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Flyover

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Its beef stew meat. I wanted to put mushrooms in it but got outvoted... lol

I could take pictures of what you Don't want it to look like, as I got taken by a contractor in October 2019. Hopeful that someone will come along with the info that.you need.
Vegetable soup with no mushrooms, and stew beef instead, sounds like my kind of vegetable soup.

I walked around my house a few times with my son picking up whatever trash they missed (they did a couple rounds first), and I thought the job they did looked really nice. I noticed one little gap in an upper corner of my siding that they didn't create but they exposed it by leveling up the soffits, which previously had been sagging and covering it. Behind the gap is just insulation. I pointed it out to them and they agreed to cover it up tomorrow with a small piece of metal, which I'm fine with.

So, everything looks prim and proper and they've been courteous and professional, but I'm worried that I don't really know what to look for.
 

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I'll pay attention to the corners and seams. I don't think I'll have time to take pics, post them here, wait for responses, then go back out. The workers will be done in about an hour. I'm looking for corners and seams without gaps, presumably, and that look tidy and square...?
 

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I got a shock today when I discovered that;

Pfizer and Moderna did perform confirmation tests (to ensure the vaccines work) using fetal cell lines. And Johnson & Johnson uses fetal cell lines in vaccine development, confirmation and production.
You asked, we answered: Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells? | Nebraska Medicine Omaha, NE

So, I will prolly just say no to all the vaccines.
The abortion debate has nothing to do with abortion, it's just the evil religion industry still trying to prove it can CONTROL ALL of us! They lost a lot of control when USA was formed and much of their evil was outlawed and they're still pissed about that.
Religics protect fetuses, but once born, all bets are off, they want you to die in their endless religion-fueled wars...
Abortion has always been legal, only the laws against abortion were illegal, and have been struck down now.
Pro Choice Freedom is the American way... everybody gets to have it their own way...
 

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The abortion debate has nothing to do with abortion, it's just the evil religion industry still trying to prove it can CONTROL ALL of us! They lost a lot of control when USA was formed and much of their evil was outlawed and they're still pissed about that.
Religics protect fetuses, but once born, all bets are off, they want you to die in their endless religion-fueled wars...
Abortion has always been legal, only the laws against abortion were illegal, and have been struck down now.
Pro Choice Freedom is the American way... everybody gets to have it their own way...
Whoa! I must have pushed your anti-religion button. Abortions kill preborn children, not a religious issue per se however believers would by nature be pro-life.

I was a past director of a crisis pregnancy center which offered help and guidance toward adoption if desired. There is a shortage of babies available for adoption (and a waiting list) so many go to other countries to adopt.
 

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I got started on grout re-staining. You can see the difference it makes. I have over 1200 ft ² of tile but the kitchen and one bath are all that need redone. Back when I set the tile light and dark gray were my only options.0304211758.jpg
 

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Good Job. The other rooms are still Brown?
I stained the grout in all rooms with the tile (kitchen, den, LR, DR, hallway and one bath) about 15-20 years ago but kitchen and bath got more mopping and needed redone. I did the bath a few weeks ago. It's slow work with a toothbrush, easy but hard on the back.

I thought I would look for a dark sealer but forgot and started re-staining. Probably best as it will blend where it interfaces with den and DR. The tile is a continuous run.
 
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I installed it all, my wife and son did the grout. I took a week off from work to do it and at the end of the week had only the LR completed. I started using spacers as I had never laid tile. After I got the hang of it I just tapped them into the thinset mortar and after several were in place adjusted to get a uniform spacing of approx ⅜".
 

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I felt pretty good today and worked for about an hour and a half trying to get rid of all these weeds and poke weed. I had hoped to burn it tonight along with another pile but.... I had to run errands earlier so now I am a stiff mess. Maybe one day next week i can get it done. I bought some disposable masks to wear in the event there is any poison ivy or sumac in what i pulled out. A friend of mine gave me the idea to make a raised bed between the stumps. I may do that this year and plant some sunflowers there. Or just flowers period.
Speaking of flowers, i bought myself some flowers today, lol. No one else around to do it, so why not, right? I have flowers coming up already that i planted and they made me want some flowers. Why dont fellas buy flowers more often... these were cheap $8.... or maybe i am just easy to please. I dont know. Lol
I haven't had flowers since 2006, so it was a nice treat. I also managed to drink lots of water today.... which i don't20210304_124147.jpg20210304_124209.jpgreceived_186365406255068.jpeg normally do.
 

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That soup looks good, Shan. The flowers look nice as well.

Eddie, good job on the floor staining!

I took mom to get her 2nd dose of vaccine today. Went to the post office while she was getting it and popped in to visit my friend. Mail delivery had some toys for his fat baby. I was on my way out the door to go see if my mother was done at the doctor's and she called to say she was ready. Brought her back to friend's house and she played with the baby. Whenever the baby starts getting fussy, my friend puts on music by Geoff Castellucci (a bass singer). Mele Kalikimaka and Sizteen Tons seem to soothe him the most. My friend really likes the Sixteen Tons one. Tried some other music, but the baby likes bass singers. He also likes Misty Mountains Cold featuring Tim Foust.

I brought some plumbing supplies to my friend. He made enough $ off of selling GameStop $ that he was able to buy a new faucet for his new vanity. He still has some left to sell if it goes very high again. He said he'd been relying too much on help from us. He got some new prescription glasses in and is very happy with them. Said he can read subtitles again. He's still frustrated with her ex. She managed to piss off the guy who was giving her lifts to and from work. She'd just given him $20 in gas money for the lifts & they had a tiff. She was giving him attitude and he told her she could find someone else to drive her from now on. According to her, it was on his end, but she tends to lie about things so I think it was her being a brat.

Speaking of brats, the 1yr old staying at the house is an absolute terror. She gets into everything and throws things. Her mother is pregnant and trying to keep her under control but has trouble. She takes one thing away and kid will grab another. She's constantly grabbing her and lightly slapping her hands to try to stop her. Kid knows the word "No" but everytime she hears it she just repeats back "nononononono".

I think Mom may have an eye doctor appointment tomorrow. I just cooked for her and she's eating (baked potato and some jimmy dean delights fritattas). I got my brother's leftover steak. He cooked a huge steak and could only eat half of it so I got the other half. Tomorrow I'll make shepherd's pie if I'm not too exhausted.

Ran out of kitten chow so had to feed the youngest ones regular cat food.

I forgot to mention that my friend's baby is now 6-months old. Still uncoordinated. Mom gave him a toy that is like a stick with bells on it. He kept hitting himself in the face while trying to shake it. At one point he started punching himself in the cheek with his left fist. Not sure what he was trying to do, but it wasn't working out for him. She got him a little bracelet for his right wrist that had bells on it and that kept him entertained for a bit.
 
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Thanks Zannej, I am enjoying the flowers a lot. I also have some flowers popping up that I planted. I'll add some pictures. The soup was delicious, we are having leftovers tonight.
Sounds like you're busy as ever, you're the only person I know that stays busier than me. Lol that's a relief. I do hope you have some down time for you though.
I am so excited for spring!
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Thanks, Shan. Those flowers are pretty too. One on the left reminds me of a type of flour I used to eat as a kid. It grew out of some clover-leaf like plant that I called "sour grass". It had a slightly sour taste and I used to eat the clovers and the flowers. No idea what the actual plant is.

I got rest today. Kidney stones acting up and I slept until after 3:30pm. Turns out Mom's next appointment is Monday. I needed that rest. I got up to cook for her and am lying down again.

A bit of good news: My friend's toilet plumbing is no longer clogged. Apparently his efforts to clear the clog pushed it in to the city's sewer line and it clogged the plumbing of a nearby grocery store. Grocery store owner got a commercial plumber out immediately to clear it.
 

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I got rest today. Kidney stones acting up and I slept until after 3:30pm. Turns out Mom's next appointment is Monday. I needed that rest. I got up to cook for her and am lying down again.
Are you sure it's Kidney stones? I have had them a few times, and couldn't move, much less get up and cook.

I dissolved them with Cranberry Juice. It takes about an hour.
 

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@zannej I know the flowers you're talking about, and "sour grass". My kids are always finding it and eating it. I think it is some type of clover like you said. I don't think I knew the flowers were edible, and I'm not sure if I'm going to tell my kids...once they find out that kind of thing then they start wandering all over the place eating whatever they can find, including neighbors' yards. People must think I don't feed my kids.

Actually it's funny, we'll be having dinner and I'll cook something absolutely delightful and they'll take a little nibble and say "I'm full" and refuse to eat any more, then go outside and eat all the sour grass and wild chives they can find.
 

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Spicoli, I'm sure it's kidney stones. I've been getting them ever since I've been on thyroid meds. I get them rather frequently. Some days they are worse than others. I passed the kidney stone last night. There are days when I have trouble moving because of them, but I've had migraines and chronic back pain for years so they don't affect me the way they seem to affect other people. My mother didn't have as much pain when she got kidney stones either. Maybe I have less sensitivity there, I don't know. I know my father had to go to the ER because of a very large kidney stone that required intervention to remove-- only the doctor botched the procedure. Forgot to let him get anesthesia first and ended up pushing the kidney stone back in to his kidney. I think I've only had small ones, but there have been some that made me bleed.

Flyover, probably the same stuff I ate as a kid then. Kids can be weird. Foraging can be fun. As an aside, I was talking to my best friend about how I would practically roll in mud as a kid. I would dig up worms & get in to all sorts of stuff. He hated dirt and never played in the dirt. If he got dirty he'd immediately go wash his hands. Now he has to climb in dirt and get his hands all greasy working on vehicles and stuff.

Other than cooking for mom and eating some pork chops my brother made, I did next to nothing on Friday. I slept in. Only awake now because mom had low blood sugar and asked me to get her some mountain dew.
 

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Fasted after midnight for bloodwork in the morning. Managed to avoid sleeping through my alarm and dragged myself out of bed to clean myself up. I need to shower at my friend's house at some point, but I will probably need to bring over a shower seat bc I keep slipping and nearly falling in his shower. Still no hot water at the house. They called me in fast and got the blood out so quickly that I didn't have time to get anxious before it was drawn. I told the nurse about the water situation and she said a lot of people are having the same issues with broken pipes.

Went straight home and back to bed where I racked out until around 3:30pm when my best friend called. The mayor visited him with the police and gave him 6 days to get his yard cleaned up or he'll be hit with a $5,400 fine. It needs the weeds cut, old pipes and wood from renovating picked up, etc. The mayor just happens to own a business that does that sort of work. Scumbag. They are supposed to give a minimum of 10 days notice in writing. Nothing in writing and no specifics. So he asked for my brother to go help him. I reminded him that the local towing guy owes him a yard cutting bc he traded a truck to get his yard cleared of weeds and the towing guy never did the job (guy admitted he forgot about it and friend said "I forgot too until my friend reminded me"). So, hopefully that guy will come. Checked w/ fire dept to make sure there were no debris burning bans in effect. Neighbor lent my friend his work cart (and agreed that it was bs that the mayor is pulling this). We suspect the next-door church has people complaining. They started complaining just about a week after he began cleaning the place up. It was a decrepid meth house with the yard full of debris & grass uncut. Immediately after my friend started cleaning up, city suddenly had an interest and gave notice to get it cleaned up and said people had complained it was an eyesore and then someone (we suspect from the church) vandalized the yard by throwing all of the stuff he'd picked up back all over the yard. Half of the church is technically on my friend's property.

The new judge for the town is using some of my friend's property as a trailer park rental. They had a brief tiff over it but friend said "Put up a fence, pay me $100 once for using my property and we're good-- I don't want people coming through my back yard". Guy put up the fence but didn't pay. But friend is going to give him a call and ask about fending because he wants to build an 8' fence between his house and the church (I almost said property line, but the property line extends past the front door of the church). They have a large low sign that they get pissy about having blocked and a fence will block it completely. But, the sign is technically on his property.

Grabbed food for mom and headed home, then back to pick up my brother and see how things were going after dark. He's got a big bonfire going but is monitoring it and has been using the 100' hose I got him.

Tomorrow we will work on it some more but I'm going to get some sleep.
 

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I burnt some stuff myself last night, I had trimmed a huge bush in Oct 2019 and the contractor there was supposed to take it with him when he finished the job. He never finished the job or took the trimmings, so... after sitting for nearly 18 months it was good and dry and I got that part burnt (18×4) I trimmed some limbs and stuff from trees along the fence line. Still have more to do and tons of honey suckle to remove, hopefully I can get to it in the next couple of weeks before it really starts growing. 20210309_162910.jpg20210310_073229.jpg
 

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