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  • linder4866
    linder4866 Posts: 10,800 Member
    edited October 2020
    Hello. Another gusty day. Will the wind ever die down? There is a burning ban in place until further notice. For gosh sakes, who in their right mind would burn anything with such wind? I have lots to do outdoors but it will just have to wait. Or probably the chores will just stay undone.

    Jackie, what a puzzle to find your chair! But so glad you finally arrived and was able to get it home. It fits that spot perfectly and is lovely. Although it seems there is something in your chair?

    Patsy, glad you got through your physicals. But also sorry you were distressed at the conditions in the office. My doctor told me that they have sorted people out, only appointments for routine follow ups and physicals are allowed to even schedule at their office. All other problems must call in and they are directed to a specific clinic designated for illness. Others are directed to Urgent Care. So they feel they are relatively safe in that particular office. No one if allowed to walk in any facility. My friend went to her doctor and they had all these things in place but when she got to the actual appointment, the doctor wore no mask and no gloves. She was horrified. She did not contract anything though. She still doesn’t understand it and neither do I.
    I am sorry to hear John has symptoms of gout.

    Anne, no rain here yet but overnight some rain and that other stuff may arrive. Then apparently a week of cold and wet. I do think it is fall. I hope Michael stops by today. Hello Jilly🙋🏼‍♀️

    Sandy, you are adventurous. Zip, zip, zip. Give the tea some time. You are drinking a type of tea that does contain caffeine right? Not herbal no-caffeine varieties? I love Oolong tea and Japanese green tea. A bit more caffeine in English breakfast tea which I drink from time to time. Feeling unwell has me off coffee and most everything else right now.

    Bob, thanks for your info on how you are handling spaghetti squash. I see that my problem is the same as my issue with Japanese red sweet potatoes. I am not shopping for my own produce. I stopped ordering my beloved red sweet potatoes as no matter what I said, instead of small to medium potatoes I would get one ginormous potato—! Not at all what I wanted. Same thing just happened with the spaghetti squash. I got one so huge it will not fit in my InstaPot. Probably not in any stock pot that I own. 😄

    Barbie, I hope you have a pleasant weekend.

    Hello Buzz, Diane, and Jeri. 🙋🏼‍♀️

    Lin
    ❤️❤️
  • linder4866
    linder4866 Posts: 10,800 Member
    A morning teapot called the Blueberry Teapot. 😂🤣😂

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    And another little puzzle that was fun. Actually I had to work a lot on the section with the eyes it was possible to assemble with one of the eyes not in the proper spot. 😃

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    Be safe.
  • pinkperil
    pinkperil Posts: 5,072 Member
    I’m pausing for my afternoon cuppa after a morning walk that my iPhone wasn’t impressed with.... less than last week (as if I asked!) and more garden tidying including whizzing round with my lawnmower. My incinerator was still giving off a small amount of smoke after yesterday’s burn so a few more cuttings were thrown on. Very little breeze here Lin so no one to be annoyed!
    There’s a change in the air in Cornwall too and the temperature doesn’t get any higher than 12c during the day but wrapped up our doggie walks are still enjoyable.

    Thankfully I haven’t had to visit my GP or dentist but do know the GP’s have taken over a room at the local community hospital where it is easier to control patients who might otherwise wander corridors and also disinfect regularly. With the numbers still rising I don’t understand the cavalier attitude that some have, especially medical professionals.

    Lin, I do love the blueberry teapot that looks good enough to eat! The jigsaw is magical too. Yes, that was George testing out the feather cushion on the chair... seems to approve!

    My tea has been drunk so I will finish off a job outside then get the log burner lit. I’ll no doubt check back later.

    Have a peaceful, safe Saturday everyone.
    Jackie
  • Sandydur
    Sandydur Posts: 8,751 Member
    Happy Saturday! :) Movie night and also celebrating Lisa's Mom's birthday which is Wednesday. Lisa likes to decorate and bought a cake as well. We are going a little earlier so we can start the movie earlier. I have to be there around 3:30 to surprise her mom when she comes in. Fun.

    Jackie, I am confused with the IPhone sentence. Do you use your IPhone to record steps or for directions? I too, love the chair and I am sorry it was such a difficult trip to pick it up. I use Waze on my IPhone for directions, it even tells me if a car is on the side of the road or police are in the area.

    Lin, thank you, thank you, thank you. The tea I have been drinking is herbal and I just checked and it is decaffeinated. No wonder I can't wake up!! My DIL left some Tazo awake English breakfast tea that I will try tomorrow. If I like it I will buy her a new box for whenever she is able to visit again. Our weather is similar to yours with wind and rain.

    Anne, my dentist was pretty much the same so I felt very safe. My doctor was ok as well but just with masks and social distancing. I didn't notice any plastic shields on anyone but I was safe. I hope Michael comes to visit today before the rain tomorrow.

    Patsy, now that you mention it I don't think my doctor had gloves on either. She did have a mask but as I mentioned at the time, the physical was a bust. All she did was take my blood pressure and asked questions. I didn't even change into a gown, nor did she check my ears or throat do to the virus. You are braver than me, I don't know if I could go any higher than the kids zip line, especially over water.

    Hello to Barbie and Bob but I better get moving. Have a good day.

    Sandy
    One Day at a Time

  • pinkperil
    pinkperil Posts: 5,072 Member
    Sandy, I use Waze too, just plug my iPhone in the car system. It does run down the battery but is fine for a Journey of a couple of hours. With it logging my steps, I didn’t know it was until I went into the Apple Health app in order to register for our government Covid track and trace app. That’s when it started to show me my daily steps and continues to although it’s not something I worry much about especially as the phone isn’t always on my person.
    Enjoy the movie and birthday celebration.
    Jackie
  • jwubben6600
    jwubben6600 Posts: 1,677 Member
    Hello sneakers. It is a cold grey day, might rain again. We got our ballots in the mail, so I will be voting and will deposit in drop box in front of the courthouse. No delaying for even one day. Too important.

    My reading chair is very similar in style to Jackie’s new chair. The high back is comforting and supportive. Mine is brown leather. That was bought back in the day when I bought more leather goods than I really should have. Today I would have looked at a nice fabric covered chair like Jackie’s.

    Still really uneasy about my doctor visit. We are still having more cases here every day. Our son is livid. He thinks I should have said something or just refused the doctor appointment when I saw their setup. I actually thought about just turning around and walking out. We have had this doctor for at least 25 years. It would have been very hard to do. I need to let it go and plan a nice weekend. I will be calling our kids and maybe my brother in Colorado.

    A mouse has taken up residence in the Honda. To make matters worse, she appears to be raising a family in a nest on the motor. This is a monumental mess! How and where to deposit the nest and baby mice? I can’t stand it! We took the nest with babies out in the forest and put it in a sheltered spot near a tree root. John cleaned the engine compartment and squirted peppermint rodent repellent on the engine. I don’t have high hopes for this. Mice move inside during coming bad weather. That’s just a fact!
    Patsy☘️
    My reading chair, obviously a cousin to Jackie’s.....
  • NikonPal
    NikonPal Posts: 1,346 Member
    It was a beautiful day. Weather started out cold (35) but 50’s with sun later in the day. Did a gym and mall walk. We had planned to cook out but the gas tank was too low – so everything ended up baked in the oven (Boneless Pork Chop- Grilled - Pork, Top Loin, Turkey Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Cauliflower etc.).

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    Received an email from my gym and sharing pic below… they are super and no one gets in without a mask, having temp taken etc. VERY STRICT (but to be honest I would never try to go with a temp out of concern for others even if there were no Covid). Took a short ride and if weather nice tomorrow hope to take a longer one. Overall a relaxing day!

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    Lin – “wind up the snout” doesn’t sound like fun! I love wind, rain and strong gusts – as long as I am inside with a hot drink looking out and the power / cable is ok. LOL That sounds like one big spaghetti squash. I am the same way. Jean likes butternut but dislikes spaghetti squash, so I always pick out a small one. I am fortunate that the grocery store gets tons of produce and is near the gym.

    Ann (& Bean) – Glad the weather turned positive. That is a great looking plaid jacket – I actually bought my first red/black shirt in years recently – never looked great in size “humongous” and now could buy “normal.” You will definitely have that teenager or collegiate look going for you with those M&S jeans.

    Sandy – You wild and crazy woman! Zip lining…. Awesome. Something else on my bucket list. As for the “confessional” as a kid I recall my father had a slim booklet of offenses that he would give on the way to church if I said I had done nothing wrong – a few times I made things up about fighting with a sibling etc just to get in and out – who makes up sins? So funny now.

    Jackie – Another note card photo! So peaceful / reflective looking… Tomorrow is the final day for JCP at the mall – I did a quick walk thru and said goodbye to a lady that has been there for years (in her late 70’s). Her plans are retirement – no more retail. VERY nice woman…and yes, I made a final purchase of $61.00 dress pants for $6.00 and I really have no idea when I will ever get a chance to wear them… then again – I have been mulling over getting a part time job – not sure.

    Patsy – I love veggie mushroom soup… Jean on the other hand hates all mushrooms and would rather kill herself LOL. Whoa – Gout can’t be much fun for John. I know a couple people dealing with it. Hope the uric acid check comes out ok. Based upon your description, it sounds like my gym protocol is more sanitary than the doctor’s office. LOL

    Until tomorrow. Bob :)
  • barbiecat
    barbiecat Posts: 16,485 Member
    :) I think we have finally figured out the right food for the dogs and the right vendor. We ordered a food special for sensitive stomach and sensitive skin. It was a chicken and vegetable variety and both dogs loved it. We set up an order for repeat delivery and the day the shipment was to be sent, they said it was out of stock and customer service couldn't tell me when it would be available. So I bought some that was similar but turkey and rice stew. Then the vendor said my repeat delivery was cancelled. We found another vendor and ended the relationship with the first vendor. Now the first vendor has sent us multiple emails telling first that the chicken flavor is available and then that it isn't. Meanwhile I found out that the turkey flavor is easier to serve and the dogs like it, so now we are settled. The best thing is that Sasha cleans her bowl at every meal and hasn't thrown up since we changed food. The second best thing is that we don't have to go to Costco to buy dog food.

    :) My Galaxy android phone has a step counter and I carry a step counter. I love the feeling of "getting credit" for all my walking.

    <3 Barbie
  • linder4866
    linder4866 Posts: 10,800 Member
    Good morning. We have ❄️❄️!

    Here’s an interesting teapot. Maybe it is interesting to me because my dad’s people are from the Netherlands and my mom collected windmills.

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    🙋🏼‍♀️❤️❤️
    Lim
  • Sandydur
    Sandydur Posts: 8,751 Member
    Happy Sunday! :) The surprise party was a hit, Lisa's mom was very happy. Lisa decorated and had an ice cream birthday cake which I didn't eat. :( I treated for dinner since I didn't want Lisa's parents to pay since it was her birthday dinner. Mostly just soup and sandwiches from Panera Bread which I am not sure is local.
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    Then we started to watch Alice through the Looking Glass but Robby was so scared he started crying and carrying on so we switched to Homeward Bound which I never saw. I love any movie about dogs especially when they talk. lol
    I have a zoom call with my kids after the Bears game but the weather is rainy and cold so not sure about visiting Joe.
    So I tried the tazo tea yesterday but then realized it had caffeine and of course it didn't agree with me. Today I drank herbal ginger tea with a little of my vanilla creamer and it was good.
    I even bought a little tea pot but it doesn't seem to keep the tea very hot for long.
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    I presume I boil the water and then pour it over the two tea bags and let it brew for 5 minutes or so correct?

    Lin, no snow here but cold and rainy although they are talking about flurries later. Interesting tea pot but until I learn from the English ladies how to drink tea and what to use I will stick with simple. lol

    Barbie, Daisy also has a sensitive tummy and is on special dogfood from the Vet. Babe was giving her boiled chicken and rice for years but the Vet said that was too much chicken for her and now she is just on dog food I believe. I am glad you found the right supplier and food.

    Bob, you crack me up, making up sins??? I am sure we did enough without making them up or at least I did. Always the same as a kid right? Disobeyed my mom and dad, fought with my siblings, etc. All kind of innocent things but scared us to death to tell the priest.

    Patsy, my granddaughter once had an animal make a nest in her car and it was costly to fix.
    I worry about kittens going in a warm engine when parked outside so I am glad I have a garage.

    Jackie, busy morning??

    Anne, where are you?

    Have a great day everyone.
    Sandy
    One Day at a Time

  • linder4866
    linder4866 Posts: 10,800 Member
    Sorry Sandy. That was the point of black or green tea. Some caffeine but not as much as coffee. I use Japanese green tea more than any other and for me, it isn’t much of a boost. Coffee is a huge boost! When I want weak tea, I just put hot water in a mug and swish a teabag around in the cup for just a little while. Makes very weak tea but more tasty than hot water, again my opinion. I am still off of coffee and most everything. Had plain almond yogurt with unsweetened applesauce mixed in this morning. (Bob, applesauce in individual cups comes in handy.)

    Back later.

    Lin
  • pinkperil
    pinkperil Posts: 5,072 Member
    Oh yes Lin, very Dutch!! There's something charming about it.
    No snow here thank goodness, in fact a lovely day and after walking the dogs in the village I joined my neighbours at the allotment taking a flask of fresh coffee with me. We have planted rows of red and white onions as well as a row of Scottish giant garlic to overwinter. Then it was a little bit of weeding before coming home and more gardening at a gentle pace. A perfect Autumn day.

    Was that really your last purchase at JCP Bob or are you going to be tempted to drop in for one very last look?
    That gym is certainly impressive with their cleansing regime so I'm sure you must feel as safe as is possible in today's climate using their facilities. I have to say that getting up in the dark and visiting the gym daily is amazing enough without throwing lifting weights into the mix. Perhaps you'll feel more inclined in the future. Another beautiful meal.... such colours!

    Great news on your BP results Patsy. You are obviously doing something right and hopefully answers will be found for John. Perhaps if you have to return to the doctor you might mention how uncomfortable you felt; just a thought. Goodness, your chair really is a cousin isn't it, from its shape down to the pattern of the studs on the front of the arms. If you would like me to send Brady your way to deal with the mice let me know.... free of charge! He is in my bad books today because he brought in a small bird first thing this morning, no doubt to torment before killing but I was so cross with him I grabbed a tea towel and threw it over his head so he dropped it then flitted the towel at him until he left the room. The poor creature had gone under the sofa so I crawled round it with a torch until I saw it and thinking it was dead put a hand in to pull it out. A flutter of feathers and away it flew but hit the wall and dropped behind a panel heater, luckily not switched on and I managed to slide my hands down and cup it before gently carrying it to the bottom of my garden so it could fly to freedom. It was the tiniest tree hopper and barely a snack for Brady! Anyway mice are his forte if you'd like a visit!!

    A not so good day foodwise because after a small bowl of muesli and yogurt for breakfast my neighbour brought a bagel and bacon "snack" with a sachet of brown sauce to the allotment to enjoy with coffee and I could hardly say no thank you! Then tonight a pork pie has snuck into my fridge that needs to be eaten so that, salad and a baked potato about to be eaten. A better day tomorrow!
    I rarely watch Westerns but last night, with nothing else worth viewing I decided to see a movie made in 2003 called Open Range with Kevin Costner who apparently directed it too. Turned out to be brilliant if a little violent in places but it had a touching human element. Our Sunday viewing isn't great at the moment with so few dramas being produced so I might have to trawl the obscure channels again!

    Oven beeping which means my spud is baked so I'll wish everyone a safe and peaceful Sunday.
    Jackie
  • Gawanne35
    Gawanne35 Posts: 2,670 Member
    SANDY, you now need BARBIE or someone to knit you a Tea cosy to keep your new teapot warm.
    My tiny teapot only needs one English or Irish tea bag. Place teabag in teapot.
    Pour water ON THE BOIL over it. DO NOT SWISH around.
    Let stand for 3 minutes.
    Gently Remove tea bag (unless you like very strong bitter tea enjoyed by big burly British brick layers etc) pour and enjoy. Add milk if required.
    That's how I make tea anyway and generations of previous Anne's before me.

    Place your used, cold and emptied tea bags around your potted plants because they make good compost.

    Tea is very good for headaches and minor ailments, revives one after fighting over bargains at J,C. Penney, returning stuff to Amazon, shared with the neighbour over an English cream scone - if we ever can again, and putting a drop of whiskey/Brandy in when viewing the American election results.
    Enjoy!
    Off to make a cuppa on a chilly miserable day!

    Cheers, I raise my cup to you all!
    Anne. 🙃💜🐶❤️☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️
  • Sandydur
    Sandydur Posts: 8,751 Member
    Thanks Anne, I will look for a tea cozy on amazon. I used two tea bags because my little pot holds 2 cups is that right? I know tea bags are good for puffy eyes as well.
  • jwubben6600
    jwubben6600 Posts: 1,677 Member
    Arrrrgh! Lost my post. We are also “enjoying” a wet cold Sunday. Katie ran out in the back yard and did a squirt and dashed back inside for a towel down. Horrors! She got wet and she hates getting wet.

    Got our ballots on Friday, voted Friday nite and will return to courthouse drop box in the morning. Everyone is voting! Great! We are all passionate about our choices.

    I am feeling a bit emotional about the coming holidays. We will most likely be alone but we will find a way to chat with family and friends. Look out sneakers! I might just try to call each of you to say hello in person. I am sort of crazy that way.

    Here is a weird fact...Portland Oregon and suburbs have completely run out of homes to buy. Nothing is for sale. When the odd home goes on the market, it is sold in minutes and that’s after a bidding war. Houses are selling at almost double the asking price.

    I am looking at buying an air purifier. We live in “allergy control.“. I hesitated when we had all the smoke from the wildfires. Wish I had gotten one earlier. Another gadget? Will it help? Who knows? Couldn’t hurt!

    Take care dear ones,
    Patsy☘️
  • linder4866
    linder4866 Posts: 10,800 Member
    Sandydur wrote: »
    Thanks Anne, I will look for a tea cozy on amazon. I used two tea bags because my little pot holds 2 cups is that right? I know tea bags are good for puffy eyes as well.

    In my American opinion, one teabag would be enough.

    And yes Anne, I do swish the bag when I just want a hint of tea. Otherwise I let it soak for awhile.

    😂🤣😂
  • barbiecat
    barbiecat Posts: 16,485 Member
    :) We got our ballots on Saturday, voted immediately and took the ballots to the drop off box. We are quite passionate about many of the candidates and took the time to read and discuss what was in the voter pamphlet for the rest. Now we wait. Jake said he saw a t-shirt that said "I already voted, leave me alone" I would get the shirt, but I don't see anyone, so I would be the only person entertained by it.
  • Gawanne35
    Gawanne35 Posts: 2,670 Member
    edited October 2020
    I was told that swishing the black tea bag releases extra tannins which make for a bitter taste. Before tea bags you couldn't swish around of course. We poured the tea which had sat for three minutes through a tea strainer. I've still got one somewhere. Interesting topic.
    Tea drinking first began in China around 1500 BC and was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. The British brought tea plantations into India presumably so they wouldn't have to rely on the Chinese. I sort of miss the pretty tea caddies we used to keep our loose tea leaves in. Then of course reading ones fortune from tea leaves left in empty cups was great fun as a child. I think two teaspoons was the rule for a medium size teapot. I use one (teabag) in my little one cup "Brown Betty".
    Anne.
  • Gawanne35
    Gawanne35 Posts: 2,670 Member
    Just a thought. There is only one true tea made from one plant. (Camellia sinensis) Those often called teas, made from herbs, flowers, spices and berries etc are really Tisanes. Anne
  • pinkperil
    pinkperil Posts: 5,072 Member
    edited October 2020
    I still have the tea cosy my gran apparently knitted while sitting in a bomb shelter each night during the war waiting for the all clear. It is definitely not a good idea to swish a teabag about because as Anne commented, the tannins get thrown out and although it turns the tea a darker shade so you think you have speeded up the process, it won't give a natural tea taste, just bitter. Patience is the answer! While you wait for a cosy to arrive Sandy you could fold a tea towel or small hand towel and pop it on top of your teapot for those 3 important minutes.

    A cold wind has arrived so our walk on the moors was bracing but few braved the weather and we had a quiet walk climbing to different levels and back down. I may have commented before, it is George's favourite kind of temperature so lots of running for him, not me! As we left the car park I heard a commotion across the road, halfway up a hill, and turned to see about 20 horses cantering across the open ground. A couple of minutes later they were behind us but luckily as we took a right they ran up another path away from us and we missed being trampled!
    Fewer steps apparently but I think climbing the hills and getting my heart pumping is just as important.

    Washing is on the line getting a good blast of fresh air while I do a little housework before a visit to the supermarket for fresh fruit and veggies. I suppose I should check the news before I go in case our Boris has been persuaded to announce a national lockdown. It's all getting too political for my liking, scoring points and ignoring scientific advice but I will continue what I'm doing and hope for the best!
    This will be our last dry day for some time according to the forecast so I'll have a busy afternoon outside... make the most of it.

    Have a healthy and safe Monday everyone.
    Jackie
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