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Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Reply #33875 on: August 14, 2020, 12:57:56 am »
I could not sleep (about 4 or 5am) this morning. I'd just finished my book and was not thinking about the book. Ended up getting up at 3pm. My big plan was to buy huge transparent bags.

Went to Bed Bath where they had them but I had to ask for see-through ones. Told the man about the "bedbug prevention" coming up Saturday. He thought these were too much for me to pay for for that purpose and suggested I buy them in a supermarket and they would cost less. The thing about this is that NYC supermarkets do not carry things that they don't sell a lot of. They don't have the space. I bought some other things in Bed Bath. Went to CVS and Morton Williams, but their largest plastic bags were kitchen size.

A few hours after I got home, I started vacuuming and pulling out furniture. I even managed to move the sofabed, which is very heavy. It had been years. It wasn't as bad as I expected though. Lots of dust on the back of the sofa and some on the wall and floor. There were a few old magazines -- Cat Fancy (which I have not bought since not having cats any longer) and LL Bean catalogs. I vaccumed back there, then used swiffer and went over it with a wet rag and soap. Moved the sofa back but not all the way because they told us to leave furniture pulled out.

I noticed in Bed Bath that they have made more space and don't have quite as much merchandise in the centers of floors. Part of the anti-covid spreading measures. They were not crowded and no one was in front of me when I went to pay. That is very unusual.

I still have a lot yet to do Friday with this project but felt that I'd accomplished a lot.

At Morton Williams they had Edy's ice cream 2 for $7. I bought one. Now my freezer is the fullest it has ever been. There is one Edy's container that has little left in it. I took out a slice of pizza just before I got home, first in about a month.

It was humid Thursday but otherwise very comfortable for walking. The toughest thing was breathing (with a mask).

Hope Friday is good to you.
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33876 on: August 14, 2020, 05:53:51 am »
    Happy Friday!
    76 heading to 104 this afternoon.  I hope I can convince Ginger that running around in the yard when it's that hot is a bad idea. 
    I am rearranging my office at home this morning to get a fan plugged in closer to me.  I have one in each corner of the room basically to keep the air moving (plus a ceiling fan), but I'm too cheap to keep the AC kicked way down just so it's cold over here.  If I get a fan that blows right on me that will work.
    Hopefully the other thing for work today is checking stuff off my lists.  I need to get some more tests scheduled before our meeting.  I've been procrastinating since management keeps changing things.  I think we have some solid decisions now so it's safe(ish) to proceed.
    Have a great day.
    Stay safe.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33877 on: August 14, 2020, 06:47:07 am »
    Good morning.

    When I awoke the air had that eerie green tinge and I thought, oh no, I don't remember the last time I saw the air this color. It didn't last very long but it did get darker than it was when I got up. Some thunderstorms in the area, but rainfall has been fairly gentle and we haven't had the wind that was possible. II said he was over halfway home before he ran into rain. The lights did flicker once as I was fixing breakfast. The eggs were done, but I hadn't heated the tortillas yet. Guess we would have eaten breakfast burrito filling by itself if the power had gone out. Most of the storm was to go to the south of us, but it is still quite dark out and it is still raining. Supposed to be gone by 10 AM.

    II will sleep for awhile this morning. Meals are leftover pizza fixed as a panini on the Griddler and already prepared filling for chicken fajitas. Should be an easy day for food prep.

    Easy pickup from Walmart yesterday. I also stopped at the produce cart, but it was late enough in the day not everything I wanted was available. Oh well, it gives me a reason to get out another day and I do feel I should get out and drive somewhere on a regular basis.

    Hope you have something slightly different planned for the weekend. Enjoy today. Stay safe.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33878 on: August 14, 2020, 10:14:59 am »
    Good Morning

    Yesterday stayed cloudy and cool, so I spent some time outside planning a major project I was going to do when things cooled off.  In my investigation, I solved the problem !  Needless to say I am disgustingly pleased with myself !!  The heat is back today, hitting 100 before 9:00.  I have a baby roadrunner that came right over to me, (Mamma did NOT like that at all !!)  Cooper Hawks are circling the bird feeds.

    Happy Friday....I hope some fun, but safe, weekend plans are in the making.
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33879 on: August 14, 2020, 12:00:25 pm »
    Good morning from southern Arizona.  (Well, it was morning when I started typing.  ;) )

    Wednesday when I went to the Red Cross my pulse was a bitt to fast. Then my recent episode that was possibly atrial fibrillation resulted in a six month deferral from donating blood. Now I need to make an appointment with my cardiologist, if he is still around.

    Thursday morning we drove to Gilbert to pick up our truck with its rebuild transmission. On the way home, we stopped at mom's house, soon tobe our nephew's house, to pick up the old porch deck to take ho.e to be turned inot our front porch.  Today we picked up the rest of the wood for the porch.
     a lot of practice in free motion quilting! ;)

    Hope your day is wonderful. Have fun safely and be excellent to each other.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33880 on: August 14, 2020, 03:37:21 pm »
    today was a big adventure!  first time on the subway since February.  got to the station and there was a train in 1 minute, but when i swiped my fare card it was expired, so i ended up missing that train while exchanging the card.

    ten minutes sitting on a stifling hot platform (my train is underground) with a mask on and sweat streaming into my eyes was not my idea of fun.  train itself was fine, people sitting far away from each other and cool.

    i had left a ridiculous amount of time to get downtown, so i sat on the courthouse steps for a while watching idiot children (and one idiot adult) skateboarding and trying to skateboard on the steps.  finally had enough and started walking around the area.  one of the bakeries i wanted to go to was closed, and the other was crowded, so i just walked around the residential area before circling back to my new doctor's office.

    after the appointment i was still antsy and didn't want to get back on the train/mask up again, so i decided to walk to trader joe's.  well, i didn't get in, the line was around the block, so i walked to whole foods which was not crowded, but doesn't have all the stuff i like.  i DID go to the vegan burger place and also picked up some empanadas.

    train delays on the way home meant another 10 minutes standing on a hot platform.  i was so sick of the whole thing that i got off a stop early and walked home.

    all told, i did 4.5 miles.  and the tech did such a nice job pulling my blood that i can't even see where she poked me.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33881 on: August 15, 2020, 05:38:08 am »
    Good morning.

    We'll be a little warmer today with an expected high of 95 and abundant sunshine. We received a little over quarter of an inch of rain during yesterday morning's storm, but other parts of the state got a lot more. We never did have any heavy rainfall or the wind that had been forecast.

    Baking bread is supposed to be on my agenda for today. I found a recipe that hopefully will be similar to the kind we buy that has nuts on the outside as well as baked into the bread. I was going to make it last weekend, but Kroger didn't have sunflower seeds. Walmart had them so will see how it goes today.

    Otherwise, no specific plans. I know II is feeling much better because he spent time in his shop yesterday. It had been a long time since he went out there after working the night before.

    Hope your weekend is going well. Stay safe.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33882 on: August 15, 2020, 08:06:11 am »
    Good Morning

    We hit 115 yesterday and may go higher today.  I went to the Post Office yesterday to pick up my coffee order.  On the other side of the valley was a wall of dust that almost looked like a range fire. Turned out this weekend is of one of the off road races.  Starts just north of Vegas goes to Carson City and back.  Very high dollar equipment and extremely well organized....How they stand the heat, I will never know.  Skies will be hazy this weekend from disturbed dust.

    With heat and dust, I will stay inside after moving some hoses to sensitive trees.   Think I will make a plate of finger food and curl up with an old, non violent, non vulgar movie.  (African Queen ?)

    Hope everyone has a good weekend.....Be safe my friends.



    Telracs: Congratulations on your adventures....The last couple of times I was in Manhattan the subway cars and platforms were so crowded with people pushing each other that I was imagining keeping distance now would be difficult...Sounds like it was not too bad. Be Safe
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33883 on: August 15, 2020, 11:52:25 am »
    Good morning from southern Arizona.

    Glad that you survived your adventures, telracs!

    I ate lunch food for breakfast this morning. When we were getting ready to drive to Chandler Thursday morning, we were delayed by about an hour cleaning up about 5 gallons of water from the kitchen floor and the bottom of the freezer. The ice maker had sprung a leak. Fortunately, all the food in the freezer was still frozen solid. We turned off the water to the house and left. After we got back home we were able to turn off just the water line to the freezer. Our goal is to eat as much food from the freezer as possible before DH attempts to fix the ice maker. We finished the ice cream last night! ;) Lots of vegetables, food in meal prep containers, and a couple Mod pizzas on the menu for the next few days.

    I will be teaching a couple classic origami models in today's origami Zoom meeting. :)

    Hope your day is wonderful. Have fun safely and be excellent to each other.
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33884 on: August 15, 2020, 04:00:49 pm »
    Telracs: Congratulations on your adventures....The last couple of times I was in Manhattan the subway cars and platforms were so crowded with people pushing each other that I was imagining keeping distance now would be difficult...Sounds like it was not too bad. Be Safe

    believe me, i was worried about crowding.  i made sure my appointment was for an off-hour time, and that i was headed home pre-rush hour.  the platforms all had decals on the floor showing the 6 feet distance, and most people seemed to recognize how to sit apart or stand apart if the only seats were too close to people.

    only ones not being good were a couple of teenage girls who sat down together between two other people.

    it looks like it was nice weather here today, but i don't seem to do good the day after a long walk and am just zoning.  and of course, tomorrow shows rain.  but Monday looks nice, so i will do a grocery run then.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33885 on: August 15, 2020, 08:42:20 pm »
    The exterminator (for "bedbug prevention treatment") came this morning 2-1/4 hours late. If I had only known, I could have gotten 2 more hours of sleep.  I finished bagging clothing from closet, dresser and platform bed drawers at 3am. Went to bed at 3:30 and set alarm for 6:30 because there were a few more things to do -- strip the bed and see if there was anything that needed cleaning on the platform under the mattress.

    The instructions had said not to be in there during the treatment and stay out for 4 hours. This added lots of planning, what to take,  and be ready to leave. I asked him about it and he said I could safely stay inside and I did. Spent a lot of time putting things back from those bags. It's a bit of a walk from the living room to bedroom. I hope that I never have to do this again and I thought it was a waste of my time and energy. The man said my apartment was clean. That's what the dog said -- twice in a week. I don't usually use the word hoax, but this was a hoax. Now I have a lot of clear plastic bags and will use them whenever I take out garbage and recycling. I threw out two black garbage bags full of stuff, but when I was putting clothes back in place, it was too much.

    Hope you have a great day. I just hope to get out for a walk, drop off laundry, play the flute.
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33886 on: August 16, 2020, 05:43:23 am »
    Good morning.

    mlewis, hope today goes much better for you. I'd be treating myself to something really decadent after that experience.

    An expected high of 92 today. I keep telling myself the yard needs mowing, but I don't think I've convinced myself today's the day it gets done. Guess we'll see after breakfast.

    Otherwise, the normal Sunday - reading newspapers and talking to our oldest and doing whatever else we find interesting.

    Have a peaceful Sunday. Stay safe.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33887 on: August 16, 2020, 06:57:41 am »
    Good Morning

    We hit 117 degrees yesterday and it was still 100 at midnight with no wind.  Could be hotter today.  I have lots of food and cool water out for all the critters.  I feel for the parts of California that will have rolling power outages today.

    Have a restful Sunday and be safe
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33888 on: August 16, 2020, 09:04:09 am »
    Good morning.  Much milder temperatures and humidity here today which are expected to continue for the next week.  A blessing for the tens of thousands throughout the state who still do not have electricity after last week's derecho storm.

    mlewis, I imagine not having to leave your apartment during the treatment was a big plus.  I know it was a pain in the arse for you to pack up and unpack everything, but bed bugs are insidious, evil little creatures and if they were in the building, I would be very pleased management was being proactive to treat even the clean apartments.  The other plus is the amount of exercise you got just doing the work to get ready and then putting everything back!  AND your apartment got an extra deep clean as well!!  Many brownie points for you!  :D

    Speaking of brownies ... pretty sure that's now on my agenda for the day.  Our son made his first attempt at beef pho from scratch and stopped by long enough yesterday to bring us his broth and all the additions which we will have today.  I have the broth reheating in a small crockpot now and it smells wonderful.  He said he and his wife were very pleased with the end results.

    Everyone stay safe, be well.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33889 on: August 16, 2020, 11:06:17 am »
    Good morning from southern Arizona.

    I went on a 3+ mile walk this morning in preparation for the 5 mile race next Sunday. Last night my daughter reminded me that Run with the Roosters is only a week away. NAU changed my granddaughter's move in time to the afternoon of Friday before the race. My granddaughter also has a remote class that morning so my daughter and granddaughter will be leaving their house in central Arizona as soon as the class ends to drive to northern Arizona and hopefully arrive just before check in time. My daughter will spend the night at a place in Flagstaff and leave after breakfast to arrive in Tucson mid afternoon for check-in to a hotel where we will spend the night before the race. Tomorrow I will drive to Tucson to pick up our race bibs. Because of the added safety precautions for this in person race, there will be NO registration or bib pick up at the race. There will be race wardens to make sure everyone follows the safety precautions. I am looking forward to this race and hope it goes well.

    Hope your day is wonderful. Have fun safely and be excellent to each other.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33890 on: August 17, 2020, 03:28:46 am »
    A way too early good morning from SE Iowa.

    Napcat, I'm hearing on the early national weather that temperatures are expected to be 130 in Death Valley today!  :o :o :o  Is your cooling system able to mitigate that to somewhat tolerable?

    I never did get around to making brownies yesterday and I'm not making any promises for today.  Even though days of the week are blending into each other these days, my system still manages to recognize Mondays as a do-as-little-as-possible day.  ::) I'll stay busy and worn out vicariously just reading Anna's schedule.

    Stay safe, be well.


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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33891 on: August 17, 2020, 05:53:19 am »
    Good morning.

    63 heading to 93 then we'll be slightly cooler for a few days.

    Mowing accomplished yesterday but not by me. II did almost all of it with me doing the trimming. And he still had some energy when he finished. I really don't remember the last time he mowed that much of the yard. Not being in constant pain from the shoulder is really beginning to make a difference, and that doesn't take into consideration the other issues experience this summer that seem to be resolved.

    My bread baking Saturday was disappointing and I'm not exactly sure why. It was more like a quick bread than bread that could be toasted or used in a sandwich. I'll keep looking at recipes until I find another one I'd like to try.

    II working 3-11 today and Thursday. And I somehow did not have it in my head he is working 7-11 Friday. I'll have to do a slight re-figuring of meals is all. I haven't decided just which chore I'll tackle while he is at work tonight.

    NapCat, stay cool.

    Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. Stay safe.


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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33892 on: August 17, 2020, 09:18:24 am »
    Well, it's still morning here - so Good morning.  I am at the office today and tomorrow finishing up the hardware setup for our meeting next week.  Today I've had fun trying to troubleshoot my bluetooth headset.  I usually have static when I'm at home and a restart tends to fix things.  Today I had two headsets that were full of static when I tried to use MS Teams.  I could listen to music just fine - Microsoft hates me.  So I got it working with a wired headset, but I hate it.  There is not enough padding on the earpads to make wearing it comfortable for long periods of time.  I have a Jabra for my phone and it does something weird where the base connects to the computer with a USB cable and then the wireless headset talks to the base.  It's still not as good as my big headset, but it will do.  Hopefully once I move my computer down the hall to the meeting room things will straighten out.

    mlewis - glad you made it through the weekend.  It was good that you didn't have to leave.

    Anna's schedule does leave me tired - and I'm still working.

    Stay safe everybody.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33893 on: August 17, 2020, 09:35:54 am »

    Good Morning from the Lighthouse Ranch where our overnight LOW was 97! I would not be surprised if we top 120 here and yes Death Valley recorded 130 yesterday. Surface temperatures can be well over 160.   When I set my place up over 20 years ago I installed an A/C unit with twice the capacity required.  Also I had it serviced last week.....so I practically have light coating of frost on my furniture !!

    Obviously, me and the cats are laying low....

    Hope everyone's week is off to a great and safe start.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33894 on: August 17, 2020, 03:44:39 pm »
    Good . . . early evening.

    I am starting to feel more normal today. I was very sore for two days in the back knees and feet from the bagging and carrying bags (the apartment is long and I took things from the bedroom to the living room) first one way and after the exterminator visit taking them back and hanging up and putting into drawers. I was somewhat mentally traumatized too. Didn't do my happy things while preparing for this. I started using the Lifecycle again on Sunday and again today. Dropped off laundry Sunday and picked up today. On the way into the building someone was moving into the building. Moving van outside and one moving man and the new neighbor. Spoke with him but didn't get his name He asked what apartment I'm in. Seemed nice. I probably won't run into him much. He's on the 2nd floor in the front.

    It was only 70 degrees Sunday and cloudy. It rained but when I went out it wasn't. It got down to 66 this early AM. 77 now and nice breeze. Cool enough to have AC off, windows open (fans on). I am listening to the Cicadas that only appear and make their noise in August. They just started a few days ago.

    I started thinking about making a hair cut appointment. Not sure if it is wise. The salon I went to does distancing and masks. It's been six months since my last one.

    Enjoy the rest of the day/evening!

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33895 on: August 17, 2020, 07:16:36 pm »
    Good evening from southern Arizona.

    I drove to Tucson, as planned, after breakfast with DH. Since he was driving to Ace Hardware in Benson and I was driving to Tucson, breakfast was in the parking lot at McDonald's, after which we drove our separate ways. (DH actually likes those McGriddle breakfast sandwiches with round egg substituted for the folded egg. I get sausage burritos without the tortillas which is essentially scrambled eggs with sausage and salsa.)

    After picking up the race bibs at Fleet Feet (and buying a couple pair of Balega Hidden Comfort socks and some packets of huma energy gels), I drove to Sprouts for food items that I cannot get in Benson, and then JoAnn's to buy some fabric with koalas on it to make a birthday present for my sister. While there, the "buy two, get one free" sale on quilting rulers resulted in me getting rulers (8.5" square with internal 4.5" square, 6" 60 triangle, and Quilt Sense Wonder Triangles), the 40 and 50 percent off coupons resulted in a pack of machine quilting needles and a set of tube turners. I ate lunch from a drive thru in Tucson.

    After I got home, I spent most of the rest of the day in my craft room with a short break to hold wood for DH who is building a front porch from Mom's old back porch.

    Dinner will be something out of the freezer.

    I keep reading that my schedule is exhausting! I do very little involved cooking (except on rare meal prep days) or cleaning. DH does most of the cleaning as a holdover from my full-time working days. Both of us spend most of our time doing the "fun stuff," so it doesn't feel exhausting!  ;D

    Hope your days are wonderful. Have fun safely and be excellent to each other.
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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33896 on: August 18, 2020, 05:39:15 am »
    Good morning.

    A pleasant 66 this morning and we're to stay in the 80s for the next few days.

    A trip to Fresh Market in the plans for this morning. We do go through a lot of chicken, it seems. There are a few other things we like from there so will stock up on some of those. Getting there will be interesting for the next couple of years, however, as construction has begun on some major changes to the street it is on. There is a way to come in from the back of the shopping center. I figure I will be using that access point as will a whole lot of other people, I imagine.

    I finished everything I had planned for yesterday. Now to keep the momentum going on some projects around the house, not just giving it a lick and a promise.

    Have a good Tuesday. Stay safe.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33897 on: August 18, 2020, 06:19:18 am »
    Good morning.  Beautiful weather here in SE Iowa and it's nice having the house opened up.

    One-third of the state is still in horrible condition after the derecho storm.  I'm surprised there hasn't been more national coverage, it's like a stage II hurricane landed and moved across the middle third of the state. There are still more than 100,000 homes which have been without electricity for over a week.  Much of one of our larger cities, Cedar Rapids, has been destroyed.  Our governor finally requested a federal disaster declaration just yesterday and, so far, it sounds like all that is going to be approved is money to farmers, no individual relief.  As I type this a short story did just cross on a major cable news station, I guess because the president has said he will visit some time today. /end of today's rant on one more major sucky thing of 2020.

    Be well, stay safe.


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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33898 on: August 18, 2020, 07:40:42 am »
    Good morning from southern Arizona.

    Crebel, it sounds like the relief effort is dreadful. I hope that it changes for the better.

    Here, the main items on the agenda are bill paying and laundry.

    Hope your days are wonderful. Have fun safely and be excellent to each other.

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    Re: The Good Morning Thread
    « Reply #33899 on: August 18, 2020, 08:26:05 am »
    Good morning.  I am in the office again today.  Hopefully it is the last day this week.  The network guys just traced out the problem with one of the network jacks that I was trying to use in my meeting room.  It worked fine in May, but sometime since then it got unplugged somehow.  No one will admit to doing it...  But I don't care - It works!
    Now to finish the updates on the laptops, and then I can go home for the day.
    It's hot.
    Nothing else is new.
    Stay safe.

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