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Title: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on February 20, 2020, 09:52:25 pm
Wow!  I’ve been busy today.  I found a prime locale to build a cabin with a wrap-around porch.  It’s in a clearing with a small body of water nearby, where at the right times of year, the frogs will croak and add to the night music.  There are mountains and trails, and bats still come out at night.  The kitchen is large, with a spacious refrigerator to keep all our lovely victuals to share with one another.

And, like the original Cabin of Old Nauvoo, I bring a tribal Turkish carpet from home.  The crosses represent Christianity, the sequence of five dots in the outer border represent the Five Pillars of Islam.  Together, they symbolize living in harmony.  There is also a scorpion motif in the blue border.  It is said a scorpion will not cross its image.  It means protection.  May it serve us well.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on February 21, 2020, 05:03:45 am
Thanks for finding us a new cabin, Crowgirl. And what a lovely carpet! I love the symbolism.

I've put chocolate doughnuts on the counter for us to have. Help yourselves.

Meanwhile, I'm going to relax in an easy chair under an afghan. I'm willing to bet the critters will find me in short order and join me for a nap. :)
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on February 21, 2020, 09:12:50 am
I've just put a couple of six packs of Irn Bru in the fridge. Help yourself. However, if you don't know what it is, leave it be - it's really just for me and Scruffydog, who will appreciate it being there.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Scruffydog on February 21, 2020, 11:03:46 am
Anndra is now ma fishell hero, by the way! That's rare, a pure blessing an at. Irn Bru aw ra way! Tha Irn Bru sgoinneil!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on February 21, 2020, 11:05:06 am
I had to look it up, Andrew.  I like that it’s in the fridge for your and Scruffy’s visits.

I’ll put some Spezi in next to it.  I think Roper knows what that is  ;D.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Roper on February 21, 2020, 02:41:49 pm
Indeed I do. I miss Spezi! I've tried to make it with Pepsi and Orange Fanta, but it doesn't have the same deliciousness that I remember from Germany.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on February 21, 2020, 03:13:46 pm
I just read something about using Pellegrino Aranciata instead of Fanta.  I’ll be trying that.

If you ever get to Zion, the candy store in Springdale carries the real stuff.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: kazbert on February 21, 2020, 04:02:06 pm
I've added a set of three heavy aluminum calderas in the kitchen. I just used them to bake a velvety-textured bread pudding (my Puerto Rican Mom's recipe). Try a slice if you wish. There is also some cinnamon hot chocolate to go with it.

How deep and large is the pond? Does it freeze over during cold snaps? Does it freeze thick enough to skate on it?
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on February 22, 2020, 02:57:16 am
I'm adding some Sri Lankan ginger beer (it's not alcoholic at all - it's a soda like ginger ale but with way more bite) to the beverages section. Elephant Brand Ginger Beer is our favourite.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on February 22, 2020, 10:28:02 am
I love ginger beer!

How deep and large is the pond? Does it freeze over during cold snaps? Does it freeze thick enough to skate on it?

Yes, and yes.  And what a lovely idea, kazbert.  Let’s add one of those shelving units for shoes to keep our ice skates.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on February 22, 2020, 05:57:47 pm
I brought Punkin here to see the new Cabin, & she is having a lot of trouble adjusting. She keeps going back to where the old Cabin was, digging & scratching around & playing with the bats & raccoons over there.

Ivie & Dreyfuss are her special pals & they won't leave her to come here. I'm still having trouble getting some of the other pets rounded up & think some of them may be confused. although Hound & Annabelle will be happy wherever they have food & a warm bed.

Please be patient with Punkin.


Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on February 24, 2020, 05:30:42 pm
Sorry, Punkin is being stubborn about moving over from the old Cabin site, & her BFFs Ivie & Dreyfuss won't desert her to come here. And it appears that some of the other critters have been sneaking up there to keep them company. It's great that our pets are so loyal to each other, but it's work for me. I've been running back & forth to check on them & bring food, & keep at least a few small banked coals going in the old stone firepit for a bit of warmth.

I think Punkin is wondering about some of the gifts she's given us, like the original portable firepit that we kept on the Porch, the Adirondack chairs, forest motif dinnerware, the big food dehydrator, & the fleece bathrobes with bear designs that she gave the Incabitants. They have sentimental value for her. If anyone's seen any of these at Cabin II, Punkin would be delighted & we might be able to use them as lures to get all the critters settled in better.

Meanwhile, let's play "I Spied." If you saw something UNUSUAL near the Cabin, or around town, just mention it, and we'll all try to top it. Real things that you spied with your eye, nothing fake or imaginary.

For example, today:

On the road just outside the Cabin, I spied a Plymouth (& it's still here).
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: kazbert on February 24, 2020, 07:50:50 pm
Meanwhile, let's play "I Spied." If you saw something UNUSUAL near the Cabin, or around town, just mention it, and we'll all try to top it. Real things that you spied with your eye, nothing fake or imaginary. 

Wait, what? The cabin and porch are not real?! You've just killed Santa Claus!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: palmetto_gal on February 24, 2020, 08:51:10 pm
I’ll put some Spezi in next to it.  I think Roper knows what that is  ;D.]

I enjoyed Spezi when I was stationed in Germany.  Actually, I had forgotten about it until CrowGirl's post reminded me.  Thanks, CG!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on February 26, 2020, 05:51:56 am
Looks even less appetizing than actual cola.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on February 26, 2020, 05:55:54 pm
Looks like ice-less strong iced tea. Love the flowers though.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on February 28, 2020, 01:12:56 am
I guess I'll try it, so I can say I did.  :P

* Deciding how well I like it. *

I miss the critters. They are being stubborn to support Punkin, who is still holding out hope for the old Cabin & hanging out there. Some of them will spend time here but keep sneaking out to rejoin Punkin. Only Hound & Annabelle are consistently staying here, & they aren't young anymore & are happy to spend most of their time snoozing or watching people & other animals. If anyone has suggestions on helping Punkin make the adjustment, they'd be appreciated.

I set up a taco buffet in the kitchen for anyone who wants a snack. We have crispy tortillas, ground beef, cut tomatoes, avocadoes, & lettuce, grated cheese, & salsa. There is a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge.

Going to retire to the back where I've claimed one of the small bedrooms, & leave the window open a little in case Punkin shows up.   

I SPIED this today. I was shopping in San Bruno & I spied a shiny silver Bentley on the street.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on February 28, 2020, 05:09:00 am
In other Bentley related information, my stake president is the Head of Internal design for Bentley.


Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: kazbert on February 28, 2020, 06:40:58 am
In other Bentley related information, my stake president is the Head of Internal design for Bentley.

Speaking as a mechanical engineer with some experience in the motor vehicle industry, that is VERY cool!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on February 28, 2020, 10:36:26 am
Speaking as someone who has a 1961 S2 Standard Saloon (right-hand drive) who is saving money to restore it, that is beyond VERY cool.  Even CrowMan is excited, and wanted me to share its website: (

CrowFather bought it in 1979.  He loved putting on a chauffeur cap and driving his children to graduations, school dances and temples for their marriages.  I still love the smell of the plush wool carpet.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on February 29, 2020, 01:48:59 am
Well, I'm glad I spied that Bentley, & that I thought to mention it here. Who would have thunk a Bentley in faraway San Bruno would cause such a stir at the Cabin?

I had to check it out to see what it looks like. What a cool set of wheels. 8)

I spied something else unusual today. I had to do an errand in San Francisco on a neighborhood business street (not a strip mall type area), & I spied a PAY PHONE. Yes, a real coin-operated phone with a handset on a cradle, & mechanical push buttons (not electronic, like a membrane or touch screen). A vintage Bentley would fit right into a picture with a pay phone in the background & CrowFather sitting behind the wheel on the right side.  :)
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on February 29, 2020, 01:58:16 am
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on March 04, 2020, 09:29:41 pm
I need a rocking chair and a quilt, and a breeze to blow through trees.  If any critters come by, I could stand to stroke one of those, too.  CrowMother had cataract surgery today, and anesthetic makes her more out-of-sorts than usual.  Poor lady could not sit up straight. 

I’m also making a T-shirt quilt for CrowSon’s graduation present—shirts from our time in Germany, California, Maryland, Colorado and Florida—Scout, School, Orchestra and Drama activities.  I’m going to call it The Military Brat.  I’ve been ironing interfacing on the backs of the shirts, and I’m tired.  I’m thinking of using leftovers from the shirts as filler here and there.  Hope there’s enough.

I think I see some eyes peeking through the trees.  Maybe Punkin is weakening....

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 09, 2020, 05:18:41 am
CrowGirl, I hope the cataract surgery helps your mother's eyesight. After all she's had to deal with, it would be wonderful for her to have some kind of reward in improved sight. I'm sorry she's having to tolerate so much difficulty & discomfort.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 09, 2020, 05:22:58 am
I think the eyes you saw peeking through the trees may have been a coyote, or even a mountain lion. I've seen a couple of them around here, but they don't seem to be hostile. Just curious. Still, I'd be alert.

Punkin is still spending only a little time here & I'll have to figure out a way to get her to want to be here. Maybe it would help for all the Incabitants to be extra nice to her, give her lots of TLC & treats (but don't overfeed her). I found the portable firepit & the Adirondack chairs she gave us on a couple of Christmases & brought them over here - maybe that will make the New Cabin feel more like home.

I wish Dreyfuss & Ivie would cooperate by coming over here, but they insist on spending time with Punkin at the old Cabin site which just gives her less incentive to be here. I wonder if it's time to give up on all of them & figure they've gone feral. Would anyone else miss them?
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on March 09, 2020, 07:42:04 am
CrowMother had cataract surgery today

Both of my parents (77) have had both eyes done in the last year. Both have vastly improved eyesight as a result. Neither could drive at night, and day time become difficult before the first eye was done.

So I too hope it makes life better for her.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 10, 2020, 03:20:53 am
I hope CrowMother recovers quickly.

It's almost time for me to have my cataract surgery. I'm not looking forward to it. I don't respond well to local anaesthetics or painkillers, so I don't know how that's going to work.

In other news, we're back in Sri Lanka. We don't know for how long. We spent a couple of weeks in Nuwara Eliya, which is a hill station from the time of British rule. The climate is quite different there - mainly around 20C (70F or thereabouts) during the day. And that part's great! But otherwise, it's crowded with more white people than I've ever seen in Sri Lanka before and the local trishaw drivers charge three or four times as much as elsewhere in the country just because they can. And there are no taxi services, no Uber or Uber-equivalents, no food delivery services, and so on. It's stuck in the 70s in many respects. It's also on the hillsides, so there's walking up and down hills everywhere except in the very center of town, so that's difficult for me. Alas. But we're back in Colombo now.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 10, 2020, 04:51:46 am
Have you given up on France then?  I hope you recover well.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 10, 2020, 11:45:28 pm
I'm recovering. I slept incredibly well last night - better than I have in probably years at 8.5 hours straight through with no pee breaks even. It was amazing.

We haven't given up on France, or Europe in general, but we are reassessing. We'd love to stay, but Fahim hasn't had work in a while, and Europe is more expensive than Sri Lanka. So prayers that Fahim will find work would be appreciated. :)

And it's hot here with pollution. We're using an app called AirVisual which can tell you the air quality pretty much anywhere. When we woke up, Colombo was at 154 for PM2.5, which is in the unhealthy range. Air pollution is now a big problem in Colombo. Yay.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 13, 2020, 11:43:09 pm
In Sri Lanka, there have been less than 10 covid-19 cases confirmed. And yet, panic buying has already happened. We made a grocery delivery order online, and it was supposed to be delivered between 11 am and 1pm on the 12th. It arrived on the 13th at 6pm. The store was too overwhelmed by the sheer number of people grocery shopping and buying everything in sight that they couldn't spare any staff to delivery.

My parents in law went grocery shopping yesterday - before the grocery order arrived - and the store was just about empty. They bought the last bit of sugar, the last of the dhal, the last of a bunch of things. The shelves were otherwise empty. There was, alas, no rice, no flour, and none of a lot of other things. Panic buying is in full swing.

In other news, we're sick, but we're recovering. It could be covid-19 - we did, after all, pass through two train stations and four airports to get here.

More soup is on the menu today.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on March 14, 2020, 12:05:38 pm
Speaking of soup, I’ve been busy in the kitchen.  There’s a pot of avgolemono (Greek egg and lemon soup) and some hot and sour soup (with four times the usual goodies, the way I like it) with hot chili oil on the side.  There’s crusty bread for dipping, if that’s what you like.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on March 14, 2020, 12:55:42 pm
No pasta on the shelves of any supermarket in the UK. Also no toilet paper.

My wife was told, in confidence, in the super market today by a friend that works there they are not getting any deliveries - not sure why.

It's a mess. And it's not getting better any time soon.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 14, 2020, 11:02:53 pm
I managed to get pasta. Unsurprising, really, since this is a rice nation.

We finally managed to get rice. Not the kind my mil prefers, but that’s beside the point.

I accidentally ordered mung bean dhal instead of mung beans the regular thing. Now to figure out what to do with them...
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 15, 2020, 04:34:15 am
* Sneaks in quietly to avoid waking any of the Incabitants, & goes to bed. *

I miss Punkin. My bed doesn't feel like my bed without finding my orange kitty asleep in the middle of it once or twice a week & having to move her to get enough space for myself, or having Ivie & Dreyfuss around.

I think I'll stop bringing food so often to the old Cabin site where she's been hanging out, & inducing Ivie & Dreyfuss to hang out. It's time for tough love. If they're going to stay there & not come back to the Incabitants that have loved them for years, they'll have to earn their own living, meaning finding their own food or going hungry for a few days, being cold & wet, & not having their two-footers visit them & give them TLC.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 15, 2020, 10:59:05 am
Okay. I am jealous and grumpy and uncomfortable in my skin.  It was bad enough to celebrate missionary  calls- sealings- great LDS family stuff from afar and know IT WILL NOT HAPPEN IN MY FAMILY. But this morning- as I missed the whatsap broadcast from another stake because I do not live with the internet in my pocket especially on Sunday morning. And sat with my solitary self reading scriptures.  Then read all over the place how great it is to have family church complete with Sacrament.....oh my golly I know its my choices that have put me here but I have to tell you it is miserable  to be forced to watch everybody be rejoicing while I am once again on the outside looking in.
I know I have a testimony because I stay.  I cannot deny that which I know to be true. But gosh it can sure hurt.
I have no one here to talk just bear with me.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Roper on March 15, 2020, 11:44:00 am
Good morning, JanaLynn. Well, at least it's morning in Utah  :D  I'm sorry you missed the other stake's broadcast. I know you endure through a lot by yourself. Please know that your strength has inspired me when I've felt on the outside. I've always admired your wisdom and your sensible approach to challenges. When you have some time, go over to the Virtual Sunday School thread and share with us what you've studied so far. Right now, I'm taking a break for a few minutes because my daughter wants to argue with me about why she should participate in "House Church" instead of spending the day texting all her friends. 
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on March 15, 2020, 11:57:27 am

You have this Cabin, as we all do. For all sorts of reasons some may wish to be here, need to be here, or only have here to converse with other members of the Church, but who have some knowledge of one another in real life.

I have only met two Nauvoodles in person. That I have met those I consider something of a miracle, given where I live in relation to them (and they to each other). One I knew at about the same time I found the Old Nauvoo, the other some time later. But they are still here in New Nauvoo.

So, like all members everywhere, not confined by ward/branch, stake/district, mission or even Church Area, we can mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those in need of comfort.

I have spent today isolated from my family in my study. I have been doing some things that will help my ward. I have posted some things in our ward FB group and Whatsapp. We have members in my ward in the same position as yourself. Knowing your position has helped me to know theirs, and consider ways to be able to help them. So, thank you.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: GoodyScrivener on March 15, 2020, 12:45:40 pm
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: beefche on March 15, 2020, 05:18:36 pm
I understand, Jana. I've not been able to attend church for a while now due to my father's illness. I spend Sundays with him. And I'm just physically, there are times when I could attend, but I end up sleeping and resting before going to Dad's. As I see all the posts on FB with families talking about taking the sacrament at home, studying at home with their family, etc., I find I get a little jealous. I doubt that anyone at church will think of me if/when the sacrament is taken to families. I don't blame them--most don't know me (our ward was dissolved recently and absorbed into another ward--people are still trying to get to know each other). When I find that I begin to get resentful towards my husband, I have to remind myself that the Lord is in charge, not me.

I'm sorry, Jana. I wish I could do more, but just know you are loved by so many and if sincere wishes to help could be felt, you'd be overwhelmed by those feelings from so many.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: pnr on March 15, 2020, 05:42:47 pm
IME, the goodness of people matters.   There is lots of goodness in the people of your family.   And your faithful attendance to the things of your faith have had, will have impact on your children for good.   Just keep doing your best to be the best disciple of Jesus Christ that you can be.  If that means you worship alone, pray to identify those with whom you might join on zoom or facebook messenger.   Or just serve where your health allows.   It's going to be alright.  And where you are today is miles better than were it could have been.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 15, 2020, 05:44:21 pm
Jana, we’re all sorry you missed the stake broadcast & are feeling miserable & isolated. That’s why you & everyone is welcome in the virtual Nauvoo Ward, where it isn’t always necessarily “great LDS family stuff” or “everybody rejoicing” while you feel left out.

Truth be known, I doubt that many people here have constantly or even consistently “great LDS family stuff” with “everybody rejoicing.” We have challenges of different kinds. Nauvoodles are happily or unhappily married (or both, maybe simultaneously). They have fine kids with strong testimonies who can’t wait to go to BYU or on a mission, or rotten brats who forgot what the WoW, LoC, & half of the Ten Commandments were years ago & Dad or Mom picked them up at Juvie last night. They have good, fulfilling lives & are doing well, or they hang on miserably & keep praying for the Second Coming so they don’t have to hang on any longer. Some can take the sacrament at home surrounded by loved ones & priesthood holders, while many don’t have someone at home to administer it or to share the moment with.

Heaven knows gospel living can be an extreme challenge when you don’t have many RW people to share it. We in parts of very worldly California think we have it tough, but I can’t imagine what it’s like where you are not only a minority, but maybe one in 500,000. This is why we pray often for our gospel siblings wherever they & whoever they are. Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love you, just as they love Saints who have it “easy” because they’re the majority, don’t have to wake up at 5:30 a.m. for morning Seminary, & live within a quarter mile radius of their Bishop, EQ & RS presidents, & ministering people on both ends. The Lord put you in your situation because he knew you could thrive in it, & thriving requires struggling.

My RW ward covers many square miles & we typically don’t live a quick walk from our ministering people, & we are still commanded to follow Alma’s teachings to the converts in Mosiah 18. I realize what a blessing it is that the gospel still unites all of us. I have a calling now that can involve attending Ward Council & knowing the needs & struggles of ward members, & it makes me grateful to know that we have each other.  And now we have to watch over more people that no one knows, who never come to church or accept ministering contacts, because a previously unknown microscopic thing has appeared & TWAWKI has ceased to exist. You don’t have the exact same kind of physical ward family, but that’s why we have the Nauvoo family – to bear one another’s burdens & comfort each other & stand as witnesses of God, whether in TWAWKI that no longer exists, the new one that is so scary, or the one where the Nauvoo Ward exists.

Whenever you suspect no one cares about you, come to Nauvoo where we all have a family. Not all of us have literal families, or families active in the Church, & the vast majority of us will never meet another Nauvoodle. But we still know that everyone here is our neighbor, sister, & brother, so come on in & make yourself at home.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on March 15, 2020, 09:29:08 pm
ALL of the sisters I have been assigned are inactive. One has blocked my phone & email and I am pretty sure that she tosses my snail mail letters/cards right there at the post office.

ALL of the families Hubby has been assigned are also inactives. He sends emails, calls and has me get him a box of birthday and anniversary cards so he can send them.

Thursday Hubby got a call from the 2nd Councilor asking us to make contact with ministering members to tell them about church suspending services until further notice. My RS President called me and asked if I would also call 10 more sisters as their Ministering Sisters have not made contact with them for the last 6 months.

Beefche, you want the sacrament passed to you at home, then call your Bishop and request it. You desire a Priesthood Blessing then call you EQP and request it. Communicate with your RSP and find out who you have been assigned to Minister to AND who are your Ministering Sister.

Hubby and I are active in Church, BUT BOTH of us desire to see and hear from our Ministering Brothers and for me to see and hear from my Ministering Sisters. The last time we saw or even heard from our Ministering Brothers was two years ago. The sad, sad part of that is he was our Branch President and now that we are a Ward he is our Ward Missionary Leader.  :'(  BUT I will continue to invite him and his companion over to bless Hubby and myself with the Word of God, to let them know that our cupboards are full and that we have room at our table for hungry mouths and souls. 

JanaLynn, pick up your phone or send off an email to your Bishop and request blessings and the sacrament. I think you are doubly blessed because Himself is not antagonistic toward all things LDS.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 15, 2020, 11:22:22 pm
Jana and everyone else who needs them, here's the hugs and kisses bucket. Donate some, take some as needed. *hugs and kisses*
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 16, 2020, 12:59:25 am
We did have a bowl of hugs on the kitchen table at the Old Cabin. Did that turn up somehow, or is this a new batch?

* Sticks a couple of extras in pocket since they might come in handy later. *
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 16, 2020, 01:07:48 am
This is an upgraded one. It has greater capacity and the hugs and kisses multiply magically as well.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on March 16, 2020, 01:49:46 am
(Adds hugs and kisses, too)

You all are so important to me.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 16, 2020, 02:24:33 am

You all are so important to me.
I echo this, wholeheartedly.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 16, 2020, 04:51:41 am
Dear all.  You are such dear people. As you read I had a small intense fit of misery yesterday.  I was actually doing a Father Wlliam so I would not take it out on my husband....who does not know at all how I harbor a grief that he does not hold a priesthood....ah well.
Most of the time I can live with it but yesterday amid all the furor it leaked out.
So thanks for the support and care.  My ward ministering people know my circumstances. My bishop does too.
Shrugs. So now I wait to see what happens next.
I sure wish there was PH is the village.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 16, 2020, 05:22:39 pm
The Bay Area is just short of mandatory lockdown. Mayor Breed of San Francisco imposed a shelter-in-place order for at least the next three weeks, along with the neighboring counties (San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, & Marin).

That means staying in except for essential travel, & maintaining 6-foot distance from other people when we do go out. We aren’t put in wire cages or anything like unto it, & can go for walks or fresh air. Essential businesses will be open, like grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants for take-out only, gas stations, banks, & a few others.

This all adds up to a lot more time in the Cabin, where all viruses are virtual & cooties just bounce right off everyone.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Scruffydog on March 17, 2020, 09:09:06 am
I'm so sorry that some of you are missing out on the sacrament, and I just hope that all priesthood holders will realise the opportunity that they have been given to magnify their callings as ministering brothers. Time to step up and show Heavenly Father that we appreciate the priesthood we have been given and use it to benefit others. Love to you all who are without PH in your homes
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 17, 2020, 09:21:49 pm
The Bay Area counties shelter-in-place does not allow for visits to households other than your own except for health care, taking groceries or other supplies, etc. It expressly says we are not to invite people over to "hang out" or for social reasons. It also closes down communal religious meetings that involve members of more than one household. So it seems pretty clear that if people cannot have the aacrament administered at home, they cannot have it.

As important as it is as a symbol of the covenants we make with the Lord, we need to remember that it is, indeed, a symbol, the same way garments are. It's a physical reminder that means nothing if we aren't living the gospel in the first place. If extreme situations make it impossible to have the sacrament each week, we aren't sinning or displeasing God by not receiving it. We need to keep living in accordance with the covenants with particular exactness, so we are actively & deliberately living the gospel, not just following the "thou shalt nots" by default, out of habit.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 18, 2020, 02:01:07 am
As important as it is as a symbol of the covenants we make with the Lord, we need to remember that it is, indeed, a symbol, the same way garments are. It's a physical reminder that means nothing if we aren't living the gospel in the first place. If extreme situations make it impossible to have the sacrament each week, we aren't sinning or displeasing God by not receiving it. We need to keep living in accordance with the covenants with particular exactness, so we are actively & deliberately living the gospel, not just following the "thou shalt nots" by default, out of habit.
Absolutely true.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on March 18, 2020, 07:43:52 am
As important as it is as a symbol of the covenants we make with the Lord, we need to remember that it is, indeed, a symbol, the same way garments are. It's a physical reminder that means nothing if we aren't living the gospel in the first place. If extreme situations make it impossible to have the sacrament each week, we aren't sinning or displeasing God by not receiving it. We need to keep living in accordance with the covenants with particular exactness, so we are actively & deliberately living the gospel, not just following the "thou shalt nots" by default, out of habit.

Whilst I agree in part with what you are saying in relation to not displeasing God. The elements of the Sacrament are symbols. The ordinance is very much required, and indeed is salvic in its nature. It is effectively a "re-baptism". It is the final stage in our repentance process. Now, I don't believe that the Lord will continue to withhold the Spirit from a repentant worthy soul who is unable to partake of the Sacrament. But I do believe that anyone who can do so, and chooses not to is not in the same situation at all.

So yes, the essence of what you say is true. But the reality is that Garments and the Sacrament are not similar in the way you state it.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on March 22, 2020, 09:40:17 pm
New Mexico is not quite on that strong of a lockdown as California is. Hick works in a hotel and has been cut down to 4days a week. DS#1 cooks at The Olive Garden and is never sure if he's going to be going into work or not. Our governor has decided that they can't have more than 10 people and a group and as far as restaurants are concerned you can't sit in a booth it has to be tables only no one can stay at the bar area the restaurant. Basically restaurants are on pick-up or delivery only now. However my job as a tax professional is deemed as essential so I can have as many hours as I want.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on March 23, 2020, 06:52:38 pm
As the PTL President at CrowBaby's school, I had to make the call to be realistic and cancel the scheduled Major Fundraiser of the Year in May.  Too many uncertainties.  Too many people trying to figure out how to pay tuition, and not much left over for extra stuff like this.

I hope it will be wonderful for next year.  I'll be donating an afghan with the school logo knitted intarsia, and if I feel particularly plucky, I will buy the Spirit Wear shirts they can't seem to sell and make a T-shirt quilt out of those.  CrowBaby won't be there, but I feel pretty loyal to this school that served my family well.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 24, 2020, 12:06:31 am
I think you were wise to make that particular call. It sucks to cancel things, but... It's got to be done.

Fahim is off grocery shopping. He left at 6am when curfew lifted. The grocery store opened at 7am. He was still in line as of twenty minutes ago (9:15 am), but he's in now. I know because he asked me for a clarification... Hopefully, it goes well and we can get things.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 24, 2020, 01:07:59 am
Yeah, considering the uncertainty (what will happen & how long it will go on), that does sound like to best course. If this weren't an open-ended crisis, but had a predictable end so we could move into the recovery stage, you could more easily plan on "wait & see."

Oh, look! I spy, what do I spy?


It’s our long-lost about-to-be feral cat. Welcome back, Punkin, we’ve missed you. You look hungry & lonesome. Are you back home to stay or just to tease us?

Can anyone go fix something for Punkin to eat? (Don't forget to nuke anything from the fridge for a few seconds). I’ll get your favorite fleece blanket & you can settle in on the couch.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 24, 2020, 01:16:40 am
Punkin, come on in, we aren’t mad at you. You’re not going to be punished.

Oh, wait, you brought everyone with you! Dreyfuss & Ivie are here too. :)


OK, this calls for a celebration. The prodigal critters have returned. No telling how long they’ll be here, because Punkin had a challenging time & she has a mind of her own & could change it any time, & her pals will follow her if she takes off again. But for now, let’s be glad our four-footed family is back together. Time for salmon & steak. No, not for us – for them.  ;D

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 24, 2020, 05:29:32 am
I have been thinking over some things. Sort of in the vein of "all things work together for good."
40 some odd years ago I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I was a poor single mother of two. I learned about working inside a family oriented group as a divorced person. I was different. I know what it is like to be distanced from your faith institution.
I learned though how my Heavenly Father sees me, how valuable I am, how precious to Him. Even isolated, He is with me always.
I was not encouraged to attend the temple, in fact single women were discouraged from endowments until the married or served a mission. I know what it is like to be barred from temple attendance. But I learned how to live as if.
Even preparedness, as little as I had I learned to garden, to store, to save, to prepare. To be provident. to be a steward of God 's blessings bestowed.
Eventually I moved to a foreign country, following my heart. A new language,culture, world view. As a stranger in a strange land I learned to keep my own company, To make my home a place of refuge, of comfort. Safe. I brought my experience and knowledge with me.
We built Jade House.
So here we are, sequestered for how long. NO church meeting, but I know how to study independently and alone. NO temple, but I still can live as if.
NO leaving the house -he can sometimes go to the store, and we take walks in empty streets. We have enough, we have prepared for hard times, we are together. I am grateful
And it is ok.
I have been prepared, I have experience, God is with me always.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 24, 2020, 03:37:12 pm
I have been prepared, I have experience, God is with me always.

Knowing this is the best medicine of all.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 24, 2020, 10:03:15 pm
I've got some lamb food to bribe the critters with. :D Here ya go, our furry friends. :)

Fahim went grocery shopping yesterday. Yay. He managed to get bell peppers for veggies. Yay. That was it. There were no other vegetables. Vegetables are in a shortage everywhere, probably due to transportation issues due to the curfew. Not yay. We're okay for a while still, but...

There's chocolate cake and fresh bread on the counter for any who wants some. I have an oven again, so I'm baking.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Sparky on March 24, 2020, 10:32:41 pm
Yum! I'm in the mood for cake and fresh bread. And some stuffed peppers would be nice. Stuffed with ground beef, onions, corn, and tomatoes.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on March 31, 2020, 10:05:22 pm
Yumm. :P

Thanks to Laurie & Sparky for the eats. Here is some more. A pot of beef stew with veggies & barley, a pot of split pea soup (meatless, with onions, & flavored with liquid smoke, but there's ham to add if anyone wishes), garlicky mashed potatoes, grape tomatoes, oranges, apples, & bananas, & lemon & chocolate cakes that the store gave away because they were close to the pull date. This is all cyber food, so it won't run out or spoil, & if you get tired of it, just press PAUSE to put it in the virtual freezer where it will keep until someone wants it again.

The critters have not gone back to the Old Cabin. Punkin was the ringleader, & now she seems settled back in here. This seems to have happened when the virus was getting worse in the U.S. I wonder if she was worried about us, or about being abandoned if we all perished.  ;) Or maybe she missed the good food here, although she's been acting like she actually misses us.

** Hugs Punkin, lets Ivie & Dreyfuss snuggle in for a hug, & (what they & the other critters really want  ;D ) fills their dishes. **

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on March 31, 2020, 10:24:56 pm
We've been able to get veggies again - yay! My fridge is full and I'm happy.

But my water filter stopped working. It filters out fluoride, which I have severe reactions to. We've called the people who installed it a few weeks ago, but no idea if a. they're even working or b. if they are, if they'll be able to come here to fix it. We're still under curfew.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on April 01, 2020, 02:44:50 pm
Yay for veggies, lots of virtual goodies, and critters that have decided to stay; boo for fluoride!

It’s Food Storage Cooking Day in the CrowsNest.  I soaked two pounds of pinto beans last night, and they are simmering in preparation to be made into retried beans.  I’ve cooked beans, and I’ve made refried beans, but have never connected the two before today.  They will be vegetarian beans, and I will put some in the freezer, because mine will be full!

I’m also planning to bake cranberry-orange bread, and if I still want to be in my kitchen after all this, kardemummekrans.  Since that is a yeast bread, we will see.  I will need to sit on the porch and knit or cross stitch at some point.  I will share all, so we will certainly have plenty of goodies.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on April 03, 2020, 06:48:37 am
The long hours of sheltering are playing tricks on people’s internal clocks, with folks staying home when they would usually be at a physical workplace, or extending their tele-working hours longer than normal because they lose track of time, or seeing kids at home continually instead of in school all day & being discombobulated when they realize it’s only 1:00 p.m.

Maybe (lol) it’s because we’re spending more time in bathrobes or exercise clothes which we wouldn’t normally wear for 10 hours a day. I’ve talked to friends who say they aren’t taking showers daily because they’re less active & have nowhere to go, or they’ve been in slippers for a week. The weird schedules can mean being awake or asleep at odd hours. So that’s my excuse for being up at 3:30 a.m.  ;D  Plus, the critters have been a little restless since Punkin, Ivie, & Dreyfuss came back, so they wake up & feel needy at odd times. Annabelle harassed me yesterday at 2:00 a.m. until I figured out she wanted to eat, & nothing usually bothers Annabelle because she’s an older cat & mostly sleeps. Even Dreyfuss is a little out of sorts, & what settles him down is having his coat brushed, so I had to take him outside (so he wouldn’t shed all over the house) to do that at midnight. 
This cranberry-orange bread looks good, & smells even better. A piece of it heated a little with a dab of butter sounds good. (Let me make sure the critters are asleep so they won’t pester me for a bite).
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on April 03, 2020, 08:19:13 pm
You are so right about being discombobulated regarding awake and sleeping hours. I have been trying to open the curtains for ALL of the daylight hours, well except for the setting sun. THAT blinds us as our living room windows face west and there is next to nothing to block it.

But once the height of that is below the far tree line, the curtains get opened again until dark. We had to do this with my MIL - she had Alzheimer's and would go into hyper-drive [sundowning] at sunset. Now, when next younger son and wife kept their curtains shut all the time and relied on incandescent lighting, she was in hyper-drive ALL the time and seldom slept. She would nap, but seldom went into REM sleep. Once Hubby told them about opening the curtains during the day [whether it was a sunny day or cloudy rainy day] she quit with the sundowning.

Another thing I should be doing is walking the neighborhood. I never have, but then I used to do my walking through the stores.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on April 04, 2020, 07:17:55 pm
As I told CrowMan, Reason 682 why I save large fabric scraps.  And fusible interfacing.  And elastic.  And twist-ties.  You never know when you will need to make face masks for your family.

I don’t know why the CrowDaughters are on their sides.  I took all three pictures with my camera in the same position.  I even tried saving the pictures sideways, to see if they’d show up correctly, and no dice. (Insert head-banging-on-Wall graemlin)
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on April 09, 2020, 05:36:04 am
I know, Punkin, you learned your lesson about coyotes. This is why I want the rest of you critters to be alert & not stray too far from the Cabin & Porch. Look how bold these coyotes are, right in the middle of San Francisco. Out here in the country, they're even more at home & there aren't many people around to save you if one of them snatches you.  :(
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on April 11, 2020, 01:33:50 am
The critters have been struggling a bit with all the changes that they don't understand, like the plague & the effects on their humans, plus losing the Old Cabin & having to make the transition over here. They'll be OK eventually, especially if everyone continues to treat them well & give them TLC & good food (not tons of it, but good stuff). And I brought a couple of buddies for them. Let's see if these cheer them up a little.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on April 11, 2020, 09:43:54 pm
Goodness, those are cute.  I sure hope it cheers them up.

We’ve braved the outdoors a bit with our homemade masks (throwing them and our clothes in the wash immediately after).  It’s good to get out of the house and into clear, spring skies.  I think I’d like to sit on the porch here, sans mask (they are not needed here) and just watch critters.  Anyone need some petting and loves?  Come on over.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on April 11, 2020, 10:31:40 pm
Both Leonardus and the Macaw are adorable!

We don't go out at all. We can't - Sri Lanka is on curfew, and only those with a curfew pass can go out, and to get a curfew pass, you have to be an essential services worker, which is police/army, grocery store staff, medical staff, and electrical/plumbing sort of workers. The rest of us can't go out at all unless we're willing to face fines/jail time - well over 12k people have been arrested for breaking curfew.

We get groceries by delivery only. Most places offer packs of food where they decide what four or ten items go in the pack and you get them all whether you want them or not. A few new places have popped up where you can actually order things individually. It sometimes takes days to get what you order, but generally, it eventually gets there. There are some things we can't get, but we're generally okay.

I'm cooking lamb today. And whenever I cook lamb, at least some of the critters show up begging for some. LOL! Given that we're here all the time and not going anywhere at all, the critters seem to enjoy visiting. A few are out on our balcony now sunning themselves.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on April 14, 2020, 01:43:27 pm
I’ll come begging, too.  Lamb is so expensive here.  I miss how reasonably-priced it was/is in Turkey.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on April 14, 2020, 11:18:54 pm
I hear you, CrowGirl. I know of one place, one place only, that sells lamb in Sri Lanka, and it's imported from Australia/New Zealand. It is not remotely cheap. But it's a far superior quality of meat than locally-available beef and mutton, which is why we get it.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on April 22, 2020, 03:12:49 pm
I like lamb & have it often at home. And yes, the critters hang around waiting for their share. I read that Americans eat less than a pound of lamb per person. They don't know what they're missing (but our critters do  :P )

It wasn't just imagination - pets are having a tough time now. Many are stressed, often because of the change in their people's routines, adults tele-working, kids pretending to proceed with their education, everyone underfoot 24/7 disrupting the animals' peace & quiet. As much as we might need TLC, we need to be sure not to overwhelm our critters.
Title: Love Lamb Too
Post by: Iggy on April 22, 2020, 06:28:22 pm
Good to see you Curelom. I was wondering about you since you haven't been on the forum much these days. I absolutely love lamb. I was thrilled to find a restaurant that server Rack of Lamb on their menu when I moved here to the coast in 1979. Every year on my 1st wedding anniversary [or close to it] we would eat at this restaurant so I could get me Rack of Lamb.

Then in 2004 I got divorced and went to this restaurant for my Finally Got Rid of 290 #'s of Mean & Ugly dinner [day the divorce was finalized] and had my Rack of Lamb. Still fantastic, but a bit more costly.

Fast forward to 2016, new marriage, new health problems, went to restaurant with a girlfriend to see what changes in seating they had made, if any [new husband can't sit in booths and I remembered that ALL their seating was booths] nope still all booths. Ordered Rack of Lamb. It is more expensive than Steak & Lobster !! It is still wonderfully good.

Now, regarding the health issues. I have a sick pancreas. I am on a low, low fat diet. I didn't eat the bread and butter thinking that would be okay. My vegetables were sauteed in vegetable stock and not butter at my request thinking that would be okay. At home 4 hours later I am in so much pain I don't know what to do. We call our TeleNurse Emergency Care. It was the rack of lamb - way too much fat for me. 45 minutes on the phone with a wonderful Nurse easing me through the really rough patch, sitting very still, sipping plain water till the worst of it was over. I never would have thought that lamb has a lot of fat in it.

Thankfully I have the Cabin to come to and can enjoy lamb here.

My Mom would make Lamb Stroganoff. She would have the butcher cut up lamb in "fork size bites", then use her beef stroganoff recipe. That way it feeds a lot more people and doesn't hurt the budget doing so. We made home made noodles to serve with it. Once, the butcher's apprentice cut up mutton bits and pieces. As soon as it got hot we all could smell the difference. Mom had our older brother drive her to the butcher shop with the partially cooked mutton. She walked in and asked the owner to smell the meat. He apologized, and got her some lamb and added an extra amount - no extra charge. That was a learning experience for me. Dad would NOT eat mutton. After smelling it cooking, I won't either.

My siblings in Zion here in my RL Ward are having behavior problems with their fur babies too. One single sister has found that if she closes her bedroom door about 3/4 of the way and leaves the bedroom curtains open, her little dog is happy to escape her for several hours during the day. He lays on the window sill and watches the birds outside, as well as the outside cats. When he wants attention, he gets in her lap. The EQ Leader went over and put up a quick fence around her back yard area [postage stamp size] for her dog to be out in unattended. He loves it first thing in the morning. She loves it too - too much of fur baby was nearly too much for her too.

My only contribution to the Cabin pantry is fresh, homemade white bread. Finally found flour after three weeks of none at the stores. My Cash & Carry [now called SmartServices] has had it all along in 25 & 50 pound bags, as well as yeast in the 1 & 5 pound bricks, sugar [all sizes & varieties] and powdered 1% milk. They only had Lard in the 5 gallon bucket. WAY TOO much for me. I called the sisters and the two brothers who make their own bread & pie crusts if they wanted to share the Lard - nope, they just bought what Safeway, WalMart and Fred Meyers had in the 1/2 gallon bucket. So I bought some of the small bricks at JC Market-Thriftway. For a 3 loaf batch I only use 3 teaspoons of lard. I also use the lard to grease the pans. I weigh out my dough ~ 1.47 pounds per loaf. Made two batches this last time. Gave a loaf each to my neighbors. Mechelle next door and Diana down the street.

Oh, with the three loaves I brought to the cabin is a pound of butter and a quart jar of local unprocessed honey. No fat restrictions, no calories here.  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on April 25, 2020, 02:24:42 am
I don't think I've ever had mutton. Not sure I've ever seen it in a store here, & I figure that Americans who eat it are probably the growers who raise their own. Lamb is rare enough, although major stores like Safeway & Lucky have it. Most of the lamb I see is from New Zealand, but I read a story in the DN recently about Utah sheep farmers & how they're worried about their surplus & wish Americans would eat more domestic lamb.

Yesterday was the special age 60+ hours at Safeway, & it was about a half hour wait to get in. They control the entrance to prevent crowding inside. But it's been orderly every time I've gone - I haven't seen pushing, grabbing, or hair-pulling. And hallelujah, I saw hand sanitizer & TP, but I don't need either of them & don't believe in hoarding & depriving others if I have enough. Really, the big reason to go to the store is to get fresh produce, meat, or a deli treat. I like Safeway's chicken, coleslaw, & several other salads. I look at all my sardines, Campbell's soup, quinoa, rice, steel-cut oats, grits, frozen peas & corn, frozen meat, etc. & I think, d***it, I want a grapefruit! (or fresh tomatoes, blueberries, or whatever).

Now & then I go out just to get out. I don't go anywhere, just drive around & look at what little there is going on, maybe sit somewhere & read or do a puzzle. There's lots of areas to walk near home, but everyone needs a little variety. A couple of times I've gotten take-out food for some variety. We're so easily spoiled in America, where we have so many choices.  ::)
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: CrowGirl on April 25, 2020, 01:26:11 pm
Dad would NOT eat mutton. After smelling it cooking, I won't either.

I used to think that way, too, until we were invited to a family’s home in Turkey during Sacrifice Festival.  Each family, if you can afford it, buys a sheep and has it slaughtered (hopefully at your local mosque and not your front yard!), and donates ⅓ to the poor, another ⅓ for your family, and the remaining for you.  I’d heard the horror stories, and was prepared to be polite.  I didn’t need to worry.  The house just had pleasant cooking smells, and it was the best meal I had in Turkey—and that is saying a lot.  The look on CrowSon’s face when he tasted it—swept away to some Tastebud Valhalla.  Maybe it just depends how it is prepared.  If you have to eat it for a religious holiday every year, I guess you would learn to make it tasty and spiced perfectly.

Thank you for the bread.  I found cake flour at my WinCo; I can work with that, but have not felt motivated to do so.

Curelom, I understand.  We are going through produce so quickly here.  The tomatoes are good most of the time, but non-iceberg lettuce is harder to find.  CrowDaughter finally told us that raw spinach is too spongy a texture for her to enjoy.  Now she tells us  ::).

As of yesterday, my county’s stay at home/house arrest order will end next week.  My small city needs to get restarted, pronto.  The age demographic is older, so I won’t complain about the social distancing or outdoor mask requirements, or keeping Mother home, if needed.  Just let people go back to work.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on April 26, 2020, 12:31:31 am
About mutton - in some places, mutton is old goat. In other places, it can be another word for lamb. How strongly it smells depends on how old the goat is and how it's prepared. We've had mutton many times and it's been good, but we also have it prepared the way that people who cook with it frequently know how to do to maximize flavour.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on May 09, 2020, 09:20:42 am
So the Church is starting to have living ordinances in small amounts in select locations to take place. Thank goodness! Of course, we Nauvoodles have our forum to escape the world, but nothing beats the temple.  I am looking forward to going back, but this is New Mexico, nothing goes too fast here. 
  In my little bit of desert we have at least 5 families in a 25 acre space for a total of 14 people. The elders quorum is delivering roses to the sisters in the ward today, a family who moved away is putting together a primary group to sing the mothers day songs on our ward Facebook page, and our little twig is having a pot luck following our one hour service. 
  I am leaving fresh cut asparagus from my garden. It is just grown like gang busters!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 10, 2020, 01:48:21 am
We all need a good laugh, & because this is The Cabin, we all love animals. So you have to see this hilarious "family portrait." If they weren't obviously someone else's four-footed delinquents, I'd swear the protagonists were Dreyfuss & Punkin.  ;D
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on May 13, 2020, 12:33:11 pm
Good morning.  I am taking a break from all of my administrative duties in my house (get appointment for MD, check on dental insurance, get appointment for DDS, clear-out email, print out pay stubs for tax work, plan out meals etc) I am going to sit on this comfy recliner and put my feet up. It so nice to see the roses starting to bloom.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on May 13, 2020, 05:38:40 pm
For the first time since I moved in here ~ 2011 ~ my yellow and deep red rhodies are very late to bloom. The neighbors roses have bloomed and the petals all fallen. My plum tree has bloomed and has set fruit and my neighbors green apple tree is finally blooming as is his Azelea bushes.

I have a plant in my front that I have no idea where it came from. Looks like a snake plant/Mother-In-Laws tongue. The deer ate all of my tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. I never had a chance to even smell them!

If I sit in a recliner Redd, I'll fall asleep! That is how I take care of my insomnia. Don't like doing that because when I try to get up it feels like ALL of my bones have fused together and my muscles frozen up.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on May 14, 2020, 09:48:17 am
I do a lot of on line shopping. I like Wish, I can get lots of interesting thing cheap. Well the  products I bought in late February and early March are finally being delivered. Yesterday my compression socks arrived, and for the last couple of weeks the inks and fountain pens I  bought have been coming in. I ordered multiple colors of ink cartridges for these pens, and I ordered different colored pens, and different sized nibs,  for using different colored inks. My various colors of ink showed up, but the pens!!! I received 6 beautiful wood pens, two for each of the nib sizes....but they are ALL blond wood!  I am going to have to flag them some how to denote size and color, grrr. Not that it matters now, all of the missionaries that I was writing to are home again and I have no one to write to.   I am going to set some inks, pens and nice stationary on the secretary desk here by the window for any one who wants to try their hand at calligraphy or just nice penmanship.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 18, 2020, 02:15:04 pm
Look at all the colorful flowers! Someone has put the time to good use while sheltering & brightened up our surroundings. Now we should have even more birds, bees, & butterflies hanging out here. It's supposed to rain today & tomorrow, but when it dries out, let's have a picnic out here.

Memorial Day weekend is coming & travel won't be back to normal (except maybe in Wisconsin, Georgia, or Texas where everything is wide open & people can take their germs anywhere they want). So most of the Nauvoodles will be staying home. Let's do it then.

CrowGirl, how is your mother doing? Jana, how are you feeling?

Isn't this garden nice, Punkin? Aren't you glad you decided to make the move from the Old Cabin?

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 21, 2020, 10:47:43 pm
Let's do Easter dinner on Saturday at the Cabin.

After Easter I bought a couple of hams for less than half price, which have been in my freezer. The store stocked up on less Easter & Passover stuff than usual because of social distancing & people having fewer gatherings, but still had lots of leftovers. More than two months later, it feels like time for a social event. I'll have the ham, coleslaw, fruit salad, mashed potatoes, a green bean casserole with bacon & real (not canned) mushrooms, & something for dessert, not sure what. Cheesecake? Peach cobbler? If anyone wishes, you can bring one to add to whatever I decide on.

The critters have missed the usual activity & will enjoy having everyone visit. I'm inviting the Clowers family up the hill & the folks from the retired police horse farm. Since we're virtual here, social distancing can be a bit less strict than in RW.

People can drop in starting around 1:00, & we'll have dinner about 3:00. Feel free to bring musical instruments, board games, or other amusements in case folks want to hang out afterward.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 22, 2020, 07:17:01 pm
Let's move our dinner to Sunday. Most of the prep can be done on Saturday, & if anyone's wards are having virtual meetings, they'll be over by early afternoon. Ramadan doesn't end until Saturday night. We're in a warm spell now that should continue over the weekend, so maybe we can use the picnic tables behind the Cabin.

Adding roast lamb, chicken, a pasta salad with peppers, tomatoes, & artichokes, & more fruit. Hopefully there will be plenty of choices for everyone.

Shoo, Punkin. I wasn't talking to you.  ;D  Unless some generous Incabitants are willing to share, all of you critters will starve.


Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Jana at Jade House on May 29, 2020, 05:57:28 pm
Today 70 years on earth....whoa when did I get OLD.?
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Roper on May 29, 2020, 08:44:41 pm
Happy Birthday! You still have at least another 30 years. What are you going to do with all that time?
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Post by: Redd on May 30, 2020, 09:57:46 am
Happy belated birthday, Jana! 
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Post by: Curelom on May 31, 2020, 04:25:47 am
Happy Birthday, Jana!


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Post by: Curelom on June 05, 2020, 08:07:15 pm
Anybody home? I stopped by the Chinese take-out place & brought dinner. We have fried rice (pork & vegetarian), steamed rice, shrimp chow mein, egg rolls, & a vegetarian dish with water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, broccoli, & several kinds of mushrooms.

I'll put it out on the kitchen table & you can come by any time & have some. There is a cheesecake in the fridge (I know, not very Chinese, but I saw it & couldn't resist.  :P )

BTW, Punkin, is that your little pal sitting outside the Cabin? You're the most likely of our critters to make friends with wildlife. He/she (I couldn't tell) is a real cutie. We aren't supposed to feed coyotes, but if you or the other critters wanted to share something & I don't see, I'm not breaking the law.  ;D

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Post by: Scruffydog on June 08, 2020, 09:15:36 am
A belated but heartfelt happy birthday!
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Post by: Curelom on June 18, 2020, 10:59:29 pm
Warm kitty, soft kitty … confused mountain lion caught in downtown San Francisco & returned to wildland outside the city.

Coyotes have been out in the city a lot since SIP started, & a mountain lion was seen in a residential area of Daly City a week or so ago. That’s the next town south of San Francisco. With cities starting to come back to life, some of these critters might feel disoriented because they haven’t had to contend with many people for a few months. And I’m wondering how the spring crop of new animals at the zoo, which have never seen people other than the staff, might react when the two-footed gawkers return.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on June 28, 2020, 07:54:56 pm
No, Punkin – stay away from that “kitty.” No, it is not the neighbor’s cat coming over to make friends & look for a handout. It may have done in a kangaroo, so it would see you as something like a Snickers bar.  :(

It's a beautiful sunny day in the Bay Area, but it is SO windy. I was out for a short time, but it wasn't very comfortable. So I'm up on the Cabin deck doing some reading, & keeping an eye on the wandering critters because we have real wildlife roaming around out there. If anyone wants dinner, I grilled some brats & there's sauerkraut fresh from the deli, mac salad, & fruit salad.
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Post by: Curelom on July 03, 2020, 10:28:24 pm
Look what flew over the Cabin the other day!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on July 16, 2020, 10:33:48 am
Holy shark! That's wild, Curelom!

How's everyone doing? What's new with everyone?

The husband and I have... moved. To Canada. We have no idea for how long - that depends on if we like it and if immigration lets Fahim stay here. We're currently in Toronto, quarantining, but when mandatory quarantine is over in another week or so, we'll be looking for a longer-term place. We're not sure if we're staying in Ontario or if we're wandering elsewhere - everything is up in the air right now.
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Post by: Roper on July 16, 2020, 12:01:08 pm
Calgary!  Then you're just a straight shot south on AB-2 / I-15 to all of us Utah Nauvoodles!
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Post by: LMAshton on July 17, 2020, 08:24:23 am
Yeah, I'm not visiting the US anytime soon. You guys have cooties!
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Post by: Iggy on July 17, 2020, 10:22:41 am
Yeah, I'm not visiting the US anytime soon. You guys have cooties!

 :o    :D   lol
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on July 17, 2020, 02:20:17 pm
Welcome to North America, Laurie!  8)  I won't bring any cooties up there. I know we have them. We didn't have to, we could be like Canada or even Mexico, but no, some people had to make a mess of wrong (or no) decisions & too many had to talk themselves into thinking it was just the flu & would go away. So here we are - America First.

Can you beam some poutine, ketchup chips, & Namaimo bars down to the Cabin? We... I mean Punkin & Dreyfuss... are getting bored with the usual menu & could do with some variety.   :P

It's a nice sunny day here, just the kind of day that we were told would kill the virus  ;) . I'm going to go for a walk, with proper distancing, sacrifice my personal freedom by wearing a mask, & get some sun & fresh air. I'll take something to read or a puzzle. Some of the critters might come along. Any other Porchupines are welcome. Remember, we do cyber distancing.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on August 03, 2020, 11:35:26 pm
Remember this mountain lion that was seen on several occasions wandering around downtown San Francisco? It was captured, examined, tagged, & released in a wildlife refuge near the San Mateo County coast.

Warm kitty, soft kitty … confused mountain lion caught in downtown San Francisco & released to a wildlife preserve in San Mateo County, to the south.

Well, the poor cat just couldn't make it in the RW. You know the old saying, "How are you gonna keep 'em down on the farm, once they've seen Paree"? Probably looking to return to "civilization" after getting a taste of big-city life, it got onto a highway & was  :'(  hit & killed, quite a distance from any of the likely places where I think it would have been released. It was said to be a young cat, & maybe it had gotten separated from its mother too soon & hadn't yet learned how to be an adult mountain lion.

Don't anyone tell our critters. They were interested in this story & I just can't stand to let them know yet what happened to this cat.

OTOH, it's fine to share this next story with them. This cat is awesome! It's a tuxedo, like our Ivie, but I doubt Ivie could bust those moves. That's why we seldom let her wander far on her own, she would be just an appetizer for some of our neighbors.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on August 04, 2020, 09:35:14 am
Sorry for the late response, Curelom. Can I blame mandatory quarantine? LOL! I've left poutine, Nanaimo bars, and butter tarts on the counter along with ketchup chips, dill pickle chips, Tim Hortons doughnuts, and Timbits. Not sharing my salt & vinegar chips, not sorry. LOL!

It's scary how many people in Toronto don't wear masks, either. We've been out three times since quarantine - two trips to the grocery store that's about 50 meters away and once to the print shop to take care of paperwork. We estimate about 30-40% wear masks properly, but only 5-10% if they're jogging or biking.

I've already had a ton of friends and family ask when we're going to visit them in other provinces. I've had to set expectations already that that won't be happening until after the pandemic is over or we have a vaccine that provably works - I'm high risk, so we're absolutely minimizing contact with people. I mean, we're hermit introverts anyway, but...
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on August 16, 2020, 11:02:50 am
How's everyone doing?

I'm doing okay. I'm recovering from the flight still, though I'm finally at the very tail end of things. My knees were being incredibly difficult, but they're finally approaching my normal again, so that's good.

Online church? Fantastic. The Toronto ward had a very very short church service - about 45 minutes. It doesn't look like a ton of people show up, but it also looks like the ward itself is fairly small. It's hard to know what with only seeing people in a zoom meeting or in a facebook group, and the facebook group isn't conversational - it seems to be used just for announcements and nothing more. Ah well. I've still got you all. :)

Yesterday was our 17th wedding anniversary. We ordered out and had Indian food, which was good. Not as good as the Indian food in Sri Lanka, but this is not really surprising - food is frequently adapted for the local palate.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on August 25, 2020, 12:49:55 pm
Hi, Punkin! :) You're such a sight for sore eyes. We're all having such a hard time & I need some critter time. Let's sit out here on the deck & enjoy the fog & the cool air. Maybe we'll see some deer, or even a coyote. The damp weather will be good for all the wildfires, & there are no coronavirus cooties up here to worry about.

* Ivie & Dreyfuss migrate out to the deck. *

OK, everyone is welcome. I'll get some pet snacks for you & a book for me, & we'll be couch potatoes for an hour or two.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Sparky on August 25, 2020, 07:23:37 pm
I can be a couch potato for an hour or two. Thanks for the snacks.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on August 25, 2020, 08:00:35 pm
I made a fruit salad & it's in the fridge, & a pot of chili on the back burner.  There's plenty for everyone. Don't give any to the pets, because they already had a taste.

Dessert is Nanaimo bars, thanks to Laurie.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on August 26, 2020, 12:30:37 am
The watermelon patch is going like gangbusters. Our melons are weighing in at an average of 25lbs each. Some are rich red flesh, others are pink, orange and yellow inside. I am going to leave a few here. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on August 26, 2020, 05:38:39 pm
I have chocolate ice cream in the freezer - I made it, and it's goooood. Help yourselves.

Redd, I am so jealous of your melons, but thanks for leaving some here. *snarfs down a melon* My goodness they're delicious!

My oven broke a week and a half ago. This had me very very sad since I haven't had an oven very often the last five years or so, and I'm finally in the land of being able to get pretty much any ingredient I could hope for. It's theoretically going to get fixed tomorrow, so hallelujah!

So instead, in the last week, I've made ice cream (see the freezer), blueberry panna cotta, and chocolate pudding. Gee, I seem to be a bit of an overachiever here. Once the oven is fixed, I can start making bread again. I can also finally get rye flour here so I can make some rye bread.

We went to a different grocery store yesterday. We go early to avoid crowds and people - we tend to go pretty much right when the store opens. While the other store we've visited had decent selection, this one had even more, and by decent, I mean way better selection than I've seen since I left Canada, although Dubai is a close second. It was very Indian/other Asian-food friendly, so we got samosas and tandoori chicken burgers and jalapeno beef burgers, all of which I anticipate we'll enjoy. We were halfway through the store when we had to stop looking because we were already at our limit of what we could carry. Bonus: This store's products were either same price as the other cheap store or cheaper. And as a bonus, not just for this store, but all the grocery stores we've shopped at since arriving in Canada, they all have at least some halal meat. I had no idea that that was going to be this easy, and this store was better than the rest.

The bottom line is that we'll have no choice but to go back. Oh no! Poor poor me!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: GoodyScrivener on August 26, 2020, 08:39:55 pm
Oooh homemade ice cream. I really do need to dig out my maker and get the canister prepped now that I have a little space in the freezer.

Work and heat have been kicking my behind hard. I have another coworker out after being exposed to a COVID-positive acquaintance, she was getting tested today and will be working remotely for at least the rest of this week. Which, given that she's the owner's daughter and newly promoted to lab director, is probably code for "taking a vacation".  *rolls eyes* 
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on August 27, 2020, 11:55:58 am
Taking a vacation indeed. Oy.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 03, 2020, 01:37:31 am
I thought I was going to make some popcorn & watch a movie or two. As much time as we're all spending at home, there's lots of time for movies or reading, & I can exercise while I watch movies. But then I got drowsy. 🥱

There's my little orange kitty. Hi, Punkin. Are you sleepy too? No snack or listening to coyotes for you tonight? OK, let's turn in. 😴

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on September 09, 2020, 01:09:50 am
Thank goodness for the Cabin (and Nauvoo in general). With just over one month left until the American election (and a few weeks after that for the losers to gripe), not to mention the BLM protests going on (one is scheduled for Albuquerque this week) I am going to indulge in the relaxing vibes here.

***desperately searching for chocolate****
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on September 13, 2020, 08:13:51 am
Hick and I had to pull in the rest of the garden due to cold weather. I am not too happy about the Hatch chile crop this year. We only bought 2 cases and ate both of them. I am debating on getting 30lbs more just to make reistas so I will have red chile later. I just finished putting up 32  quarts of peaches.

  Speaking about pulling the garden, I am leaving tomatoes, asparagus and (of course) watermelon here so help yourselves.

  ***searches for a cozy spot to settle down in***
 Hello, Pumpkin...come here so I can scratch your ears for a minute.


Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 14, 2020, 07:48:12 pm
Many of the See's Candies stores are open now, so we have a big variety to pick from.

Our candy budget is $100 through October, so choose carefully & don't be greedy.  :P 🤣 I saved it from the fares, tolls, etc. that we haven't spent on outings for ourselves or the pets during the pandemic. I also bought some new toys & treats for them because (for the most part  ;)) they have not been a big pain since we've all been cooped up together.
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Post by: Roper on September 14, 2020, 07:54:33 pm
Oooh! Let's give a whole box of See's chocolates to the yappy little dogs! They deserve a treat!
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Post by: Iggy on September 15, 2020, 05:45:57 pm
Oooh! Let's give a whole box of See's chocolates to the yappy little dogs! They deserve a treat!
Don't waste the See's candies, buy the Dollar Tree 2/a buck chocolate stars and also feed it to the 3 large poopy dogs next door!!! NAH, that is too cruel to the dogs. They can't help that their owners are too stupid to know that LARGE dogs need to run at least once a day and that city ordinance state to scoop even in your own  fenced rented yard.

Let's give the owners ex-lax, and other laxatives.

We have new people in our court. They have a little girl who is around 2-3 - so this Halloween, I am putting out a sign at the entrance to our steps and ramp that we don't do Trick or Treat. Knock on our door/Ring our doorbell and be prepared to be expected to wash dishes, vacuum the carpets, scrub the bathrooms!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 15, 2020, 08:24:10 pm
Roper & Iggy: Chocolate is toxic to dogs & cats! Surely you wouldn't want to see Dreyfuss or Punkin or any of our pets get sick.  :(

And even if it wasn't, the See's is for us. The good stuff costs almost $25 a pound, & the critters will be happy with deluxe pet treats.

The air is a bit better today, so I'm going to go outside for awhile & see if I can breathe without dropping dead. I had been taking walks as relief from Covid Cabin Fever, but with the wildfires fouling the air, we don't have that now. I'm ready to quit looking at the walls, & Punkin wants to visit her coyote pals.  ::)
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Post by: Roper on September 15, 2020, 11:35:16 pm
Chocolate is toxic to dogs & cats! Surely you wouldn't want to see Dreyfuss or Punkin or any of our pets get sick. 
Are either of them yappy or yowly? If so...Chocolate treats!  ;)
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Post by: Redd on September 21, 2020, 04:53:48 pm
I am putting out a sign at the entrance to our steps and ramp that we don't do Trick or Treat. Knock on our door/Ring our doorbell and be prepared to be expected to wash dishes, vacuum the carpets, scrub the bathrooms!

  I have got to put this on an October decoration for next year!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 21, 2020, 08:46:32 pm
Don't be so grumpy, Incabitants. I don't like Halloween either, but we can put up with a few kids for a short time on one night. And this year we're likely to see fewer since not many parents want cooties hitchhiking home in their kids' loot bags.

Our critters are not yappy or yowly. They are dignified animals & don't cause trouble for anyone, except that they do sometimes want lots of attention. Even people who don't like dogs or cats have taken to ours. If I find out anyone has given them candy or other bad stuff, the Scrooges are getting giant lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings. :( And I'll rat them out to their kids.  ;D

We've had fairly decent air in the last few days in the Bay Area. But the wildfires are still burning all over the state & the smoke doesn't stay in one place or respect county lines or street addresses, so we're still likely to get it for awhile. The fire north of Ketchup Country has taken off & grown wildly over the last day or so.

If anyone is here from fire or hurricane areas anywhere, you can hang out & enjoy some virtual peace & quiet & have a bite. There's always food around here, either from our supply or what people bring. I set up a taco buffet in the kitchen with crisp corn or soft wheat tortillas, beef, chicken, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese, & salsa. There's cheesecake & fruit salad for dessert. Everyone's welcome. :P We also have bedrooms & a guest bathroom in case you want to stay over.

Yes, Punkin, I hear the birds. Let's sit outside for a few minutes & listen to them.
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Post by: Nottoc on September 28, 2020, 01:35:38 am
Halloween and Independence Day are my favorite holidays. I love fireworks, and I love the imagination that is displayed on Halloween.

Although this Thanksgiving may be a good one. We're planning on going to a renaissance faire. Thanksgiving dinner will be a day late, but we'll be having fried turkey legs, Scottish eggs, shepherd's pie, and other such fare.
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Post by: Curelom on September 29, 2020, 01:40:09 am
Nottoc, would you like to be in charge of Thanksgiving at the Cabin? The Renaissance Faires in the California part of the Cabin & the Great Dickens Faire in San Francisco were cancelled back in the spring due to the pandemic, & many people will miss them. I haven’t been to one in ages, but I know CrowGirl likes them. If you can put together a theme holiday, we’ll invite all of Nauvoo & people could have a nice safe holiday. Everyone really needs something festive. If you put together a shopping list, some of the Incabitants will buy the stuff. All cooties are virtual here, so no one will get any dread diseases.

Here is an interesting article about orange cats.

What makes them different, why orange cats are friendly, & the difference between urban & country orange cats. Most orange cats are boys, but we have an orange she-cat. This is Punkin, who likes animals & most people.


Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on September 29, 2020, 10:16:11 am
Curelom, Tellulah is a dilute orange (as in closer to peach color than orange) and also a female. Just as an FYI. She's also extremely affectionate.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 29, 2020, 11:39:28 pm
Yes, I remember Tellulah. She's a spirit cat, right? Our critters got along well with her when she would drop in at the Old Cabin, but I haven't seen her here in awhile.

This side of the Cabin has thick fog tonight & the air is a little cleaner now, but it has to be awful out in the wildfire zones.  :( 

The pets are out on the deck enjoying the cool, fresh night and listening to the owls & coyotes.

Speaking of air, these parrots in a British zoo had to be separated because the made the air too "blue." They were all donated by owners & put together after completing quarantine, & I guess they picked up each other's bad habits. 🤣
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Nottoc on September 30, 2020, 12:05:16 am
I would be pleased to assist, not sure if I'm the right person to lead. But, I think the first thing is to look at menu options. Starting with some of the options I already mentioned:

Scotch Eggs (
Shepherd's Pie (
No link for a fried turkey leg. But, cut a leg off stick it in a fryer, how hard is that.

This fair I'm going to is quite large and has a larger selection than the closer faire I go: Texas Renaissance Faire ( Looking through the selection they have quite an international selection. Though I've seen a selection on a few menu's called The Dagger. I don't know what that is. Does, anyone know what it might be?

Over the next while I search and post additional recipes for faire food. Also, these are the first recipes I found, not necessarily the best.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 30, 2020, 03:18:15 am
Speaking of friendly orange cats. This one is also a girl. This is a great story!  :)
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Post by: LMAshton on September 30, 2020, 10:20:10 am
Yes, I remember Tellulah. She's a spirit cat, right? Our critters got along well with her when she would drop in at the Old Cabin, but I haven't seen her here in awhile.
Yup, she and Oberon are both spirit cats. I'm surprised you haven't seen them in a while. They're always here unless they're visiting me. Maybe they're napping under the furniture or burrowed into blankets?

Also, cute kitty story! Thanks!

Nottoc, I'll offer up my brownies and sourdough bread. Also, butter tarts and Nanaimo bars, both of which are Canadian desserts.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on October 02, 2020, 07:34:59 pm
This cougar cub was orphaned in one of the big California wildfires & was found with severely burned paws & other injuries. Thanks to the firefighter, Shasta County SO, DFW, & Oakland Zoo for taking care of this helpless cat.

He was orphaned too young & can never be released into the wild. Our critters have fallen in love with him & are already lobbying to have him come & live in our tame forest once he recovers. We'll see about that, Ivie.
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Post by: Jana at Jade House on October 06, 2020, 10:27:41 am
Happy Harvest from Jade House
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on October 06, 2020, 08:53:09 pm
Ooooh, thank you, Jana! I saw your pumpkin harvest on the other thread too, wow!

Look at that, Punkin.  8) Yes, that is how you got your name. You're not such a bright orange, but you're a cheerful sight just like all of this beautiful fall color.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on October 23, 2020, 04:49:47 pm
I straightened out the freezer this morning...I found a whole ham at the bottom of it!  I was looking to see what I had for Thanksgiving  and deciding what I still needed and there it was.  Okay, what I need now is celery, potatoes and cranberries. Hick was offered a different job at a slightly higher wage and he took it.  I am not too happy about it, but he is confidant about the change. Currently he is paid every Friday, before that he had weekly unemployment, but I do not know when he starts payroll with the new company so I wanted to make sure my freezers and food storage would be sufficient for continuous meals when I am not sure of shopping.

  About two weeks and we have the US elections, about 6 until Thanksgiving, 12 'til Christmas and 12 days following Christmas I set up and decorate my tax kiosk. I am settling in here with a large cup of peppermint tea, my joints are killing me and critters are welcome to help keep them warm.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on October 24, 2020, 08:58:45 am
Redd, it is good to see you here. :)

Everything is same old, same old here, which is not a bad thing.

We've been getting a lot of really foggy mornings, so foggy we can't see the buildings across the street or the street below us. I don't know if this is normal for here or unusual in its frequency.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on November 09, 2020, 03:55:44 am
Hello, Incabitants! It's time to turn in for the week.  ;D Yes, Punkin, you can join me, but I have to give you a pet breath tablet first. I saw you eating that salmon-based cat food earlier.  ::) And you have to be quiet while I finish reading Ecclesiastes. I'm trying to include some Old Testament or New Testament in scripture every few days. Tomorrow I'll read some from Acts.

Another critter is coming to the woods nearby. Once this little guy calms down & gets a full health check-up, the SPCA will let him come here. But he has to live in the woods & not be fed or pampered, or else he will become a pest & get in trouble again.\\

Only a week or two ago, we were still having fairly warm weather, but it has turned chilly. It finally feels like fall, & even like winter is near. There has been a foot of snow in some of the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe. Thanksgiving is late this year, so we might get some snow then at the Cabin.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on November 26, 2020, 12:40:53 am
I know Incabitants have been in & out of here, mostly because there's different food in the kitchen from day to day. Thanks to all for keeping us supplied when you make grocery trips. I can also tell because the pets are fed & looked after. They are always after TLC & will put on a needy, "poor me" act to get it because they know people fall for it, but they are not neglected.  ::)

Since this is a most unusual Thanksgiving, here is something different we can do. I saw this story about a vintage dinner, & since no one seemed eager to do a lot of work this year, let's try it. I will roast a small turkey (not expecting huge numbers), & anyone can bring the 1950s dish that you think you can do best. If our gourmet feast isn't a raving success, we can give it to the critters & call for pizza, Chinese or Mexican, or just starve.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: LMAshton on November 26, 2020, 09:44:04 am
I have no idea about 1950s dishes. I wasn't alive then... I can bring buns and ketchupqueen's three bean salad. I can also bring Nanaimo bars, and those were likely invented sometime in the 1950s, so that's in the spirit of things I think.

It's true, I feed the furballs whenever I'm here, but I don't always say something. They've been getting their fill of roast chicken and beef stew.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on November 26, 2020, 11:46:25 pm
It was all about being creative with boxed or canned items. Lots of Jello salads in molds shaped like a ring, a fish, or some other fanciful shape, with a salad for every possible ingredient. Like the article said, you could make a Jello salad with turkey, or tuna, or canned peas, or canned fruit, tomato or salmon aspic if you wanted to be fancy, you name it. Years ago, a friend gave me an old cookbook from another church's women's group, with hundreds of Jello salad recipes. They could have outdone all of Utah. 🤣

It was a pretty low-key day at the Cabin. A few people showed up, a couple bringing Jello salads, others with dressing, corn, cranberry sauce, ham, & other things. Thanks, everyone. We still have food if anyone wants to drop by for a snack. Don't feed the pets, because they are on diets beginning now.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on November 27, 2020, 12:10:05 am
Thanksgiving messages from the President are important to Americans, especially in time of war, disaster, hardship, or other challenges. People look to the White House for leadership, wisdom, & the assurance that their president cares about them & wants the best for them. And bless ‘em, they always come through to uplift & inspire us, don’t they?

Since we don't have a Thanksgiving thread this year, I'll put these up here at the Cabin for all to enjoy, These are some of the words the leaders of the U.S have shared at Thanksgiving.

Donald Trump, 2020 (text not available, so news reports have to suffice for now).

George W. Bush, 2008.

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God….

While in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln revived the tradition of proclaiming a day of thanksgiving, asking God to heal our wounds and restore our country.

Today, as we look back on the beginnings of our democracy, Americans recall that we live in a land of many blessings where every person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom. Our Nation is especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety. Their courage keeps us free, their sacrifice makes us grateful, and their character makes us proud… our whole country keeps them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

Americans are also mindful of the need to share our gifts with others, and our Nation is moved to compassionate action. We pay tribute to all caring citizens who reach out a helping hand and serve a cause larger than themselves.

On this day, let us all give thanks to God who blessed our Nation’s first days and who blesses us today. May He continue to guide and watch over our families and our country always.

Barack Obama, 2008.

Today, like millions of other families across America, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will sit down to share a Thanksgiving filled with family and friends – and a few helpings of food and football, too. And just as folks have done in every Thanksgiving since the first, we’ll spend some time taking stock of what we’re thankful for: the God-given bounty of America, and the blessings of one another.

This is also a holiday that captures that distinctly American impulse to give something of ourselves. Even as we speak, there are countless Americans serving at soup kitchens and food pantries; contributing to their communities; and standing guard around the world.

And in a larger sense, that’s emblematic of what Americans have always done. We come together and do what’s required to make tomorrow better than today. That’s who we are….

This is not the hardest Thanksgiving America has ever faced. But as long as many members of our American family are hurting, we’ve got to look out for one another. As long as many of our sons and daughters and husbands and wives are at war, we’ve got to support their mission and honor their service. And as long as many of our friends and neighbors are looking for work, we’ve got to do everything we can to accelerate this recovery and keep our economy moving forward.

And we will. But we won’t do it as any one political party.  We’ve got to do it as one people. And in the coming weeks and months, I hope that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans and Independents alike....

For what we are called to do again today isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s not about left or right. It’s about us. It’s about what we know this country is capable of. It’s about what we want America to be in this new century.

A vibrant nation that makes sure its children are the best-educated in the world. A healthy, growing economy that runs on clean energy and creates the jobs of tomorrow. A responsible government that reduces its deficits. An America where every citizen is able to go as far as he or she desires….

We honor our past and press forward with the knowledge that tomorrow will be better than today. We are Americans. That’s the vision we won’t lose sight of. That’s the legacy that falls to our generation. That’s the challenge that together, we are going to meet.

To every American, I am thankful for the privilege of being your President.  To all our service members stationed around the world, I am honored to be your Commander-in-Chief. And from the Obama family to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you.

Bill Clinton, 1996.

America's oldest tradition, Thanksgiving is also a reaffirmation of our most deeply held values; a public recognition that, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "God who gave us life gave us liberty." In gratitude for God's gift of freedom and "for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us," George Washington made Thanksgiving his first proclamation for the new Nation, and it is one we are privileged to renew each year.

Much has changed for America in the two centuries since… Generations of hardworking men and women have cultivated our soil and worked the land, and today America's bounty helps feed the world. The promise of freedom that sustained our founders through the hardships of the Revolution and the first challenging days of nationhood has become a reality for millions of immigrants who left their homelands for a new life on these shores. And the light of that freedom now shines brightly in many nations that once lived in the shadows of tyranny and oppression.

But across the years, we still share an unbroken bond with the men and women who first proclaimed Thanksgiving in our land. Americans today still cherish the fresh air of freedom, in which we can raise our families and worship God as we choose without fear of persecution. We still rejoice in this great land and in the civil and religious liberty it offers to all. And we still…raise our voices in prayer to God, thanking Him in humility for the countless blessings He has bestowed on our Nation and our people.

Let us… reawaken ourselves and our neighbors and our communities to the genius of our founders in daring to build the world's first constitutional democracy on the foundation of trust and thanks to God. Out of our right and proper rejoicing on Thanksgiving Day, let us give our own thanks to God and reaffirm our love of family, neighbor, and community. Each of us can be an instrument of blessing to those we touch this Thanksgiving Day -- and every day of the year.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on December 01, 2020, 10:59:32 pm
Our cats are all in love. They saw this gorgeous lion & they are all beside themselves. I think they are also a bit envious, even though they are majestic creatures in their own right.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on December 02, 2020, 06:06:04 am
I know I can't live totally alone, and have been wanting a pet or two. Can't do the litter boxes anymore, so I have decided that after Hubs passes away I am getting a dog. I am torn between a little lap dog or a BIG dog.

I have been looking online with the local animal shelter. Lord Love A Duck, the adoption fees they are asking for. Right now all they have is an adult male pit. Nope, have three of them next door. Maybe I'll check out the animal shelters in Corvallis, Eugene and Salem areas.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Jen on December 02, 2020, 01:39:14 pm
I know I can't live totally alone, and have been wanting a pet or two. Can't do the litter boxes anymore, so I have decided that after Hubs passes away I am getting a dog. I am torn between a little lap dog or a BIG dog.

I have been looking online with the local animal shelter. Lord Love A Duck, the adoption fees they are asking for. Right now all they have is an adult male pit. Nope, have three of them next door. Maybe I'll check out the animal shelters in Corvallis, Eugene and Salem areas.

If you're on Facebook, look for local rescues, too. There are several in our area. My sister volunteers for one and I know she's transported for them as far as Bend. I'm sure Lincoln City or Florence has to have one. Rescue dogs are the best and usually their fees are less than the shelters and often only to cover spay/neuter and vet costs.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on December 09, 2020, 06:39:37 pm
the shelters in Albuquerque have made it near impossible for people who live out side the city to adopt. You have to go to the shelter, scan the QR code, get an appointment for later that day, go back and see if you fall in love or not. This is hard if you work or go to college, live quite a distance away (like I do) do not use a smart phone. They do post their animals on line, but you still have to do the phone scan and appointment  and pray the dog is still available, The adoption costs have changed as well. Very frustrating.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on December 25, 2020, 12:07:40 am
Merry Christmas from the Cabin



The night before Christmas in the year 2020
Found folks everywhere experiencing troubles aplenty.
A plague of Old Testament magnitude
Was ravaging almost every neighborhood.

It sickened tens of millions, and other hardships it wrought.
Upheavals in everyone’s everyday lives it brought.
Jobs were lost, businesses closed down, schools out – or in?
People separated from their friends or their kin.

Along with the pestilence of Biblical size,
Wildfires in California had darkened the skies.
Volcanoes, floods, and famine struck in many locations
Along with contention and conflict of human creation.

“Why can’t we all just get along?” many of us asked.
In America, a peaceful election was almost too much to ask.
Everywhere we look, we wonder if there’s hope,
As beleaguered humans struggle to cope.

But – look up there in the Christmas sky!
A brilliant star beckons, drawing us nigh –
The symbol of God’s unending mercy and grace.
His arm outstretched to every member of the human race.

So even if for a little while, before we start fighting again,
Let’s make our Cabin a little piece of heaven.

And now... a special surprise from the Cabin critters.

’Twas the night before Christmas in the Nauvoo neighborhood.
The pups and the kitties were being so good!
The pets were all sleeping, or so it would seem
That sugar-plum fairies danced through each furry dream.

Finished were all the shopping, baking, and adorning,
Wrapping and labeling, preparing for Christmas morning.
Mail was sent off in hopes of on-time delivery
To faraway loved ones, missionaries, and military.

Something was up, the critters could sense,
And they became perfect angels—no more pretense.
They wanted that visit by Santa and his elves,
So those ornery fur-balls were their very best selves!

But Hound Dog was awake, going over his plot,
While Annabelle silently rehearsed her own part.
Pepper couldn't see, but could hear and bark.
And Punkin had eyes like radar in the dark.

The two youngest pets were still full of fun and tricks.
They weren’t really new anymore – they’d come in ‘06,
Dreyfuss the sheep dog was hard-working and smart,
A shaggy white coat covered a big canine heart.

Black and white Ivie was a Salt Lake kitty.
She’d been rescued and healed by the shelter in the city.
All the pets living in the shadow of Nauvoo’s steeple
Hatched a Christmas plot to surprise their people.

Parrot had snuck back from wherever he'd been
And was perched on the window sill, peering in.
At the stroke of eleven, he gave a low squawk
And the other critters went to their work.

Hound dashed outside and dug up his bones
That he'd been hiding in a pile of stones.
Annabelle went to her own secret den
And brought back fresh mice--there must have been ten.

Punkin had a hideaway where her prizes were kept:
Sparrows and finches peacefully slept.
She corralled a dozen and returned to the house,
Along the way catching another stray mouse.

Dreyfuss helped herd each little mouse and bird,
While Ivie made sure the Incabitants weren’t disturbed.
The furred and feathered friends in no time at all
Had their “gifts” lined up along the Cabin wall.

The best thing about the "prey": it was all still living.
The pets had planned on this special night of giving
To their favorite humans, the Incabitants of Nauvoo
Who fed and sheltered and loved them too.

Just before midnight, Pepper went from bed to bed,
Giving each sleeper a nudge in the head.
As the clock struck twelve, Parrot squawked loud and clear,
"Rise and shine, people, Santa is here!"

The folks of Nauvoo were suddenly wide-eyed,
Looking at what the pets had assembled inside.
The dogs had their bones cleaned, shiny and nice.
The cats were tending live birdies and mice.

As if that weren’t enough, there was yet more:
Long-lost Smiley Owl fluttered through the door,
Carefully carrying a living dove,
The world-wide symbol of peace and love.

Smiley Owl also brought a special message to show
From a guest we had hosted years ago:
A cat that came as a stow-away from an Israeli dock
Sent “Happy Hanukkah” wishes to the Nauvoo flock.

Another guest from years past was there:
Koda, a happy and healthy polar bear.
He’d spent some time here for recuperation
From a painful root canal operation.

Another polar bear, Cranbeary, came here to recover
From a broken leg caused by her too-ardent lover.
They patched up their differences and have their own brood,
And this year they’ve joined the critters in the ‘hood

For the animal festivities of Christmas Eve.
But the cubs needed their sleep, so they had to leave
Fairly early. But Cranbeary wanted to introduce them all
To our critters who helped her recover so well.

A bright, noisy flock gathered on the Cabin sill.
“Meet the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,”
Parrot squawked. “They’ve heard so much about Nauvoo,
They flew out from San Francisco to see if it was true.” 

Even Cockroach extended a Christmas greeting
As he took a break from his perpetual eating.
He slowly, timidly held out a tiny tidbit;
It was all he could hold, but he wanted us to have it.

Now, not all critters are popular with some Incabitants;
The forests hold some “scary” inhabitants.
So Parrot brought veggies and sunflower seed fritters
As gifts for those who didn’t want real critters.

Merry Christmas from Annabelle, Dreyfuss, and Hound;
Pepper and Ivie, who were lost and then found;
Loveable Punkin, our orange Halloween kitty,
Parrot, who’s at home in the woods or the city.

Spirit pets are also part of our menagerie.
Laurie’s furry friends come from across the sea.
Tellulah is a homebody, Oberon’s big and clever.
They’re spirit cats, which means they’ll be here forever.

There’s Mungo and Teazer, and Mandee Meree,
And other critters whose people we may or may not see.
We have goldfish, canaries, cows, goats, and poodles.
They and their humans will always be virtual Nauvoodles.

A big flock of critters, a world of love and cheer
Along with the wonderful Incabitants here.
Happy holidays from all in the Cabin at Nauvoo,
For Christmas, and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa too.

Our Father loves all His children and His critters too,
And watches over everyone here in Nauvoo.
Little Punkin just burrowed close and said how
She feels the Christmas spirit in Nauvoo right now.

Our Cabin critters are happy—because their humans are.
Being happy with us—that’s what all pets wish for.
People are still suffering, some jobless or ill,
But Nauvoo is a place where we all feel good will.

We’ll do our best to help those all around
Be fed, clothed, and sheltered, safe and sound.
We’ll pray for a better, healthier new year
For our Earth and all who dwell on it, far and near.

The old star led the Magi to where the Christ Child lay,
But wise men and women still seek Him today.
Joyful wishes from the Cabin to all people and nations,
And peace in the new year to all God's creations.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on January 08, 2021, 03:34:18 am
Anyone home?

Oh, Punkin is awake. I knew you'd be waiting for me. I brought some salmon trimmings, but you have to share. Yes, the dogs get some, & so do I. I'll poach them in some weak chicken broth. But not until tomorrow, if you want to get on my bed tonight. 🤭

** Puts salmon trimmings in fridge. **

What a week. A couple nights at the Cabin will be like a vacation. I'm going to sit on the deck for awhile & listen to the coyotes, have some hot spiced apple cider, then go toes-up.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on January 24, 2021, 04:53:19 pm
FYI to our critters: this is not happening here at the Cabin. Don't even think about suggesting it.

We will be having one celebration for all of you sometime in the spring, & the entire Nauvoodle population will not be invited, only Incabitants. We will observe strict health precautions. Guests will be allowed to pet or feed you (hand sanitizing required before & after), but not pick you up or put their faces near yours. Violators will be 86'ed for the rest of the day (two-footers) or confined to quarters (four-footers) in a pet carrier with water, a toy, regular feedings, & 3 visits per day for 48 hours.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: AndrewR on January 25, 2021, 10:38:06 am

What a great word.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on January 26, 2021, 12:43:00 am

What a great word.

We also have a Porch here at the Cabin. At Old Nauvoo, the Porch & Cabin were separate, & people could be Porchupines as well as Incabitants.

So now, those who live at or frequent our special little retreat can go by either name.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 12, 2021, 11:14:10 pm
Has it really been this long since anyone posted here? I know Incabitants have been coming & going, & maybe everyone has been too tired to sign in. It's been such a weird time & lots of people are low on mental energy right now. But Punkin looks well fed & relaxed, so she & the others have obviously getting TLC.

Come on in, all of you. It's dinner time & I have turkey tails. I know all of you like them, but we're not going to eat a lot because they're so fatty. It won't take long, because I cooked them almost fully earlier & put them in the fridge. I'm having peas & grits with mine, & I'll cut up a little & add it to your food.


I hope all the Incabitants are well. Remember, you can drop by here anytime if you just need a break or a get-away. Once it's night, the bats will come out, & you can sit on the porch & listen to the owls & coyotes. It might not be for everyone, but it's very restful up here. 😴

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 17, 2021, 01:42:29 am
You critters have to see this. You’ll need to look closely, & probably watch it a couple of times, because it all happens so fast.

A cat jumped out of a 5th or 6th story window to escape a fire. Watch the landing.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on May 26, 2021, 02:06:57 am
With a cat like this, who needs guard dogs? If this cat were orange, it could be Punkin, but she'd try to make friends first. 😁

And look at these sweet pups. If they have to be removed from Golden Gate Park for their safety or the public's, we have lots of room to roam on Nauvoo Mountain.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on June 11, 2021, 08:45:07 pm
Hi, Neighbors - are you missing any small items from around your yard, garage, or elsewhere accessible to pets? One of our other neighbors has put out this sign along with the loot from her cat's raids. Drop by & see if you recognize any of your stuff.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on June 16, 2021, 12:16:28 am
Don't mind me. A heat wave is hitting Utah, Arizona  and New Mexico, so I am here with damp towels on my head and neck sitting in the cool of the A/C racking my brain for any cool supper ideas besides sandwiches.

  My son is due home from work around midnight and he said he would bring me a big cup of ice(not only do I not have a swamp cooler I also do not have an ice maker). I need to break down and buy some new ice trays, it is just too hot to leave the house.

  Oh! Do I spy melons here?  Cool towels, a/c and melons for snacking on. I may actually become sociable after this indulgence!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on June 16, 2021, 02:51:34 am
The watermelons are for everyone, Redd. I know Punkin is guarding the fridge, but it's because she knows there is salmon in there. She won't mind sharing the fruit. I also got grapes, peaches, & honeydew melons. Since it's all cyber fruit, we won't run out no matter how much we eat, & none of it will spoil if we can't finish them (an unlikely prospect).

We're having a minor heat wave in the Bay Area section of the Cabin, but it won't be anything like in Arizona. I think it might be 60 degrees outside now (a little before midnight). I have the windows open, & I can hear the coyotes & owls.

You can make ice in any flexible plastic container, like tubs you save from cream cheese. deli salads, or ice cream. Leave a little expansion space when you fill them, or fill them only halfway to freeze quicker. It's easy to flex the plastic later to loosen the block of ice. Put the block in a plastic bag & whack it with a hammer if you want small pieces. Don't freeze ice in metal or glass because it won't give, & metal could get distorted or glass might even crack under the pressure. 
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on June 16, 2021, 11:03:49 pm
Great idea on the ice!  I have some in my freezer now to use tomorrow.  I have started watering my garden when the sun starts to set so I get more water on the plants and as little evaporation as possible.

Death Valley, Ca, (which is usually very hot to begin with) registered at 130 F today, a record even for that place. Maybe I won't complain about my temps being at 105F.                                                           
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on June 18, 2021, 01:20:14 am
I brought Organic strawberries, peaches, green grapes, small gala apples, and celery. The organic at Fred Meyers was cheaper than the other - YEAH!!  Took me four trys to find fresh and not old. Scrape the root end of the celery them smell with your mouth open. What you smell/taste is exactly how it will taste. It shouldn't be bitter. Same goes for iceberg lettuce (gag- hate that stuff no matter how fresh it is).

We are in a water shortage - so no watering lawns, only edible gardens. Fireworks are banned in our city - if you are caught with any it is a $1,000.00 fine and jail time. It has been lightly raining nearly every night, then drying off just before noon. Oh and rumor has it that the home owners who rent to nightly vacationers and they bring fireworks & shoot them off, will also get hit with a humongous fine!!!

Redd, I will gladly share ice from my ice maker - it is running over! I take out about 4 cups in the morning and put it in my hanging Wave Petunia plants (2) the Midnight Star Petunia/ geranium pot and the huge fushia pot. 

Cold dinners - easy to make, macaroni salad with canned tuna or chicken or hot dogs. OR cooked macaroni w/alfredo sauce w/cooked-diced frozen chicken OR frozen cooked shrimp with alfredo sauce.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on June 23, 2021, 04:34:02 pm
Critters just wanna be critters. 🐮

Several dozen cows escaped from a slaughterhouse near Los Angeles & enjoyed a short interlude of freedom before sheriffs on horseback rounded them up. One cow was shot after knocking people down, & another is still on the loose. If the stray shows up here, our critters will probably hide it & refuse to let us cooperate with the pursuers.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on June 24, 2021, 01:06:01 am
Iggy, I am sorry to hear  of such outlandish fines for owning fireworks. I get that it is California, but still the fine should be for setting them off, not owning them! And the homeowner being fined if company comes from out of state with some????  Grrr

  As far as the cattle getting loose, all I can say is thank goodness Hick finished installing the barbed wire fence around our back yard. The cabin's cattle may be well behaved but my neighbor's herd isn't.

  My washer gave out Monday. Thankfully I had two more in storage. ( I am something between a collector, a pack rat and a hoarder ::). My favorite neighborhood good ol' boy appliance fixer said the transmission on it was shot. He wound up taking one of my other machines home with him to tweek on and make sure it will work for me. He got it back to me this afternoon. One of the neighbor's sons came to help with the installation of the 'new' machine.  I can live with out a lot of stuff and creature comforts, but I refuse to live with out a washer.

  I am heading to the family burial  plot on Saturday.  Hick and I are meeting my Dad and his wife and going down in their really nice big car. It will be his last trip to the cemetery due to his advancing age and health issues. It will be nice to see my Mom and my brother as well as grandparents, great grand parents and an uncle again.

 Due to the day trip, I am trying to eat the food that is already in the fridge. So far so good. If I plan it well, I will not have to drop off left overs here ;D. I will be back very late Saturday night so I also need to make Sunday meals in advance. At least the washer got taken care of, one less stress to deal with.

  I better get going. It is 11pm here and I still have a couple of items of housework to deal with  (it is just too hot to work around the house during the day.)
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Iggy on June 25, 2021, 04:15:48 am
Iggy, I am sorry to hear  of such outlandish fines for owning fireworks. Why in the world do you think it is outlandish? Anything less than that dollar amount would not, repeat NOT get the message across. My mistake, I meant to write that if you are caught setting any off you will be arrested, and if you are a visitor in a short term vacation home the owner of the home will be fined also as it is their duty to explain to their renter NO FIREWORKSI get that it is California, but still the fine should be for setting them off, not owning them! And the homeowner being fined if company company as in family or short term tenants as in 1 night to one/two weeks who are NOT familycomes from out of state with some????  Grrrr???? Growl all you want, but last Sept on we in Northwest Oregon went through hell on earth. My little neck of the woods was very fortunate as all we were hit with was several day and nights of thick smoke. We couldn't even have our in the window A/C on, hubby and I sat around in our knickers as it was 90+ in our home and breathed through our cPap machines. We kept our lights off too.Grrr  I live in Oregon, Southern Lincoln County, Central Oregon Coast I live right on the coast half way between the Washington and California boarder.   Please read about the Oregon wildfires.

We had some college boys from Corvallis driving on Hwy 34 who threw out Moltov Cocktails from Tidewater on their way towards Waldport. Those volunteer firefighters who live along the Alsea River were the first responders who connected their own personal water brigade and put the homes and cars out then attacked the fires in the trees and the pastures. The neighbors in the fishing camps blockaded the hwy and caught the boys and had them hogtied for the sheriff deputies. Had this been 20 years ago those boys would have been drug into town after being strung behind horses - fortunately for them, the grandsons hogtied them, and waited for the deputies.

When I first moved here in 1978, it was a Good Ol Boy type of rule. There was a 32 yo man who got caught climbing into the window of an 11 yo girl by her daddy, uncle, the mayor and the city cop on duty.

This guy was found walking three days later naked along Hwy 34 into Alsea OR beaten to within an inch of his life. He was also castrated and the wounds cauterized. One of the men was a veterinarian and for that this pervert should be very grateful.

Over the years the Good Ol Boys have aged and passed away, their sons have aged and new people have moved into the area. The grandson's mothers and Grandmothers raised them to be better people.

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Redd on June 29, 2021, 11:42:10 pm
 :o :o WOW  :o :o
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on July 01, 2021, 12:43:16 pm
The Cabin is supposed to be a restful place where all can enjoy a few peaceful minutes. I'm wondering if there is a more appropriate place at Nauvoo (or maybe outside the town limits) for stories of violence or conflict.
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on August 12, 2021, 10:57:10 pm
Punkin, you are such a gourmet kitty. We just can't keep any snacks in stock around here.  ::)

Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Scruffydog on August 27, 2021, 06:11:49 am
My two miniature Schnauzers love a wee bit watermelon as well!
Title: Re: Cabin 2.0
Post by: Curelom on September 17, 2021, 06:45:49 pm
If anyone is missing a pet, don't lose hope. This cat returned home a decade after going missing. It seems he had been living in a cemetery with a feral cat & they became BFF's. Someone called the humane society & both cats were taken in. The stray pet had a microchip & the owner was traced, & she decided to adopt her cat's friend so they could stay together for the rest of their lives. Get your critters chipped!
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