since itís a cyber visit, those things wonít matter.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on June 06, 2016, 11:56:32 pm
We're in the middle of our own heat wave.  This week and next, we'll only have one day under 100 and that will be at least 97.  Glad you're feeling better Laurie
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 15, 2016, 01:46:09 am
Itís been very quiet here at the Cabin, which is a good thing. I am going to cocoon here with the critters & decompress. Thereís ice cream, fruit, & reading material, & tomorrow Iíll set up my telescope out here on the Porch so we can look for life on the moon or other planets. Meanwhile Punkin, Pepper, & I are going to sit out here & listen to the coyotes & owls. 

Where is that zzzzzz graemlin?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 15, 2016, 02:01:30 am
I've also got a stash of dates and halva with pistachios along with hazelnut & chocolate cake. Oh, and strawberry juice and pomegranate juice and laban in the fridge. Help yourselves.

It's been, what, a week and a half of fasting for the husband. Which means a week and a half of waking up at 3am to get breakfast for him, and then I crawl back into bed again around 4am. I did this last year as well and it actually works well for me. I'm usually awake by 4am from back pain anyway, so this way, I wake an hour earlier and avoid the pain part of things. He's surviving, although WWDC hit - the Mac developer conference with updates on all things Apple. He had to stay up for the keynote speech, so there goes a well-rested night... :P

Anyway. Life is good. How's everything going for everyone else?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on June 15, 2016, 03:12:00 am
Dates?  Halva? Oh, yay!  Thank you!  I think I'll take some pomegranate juice, too.  I need a break from transcribing, and I have procrastinated knitting a set of fingerless gloves for CrowDaughter's friend, so I think I will knit, sit, sip, nibble and pet any furball that comes close enough.

Speaking of CrowDaughter, she has taken to leaving creative graffiti on my bedroom mirror. (http://)  I love my daughters.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 15, 2016, 12:29:06 pm
 :)

 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 15, 2016, 12:33:35 pm
This cake is for Scruffydog's birthday, so don't anyone (critters included) take a bite out of it until Scruffy gets here.

*Puts cake in container to keep it safe *



(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gbU_4kQkeu4/UMCF4KUUj1I/AAAAAAAACtY/THtN6WAnEw8/s1600/happy+birthday+cake+choclate.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 15, 2016, 02:47:29 pm
Punkin called this story to my attention, & she wanted to make it clear that she is not interested in auditioning for this show.  ;D

http://m.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Amazing-Acro-Cats-tumble-into-town-7982978.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on June 15, 2016, 07:17:16 pm
Forecast for Sunday 117 degrees F. :o
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 15, 2016, 07:20:10 pm
I was in a multi-car accident this morning. I'm mostly okay, some lingering back pain. The car, however, is pretty bad. 

I was in the ER until about lunch time being checked over, particularly because of my recent diagnosis of high blood pressure. I was spiked at 190/115 at the scene and discharged at about 165/95. Still high from what I've been getting at home, but understandable given the circumstances.

I was hit by a monster pickup with one of those big tow winches and steel cables on his nose. My car was pushed into the car in front of me, who was then ricocheted into a fourth car with a tow mount on her rear end. Car #4 left while I was on the phone with 911, telling the driver of #3 that she didn't see any damages. #3 also has front and rear damage from being sandwiched, but I took the brunt of it.  The at-fault driver may not be insured. At the very least, he doesn't keep it in his truck or on his body, as required by law. So he was ticketed for failure to provide proof of coverage, which will be thrown out if he can provide it at court, and for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. I have to go to court to testify on that one since the responding officer didn't see it for himself. Even if he was driving at the posted limit, it was too high for the specific conditions of traffic at a full stop ahead of him.  And he can't even claim he didn't know, because he very clearly asked me if I knew why traffic was backed up. I got a hold of him earlier and he said he would give insurance info to me when he got home about 6:00. I'll be calling him again shortly because I haven't heard back yet.

I think my car is probably a total loss. The trunk lid is badly warped, and the spoiler was broken off entirely. The back window and all of the rear light lenses are shattered. The bumper is mangled. Did I mention that he's driving a Chevy 2500 utility pickup with a front end tow winch? There's just no way to win there unless you're an armored truck.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on June 15, 2016, 10:32:36 pm
Oh Goody.  I am so sorry.  I hope you are correct on your physical assessment, and nothing shows up later.  You might want to consult a personal injury attorney, though.  I'm sorry about the car, too, but would rather that be busted than you.

Come sit and crochet with me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 16, 2016, 09:01:41 pm
Oh, noooo ...  :(

Goody, didnít something like this happen to you not long ago? Iím really sorry. Thankful that you seem to be OK, but along with CrowGirlís suggestion, you might want to go to your doctor just for an overall checkup.

Youíll be in my prayers.

* Ivie climbs on Goodyís shoulder & gives her a paw massage *
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 17, 2016, 01:03:49 am
Yep. :(  I've been in four accidents in a little over four years. The first one was technically my fault, but it was weather induced and nothing I could have avoided short of not being on the roads at all.  All of the others, I've been the one hit by someone else.   In 2014, I was in the middle of moving and had a back end completely full of furniture and boxes so I limped the van home to the new apartment and left it there. And the driver initially insisted that she had a green light and that it was my fault, but later recanted and her insurance covered.  In 2015, I didn't know how bad the damage actually was until I had someone in the back seat and could hear the tire rubbing on the wheel well.  The guy who hit me gave me fraudulent information, my insurance covered my loss and we're still trying to track him down to be compensated.  Now this time, he wasn't paying attention to traffic, didn't have his insurance card on him, and is avoiding my phone calls to try and get his insurance information. Plus if my Google searching is correct, he's currently under supervision for a DUI. :headbash:

And this on top of needing to find a new apartment within the same school district by August 1 because my lease isn't being renewed.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 17, 2016, 01:22:32 am
I feel for you. I had a long string of car accidents when I lived in Vancouver, BC. I kept getting rear-ended at stop signs and red lights at intersections. One that was particularly bad was a Chinese person who either spoke no English or claimed to speak no English, tried bribing me, didn't have a drivers license or insurance. That was a mess.

I hope you get it all sorted out quickly, Goody.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on June 17, 2016, 06:22:20 pm
Goody, I hope everything turns out well.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 19, 2016, 01:54:28 am
This little fellow is going to stay here for a couple of days, just for the weekend until the animal shelter adoption office is open. He was rescued from a busy California road by a UPS driver who saw the critter get dumped out of a moving car right into the traffic lane.  >:(

http://m.kcra.com/news/ups-driver-rescues-dumped-puppy-in-stanislaus-county/40069956

Someone out there doesnít want to go to heaven.  :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 24, 2016, 10:39:11 pm
Replacement vehicle has been acquired. A 2008 Honda Accord with 80k miles on it. I love Hondas. My dad is impressed at the deal I found. Meanwhile, I'm still reeling. This is the first I've had a car loan to pay in over 15 years, but given the overall situation, I had no choice at all.

The upside to this, though, is I have a much newer car than I would have bought if I'd been paid the blue book value of the Camry. I'm going to jokingly ask my home teachers to give it a blessing to protect it from careless and inattentive drivers. ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 25, 2016, 12:52:11 am
Good luck with that new car, Goody Ė letís hope it has divine protection from all manner of ills.   8)  Maybe you can make an extra payment now & then to get the note paid off sooner than planned.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 25, 2016, 07:06:32 pm
Look at this, Punkin. These folks in Fresno think they created this idea. They even charge for memberships or daily fees for people to bring their critters. Weíve had wading pools for our critters & us here & at Old Nauvoo for years, the backyard kiddie type. Itís easy to drain & refill them Ė I set up tubing so we can drain the water to the trees behind us & not all over our grounds. Weíve always welcomed any animal, & weíve had birds, bats, raccoons, an occasional skunk, & even a stray coyote show up. I would never charge money for animals who need a place to cool off, any more than Iíd sell a drink of water to a thirsty person. But if the proceeds go into other animal amenities, Iím OK with it.

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article85913412.html

Come to think of it, itís time to drain & refill them after yesterdayís warm spell. Give me 15 minutes & weíll have a fresh place for everyone to soak.  8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 27, 2016, 04:10:12 am
How's everyone doing? Goody, are you doing okay? I hope you don't have any additional pain after that car acccident.

Everything is same old, same old here. Ramadan is about 2/3 done with an end in site - Eid will be somewhere around July 6th. Ramadan is much easier on me in Dubai than it is elsewhere, mainly because there's so much less work for me to do because we can buy pretty much everything here. I'm still not fond of waking up at 3am to get the husband fed and watered before he starts fasting for the day, but I wake up around 4am from back pain anyway, so it's not much different.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 27, 2016, 06:06:43 pm
Occasional twinges in my back, but nothing debilitating. I'm now taking my muscle relaxants before dinner rather than before bed. When I took  them as prescribed, I was sleeping 11-12 hours, which was too much and I was in a mental fog. By taking them earlier, I'm getting about 8.5 hours (which is still more than I'm used to), waking up at a reasonably normal time, and most importantly I'm able to function during the day.

The new(-to-us) car is nice. I didn't realize this when we got it, but it looks like we might have the top-tier trim package.  And it's quiet and smooth and all sorts of things that the Camry wasn't.  It's truly a joy to drive, and I haven't had this much pleasure behind the wheel in a very long time. Someone remind me of that when I start complaining about the monthly payments ;)

It's already been suggested that I look into re-financing in a few months.  This process has kind of buggered my credit rating at the moment, because the dealership shopped the loan to about a half dozen banks, so I have a whole bunch of hard inquiries on my report now. But I know those drop off after a while, and a timely payment history is more important. So that's my immediate focus as far as the car is concerned.

Now to get back to finding a new apartment.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on June 28, 2016, 01:15:42 am
I leave Salt Lake City for St George tomorrow. I am having a fine wonderful blessed trip even if hotter than Hades.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 28, 2016, 01:44:32 am
I'm glad to hear you're doing okay, Goody. And I'm glad the car is better than the old one, even if you do need a loan. Loans suck.

Good luck with the apartment hunting!

Jana, so good to hear from you! Glad to hear you're enjoying your trip. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 02, 2016, 05:40:24 pm
This may or may not have been a ďconspiracy,Ē but knowing you Porch critters, I wouldnít be surprised if you helped plan this. Punkin? Pepper? Oberon?

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Distracted-cat-suspected-of-flooding-animal-8336909.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 09, 2016, 02:10:35 pm
CURELOM OH CURELOM YOOOOO HOOOOO.   I re-sent an email to your aol.com address with an update PLUS I copy and pasted the whole thing to a PM here at Nauvoo, in the desperate hope that I can plan the next leg of the trip this weekend.   HImself has made his plane reservations back to Seattle but I am waiting further news from you....  Sometimes I just wonder where the messages go.  Is there an email dead letter box?   hmmmm. my american cell is 303 619 7369 if that helps expidite thing :)

Miss PattyBlue is traveling back to St George today. I sure will miss her. We saw things I never dreamed Id see in life.  And met good folk along the way.  Patty Rain has the greatest kids. And we talked about Israel to our hearts content.  I love the swimming pool. It was warm enough! 

This trip is such a blessing and an education. So many good and generous people have flung their front door wide to help me along the way. Today I am with a former Nauvoodle whose screen name I forget here in Las Vegas.  My dear companion is coming to see me in California for a mini road trip.  Sweetpea was good and sick at her archaeology dig for a couple days but has lived to see another day.  I miss rain. LOL. 

Yay!!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 09, 2016, 03:58:00 pm
Hi, Jana!

Iím so sorry, I have been out of town but I did get your messages.

I am trying to fiigure out the rest of my summer because several parties are keeping me waiting too.

Do you have definite plans to come to Northern California? Iím wondering because I am still not sure how everything on my plate is going to settle out over the next few weeks, & if you already have a set plan in place for Southern California, thatís something that I might be able to work around.

Where are you now & what comes between now & SF? You can PM me if you don't want to make a worldwide broadcast.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 10, 2016, 12:06:41 am
I arrive Sanfrancisco Sunday 24 July. Himself departs for Seattle that evening.  My question is do I stay or go and where do I lay my head?  I sent you another PM  ;D  Evrything til the 24th is all booked and sort of planned. After the 24th I have no finite plan.  I have to get reservations in soon.  And poor Iggy has been very good waiting for her turn :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 12, 2016, 12:28:44 am
Just in case it drops off the most recent post lists, Iím posting this here to let folks know that weíve lost a dear Porchupine. V passed away on Sunday.

http://nauvoo.site/forum/index.php?topic=285.0

She was a long-time neighbor at Old Nauvoo. For years, she was at the Cabin or the Porch all the time, being good friends with all of us, joining our parties & celebrations, bringing food, taking care of our critters. It really hasnít felt the same without her since we moved.

V was quite ill by the time we moved over here so we didnít see her much. Some people were able to keep in RW touch with her or her family & we appreciate being able to know how she was doing. 

If the critters seem subdued, itís because they miss V. She was a favorite with them, & her Mandee Meree is one of our spirit critters. Annabelle was another of her favorites here.

ĎBye for now, V. We look forward to seeing you later.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 12, 2016, 08:50:36 am
V. will be so missed.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 17, 2016, 12:28:21 am
How's everyone doing? I hope all y'all are doing fine.

We're back in Sri Lanka again, and the flight back was the most painful flight I've had yet. It's three or four days later and I'm still recovering. I have not been doing well at all. I'm going to curl up in a chair with fur babies welcome to join me and I'm going to relax...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on July 19, 2016, 06:42:19 pm
It actually rained last night. :o
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on July 20, 2016, 12:23:18 am
Derrell, how much rain did you get?  How hot is it today?  In South Carolina, we've been in the mid to high 90s all week, but our humidity is much higher than yours!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 21, 2016, 11:24:22 pm
I spent the last couple days at a wonderful ďward socialĒ with 4 other New Nauvoo Ward members! It was a delightful time & I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.  :)  More later.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on July 22, 2016, 07:01:51 pm
It rained pretty hard for about 15 minutes here.  In some parts of the Phoenix area, trees were blown over.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 22, 2016, 11:01:23 pm
We've been getting rain here, too. Not enough to cause flooding, thankfully, but enough so that it's been cooler than usual. I need cooler. :)

There's papaya, guava, and other tropical fruit in the fridge. My brain is farting, so I can't remember the names. Urgh! Passion fruit. I had to ask Fahim. I'm getting too old...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on July 24, 2016, 10:39:09 am
Every day this week has been at least 105 degrees farenheit with at least 30 percent humidity.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on July 24, 2016, 04:58:43 pm
I've been at about 95 degrees with at least 80% humidity.  I'll take the hotter and drier air any day. My air conditioners at home (we have 2 running) can only get the inside down to about 85/75, so we've spent as much time as possible out at the mall, grocery store, library, etc.  I've been worried about Mungo, especially with her long black coat, but she isn't acting stressed out or anything like that. Just a little lazier than usual.

I actually have a long term test running at work. 131įF (55C), ranging from 20 to 50% humidity.  At 20%, it's toasty but tolerable. At 50%, though, I can't breathe.  Really drives home what people mean with the whole "but it's a dry heat" comment.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 24, 2016, 09:56:44 pm
It's true. I can tolerate 40C with low humidity in Dubai better than I can tolerate 33C with high humidity in Sri Lanka. It's a huge difference for me. I can't breathe in hot humid weather. Well, okay, I can, but it's difficult.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 29, 2016, 07:48:51 pm
Iím back on the Porch at least for the time being, after a few days in the great outdoors doing some nature observations in the Sierra Nevada with a group of friends. Before that, as I said in my last post, I was able to meet Jana & CrowGirl. It took a few conversations & some creative schedule analysis to work out the meet-up, thanks to the procrastination of the aforementioned friends, but it worked out. I joined them & the youngest Crows for a couple of days near the central California coast (one of CrowGirlís favorite spots, near Santa Barbara).

Although I had known them only ďvirtually,Ē it was like meeting people Iíd known for awhile. I had a grand time and now they feel like more than just Nauvoo neighbors. At two of the Spanish Franciscan missions founded by Father Junipero Serra that CrowGirl mentioned in her post on the ďNauvoodles in Real LifeĒ thread, I went with them and even got to one that Iíd never visited before. I hope Jana enjoyed seeing a different side of California, one that many visitors miss, & CG & I discovered that we both enjoy going to the missions because of their peaceful, uplifting atmosphere. At one of them, a very rural place, the CrowDaughters loved seeing the horses, the donkey, & a pair of pigs wallowing in the mud, all kept by the mission to maintain the historic ambience.

CrowBaby made a special discovery in the town where we stayed over, which we would have made anyway but she spotted it first Ė that Iíll have to let CrowGirl tell about if she wishes. It wouldnít be right to not let her share it. And Jana will be glad that I liked the Dutch Beemster cheese I bought at the gourmet shop; as she predicted, I didnít give it any time to grow mold. No, Punkin, I didnít save any for you. Youíll have to be content with some ice cream.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 01, 2016, 12:53:34 am
I have an Elder Roper serving in my ward....  :o
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on August 01, 2016, 12:03:23 pm
Goody - were you able to find an apartment?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 01, 2016, 08:37:50 pm
I didn't post about that???

I don't have to move!  After dealing with the car accident mess -- because in my mind that was the more immediately urgent issue -- I called the leasing agent to find out what was going on. She told me that there were no notes in a file but she suspected that the village came to inspect while the place was a mess. That's not a surprise, I'm still slowly working on unpacking boxes from the move in. She suggested that I write a letter to the property manager telling them that I have been cleaning up and offering a reinspection. A couple days later, she called and told me that the new lease was on the way. I don't think anyone ever came to reinspect. I think she just wanted something on file.

So, yeah, new place is old place :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 01, 2016, 11:17:55 pm
Well, that's a relief! Less work for you to do. Yay!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 01, 2016, 11:45:02 pm
Yeah - good news indeed!
Here is some rocky road ice cream so you can celebrate.   :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 02, 2016, 05:22:41 am
I'm officially Old. I ordered glasses with progressive lenses today.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on August 02, 2016, 09:01:02 am
I got bifocals last year.  Welcome to the club, Laurie.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on August 02, 2016, 07:24:27 pm
Can Ijoin the gotten old club?  Irecently turned 50.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on August 02, 2016, 08:59:13 pm
Derrell, of course you can join, but 50 isn't that old.  When was your birthday?  Is it on the Nauvoo Calendar?

Adding:  Never mind, I looked at the Calendar.  Your birthday was June 25!  I hope you had a great day. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 03, 2016, 01:29:23 am
Iíve had progressives for several years. They donít have the ďtelltale lineĒ like old-fashioned bifocals, so they donít necessarily feel excessively old.    ;D

All the rocky road ice cream is gone. There must be a heat wave somewhere. Not to worry, Annabelle, we have other flavors. Iíll put out some raspberry sorbet, mint moose track, & vanilla. But you need to remember that Punkin likes to give it time to melt a little & doesnít appreciate you scarfing it all up before sheís ready to enjoy it.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 03, 2016, 01:48:06 am
We have very berry ice cream in the freezer - it's excellent and it's really very berry. :D

We also bought produce today, so we have papayas, bananas, and passion fruit. The bananas are the local finger-sized bananas that are a thousand times better than the Dole bananas that are sold in Canada and the US. These bananas are sweeter and oh so fragrant. You don't get them because they're much more fragile than the Cavendish bananas Dole sells - these bananas have a very thin skin and they have about a two day window from when they become ripe to when they're too ripe, so you have to eat them quick. Which is not a problem for Sri Lankans - they go through an enormous quantity of bananas. The papayas are ripe, so best eat some today or tomorrow at the latest. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 13, 2016, 01:08:14 am
Weíve had several days of cool, overcast weather Ė not uncomfortable, but rather refreshing, & dense fog at night. This is fairly typical for July-August on the central California coast. And itís especially helpful with that huge wildfire burning in the forested mountains along the Big Sur coast. It started from an illegal campfire that wasnít put out. Please be careful, everyone Ė these fires burn wildlands, animals, homes and businesses, & sometimes people.

Annabelle likes the cool, damp weather & sheís out on the deck a lot on nights like this Ė but for some reason she refuses to help Punkin with the bat census. Tellulah & Oberon tend to stay inside when itís foggy, because they lived in the tropics before they became spirit cats & came to the Porch & Cabin for good.

Next week I am taking the critters to Santa Cruz, so Iíve reserved the Porchmobile for Monday morning to Wednesday night. Weíre going to the beach boardwalk which is sort of like Coney Island, the wharf where the sea lions & fishing boat excursions are, the tidepools (our critters know not to disturb the tidepool marine life, but to just look), & more. They also have concerts & shows on the beach in the summer, all family-friendly so the pets wonít experience anything inappropriate. Weíll probably stay one night at Santa Cruz, spend part of the next day there, then come back through the redwoods & camp one night at one of the redwood state parks.

Iím going to have some very berry ice cream & some cantaloupe & watermelon for my midnight snack. Anyone else want some? Thereís plenty in the fridge.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 13, 2016, 09:40:09 pm
A whole Saturday & no one on the Porch? Or else they come here & go right inside & go to sleep.

Are you critters starved for some company? Sleeping bodies are no fun.  :blank:  Letís go into town & see if Grandpa Johnís is open. I donít remember if theyíre open for dinner or not or if they only serve late lunch, but maybe someone is around cleaning up who will give you a handout. Downtown Nauvoo is a drowsy place & the biggest nightlife attraction is probably the laundromat. If thereís nothing going on, we can walk across to the historic town & meet people from all over the world.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 14, 2016, 02:10:07 am
I was out back canning. It's been so hot and humid, I didn't want to heat up the Cabin.  So I got a heavy duty camp stove so I could go out back by the firepit.

We were testing shipping cartons for a client at work, and of course they had to be filled with product to ensure the cartons performed correctly. In this case, the product was gallon jugs of orange juice. Well, somewhere someone screwed up the chain of custody paperwork so there was a hole in the middle where nobody could prove that the juice was properly refrigerated. As a result, the client rep said that they weren't taking it back, and that we could destroy or distribute it as long as we didn't give it out to any organizations and that individuals understood there was a potential risk.  Thanks to Church contacts, I was able to get almost 5 full pallets of OJ collected within HOURS.  Seriously awesome.

Then I found out that I could water bath it in quart jars. So I've been a bit busy ;) We'll have plenty of juice here to last us all through the winter!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 14, 2016, 03:17:43 am
The critters & I got back a little while ago after a nice evening in town. Most of the historic sites were closed, but the visitor center was still open. We sampled some of the outdoor shows & then joined other people who were walking around after everything was closed, enjoying the ambience. We walked across to ďmodernĒ Nauvoo, the main business area, which dates from the late 19th century after the Saints left. We rolled up the streets there, which didnít take long Ė Nauvoo is not exactly a nightlife hotbed. Eventually the critters got bored watching the machines in the laundromat, so here we are back home.

I see Goodyís gone to sleep. Letís not wake her, she had a busy afternoon.

Thanks, Goody, for being considerate & not getting the Cabin all hot & uncomfortable. The animals especially appreciate that, since they can never take off their coats. So, WAS the juice properly refrigerated? Cuz if it wasnít, a water bath after the fact wouldnít do any good, would it?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 14, 2016, 04:34:35 pm
Thanks, Goody, for being considerate & not getting the Cabin all hot & uncomfortable. The animals especially appreciate that, since they can never take off their coats. So, WAS the juice properly refrigerated? Cuz if it wasnít, a water bath after the fact wouldnít do any good, would it?


We've been drinking it for the last two weeks before I started canning (I finally started because I desperately needed my fridge back). Nobody's gotten sick here at home, and I haven't heard anyone else that got juice being ill.  And you're right, canning it if it had already turned would have done no good at all.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 14, 2016, 06:23:30 pm
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Nobody's gotten sick here at home, and I haven't heard anyone else that got juice being ill.

One of the Lordís tender mercies ( ;D  ), along with just having all that juice to give to people. I just drank some of what you left here, & it tastes fine. So heads-up to everyone, we have a few weeks worth of OJ here, so donít buy any more just yet. However, if you want to bring ice cream   :P , that will be no problem!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on August 15, 2016, 11:58:34 am
(Plops in a chair).  Hello Oberon!  I missed you, too.

The youngest CrowSibling is married--sealed, even--to a spouse that makes the two of them a good pair.  If that does not strengthen testimonies of how the Atonement can change lives for the better, I do not know what will.  All of us were there, and there was no drama between siblings. 

CrowChildren are in school, and eight years of getting up to prep children for Seminary has begun.  I'm back to clenching my hands whilst asleep, thus waking up multiple times with tingly hands.  I am trying to figure out why I'm so exhausted, but the second I lay down, I wake up.  So I think I'll just sit here and rub Critters lazily.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 15, 2016, 11:08:26 pm
LOL! Yeah, Oberon loves affection! Rub his belly and he'll be so happy!

Congrats to CrowSibling. :)

I hope you can manage to get more restful sleep, CrowGirl. Being exhausted isn't fun. :(

I've had a really bad week, but I seem to be on the mend again. We're in Sri Lanka at the moment, and I'm always at my sickest here. We head back to Dubai in a week, so I'll be better then. Hot weather really doesn't agree with me at all. Dubai's okay only because every square inch of inside is air conditioned.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 15, 2016, 11:59:22 pm
{{{CrowGirl}}}  I wonder if some sort of hand splints might help keep you from clenching.

And rubbing critters, particularly ones that purr in response, is not only excellent therapy for a stressed mind and body, but it also is a mild soporific. :)  Very highly recommended.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 16, 2016, 01:29:18 am
(((hugs))) to Laurie & CrowGirl - I'm sorry to hear about those stresses & things that are keeping you awake. I'm glad we have the critters to keep us company & help us relax.

Glad to hear about CrowSibling & family unity. The gospel is about unity of all kinds, when everyone involved desires it.

Ivie, come on over & climb up on my lap. Yes, I know it's usually Punkin's spot, but she is asleep with Pepper & Dreyfuss, so you can have my undivided attention.   :)

* Scratches Ivie 's chin & feels her little motor vibrating. *
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on August 16, 2016, 10:07:12 am
Laurie, I'm sorry you are not well, but I am glad that you and Fahim have found Dubai.  May you mend soon and quickly.

It is "Tutu Tuesday" at CrowDaughter High (to be referred to as CDHS from now on).  One ballet tutu was not put into storage, a long red one.  And she's wearing it.  (Big grin). She seems to be adjusting all right.  Whew!  It's her first non-private, non-DODDS school since kindergarten (has it been THAT long since Colorado?  Wow). 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 17, 2016, 02:09:16 am
I'm glad to hear CrowDaughter is adjusting well. That's always a concern, isn't it?

I'll be better within a day or two of arriving in Dubai, I suspect. I was better immediately upon landing in France back in February - the cold weather really improves things for me. And I was fine pretty much immediately upon arriving in Dubai last time, so... I'm counting the days... :D

How's the job hunt going for CrowHusband, CrowGirl?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on August 17, 2016, 03:55:13 pm
How is the job hunting going for Fahim, Laurie?  Didn't you say his last contract ended and he was looking for something else?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 17, 2016, 11:29:29 pm
The hunt continues. He hasn't found anything yet. Meanwhile, he's been writing new apps, updating old ones, and branched out from developing mobile apps to now also developing Mac apps. He doesn't stop programming pretty much ever. We have savings, so we're okay. But we would both very much prefer to have money coming in rather than spending more than we earn.

Thanks for asking. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 20, 2016, 02:20:37 pm
Getting ready to fire up the canner again. I've got 10 lbs of chicken, 20 ears of corn, and 10 lbs of potatoes this weekend. :)

Of course I'll share some of the chicken trimmings with you silly kitties. But remember, this is a treat, NOT lunch. And watch out for the fire!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 20, 2016, 05:30:35 pm
Ivie, I knew you'd be there when Goody offered those chicken tidbits. You silly kitty! You'd better save some for everyone else, otherwise you're sitting in the bedroom by yourself later while the rest of us watch animal videos,

Ivie is usually skittish around fire because of her early life, when she was with an animal abuser who burned cats with cigarets  >:( . But if she's with people she knows, she feels safe. 


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Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 21, 2016, 12:58:16 am
It's been a bit cooler in Sri Lanka this time, which has been nice. Last December, it was much hotter than normal. But now we're having nice relatively cool(ish) breezes. I still get overheated, of course, but not as badly.

We fly tomorrow, so I need to go do some packing...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on August 21, 2016, 11:36:30 am
Wishing you and Fahim a safe trip, Laurie.  Even though you're headed to a more comfortable area, I know that flying is difficult for you.  Take care!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on August 21, 2016, 07:33:25 pm
Have a safe trip.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 21, 2016, 07:51:39 pm
Travel happy, Laurie!   8)

BTW, Punkin didnít show up for lunch, so could you check your luggage for a stowaway? She could be around here somewhere, maybe having an adventure, but she isnít one to skip many meals. If sheís with you, let her enjoy herself as long as she isnít a nuisance, & beam her back to the Porch if she becomes a bother.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 21, 2016, 09:49:37 pm
Not to worry. Punkin made it back for dinner. I knew if she was anywhere nearby, she would! 

Have a great trip & bring back some gourmet delicacies.   :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 23, 2016, 05:10:33 am
We're in Dubai. We arrived last night after a completely uneventful trip yesterday. Uneventful was fantastic since there could have been a serious problem.

Long story short... I ordered the bland food meal to avoid my spice allergen. Good thing because all the regular meals were heavily spiced. But my salad had crab (or something crab-like), which I didn't realize until it was in my mouth. I'm severely allergic to crab. Thankfully, nothing went wrong. No reaction to it at all. Either I didn't get enough in or it was fake crab. Fake crab would be fine with me as long as it's not flavoured with crab. Anyway. Everything's fine! Yay!

So checked in. The hotel apartment is bigger than we expected. And blessed blessed full-house air conditioning. Fahim contact real estate people this morning and we looked at a place. We move in in five days. It's not luxury, but it'll do. And the location is fabulous. Megamart less than a minute walk away. Train about a minute away to A/C entrance, then another minute after that. Big mall kitty-corner, and we can cross using the train entrances and go underground and stay in A/C. A huge Carrefour at the mall with a massive selection of food. Oh my, is this going to be food happiness or what?

I hope we can stay for a while. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on August 24, 2016, 11:07:47 pm
Very cool.  It actually felt nice outside when I took the dog for a walk.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 26, 2016, 04:00:59 am
So. The local Carrefour. It's huge with a massive-for-me selection. I have no doubt that it doesn't come close to US-sized large department stores, but that doesn't matter. It's the largest grocery/department store I've seen in a long long time. :)

The quality of meats & produce is fantastic. The selection of other goods is fantastic. The prices? Very reasonable.

Potato vadais were AED1.30 each, Punjabi samosas were AED2.00, and chicken samosas were AED1.75 each at the Carrefour short eats/lunch counter, where they also had roast chicken, rice, biryani, curries, and so on. Were they good? Yes! Not fantastic or brilliant, but definitely good and flavorful. With AED1.00 = USD0.27, last night's dinner cost us a total of AED7.50, or about USD2. So definitely cheap enough to have these for dinner any time we like. :D We bought a small roast chicken, AED13, or about USD4, which is good for two meals. The pain au chocolat that we got was AED15.85, or about USD4.30 for eight, or two breakfasts worth for us.

The plums and nectarines we bought tasted like plums and nectarines. We've tried them in other countries - Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia - and they had next to no flavour, so this is happiness. Of course the nectarines aren't as good as the ones I got in the fruit belt of British Columbia, but that's because that's where this fruit grows. Still, it was goooood. And the tomatoes taste like tomatoes here.

We're happy. I had to add salt and spices to the chicken, but that's minor. And also expected - this is a low-salt country and I have to frequently add salt to restaurant food.

We're happy because it means that it'll be easier to keep ourselves fed on food that doesn't make me sick, by easier I mean less work for me. And the produce tastes far better. So. Happiness reigns. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on August 26, 2016, 04:08:21 am
Wonderful news, Laurie.  I hope it keeps up.  And if you ever have extras, I certainly won't turn my nose up at it.  (Grin)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 30, 2016, 10:38:30 pm
I made spaghetti sauce completely from scratch this weekend!  Blanched and peeled 4 lbs of Roma tomatoes on Sunday after church, added about 2 pounds of grape tomatoes (whole and unpeeled, I wasn't about to fight with those itty bitty things), and let them cook down in the crock all night and into the day Monday. Let the mess cool down (and oh did it look awful, I was seriously doubting whether this was worth the effort by this point), then ran it all through my blender to puree.  Back into the crock pot to cook off excess liquid, then added seasonings (I never measure with spaghetti, just add to taste) - sugar, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian blend.  We had it for dinner tonight. The very picky eater went back for seconds!  I've got a single pint jar in the fridge plus whatever might be left from tonight's dinner, which is probably less than a half pint.

I'm still not quite sure if it's worth the effort. It was definitely more expensive than store bought, but I got the maters at the grocery store and I have no idea if the price was decent because I have never bought maters before in my life.  If I do try this again, I definitely need more tomatoes so I can make a large enough batch to preserve. And maybe add some other veggies as well, I'm not sure about that because I don't want to affect flavor or consistency.  Miss Picky Eater might decide she doesn't like it any more.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 30, 2016, 11:19:37 pm
** Tastes Goodyís spaghetti sauce.  **

Mmmm, I think this will work. Itís my turn to bring someone a meal this week, & I think Iíll make a pasta & include a container of this sauce. Since Goody is going to make a big batch, maybe she wonít miss it.  ;D  I'll replace it with something from one of my own recipes & maybe sheíll consider it a fair exchange.   ;)

Punkin, stop licking my fingers.  ::) Now I have to go wash before I slice these peaches for the cobbler Iím making. Itís a cyber cobbler, so it will still be fresh & warm any time any Incabitants want to come & have a snack. There is vanilla I-scream in the fridge. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 31, 2016, 05:17:01 am
Crowgirl, you (and everyone else here) is always welcome for a visit with much food for nibbling over. :D

Goody, I love how productive you are. Mmm... spaghetti with tomato sauce! Yum!

Peach cobbler sounds great, too. :)

Fahim went grocery shopping without me yesterday - the elevator was out, so... He brought back a couple of steaks, rib eyes. I fail at steak historically, but haven't tried in fifteen years, so here's hoping that Internet instructions help. :D

The grocery store has duck liver pate, at least a half dozen different varieties. It's just so bizarre the kind of selection we have.

Today, i cooked rib eye steaks for lunch. They were... good. I'm pretty happy. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on August 31, 2016, 11:05:59 am
We must be all into food lately.  I made a bunch of burritos on Saturday and froze them for lunches.

I've been making salads in a "jar" this week.  They are actually a plastic containers, but they are taller than they are wide. The idea is you make up 5 for a week. Put the lid on and they last through the week if you layer then in the right order.  I, however, are making them for Krista and Rex as well and we just don't have toom for 15 jars in the fridge.

So I will either make 3, 1 for each of us,  or whatever the recipe calls for -4 or 5. I plan to do that 3 days a week. On the off days we can have the burritos or a sandwich or hot pockets I plan on making.

It was nice to eat a salad already made up on Monday and Rex and Krista said they liked it so I'd things keep going well we will keep up with it. 

I also made granola bars on Monday. Unfortunately, I managed to break the plastic part of the beaters on the mixer. It had broken in large pieces so I thought we are ok, but we discovered hard plastic in 2 of the bars by painful accident so I tossed the rest.

Sad news. Our other guinea pig died this morning.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 31, 2016, 01:23:05 pm
I'm sorry to hear about your guinea pig. We have spirit critters here at the Cabin, so he/she could come here & always have company. There's Tellulah,, Oberon, Mungo (I think - Goody can correct me), & Mandee.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Traela on August 31, 2016, 06:41:47 pm
Patty, I'm sorry about your guinea pig.  We were very fond of my daughter's.

Goody, and others who are making tomato sauce from scratch, I discovered quite by accident that if you core tomatoes and stick them in the freezer, when they defrost the skins slip right off, and the flesh is already softened.
It took me at least 20 minutes of simmering to get the fresh tomatoes to the state of the previously frozen ones.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 31, 2016, 09:39:35 pm
{{{{Patty}}}} So sorry to hear about your gimmepig.

I'm sorry to hear about your guinea pig. We have spirit critters here at the Cabin, so he/she could come here & always have company. There's Tellulah,, Oberon, Mungo (I think - Goody can correct me), & Mandee.

Teazer's my spirit kitty. Mungo is currently sitting at my feet complaining that she wants more food.

Curelom, definitely a fair trade :)  Hubby and kid liked the sauce too, although Mini told me that if I make it again, I can't let her see "the gore". That's what she said the peeled tomatoes look like in the crock pot before they got blended up. So now I just need to watch for sales. I bought the Romas at about 0.89/lb, which seemed to be a good price, but people on the FB canning group I joined said I paid too much. 

Traela, thank you for that tip! I will definitely have to remember that.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 31, 2016, 10:39:27 pm
Aw, Patty, I'm so sorry to hear about your guinea pig. Definitely bring him by if you want to - the spirit animals here are very kind to newbies and will treat him like their own.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on September 01, 2016, 01:53:48 pm
On my side of the Cabin, the crickets are really out in force. Can't remember them ever being this many in the past. Not during the day at least.Maybe it could be that the 'cabin' across from us has knee high weeds and grass growing and the pile of noxious weeds aka invasive plant life is nearly consuming the two vacant lots next to the other cabin.

At least the stray dogs are no longer using the vacant lots [4 of them] as their bathroom. So this summer we had the windows open and only the aroma of the invasive blackberries and plant life wafted in through them. I am not bothered by pollen, but poor Hubby is. Finally found a local beekeeper who is packaging his honey by the area his bees are in. For here he calls it Mystery Honey, because he isn't sure exactly what blooms his bees are gathering from. Did a taste test at the Farmer's Market, and out of the 8 different areas, Mystery tasted the best. Bought a bottle and now Hubby eats at least one teaspoon full a day.

Hopefully by next spring his immune system will have the needed boost so the pollen doesn't lay him flat - 'er actually hit his sinus's and cause the puffy, red, itchy eyes, endless runny nose and the feeling that if only his head would explode he would feel way better.

Though we had the front windows open, we couldn't have the guest bedroom & master bedroom windows open that often. Neighbors adjoining yards are their dogs bathrooms, and they feel that they don't need to scoop. Peeeeuuuuuuie ~ ~ The new neighbor behind us called the health department, City health and the humane society on them. Even if you live in the city limits you have to scoop the poop. Doesn't matter if you own or rent, unless your neighbors are more than a block away - you have to scoop.

We haven't had any rain to speak of. Though we have had entire days of heavy mist. or like one day, thick fog - it was never enough liquid to drench the yards and dilute the urine smell.

What???? The crickets have stopped. There isn't any one [cats, stray dogs, river rats, raccoons, or even people] walking around to shut them up. Mmmmm, 'tis a mystery.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on September 01, 2016, 08:04:05 pm
Nights are cooling off.  Summer may be over by October.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 07, 2016, 10:06:13 pm
Donít tell Ivie Ė she is such a sweet, big-hearted kitty & she already takes a lot of things personally. She was a shelter critter, so she has a soft spot for abused or abandoned animals. And it would ruin her day to know that someone in Marin County (north of San Francisco) is dumping tuxedo cats & kittens. The Humane Society surveillance video caught them leaving cardboard boxes full of cats at the shelter door in the middle of the night, & they believe it is the same people who have done it several times before.

http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20160906/NEWS/160909886

http://kron4.com/2016/09/07/video-34-cats-kittens-dumped-at-marin-humane-society/

Punkin & Dreyfuss want to know if we can take in a few of these cats. I know, they are the cutest. But we need to consult the other critters & the Incabitants first. We all love animals, but we have quite a herd & we donít want to take on too much & be unable to care for them properly. The retired police horse farm said they might take a few, because their mousers are getting up in age & are not as efficient as they need to be.


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on September 08, 2016, 05:29:16 pm
Just thought I'd drop by and say Howdy!  Keep waiting for life to slow down but it just won't, so will just make the best of it and seize that carp! (Or something like that.)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on September 08, 2016, 08:28:27 pm
kazbert!  I was wondering if you were going to wander over here.  Please bring us up to date on your life.  I think about you every time I read about a kidney transplant.  How are things going?  So glad to see you!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 08, 2016, 11:33:56 pm
Kazbert! How the heck are ya? I hope you're doing well and all. :)

How's everyone else doing here?

Life is mostly same old, same old. Mostly. I'm way more productive in Dubai than I was in Sri Lanka - the heat in Sri Lanka really does me in in a bad way. Because of the impending iOS release in less than a week, we've been really busy getting apps and things ready for that.

Fahim still doesn't have any new clients, so we've been doing a lot of talking about other business ventures to get into. But we can't really do anything until we're done the hurryupandfinish stuff for the iOS release since we're too busy... And I need to learn a lot about marketing since that's one area that we both suck at. If we (meaning the hive brain) can get marketing under control, I suspect that we can get a lot more of our apps to sell.

Anyway. That's how these things go. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 09, 2016, 12:28:53 am
Welcome home, Kazbert Ė weíre glad youíre here!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on September 09, 2016, 12:43:08 am
Kidney transplant going great.  Best I've felt in years!  Working on getting back my strength so I can be of more service to my fellows Saints.  They blessed our lives a million ways over the past few years.  I've gotten so weak I look like a walking optical illusion.  Outwardly I look strong, but .... 

As for the missus, it took about six years, four surgeries, and a bout with MRSA to get the collapsed arch in her right foot repaired and walkable.  Now the arch in her left foot has collapsed, too.  Surgery in two weeks.  It could get complicated for us if her MRSA flares up.  The last time she fought MRSA I had not yet had a kidney transplant.  Now my own immune system is partly suppressed, so it isn't safe for me to be around MRSA.  One day at a time!

LMA, what do make of Dubai?  My youngest daughter will be passing through very briefly in October.  She has a love interest meeting her there, and then they are headed off to do some hiking in Nepal.  We've met the guy.  He's a keeper.  Ex-soldier, now a civilian military contractor currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 09, 2016, 01:47:20 am
kazbert, Dubai's a pretty good place to live. With some caveats. ie don't have sex outside of legally-recognized marriage (ie same sex marriages don't apply, also don't get raped) and get caught. Don't insult anyone or swear at anyone because that can land you in jail. Don't eat or drink anything in public during fasting hours during Ramadan.

There are a LOT of foreigners here. If I recall correctly, something like 90% of the population are foreigners. As a result, you can find food from pretty much any country here, and a lot of it is good and reasonably cheap. You can spend a lot of money if you want to, but you don't have to. The metro has a woman's only car, which is kinda cool. But if you're not paying attention, you can miss it. And if you're male, you can get fined for being in it.

It's the tail end of summer here, and it's hot, too hot for me. I can walk only very short distances outside before getting really overheated. In October, it should be cooler. Because it's so hot out, we don't go out much. Well, we're also hermits, so we don't go out much anyway, but in a cooler climate, we do go out and see the sights much more so than we do here. In other words, we haven't done much in the way of sightseeing here yet. Maybe when it's cooler. :)

How long will your daughter be in Dubai? And what else would you like to know? :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 09, 2016, 10:03:31 pm
The latest batch of tomatoes are good and frozen. I have no idea what varieties, they're rounder than Romas. That's one downside to the food ministry group here, I never know what gonna be there. A couple of the tomatoes had bad spots on them, but I didn't have time to deal with cutting those away before freezing.

Buggie just scheduled her endowment session. She's going to fly here from SLC and then we're going to drive down to Nauvoo. She's growing up..... sniff sniff.... And she's hinting at us flying out there the first week of November for their sealing. Except I don't know if her father is going to be ready, he seems to be wibbling.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on September 09, 2016, 10:10:50 pm
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How long will your daughter be in Dubai? And what else would you like to know?

I don't have a lot of details and am not expecting much.  All three offspring developed a VERY independent streak when they hit 20-ish.  There are no great intra-family tensions, but we do try to respect their privacy and independence.  Just part of kids growing up -- they want to be 100% in charge of their own life, and as a parent that's pretty much what I want, too.

Just a quick rundown: Son is the oldest (28).  He's a software developer currently living in Helsinki, and just spent a year in Warsaw.  Daughter-1 is 26.  She has a degree in art, is married, and lives in Tucson about a 50-minute drive across town from us.  Daughter-2 is 24.  She's a nurse working in the University Medical center in SLC.  She's the one passing through Dubai on her way to Nepal.  I don't know if she's just meeting the boyfriend at the airport, or spending the night there.  I'll pass along your advice!  Thanks!

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on September 10, 2016, 10:50:45 am
(Sits in a rocker, immediately pets critters surrounding her) Well!  I've run out of yarn for knitting projects, but honestly, I have sewing projects that I need to work on.  CrowSibling asked if I would make a Jedi robe for CrowNephew to wear for Halloween...and his Homecoming dance.  My birthday present, courtesy of a 50% off coupon is a 35"x70" rotary cutting mat, which made cutting out that robe go so much faster.  If nobody minds, I'd like to bring a table out here and sew it up today.  I'd love to have it finished so I can mail it to them on Monday.

I was just reading an article about a precaution Saudi Arabia is making in anticipation for the hajj--issuing ID bracelets for participants.  Last year's stampede--not an isolated incident, sadly--brought a concern about identifying the dead.  The ID bracelet can be read by a smartphone and will tell name, nationality and where they are staying.  I hope they aren't needed this year.

One of the Five Pillars of Islam is to, if able, make the hajj.  Laurie, I was wondering if Fahim or his family have ever done so, or an umrah.  Since Dubai is closer to Saudi Arabia than Sri Lanka, has he thought about it?

I met a man in Turkey who was a two-time hajj.  He was humbly-proud of that, and I was impressed.  I would have liked to have asked him what he thought of the wave of people taking selfies with the Kaaba in the background.  To me it seems akin to taking a selfie in the Celestial Room, but I might be reading it wrong.

Almost forgot.  I made some pumpkin cobbler last night.  There's real whipped cream in the fridge, too, so help yourselves.

Kazbert, may I also join the chorus of voices welcoming you here.  Grab your waders and come fishing soon!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 10, 2016, 12:25:49 pm
CrowGirl, definitely pull out the tables!  I've got some pants that need hemming, so I may join you.

The ID bracelets do sound like a good idea, but I agree, I hope they don't become necessary.

Kaz!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 10, 2016, 11:29:36 pm
Crowgirl, yes, some of  Fahim's family have done hajj. Fahim has done umrah, but not hajj. His parents have done hajj twice at least, and his brother and wife went last year. They missed the fatal stampede by a half hour, thankfully. They heard about it after the fact, and of course SMSes had to go out to family members saying they were safe. Fahim's brother commented, after they got back, that hajj is organized very well. Everyone who's there is assigned certain times to do certain things, and if you miss your time slot, you don't go. And there are signs everywhere saying to walk this way and in this direction. The stampede happened apparently because people ignored the signs and instructions and did there own thing, causing a blockage in the foot traffic, causing a panic, causing a stampede. If people had followed the instructions, it seems fairly doubtful that a stampede would have happened.

Fahim has thought of going, but with the way I am, and so dependent on him, unfortunately, he can't go unless I have someone with me to make sure I'm taken care of. I know this sounds weird to many people, but... I am not allowed to do certain things when he's not home, like any housework or showering. I'm too prone to injuring myself, and it's just not a risk I can take.

I agree, the ID bracelets sound like a great idea. I really hope they're never needed.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 11, 2016, 10:49:31 am
Laurie. I bet Andries would be happy for me to come to you should Fahim want to go. And i would be totally grateful to come and be your companion in his absence. In one lifetime i learned health assistant skills, i am a good cook,and a pretty good housekeeper. And wouldnt it be a gas??
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 11, 2016, 11:19:10 pm
Jana, you are so unbelievably sweet. You are so kind and helpful and considerate to so many people. I would love it. But I would rather come to you. :) It's too late for this year, but I'll throw the suggestion out to him. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 11, 2016, 11:23:08 pm
And you would be entirely welcome.  I just had one horrible thought: my only shower at this time is upstairs.  Are stairs terribly problematic?  Other than that, we can figure out comfy for you on one floor.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on September 12, 2016, 12:28:54 am
This is so wonderful.  We do have our little bit of Zion right here.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 12, 2016, 02:58:22 am
Crowgirl, we really do, don't we? It's one of the reasons I love Nauvoo, old or new. :)

Jana, stairs are currently a problem. I can do them, but it takes me forever. However... I'm just starting a new-for-me protocol that may solve that. Long story short, a very determined non-medical doctor woman researched the heck out of things and put herself and her family on a protocol six or eight years back, and it resolved her and her family's symptoms of EDS. They now lead a functional relatively normal life. She's made the protocol public after a number of years of testing on her family to make sure there are no long-term side effects, so now others are doing her protocol. And those who've been on it long-term, ie six months to a year or two, are reporting ridiculous success with it. People with osteoarthritis and not being able to climb stairs are now experiencing normal range of motion with no pain. IBS symptoms disappearing. Migraines, cranial cervical instability resolving. POTS resolving. The list goes on. So I've just started it in the last couple of weeks, so we'll see how it goes.

The protocol involves specific vitamins, minerals type of things, a particular type of aloe vera or a particular type of mushroom, diatomaceous earth, and so on, so stuff that can be had without a prescription and not terribly expensive, either. But like all things, I add one thing at a time to make sure I have no bad reactions, so it could take three months to half a year before I've added everything in, and it can take longer to see results. This is not a fast process.

But there's actual hope now.

At any rate, Jana, hajj can only be done at a certain time of the lunar year, and this lunar year, it's right now. Visas have to be applied for months in advance, possibly longer, there are waiting lists, not everyone gets in as there are strict quotas, so even if he applied today, he might not be approved for next year, which would be around two weeks early in our calendar year than it is now. So there's plenty of time to plan. But meanwhile, I've made the suggestion to him so he can think about it and decide what he wants to do.

But I sure do very much appreciate your offer. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 12, 2016, 04:14:56 am
and there are work arounds , chickadee. 

By the time you actually get here ( god willin and the crick don't rise) we might have the shower in the annex in working order and that is just one little step down. 

Oh the dream come true, a whole new bathroom downstairs. 

But hey. miracles never cease. Good luck on that protocol :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on September 13, 2016, 10:39:29 am
Little update on my son's friend who has been serving his mission in Turkey.

He has been moved to Germany the last little while.  He is now trying to learn Arabic, but hasn't been able to find good resources for that yet.  He is working with refugees who speak Arabic. So he prayed and fasted over how to communicate with them better.

His dad also speaks Arabic. They have been given special permission to skype with his dad in Arabic for missionary lessons with investigators.

I don't know if the plan to keep him in Germany is permanent or if there are plans to move him back to Turkey if things get better or not. Right now I just find this all pretty cool.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 16, 2016, 02:50:08 am
How's everyone doing?

Same old same old here. Fahim and I have had a cold for the last week, only mine was so mild it was weird. My nose never actually reached the point of being totally blocked. In fact, using my worst colds as a ten, this one's rated around a one. I'm not complaining at all, of course. I'm actually quite pleased that it's this mild, although I don't entirely understand why. My colds in the past have been horrendous compared to normal people colds.

Anyway. Other than that, same old, same old. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 16, 2016, 09:45:38 pm
Sorry  :(  to hear about your colds, Laurie, but glad yours wasnít as bad as usual. In case you have allergies, Iíve groomed the pets & they are spending the evening outside on the deck. There is fresh-squeezed OJ in the fridge, & fresh strawberries & plums that I bought at a farm produce stand. Fruit is good, even if people on another thread are raving about ďSatan-inspired treats.Ē  :P

Things are OK in the California Cabin. Still contending with those stubborn wildfires that we get every summer & fall. The one near the Monterey coast that was started by an illegal campfire has been going since July 22 & is now more than 3x as big as San Francisco.

A great white shark was seen breaching near shore off a San Francisco residential neighborhood a day or two ago. I am letting the critters go near because they were curious, but not to run on the beach.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 17, 2016, 06:51:00 pm
First week at NewJob (no, I'm not leaving the lab yet). One day of orientation, one day at a cash register, and one day at the service desk, which is going to be my primary assignment.  I'm picking things up very quickly and can mostly run solo at both locations. I've had to call for help a few times when something weird showed up after my trainer stepped away to let me fend for myself. I had a group of teens and their teacher show up at my register with two carts full of gaming stuff (trading cards and minifigs, mostly). Most of the odd stuff happened when a trainer was nearby to help me through. I've been laughing with customers who apologize for their weird transactions, telling them that I'm new and actually appreciate the weird stuff because of the opportunity to learn. Which of course is absolutely true. But I think them hearing it helps to defuse what they see as an awkward situation, because the relief in their eyes is apparent.

However, now I'm exhausted!!! I didn't realize just how active i would be working retail. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on September 18, 2016, 07:47:07 pm
Goody - I have always wondered what cashiers think of my purchases. Lol. There is one store I go to where I rarely buy produce because it goes bad so quickly.  I sometimes, not often, wonder if they look at me and think, "she shouldn't be buying so much junk food". Then at another store I buy mostly produce so I sometimes wonder if they think, "she must be trying to diet".
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 18, 2016, 09:06:28 pm
So far,I'm only paying enough attention to look for items that I know have discounts in the mobile app. Well, except for that group of gamers, because that was just weird and awesome and exhausting.

And I know exactly what you mean about produce going bad too quickly. I have that problem with one chain, and a similar problem with baked goods from another.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 21, 2016, 10:25:48 pm
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There is one store I go to where I rarely buy produce because it goes bad so quickly.  I sometimes, not often, wonder if they look at me and think, "she shouldn't be buying so much junk food".

And

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And I know exactly what you mean about produce going bad too quickly. I have that problem with one chain, and a similar problem with baked goods from another.

This is the advantage of stocking up on ice cream. It keeps almost indefinitely.  :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 22, 2016, 12:20:57 am
AwwwwwÖ sniffle

http://m.sfgate.com/life/article/Terminally-ill-dog-throws-snow-party-for-animal-9237979.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 27, 2016, 01:08:55 am
Yawwwnnn.

Yes, I know you're tired, Punkin. Let's go toes up now. If Dreyfuss & Ivie want to stay up & listen to the owls, let them.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on September 28, 2016, 06:54:32 pm
It's finally starting to cool down here. ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 30, 2016, 01:48:02 am
The Cabin & Porch thread is about to get its 10,000th visit. I havenít checked, but I know it is among the most visited threads here at Nauvoo.

Thanks to all for dropping by, even if you donít sign the guest book. We know people come here to relax, enjoy some peace & quiet, have a snack, or visit with the animals, & sometimes you bring people or critter snacks or other goodies like books, movies, or hobby stuff.  So keep the visits coming because everyone leaves a bit of their spirit to add to the Cabinís atmosphere.    :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on October 03, 2016, 12:49:24 pm
Just love the smell of cigarettes and marijuana in my bedroom.  Thank you neighbor for smoking on your back porch.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 03, 2016, 05:21:57 pm
This was the first summer that we could actually have all of our windows open with out the stench of smoke - cigarette, marijuana, meth, bar-b-que, burning barrel and burning piles of trash (leaves, plastic  trash, used diapers, etc.)

When the kids next door moved in about 2.5 years ago, we settled on an agreement that I would move my 5 wind chimes from the back porch and they would only smoke in their side yard where their house shields it from my house and windows. That worked for 5 months. Then Granny moved it with them and started smoking on the front porch, parking area and their back yard. She also started up with the burning.

I approached the grandaughter to remind her of our agreement. Then one day as she was bringing groceries in, the smoke & stench of something came rolling out of the front door. One of the priesthood holders who consequently is a State Patrol Officer was here hauling tree limbs and other green trash out of my tiny little back yard and he smelled it too. He is the one who identified it as meth. While neighbor was at her car, he went and talked to her. As far as I know, no one got arrested, her 1 yr old did not get taken away - but Granny was gone that evening and she only shows up now to babysit.

The smoking ceased for a season. Winter season. It soon began again - with not only granny smoking, but baby daddy and neighbor, plus all of their friends. So, since the agreement was broken - twice, I moved two of my chimes back to the back porch. The not as loud as the other three chimes ones. Got a complaint the last Sunday we were at church. As Hubby was walking up the ramp, neighbor came out and complained. He told her that since she and the babies father had broken the agreement, twice, then Iggy put back just two of her chimes. She loves to listen to them as she is working in the kitchen &/or laundry room.

So far the only smoke that rolls into our living room is when granny and baby daddy's friends smoke out in the parking area.

As far as the burning barrel, yard debris burning, I sent an email w/pictures to the City Manager asking if this was even legal any more. Then I followed up the next day with a phone call. The burning has ceased, not only from the next door neighbor, but by everyone in the 7 block radius. The smell of meat being scorched and (ahem) cooked on hot coals in a bar-be-que really isn't that annoying. What is annoying is when they do this over an open pit.

This last winter and summer were extremely dry - since spring of 2016 we have been in a NO Fire situation.  Since we have had three days of rain in a row recently, people are out there burning brush, paper trash and in some instances plastic trash. In front of the firehouse in town, there on the reader board it still says: No back yard burning, with the current date which gets changed every day.

Thus, to me, those who are burning are Six Kinds Of Stupid!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 04, 2016, 08:34:51 pm
Time to lighten up, everyone. Today is National Taco Day.

http://tacobarwashingtonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/pastor.jpg

In honor of this important occasion, I have set up a taco buffet on the deck. We have taco shells, shredded beef, pork, & chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, cheese, sour cream, & salsa. The salsa is scratch-made, not from a bottle from Safeway. Thereís lemonade & watermelon cooler to drink. Please cover the trays between uses to keep bugs off, & also to keep the pets from stealing the food, but itís OK to feed them small amounts.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on October 09, 2016, 07:56:40 pm
I now have an Elder Roper and an Elder Cook serving in my ward....  ??? ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 09, 2016, 08:43:52 pm
 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 13, 2016, 04:46:30 pm
Weíre expecting an unusually wet October storm in our part of the Cabin, starting tonight & peaking during tomorrowís Bay Area commute. Washington & Oregon will get hit harder.

The critters & I are getting the Cabin squared away. Weíve checked & secured the screens, cleared the roof gutters & down pipes, & removed or tied loose items on the deck & around the grounds. The Porch (the separate place a couple hundred yards down the hill) is fine Ė I tied all the furniture & brought the gas grill up here, & thereís nothing else on it that might be a hazard. The pets arenít much help with big tasks, so anyone else who wants to help is welcome. One thing we still need to do is check for weak tree limbs & cut them.   

I stocked up on water & groceries & extra propane & batteries in case we get power outages. We have lots of firewood Ė itís on a blue tarp with another blue tarp over it on the lee side of the deck. But this is a warm storm, from a typhoon in the Pacific, so weíre not likely to need much wood.

OK, critters, youíve all done a great job. Letís take a break & have a snack, then weíll finish up, take our baths, & relax & watch the storm come in. Yes,  :)  the owls & coyotes & any other of your friends will be welcome to come & shelter on our deck.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 13, 2016, 05:38:58 pm
Weíre expecting an unusually wet October storm in our part of the Cabin, starting tonight & peaking during tomorrowís Bay Area commute. Washington & Oregon will get hit harder.

The critters & I are getting the Cabin squared away. Weíve checked & secured the screens, cleared the roof gutters & down pipes, & removed or tied loose items on the deck & around the grounds. The Porch (the separate place a couple hundred yards down the hill) is fine Ė I tied all the furniture & brought the gas grill up here, & thereís nothing else on it that might be a hazard. The pets arenít much help with big tasks, so anyone else who wants to help is welcome. One thing we still need to do is check for weak tree limbs & cut them.   

I stocked up on water & groceries & extra propane & batteries in case we get power outages. We have lots of firewood Ė itís on a blue tarp with another blue tarp over it on the lee side of the deck. But this is a warm storm, from a typhoon in the Pacific, so weíre not likely to need much wood.

OK, critters, youíve all done a great job. Letís take a break & have a snack, then weíll finish up, take our baths, & relax & watch the storm come in. Yes,  :)  the owls & coyotes & any other of your friends will be welcome to come & shelter on our deck.
Yeah, our local internet news *alerter* has bombarded our emails with Weather Alerts. Comparing the upcoming 'storm' to the 1962 Columbus Day storm. I am not that concerned. Our home is warm, if we lose electricity for a bit, we have salads in the fridge and plenty of tuna & bread to make sandwiches with. Last night Hubby filled 6 of his gallon jugs which is par for the course for him. I have juices to drink.

We have no plans to drive anywhere until Sunday when we go to church. I am friends with plenty of locals who live between me and the meetinghouse and they love to post pictures of downed trees, flooded roads and landslides onto roads - so that actually keeps me abreast. IF we do lose power, then we have our fully charged Kindles to use to access the wireless internet.

I easily lived through Columbus Day Storm 1962. I was 10, and it was the coolest thing to sit cuddled up on the floor in blankets with my 6 siblings, Dad, Mom and Grandma for the night and the next two days. Well the adults were cuddled in their respective chairs, not on the floor. We ate cold sandwiches, cold cereal and Daddy & Mom cooked hamburger out on the backyard pit.

Then I lived through the storm that hit my area in 1981. That storm tore the roof off my house and I was terrified of winds for nearly 15 years after. I didn't eat for two days. Actually I didn't do much other than cower under our friends kitchen table for two days. Took 4 months to repair our house, thus we lived in a one bed one bath rental.

I have lived through a couple more storms, high tides pushed higher by gale force winds coming off the pacific ocean flooding Hwy 101 along the Oregon Coast, those same gale force winds closing down the bridge that spans the Yaquina River that empties into the ocean. All of the restaurants in town use propane to cook with. They may not have electric lights, and their fridges and freezer have no power, but they can cook and they do.

My fur babies aren't bothered by the humongous pregnant rain drops assailing the roof, windows and T1-11 siding of this manufactured home. It is thunder that bothers them. They hide under the bed and tremble. We haven't had thunder yet this fall. Right now, Fred is wedged between the arm of the recliner and Hubby's right side and Ethel has tugged on Hubby's fleece blanket and rolled up into a corner of it on the floor. She will not get off the floor for love nor treats. She will not snuggle up in the fleece throw that is hers on the floor. Has to be a tiny bit of corner blanket of Dad's.  ::)

Shortly I am going to go into the kitchen and get the dishes into the machine, and wash up the ones that you don't put into a machine. While the dishwasher is running, I will serve up soup and grilled cheese sandwiches then sit in the living room and watch some programs via the internet with Hubby. Fred will vacate his scrunched place next to Dad and head-butt me on my side until I cover him with my Venice Squares (Registered Brand available at Fred Meyer) quilt throw. If the power goes out, then we will get out the kerosene lamps that are filled with smokeless/odorless candle oil(?) and read/watch our Kindles.

After driving and surviving the monsoon dust storms of Arizona - these fall and winter storms here on the coast are nothing. Well they are something, but I am not foolish enough to drive into town, go down on the beach to watch them. That is a good way to get killed and missing until the second coming. At times I may be dumb, but I aint stooopid!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 14, 2016, 01:46:10 am
Dreyfuss, is that you? Yeah, that looks like you guarding the Cabin door & keeping an eye on the other neighborhood animals that have migrated over here where they know itís warm & safe. I just got done checking the firewood pile, the window screens, & the vehicle doors & windows, to make sure they are all secure & covered or closed so water wonít come in.

I see Iggy is here, & I see lights in another couple rooms, so other Incabitants must be here. Iím glad you all managed to get here to wait out the storm. Itís only October, but those of us in California hope itís the start of a long, productive winter.

Letís keep Ivie in the living room on a tether so she wonít bolt if the storm gets boisterous. She gets antsy about storms, fireworks, & other noisy events, because she had a tumultuous past as an animal abuse survivor. Weíll give her a blanket & make sure someone or another critter stays close to her.

I made a sweet potato/pecan pie & a peach cobbler earlier, to beat any power failure that might happen late, & we have several ice cream flavors in the fridge. So our nutritional needs are met & we can focus on playing Scrabble, watching movies, & playing with the pets.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 15, 2016, 02:51:14 am
I'm having a taking it easy day. A couple of days ago, Fahim and I went out, which resulted in much more walking than I'm used to, which resulted in much more leg pain than I like, along with more dislocations than I've had in a while. My legs are nearly recovered today, but I slept wrong last night and have a major kink in my neck to the point that I can't move my head or lift my arms much. And, yeah, pain. Yay.

So I'm parking myself in the easy chair and the furballs will, no doubt, pile on as they demand affection. That, I'm completely okay with. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 15, 2016, 07:26:57 pm
We had a break last night, & now weíre seeing another storm coming in. Itís been overcast all day, & itís gotten more cloudy & gusty in the past couple of hours.

Ivie was freaking out, so I put her in a bedroom with the curtains closed & a DVD player with animal videos on continual replay, & Iím rotating with the other critters to keep her company. Anyone else who wants to drop in & visit with her occasionally, please do. What kind of therapy would work for a cat who is afraid of loud or prolonged noises or sudden bright lights because she was mistreated by a sadist who burned cats with cigarets & broke her foot?   

* Imitates Laurie & sits down & puts feet up, resumes coloring on my current picture in the Victorian House Coloring Book. *
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on October 16, 2016, 03:17:18 am
(Quietly comes in, gets comfortable, and attempts to crochet the foundation for a knitted version of that amazing cowl-vest Katniss Everdeen wore at the beginning of Catching Fire.)  Ivie is welcome to interrupt at any time if she needs comfort.  She hasn't been around me much, but she's welcome to make a new friend.  We have no storms on my side of the Porch, so she'll be fine.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 16, 2016, 04:07:26 pm
* Steps up on porch, shakes umbrella, hangs wet coat just inside door, & gets a kitty hug from Punkin. *

It's coming down fairly steady now, & I see that all the critters have come inside. And Ivie is relaxing with CrowGirl, playing with a spare length of yarn & not getting in the way (thanks to CrowGirl for being Ivie 's therapist today).

I'm going to make a fruit salad & cheese omelets. There will be plenty for everyone.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on October 16, 2016, 05:23:10 pm
It's actually prety nice in Arizona right now.  Nights are cooling off.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 17, 2016, 12:04:33 am
I'm still taking it easy. The neck and upper back is still seized up, although not as bad as yesterday. I have stabby stabby pain going through my head, so there's not a lot of fun happening.

To make matters worse, Fahim's sick. He thinks he might have pneumonia. He's sleeping, and will likely sleep for most of the day. Meanwhile, I'll have to make soup.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on October 17, 2016, 12:53:22 pm
I sure hope it isn't pneumonia, Laurie!  Sorry there isn't much fun going on with you two.  If I could, I'd make you both my hot and sour soup, with chicken.  Or avgolemono.

Two-thirds of my cowl-vest skeleton are finished.  Ivie's been a calming influence, because I have been really overthinking it, and measuring has been a bear.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 17, 2016, 03:12:22 pm
Ouch, I'm sorry to hear this, Laurie.  :(  If vicarious vittals could be effective, I'd offer some of the fresh fruit we have in the fridge.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 17, 2016, 11:07:32 pm
Thanks for the vicarious victuals. Avgolemono and hot & sour soup are two of my favourites. :)

Fahim is doing better today. I've been feeding him hot soup as well as herbal tea. He's no longer feverish - yay! He was so hot two nights ago. He's been spending a fair bit of time sleeping or just laying down and taking it really really easy.

My neck & shoulders are doing better. I now have about 180 degrees of rotation side to side with some stiffness and soreness, so that's remarkably better than it was. I'll use my TENS unit a bit more today and it should help.

We're just getting old. :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 21, 2016, 03:03:15 pm
A passerby out for a walk near the Cabin found a stray that seemed to be in distress. She picked up the pooch, & since the Cabin was the only settlement around, she checked with us. We gave the dog some food & water & Dreyfuss gave her one of Punkinís toy sharks (she has several & wonít miss one). The walker took the critter to the Animal Care & Control shelter where they checked her microchip, & everyone lived happily ever after.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Stray-dog-found-in-San-Francisco-missing-for-10-10008082.php

If only dogs could talk Ė I wonder what kind of story sheíd tell.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 23, 2016, 10:12:49 pm
I think winter is on the way. It really clouded over this afternoon, & we have a forecast of rain tomorrow so the sky change didnít really surprise me. We had a pretty good storm a few days ago, not an Arctic one but the end of a Pacific tropical storm, so we got some nice moisture from that. But it didnít do much for the Sierra snowpack. We definitely need more.

It has turned cooler, in that way that it feels like winter is coming. Canít quite explain it, but it isnít like other times when it turns cool. And the critters are spending more time inside, or on the porch out of the wind.

Before long, weíll be planning our first Thanksgiving at New Nauvoo, with our first big Nauvoo Neighbor holiday gathering since we moved to the New Cabin. Anyone who wants to help me plan & make it happen is welcome. Help me decide. Shall we have a traditional turkey dinner with dressing, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, Waldorf salad like my mama used to make, & apple or pecan pie? Or should it be more eclectic, maybe a potluck of regional foods that people bring from wherever they are from, so we can sample favorites from Cook, Scruffydog, Laurie & Fahim, Mary, Jana & family, & other far-flung Nauvoodles?

Ivie, I see you looking for a lap. Let me find a book & then Iíll sit down.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on October 28, 2016, 09:14:08 pm
Next week is all supposed to be low to mid 80's with one 75 thrown in. ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on October 28, 2016, 10:14:04 pm
Here in the DFW area, Sunday is supposed to be 90, then mid 80s all next week.  Great weather for riding!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 29, 2016, 01:11:38 am
It's cooling down in Dubai, too. We haven't had temperatures in the 40s C for a few weeks or longer, which is a relief. We're currently in the mid 20s to mid 30s, which is nowhere near as bad.

Fahim is still sick. It could be pneumonia. He's getting better, although slowly.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on October 31, 2016, 11:43:38 pm
Happy All Hallows' Eve, everyone.  CrowMan--as Bruce Lee, and yours truly--as Katniss Everdeen, sponsored a Trunk at CrowBaby's school's Trunk or Treat.  She was "a hyperactive sugarplum"; purple wig to match the sparkly recital costume, and purple makeup to match.  CrowDaughter went out with her current BFF.  They were Minnie and Daisy, respectively.

I bring ham and bean soup with homemade bread.  Nice on a cooler evening.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 01, 2016, 04:07:06 am
Growing up we always had chili, lettuce wedges and corn bread for dinner. Our chili had more beans, squished canned whole tomatoes and chopped celery-n-onions cooked in it than what other families had. Often the beans were navy, kidney, pinto and possibly a can or two of pork-n-beans if the chili pot looked like it wasn't enough to feed three adults, one teen boy, two teen girls, a pre-teen girl and two grade schoolers.

Also our costumes had to fit over our winter play jackets, and rubber boots. It always rained on Halloween night in Seattle. Pretty much every year I went as a Hobo. Wore Daddy's old hat, and Mom smeared coffee grounds on my chin and cheeks. Once I got into Jr. High, then I went to Church that night. Made my older sisters take the younger sibs out.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 09, 2016, 06:20:24 pm
I really need to curl up in a chair made for me and all the fur babies who can crowd in, on and over me. I soooooo need comforting! Here at C&P there is no Diabetes, no High Blood Pressure, No Neuropathy, No new usa president!!!

There are chocolate chip cookies that my Mom made from the Nestles package and the butter cream cookie I brought home from high school cooking class. Don't use brown sugar and only 1/3 the amount of chips. They melted in your mouth. They were also made with nearly 2 pounds of unsalted butter per batch.

There is ice cold (but not ice cubes added) Coke Cola to wash those cookies down. And there is my complete collection of Jean Aul's  Clan of the Cave Bear books. Oh, more comfort food - scalloped potatoes with chopped ham and lots of grated cheese. Corned beef with spicy mustard. Steamed Fresh Spinach with lemon juice drizzled all over it and salted butter drizzled on too.

I'll eat some, read some, nestle down with all the warm, furry, snuggle babies, sleep a lot. It is tempting to do this for the next four years, {sigh} but it really isn't feasible. Think I will do it for several hours - or a week.   
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 09, 2016, 08:20:34 pm
Calling all critters... laps are available. Many Nauvoodles are feeling the need for warm snuggly companions.

OK, Ivie, you got here first. You get the choicest spot. Pile on, Punkin! Critters are so lucky to be basically clueless about much of what goes on in the world!   ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 10, 2016, 03:30:36 am
I agree. Yet they zero in on their fur less pets heart break and needs.
Fred & Ethel own me and Hubby, not the other way round.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 10, 2016, 07:51:47 am
Heh. So we're the furballs' pets? I like that idea. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 10, 2016, 12:20:05 pm
Yeah, we are owned by them. Came to this profound conclusion the other night as Hubby and I were eating and watching the screen (it isn't TV is the true sense of the word, it is a large screen connected to an old computer and we watch Youtube videos, day or week or older tv viewings, etc.) I had just pit the empty dishes in the kitchen and got settled in my chair when I looked at Hubby in his recliner. There on his Santa size belly was Ethel *velcro'd* to him, and Fred digging in to the near non-existant trench between Hubby and the arm of the recliner.
 
Hubby looks over at me and says: 12 years and NOW she is latched onto me like a furry leech. At least  I don't have to lean over trying to coax her over just  so I can barely touch her tail as she whisks away. And as he goes to pet her with his right hand, Fred flips over and with all four legs latches onto his arm.  They are 14 years old and act again like kittens.

Ethel has been hit with something. Oh, not like a car or anything. She is an indoor only cat. But she has lost probably 10 pounds, and the fleas that have invaded our home have left  her nearly fur-less from her chewing on herself to ease their feeding on her. Since she now is insistent  on sitting on us, dosing her with the flea killing fluids is infinitely easier. 

She is hungry all t he time. The dry food doesn't seem like enough, but the canned is way too rich. I broke down and bought human baby strained turkey in the jars and a box of human baby rice cereal. This is what the Veterinarian had me feed them when I first got them at the ripe old age of Way Too Young To Have Been Taken From Their Mother I mixed it all thinning it into a soup with heavy whipping cream. They loved it and thrived. Now I mix it with Half-N-Half but into a pudding. I feed Ethel a teaspoon full at  a time, otherwise she gorges and then expels!!  :-\   Oh, I also switched to Fancy Feast chicken or turkey, and when I mix it use my hand blender to turn it into a puree.

Time to venture out of here and back into real life - have reusable grocery bags to fold up and put into a reusable bag or three. Also have clean dishes to put away and another load  to do. Then there are the 4 packages of 4 pound sugar to seal up as well as the 4 one pound boxes of powdered sugar to seal up. Have to rearrange the freezers so these will fit in. Sitting in the freezer for two weeks will kill any larvae that the paper/cardboard is harboring.

Once all that is done, there is vacuuming to do. Have the newly assigned to me Visiting Teachers coming at  1:30 PM. After 3+ years I finally have visiting VT again. For some reason, known only to the RS Pres, it was decided that those members who are active will not be assigned VT/ HT that actually come to see you once a month. Oh, no - they will only come to see you once in a lifetime.

I kept asking who my VT(s) were. Never got an answer. After  three emails to the RS Pres and ALL of her councilors/secretary with no response/reply, I forwarded ALL of the emails to our Branch Presidency, Stake RS Presidency and Stake Presidency. Two weeks later, my newly assigned VT's came to me at church and asked when day this month would be good for them to come see me. Got out my Appointment Calendar Book and set it up for today.

That is why  I am keen to get the dining room table cleared off and the dishes done. Don't really care that the kitchen counters are filled up with kitchen *stuff* , but I (we) do care about the dirty dishes.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on November 14, 2016, 09:32:05 am
It's quiet and peaceful.  And I think a rocker and a sunrise are lovely right now.

My local yarn store is closing down in three weeks.  I showed up, paid cash up front, and got almost double my money in store credit.  So I have quite a few projects to knit.  I'm considering adding another, and would like an opinion.

My cousin's daughter is getting married the day before Thanksgiving.  There is no reception; just a family luncheon near the temple afterwards.  I think both of them have been on their own (college graduate and military), and so are not registered anywhere.  When I asked her mother, she said her daughter suggested gift cards to Target or Walmart.  I don't want to do that.  What about knitting something for Christmas?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 14, 2016, 03:55:41 pm
Hubby and I  brought a lot of stuff into our marriage. Had I, or he, a close relative who knitted and wished to gift us I would have asked for a sofa throw. Many, many years ago my SIL crocheted me a sofa throw in a sea shell pattern(?) - she did it in light brown, med brown and pale blue. I absolutely loved it. Used it so much it fell apart.

I don't knit or crochet and when I quilt I do *Cheater* quilts. Use flat sheets rather than cut and sew patterns. For those of my relatives and friends who say No Gifts Please, I wait a few months and then give them a quilt. I buy used blankets at thrift stores & garage sales to use as fillers. My Grandmother and Mother always said: One can never have too many blankets/quilts. We changed out our blankets/quilts on the bed every month. I much preferred to sleep under a quilt than a blanket except during the much warmer summers - then all I used was the sheet.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on November 14, 2016, 09:17:50 pm
I love the idea of a sofa throw or lap blanket for snuggling up together in front of the TV.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 21, 2016, 08:30:22 pm
Anyone home?

Yawn. I'm going to find a cozy fleece lap blanket to curl up with.

Oh, was that you, Punkin? Sorry! You just looked & felt so much like a cozy lap blanket!  :-[
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 21, 2016, 09:50:59 pm
I'm here! I come here sometimes when I can't sleep in the middle of my night and cuddle with the furballs.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 24, 2016, 11:01:14 pm
Good kitty. Thanks to this critter, two people get to celebrate another Thanksgiving.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Cat-Saves-Two-From-2-Alarm-Fire-10634839.php

Happy Thanksgiving, Nauvoodle neighbors! I hope some of you made it to the Cabin for the annual Thanksgiving cheer, even though I didn't do a good job of publicizing it. We had a small turkey, since we didn't expect a mob, with some of the usual fixings. Some of the Incabitants & critters reminisced about Nauvoodles who brightened past holidays & are no longer with us, like Raro, V, Hans & Mrs. Hans,& others. We're thankful for the time they did have with us.

If you had a gathering at your home, you can still drop in for popcorn & hot spiced cider, or a warm piece of apple-cranberry, pumpkin, peach, or sweet potato-pecan pie, with or without a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you are staying away from the Black Friday madness, you're welcome to join us to make Christmas packages for kids in a family shelter & for abandoned critters. I was able to get donated materials, including small toys, school supplies, & healthy snacks like nuts & dried fruit for the kids, & blankets & pet toys for the shelter animals. I even got recyclable gift bags (one thing that's long bothered me about the holidays was all the non-recyclable waste they generate).


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on November 29, 2016, 08:59:11 am
Feeling blessed!  Both daughters in car wrecks within a week's time and neither hospitalized, though both understandably shook up.  My 25-y/o daughter was struck by an SUV and spun around last Tuesday night.  Yesterday my 23-y/o daughter was taking a long trip from our home here in Tucson back up to Farmington, UT, when she skidded on black ice and rolled over the pickup truck she was driving. 

The flipped pickup truck story is full of ironies.  We flew her down for the holidays because here old Honda Civic is in need of a new clutch and wasn't reliable enough for such a long trip.  Her very close boyfriend (not yet engaged but heading in that direction quickly) is deployed to Afghanistan and had a pickup truck in storage only 45 minutes from Tucson.  So, he offers to let her drive the pickup truck until he returns in February because the 4x4 pickup truck would be safer to drive in winter.  We spent all day Saturday washing and waxing the truck and repairing a inoperable auxiliary light.  She also spent many hours baking treats to mail to him and his unit for Christmas, all of which were destroyed in the roll over. 

Guess we'll see how strong his love for her is.  I've met him.  I'm betting he will be more grateful for her getting through it okay than angry for the loss of his truck (2006 Nissan Frontier).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 29, 2016, 09:31:35 pm
Whew! I'm relieved & grateful that everyone is OK.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 29, 2016, 11:31:27 pm
Wow! So sorry for the accidents, but I'm glad everyone's okay. Scary stuff!


It's getting cooler in Dubai. We left to go grocery shopping shortly after 6am so we could walk to the grocery store a few blocks away, and it was fairly cool at around 21C. By the time we got back an hour later, it was 23C. 6am is definitely the best time for me to go grocery shopping simply because of the coolness. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 02, 2016, 12:23:35 am
What a sad story. Ivie brought this story to us, & she was incensed because she was a shelter kitty. Several of our critters were rescues, & we would never think of doing to any animal what these people did.

This poor critter ended up in the shelter after running away. The people who were supposed to care about the dog came to the pound & the dog got excited when she saw them, but they said they didnít want her back but wanted to adopt a different one. The original dog had become despondent when her father died & she was no longer a happy dog, so they didnít want her anymore. In the end, the shelter did not let the people adopt another dog, & someone else adopted the one they abandoned.

http://m.sfgate.com/life/pets/article/Lost-dog-at-shelter-gets-betrayed-by-owners-after-10644466.php

Letís hope these people donít have kids. ::)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 02, 2016, 02:11:55 am
I'm glad that shelter did not let those people adopt a different dog. No doubt they'll go somewhere else to adopt a different one, but at least someone stood up to them and told them no. How sad and pathetic.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on December 03, 2016, 12:30:07 pm
I attended my last ward dinner last night.  About 0430, I became violently ill in a way I don't remember being beforehand.  There's always a chance it's just a bug going around, but this feels different.  So I'm going to lay down, wrap a quilt around me and enjoy the cool air here.  Please don't offer me food or drink.  I'm nauseated at the thought, and my body won't accept even water.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 03, 2016, 03:42:19 pm
Ouch, I'm really sorry, CrowGirl. Foodborne illnesses, if that's what it is, are nothing to laugh at.  :(

* Takes all the food away & stores it so CrowGirl can't see or smell it. *

Ivie & Pepper are going to come & keep you company. If you need anything, one of them will come & fetch one of us.

 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 04, 2016, 01:51:49 am
Crowgirl, that's just no fun at all. :( I hope you recover quickly.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 04, 2016, 07:54:54 pm
CrowGirl, are you doing better?

Anyone need a feel-good moment today? This critter knows where to find it. :)

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=42448207&nid=1017
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on December 04, 2016, 11:02:09 pm
How you start to feel better soon CG.

I'm feeling teary today.  Rex went to France yesterday and its struck me harder than normal.  Then yesterday and today all my Festival of Trees friends are posting end of the Festival week posts and I'm really missing that. I can't believe how much being a part of that had touched my heart.

Laurie - I'm debating on giving away my old slow cooker to muslim refugees since I got a new 7 in one cooker. I got to thinking I would like to put some recipe cards in it.  Do you have any good recipes for Muslim slow cooker dishes?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on December 04, 2016, 11:16:59 pm
I'm hiding in a corner under about a million blankets. I need to be cocooned. Much emotional anguish. See Forum and Member News.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 05, 2016, 10:48:28 pm
Hugs for you & yours, Goody.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 05, 2016, 10:56:05 pm
Crowgirl, how are you doing?


Patty, you're so very thoughtful!

Muslim recipes aren't all that different from regular recipes. The basic differences lie in a. no alcohol at all and b. all animal products must be from approved animals only and slaughtered correctly. So any recipes you have for chicken, beef, lamb, for example, will be perfect - they'll just use halal chicken, beef, or lamb instead of non-halal chicken, beef, or lamb.


Goody, I feel for you. I feel for Mini. *gentle hugs*


I took a bit of a fall yesterday. Water on the floor, legs going in opposite directions, you know how it goes. No breaks, no bad dislocation, no torn tendons or ligaments, so it's nowhere near as bad as it could have been. My knees hurt a lot, and I think I wrenched my back and right shoulder. It was difficult to find a position to sleep in that didn't hurt my right knee in particular. So today, I take it easy. Yay. We'll likely play a video game today...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on December 06, 2016, 02:33:31 am
Laurie, wow.  To take a fall like that and not dislocate anything--I am so relieved.

I am better.  I think it was a bug and not food poisoning because I was still feverish Sunday.  I went home after SacMtg.  Because I'd slept all day/night Saturday, I couldn't sleep Sunday night until after 0200 Monday.  I'm hoping I can change that. 

The cool air feels good.  I bring my hot water heater, and sassafras tea, with some raspberry sugar to sweeten. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on December 06, 2016, 03:30:23 am
The temperature dropped from about 67 to 34 in about 3 hours. The rain also went from lots and lots of big fat drops to corn snow. My poor body is in so much pain. I have maxed out on Gabepentin, to the point when I have heartburn BAD!

Feels like the nasty Elf on the shelf is piercing my toes with hot electrical wires. This time the pain is originating at the cuticles and shooting up the toe instead of under the nail bed.

I have taken a H O T , H O T  shower. It helped while I was in the water. Now though I hurt, again - -  still. Just downed two 500 mg Tylenols. My left wrist is on fire as well.

Argh!! When I catch that demon I am going to toss him in the middle of the hwy. I want so badly to go to bed, but it is useless until the pains stop. Not subside, but stop!

Going to rub some tea tree essential oil, lavendar essential oil mixed with coconut oil on my feet and legs. It sure cannot hurt. Then will put on the Flector patch on the wrist and read my kindle until the meds kick in.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on December 06, 2016, 09:26:07 am
I just realized I unloaded in the prayer list. oh well. If you want to know the latest that is disturbing my zen go read it there.  I wish there was a real cabin I could hie to until um January 2.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on December 06, 2016, 10:31:42 am

Feels like the nasty Elf on the shelf is piercing my toes with hot electrical wires.


  :D about how you said it, not the pain! Sorry about the pain.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 07, 2016, 10:56:13 pm
Crowgirl, I'm so relieved that you're doing better.

Iggy, I'm so sorry to hear you're in so much pain. :(

Jana, I read what you wrote in the prayer thread. I'm so very very sorry. I'm sorry Else feels that way, and I'm sorry it hurts you so much. Hugs and kisses to you.


I realized after the fact that I should not have said I didn't dislocate anything - that's quite unlikely. It would be more accurate to say that I didn't dislocate anything badly. The difference is that a good dislocation will go back in on its own with a minimal amount of pain while a bad dislocation will hurt like you wouldn't believe and quite possibly would require help of some kind to get it back in. Judging by how things hurt and how much my kneecap is moving around three days later, I obviously did dislocate my knee, probably both knees. It's just that it/they went back in on its own. And the right one is wandering around more than it was before the fall. I can feel it jiggle hither and thither with every step I take.

On the other hand, my joints have improved since I started that new protocol a couple or three months ago, so I have no doubt that my injury from this fall is not as bad as it would have been had I not been on this protocol. And I managed to walk around at the grocery store without further injury (although I was being super careful), so... I'm doing okay. It could have been so much worse than it was.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on December 08, 2016, 01:02:35 am
That is good news about your protocol.  I really hoped it would be good for you.

CrowMother double-dosed on one of her dementia meds yesterday, and today, well, she is really whacked out.  The woman can't sit still under the best of circumstances, so today was just awful.  I would love to sit with a warm drink (ginger peach tea tonight) and count stars in a quilt on a rocker.

I made plenty of my Zuppa Toscana.  CrowDaughter says the fresh kale and the extra cream I put in make all the difference.  Please enjoy.  Oh, critters are mewling for a taste.  I'll spoon a bit in each of your dishes, then.  Careful, potato stays hot a long time.  I don't want anyone burning their mouths.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 08, 2016, 07:37:31 pm
HUGS for everyone who needs them. I'm sorry to hear that so many Incabitants are having challenges.

Yes, Punkin, you & the other critters can pass out fuzzy hugs too. People hugs might not be enough for some folks.

I have a peach cobbler right out of the over & a pot of hot spiced apple-pomegranate cider on the stove if anyone's innards need a warmup.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 11, 2016, 02:28:33 am
Just making note that I edited several of my posts with ďhugsĒ in them to delete the multiple parentheses.

I found out innocently enough, while doing other research, that multiple parentheses is on the Anti-Defamation League's directory of hate symbols. It's a code used by white supremacists & neo-Nazis to indicate in a negative way that someone or something is Jewish. Although we always used it in a positive way, we canít have anything in the Cabin with even a whiff of those kinds of attitudes, no matter how unintentional or innocent. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 11, 2016, 03:23:39 am
Oh wow. I had no idea about the hug thing. Um, wow. What a way to ruin a good thing, eh?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on December 11, 2016, 08:39:03 pm
Poking in so nobody thinks I disappeared lol

Still surrounded by boxes from prepping for the carpet cleaner, but that's slowly receding. Annoyingly, the landlord agent told me Friday that I didn't have to have all my furniture moved around..... after telling me that I had to be home to move furniture  3 weeks ago when she demanded that the carpets be done.

We had stashed all the boxes in the bathroom, pantry, and kitchen, knowing those two areas wouldn't need work since they're tiled. Except we found a note on outdoor while the carpet cleaner was working to tell us that an exterminator was coming the very next day and we needed to empty out kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Just great. So instead of unpacking Monday eveing, I spent the night shuffling boxes. Which means I no longer know where things are.

It's been a bit nuts. Computers are still packed. So I'm typing this on a tablet. Not easy.

We went to visit Victor a couple times this week as well. Mini is doing better with seeing him in bed and not respinding, but it's still hard. A couple other school friends arrived while we were there yesterday, and I think that was honestly a big help. Combination of having them to lean on and showing that she can be strong through this. Because, of course, she's closer to him than anyone else from school.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 11, 2016, 11:50:29 pm
What a pain in the butt, all that moving boxes thing.

I'm glad Mini is doing better. But it's still so hard. I have so much sympathy for her and Victor. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 13, 2016, 12:37:03 am
My right knee *was * doing better. Not all the way recovered, but getting there. Then, this morning, I stood up, took a couple of steps, and... No. This isn't good. I don't know what happened, but I now have pain in my knee that, depending on how I move or what position I'm in, radiates from my hip down to my foot, and it means I can't walk properly, or even "properly". I'm going to see if I can figure out what happened and if there's anything I can do. For all I know, my knee dislocated and something else got caught in the wrong place or something.

So. Yeah.

In other unrelated *cough* news, we're ordering out for food today... :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 14, 2016, 01:36:58 am
Just testing dyany's new addition, the smiley with brackets around it.

[:)]

The critters are perking up & looking this way, so I think it works. :)

Thanks, dyany. I'm glad we have something other than the multiple parentheses. I was mortified when I found out how it wouldn't work for us anymore.

So, here is a hug for Laurie, Victor & Mini & Goody, CrowGirl & the recuperating kids, & anyone else who is having challenges.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 14, 2016, 04:20:51 am
My knee is doing better today. It's not all-the-way-back-to-normal-for-me, but it's better. I can at least stand without excruciating pain and walk more than three feet. I was getting a bit concerned yesterday, wondering if this was going to end up being more serious, but it looks like it isn't. So, yay! :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 16, 2016, 01:18:13 am
We've had a tumultuous stormy day in the Bay Area section of the Cabin. I only went out for a short time, & I spent much of the time relaxing here. There's an exercise bike, treadmill, & other  equipment in one of the back rooms, so if anyone feels like staying in while staying fit, you can do it here & enjoy the view out the window up the hill.

Hot cocoa & hot spiced cranberry-apple cider are on the stove.

If anyone thought Annabelle was getting old & lazy, you just has to see her today. :) She does spend a lot of time lounging by the fireplace or on the deck, but she still loves rain or snow & goes back to being a playful kitten when we get storms. (The original image is huge. To see all of Annabelle, press Control+scroll down with the mouse wheel).

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HpumEmL5K54/UM0BxvMBxGI/AAAAAAAAIsQ/zCxUJ8FPua8/s1600/cat-wallpaper-with-a-cat-sitting-in-the-snow-hd-winter-wallpaper.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 20, 2016, 11:42:14 pm
Tomorrow is the first day of winter. Itís been cold here, but my section of the Cabin certainly has nothing to complain about when we see weather reports from elsewhere.

Goody told us on the other thread about their loss, so weíre feeling a little subdued here. Weíre keeping Mini & the rest of their friends & loved ones in our prayers.

Thank you for being here, Ivie; you too, Dreyfuss. You can be a calming & comforting presence when humans donít feel so good.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 21, 2016, 01:27:08 am
It's cool enough in Dubai these days even for me. We've had temperatures in the 18C to 25C or so range, so I can go outside and feel completely comfortable. Yay! What I really need is a place that's in perpetual spring. :)

I made some herbal tea - orange and cranberry - that's delicious. I'll leave it on the counter, so help yourselves. I think I'll park myself on one of the recliners and let the furballs join me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on December 21, 2016, 02:37:11 pm
Fortunately, Mini has an appointment today with her psych. Talk about perfect timing. 

On top of feeling emotionally beat up over Victor's death, I also managed to come down with something. Had a very tough time falling asleep last night, major congestion, coughing and sneezing, and my throat and ears hurt. Finally got up about 3 am and took some Nyquil, and was then able to crash hard. Woke up at 6:30 to get Mini up for school, then again about 9 to call in sick to work, then slept till noon. Hubby said I feel warm but  not burning up (we haven't been able to find the thermometer yet, it got packed away with everything else in preparation for carpet cleaners, and I'm not willing to buy another one) And I may possibly go back to sleep after Mini's appointment. We'll see.

And no, this is definitely not depression-induced fatigue.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on December 21, 2016, 09:16:10 pm
I think I'll stay in the cabin and hide from the world for awhile.  Is it 2017 yet?The new year is going to be better, right?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 21, 2016, 10:54:59 pm
Goody, I hope you feel better soon.

Derrell, I sure hope the new year will be better.


My knee is recovering well. I had a few days there where, if I made a sudden move, even if it was measured in terms of millimeters, my knee would dislocate in a relatively not good way (ie hurt like heck), but that's over now. We figure that the whole reason the accident happened in the first place is because I got a bit careless. My joints have been behaving better than they have in a few years, so I just relaxed my vigilance a bit. Yeah, I really can't do that yet. But the stuff I'm taking for my joints is definitely helping. From what I've read about other people's experience with this stuff (and by other people, I mean other people with the exact same diagnosis as me, not normal healthy people), it can take a year or longer to see the full extent of improvement, so it's not like where I am is necessarily where I stay.

Since starting the protocol, I've been able to start using stairs again. Not full flights, mind you. Five or six steps. But that's more than I've been able to do in, say, five years. So... Yeah. :)


I hope everyone is doing well. Please check in. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 22, 2016, 12:23:51 am
You are not going to believe these pictures. You are NOT looking at half a dozen cats in this video. :(

http://www.sfgate.com/life/article/Shocking-photo-shows-cat-under-pounds-of-matted-10811613.php#photo-12079370

The poor critter is going to be OK, but wow Ö can you imagine letting an animal get to this state? We saw a story a few years ago about a dog who had been similarly neglected, & had not even been out of the barn in years Ė the owner would stick food & water inside & walk away. I think its coat had grown out to about 30 pounds.

A relative of the owner who hadnít taken care of this cat now has custody. Dreyfuss brought the cat to stay at the Cabin for a few days to relax. I hope thatís OK with everyone; the critter needs a little quiet time & normal animal & human company after such a traumatic experience.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 22, 2016, 12:26:36 am
Welcome back, Derrell. I hadn't seen you in a few weeks & wondered where you'd been.

Yeah, I think we all hope next year will be a good one. At least I'm praying real hard for it, & relying on the Lord feeling merciful.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on December 22, 2016, 07:08:27 am
multiple parentheses is a bad thing?   I feel just like I did when finding out the rainbow was co-opted for specific meaning. cripes.
although I  think it's slyly amusing since the rainbow is also a sign of God's continuing benevolence.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on December 22, 2016, 10:49:42 am
I had to look that up.  I am so out of it with stuff like this. (Rolling my eyes)

The CrowFamily is visiting CrowMan's family, as well as CrowSon.  CrowMother is visiting another CrowSibling for the holidays.  We will pick her up New Years Day.  In the meantime, my life is not revolving around food and meds, although it's showing up in my dreams.

Some things I've picked up:

--I grew up with the idea that you travel as quickly as you can to your destination.  That makes sense when hauling a boat, which was a usual accessory when I was young, and when you live 600 miles from school, with no money for hotels along the way.  But sometimes, there can be joy in the journey, too.  What is there to see along the way?  Stop off and see.  Maybe even linger.

--Springdale, the town outside Zion National Park, is lovely any time of year.

--When staying in Springdale, stay at a hotel that gives you rooms opening up to the Virgin River.  Children put down the screens and play on the banks.  Adults sit/knit whilst listening to the water.  We have our favorite place.

--For breakfast, avoid Wildcat Willie's.  Too crowded and long a wait.  Find Oscar's.  It's not right on the main road, but worth the extra 50 feet to get to.

--If you like geology, check out Zion Rock and Gem.  Apart from a blue metal gecko I found for a friend  ;D, the only (affordable, non-wind sculpture) things that spoke to me were here.  The woman behind the counter will tell you all about their metaphysical properties; she's a friendly sort.

--a young man obviously feels strongly--and comfortable--about a girl if he FaceTimes his parents with her right next to him.  He says he needs "four seasons and a road trip".  After today, three down, two to go.  She leaves for a Study Abroad program in January.  We'll see.  We met her on their first date(!). If she sticks around, I'll tell her story.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 24, 2016, 09:05:30 pm
Busy times for the CrowFamily, & it sounds like youíre enjoying the voyage. Cheers! I hope things go well with the ďfour seasons and a road tripĒ and whatever follows :)

The critters added their decorations to our Christmas tree & theyíre resting from this exhausting task. Punkin is just admiring her handiwork, & Dreyfuss has gone outside to get some fresh air & watch a herd of deer that has been hanging out up here.

Merry Christmas, Incabitants & Porchupines. We have hot spiced cider, cocoa, & marshmallows to toast at the fireplace.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on December 25, 2016, 03:58:06 am
My biggest news. My elder son came to visit after 15 years of nothing at all.  He had my grandsons whom I have never metwith him.  How surreal to meet a grandchild taller than yourself. They were on a layover so we took them to lunch and delivered them back to the airport.
It was a good visit though brief. I like my boy as a man much better than he in his 20s.
He's delivered over 800 babies. He runs a drug intervention clinic.
He gets single parenting since his sister is now divorced. 
His boys are charming as exhausted from travel as they were.
It is a tender mercy that I could touch base before the end of my life.
Christmas Eve dinner went well though poor David ran out of steam later since he was putting up with a whole lot of events he wold not choose for himself.
Next year he gets to choose the menu and manner of dinner.
I still do not understand my daughters choice of partner. 
But I  surely feel better about life in general than I expected this Christmas...
someone prayed me through this....grateful for that.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on December 25, 2016, 11:13:29 am
Jana,

Your report makes me smile.  Girlies and I hoped it would go well for you, especially with Son #1 and grandchildren.  I know there has been a lot going on leading up to this, so I am glad that for the most part, it was well.  I pray that connections forged this weekend can grow stronger.

Last night, we went to get an early dinner, but the restaurant was closed.  That was a tender mercy.  We went to visit CrowMan's oldest sibling instead.  We walked into a home full of nieces, nephews, spouses, and lots of new babies.  Turns out most of the family was there.  Twenty-three of us (and a dog) in a little house.  I don't know why, but it touches me lately how these nephews and nieces that I've known since they were little themselves break into huge smiles and throw their arms around me as adults.  I feel very fortunate to have married into the family I did.  I know not everyone can say that. 

Merry Christmas, everyone.  I celebrate the birth of Him who made it possible to make these relationships last, Who taught us there is a point and purpose to it all.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on December 25, 2016, 11:57:36 am
Curelom:
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The critters added their decorations to our Christmas tree
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  :D The first picture that went through my mind when I read that was a tree down lying on it's side, wrapping papers and ribbons torn to shreds, and little poops here and there.  When I think of animals "decorating" (or "leaving gifts") the outcome is anything but merry.   :o

Jana:
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It is a tender mercy that I could touch base before the end of my life.

Hard to imagine life without tender mercies. Thanks for sharing that one!

CG:
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Merry Christmas, everyone.  I celebrate the birth of Him who made it possible to make these relationships last, Who taught us there is a point and purpose to it all.

Amen to that!

Merry Christmas, all!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 26, 2016, 03:28:28 am
I'm really glad for the family connections Jana & the CrowFamily were able to make. :)  Tender mercies, indeed. And the greatest one of all is that God loves us & He & our Savior are always here for us.

I got an e-mail greeting from my sister. Obviously, we aren't very close. So an e-mail greeting was nice. I hope she's well & remind myself that as much as we might love people, we can't force them to do, say, or think anything just because it's what we want.

Kazbert, our critters are not like the cats & dogs you may be familiar with. They aren't perfect, but they don't cause that much havoc, & if they do, it's generally accidental. And they're pretty good company too.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 31, 2016, 04:09:59 am
Weíre planning a quiet NYE at the Cabin, starting around 6:00 p.m. The weather will be cool in my part of the Cabin, maybe the 20s-30sF, so weíll have a cozy fire going. All the critters will be here, if anyone wants to snuggle with a bundle of fur.

Iíll have plenty of cocoa, hot spiced cider, & an herbal tea selection. If anyone wants to bring favorite board games or movies, we can have some socializing time before a late supper of ham hocks & black-eyed peas with cornbread. Since the Sabbath follows, I think weíll dine around 10:00 or so (but if you come later, we wonít let you starve), watch the ball drop, & retire fairly early for the night.

BTW, our stake has designated 1/8 as Fast Sunday. What did anyone else's stakes do?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on December 31, 2016, 04:30:00 pm
Jan 1st is Fast & Testimony
I'll join you at the Cabin, but will eat around 6pm if that is okay - being diabetic, can't go without a meal as I need to take my insulin no more than 15 minutes before I eat. Will bring sugar free spiced cider- even the sugar free cocoa tastes way too sweet to me.

IRL we are having a quiet evening. Hoping the neighbors, here on our road and the roads that boarder us, are refraining from shooting their rifles & fireworks tonight. Had enough of their nonsense on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of July. The Sheriff & State Troopers showed up on the 6th and handed out tickets as well as hauling off the mouthier of the *good 'ol boys*.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 31, 2016, 08:31:04 pm
I posted this on the Feel-Good thread, but thought I'd bring it here too because it will interest our critters. It's about a feel-good incident in my part of the Cabin that unfortunately didn't end well, but it showed how a town banded together to try to help an animal in distress.

A homeless man first reported it, & eventually the rescue attempt involved police and fire, the animal shelter, a separate wildlife rescue org, public works, a property owner who allowed her new parking lot to be dug up, and a veterinarian who offered emergency care Ė all in the middle of a holiday weekend.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Nearly-20-Hour-Raccoon-Rescue-from-Watsonville-Drain-Took-Tremendous-Heart-409004235.html

Watsonville is a small agricultural town about 90 miles south of San Francisco, on the way to Monterey. It isnít a rich town, at least in material wealth, but obviously it has some goodhearted people.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on January 01, 2017, 07:25:37 pm
Curelom:
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but it showed how a town banded together to try to help an animal in distress.

Hate to be the one to say it, but I'm really torn on this one.  I agree completely with calling in the Wildlife Emergency Services.  It's what they do.  But when it went beyond their ability to rescue the trapped raccoon the additional extreme time, money, and effort invested just left me shaking my head.   :o   This was not an exercise in good judgement.  And after all that was done the critter died anyway.  I wouldn't put a price on a human life, but a raccoon's life?   ???
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on January 01, 2017, 08:50:49 pm
Happy New Year!

To paraphrase Col. Sherman T. Potter, "May she be a darn sight better than the last one."  A lot of good things happened; my sister got married/sealed, CrowMan found employment, I didn't get released from my calling, CrowDaughters moved up in dancing, CrowSon found direction.  But there was a constant beat-down feeling going on, as well.

For the first time since I was five or six, I was asleep before midnight.  We came home a day earlier than expected from our trip, and maybe I was worn out.  Someone in our neighborhood had some seriously-illegal fireworks, so I woke up when the outside of my window went brilliant-white followed by enormous Bang. 

Church is now at 0900.  The last time we MIGHT have had 0900 church would be Colorado--when CrowBaby WAS a baby.  This will be an interesting year.  CrowMother cannot hustle to save her life.  This will be a year of Saturday Night Showers and Laying Out Clothes.  No sleeping in allowed.  The good part is, it might make getting up on Monday easier.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on January 02, 2017, 01:12:20 am
The good part is, it might make getting up on Monday easier.

Honestly, this is why I prefer 9 am church. I am definitely a night owl and need a schedule to get me to wake up early. Having to get up at the same time on Sunday mornings made it easier for me to go to bed on time Sunday nights and made me less irritable on Mondays.  I also didn't have to remember to set up the crock pot before church every week, because I was home early enough to start the Sunday roast after church and still have it be cooked in time to eat.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on January 04, 2017, 10:01:48 pm
Here in my corner church has always started at 10 AM. BUT since Hubby is SS President and every 2nd and 4th Sunday has to be in Branch Council at 9 AM and me being Librarian have to open the library at 9:20 AM, plus now I am in the choir so when we have practice we don't leave the building until 2:15 PM - we leave our house at 8:45 AM and don't get home till late.

I finally dug out my crock pot, get it ready the night before, take it out of the fridge-set it up & plug 'er in as I leave the house. I am so tired and hungry by the time we get home that I am lucky to get my coat off before I start dishing out food into a bowl.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 04, 2017, 10:11:00 pm
Snacks, Iggy. Snacks. :P


The husband and I bought a couple of books on science experiments for kids for our nephews - they're 11 and 9. I think. We also got them an electronics kit - the kind where you snap things together. The electronics kit comes with booklets that explain how to build 305 different things from the parts, which is really cool. The kit is perfect for their ages, so we're hoping that they enjoy it and learn something about electricity and resistors and, well, all that stuff at the same time.

But meanwhile, the husband and I are getting interested in this now, too. So now we're thinking about buying an arduino kit and building a bunch of stuff. We don't have anything particular in mind to build except a weather station - mostly we just want to play with it and build a whole bunch of different stuff for fun. So... I built my own computer back in the 1990s, which is a bit different, but also fun. I think this could be fun. :)

Fahim's tried getting things resolved with his client, but it hasn't gotten very far. He finally got paid for his first invoice, but no one can give him assurances that his second (or other invoices, should he continue working with them) will get paid according to the contract they signed. That company doesn't seem to care about what the contract says, transparency, having set procedures in place, or that sort of thing. It's all very chaotic and a hot mess. So... Yeah. Heading back to Sri Lanka soon.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 04, 2017, 11:20:04 pm
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Fahim's tried getting things resolved with his client, but it hasn't gotten very far. He finally got paid for his first invoice, but no one can give him assurances that his second (or other invoices, should he continue working with them) will get paid according to the contract they signed.
Surely he wouldnít continue working with them, after this ... :(

We have a temporary guest again, because our critters canít resist bringing friends home. Pepper, who has a disability, learned about this cat & decided he needed a few days of R&R here before settling permanently into his peopleís home. He is an adorable kitty, very mellow, & wonít be any trouble. Iíve found that he likes tuna mixed with cooked quinoa.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/yearinoffbeatgoodnews/paralyzed-cat-back-on-all-fours-thanks-to-veterinarians-in-california/ar-BBxU6ya?li=AAk6ORB&ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 05, 2017, 01:38:58 am
He will not continue working with them unless they can make assurances that he will be paid on a timely basis. Since no such assurances have yet happened, it's not likely at all.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on January 06, 2017, 12:11:34 am
Buggie and her guy have set a date! and booked their appointment at the temple! Now they're working on getting First Presidency approval for his grandfather to officiate (he holds the appropriate keys but has not been set apart, but it sounds like obtaining that approval is fairly easy).

So Hubby and I will be in SLC at the end of February :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on January 07, 2017, 09:27:06 pm
My biggest news. My elder son came to visit after 15 years of nothing at all.  He had my grandsons whom I have never metwith him.  How surreal to meet a grandchild taller than yourself. They were on a layover so we took them to lunch and delivered them back to the airport.
It was a good visit though brief. I like my boy as a man much better than he in his 20s.
He's delivered over 800 babies. He runs a drug intervention clinic.
He gets single parenting since his sister is now divorced. 
His boys are charming as exhausted from travel as they were.
It is a tender mercy that I could touch base before the end of my life.
Christmas Eve dinner went well though poor David ran out of steam later since he was putting up with a whole lot of events he wold not choose for himself.
Next year he gets to choose the menu and manner of dinner.
I still do not understand my daughters choice of partner. 
But I  surely feel better about life in general than I expected this Christmas...
someone prayed me through this....grateful for that.

I'm so glad that you got to be with him.  Have you been able to have contact with him since?

What is going on with your daughter's partner?  Was he the one who decided you shouldn't have contact?


BTW, our stake has designated 1/8 as Fast Sunday. What did anyone else's stakes do?

We had it last week.

Church is now at 0900.  The last time we MIGHT have had 0900 church would be Colorado--when CrowBaby WAS a baby.  This will be an interesting year.  CrowMother cannot hustle to save her life.  This will be a year of Saturday Night Showers and Laying Out Clothes.  No sleeping in allowed.  The good part is, it might make getting up on Monday easier.

For some reasons we switch in September.  Our church is now at 8:30. I've liked it.

Laurie - stinks about the contract.   >:( I hope they make an about face and start paying.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on January 07, 2017, 09:51:44 pm
If your husband and son's home teachees texted you and said that it was his wive's birthday and thought their home teachers would want to know, what would you do?  He has my husband's, and maybe my son's number.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on January 07, 2017, 10:19:38 pm
Those home teachees are smart.  They know that the message has a much higher probability of getting to your husband if they text you instead of texting him directly.  So tell him about the birthday and then help to make a nice card or something. Maybe he'll take you out for dinner in return. At least, that's how things work in my house.  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on January 08, 2017, 01:40:39 am
They don't have any problem texting him and he has always jumped at helping them so  they actually have a higher possibility of teaching him directly.

I did tell him,  but I was rather annoyed about doing it.  If the brother had texted him I wouldn't have thought anything of it.  If my husband asks for help, but he will probably make her bread or something. That's his thing. 

The odd thing is this man has never had a tough time being direct.  He has offended quite a few in the ward because of it.   I'm not sure why he would be so round about with this.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Traela on January 08, 2017, 12:58:16 pm

BTW, our stake has designated 1/8 as Fast Sunday. What did anyone else's stakes do?

Our fast Sunday is today also.  However, it isn't the stake's call.  DH learned in ward council a few weeks ago that the handbook actually specifies that if January 1 falls on a Sunday, Fast Sunday is to be postponed until the next week.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on January 08, 2017, 04:28:08 pm
You have three choices, text back your dh's contact number, or pass along the message, or reach out and do something for her on your dh's behalf with or without his involvement.  I might also pass along the info to the VT supervisor so her VTers know too.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 09, 2017, 11:52:21 am
Patty Rain. I have two daughters. he one in Italy is divorced from her husband. I hardlt met him she is the one who decided I was the most abisive parent and child of an alchoholic on the planet.   I admit I was strict, but non of my friends nor my roomates ever agreed to the change of abusive.  And my mother became an alchoholic after I was already a mother...she was always absuvice and cruel but the drugs came later.

The aprtner in question is Else's Tim.  After three years I am still waiting to see what she loves about him. He can be amusing. He has brains. But he is absolutely not what I ever envisioned for her.  I am hoping one day he wil suddenly turn into Prince Charming.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on January 09, 2017, 07:56:21 pm
My son Ben is still single.  And he's amusing. And he has brains. And he danced with Else in Nauvoo IL 10 years ago, so that might be worth something...  ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on January 09, 2017, 09:49:47 pm
So he needs to get to Utrecht or Scotland or wherever she is now and re-introduce himself.   ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 10, 2017, 02:01:51 am
Matchmaking on Nauvoo.... I love it!


Weīre back in Sri Lanka. We landed seven hours ago at 5am, back at our apartment around 7am. Had breakfast of ginger snaps - no fresh food in the place. Internetīs back up to the faster package already. Produce has been delivered. Waiting for the grocery delivery. Fahim vacuumed the place - the amount of dirt and dust that accumulated while we were gone was horrendous. I still need to mop, but not necessary today. No, definitely not today, or at least, not all of it today. Our A/Cs are being serviced and we might get A/C in my kitchen, which would be glorious - that's my number one overheating spot. I had only a couple of hours of sleep on the plane and another hour and a half nap this morning, so I'm tired tired tired, but with everything that's going on right now, I can't take another nap... Yet... I hope I sleep well tonight. And tomorrow, the laundry begins...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 10, 2017, 02:31:23 am
Sleep tight, Laurie.  :)

* Ivie wanders over to see if Laurie needs an extra blanket, & volunteers herself. *

It's raining again in my corner of the Cabin. We have a respite today for a few hours & I met a couple of friends for lunch. It's been raining torrentially for several days & yesterday & last night were monstrous. Since we're in a drought, it's welcome, but it has caused some mudslide, traffic, & flooding issues in much of California & in Reno.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 10, 2017, 03:49:43 am
Roper, I totally would be good with that.  He is a lovely boy.  She shuns everything about church these days so that will be an uphill "battle" for the rest of my life.
I am actually hoping that her head gets turned while studying in London.
She'd just die if she found out that wan hope.

But she is a good kid and often is kind and helpful to me.  one lives in hope. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 10, 2017, 07:13:01 am
Ivie is always welcome as an extra blanket. :) We slept for a couple of hours this afternoon. I still haven't finished unpacking. I'm not even a third of the way through. Oy.

Jana, when is she heading to London and for what purpose? I hope she loves it. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 10, 2017, 01:12:47 pm
Laurie she is sending out apps now for her master's. The one she expects to attain is in London.  Archeology with a lot of Forensics, I think thats right. She's a bone damage girl.  Sounds like paint drying to me. except when she describes it. Then I want to go to her lectures too.
 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 10, 2017, 09:11:43 pm
The California side of the Cabin is going under. I donít know if we have any Incabitants in Nevada, but Iíll leave the Porch lights on here so they can find their way over if they need to evacuate from Reno, where the Truckee River is flooding. If anyone knows the Sacramento area, you know how wide the Sacramento River is where Hwy 50 crosses it Ė theyíve had to open weirs up there to release water to keep it out of the city.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Avalanche-hits-Alpine-Meadows-homes-causes-epic-10848518.php

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/I-80-in-Sierra-closed-as-rare-blizzard-warning-10847604.php

Come, Punkin, you can give me a hand in the kitchen. Iíll get the chili & the veggie-beef soup warmed up, because I know people will drop by to get out of the cold. Thereís also biscuits & garlic toast, & a peach cobbler for dessert. And all you crittersí regular foods with warm broth from making the soup.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 11, 2017, 05:15:23 am
Yikes Curelom, if that was real food I would weight 400000 pounds. Your menus are so tempting!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 11, 2017, 06:36:10 am
Jana, your girl's field sounds very interesting to me, but I'm kinda weird that way. :)


I finished unpacking today, but not putting everything away. And the apartment has a lot of dust and grime despite being closed up for months, so there's a tonne of cleaning left to do, although the floors in the main rooms are done at least. It's going to be a lot of work.

I brought back a number of things I can't find very easily in Sri Lanka - oregano, marjoram, basil, and other such dried herbs. Fresh are better of course, but dried is what I must go with, and at least I am now stocked with that much. Hallelujah! That will make life easier and more interesting. We'll likely head to the one Arpico that sells a fair bit of foreign food soon, and if they have fresh basil, I'll buy it by the truckload so I can make my own pesto. I love pesto. I miss pesto. In hindsight, I realize that I should have brought a jar back with us from Dubai...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 13, 2017, 11:54:09 pm
So we've been getting some work done on our apartment. We had A/C installed in the kitchen yesterday and A/C installed in the living room today. We still need to get a partition installed to block the opening between the kitchen and the dining room, but that's theoretically tomorrow. Meanwhile, all this work produces more dust and grime that I'll have to clean up. More sweeping/vacuuming/mopping. Yay. But I'll have A/C in the kitchen - YAY!!!!! That's been a problem - I swelter in the kitchen, so it's difficult for me to cook without getting overheated. This is a game changer. :)

The A/C in the living room isn't as important. We have A/C in the room Fahim and I park in all day, where we work from and watch TV/movies. The living room is the room where we congregate when family is over or we have guests, but that's really not used all that much, hence delaying installing A/C there until now.

Sri Lanka is going through a drought, so it's projected that we'll have all-day power cuts by April to save on power. Fahim wants to have a battery backup installed soon so we can still have A/C during power outages. Otherwise, it gets very very very uncomfortable for me.

In other news, Fahim has a lead on a possible job. It's working with a man Fahim worked with before, someone who's fantastic to work with. We're hoping it works out. At this point, it depends on the technology involved - Fahim would have to switch to using a different programming language, which isn't the problem in and of itself. The question is how much would he like/hate working with the language and how long would it take him to get up to speed? But the client is pretty specific in that they need the work done in that specific language, so... I hope it works out. It could be very very very good.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 22, 2017, 02:07:45 am
Did anyone come to the Cabin for peace & quiet & to get away from the worldís turmoil? Thereís a fire in the fireplace, cocoa & peppermint tea on the stove, but no food this time because itís a bad influence on Jana. :D

We have a herd of furballs with TLC to swap with people. Yes, dogs & cats can live together. Just look at our critters for the perfect example. We have 3 cats, 3 dogs, 4 spirit cats, a spirit calf who mostly hangs out in the fields outside, & occasional visiting animals of all kinds, & they get along fine. Hereís another example. What a cute pair.

http://www.pet360.com/dog/lifestyle/watch-cat-cant-stop-hugging-dog-after-10-days-apart/l1k9sVVpLEKE1hrpJ97AkA?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=PaidContent&utm_campaign=360-Articles&utm_content=WATCH%3A+Cat+Can%27t+Stop+Hugging+Dog+After+10+Day&extcid=PCDOB1

This is what much of the California part of the Cabin looks like. The Bay Area doesnít get snow except occasionally at the highest peaks, like Mt. Diablo & Mt. Hamilton, but weíve been swamped for weeks. Adios drought, we hope! Here are some pictures. Donít worry about the ďsnow pornĒ caption, itís what the local media call anything that people canít stop gawking at or clicking on. 8) Itís all G-rated.

http://blog.sfgate.com/ski/2017/01/14/snow-porn-deep-and-deeper-at-tahoe-colorado-utah-and-oregon/#photo-783905

If I turn in, Iíll leave the porch light on for any stragglers.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on January 22, 2017, 10:39:11 am
Curelom:
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Did anyone come to the Cabin for peace & quiet & to get away from the worldís turmoil?

Any chance me and my missus can just move in permanently?  You know, just retire there? 

The sci-fi writer in me pictures a Cabin/Porch in a Star Trek holodeck.  Would just have to bring along real food.  I imagine holographic food isn't terribly nourishing. 

If I had the programming skillz to do it, a multiplayer online Cabin/Porch would be cool.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 22, 2017, 07:32:04 pm
Since this is a cyber Cabin, people can be here any time, for as long as they want, because they'll never be disturbing anyone else. This is why we can have food here anytime & it never spoils, & we all keep things here but never run out of space.

If you move in, be aware that the critters will start to have expectations. They need to eat, be walked, & groomed, & occasionally bathed. They enjoy car rides, visiting neighbors, going to downtown Nauvoo, & watching animal videos. Most of them are accustomed to being on beds or couches, which is not a problem here because any dander, shedding, or allergies are all virtual. They don't like commotion or friction, which is why I keep them away from certain threads. They all love TLC, & they aren't hard to please as long as long as they get it.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 24, 2017, 11:53:53 pm
Nice kitties... No, Punkin, I think you'd better leave them alone. Let them rest for now & I'll call the Animal Care & Control in the morning.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Twd8DA61Nhc/UaIoAf2SGMI/AAAAAAAAF50/QOMaTOSamfg/s1600/Lioness+with+Lion+Cub.jpg)

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 24, 2017, 11:57:45 pm
See, there's the dad with the other cub. They look peaceful, but we really shouldn't mess with them. (may need to press "Control" & scroll down to see the whole picture. Aren't they cute? 8) )

(http://s-tlk.org/misc/valencia/lion_and_lioncub.png)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 25, 2017, 03:27:31 am
Himself and I are sitting in the Lounge at Paris airport enroute to Bangalore-Kabini-Agra-New Delhi.  We are having a vacation; a no work related trip with no talks and no conference. Except he has his laptop in tow and is buried in work as I type. Sigh.
I am looking forward to thawing out. yay.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 25, 2017, 10:47:24 pm
Have a great time, Jana. I hope you get lots of relaxation time. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on January 26, 2017, 02:11:13 pm
Whew! found you all again!  I changed offices so I work at a CPA office with my own private room and brand new computer!  This new boss does not even mind my surfing the web.  Got to catch up on whats is going on here at the cabin/porch, lots of reading to do.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 26, 2017, 02:56:14 pm
Look who's back! Welcome back, Redd - I had wondered where you were the last few months. The Cabin is continuing to feel more like home.

Here's Punkin. She wants to say hello.

(http://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/photography/bigs/25850-Ginger-kitten-standing-up-and-reaching-out-white-background.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 26, 2017, 10:14:44 pm
I'm so glad you're back, Redd!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 30, 2017, 08:06:06 pm
Move over, Ivie. You don't need the whole couch.

The world is nuts & I'm going to hole up in here for awhile with all of you critters & ignore everything outside. I brought you fresh salmon & chicken. Well, I actually brought it for us Incabitants, but I'll share it with you. Give me a few minutes to poach a little & mix it into your dinner. I'm glad you cats & dogs all like fish, chicken, & beef; with close to a dozen of you here, it would be bedlam if only one or two of you were fussy eaters. ::)

I have wild rice cooking on the stove now, & I'll cook some carrots & grill the rest of the salmon for us two-footers. There's plenty, so everyone is welcome. We'll have chicken tomorrow. For FHE later, I'll show the video about the Mormon Battalion.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 03, 2017, 02:59:04 am
Did anyone notice that the Porch & Cabin turned 15000? That is, 15000 views!  8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 04, 2017, 05:40:21 pm
Look what people have spotted walking along the streets of San Francisco. Punkin found this story for us. No, she can't read, but she saw the pictures & got very excited. 8)

http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Spotted-Bunny-duck-walkers-keep-San-Francisco-10907109.php#photo-12309993
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on February 05, 2017, 10:44:02 pm
How is the job going Laurie? Did he get it?

Good to see you redd. I was thinking about you the other day.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 07, 2017, 12:19:19 am
Patty, it's not going yet. It may or may not - hard to say. But at the moment, nothing. Fahim keeps looking for work, but... Thank you for asking.

We're looking at other ways to make money as well, and we have a few possibilities. We just have to figure out the details and figure out what we want to do. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 07, 2017, 08:36:43 am
 >:( >:( >:( :-\  I love Facebook because of the connection and convenience. I only have maybe 5 folk on my friends list that are really strangers but Internet contacts. The rest are people I want to follow and want in my life. I do not have a huge list of fb friends. So since the advent of the election cycle and since the swearing in there has been a sea change in my lovely feed. I filter all the day long and am sick and tired of the click bait quasi news.  I wish there was some way to get back to civil discourse. It's really getting to me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on February 07, 2017, 09:08:32 am
I feel that way about a lot of my online places. A constant thing for or against Trump. I'm tired of the battling. I have some definite views of what is going on, but feel that so many people on both sides care more about being proved right than actually being right. And how people are just tearing each other apart saddens me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 07, 2017, 09:35:10 am
Most of the stuff I share resonates with me. both good or awful. Sometimes I am just sad to see stuff.  Much I read is just unbelievable and beggars logical belief.  I want to support the government in its righteous choices.  I want to the government to be a success.  Not the governing leadership I wanted but I am covenanted to support and sustain.  And the Dutch election cycle is beginning now with our own awful Geert Wilders.  So there is no winning for me.

I should go live in a cave for a while.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on February 07, 2017, 12:41:45 pm
How about a visit to the desert?  ;D And not talk politics at all.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 08, 2017, 01:09:57 am
You don't know how much I am looking forward to it. Got a bunch of magpie gifts for all my girls. Notified Steve, Cindy, Anne and Sandy of the dates as well.  We might have a couple visitors....maybe.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 09, 2017, 03:02:56 pm
*peeks in*  where did everybody go? *shrugs* selects a peach and saunters out the Dutch door
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 09, 2017, 10:11:56 pm
Peaches? We have peaches? I miss peaches, good ones. We got some that were good in Dubai. *drools*
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on February 10, 2017, 09:51:29 am
Did you ever have to do something, go somewhere, for the sake of family, and you Just. Didn't. Want. To go?  I have to do that today.  I'd rather hide out here.  Keep a happy thought for me today, please.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 10, 2017, 12:52:19 pm
thinking happy thoughts for you
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on February 10, 2017, 07:47:25 pm
They sure helped.  Thank you so much.  (Muah)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 11, 2017, 01:01:49 am
I have been mostly in bed all week. We don't know if this is travelers tummy, IBS, or some dread disease.  i have lost 8 pounds since Monday.  I am really tired of yogurt, congee, and water.  i had some pupmpkin soup and thst was a bad idea.  But I was needing something hearty so Himself made me a goat cheese and ham grilled cheese last night.  So far so good.
I am a terrible patient.
I have bed butt.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on February 11, 2017, 05:39:59 pm
Poor Jana.  I brought some of my hot and sour soup for when you can hold down a bit more.

I'm going to sleep in a rocker under a quilt, listening to my newest music find, Pink Martini, and enjoy the pleasant February Thaw. 

Did you know that you still need to clean out rain gutters, even when you live in the desert?  Just cleared out over an inch of mud.  Up and down ladder, and dragging it and a hose.  Man, it was bad.  But I guess this is what Saturdays are for.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 11, 2017, 08:47:05 pm
Punkin, is the coast clear? :D  I know that you, Ivie, & Dreyfuss enjoyed our little camp up the hill, but itís time for a shower & hot food. Are they done talking politics in here? I saw a tiny mention of political issues & what looked like finger-shaking about talking politics like some of us had done on other threads, & I had specifically opened the Cabin so we could have only positive conversations.

Itís a beautiful clear, sunny day on the California side, a welcome change from weeks of heavy storms. I know you critters all had a good time at the beach today. We are getting close to being out of the drought crisis, but we canít start being wasteful because who know what next winter might bring?

Good news: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-drought-monitor-map-11-percent-severe-10920707.php

Bad news: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-due-for-biblical-flooding-arkstorm-10921370.php

Jana, thereís a pot of chicken & barley soup on the stove, in case you run out of CrowGirlís hot & sour soup. It has onions & garlic & light salt, but no other seasonings to go easy on your stomach.

We also have popcorn & lemonade. Thereís two especially good things on TV: the Warriors in Oklahoma for the first time since Kevin Durant came west, & the San Francisco Chinese New Year parade. Since this is a virtual Cabin, we can watch both at the same time. 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 15, 2017, 04:59:42 pm
Ivie learned about these critters who needed short-term help, & you know Ivie - we adopted her after she was rescued from an abuser & she can't turn down an animal in need. So of course I said yes, but she'd have to contribute to their food costs. She got all the pets to commit to fast twice a week for a month to help out. So if you see Punkin & the other usual pig-out pets eating less than usual, you know why. :)

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Kangaroos-zebras-found-at-home-evacuated-in-10932943.php#photo-12373427

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 15, 2017, 09:13:26 pm
I've had an attack of the IBS the past few days. Fahim's mother brought some curries when they came into town, and we thought two might be safe. Turns out, not so much - there was a tiny amount of cinnamon in one of the dishes. And... Yeah. I'm still recovering. Yesterday I ate crackers and progressed up to scrambled eggs. Today will be another crackers day, maybe with some oatmeal. Yay. Unlike Jana, though, I *never* lose weight during these things. I wish I did. I'd be at a normal weight by now if I did given how much IBS bothers me. :(

So I'll be on the easy chair relaxing and not doing much, where I've been for a few days. The furballs have been keeping me company.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2017, 01:03:08 am
I brought some bland chicken broth & saltines, Laurie. Might they help settle your stomach?

I posted this on the Feel-Good Thread, but I knew the critters would be interested in this heroic pet squirrel.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Pet-squirrel-helps-fight-off-burglar-10935638.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 17, 2017, 06:11:53 am
Hey hey. the days a lighting earlier and earlier here even though the skies are grey most of the time.  I have been busy listening to Christian Radio and doing some kitchen work this morning. I made fire roated tomatoes because Chheeseland has no clue....neither did I!!  wow what an amazingly easy and delicious thing. Leaves ordinary canned tomatoes in the dust. and so so simple.
I bottled some fish chowder too.  Its nice.  I left some in the pantry for everyone. 
We have stake conference this weekend....and I just heard they closed a struggling branch to the west of us.....ugh. I know our will be on the chopping block too.
Off to ironing.... O:-)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on February 17, 2017, 10:15:29 am
We have stake conference this weekend as well. 

CG - I missed you moving to the desert. Where did you move? 

I find it funny how many people here in Arizona tell me how dry it is here when they find out I am from Utah. They don't realize that AZ isn't much drier. They just think of lots of snow, but don't realize there may be snow on the ground every day in some parts,  but that doesn't mean it snows every day.  And we never had rains like we have here. I first thought it was odd that so many of the parks are big bowls of grass. They are retention basins that become lakes when it rains!   
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on February 17, 2017, 10:39:46 am
Fruit is on sale here, so I am leaving strawberries, black berries, blue berries and raspberries in the kitchen.  Oh, and grapes, can't go off and not leave grapes! 

So, how is everyone doing on their New Year's resolutions???? I hit a bit of a snag on a couple of mine, but hope to be back in the swing of them next week. 

Punkin, yes, I see you.  Let me scratch your ears real quick before I bug off back to the office...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on February 17, 2017, 12:46:05 pm
New Years Resolutions. Bah, Humbug! As a teen I would write out massive, copious lists of 'Going to do this and not this' etc. Maybe, just maybe I would accomplish 1/2 of one of the resolutions. Maybe. By November I would stumble across the list and get super discouraged when the realization hit how I had failed.

For the past 15 or so years (am going to be 65 this June) haven't done the list.

Yet Redd, when you asked, I did the frown, pssht, eye roll - -New Year Resolutions - - pssht. Then the realization hit  that even though I didn't write it down on paper under a heading of: Iggy's New Year Resolutions for 2017 ~ ~ I unconsciously made a resolution. Last year, when I was mentally lambasting my Dr for the very poor medical treatment he was dishing out, and in conversing with hubby about us getting a new Dr. I said to myself: Iggy, you are getting yourself on the road to better health! It  is in YOUR hands ultimately, so - - - get  - - -  it - - -  together - - - and - - -  DO - - - IT!

Hubby and I have a new PCP, he is a Physician's Assistant. We like him. I trust  him. He talks my language. He actually talks and not grunts, frowns, purses his lips in disgust.

I am under the care of: a) Endocrinologist and her Nurse Practitioner. See the NP every two months. b) Diabetic Nutritionist. See her on average every two weeks. note: she is LDS and belongs to the Ward in the next town!!! Diabetic Nurse Educator. Should be hearing from her office next month regarding my 6 mo. check-in.
c) Physician's Assistant. See him after my 3 month blood & 'body fluids' lab work-ups, and anytime something is *not normal* with the old and aging body.

Since the new *regime* I have been taking my insulin(s) at the correct time AND in the correct dosages. The Endo and the Nutritionist took me off Vit B-Complex and put me on Vit B-12 and Vit D-3.

My biggest problem now is eating 3 meals a day. I skip a meal. I just am not hungry when I wake up. Actually waking up takes me nearly 3 hours. I then eat around 11, and am not hungry again until 4. I don't want "dinner" until around 9. By then I am so dang sleepy that I want to go to bed.

The nutritionist says I am to eat THREE meals. So if I am to eat breakfast before 9 am, then I need to get up a 6 am. Need to eat lunch no later than 1 pm and dinner no later than 6pm. Argh!

Am on a Low to no fat, medium low carb diet. Have to eat more veggies. Doesn't matter if they are raw or cooked or any where in between. Also need to eat more leanproteins and fiber.

Back in 2008 when I attended my first Diabetes Management classes, eggs were protein. Then in 2009 and the second set of classes, eggs were fat. Fast forward to 2017 and eggs are now fat AND protein. The yolks are fat. The whites protein. I have always loved the yolks and not so much the whites. My Mom detested egg yolks. She would feed them to the dog. Well, we ended up being egg eating partners. She gave me her yolks and I gave her my whites. Hubby likes his eggs overcooked. BLEH! To each their own.

I have also acquired a taste for plain, low fat yogurt. My evening snack is: 1 Cup no fat, plain yogurt; 1/3 c each Blueberries, Raspberries & Blackberries - frozen. And 6 splenda packets for the sweetness. This is also my easy breakfast meal, just add 3/4 C of All Bran Nuggets or 1/4 C bulk Almond/Berry Muesli or 1/3 C Kashi Go Lean Crunch.

Since my first visit to the Endo back in Nov of 2016 I have LOST 20 pounds and my A1C's have gone from 13 (really, really high) to 8.4 (still high but way, way better).

Oh, to get past my Frowning, Rolling of Eyes and Psshiting when I hear, say, see New Years Resolutions - I am calling them Goals.

My next goal is to eat three meals a day. Complete, nutritious meals. Pretty much have to since the amount of insulin I will be taking depends solely on the total amount of carbs I will be eating per meal. The goal both the Endo and the Nutritionist have set for me is to keep a Food, Blood Sugars, & Insulin journal.

Apples (Red Delish & Cameo) and Bartlet pears have been on sale. 0.79$ a pound. The apples are the smaller "lunch box" size. Both are so dang crisp AND sweet!! Oranges are on sale too - but of the 14 I individually weighed at the store, not one of them was more than 4 or 5 oz. Pretty light which equals pretty dry and pithy.

Okay, I am beginning to get hungry. My wild rice combo with coddled eggs and some refried beans for the protein & fiber sounds pretty good, so had better get in the kitchen and put the rice in the cooker. Hubby will want  his over cooked fried eggs {shudder} and a sausage patty. I'll leave the apples, pears, rice and the eggs for whomever want to have them. You'll have to cook your own eggs though. Oh and the sausage patties are Great Value (Walmart) maple flavored pork sausage. Hubby says they are really good. Since there is ginormous-copius amount  of FAT  in them, I can no longer have them or bacon. BUT they are fully cooked, and when heated up in the microwave they smell heavenly!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2017, 01:32:45 pm
I don't see any cats or dogs dropping from the sky, but they may as well be. It has been pouring all night since the wee hours here in the Bay Area, & the meteorologists say Southern California will get the brunt of this storm. So Jacarť, the Ketchups, & maybe the CrowFamily & LibertyGranny are gonna get clobbered. The SF Chronicle yesterday used the word "bombogenesis." Not sure if that's a scientific term, but it's giving everyone here something to talk about.

New Year's resolutions??? :D

I have a fire going in the fireplace & I won't be going anywhere for awhile. So any of the neighbors are welcome to come by for some hot spiced cider & popcorn, & you can trade some TLC with the critters. They are getting cabin fever & would love to have visitors. Bring your own pets too.

ETA: It looks like "bombogenesis" is a real word. It means when barometric pressure drops more than 24 millibars in 24 hours. Isn't that called a hurricane?

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Bombogensis-aka-a-weather-bomb-forecast-to-hit-10938774.php

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/17/look-out-california-here-comes-a-bombogenesis/

Get in here, critters. Fur coats or not, you're no match for that kind of weather,
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2017, 07:42:07 pm
Speaking of fur coats, I found one just sitting behind a planter box on the side of the house. 

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cutest-coyote-ever-found-hiding-behind-10940980.php#photo-12399252

I don't put pet food outside routinely because it draws unwelcome guests, so that wasn't the attraction.  He may have just wanted to get out of the cold. Or maybe he saw our critters & wanted company. Don't anyone let our pets outside by themselves, in case he was looking for some extra protein in his diet. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2017, 08:44:48 pm
Awwwwwwww! I know you critters love a good Valentine's Day story. Especially when it has an orange cat in it. This story has TWO orange cats, like the Cabin!.
[:)]
http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Tinder-reunites-long-lost-cat-siblings-10941392.php#photo-12401404
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 17, 2017, 09:52:25 pm
Thanks for the crackers, Curelom. :) I'm back to mostly normal, thankfully. :)

Jana, I've read about roasting tomatoes before, but I don't have an oven, so haven't tried it. It's good to hear that it's worth doing. I'm sorry to hear about the possibility of your branch closing. If that happens, where will you end up?

Iggy, I feel for you with your restricted diet. I have a restricted diet, too, but mine is due to my copious allergies. There are so many foods I love but can never eat ever again. It sucks rocks. :(

It's good to see everyone here! :) I have fresh papaya and bananas on the counter. They're ripe and really really good, so help yourselves. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 18, 2017, 09:52:15 am
Quote
Jana, I've read about roasting tomatoes before, but I don't have an oven, so haven't tried it. It's good to hear that it's worth doing. I'm sorry to hear about the possibility of your branch closing. If that happens, where will you end up?

you can roast em over a gas pit.  I am too lazy.   I know aubergines can be wrapped in foil and roasted over gas pit, maybe tomatoes can too.  Just pop the blackened object in a bowl with cover and let sit. The skins fall off.

the closest in stake unit is 40 minutes by car each way...the closest out of stake unit is at least 30 minutes each way in a crummy neighborhood so the PH has to stand outside to watch cars in a locked cage.  that unit is failing as well. sad because 25 years ago we had overflow there every sunday.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on February 18, 2017, 10:45:46 am
It's raining.  I like rain, but the dog doesn't.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 18, 2017, 10:06:46 pm
Jana, it doesn't sound like you have great options, but while 40 minutes each way is a bit long, and a pain, it's not absolutely terrible. When I was a kid, we had to drive an hour and 45 minutes each way to get to church, although it was longer in winter, of course. I know people in Sri Lanka who have to bus for hours each way. I'm sorry about the closures, but you'll get through this.

You're right about roasting the tomatoes over the gas stove. It can probably be done quite easily. :)

Yesterday was a horrible cooking day for me. It started with me adding salt instead of sugar into our morning hot chocolate. Blergh! So today, we're ordering out to save our stomachs. Maybe I just need a break. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 19, 2017, 01:18:20 am
the problem for me is not the long drive (although the way I feel today after sitting in the car back and forth to stake meetings is not particularly how I want to feel every week.) I forsee a little wrinkle in convincing andries that he needs to give up his entire sunday morning.

He comes to the first hour and then comes and picks me up after third. 

But I can't get myself in a knot about this yet. Who knows what will happen.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 19, 2017, 06:45:12 am
I forsee a little wrinkle in convincing andries that he needs to give up his entire sunday morning.
Yeah, I get that. I really get that. I hope things work out well for you.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 21, 2017, 05:12:16 am
Things are same old, same old here. We have blueberry & dark chocolate cheesecake in the fridge and ripe papaya on the counter, along with mint & lemon tea. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 24, 2017, 12:32:52 am
I woke yesterday to a dead phone - as in, battery was dead. I thought maybe the battery was too low and I should have charged it the day before - the battery usually lasts for 2 1/2 days with my level of usage. But the fingerprint logging in thing didn't work, either, any more. So... recharge completely and restore from backup. Nope, fingerprint thing is still dead. This morning, battery dead again. So I wiped the phone and haven't installed anything to it yet while I test it and see how long the battery lasts. Meanwhile, the fingerprint thing still doesn't work, so it looks like that is permanently broken. Yay. It's an iPhone 6+, so not even that old, but of course it's out of warranty period. Apple's product quality has dropped a fair bit in the last few years, and this is one more data point for that. Yay.

So I'll whine and complain, but ultimately, there's nothing to be done. I'll probably end up having to switch to an Android phone.

Meanwhile... how's everyone else doing?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 24, 2017, 02:35:09 am
I love my Samsung Galaxy Note.  The stylus is my friend cause i have fat fingers.  My present model is 3 because I have a secind hand phone and we are fitting it with a Magic Sim so it will be a dual sim soon.   it is android.  yup it suits me fine
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 24, 2017, 09:58:31 pm
I've had a note before and loved it. They're nice phones. :) Yeah, we do a lot of magical phone switching here - it all depends on what projects Fahim is working on and what devices he needs for testing. Fahim is still working on seeing if he can get my phone battery fixed, so it's not entirely over yet. But I'm not holding out hope.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on February 24, 2017, 10:26:13 pm
I still have a Samsung Galaxy S3.  I've had it for three years.  It does everything I want it to do.  I buy a new batter every year.  $12 for a brand new OEM battery on Amazon.

My wife has a new Motorola Moto G4 plus.  We bought it unlocked from Costco for $170.  Great screen.  Great battery.   Pure Android--no third party bloatware.  Best of all--no contract and no monthly phone payments.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on February 26, 2017, 10:27:03 pm
Aaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! I'm a mother in law!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 26, 2017, 10:43:34 pm
AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on February 26, 2017, 11:28:14 pm
(In harmony with the other two) AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!
And...congratulations(?)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 26, 2017, 11:51:31 pm
Ooooooooh!!! :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on February 27, 2017, 09:39:17 am
Is being a MIL  a good thing?

Normally I would assume so, but with just an awww and the fact that my own child just got engaged and I'm not excited about it, I can't tell.

If a good thing then congratulations! If aww means something else I'm sorry.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on February 27, 2017, 12:20:17 pm
It's more of an "oh no I'm getting old I'm not ready for this". They are perfect for each other, his family adores her, I'm happy to call him son, and it has been a beautiful weekend (except for the snow that wasn't supposed to be).

And of course the next panic attack will be "mom, were pregnant...."
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 27, 2017, 01:07:31 pm
good news from Goody! Yay!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on February 28, 2017, 10:18:10 am
Then here comes a big hug! I'm so glad they work well together! 

I don't feel old with a marriage coming up,  but the idea of a grandchild is not exactly comfortable to me. Not so much old, but...something. Funny, now that you have me thinking about it it seems heavier than having my own child.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on February 28, 2017, 02:19:13 pm
Patty, every grandparent I've talked to has told me that it's even better than being a parent.  Not that I'm in a hurry to become one (need a DIL first), but it makes me feel better about the idea.

(And in a few years, when I announce I'm going to be one, someone can pull this up and laugh at my panic. :P)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 28, 2017, 04:42:28 pm
i have 4 grandchildren that i have not been part of their lives. it makes me sad. but i have a couple of women in my life who let me be oma or auntie to their chicks until my dutch two start families. i am right rarin to go.  i have been eainting to be a hands on grammy since forever.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on March 01, 2017, 10:14:55 am
I have a granddaughter who is almost three years old.  I still have four kids at home.  There are advantages to both roles. Being a grandparent is like "parenting lite" -- all of the love but only half the worry. On the other hand, I don't get to have time with my granddaughter like I do with my kids at home.  Overall, I'd say that being a parent is significantly harder.  It's physically exhausting when they're children and emotionally exhausting when they're teens.  With a grandchild, it's much easier to recharge.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 01, 2017, 11:10:52 am
 So happy for your family, Roper.

 It has been a week of emotions for me for various reasons. The most recent one came yesterday, when my youngest had to have teeth pulled to make way for crowded teeth. She gets braces in a week. It's hard to know that you're going to put your child in pain, Even when you know that it's for their own good in the long run. It's also hard to see her freak out about it for days before hand, when you know it's not going to be as bad as her imagination is letting on.  (NOTE:   She just informed me she freaked out because all of her friends were telling her that it was going to really hurt.)

 The other one was full of ghosts that came back to haunt me. Even though I wrote about it in my journal, I had to spill it out on my blog.  I had to confront Ghosts-of-People-Past this weekend, not knowing what would happen.  I think it turned out all right.  I hope it did.

Part of the problem with social media is that things and people that should be left in the past aren't anymore.  But at the same time, maybe it allows things to be resolved that wouldn't have been otherwise.  Does this make sense?  Let's talk people.  Sometimes people come into your life, and you're friends for a bit and then the moment is over.  You both move on.  And it's as it should be.  But you forget that sometimes with social media, you reconnect, and it really is not a good thing.  But then there are the times when people move out of your life, and maybe it isn't okay.  You lose touch, but then manage to find one another through social media and put a better ending on it than you did.  The trick is to know when the better ending really is an ending, and when it might be a doorway back to where you can begin again.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 04, 2017, 05:17:34 pm
Every year I participate in lent...having lots of Catholic friends, volunteered with the Catholic churches, living in a mostly Catholic state etc, it just seems like a good thing to do.  This year I am giving up high fructose corn syrup. I am amazed at where it is...even in bread :P. One of my clients asked me about lent this year, and came in this last week with 5 bottle of Mexican sodas...with real sugar!  She said this way I could treat my self during the Lent season! 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 04, 2017, 09:19:12 pm
CrowGirl, tell CrowBaby I can sympathize. I had orthodontia & recall times when it was painful. The extractions hurt for a short time, but then there was some discomfort from the braces themselves. It would happen mainly after the braces were adjusted, typically every couple weeks, because that changed the pressure on the teeth & jawbones. It would last a day or two & could be relieved with aspirin. In my childhood, kids got aspirin & no one worried about Reyes Syndrome. I guess Ibuprofen would be recommended now. I had steel braces, the only option then, & they caused friction that sometimes made the inner lip & cheek surfaces raw & sore. The dentist gave me wax to mold over the braces to prevent that contact.

Itís raining again in the Bay Area. It has been on & off all day, with more forecast tonight. Iíve been here in the Cabin all day, doing some scripture reading, recreational reading, exercise, a few chores, web surfing, & playing with the pets. I just got ďEight BelowĒ on DVD & watched it with the critters, who were enthralled. Itís a delightful & uplifting story, although some parts might be alarming for very young kids. An Antarctic research team has to be evacuated, leaving behind their 8 huskies. The dogs hunt & forage, take care of each other, & wait for their people to come back for them.

CrowGirl might enjoy this story about a movie starring the street cats of Istanbul. The Cabin critters enjoyed it too, & two of the cats in the photos look like bigger versions of Ivie & Punkin.

http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Kedi-celebrates-the-stray-cats-of-Istanbul-10968878.php#photo-12436589
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on March 04, 2017, 09:36:32 pm
I finally got my pantry shelving set up. I was delayed by having to find a way to work around baseboard moulding and a lack of tools. But finally I got my plans together enough to know what tools I needed to borrow from work this weekend.

I still need to get the food in there.  I've got about half the space I had before, so this is going to be an adventure. But that will free up space in the kitchen that's currently being taken up by boxes and grocery bags of pantry goods, and then I can finish organizing the kitchen as well.

It's actually starting to come together. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 05, 2017, 06:24:28 pm
Goody, feel free to use the empty shelf in the hallway closet here if you need temporary storage. It's always been extra space & I don't think we'll be using it this spring.

We had a couple of giant bursts of rain overnight & this morning, & hail just as I got to my car after church. When I got back here, the critters were all playing in the rain. I gave them a warm lunch - their regular pet food with chicken broth added. I'm staying in because I'm getting rid of a sore throat. They clamored to see "Eight Below" again, but we saw it only yesterday so I'm showing "Born Free" now. It's a good Sunday movie for pets or people.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 06, 2017, 07:14:34 pm
Just breezing through here for a minute or two.  My last client of the day has left the office, my husband just took my paycheck to the bank, and I really need to clean up my space (that's what Hick gets to do when he comes back ;)) 

  Any one from southern Utah have problems after the earthquake that happened there?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 06, 2017, 08:35:24 pm
Curelom, I do remember a lot of cats whilst in İstanbul.  What a cute idea for a movie. 

I am happy to say that giving up sarcasm for Lent--which had been a half-joke at first--has been a good idea.  I feel better.  Hopefully I can stick with it.  Good luck with the high fructose corn syrup, Redd.  My family's been doing that one for a while, but you're right; it's in everything.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 11, 2017, 10:02:16 am
The weather is warming up ever so gently on my side of the cabin. Hick and I planted 2 new apple trees last fall, and they seem to have weathered the winter nicely. Spring is in the air and that means only one thing:  YARD AND GARDEN CLEAN UP!!!!  I bought two bagsters from Home Depot last week.  When they are full, I will get WasteManagement to pick them up.  It may take 4 of those bags to get all my garbage and junk off the property :o, but it has to be done. 

In the mean time, I pulled the last of the winter garden up....wonderful green onions!   I will leave a few in the kitchen here.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 11, 2017, 08:04:39 pm
Thanks, Redd! I'm going to use a few of those fresh onions & some garlic & brew some chicken soup for my throat. I'm having either allergies on the loose or the downhill side of a cold, & I'm going to be traveling next week & want it to be gone by then.

The critters feel neglected because I'm trying not to get too close to them. :( So if anyone drops by & has some spare TLC, they'd appreciate some.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 11, 2017, 10:51:04 pm
The critters are putting on an act, Curelom. They've been spoiled. I've been here every day giving them a ton of love and attention. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 12, 2017, 04:22:17 am
Sigh. I should know better than to keep being taken in.  ::). But you know when cats or dogs give you that "poor neglected me" look, how do you resist?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 12, 2017, 11:23:45 pm
Oh, I know. They're a bunch of drama queens sometimes. LOL!

I've brought smoked salmon a few times - they seem to love that. And lamb, which they also love.

Speaking of which, fresh papaya is in the fridge. It can be juiced or had as is - either way, it's delicious, so everyone, please help yourselves. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 13, 2017, 01:33:40 am
Oh, I know. They're a bunch of drama queens sometimes. LOL!

I've brought smoked salmon a few times - they seem to love that. And lamb, which they also love....
SO... they are a bunch of fur-covered drama queens & you keep encouraging their behavior by spoiling them with all this gourmet food. And then I get here & they guilt me by playing the "lonesome little me" card. ::) I suppose they do the same with you after I've heated their food because they're above eating cold canned peasant pet food, or cut fruit specially for Punkin so she won't have to wrestle with big pieces, or given them ice cream & made sure Annabelle didn't hog it all before the others got some.

They are like kids playing their parents off on each other. But what would the Cabin & the Porch be without them? :D

* Cuts a piece of papaya for midnight snack. *

Soon we might be moving outside more. Spring is springing here, we're having a warm spell in the Bay Area, & everyone is going crazy with allergies. I heard on the news that New York City is supposed to get a blizzard tonight or tomorrow, so as always we'll have access to the Cabin as well as the Porch.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 13, 2017, 06:03:42 am
Oh, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say they all play us off each other. :D But I like their little furry cuddles, so... I, for one, will keep bringing them smoked salmon and lamb. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on March 15, 2017, 07:07:22 pm
Amtrak is advertising a coast to coast trip for $213.oo!  Whose with me???
 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on March 16, 2017, 12:57:52 am
Amtrak is advertising a coast to coast trip for $213.oo!  Whose with me???
I would love to go. But who would take care of my Hubby?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 23, 2017, 01:07:48 am
Since I got home from visiting with the CrowFamily, Jana, Andries, & Libertygranny, Iíve spent my Cabin time mostly just relaxing & enjoying the peace. I had a great time, but the CrowsNest is in a busy urban area so I didnít get out into Cabin-style natural surroundings much, other than the cute mountain town she showed us. There were some great cabins there. :)

Laurie always takes care of the critters, but Punkin, Ivie, & Pepper especially get antsy when Iím gone, so Iíve given them extra TLC the past couple of days.

The critters are looking forward to this special feature of March Madness, inspired by the Kitten Bowl of Super Bowl festivities.

http://m.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Meow-Madness-kitten-basketball-tournament-hallmark-11017434.php    :D

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 23, 2017, 05:13:51 am
That explains why the furballs went back to the Cabin. They had been visiting me and sunning on our balcony, but if Curelom is offering them extra attention...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 23, 2017, 08:53:37 pm
Laurie, I'm sending them over tomorrow so you can enjoy their company. I need to do some spring cleaning here, & as much as they love to "help," sometimes they get underfoot. :D I almost accidentally choked Ivie with the vacuum cleaner cord one day because she insisted on being the one to turn the switch off & on. :(

We're going to have some rain tonight & tomorrow. They can stay here & enjoy it, & I'll beam them over to you in the morning.

I'll have the cleaning done in time so anyone who wants can come here Saturday to watch the General Women's broadcast. I'll make lasagna & a fruit salad, & anyone who wishes can bring something to share.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 23, 2017, 10:23:21 pm
I'll leave our balcony doors open so they can bask in the sun as much as they want. They'll probably also love all the birds and squirrels that visit - that'll keep them quite entertained, I bet. :P

There's chocolate biscuit pudding in the fridge as well for any who want some, along with Sri Lankan curries and hummus for anyone who wants healthy stuff. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 24, 2017, 09:00:54 pm
Our pets will be interested in this. A firefighter gave this dog CPR for 20 minutes & brought it back from the dead.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Dog-pulled-from-California-fire-revived-after-20-11023381.php

Here's another animal story. If you think dogs & cats living together is a recipe for disaster, see this.

http://scribol.com/a/environment/animals-environment/tiger-lion-bear-blt-farewell-brother/
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 27, 2017, 01:27:28 am
We have a new four-footed neighbor. He's a cutie & seems benign, but keep your wild animal alert up. Punkin has been trying to make friends, but don't let any of our pets play with this "nice doggie" without supervision - he may seem friendly but he's still a wild critter.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/Meet-the-Bay-Area-s-suburban-fence-walking-11027790.php?t=678e276ba1

Spring is here, but we still expect some rain & snow. So feel free to hang out at either the Cabin or the nearby Porch. They are both open year-round now.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 27, 2017, 06:57:13 pm
Good news for Cabin & Porch visitors.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Cats-actually-like-people-says-new-university-11031428.php

Of course, those of us who live here already knew that. :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on March 28, 2017, 09:05:51 pm
Cats like people because we are so easy to train to do their bidding.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on March 28, 2017, 09:54:10 pm
Yes.  What's the expression?  'Dogs have masters, cats have staff'.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 29, 2017, 10:40:29 pm
The latest in colognes to make you appealing to your cat (or make your dog want to chase you, or scare the mice away :D )

http://m.sfgate.com/living/article/New-fragrance-makes-you-smell-like-a-kitten-11034279.php

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 29, 2017, 11:11:35 pm
>_<
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 30, 2017, 02:51:26 am
The eldest niece came for a couple of whirlwind days. We had a big do last night in a museum in Amsterdam, Himself leaves for Chicago tomorrow. 

I am pooped.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on March 30, 2017, 03:46:08 am
The latest in colognes to make you appealing to your cat (or make your dog want to chase you, or scare the mice away :D )

http://m.sfgate.com/living/article/New-fragrance-makes-you-smell-like-a-kitten-11034279.php

rolls eyes!  Fred my cat loves, loves, loves the smell of Vicks Vapor Rub and BioFreeze. I have been using a lot of the BioFreeze lately. The piercing pain shooting through my feet wake me in the wee hours, so I grab the tube and very, very gently rub some on my toes and massage up towards my ankles. Then Fred gets on the bed and jams his face into the palms of my hands!! The only way to get him to settle in one spot so I can get back to sleep, is to rub some Vicks on the backs of my knees and lay down.

He puts his face there and that settles him and me down.

Yeah, I know, he is weird. I have always had weird, 'er, unique cats.  ::)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 31, 2017, 01:58:12 am
Ugh. Can we be done with the coughing?

I thought I had a cold, but after several days it came on with a vengeance. 5 days in bed. Sort of. Just coughing all over the place. Couldn't sleep for more than 90 minutes at a time and that was at the longest.  I still somewhat have a cough,  but am feeling much better.  It has come on for my family now though too. I don't think we get more than 30 seconds before I hear someone cough. Poor Gavin really is struggling tonight and having a dust storm moving in doesn't help!

We've now stood in the shower with lots of steam,  are sleeping at an incline, drinking lots of water, trying home remidies. Trying expectorants.

Maybe I really needed to wrote about this. We are past a minute with no cough sounds. Ok. Didn't get to two, but hopefully they can rest well tonight.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on March 31, 2017, 10:29:00 am
I got 6 hours of uniterupted sleep last night! Things are much qureter throughout the house! Only an occasional cough here and there. Hope this lasts!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 31, 2017, 07:39:10 pm
I'm glad everyone seems to be feeling better, Patty.

I've been afflicted by allergies this spring since we've had so much rain & huge amounts of plant growth here. It's better now than it was just before I went to SoCal to visit the other Nauvoodles. Maybe being in a semi-desert area for a few days helped dry me out, lol. :D. But I'm still keeping the allergy pills close by.

The critters are being kept out of the bedrooms here in case they are part of the allergy equation for some folks, & I've been vacuuming the common spaces every other day. They are cyber critters, but still, they could trigger virtual allergies in some people. If anyone wants to groom any of the pets, please do it outside.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 31, 2017, 10:48:33 pm
Patty, I hope you all feel better soon. :(


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 02, 2017, 01:11:19 am
I did something weird a couple of weeks ago.

I first read about intermittent diets and fasting mimicking diets a year or so ago, and thought about it, but did nothing with it. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give the fasting mimicking diet a try. Why, you ask? Well, because, in theory, the FMD leads to massive healing. With the FMD, something around 40% of mast cells die, replaced by new ones. A lot of my allergies and all of my digestive troubles (I'm being delicate here) are all caused by faulty mast cells, so killing off a significant percentage of them could be a very very good thing. It's a theory worth looking into at any rate. The FMD is five days of very limited calories in a specific fat:protein:carb ratio, so it's not unbearably long.  So I did the FMD for the proscribed five days. Then I followed that a few days later with the intermittent fasting, which is where a person limits their food intake to a specific number of hours during the day, eight in my case, but doesn't otherwise limit food by calorie, type, or anything else.

The result? It took a week and a half after the FMD, but my digestive problems for the last five days are... gone. Not a little bit gone, not residual problems. Completely gone. This is the longest I've not had digestive problems in years, at least five, but more likely ten.

I don't know for a fact that it will continue, but... There's hope. :) I like hope. I also like not having digestive problems. And if it means that I have to do the FMD every now and then, well, then fine. I can deal with that. :)

Here's to the little things. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on April 02, 2017, 08:02:39 am
Oh Laurie. I am just so chuffed foryou. Really.  Who knew?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 02, 2017, 05:35:50 pm
Insert backflip and cheering Graemlins here!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 02, 2017, 11:31:42 pm
I had also started on S boulardii a bit before the FMD, and that helped, but didn't fix.

It's not perfect - we ate out yesterday, and unknown to us at the time, the food contained at least two of my trifecta of worst spice allergens - cloves and cinnamon - so I'm having problems again today. But I'm hoping that I'll get back on course sooner. We'll see.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 03, 2017, 12:52:54 am
Another Cheering Graemlin, Laurie!

I hope everyone is doing well. We watched all of General Conference here & it was very uplifting & inspirational, with lots of back-to-basics counsel for all of us.

I haven't talked to every single friend who would be interested, but I know people who will be thrilled with the news of the 5 planned new temples.

OK, Punkin, now you can come & bug me.  :) While I was focusing on Conference, I let her on my lap a time or two but wasn't giving her my undivided attention, so now I have to make up for it.  I see a few other bundles of fur following her, headed this way. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 07, 2017, 07:32:49 pm
Yes, Punkin, I see you. You think because I'm cutting a watermelon that you're gonna get some? :D

Of course you are. I'll even cut it in small pieces for you & add a little ice cream on the side, if you promise to share it with the others.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 10, 2017, 06:42:49 pm
I just saw a story that said research shows it's a sign of intelligence to talk to your dog. If so, there are a lot of bright people here at the Cabin. ;) I hope it included talking to cats or any other animals, but now I can't find it. Punkin, Dreyfuss, maybe you can help me look for it.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 11, 2017, 12:20:45 am
I've been sleeping better, too. I've read that the intermittent fasting thing improves sleep, but I didn't really think it would happen to me.

Like I said, things aren't perfect. But they're improving from what they were, and I really really like that. I'm no longer having digestive problems every single stinking day. :)

I also made enchiladas a couple of days ago - it was my first time making enchiladas, and I'd only had them once - in Paris, of all places. There's a really long story behind the enchilada incident, and it all centers around the minced mutton I was using.

The minced mutton wasn't minced. It was paste. And when it's paste, it changes everything, including how it cooks. It burnt. Had it been mince, it wouldn't have, but no, it's paste. Ugh. So I had to cover up the burnt smell, and pickled jalapenos were the trick. I could handle the taste, but it would have made Fahim sick, so... I added a total of about a half cup of pickled jalapenos to the meat mix, and that did the job for Fahim. But for me... Well, it tasted good, the enchiladas were good, but my poor little digestive system... LOL!

Anyway. I now have a source of excellent lamb, so I'll just mince that myself since the mutton mince was the only source for halal minced meat that I could find.

Oy. The things I have to do.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 11, 2017, 02:21:07 am
In other news, our produce order arrived - we call the fruit & vegetable market and have them deliver it. So we now have papayas, pineapple, bananas (kolikuttu, which are the really good finger bananas), and passion fruit. I'll make a fruit salad later - you'll find that in the fridge. I'll also make some passion fruit & lime juice, which you'll also find in the fridge.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 11, 2017, 02:34:01 am
Do you like mutton, Laurie? I can't remember the last time I saw it for sale here. By our vocabulary, lamb is from an animal a year old or younger & mutton is from a more mature animal. We can find lamb easily, & I have it a couple times a month. Around here, the most common meats for enchiladas are chicken & beef. There is a Mexican cuisine item called tacos al pastor, which are now made with pork, but the original recipe, using lamb, was brought to Mexico by 19th century Arab immigrants.

Here is a story of a cat who had trouble being adopted, & a prospective adopter even called him ďuglyĒ to his face. This kitty is not ugly, I think heís a fine-looking critter, & Iím glad he eventually found a good person.
http://honesttopaws.com/apollo-the-one-eyed-cat/
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 11, 2017, 03:34:24 am
I prefer lamb to mutton, but mutton was the only mince I found, so we gave it a try. We've had mutton quite a few times, but that's really only if lamb isn't available. Fahim reacts to beef, which is why we mostly avoid it.

Also, that is not an ugly cat. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 11, 2017, 10:13:25 am
Glad the diet is working for you Laurie.

I've read about something similar where you eat low calories one day and higher the next day.  It has an interesting concept, but would be very difficult for me at this point just with the insulin.  I have two insulins. One lasts all day so I would have to remember to change that up every other day and it wouldn't be as easy as taking A units this day and B the next.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 12, 2017, 11:19:03 pm
Patty, I think keeping to a diet like that wouldnít be easy even for people who donít take insulin or have a restricted diet. I often donít plan food from day to day in a way that I could do that in a methodical way, & one day I wonít remember if I ate more or less calories the day before! For someone who needs to be precise about what they ingest, it would be so challenging.

With spring being new critter season, our four-footers found yet more playmates Ė wild kit-kats! They are the cutest! They are not here at the Cabin, for obvious reasons, & they are being monitored at home by wildlife scientists who are looking & photographing but not touching. I told our critters not to do anything that would disclose their location. Two vicious dogs are running around the hills not far from here, killing cats even on their own porches, so these little ones would be at risk. :(

http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Tiny-mountain-lion-kittens-found-in-Sonoma-County-11069038.php

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Cat-killing-dogs-roaming-neighborhood-Santa-Cruz-11068811.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 12, 2017, 11:37:52 pm
Patty, yeah, I've read about that high/low thing as well. The one I'm most familiar with is 5/2 - five days a week, eat normally, 2 days a week eat severely calorically restricted. I don't know enough about it, though, to know if it would be any good for me.

I was thinking about diabetes while I was thinking of doing this. I don't have it, but this is something that someone with diabetes couldn't just go, "Oh, I think I'll give this a try." It would have to be severely planned out if it were even possible. Diabetes is so restrictive. You have my sympathy.

About my sleep - at least one reason I'm sleeping better is because I no longer wake up from the pain. I used to wake - every single night - at anywhere from 2am to 4am from severe back pain. I woke up from back pain last night at 4am, but that's the first time since I started this thing. So if this diet (of sorts) is responsible for the decrease in pain (and really, it's the only new thing I'm doing except for S boulardii), then I'm more than happy with it.

The S boulardii is also helping. I started it two months ago, so about a month before the fasting thing. The S boulardii also isn't perfect, but does make a noticeable difference. The two of these things working together help even more I think. :)


Those kitty cats are cute! Not a fan of those two dogs.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 13, 2017, 03:27:22 pm
Yeah, being a diabetic makes meal planning a challenge. I am type II, so if I forget to take the insulin I won't surely die.

The slow acting insulin is absorbed slowly, has a minimal peak effect, and a stable plateau effect that lasts most of the day. Is used to control the blood sugar overnight, while fasting and between meals.

The fast acting insulin is absorbed quickly from your fat tissue (subcutaneous) into the bloodstream. Is used to control the blood sugar during meals and snacks and to correct high blood sugars.

My Endocrinologist, Diabetic Team and my Physician Assistant has me on a low fat (10g or less per MEAL) and an involved figuring of how much fast acting insulin to take per meal and snack. I have to know the total carbs per food I will be eating so that I can take the appropriate amount of Humalog. So ~ A turkey sandwich made with two slices of bread that have 15g of carbs per slice and 1g fat per slice, 1 Tbs of Miracle Whip divided on both slices= 2 g carb and 3.5 g fat. Lean turkey from the deli is no fat, no carbs. Eaten with a garden salad is no carb, no fat. Dressing is OPA Avocado-Cilantro 2 Tbs is 2g carbs and 5g fat. 34 total carbs and 10.5 g fat.

So, I take the total carbs and divide by three (too long of an explanation why three) and that is how much my Base fast acting insulin is. Then I test my blood just before I eat. If it is under 150 I don't add anymore insulin. If it is 150 or higher, then I add 2 U of insulin per 50 units of blood sugar. So, if I tested at 189, then I take an additional 2 u of insulin.

I MUST eat within 15 minutes of injecting. Fun, fun, fun when I am eating in a restaurant.

Have to take hubby to an medical appointment right now, will add to this when we get home.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on April 13, 2017, 10:02:52 pm
When I was eight, I decided I did not care to learn about housewife-y things.  I still dislike many domestic skills, like the necessary evil of cooking and eating, but since my household wants to eat every day  :o....

That all being said, I just did my first cast-iron seasoning, and I'm pretty darn proud of myself. ;D. It is a lamb cake mold.  Guess what we're having for Easter Sunday dessert?

It's inspired me to pull out the aebleskiver pan I bought in Solvang, and my mother's pans which I'm willing to bet have never been seasoned.  Are there any here that I can do while I'm at it?  O:-)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 13, 2017, 11:30:56 pm
* Dreyfuss wanders over & looks curiously at CrowGirl's cake mold *

Yes, Dreyfuss, it's a lamb. No, not the kind that need a sheepdog to get them safely back in the fold. She's going to make a cake with it, & if you're a good boy she might save you a bite. But don't tell the other critters, or they'll want some too, heh heh.

We got a bit of rain in the Bay Area yesterday & today. It might be the last hurrah of the season, but what a season. It set records for rain & snow & put an end to the drought. The governor officially declared it to be over. Of course, it could be followed by another 7 thin-cow years, so we don't want to get too complacent. But it's good to know I can drink all the water I want & not feel guilty, :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 13, 2017, 11:35:24 pm
Woohoo! Cool on you for seasoning your pans, Crowgirl!

I usually season a couple or three times to get extra layering. If you don't, you may find that food sticks a bit more than you expect in the beginning. I'm impatient, so it's more time efficient for me to do the extra seasoning than dealing with food that sticks.

Carbon steel pans are seasoned same as cast iron, so if you find that you want less heavy pans, you can get some that are carbon steel instead.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 17, 2017, 05:18:56 pm
Uhhh, those cute little mountain lion kitty cats that our pets have befriended ... eventually they grow up & this can happen. So all Incabitants, be sure your small pets & also your kids sleep in a safe location.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Mountain-Lion-takes-small-dog-from-South-Bay-11078690.php

And here is another "adorable baby" rescue animal that may not be so cute a few months from now when Punkin goes out to do the bat census & this critter attacks her when it feels its access to the garbage can is threatened. :D

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/WildCare-rescues-first-orphaned-baby-raccoon-of-11079136.php#photo-11898215
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 21, 2017, 02:50:29 am
I placed a grocery order yesterday at a new-for-us online place and it was mostly supposed to be delivered today - due to the holidays of Tamil & Sinhalese new year, a few things couldn't be delivered for a couple more days because the supplier was closed. So this morning it was delivered. Only half of what we ordered (not including the stuff we already knew about) was delivered, and half of what was delivered was stuff we had not ordered. The guy delivering it - not a young guy at all since he looked older than us - was eager to depart very very very quickly and kept saying "I go now." So he left before we - and by we, I mean I - could finish inventorying the goods. Ugh. What a mess.

The invoice we received with the delivery was completely different from the invoice we received after placing the order yesterday. Which begs the questions... Who made those changes? Because someone had to go in to their ordering system, remove a bunch of stuff, and add a bunch more. Some human intervention was required to do this.

Ugh.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 21, 2017, 10:13:33 pm
Can it be that this was not your order at all, but someone else's whose batch just happened to have some of the same items as yours?

Punkin, please don't mess with Laurie's groceries. Even though everything is not what she ordered, she might decide to use them & will not want cat hairs or claw marks on everything. ::)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 22, 2017, 01:06:56 am
It turns out that the lady running the company (which might have all of three people total - it's fairly new) decided she'd send some additional things along so we can give them a try because, you know, maybe we'll like this or that thing. Never mind that she charges us for them. I'm so incredibly unimpressed, as is the hubs. She probably thinks that she's doing incredible marketing.

What it boils down to is that when we order from them again - and we will because they have a good selection of imported goods - we'll have to make the delivery people wait until we go through the order one item at a time until we're satisfied that we've given back all the extras.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 23, 2017, 08:23:26 pm
Laurie, I thought of you when I read about a mass poisoning in Pakistan when people ate commercially made sweets at a party given to celebrate a new baby. The pictures make this colorful cake ball or whatever it is look pretty attractive.

I thought of you because you're fond of exotic delicacies, which is wonderful, but the way these people were killed was pretty horrendous & also avoidable.

This is one report - other reports say 26 people died, including all the host's siblings. Some of them started keeling over as soon as they ate it, with others dropping in the days after. And the local hospital cannot do gastric lavage so they had to transfer patients elsewhere, which probably let them get sicker.

http://kron4.com/2016/04/25/24-killed-after-eating-poison-sweets-in-pakistan/

Other reports say the bakery owner & workers were questioned, & a baker admitted he'd mixed in a powder from a container labeled in English, which he could not read. Turns out the powder was a pesticide that had been stored near the baking supplies. This is exactly why, in the U.S. & elsewhere, toxic or hazardous materials must be stored totally separately from food items - as in a different room or closet. Why containers used for anything toxic or hazardous must not be reused for food, medicine, cosmetics, etc. (even if "cleaned" because there may always be residue). Why anything toxic should not decanted if avoidable - often it's best to transfer stuff to a smaller container for easier or safer use, & any secondary container must be properly labeled. Why states have food handler training classes & certificates to ensure that people who sell or prepare food know how to store & handle it safely.

I'm making popcorn, fruit salad, & lemonade for dinner tonight. It's pretty hard to poison anyone with those, & the critters like them too so we'll have a peaceful evening in the Cabin. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 23, 2017, 11:11:48 pm
Oh my goodness, that's so sad.


1. Oh, that poor family! And the bakers! How awful for all of them. :(

2. Labelling. Oh my goodness. If I had a container that I couldn't read - which happens frequently enough - I ask someone who can read it to tell me what it says. Then, if it's something in my house, I'll write on it with a permanent marker in a language I DO understand. Under no circumstances will I use something that I think might be x when really, it could be anything.

3. Yes, store pesticides, cleaners, and such away from food. Oh my goodness, yes. This is just standard in my head. I'm fairly paranoid.

4. Laddu are good. We had some just a couple of weeks ago. If you get the opportunity to try some, sans poison, do.


I made bread pudding. Feel free to help yourselves. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on April 24, 2017, 12:48:19 am
It makes me wonder what he thought he was using.  Some food just wouldn't sub well - if you used it thinking it was baking powder then the food probably wouldn't rise etc.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 25, 2017, 12:42:51 am
That case of the dog grabbed from inside its house by a mountain lion has proven to be valid. Forensic tests from evidence inside showed mountain lion DNA. This is in a totally rural part of San Mateo County near the coast, south of Pacifica & Half Moon Bay, not near a town of any size, & there is lots of wildlife everywhere.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mountain-lion-DNA-found-at-Pescadero-home-dog-11095501.php

So the alert is still in place for our pets. Curfew is at nightfall, & the windows are not to be open enough for them to get out or anything bigger than a squirrel to get in.

Yes, this means you, Punkin. I know you like doing the bat census & watching the wildlife & the moon, but you can't be out after dark without one of us two-footers with you. Even Dreyfuss will have to stay in at night.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 25, 2017, 02:59:37 am
With the exception of living in AZ for 6 years, I have lived in this little town in Oregon for 39 years. Always out of the city limits amongst the wild critters. Deer, Elk, bob cats, pumas, black bears, raccoons, field mice, wood rats, hawks, bald eagles, turkey vultures, blue jays, crows and wild finches.

I have always had cats too. Up to 3 at a time, but mostly one at a time. They were all indoor/outdoor cats. I finagled an opening in the bathroom window so they could get out. But they always whacked the beejeesees out of the front door screen to get let back in.

In 1999, when I separated from hubby #1 - I had had it with supply the stinking raccoons with their favorite snack - domestic kitty. Plus I just couldn't live in the country anymore - needed the safety of the town. So, the next cat I got was a Maine Coon Cat. 15 pounds with paws that overflowed my palms. She was the sweetest cat I had ever been owned by.

Out in the country - I made sure that NO pet food was ever left out overnight. The doors were always latched, the windows secured. Didn't use the security bars, but I did use heavy gauge 1/2" mesh on top of the screen mesh to keep wild critters out along with the flies, mosquitoes, Japanese 'Lady Bugs', flying termites and ants. This also kept the kittens in until they were big enough to climb up and out the bathroom window.

When the black bears and pumas got way to close to the house, that is when the Rangers got involved. I encouraged the Bob Cats to stay and live on my 5 acres. They don't bother with domestic cats or dogs for that matter. Their absolute favorite snack is beaver. And we had three families that needed to be eradicated, and Daddy & Mommy Bob Cat did just that!!

I also encouraged the Doe's to use my 5 acres as their nursery. My dog kept their predators at bay and in return they trusted us so much two of the 5 does gave birth under my bedroom window. What an absolute thrill it was to watch that happen!! I had to give up hanging clothes out there for about 2 weeks though. Didn't want to run Mama's and babies off before they were ready.

If the mountain lion is coming into the home after domestic pets - then they are pretty dang hungry. Time for the home owners to get into council with the Rangers and see what proactive things can be done. Like put food out in a safe area for them.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 25, 2017, 04:56:47 am
The people in Pescadero lucked out. They slept with a sliding door to the backyard partly open so the dog could come & go. One or more adult & one child were asleep in that room, along with the dog, when the wild kitty cat came right through the open door. The dog became aware of it & began barking, rousing the people & maybe saving them from injury or even being dragged out the door.

The lady said she saw the shape of what she believed was a mountain lion come in, grab the dog off the bed, & take off out the door. She called 9-1-1 & deputies came, & they found damp tracks on the carpet that weren't from sweet little Fluffy next door.

I don't think those folks are leaving doors open while they sleep anymore.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 25, 2017, 03:52:48 pm
If anyone is on the way up here, please be quiet & don't disturb the new neighbors, if they are going to be neighbors. Dreyfuss came back from a morning helping with the sheep at the Clowers' place & alerted us that he'd seen these cats snoozing peacefully about a quarter mile up the hill - & I think we ought to just let them snooze peacefully as much as they like. ;)

If we don't feed them or get too chummy, maybe they'll move. Yes, Punkin, they are beautiful, & I know you like to make friends with every new critter in the neighborhood. And Ivie - these are not poor orphaned shelter kittys that need some kind soul to adopt them, so don't even ask.




(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xZGPeEVZE4c/TpcdPXhAb0I/AAAAAAAABAM/lU30fpZdc1w/s1600/Lion%2BLovers.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on April 25, 2017, 05:54:33 pm
Those lions look fat and happy.  I need to take more naps...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 25, 2017, 06:03:59 pm
The problem is, too many naps make me fat. :D

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on April 27, 2017, 05:28:06 pm
I had no idea lions spooned! 




I have been lurking, but not saying much the last few weeks, sorry.  I really have got to check in at least once a week with everyone. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 27, 2017, 10:42:33 pm
I didn't know lions spooned, either.

Redd, I, for one, really like hearing from you. I suspect that that feeling is shared by many. :)


I thought my kitchen A/C was dead. For a day, I thought my A/C was dead. Turned out the remote decided to change a setting without telling me. >_< At least it's "fixed" now.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 28, 2017, 04:02:25 am
Look who's here! Hi, Redd! I saw on the other thread that you now have a cabin of your own - congrats & happy housewarming. Are you going to invite all the Nauvoodles over to warm it up right?


I had no idea lions spooned!

Really! Aren't they adorable? Here are a couple more candid photos.


(http://pixdaus.com/files/items/pics/9/56/506956_eaaedd6767a13e0a847d51d76dceab67_large.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/2850944233_86ce104bd3.jpg)

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 28, 2017, 04:34:32 am
Now, this is the cutest!  :)



(http://tailandfur.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lion-and-lioness-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 29, 2017, 01:37:57 am
Thanks for that, Curelom. I needed the cute kitty pics. :)


I'm coming down with something, so I made a huge pot of chicken soup on the stove. It'll be ready in ten minutes, so help yourselves if you like. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 29, 2017, 02:09:11 pm
**  Meow!  ** 

No, Punkin, the pot of chicken soup is for the two-footers. No one wants you stirring it with your paws or breathing cat-breath into it. :D I'll put some in a bowl for you to share with the other critters.

My hay fever is going wild. :(  After the wet winter we had, with the resulting lush plant growth & a dry spell for the last week or so, just about everyone I know is being affected. I'm increasing my honey consumption (local honey made by bees who hang out in plants near home is supposed to be helpful), & I've gotten out my neti pot that I hadn't needed in awhile.

P.S. Laurie, you're just about to get your Half Century Award for 500 posts! (insert *wave* graemlin).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on April 29, 2017, 02:13:50 pm
Sympathies, Curelom.  I'm taking two kinds of allergy medicine right now because of the same pattern in north Texas.  We're supposed to get heavy storms tonight and tomorrow.  Maybe that will wash some of the pollen away.  For a few days, anyway...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 29, 2017, 06:34:54 pm
What meds are you taking, Roper? I wonder if we become "immune" to them after awhile & they quit being very effective. I'm taking a generic for Claritin, & wonder if I need to switch to something else. I guess I'd need to suffer for a few days while detoxing from the Claritin.

I was out for much of yesterday & probably took in a mess of pollen & urban pollutants - yuck. I shampooed my hair & changed my pillowcase, figuring that over a couple of days, a lot of pollen settles out of people's hair & stays on the pillowcase. This morning the sneezing & sniffling got especially bad & I did a neti wash, which helped. 

I heard an interesting interview on the radio where a doctor (M.D., I think) was discussing a study of seasonal suicide patterns around the world, where the researchers looked at factors like holidays, economic conditions, school exams, weather, & other things that stress people out to varying degrees. And they found a very interesting trend after adjusting for northern & southern hemispheres & demographics of the subjects: high numbers of suicides came during periods when seasonal allergies were at their peak. They concluded that folks who are already having stress are just made worse by severe allergies. They feel crappy already, & allergies make them sufficiently more miserable to push them over.  :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on April 29, 2017, 11:16:39 pm
I take Loratidine (Claritin) in the mornings.  I use Fluticasone Propionate (Flonase) at night so I can breathe better while I sleep.  Benadryl works best for my itchy eyes, but it makes me so sleepy that I can't function well, so I've stopped using it.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 29, 2017, 11:44:03 pm
Sympathies on the hay fever. I experienced it once over twenty years ago. I was vacationing in California and we took a road trip to Las Vegas. Within a couple of hours of arriving, I got so stuffed up I couldn't breathe and I felt miserable. We left a couple or three days later, and within three hours of leaving, I felt normal again. Apparently, the olive trees and mayberry trees were particularly bad that year, so I'm apparently allergic to one or the other or both of them.

I made a pot of lime tea, too, and while there's still a bit of soup left, there isn't enough, so I'll make another batch of some kind of soup or another today.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 29, 2017, 11:44:58 pm
Also, Curelom, that's an interesting correlation between seasonal allergies and suicide. That's not one I would have guessed.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on April 30, 2017, 03:01:54 am
If someone wants a hearty warm meal, I made a HUGE crock pot of beef stew. I had bought a 4 pound chunk of London Broil on Wednesday and discovered there is NO freezer space. So, I cut it all up, added two bags of kroger frozen stew/soup veggies (small potatoes, carrot chunks, celery, and onions), added two parsnips that were starting to dry up, two rutabegas and two turnips plus an yellow onion that had sprouted! Now, I thought I had one pouch of Campbell's Crock Pot Beef Stew in the cupboard so I only bought one. What was in the cupboard was three different flavors for crock pot chicken dinners :'( 

So went into town to the rather pricey local grocery and alas, they were out of the Campbell's Beef Stew pouch. Went with a seasoning packet for Crock Pot Roast Beef. Mix the dry seasoning in with 1 cup of water.

sigh that just isn't enough liquid, so I got out two envelopes of Lipton Beefy Onion soup mix, added them to 4 cups of warm water and added that to the crock pot. Plus I put in three bay leaves.

It smell so dang good!! We finished off the Chinese To Go lunch we had yesterday for dinner tonight. The stew is for after Church tomorrow. For tomorrows dinner later in the evening, I'll put some of the left over Walmart creamy chicken & dumplings in a baking dish and cover it with home made crust. Hubby loves chicken pot pie. I did it for him Thursday night. Only I lined the baking dish with the crust, added the chicken and folded the crust over the top. After 50 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees F I thought it was done. Hubby says the crust in the middle of the bottom was a bit gooey.

So, there is beef stew - with the gravy on the thin side. I love it that way. Think I will take several individual serving containers to the Sister Missionaries. Containers they don't need to return to me. They can either eat within the next two days, or freeze for much later. One of our Sister Missionary is allergic to cinnamon and to broccoli. WOW, two of my favorites.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 30, 2017, 05:03:15 am
Mmm.... Beef stew...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 01, 2017, 05:38:47 am
I somehow managed to put my left shoulder out. I have no clue what I did, but it hurts.

I have chicken & vegetable soup in the fridge, a huge pot, so help yourselves. I don't know what I did, but it somehow turned out part magical it tastes so good.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 01, 2017, 01:16:58 pm
mmmm---chicken soup, vegetables yum, yum instead of noodles. Can eat this till I burst - no carbs!! Yummy to boot!! Thx.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on May 01, 2017, 07:39:42 pm
I somehow managed to put my left shoulder out. I have no clue what I did, but it hurts.

The human body is simultaneously a profound wonder and just the strangest thing ever.

My mother always had a sunny disposition and was stubborn.  Interesting combination.  Anyway, whenever something weird happened in her life she would say, "That could have happened to anyone!"  And we'd all laugh, shaking our heads, thinking, "Nope.  Only happens to you."

I woke up one morning about a year ago with my right shoulder in pain.  Looked in the mirror and my right shoulder was lower than my left.  Dislocated it while sleeping. ?!?  Yeah, I know.  That's not even possible, right?  Went to a chiropractor in our ward and he popped it back into place. 

That could have happened to anyone!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 01, 2017, 10:51:03 pm
Oh, no no no no no, it's absolutely possible to dislocate joints while you're sleeping. I do that all the time. In fact, those are usually my WORST dislocations because when I'm awake, I'm constantly monitoring for pain, pressure, discomfort, dislocations, and all that stuff, so I know when to change position because of impending damage. But when I'm sleeping, I'm in full relax mode and my joints not only dislocate, I don't shift to put them back in, so they stay dislocated for far far longer.

My shoulder is doing a lot better today. It doesn't hurt as much, so that's good. :)


How's everyone doing?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 02, 2017, 06:35:18 pm
Ouch, Iím sorry to hear that, Laurie. :( There are times I wake up a little stiff from the position I slept in, but Iíve never dislocated anything in my sleep.

We are having a heat wave in the Bay Area, which isnít helping anyoneís allergies because the air is dry & thereís all kinds of stuff floating around.

The playoff war of words is already going. The Dubs say theyíd have preferred to play the Clippers because Los Angeles is a more exciting place. Salt Lake says, ďWhoa.Ē

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679034/Jazz-notes-Joe-Ingles-has-suggestions-for-nightlife-seeking-Warriors.html

http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Salt-Lake-City-defends-Warriors-claim-that-it-11115867.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 02, 2017, 10:40:08 pm
Yeah, it's a bit weird. I saw a doctor a few years ago about a particularly bad sprain. How'd I sprain my wrist? By using my hand to support myself while I stood up. No, really. :P

So the doctor examined things and recommended a particular splint and said that I shouldn't wear the splint at night. I tell her that I dislocate at night frequently and damage things and sprain things in my sleep, so surely I should do something to protect my wrist. She clearly did not believe me at first. The look on her face! Until the husband backs me up. It still takes her a minute or two to process the information... I ended up wearing a compression bandage on my wrist for sleep and the split for daytime. Yep. Because that's what I do.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 03, 2017, 03:21:18 am
This week is the 100th anniversary of Be Kind to Animals Week. So anyone who would like to drop by & pet our critters, play with them. giive them a tidbit, or otherwise be kind to them, they will all welcome your visits.

http://rpanimalshelter.org/100-years-of-kindness/

Here are some of our critters.

IVIE, a rescue cat from the Utah Humane Society: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/650196224/Free-kittens-collected--apparently-for-abuse.html
 
DREYFUSS as a cute little pup (he's a cute grownup dog now): http://www.doglib.com/wp-content/uploads/ma/maremma-maremma-sheepdog-puppy-breed.jpg

PUNKIN, the best orange kitty in the world: http://www.hdbilder.eu/pictures/2014/0304/1/flowers-cats-animals-orange-grass-outdoors-kittens-pics-184475.jpg

Hound, Pepper, Annabelle, Oberon, Tellulah, Mandee Merree, & Teazer didnít feel like having their pictures posted today. But they are here & would also enjoy some TLC.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on May 04, 2017, 02:59:34 pm
I applied for a job on line.  I downloaded my resume to the place I applied to online.  What I sent was a list of clothes I am returning to Rose Gal instead of my resume on line.  I now can not find my resume ANYWHERE online. 

  ****sigh****

I am going to sit on the porch with a cool glass of lemonade and breath for a bit. 

(I suppose it could be worse...it could have been the  reciept, photo and description for the last negligee I bought online  :-[ )
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on May 06, 2017, 04:51:36 pm
Okay, found the resume and updated it AND applied for 3 jobs.  Got faxes off to the IRS, wrote emails to the state taxation and revenue department. 

That is enough.  I need to clean up and head on home.

  see everyone next week!
(even you, Pumpkin!) 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on May 06, 2017, 05:29:47 pm
I now can not find my resume ANYWHERE online. 

  ****sigh****

I am going to sit on the porch with a cool glass of lemonade and breath for a bit. 

I feel ya.  Been there.  Yesterday I spent all day doing a bunch of technical analyses in MS Excel.  Around 4PM I tried deleting one of three worksheets in my workbook and Excel flat out shutdown.  There were no recovery files.  I lost everything I had done since 8AM that morning.  Grrr.  I took that as a hint that it was time to go home.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 06, 2017, 11:47:44 pm
I'm glad you found your resume, Redd. :)

There's lime juice in the fridge for anyone who wants some. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 14, 2017, 10:12:15 pm
Hi, Porchupines! I was away for a couple of days taking the critters for a little getaway. They all wanted to play in snow, so I took them up near Tahoe. There is so much snow in some areas that some of the ski resorts are talking about staying open until July 4!

On the way back, this story was on the radio about a kitten who miraculously survived an unusual emergency, & I had to talk Ivie out of trying to adopt her. ::)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/CHP-officers-find-kitten-clinging-to-underside-of-11145515.php

https://www.facebook.com/OaklandCHP370/photos/a.644268885617823.1073741828.568549349856444/1485263164851720/?type=3&theater
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 15, 2017, 02:22:18 am
Poor little kitty!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 22, 2017, 01:30:12 am
It's been quiet in here! How's everyone doing?

The furballs are fed, watered, and happy, and they've been given lots of affection. They've been visiting me quite a bit in Sri Lanka, except for the day when we had huge rainfall - our floors were entirely too wet for their liking.

We have monsoon blinds on our balcony to provide an additional barrier to slow down the amount of water that comes in. With our balcony doors closed and monsoon blinds down, we still had to squeegee the floor every ten minutes to prevent the water from getting more than four feet in. Because yes, we do have squeegees on a long stick just like brooms - that's what you get in the land of concrete or tile floors. :)

Anyway. Brownies and chocolate chip cookies in the fridge along with lime juice.

I hope you're all doing well. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 24, 2017, 08:22:18 pm
I've been lurking occasionally but not always signing the guest book. But I have to make sure all is well at the Cabin/Porch & the critters are happy.

* Samples a chocolate chip cookie & adds some lime juice to my ice water. *

We have been having warm weather here, which is why the wading pools are set up. I got new ones when we moved here - the yellow one with the cat & dog design is for, guess who? The green one is for the two-footers.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Palmon on May 25, 2017, 03:01:31 am
You've been missed, Curelom. I hope all is okay.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 25, 2017, 10:45:42 am
Thanks, Palmon. All is well - just busy with lots of stuff going on & I have been in & out of home a lot, so not as much time to be online here. But I do hang out on the Porch to get fresh air, check on the Porchupines, & spend time with the critters.

I brought some fresh apricots & cherries, & a bag of pistachios. Please cover everything after enjoying to keep the pets from stealing it all... Punkin especially loves fruit.  :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 25, 2017, 10:30:50 pm
Busy's okay as long as it's not crazy busy. Glad all is well with you, Curelom. :) Thanks for the fresh fruit. I'll try to not go crazy - it's been a long time since I've had decent cherries or apricots. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on June 01, 2017, 01:17:03 pm
****sigh****  Pumkin...where are you ???  It has been noted that petting a cat lowers stress and worry.  Well, you are the only cat I am not allergic too and I need to de- stress.  A very large nursing home offered me a job, but they would not budge on my having to work on Sundays.  When I brought alternating Sundays or other schedules,  the manager just shook her head and said no. When I said I was devout in my faith, she just gave me a half smile and shrugged her shoulders.  I do not mind working the occasional Sunday in nursing home  or home health situations, but EVERY SUNDAY?????
 I  offered her other schedules for me to be a part of but she was not going to budge, so I thanked her for the time and left. 

  I am going to cry a little now, then pull myself together and start again. 


****sigh****
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 01, 2017, 07:31:42 pm
Aw, Redd, I'm so sorry that isn't working out how you'd like. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on June 02, 2017, 06:53:40 am
... but she was not going to budge, so ...

Never mind that in the USofA, she had an obligation to really try to figure out a way to accommodate your faith, before outright refusing you.  For instance, what about giving you a long lunch on Sundays to atttend Sacrament Meeting.  Or how about asking if someone else always needed Friday or Saturday for religious reasons and allow you to trade shifts.  Or allowing you to set up LDS services at the nursing home (this would of course have to be done through your stake and I don't know if you have enough members to do this kind of dependent service. 

 (You might want to make a complaint to your state Human Rights Commission, or the Office of Civil Rights for HHS, if you want to help someone else going down the line.)
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Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on June 02, 2017, 05:23:15 pm
Even in the military, where everyone is expected to work on the Sabbath, and where everyone understands that they might have to engage in violence and kill other people on the Sabbath, soldiers are given two hours for worship, unless they're in direct combat.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 02, 2017, 08:30:11 pm
Awww, Redd, I'm sorry to hear about this. I have experienced this situation & have had to give up employment prospects for this reason, so I can empathize. I'm not a legal or HR expert, but I think they do have to try to make reasonable arrangements.

Punkin is here to give you all the TLC you need.

(http://pulpbits.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/cat-sleeping1.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on June 13, 2017, 01:57:27 pm
Okay, Punkin....I need you again!  My house is paid for, the permits are paid for, the movement is paid for AND it is on my property!!!!  Now the state says that we can not hook up our own water or sewer.  My hubbs hooked up the water and sewer so we can have cold running water and flush toilets, but the state will not accept that.  I am really ready to chuck it all and move to....ANYWHERE!
 

  Yes, rant is over. Punkin is good. Stress levels are starting to lower. 

I am going to rummage for lunch.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 14, 2017, 12:13:18 am
Oh boyo, that sounds like a hassle and a half, Redd. :( I hope you can get this resolved quickly.


I have jellabies in the fridge if anyone wants any.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on June 14, 2017, 01:08:26 am
Redd - sorry things are so difficult. Hope they work better soon.

I'm sitting here thinking about all the changes in life now.

We just got back from Spain.  It was great, but we are glad to be home.

My parents are having a family reunion/50th wedding anniversary and as far as I know everyone is coming.

My son will get married that weekend verses getting married in December like planned so that all can attend. We are going a little nuts looking for the right color clothing. It is 1 month away.

My other son just got his first big clue that girls are interested in him and he is not sure what to do about it. He is 15. There are days I look over him and can't believe how handsome he is so it doesn't surprise me. He is also kind, intelligent, funny, spiritual etc so I won't be surprised if this happens more

I walked out of my brand new doctor's  office (I was in there for all of 10 min) and expect to be up and running with a new insulin pump in less than 2 months. I wasn't sure I wanted one totally yet. I'm still not sure.  I need to pray about it, but most likely I will say yes when the pump company calls with the insurance estimate.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 14, 2017, 04:19:33 am
Patty, I'm so glad your Spain vacation went great. It was fun looking at your pictures. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on June 14, 2017, 05:19:15 am
golly big changes for you Patty! glad you got your trip to Spain! It looked like fun to me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on June 15, 2017, 09:54:09 am
You will love an insulin pump,Patty.  A friend of mine is a brittle diabetic and had a terrible time taking care of herself.  Life got so much better for her and her family when she got her pump.  She is in so much more control now and is able to go  more places and do so much more.  I hope your insurance comes through for you on this. Just think of all the more interesting and exotic places you can go in the future without worrying about needles!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 16, 2017, 01:57:09 am
Wow, lots going on in the Rain family. Stop now & then to catch your breath!

Redd, Punkin is always happy to be petted & hugged & give TLC. 

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.prod.vetstreet.com/c0/125cc0aed911e088ab0050568d634f/file/37-cat-purring-reason-is-425km071411.jpg)

She's especially willing if you give her a sardine. But don't let her have it until after you get your TLC, or give her some of this after the sardine. ::)

http://www.1800petmeds.com/Be+Fresh+Dental+Care+Solution-prod11070.html

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: CrowGirl on June 16, 2017, 02:10:13 am
Curelom, I have been trying to reach you off-Nauvoo, but apparently I have old information.  Please PM me with a way that I can.  Thank you!

Hello, all.  (Insert Wave Graemlin here)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 16, 2017, 02:17:35 am
Howdy, Crowgirl! :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on June 16, 2017, 08:39:32 am
You will love an insulin pump,Patty.  A friend of mine is a brittle diabetic and had a terrible time taking care of herself.  Life got so much better for her and her family when she got her pump.  She is in so much more control now and is able to go  more places and do so much more.  I hope your insurance comes through for you on this. Just think of all the more interesting and exotic places you can go in the future without worrying about needles!

I actually haven't had a problem doing all those things being off the pump. So I don't expect any of that to change.

The major thing for my family is that I would be getting one with a continuous glucose tester and an alarm. When I am in a deep sleep I don't automatically wake up for low blood sugar. This will warn me before I get to dangerous levels.

The other thing it will help is keeping me honest with myself and with what I am eating and not eating.

My biggest concern with it is that some people gain weight when they get on it - something I very definitely don't need as big as I am. I've planned for years to probably get on it after I lost weight, but that just hasn't happened.

I have to laugh because the doctor sent me home with lab work. Apparently it is more likely to get insurance approval for type 1 diabetics and after 39 years I may have to use the test to prove I am type 1.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on June 16, 2017, 08:40:16 am
Hey crowgirl!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 21, 2017, 11:29:20 pm
Fiber internet came to Sri Lanka in May 2015, and we applied for it then. Applying for it included giving the phone company a deposit, which was paid for at the time. Although, as it turns out, there were two payments for two separate reasons to the phone company - the second one was in cash and it never appears on their accounting, so it was pocketed by whoever took it. We didn't know that because the phone company created a second account in the husband's name, and that's where the payment and the fiber installation request went. We expect we'll have to make this payment again. This is a side story.

Fast forward a while. The phone company, despite so very many phone calls to them by the husband, finally started sending out crews to inspect the apartment building and decide how things could be done a few months back. Today, one of those crews showed up to install the fiber. We suspect there is a bribe in our future, which is another side story.

So the wiring is being done today. Finally. But this is not the end. We will still have to wait for the phone company to come out and install the box and set that up. That could be another... month? Two? More?

We foresee the possibility of high speed internet in our future... sometime.

Yeah.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on June 22, 2017, 10:21:49 pm
I hope it comes sooner than expected and without the expectation of a bribe!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 22, 2017, 11:17:49 pm
There was a bribe. But the first part of the installation is done. And our floors are now a mess, because that happens every single time outsiders come to do any kind of work at all.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on June 23, 2017, 12:23:31 pm
And our floors are now a mess, because that happens every single time outsiders come to do any kind of work at all.

What kind of floors do you have...wood, laminate, carpets???
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 23, 2017, 11:33:10 pm
Oh, tile. Very easy to clean. I just grumble because I hate extra work. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on June 24, 2017, 05:02:36 am
It was 89 degrees F at our house today. That was outside. Inside it was 92. Hubs was happy. Just right he said. Me, after I got home from a lunch w/ some sisters I sat in one place and S W E A T E D.  I also drank 3 pints of water in about 2 hours.

The sisters had all commented on how much weight I have lost - yep I have. So - I turned on fans throughout the house, took off my street clothes and tried on blouses, skirts, dresses to set aside the ones that are too large, put the few that are a bit snug near the back of the closet and hang up the rest. All of my cotton blouses are too big. They are even too big to use as light weight jackets.  :-[  Tomorrow I need to try on the capri pants.

I have way too many clothes to go purchase new. BUT because the clothes that fit me again haven't been worn since 2008 - no one here has ever seen me in them!

Another sweet treat ~ ~ two summers ago I bought cotton Capri length pj's w/matching robe. Tiny check in navy. Well, it was too small. Now it is the perfect size.

I have gone from Walmart/Fred Meyer/Lane Bryant size 3X to 2X and Woman Within size 1X to Large. Yeah!!! 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 25, 2017, 12:29:27 am
Well done Iggy!!!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 25, 2017, 02:18:01 am
Hello, critters (& Porchupines too Ė not ignoring you). Iíve been in & out of the Cabin for a couple of weeks, did a bit of travel to visit people & just get away. So I have looked in on the critters to be sure theyíre fed & happy, & have sometimes found Porchupines asleep & didnít disturb them.

Congrats to Iggy Ė well done indeed!

Along with the rest of the West, we had a heat wave in the Bay Area when some inland temperatures reached 3 digits. But nothing like Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Death Valley. I think folks in those places would say, ďBut itís a dry heat.Ē

CrowGirl is fine, family is busy, & she says hi to everyone here. Sheís in that hot zone of California, so maybe we can talk her into sneaking back up here to lurk among the trees & creeks & relax with the critters.

I took Pepper out for a walk up the hill & saw those cute feral cats again. I donít know if they are friendly, cuz Iíve never seen them awake!

(http://tailandfur.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lion-and-lioness-13.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 25, 2017, 03:26:30 am
We have another emergency rescue critter here for a couple days, an orange cat like Punkin. It's Ivie's fault. We got her as a rescue from the SPCA & she can never learn about an animal in distress without wanting to take it in & give it TLC. :D
 
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Golden-Gate-Bridge-rescue-CHP-saves-kitten-11245168.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on June 25, 2017, 06:43:15 pm
Way to go Iggy!

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on June 25, 2017, 06:50:45 pm

Along with the rest of the West, we had a heat wave in the Bay Area when some inland temperatures reached 3 digits. But nothing like Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Death Valley. I think folks in those places would say, ďBut itís a dry heat.Ē


No, it is people in other places that say our heat is a dry heat, trying to make 119 degrees sound not so bad.

Having lived in both Houston and Phoenix I can say neither is worse, just different and 119 is always bad. Hard to explain it. It is not just hot, it is like standing in fire hot - you feel the heat source, not just the heat.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on June 26, 2017, 10:14:48 am
My first permanent assignment in the USAF was at Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert.  Summers were painfully hot.  This was back in 1977-79, well before windshield sunscreens were available.  I had to drape a towel over my steering wheel during the day, or it was impossible to touch it to drive anywhere during those 100į+ days.  It was indeed a dry heat. 

Now I live in South Carolina where it's a muggy, humid heat.  Neither one is ideal. I survived the Mojave because I was a l-o-t younger (and slimmer) than I am now.  I'm not sure I could endure desert heat today.   
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 04, 2017, 01:08:39 am
We've had fog for the past few days in the Bay Area. It's what coastal Californians call the "June gloom." Itís 10:00 p.m. & I can just see the buildings across the street but it's hard to tell whether they are rectangular, triangular, or circular shaped! I am going out of town at the end of the week for a week or more, so maybe I can see some sunlight.

The critters don't especially like this weather even though it's comfortable. Dense fog obscures hearing & smell as well as vision & I think they find that spooky. People are shooting off fireworks, which further upsets Ivie because of her history with animal abuse. :( She hates any kind of explosives, fire, etc., but when she can hear it but has no idea where it is, it's especially scary for her. At times like this, I put her in a closed carrier in a quiet room with another critter to keep her company Ė right now it's Hound, who is very mellow.

I made patriotic brownies decorated with white icing topped with strawberries & blueberries. Fellow Americans, on July 4, don't focus on how anyone in the White House, Cabinet, Congress, etc., of any political persuasion is behaving, or what they are all doing to us. Just remember that America is America & no single party, elected or appointed official, or political philosophy will ruin it.

There's also lemonade in the fridge for those in warmer parts of the Cabin or Porch, & cocoa on the stove for coastal Californians & anyone else who is wearing fleece on July 4 :D  BTW, two major Sierra Nevada ski areas are still open because winter brought so much snow, so if you don't feel like going to the beach, go to the slopes. 8)

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/06/28/sierra-slopes-will-be-open-on-july-4-after-record-winter-maybe-even-later/

https://www.mammothmountain.com/
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on July 04, 2017, 09:55:19 am
Curelom - it's  interesting you mentioning June gloom. I had never heard of it before, but yesterday I just read about it on trip advisor. I might think that it was brought to your minds with a newspaper article or something,  but this thread was from 2014.

It's funny because the time we spent in San Diego was in June and it was sunny. But then every time we went to Seattle it wasn't raining to the few hits before we left. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 04, 2017, 03:49:21 pm
Yes, June gloom is a very common phrase here in the summer. It affects much of the coast north of about Santa Barbara, but sometimes even farther south. It can actually be a good thing, when the interior (the Sacramento, San Joaquin, & Salinas Valleys) gets really hot.

I don't understand all the science involved, but when thick fog forms on the coast, it's drawn into the interior of California through San Francisco Bay, which is the biggest inlet on the coast. The state's two big rivers, the Sacramento & San Joaquin, flow into the Bay on their way to the Pacific, & their valleys act as conduits for the cooler coastal air. (The other big river, the Salinas, flows into Monterey Bay). Since cold air is denser & heavier than hot air, it settles in & displaces the hot valley air. Californians call this "natural air conditioning."

Today is one of those days when the a/c is turned up high! It's still overcast, with very little blue sky showing, probably in the 60s, & tonight the fog will be back. The July 4 fireworks over San Francisco Bay are always iffy because of the fog. There are places in the city where people can go for a better view, but from many hills & other spots the visibility would be poor. I'm not too far from the coast, south of the main city, & if a gray cat walks down the sidewalk, I won't be able to see it. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 06, 2017, 03:15:11 am
We're socked in again tonight. I can just see across the street. At least it's quieter tonight - last night people were setting off fireworks almost continually until something like 1:00 a.m. The critters hate that, & it's worse when it's so foggy that we can't see where they are. I eventually put them all in carriers in the back bedroom except for Dreyfuss, who isn't bothered by much at all, but he wouldn't go outside. I put on a Yosemite nature video to play continually, which calmed them down because they could see mountains, waterfalls, & animals & hear nature sounds & the narrator's voice.

Earlier tonight Dreyfuss & Punkin went exploring in the fog & they took Pepper, who can't see but has very sensitive ears & nose. So she can't be let out alone but she's a great addition to any excursion, either by Incabitants or critters. And guess who they found out in the woods? We're not disclosing the exact location, so this family can have their privacy.

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Wolf-family-sprouts-in-Lassen-National-Forest-11268765.php#photo-13194645
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 06, 2017, 10:02:36 pm
Our Internet is broken, so we got backup Internet installed - long story. Our backup Internet has very little bandwidth, so I won't be here much at all until this is resolved.

Behave, everyone! Well, okay, don't blow anything up! :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 07, 2017, 01:28:32 am
It's fixed. We weren't actually expecting it to get fixed today considering we've been complaining to the phone company (government owned) for days and no one actually cared. I guess Fahim walking into the phone company yesterday afternoon with a letter to cancel all services did the job. Yay!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 12, 2017, 02:29:40 am
This critter really, really wanted to get home. I bet she never goes wandering again, :)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4683938/Dog-reunited-owners-nine-months-wild.html
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 13, 2017, 04:34:17 am
Weevils.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on July 13, 2017, 05:57:20 am
Yucky, hate those things.

Just spent two hours scanning some family pics that my 2nd cousin mailed to me. I cropped them, then loaded them into Family Search. Don't know what is up with my computer and/or printer/scanner but I could only do two scans, then it told me that my scanner wasn't connected to my computer. Stupid thing! I found HP Scan & Capture when I click on the little window icon at the bottom of my screen. That was the only way I could continue to scan the pictures.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on July 13, 2017, 02:28:54 pm
Yea on the internet Laurie!

Iggy - glad you figured something out

Brady gets married on Saturday.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 13, 2017, 03:21:57 pm
Congrats & best wishes to Brady & his bride :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 16, 2017, 11:34:00 pm
Last night, while reading in bed, I moved my arm barely an inch, and it felt like something tore in my shoulder. I move my arm in certain positions, and it hurts. Lovely.

It's not as bad this morning, thankfully, but mopping my floors is now out. And my floors really need to be mopped. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on July 17, 2017, 03:31:57 pm
Went to see my Endocrinologist this morning ~ 7:30 AM  :o  My A1c's went up  :'( as did my weight  :( though the weight fluctuates on a daily basis.

She is putting me on JARDIANCE, and they attached a *button* to my right arm. This Button monitors my blood sugar levels every 5 minutes. The reason for the additions is because I really backslid with my eating, taking my insulin, checking my sugar levels AND keeping a meal consumption log. sigh

We are hard put financially this month since I went on Medicare last month - so I am requesting early SS Retirement Benefits. The difference if I wait one year is only $57.00 a month - and we need the money now, not a year from now.

Hubby has played *Lesson In Futility* over the phone w/Cigna and AZSU Retirement Benefits. He wants to know how much money AZSU is going to put back into his retirement check now that Cigna no longer is my primary Health Insurance. He started the phone calls Thursday morning, stopped for the week-end and started again this morning. Even though he has written down each persons name, each time he calls they won't transfer him to the original person.

Each person transfers his call, that person then transfers his call and then the line goes dead. OR he is transferred one more time, and then  - - - - CLICK - - - -  the line goes dead.

NOW if that had happened to me, I would have through the receiver across the room, embedding it in the sheet rock! Actually it wouldn't have happened a third time, because I would have called the AZSU Retirement Representative and whined, cried and whined even more. Okay, so I suggested to Hubby that he call his Rep. He does. The DUDe is out to lunch. Hubby calls back in 1.5 hours, the DUDe has gone home early. Hubby did ask the operator/secretary when this DUDe actually comes in to work. 9:15 AM ~ so at 9:17 AM tomorrow, Hubby is calling (got this DUDes direct phone number). Oh, and the Operator/Secretary really dislikes her boss, and gave hubby the DUDes supervisor's direct phone number along w/ his email address.

Now, me?? I would already be composing an email in Word, documenting all the dates/times I have already called and NOT connected. State why I want to talk to DUDe, and perhaps YOU could help me instead.

The button attachment area is a wee bit sore - - - - Think I will change out of my street clothes and put on my 100% cotton, loose cap sleeve *House Coat* and sit in my recliner and nap a bit. House Coats, remember them??? Found this one way back in my closet in a basket of hubby's & my garments. Been there since 2011!!! Yep, now they fit! Yeah. This was once my Mom's. Loose & Comfy & Covers all the Necessary Parts.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 17, 2017, 11:04:25 pm
Iggy, that button doesn't sound like fun, but I hope it helps you get healthier. Sorry to hear about the challenges with the insurance company, too. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 26, 2017, 02:04:28 pm
Just dropping in to be sure all is well. I lurk a lot but don't always sign the guest book, although it's good to have regulars sign in occasionally so we know how fresh the food in the fridge might be, if the floor was swept in the last few weeks, & most important, if the pets are getting enough TLC.

I know, Punkin, no amount of TLC is ever too much. But you critters do well & aren't overly needy & clingy like some people's spoiled pets, & I don't want us to take you for granted. Give me & minute & I'll

(http://www.catster.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/my-first-cat-orange-tabby-kitten.jpg)

See, I dropped everything to go to the fridge. Here are some sardines for the cat dish & some of last night's beef stew for the pooches. I'll add some broth & mix them into the dry food dishes. Yes, Missy, I know you like it microwaved for 10 seconds, stirred a bit, & then nuked for another 5 seconds. ::)  Would you like a cherry on top? :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on July 29, 2017, 10:35:37 am
 I got to work today, took a look at the microwave in the break room and realized that I left tamales in my microwave at home. That was on Monday. I really do not want to clean it out tonight.  :-\
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on July 29, 2017, 03:08:43 pm
I am so thankful for the calming effect of this sweet place. Had a really rough, emotionally draining, *fight or flight* week. Husbands medical insurance that covers me, cancelled coverage on me because we did not respond within 31 days to their Life Event Medicare change. Apparently this letter was mailed by them on the 3rd of April, and we had until 31 days AFTER I received my Medicare card.

I received my Medicare card on about 25th of June. It was effective 3 June 2017 for both Parts A & B.

I never received this letter from his employers benefits department. I finally got the guy who told me I was cancelled to send me a copy of the letter via email in a pdf file. Believe me, had I got it - you better believe your sweet Aunt's bippy, I would have called to have the Life Event form emailed to us-  or at least walked us through the online forms portion to find it. Printed it out, FILLED it out and emailed it back via pdf file as well as snail mailed the 'wet' signature forms.

So, with the 31 days deadline fast approaching (31 of July) for this weary 65 year old newbie to Medicare, Parts A & B and now having NO coverage on my medications aka pharmaceuticals, we are listening via the phone to the upteen million different carriers/brokers/representatives and reading the upteen million blah, blah, blah via the internet. The internet one, you have to fill out a form which includes a phone # they can reach you. Believe you me-  they contact you.

Absolutely no one's coverage can even hold a candle to what I had that got cancelled!

Now when I am emotionally upset I don't eat. I drink tons of water and iced coffee. Hubby makes me eat at least a salad - and for the last 3 months the only salad I have purchased has been shredded cabbage for coleslaw. How he thinks this is nutritional for me, I don't know. Soup probably would have been better, but coleslaw it has been. At least I grab a handful, dump it into a bowl and add two forkfulls of Litehouse brand Coleslaw dressing. He on the other hand has been nuking his own meals and leaving me alone.

All that water, all that coleslaw, AND not needing to take insulin because I am not eating - I have the frizzing, foaming poopoos!!!

Finally, Hubby AHA's at me. You gotta come over here and read this, - - -  Now. Me: I am on the phone with - - -  who are you again??? From the phone, Mike w/ blah, blah, blah. Me: Okay, give be a Ball Park dollar amount for the monthly amount. Mike on the phone: I am not selling you a Ball Park??? Me: Well, if you are too young to know what Ball Park Figure means, I have to hang up now. Me: I hang up.

Hubby has been reading from Samaritan Health Plans, Advantage Premier, Premier Plus plans. This is the exact same Samaritan Health people we go to for our PC, Specialists, HOSPITAL, lab, Diabetic team, etc. etc. Me who is relatively new to the go see a Dr on a regular basis stuff (1st Hubby didn't allow it and I was dumb enough to *obey* him) and 2nd Hubby who hired on with the last employer not for the wages, but because they had the BEST medical coverage insurance he had ever seen. Plus he worked at Kaiser Permanente for 18 years, and never had this good of medical coverage. He worked at KP for the wages, ;)

So, the representative at Samaritan sent out the literature and application by overnight mail.  We got it, read it separately and then together as we not only compared it to USAA on line, but also to my previous coverage. Yeah, I was considering USAA - BUT had I gone with that, it would have taken too long for me to get in the the Medicare Plan whatever in time, plus I would have had to tear apart Hubby's Den looking for his military papers.

Finally, I filled out the application - then called the representative and told her I wanted to get the Premier Plus Plan Plus @ 140.00$ a month. 1 hour 37 minutes later I was enrolled, and when I get my card in the mail, then I can go online to my bank and send them the 1st months payment. My coverage starts 1 Aug 2017.

Hopefully by Aug 1, my SS Early Retirement benefits will have been deposited into our checking account. Yep, I took early SS Retirement. We need the money to pay for my medicare A & B, and the medical supplemental coverage I thought I had through his retirement coverage.

Samaritan Health Plan isn't as good as what I had before. My hearing aid coverage had been 100% paid - no limit. Now it is 500.00$ per year. My meds were get three months & just pay 2 months co-pay. My most expensive was my insulins, and those I paid a 50.00$ co-pay. Lantus Solostar Pens, 30 pens for 3 months cost over 3,000.00$. Now I will be paying 47% of that cost. Hospital co-pay is higher, as is Urgent Care/Emergency.

When we see what Hubby's Arizona State Retirement check is without the amount of my medical insurance being deducted - we just may keep Samaritan Health Premier Plan Plus. Not only will  pay for Lantus, but for HumaLog and Jardiance.

What I find odd is that Samaritan pays for 15 visits to an Acupuncturist and only 5 visits to a Chiropractor. Acupuncturist?? Before looking up who is in Network, I thought ~ okay, I'm willing to go have tiny, thin, SHARP straight pins inserted all over my body to see if all of that will get rid of the all over muscle pains, joint pains AND nephropathy. Looked them up, and there are 5 that are in Network, but they are all in the *Valley* aka Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, & Sweet Home. My Chiropractor didn't do anything for my nephropathy, but did wonders to ease the sciatic pains.

So, that pressure - worry - fear is eased. Now to wait, not so patiently really, for my coverage card to get here. In the interim, will type up list of the providers that will need my new insurance carriers w/ their associated numbers. I also want to know if Hubby's employee coverage still covers me for Dental? I just might type up a list of questions, then call them myself. With Hubby sitting not 10 feet from me, giving his permission for the rep. to divulge the data to me, his lawfully-wedded WIFE, should be able to find that out. If the answer is yes, then I want a new card from them with my insurance account number, plus how much a month they are deducting from Hubby's retirement amount. 

Oh, another gut wrenching event that I have ignoring is:::: In the month of June and July I was seen by: Chiropractor once, OBGYN, Dental Hygienist, Mammogram. In July: Endocrinologist NP, Blood Lab. So ~ do I have to pay more than the 15.00$ for the Chiropractor and Endo NP? 30.00$ for the OBGYN? and 0.00$ for the Mammo & Lab? The Dental, well - that is figured differently but I sure as the dickens don't want to pay the full cost.

sigh ~ my cat Fred has lost some more weight. Monday after I get the FreeStyle Libre Pro Sensor button removed from my arm, I'll hang a right out of the clinics parking lot and head up to Hwy 20 where I will hang another right to get the Animal Clinic. Will set up an appointment to bring Fred in to have some tests done. Find out what is causing him to lose weight. Even 0.69 pounds is too much for his little 8.2 pound body. That is what he weighed back in Feb. I have yet to set up the scale in the bathroom, scoop him up when he joins be on the bed and get us on the scale. BUT he feels lighter and thinner. AND he his drooling on me all the time now. Not just when I rub behind his ears.

Oh, and he won't eat the canned Fancy Feast - not even licking up just the gravy any more. He does however like luvsome. At 1.00$ per 3oz can he better like it all up. Not just the gravy! He is still eating the Purina One dry food. Thank goodness, cause there is about 10 pounds of it left.

Oh, and one last stop coming home Monday is my hairdresser. Not to do my hair, but to make an appointment for later in the week. Asked Hubby last week what he thought of me shaving my head. The look he gave me was indescribable. When he raised just one eye brow and tilted his head to the side - - that is when I spurted out my reasons. Well, okay, just one reason. Am. Tired. Of. It. Being. So. Flat. Drab. TotalPainInTheButtocks. To. Style/TakeCareOf.

Hubby: No response. No change in facial expression.
Iggy: When I go out in public, I will wear hats & scarfs of course.
Hubby: No Response. No change in facial expression.
Iggy: Leans over and puts palm of hand under Hubby's nose to make sure he is alive and breathing
Hubby: Laughs.
Iggy: Well, say something
Hubby: Puts headphones back on and goes back to his movie.
Iggy: sighs - goes to look for the electric shears. The one we bought when Hubby underwent chemo and I buzz cut his hair before it could fall out and be all over everything.
Iggy: two hours later ~ couldn't find the stupid thing.

1.5 weeks later - still thinking of cutting hair to 1/8" all over, as well as shaving eyebrows off.

Have come to the conclusion that I am going through a life crisis generated by turning 65 years old. The hair will grow back, hope the eyebrows don't.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on July 30, 2017, 04:55:35 pm
Well if you don't like the buzz cut, you can always let it grow back. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 30, 2017, 09:12:04 pm
Even though the hair went to a mighty good cause, I wont be cutting it anytime soon again. I HATED that short hair HATED it.  If your skull is a pretty shape why not? you like your hair short anyway so it wont be too much of a change.xxx do not shave eyebrows. no. not ever.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on July 30, 2017, 11:53:49 pm
Why not the eyebrows Jana?

Tonight I shower & wash the hair, so I will brush it straight back to see what shape my skull is.

pnr ~ yep, it will grow back. My hair grows fast as it is.  I used to have my hair appointments set for the year - - every two months. Then I got sick, had to cancel, and never got back into it again.

Our lawn care guys were here today. Sunday, yes. They go to earliest Sunday Mass, so they think nothing of working later in the afternoon. Hubby and I were both home from church. Neither of us slept last night. Me, had GAS. Him ~ don't know, just didn't feel good.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 31, 2017, 12:54:29 am
I had a suedehead when I was 18. I've contemplated doing it again, mostly out of exhaustion. I like long hair, but I'm just not always up for it.

We're in Singapore at the moment. We came here to get Fahim's computer fixed - his keyboard is having problems. Unfortunately, we planned to stay for two weeks, and they had to order parts in, and it might not be fixed in time, and that would suck.

Meanwhile, we've been doing other things, like shopping for stuff we can't get in Sri Lanka. We just got back from Mustafa's, which is a fairly huge Indian department store that's more than a bit disorganized and holy doodle crowded at 10 am.

We stopped by the bakery section and picked up some Samosas for lunch - less than S$2 each, and two each were enough to fill each of us. Cheap lunch! 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on July 31, 2017, 10:22:18 am
Iggy - something that might help you with the insulin co-pays: check into prices of both Novolog and Humalog. They are interchangeable for me and sometimes my insurance covers one and then they will switch. It's possible one is lower than the other. I know some people need to go up or down a unit when changing, but there is no change at all for me.

Also look into switching Lantus for Basaglar. Basaglar is fairly new and I've found not everyone knows about it.  Some consider it as almost a generic for Lantus and for me it is MUCH cheaper. The only thing I don't like about it, sounds like it wouldn't be a problem for you - it only comes in pens, no vials and syringes.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 31, 2017, 10:57:08 am
Why not the eyebrows Jana?

they might grow back in wierder than ever.

people need eyebrows to look human.

you would have to draw eyebrows for the rest of your days.

just a few reasons I can think of
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 31, 2017, 10:09:19 pm
It sounds like a few people here could use some relaxation. Anyone feel like going to cat yoga tomorrow night? Punkin & Tellulah are coming, & Dreyfuss wants me to find out if dogs would be welcome. No, it isnít what you think.

http://www.sfgate.com/living/article/At-this-yoga-class-in-S-F-cat-pose-involves-11721803.php
 

(http://blog.lulus.com/images/blog/Yoga-Cats-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Palmon on August 01, 2017, 03:01:19 pm
Iggy, hair grows. I had a buzz cut a few years ago. It isn't an uncommon style these days and you wouldn't really need to wear a scarf, if you don't want to. You may have to spend some time explaining to people that you don't have cancer - people get really sympathetic when they see a woman with no hair, wearing scarves; mostly though, people don't say anything - they just look at you with sad eyes. But short hair is nice in the heat.

I have a similar situation coming up with insurance. Yesterday received a letter telling us that we have to submit a copy of our marriage certificate and latest tax form. We have a month. The taxes aren't a problem but the marriage certificate is. Our certificate was lost years ago and ordering a copy may take longer than the month allowed. We were married in Heidelberg. I found that we can order a copy via fax but there is no information on how we are supposed to pay for it - the amount, yes but nothing on form of payment.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on August 01, 2017, 03:16:23 pm
Post tax season is pretty good this year.  I am in the office about 25 to 30 hours a week, get paid $400.00 a month, get to play on the computer, pinterest, facebook, nauvoo etc all I want and I am in a very comfy climate controlled atmosphere! I know the pay is really low, but I am helping my friend build up her business, and she has had to take a second job to make the rent and utilities on the place.  So I answer phones, deal with clients and letters and such. Beats being unemployed totally and I watch all my favorite older shows on youtube.  Not bad really.


Roper moved, Iggy is contemplating haircuts, LMAshton  our lovely administrator,  is in exotic Singapore.

 So what has everyone else done during the summer so far?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on August 08, 2017, 05:32:39 pm
Thanks to my niece, I was able to use her kitchen and cook up a storm.  Spaghetti, goulash, lasagna, posole, two types of enchiladas, elbows for salads to be made later, key lime pie, chocolate mousse pie and peppermint pies, and mac-n-cheese.  There is plenty to go around, what did not fit in my little fridge and freezer I left here!
 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on August 08, 2017, 09:00:55 pm
Posole <drool> As if I wasn't already missing the food in Texas. Can I come visit you?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on August 08, 2017, 09:31:58 pm
We are back home and unpacked.  ChiŮa is a wonderful place to visit but I am always glad to be back in my own bed.  There is Lanzhou dried fruit and flower infusion here for everyone to try. its yummy. Do add some rock crystal  sugar. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 09, 2017, 07:51:08 pm
We are back home and unpacked.

We also both came down with the plague. We've been up since 4am, me from coughing so much my throat is hamburger and him because of all the green goo he's expelling. Oh, the fun, the joy!

Herbal tea is made. And I'll be making buckets more all day. This batch is orange and hibiscus and something else. We mostly do fruity herbal teas when we're sick. We're weird that way. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on August 10, 2017, 12:54:24 am
Laurie...ugh. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 10, 2017, 11:34:35 pm
Yeah.

I wake up every hour or two to have a coughing fit that takes a half hour to calm down after consuming half a dozen cough drops or a cup or two of herbal tea. I've had this problem with coughs for forever - I get a cold or something, and I have a cough that lasts for six months. It's terrible.

Fahim at least is getting better.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on August 17, 2017, 09:05:35 am
Good to hear of those who have made it back home, wherever "home" is for each of us.  I've moved so much I don't know where I'd call "home" anymore.  Sorry to hear about your illness, LM.  Sounds horrible.

I'd like to pick the brains of our seasoned travelers.  My scattered family is descending upon Poznan, Poland, on Sept 8 for the wedding of my son, Nick, and his fiance, Marta.  They make a sweet couple.  Marta is a native Pole, is a convert (the only LDS in her family), an RM (Chicago), and will soon have her MBA.  Because of the Polish laws and the relative infancy yet of our church presence in Poland, they must first have a civil marriage in Poland (Friday, 9/8) and then their sealing in the Freiberg Germany Temple the next day. 

Nick served his mission in Poland, and has a job with an international software firm that has taken him back to Warsaw, Poland, for two years, and then the past year in Helsinki, Finland. 

So ... any travel advice?  We're most worried about customs and airport security.  Both me and the missus have a boatload of meds and I have a CPAP.  How much trouble will that cause us at the European airports?  How tight is the security in Poland and Germany?  Our itinerary heading out will be Tucson>Phoenix>LA>Iceland>Dublin>Warsaw.  Coming back it will be Berlin>Iceland>LA>Phoenix>Tucson.

Any advice you can give us is much appreciated!

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on August 17, 2017, 10:43:32 am
I go to Poland all the time and carry a boatload of meds and a CPAP.  No one has ever been the least bit bothered. In fact the only real travel problems we have are in the USA with TSA where apparently senior citizens with silver hair are a huge threat to the peace and safety of fellow citizens.  Your electronics, and chargers, will have to be looked at. Things with batteries might get an extra look.  I carry knitting needles all over the world and not one soul has said boo.

I am so sorry you have multiple hops. That will be the worst stress, hoping you have enough time to get aboard the next flight.  You will have to fetch your bags ( because its EU) and go through customs and immigration check In Iceland. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME.  Rykjavik (SP) is a really modern airport. It is very nice. It used to be a hut in the middle of no where.

I think on the way back you will have to pick up your bags at LA and do a recheck.  LA is one of our most hated airports and thats even with priority ( frequent flyer) perks.  Just be warned that the TSA has given people power over you and they do not hesitate to act like you are under suspicion.

Make sure you carry your drugs passport ( from the pharmacy) and you papers for your CPAP.  No one has ever asked for them but if you run into a problem where you need meds or a machine on loan, they need to see your prescription and CPAP settings.  Just in case.

AND GET TRAVEL INSURANCE TODAY.  Really.  It's just an absolute here.  Check who  covers what. 

But really, unless you have liquids in your carry on, or way too many wires in your backpack. or forget to put your pocketknife in your cargo case, or your CPAP folding standard looks odd, or you tuck a metal shoe horn in your carry on, you should sail right through. The US makes everyone under 70 take off their shoes and there is no where to sit....In EU if you are wearing boots or really thick soles then they ask for you to de shoe.  Oh and all pat downs are public now. If you have a problem with strangers touching you.....grit your teeth.

Befoer Whizzair started a bus with wings to Wroclaw we used to take the night train. it stopped in Poznan. Thats all I know about Poznan! The train station. 

Poland has really morphed in 25 years. It has been wonderful to watch the building, and colors and infrastucture change.  Polish folk are lovely and so is the food.  Have a good time...September can get chilly by the way.  make sure you have layers!!

And its not just POland, I don't think you can marry in any temple in Europe. Marriage is a civil law matter.  Then you go get blessed in the church or whatever.  Has nothing to do with church infancy.  Good thing you can go to the Friberg, because Frankfort is still undergoing renovations I think...Its been closed a while.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 17, 2017, 10:53:26 pm
I haven't travelled to Poland or Germany or Iceland, but in general, take meds in your carryon in their original bottle along with a written prescription from the doctor for the meds and the CPAP. I've never had a problem, either, and I've never been asked to present paperwork on my meds, but that's what's advised in a worst case scenario.

I don't know how tight security is there. When we went to France last year, the line to get our passport stamp was... non existent. Not a single person in front of us. And it took us about 5 seconds each to get our passports stamped and done. And there was no customs to pass through, which I found extremely odd. 

Also, yeah, we found the TSA to be quite invasive compared to everywhere else, which is interesting given that we're groped nearly everywhere, but everywhere else seems to be able to manage doing the groping thing with no muss, no fuss, and no making the passengers feel uncomfortable, completely unlike the TSA. At the Sri Lankan airport, we pass through security to get into the airport, to get to the check in counters, and to get to the individual gate. At each, they xray all the luggage/purses and they grope everyone, so fairly security conscious, but they manage to be very respectful. The TSA was rude to the point of obnoxiousness and impatient. Just be prepared for that.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 18, 2017, 01:30:05 am
It's interesting to read about people's international travels & experiences with airport security. I don't do a lot of air travel when it is at all avoidable, so I'm not as tuned in to these fine points & niceties.

I'm going to find a more inland part of the Cabin to go to on Monday for the solar eclipse. In my section, near the coast, we have cloudy weather predicted that will partly obscure the sun. I won't be able to make it to Oregon, to that hamlet where half of California is supposed to be headed. I doubt that the special viewing glasses are available anywhere now, but most of us over 30 or more learned when we were kids to make pinhole viewers; we still can't look directly at the eclipse, but we can see its shape in the projected dot of light.

I read a little on how eclipses affect animals, & since there doesn't seem to be a consensus about the impact on pets, I decided to take along only Punkin. She isn't spooked that easily, & in new surroundings she'll stay close by & mind me, & unlike most cats, she understands that if I put a harness & leash on her, it's for her protection. If you are here at the Cabin on Monday, it might be a good idea to keep the other critters inside at least as the eclipse starts, & see how they react before letting them wander around.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/how-does-solar-eclipse-affect-animals
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on August 18, 2017, 01:53:20 am
We went to Newport, OR today. Three Dr. appointments. We had to go to Walgreens to get his pain pill Rx filled. They had three floor displays with those glasses. As I was waiting to pick up the pills, the lady behind me said that Walmart and Fred Meyer were putting out 4 floor displays each. So, here on the Central Oregon Coast we have more than enough.

As long as you don't look directly at the sun, you are not going to hurt your eyes. Hubby doesn't want to go outside. It is hard for him because he has to use his walker. I remember making a viewer in grade school and all of us kids standing by the windows looking into our box viewer to see the eclipse. For me then it was beyond boring. I would have much rather be sitting in the pillows on the floor reading. Yeah, our teacher had 20 big pillows for us to sit/lay in and that is where I preferred to read.

Also there was an attic room where I would go in the grade school. Again there were a couple of window seats filled with cushions and knit wraps. The recess teacher had her desk there. That is also where the mimeograph printer was, along with all the different colored papers, ribbons, etc. To punish me for being a brat in class, I was sent to this room. The teacher would make us a cup of tea, and I could read whatever book I had brought to school to read. I spent about an hour every day there. I was a brat. When I was asked a question I would say No. Didn't matter what the question was I always answered No. So off to the attic room with the comfy cushions, the cup of tea and my book.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 25, 2017, 01:47:37 am
Punkin talked me into letting this critter stay with us for a few days. Customs & Border Patrol agents confiscated this cat that someone was smuggling across the border near San Diego. He said he had bought it off a guy on the street in Tijuana for $300, & his passenger told the officers the animal was ďjust a cat.Ē It sure looks like a cat, but not JUST Fluffy or Snowball. The kitty will be cared for at one of the wildlife parks in San Diego, but Punkin was convinced that he needed the company of friendly domestic pets & nice people, & some good food. So he will be here through the weekend. Be sure not to let him escape when you open the door, & tether him if you leave him on the Porch, because heís new & nervous & might bolt. He can eat the same stuff our cats do Ė but more of it.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Smuggled-Bengal-tiger-cub-confiscated-at-border-11955943.php#photo-13891364
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on August 25, 2017, 02:42:54 pm
Just a cat, indeed!   ::)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 26, 2017, 06:25:35 am
Not doing well at all today. 😕
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 26, 2017, 11:38:56 pm
Awww, I'm sorry to hear that, Laurie. If some chicken-quinoa soup will help, there's a pot on the stove. It also has carrots, onions, & celery, but no gluten. There's also a watermelon in the fridge, & fresh grapefruits & oranges.

Ivie is on her way over to give you some TLC.

(http://mycutekitten.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Tuxedo-Cat-very-cute.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 28, 2017, 05:26:51 am
Ivie was a most welcome visitor. I've been feeling like I've been run over by a semi. You know how I've been sick with that throat thing? And I've had a bad cough from it? My IBS decided to act up in a very very bad way. Put the two together and... It's worse than usual. Ugh.

I'm not done being sick yet, but I really wish I was. All the furballs are welcome to visit, provided they don't put any weight on me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 29, 2017, 03:26:39 am
Laurie, I'm glad Ivie cheered you up. Our pets are hypo-allergenic, so anyone who sneezes, wheezes, or gets itchy eyes from ordinary cats or dogs can enjoy our pets. Ivie won't insist on sitting on you if you have to keep pressure off. She'll be glad to just sit next to you & let you pet her.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on August 29, 2017, 09:42:47 pm
They are also as light as a sweet summer breeze.

I went and had a nearly full body massage today. No tummy or breasts. I have known this woman since 2000. She is wonderful. I ask for 90 minutes which she charges $0.01 per minute, and she gives me a 2 hour massage. I feel absolutely wonderful, AND I am hungry.

Time to go cook something for Hubs and myself.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 29, 2017, 11:30:24 pm
Oooh, I want a massage. :)   In fact, I'm tempted to go to Calistoga to one of the mineral springs resorts where they have mud baths, facials, massages, hot mineral soaking pools, etc. & have "the works." We should have an outing for all the Porchupines to go for a day or two. We did this a long time ago at Old Nauvoo, & I recall everyone had a great time & came back as relaxed as a damp towel. :D

Punkin, of course I like having you walk up & down on my back & knead my arms & legs. But a professional massage is different. What we're talking about is deep massage that gets into the muscles. As Iggy said, you critters are as light as a sweet summer breeze, so you can be only so effective giving a massage. In fact, maybe we can find out if there are spa packages for pets, & bring all of you for the treatment while we two-footers have ours. 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 04, 2017, 01:05:16 am
Upcoming big events in my neck of the woods.

We have a special Multi-Stake Women's Devotional taking place in two weeks at my old stake center. A member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be attending, as well as three Seventies, and we've actually been given homework to read before the meeting.  We've already been requested to carpool because there are 9 stakes being invited to this. I think Mini and I may go down really early, though, and do some other shopping in that area that I haven't found replacements for up here where we live now. It's only about 30 miles, but it's hard to justify that length of a trip for fun stuff sometimes. 

Then, the next day we have a special stake conference for just my stake, with that same apostle presiding.  Hubby doesn't do well with stake conferences because he works Saturday nights and we don't have much time between him coming home from work and our having to hit the road to get to the stake center on time.  So he's grumbly. But he doesn't understand the impact of having an apostle at stake conference.

There's also a special YSA Devotional that same weekend.  There's homework for that one as well. I don't think Mini will be interested in attending, and I can't slip in without her LOL.

Meanwhile, I've been pondering what sort of big news is coming down the pipeline that generated so many special meetings, particularly ones with homework.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 05, 2017, 05:33:24 am
Hmm. A multi-stake Women's Devotional... I don't think I've ever heard of such a thing. And with homework too. And homework for a YSA gathering. Your region must be about to receive a special calling!

We've had multi-stake conferences in California, where Saturday was given to each stake for its own program & then the Sunday session was broadcast to about 65 stakes, typically with an Apostle, a Seventy, & one of the sister general officers speaking. In fact, we haven't done that in awhile.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 10, 2017, 09:24:12 pm
So, it's unofficially official. I will be released from my Nursery calling in two weeks (special stake conference next week). No new callings are being contemplated at the moment. I'm still a Cub Scouts leader, though, so I'm certainly not going to be idle.  But I will get to attend classes again, which means more crochet time ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 16, 2017, 11:07:59 pm
Poking in to dust and tidy in the sound-proofed room full of punching bags and implements of mass destruction. It's clearly going to be getting some use pretty soon, and nobody's been in here for a bit. Fortunately, the mini-fridge in here is still well stocked.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 17, 2017, 01:27:06 am
Yeah, I won't be using the punching bag. I'd probably break my fingers. LOL!

I'm leaving fresh papaya, pineapple, and mango in the fridge for y'all. Feel free to help yourselves.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on September 17, 2017, 11:03:43 am
Back in my early 30's I would slam cupboard doors, the back door and throw the 3/4" drive sockets at the two fir trees outside in the yard. The smallest of the sockets embedded into the trunk of the tree. THAT took effort and energy to get them out, so my anger was spent by the time Hubs #1 got home or up out of bed.

The greatest lesson in futility I learned was when I threw a 1/2 gallon jug of cheap whiskey at the tree. It was a plastic bottle and it was 2/3 full and the stupid thing kept bouncing off the trunk. I wanted it to shatter or at least to crack open and slosh the whiskey all over. Nope - it bounced. Never did crack, nor did the lid come off enough for it to spill the contents.

So after retrieving it about 4 times I finally twirled around in a circle a few times and tossed it down the hill only to have it rest at the base of a windfall fir tree about 50 feet down the hill. Now this hill is a real bear to get down and up from. The Hubs saw it there, but even he wasn't in THAT much of a dire need for more alcohol.

I thought that I had left all that built up anger issues behind when I left him AND got my divorce from him. BUT here it is again. This time instead of the cause being alcoholism it is gambling. I don't give a fig what anyone tries to tell me that *investing* in the stock market isn't gambling. It is. Invest in bearer bonds or certificates of deposit. Or even just a simple savings account where the interest rate is guaranteed.

He took his first lump sum retirement from Kaiser Permanente and *invested* it with Edward Jones. In the first year the market dropped and 32% of the investment was lost. Gone forever! Did he pull the money out? No. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!! It has been 11 years and the grand total lost is 37% of the total amount. I am not really figuring it correctly because in the last 4 years we have had to pull out 5,000.00$ for emergencies. Pay for the range, floor repair in bathroom, new flooring in kitchen & bathroom. Pay for 4 new tires on my car. Oh, the money hasn't all gone to Household emergencies - he has generally taken 1/3 to 1/2 and put it into his Day Trading account.

What hurts the most is that back in 2011 when I discovered that we still owned the 1/2 acre in AZ, I asked him if he was ever going to go back and live there? Put in the electrical/septic/water and put a manufactured/stick built home there to either rent out or live in? Nope, I'm done with AZ says he. Me: Want me to find a Realtor and sell it? Hubby: Sure, tell you what, whatever you get for it the money is yours.

So I contacted a member of our old Ward who is a Broker. She told me to hold on to it that there were several deals in the making in expanding the town outwards and that property would end up bringing in more than just a 1,000.00$ or so.

As usual I was checking out the town via an aerial viewing and my broker friend was right - the town is expanding. Went online and read the local paper for the past two years and our little 1/2 acre is slowly being sandwiched between three large developments. Not just tract homes, but business's too. So, I went to the tax plat, found out the name of the people who own our old home next door to the 1/2 acre and sent him a letter asking if he was interested in purchasing the 1/2 acre. He was, we sold and Hubby now claims he never told me I could keep the money if I sold it.

It is his land - was his land before we married. Even though the my name is also on the tax rolls.

Not even a year into our marriage, I cashed in my United of Omaha Life Insurance Policy. The one my mother purchased for all of us kids back in the late 50's & early 60's. She paid 0.10$ a week for the 7 policies. She scrimped and saved and did without to pay for them. When Mom passed in 1988, there wasn't enough money to pay for her funeral and the other kids cashed theirs in to pay for just her casket. We couldn't find mine, so I took money from Hubby #1 & my earnings and sent 300.00$ to my sisters for my share.

When I divorced Hubby #1 - I found my policy. I wrote to the company to see how much it was worth - only about 500.00$. So I put it in a safe place and forgot about it.

When I married Hubby #2 and had been living in AZ for about 6 months - I was in need of clothes. Lots of warm weather, light-light weight clothes. I was also in need of better cooking appliances. With it being a controlled 82 degrees in the house - there was no way I was using the oven to cook in. Also there was no place to buy the bread I liked. My large electric mixer [second hand small commercial mixing bowl/bread kneader] died on me. Even with finding everything on Super Sale and in thrift stores I figured I would need about 1,000.00$

Hubby #2 still hadn't put me on his two credit cards, and he had just recently put me on his checking account & given me my own debit card. Yet whenever I went grocery shopping, when I got home, he would tell me how much I spent at each store! He was tracking me via the online account.

When I finally got a job, I didn't deposit all of my check. I kept half of it out in cash and that is what I bought my breakfast or lunch with when I was out grocery shopping. It is also how I paid for my second hand books and things from the thrift stores.

We have been married 13 years and I am only on one of the credit cards. At least it is the one with the lowest interest rate. He no longer tracks me via our checking account. Guess he got the message when I would parade the best of the food sales in front of him. The meat I bought at 1/2 price, the arctic salmon I paid 2.29$ a pound for when Coho Salmon was selling for 4.99$ a pound in Newport, OR - - FRESH caught and not shipped in frozen, the real good sales of 10/10.00$ items that went into our food storage. Not the 'Catch Their Eyes' 10/10.00$ where their normal price was 0.99$ each. And when I stapled the sales receipts to sheets of paper and handed them to him the next morning. In retrospect, I don't want to be on the other credit card. Oregon is NOT a community property state. If he should pre-decease me leaving that credit card with the HUGE balance it has, I won't have to pay it off. At least I don't think so. I do have to get him to write up a will. His son won't give me a problem with his father's 'estate', but his daughter sure will.

Yes, I must listen to the voice of my calm, even tempered Dearly Departed Mother. Iggy, it is Hubby's money, not yours. He earned it long before he was married to you. In all fairness, it is his money to do with as he pleases

So, here in this padded, sound proofed room I am ready to scream, and bounce off the walls and floor, and cry & cry until I pass out asleep. It is his money that was earned way, way before we were ever married.

I am going to take 200.00$ out of our joint account and open my own checking account, then have my SS check deposited into my new account. With that money I will pay for my Rx, my Sam Advantage Med coverage and then whatever else I [Me, Myself & I] want.

Goody, I was released from my calling as VT Supervisor. The way I felt I should be supervisor and the micromanaging of the RS Pres/VT Coordinator was as different as night and day.

All she wants her supervisors to do is send emails or call those who don't have computers, get their reports and forward them to her. So I told her and the Branch President that she should just dispense with the middle man and have all the reportees go directly to her. I never have taken well to micro-managing. It's a good thing I was released because one of the side effects of predniSONE is increased mood swings.

When it was announced over the pulpit about my release, EVERY single sister that reported to me sought me out to console me. They didn't want me to be released. They loved my emails to them that I sent out three times a month with different views of the VT Message, with encouraging words and always an open invitation to call me to go with them if they felt that is what they needed. One sister just doesn't do well driving in the dark and two of her VTee's want to be visited at night. I would drive her. She is one awesome VT! I let her lead and learned and was spiritually fed each and every month. So - - - I assured her that I will continue to be her unofficial companion for those times. I assured my sisters there was no need for consoling. That I had asked to be released. Being a Supervisor really isn't that strenuous of a calling, but I am stressed to the max with trying to get my health on an even keel. There is NO way I told them how I felt about being micro-managed.

Okay, I am spent. Won't go to sleep because it is now time to get up, get dressed and get to church. Will inject my HumaLog, eat my breakfast bar - drink my Muscle Milk then gather up my Kindle Fire, purse and bottle of water - - -  Oh and Hubby. He just woke up and is in taking his shower.  Thank goodness we have two full bathrooms. I'll go do my hair in the master bathroom. Then I'll stand in the walk-in closet and stare at my church clothes until something *Jumps Out* at me.

Thank you Padded Sound Proofed room. Thank you Nauvoodles for your strong & water proof shoulders for me to lean & cry on.

Love you all bunches.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 17, 2017, 12:26:39 pm
huggage iggy
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 17, 2017, 03:27:47 pm
We love you too, Iggy. Hang in there.  We and the padded room are always here for you.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on September 17, 2017, 09:05:48 pm
If you are a joint card holder or the primary card holder then you owe the debt when the other dies.

If you are an authorized user, the debt is the responsibility of the primary card holder.  You might want to morally pay any part of it that you benefited from, but the debt is discharged at the primary card holder's death.  (Also, you cannot use the card once the primary card hold is dead.)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 18, 2017, 04:19:57 am
Goody, I had no idea you had set up such a room in my cabin. I don't want to know about it. When I've wanted to hit something, I'd go out back & cut up some firewood or something, so in my mind the Cabin itself would always be a quiet, tranquil place. If someone hits, kicks, or breaks anything in this secret room that I had no idea was installed in my Cabin, please put everything away afterward, lock the room, & don't tell me anything about it.  :D

Back to relaxing, low-stress Cabin news - some California critters may be about to receive a windfall. An accident in Sacramento dumped a truckload of dog food on the highway. In such cases, the shipper often doesn't retriever the goods, but donates what is useable to a charity & writes off the cost.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Kibble-galore-Truck-spills-dog-food-onto-12204838.php

Now I'm going to try to take a nap with a couple of the cats, although it might not feel the same now. Come over here, Punkin.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 18, 2017, 07:53:22 pm
That's why it's sound proofed. To keep it hidden ;)  The funny thing is that it doesn't even show up on the floor plans. It's almost like there's a TARDIS there or Room of Requirement or something.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 18, 2017, 11:00:18 pm
Major hugs, Iggy.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 18, 2017, 11:34:25 pm
OK, just donít tell me itís there, lol. Is Iggy in there now? If so, someone go knock on the door & tell her Iím just putting out a chicken noodle casserole, spinach salad, & streusel topped apple pie. There will also be century eggs for party favors, because itís my 1000-post celebration.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 19, 2017, 03:49:06 am
I looked and found my go to anti-anxiety supplements in the medicine chest  and they have helped so much.  So I asked Mr. Google to find me a good price to reorder them. Apparently as soon as the manufacturing gods realized that I got good results and wanted more, they stopped making them.  This is also true of the supplement I found the last time I had bronchitis/walking pneumonia.  This is also true of the supplement I use every day to keep my elimination tract healthily moving along. 

I was truly chagrined and dismayed. I really do not want to search a boatload of labels to find the right complex of ingredients that will work for me.   Oh it is maddening.

None of these were cheap either so the profit had to be decent.....ugh

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on September 20, 2017, 05:32:30 pm
I am trying to stay awake!  A national chain grocery store had blueberries on sale for $2.25 a clamshell.  The next week, when I went in to get some items for my lunches at my office, I noticed that the particular store I went into had bought too many andy had them reduced to $.50 a clamshell!  I stocked up on them, and left them in the office fridge as i still do not have a kitchen to deal with them and no room in my little-on-top-of-the fridge freezer to handle baggies of them.  I decided to finally deal with them (two weeks later...the office fridge is  a great little fridge) so I brought my dehydrator in and have been drying blueberries .  The dehydrator really works best when the A/C is off, so I have been sweltering in heat with the  dehydrator making the office hotter than it has to be.  Because it is so hot, all I want to do is go to sleep.  So I am fighting sleep all day and glad that the boss never shows up to see me dehydrating and cat napping.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on September 20, 2017, 09:03:02 pm
you might try glycine, Jana.  It's an amino acid that has calming properties.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 21, 2017, 05:23:34 am
thanks for the tip I have never studied it. I take tryptophan every day for brain chemistry and sometimes tyrosine in the winter for SADD.  I will go and learn.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 22, 2017, 05:19:37 pm
Punkin has been excited all morning since she heard about this. She is fascinated with bats & still does the bat census around the Cabin several nights a week. I told her these were probably dangerous, predatory vampires & have been "relocated," meaning they could have been euthanized & no one is saying so, but she is hoping a few got away & are headed this way.

Sigh. Pets can be just like kids sometimes.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Bat-infestation-closes-Salt-Lake-City-school-for-12217911.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 22, 2017, 05:45:30 pm
I think we may have a copyright violation case. There is an overnight bus service between Los Angeles & San Francisco, where people pay for a compartment with a bed & nighttime amenities so they can be ready in the morning for whatever they are doing in the arrival city. And they are calling this bus the "Cabin." >:(

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Cabin-overnight-bus-San-Francisco-Los-Angeles-LA-12195820.php

https://www.ridecabin.com/
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on September 26, 2017, 11:16:09 am
Fires in the west, hurricanes in the south east and the Caribbean , earthquakes in Mexico, all we need is a freak early blizzard in Canada to make sure North America is surrounded by natural disasters.  Are all of the Navoodles okay???

  The weather is starting to cool a bit here in the desert southwest, so I thought I would drop off a large crock of  posole.  It is only the hominy and red chili for our vegetarian and vegan members, but there is pork in a  smaller crock next to it for those who want to add it in.  Try squirting some lime on top for a bit of zing!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on September 26, 2017, 02:01:50 pm
I am going to sit here and cry, as in cry hard.  I was in the running for an activity director job with great pay and benefits 114 applied, 50 got the first interview, 10 got the second interview and 3 received a third interview. They kept telling me that they wanted to hire me due to  my years of experience and  advanced training.  Today I received a call that said they hired someone with more experience than I had, the education meant nothing.

  I left Skilled Healthcare when the newly hired Activity director was put in place.  I was not promoted up from assistant even though I was state certified because this woman had one year more experience.  I put in my two week notice because she was a witch (not nice, but better than what she deserves) who bragged on how many assistants she goes through. Part way through my two week notice, she yells at me across the building and demands a meeting with the HR.  She fires me, but because I had already put in my notice, HR says I am eligible for rehire.  That was in September of 2014. I worked with another Skilled Healthcare facility in the city for 3 months  to help as they were revamping their program and the director (a good friend) needed someone to help her train as well as do her job when she went on vacation.  That lasted until January 2015 when I went back to taxes. 

  In the summer of 2015, I was hired by Consulate Health Care.  It was a lousy fit; horrid administrator (who was fired after all the department heads quit on her), no budget. I lasted 6 months, and again went back to taxes.
I spent April 2016 to April 2017 getting my advanced education...Certified Dementia practitioner and national certification.

I applied at several of the Skilled Healthcare location, which are now owned by Genesis Healthcare, and was not given a second look. I went to my old building with Skilled Healthcare to do some volunteer work, and was told that I could not as I was not eligible for rehire because I was FIRED.  I can not get Skilled Healthcare/Genesis Healthcare to talk to me and fix the problem.  Meanwhile the activity director that started this whole problem is no longer with the Skilled/Genesis system.

 Genesis's home base in Pennsylvania keeps hanging up on me and they will not answer my emails.  The local office only deals with post dated billing and collections. Current administrators are not being responsive to me either.

((((SIGH))))



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on September 26, 2017, 05:29:06 pm
Do you suspect that that info made it to this prospective employer and torpedoe'd your hire?

I'm really sorry. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 26, 2017, 11:31:14 pm
That sucks, Redd. :(

Jana, Sri Lanka simultaneously has a drought situation with heavy rainfall in some areas. We had heavy rains with strong winds overnight, strong enough winds that it sounds like the roof is going to come off. It didn't come off, though, thank heavens.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on September 27, 2017, 02:06:36 pm
I do not know, PNR.  It is just really frustrating.  I am making appointments with the current administrator and sending a letter to the lady who had a decided hand in labeling me as fired (she is working in Taos.NM. ( Activity professionals have  a great whisper tree...) and see what the first is willing to advise me on and what the latter has to say for herself.


As far as I am personally concerned, I had my 24 hours of self pity, ate 5 peanut butter and chocolate covered peanuts, guilted my hubbs to completing a task that he kept saying he would do but had not to date, stayed up late to watch a movie and went to bed.  Today looks much better.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on September 27, 2017, 09:52:34 pm
I think I'm just going to hide in here for awhile.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on September 27, 2017, 09:54:35 pm
*Hides in the corner under a big pile of blankets and four-footers*

I had to do a very hard thing last night/this morning for my child. I know it was the right thing, but it's still probably the hardest thing I've done.  And the situation looks to become worse before it becomes better, but I also know that's what needs to be. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 27, 2017, 10:54:43 pm
Derrell, there's at least one soundproofed room where you can go and scream if you like. You can also make a blanket fort, although preferably not with the blankets Goody's hiding under - there are lots of spare blankets in cupboards. Or you can just hang. :)

Goody, you have my sympathy. I hope it pays off sooner rather than later and goes smoothly, or at least as smoothly as it can.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 28, 2017, 06:23:17 am
I have a big bag of free hugs for everyone.   Bless you all
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 28, 2017, 09:42:00 am
Take a hug, leave a hug? I'll add some hugs to the bag, Jana, if you don't mind.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 28, 2017, 09:53:15 am
not at all. I feel so badly for folks who are just struggling right along while I moan about my hip. which hurts. Because I have been sewing. for the long awaited Nile cruise and chasing all over Egypt.   so the best I can do is soft fluffy heart felt hugs. I have really so little to complain about. except David... that boy will shorten my life.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on September 28, 2017, 06:39:26 pm
I don't really feel like screaming.  I'm just going to find another pile of blankets to hide under.  I'll be hiding from the world until after November 9TH.  That will mark the 1ST anniversary of my mom's death.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 28, 2017, 11:23:33 pm
Jana, I don't think I knew you were looking forward to a trip to Egypt and a Nile cruise. You'll be meeting up with Jan? I hope you have a great time!

Derrell, ah, got it. Well, there are plenty of furballs who'll take and give as much affection as you can handle. Make yourself comfortable and no doubt they'll do a pile on if you want. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on September 29, 2017, 08:59:20 am
When you feel like venturing out from the blankets Derrell, go do something your mother always wanted to but never got around to doing.   Or go sit in the park and watch the animals that your mother used to do.   Or go to the place she volunteered and serve.  You might feel her with you in those ventures.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 29, 2017, 09:05:00 am
I have not tooted my horn much on Facebook lest I get green eyed push back.  This is our 25 wedding trip. I saved very hard for it and it's my gift to Himself because he deserves every bit of it.
The day we made our first visit to the Egypt travel agent was the day Sweet pea got herself all upset...she was so full of herself that afternoon she never even stopped to ask how our appointment went.  We were in heaven,and laughed all the way home.  She put a real cloud on us.   Now she's talking again but Boy is in trouble.
I just wanted my A to have a stress free work free no worry get away.   We leave 7 October.
We arrive back 18 days later and 72 hours after that I fly to Denver til 20 November.  That's a story in itself.
But I harvested all morning and mowed and raked the lawn so I need to go shower.   I just sat down to take a breather. xxx
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on September 29, 2017, 10:44:18 am
WOW! EGYPT?!?!?  I sure hope Himself appreciates you.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 29, 2017, 11:24:56 pm
Jana, I hope your trip to Egypt is lovely and relaxing and exactly what you asked for. :)

I'm glad SweetPea is talking to you again. I'm sorry she rained on that day. Hugs and kisses and prayers.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 30, 2017, 01:39:26 am
Hello, everyone, this is your host (the founder of the New Nauvoo Cabin). I've been in & out of the Cabin a lot, but still try to keep up with who signs the guest book. Iím sorry to hear that so many people are having challenges, & glad you feel at home at the Cabin. Janaís hug bag is an old Cabin tradition that we had at Old Nauvoo (it was a bowl then, but with a bag, itís kinda cool because you can pick one sight unseen :)  )

Special hugs to Redd, Jana, Goody, & Derrell Ė but also anyone else who isnít feeling so good for any reason. I wish we had the hug graemlin from the old town, since the parentheses ďhugĒ has become a neo-N*** symbol. >:(

Jana, can all of us come on your trip to Egypt? We promise not to get in the way, & you can dump us to do your own thing & then weíll all meet up every couple of days to swap experiences. 8)

We wonít bother suing that Cabin bus outfit for copyright infringement. Itís obvious they are no competition or threat to us & no one would mistake one for the other. All they do is stick people in compartments not much bigger than a sofa & let them sleep between Los Angeles & San Francisco, & they donít have nice food, views (cuz they are going up & down I-5 in the dark, & anyone who lives in California knows how ďexcitingĒ that is even in the daytime), trees, a fireplace, showers, or critters to be good company. Maybe someday KetchupQueen, CrowGirl, or I will test it to see what itís like, just to say we did, & then come back & tell you about it.   

Donít forget Ė the Cabin will tune in to the General Conference broadcasts this weekend. Weíll have potlucks between all sessions on Saturday & both on Sunday. No theme, bring anything you like.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 01, 2017, 01:34:23 am
You won't believe who came to the Porch today! It was between the afternoon general session & priesthood meeting, when a few people were hanging out here chatting about the first few talks. And this fine family of cats came to visit. Our critters were beside themselves. The cats all fell in love, & even the dogs were enjoying them.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Mother-lynx-7-kittens-visit-home-12241317.php

Please do not feed these beautiful animals. They are wild & we want them to stay that way & find their own food, not become panhandlers or trash can raiders.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 02, 2017, 01:07:56 am
Another critter has been spotted nearby, but I had to tell our critters to use discretion around this one. In fact, I might go out there tomorrow when the "occupant" is away & move the couch a little farther from the Cabin. Just as a precaution.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Bear-on-couch-dump-Manitoba-Canada-pictures-12245057.php

I didn't realize we had a classification for Thousand Year Egg Club! Thank you, administrators! 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 02, 2017, 01:15:10 am
Quote
As people do in many rural and northern Manitoba communities, the Stantics took their daughter for a "northern safari" to the dump to watch the bears.

It's not just northern Manitoba. It's a thing in quite a few parts in the western bits of Canada. I'm not saying people will go out every weekend to the dump and watch bears, but it'll happen every now and then.

I didn't, but back when I lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta, we'd go out to Gregoire Lake and I'd get my fill of bear watching there.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 02, 2017, 02:30:36 am
We had quite a few black bears at our landfill here. (Central Oregon Coast) My ex-husband worked up there, and had to keep air horns at the ready to blast them with when they came to close to where he was working in the shed.

I hated going up there because of them. Now that it is no longer a landfill, and all the garbage is hauled off compacted into long trailers, the bears have pretty much moved on. There are still a few, but not the dozen or so from years ago.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on October 02, 2017, 11:27:59 am
Goody - I don't know what you had to do, but I understand loving your child enough to do it.  Year and a half ago Erma Bombeck's "I loved you enough to say no" really helped me feel not alone.   http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2013/07/erma-bombeck-say-n/   (http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2013/07/erma-bombeck-say-n/)

Things did become worse afterwards and it was very hard. Sending hugs your way to get through it.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 02, 2017, 10:24:47 pm
Speaking of black bears ~ ~ ~ took my garbage & recycling bin from my back steps out to the front street and what did I almost step in???? Bear scat!! Went over to my neighbors and told them about it. So they can be careful when they come home late at night, and her Grandma when she leaves,

So, now I will use a larger flashlight and carry the air horn when I come home from going with the Sister Missionaries on Thursday nights and our once a month evening RS meeting.

Hubby is going to call the County Animal Control - find out what can be done. I didn't have any garbage in the bin until just before I set it out, there is really nasty stinky used cat litter on top - BUT may have to stock up on moth balls. Definitely know they hate moth balls. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on October 03, 2017, 03:44:11 am
Today I feel like I am in mourning. I guess I am in mourning. Mourning for the land that I love, that my forebears built by the sweat of their brows and the blood and tears of generation clear back to Pilgrims.  I mightnot be nationalistic but I am patriotic, my flag is at half mast.  and so is my heart.

I wish how I wish that the disasters and tragedies would stop long enough for everyone to take a deep breath and gather their resources. and figure out a better way for all.

But I am beyond sad.  Glad my peeps are all well and surviving but c'mon God, bless us with healing.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on October 03, 2017, 08:05:00 am
Jana, I'd bet I'm not the only one who here who enjoys reading about your adventures.  And I get that traveling for work is not the vacation that people often believe it is.   So please tell us all about it.  And be safe.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on October 03, 2017, 09:34:32 am
Actually the trip to Egypt is really a vacation. 2017 seems to be the year we are catching up on all the fallow years when even eating at the Golden Arches was a very big deal.

Because BritGirl is so adamant about the safety of Egypt I started saving to go 3-4 years ago.  First I thought we would go to celebrate our meet-a-versary and engagement   ( that we celebrate in October) but the unrest sort of dissuaded Himself.   This year on 27 August was our 25th anniversary.  He was in Brazil. He felt guilty.

So we decided in July to go visit the travel agent ( I did not want to do a cheap seat of the pants wander in the desert  without travel agency assurance, and I wanted a sail on a dahabiya https://g.co/kgs/qrgVrz (https://g.co/kgs/qrgVrz) on the Nile.)

When we got home from meeting this engaging Egyptian agent who ticked ALL the boxes, I emptied my savings onto the Professor's lap and it was exactly what we needed for our  "honeymoon."  Kismet.

And so Saturday is the day.....

We also leave on 21 December ( his birthday) for Tromso Norway to see  the Aurora Borealis over Christmas break.  That planning distracted us from our miserable two months of not speaking to Sweetpea.

I still have a couple of place sI want to go see before  I get a dog and stop traveling.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 03, 2017, 10:43:33 pm
Jana, I also love reading about your adventures, so please, please do share them here.

I've done my own share of travel for work, as have other people close to me, so I'm well aware that travel for work isn't always fun. Of course it depends on the scheduling and how much down time you have, and that depends on the other people involved.

I'm glad you're getting these two vacations. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on October 04, 2017, 10:20:01 pm
+1 for hearing about JanaLynn's adventures!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on October 04, 2017, 11:31:03 pm
I'm on the edge of getting tickets to go to Grenada. Gavin wanted somewhere tropical. We thought about Hawaii, but it is more than twice as many frequent flier miles as we have. So finally figured after searching searching that Grenada might be it. The thing that stopped me? Going other places with miles and government fees we could get a ticket for about $6. The fess are so high for Grenada that it will cost us $84 each. Now that isn't much for the trip, but having the frequent flier miles paying for it, it just about kills me it is so high! It is not an easy it energy either. Hmm.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 05, 2017, 02:16:14 am
Grenada! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on October 05, 2017, 12:20:25 pm
Ok, why the excitement? Have you been?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 05, 2017, 10:01:13 pm
Nope. But why not be excited for you, Patty? It would be an adventure, right? :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 06, 2017, 12:42:20 am
Happy travels, everybody! 8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 10, 2017, 01:29:57 am
My part of the Cabin is in the Bay Area, down the Peninsula about 60 miles (as the crow flies) from Napa & Sonoma county wine country where the huge wildfires are raging. I was up late last night into the wee hours & I could smell smoke, obviously from a fire & not from cooking or any of my neighborsí coffin nails. Ivie was going nuts & had to go into a carrierĖ she is terrified of fire & smoke because she was a shelter cat whose abuser burned her with cigarettes. When I checked from the windows, there was heavy smoke. It was also very windy.

There had been news in the afternoon about a ďjunkyard fireĒ in Napa, but it seemed excessive to have that much smoke from it, so I turned on the news to be sure there wasnít a fire in my area. Thatís when I heard wildfires had exploded over the evening in the Wine Country between Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, & Calistoga, gobbling land & buildings & forcing people to flee from their beds with bare feet. A couple dozen people had to be rescued by police helicopter in the middle of the night.

This time of year, California gets what we call Santa Ana or Diablo winds that come from inland & bring hot, dry air. Other Americans & Canadians call it the Chinook. We have it in common with the Mediterranean, where the coast is to the west & destructive winds come from deserts to the east (look up references to east wind in the Bible & Book of Mormon). At other seasons, we get cooler, damper onshore winds, which is what everyone hopes & prays for every fire season.

Tonight we are hearing that 10 people have died & 1,500 buildings burned in Napa & Sonoma counties. Both are sure to rise, because lots of this area is rural & people are missing & none of the fires are contained at all. Itís a cluster of 14-15 fires & the total land involved is almost 120 square miles. Whole neighborhoods are gone, even in urban areas (like Santa Rosa just a stoneís throw from Hwy 101, a major California road) & thousands of people are evacuated. Hospitals have been emptied Ė some patients were whisked off in employeesí personal cars, many school districts & colleges in the area have closed for now, and hotels, resorts, wineries, department stores, & other businesses have been damaged or destroyed, meaning the loss of many jobs. This is a huge tourist mecca (Nauvoodles who arenít wine connoisseurs may have been there), so the ripple effect will last for a long time.

There is also a wildfire south of us, in Orange County east of Disneyland. The Ketchup or Crow families may be getting a whiff of smoke from it, depending on the wind patterns, but itís a smaller fire & we all hope it wonít blow up into anything like what weíre seeing up north.

We are just days from the anniversary of the 1991 East Bay Hills wildfire, one of the deadliest & costliest in U.S. history. Iím a lifelong Californian & I remember it well. For 26 years, itís been THE fire that disaster experts, fire departments, etc. point to when they preach fire safety planning for urban or suburban areas. Iím afraid that this new one is going to join it as one of our epic disaster examples.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on October 11, 2017, 12:14:15 pm
Cabin & Porch is a blessing in many ways!  I, too, like to read of travel adventures.  And I also feel a caring sorrow for the many trials of my fellow Nauvoodles.  No matter how strong our faith, pain and fear are real.  Even Christ was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," which I take to mean His own grief, not just that of others.

My visit to today is a "small potatoes" kind of thing.  I just need a sanity check.  The missus and I had a disagreement about "private conversations."  She is a bundle of insecurities and always has been.  I'm used to that and accommodate it where I can.  She saw me having a text discussion with my sister.  She immediately asked what my sister wanted.  I thought it was rude of her to ask, and she went on threatening that she would keep her own secrets from me, and so on.  I never saw it coming.  I've never asked her about any of her conversations with anyone.  I will grant that Sister has some mental issues, but I think that after 30 years of marriage Missus could feel that she could trust me.  Sister was asking me how much my kidney transplant cost out-of-pocket.  Sister didn't  say why she was asking, and I didn't ask.  It seemed like a pretty straightforward question.  Missus became alarmed that: 1) Sister was going to ask me for money, even though she never has before.  2) That I would give Sister money without telling Missus, which I would never do. 

I know Missus was just having a moment and it will all calm down quickly enough.  My question is:  Is it "keeping secrets" to not tell your spouse that you had a conversation with a not-all-there sibling when there was nothing of great import in the conversation?  I have contact with Sister (usually messaging) every other month or so, just as a way of keeping in touch.  Nothing heady in the conversation.  I think Missus should give me the same trust I give her, but I'm not a bundle of insecurities, either. 

I'm not looking for anyone here to take sides.  I just want to know if y'all make a point of sharing with your spouse every conversation you have, not from the context of wanting to share to strengthen bonds, but rather from the context of making sure there are no secrets?  The sharing-for-bonding thing I get.  It's the no-secrets thing I feel is not necessary.  I wouldn't hide something important.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on October 11, 2017, 06:30:40 pm
If it affects him in any way - including if it affects ME in a way that could affect how I interact with him or my ability to fulfill my responsibilities - I tell him.  The level of detail in what I share with him is determined by how much impact it has on us.  I don't know if that's sharing-for-bonding or sharing-to-avoid-secrets.

I'm definitely being forced into the sharing-to-avoid-secrets issue with siblings. My brother and his wife have been acting all sorts of hurt and excluded, claiming that nobody ever told them that my DD1 was married, much less engaged. Except they met son-in-law almost 2 years ago, he was specifically introduced to everyone as Buggie's fiance, and she was wearing a ring that sister-in-law absolutely gushed over. So yeah, clearly they knew. They forgot. Perhaps deliberately in order to stir the pot, which seems to be the sister-in-law's favorite pastime. But that doesn't matter. As a result, though, I'm finding myself disclosing much more to the entire immediate family than I normally would, simply because I can't deal with sister-in-law's persecution complex. I have enough mental and emotional distress under my own roof.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on October 11, 2017, 06:42:35 pm
In happier news, Mini (DD2) is HOME!!  Long story short, she spent the last two weeks in an inpatient behavioral health program.  It wasn't entirely voluntary, but it was absolutely necessary. I'm also not completely convinced that she's well enough to be home.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on October 11, 2017, 06:54:59 pm
Kaz, my wife doesn't really have a sharing-for-bonding and a sharing-for-no-secrets delineation.  To her, it's all part and parcel of emotional intimacy.  After all these years of marriage, I still don't fully understand it, because I'm a "need-to-know" kinda guy.  I'm not inclined to ask her much about her relationships and conversations with others, because I don't need to know.  In fact, I often don't care to know.  My wife, on the other hand, wants to know about my relationships and conversations with others because to her, it's an indicator of the health of our emotional intimacy.  So I tell her.  Lots.  Stuff that to me doesn't qualify as "need to know." If I don't tell her, she'll ask. I'm still learning to live together that way.  ;)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on October 11, 2017, 08:57:58 pm
I generally share the jist of all family phone calls with my spouse (because he is as interested in their lives as I am).   What your spouse is exhibiting is paranoia, which warrants your efforts to avoid stoking, while also encouraging more healthy thinking.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 12, 2017, 12:27:37 am
If it affects him in any way - including if it affects ME in a way that could affect how I interact with him or my ability to fulfill my responsibilities - I tell him.  The level of detail in what I share with him is determined by how much impact it has on us.  I don't know if that's sharing-for-bonding or sharing-to-avoid-secrets.
This is pretty much how we do it, too. I don't know the details of every single conversation the hubs has, and I don't care. Him, likewise. But if it impacts him, I share. Him, likewise.

It's not that the rest are secret. If either of us asks, the other tells as much as the asking person wants to know. It's that it's irrelevant and unimportant to the other person. We tell no lies and we don't evade. We just don't volunteer absolutely everything.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 12, 2017, 12:28:44 am
Side note: we're heading to Spain in a week.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 13, 2017, 01:09:30 am
Goody, that's good news about Mini. I hope she continues to progress.

Iíve been trying to chill out in the Cabin, but thereís no escaping the news from north of here, where 31 people are now confirmed dead in the wildfires. The fires have consumed about 300 square miles & are nowhere near being controlled, so itís a certainty that more people have died or may yet be killed. Whole towns are evacuated or facing mandatory evacuation Ė visitor meccas youíd recognize, like Calistoga, Sonoma, Napa, & St. Helena. Nearly 3,000 homes have been lost just in Santa Rosa. Two of my best friends live not too far outside the fire area, but they are getting terrible air quality.

Where I live, the reminder is with us continually in the air, with smoke, haze, & odors that vary depending on the wind. Up to 60-70 miles from the fires, school districts are closed because of health concerns, sports events cancelled, & local officials telling people to limit outdoor exercise. One town closed its parks due to both fire danger & air quality. A neighbor went to downtown San Francisco today & said people were wearing filter masks outside.

Iím sorry I donít feel very sociable at the moment, & neither do the critters. Weíre just going to take it easy, sleep & eat. Iíve donated to the Red Cross & LDS Humanitarian Fund, & once the fires are under control & things are calmer, many people in my area will be looking for more direct ways we can help in the impacted areas.

zzzzzz
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on October 13, 2017, 05:00:22 am
Goody can I ask? Mercy Center? They treated my son who is now a doctor two decades ago and literally gave my my First Boy back. He hated it but for the husband father and contributor to the common good he is now I am forever grateful.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on October 13, 2017, 05:17:53 pm
I haven't heard of Mercy Center specifically, but there is a Mercy Medical Group in the Chicago area, so I assume it's part of that.  We went to another similarly large medical group out here in the northwest 'burbs.

Mini is doing much better today. I have to assume that Wednesday's explosion was related to having just come home.  Right now we're waiting for the inpatient center to get their ducks in a row and provide the necessary paperwork to the school district so she can get back into her normal routines.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 15, 2017, 02:08:41 am
I'm glad to hear Mini is doing better. She'll be in my prayers, & I hope she can get back to a comfortable routine soon.

Prayers & hugs to all Nauvoodles who are having challenges.

For the moment, I'm sitting outside on the deck enjoying a respite of fresh air. We've had long periods of horrible air quality over the last few days since the fires started last Sunday night, with the wind speed & direction deciding when it's OK to breathe, so we have to take the fresh air when it happens. Here are two of the many critter tales from the disaster zone.

http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/lost-dog-found-fire-evacuation-santa-rosa-12278168.php?ipid=articlerecirc

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Son-rescues-cat-amid-Wine-Country-fires-Sonoma-12278870.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 16, 2017, 05:29:15 pm
More critter tales from the fire zone. Punkin made me post them. ;) In trying times, sometimes we have to keep it light & look at the brighter side, which is the side critters generally come down on. :)
 
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Somerville-A-dog-s-bravery-and-devotion-12279954.php

http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Wine-Country-fires-pony-evacuated-backseat-Honda-12280095.php

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Sonoma-Sheriff-cat-under-car-fires-12276377.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 21, 2017, 02:07:31 am
For the first time in days, we've had a whole day of clear air at the Cabin without smoke odors, & today I went out without taking my filter mask along. Folks around the Bay Area part of the Cabin have been wearing or carrying them for days. The worst is over, & what a worst it's been. :(

ďLittle tears of joy dropping from the heavens.Ē That was how a Sonoma County deputy sheriff described the rain we got Thursday night - & a lot of it, for mid-October.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Little-tears-of-joy-falling-from-the-skies-12293647.php?ipid=articlerecirc

All the wildfires that have been ravaging the ďwine countryĒ of Napa, Sonoma, & Mendocino, & 5 other counties for over a week are close to fully contained, & the one in the Santa Cruz Mountains is getting there We started hearing rain forecasts last week & everyone was so looking forward to it. It was more than I expected (thank you, Lord). I was so glad to see it that I stayed up late last night to watch it, & Iím sure I wasnít the only one. It was too late for 42 people, a number certain to rise as the ruins are searched. It was too late for the owners & occupants of 8,400 buildings destroyed around the state, almost 7,000 just in those counties north of S.F., most of them homes, & almost 3000 in Santa Rosa alone - 5% of its residences according to their city officials. The Napa-Sonoma area fires started late at night the 8th & were whipped up by freak nighttime east winds, & 5-6 hours later, local fire departments were calling for help from all over the Bay Area. By then I had heavy smoke odors coming in my windows 60 miles away, which prompted me to turn on the radio at 3:00 a.m. or so to find out what was going on.

So the worst is over as far as further danger from these fires. But the rain is also over for now & we are being told to expect more warm weather next week. Youíd better believe folks all over will be very vigilant. California probably doesn't inspire many prayers from outside, since most of the country thinks all the nuts, kooks, & dingbats in America are here, but if anyone did say any for us, they were heard. Even though many people died, it could have been worse without the change in the weather & also the 10,000 firefighters from all over California, a couple dozen other states, Canada, & Australia.

It's a cool night with no fog, & I'm outside on the deck with Punkin. We finally coaxed Ivie to come out, because there's no smoke in the air. If anyone drops by late, there's a kettle of hot spiced cider on the stove.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 21, 2017, 09:40:16 am
So glad to hear the fires are contained. That is good news indeed.

The husband and I arrived in Spain yesterday. Our first flight from Colombo to Jeddah was 1.5 hour late leaving - it took that long to get the meals aboard the aircraft. We then spent 6 or 7 hours in the Jeddah airport waiting for the next flight, which was 45 minutes late leaving. This one was late because they didnít have the right seat extender seat belt thingie for *me*, and it took that long to find one. The ones they had on board didnít fit the seat belts. Oops. Anyway, even though it left 45 minutes late, it managed to arrive in Madrid 1.5 hours late. We then had to take the train from Madrid to Valencia, and the earliest train that had seats was at 8:40pm, so we spent 5 hours in the train station waiting to leave. And I got harrassed by two people in Spanish in the three minutes that Fahim was gone to get us food - we had good seats, and they wanted Fahimís. All I could manage was ďme esposoĒ as I pointed at the seat, ďno entiendoĒ and... Yeah. Thatís it. The one guy looked like he was just going to move Fahimís backpack himself, he was that pushy. And then they glared at me for the next hour, long after Fahim came back and sat down.

Anyway. Weíre in Valencia. Weíre in a rented apartment. We bought basic groceries this afternoon. We took a four hour nap, much needed. And weíre recovering from the trip. Yay.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 21, 2017, 01:31:16 pm
Our first fall storm hit. Sheets of rain, *Rip Snorter* winds. Started on Wednesday, and is expected to continue through to Monday. It stops for an hour or so, long enough for the crows to hit the vacant lots across the road and feast on the worms that come up for air. Yesterday the sun came out for about three hours. The wind didn't ease up though. I have to go out and collect my potted plant and put back on the porch. The railing pots are under far enough that they aren't getting any of the rain.  :'( So I watered them this morning. The lid to my trash bin was blown open, now the bin will be filled with rain water. Thank goodness the trash collectors no longer dump them manually. The trucks have a mechanical arm.

I can't be in Seattle for my brother's memorial, but I am attending the funeral services of a long time Branch member. He passed on the 16th. This brother lived a long and full life. To read from his wife's FB page, those friends who are not LDS send condolences for her loss and are praying for his soul. Those who are LDS send condolences and prayers for her and the family for strength and comfort.

Such a difference. His soul was never in danger of being lost or turned away from the spirit world. Also he is not lost. No one is. We know exactly where they all are. In the spirit world.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on October 21, 2017, 02:03:03 pm
I am sorry for your loss, Iggy. 
(quote)
"I  can't be in Seattle for my brother's memorial, but I am attending the funeral services of a long time Branch member. He passed on the 16th. This brother lived a long and full life. To read from his wife's FB page, those friends who are not LDS send condolences for her loss and are praying for his soul. Those who are LDS send condolences and prayers for her and the family for strength and comfort.

Such a difference. His soul was never in danger of being lost or turned away from the spirit world. Also he is not lost. No one is. We know exactly where they all are. In the spirit world.
"

I teach in RS on the third Sunday.  This month the lesson is on Temples (I think it is lesson 22). May I use this quote in my lesson?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 21, 2017, 03:00:58 pm
Absolutely. You touched my heart by asking. Thank you for asking and wanting to use it.

I am worried because I have yet to have a good, sit down, sob my heart out over Gerald's passing. He is 8 years older than me, and I was his shadow from when I first walked, up to when he moved out at 19. Much to his chagrin. His school mates and buddies actually helped me to follow him around and were nicer to me than he was at times.

He and I were *fishing* buddies. I contributed my allowance to help buy the "bait" aka salad shrimp. We never caught anything using the shrimp, but we sure had fun eating the bait. When I was 9 I learned how to catch earthworms. Turn the sprinkler on, wait for them to surface, then go pick them up. Night-crawlers were more work though. We would cut them into 1/3rds or 1/4ths cause they were so big. He taught me how to bonk fish over the head to kill them, and to gut and scale them before we went home so Mom could just rinse and fry. Caught a lot of fish with the worms and night-crawlers. Saturday night was fish night. Gerald and I got to pick what to go with it. He always wanted fried potatoes and corn and I wanted white rice and carrots. Lots and lots of white rice. With rice, I could have some in a bowl with milk, sugar and cinnamon. If there was any left over, had the same thing for Sunday breakfast. Cold rice though. I wouldn't eat fish as a child. The few times I did, I choked on the bones. Never could get all of them out. Now, however, I love fish. I just eat way slower and pick the fish apart. Hubby says I eat Fish Dust. I buy whole salmon and have them cut it into steaks. Easier to get the bones out. Same for Halibut, when I can afford it. Trout - well Mom finally taught me how to cook it (on top of thick slices of onions - baked) then you flip it open and ZIP the bones out using the tail. You eat the meat leaving the skin on the plate.

In our family, the day after the funeral the family has a meal of the deceaseds favorite foods. With Mom it was fried chicken, creamed potatoes, brussel sprouts with cheesy creamy sauce. Desert was plain Angel food cake and mashed up strawberries. Since she passed the end of June we had to buy frozen, thaw them and then mash them. No sugars added either, just a bit of salt so they would release their juice. I can't remember what Mom fixed for Daddy's Good-Bye dinner. I know he loved lutefisk, but the rest of us absolutely hated it.  She probably did a beef roast with everything added: Potatoes, onions, celery, carrots. Dessert would have been Poor Mans Pudding. White home made bread, milk, sugar, and your choice of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and/or allspice. He had them all.

For my dinner, I would like the family to prepare and eat Corned Beef, cabbage, onions, potatoes, celery, carrots. For dessert, blackberry cobbler with heavy cream.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on October 22, 2017, 03:25:08 am
In a few minutes we will be joining Britgirl for a day of sightseeing in Alexandria Egypt. This is our last real tourist day as tomorrow  we transfer back to a Cairo hotel at the airport in preparation for an early Tue am flight.  The journey has been a spectacular exactly what I hoped for Andries. He has been in 7th heaven. I will never be able to do this for him again.  Our Jubilee year has been amazing and it's not over yet.   Just know I will never cheerfully live in Egypt. But it's a once in a lifetime place to visit.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 22, 2017, 03:40:20 am
Iím sorry for your loss, Iggy. It sounds like you have some good memories of your brother.


Jana, Iím glad you two are having a wonderful time.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on October 27, 2017, 10:58:41 am
I am posting this in many locations on the forum so please excuse my excess posts; I just want to try to get as many responses as I can.

I now teach RS on the third Sunday of each month. My next lesson is Temples (I think it is lesson 23 in the Gordon B Hinckley manual).  So my question is this: Because of Nauvoo Forum's world wide membership, which temple is your favorite and why?  Which do you attend usually? Which did you attend before a temple was built closer to your home? 

 
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Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 06, 2017, 03:53:13 am
My home temple is Oakland, and it will be closing in February for at least a year of renovation work. So my temporary temple will be Sacramento, which Iíve attended many times in my travels. Frequent trips also take me near Reno, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, so Iíll make an extra effort to attend if I happen to be on the road during the Oakland closure.

I was endowed in the Salt Lake Temple, because I visited there while I was investigating & made friends in the area, & I then asked them to accompany me on my first time. I later discovered that one of my good friends-to-be in the Church had traveled there to be endowed as well, I think for some symbolic reason. On the times I go to Utah, I try to attend there at least once. Now I have friends all over the state & have traveled all around Utah so I have been to St. George, Jordan River, Manti, Mt. Timpanogos, Bountiful, & Provo.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 06, 2017, 11:11:47 am
I have to take my fur baby Fred to the Vet this morning. He has been losing weight even though he eats what I put out, and wants even more. I also have an appointment with the Endocrinologists NP, to have her scan the button on my arm - am hoping she will put a new covering over it. This one is gapeing and I can't take a shower as it is. Can't take a bath 'cause I can't get OUT of the tub without a hoist and two grown, blind men!
Poor Fred is in his carrier, yowling. We tricked him with *Treats* to get hold of him and then I rather rudely shoved him in back arse-words then locked him in. I can't even get his towel in there to comfort him. Sigh, I'll take the small fleece throw to cover the carrier once we get in the car.

It is cold, windy and raining. The constant gentle rain is one thing, but when the skies spilt open and drop it on us is quite another thing.

I dread what the Vet may say about my baby boy. His sister, Ethel, was guided over the rainbow bridge this last February. I don't want him to suffer like she did, but I don't want to be without him either. I love holding him, when he tucks himself under my chin and purrs like a champ. Okay - time to go.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 10, 2017, 11:26:27 pm
Took Fred to the Vet. He was such a good little dude - he never growled, yowled, hissed, spit, clawed, climbed the walls, or attempted to run off. He was so upset on the ride that he peed. So they took him, gave him a bath, and cleaned his carrier. The bath was a two fold thing. Cleaned the urine off of him and it was easy for them to see if he had fleas. He is flea free.

He even liked the hot air from the blow dryer! He has lost another 1.9 pounds! That poor baby. With the blood they took, urine and fecal samples ~ NOT diabetic. Thyroid is fine. Waiting for the results regarding his kidneys. There is a bit more protein in his urine, so they are running a second test on that. He has severe tarter buildup on his teeth. I thought all the treats I got were Tarter/Plaque control. This last container doesn't say that. sigh Come Monday, the Dr should be calling me to tell me what is wrong with him, and what can be done to stop the weight loss. I made the mistake of buying the wrong cat food. Didn't get the pate - so, will take the chunks and put them through my hand blender and turn them into pate!

For the visit & tests it has come to $313.00.  :o  My visit to my Dr only costs $276.00 and then the insurance pays for most and I pay $15.00 co-pay. Sheesh! He is worth it though.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 18, 2017, 02:39:26 am
It has been 7 days since the Vet trip. He has too much protein in his urine.Thus the Dr wants him on fish oil, a specialized diet (Science Diet k/d formula canned and dry)   I went and picked up his medicine and the k/d canned cat food and a 3 pound bag of k/d dry food. One of the medicines had to be ordered from Portland OR - compounded into liquid form. 2 months supply at the cost of $44.00!! For what I picked up at the Vet's, that came to $177.90. All totaled ~ $577.90. Well, I haven't taken him to the Dr other than three other times in his life. So, for 14 years that works out to be $41.28 a year. Not that bad when it is figured out that way.

The liquid fish oil - eewwwww it stinks! Fred loves it. All by itself and NOT mixed into his food. The c/d canned cat food is super sloppy. He will eat it, but I learned to only give him half of a 5.5oz can a day. The medicine, well he won't eat it. Won't let me squirt it into his mouth. Did it once, and if he even smells the stuff he won't come near me or Dad. Dad is the one who held him in a bear hug while Mom squirted that vile crap into his mouth! His thoughts -- not mine.

$44.00 for that stuff, and he won't take it. Oh, wait, it is tuna flavored so I could mix it in with the fish oil. Will try that tomorrow morning. He does really like the dry food. I mix it in equal parts with the other dry food.

On Tuesday I need to weigh him again. Then report it to the Vet.

The other good news is he is coming to me to snuggle and cuddle. Once he gets all comfortable, I konk out. Fast asleep. Hubby says I even snore. Fred is purring and Iggy is snoring.  O:-)

This afternoon one of my VT came and cut two shelves to fit across my kitchen sink/window. She also installed them for me. Which is good, 'cause if I had done it, it wouldn't have gotten done correctly. Now I have my clear square plastic containers filled with beans, legumes and seeds (that I sprout) on the shelves. Yes it is in front of my kitchen window, but the window is UV protected.

I also talked to her about doing some finish work in my kitchen. For hire. She is a licensed/bonded general contractor after all. I want the trim at the top of the cupboards all done with the same design and not the mish-mash that it is now. Need the new clear rope lights put up around the top of the cupboards. Those are my night lights. I can't see well in the dark anymore, and the kitchen light switch is all the way in the kitchen. She doesn't do electrical, so installing new track lighting is for someone else to do. BUT she can find a main stud to screw in the decorative hook that I want to hang my three tier wire mesh from so that I can have my onions, tomatoes & sweet peppers within easy reach as I am preparing meals. I need my work area free of that, thus the hanging mesh.

She also does house/office cleaning, and painting interiors as well as exteriors. Come next summer our carpets will need a thorough cleaning. My housekeeper can't do that, but I will hire my VT to do it. Would be great if Hubby would take a mini-vacation to his brother's in Arkansas - with him gone, then it will be way easier to clean the carpet and possibly paint all of the walls too.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 19, 2017, 09:09:40 pm
Iíve been dropping by & hanging out in the Cabin to spend time with the critters, but not posting a lot to give Roper & Dyany more time to catch up with me. I want other people to be in the Thousand Year Egg Club.
 
The big excitement in the Bay Area a week ago was mountain lions in San Francisco. Real mountain lions, not little kitty cats like Punkin & Oberon. One strolled by the home security camera of the Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff on two days, & the next day a whole neighborhood in the middle of the city stopped in its tracks when a lion was found sleeping behind an apartment building. The city police, park rangers, fire, animal care & control, & for all I know the mayor & his wife & kids, turned out, & the State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife came to tranquilize the kitty & take it off to the wilderness. Before it was released, it was taken to a lab at UC-Santa Cruz to be examined & have DNA samples taken. Maybe they'll discover it was the Benioff cat, or maybe it will be good news that two separate lions were wandering around the city. If there's two, there could be more. :) Two of my best friends live nearby & didnít actually see the cat, but said itís been the talk of the neighborhood.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/san-francisco-mountain-lion-sighting-marc-benioff-12342921.php

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mountain-lion-spotted-cornered-in-San-Francisco-12348041.php

Hey, Iggy, you know what? I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with your stories because you have a thread called ďIggyís RamblingsĒ & then you have posts on here too. And there are times I have to go scroll back through parts of the other thread to see if something there clarifies something you mention here at the Cabin. Just an idea, what do you think about taking your posts here & moving them there, chronologically, to make the stories easier for scatterbrains like me to follow? (lol :D)

Weíve had some heavy rain, fire season is over thankfully, not a minute too soon, there is snow in the Sierra Nevada & ski resorts are opening, so I am taking all the critters up there for a day or two. But weíll be here tonight, & I have pots of soup on the stove: split pea with ham & carrot ginger (with chicken stock base). Anyone who wants to sit on the deck stargazing with a cat on your lap, come on up!

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who wonít be around to enjoy the Cabin feast! Iím roasting a turkey & making cranberry-orange relish, but everything else will be a United Nations potluck. Some of the neighbors from around the mountain are coming & will bring tamales, tabouli, dim sum, kalbi ribs, & salads, veggies, & desserts with different international origins. One of the neighbors who is from England is bringing bubble & squeak, which sounds quite exotic. Feel free to bring a specialty of your own or just come & enjoy Ė there will be plenty of grub & company.   
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 19, 2017, 09:56:42 pm

Hey, Iggy, you know what? I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with your stories because you have a thread called ďIggyís RamblingsĒ & then you have posts on here too. And there are times I have to go scroll back through parts of the other thread to see if something there clarifies something you mention here at the Cabin. Just an idea, what do you think about taking your posts here & moving them there, chronologically, to make the stories easier for scatterbrains like me to follow? (lol :D)


I don't know how to do that - but sounds like a plan, if Dynany or Laurie or????? could do that or message me with the directions on how to do it, would be ever so grateful.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 19, 2017, 10:25:07 pm
It's hard for Punkin to follow the adventures of Fred when she has to go to two different threads. She is only a cat & doesn't read very well yet, & none of the others can even read their own names. :D But really, I would be able to follow your stories better too. And since the thread has your name, we all know it's yours & your stuff won't get tangled with so many other people's.

BTW, I don't think we've met Fred here, so bring him by to meet us all, especially our critters. There's always food for them too, quality pet food plus tidbits from our plates that real animals can't have but are fine for cyber-critters.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 19, 2017, 10:48:39 pm

Hey, Iggy, you know what? I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with your stories because you have a thread called ďIggyís RamblingsĒ & then you have posts on here too. And there are times I have to go scroll back through parts of the other thread to see if something there clarifies something you mention here at the Cabin. Just an idea, what do you think about taking your posts here & moving them there, chronologically, to make the stories easier for scatterbrains like me to follow? (lol :D)


I don't know how to do that - but sounds like a plan, if Dynany or Laurie or????? could do that or message me with the directions on how to do it, would be ever so grateful.


It isn't something you could do, Iggy. It would have to be someone with admin powers, so either Dyany or I could do it.

But I think this warrants a bit of discussion first so we can see all the pitfalls before we decide on a course of action. :)

Comments that related to Iggy's posts specifically wouldn't be moved over - they're more likely to contain general cabin comments as well. And comments that Iggy posted that related to other cabin posts in addition to her own stuff would be moved over, so that might seem a bit incoherent in either the Cabin or Iggy's Ramblings thread.

Another alternative would be to move Iggy's Ramblings into the Cabin thread so that the two threads are merged. A downside with that is that it might be a bit incoherent in places where it's not absolutely clear that comment a is referring to post b if there are Cabin and Iggy's Ramblings posts mixed together in the timeline.

In other words, there are downsides no matter which way this goes.

A third alternative would be to leave existing posts alone and for Iggy to decide to post those longer stories in one place and one place only, pick a thread, and that's always how it's done in the future.

Discuss! :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 20, 2017, 12:00:25 am
I guess weíd have to think about it, & it neednít be done right away. Maybe Iím more scatterbrained & no one else has occasional trouble following Iggyís stories because of the need to look at two threads. I can see the complications Ė for instance, if someone else starts conversing with Iggy in the Cabin, & also says something thatís only Cabin-related, how does that get managed? More commonly, it would be if Iggy wrote something on one thread & then wrote a follow-up with related stuff, but on the other thread, so we'd lose continuity.

Perhaps it isnít a big deal. Just wanna be sure Punkin & others who donít have super reading skills can still follow everything going on all over Nauvoo!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 20, 2017, 12:35:42 am
Curelom, I can completely understand why it's confusing for some people. Heck, it can get confusing for me, too. :)

My suggestion - and it's only a suggestion - is that we do nothing with current posts, and Iggy decides on one location going forward. I have no particular preference on which location that is.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 20, 2017, 01:12:19 am
That makes sense. Iggy, what do you think?

What I think would be easiest on everyone is that your thread is just for your stories & accounts, & for the rest of us to converse about your posts. We know it's yours because it has your name. The challenge with them being in the Cabin is that your conversations get tangled with others, & with conversations that have to do with mixed subjects & not necessarily your posts (because it's the Cabin where all sorts of stuff goes on). That makes it harder to keep up with yours or keep them separate from others. I've probably missed some of your posts because I couldn't keep track of where they were.

But be sure to come to the Cabin for the general socializing we do here. Don't just hole up at your own thread & ignore the Cabin entirely! :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 20, 2017, 04:06:13 am
fine by me.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 20, 2017, 06:50:17 pm
Punkin is feeling low today, so give her some extra TLC. She lost one of her very distant cousins, an orange cat belonging to a former San Francisco Giants player. Look at the size of that cat! Our Punkin is nowhere near that size, but to her, an orange cat is an orange cat & any time one goes, it takes away a ray of her sunshine.

http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Giants-fans-mourn-loss-of-a-big-beloved-cat-12371926.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 22, 2017, 10:51:26 pm
Punkin is feeling much better, partly because some other very distant cousins paid a visit to cheer her up.

http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/lynx-family-alaska-viral-photographer-video-12378193.php?ipid=articlerecirc#photo-14255671

Isn't that the coolest & most delightful story? She enjoyed the mountain lion in San Francisco, but it upset her that it was treated like an alien & carted off. She doesn't understand that city folk are wimpy about wild animals. Seeing these little lynxes frolicking, playing, & wrestling & the people welcoming them really made her day.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 23, 2017, 01:16:38 am
So cute!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on November 23, 2017, 12:29:07 pm
We had an office potluck yesterday for the holiday. I brought in my new Instant Pot and a 6 lb bone-in turkey breast.  45 minutes pressure cook time and it was oh so very good. More leftovers than I expected, so I started up a pot of soup to simmer in the IP overnight. The broth needs more flavor before I add noodles, though.

I work tonight at Target, scheduled 5:30 to 11. The store is open 6 to midnight (and the lines for doorbuster deals probably start about 3 or 4 pm, our police department actively kick people out of the shopping center if they come too early!), but on this one day we all get in early to prepare, because we're all hands on deck.  Team members are either there early this morning (like 4 am to noon) to stock shelves in preparation, or they're on a register or the sales floor for the frenzy. Last year the store was open all night, but they started sending people home about 9:30 because business had slowed down so much (I get the feeling they didnt' know what to plan for...), and this year the doors close at midnight and re-open tomorrow at 6 am.

Working today is both a blessing and a curse. The entire shift is at overtime plus a shift differential, and it gives me a valid reason to not hang out with my parents all night long. But it also means skipping out shortly after a very early feast. We always used to sit down for dinner at about 5:00 for Thanksgiving, and continue to nibble for several hours.  Last year I skipped out entirely, citing work (I was new at Target at the time and didn't know what to expect, so I slept in past noon to be well rested for work), and this year we're eating at 2:00 so I have enough time to get back home and ready for my shift.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 24, 2017, 09:30:36 pm
I see Goody snoozing on the couch, so I won't disturb her. She's probably exhausted after dealing with the Black Friday stuff at Target. ::)  And Ivie is snoozing next to her - probably exhausted from Thanksgiving & having to greet all the visitors to the Cabin,

Dreyfuss alerted us to these visitors that were seen at the shopping center down the road from us (not the one Goody works at).

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/3-brown-bears-run-wild-in-Tahoe-shopping-mall-cali-12382170.php

They were safely relocated, but where there's restaurant dumpsters, there's wildlife. So we need to be conscientious about our own bins here. Put only kitchen or landscape refuse of plant origin in the compost bins that we keep for our gardens, & cover with already decomposed material. We have a county collection service for animal-based compostables like bones, egg shells, cooking oil, etc., that go to an industrial processor to become fertilizer. Wrap those in newspaper & put them in the green plastic bin, close the lid fully & secure it with the bungee cords, & be sure to bungee the bin to the gatepost by the garden shed so animals can't turn it over.

We had a good turnout for the Cabin Thanksgiving, so thanks to all who came to socialize, & those who brought some of your favorite worldwide foods. :P

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 24, 2017, 11:17:45 pm
I see there's only a little bit left of the banana cake I brought. I know, not traditional thanksgiving, but hey, it's good and we have a lot of bananas in the freezer, so it made sense to me. :)

How's everyone doing?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on November 26, 2017, 11:52:05 am
I finally got a better night's  sleep so my first Sunday back went fairly well. Jet lag is the pits.  Our poor aged ward is beset by illness and old bones.  Very sad.
Boy is home today so I made cheesecake and prepped steak stir fry. There is plenty so help yourself.
tomorrow the run up to gifting night begins. I have most things wrapped. We are waiting for a couple last deliveries.  There will be 10 of us in my tiny living room.  We are hosting for the first time because clan central is getting the kitchen refit.  Sweet pea will be in from London. Haven't seen her since September.
So cooking, rearranging rooms, and making lists is my week to be.
Bought a smaller fake tree with flocking. and a light garland. It's too much to put up the 4000 light tree since we won't be here.  and so it's put away for grandchildren.
I am excited to design this new tree with new colours and motif.
We are spending Christmas in the Arctic Circle.  This has been truly a jubilee year for Himself and I.  once in a lifetime.
January we tighten up the routine again.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on November 26, 2017, 01:33:40 pm
I think I have survived the weekend. 

Guests at my store were generally well behaved, polite and understanding on Thursday. A steady stream all night, but I don't think anyone except Target Mobile (phone activations) ever felt overwhelmed. I had one woman upset that we were sold out of a particular non-electronic doorbuster item already when the store opened (honestly, I think we never received that item from the distribution center, but nothing I can do) and refused to accept our explanation that on the doorbuster items, quantities are limited and there are no rainchecks available.  It took us a full half hour to get a manager to come to the service desk to deal with her, which was seriously annoying. Once that guest was out of the way, the rest of my Thursday night went great!  I even managed to get extra hours over my scheduled shift because of the amount of "reshop" that had to be put back in their correct places on the sales floor. This was all stuff that people had changed their minds on. Some of it was turned in at registers when they checked out, but most of it was left in random places throughout the store. Which is normal, honestly. annoying, but normal.  So I worked 7 hours and was merely tired at the end.

Poor Mobile, though. The new iPhones are out and were a doorbuster. People were buying multiples (I wish we had enforced a "one per guest" policy like we do on some other hot items), and the activation process was taking significantly longer than normal, including multiple system crashes. The very first guest wanted 6 phones at a 15 minute activation each (on a normal day), so the team started taking phone numbers down when selling phones and texting people to come back for the activation process.  I know that one of the Mobile team members was still in store at 2 am Friday morning with a guest, despite the fact that we officially closed at midnight.  Another Mobile TM was literally driven to tears because the system crashed on her mid-transaction and the guest was practically abusive over it.

Friday, however, was a completely different story. I would love to blame it on a lack of tryptophan in their systems or something, but I highly doubt it.  I think it really was all just greed. Rude, nasty, argumentative, and in much greater quantities than on Thursday, including dozens of guests who were finally getting texts to come in for activation on their phones.  This was only a 4 hours shift, and not only was I seriously exhausted, but I ached everywhere. And I wasn't running around like I had been Thursday!

Saturday was less of the holiday ridiculousness and more just pain busy. 6 hours, and the only chance I had to rest was during my meal break. All night was crazy go-go-go.  Not even muscle relaxants and Benadryl could help me to sleep last night.  I know I was still awake at 3 am.

Fortunately, we have the 1:00 block this year, so I was able to lay in.  In January we flip over to 9:00 sacrament meeting, so I've already put a note into my digital calendar for May to request Thanksgiving Saturday off next year because I really will need a full day of rest after the insanity. We can only submit time-off requests 6 months in advance, otherwise I would do it now. And there's always a possibility that I may decide to quit working retail after this holiday anyway, given that I'm full time at the lab and no longer *need* the second income to make budget. But the employee discount is nice, so I might keep one shift a week just to stay eligible for that.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 26, 2017, 07:05:03 pm
OK, critters, I know itís cold & wet outside, so you can stay in if you play quietly or rest. No, it isnít cold enough to have a fire. I mean, I am not cold enough to have a fire, & if I can be comfortable without a fur coat like yours, youíll survive just fine. :D

Yíall need to be quiet because Goody is still recuperating. She feels like she spent Thanksgiving with a target on her back. I just learned a new word from her: ďreshop,Ē for items that customers put back any old place in the store. Where Iíve worked before, we called them ďgo-backs,Ē & in the food business it was a ďperishable go-back.Ē If a perishable was a go-back from a cashier Ė the customer decided at the checkout stand not to buy it Ė it usually went back to the retail stock. If it was found abandoned in the store it would usually be discarded, because there was no way to know how long the package of chicken wings or cottage cheese had sat out of refrigeration. Customers would be more conscientious if they knew they were paying for some of this waste & spoilage, as well as for the little items they slip under their coat when they think they can get away with it.

Yes, Oberon, I know Janaís stir fry & cheesecake look good. Iíll give all of you just a bite. These are very rich foods & I can give them to you only because youíre cyber critters & nothing will harm you. If none of you give any of us any grief this week, Iíll take you all to the Christmas tree farm in Half Moon Bay the week after to look for our Cabin trees.  http://www.santastreefarm.com/

Weíll get a big one for the main living room window & the usual small one for you four-footers.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 26, 2017, 09:51:00 pm
When I worked in the hardware store we called it UNshopping. So that carried over to when I worked at the grocery store.

Now when I see an employee with a cart of items that is getting put back on the shelves, I tease them about UNshopping.

Goody, by the third year I worked retail for the Christmas holidays I was totally fed up with the commercialism of Christmas. Bah Humbug!! It got so bad that I refused to drive the 320+ miles to be with my family. I didn't buy gifts, I didn't want gifts. I ate tomato soup w/grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. I have been out of retail since 2004 and I still refuse to put up a tree or even send out christmas cards. Bah Humbug.

Oh, I do send out cards to Hubby's son and dil, his good brother and sil, and to my *adopted father/brother/best male friend*. Three cards, total. I buy them at Safeway so that I can get the center piece for free. Last year it was a stuffed owl. This year for thanksgiving it was a metallic turkey and owl.

This christmas I will come and snuggle with the fur babies, reading a book and drinking my hot spiced herbal teas. Oh, yeah, here in the Cabin & Porch, this diabetic can eat all the pies, cookies, candies her 'lil 'ol heart desires!!!  ;D Yet another wonderful reason to camp out with the furry kiddo's.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on November 27, 2017, 04:36:01 pm
I've heard both unshopping and go-backs as additional terms. Go-back certainly makes more sense to me than reshop.

I have been horribly sore all weekend. Kicked in Saturday afternoon before my shift, and I assumed it was just from working so hard.  And Saturday evening I heard coworkers complaining of not only full body aches, but also chills, feverishness, and even vomiting. They were hoping it was just something to do with the food that had been catered in.  But we were all eating the same stuff, and the group of people complaining of not being well was very small in comparison. They're also team leaders who tend to form their own clique, so if one was truly ill, it's much more likely that they would have spread it among themselves.

And then I woke up Sunday feeling so awful that I seriously considered staying home from church entirely. But I dragged myself in for the sacrament, sitting out in the foyer to reduce potential exposure (just in case), and then slipping out when the talks began.  I still feel kind of guilty for it, but I definitely wasn't in any condition to be staying.  By the time we would have normally gotten home from church, it was apparent that I was in fact sick after all.

I've had one solid meal in the last 36 hours, and so far it's not showing signs of trying to make a return visit. I've been sort of working at home, we have a huge backlog of old reports that need to be written and sent, so I keep copies of those on a flash drive to pick at when I have some down time (because bosses gave the okay for me to work as much overtime as I could handle to deal with them). So that's been helpful, as I won't have to take a personal day.

Also, I am ready to "bah humbug" the holidays, but it's not about the commercialism. It's more about the fact that Mini is hypersensitive to sounds and to conflict, and both are in abundance when my family gets together. These people do NOT understand volume control...  ::)  So I think we may have to start boycotting the big family get togethers for her mental health, and coordinate smaller celebrations with one sibling or the grandparents at a time.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 27, 2017, 09:30:55 pm
Goody, you're a good mom. I love that you take Mini's sensitivity to noise and conflict into consideration. I love that you are so good with your kids. You're terrific.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 27, 2017, 10:09:24 pm
Indeed, Goody - I hope you can find ways for Mini to have a peaceful & unstressful holiday. Have her come to the Cabin & chill out with the critters. Dreyfuss & Hound are especially calm, & Ivie is unless something agitates her.

Speaking of critters - Ivie was delighted to see this tuxedo cat's happy ending. No telling how this cat got to San Francisco from Lathrop, which would require crossing one of the bridges. It might have stowed away in or on a vehicle. Not everyone's journey to San Francisco in search of adventure turns out so well.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cat-missing-from-Lathrop-discovered-a-month-12387299.php

We had a couple days of good rain, then it turned sunny this afternoon. The storm left a lot of new snow in the Sierra Nevada, so let's plan a trip before Christmas, maybe to Tahoe or Yosemite. I've already promised the critters we'd take our annual snow trip soon, so we can make it an all-Incabitants' getaway. We'll take the Porchmobile, which works well in any kind of cyber weather or road condition & never skids, gets stuck in a snowbank, or balks in cold weather.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on November 28, 2017, 07:04:23 pm
One of the youngsters coming to the clan gathering on Saturday has autism with sensory /stimulation challenges. SIL texted today to inquire if the annex was open for him to chill if he needed space.  My counter offer  was a lofted in the guest room. which Boyo will like a lot.  I am so glad SIL asked. They have had some tough parenting moments  and I love that she is pro active for her boy.
I never thought if it...our Boy got taken out too when he needed it ....usually to the car.  The annex is just as cold and unwelcome this week...plus it's got storage all over.....
This way nephew has a low stim, warm nest with clean sheets all ready.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 23, 2017, 11:06:17 pm
I know it looks like the Cabin has been deserted, but 'tainít so. Folks have been coming & going, hanging out, socializing, making sure the critters get TLC, & helping decorate. We have a wreath on the door, the big tree in the living room window, & a smaller one for the critters in their corner off to the right. We have a small fire in the fireplace & the petsí stockings are hung there. Feel free to add a treat like mini snacks or small toys, but please donít let them catch you, & treat them equally.

I can see down the hill where traffic is coming & going on last-minute shopping. Many Target. Walmart, Sears, Macyís, & other big stores are open until midnight. Up here, it's nice, quiet, & cozy with no traffic or noise. Thereís a little snow, but we can use more Ė after the fabulous winter we had last year, some folks in California are starting to whisper the ďD-wordĒ again. Pray for snow. Hound is chewing on someoneís slipper that was left here, Punkin is sitting in the window studying the constellations, & Ivie is trying to get me out of this chair.

Nauvoodles are invited to the Cabin open house tomorrow (Christmas Eve) after church, which I think is just Sacrament meeting for everyone. Starting around 2:00 p.m., drop by to socialize & enjoy Tabsí music & a mug of hot spiced cider. If you can come later, weíll have a light buffet about 5:30 with ham, turkey, croissants, rolls, & other sandwich fixings, cruditťs, & the famous Cabin Christmas Tree Jello Salad (yup, lime with fruits & nuts, Christmas lights made of strawberries, & snow made of coconut flakes). Afterward, stay & enjoy videos of ďMr. Kruegerís Christmas,Ē ďAmahl & the Night Visitors,Ē & ďThe Fourth Wise Man,Ē marshmallow roasting, cocoa, & snuggles from the pets.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on December 24, 2017, 12:06:11 am
Tiptoeing in so as to not wake anyone. It's been another long crazy shift and I'm beat.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on December 24, 2017, 04:17:20 pm
The Christmas Eve party sounds wonderful but I need to recuperate from the Northern Light chase which started at 1800 and rnded at 0300.  Then church and cable car and cokd wind... I am snggled under a duvet with tea. But I am leaving ribbe for dveryone to enjoy. Its slow riasted pork belly and a Norse Christmas staple.  Enjoy enjoy
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 29, 2017, 12:26:50 am
Iím still feeling cruddy. It seems about a quarter of the people I know have colds or flu at the moment. We were able to have the Christmas Eve open house here & had a nice turnout Ė thanks to all who came to socialize in the afternoon or enjoy a light dinner in the evening, & I apologize that I was a little grumpy. At least my cyber-germs won't hurt you.  :D  The ribbe that Jana brought was delicious Ė thanks, Jana! And thanks to others who chipped in gourmet offerings, & a couple who brought favorite Christmas music or movies.

As all Incabitants know, Punkin is very interested in bats, & she still does the bat census once or twice a week. She was thrilled to know that these maintenance workers in California called Animal Care & Control rather than a pest control company when they unexpectedly uncovered a colony of bats. Animal Care was very good to the little critters :) & brought them to release in the woods up the hill from the Cabin last night.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mexican-free-tailed-bats-rescue-Menlo-Park-83-12459488.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 30, 2017, 12:11:27 am
I found out about this memorial for animal victims of the NorCal wildfires too late to take the critters, but they saw the pictures & seemed to understand what it was about. Animals are important in peopleís lives & folks wanted to remember those that had been close to them, whether as farm or ranch livestock, sources of food, companions, almost-family members, or wildlife that came & went in their lives but enriched the world for them.

http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Animal-victims-of-Wine-Country-fires-honored-at-12460563.php?t=b05f31fd0d#photo-14743812

Iím planning a low-key New Yearís Eve here at the Cabin. Since itís Sunday night, we wonít have a lot of entertainment, just social time, playing with the critters, moon-gazing (full moon is New Yearís Day), listening to the owls & coyotes, & the traditional midnight supper. Iíll make ham hocks & black-eyed peas & a sweet potato pie. If anyone feels up to it, maybe others can bring corn bread, salad, & perhaps another dessert.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 01, 2018, 05:34:49 am
Happy 2018
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on January 01, 2018, 03:35:06 pm
HaPpY NeW yEaR!!!!  Yeah, it is 2018, a fresh start.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 18, 2018, 01:28:27 am
Is anyone in the southern U.S. where that weird winter has struck? I hope y'all are safe & warm. We have cats & dogs here who will be glad to keep you warm. :) I took a couple of the critters to the beach at Pacifica today to see the big waves that we get on the West Coast in winter.

My cold is better, but I'm still going to enjoy a mug of hot spiced apple cider. There's a pot of it on the stove - plenty for all.

Snooze time.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 29, 2018, 12:05:38 am
It's been quiet at the Cabin, but I've been in & out (mostly in while I was recovering from the bug), keeping up the place & taking care of the pets. There's usually food & drink here, so drop by anytime.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 29, 2018, 09:33:49 pm
Anyone need a new home? California has some nice cabins & porches looking for good owners.

Wanna live in San Francisco? If youíre on a budget:

http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Candyland-Loft-San-Francisco-Alexandra-Watkins-12519413.php

If money is no object:

http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/1701-Franklin-St-San-Francisco-Victorian-for-sale-12510873.php

Does suburbia suit you better, & in a prominent personís former home?

https://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/sully-sullenberger-bay-area/

Prefer rural life, just outside Yosemite?

http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Arthur-Dyson-house-29800-Yosemite-Springs-Yosemite-12528491.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on February 03, 2018, 10:31:38 am
That San Francisco loft is cute!  Not really my style, but really cute.  I can see Jim Henson and his muppets hanging out there.  I adore the Victorian! That house is so gorgeous, I wonder if the furnishings come with it. Sully's house is nice but I think the cabin would be more my style , even without furnishings.  I would love to be snowed in  as long I had that cabin.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 03, 2018, 10:27:43 pm
Oh, yeah Ė the loft is cute, but I canít see living in it either. Not quite my personality. But, in case you donít know the Bay Area RE market, it is a bargain. A Victorian would be impressive Ė but it would feel like living in a museum & Iíd be worried about touching anything or leaving a fingerprint or sitting on one of those formal couches & leaving a wrinkle in it!  ::)  Itís just too perfect, & if you left your mail or a candy bar on one of those fancy tables, it would stick out like a black eye. I donít think the critters would be happy, because they couldnít have the run of the house. Sullyís house is nice, but Danville is not my kind of suburb Ė Iím more partial to the towns along the Peninsula south of San Francisco (Pacifica, San Bruno, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay, etc.). Those are more like real towns that happen to be suburbs, not planned communities intended to be suburbs, if that makes sense.

Iím with you about the cabin. It probably couldnít be a primary home for working stiffs, because the nearest major city is Fresno & itís 50 miles away. But for a weekend getaway or second home, or a home for a well-off professional person who can work remotely or doesnít need to commute to town every day, or a retirement residence, who wouldnít pick it?  :)  At a price a third lower than that little San Francisco loft, who could resist? I need to calm the pets down, because theyíve started to think weíre moving there.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 07, 2018, 03:32:16 am
I am tired of bad news. I am tired of sadness. I am tired of tiredness.

I sleep but don't feel rested. I speak to my brother regularly, and get sad all over again. The obituary is making the rounds on FB and since the family is interconnected, I see it over and over.  Its a great ode to the deceased.

Unfortunately, my impression of his as an adult is far from the gloss in the obit. I am struggling with that.  I am not going to fly out this weekend, because of a lot of things, but a huge crowd of loud music and people drinking is just not my bag, especially when they are mostly strangers.

I told Brother I am willing to come out for Easter, but he doesnt have to think about it til he gets through the weekend. I am not wild to go since the less time I spend with his wife the better, but for my brother I would go.

My Chinese tutor and her hubby are running into education, finance, and government snags that has her in tears.  Her hubs is our student.  The biggest fly in this ointment is his English is bad.  But without publications in high rated places he wont get far in China. Shes just back from taking exams that did not go well, so no one will offer her a job until she gets certs.  and she is 30 so people are wary she will have her one child.....ugh.
This puts her is a very bad place. and their families are poor.

My buddy has cancer in her bones. Shes been a real soldier the last three cancers, but this time she cried.

i hope I can get out of this mood before we fly to see Sweetpea in London.  She seems to be tolerating her new meds well. That is a relief. Lets hope her tests show something fixable so shes healthier and happier in the future.

Thanks for letting me dump.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 07, 2018, 10:25:50 pm
Hugs <3 for you Jana. I'm really sorry you & so many people close to you are having these challenges.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 08, 2018, 12:32:47 am
Hugs and kisses, Jana. I'm so sorry for all the struggles you and your people are going through.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: curlybat on February 08, 2018, 10:44:37 am
It does seem when it rains it pours, Jana!  Prayers and thoughts are with you!  I could use a nice cabin stay right now!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 12, 2018, 02:33:40 am
Prayers continuing, Jana, & also for other Nauvoo neighbors needing special blessings. I'm not always sure who all is in need at the moment, but if we pray for "Nauvoo friends," the Lord knows who we mean.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 17, 2018, 03:51:20 am
Did you know that in California, only veterinarians are legally allowed to give animals medical treatment? If emergency responders give first aid or resuscitation to pets, as they can to humans, they are violating the law. We know they do it, because it's reported often, but they risk prosecution & fines.

A state legislator is proposing a law to allow first responders to treat cats & dogs, with protection from liability. It could be expanded to include other animals.

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Pets-could-receive-mouth-to-snout-12620695.php

So now our critters have another line of defense if something goes wrong here at the Cabin. See, Punkin, we've always told you that police, firefighters, & other emergency responders were your friends. Now they're allowed to prove it!  :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on February 20, 2018, 02:39:12 pm
Cabin & Porch is a blessing in many ways!  I, too, like to read of travel adventures.  And I also feel a caring sorrow for the many trials of my fellow Nauvoodles.  No matter how strong our faith, pain and fear are real.  Even Christ was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," which I take to mean His own grief, not just that of others.

My visit to today is a "small potatoes" kind of thing.  I just need a sanity check.  The missus and I had a disagreement about "private conversations."  She is a bundle of insecurities and always has been.  I'm used to that and accommodate it where I can.  She saw me having a text discussion with my sister.  She immediately asked what my sister wanted.  I thought it was rude of her to ask, and she went on threatening that she would keep her own secrets from me, and so on.  I never saw it coming.  I've never asked her about any of her conversations with anyone.  I will grant that Sister has some mental issues, but I think that after 30 years of marriage Missus could feel that she could trust me.  Sister was asking me how much my kidney transplant cost out-of-pocket.  Sister didn't  say why she was asking, and I didn't ask.  It seemed like a pretty straightforward question.  Missus became alarmed that: 1) Sister was going to ask me for money, even though she never has before.  2) That I would give Sister money without telling Missus, which I would never do. 

I know Missus was just having a moment and it will all calm down quickly enough.  My question is:  Is it "keeping secrets" to not tell your spouse that you had a conversation with a not-all-there sibling when there was nothing of great import in the conversation?  I have contact with Sister (usually messaging) every other month or so, just as a way of keeping in touch.  Nothing heady in the conversation.  I think Missus should give me the same trust I give her, but I'm not a bundle of insecurities, either. 

I'm not looking for anyone here to take sides.  I just want to know if y'all make a point of sharing with your spouse every conversation you have, not from the context of wanting to share to strengthen bonds, but rather from the context of making sure there are no secrets?  The sharing-for-bonding thing I get.  It's the no-secrets thing I feel is not necessary.  I wouldn't hide something important.

I don't think it is keeping secrets, but I do think things along that line can be important.  I don't share every conversation with my husband - there isn't time! lol But I do share a lot and I would really feel like he was purposely keeping me out of his life if he never shared conversations.  These conversations are an actual part of my husband's life.  They help me know him better and know what he is going through.  So I don't need my husband to report everything to me, but I do want to know what is going on in his life.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on March 04, 2018, 04:34:34 pm
This is such a peaceful place.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 04, 2018, 10:06:09 pm
How's everyone doing? The critters are well-fed and happy. I stop by here fairly frequently to rest and they tend to pile on for massive affection. They were particularly affectionate today. I wonder if that's the chicken livers I brought with me? :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 05, 2018, 04:32:57 am
uh,uh,uh,uh stayin alive stayin alive.   most of 10 pounders lighter, dehydrated, weak.,andno appetite. but a great nights sleep thanks to meditation tracks has improved things immensely.
I got chilled in London.  Great visit. bad germ.  Himself was worried, I was scared it was the killer flu.
So our annual trek to the  CA desert begins this weekend when we meet the Ketchup clan in El Segundo, and then I will move in to my hotel near the Crowsnest for a week while himself is in LaJolla at his Phosphor Summit.   
Of course being this ill has really thrown a spanner inthe preparation works,  but we will get there.
Sadly our date night for dinner (he ate mine)  and the musical LionKing (third time!)  came to an end at intermission, but at least I got to see the puppetry in the beginning which is so other earthly it makes me tear up....when the pride cries and the ribbons flow down their cheeks (masked), the audience laughed. really? i thought it clever.   
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 18, 2018, 12:53:28 am
Hi, Jana! I sure wish I could have seen you this time around, but I've had commitments in several places & had to be out of town a lot, That makes me glad we had those opportunities before, because Nauvoodles are so widely scattered & yet we're like a ward family. I hope you & Andries are having a good time. Hugs for you & give all the CrowFamily hugs for me!

Incabitants might be interested in what happened when a cat cafť in Oakland was burglarized, What's a cat cafť, and who knew Oakland had one? Is it a place where you take your cat to enjoy a tuna casserole or grilled salmon while you have a burger, Cobb salad, or just a piece of pie? Read on.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Cat-Town-Oakland-cat-cafe-coffee-crime-break-in-12761019.php

https://www.cattownoakland.org/
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on March 18, 2018, 08:17:37 pm
I've heard rumors that we're getting a cat cafe here in Chicago.

I'm glad to see all the furbabies are safe.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 24, 2018, 10:12:31 pm
How's everyone doing?

We're fine. The riots have been over for a bit over a week and the social media block was lifted a while ago, too. Things are back to normal. We're not that hopeful that things will remain peaceful here, unfortunately.

The critters came for a visit through the west door after the riots ended. They enjoyed soaking in the sun on the balcony and watching the waves from the Indian Ocean roll in. They also saw a few fairly spectacular sunsets, including the one last night that I forgot to photograph. They're all well fed and I've enjoyed having them over and getting lots of affection from them.

I hope all is well with all of you.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 27, 2018, 03:21:07 am
How's everyone doing?

We're fine. The riots have been over for a bit over a week and the social media block was lifted a while ago, too. Things are back to normal. We're not that hopeful that things will remain peaceful here, unfortunately.
Sigh. Why can't we all get along? Someday we'll have peace on Earth, but it will be thanks to Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ, not to our mortal human species! I wish normal weren't so - well, normal !

Thanks for having the critters over, Laurie. They love the Cabin, but everyone needs a little variety & they make good use of the doors on the different sides of the Cabin or Porch. I showed them this story & they have gotten endless entertainment from the video. Especially Ivie, who is a tuxedo cat like the star of this episode. Most cats who go up on top of something eventually find their way down, especially when they get hungry or cold. But this one looks pretty scared & unhappy up there.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/gypsy-cat-rescue-pole-stuck-12782877.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 27, 2018, 11:17:52 pm
Oy. So many calls to 911 about a cat that the call center doesn't work for other emergencies? Not good. :( I'm glad the cat's okay. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 29, 2018, 08:09:05 pm
Why is it the tuxedo cats that keep getting in trouble? Ivie, can you explain that? :D

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cat-Pacifica-lost-treasure-island-12791778.php#photo-15309941
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on March 29, 2018, 10:16:32 pm
Because gingers (like Firestar) and tabbies (like Graystripe) would never get lost. That's according to my daughter, the greatest "Warrior Cats" fan in the sixth grade.  ;D

Correction:  "Graystripe" is not a tabby.  He is a long-haired gray tom.  Get it straight, Dad.  - Abby.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 30, 2018, 03:57:26 pm
Our Punkin is a ginger, & she is a smart cat & doesn't get lost much, but she does get into mischief. ::) Maybe mischief is part of being a smart critter.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 09, 2018, 01:47:52 am
Stop that, Punkin. I am not your scratching post. I know, you're glad to see me, but you act as if I neglect you. ::)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 19, 2018, 02:31:06 am
Yawn. It's been a busy week, too much stuff going on, taxes over, & it's time for a quiet night's sleep. The owls are hooting & the coyotes are howling, but nothing else seems to be stirring. I'll sit on the Porch & have some hot spiced cider & stargaze with Punkin, then we'll go toes up.

Wait - who's been sleeping in MY bed??? Punkin, help me move her to one side without waking her. I'm fine giving everyone their space, but not it they're going to take all of mine! :D

http://i.pinimg.com/originals/ac/4d/d9/ac4dd975d156e2a2e84bacc569365fc4.jpg
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 07, 2018, 12:49:36 am
* Slips into Cabin quietly in case anyone is asleep. *

I think I see a human body in one of the armchairs but can't tell who it is. Maybe it's Laurie - she seems to spend a lot of time here.

* Bundle of fur emerges from couch & climbs up my arm. *

Hi, Punkin! Did you miss me? I was only away for a couple of days. Look, I brought back salmon, your favorite. I have the other critters' favorites too. It's all going in the fridge now, because it's too late to make you a fancy meal. We don't have 24-hour room service. This isn't the Ritz, you know. :D

I hope all the Incabitants are well. Almost everyone I know has hay fever now, so something is literally in the air. Having the non-allergenic pets here at the Cabin/Porch is such a blessing.



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 07, 2018, 11:05:33 pm
It probably was me you saw, although I wasn't the only one here.

I've been keeping our furballs fed, and a few of them came with me out the west door to Sri Lanka where they've been soaking up the sun and watching the crows and other birds flying around. They really like my balconies. :)

If anyone is looking to avoid hay fever, it's not a huge problem in Sri Lanka I don't think.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on May 16, 2018, 12:55:54 pm
Oy!  I have been so busy fixing my house that I have not checked in here!  It has been a year since I purchased my little single wide, and I am finaly getting hot and cold running water....thank goodness for indoor plumbing. (I can't tell you how much nicer bathroom visits are when you can just move a little lever to dispose of contents rather than carrying in buckets of water for that purpose ;) )
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 16, 2018, 03:18:01 pm
Welcome back, Redd! While you're getting your own "cabin" squared away, you can always drop in here to use the kitchen, bath, etc. It's rare that anything ever goes wrong or breaks down, since it's a cyber-Cabin.

The critters missed you, especially Punkin. She told me. You'll never guess how - she is the smartest cat I've ever seen. When I got here, even though you had left, she was purring & looking content, & she went to a bookshelf & started pawing at a particular book. I took it out & it wasn't about animals, or anything especially interesting. I put it back & she reached for it again, a couple of times. Finally it dawned on me what she was trying to say. The book cover was RED! And here I thought cats were colorblind & didn't understand language!  :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 16, 2018, 10:42:24 pm
Redd! So glad you're here! It's great to hear you have running water again. I don't ever want to be without that, so I don't know how crazy that might have made you feel. But so glad you have it now!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 25, 2018, 09:06:59 pm
With all the serious & ponderous topics going on here, I thought Iíd pop into the Cabin with this lighter story about a cat who sails the ocean with his person & serves an indispensable purpose on the crew, which consists of just the two of them. I figured our critters would especially enjoy this, but I hope it doesnít give them ideas about flying the coop. Most of them would be smart enough, but I doubt any of them would want to give up the easy life to actually go to work on deck. :D

https://tinyurl.com/Seafaring-kitty
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 13, 2018, 09:10:08 am
Did everyone see the stories & videos of the raccoon climbing the 25-story building in St. Paul? By the time I saw it, he was already safe, but it was still nerve-wracking to watch him inching up the vertical wall, stopping on ledges occasionally to rest. The wall must not have been totally smooth but maybe had something like a textured surface that he could cling to. Seeing him on the narrow ledges 20-plus stories up, looking down at the city, is enough to give you vertigo.  :o

Our critters watched it & they were terrified. Cats & some dogs can climb, but not like that. He was literally holding on to the wall with his claws.   

Here are a couple of links. There are many different versions - this practically collapsed the internet.

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/national/raccoon-scales-skyscraper-in-minnesota

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/12/raccoon-climbs-building-skyscraper-st-louis-minnesota-twitter
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 15, 2018, 01:56:03 am
How did the critter do it?

https://www.livescience.com/62806-how-mpr-raccoon-climbed-23-stories.html
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: kazbert on June 19, 2018, 12:30:31 am
Hiya all!

Hope everybody's doing well!

I would like to PM (or email) with an LDS who has advanced kidney disease and/or going through dialysis. There are some things going on that may be a result of my kidney disease/dialysis/transplant, and I'd like to compare notes and see if someone else has noticed the same issues. The issues are not very TMI. I just don't think someone will understand it unless they have experienced it too.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 19, 2018, 04:33:15 pm
Hi, Kazbert - it's nice to see you, & I hope you get some people contacting you to compare experiences with. I hope all is going well otherwise.

I **think** most Nauvoodles peek into the Cabin now & then, but in case some don't (a Cabin might be intimidating to some people, because I hear there is a horror or slasher movie by that name), you might post on the Forum & Member News forum too.

We are now in June Gloom on the California coast, so it's foggy, & when the fog thins out, it's overcast. I don't think we had two hours of real sunlight yesterday, & today is moving in that direction too. But it isn't cold. So I have fresh lemonade & a watermelon in the kitchen in case anyone has a dry throat. (The watermelon has claw marks on the outside, but not to worry, I heard the critters bickering over it in time & snatched it from the brink of destruction before they got in).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on June 19, 2018, 07:18:40 pm
I have a friend who is LDS but not a member of this forum (I think...) and had a kidney replacement a couple years ago. I'll PM her and see if she would be willing to chat.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 23, 2018, 04:21:41 pm
June Gloom has taken a break, & we're having a heat wave. It's in the 80s farther inland, a little cooler where I am closer to the coast, but still balmy.

Lots of folks from here going to see the Tabernacle Choir :)  tonight in Berkeley, others going on Monday to Mountain View (between Palo Alto & San Jose). The last time they came to California was around 2005 or 2006 so there are people who, if they never go to Utah, haven't seen the Tabs in person. Instead of scarves or coats, we'll have to bring light hats (all the Bay Area venues are outdoors. How cool - or warm!)







Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Michaela on June 27, 2018, 02:21:39 pm
Wow.  Just look around.  Itís still here.  Canít believe I made it back after all this time.  I wonder whatever happened to Hound.  And Meadowbee.  So many others. The swingís still here.  Looks like Iím alone.  Just as well.  I need a little time to just sit and remember, listen to the echoes of the past. Guess Iíll just sit myself down and  enjoy the geraniums.

What?  Whatís this?  Right here in the rail.  Canít believe it.  I wonder who carved it? Looks like itís been here for awhile.

Ryan ❤️
Always and Forever
2015

Tears still come easy.


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 28, 2018, 03:01:57 am
Welcome back Michaela!!! (Hugs all around) I've often wondered when you'd show up. I miss Meadowbee & so many others who didn't move to the New Cabin, & others who are no longer with us.

We miss Ryan too. I never saw that carving in the rail until you pointed it out, because it is in an out-of-the-way spot where we don't always look & that bush is growing over it. And you know what - this Cabin wasn't here in 2015. We didn't move to New Nauvoo until 2016. So Ryan must have been here in spirit to add that little carving because he figured you'd find it!

All the critters are still here. Hound & Annabelle have slowed down a lot, but they still come running when they hear the fridge or cabinet doors open. They're all asleep now, just the way they've always done, snuggled together in a big dog & cat pile. If people got along the way our animals do, we'd never have any wars & all the politicians would be angels & saints (wait ... that's impossible, isn't it, since they don't have any angel or saint DNA?)

Don't stay away so long anymore!

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Michaela on July 04, 2018, 01:20:53 pm
Guess Iíll wander inside.  Iím sure I saw Curelom - - - or was that just a dream?  Dozing in the middle of the day has become a habit.  Is that a piano by the window?   I actually know how to play it now!  Time has a way of changing things. I donít think I dreamed up the flag.  Nope.  Blowing in the breeze like that itís a beautiful sight.   Wonder if weíve got some music for the occasion?  The Star Spangled Banner!Ē  Perfect!  That ought to wake me up.

First things first.  I bet thereís some homemade root beer in the ice chest. Got to keep my priorities in order.

Punkin!  Come here you sweet thing!  Root beer?  I donít think so.  How about some good cold milk!

Ahhhh.  Thereís nothing like the sound of purring.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on July 04, 2018, 06:39:52 pm
Yep, my Cub Scouts came by this morning to raise the flag. They're off on a hike now, but will be back later to light up the firepit, retire the flag, and then we'll make s'mores and relax around the fire.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 05, 2018, 01:40:48 am
Poor Ivie is about out of her mind. People have been setting off fireworks around the neighborhood all day, & nonstop since the sun set. Ivie is very skittish & touchy about anything to do with fire, smoke, or explosions, because she was a rescue cat who was taken away from an owner who burned her & another cat with cigarettes & also broke her foot. This happens at every holiday when there are fireworks Ė the Fourth, New Yearís Eve, Chinese New Year. We have to put her in a carrier with blankets & toys, latch it & put it in the quietest part of the Cabin, & have one or more of the other critters keep her company, but she can still hear. Dreyfuss & Punkin have been bringing her tidbits, sitting there, trying to calm her down, but sheís having a tough time.

As dry as California is again (weíve got some major wildfires going, as do Utah, Colorado, & a couple of other states), I fret that the fireworks will start a fire in the park or on someoneís roof. I saw a report that charity fundraisers selling fireworks are having trouble in Sonoma & Napa counties, a backlash after last fallís terrible wildfires that killed 44 people & destroyed 9,000 homes, including 5,000 in Santa Rosa alone.

Otherwise, weíve had a relaxing Fourth, with a few neighbors coming over for our BBQ & picnic. The Porchupines & guests contributed burgers, franks (the pets have forbidden us to call them hotdogs), grilled eggplant, potato salad, green salad, apple & peach cobblers, carrot cake, & assorted beverages. Goody & the scouts came back & some of the picnic people were still around, so we did the símores. Ivie was OK with that fire because she knows us & knows we wouldnit use it to hurt her.

Everyone has left except the Porchupines, & weíre going to try to get Ivie calmed down so we can all go to sleep. But the fireworks are still going. I donít imagine the police are breaking their necks to chase after everyone doing it, or even responding if residents are calling. Theyíre just gonna wait until something catches fire & let the FD take care of it. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 05, 2018, 10:45:21 am
Shamefaced she arrives late to the party.  I did not fly my flag today.  I cannot believe it.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Michaela on July 05, 2018, 01:19:29 pm
Itís ok Jana.  Some years are like that.  I usually display the flag but forgot this year.  When Ryan passed away I  lost  my internal calendar.  Itís an odd thing, Iím sure thereís some kind of logic behind it, but until yesterday when I turned on tv it was still early June in my mind.  If I donít look at the calendar, the date doesnít exist.  Seasons come and go faster than I ever thought possible.  And sometimes you just have to recognize you canít do all things for all occasions.

Itís odd, though.  You all havenít aged a bit since I was here years ago.  You are all as beautiful as ever.  Maybe sometimes time really does stop.  Especially on the porch.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on July 05, 2018, 01:50:40 pm
Day before yesterday I got set up to call my older brother to wish him a Happy Birthday when it really hit me that he is on the other side of the Veil, with his son, our parents and all of the kin folk who have gone before him.

I quit going out to see the fireworks back in 1992. Trying to find parking for the car and a comfortable spot for me to be for the 35 minutes of fireworks just isn't & wasn't enjoyable for me. Prior to 1992, my home was within 1/2 mile of where they were being set off. I could sit out on my little balcony (just large enough for my love seat and small rocking chair) in comfort - and watch. My young dog and senior cat were snug in the guest room closet with the closet and bedroom doors shut with just 1 inch opening for them to *nose* their way out when all the noise stopped.

This is the first year since *forever* I have been without my fur babies during the raucous 4th celebrations. For the 16 years I had Fred and 15 years Ethel was with me, they would get under my legs while I sat in my chair and want me to cover them up with a blanket.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 06, 2018, 03:50:42 am
Iím so glad to see you, Michaela!

Things have been same old same old here. Too hot for comfort.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 06, 2018, 11:09:09 pm
Weird weather, & still contributing to dangerous wildfires around the West. It's been warm & muggy in the Bay Area, & hot enough in Southern California to be a health risk for some folks. At least I'm near the coast where we get some cooling ocean air, or I can take the critters to the beach when it gets too hot here. I hope the CrowFamily & Libertygranny are staying cool.

** Waves in a generally southeast direction hoping they'll see **

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Michaela on July 09, 2018, 07:57:14 pm
I seem to be lost somewhere near the cabin.  I can hear Curelom calling but I canít seem to figure nd the right path.  First thereís the street sign that says, General, then the one that says Cabin.  But when I get to the cabin there seems to be nothing left but the front door.  Once I get through that, thereís only the back door and nothing in between.  I donít think I understand this place.  Itís hard to get around.  Especially on my cell phone.  There must be signposts Iíve missed but . . . Where?  Hallllloooooooooo!  Anybody there?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 10, 2018, 04:04:19 am
Hi, Michaela Ė I know, itís confusing being around the new Cabin since youíve only been here a few times. After we bought this place & started moving in, we made a few alterations because of different Incabitantsí needs, including the Dutch, West, & North doors. When you were here the other day, I think you found the Cabin, because you saw the flag & the piano.

This is what I think happens sometimes. This is a virtual Cabin, so it has special qualities not found in ordinary houses. People come & go through the special doors. For instance, Jana had the Dutch door put in, & Laurie needed the West door, & the North door leads to Canada & Alaska. Any of us, including the critters, can go back & forth through the doors. And as they are doing that, maybe the Cabin is transformed in some way or goes into some special dimension, like the Twilight Zone, for just an instant. If you happen to be here at that instant, you may see something different from the normal Cabin, or not see anything at all. You may not see or hear the people or pets even if theyíre here.

When we first moved here, there were times I thought I was in the wrong place, but after getting used to it, I donít seem to notice it anymore, or maybe it doesnít happen to us once weíre settled in. So just keep spending time here & you should be fine.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 11, 2018, 02:12:24 am
*the Dutch door freaks open*  hmmm better get some WD40 on those hinges.  It is bone dry in Cheeseland, everything is browning up. Water restriction is in force in some areas.  And we have seen higher than normal temps here too.  So we have been hand watering the vegetables.  It takes hours so we don't waste water on the paths and non essentials.  The crops seem to be doing well.  We are off for 10 days to my brother. Who knows what will be left when we return...except club sized zucchini.
Himself travels alone a lot these days. I am only traveling 3 weeks with him this summer.  Except for our annual Crowfamily  event in March and a 3 week stint in November to Colorado, That's the extent for 2018.  I think.  Last year was so crazy, I had to just slow up for a while.
And a couple of broken toes sorta slowed down the slow down.
Sweet pea left her partner of 4 years. She is still in London for her Masters.  No one in the family will miss him.  She does, but it was her decision, and a good one. She is regaining her life. 
The Boy is still chipping away in Neuro Science. Hopefully his bachelors in the fall, the on to advanced degrees. His autism complicates things but he is coping with his life in great ways. He is a good man.
So the garden, the children, a little church, a lot of creative work keeps me out of the cabin. 
I see Michaela has been. What a joy to know you are still around, sister.
Curelom always keeps an eye on things around here....where is the WD40?
Ok back to work I have to sew20 buttons on my new outfit.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 11, 2018, 01:23:54 pm
Here we are, Jana. I'll squirt a bit on the hinges & put some graphite in the latches & keyway. It's always so nice to have you come over here, so we need to keep that door in good working order! I don't even know why there's a lock, since we never need them here at the Cabin. Should we just replace it with a regular doorknob?

(https://mobileimages.lowes.com/product/converted/079567/079567100324.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 11, 2018, 01:33:25 pm
Michaela & Jana & I are relaxing on the front Porch, sipping lemonade, enjoying the fresh air & peaceful setting. A doe & fawn are drinking from the critters' wading pool while the critters watch & Punkin tries to make friends with the little one. Mom just looks looks on placidly. The local wildlife all know our critters & aren't spooked them by them anymore.

If anyone wants some lemonade, a sandwich, potato or fruit salad, & a little social visit, drop on by. Bring your knitting, book, or whatever, or being a frisbee or two if you want to play with the pets.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on July 12, 2018, 02:28:43 am
there's no lock on mg side. It's a slide latch because double Dutch doors require them to keep all the parts of the door in line.  They get rusty though so thanks for the WD40 to keep them running. 
Looking forward to a slow down day before we fly.
first I pack and organize something for dinner using up fridge leftovers.
Boy will have a pretty nice care package to take home after dropping us at the airport.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on July 12, 2018, 06:40:47 pm
We have a case of WD-40 in one of the utility closets. I had pallets of the stuff at work because WD-40 didn't want it back after the last round of testing, so I've been giving it away to everyone I know.   It's pretty amazing stuff.  The company even has a PDF file on their website that lists over 2,000 uses for it (some of which are kind of duplicative, but hey, whatcha gonna do).

https://www.wd40.com/files/pdf/wd-40_2042538679.pdf

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 13, 2018, 02:28:26 am
Jana, I'm sorry to hear about your toes. I hope they aren't related to the stubborn door, either from the door rebounding & hitting your foot or your kicking the door in frustration!  ::)  And hopefully they won't interfere with your trip.

Goody, I wonder if the neighbors would like some WD-40. We have the Clowers family with their sheep on the other side of the hill, in fact they are even closer than when we lived at Old Nauvoo. And the retired police horse ranch is across the valley, & they are always helping us out with something or other. Both of them probably have lots more uses for WD-40 than our little old Cabin (but don't give away the whole case!)

Punkin isn't here tonight. She met a couple of wildlife biologists who are out here studying bats & "invited" herself to spend a couple of days with them. She was able to show them that she knows where the bat hideouts are, & she can tell when bats are nearby & lead people close without spooking the bats the way plain old humans might. They're camped in the woods between here & the Clowers place & Punkin is staying there, & probably eating well too, because I saw the ice chests they had in the back of their van! The researchers have promised to acknowledge Punkin as an assistant when they write up their findings. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Michaela on July 13, 2018, 01:30:07 pm
I canít believe it.  The WD 40 worked great!  I should have thought of that.
Jana!  I havenít seen you for so long.  Let me take a little look at those toes.
Owwwch.  Why donít you stay a bit and get them up.  You can sit here next to the geraniums and listen to the birds sing.  There are a few bees around the south end of the Porch but I donít think you need to worry about that.  Theyíre much more interested in the pink hollyhocks.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 14, 2018, 05:09:07 am
Michaela, the Cabin and Porch are kind of like the Room of Requirement - it gives us what we need when we need it.

I'm so glad you're here! You've been sorely missed.

Jana, how are your broken toes coming along?

I'm sorry for SweetPea. I hope she knows it's a good decision and she can move forward in a healthy direction.

I have to get back to work. I have a ton of things to do today and none of them can be put off until tomorrow.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on July 14, 2018, 12:09:59 pm
Wait, Jana has broken toes too? I'm so sorry. Now I finally know what that feels like. :(
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Michaela on July 16, 2018, 06:30:25 pm
Iggy, letís get some of that fresh cold lemonade and just remember together.  Life changes while weíre not looking.  One thing at a time and then one day we wake up and realize that what we thought was our life is gone and weíre standing in a place we hardly recognize.  Both my parents died within 10 days of each other,  my sister died a year before my son. Kids and grandkids have moved across the country, what used to be a small house overflowing is now a big house with a lot  of echoes.  There are days I grieve for the past and the way it used to be.  Ironically when I had a house full of teenagers  and a son with autism wreaking havoc on the house and everything in it I couldnít imagine that glorious day when Iíd have some peace and quiet and some time for myself. Ha! Life is like that, isnít it? 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 19, 2018, 08:43:23 am
Goody, how are your toes doing?

The husband and I are in France. We have a one-year visa, so we could be here for a while - it really depends on a lot of factors, as usual.

I'm healthier here. My health improved the last time we were in France and also when we went to Spain. I suspect it's down to fluoride - most of Europe doesn't fluoridate their water supply whereas in Sri Lanka, they do. In Sri Lanka, I can avoid fluoride in tap water with the reverse osmosis water filter we have, but I've long suspected that the fluoridated water is used for watering at least some of the produce that we eat, and it stays in the produce and makes me sick that way. This is our third time coming to Europe, and yup, again, I start doing better, so it seems like a plausible theory. I did better in the UAE as well - also no fluoridated water, at least not that we drank.

Fahim, however... His eczema is relatively calm in Sri Lanka, but it blows up in France and Spain. We've tracked down one possible culprit - hard water - so this time, we're staying in an area with relatively softer water to see if it makes a difference. His feet blew up anyway from the very very dry air on the plane.

So it's a bit of a juggling act. Can we figure out something that works for both of us? If we can't, then we have to pick and chose, and that'll mean that he has to be healthier because he has to work. and when his eczema blows up, I really do mean blows up to the point that it causes significant pain and discomfort and makes it very difficult for him to work.

So, please pray that we'll find a solution that works for us.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on July 25, 2018, 11:20:49 pm
It's been awhile, but I need to come in here and hide from the heat.  115 Fahrenheit today.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on July 25, 2018, 11:42:21 pm
DerrellF, the great thing about the Cabin/Porch is that it will always be the temperature you want it to be, or if you are a bit chilly, there are marvelous throws and blankets you can use.  The windows have a lovely cross-breeze, which wafts air gently throughout the entire area.  Have something to cool to drink,and relax. 

Many decades ago, I was stationed at Edwards AFB in the Mojave. Hearing "It's a dry heat" didn't help much when the steering wheel of your car was too hot to touch.  Those were the days before the folding windshield shades were invented.  The only thing I could do was put a hand towel on top of the steering wheel to lessen the impact of the 113į temperatures during the day. 

Stay and enjoy! 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 27, 2018, 04:37:37 pm
I've been out of the Cabin for awhile, but yes, it's always comfortable to come back here. As palmetto_gal said, you can make it whatever temperature. humidity, or any other weather condition you like.

There is a large wildfire burning in the general area of California where CrowGirl & libertygranny live, so please keep all the folks there in your prayers (this is in addition to the big ones near Yosemite & Redding/Lake Shasta). The one near our Nauvoodles was started by an arsonist & a suspect is in custody.

I am going to make a 7-Up float with rainbow sherbet. Anyone else want one?

No, Punkin, you can't have a whole one. I'll make a small one in this bowl for all of you to share, & I'll keep Annabelle away until the rest of you get at least a taste.  ::)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: DerrellF on July 27, 2018, 05:52:12 pm
I'll take one.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Sparky on July 28, 2018, 07:15:19 pm
Yum. Haven't had a sherbet/7-up float in forever. I'll take one, too.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 28, 2018, 11:43:45 pm
They're really refreshing, aren't they? Just looking at it cools you off  :P I'll make a dozen for now, so anyone who drops by can have one. Since they are cyber-floats, they won't melt or spoil.

Punkin, don't make me slap your paw. ::) I told you I'd make one for all of you critters to share.


(http://www.thesugarcoatedcottage.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/sherbet-punch-float-8.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: libertygranny on July 28, 2018, 11:48:20 pm
Thanks for thinking of me, but fortunately this round of fires is not near us. Though we do smell the smoke at night. It is closer to Crow Girl and her family.

The fire in N CA is very disheartening for me. I know the area well from when I was in high school and we played other schools from that area.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 12, 2018, 02:01:54 am
That fire up near the Redding area is still going strong, has killed (I think) 8 people & destroyed over 1000 residences & many other buildings. There are wildfires all over California, & smoke & crud are spreading over large parts of the state. The fire near Yosemite is getting much of the attention because Yosemite is such a high-profile visitor attraction, but there is one north of the Napa-Sonoma wine country that is now the biggest in state history. It isn't far from that cluster of fires last October that killed 44 people & destroyed about 9000 homes, businesses, & other buildings.

Other states are also getting scorched. Prayers for everyone affected by any sort of disasters.

For anyone dropping by the Cabin, I stocked up on ice cream & sherbet. We have about half a dozen flavors, so you're sure to find your favorite.


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 28, 2018, 02:31:03 am
I've been in & out of the Cabin but haven't always signed in. If I see that all is well, we aren't out of ice cream or TP, & the critters are fed & happy, there's no need to sign in. Most of them are asleep now, except for Punkin & Pepper who seem to be having some kind of conference. I'm sure they are planning some mischief.  ::)



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 29, 2018, 05:45:54 am
Same here. The fur balls have been well loved and fed.

I have some giant peaches sitting on the counter. Theyíre just shy of ripe, but when they are, help yourselves.

Weíre currently in Spain in a resort town, not taking advantage of the beach and roasting in the sun - weíre not beach and sun worshiping people. Itís a longer story about why weíre here. We head to Barcelona next Monday and hope to get some issues with our Apple products sorted out. Thatís another longer story.

And boyo am I glad for air conditioning!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 06, 2018, 03:26:38 am
I see you, Punkin. :)   You were trying to wait up for someone to come in, but after a busy day of playing with the other critters, patrolling the forest, doing the bat census, listening to the owls & coyotes, & counting stars, you just couldn't hold out any longer! Let's have some warm spiced cider & then we'll go toes up.

(http://cdn.attackofthecute.com/October-15-2014-23-14-42-pp.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 06, 2018, 04:22:24 am
We're in Barcelona now. We went to Apple, and thankfully, they've replaced one defective item (served with a side of a condescending lecture on how to properly take care of cables, never mind that they're DEFECTIVE!!!!!) and will be replacing the other two. Yay!

My favourite aunt and uncle were supposed to meet us in Salou, an hour and a half drive south of Barcelona - that's what we were doing there. But my uncle took sick and he spent most of their two week holiday in Europe sick in the hospital. They're back home now and he seems to be fully recovered, so that's good. But what a waste of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe! If I ever win the lottery (yeah, I know - won't happen since I don't actually buy lotto tickets...), I'm treating them to a redo.

So we're in Barcelona for the next month. And we're enjoying ourselves. The local grocery store sells octopus, two tentacles per pack. So I've done some research and I'm planning on buying a pack and cooking them. Because, why not? Neither of us have ever had el pulpo, so this is an adventure. :) I love buying unfamiliar-for-me food and figuring out what to do with it. :)

And I continue to be healthier in Europe than I was in Sri Lanka. I'd like to live here permanently if we can make it work.

One of the sticking points has been Fahim's eczema. It always calms down in Sri Lanka, so if he's having a nasty flare, we go back. When we were in Bordeaux, France two years ago, he had a nasty flare - and by nasty flare, I mean at least 50 eczema spots made themselves known. That was his worst flare ever. And the same thing happened when we were in Valencia, Spain last year. And when it's like that, it's very difficult for him to do anything, including work. I suspect hard water contributes to his eczema flares, but we also suspect cold weather/breezes (air conditioning blowing straight on his skin qualifies); other things in water like chlorine; and contact with known allergens like rubber, synthetic fabrics, and other things like in shoes.

When we were in Toulouse, we went into a Lidl, and I saw a moisturizer that billed itself as being concentrated. So I picked it up. And we've been putting it on his eczema patches, and it's been keeping his eczema at bay. It starts to flare, I apply the goo, and then it calms down. Rinse and repeat. In his entire life, he's never found anything that has worked this well except pharmaceutical ointments, and those have its own set of side effects and problems. We don't have a cure, but we do have a reasonable treatment of sorts for now, so we're waiting and watching.

So, fingers crossed, if this ointment stuff holds, Europe might actually be a real possibility.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on September 08, 2018, 09:56:14 pm
LAURIE!!!Post something, quick.  Your post count...EEK!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 09, 2018, 01:08:56 am
Eeeek!!!  :o

OTOH, if this is the Nauvoo cyber-ward, the Spirit ought to be strong enough to resist the bad stuff, shouldn't it?  :) 

Seriously, Laurie, I hope both your health improves & you eventually find long-term solutions for these challenges.

I think summer has broken, & my part of Nauvoo is cooler now. It feels like fall in the air. Even the pets are signaling it, by spending more time close to home & coming in earlier. All except Punkin, who still does the bat census a couple times a week & sits out stargazing & listening to the night critters.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 10, 2018, 02:15:52 am
Yeah, sorry about the post count. It ought to be fine now, and Dyany even PMed me about it, but then I promptly forgot about it.

It's still warm where we are, but hey, we're in Barcelona, and that's just how it is here. :)

We tried the octopus. It looks like I'm probably allergic to it. We'll confirm in another week or two. We both liked it, so it might just have to be something Fahim eats on his own. Ah well. I still get smoked salmon, so we're good. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 01, 2018, 03:49:44 am
Laurie, are you still in Barcelona? If so, I'm sending the critters over to visit for awhile. It's cooling off here & they are still in a summer frame of mind.

It's almost time to get out the yarn & knitting needles again. I don't feel like doing it in warm weather, because messing with yarn when it's in the 80s or 90s just feels weird. But with cooler evenings, & the time coming when we'll have a log burning in the fireplace & critters coming in early from their adventures, it'll be knitting season again. And we have a few babies coming in our ward to make blankets or hats for. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 01, 2018, 12:30:17 pm
Here in my corner of the Cabin, we are having abnormally warm weather. Finally got a day of rain - and I was out in it, in the car, discovered that half of my drivers windshield wiper was so worn it wasn't removing the water!

Even though the thermometer says 68, the winds make it feel even warmer which is really weird! Then at night it clouds up and the temps drop to the low 50's.

I have washed my flannel plaid men's shirts that I wear for the cooler summer weather (which didn't happen here) and am wearing them.

I miss my RL cats. Especially at night when I am hurting from the arthritis in my leg joints. Fred always seemed to know and he would come to cuddle up by my neck [where it didn't hurt & where I could easily hear his purring]. I can feel him walking up from my feet to my back as I lay on the bed - and I wait, wait & wait for him to come around my head and settle under my chin - - - nothing, yes he has passed away and not really there. Some nights I cry, some nights I get back up, straighten all the bedding and then go to the kitchen to get water to take yet another Tylenol or Aleve and wait for the pills to take effect.

Hubby would prefer that we not get anymore cats [will always get two so they have each other to play with when we are not here] or a puppy [puppy that grows up to be lap size dog] so that it can go in the car with us, because he knows that I will have to be the one to clean the litter box/take the pup out to do it's business & clean up after it, and that this cleaning up is really hard on me.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 01, 2018, 01:49:39 pm
Iggy, you can come here anytime & be inundated by cats or dogs. You already know they love attention & are very sociable. You can feed them whatever they want, as much as they want. They are non-allergenic. All these are "pluses" of having a cabin full of cyber-critters!  :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on October 04, 2018, 02:15:22 am
I'm going to bed in 10 minutes. I've been up helping my daughter with her College English papers and then canning milk tonight. This house gets so hot when I start canning during the daytime. Will green chile season here in New Mexico is almost at an end, so I'm going to leave several baggies of roasted and peeled Hatch Green Chile in the freezer so  help yourselves. It is marvelous.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on October 04, 2018, 11:51:17 pm
Canning MILK??? Do tell!!! I thought it couldn't be done safely.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 05, 2018, 01:49:49 am
I just thawed one of those Hatch green chiles & cut it up & mixed it with pickle relish for my frankfurter. Deelishuss! :P

(We have to say "frankfurter," because the critters have made it clear that we are not allowed to eat "hot dogs" at the Cabin.)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 08, 2018, 01:42:30 am
Curelom, we were in Barcelona until the 3rd. Now we're back in Toulouse and we're supposed to have a high of 18C today, so not bad at all. We visit the office for foreigners today to get our residence visa stamped and done. Next week, we're off to Marseille.

The husband's eczema has been behaving. He's had a few spots show up on his arms, but a few days of treatment with the glycerin moisturizer and the patches went away. His feet have been more problematic, but not enough to drive him crazy. So, it's all relatively good news at this point. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 08, 2018, 07:53:49 am
What is it that I simply do not get about this thread?
Is it because I am British?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 08, 2018, 10:09:50 am
I don't know why you don't get it, Andrew. It's just a general chat thread where we talk about our lives.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 08, 2018, 10:24:02 am
That bit I get. It's the critters, eFood, etc. I don't really get. But I am not a social animal in RL either.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on October 08, 2018, 11:28:01 am
Andrew R: the porch and the cabin are remarkable places to be. I live in severe depression and even though I talk a lot here, and lately I haven't talked a lot here, I come here cuz it makes me feel better! No judgement, no one tries to fix anything, and nobody cares about my spelling ;D.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on October 08, 2018, 05:20:23 pm
Did I just get a page turn? I did! I did! I got a page turn!
I don't get these very often. I want a party at the cabin... any excuse for cake and ice cream and toppings and sprinkles!  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Roper on October 08, 2018, 09:50:35 pm
Andrew, were you around for the Cabin/Porch vs. Fortress wars in old Nauvoo?  Under Ray's leadership, we tried everything to conquer the Cabin/Porch, and when that wasn't possible, we antagonized them.  We even had Silent Ninja and zombies. We failed.  The Cabin/Porch outlasted us.  I don't really understand it either, but there's something there which has endured and overcome.  Gracie wrote eloquently about it in one of her essays.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 09, 2018, 03:48:55 am
Hey, Redd, it just happens that I bought 4 kinds of ice cream today. I got pistachio, chocolate raspberry, strawberry cheesecake, & cinnamon bun. So we can have your page-turn party any time. Are you going to bring a cake, or should one of us make one in the morning? I also got fruit, so I can make an apricot cobbler.

Andrew, don't British people have cabins or porches?  ;D  There must be some little country retreat where you can get away & have friends come by & relax. And if you do, well, there has to be food. Most of the Incabitants like animals & we've brought our own, & adopted some (mainly rescue critters), & we also have spirit critters & some from folks who are no longer with us. Home is more like home when you have a few cats & dogs curled up on the porch.

I have a bit of allergy so it would be hard to have RL pets, but I have a whole herd of them here!

Speaking of which, I just read a book called The Dog Master, a novel about how the first domestic dog came to be. The people in the story are several rival neighboring tribes, & wolves, lions, bears, & ungulates like reindeer are part of their everyday lives. The story starts a bit slowly & takes awhile to develop, & it can be hard to keep track of the tribes & individual people within them at first, since their names don't come from familiar languages. Some parts of the story are a bit beyond PG-13, but not quite R. You won't like all the characters. I hated one in particular, & you will too. But you'll like the critters. Since lions appear in the story, maybe the sequel will be how the first cat was domesticated. :)



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 09, 2018, 04:25:26 am
Andrew, were you around for the Cabin/Porch vs. Fortress wars in old Nauvoo?

I was, and it baffled me then too.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 09, 2018, 08:56:44 am
That bit I get. It's the critters, eFood, etc. I don't really get. But I am not a social animal in RL either.
Got it.

Did you ever play D&D or any other RPG games? It's not much different than that, except this is sort of the kinder more gentle version.


In other news, I've had massive headaches the past few days. Of course I forgot that I have my TENS unit - Fahim had to remind me. Get that going and the pain reduces immediately. I've had it going for two or three hours, and while the pain was blindingly painful and felt like I was being stabbed in the head over and over and over again, it's now down to a dull roar and I can turn my head again. I still have a pinched nerve somewhere, but it's better than it was.

I am so incredibly grateful for science and technology and the wonderful things it can do to improve our lives.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 09, 2018, 12:09:04 pm
Did you ever play D&D or any other RPG games?

Nope, never really saw the point in those either.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 09, 2018, 12:34:30 pm
In other news, I've had massive headaches the past few days. Of course I forgot that I have my TENS unit - Fahim had to remind me. Get that going and the pain reduces immediately. I've had it going for two or three hours, and while the pain was blindingly painful and felt like I was being stabbed in the head over and over and over again, it's now down to a dull roar and I can turn my head again. I still have a pinched nerve somewhere, but it's better than it was.

I am so incredibly grateful for science and technology and the wonderful things it can do to improve our lives.

Oh, Laurie - from puberty till I was 32 I suffered from debilitating migraines. Had it been stabbing pains I think I would have been able to endure them better - but mine started out with my vision slowly blacking out, then incredible pressure behind my eyes, sinuses and nose. THEN the pain hit - waves of crushing, explosive, hammering pain. ALL of my senses were in High Alert - even with an eye mask of black velvet completely covering my eyes, turning on a light KILLED me. I know your pain, and there isn't much at all others can do for you.

It took decades for me to eliminate the triggers - and now the migraines have been replaced with arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and the latest is sciatic pain. Even the chiropractor is baffled that the 5 treatments (W-F-M-W-F and then just this last Monday) so far has not helped AT ALL.

You and Fahim are in my prayers.

AndrewR - it is only here that I can joyfully bake and consume decadently sweet treats, without even carrying on a conversation with humans or critters.

As for D&D, the very first forum I was a member of, the RPG was THE biggest thing with a majority of the members. Like you I just couldn't get into it.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on October 10, 2018, 12:26:40 am
I lost my glasses a couple of months ago and my replacements just got delivered today. So nice not being blind anymore.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 10, 2018, 04:32:22 am
Why does it take so long to get replacements?

I work for a company that makes prescription safety glasses, and those for people spending their days in front of a computer. We also do street wear prescription glasses - but it isn't the main part. I wear glasses for reading, and computing, etc. I got to work one day without my glasses. I told the team to make me some - 20 minutes later they were on my nose. Now I didn't have to pay, and that may be a factor, but they don't take long to make.

I have only had glasses for eighteen months. I got two pairs when I first had them - one for work, one by my bed (for late night reading). I later got verifocals so that I could keep them on in meetings and when teaching or speaking and church. And I got a sun glasses pair for wearing and reading on the beach. Then I got the ones because I forgot mine. So I have five pairs, hopefully that's enough.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 10, 2018, 08:01:42 am
Why does it take so long to get replacements?

I work for a company that makes prescription safety glasses, and those for people spending their days in front of a computer. We also do street wear prescription glasses - but it isn't the main part. I wear glasses for reading, and computing, etc. I got to work one day without my glasses. I told the team to make me some - 20 minutes later they were on my nose. Now I didn't have to pay, and that may be a factor, but they don't take long to make.

I have only had glasses for eighteen months. I got two pairs when I first had them - one for work, one by my bed (for late night reading). I later got verifocals so that I could keep them on in meetings and when teaching or speaking and church. And I got a sun glasses pair for wearing and reading on the beach. Then I got the ones because I forgot mine. So I have five pairs, hopefully that's enough.
@Redd ~ What AndrewR said about taking so long ~ after 12 years of the annual eye tests cause I am a diabetic - finally got Rx glasses. Made the mistake of getting glass lens w/bi-focals. My neck got stiff & sore from having to constantly adjust to see and the weight of the lens' caused the glasses to constantly slip down my nose. I don't have an indention or *break* at the bridge of my nose that would keep them in place. So after two weeks I went back in with the coupon they gave me for 50% off a second pair. Got the same frames but in burnished brass instead of antique brass and in plastic progressive lens. WHAT a difference!

@AndrewR ~ I have always bought "readers" from the Dollar Tree in a variety of colored plastic frames. Going from 1.25 to 3.00. When I gathered them all up [from the bedroom, kitchen, next to my computer, purse, car, and the tote I carry my diabetic meds in when I leave the house] there was a grand total of 20 pairs.  :o  I have kept two ~ the 3.0 ones, and gave the rest to the collection box at the VISA Optical place

When I ordered my second pair, they told me it could take up to 10 business days. OK, that was fine by me. Took them 3 days!

Now had I been living nearer to a get them done in One Hour place, I would have had to amuse myself for that hour. BUT since I don't live close enough to Tualatin, OR - I'll settle for the maximum of 10 days offered by VISTA Optical.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 11, 2018, 04:04:16 am

Oh, Laurie - from puberty till I was 32 I suffered from debilitating migraines. Had it been stabbing pains I think I would have been able to endure them better - but mine started out with my vision slowly blacking out, then incredible pressure behind my eyes, sinuses and nose. THEN the pain hit - waves of crushing, explosive, hammering pain. ALL of my senses were in High Alert - even with an eye mask of black velvet completely covering my eyes, turning on a light KILLED me. I know your pain, and there isn't much at all others can do for you.

I had the debilitating migraines from when I was four until menopause hit, although they were at their worst during my teenage years. I still get migraines, but they're so mild by comparison now. But now, I also get auras if I do any close focusing, even with my reading glasses, so I have to avoid that as much as possible.

Aging isn't a whole lot of fun from that perspective, is it?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 11, 2018, 02:49:34 pm
I had the debilitating migraines from when I was four until menopause hit, although they were at their worst during my teenage years. I still get migraines, but they're so mild by comparison now. But now, I also get auras if I do any close focusing, even with my reading glasses, so I have to avoid that as much as possible.

Aging isn't a whole lot of fun from that perspective, is it?

Auras - that is the signal I get when a migraine is on it's way. IF I take at least 6 plain aspirins, get a damp-cold hand towel for my eyes & forehead, lay down in bed with ear plugs in BEFORE I go blind which is just moments before the PAIN sets in then within 2-3 hours I will be fine. No debilitating pain, no vomiting.  I get squiggles framing what I see, but that is when my blood sugars are either too high or too low. It is a Sure Sign for me to test and adjust accordingly.

Aging - When I was 13 on up, Grandma would say: Getting old isn't for the weak and feeble. and One must age gracefully, pains or not.

At age 18 I asked her what she meant by aging gracefully. She said, "you know the neighbor couple across the street? Well they didn't age gracefully - they are grouchy, cantankerous, mad at the world and most especially you young kids." Yep, they were.

Now that I have a name to my hurts, pains and aches - AND have had predniSONE to ease those pains and aches, then been slowly taken off of it, just to have the pains and aches back!, I know what Grandma was talking about. I also know what SHE was going through. She had RA, and never had any meds to ease her pains. I think she had fibromyalgia too. She always wore her clothing loose, and later she would only wear soft knitted sweat shirts, fleecy bottoms or silky pajamas. All of us grands were taught to hold her gently, give soft hugs and to NOT rub her anywhere. We were taught to let her hold our hands not the other way around. At the time I thought it was because she was a skinny grandma, and not a soft-round grandma like my school mates had.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 15, 2018, 01:23:51 am
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day in the U.S., also called Global Cat Day. I donít think any of our critters were feral, although several are adopted shelter animals. But feral cats & dogs need <3 as much as our Pepper or Tellulah, & they are more vulnerable because they are mostly dependent on themselves for any food & care they get. There are crazy cat ladies, eccentric old geezers, & some kindhearted kids who feed feral cat colonies in cities, but feral animals are more likely to have illnesses, be hit by cars, or get in damaging fights with other animals.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-feral-cat-day/ 

https://consciouscat.net/2014/10/12/national-feral-cat-day-2014/

https://globalcatday.org/

Our Cabin Critters volunteered to do a partial fast next week & donate half of their food costs to be given to feral cat & dog advocacy groups.

So you can plan ahead, October 27 is National Black Cat Day. Halloween season is tough on these beautiful critters, who sometimes get adopted from shelters to be used in pranks or ďritualsĒ that end up being harmful to the cats. Many shelters will not adopt out black cats in October & November, for their protection. If you know a black cat, give it some TLC & an extra serving of salmon this month.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 15, 2018, 05:59:35 am
And here, pardon me, is where I have to take a step back and understand the "rules" such as they are here.

I am assuming that much of the cat message is real - I don't know I am in the UK. But this: -

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Halloween season is tough on these beautiful critters, who sometimes get adopted from shelters to be used in pranks or ďritualsĒ that end up being harmful to the cats.

Are you serious? This is a for real, real life thing. People do this?

I thought Halloween was a much loved fun holiday in the USA, not Satanic mumbo jumbo.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 15, 2018, 01:03:30 pm
And here, pardon me, is where I have to take a step back and understand the "rules" such as they are here.

I am assuming that much of the cat message is real - I don't know I am in the UK. But this: -

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Halloween season is tough on these beautiful critters, who sometimes get adopted from shelters to be used in pranks or ďritualsĒ that end up being harmful to the cats.

Are you serious? This is a for real, real life thing. People do this?

I thought Halloween was a much loved fun holiday in the USA, not Satanic mumbo jumbo.
I have never heard of this before either AndrewR, adopting animals for halloween pranks/rituals. In my real life, I am being besieged by stray cats. The lady at the beginning of our block has accumulated around 8 cats, two who are NOT neutered. One of which is a Tom who is spraying our tires and doors and the other cats are using my freshly planted spring blooming bulb pots as their personal potties.

The county human society/animal shelter is totally overwhelmed with stray/feral cats and told me to do whatever I could to rid myself of the problem. They also don't have any more Have A Heart traps left to loan out, and unless you are willing to send me the money to purchase a few, don't condemn me for killing them. They are euthanizing them by the dozens each week. So, I will be putting out my recipe of poison to get rid of them. Also I hope to poison the family of raccoons and the bear that is also pooping all over my lot and clawing my shed. NO Curelom, I don't give a crap about poor kitties, poor raccoons or poor bear. THEY are an absolute nuisance here. They carry some of the worst diseases - and the raccoons are undoubtedly rabid. I don't have any pets anymore and since 1989 - I have never left pet food outside. My garbage is left outside in the bin, but I top off each bag with a handful of moth balls. My shed has only tools in it. Haven't a clue why the bear is clawing it.

I am a cat lover. Have always had cats, but I made sure that the ones I had who were indoor/outdoor didn't bother the neighbors. The last 4 cats were indoor only.

As for raccoons. The only good raccoon is a DEAD raccoon!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 16, 2018, 06:28:28 am
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The county human society/animal shelter

Thanks for the laugh at what, I assume, is a typo.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 16, 2018, 10:27:03 am
 :o Yep, typo it is and will remain. Have to give ya all chuckles now and then.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on October 16, 2018, 04:36:48 pm
Yup, there are witches and warlocks, and satanists, and just plain bad people who use the Halloween holiday to do bad stuff, using toilet paper, and more viciously guns and cats.   And I'd say that about 30% of Americans do not, never have seen it as a sweet, benign, fun holiday, either.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 18, 2018, 02:26:44 am
We're in Marseille. We arrived yesterday evening after a long long day.

We were originally booked on a train that goes straight from Toulouse to Marseille, about a 3 hour trip. But that was cancelled due to the flash foods and resulting damage in the Carcasonne area. We ended up getting a train from Toulouse to Paris to Marseille, about 8 painful hours. We originally had first class seats (better seats, not as painful for me), but the Toulouse to Paris leg didn't have anything available in first class, so we had to go second, so pain. And more pain just because of the length of the trip. Eight hours in a train is too much for me. Four hours is manageable. I think I could do five or six. But eight? I'm still paying for it. I suspect I'll be paying for it for days.

I hope all is well with everyone.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 18, 2018, 02:07:15 pm
Can you get up and walk around? I have looked extensively at the availability of train travel here in the US. For years I have wanted to travel West to East on as many of the routes available. Then do the North to South ones. It would take me 5 years to accomplish all of this, and would pretty much eat up my Husband's pension monies.

I would of course have a sleeper, and walk around as much of the train as I could just too keep my bum & legs from becoming bricks of knotted muscles.

I have always thought that trains, all trains, are way better than traveling by autos. Unless of course the auto has plenty of leg room, soft(ish) & ergonomic seats, and comfortable inside temps. My Hubby doesn't believe in *Bells -N-Whistles* when it comes to auto's. Except A/C - living in central AZ for his entire life, when A/C was first introduced in vehicles - he was certainly on board for that!

The two train rides I have had in my life were wonderful. The first was to Nampa ID from Seattle WA. (round trip) The only time I spent in my seat was when I needed a nap. I was 13, and just couldn't get enough of the scenery - outside and inside.

The second time was from Alameda CA to Seattle WA. I was 23. Same thing, couldn't get enough of the scenery. I gave up my seat to a mother with three screaming kids and when I needed to sit, I went into the lounge car. Didn't drink anything stronger than soda pop, but had a blast talking with the people in there and the windows in that car were larger and I could see more.

Today with my aches and pains don't know how I would fare. I feel for you Laurie, knowing that my pains are minor to yours - and yet you keep your head up and march on.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 19, 2018, 02:36:08 am
Oh, dear. I hope all of you Cabin neighbors are doing better. Iím sorry to hear about so many aches & pains, illnesses, & discomforts. Youíre in my prayers.

I like train travel, donít do it that often now, but wouldnít be happy if I couldnít do it because of health issues. The long-distance Amtrak trains are nice, if you are in no hurry. Airliners are like jail, with jail food, crummy johns, & no space or privacy. On long-distance trains you can do as Iggy said, walk around, go to the lounge car where there are huge panoramic windows, dine at tables with real linens & silverware or just go to the snack bar for a quickie, & meet people & have *conversations*. For 1 or 2 nights, Iíve found the regular coach seats comfy enough, & have seen people bigger than me in them overnight. People with back problems might want to spring for a sleeping compartment with a bed, but the seats are big with lots of leg room, no breaking the kneecaps of the person behind when you recline.

You meet nice folks on trains. The ambience is more relaxing. More people are leisure riders, not business travelers under pressure who spend the whole trip worrying over the WSJ or an Access database. You actually become neighbors for the day or two you spend together. If you're going to a job interview, wedding, graduation, etc., fly there & return on Amtrak. Itís known for mediocre on-time performance. Iíve been delayed a number of times, but would choose Amtrak only for a trip where I had no schedule to keep.

Yup, there are witches and warlocks, and satanists, and just plain bad people who use the Halloween holiday to do bad stuff, using toilet paper, and more viciously guns and cats.  And I'd say that about 30% of Americans do not, never have seen it as a sweet, benign, fun holiday, either.

Unfortunately, yeah, Halloween can involve bad behavior. When I was a kid, TPíing, window-soaping, or egging was the worst we heard of, unless our parents kept worse things from us (like Satanic rituals with cats). Detroit became infamous for the annual Devilís Night that would include vandalism, shootings, & hundreds of arson fires. Now, I donít want any Satanists, pagans, or witchcraft followers to think I am prejudiced, or stereotyping, but why donít we see this same stuff on Easter, Christmas, Passover, Eid-al-Fitr, or other days important to followers of God?

I happen to be one of that 30% or whatever number who do not like Halloween, & have not ever since I knew of its Satanic & pagan connections. Iím fine with lighthearted fun: family/friends parties, kids in  clever costumes hitting up the neighbors for dentist bait. Itís cute to see kids decked out as cartoon characters, animals, objects, or positive fictional or RL people. Iím talking about Mickey or Minnie, astronauts, lions or frogs, cars or cereal boxes, not ghouls or zombies. Iím a convert, a cradle mainstream Protestant, many of whom have issues with the Satanic or pagan. Iíve attended maybe 2-3 church Halloween parties, & only to bring food. At the last one, I cringed at seeing the church rooms decorated with witches, skeletons, gravestones, & such, & it felt like the Holy Ghost took a break from church that evening.

As for shelters refusing to adopt out black cats, there are varying opinions. Some do, concerned that 1) black cats may be adopted to be used in rituals that harm the cats, even sacrifices, 2) some are adopted as props, dťcor items, or similar uses just for Halloween & may be returned or abandoned later like chicks or rabbits after Easter, or 3) busy holidays can upset animals, & the greater attention given to black cats may stress them more. Other pet experts say thatís hogwash (or dogwash, or catwash :D )

https://www.adoptapet.com/blog/adopt-black-cats-before-halloween/

http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/are-black-cats-in-greater-danger-around-halloween

https://www.petmd.com/cat/seasonal/ct_evr_black_cats_halloween_adoption

If a shelter wonít release them then, it may be over-caution. But if it saves a cat from being an innocent victim, whatís a few more days in stir? And if you fall in love with a shelter animal in October, whatís a few more days until you take it home? Make it clear that you want the animal, do all the paperwork, pay any fees for adoption, health exam, shots, the Fix, etc., get a signed contract to adopt that animal, watch the staff label the cage with your name & pick-up date, & visit your new pal in the shelter a few times to get acquainted until it can join you at home.

So, I will be putting out my recipe of poison to get rid of them. Also I hope to poison the family of raccoons and the bear that is also pooping all over my lot and clawing my shed. NO Curelom, I don't give a crap about poor kitties, poor raccoons or poor bear. THEY are an absolute nuisance here. They carry some of the worst diseases - and the raccoons are undoubtedly rabid. I don't have any pets anymore and since 1989 - I have never left pet food outside. My garbage is left outside in the bin, but I top off each bag with a handful of moth balls. My shed has only tools in it. Haven't a clue why the bear is clawing it.

I am a cat lover. Have always had cats, but I made sure that the ones I had who were indoor/outdoor didn't bother the neighbors. The last 4 cats were indoor only.
As for raccoons. The only good raccoon is a DEAD raccoon!

OK, Iggy, now youíve upset our critters! They were not happy with your talk of poisoning varmints (even if they are varmints). Some of them have befriended wildlife, including raccoons, bats, coyotes, & even bears. We get it that these are pests to you & they are giving you grief, but our critters are sensitive to any bad thing happening to any animal. Some animal lovers here might also be. The critters delegated Punkin & Dreyfuss to deliver a cease-and-desist notice. Itís OK if you want to talk about problem animals, or ways to get rid of them, but Iíll have to put up an out-building for that purpose to keep the peace in the Cabin. We can call it the Mad Room or give it any name everyone likes. If you want the out-building, I can order it tomorrow & have it installed as soon as it arrives.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 19, 2018, 01:57:43 pm
OK, Iggy, now youíve upset our critters! They were not happy with your talk of poisoning varmints (even if they are varmints). Some of them have befriended wildlife, including raccoons, bats, coyotes, & even bears. We get it that these are pests to you & they are giving you grief, but our critters are sensitive to any bad thing happening to any animal. Some animal lovers here might also be. The critters delegated Punkin & Dreyfuss to deliver a cease-and-desist notice. Itís OK if you want to talk about problem animals, or ways to get rid of them, but Iíll have to put up an out-building for that purpose to keep the peace in the Cabin. We can call it the Mad Room or give it any name everyone likes. If you want the out-building, I can order it tomorrow & have it installed as soon as it arrives.

Why then, knowing it would upset them, did you read it to them?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 22, 2018, 01:44:36 am
The critters are part of our Cabin family & have been since early in the days of Old Nauvoo. They need to know what goes on here & what folks are doing & saying, just as much as us two-footers. In fact, I didnít read it to them, either someone else did or one of them has learned to read & informed the others, & none of them are happy to hear talk of harming any animals. We know it can be necessary to eliminate pests, which sometimes unfortunately include wildlife that our critters like. So as I said before, we can compromise to keep everyone happy & set up a different place for those conversations. We donít have to, but if they happen in the Cabin, the critters will still object.

In RL activities, Iím going to try to get to the Sacramento Temple this coming week or the week after. Oakland is supposed to reopen in February, but who knows if that is on schedule? I went to Reno during a trip to Lake Tahoe during the summer, but weíve had too few opportunities & our ward temple coordinator hasn't made any moves to organize ward-wide trips in 3-4 months. People enjoy those, when a group gets together to spend the day at the temple, but we've had little in the way of ward temple or FH activity & itís all been what individual people do. And now with the new Sunday School format coming, we wonít even have temple prep or other specialized classes on Sundays.

Iím glad Jana has been able to visit with friends in mid-America. We U.S. Nauvoodles love seeing her when she manages to get here, & itís fun to see the accounts of her adventures. I hope she & Roper bring some of their special recipe chili to the Cabin!  (They need to put it in a container with a secure lid so the critters canít get into it ::) ).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 22, 2018, 10:42:49 am
No chance of a BBQ then (g,d&r)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 26, 2018, 12:15:20 am
We can have BBQs here. In fact, while the weather is still nice, let's have one on Saturday about 5:00 p.m. I'll pick up franks & hamburger meat, buns & fixings, charcoal, salad stuff, fruit, & beverages tomorrow.  All the Incabitants & the rest of Nauvoodle neighbors are invited.

If kids want to wear Halloween costumes, we'll have Porch trick-or-treat after sunset. Full moon is tonight, so we'll still have plenty of moonlight on Saturday. Wholesome costumes please - witches, zombies, ghouls, demons, etc. not preferred, & no masks.

I had a bit of a cold this past week but pounced on it right away with every remedy I could think of, & it seems to be winding down. Of course, it could have been an allergic reaction of some kind too. The symptoms can be hard to distinguish.
 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 31, 2018, 07:53:23 pm
It's Halloween night & the little ghosties & beasties will be out soon. If there's a Nauvoodle Neighbor who wants to come here & help host the sugar giveaway, I'll be able to spend more time with the critters. Some of them have trouble with Halloween (& with New Year's Eve, July 4, & other holidays with a lot of noise & activity). Ivie has always been a nervous little creature, Hound is getting touchier as ages, & a couple of the others just don't like a lot of commotion. I set up a refuge with their special blankets, toys, & treats in a back room with heavier drapes & a view up the hill to the woods rather than out to the road where people come & go.

There's popcorn, apple cobbler, cold lemonade & hot cocoa for anyone who wants to drop in.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 01, 2018, 04:47:06 am
Some of the furballs came to visit me in France. It's quiet here. And, frankly, I needed the cuddles. I've being feeling worse than normal for the past week, first with digestive problems and then with a raging spike filled headache. I'm on the rebound, I think.

We're in Marseille at the moment. It's getting colder and it rains a lot.

Unfortunately, I need new shoes - the ones I'm using now have worn out their treads, so I slip more than is good for me. It gets complicated because I have huge beast feet and if I wear anything other than Crocs, my plantar fasciitis comes raging back. And there's no Crocs store here. I can order them online, but I don't really know what my shoe size is here. I think I need to take out my tape measure and figure it out...

Otherwise, life is mostly good. Fahim's eczema is still under control, although it sometimes threatens to rage, but doesn't quite actually do that, so it's good.

How's everyone else doing?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 02, 2018, 10:47:13 pm
So that was where the little ones were. I noticed that some of them were away more than usual. Iím glad they were good company. If they ever become a nuisance, beam them back here & they will be disciplined with dry food & solitary confinement. Are you staying in France for awhile? Iíll have to think whether the critters need more French lessons. Pepper will be a special challenge because she can hear only vaguely & the sounds she understands are English.

I hope you & Fahim are doing better. Do you think changes in climate or surroundings have a big effect on the headaches/digestive problems or the eczema?

Try using heel & toe protectors on your Crocs to make the soles last longer. Kiwi is one brand, but you can get similar ones on Amazon for less. They have a strong adhesive & little tacks for reinforcement. They wear down & take the beating the shoe would take. Then just replace them as needed. If you don't wear narrow heels, you can just buy the large size, which protect more of the sole surface.

http://www.kiwishoeshine.com/Kiwi-Heel-Savers-for-Mens-and-Womens-Shoes_p_556.html

Weíre having a heat wave in the Bay Area part of the Cabin, so the critters & I are on the Porch enjoying a cool drink & stargazing. Thereís watermelon-lemon slush & chilled spiced apple cider. No popcorn, but if someone wants to make it, the critters will not object. :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 04, 2018, 11:58:35 am
The furballs are free to come and go, but no, they never annoy me. I like the company. :)

We're in France for another couple of weeks, and then we head to Portugal for a while. We're still figuring out where we want to settle permanently, if there is such a place, and checking Portugal out seems like a good idea.

"Do you think changes in climate or surroundings have a big effect on the headaches/digestive problems or the eczema? "

Yes, absolutely.

Fahim's eczema seems to be affected by cold, dry air and possibly also hard water.  Also, food - beef sets it off like crazy, so we avoid that - and other things, like rubber and certain types of fabrics and materials. We're still trying to figure it all out, but when we were in Bordeaux, France in early spring 2016, then Valencia, Spain in late fall 2017, his eczema went crazy. This time, I was lucky enough to stumble across a glycerine-based moisturizer with no perfumes that's doing a pretty good job at keeping his eczema fairly subdued.

My digestive problems - absolutely. Heat with humidity to make it worse sets me off - think heat exhaustion. But it's also the food. In Sri Lanka, tap water is fluoridated, and I have bad reactions to fluoride, so at home, we have a reverse osmosis water filter to remove the fluoride. But if the crops are grown in fluoridated water, that fluoride can concentrate in the crops, so maybe that's a part of what I react to there. It could also be that I react to specific herbicides/pesticides/etc. that are used in crops in Sri Lanka - the regulations are far more relaxed than they are in Western Europe. It's impossible to know exactly what I'm reacting to without knowing every single thing that's used on the crops, and that's assuming that it absolutely must be the food. For all I know, it isn't, although it's the most likely thing.

What I know is that, in Sri Lanka, I have digestive problems at least 95% percent of the time. In Europe, thus far, I have had digestive problems less than 10% of the time. Although I'm having problems right now - it started right after we got to Marseille two weeks ago and hasn't let up. I don't know what's causing this round of problems. I very slightly undercooked some chicken, so for all I know, it's that - a stomach bug that isn't going away. I don't really know, but I'm going to have to see a doc soon if it doesn't improve.

And speaking of digestive problems, I'd sure appreciate prayers. I could really use them right now.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Palmon on November 04, 2018, 08:32:40 pm
Prayers for your health, husband's and a good place for you to live are being said.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 04, 2018, 11:09:28 pm
Prayers going forth here too.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on November 12, 2018, 01:50:27 pm
I want to register an official complaint against the weather service. I woke up and it was snowing. Seriously, snowing here in the middle of New Mexico:SNOWING!!!  Now that my house work is done I'm going to curl up in blanket and peruse Nauvoo.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Redd on November 12, 2018, 04:52:35 pm
Okay I've meandered around. My husband will be home in about an hour and a half so I better make sure I've got something hot for him. I did manage to get 12 quarts of milk canned so I'm going to leave some here. Just use it like you would have evaporated milk and enjoy. It tastes marvelous in hot chocolate and oatmeal
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 13, 2018, 04:17:25 am
Thanks for the milk, Redd - I think I'll see how it works in chowder or cream soups or maybe cornbread.

Send some of that snow over here. Californians would give their eyeteeth, their first-born kids, & next month's wages for a few drops of rain or snow right now. It would have been better to have it weeks ago. Here it is mid-November & there's been hardly any, & this is what happens. It happened last year too. :(

https://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/camp-fire-butte-county-death-toll-victims-missing-13384222.php

https://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/before-and-after-remains-woolsey-fire-la-socal-13385469.php

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 14, 2018, 03:10:04 am
Redd, I don't recall hearing about canning milk before. Do you pressure can it and does it last as long as any other kind of canned goods?

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: GoodyScrivener on November 14, 2018, 11:50:26 pm
Intrigued. I had always read that you couldn't safely can milk at home....
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 17, 2018, 12:57:31 am
Thank you all for your prayers. It's possible I might be recovered from that bout of things. I'll really know in the next couple of days, but I'm feeling better.

We flew into Lisbon yesterday. Our flight was delayed by a bit over an hour, but we had no connections to make, no appointments we had to be at, so it mattered little to us. We flew RyanAir, so the seats were uncomfortable to the point of painful, but it was a short flight so it's fine. So we're in Lisbon now.

The first thing we noticed is how green it is. The first time we went to Singapore, we noticed all the green space - the trees, bushes, flowers everywhere, lining the streets, making the city more pleasant - was the same thing we noticed about Lisbon. Trees everywhere, at least where we were. This one major road has massive walking paths on each side of the road with benches lining it and trees providing shade. What a beautiful, relaxing, inviting space! We've been here less than 24 hours, but already we love it.

This morning, we have to hunt down a halal butcher shop. There's one just over a kilometer away.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on November 17, 2018, 01:10:40 am
I have been talking with Dyany today and yesterday.  She has been helping me with my blog.  Considering I met her here then I think I need to share the blog here as well.   :)https://littlesprinklesoflight.com/ (https://littlesprinklesoflight.com/)

I've felt like I needed to do it for 2-3 years.  I tried and quit because some of the technicalities were overwhelming me.  After conference I started feeling much strong that I need to start it again.  So I tried and tried and even cried a little and then posted on facebook and Dyany came to the rescue.  She was well worth the cost. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on November 17, 2018, 01:14:06 am
I really debated between Spain and Portugal.  It finally came down to price for us, but sometimes when I hear about Portugal I wish I would have gone there instead!
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Post by: dyany on November 17, 2018, 01:24:37 am
Thanks Patty!  I had fun doing it.  I hope to be able to quit my day job and switch to doing this.  Being sick like I have been doesn't matter as much, and I wouldn't have to deal with Medicaid or HIPAA or medical paperwork (gah I hate the documentation SO MUCH). 

If anyone else is looking to put together a small-ish website, my husband and I are starting a business making them, including hosting & registration if you want it.  We hope to be up and running by the beginning of the year, but if anyone needs anything before then, I will give a discount (since there are bits I still am learning so I'm a little slower now than I will be later).  Our company is going to be called Arachne Web Spinners and I'm pretty excited about it!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 18, 2018, 09:55:37 am
Patty, we've loved Spain, but the people in Portugal are friendlier, and that makes all sorts of difference to us. Okay, so we've been here for only two days, and long term will tell us more, but on expat sites where people talk about their experiences in both Spain and Portugal, Portugal comes out on top with friendliness of the people every time.

I wish you much success with your blog, however you define success. :)

Dyany, much success to you with your web business. :)


I'm not recovered yet, but I'm getting better. Yay.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 18, 2018, 10:59:15 am
I have been talking with Dyany today and yesterday.  She has been helping me with my blog.  Considering I met her here then I think I need to share the blog here as well.   :)https://littlesprinklesoflight.com/ (https://littlesprinklesoflight.com/)

I've felt like I needed to do it for 2-3 years.  I tried and quit because some of the technicalities were overwhelming me.  After conference I started feeling much strong that I need to start it again.  So I tried and tried and even cried a little and then posted on facebook and Dyany came to the rescue.  She was well worth the cost.
Patty, your blog is truly a calm, restful place. I can identify with the recipe box. While I was just starting high school my Mom gave me a package of ruled 3x5 cards, her recipe box and access to all of her cook books (they filled a 5 shelf bookcase) and told me to copy the ones that I knew I liked. In Other Words - the recipes she made all the time. It really was easy to do because the ingredients were spilled on the cards, and there were thumb & finger prints on the pages of the cookbooks as well as her notes in pencil written in the margins and the changes she had made to the original recipes.

On my recipe cards, I would transcribe Mom and Grandma's notes. Always copying the original recipe though.

For bridal and baby showers, Mom would copy some of her easiest recipes, put them in a recipe box along with a pie pan, or set of cake pans or casserole or if money was flush all of them, as well as the wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons and a sifter.

My pie pans and cake pans have since broken over the 48 years, but I still have the one cup Pyrex measuring cup and of course those TWO recipe boxes. They are very full of recipes now - having added to them the cakes, desserts, and meals that my first mother-in-law cooked that I liked.

One day soon, I will have to go to my older sisters home and gather up all of Mom's cookbooks. Sis is nearly blind and we don't want little brother to sell them to the used book store. Oh, just thinking of re-visiting with Mom through all of her notes and comments carefully written down in the margins and across the pages of those books.

Thank you Patty Rain for that glorious blog posting ~ thank you for listening to me ramble about my Mom ~ she is on the other side of the veil ~ but she is still very, very close to my heart.
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Post by: Patty Rain on November 18, 2018, 04:59:36 pm
LM - I've read that.  That's one of the reason I really debated.  I hope to go to it some day.  Think you will still be there?  lol
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Post by: Patty Rain on November 18, 2018, 05:00:53 pm
Iggy - I'm glad you liked it and that you could think fondly of your mom with it.  :)

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 19, 2018, 01:29:10 am
Patty, still be here, probably not - we'll have to go back to France since that's where we have residency. But later? Who knows? We like Portugal a lot more than we like France, but France is an easy place to get initial residency in, which is why we ended up there.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 26, 2018, 12:42:53 am
Punkin, I want you to watch this video. This is why we keep our doors latched. I know you love all the critters in the forest, & we do too. But no one wants to have a bear walk up behind them while they are making an omelet, or be awakened by one climbing up next to them in bed.
 
https://www.kcra.com/article/caught-on-cam-bear-walks-into-chp-facility/25296212

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4BGv70aw0s
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on November 26, 2018, 06:21:56 am
Time to put the tree(s) up.

Inside and out?

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Post by: Curelom on November 26, 2018, 09:14:45 am
Those or gorgeous trees, Andrew! Are they yours?

I don't think we've ever put one up outside. Too many wild critters live nearby, so having a decorated & lighted tree might be hazardous to both them & the tree :D.  A Christmas tree would be no match for that temporary two-footer who visited the CHP office. ::)

Maybe we could hang things like pieces of bread, popcorn balls, & suet, seed, & nut balls, on one of the natural trees so the birds & squirrels can enjoy them. We'd need some way to fasten them on the branches that won't harm the animals. Ornament hooks, string, wire, etc. could be a health or safety problem for them.

We always have two trees inside - a full-size one for the Incabitants & a smaller one in another corner of the living room for the critters. We hang little pet treats on that one. Things like string are not a problem with them as long as they are long enough to be seen. Our pets are not dumb, & they know all about those things & won't eat them.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 26, 2018, 12:54:52 pm
For the first time in 16 years, I have put up a tree that is larger than 18 inches which sat on the buffet in the dining room.

When I first got Fred & Ethel, they were approximately 4-5 weeks old. The person who *rescued* them didn't really have the knowledge of when to remove the kittens from their mommy. In the case of Fred & Ethel, the rescuer was drunk as was her three male helpers. The helpers tossed mommy and her 8 babies into the cold bay across the street from where they had been drinking. The rescuer was able to pull 5 of the babies, but mommy and 3 babies were too far away/deep to save.

By chance/happenstance 'er most likely a nudge from the Holy Ghost as I was super lonely without my Main Coon cat, I called the rescuer shortly after she brought the five kittens home. I went to her house and picked the two cats who looked alike. Ethel was twice as big as Fred, but their markings and colorings were the same.

That Christmas I had a tree - one given to me by my VT/HT, a real one. The kittens were fascinated by the shiny ornaments on the lower limbs of the tree. Batting them, and Fred would try to rub his face on them. Ethel would bat them and they both chewed on the needles.

Never in all the years, they were with me did they get up on the kitchen counters or dining room table. Not even when there was their favorite of all foods chicken & turkey meat, left uncovered and untended.

It wasn't until the last year of his mortal life that Fred stole food off of my plate while I was still eating! note: Hubby and I eat off of TV trays while we watch a TV show or movie.

So this year I bought a 4' pre-lit all white tree. On Thanksgiving day I put it together and plugged it in. The next day I got the two totes with my Christmas & Halloween decorations in (they are mixed up in two totes - will separate them in a day/week or so.) and finally finished w/decorating the tree yesterday. It could use about a dozen or so more tiny & small ornaments, but my body is in pain and screaming at me to knock it off and let it rest/heal. 

It is also the first time, ever, that I preferred a non-green tree. One year my next older sister had an aluminum looking tree and had red and green ornaments on it. With all the lights on it lit up, you couldn't see that it was a shiny silver tree. Living in the Pacific Northwest, where real trees are in abundance and not as costly as artificial or even when purchased in states where they have to be 'imported' - getting an artificial tree was paramount to blasphemy. lol

When I was growing up, our little dog would remove the tinsel and candy canes that were within his reach. So to solve that problem, the lowest branches were only adorned with HIS dog treats tied on with cotton string. My Dad was a 'Dog Whisperer' and had Peppy trained to NOT eat anything until given permission.

Good Grief - now I am missing ALL of my pets. From the first one, I can remember who was Lulu (she was a beagle), to the last one, which was my 'Fearless Farting Flip-flopping Furry Fuzzy-bum Fred' (short-short haired domestic tabby). I have lost count of all of my pets. If they were to magically appear, I would rightly be called - - - - - A Crazy Cat Lady.  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on November 26, 2018, 08:44:00 pm
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Those or gorgeous trees, Andrew! Are they yours?

I wish. No, just images I found. We bought ours today - so I may put an actual picture up when Sister R. has sorted it out.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 26, 2018, 11:54:38 pm
I bought some red and gold bows to put on the tree- it needs more color.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 27, 2018, 03:51:00 am
Iggy, there are far worse things one could be called than crazy cat lady. :)
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Post by: AndrewR on November 27, 2018, 04:45:15 am
Iggy, there are far worse things one could be called than crazy cat lady. :)

There are, but for the life of me I can't think of any.  ;D
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Post by: Iggy on November 27, 2018, 01:01:49 pm
Iggy, there are far worse things one could be called than crazy cat lady. :)
;D Laurie, you touched my *funny bone* yet again and caused me to chuckle. <3 you for that.
According to my little brother when he was about 13 yo & I was 21~ being a Crazy Cat Lady was bad, bad, bad. To him the number of cats you owned [ahem, correction, who OWNED you] was not the basis of being a CCL, Talking to them as though they totally understood you and expecting them to heed what you said [such as, It's time for you to go to bed, Fred my little boy. or Ethel quit bouncing Fred's head like it is a basketball.] is absolute grounds to call one a CCL. When I was 21 I had been owned by 4 cats, not at the same time though. Fred & Ethel were my last cats - they owned me for the last 16 years. Not only did I talk to them & have them understand me, but Hubby was also in on it too. Ethel would sit on his chest while he was reclined in his chair and gently pat his face to get his attention away from the TV, then when he looked at her, she would rub her head all over his face, then lick his chin. She really loved him. Fred just dug in under his arm and would put his head up into his armpit.

Please note that by the time Little Brother was 19 - he was owned by two cats together AND he talked to them like they were his equals. They even rode in front of him and behind the shield on his motorcycle! He had a wire basket behind him with a small doll quilt in it for them to curl up inside of while he was at classes or shopping. He was in Lake Area Technical School in Watertown, SD. It was after the movie, The Horse Whisperer, that he claimed HE was a cat whisperer. Pffft ~ I was long before he was!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 27, 2018, 01:05:41 pm
Iggy, there are far worse things one could be called than crazy cat lady. :)

There are, but for the life of me, I can't think of any.  ;D
Mmmmm, how about being a cat[or animal] hoarder? I think that qualifies. [why can't we have more emoji's to choose from?]  8)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on November 27, 2018, 06:51:29 pm
Ok, I am finally done with my tree - it is sitting on a small table that is 23" high.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 28, 2018, 03:00:09 am
Iggy! Your tree is so beautiful!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 04, 2018, 10:43:44 pm
I don't know if the critters should be around Iggy's trees. They are too unusual, & the critters might *disturb* them - not out of mischief, but out of curiosity because they are not used to decorative trees like that & will play with them. Regular green trees, even with ornaments, would be safest because the critters won't mess with them as much. :D

A new neighbor named Grunt has moved into Nauvooville. I invited this person (not sure if it's Bro or Sis Grunt) to drop by the Cabin & have some cocoa or cider. So I want you critters to behave & not scare this new neighbor away.

On another thread, pnr was talking about reading the Book of Mormon straight through, as one way to respond to the Prophet's invitation. I might try that, but I would start over again at the beginning so it's a separate endeavor from my current reading. Maybe this week or next, I'll go away for a couple days & stay in a different environment from home, without the familiar distractions. That might help me focus on doing nothing but the reading.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Grunt on December 04, 2018, 11:04:32 pm
Brother Grunt, and thanks for the invite!
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Post by: Iggy on December 05, 2018, 02:20:17 am
My tree is artificial, the ornaments are non-breakable. The only edibles are the candy canes. Since I detest peppermint and spearmint candies (both give me serious heartburn), these are Starburst and Jelly Belly flavors.

The cabin critters are well behaved enough that they don't need to be kept away.

For the past four days, I have forgotten to even plug in the lights.

On another note ~ anyone here use Grammarly? For the heck of it, I downloaded the free version. I really like it. So, now that ya'all know I am using it, keep watch and see if my spelling, punctuation and just maybe grammar improves. ;D

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 05, 2018, 02:30:58 am
Welcome to the cabin & porch, Grunt. In case you were wondering, this is pretty much a place to socialize if you feel like, or pull up a chair and leave worries behind, or to act as a heat source for all the various virtual furballs that inhabit the cabin & porch. The cabin & porch also act as a room of requirement - whatever you need just shows up.


Iggy - I haven't used Grammarly, although of course I've heard of it. It'll be interesting to hear what you think of it.


The husband and I have been working on our French and Spanish with more of an emphasis on French lately. Towards that end, the husband got us a bunch of comics - comics that are geared towards five and six year olds. :D It's a great level for us.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 05, 2018, 03:20:26 am
Iggy, I'm glad you think the Cabin critters won't be a problem for your trees. They are usually well behaved, but I was concerned because they are mostly accustomed to green trees & I didn't want them to mess with your trees after all the work you put into them. But since they are cyber pets, maybe all is well & your trees are safe.

The last of the Camp Fire pets has left us. We hosted a few cats who had been taken to the San Francisco SPCA to be treated for burns. They then came here to recuperate for awhile, & we fed them & gave them TLC while they waited for their people to show up.

A ward member who is streamlining her household gave me a stash of yarn. There are several kinds of yarn, different fibers & weights. So we all need to get to work knitting, crocheting, or crafting. Maybe we can make things for the shelter up in Fort Madison. This time of year, they can use afghans, hats, scarves, etc.


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Post by: Iggy on December 05, 2018, 03:25:57 am
comics that are geared towards five and six year olds. :D It's a great level for us.

This made me chuckle.

Oh, Grammarly wants me to correct your six-year-olds and put hyphens between the words.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 05, 2018, 11:15:06 am
I usually add the hyphens, or more accurately, I prefer to add the hyphens since it's grammatically correct that way, but my fingers don't always want to be messed with.

Also, I'm glad I amused you. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 16, 2018, 03:47:26 am
How's everyone doing?

We're still in Lisbon - we're here for another month. It's not that cold, and it rains some days. We really like it here - people are so friendly!

There's a brigadeiro cake on the counter - full of chocolate, so will likely be a crowd pleaser. Help yourselves!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 17, 2018, 12:37:24 am
It's been a busy week. Our ward party has happened & most people have recovered, our Cabin trees are up, we have food & drink stocked up for visitors over the next couple weeks, & there's been enough snow to give Nauvoo Hill a nice winter-y appearance.

We don't have a hot tub like we did at Old Nauvoo, & I doubt anyone misses the maintenance. We have the fine stone fireplace in the Cabin living room, & when the snow flies outside, the critters pile up inside. The fire pit that Punkin gave us several years ago is on the deck on the lee side of the Cabin, & on calm days we can sit out there, enjoy hot cider, roast marshmallows, & watch the deer browsing under the snow.

What shall we do for Christmas Day? Should we have a traditional turkey or ham dinner with all the fixings, or a potluck with whatever personal favorites people want to bring, or an informal get-together where we just order pizza & have cider, cocoa, & desserts?

Yawn. Yes, Punkin, we'll turn in soon. Before we do, let's investigate this suspicious object that someone left on the counter, & see if we need to take any action about it.

(http://www.oliviascuisine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/brigadeiro-cake-IG-1024x1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 17, 2018, 03:10:58 am
Curelom, I vote for either pizza or a potluck, although I'm partial to a potluck.

Doesn't that cake look good? I see a significant chunk is already missing... Hmm... I wonder what could have happened? :p
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 17, 2018, 03:50:37 am
Doesn't that cake look good? I see a significant chunk is already missing... Hmm... I wonder what could have happened? :p

Not I, said the Pig.


(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/5f/6b/64/5f6b64420bbb41837b8d540ac325fb37.jpg).

Speaking of which (:D), let's put potluck on top of the list. We could send for a couple of pizzas & also have potluck. The last time V was with us (don't we miss her?), we had a potluck with everyone invited to bring their favorite international foods, or dishes from where they were from or had visited. & she liked that. All Incabitants are welcome to chime in, because this is everyone's party.
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Post by: Iggy on December 17, 2018, 10:10:27 am
I vote for a potluck. I wasn't here last year I don't think ~ did ya' all include the recipes to the dishes that you brought as well as explain what the dish/dishes meant to you?
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Post by: LMAshton on December 18, 2018, 04:55:18 am
Iggy, I don't think we did. It was much more casual than that. But that's a good idea, and in that vein, I know what I'm bringing! Nanaimo bars! And maybe duck breast.
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Post by: Iggy on December 18, 2018, 01:33:51 pm
It was a tradition in my family growing up to have Scalloped Oysters. I loved helping Mom make it, but refused to eat the oysters - I would pick them out, give them to Grandma or Dad and devour the rest of the dish. Same with Oyster Chowder. Wouldn't eat the oysters but loved the *juice*.

When my Mom's Branch in the tiny town in South Dakota put together a cookbook, she submitted her Scallop Oyster recipe. I will include it, word for word, then in a different color will correct it - add the missing parts. When it came time for her and the Sisters with her to edit it, she was in the hospital with pneumonia and they didn't catch the errors. This cookbook is one of the largest I have ever seen put together by a very small branch. Then a few years later, they put together yet another book with the recipes that were submitted too late AND from sisters all over the Stake. These two books are my Go To books because they are Tried and True AND Family Approved Recipes as well as my Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, third printing, 1976. I have lost so many pages out of that book, that I am constantly looking for a replacement book that was printed in the same year - I found one on Amazon and sent Husband the link but he ordered the new one ~ 16th Edition, 2014. NOT the one I wanted, and I really don't like the new format. Oh, Hey, for my Christmas gift from Santa - think I will order it.

I could also bring Grandma's fudge recipes if I can find them, but they require standing over a double boiler constantly stirring. You know, with all the time Grandma spent standing at/over the hot stove cooking I'm guessing that is how she kept warm. She was the skinniest of all of us!
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Post by: LMAshton on December 19, 2018, 04:05:06 am
Iggy, I think your idea of sharing the recipes is a really good one. I'm looking forward to seeing what you and others share. :)
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Post by: Iggy on December 19, 2018, 08:10:45 am
So Curelcom, when will we be bringing our dishes?

And could we all please add the recipe and why this dish or dishes has/have become a Christmas Dinner \Christmas week/month tradition?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 19, 2018, 03:16:23 pm
Hi, Iggy - we can bring them in anytime, because these are all virtual dishes & don't need refrigeration, heating, etc., & have no expiration dates. Isn't it great to have a place where nothing spoils, we never run out, & we don't have leftovers unless we want them for sandwiches, hash, or soup? The biggest issue is that we need to cover any food left out to keep the critters from getting into it.  :P

That also means if we have limited time to shop, we can bring our ingredients in whenever it's convenient, & spread out to work on our creations any time without disrupting the Cabin. So don't worry about any time factors.

If it works for everyone, let's start welcoming guests around midday on Christmas. We can turn on the music to let them know the open house is open, & we can have the recipes next to each serving dish or tray for folks to pick up.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on December 19, 2018, 09:51:18 pm
I will try to get here Christmas morning to put this Scalloped Oyster dish together and pop it into the oven.

Scalloped Oysters by Iggy's Mama
1 pint small, East Coast Oysters save the liquid [with a grapefruit spoon scoop the black out of each oyster, discard, then cut the oyster up into smaller chunks - I buy Medium Oregon Coast brand]
1 egg plus milk to equal 1 Cup
Saltine cracker crumbs
Salt & Pepper

Layer in a 1 or 1.5 quart greased [with real butter] casserole with cracker crumbs (enough to cover each layer of oysters, it will probably take about 1.5 to 2 cups) oysters, crumbs, until all of the oysters, are used and ending with the cracker crumbs.

Season lightly with salt and pepper. In a small bowl beat the egg until light, add it to a 1 cup measuring cup, then add milk to make 1 cup. Add egg-milk mixture slowly pouring over the back of a soup spoon onto the last layer of crumbs. With a fork, gently wiggle the egg-milk mixture into the oysters and crumbs. You don't want to stir it. If necessary add more milk, it must be quite moist, so when you press down with the fork on top of the mixture milk will appear but not be flooded.

Bake at 400 degrees F about 45 to 60 minutes. Should rise up in the middle and brown lightly around the edges. This is best served hot.

Now that I am an adult I have developed a taste for oysters. So much so that I add 2 pints of oysters. It doesn't matter to me if they are small East Coast or Medium Oregon Coast - just that the black is removed and be sure to add all the juice or nectar as my Mom called it to the egg-milk mixture.


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on December 19, 2018, 10:04:59 pm
Grandma would make 4 of these Christmas Eve Day. When I was tall enough to stand at the kitchen table and hold the electric beater I was her helper. The whipped cream she fixed just before serving dessert - otherwise, it would disappear. Too many spoons in it by too many children!

Iggy's Grandma's Pumpkin Pie

3 eggs, beat until thick and lemon colored. Add
1 scant dry measuring cup sugar                   1 Cup Whole Milk
1 cup canned pumpkin                                  1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt                                                     1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix well with electric mixer until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 Cup whole milk [additional] and mix well again. Pour into a 9" unbaked deep-dish pie shell. Bake in pre-heated oven at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 50 minutes until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Note: if your oven is not level, this pie will spill out as it cooks. I recommend that you place the pie plate on a pizza pan to catch any drips ~ better to be safe than sorry. This pie is light, fluffy and oh so delish! There will be real heavy whipping cream with just a wee bit of real vanilla extract in it as well as vanilla ice cream to go with it.

I will be bringing about 4 of these wonderful pies. It isn't Christmas without Pumpkin Pie!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 21, 2018, 12:14:31 am
I'm pretty sure I'll make a couple of varieties of sweet potato pie, & will look for the recipes to bring with it.

I've been using quinoa a lot, & I might consider bringing something using it if I can figure out a Christmas-y angle. (Maybe throw in some green & red peppers? :D)

Salads, sides, & festive beverages are always welcome if someone doesn't have time to make a main dish.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 23, 2018, 12:09:32 am
Anyone home? The world outside is so crazy that I am going to escape here for awhile, watch some movies that wonít be too taxing, & curl up with a critter for the night. I might even stay here all weekend except for church & last-minute grocery pick-up on Monday. We'll have our Christmas Day open house starting around 11:00 a.m., & everyone is welcome to bring a favorite dish, maybe from where you are from or a place that's close to your heart, & bring recipes to share. If you want to bring Christmas music or movies, we can play or show them during the day. We have snow, so bring warm clothes & snowshoes if you'll want to meander around outside.


(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/e0/88/cd/e088cd9c1c12f30419b99f1fd0694279.jpg)


The critters are here & they are tired from visiting neighbors, including the retired police horse farm & the Clowersí sheep ranch up the hill. Only Punkin & Dreyfuss are awake, & they wonít last much longer.

I made Punkin & Hound pose for a Christmas photo. They donít seem very excited, but years from now theyíll treasure it & be glad they have it. Iíll catch the others when I can.

(https://www.euroresidentes.com/hogar/mascotas/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/12/Cat-and-dog-thumbnail-copy-1024x576.jpg)


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on December 23, 2018, 03:39:17 am
Good Grief ~ the sky just opened up and we are getting drenched and the wind is blowing a bit. Hubby said we had thunder - but I never hear it unless it is directly above our house!. If I am facing a window I will see lightning.

Have a small flashlight in my pocket just in case the power goes out. The 80 mph gales we had on the 17th took out the trees that had lost enough topsoil from the previous two days of RAIN. So, unless some eejit is driving way too fast in this deluge and hydroplanes into a power pole, the electricity should stay on.

Took me all day but I finally got the Can Go Into The Dishwasher dishes done = three [03] loads!!! Can only be on my feet for a maximum of 15 minutes before the pain sets and stays in. Am sooooo looking forward to Christmas afternoon at the Cabin. When I am here there is no pain or stiffness. Just like there are no carbs or fats in any of the foods we eat here. It will be wonderful to cuddle up with all of the critters too. I sure miss my Fred and Ethel.

I doubt I will ever get another pet, as much as I dearly love cats and dogs too for that matter. I just cannot clean up and change out the litter pans. Taking a dog for a walk would be great exercise for me, but picking up the poo is also impossible for me. Our city has a leash law as well as a poo law. The thunder is back, and so is the lighting, time to close and turn this computer off.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on December 25, 2018, 10:52:03 pm
Thanks to everyone for coming to the Cabin open house! Only Iggy posted her recipes, so anyone else who wants to share can do that any time. I was running around trying to get it all put together & make sure everyone was meeting everyone else, so I forgot to bring my recipes for turkey quinoa bake, Jello cranberry-orange salad, & sweet potato pie.

I didn't find out who brought the roast duck with wild rice, apple, & raisin stuffing. That was a gem!

We had a disproportionate number of sweet dishes, but many folks probably had a traditional Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day brunch or dinner with ham, roast beef, or lamb, or a hearty savory vegetarian entrťe. So I doubt that it hurt anyone to have an extra dessert. On NYE we'll have black-eyed peas with ham hocks, & go easy on the desserts to jump-start everyone's annual resolution to eat lighter & healthier. :D

We used the Cabin motif dinnerware that Punkin gave us a few Christmases ago, back at Old Nauvoo. Her gift to us this year is a rustic bathrobe for each regular Incabitant plus two spares that we can keep on hand for guests when someone occasionally stays over. Thank you, Punkin!

https://www.thecabinshop.com/cabin-bedding/nightwear/classic-moose-bathrobe-l-xl.html
https://www.thecabinshop.com/cabin-bedding/nightwear/bear-fair-isle-bathrobe-s-m.html

Some folks are still here, enjoying cocoa, cider, videos of past TabbyCATS Christmas specials, & TLC from the critters. Thanks for helping with the clean-up. No rush to leave if you want to hang out longer. Some of us will be staying over & we can finish the rest of the clean-up tomorrow. Merry Christmas to all, & to all a good night!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on December 26, 2018, 12:39:55 am
Oh, I am ALL OVER that moose bathrobe! Cool beans, Punkin!

I brought Nanaimo Bars, which doesn't seem to have a whole lot left. The recipe is here: https://www.nanaimo.ca/about-nanaimo/nanaimo-bars

I tend to double the top layer, but otherwise, it's perfect. I can't always get graham wafers, so any kind of dry cookie like a Marie biscuit or even an animal cracker will do. I've done it with ginger snaps, but I wasn't as fond of that. Also, for the vanilla custard powder, you can use Bird's custard powder (which is the more traditional) or any kind of powdered pudding mix.

I also brought duck breasts. I slit the fat/skin layer, coated all sides in GoodyScrivener's taco seasoning (which, let's admit, I treat as an all-purpose seasoning mix), then pan-fried until the interior temperature reached 65C.

Oh! Duck liver. Same taco seasoning. Fried until just pink inside. I bought some duck liver this week (or last?) and was surprised at how mild the flavour is. I usually like liver as a pate and that's pretty much it, and I was planning on making them into pate when I bought them, but these duck livers were mild enough that I actually liked them as is. Fahim is a huge fan of liver, so he's happy with them, too.

And I brought a coleslaw. I know, not exactly traditional for Christmas dinner. Oh well. It's what I like. :D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on December 27, 2018, 08:46:46 pm
Caution ~ Very Long Post

What is your traditional New Years Day Dinner?

By the time Jan 1st rolled around we were up to the gunwales with Turkey and Ham. Even me whose favorite meat of all time was/is HAM. Oh, and Corned Beef.

So, for dinner on New Years evening we would have a ginormous roast beef or if Mom's siblings gave her and Dad money in lieu of an Xmas gift, then we would have a standing rib roast. Now, I am the only one of 6 siblings that would NOT eat rare beef. BUT if it was a New Years roast beef, then it HAD to be nearly rare.

Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners involved all of the extended family. Mom's two brothers, their wives and their growing family PLUS the grandson that Grandma and Mom raised who we all thought was our Uncle too, his wife and growing family. BUT New Years Day was just Dad, Mom, Mom's Mother, and us 7 kids. Us kids cleaned the house, set the table, helped prep the dinner (peel potatoes & carrots, chop celery, onions, etc., etc.) From Halloween stew to New Years dinner all of the vegetable cleanings (celery root end and tips, carrot green end parings, potato parings, onion root & top & skins) were all put into a large plastic container and then put into the freezer. Even the bit of leftover raw vegetables that were too few to save for a meal, was put into this container.

Now, the potatoes & carrots are pared and in water on the stove top. The roast has been in the oven for hours. All the different variety of homemade pickles are in their cute little serving dishes, covered with saran wrap in stacked in the fridge. The pies were made the night before - mincemeat for Dad and Grandma, apple spice for the rest of us and Mom is finishing off the Lord Baltimore Cake that is the piŤce de rťsistance and will be served an hour after dinner is over and before the pies will even be brought out. THIS is what Mom made Dad on their first New Years Day together as Husband and Wife. THIS cake is what all of us kids absolutely love and look forward to each New Years Day.

On the back burner of Mom's 6 burner range top is a 8 qt or larger soup pot. Filled with all the vegetable chunks, parings, skins. Water to within three inches of the top, lid put on after it was brought to a boil and then the burner turned to LO. This simmered overnight until it was just about halfway down. It was then removed from the stove and put on a trivit. Once cooled enough to not burn hands and bodies, it was run through a colandar, and then a sieve to filter out all the bits and pieces. Now you had one heck of a Vegetable stock. This is what Mom used to make her hearty vegetable soups with. Oh, this was just three months worth of vegetable carcasas that she used. Everytime we peeled a vegetable, it's castaways went into the vegetable container in the freezer.

But during the holidays, there was way more to save. Rather than feeding just the 12 of us, there were 15 extra mouths to feed!

So now we are back to the Standing Rib Roast. Dad has visited the kitchen several times, as has all of the little kids. The smell of that roast is just more than we all can take. When will dinner be ready?? Mom's reply: When it is.

Add to that the lingering smell of homemade bread Mom made the day before, and the pies Grandma made while the bread dough was rising. Lord love a duck - no wonder we were Round people. Home made bread, pies, donuts, cookies, cakes, pasta - yep my Mother of British Isle heritage made her own pasta and never owned a pasta machine.

She and Grandma canned and preserved anything and everything. If it grew and was edible, it got pickled, canned, preserved. They flat out refused to make jelly. TOO time consuming for the end results. Thus it was jam or what Grandma would sometimes call preserves when she was trying to be hoity-toity (playing around with us). The only way we ate Crabapples were as sweet pickles. Stems and *guts* aka seeds-n-cores and all. My favorite was watermelon rind pickles. They were sweet with just a hint of cinnamon and cloves. NOT the dark, slug like forms in grocery stores. Oh and the Sweet Gherkins Grandma made. Tiny little pickling cukes. Oh My, they were to swoon over. Slice them in half lengthwise, put on Grandmas Dark Pumpernikle bread, lightly buttered and then pile with off the bone roast turkey. swoon Yep, we were most definately Round People.

Told you it was a long, rambling post.  O:-)


Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Sparky on December 31, 2018, 08:46:12 pm
Our Christmas tradition was beef fondue (the tradition was born in the 70s) with various types of sauces: curry, apple, sweet and sour. I missed it this year. My sister passed away right after Thanksgiving and she was always the driving force behind the fondue. We just couldn't do it this year. Our new year's tradition is a pork roast with sauerkraut and potato pierogies with sour cream and onions. Ooo, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!   
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 01, 2019, 04:06:47 am
Happy New Year, everyone!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on January 01, 2019, 08:04:46 am
Happy New Year to you.
It was oh so quiet in my corner of the Cabin. The temp outside right now at 4:46 AM PST is 35 degrees F. We have no furnace, only those two portable oil radiators. Husband is warm enough. I am wearing pj's, leg warmers, thick ankle socks, my cotton summer sweat jacket and knit gloves. My right hip to my knee is KILLING me. The TEN unit isn't doing anything, and I just took three more Aleve's. At 1 AM I rubbed some Dragon heat cream on the hurting spots - so now I most definitely cannot use the TEN unit. Think I'll take another Gabapentin too.

Earlier yesterday I opened the small window in the MasterBath = then forgot about it. With the wind coming from that side of the house, it chilled the bedroom enough that my summer weight quilt just wasn't enough. It also chilled the hallway and the laundry room. Oops, I just now closed the laundry room door to the hallway and turned up my radiator heater from medium-low to medium-high.

Last night I cooked the pork tenderloin for dinner. I don't like the sauce it was marinated in. Hubby sure did. Good, he can have the rest of it for his New Years Dinner. I'll have soup, or oatmeal w/raisins & nuts aka comfort food.

I have made a standing rib roast -cooked rare - with roasted potatoes, carrots, onions & celery. There is a 6 qt. saucepan with au jus simmering if you wish your meat cooked more, put it in the au jus. For dessert, there is mincemeat, apple, and Grandma's Pumpkin pies as well as my Mom's Lord Baltimore Cake. Later I will write out her recipe for the cake.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 01, 2019, 09:41:44 am
I've always been partial to pumpkin pie. I haven't had any in years.

We've been loving duck lately. It's easy to find halal duck here, which always helps. I also found a halal butcher shop that delivers, so I ordered a bunch of lamb from them, and it's been really decent quality, too. Lamb loin, I have to tell you, is one of our favourites.

In Sri Lanka, firecrackers always go off with a vengeance on New Years Eve/New Years Day, so many that it's impossible to sleep from around 11:45pm to about 1am - it's that loud. Here in Portugal, I slept through. Because, yes, we're old and cranky and go to bed at our regular time, which is around 9pm. The only noise we heard was after we woke up and the husband opened the window and we heard drunks from below on the street.

I hope everyone has a great 2019. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 02, 2019, 08:50:43 am
Thanks to all for the great food! With all the extras stashed in the fridge, I don't think I need to cook for a couple of days, & the gourmets among our critters are also happy.

The usual NYE open house didn't happen because the animals & I all needed a rest. We did house cleaning, cleared the snow from around the doors & windows, & took down the outside Christmas decorations. We'll leave the inside trees up until Three Kings Day, the 6th.

I had vague thoughts about a simple open house with beverages & light snacks like popcorn, chips & dips, & cake, & music, movies, & board games. But Punkin & Hound insisted we all go to sleep instead :D , & by the time we woke up there wasn't time to plan anything & buy the stuff.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 13, 2019, 05:29:38 am
We returned to France yesterday. We took a flight from Lisbon to Barcelona (TAP Air), then FlixBus from Barcelona to Perpignan. Perpignan is south, about 30 or 50km from the Spanish border, and is in the Catalonian part of France. And boy is it windy in the winter!

We're both in a lot of pain and have been since yesterday. I don't know why, but this move has been more painful than previous trips. As in, significantly more painful. I'm moving like a nearly-dead arthritic 130 year old.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 13, 2019, 07:45:17 am
I am so sorry to hear you guys are suffering. Especially when you need to settle in and figure out local this and that.  Hope you can get relief.

 This weather is the pits for my bones. Last night I was up at 2a.m. howling about my shoulder.  Some months back my Jane gave me some CBD ointment. I of course put it away because I was not sure I wanted to go down that road. Last night was the gate to that road. OH MY GOSH!  I even slept hard.  whoo hoo.
I sure hope it just was not a one off. On the other hand the stuff is very expensive. It sure worked last night.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 14, 2019, 01:14:03 am
Jana, I am so glad you slept well. So glad. Good sleep is highly underrated. I've thought of CBD oil, but haven't really looked into it in earnest. I'd have to verify the legality of it in whatever country we're in first, of course... I'm glad it worked well for you.

We're doing much better today, thankfully. We were already doing better yesterday than we were the day of travel, but today is even better. We have to run some errands today, including getting some more groceries. We picked up a few things on Saturday evening, but that was mostly a quick run to get us enough to tide us over until today.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on January 14, 2019, 02:37:15 am
After the fact I read up on this product.  It's from hemp not from marijuana. thus it has far far less THC.  The two plants are related but not the same. so this particular product is legal. This product will not produce a high, and is e eternal not internal.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 14, 2019, 02:47:15 am
After the fact I read up on this product.  It's from hemp not from marijuana. thus it has far far less THC.  The two plants are related but not the same. so this particular product is legal. This product will not produce a high, and is e eternal not internal.
I understand those differences, yes. But in some places, the actual levels of THC don't matter because the government/police don't understand them and you can still be convicted and sent to jail even with zero THC in it.  It's crazy, but it happens.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 18, 2019, 01:30:34 am
Have I been asleep very long? ** Yawn  **

Jana & Laurie, I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been doing well & hope it's getting better. Winter & turning 39 or 39.75 or whatever is tough on people. ::) I'll keep you & all the other Nauvoodle neighbors in my prayers.

One of my favorite uncles passed a few weeks ago. He was actually my "uncle-in-law," who was married to my mom's favorite sister who passed some years ago. He lived a long airline trip away, so we didn't see each other that often, but we kept in touch. My cousins told me afterward because they had a private funeral & felt it wasn't necessary for faraway relatives to travel. They had been sorting his stuff and sent me a bunch of old family pictures of the families decades ago when we were kids, that have really brought back memories. I'm delighted to have them. :)  I'll have to ask these cousins about doing temple work eventually, because the family isn't Christian.

I've had a lot of other things going on that are keeping me busy, but I get back to the Cabin to rest up before & after. It's relaxing to go in the back bedroom with the view of the woods, & curl up with Punkin in one of the rustic quilt or robes she gave us. I highly recommend the back rooms of the Cabin for relaxing, meditation, & scripture reading.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--wob2rw_d6g/T20-39gjtTI/AAAAAAAAEKc/89_NiSW2_kc/s1600/tumblr_lr0dvi15IX1qdzpbco1_500.jpg)

Punkin is almost 15, well up there for a cat, but all of our animals are either cyber or spirit critters, so they never really "get old." Punkin has always been "young" & never gets tired of snuggling. :)  I know each Nauvoodle has their own favorites among the critters, but they all love attention & are hypo-allergic so you can enjoy them all the time with no ill effects.

I think I will go to the temple next week, Reading discussions here about the endowment keeps reminding me that it's been a few months, because the Oakland Temple has been closed for renovation since last February & so we are attending in Sacramento for now, a couple of hours away. People around the world still have to plan a major trip to go to a temple & here I am letting a couple of hours travel cut down my attendance, & I know I need to go. So yes, next week I will because it closes for maintenance in February.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 18, 2019, 04:03:28 am
I'm doing a lot better than I was. I'm back to mostly normal aches and pains.

Unfortunately, the place where we're staying, has problems. The tap in the kitchen leaks and needs fixing or replacing. The bathroom shower is handheld only and really needs a thingy to hang it from the wall. Those are two issues the owner was apparently aware of before we arrived but they neglected to fix them. They'll be here tomorrow to fix.

Then today, I tried using the oven. Turned it on. Five minutes later, the breaker goes for the whole apartment. We only have the modem on and the heat, nothing else, and still the oven blows the breaker. Great. Wanna bet the owners were aware of this, too, but couldn't be bothered to fix it?

I need a cat. Or five. I'm sitting on the easy chair and relaxing with tuna treats in both hands...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 24, 2019, 02:38:34 am
Punkin was relaxing outside the Cabin & made a new friend. Welcome to the new cat in the neighborhood. 8)

https://www.nsnews.com/community/bobcat-relaxes-in-west-vancouver-backyard-video-1.23608575
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on January 31, 2019, 01:58:57 am
Baby, itís cold out there (ha ha).

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-Merciless-Cold-Lingers-in-the-Midwest-13575498.php

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/polar-vortex-grips-the-midwest-in-a-deep-and-dangerous-freeze/ar-BBSWAUp?ocid=spartanntp

The governor of Kentucky said America is turning wimpy & making kids soft by closing schools when it is colder outside than a well-diggerís burro. But that means the Postal Service must be a bunch of sissies too, because they stopped delivering the mail in Chicago. Businesses, universities, & Michigan & Wisconsin state offices closed. But hey, if the governor of Kentucky wants to be Mr. Macho & stroll around outside in this weather, weíll keep the Porch light on so he can find his way here when he decides that he isnít any tougher than a wussy little 5th grader.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-kentucky-governor-bevin-soft-cold-20190130-story.html

U.S. Midwest Incabitants (yes, Goody, weíre talking to you) Ė if you canít get warm enough where you are, come to the Cabin. It actually isnít too bad here in Nauvoo.

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Nauvoo+IL+USIL0832:1:US

We have a weekís worth of firewood stacked on our deck, & thereís always a log banked in the fireplace to keep us warm-ish overnight & so we wonít freeze our tails off in the morning while we try to relight it. Banking was quite a skill to learn & sometimes I still have it go out, but what do I know Ė I grew up in California.  :D  There are big thermos bottles of hot cocoa & spiced cider in the kitchen, so help yourselves (donít use the Superman sippy cup, thatís reserved for the governor of Kentucky). Iíve brought out the cozy quilts, & the fleece bathrobes that Punkin gave us for Christmas. The critters are happy to hire out as footwarmers & they will work for minimum wage (some snuggles, TLC, & treats).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on January 31, 2019, 03:17:43 am
"donít use the Superman sippy cup, thatís reserved for the governor of Kentucky" LOL!!!!!!

I have more hot chocolate on offer if we run out, plus pizza and lamb stew.

It's not horribly cold where we are - we haven't even seen freezing temperatures yet, and hopefully won't. But the wind here is fierce, fierce enough that it hurts my ears if they aren't covered. So of course we bought a couple of those Russian ushankas (fake fur, of course!), and those are warm!!!!

I think I'll take advantage of one or two of the footwarmers. :) Over here, on one of the easy chairs with a fuzzy blanket...
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 06, 2019, 02:41:52 am
The lamb stew was delicious, Laurie. :P  I like lamb & have it often. Not quite as often as chicken, but oftener than most people I know. The critters had some - I thought that was OK because there was plenty, & we don't run out of cyber food here.

California has been inundated with snow over the last few days! Even the Bay Area (including a tiny trace in San Francisco, imagine that!) has gotten light snow.

https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/tahoe-sierra-snow-conditions-pictures-ski-snowboar-13591038.php

https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/Bay-Area-mountains-snow-inches-storm-winter-13592253.php

The critters are having a ball. They've all seen snow, but they never get tired of it (especially since they don't need to drive in it, like I do when I take the Porchmobile & haul them all to Tahoe or Yosemite :D).
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 06, 2019, 02:51:24 am
LOL! Curelom, the critters have been spoiled. Yes, it's absolutely fine to give them some lamb. But you might want to know that I gave them some, too! LOL!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 07, 2019, 04:41:01 pm
Now you four-footers can see why we are so concerned about your winter outdoor adventures. We know you're healthy, hardy, smart critters, but we don't want this to happen to any of you!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/frozen-cat-found-unresponsive-and-buried-in-snow-makes-miraculous-recovery/ar-BBTirrG?ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 11, 2019, 12:19:52 am
A San Francisco fire station has a cat that they adopted when she wandered in off the street. Feral cats are notorious for not liking close ties with people, but she became their pet & has been with them for 4 years. The firefighters say she helps ease stress, & in case anyone doesn't know, their job is highly stressful. Based on what is being called an anonymous complaint, management now wants the cat to go away. :(

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-fire-station-department-Edna-cat-13604251.php

The links in the article have some great pics of the kitty & her pals.

Our critters are 100% behind @fire_cat_edna
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 11, 2019, 04:51:16 am
If there's an issue with one of the firefighters or other relevant staff being severely allergic to cats, I can understand needing to remove her. But otherwise, that just makes no sense. Is it a member of the public who wants her gone? And if so, why should that person's opinion matter in any way?

I vote #ednastays.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 12, 2019, 12:54:47 am
Well, bureaucracy triumphs, so the cat is gone.

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Edna-cat-fire-station-49-San-Francisco-ednastays-13608683.php

I havenít seen any info on who made the ďanonymous complaint.Ē If it was someone in the public, I agree itís NOTDB. If itís someone in the station with a health concern, maybe it is an issue, although people with a fire department career are exposed to tons of worse allergens or toxins than cat dander.

Too bad one scrooge spoiled a good thing, for the rest of the crew & the cat. If it was someone working there who just doesnít like animals, if I were one of the others I might worry about the cat's safety if she were allowed to stay. OTOH, that person had better hope no one ever learns their identity, because the cat is popular & coworkers have ways of making your life miserable without actually breaking any laws, rules, regulations, or policies.

For anyone who hasnít been up to the Cabin in awhile, this is what itís looked like lately, after the big snow storms in California.

https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/tahoe-sierra-snow-total-pictures-truckee-blizzard-13607619.php

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 12, 2019, 02:29:28 am
I'm so sad to hear Edna is gone. :(

I've been through snow storms like that. Too many, really, but that's part and parcel of life in most parts of Canada. I hope I never have to go through that again.

We're really enjoying the "winter" in Perpignan. It hasn't yet gone below freezing, and most days it's between, oh, 8 and 15C with a few days at 18C. That... absolutely reasonable. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on February 12, 2019, 03:30:33 am
I have cousins who are experiencing blizzards and such. From Richland, WA to Rapid City SD, River Falls WI, and one dear friend in Paradise MT.

We had a wee bit of snow here at the house. Reminded me of confectioners sugar dusting. The temperature never got below 30. It has been blowing - gale force winds is what the alert said since 4 pm and is expected to go until noon tomorrow. Which means no putting the trash bins out at the curb tonight. Will have to set the alarm and take it out at 7 am.

I am really missing my cats lately, so I think I will curl up and invite all of the critters to pile up on me. Perhaps I can coax two of the cats to curl up and lean against my feet. Their purring should help relax the muscles. Yep, nice and warm with soft, cuddly bodies all around me, time to go to sleep - - -zzzzzzzzz
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 15, 2019, 02:42:55 am
The furballs really do exude a fair bit of warmth, don't they, Iggy?

I don't envy your friends with their blizzards. I haven't seen snow since 2003 and I really would like to keep it that way.

How's everyone doing?

We're same old, same old. :)
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on February 15, 2019, 03:16:32 am
Old is the keyword isn't it?  ;D 
I have been perusing through my local Humane Society online checking out the felines to adopt. I know I shouldn't because I cannot do kitty litter - and I am NOT going to buy that machine that scoops the poo 10 minutes after the cat leaves the box!

I am even looking at dogs - lap dogs. Already house trained ones. Think I can do the long-handled scoopers and walk out the front door and the 25 to 30 steps to the road.

NOPE, no more living furball pets.  ::)

I will just have to come here and snuggle and cuddle with the fur babies. Gather in their warmth and purring and heartbeats. Mmmmm - - zzzzzzz.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on February 15, 2019, 05:20:49 am
LOL! Old is VERY much the keyword!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 15, 2019, 02:18:19 pm
The California section of the Cabin has been bashed by a series of storms for a couple of weeks, both Arctic & Hawaii weather fronts. And when both bear down on us at the same time & meet on top of us, we get what the weather people call an "atmospheric river," which dumps monstrous amounts of rain.

At the moment, we can't get to Reno or Salt Lake except with a detour, because I-80 is closed for 70 miles over the Sierra Nevada. The winter sports mecca of Mammoth Lakes (on the east side of the Sierra) is now boasting that they have the highest snow accumulation in North America, & one resort says it will have skiing until at least July 4. But right now it's hard to get there. So anyone who wishes can come to the Cabin for the long weekend & bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis (we don't have hills big enough for alpine skiing). We have food, but bring anything you want to share for dinners or snacking.

Look what happened on a mountain highway in Southern CA near Palm Springs. Two of our Nauvoodle neighbors (at least that I know of) live not far away. IIRC, Jana, isn't this the road CrowGirl took us on when she & her mother & we went to Idyllwild? I don't think there is any other way from where she lives.

https://m.sfgate.com/news/article/state-route-234-riverside-county-flooding-mudslide-13618052.php

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 15, 2019, 05:39:04 pm
yes and we were thinking of going back in March... maybe not.?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on February 15, 2019, 11:43:26 pm
The saga of Edna the fire cat goes on. Obviously this has created a sore spot. I had speculated that it might, thinking aloud on an earlier thread that the anonymous complainant needs to hope no one learns their identity, & also that if the cat had been allowed to stay, her safety might be a concern. Now sheís out, but clearly people know (or think they know) who ratted, because the FD administration issued an order forbidding speculation or gossip. On top of losing their cat, the people are upset about the order.

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-Station-49-employees-issued-cease-and-desist-13621053.php

https://www.sfgate.com/file/384/8/3848-Cease%20and%20Desist%20Order.pdf
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 04, 2019, 02:21:46 am
How's everyone been? It's been very quiet in here. The furballs are either starving for affection, or playing with me to get more affection than ever because, well, that's what they do. :P

I have some very very good news. Long story short, I started reading about lactoferrin and what it does, so ordered some and started taking it. In short form, amongst many other things, it's a mast cell stabilizer and an alpha tryptase blocker. It's only been two weeks, but there's already been a noticeable improvement in how my digestive system works. Some foods that used to cause me severe problems don't any longer - deli meat, leftover meat (as in chicken cooked the day before), and hot sauce. I haven't had hot sauce in a few years because I reacted really really badly to it. Now? Nothing. Not even a little bit of a blip.

Over time, I'll be experimenting with more and more foods that I used to react to to see how this goes. I'm planning on eating Indian food sometimes this week as a test. If I can handle that, it will be... well, a miracle from the perspective of before-lactoferrin me.

I'm currently on a fairly low dosage and I'll be playing with the dosage amounts, too, to see where the sweet spot is for me. But still, I'm incredibly happy with the current results.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on March 04, 2019, 08:10:06 am
Yeah Laurie, doing a happy dance with you. Watch out furballs, don't want to step on you.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 08, 2019, 02:09:01 am
Hey, that's great news, Laurie  :).

The furballs have not been starved for affection. I've been in & out, just haven't always signed in. They get TLC all the time, along with food, but they are such little pigs that they put on this "oh, poor me" act to get more. ::)

We have had tons & tons of rain over the past few weeks in Northern California, with some areas having serious flooding. It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, so I'll take the critters to the beach to run around & get some fresh air.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on March 08, 2019, 10:13:41 am
It has been odd weather here on the Central Oregon Coast. Drenching rain for about two hours in the mornings. I put on my heavier jacket w/hood to protect my hair and EARS and within 4 hours it is sunny, dry with a brisk breeze and I am way over warm and sweating.

My Daffy-Dills have bloomed, my crocus has popped up, buds have nearly opened, then the cold bitter temps at night are causing them to go into stasis (??). The Hyacinth's come up but stopped there. No blooms at all. THOSE are my favorite spring bulbs. They smell so wonderful- and they are strong enough to overpower the accumulated years worth of dog waste from next door.

The dogs Mama was raised with horses, so she is well aware that when the straw gets soiled by the bodily wastes of the animals you "muck out" the stalls and toss it all onto a compost pile FAR AWAY from the house. For 4 years now, she waits until the end of spring then adds yet another bale of straw on top of it. Puteo aka Pew Yew.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 08, 2019, 11:54:52 pm
This is what it looks like up here at the Cabin. I'm glad the critters are weather-proof, because a normal pet could get cabin fever here!

https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/Before-and-after-photos-the-insane-snow-dump-in-13671518.php

We keep the path clear, so any Nauvoodles who want to drop by just to get away & enjoy some natural beauty & peace & quiet are welcome. Just remember that it could snow any time & trap you with a house full of friendly, loveable four-footers plus any two-footers that happen to be here. I just got the Dogpile, Catstax, & Rush Hour puzzles for us to play with here on snowbound days.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 09, 2019, 01:37:44 am
Curelom, that's an impressive Canadian amount of snowfall! Also, did you know there is a Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain? Which is where my mind immediately went when I read Sierra Nevada... :P Is snow that uncommon in the Sierra Nevadas?

Puzzles to keep the critters busy and occupied sounds like a great idea when you can't necessarily open the doors to the outdoors.

Here, we get pleasantly cool, cold only when the wind blows blows blows, but we've had no freezing weather and no snow, which is how I prefer my "winter".
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 12, 2019, 03:40:52 am
Laurie, the Sierra Nevada always gets snow in winter, but this yearís amount has been enormous. California has been in drought for years, & in winter 2016 we got enough so that the most dire drought emergency was declared over. Winter 2017 was less productive. In 2017 & 2018 (not only in summer, but into November & even December) we had two of the worst wildfire seasons in the stateís history, with millions of acres of land burned, billions of dollars in property losses, & I probably 150 lives lost all around the state, including the 88 (I think) last fall & 44 in the wine country north of S.F. in 2017.  So having a drought emergency declared over doesnít mean we have no more concerns about dry land or fire-prone vegetation.

This winter we have had a prodigious amount of rain at lower elevations & snow up higher. At least two ski areas, Mammoth Mountain & Squaw Valley, have said they will stay open for skiing until at least early July. One mountain in San Jose (about 50 miles south of San Francisco), which is less than 4300 feet in elevation, got 38 inches of snow over the winter. Thatís astounding.

Now that itís mid-March itís warming up, but we probably arenít done with the rain & snow. As I said before, Iím glad our pets are weatherproof, because they can spend some time outside even when itís cold or snowing. Having a herd of cats & dogs confined inside for days on end because they refuse to go out in cold weather would give all of us Cabin Fever!

Speaking of animals, who says they donít have feelings or get offended?

https://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Frenchman-widens-lead-in-Iditarod-race-across-13678774.php#photo-17052854

And these people were reunited with their cat who went missing during that devastating November wildfire that killed 86 people & wiped out the town of Paradise, Calif. They donít even live around here anymore, but the microchip identified the critter, who was given an escorted plane ride to the familyís new home halfway across the country.

https://m.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/reunion-Dexter-cat-lost-Camp-Fire-Ritchie-Missouri-13676388.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on March 12, 2019, 01:35:14 pm
Curelom, both of those articles really touched my heart - tears in abundance. I was raised with dogs. Well, two that is. A female beagle - Lulu. She was our second Mom. Never was she allowed upstairs in our bedrooms and never did she disobey WHILE she was in the house. Dad said she acted more like a Blue Healer in that she *Herded* us kids around in the house. Protected us, nudged us to obey the parents and comforted us when we were sick. BUT outside was an entirely different matter. That dog dug. Under the house, under the fence. She roamed the neighborhood and brought back treasures for us children to play with/use. Like the glass quart bottles of milk taken from a neighbors porch, OUT of the wooden box it had been placed in. The pound of butter too. Then there was the time she brought home a toddler. Yep, she led this little boy to our home by the hand - 'er arm, tugging on his jacket sleeve. Grandma found the two of them playing in the yard. Both had crawled under the fence in the hole Lulu had just dug to get out.

That escapade resulted in Dad and the two Uncles removing the chain link fence, digging a ditch three feet deep and then putting the fence back with the dirt placed back, tamped down firmly and river rock piled on both sides and packed down even harder.

Often my folks would find me sleeping on the living room floor with Lulu. Me under my thumb-sucking blankie with Lulu up against my back. I would go in search of Lulu when a nightmare/night terror woke me in the middle of the night. Rather than crawl in bed with a sibling, Grandma or Mom (Daddy was at work), I sought out Lulu the warm bodied, love me Unconditionally creature of God. She protected me from those horrible creatures of my dreams.

When we moved from that house that sat on three house lots to a house with a much smaller yard, Lulu went to a family who lived on 30 acres and had a set of twin toddlers who really needed her. I cried for months for my Lulu.

Four years later, Peppy came into our lives. I was experiencing debilitating migraines, my next younger sister had passed away two years earlier from a brain tumor and I was so, so lost.I thought the migraines were my punishment for not loving her enough to keep her alive and free from sickness. I had been bedridden from a migraine - it was the end part. The pain was gone, I had drunk some chicken broth and was sleeping off the exhaustion that always came after the pain ended. Daddy had brought this tiny little puppy up and put him in bed with me. Peppy's licking my forehead and nibbling on my nose woke me. Peppy as an adult looked like a miniature great dane. He was a part terrier and part unknown. Short haired, sleek-bodied bundle of more energy than all of us kids (6 of us) put together. He brought me out of my grief and was the only one of God creature of who could be snuggled up to me, let alone in the same room when I was *in a migraine*. Peppy passed away many, many years later. After the family moved from Seattle to South Dakota, after Daddy passed away he comforted the two youngest kids and Mom in their grief.

Every dog I have known - one Uncle always had two or three, then the neighbors had dogs - were smarter than their *owners*. ALL of them loved my Dad. In today's parlance, Dad would have been an Animal Whisperer. Didn't matter what form of four-legged beasts, they loved my Dad. That love was returned in spades by Dad. I received that love just by being within the range of the fall-out.

Yes, Dogs are smart. They are temperamental, stubborn. Most of all they are Loyal and love unconditionally. This Frenchman knows his dogs - he doesn't scold or berate his dogs. He understands them. They all are so lucky to have each other. Their well being are more important to him -the Frenchman - than winning the race.

I prefer cats. They are independent, reek of attitude and if you love them they love you back ~ Unconditionally. They also purr. Oh what a wonderful, soothing, comforting sound combined with vibration! Now I am missing my Fred and Ethel. Ethel who would only curl up against the sole of my feet and Fred who preferred to tuck up under my chin.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 28, 2019, 02:08:26 am
The Cabin is never going to get to this state.  All of our critters love all other critters, & we sometimes take in temporary guests like rescue animals or ones stranded for a short time. But Dreyfuss, Punkin, & the rest all know better than to ever expect this.   :o

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/woman-calls-for-help-after-her-home-becomes-totally-covered-in-cats/ar-BBVjGoj?ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on March 28, 2019, 03:15:02 am
Oh wow.

I *always* had my cats fixed as soon as they were old enough. I know people who don't do that, who think it's better for the female cat to get pregnant at least once, but I just can't agree with that.


How's everyone doing?  Is it spring where you are yet?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on March 30, 2019, 07:40:45 pm
We have a temporary guest for a few days, while he/she is recuperating. This owl will be outdoors in a flight cage supplied by the animal control folks, but we can visit. It will eventually be released, so we've been asked not to get too friendly or hand-feed it. This doesn't apply to our critters, because the owl will encounter animals in its natural surroundings later. It might even be released near here, which will make our critters happy because they've already made friends.

https://m.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/western-screech-owl-palo-alto-animal-control-13725141.php#photo-17141324
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 19, 2019, 01:01:23 am
The owl (I don't know if it's a he or she) has been released into the wild but seems to like our forest & has continued to hang out here. That's fine, we have wonderful old trees, lots of things for an owl to catch for dinner, & critters who enjoy having a flying buddy. It's been entertaining for Punkin. She likes to sit outside at night listening to the owls & coyotes. She's learned to recognize our owl's call & it teases her & makes her run all over looking for it.

We'll have an informal Easter gathering here at the Cabin after church. Nothing lavish - I'll have a Honey-Baked ham, sweet potatoes, & a mixed green salad. Drop by any time after about 1:00 p.m. If anyone wants to bring another side dish or a dessert, you can, but not necessary.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on April 19, 2019, 03:20:50 am
Fly free, Owl.

Your Easter gathering sounds fantastic, Curelom. I'll bring chocolate mousse, duck breast, and cheesy cauliflower.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 22, 2019, 12:17:50 am
Some Nauvoodles have dropped by - thanks for coming in & sharing your Easter afternoon! It's been a bit subdued, because of events we have no control of here at Nauvoo, but one thing we all share is a gospel perspective that gives us hope & peace.

Iím spending the night here with our critters, enjoying the forest sounds & the just-past-full moon. Punkin is the last one out, & once she's back, weíll turn in. But if anyone still wants to drop by & have a bite, read, listen to music or watch videos, or play with a critter, feel free.

We still have food (thanks for your dishes, Laurie  :P ). The doors are locked because some wild animals know how to manipulate knobs or latches & open a door that isnít actually locked. I once found a bobcat asleep in front of the fireplace, & had to get our sheepdog Dreyfuss to herd it out. Nauvoodles know how to get in Ė just lock up either on entering or leaving. We have an electronic pet door & our critters have the code on their microchips, so they can come & go except when we turn it off, which we do at night to keep them from going out & getting in trouble  [** Turns off power switch to pet door as Punkin comes in **]

G'nite, all.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on April 24, 2019, 10:41:49 am
My hay fever is going crazy.  ::)  Most people I know have at least some symptoms, especially because we had a very wet winter in my part of the Cabin & the trees & plants are flourishing. I even noticed a couple of our pets sneezing this past week!

We had some ham & hardboiled eggs left from Easter, so I cut them up & tossed them into a bowl of potato salad. Cherry cobbler for dessert (nuke it for a couple of seconds & put some vanilla ice cream on top  :P ).

See everyone later. I scheduled all the critters to have their regular health checkups, so we'll be gone for most of the morning. Their vets' office has 6 doctors, & if we plan well, we can make simultaneous appointments with 2-3 of them & get everyone finished quicker. I'll have the Porchmobile, & we'll stop in town & stock up on groceries on the way back.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 09, 2019, 12:41:58 pm
Curelom mentioned a tiny fawn that was rescued near her real life home. That reminded me that when Hubby and I went out to the car Sunday morning to go to church, there was a Doe meandering around the large wooded vacant lot next to our neighbors home. She knows how safe she is here on my block - we are in the city limits thus there is NO HUNTING or shooting of firearms. Where as the next block to our south is outside of the limits and we hear rifle shots all the time.

The Landowner of this ratty trailer/manufactured home park hasn't had the vacant lots mowed down in two years - so there is plenty of tall grass for the Doe's baby[ies] to sleep/meander in safety.

Haven't come across bear scat in a year either. Lots from racoon, feral cat and dogs though.

My Housekeeper-Cook's eldest son is eager, amicable to doing odd outside jobs for me for $7.50 an hour. His last job was putting in the solar lights around my raised up on a bench flower potted garden and in a semi-circle under the drip-line of my Deep Blood Red Rhody Tree-Bush.

Next to do is rake out under the front porch, back porch-handicap ramp, then staple the deer netting across so that the cats, raccoons and dogs can't get underneath and poop. Come the summer heat Boy Howdy does that ever get aromatic and NOT in a nice way either.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 10, 2019, 05:04:46 pm
Next to do is rake out under the front porch, back porch-handicap ramp, then staple the deer netting across so that the cats, raccoons and dogs can't get underneath and poop. Come the summer heat Boy Howdy does that ever get aromatic and NOT in a nice way either.
Ewww. No wonder the Cabin Critters have been giving Iggy's porch a wide berth! Especially Punkin & Ivie, who are very fastidious little creatures. I saw Punkin actually put a paw over her nose while walking by there!  ;D

I took the pets to the beach to run around & let out some energy, then we went to Taco Bell. Big deal, you say - Taco Bell is everywhere. But how many people can go to the World's Most Beautiful Taco Bell?

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/northern-california/beach-taco-bell-norcal/

https://thewhiskeywanderer.com/2015/09/14/the-most-beautiful-taco-bell-in-the-world/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanschocket2/this-is-what-the-worlds-nicest-taco-bell-looks-like



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 10, 2019, 09:13:40 pm
Ewww. No wonder the Cabin Critters have been giving Iggy's porch a wide berth! Especially Punkin & Ivie, who are very fastidious little creatures. I saw Punkin actually put a paw over her nose while walking by there!  ;D

I put my "paw" over my nose too.  ;D  We are in a bit of a heat wave here - 92 yesterday at 5:45 PM and right now, 6:05 PM it is 77 degrees out from a high of 82. This isn't really unheard of - just not a yearly occurrence. So, with that heat, dry extra ward winds and the stench of dog poo and urine keeps ALL the windows and the side door SHUT to keep out the smell. That includes my kitchen window.

Since we actually live in the city limits and they have real strict animal restrictions - such as you scoop the poo even on lots you own. The last time Husband talked with our land owner [we live in an OLD, OLD trailer/manufactured home court - he told us in no uncertain terms to deal with it ourselves. Husband went and talked with the 20 something kids and they screamed obscenities at him.

So ~ ~ ~ do I go to the City and file a formal complaint? Do I also go to Children Services since their 5 year old runs around barefoot & in just underpants and rolls all over the 'yard' with the three pit bull dogs [an adult male he has grown up around, a 6 week old female puppy and now his GreatGrandmother's barely adult female].
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on May 11, 2019, 03:59:43 pm
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Do I also go to Children Services since their 5 year old runs around barefoot & in just underpants and rolls all over the 'yard' with the three pit bull dogs [an adult male he has grown up around, a 6 week old female puppy and now his GreatGrandmother's barely adult female

I can't answer that question for you, but if I were planning to take that step, I would have photographic/video evidence, lest it become a "he said-she said" argument. 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on May 11, 2019, 08:57:31 pm
Don't have to worry about it anymore, the Landowner came by and told them to Clean It Up and get rid of the extra dog. Guess the house on the other side complained to the city about the stink. Hubby saw a city truck cruising on our dead end street this afternoon. Yep, it may be Saturday, but they (the city) works weekends too.

Yeah!! My Gardeners were here too. I need to send their payment via a check so I can add a note- Please eradicate the Calla Lilies - I detest them and want them gone.

In the three weeks since they were last here, our grass/weeds grew to 18" - man, see what happens when it rains little bits at night!!!

Oh, I just wanted to clear something up - - I could care less that the 5 year old wears just his underpants or goes barefoot. What I cared about was his rolling around in dog poop and pee.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: palmetto_gal on May 12, 2019, 07:50:58 pm
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Oh, I just wanted to clear something up - - I could care less that the 5 year old wears just his underpants or goes barefoot. What I cared about was his rolling around in dog poop and pee.

Understood.  However, rolling around in animal excrement as a regular habit can't be healthy for anyone.  I'm glad your situation was eliminated.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 14, 2019, 12:39:29 am
With all the people who refuse to vaccinate their kids against measles, polio, or other formerly common diseases, who knows how many turn down tetanus vaccine as well? And then there's E. coli, salmonella, listeria, & other ailments spread by animal waste, & if people can get those by eating tainted meat, I suspect they can get it by wallowing in cow or horse krap with broken or cracked skin.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 19, 2019, 05:48:51 am
How's everyone doing and what are you all up to?

We're in Qatar for Ramadan. It's easier to find halal food here since, yep, all food is halal, and that makes Ramadan easier. Plus the days are shorter than France, so that means fewer fasting hours for the hubs. When Ramadan's over, we return to France.

We got some chocolate-covered coconut macaroons. So. Good. I'll leave the box on the counter so y'all can help yourselves. There's also a tub of chocolate halva that you can enjoy if you like.

I hope all is well with everyone.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on May 22, 2019, 11:55:50 pm
Hi, Laurie! Glad to hear you're both doing well & have found a good place to be for Ramadan.  :)

** Trying not to look too hard at the goodies. :D  **

I made lamb stew with barley, carrots, onions, & garlic. There is a pot of it in the fridge, with some extra cooked barley if you want to fill it out a little more. There's also an apple cobbler. Punkin really liked the stew & has been pestering me for more, but she isn't getting any until any two-footer who wants some gets theirs. :P

Two very lucky cats in the Bay Area & one in Oregon are doing much better after being rescued by people who just happened to pass by at the right moment. Storm Drain Kitty is orange like Punkin, Freeway Kitty is a tuxedo like Ivie, & Spray Foam Kitty is a gray tabby like Annabelle. They shouldnít have trouble being adopted, but the Porch pets are ready to take them in if they canít find homes. (I suspect our flock is hoping no one will want these cats, & I had to tell them that was very unlikely).

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/6-week-old-kitten-rescued-from-Cupertino-storm-13869694.php

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Kitten-Rescued-On-Freeway-Up-For-Adoption-13165308.php

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Spray-foam-encased-kitten-rescued-by-Oregon-13851238.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on May 23, 2019, 04:40:17 am
Poor little kitties! I hope they all get to live long happy lives, especially spray foam kitty.

The lamb stew tastes great, Curelom! Thanks!

We also got ostrich eye fillet at the grocery store. I think I forgot to mention that. I haven't made it yet, and haven't had ostrich before, so this should be interesting.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 11, 2019, 10:53:11 am
I watch cooking shows. Yeah, I'm one of those. One of them is Australian MasterChef, which I find fairly interesting. And one of the things that pops up on that show time and time again is panna cotta.

The husband and I have had panna cotta twice. Once, it was really good, although a very small serving. It had the proper amount of wobble (thanks, MasterChef!) and it tasted great. The other time... Not so much. It was a sweet panna cotta, but they still put oregano in it. And not a conservative amount. It tasted all wrong. And it had no wobble!

So because of the influence of Australian MasterChef, I finally made some today. I ordered halal gelatine from Amazon a few weeks ago. Yay. Then for finding a good recipe. Okay, I think I've got that covered. Then I discovered I needed cream. So we headed off to the grocery store. No, this will not wait for tomorrow when it may or may not be sunny. The hubs wants his panna cotta! :D So we went. And we got. And I made it.

It's cooling down now. It should be ready now for me to put it in molds and stuff it in the fridge. And because we saw ripe strawberries at the store, we bought some. I'll be making them into a compote of sorts to go along with the panna cotta.

I won't know for a few hours how it'll turn out, but this is my afternoon.

So. What are you up to?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on June 20, 2019, 10:18:58 pm
Our critters are so excited. They found an odd cat in the woods & tried to make friends, but it didn't look or act like any domestic cat we'd ever seen, so we called in some scientists. It seems they stumbled on a whole new species, the Corsican cat-fox.  8) 

https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/19/corsica-cat-fox-officially-recognised-as-new-species-10011197/

Punkin is claiming it as her discovery because it's closest to her in color, but it belongs to all of our critters. The scientists will be studying the cat-fox in situ, so our herd can continue to enjoy them.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on June 21, 2019, 02:21:18 am
A cat-fox? How weird and interesting.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 04, 2019, 02:09:06 am
Another fox making news. This is quite a saga: a young Arctic fox weighing just over 4 pounds walked from Norway to Canada in 76 days.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/europe/arctic-fox-journey-scli-intl/index.html

https://www.livescience.com/65854-young-arctic-fox-epic-journey.html

Our critters have been fascinated by this, but none of them seem to be interested in trying it. Punkin is the only one who had a long-distance adventure after coming to us. A few years ago she was curious about her roots & went off to Ohio on her own, ended up on the street with feral cats, rescued a smaller cat from a dog bully, & met some nice people who looked after her until they found her microchip & arranged for her to come back to us. She still roams, but only around Nauvoo.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 05, 2019, 09:10:22 pm
This poor little critter, she must be part cat because she definitely used up a couple of lives during this ordeal. Thanks to the workers who saved her Our herd is letting her stay with them while she rests up.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/newsfeature/construction-workers-find-little-animal-turning-to-stone-in-concrete/ar-AADOjP2?ocid=spartanntp

How scared would you have to be to take refuge by climbing a 40-foot cactus?

https://coleandmarmalade.com/2019/07/04/arizona-bobcat-evades-mountain-lion-by-climbing-40-foot-cactus-as-refuge/

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on July 29, 2019, 11:30:44 am
Anyone home? A couple of beds look occupied (can't tell who is in them because they're all curled up, but they look like people). The critters are happily eating their breakfast & I'm putting together my grapefruit, bacon, & eggs. I haven't been gone from the Cabin for weeks, just haven't added new graffiti to the conversation. But I've been coming in for the peace & quiet, the views of Nauvoo Hill, reading time, & lots of non-allergenic fur-covered TLC.

No, Punkin, we are not out of salmon broth. I have a couple of ice trays full in the freezer, Didn't I add enough to the Science Diet food? I will just have to thaw out another couple of cubes & add a spoonful of tuna. No, I won't forget to nuke it for another 10 seconds. You critters don't know what a pampered life you live. Sigh. I'm just glad we can feed all of you cats & dogs the same things & you aren't demanding caviar or filet mignon.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on July 29, 2019, 11:50:16 am
I was one of the human-looking piles. I've been sleeping much better lately, and boy howdy is that a good thing. When I fell asleep, I was surrounded by furry bodies, but they probably abandoned me when you broke out the food, Curelom. :P

There's duck breast in the fridge along with potato salad and chocolate pudding for any who wants some. I also have a stash of duck fat in there - I keep it for frying crispy potatoes - sooooo good! I'll probably fry some more up in a few days.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 14, 2019, 10:45:32 am
Hi, Porchupines ... yes critters too. Good morning!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 15, 2019, 02:09:21 am
Good morning!

It's the husband and my anniversary today - 16 years.

We thought of going to the big grocery store to buy supplies for sushi, but today is a holiday and we don't know when busses are operating, so we'll have to do sushi another day unless we can find what we need at a closer grocery store. I found sushi rice, rice wine vinegar, wasabi, and soy sauce, but don't have seaweed sheets. And I need to get prawns for the husband.

We may end up having steak instead. And if so, that's fine, too.

How's everyone else doing? And what's going on in your world?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on August 15, 2019, 04:20:15 am
Went to the grocery store. Found sushi sheets and pickled ginger, and as a bonus, found rice paper. So it'll be sushi today and summer rolls with nouc mam cham sauce tomorrow perhaps. I'm so bizarrely excited. It's been years since I've had summer rolls. Oh, and I found cooked prawns for the hubs. I'm having smoked salmon in my sushi.

I still need to find mung beans so I can sprout bean sprouts, but the little shops close to us don't carry mung beans. That'll be a big grocery store day - the big grocery store that we have to bus to.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on August 15, 2019, 02:24:52 pm
Happy Anniversary Lauri, it is something that you cook your anniversary dinner. I haven't done that in about 3 years - and generally a week or so after ours. In the ~ ~ ~  [drum roll] ~ ~ ~  soon to be 15 years Hubby and I have been married, we have remembered our civil marriage only once, and our sealing never.  :o

Our marriage and sealing are big deals, it is just that neither of us have remembered the dates. We were married on Wednesday 25 August 2004 right here in Waldport OR by Branch President Poff with 1/3 of the Branch members in attendance, including ALL of the primary children. [I was Primary 1st Councilor at the time].

On the odd note, we have always remembered and celebrated the day we finally arrived in Casa Grande AZ - - 2 Sept 2004.

I have our anniversary marked on my wall calendar, and we are going out to brunch to celebrate. That date is 25 Aug, Sunday.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 27, 2019, 12:43:45 pm
First-ever Silicon Valley cat convention, but more cat people than cats.

https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Silicon-silicat-Valley-Cat-convention-sunglass-14201998.php

Awwww. The next best thing to a Turtle Wax shine.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/turtles-line-up-for-a-scrub-when-they-notice-lady-has-a-brush/ar-AAGmINP?ocid=spartanntp

New Golden State Warrior adopts two rescue cats.

https://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-rookie-Jordan-Poole-adopts-brother-cats-14270728.php#photo-18008209

Who would do this to an animal? Iím hoping it was an accident Ė maybe he escaped from a car, or ran onto the bridge from land & safely made it to this ledge, & that some awful person didnít abandon him. He will be staying at the Porch for awhile to decompress. Our Ivie is a tuxedo & has made friends with him.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/cat-stuck-Bay-Bridge-SFACC-tenzing-daredevil-14368763.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on August 30, 2019, 10:25:05 pm
I'm about to go to the store with Punkin, so she can help me choose items for our Labor Day/End of Summer BBQ at the Porch. I think we'll have burgers (both regular & veggie - we'll use separate grills), franks (we do not say "hotdogs"), & chicken, baked potatoes, a variety of salads or a salad buffet, & some kind of cake, maybe lemon crŤme which is always refreshing.

We're having fog in the Bay Area, but we'll have the picnic around midday when it's more warm & clear. We haven't seen much of the neighbors in a few weeks, so I invited the Clowers family & their workers from up the hill, & the folks from the retired police horse farm.

In a few weeks, the fall cool-down will be on us & it'll be time to plan other traditional seasonal activities at the Cabin. Hard to imagine how fast time flies. This new year, New Nauvoo will be 4 years old, & the New Cabin & Porch were set up the same day. Maybe some of our dear neighbors from months & years past will drop by, & hopefully remember the good times & know that present Nauvoodles still think about them & wish them well.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 02, 2019, 02:23:31 pm
Picnic time, Nauvoodles. Let's take a break from politics & general unpleasantness & relax & pretend we're just people for a while. Burgers (meat & meatless), franks, chicken, & potatoes are on the grill, salad buffet with all kinds of greens, veggies, fruit, & other fixings is set up, & we have several desserts & beverages. Thanks to neighbors who brought goodies.

The critters are all here in case anyone needs some fur-covered TLC. And they are also eyeing the food, so don't wait too long.  ;D  The Clowers' brought one of their lambs for kids to pet. Drop by any time during the afternoon.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: pnr on September 02, 2019, 08:02:00 pm
Wonder what nauvodles around the world eat on holidays during the summer? 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 03, 2019, 05:29:07 am
PNR, in Sri Lanka, it's always curries, biryanis, and with Muslims, wattalapam.

I'm contributing coleslaw, steak, and chocolate eclairs to the spread.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 04, 2019, 02:47:36 am
Wonder what nauvodles around the world eat on holidays during the summer?

I imagine it depends on where they are. If they are in the Southern Hemisphere, they'd probably eat ice cream in December, & hearty soups & casseroles in July.  :P

And speaking of food, I'm putting out the bait to see if KQ ever lurks around the Cabin & Porch. This would be her dream job.  ;D

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/09/02/754316710/meet-the-man-who-guards-americas-ketchup
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Jana at Jade House on September 05, 2019, 03:28:20 am
Yup it  is I.

This summer has been exhausting. I am back at Jade House wondering where to start. The gardens are a mess....the wasps ate all but one apple, the weeds are 6 feet tall, and the hazelnuts need to be gathered.  ugh.  We just have not been home enough.
Late May we went to the south of France, originally to meet up with Laurie which plan got scuttled.  But Carcasonne!  Perpignan! Castles!  the sea!  It was our first real vacation in years.
We spent July mostly in China between Guangzhou and Lanzhou where we have an apartment near the university office where Himself is visiting professor for three years.
I will join him in the summers and the in last fall visit to help him pack up the apartment, if all goes well. It is hotter than Hades in the summer but that is when I feel free to go.
August found us in New Zealand with Thing one and Two in tow.  I wil NEVER travel with both of them together again. WOW.  Each one alone is just enough. I am glad they are independent adults but that does not mean they can make Mama feel stupid.  On the other hand they all took turns to push my wheelchair, and were real helps in traveling.  Himself remains my favorite travel person, indeed. 
This month we two are in Budapest for a few days mostly to pick up fly miles, but to see a place we have never been.
The end of October i fly to Denver for a month while He is in China.
In December we fly to Cebu for Christmas and New year with my godson who is marrying there.....

I was going to retire from traveling this year. guess not.
So that is where I have been
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 05, 2019, 05:13:27 am
Jana, I still love hearing your travel stories and looking at your photos and living vicariously through you. :D

I'm sorry things didn't go smoothly with the kidlets.

Budapest? Woohooooo! We haven't been yet, either, and it's on my list of places to visit. I hope you have a grand time.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 14, 2019, 11:00:45 pm
Summer is just about over, all except for the calendar date, & everyone is back to their regular routine. I hope all the Incabitants & Porchupines had a good summer & is well rested. The Bay Area heat wave is winding down & the pets are relaxing on the porch listening to the owls & coyotes. It will soon be the season for cocoa, hot spiced cider, & chili again.

Time sure flies. The only ones who don't seem to be affected are our critters, who are ageless.  8)

Anyone up for a welcome-to-fall party in the next week or two? Nothing extravagant, just a get-together to visit, eat, & reminisce. I can furnish soup (maybe carrot-ginger or corn chowder), a veggie tray, & popcorn.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Patty Rain on September 17, 2019, 08:06:59 am
So tired and I can't get back to sleep. Had a nightmare that woke me at 2 and then again at 4. As far as I can tell it is nothing to do with my actual life right now.


My youngest leaves on his mission tomorrow. I can't believe how hard this has been on me. I'm tearing up all the time. And he is just going to Denver!
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on September 17, 2019, 11:06:26 am
Oh Patty, I hate those kinds of nightmares that cling and linger and worse of all repeat.

In my experience, telling the dream to someone or even writing it down stopped them from repeating. It also seemed to shake it out of me so they didn't linger.

When I was littler, and not good at writing the words, I drew pictures. Mom and Dad kept those pictures for the longest time. Even took them with them when they moved back to South Dakota after I graduated from High School in 1970. Just before Daddy passed away in the winter of 1972, they burned them. I told Mom that must have been some bonfire, lol.

The nightmares and night terrors stopped when I married Hubby #2 in 2004. Just before we moved back to Oregon in 2010 I burned my Nightmare/Night Terror journals. THAT was quite the bonfire, lol.

Were you as teary when this youngest went to school for the first time? Bet you were. This is quite a milestone for him, and methinks that the Holy Ghost is testifying to you that THIS is Fathers will. Is there such a thing as a Son's Blessing? Perhaps this is what is needed for you.

Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on September 17, 2019, 11:13:44 am
"is just going to Denver!"

I don't know where you are, and so I don't know how far that is. But my son's first area, out of the MTC, was half an hour from his oldest sister (different stake and mission though) and about 1Ĺ drive from us. Didn't make it any easier for my wife. In fact it was also probably harder for him.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 18, 2019, 01:24:45 am
My youngest leaves on his mission tomorrow. I can't believe how hard this has been on me. I'm tearing up all the time. And he is just going to Denver!
Wishing Elder Rain a mission filled with wonderful spiritual experiences!

Sleep well, everyone. The Cabin is perfect for that, in the woods where it's quiet, with no traffic or other noise, just owls & coyotes calling to each other all night. I'm going to read awhile & go toes up pretty soon. Yes, Punkin, you can get on the bed, but I know you had tuna for dinner so you need to chew one of these pet breath tablets.  ::)

Speaking of wildlife - don't leave doors or ground-level windows open unless you can see all the comings & goings. Our critters all have access to the pet doors - their microchips are coded with the entry code so they can always go in & out.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Cougar-sneaks-into-house-is-coaxed-out-bathroom-14445542.php
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on September 19, 2019, 04:04:10 am
Patty, I'm so sorry you've been having nightmares. I hate them, too. They can be nervewracking. I hope you feel better.



I've had a skull-crushing headache for nearly a week, all thanks to cervical instability. I get them periodically, usually because of how I sleep. I have to have my pillow at a fairly specific height, and what that height is depends on the mattress, and it can vary from one week to the next. Too high or too low and the headache comes back. Switch to a different pillow of a different height for a week can help. Do neck exercises and it starts to go away, but... It hasn't helped that shoulders have been sore for a week - dislocations in my sleep, I believe. Sleeping on them wrong as well. Oh the joys.

I've mostly been watching TV and movies because when I'm like this, I'm good for absolutely nothing. If you've been wondering where the critters were, most of them were with me, keeping me company.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on September 30, 2019, 02:01:10 am
We had a big heat wave a few days ago, followed by a sharp cool-down & then lots of fog. There have been some snow flurries in the Sierra. It's still pleasant here, but I think summer is over. The critters are hinting at going to Tahoe or Yosemite against once we get real snow, but that won't be for weeks. Meanwhile, I'm taking them to the beach tomorrow since it isn't really cold yet. Anyone who wants to come along is welcome.

We'll be showing the General Conference broadcasts at the Cabin & then dropping by the neighbors' (the General Conference thread) afterward to see if other folks want to discuss any of it. We'll have lunch between sessions & light supper before the sisters' session on Saturday - haven't decided exactly what yet. How about Chinese delivery on Saturday, finger foods & desserts on Saturday afternoon, & funeral potluck on Sunday (your favorite dishes that you would serve or have seen served at a funeral luncheon in the Cultural Hall)?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 08, 2019, 01:57:18 am
This couple went to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to take wedding photos Ė & guess who crashed the party! This is so cute.  :)  I know our critters will be amused.

https://www.sfgate.com/living/article/critters-wedding-photobomb-Golden-Gate-Park-14480431.php

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/raccoon-wedding-photos_l_5d94f84ae4b0f5bf796e9298
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 15, 2019, 02:42:42 am
Yawn. It's getting late & I want to go toes up, but I have to make the bed. I did laundry today & took the sheets to wash, but didn't put any back on. Now I have to vacuum the bed because the pets were on it & probably left some dander & hair. It's OK for them to get on the bed while I'm sleeping, but lying on top of the allergens continually may give me virtual hay fever.

Move along, Punkin. I need to get rid of your cooties.  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 15, 2019, 05:40:07 am
Aw, Curelom, allergies are no fun.

We're still in short sleeve weather in the south of France, but we had a windy day, so it's going to cool down even more soon. There were protests in Barcelona yesterday over separatist leaders being jailed. Oy. But all is calm here.

I made a huge batch of pasta salad. It's in the fridge, so help yourselves. There are also chocolate doughnuts there, too - unglazed, but there's icing in another container so whoever wants it can add it to theirs.

I hope all is well with everyone.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 19, 2019, 09:17:09 pm
I think summer is over, & fall is moving right along. It's been a bit chilly in my part of the Cabin for a few days, although we are told that wildfire weather could return this coming week. The critters are sticking close to home, so I think they feel a cold spell settling in for at least a couple of days. 

https://www.deseret.com/utah/2019/10/18/20920925/winter-weather-utah-snow-sunday-wx-utwx-ksl-weather

I have clam chowder & split pea soup on the back burners in case anyone needs a warm-up. The pea soup is vegetarian & includes onions & carrots (liquid hickory smoke for flavor), but there's a bowl of ham on the side if anyone wants to add some. The critters have been given samples of both soups, so don't give them any more until all the Incabitants who want some have their chance.  :P
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on October 20, 2019, 01:37:59 am
Soup is a great idea. We've been having more soups lately, but it's also because I had a cold, and soup seems to go well when that happens.

We're not quite to chilly weather, but we do have loud drunks that don't quiet down until nearly 6am along with the bass from loud music. It's weird to me - over the summer, we had almost none of that noise. But we've had it several weekends in a row now, and when we first arrived in Perpignan, we had it up until, oh, May or June. So why is it quiet during the summer but loud drunks in the fall/winter/spring?
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 20, 2019, 04:29:19 pm
Soup is a great idea. We've been having more soups lately, but it's also because I had a cold, and soup seems to go well when that happens.

We're not quite to chilly weather, but we do have loud drunks that don't quiet down until nearly 6am along with the bass from loud music. It's weird to me - over the summer, we had almost none of that noise. But we've had it several weekends in a row now, and when we first arrived in Perpignan, we had it up until, oh, May or June. So why is it quiet during the summer but loud drunks in the fall/winter/spring?
Could it be because they are indoors due to the inclement/chilly weather?
Fall has finally arrived here. Thank heavens our siding job got finished two days before the Big Rains & Winds. We mostly get the storm rains/winds hitting the south side. BUT when the winds shift, it is a Nor'Easter and it is always a Rip Snortin Tree Downing Cover the Roads With Moss From the Trees storm.

The deciduous trees still have mostly green leaves. I was at the Post Office last week picking up a parcel and a woman waiting in front of me turned around and said "We really had a short fall since winter is here." I said: How long have you live here? She said: Three months. I said: Where did you move here from? She said:
Tucson AZ. I said: This is still Fall. The rain and winds have just begun and the deciduous trees haven't lost their leaves yet. Heck they haven't even changed colors. During Fall weather, you need to dress in layers - so you can remove the rain proofed outer wear when the winds die down and add back on when the rains hit - all within a couple hours of each other. Oh, and you NEVER use an umbrella, the winds will just rip it inside out.

My city and the two nearest me have had such an influx of AZ, Calif and even Montana new residents. Some will move away because they won't be able to afford the sky rocketing home prices or they can't find a rental and they tire of living in Motel Kitchenettes or their RV's.

We are eating from our food storage. Since the siding repair cost us over $2,000.00 more than what Hubby withdrew from EdJones [told him we needed $3,000.00 more than what he withdrew], so after paying the bills, and only the bare minimum on the two credit cards, that didn't leave us enough for the one month groceries. So ~ time to rely on the In Home Grocery Pantry and the Long Term Food Storage. I think there is still a ham joint bone in the freezer along with what I call Ham Dust. Small chunks of the meat to add to soups. I am hankering for beans & ham.

Then there are more than enough cans of diced tomatoes along with all of the dehydrated/freeze dried vegetables and frozen grilled diced chicken to make Husband's favorite hearty soup. The recipe I have makes enough to feed a small army. I put it all up in Rubbermaid containers - the two cup size, which is a single serving for the Hubs. Then put it in the freezer. I don't eat it because of the too spicy seasonings. The original recipe called for fresh everything. THAT was just way too expensive AND labor intensive. Canned, frozen, freeze dried and dehydrated worked out better. Did have to add more chicken & vegetable broth, but THAT was re-hydrated from cubes too, and best of all, Husband couldn't tell the difference from the original and my later version. Win-Win!

Today is not a good day for me to be in the kitchen. Didn't go to Church because of joint pains and lack of sleep. Three Tylenol's and three more hours of sleep later I hurt about 60% less, am not nearly as sleepy. BUT still not going to push myself to do more than nuke a can of soup or a frozen dinner. Maybe tomorrow. No Dr. appointments tomorrow.







 
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 21, 2019, 11:53:32 pm
The critters & I are going outside later tonight to see if we can catch any of the Orionid meteor shower. I think it'll have to be really late, more like early morning after the moon has set. It's a clear, fairly warm night in the California section of the Porch and it isn't foggy, so we might luck out.

We'll be camped out behind the Cabin where there is no light interference, which is where we have a Tupperware container with snacks & a big thermos of hot cider stashed. We'll be walking around as well to keep from getting stiff. So anyone who wants to join us, look around behind the Cabin & up the hill until you find us, or wait at the snack station for us to come back. Don't use any white lights - if you need light, use red, or fasten red plastic or cellophane over your white light, to save everyone's night vision.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on October 22, 2019, 12:25:54 pm
Iggy, are you feeling better this morning? I hope a day or two of rest did you some good. If you want to stay in & relax awhile longer, the critters will be around to keep you company, & there is still plenty of the clam chowder & split pea soup in the kitchen.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Iggy on October 22, 2019, 11:03:02 pm
Iggy, are you feeling better this morning? I hope a day or two of rest did you some good. If you want to stay in & relax awhile longer, the critters will be around to keep you company, & there is still plenty of the clam chowder & split pea soup in the kitchen.

After being awake for 48 hours, I finally got 10 hours of straight through sleep. Hopefully tonight I will be sleepy around 11:30 PM so I can get at least 7 hrs sleep. Have to pick up our groceries tomorrow morning. I haven't shopped for nearly 1.5 months.

Oh Man! Both of those hearty soups are my favorites! The added bonus is all the food in the cabin/porch don't harm you. So I can have lots of real butter floating in the chowder. And copious amounts of cheese in the grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the split pea soup. MMmmmmmm. And many, many furry babies to cuddle & snuggle with. Who needs quilts and blankets with the critters all piled on top of you???
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: AndrewR on October 23, 2019, 05:22:33 am
Too busy to make it to the Cabin. However, this morning as I got into my car at 6am (BST) I looked up at a clear sky to see the Orion constellation. It is comforting to know that despite the huge distances between many of us, we can all look and see things that connect us physically.
Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: Curelom on November 19, 2019, 01:58:41 am
* Yaaaawwwwn. *

Punkin, is that you? I don't know of any human or any other critter that yawns quite the way you do. You're a lively & active cat, but when it's time for you to get your rest, you take it very seriously.  ;D

(https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/orange-cat-yawning-5388455.jpg)

It's a foggy night but not very cold, so I'm going to sit outside on the deck & sip some spiced cider & listen to the owls hoot. For once Punkin doesn't want to join me, but Ivie is awake & looking for some adventure, & Dreyfuss has joined us because Dreyfuss is always looking out for Ivie. For the newer Incabitants who aren't used to all of our animals, Ivie is a little tuxedo cat & Dreyfuss is a white Maremma sheepdog who takes his responsibility seriously to protect all the other critters.

What shall we do for this year's Thanksgiving at the Cabin? We can do a traditional dinner or I can order a Cajun deep-fried turkey & we'll have a potluck with non-traditional side dishes that folks can bring. Maybe black-eyed peas, corn, collard greens, okra, grits, or hush puppies. Later that night, or the next morning, we can go up the mountain & look for Christmas trees for the Cabin. We usually get two, a big one for the main window & a smaller one for the pets that we put in a side window, with decorations & gifts for them.



Title: Re: Cabin & Porch
Post by: LMAshton on November 19, 2019, 03:03:19 am
I vote for a Cajun deep-fried turkey. That sounds fantastic. I've never had black-eyed peas, grits, or hush puppies, so it'll be a new experience for me.

I can bring pumpkin pie and apple pie if y'all like.