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Old 06-23-2015, 11:24 AM
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Braking my no meat during weekdays as I am using the beef I was going to eat Sunday (but didn't because I worked on the car so late). I hate food waste too.

I'm making Malaysian curry which i've never made before, had to buy some unusual spices i've not heard of before (galangal, sambal). It's not quite ready yet but i've had a taste and it's really good. Downside is despite rinsing my hands I have just rubbed my eye and it stings now
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:32 AM
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Back from my lunch out. Had a salad and tuna sandwich, perfect for the hot weather! I was late despite leaving early as managed to be stopped by 3 trains! Pretty sure they were 3 different ones, and not just I kept meeting the same one!
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:41 AM
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Ouch Sao! hope you can still enjoy your meal.

Save the Blueberries!....Brains summertime battle cry.

Glad you had a lovely summertime lunch, learning!

When we were growing up my mom had the annoying habit of making SOUP in the Summertime! (And not the cold kind either)....I live in Texas! I used to HATE that and always wondered what would posses her to do such a thing!?!?!
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:56 AM
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Soup is a great way to disguise leftovers. And it's economical. Or your mother just wanted you all to suffer in the heat eating something you didn't want to eat. My kids would say that I torture them with the meals I serve.

Sao, sounds good. I substitute ginger for galangal. I live in an exotic cooking ingredients desert. I hope your eyes feel better soon.

Half hour and then trip to the office.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:57 AM
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LOL Brynn, so many people were eating soup! I felt like I had entered an insane asylum - why eat soup when it is so hot?! Soup is a winter food for me!

Am off for a hike at a new park later today, so looking forward to exploring there. Tomorrow my boy is back from his dad's, might take him to see the Jurassic movie - anyone know if it would be too scary for an 8 year old? If not, maybe swimming at the pool, we have not managed that yet this summer as it seems to storm every day! He has it in his mind to go to a new pool as he saw the massive slides, however in his 8 years he has refused even mini-slides, so I suggested we try the regular slide at the other pool first. Apparently I am a fool, and he ONLY likes big slides. I will probably have to climb all the stairs to rescue him from the top again! He is really brave in most things, but slides always freaked him out for some reason.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:59 AM
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By the way Brain, I've come up with a way for you to make money. Film the antics with the birds, cat and net and then post it online and if you get tons of hits, you can start selling space. That story was funny but I imagine in person it'd be roll on the ground
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:03 PM
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Learning, my two cents, I'd not take 8 to Jurassic World. I didn't see it but have seen the others and my kids are too young for those still. They are newly 7 and almost 10. The almost 10 may be able to watch. Guess it depends on the kid. Mine aren't particularly sensitive but I think it'd still be too much
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:10 PM
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Thank you Ruby! That was my inclination too - we can watch on netflix when it comes out and then can always turn it off.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:04 PM
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Did I mention it's hot here? Only ten minutes outside and sweat is dripping. I modified the blueberry net structure, And I took the scare things from the cherry tree and added them to the b-berry netting. It doesn't scare them away but it looks like I know what I'm doing to the uneducated observer.
After mending the net I realized it's time to pick. Almost 2 full pints of dime size berries. There is a lot of them. And I found myself competing with the six legged critters. No pesticides on my food! My garden is totally organic. Yesterday I ate a strawberry I picked that had a hole in it. I didn't see if anyone was home. I just ate it - tasty.

Now that my t-shirt is cool and damp instead of hot and sweaty, it's time to go back outside.

today's harvest:
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:32 PM
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One year I had a pretty well-prepared garden. I worked hard on it.

I had a pickling cucumber plant. Withing a few weeks I was delighted to see yellow ladybugs in my garden, presumably eating bad garden bugs.

Turns out they were a special species: yellow, eleven-spotted cucumber beetles that were gnawing my vines and withering the cucumbers!

Oh, well--I had good luck with yellow squash and sugar pumpkins! They make great pies!
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:40 PM
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Blueberries look good....much better than the ones I got at Kroger the other day.
I did, however, spring for cherries that were almost the size of small plums! Well worth the price, too!

Poor Gilmer! Sorry about your cucumbers but that story sounds like it might be a basis for a Thesis......there's a lesson in there somewhere, yeah?
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:03 PM
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I just opened a high interest savings account. Yay. Been meaning to do that. My husband disagrees. He wants to pay off ALL debt before saving. I understand his point of view, that the higher interest rates trump any piddly savings interest rate. Yes, they do. However, we are humans, not mathematical robots, and I am motivated knowing I am sacking away a little bit of $ on the side (and for now, in secret). I think it's sad I am hiding a savings account from him. I just don't want to deal with the argument. Meanwhile, we are still aggressively attacking the debt.

I think it's smart to (1) pay yourself first, and to (2) have an emergency fund in place even while in debt.
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Going to pick up our Lowe's edging stones, mulch, and topsoil today, hopefully. Ordered it online a few days ago to get a discount. Guess I'll be spending the weekend landscaping
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SoberP, I have a credit card debt and a home equity loan that I'm trying to pay off. Meanwhile, I have a savings account and am salting money away in that account. I look at it this way - I'd rather have something to fall back on INSTEAD of the credit card if I need emergency money. And I can continue to pay the credit card bill. I had to pay for car repairs and I was glad I didn't have to charge even more money to the card, increasing the interest payment.

Gilmer, what a sad cucumber story. I have a bunch of plants and they aren't growing much at all. Last year I had powdery mildew. Hopefully not this year.

Nice berries Brain. Are you going to freeze some for baking over the winter?

Time to roll out of the office. I am SO looking forward to 3 days off of work. Five days off in a row. Yippee!!!
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I cannot garden, I do not know what I do wrong. We are trying to grow sunflowers and no luck, and half my nice plants are dead...at least half are not dead yet I guess!

However, at least one baby fish stuck its head out today - I thought they had all become grown up fish food (they are only about 10 days old). Hopefully the others are still in hiding!
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:44 PM
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Hippo......my mom and grandmother always advised us girls to sock away money 'just in case'. Guess they were referring to if our husbands ever up and left us penniless or something....and I know that's not why you've opened a secret acct....but still, it's okay to have your 'own' money for whatever reason .....women have been doing it for centuries! (Men too, I'm sure).

Yay for vacation, ruby!

And yay for a surviving baby fish, learning!

Can y'all tell I'm tired of studying?
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:19 PM
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Ah, yellow squash.

One of the better foodstuffs. Grilled, steamed, raw, fried, battered, casseroled...any way you fix it, I'll eat it. And there is a difference between fried and battered. My dad's plants are just starting to produce so there should be a good mess next weekend when I get there.
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I love yellow squash and zucchini. I literally eat both every day in the summer.
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Zucchini lasagna uses a lot and tastes great!
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:30 PM
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Lbrain - I am currently munching my way through blueberries, not the home grown variety, but still yummy!

Has anyone else noticed a lack of appetite post-quit? I am really not hungry, and am more eating by the clock, I expected the opposite and to want to eat constantly to replace the beer sugar. Not really complaining, but just an unexpected side effect of quitting
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