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    @blackdog

    None in my area. But we are getting some lightning and thunder, it is dying down now and it was supposed to be more serious than it turned out to be. My brother lives in Missouri so he usually gets the storms before I do here in Michigan, by about 20 or so hours. It really depends on how fast the system is traveling. He experiences more tornado potential than I do. But we did have warnings.

    Most of the day was beautiful, sunshine and a warm breeze ’til about 6:30 pm, we had rain up until about 10:30 am, then after 9:00 pm. We will have nice weather tomorrow.

    I want to plant some flowers. My yard got neglected over the last year. I’m going to have a lot of fun getting it back into shape.

    You’re right about the tooth thing. I am searching for ways to regrow teeth, so if it’s possible, I will!

     

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    Yay! Hi people. We are in the middle of a serious thunderstorm. I have dishes to do. But I couldn’t resist peeking in to say it’s nice to see this thread in my inbox again.

    I’ve been really busy with soul searching stuff that didn’t make for good conversation so…

    I am back to work, getting bills paid and so far so good.

    I now smile a toothless grin though, knocked a tooth loose last summer that finally fell out a week and a half ago… either people are being really nice, or they are not looking at my mouth because so far only two people mentioned anything.

    I still smile but it sure feels weird.

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    @blackdog

    Someone told me that if the button on the end of an avocado is still intact it will keep longer. I follow that practice now, buying only the ones where I’m sure the button is secure. I also buy them in their different stages of ripeness, green, dark green and black for when I get home. I leave them on the counter in the coolest part of my kitchen where there is also low light. I also learned that if you let a cut avocado heal after you cut it, (leave it out to dry) it will last longer too. Seems mother nature knows how to make things airtight better than we do. Then I just trim the dry skin away and the avocado is perfect underneath. Lemons work that way too. If you want to keep them a little longer than two days, put them in a plastic bag after they heal and put them in the fridge. The power of living foods.

    Do not try this with your bologna!

    I’m glad you aren’t going to end up homeless. I do agree with you, it’s like one hand is pulling you up while the other is on your head holding you down. I just wish they would make up their minds, help us or let us fend for ourselves, this wishy-washy stuff is making me crazy. I think they are just doing it to claim bragging rights, and look good to the rest of the world. When actually I think they are afraid if they actually do help someone they will lose that source of funding.

    Living off the grid… 492 acres in the Ozark foothills of Missouri was really close. we did have electricity but everything else was wood, well propane for cooking. Lots of land and fields and forest, Mark Twain National Forest right out my back door. And I can say “now” that it was lovely, and relaxing and I’d love to go back. But a 14, 15 year old teenager with wild oats to sow, found every excuse the could to get away.

    It was never boring, we rode horses, worked in the garden, and ate the rabbits and chickens we raised. We got milk and beef from other farmers in the area, went on berry-picking adventures, and swam everyday of summer in the Big Piney River. But going to school getting away from the family and having a normal teenage life was either difficult or out of the question. School was 17 miles away for elementary, and 25 miles away for high school. Mom or Dad would take us into town to the elementary school, but I had to take a bus to high school. Then the school bus would drop us off at the end of the road toward our house. Sometimes someone would be there to pick us up and sometimes we’d have to walk the mile and a half home.

    I wish I would have realized what my Dads dream was when he moved us out there. He found it very difficult to get his point across, so as kids we had no idea what he was trying to accomplish, I see it now though, and it was a very beautiful idea. I learned a whole lot in spite of myself. I also learned introspection, to look within for solving issues without.

    They didn’t tell me I had ADHD, I thought I was weird, always on the outside looking in. I also thought it was because I was a Northern girl trying to fit into a Southern school of kids. I know the difference now, but they’d have saved me a lot of embarrassment and tears had they helped me with my ADHD.

    I am thankful though, I wouldn’t be who I am without the hardship and lessons I learned as a kid.

    I still like the commune idea though, I understand, and appreciate a whole lot more now than I did then. And I know a lot of stuff that would be helpful if the power goes out, or if we need food, and lots of stuff that city-dwellers didn’t have the opportunity to learn as a kid.

    Ok I know there was other stuff I was going to write but this Missouri thing just blew it all out of my head, so when I think of it again I’ll try to stay focused enough to write it.

    Wow it’s only 2:pm, not even dark yet. Got a few things to do.

    ‘Til next time, keep dreaming.

     

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    @dithl

    There must always be avocados!

    When my only experience with avocados was guacamole, I didn’t think I would like them, so I thought they would taste worse than guacamole and never tried them. Finally one  day someone talked me into having some on a salad, just the avocado fruit; from that moment on I have absolutely loved them, but I still do not like guacamole.

    I like your whole idea, “almost the world on an almost silver-platter” kind of deal. That works too.

    Thank you for your kind words about my little writing bit, and you’re welcome on the f.lux I am really happy with it too. I was looking for something that would work. I used to use yellow glasses at my job as a production artist for an ad circular, not the dark yellow (blu-blocker) but a lemony yellow, I remembered a science book test where we were challenged to stare at the American flag in it’s opposite colors, the opposite of blue was yellow, so I assumed it would work, I also used yellow filters on my camera to increase the contrast of black and white photographs. A win-win for computer work. The glasses finally got so scratched up that it was harder on my eyes than the blue light, and I could never find a replacement pare, the new ones were all plastic lenses with distortions. I couldn’t use them either. I will keep looking though, they are out there somewhere.

    I am expecting the sun to shine, I have all my dark colors washed and ready to go.

    The scary stuff is making me exercise courage cultivation strategies, I don’t really know what that is, but no mater how long it takes, or how much I do at a time I’m going forward, I can at least do that, and sometimes when I’m not expecting it I realize I’ve moved a foot forward, what a great feeling.

    The dishes are half done, yay! putting the second load in the dishwasher. I don’t normally use the dishwasher, but I usually do them sooner than I did this time, and I cleaned out the fridge. So I had a pile. I think doing dishes is my least favorite, of all my chores. When I do them the way I think they should be done, the dishwasher is wasteful, but at times like this… oh I am so glad for this modern invention.

    I did just now think of a clever little saying to help me appreciate doing dishes. “Save a tree, do the dishes” sounded much better in my head. This will take some creative reworking. It is true though the bulk of single use products is paper, thankfully. I detest plastics. Although I appreciate plastics usefulness in some areas but disposable food serving products often end up in a campfire, fire pit, or fireplace, what an awful smell.

    I think I’m done for the moment, I must be tired or something. Likely, I didn’t sleep well last night, and it’s after 12. ok I’m off to bed.  Nighty-nite.

     

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    @blackdog

    Sweet dream there little puppy.  Roll in the sunshine, those are my happy thoughts. My very best favorite thing to do is go out on a day that is about 55 degrees with a dark colored jacket and pants and let the sun just soak right in, while the cool breeze brushes across my hair and face. Heaven!

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    Fortune cookies scare me! They don’t taste good, and the message may be on target, but they leave out how to achieve such heights. I think only people who actually like the cookies can reach the fortune. I have tried to like them…

    Leaving it there.

    But I do agree with your interpretation. I often waste the day trying to decide if I really want to do a thing or not, sometimes I’ll talk myself into it my 5:pm, then be angry at myself for not getting it done. I heard somewhere that procrastination for ADDers is just that– trying to talk ourselves into doing things we don’t want to do. Which is why a crisis situation works so well.

    I’ve fooled my self for a minute with the phoney crisis, only once I could never do it again. I have to see everything laid out forward to move, and I have to make the commitment, but there has to be a “Non-Me” person to be accountable to. It has to be real.

    I am experienced and the company does offer training the way you describe, but it doesn’t give me time to build up enough muscle to do the job (and I’ve been very sick), doesn’t give me a paycheck any sooner, and I have 3 cats that I have to pay someone to take care of, I am in a tough situation. Maybe a little frightened too, and the dream isn’t nearly big enough to handle it. But as due dates approach the dream is gaining importance if not size.

    I don’t remember if I mentioned in an earlier post, but the training takes place in Wisconsin, a very long way from here, and I do not have enough money to live on out there or pay someone to take care of my cats. This is very nearly a “catch-22”.

    I hope Salvation Army calls me too, but even a job with them will take almost two weeks to get, they have a lot of hoops. But I will gladly jump through every one.

    I am experienced in a lot of different things, but a combination emotional issues, ADD (before I knew what was wrong), and totally immersing myself in the care of my family drained all the desire and motivation out of everything I enjoyed doing. I still don’t want to draw, write or paint. I have to push my self to work on the computer.

    The hard part in all this is that I am gaining the tools to help myself but forgetting about them, or just being too lazy to pick them up and use them. I’m hoping that part of the reason is the fact that I’ve been so sick. And I will find new strength and drive when I get over what ever this is. I am getting overwhelmed really fast, There is so much that needs my attention that without some kind of financial support I can’t do because it doesn’t matter enough. …until it does. …crisis.

    I thought I was doing so well selling the Tahoe, buying a less desirable GMC Safari, and paying the overdue bills with the rest of it. But I might have shot myself in the foot “so-to-speak” because a shut-off notice is enough to get the state public services to help. I paid the bills too quickly. I should have found a counselor or someone to guide me. But they would have expected a chunk of the money too and I didn’t have enough to get everything done as it was. Lessons learned that I hope are behind me now. I probably said the same thing when I sold the Trailer back in August. You’d think I’d learn something, but I was dead set against going back to truck driving, but I didn’t know their was a company out there that would do a week-on, week-off type schedule. Now I do!

    My biggest problem with driving was the loneliness, and the inescapable boredom of the job once the novelty wore off. I loved the money though, and I loved the driving, I just didn’t like being trapped, and alone. I thought about doing team driving but I’m still trapped, and if we aren’t compatible it could be “hell on wheels” (pun intended).

    I don’t think I’m done writing but I’ve already overdone it. so I’ll stop for a minute.

     

     

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    Hey everybody, thanks for all the love.

    I don’t know what this bug is, but it’s a monster of one. I don’t know if it keeps coming back or if it’s never gone. I improve a little more each time though. I have lost over 20 lbs since this thing started and I’m as weak a a kitten. I have less ambition and motivation than I’ve had all year which was almost nothing to begin with. Pulling teeth is easier!

    I even alienated a sarcastic friend with sarcasm, go figure.

    I’ve applied for a job at the Salvation Army because they are within walking distance of my house, “planning ahead”, actually the plates had expired on my vehicle and I didn’t have the money to renew them or get insurance. So I sold it and got enough money to buy a less desirable vehicle that needs work, but is a lot cheaper to make legal, and I paid of a bunch of bills. I can at least breath for a minute. I really hope I get that job. it’s only 25 hours a week, but better than nothing. If they stay true to their word I might eek out 800. a month which since I’m caught up I should be able to keep a roof over my head for a while. I won’t stay caught up though if I don’t get the job soon.

    My other solution was to go back to truck driving, need a refresher course and certificate though, more money than I have right now. I don’t think the job will pay both the bills and for the class which is $1,500.00, even in payments. I am hoping that Michigan Rehabilitation will allow me to work to pay my bills, but pay for the schooling. We shall see. Their goal is employment “period”. So that plan may not work unless they consider me underemployed, I don’t know yet if that is an option. I will just have to wait til they call then ask.

    I will know if I got the job in a couple days, if I don’t hear from them by Friday they said I can be sure the went another direction, nice way of saying “we didn’t choose you”.

    Websites are in limbo for a while ’til I stabilize again. I just gotta focus on the financial end of things. My dream of sitting back and having the world handed to me on a silver platter has finally been crumbled. I’m gonna have to do it myself, what a bummer. Lol.

    Well it’s time for some real dreams, from the comfort of my nice clean pillow case.

    Oh one more note. I found a little program that takes the blue out of the computer screen as the sun goes down, so that super alert pesky “blue ray” doesn’t keep your mind from noticing that you are tired. I’ve had it for two days now and it seems to be working pretty well. Not perfect, but well. (www.f.lux.com) I heard about it through a health enewsletter on sleeping. It was a pretty boring interview that I wouldn’t have watched except I was really interested in getting better sleep. Out of the whole hour long interview this bit about the computer program was only a mere 3 minutes; I was already wondering how to dim my computer without degrading contrast. I really like the rosy glow. It is very comfortable on the eyes.

    Okay, good night all, and thanks again for all the love, you lift my spirits and help me get well, that is worth a lot.

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    @Scattybird

    That’s what I can do with this old ironing board, I don’t have anything that needs to be ironed.

    @blackdog

    I don’t have a TV so I didn’t get to see the ball drop this year, in fact I was in bed by 7:30 pm, and stayed there til 12:00 noon New Years Day. I do agree that anyone who attempts to sing a song with so much tradition behind it owes it honor and respect, any song really. But this one especially.

    Yes I have been very sick, three weeks now. I did finally go to hospital on New Years Eve which is why I spent all that time in bed, but that was after I worked a whole week being sick.

    I wish I could say I was getting better but my lungs feel like leather like they don’t want to work, and they hurt. I just took the last antibiotic, I haven’t taken antibiotics since 2007.

    I’m thinking this must be some kind of virus, cause it’s really hanging on. And I have to get back to work, somehow. I really don’t want to work sick, it’s not fun already when I’m not sick.

    This is the first I’ve been able to think though, so maybe I am improving a little.

    I started my GiftBoxesNow dot com website, but I only have three boxes on there so far, and 1 free download, of a mini gift box. I have a video explaining how to use the pattern. One person has downloaded the free pattern so far. I’m hoping by next Christmas I’ll have 50 or more boxes available for download. I think of new ones to add all the time.

    Well good night folks, I should be sleeping. I think I’ll go do that.

     

     

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    @dithl

    That was so clever, I don’t know how many times I wanted to trade “Meh” and “Blah” for “zing” I will keep reading to hear the end of this story. I do hope you get your (z)ing, and Blackdog can keep some zing too.

    blackdog

    So am I. That’s why it’s taking me so long. I can do print ad’s zippity zip, but this website stuff is exhausting. It is really cool though. I already have two, (hanging head, whispering) that I haven’t taken care of properly. But I’m getting back to them too.

    It took a long time to convince myself that I needed to get serious about my websites if I wanted them to pay off. Not necessarily in $$ but that would be nice too, actually that would be great, but I’m focusing on the mechanic of building, and writing good copy at the moment. Neither are easy subjects. I had to drag out my audio recorder, because the reading is intense, and the only way I can comprehend is if I make sure I read every word properly, and the only way to do that is hear myself speaking.

    I could read out loud and that would serve the same purpose, but now I have the added benefit of putting the recorder under my pillow at night, to hear the days reading as I sleep. I aced Anatomy & Physiology that way, so I figured it should work for this too.

    I like having something to focus on while I drift off to sleep anyway, otherwise my mind races all over the place.

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    @blackdog

    I want to put that on facebook…

    That is so clever, and cute.

    …pretty much appropriate too.

    The emoticons didn’t kill me but they beat me up pretty bad, I recovered now. Seriously though I’ve been working on my website. Perfect hyper-focus excuse. It is a lot of work and I can’t wait ’til I get it live. I just hope it does as well as I’m hoping it will.

    I know it may not take off right away, I’m not “pie-in- the-sky” dreaming, but it should show activity by next Christmas. I have the domain for a year, so I should be able to tell if it’s going to work by then.

    I will definitely post a link when it’s ready, or at least let you guys know how to get there. It’s a pretty good story how I thought of it too.

     

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    ok that’s it  good night!

     

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    I din’t want to jinx it so I’m putting my (Yay!) in this post

    😀  😀  😆  😀  😀  😆    I’m happy the cool worked.   )  😎   (

    Nite all!

     

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    That’s okay, I was having even more fun (not) on my website, I’m trying out a new idea and it’s just not working. I probably should have turned off the computer when the emoticon wouldn’t show up.

    I’m trying one more time— )   😎   ( ————- we’ll see.

     

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    Nope! I’ll give up ’til I get further instructions…

    Oh Blackdog…

     

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    Is there a space after the word cool, let’s see…  :cool :

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