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Homemaking Challenge / Re: Fall Cleanup 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 05, 2018, 09:51:36 AM »
OH MY!!  The leaves in the backyard are crazy!  The front has been taken care of, but may need one more raking session before the snow flies.

We have the grill and lawn furniture put away.  Not much else needed to be done until Spring for the yard.

Not sure if I really have any major projects that I want to complete.  Just trying to figure out Christmas and how and what to do for gift giving.  Also, with son/dil living in NC and youngest in Southern Ohio, figuring out if and when we can get together.  We will go down and pick up son from school Dec. 15th.  His gf has graduation on the 16th, so I am hoping we can get him back here for that somehow.  He has to work on the 15th in the evening, so depending on the time of graduation, we will see how that goes.  He has a car there, but it is so old and iffy, that we don't feel comfortable with him driving it back until Spring.  Wish we could provide him with something better, but we just can't do anything like that at least until after middle son's wedding in June. 

Good luck to all on completing your projects!
Pam
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Managing a Household / Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 05, 2018, 09:43:07 AM »
Hello Ladies.

I've been missing for a while.  I agree with Alice that October was just crazy fast and gone! 

Hubs' birthday was on Halloween, and our anniversary is Nov. 1.  We went up north last Wed and Th.  Did some visiting of a wine trail up there, had an amazingly indulgent dinner on our anniv. and then made it home on the 2nd.  It was a nice quick getaway, and we had such a great time.  Now back to reality!

Not too busy of a week ahead for me.  Especially for today.  The weather is about to change around here, and I'm sure I'm not even close to ready for it.  Snow is expected by the weekend. 

October had me kind of focused on my HS best friend.  She has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Through tests and procedures, she has been told that she has it in both breasts.  I think she is to meet with a surgeon on Friday to see what the next steps will be.  I just don't know what to do for her.  I text her daily, and reach out by phone.  Sending her notes, cards and messages.  At this point not much else I can do.  Any suggestions of how I can lend support would be welcomed.

Not sure if I had mentioned this by my oldest son & dil have moved to NC.  They are all settled in the Charlotte area, and both have started jobs.  It has been amazing to watch them do this.  They decided this was what they wanted once they found out they were expecting, and boom - within about 2 months they had moved and were all settled in!  I am in awe of their decisiveness, and action plan!  They now are living close to several of her relatives, so I am happy they are no longer without a family support system nearby.

Hope everyone is doing well.  Sorry I haven't been in touch of late.  Would love to hear about what you have been doing, and how everyone is!

Pam


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Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, November 1, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 05, 2018, 09:28:27 AM »
Alice:

My future dil got her dress at Bridal Gallery on 44th St.  They are really helpful there.  I had picked up a dress there for my other son's wedding that I didn't end up wearing, but it was on clearance for like $45.  You might be able to find something in the clearance racks right now for summer.

Macy's at Woodland Mall carries a pretty good selection of formal gowns as well. 

Sometimes David's Bridal has some nice things.  Service is hit and miss there, so patience is needed to shop there I feel like.

Hope you find something that suits you.
Pam

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Managing a Household / Thursday, November 1, 2018
« Last post by Alice on November 01, 2018, 07:06:57 AM »
Hello and Happy November 1!

Is anyone around these days? I'm guilty of not posting as much in October but it seemed to have been a fairly busy month. Last I remember we just started the month and POOF, just like that, it is done and November has begun.

These crazy days just seem to go by so quickly. Summer is gone and not much to show for it this year. Fall is upon us and we have slowly on put things away for the winter.We have to focus on leaves and though they fallen much, we have snow in the forecast for next week. I might just have to pick up what has fallen and wait to see what next week brings. I remember having to pick up leaves on Thanksgiving day once. I also remember last year having to pick up leaves in a very wet, sleety Saturday morning. Not fun. The next day we had a lot of snow and we never did get to pick up the leaves until this past spring. I also remember that the spring leaf pickup was actually a nice thing.

My daughter wants me to get a mother of the bride dress and she showed me evening gown styles. Hmm. Not so sure about an evening gown but I looked around on my own and saw a couple. The problem is that this will be a July wedding so finding a summer dress now might not work so well. I did see a nice dress that is sleeveless but has a light 3/4 sleeve sheer light jacket with it. I might have to see if I can find it in the store in town. Pam, you live in the same town as I do so where would you recommend? I almost need to try one on instead of ordering online.

I've had some trouble with the Cosori pressure cooker I've been reviewing. It started to smell bad like electrical burning but there were no error codes on the display and it continued to cook the food. When it was done the food was fine but when I washed the insert there was a huge burn mark on the bottom of the stainless steel insert. Like it was trying to melt it. It seems like I have a "hot spot" with this pressure cooker where it gets super hot in one place. I've contacted the company but I haven't heard back yet. I'm sad because I wanted to be able to promote their product but I can't. I might just send it back because it really shouldn't be used if it has a problem like that.

Not much else going on for me.

Alice
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Homemaking Challenge / Re: Fall Cleanup 2018
« Last post by Cheryl on October 31, 2018, 01:51:46 PM »
We were working on our bedroom.  We painted the walls and added new trim.  I took out a small bookshelf I had that was not big enough for all of my books and replaced it with a taller shelf.

It seems I am always purging things around here, trying to get to the point I can say I love my house.  We need to do so many repairs that I sometimes wonder if I will ever see it all finished.
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Homemaking Challenge / Fall Cleanup 2018
« Last post by Alice on October 31, 2018, 11:24:52 AM »
It's the last day of October and I was wondering what kinds of fall projects you all have been working on or want to work on?

I had NONE! This summer we had a fan and a better light put in our upstairs bathroom so it could be more usable. We haven't used that bathroom since we moved in 5  years ago because the light and venting wasn't adequate. That is the only mini project we needed to do.

Last year we talked about replacing the carpets but we nixed that idea. We'll just keep it clean by vacuuming and then an occasional shampooing and call it good. I do have a rug in the middle of the floor but that kept on moving all over the place so we plunked a coffee table on top of it and that keeps it in place.

We only have to clean up the leaves once they start falling more. We got the underground sprinkling lines blown out and put to rest for the winter and all the outdoors stuff put away so it's only leaf pickup as needed.

Alice
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The Cook House / Re: Dining on a Dime cookbook
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 25, 2018, 06:43:05 PM »
Cath, hubby and I do a version of keto too.  I say a "version"  because I am sure it isn't high fat enough to enter ketosis, but it is really low carb.  Anyway, just thought I would mention that last week The Encouraging Homeschool Mom released 50 keto slow cooker and freezer meals that are easy printables.  I don't usually like her recipes. but some of these keto ones are great, especially since low carb does tend to get boring at times. :P  I will be making the stuffed pepper one sometime next week.  It looks goooood!!! Just thought I would mention her youtube site for this.

Lindsay

Same here, not really doing keto, but loosely following Trim Healthy Mama. Thanks for the suggestion; I will have to check it out.
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The Cook House / Re: Dining on a Dime cookbook
« Last post by Rooney on October 25, 2018, 02:17:03 PM »
Cath, hubby and I do a version of keto too.  I say a "version"  because I am sure it isn't high fat enough to enter ketosis, but it is really low carb.  Anyway, just thought I would mention that last week The Encouraging Homeschool Mom released 50 keto slow cooker and freezer meals that are easy printables.  I don't usually like her recipes. but some of these keto ones are great, especially since low carb does tend to get boring at times. :P  I will be making the stuffed pepper one sometime next week.  It looks goooood!!! Just thought I would mention her youtube site for this.

Lindsay
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The Cook House / Re: Dining on a Dime cookbook
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 25, 2018, 05:46:56 AM »
Then you should go for it! I liked it better looking at it from the library then I remember liking it when I owned it. If I weren't being carb conscious I would probably have bought it again. Hope you enjoy it!
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The Cook House / Re: Dining on a Dime cookbook
« Last post by Cheryl on October 24, 2018, 11:46:37 AM »
Hmm...think I will give it a try.  Iím going back to basics around here.  I already cook the majority of our meals from scratch and we try to do it inexpensively as well. 

I saw they are having a preorder sale on their site if anyone else is interested.  Thank you, Cathy for your thoughts. 
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