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Me too, Ronnie. I have a second kitchen in the basement. When it was being put together, the construction people wanted to put in 2 recessed florescent light fixtures (2 bulbs each) but I insisted on 4. When the days are dreary, I spend time down there and the light does me a world of good.
I've been reading about winter "light therapy" for years, probably you all have, as well.
A recent article was interesting: a compact flourescent bulb ( $6 at Walgreens, probably even cheaper at Home Depot or Lowe's) that is nearly full spectrum, is almost just as effective as those fancy, expensive light boxes, and the bulb screws into a standard lamp.
The light bulb usually has a name, like "Daylight."
They are always pleasant and helpfull.The employees like the store.However I am not so enchanted.You have all heard my rants about pirated products that show up under the Wegmans brand in an inferior form.
I read this on another thread...didn't know you could do it...
[quote]Just found that by going to My Tools, Preferences, DG Picture, I can chose from a couple dozen pictures to appear along the top of the home page. Be sure to select, then go all the way down to save it.[/quote]
As horrific as these mass shootings are, what bothers me more is the 'regular' criminal violence that goes on every day - especially in cities like Chicago - the President's home town! In particular, gang violence. Gets no coverage, no tears, no donations. Much scarier that people withOUT mental disease have such little regard for life. Almost everyone in gangs has no father at home. Dropped out of school.
Total emphatic ditto to victor..
Thousands of young adults kill each other every year with hardly a blink from media and "
mainstream society" we are fainint horribly at addressing the roots of problems inn urban areas
our old " mental hospitals" near here all have many old buildings with asbestos . Said Too expensive to clean up.
We had a fatal shooting less than a mile from my house last night around 6:00 o'clock. A guy in his 20s had just picked up his girlfriend and they were driving home when someone else drove by and shot him. It was big news in my neighborhood but it hardly got a mention on the 11:00 news. From the descriptions given it is probably gang related and I think people/media just figure "oh well, they probably did something to the other gang". It's such a callous attitude toward murder which, if you think about it, is not unlike the attitude of the person that pulled the trigger.
Maybe all the anger has to do with all the genetically engineered wheat that has additional chromosomes compared with what we grew up eating. It supposedly affects the brain badly in some who are especially sensitive. It makes me wonder...but I'm sure there is no one simple answer to any of these societal problems.
Thanks for telling me, Victor...I get that far, and then I choose the photo, but it doesn't attach the photo. Hmmmmm. I've tried 3 times and nothing. Was your photo distorted or normal? I will have to try again, I guess. 🌴
Fun study...who doesn't like looking at kitties & puppies? Does anyone like challenging jigsaw puzzles? I have one that's driving me crazy...it's a primitive called Winter in VT & every piece is the same size & shape...you have to go by color...except colors are repeated all over...frustrating!
hi everybody revisiting this site I have learned so much in how to garden at this site. I live in zone 6 we are going through the coldest season right now. I have received some seeds for spring. I'm about to start a few. Is any one else starting seeds now for spring. If you are can you share what you are starting. I appreciate any replies.
Welcome back Dottie! To early for me to plant seeds now, Allison (onewish1) is the seed queen though. :)
Been playing nurse since last Wed. to my brother Brians GF Debbie. She fell getting out of her truck last wed. morning and shattered her wrist. They operated on it Fri. morning and ended up putting pins,screws,wire and a plate in it. She's very tiny... 4' 10" and weighs 105 lbs. , she wears a size 14 in kids clothes and wears a kids size
2 1/2 - 3 shoe.
Well I am lucky to have a husband who made me a nice light in my spare bedroom. I've been doing it now for about three years. I enjoy watching something grow. I learned to cut way back though. My electric bill doubled last year due to the many lights I was using. This year I'm starting later and have hd no lights yet. My jan. electric usage is half from last year. Working with the plants help me feel better so I don't want to quit completely.
I haven't been able to try wintersowing being down in FL all winter, so I am hoping to try it next year. Once you put the seeded milk carton out, do you have to do anything else with it until spring when it starts to warm up? I have seen Bill's results and that has made me anxious to try it.
with holes poked in top & bottom.. just take the top off when it warms up.. close it back up if it drops down again.. just keep an eye on the moisture.. doesn't really need anything until it warms up.. I found milk jugs that are frosty are better than soda bottles that are clear.. they don't dry up as fast.. or heat up as quick
oh I also add polymer gels to the mix.. soaks up extra moisture.. and helps keep moist longer.. the deeper the soil the better.. if it's too wet towards spring.. it will sink to the bottom.. and will help stay even longer
Favorites are lemon maringue, key lime, apple and chocolate pudding. Never big on the other fruit ones. One to DIE for is sold locally. It is a peanut butter cream pie. If stranded on a desert island...Allison - the place you went to that time - The Orchards of Conklin - is the place.
Don't like Key Lime think it tastes like dish washing liquid.
Apple, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, my step mil makes an awesome chocolate pudding one(don't know what she does different), lemon ice box, pecan
I'll try any pie once
LOL, Victor! I was thinking the same thing, Jenn 👿
BA, Happy Birthday and be sure to eat one of each of your favorite pies today. ENJOY!
I am so thrilled to report that I just came in from planting 15 annuals! It feels so great to be able to do the things I love! If I am a teensy weensy bit tired, well...I would have been anyway! YAY! Normalcy has arrived.
Oh yes, Key Lime. Best frozen so far was from Marie Calander (sp?) Not overly sweet. Lemon Meringue is one of my favorites to make at home. Chocolate Cream Pie gets made with thick semi sweet pudding and whipped cream topping. I'm going to bake and break my diet right now!!!
8th grade son greeted me with the news that I won the wrestling team raffle. $230!! Crazy. I never win stuff but have won two years in a row with wrestling. Last year's was at a regional tournament and was about $130.
[quote="victorgardener"]Favorites are lemon maringue, key lime, apple and chocolate pudding. Never big on the other fruit ones. One to DIE for is sold locally. It is a peanut butter cream pie. If stranded on a desert island...Allison - the place you went to that time - The Orchards of Conklin - is the place. [/quote]
wish you told me.. Randy would love that!!.. next time!!
Yikes! Guess some people won't be going to work today.
I figured out late last night that the blower on my furnace isn't working. I'm taking the day off to try and find a repair person to fix it. I have enough heat without the blower - but it needs to get fixed. The last service I used totally ripped me off - $360 for an annual service up from $210 the year before - so I won't call them. I called one place with a web page that looked good and the call went to a service that puts calls out to individuals and they are supposed to call me back. Still waiting 1/2 hour later.
my cousin sent me this.Its probably stale stuff because she lives a sheltered life.
Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.
I asked for a half dozen nuggets.
'We don't have half dozen nuggets,' said the
teenager at the counter.
'You don't?' I replied.
'We only have six, nine, or twelve,' was the reply.
'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?'
So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets
(Unbelievable but sadly true...)
(must have been the same one I asked for sweetener and she said they didn't have any, only splenda and sugar.)
I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those 'dividers' that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the
'divider', looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.
Not finding the bar code, she said to me, 'Do you know how much this is?'
I said to her 'I've changed my mind; I don't think I'll buy that today.'
She said 'OK,' and I paid her for the things and left.
She had no clue to what had just happened.
A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly.
When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM 'thingy.' (keep shuddering!!)
Hubby was behind a woman at a breakfast deli and she asked what a bagel was. Guy at counter couldn't even answer her he was so dumbfounded. She asked " is is more cake like or bread like?" Where are you from that you don't know what a bagel is?
That's a crazy price Memory, we charged the residential customer we had annual service $200 a year for 1 heat and 1 cool inspection and he has 2 units
thought that was high myself - although looking at my annual bill is was $196, that included $57 in parts which is nuts since the unit is only a few years old - always feel like at am getting new parts not needed like can happen at auto repair place.
Parts included a delavan nozzle, filter and gasket (which sounds like it should be an annual change), and a honeywell cadcell assembly. I think the guy told me this needed to be replaced because the wires were cut to short by the previous technican - who works for the same place! why should i pay?
Well - the furnace story - the Rep went through the furnace which is functioning perfectly. The problem is the hot water was't circulating. He figured out that the person who replaced the circulating pump not only put the wrong one on -he put it on upside down! So my three pumps were passing the water between themselves instead of circulating it! The rep took the time to turn the pump right side up (they have arrows for goodness sake - how stupid do you have to be to put it on without looking at the arrow!) It still needs a back flow valve and he will send me one in the mail. He offered to come and put it in for me - but I think that I can do it. He charged me nothing and took documenting pictures with is phone for me. I am going to call or write a letter to his boss saying how impressed I am with the service and the product. Now I have to go and vacuum all my baseboard radiators.
I posted the picture of the upside down pump on the company who put it in's Facebook page. I haven't decided what to do about it yet - whether I am going to ask for money back or what. Sometimes people's stupidity just overwhelms me!
Here is a picture of the pump/ The arrow is on the middle green thing in the part that is U shaped and sticks out. It is kind of hard to see - there are a couple of embossed letters and then the down arrow. I just can't think of what I want from them - maybe just to make sue they never come near my furnace again!
I had made an appointment with another plumber who got a referral from a call I made to a website that looked like a real company. I was able to cancel it, but he came by anyway just to see if everything was OK. I thought that was really nice of him and I took his card and will use him for non-furnace related plumbing.
wow that make me nuts too.. glad it's fixed Memory.. and the reason I will always call the contractor I trust to see who he is using for plumbing or electrical .. he only keeps good guys.. down side is they are not the cheapest.. but I know it will be done right
I did that, too until the contractor's plumber started messing up and he wouldn't take responsibility. Found out that the reason he uses that plumber is that he never took the plumbing job away cutting out the contractor's commission, not that he is so good. My new rule is never work with a friend's husband! It is scary trying to find, honest, competent trades people.
I should have included Skilled to that. There is a desperate need for trades people with principals.It is one of the hardest job to maintain a home with contractors who never show up for bids on jobs and then take 3 times as long to complete because they are trying to handle 3 jobs at once.
Dont get me started.
Sounds like the same thing here...called the guy ( a friend of my son & DIL) who built their house, wanted him to replace 5 windows...that was in Sept. Can't paint the house til the windows are replaced...I will call once more, then it's on to someone else...
My computer crashed yesterday so couldn't get on line or print anything, was having withdrawals from not being able to "talk" to anyone
My usual computer guy was in Nicaragua on a missions trip, so had to call my back up guy, he didn't even charge me to fix it YAY!!!
I got ripped off on car towing last year, and asked another local car place Bradshaw's about how towing charges are figured or something, and told him my story- ended up with Mr Bradshaw getting Mr '"Ripoff" to give him $100 back to give me.
Yes, training and schools for Master Craftsmen in all the various trades, with a "Morals Class" as an absolute requirement. I would be willing to pay a bit more for a person with that listed on his/her credentials.
The Better Business Bureau-esque, but a set-up that PREVENTS problems, before they even occur !!!
Many years ago, an actress on a late-night talk show was having a large job done on her house, and repeatedly asked, "where do they go ?!?"
The work team would show up for 2 hours, and then leave for the rest of the day. The job took a rediculously long time to finish.
I guess you have to write a preventative into a written contract.
My "favorites" include: the inclement weather doesn't allow completion. Another one: a vital supply part is "suddenly not available, it has to be ordered, could take weeks."
Even if these are legitimate reasons, they can be anticipated, and explained. A modest inventory could eliminate the 2nd problem.
A simple contract could avoid these problems...if you could get a signature !
Common business practices course should take care of many problems.Legal help for contractors who have dishonest employes.ie Kids with summer jobs or youngsters,working for a year for a reputable contractor,works for a few Weeks,quits and sues for unemployment or starts his own business.
I have had some contractors who have been sorely used by employees.
I find it the same way here and after an hour its all down hill for the rest of the day.
I see by the news Gatorade is being investigated for questionable ingredients.
Banned in Europe and some Asian country's.The aide contains fire retardant fluids.
Kept me out of the hospital! Must have had some powerful ingredient,,,The year that Garret married, I hired a painter to paint the upstairs as we were having out of state guests, & I wanted everything to be fresh...half way through the job, he tells me he's going in for a carpel tunnel op...like he didn't know this? I told him he better get someone to finish or I would sue...he sent his son, a really creepy looking individual...I kept reminding him we had a nasty, bitey dog, not to open the back door...ever...
Ok had to do some research, Shoppers is just in MD and VA but is a SUPERVALU company which is also Acme, which is what we have...so I'll have to check it out, love their Culinary Circle and Wild Harvest foods
I used to get relief by tying a fluffy robe tie tightly around my head!! God help me if I took it off before the episode was over. Now I just get "migraine phenomenon" (the aura without the pain), Sometimes there is the disorientation and inability to speak, read or write also.
Lots of people rent out their pleace if they are gone 6 months. Like Auntie next door, she leaves Nov.1st and comes back April 1st. She used to only go Jan, Feb. & March when she was in her 60's & 70's. When she hit her 80's she started going for 6 months. :)
FlowAjen, migraines----I take Zomig, nasal spray and it is the only thing that helps.
Property taxes---My brothers built their houses, one pays over $30,000 and the. other over $20,000. No land. New Jersey is too high.
Celest: that thingie with glass top is stunning.What is it? Lamp?garden bauble?
When I lived alone I was part of the STAR program.It lowered taxes for seniors so they could stay in their homes.
SIL and DD pay here $12K big house large lot.
I couldnt leave my gardens, could you Victor?
I pay over 5k for 11/4 acres...house has 8 rooms...I get garbage pick-up...streetlights in town have been turned off for several years now...we have a library, the 3 flood control dams are our rec areas...fire & ambulance are volunteers...my son pays the same amount for 5 acres & a house that has over 3500 square footage...of course, the school system is a region, and I just read in today's paper they MAY get a gas station/convenience store in their town...they have to travel at least 15 miles to a gas station or store...
SOME teachers earn what they make, others are a total drain on the system
Shouldn't be making more than a police or fireman, or not having to pay into pension or health benefits when police and fireman have to
UGH don't get me started, superintendent of our school system stepped down before they fired his butt...he was making more than our GOVERNOR!!!!! Absolutely RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!
Well first of all - it doesn't matter whether they deserve it if we simply cannot afford it. Working for the taxpayers is NOT the same as working for the private sector.
As for deserving - I don't think many, if any, deserve that much for 180 days of work. With benefits, you're talking about $1000 a day. They cannot be fired no matter how much they suck at their job - only for criminal behavior and even that requires jumping through hoops. They can be home in time for their kids and have the entire summer off.
Not true...34 years in the classroom, went to school summers, master's degree mandatory within 10 years in CT...plus, since my town paid poorly, had to get a 5th year...then had to take continuing education credits every year... worked many days the kids weren't in session, most supplies were out of pocket...paid into teachers' retirement & for health benefits...corrected papers every night, planned on weekends. When I worked for the post office, I made just as much money, had NO responsibilities other then get the mail into the box...leave when that was finished...both my DH & i told our kids...Do NOT go into education!
The termination thing is coming to an end in some states.
There is a movement for incentives for good teachers and termination for the ones who arent energetic and doing a good job.
What would you have paid the teacher who stood in front of the gunman in Newtown?
We had a teacher killed here from a kid with a gun in school.There are parts of big cities that have armed guards and metal detectors.
ALL kids in a neighborhood attend these schools.Mini thugs as well as good kids with responsible parents.
Newtown elementary was not in a hood like the inner city here I agree but the profession of teaching has always had to scramble for crumbs when budgets are decided.
Marilyn we crossed.Hooray ,you are typical of those in education.
Dont even get me started on the Arts that get no space in certain schools .
Billions for sports complexes to make the rich richer and teachers who have to buy notebook paper for their students in some districts.
My friend is an art teacher down in Camden...talk about combat pay!( I don't know how much she makes) anyhoo...she's there I guess temporarily because the former is out on maternity...they won't let her use the art classroom cause it "belongs" to the other teacher...door is locked she is not allowed in there!!!! she has to use a cart and visit the classrooms for art time
Yes - very different, Marilyn. Maybe the teachers in the places like here should 'share the wealth'. Fat chance. With our recent budget problems, the teachers refused a pay cut to avoid layoffs. So 60 of their 'union brethren' lost their jobs. I can only talk about what goes on here. Teaching is not easy, but there are many tough jobs that pay lots less. I personally do not have the patience to teach. Would want to kill some of the kids - and parents.
Ohh yes "art a la cart" I applied for teaching jobs and many rural schools had the art teacher teaching in the chemistry lab and storing materials and supplies in the janitors closet.
As it turned out I made double what the art teaching salary was just by designing and making my own work and selling to galleries and at Fine Art Fairs.
Just as much stress tho.
Yes, except there weren't any rotten kids! I saw in the paper the other day, the only child who ever gave me the finger (4th grade girl) was arrested for home invasion...brother was a doll, don't know where she came from! Anyway, my DH did terminate several teachers for incompetency...you can do it if you have the proof...You're right about the arts getting the cuts, Jo...Garret was in gifted & talented art programs in middle school...they were cut when he went to the HS...I think those classes led him to his career...
The art schools are filled with students who work in digital design or graphics that are digitally created.
GF teaches PrintMaking at a local college.
This is the traditional method of hand etching a plate with an image,inking and running thru a press.
It also requires the fundamentals of drawing and a comprehension of perspective and composition.
She has maybe 1 person who is devoted to the craft,the rest are sports kids who need the humanities course. She drags it out of them but they do stay in class.
Unless you are really young and understand the technology there are no jobs in art,even teaching is scarce.So much of whats done now all looks alike.No original thought all the kids think if they can do Animaee they will have a career in art.
My galleries are all closing.I cant make enough selling paintings to pay for the materials and supplies and matting and framing.I am down to one gallery and its 30 miles from here.
I am frankly tired of schlepping paintings to my car and unloading them for no sales.
I had a website for many years.Sold 2 prints $40.00 the thousand dollar paintings never sold.
There are millions of artists sites.They are handy when your at a gathering and someone is interested in your work.I just refer them to the site.
Lots of lookers.Just the 2 sales in 8 years I had it.
I suppose I could build one of my own again.Back then I needed someone to go the work.Now there are do-it yourself sites that are nice looking and easy. Hosting fees are more reasonable too.
I have them on Photobucket but havnt updated in a couple of yearsI think.
You are sweet Victor.I really didnt mean to whine.Its just the way it is.I am glad I dont need to make a living at it anymore its just painting for myself now and mental health.
Robindog will tell you its very soothing to paint in watercolor.
And acrylics too. That's what got me through that horrible nausea last winter. You just leave the world around you behind as you get so focused on what you are doing. It is wonderful therapy. Now that the workers are all finished, I hope to get set up to paint again. Of course, as a beginner, I do not have the expertise that Jo and Marilyn have, so I can't draw any comparisons to their "real" creations. Maybe someday though...
Well, we finally met with a trusted realtor team today and we were happy to hear from them that our house should sell for quite a bit more than we had estimated. Houses in our riverfront neighborhood are selling very quickly, as there is very little inventory right now, and lots of people want to be near the river. Bittersweet for us to leave it, but we have already crossed that bridge and we are happy with the game plan to convert from residents to winter visitors. It will go public next Wednesday so we can take some time to tell our good friends before they rudely see a sign out front. I guess our journey just took a turn for home. Tomorrow we are going to a favorite garden center. Fun!
not a happy camper today - sent the PC off to be restored and cleaned up - had downloaded all our personal stuff, so all I asked them to do was save my favorites and outlook/email. No favorites and no freaking email which is a real problem, all addresses are now lost.
RIP Ed Koch. Loved him. Larger than life character. Ultimate NYer. He came to Manhattan College in my Freshman year. It was his first reelection. He was a rock star! Brought the city back from near death. Ended the stranglehold of the unions.
Thanks, Ronnie & Louise...I know selling that home will be emotional for you, Louise...but you have a new condo to look forward to, planning a new garden! Bill & Victor...I hate technology! Of course, I'd be lost without my computer...
I'd like to second Victor's recommendation for Carbonite. After the initial set up it takes absolutely zero work to keep all your files backed up. I even used it to transfer data from my old computer to a new one without having to do much more than clicking a few buttons. Full disclosure though: it took Carbonite several days to transfer everything over but it wasn't so bad because I could still use my computer while it was doing that.
Oh Man, Bill! Not good! Do they offer to do anything to make good? Sorry to hear that. I'll dmail you our home addresses. Ugh!
You are very right, Marilyn...and I started getting in practice toay at our fav garden store. They always have lots of unusual cultivars, so I picked up a box top and gave myself permission to buy just enough to fill the lid. On my way to pay, I saw a cool trailing rosemary, so I rationalized that just one more wasn't bad for me! I told the checkout clerk that I had exceeded my limit, and she took it on herself to fit them all in the lid. 😁. I'll take a shot once I add them to my current garden and use my laptop to post it.
well i called the place and they still had my information - glad they did - now wondering how long they keep it? really do not have enough saved for carbonite maybe in a few more years if i go picture crazy.
Me too! Hmmmmmmm. I'm going to plant the trailing rosemary in a pot with other pretties and let it trail over the side. Of course I'll bring it back with me...along with a rose and my bright orange Gerbera daisy, and...you get the picture!😁