Lowcountry Chit Chat

By: palmettobug53 , 3:10 AM GMT on August 27, 2012

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The tropics seem to be winding down. Knock on wood. Other than Nadine wandering around. It's hard to believe she's still out there. It's been almost 3 weeks.

Until I can get up a fresh entry, this will have to do. I've a couple of ideas but I'll have to find the enery and time to do a little research and write something up.










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YIKES... that radar looks freaky. Hope it doesn't get too bad tonight.

I'm looking forward to the temps this coming week. Highs will only reach the mid 80's and lows will sometimes dip into the upper 60's!

Aaaaahhhhhhhh........

As I mentioned to Wab, I'm tired of salads and cold ham. I'm starting to crave winter time foods. Comfort food. Things that require the use of an oven. Which I do not do in the summer. Our little window unit just cannot handle high temps and oven use.

I want soups, stews, casseroles, roast beast, roast pork, smashed taters and, eventually, some macaroni pie.
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Pros, so far it's just been showers. The majority of that line to our west seems to be moving mostly to the NE but we might get the tail end of it hitting us. Also, there's some stuff moving up from GA that might hit us later tonight.

So, Shore, you're probably right. We may have some, later on.

Gus does love catnip rubbed on his scratching post. I bought a new bag this afternoon at Target. It's so odd that he won't play with the catnip toys.

I also some more (non-hairball) cat treats. All I have to do is ask him, "Do you want some num-num?" and he starts talking!

I have found that Target and Bi-Lo here carry the hair ball formula Temptations. Food Lion, Publix, Walmart and the Red & White here have quit carrying it. For a while there, I was having to stock up every time I went up to Greenwood to Dad's; the Bi-Lo up there had it.
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Evening, Bug,

I'm glad to hear you haven't had any bad weather yet. Came by to check things out - it looks like you might have a bit, later. I was glad to see Pros escaped. I've been at work all day and not paying a bit of attention.

We did have a wind shift, finally, but I don't think it's blowing more than 10-15 at this point. The actual front may not be here yet. It's going to be a dry one, so it's a little hard to tell. I'm off to get some supper, then I'll stop by to see if that line decides to get frisky.

Oh - Dixie's not big on catnip toys, either, but she likes it sprinkled on her scratching post. Crazy animals.
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When the showers visit you, I hope they are just that, showers. We sure have had some wild weather this summer, who needs more of it!

Hubby is watching 'Gladiator', netflix rental. I saw the first three minutes and decided that gore is not for me, it never has been. So I am about to get read for bed and read my book until I am ready to go to sleep. TV sure is not offering much this summer, I hope my few favorite programs are back on the air soon.

If you do get bad weather, please be safe.
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We've had several showers but no really bad storms.

I did have to grab my things off the line and I'm glad I spotted those clouds when I did. Not 15 munites later, we had a good shower. That last load wasn't quite dry but I have clothes racks I can put things on inside.

Ylee, Sandi is the one that buys replacement catnip toys. I was trying to think of some way she could re-scent them for Blue.

Gus likes his nip but he doesn't seem to show much interest in catnip toys. I bought another one today, that has a pouch closed by velcro. You can replace the catnip inside. He sniffed, batted it a couple of times and walked off.
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114. Ylee
Maybe you can take a bunch of catnip and infuse them in oil on the stovetop, then strain and refrigerate!

Sounds odd, don't know if it'd work, but probably cheaper than store-bought! :)
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I hope you are having better luck with your wash than I've had with mine. It got an extra rinse! I heard the raindrops pounding of the stove vent as I was fixing lunch. Looked out and said 'Oh well too late to do anything now'. Sun is back out now.

I'm planning on making up some fliers for the misplaced kitty. It had been around my neighbors home for about a week before coming to me. It has been here for a couple of weeks. I had not gotten close enough to examine its feet until this past week. Now I need ink for my printer. I'm sure the owners would love it back because it is a beautiful cat.
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Happy Saturday!

Got my wash going, as it appears that we may have a 30-40% chance of showers and/or T-storms most of the weekend. It's OK out there now and the radar is more or less clear but how long it'll last is debatable. So, an early start was required.

I just had a great laugh. I scanned back through the comments for a second. Sandi says she uses those catnip toys for Blue, until they lose their smell and she buys new ones.

I wondered about a way to 're-scent' them. First, I thought about putting them in zip lock bags with some catnip. Maybe several days storage like that would give them some of their zip back.

Then, I had a flash. You know those essential oils you can get at Body & Bath or at craft stores for potpourri? I asked Uncle Google about catnip oil.

As it turns out, you can buy catnip oil but it's used mostly as an insect repellant. The images that popped into my head right then were what set me to laughing. It might repel the insects but how would you then repel all the local cats? I could just picture someone screaming and running down the street with a whole clowder of cats chasing them!
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Oh, gosh, yes... It's Friday!

Even though the office was closed Monday, this has been a looooong week. We had four days worth of work Tuesday when we came in. (We get work daily, regardless of weekends, holidays, etc.) I lost a full day Wednesday, due to a special project.

Yesterday was bad. Knock on wood, though... I think I'm seeing some good progress today. I'm still not caught up but I'm getting there.

Sandi, on the whole, I've been lucky with mine, too. Not all of my cats have clawed furniture. It has only been Daisy and Gus.

Even Thor, as bad as he was, didn't claw the furniture. He clawed me and the trees, instead. He was very much an outdoor cat, who would come in at night or during rainy or cold weather. He much preferred to take care of things outside. I never knew him to use the litter box. He wanted OUT.
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Hi there...
Naughty Gus! I suppose I have been lucky with my cats, they have never scratched any furniture. Mind you, I am a strict disciplinarian and a believer in "spare the rod, spoil the child" (or cat, if needed!)

It is amazing the kids I taught actaully liked me! lol

It is Friday, the Week END :)
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Hi, Gams. Yeah, I wouldn't mind having a "Hatch" to put in my flower bed. Freak out the neighbors a little bit! hehehehehe

Yep, you're almost there. Just a couple more work days/weeks and you'll be entering a new phase of your life. I know you're excited!

Shore, it had crossed my mind to wrap the rungs in aluminum foil. Not that I'd ever heard that as a tip to help them stop clawing. I was just pondering ways to ward him off. Then, I wondered if there were crinkles in the aluminum foil when I wrapped the rungs, if it would not attract him even more.

Since you've seen this as a valid method, I'll go ahead and give it a try. See what happens.

Janet, a live parakeet? That's not your usual present on the front mat, is it? And you wound up having that budgie for a long time. That's something else!

I've been watching Julia and Julie this evening. I'm really enjoying it. I adored Julia Child and watched her cooking shows for years, all the way up until she finally stopped. I also remember reading a short article in Readers Digest by Julie Powell about her challenge to cook all the recipes in The Art Of French Cooking in a year, in that tiny kitchen.

Julie never met Julia. I found out from reading something Norah Ephron wrote, that Julia didn't think much of Julie's project, saying that the recipes had been cooked by many, many people. She couldn't understand why Julie was having trouble with some of them. "She just must not be much of a cook", or words to that effect, were her observation. It's kind of at odds with my perception of Julia but then, I only saw her on TV. I don't know what she was like in real life.
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It was very nice of Gus to want to show you his prize catch. Years ago when we let our cats out, one brought us a live parakeet. We had that thing for years! It went with us from S. FL. to California in the back seat with our #1 son.

Sam likes to play with those little balls with the bells inside. I have one with a light but hes lost that somewhere. Haven't tried the catnip with him yet, still to young. snickers doesn't care for it or toys. I've read the scratching is another way of marking territory instead of the sharpening of claws. Surprised me!
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Wrap the rungs and legs of the chair in aluminum foil. I found the tip online and got Dixie to give up on a sofa corner that way. I had to pin it on the sofa, but I think you could just wrap.
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Hello Bug,

So you like my "Hatch" huh? He is one handsome 4 ft Gator. I paint him ever few years and coat it with several coats of polyurathen...
but the sun and rain and weather beats him grey again soon.

He is scary and does startle some folks who don't know he is there!


Back to work this morning, and I have my 3 days work wee this week...
then off next week..
then come back for Thur 9/20 and Fri 9/21.
I can leave on Friday and not come to work Saturday!\

I have been smiling so much my face hurts!

Even thought I have a "things to do " list at home I want to get thru before the Holidays, just knowing I can still have some "me" time will be great!

Hope your week is going well...
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Goodness, Shore. You and I were posting at the same time during my lunch break. I hit post and zoomed over to Dad's. I didn't get back here until after I got home.

I agree with you: when the temps are that hot, it's no time to turn the oven on. I don't fix much of anything that requires oven time until those lovely fall temps arrive. I'm craving casseroles and roast and some of that mac and cheese, too.

Sandi, Gus has his nip (catnip) and I have mine (whisky, cordials, etc.)!

I've tried buying Gus one or two of the catnip scented toys but they still don't hold all that much attraction. You'd think so but...

I put a pinch or two on that sisal doormat at the back door, to encourage him to use it for his claws. He did at first but then switched to the rungs of one of my chairs in the living room. I'm so ticked off with him. He's been going outside a good bit more this past month or two and I'm hoping that his clawing on the river birch will eventually wean him from the chair. I have the doormat and a scratching post inside, both of which he does use. But he added the chair! I've got a squirt bottle handy but I can't ever seem to catch him in the act.
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He does like his nip, though!

His nip? As in a nip of whiskey? A tot of rum? Or do you mean catnip?

The toys Blue likes best do have catnip them. He plays with them until they stop smelling then I buy another one. His most favourite are little fabric balls, 3 in a packet for 1:99, and I only give him one at a time, so a whole packet lasts months!
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Hi, ho, hello, everyone!

Due to a couple of things going on in the office yesterday, I did not get any of my regular work done. As a result, I'm swamped today!

Sandi, Gus does not seem to be too interested in toys. I've waved yarn in front of him, bought him a couple of cat toys and he is indifferent, for the most part. Once in a while, he'll make a few half hearted attempts at batting them.

He does like his nip, though!

He was back outside again from about dusk to around 9:30. Glued to that century plant. No bodies on the front stoop, though.

Yes, I do worry some about him getting bit but he seemed fine. I couldn't find any wounds or sore spots. I guess he honed his skills during his time on the streets.

Ylee, Hubby was grumbling about, "Now we're going to have dead rats all over the place."

I told him that dead rats on the mat were much better than live rats!
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Hi, Bug,

Loved your story of your mighty hunter. Dixie doesn't get much chance for that sort of thing, but every now and then a palmetto bug (!) will get inside and she does her thing. The great thing about her is that once she finds them, she never leaves them. I'll hear a noise in the middle of the night, get up and go look, and there she is, laying in the middle of the floor with her paw on the danged thing. I tell her what a wonderful, brave kitty she is, toss away her toy and go back to bed. ;)

Aren't they funny when they're giving us the evil eye? Truly funny.

We've got a lovely forecast high for the day - 102! And that would be real, not "feels like". Ah, well. One of these days autumn will arrive - I need to stop being so impatient. Part of the reason I want it to show up is that macaroni and cheese - I just won't use the oven for something like that when it's this hot. Besides, it always tastes better in cold weather.

Have a good afternoon!
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101. Ylee
Ta-da-da-da! It's Gus, the rat killa! :)
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Oh, clever Gus, but are you not worried about him being bitten by a rat....?

Mice are a little smaller to deal with, especially fur ones!



We are having a wonderful week, weather wise, and I have just seen the forecast for the weekend. It is going to be a wonderful Saturday and Sunday. We were informed that the jet stream has finally moved back to its more usual place, bringing stable, high pressure to the south of the country - and about time too!!

Happy Thursday, almost the weekend.
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Gus was out that door this morning like a shot! Right to the century plant. He's bound and determined to bag himself another one.

He was not happy, after I got him inside last night. Every time I got up from my chair for something, he'd fly to the front door, talking away. "Meow, meow, mow, mow.."

When he realized I wasn't going to let him back out, he'd drag himself back, get on his footstool, lie there and look at me.
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Oh, ewwww.......

I scooped Gus' pan a little while ago and went out the front door to put the bag in the trash.

I stepped out the door onto something soft and almost lost my balance. I looked down and there, on the mat, belly up,was a big dead rat! UGH.

I hollered for Hubby, who started muttering about why did he have be the one to deal with it. Gus, in the meantime, was on the walk, looking pleased as Punch. I praised him up and down as The Mighty Hunter. "Did YOU get that rat? Gooood boy."

When I had last seen him, just before dark, he was staring intently into the base of the century plant. I've had a suspicion that there was a rat warren under there. I've been finding holes around there this summer. The bird feeder is right there and there is a dumpster behind the restaurant on the other side of the ditch behind the house. Food.

After we disposed of the rat, I tried to get Gus to come inside. He kept going back to stare into the century plant. After a good deal of coaxing, I finally got him in. He's done his good deed for the night!
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Lisa, thank you so much for checking in. I was really starting to worry. I didn't know if you'd had damage, if your daughter went into labor or if you'd just sunk back into lurkdom!

Hmmmm... sounds like those twins are about ready to make their debut. Is this your daughter's first pregnancy?

I had a friend that had twins for her first pregnancy. I felt so bad for her that last couple of months - she was HUGE. She wasn't a big woman, either. Poor thing. Their combined weight at birth was a little over 13 lbs.

Anyway, don't be a stranger. Pop in once in a while.

Janet, Charleston has a constant ebb and flow of cafes, restuarants, sandwich shops, etc. I think a lot of it is due to the tourists and the students at the College of Charleston and the Medical University.

This is the first time in a long time that I've hit someplace that just opened up. Hubby and I tend to eat at the same, long established places where he knows he can get something he likes. He is NOT an adventurous eater. I like to try new things. I may find I didn't care that much for whatever it was but I'm willing to experiment.

I use those plastic bags for my small trash cans, scooping Gus' litter pan, etc. It just seems like lately I've accumulated way more than I'll ever use up. I'm just going to have to try to make more of an effort to remember to carry my own bags into the stores. Until I run low on plastic!
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Hi Bug! I've had company for 4 days so have been pre-occupied but wanted to let you know my daughter did well through the storm. Just today she has begun to have a lot of pain and more discomfort than usual, so I'm thinking any day now. She's 34 1/2 weeks along with them, so that's almost full term for twins. If you don't hear from me for a while, you will know why. Hope everyone is well and recovering from Isaac.
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Your lunch sounds good. I wish we had a large assortment of restaurants. We have all the known chains, a limited number of locals that seem to serve the same type of things and of course a chinese take-out on every corner. Just one of the draw backs of living in a small city.

I think I've posted before somewhere ~ but ~ If stores stopped using plastic I would have to start buying plasitc gargage bags. I haven't bought those in more years than I care to count. Those little store bags are the perfect size for my under the sink garbage can & for cleaning out litter boxes.

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Oh, Sandi. Sorry.

I would do much better if they WOULD let me bag my own stuff. I know how to bag very efficiently! lol

But the grocers here consider it a customer service. If they see the customer bagging, they rush someone over, "I'LL DO THAT, M'AM!" and shoulder you out of the way. I have to fight the baggers off in Publix; they want to carry my groceries to the truck. I think they'd carry me, too, if I let 'em!

We could learn a lesson from you folks. You've reduced the use of plastic bags by 90%? That's fabulous!
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Good afternoon!

Sitting here eating a Vietnamese style sandwich. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I found myself lunch-less today.

We were supposed to have a birthday lunch for two coworkers but we forgot several people were out and then one popped up sick. It has been postponed it until tomorrow.

I had to beg, borrow, steal and scrape up some money for lunch. I knew if I went to the main hospital, it would be crowded and likely take most of my lunch hour just getting it and getting back to the office, never mind eating it.

There's a little shop that just opened up about half a block away, Bon Banh Mi. I think it's a bit pricey but you know how cheap I am.

Still, I thought I would give it a try. The 5 spice pork sandwich is good and they gave me a little container of some good hot sauce. If I go back, I might opt for a taco and see how that is. The fillings are the same for the sandwiches and the tacos.

I read in today's paper that a respected Charleston artist, Anne Worsham Richardson Paszek, passed away yesterday. She was 90 years old.

My dad had her wood ducks print, as well as her California quail. I have them now.

I met her once. My high school art teacher arranged to take a few of us over to meet Ms. Richardson. I'll never forget the little screech owl on a stand in her living room. A live screech owl, though it took a few minutes to realize it wasn't stuffed!

Bird's Eye Gallery

Anne Worsham Richardson Paszek dies
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You can take your canvas totes into the grocer but many of the baggers and cashiers don't seem to know what to do with them, as far as bagging goes. They're still in that mindset of two items in this bag, three in that, four here, two there. I have to tell them to 'put everything in that bag, starting with (insert heaviest object here

Ah, you see, here in the UK we have to pack our own bags, we don't have assistants who do this for us in the supermarkets. The dress shops, chemists or home ware stores do put your items in a bag for you, but not the large supermarkets. Some of the small 'local' shops will ask you if you want a bag, but then will charge you 10p for it, so of course you either carry it out in your arms, or take in your own bags!
Sainsbury and Tesco, the two biggest chain supermarkets, actually give you loyalty points if you use your own bags.

Roz Savage was working with Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, to try to make the Olympics a plastic bag free venue.

I have found an article that states the plastic bag consumption in the UK has dropped by almost 90% since 2002, when the charge of 10p per plastic bag was introduced.

Hope your first day back after the weekend goes well today :)
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Well, I think it's time I turn in.

It's back to work tomorrow. Oh, boy.

I'll check in at lunchtime.
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Sandi, plastic bags are everywhere here: grocers, department stores, big box stores. You have to ask for paper bags in the grocer, if you don't want plastic.

You probably would get picked up by mall security, if you were trundling around the shops with your own canvas totes. They'd automatically assume you were shoplifting. It's never even occurred to me to attempt carrying my own bags into Walmart or any other store.

You can take your canvas totes into the grocer but many of the baggers and cashiers don't seem to know what to do with them, as far as bagging goes. They're still in that mindset of two items in this bag, three in that, four here, two there. I have to tell them to 'put everything in that bag, starting with (insert heaviest object here)'

Publix is the best grocer to take your own bags to but I still have to coach them on how to bag my purchases, so that the squashable items don't wind up on the bottom of the bag.

I was stopped and questioned by another customer in Publix one time. I'm picking out veggies and fruit and placing them in my canvas tote, which I carry to the register. (I'm not the only one to do this in Publix. Other shoppers use their canvas totes for small amounts of purchases, rather than the store's hand baskets or carts.) She thought I was shoplifting and got awfully embarrassed to find out that I wasn't. I thought it was funny but I assured her that she shouldn't be embarrassed; I could well have been a shoplifter, for all she knew.

Hi, Rob! So, you're going to make the trek south this coming spring? I know the brothers have been after you to do so, for a while. I think you'll enjoy it. What about young Rob?

I think all parents go through more separation anxiety than the kids, once the young ones start start heading out on their own.

Not having children myself, I can't speak for personal experience but I've heard more than a few of my friends, that do have children, talk about how hard it is.
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Afternoon BUG, as you observed the Tropics certainly busy with lots of potential, and the season is just at its peak. Today weather ideal, a little southerly, nice temps and bright sun the order of the day.

Yes Emily is growing up, she is not having any problems with the transition, certainly not as much obvious as the old folks for sure. The residence, LADY DUNN, only female House on campus, they refer to themselves as DUNNISORS, one little txt we received advised she attending a dance hosted by 'our house', hopefully a sign she is embracing the whole experiance in a positive way. Suffice to day all I needed to know where she was at, other than that not interested in gory details, in some quarters probably could be referred to as denial.

Thanks for dropping by, if all goes well may be in your neighbourhood in the spring. Two of the four brothers hang out at Myrtle Beach, thought we would have a bit of reunion and explore the area for a couple of weeks next March.

ROB
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Do you still have plastic bags in your stores? I thought all food shopping it the States was packed into large paper bags? Surely plastic bags is a retrograde step?

We all have to take our own bags when we go shopping... I have several large canvas bags I keep in the boot (trunk) of the car, and always pop them it the trolly before I enter the supermarket.

Even clothing stores now all use paper/thin card bags, and not plastic.

Enjoy the rest of your 'day off' :-)
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Good morning!

Partly sunny here this morning with an expected high of 90F this afternoon. They've shifted the chance of rain off until tomorrow. That will make the holiday makers happy!

Hubby is at work but I expect to see him back home between 10:00 and 11:00. We have no special plans for the day.

I have a small ready cooked ham and will be making my mac salad and cooking some frozen limas for our dinner.

I'll also be taking some of the mac salad to work tomorrow for a birthday lunch for two coworkers. One is today and the other is tomorrow.

As for the rest of the day? A little picking up inside, perhaps potter about in the yard a bit. Watch TV, play on the computer.

Hope you all enjoy your Labor Day, whatever you have planned!

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Oooh... That is quite a drive for one day.

How did I miss hearing about your sister getting married? It may have been in the period before I got my laptop going and while I was getting the hang of the basics.

Oh, there's just nothing like a good macaroni cheese - good comfort food. Easy and filling. You should sleep well tonight.

I just got back from the grocer and I have a funny story. I got what I needed, checked out and was unloading the bags from the cart into my truck, when I realized that there were things in the bags that I didn't buy.

OMIGOD... I walked off with someone else's groceries!

Then, I got to looking in the rest of the bags. "Well, this is mine and this is mine and so is this." I had three bags and there were two that contained items that I had not purchased. I double checked everything, then headed back inside. I went back to the register I checked out from, got the cashier's attention and explained what happened. The couple that was then checking out roared with laughter. No one had come back yet but I'm sure someone, somewhere is getting home and finding that they're missing some things!

I didn't pay any attention to the number of bags in the cart as I left the store. IMHO, I think they waste bags. They double bag, when it's not really necessary. They'll put two items in this bag, three in another, etc., when they probably could have gotten everything into half the number of bags.

I wind up with plastic bags coming out of my ears. I do try to remember to carry my cloth bags inside but I just didn't, this time. (I've found that some stores are more ameniable to cloth bags than others. Publix, for one.) I will reuse any plastic bags (without holes)for scooping Gus' pan, lining small trash cans, etc. But they seem to come in faster than I can use them up.
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Back home - I have been to my aunts for the day. It is the first long trip I have taken for four weeks, as I didn't feel happy leaving home, but I have my sisters wedding in two weeks, so I used it as a trial - and I did it! The doctors pills are beginning to work!

Reading your pasta salad, I think I shall go and rustle up a macaroni cheese for my supper, it seems a long time since I had my lunch of chicken and vegetables (cooked to death) at 12 noon on the dot! Woe betide if you are late!
So a small portion of macaroni and cheese might help me sleep without my tum rumbling overnight!

Hope the wealther behaves for Monday for the trip to work, althought there are lots of rain splashes on yrour radar.
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No, no, blogging is not recommended when you're having the flash/bangs going on.

Bug's Macaroni Salad

Elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
Chopped and seeded tomatoes (Romas work well, since they're fleshier but you can use whatever you have on hand.)
Chopped celery, sweet onion, bell pepper, cucumbers (also with seeds removed)
Duke's or Hellman's mayo, either regular or lite

garnish with bell pepper rings or whole pickled okra


I don't have any strict measurements for the ingredient amounts. Just for me and Hubby, I'll use a small box of elbow mac. I eyeball the amounts of veggies. When I think I have enough veggies in there, I stop. Maybe half macaroni and half veggies? Don't use a TON of mayo. Just enough to lightly coat everything. Adn with cooking the macaroni al dente, it will absorb any excess moisture. I'll wind up with enough for 2-3 days for just Hubby and myself.
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Just a very quickie here, storm sounds like it is right overhead & I don't like geing connected to electricity during thunderstorms.
I will try the tomatoes & grits. I too have breakfast for supper in winter, wonder why it taste so good then!
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Good morning!

It's going to be another hot, muggy day. The high is expected to be 91F. Lord know what the heat index will be. The temp is 84F now and the heat index is already 92F.

Our currents, from the NWS:

Partly Cloudy
84°F/29°C
Humidity 74%
Wind Speed W 5 mph
Barometer 30.06 in (1017.9 mb)
Dewpoint 75°F (24°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Heat Index 92°F (33°C)

No rain expected today but tomorrow there's about a 20% chance and the temps will drop back to the upper 80's.

Janet, you make a pretty good point about being outside when it's so terribly muggy! "I feel I would get moldy if I stood still for a few minutes out there." LOL


Ylee, if you're like me, I can eat breakfast at any time of the day. I especially like on winter nights, when I don't really feel much like cooking. Grits, sausage or ham, eggs, fried apples, toast.

Or what I was telling Janet someplace here last night: yellow grits, stewed tomatoes, country ham, biscuits.

Hubby, being the oddball eater he is, refuses to have breakfast at any time except first thing in the a.m. "You're supposed to eat these things for breakfast, not at night!"

I've got some clothes in the wash. Still haven't decided what to have for dinner today.

I'm doing an at home medical test this weekend and I haven't been able to eat red meat or certain vegetables since Wed. I am getting tired of chicken. I might fix something for Hubby and haveith a salad with it. I'll just eat the salad. Testing will be finished in the morning and I already have my eyes set on ham for tomorrow. Some macaroni salad and, I dunno, maybe corn on the cob?

We're having another birthday lunch at work for two coworkers whose birthdays are 9/3 and 9/4. I put myself down for macaroni salad, so I'll make a little larger batch than usual tomorrow. Some for us and some to take to work. That's what made me think of ham for tomorrow. They go so well together.
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Wishing you a Happy September.

We started ours hot hot & hotter plus high humidity today. I feel I would get moldy if I stood still for a few miutes out there.

enjoy your long week-end
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80. Ylee
I saw that cartoon! "Deer in the headlights!"

Why did you have to mention Waffle House at lunchtime? My belly's grumbling!:)
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Oh, hello, Pros.

You sneaked in as I was posting.

I'll say that I have to agree with Updike. That is a perfect description of September.

I dug this up, after talking with Ylee about getting the hang of all of this computer stuff. Or trying to.

This was in our local paper yesterday, on the comics page: Zits

The look on Dad's face gives you a good idea of how much computer tech knowledge I have.
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Sandi, I'm sure you have some type of 24 hour eatery that always manages to remain open in bad weather!

Shore, I could sit and watch that fellow for a while, too. It's kind of mesmerizing. Lookit all those plates line up! He's gotta be good, to keep all those orders straight. They'd fire me after 30 minutes, I'm sure.

Dang, now I'm craving breakfast.
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"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze. "
- John Updike, September
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Oh, I love that Waffle House Index! Interesting that it was coined after the Joplin tornado. One of the two Waffle Houses in Joplin was my favorite stop between here and KCMO when I was making that trek regularly. In fact, I've imagined a "Waffle House Chronicles" - started thinking about it after a discussion with an old fellow in Joplin one night. He said he liked coming in because watching the cooks was better than watching what his wife liked to watch on tv.

Here's one of the best videos I found - I'd sit and watch this cook, too.

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We don't have Waffle Houses ...... they are never open, so does the mean our weather is always bad!!! Lol
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Who'dda thunk, OGal? LOL

I can see that it would be a good informal rule of thumb.

When your local Waffle House ain't open, it's BAD!
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73. OGal




I read the whole Waffle House story earlier this week. What a neat thing to do.
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Just when you think you've heard it all, something new pops up.

I've got TWC on, of course. They just mentioned something that I'd never heard of: Waffle House Index.

In a nutshell, the severity of a weather event can be judged by whether or not the local Waffle House is open and if it's serving a full menu or a limited one.

FEMA uses this as an informal gauge of the damage.
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Huh.. I ought to pay more attention. I see 'hurricane flash stickers' is now on our sidebars, as well.
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Isn't that cool, Ylee?

I had been seeing "new weather stickers' touted on the sidebar when I'd go to read Dr. M's new entries for a while now. I finally clicked on them to see what they were.

I did have trouble getting it embedded, though. When I copied the code and pasted it to my entry, there seemed to be a lot of code that printed out, in excess of the image. I had to play around with it to figure out how much and what parts of the code to delete and still leave the tracking image.

when I put up a new entry, I'll just copy/paste the codes from this entry to the next.
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69. Ylee
White rabbitsx3 to you, bug! I just noticed that tropical weathertracker you posted near the top. I may have to steal it, starting with my next blog! :)

Good luck on the laundry; Isaac's rains are finally on our radar!
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