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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Heat!

The heat is so oppressive, that I cannot keep it cool enough indoors. Consequently, my chest hurts from the effects of breathing in this atmosphere. My small window ac is failing. It is trying hard, but it is old!

It is too hot to cook more chicken, even in the crockpot. In the freezer is bbq chicken, waiting to heat tomorrow. I will make coleslaw and thaw corn I cut from the cob when I got Peaches and Cream corn last week. Exbf is coming tomorrow; we will go to free lunch; I will go to the doctor to learn results of a test. So, cooking dinner is the last thing I want to do!

Thankfully, I have a low-maintenance pet. Dominique does not require much.  She does not seem to suffer from the heat like all my other chickens. I never see her panting or letting her wings hang to cool her body.

I finished a post and with one keystroke wiped out two-thirds of it. I just have not felt up to finishing it. Losing a post just demoralizes me!

Okay, several goals today: find an inhaler, buy milk, get refund at WM, color my hair, feed Dominique. Maybe, I can do dishes. I will make tuna salad and eat with whatever greens are in the refrigerator.

What are you doing today? Are you doing it in oppressive heat?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

JoJo proves Santa is not real

This is the cutest little girl whose father posts VIDEOS of her conversations and explanations. She is cuter than cat videos. I apologize ahead of time for wasting hours of your time. Her is another--you do not understand weddings at all. What do you think about her?

Friday, July 21, 2017


A card came in the mail informing me my share of a class action suit had been mailed. ??? I know nothing of this class action and would not join. As far as I know, one must join the class action suit. At least that is what the information says that comes in the mail often.

Well, if they mailed me a check for $113.98, I really want it.  I don't even know what the case is about. However, the check is from a well-known entity.

I did call the telephone number on the card. Even though most checks are good for 90 days, this one is only good for 60 days. What is with that?

Have you ever joined a class-action suit? Get any money?

I could really use this money!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Problems Solved

This summer, I have been stymied by where all the mosquitoes were coming into the house. Today, while holding for a call, my eyes sort of glazed over and I stared into the distance. I focused and saw it--the window was open over a half inch! And, that screen does not fit well unless I push it on tightly. I don't remember opening the window, so it must have been Spring when a breeze inside would not be humid and mosquito- and fly-filled.

That could also explain why it has seemed like the ac was not cooling or removing humidity! GAH!

The LED light on the back porch solved another problem--all the bugs drawn to light that come indoors when I open the door at night as I come or go are mostly a thing of the past. At first, I did not notice the lack of hundreds of flying insects. Then, one night, I wondered where all the bugs were. Since this light stays on all the time, I know I am saving money, too.

There are also fewer insects attracted to the lamp nearest me. Thank you, LED. With the window open and the screen so loose, more insects than normal came in.

I found LED lights for about $2 at Lowe's and bought a few.

Have you tried LED lights and noticed fewer insects are drawn to them at outdoor light fixtures?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Free Lunch and Another Tragedy

The free lunch was a summer treat--hotdogs and hamburgers cooked outdoors on the grill, lettuce, tomato, baked beans. A table had condiments. I only had mustard. Plus, I had lots of lettuce and tomato. Another table had tiny chip packages and cookies.

A woman sat at the table with me, a new acquaintance, and I got to know her better. Great conversation! Then, Reggie, son of John's cousin,  came and sat and talked. He is very funny, so the company today was great. I have known him since 1981.

I ate at 11:30. As I was leaving about 12:30, a woman I know offered me some leftover hotdogs. So, I took them. I just now ate one and a tiny package of chips. My ears are hurting so bad! Plus, I feel breathless.  I will freeze the rest. My ears and breathlessness are a great indicator of my allergies!

Dominique will get the baked beans, corn cobs, oats, and a small piece of lettuce. They wrapped a hotdog that had been dropped on the ground, telling me I could give it to my dog. They were surprised I had a chicken. She enjoyed her lunch.

Plus, I asked for a take-home lunch. Somehow, they gave me two. So, I have two hotdogs and buns, two hamburgers and buns, two tiny bags of chips, two sets of utensils and napkins, two more bags of cookies. I froze the hamburgers in one bag and hotdogs in another bag. The baked beans will be saved in another dish. I have sooo many little catsup packets.

I planned to have a hotdog and salad for dinner, but it turns out I have a meeting where the munchies will be healthy and can be my dinner. Good deal on Tuesday!


Last night, I heard that someone in our County was killed and killed in a home invasion at 5 pm. Someone in the home, also attacked, fought the invader and killed him. Plus, someone said the intruder was shot and killed, and someone said he was not shot but killed another way. Then, I heard his wife was attacked and she killed the intruder in a fight for her life.  Then, I heard that his wife was injured; another said just traumatized and in the hospital.

Steve Griffith was an attorney, not one I ever used, just a friend from so long ago and saw often over the years. The last time I saw him, he and I were buying sweet potatoes from a farmer, 40 lb. boxes at a time. I have never heard one bad thing about this man, not even grumbling or complaining.

He is a person I have known since 1974. My son and his son were in the same grade and in the same classroom when my son was in third grade.  His daughter was around the age of my older daughter. His wife and I talked at school. She is such a nice woman! I have not seen her in years, or just did not recognize

The man's name was given. Supposedly, he was mentally ill and obsessed over this attorney as one who did something to him when he was stopped for drugs. However, the attorney never represented anyone or had anything to do with the case. Well, that is what is said by many people.

Reggie told me the name as I was eating. Before that moment, I had no idea who was killed. That was a jolt to hear! Did you ever feel like there was a loud explosion in your head when hearing bad news like this? So, lunch, great company, and bad news!

The six o'clock news and a new conference here did not clear up anything I had heard and did not say how or who killed the intruder. ???

The man did not force his way into the house. He knocked on the door, mentioned a woman's name, someone they knew. Steve was sitting in the recliner as Jackie let the man in. He walked over to Steve who was sitting in his recliner, putting a bullet into the back of Steve's head. The news will come out in dribs and drabs.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Rubik's Cube

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Did you ever have a Rubik's Cube? My children did and tried very hard to solve it. I had so many things to do, I never sat still with it long enough to give it a good shot. It looked impossible to me.

Today, I found directions, a video, to show how to do it. I am still not sure I can do it with explicit directions.

Did you ever solve the Rubik's Cube? Did you ever try to solve it? It gives me a headache just watching the video. I am going to acquire a new skill. I received my first 15 square puzzle when I was a small child and mastered that. This will probably be much harder!

Here is the VIDEO.  I found the video HERE.  Who would have guessed there would be a Rubik's Cube blog? Not I. Look HERE for the history of the Rubik's Cube.

What's your experience with Rubik's Cube? Thoughts?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cherry Pitter Hack

Everything that commenters said about the messy job of pitting cherries made me think. And think. And think.

I used:
coffee cup
hard straw
thimble or something to push with

I used a coffee cup and put the funnel in it. The funnel has a lower opening of approximately one-half inch. If the end of the funnel is larger, you will just shove the cherry through. So, make sure the end of the funnel is wide enough for pit and straw to go through. It should be small enough so the cherry cannot be pushed through the small end of the funnel.

A straw that is one of the really sturdy reusable ones, but without the large diameter works. If you get a straw with a large diameter, the seed goes into the straw. Getting the seed out of the straw is not fun and slows down the process.

There are two straws that work. One is the Pioneer Woman set of 12 straws. It was only $3 for the package, way more than I wanted to pay. But, they are the correct diameter. I found them at Walmart.

The other straw that works is one on a pineapple-shaped jar. The pineapple jar has a metal lid and green pineapple "leaves" on top with a hole for the straw through the lid and green top. These were $3+ but I got one for $0.75. Now, they are back up to the regular price at Walmart.

It is possible these very rigid straws are in another store. Maybe Sluggy can find them in Rite Aid. When I was looking in WM today, one of the tough straws in the pineapple jar was broken as though it were made of glass. The Pioneer Woman straws are not that brittle.

I put the funnel in the cup and the cherry in the funnel. (First, pull off the stem.) I just shoved the straw through the cherry. The pit was in the cup as opposed to in the straw. Success!

Use a thimble or something over the top end of the straw to avoid trying to clutch the straw and shoving the straw into your hand.  You can put anything over the top of the straw to cushion it, even a freshly laundered potholder. Alternately, you can wrap the straw with anything and tape it to make the top of the straw a sturdy handle, sort of like an ice pick handle or a screwdriver handle.

The funnel I am using was $1 at WM. They no longer have these at my WM. Today, WM had a set of four silicone funnels for $6. A collapsible funnel was about $5. This funnel is not one of my canning funnels.

Since I heard of the horrid mess pitting cherries can make, at first, I was dodging the juice that never was shooting all over. I checked my blouse, my counters, the cherry juice.

If I get too clumsy doing this and cannot hold the cup after I get tired or just get clumsy and knock it over, I have a plan. I have a small mixing bowl that I will lay an unfolded dishtowel over. Then, I will put the cup into the bowl squashing down the dishtowel into the mixing bowl. The cup will be more steady.

I know people put my ideas and pictures on Pinterest, and that's okay. If you put this idea up, even if you do the setup and take pictures, just give me credit for the idea, please.

Plus, there is one blogger who puts my ideas on her Facebook page as her own ideas. She never even says she saw the idea somewhere. She takes full credit. She never has had an original thought in ten years. You know who you are. I will do everything in my power to expose you. You know I mean it! I have been badgered by you for ten years. NO MORE! Sluggy knows who I mean.

Sorry for the last folks, but police matters must be explained. Remember how professors explained the rules in terms of "police matters"?

Okey dokey! Linda, take a deep breath.....

I cannot use my right hand, so this may take a long time to pit all these cherries. Oh, I type lightly, but driving or picking up anything hurts my hand. Besides, I don't type much at all. Sometimes, I just stop using both hands and type with my left index finger...sigh.

Your turn
Even though this works, do you have doubts or questions?  If you try this, let me know how it works for you even if it is a failure.