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August 15, 2014
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I've used as couple as linings for crochet purses--sized specifically to use the cloth bags as liners. made market totes out of cloth rice bags as well.

Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

August 21, 2014
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This morning some of our neighbors came for coofee and to talk about what was happening in this first week of back to school, it is fun to hear what the young mothers talk about, thing have changed so much since I was young.  When I know they are going to be here I try always to have something sweet to go with the coffee, so last night I made cinnamon rolls. One of the gals asked if it was alright to get the creamer from the fridge, and I said sure, when she opened the fridge, she asked if I realized my rolling pin was in there? I think she though my age had finally caught up with me, I explained I always keep a rolling pin in the fridge, a wooden rooling pin stays much colder than the kind you fill with ice water etc. and they don't "sweat"  making rolling out dough much easier. I bake biscuits several times a week and a cold rolling pins is great, you have to use less extra flour to keep the dough from sticking making a more tender biscuit.  happy-flower

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August 26, 2014
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Never thought about keeping my wooden rolling pin cold...learn something new everyday.happy-flower

January 30, 2015
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Yesterday was not a day to do much outside the house as is today, so I went to the basement and began to go through some of the boxes stored down there, I was like shopping for free! I found all kinds of thing that I had forgotten about, some of those boxes have not been opened for nearly 40 years. We forget about little treasures we have tucked away to "use later" I had such a fun time rediscovering various items and remembering where they came from. I have always been a collector of  old kitchen items, some of my items I have had for nearly 60 years and they were old then, I started collecting at a very young age, our neighbors would give my things for my "hope chest" they were just odd little things but now I love them. A great day of "shopping" and didnt even leave the farm! happy-flower

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January 30, 2015
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Joell, sounds like you had a good and fun day.  

January 30, 2015
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mamajhk said
Joell, sounds like you had a good and fun day.  

Hi mamajhk,

       It was fun, I have been moving a few thing up to the kitchen and taking some from the kitchen that I have had there for quite some time, I even changed the valance over  kitchen  window. I also started a sweet potato in a old blue mason jar, they make such pretty vines.

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April 17, 2015
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Hi Joell,

wow that sounds like treasures found!!! I love finding things like that but I sure don't have a collection like you.  I have boxes that have been sitting in the garage for 2 years now (since I moved) and I really want to take a peak in some of them.  I know one of the boxes holds my daughters books that my mom and dad gave her.  I want to get them to her since her little one is 8 1/2 months and they are always reading to him.  I thought one of the weekends I will take them as a surprise.

are you still changing it up in your kitchen.  and how is the sweet potato doing?  I think that's a great idea I may have to give it a try.

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Hi Cheryl,

    Don't you just love going through boxes that have been packed away for years? It seems we alway find a treasure of some sort. My kitchen is one of my favorite rooms, and having colleceted for so many years, I am always changing it, sometimes I put everthing away, and then I think it looks to stark so I put thing out again, I find things that have been packed away and change out something here and there, I like our kitchen to look homey, not sterile. When we were building our home, I told our builder I wanted it to look like an old farm house and it pretty much does, but with good plunbing!

 The sweet potato is doing nicely, it has good roots and is getting growth through the top, last summer we purchased a pineapple and I saved the top and decided to root it, then is a lot of new growth in the middle of the plant, it looks good, plus there is an oeange seed that sprouted that I pushed down into the pot, I am going to transplant the orange sprout soon into its own container.

         How nice that you are going to pass your Daughter's books on to her little one, what a lovely gift. I am so happy that you have settled in after all of the years of traveling back and forth, How are you coming with those landscaping plans? It seems a home is always a work in progress no matter how long you have lived there, as long as you are happy and having fun, that is all that counts.

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April 20, 2015
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Hi Jo,

I do love going through stuff that has been put away for a while. I do that with clothes too :)
Your kitchen sounds wonderful, I love the idea that is looks like a farm kitchen with all the updates! Our house is a work in project, poor Steven, I always seem to find things that need to be changed or re-arranged :) he is a great sport about it though.  And I do help him out if I can.  I can use power tools so it can be a project we do together sometimes.

Ahhh the landscaping is a real work in progress.  I found some ideal pots for the backyard so that I can plant either veggies or flowers in them.  They are tall enough that our male dogs can ruin or spoil what's in them.  I was really happy to find them for $20.  Now I have an option for something other than hanging baskets.

I think for all the work that Steven is enjoying our updates to the house and making it our home.  Him and his friend worked on the basement on Sunday and you finally really see the progress.  It will be nice to have a bigger space when we have the whole family over.  With 5 grand kids it's nice to be able to give them a bit of play room too.

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Hi Cheryl,

           I am not sure a home is ever finished, but that is fun. I am going to fill my big pots next week, the weather here has turn a bit cold, those large pots are nice, I have flowers and veggies etc in some of mine too. Last year I planted cherry and pear tomatoes in one large pot with a broken tomato stake in the center to support, 2 kind of little tomatoes in one pot so nice when making salads.  I scored several large pot a few years back for $3 each from a store that was closing.

        It sounds that you and Stephen will have plenty to keep you busy, enjoy your home and each other, snuggle

                                        Jo

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April 21, 2015
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Hi Jo,

sounds like you got a great deal on your pots!! and I love the idea of putting a couple of different kinds in the same pot. 

Yes projects seem never ending but it keeps us from being couch potatoes lol.  It turned chilly here this week too, and we've also had a bunch of rain, so no outdoor activities for this week.  I did plant a couple of pineapple tops, but the cat likes them so much he is always chomping on them. I put them up high on the top of china cabinet he can't get up there but I seem to forget about watering them. Now winning with those ;)

Chilly and really windy here today. 

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Hi Cheryl,

        I hope your pineapple tops survive, they are so much fun to grow, as soon as it is warm enough and stays warm, I will move mine to the back porch where she can receive nice sunlight.

        It is so cold and rainey here, the weatherman said we could even see a few snow flakes---Whaaaaat! I hope not, the only flakes I want to see is in my cereal bowl!!

                                                                         Jo happy-flower

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April 22, 2015
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Jo,

well this morning it was snowing a bit :( whaaaaat is right

I wish I could keep the cat out of the plants, he killed a beautiful lavender plant I bought last year. It's really frustrating but I'm trying to slowly add plants that I think will survive.

Last summer I had tons of hanging baskets out side they looked great, I got to enjoy the flowers and the dogs couldn't get to them.  Gee I'm surrounded by animals that like to kill my plants LOL

I saw a structure that you can make it's like rows of gardening but up off the ground.  Thought that would be perfect for herbs or smaller veggies too.

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April 22, 2015
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Cheryl, have you tired putting ground pepper around the plant.  We had a cat that used to love to knock a plant off but once I put the pepper around it it stopped.

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I have not tried that, just regular black pepper?

I have some thicker grind that would probably stick better.

Thank you so much mamajhk I'm going to try that.  If he leaves the plant alone I'm going to try it on any new plants I bring in.

Have a wonderful day!!!

April 22, 2015
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Cheryl, I just used regular black pepper and sprinkle it around on the top of the pot.  Also tried it on the Christmas tree and it kept him out of the tree but he would still lay underneath the tree if I had the tree skirt down.    

We had a cat that like to eat sheetrock before we got it finished and a vet told me to make a mixture of hot sauce and water and spray it on the sheetrock.  Don't remember if I tried it or if it worked.

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Silly cats lol

I am going to try the pepper and my dogs will chew on pieces of sheet rock if they find it laying around while they are in the remodeling area.  OMG yuck!!!

Glad they don't just eat on the full sheets, omg I would be upset with that one.  They are 70 lb dogs that could do a lot of damage.

Hopefully the cat doesn't bother with it any more. :)

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The sheetrock was hung, but in areas that weren't public (storeroom, etc.).  The cat has since passed away.

Mary

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Hi Mary,

So sorry to hear about your loss.  Glad that the damage was in areas that you couldn't see it.

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Cheryl,

         If you still have my email address, would you send an email, when my old computer finally pooped out, I didnt think to save my addresses. If you dont have it, PM me and I will send  it to you.

                                    Thank you,

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