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Eddie, probably some sort of glitch with the forum.
I went to the grocery store and got more stuff to cook for mom. Also got a sewing measuring tape to get some measurements. I probably shouldn't have done the waist measurement after eating 5 chicken thighs and some rolls. LOL.
I was supposed to wear a bra for the measurements but I stopped wearing them quite awhile ago because they rub the skin and agitate some skin tags I have there. Anyway, only bra I could find was too small and I couldn't even get the straps over my shoulders without help. I really need to lose some weight because my gut sticks out almost as much as my bust. LOL.
Got mail and put groceries away. It was friggin' hot out so I didn't stay outside for too long. Been watching How To videos and then seeing spoilers for the Loki series.
 

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Gut parasites, the runs, skin tags, obesity...this is my go-to forum when I'm feeling overly romantic about the human body and public health.

A couple days ago I sorted out all the shed pieces I had and what I still needed and reached out to the company about replacement parts but they haven't gotten back to me. I'm going to actually call them today. I have a feeling I'll end up fabricating more parts out of metal...

Zannej, I used to have to run to the store all the time when I lived by myself. When I moved in with my wife (then girlfriend) she got me in the habit of writing out all the meals for the week (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and then buying all the ingredients for those, plus snacks and whatever else we need and are out of. Since then, impromptu grocery store runs are eliminated. Saves a lot of time and gas. I recommend it.
 
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Weekly grocery trips are great, but Avocados don't last that long, or fresh Chicken.

Women shouldn't wear bras, which is more than just a HS fantasy of mine. The restriction of movement contributes to the risk of cancer.
 

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You've gotta be strategic about your avocado purchases. Buy some that are ripe, some that are still hard, and stagger them throughout the week. Also if you have one that is ripe or almost ripe but you don't plan to use it for a couple days you can put it in the fridge to slow it down. Finally, if you've let one go and it's overly ripe, you can still scoop out the flesh, throw it in a blender with some cilantro, jalapenos, onions, a tomato or two, salt, a couple tablespoons of vinegar, and a cup of water, and you've got a phenomenal sauce to put on burritos or just dip chips in.

I don't think we should go down the rabbit hole of whether women should or shouldn't wear bras, sounds like it's just asking for a mod to step in and shut down the thread!
 

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I don't think we should go down the rabbit hole of whether women should or shouldn't wear bras, sounds like it's just asking for a mod to step in and shut down the thread!
Someone will just turn a bra comment into a political post...
 

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@Spicoli43 By the way, if chicken doesn't last a week you should try refrigerating it, that usually will get you at least 3 or 4 days. Longer than that and you can try freezing it too. Works fine for me. Just have to remember to move it back to the fridge the night before you aim to cook it. ;)

Shed company quoted me over $200 for the parts. Even if I buy the hardware separately on my own it's still over $100. Might as well have bought the thing new. Depressing to think you're saving money only to find out you're forced not to. And now I have no choice, the thing is trading up space in my garage!
 

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I got around to start.transferring tools into the behemoth...... I might name it...hmmm.
I had a good time doing it. Idk that I like how I have it right now, but it will work as is for now. 20210624_211300.jpg20210624_211311.jpg20210624_211322.jpg20210624_211330.jpg20210624_211338.jpg


I also got this and.put it together.... it's really too big, but certainly will make it easier to take them out of the garage quickly and have them stored so they arent falling over
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I went and bought wood so I could convert the fence to a gate soon. I just need to make the time for it.

I need to finish the shelves I was building before I dislocated my finger. I have piddled with it and finally bought a few more pieces of wood to finish it.

The garden is coming along well, I'm feeling impatient with it... but I shouldnt, it will become overwhelming quickly!20210624_125403.jpg

And my beautiful sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. I CANT WAIT!
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And finally, I saw my rheumatologist this week. I asked what he thought about me maybe picking up more hours and attempting full time. He said that I needed to take it 1 step at a time and it was to soon to decide that. It's kind of weird to feel respected by a physician about the subject matter.... and I am a nurse.

Waiting on my pillows to dry so that I can go to bed. I hope you all are well and enjoying this weather!
 

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@shan2themax I envy your nice garden. We never planted cherry tomatoes. They just came up as "volunteers" and we called them "tommy toes" a pun I guess.

I started my bee traps. Because of the way I am making the corners I applied dabs of glue (now drying) to hold it together while I later pre-drill and hammer in a couple of small nails for each joint.

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Got up early and went to Samsclub. My brother was actually awake so he went with me. Loaded up on water and cat food. Also got a 2tb external drive for my friend (since his old external drive died). Also grabbed 2 dozen cupcakes since it's his birthday. Went over to visit him and give him the gifts. While we were there a tech from his internet company came by to disconnect his modem. His internet company hadn't sent him his bill in 2 months and didn't even send a shutoff warning. Guy came in and was very apologetic. Friend asked if he could just pay on Monday when he gets his paycheck and mentioned it was his birthday. Guy gave him the # to call and said they should give him an extension since it was only a couple days. After the phone menu he got ahold of someone who told him absolutely not. If the technician was there it *had* to be shut off then no matter what. Tech was saying to us that was BS. Friend asked about partial payment. Got put on hold for awhile as she said she was talking to her supervisor. Still said "no". I asked him to see if he could talk to the supervisor. She said the supervisor was at lunch. Friend said, "If your supervisor is at lunch, how did you just talk to him 13 seconds ago?" Tech guy was making faces and we were cracking jokes quietly & making him laugh. We all agreed it was BS. In the past they let my friend extend things. It took 10 minutes for the chick to even find out how much my friend owed for the bill. They really inflated it. It was only around $40/month when he got it. They have now raised it to $84/mo and they were adding in a disconnect/reconnect fee for it even though they never officially disconnected it before. He was only $20 short of what he needed & they were going to cancel his service over it. I asked if he could pay with his card then and then deposit $ in his bank so it wouldn't overdraft. The woman said "Hold on a minute" and put him on hold for 10 more minutes. She finally said he could pay that way and they wouldn't shut his internet off. Tech thanked us for making him laugh (and thanked us for offering a cupcake but declined as he was about to eat lunch). He wished us a good day and went to eat lunch in his truck. I took my friend to the bank & gave him some $ to put in. As soon as better internet comes around, he's leaving that internet company. He's used them for 5 years and they are jerking him around now.

We then ate some cupcakes and watched the first episode of Loki. It was pretty funny. I like the comedian who plays Casey. Owen Wilson is great as well. His dry line deliver cracks me up. My friend said he will wait until we are over to watch the next episodes so we can watch together.

We went to the post office and grabbed McDonalds for mom (per her request). She forgot to ask for a mocha frappe but I got her a free one with the survey code. She got excited when I handed it to her. They have this thing where if you do the survey at mcdvoice using the # on your receipt. Once you finish it you get a code to redeem a free shake or frappe. Survey has to be done within 7 days and the code can be used within 30 days.

It's raining and I'm about to take a nap now.
 

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I forgot to address the food shopping thing: We have limited space and I still need to clean up the pantry and patch the ceiling to keep mice out so it will be safe to store stuff. We went down from 2 fridges to 1 so we can't have as much in the way of cold stuff as we used to and my brother eats things in large quantity. When it's just me and mom, the groceries last a lot longer.
 

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@Spicoli43 By the way, if chicken doesn't last a week you should try refrigerating it, that usually will get you at least 3 or 4 days. Longer than that and you can try freezing it too. Works fine for me. Just have to remember to move it back to the fridge the night before you aim to cook it. ;)

Shed company quoted me over $200 for the parts. Even if I buy the hardware separately on my own it's still over $100. Might as well have bought the thing new. Depressing to think you're saving money only to find out you're forced not to. And now I have no choice, the thing is trading up space in my garage!
Whoa... You keep Chicken on the counter?
 

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You've gotta be strategic about your avocado purchases. Buy some that are ripe, some that are still hard, and stagger them throughout the week. Also if you have one that is ripe or almost ripe but you don't plan to use it for a couple days you can put it in the fridge to slow it down. Finally, if you've let one go and it's overly ripe, you can still scoop out the flesh, throw it in a blender with some cilantro, jalapenos, onions, a tomato or two, salt, a couple tablespoons of vinegar, and a cup of water, and you've got a phenomenal sauce to put on burritos or just dip chips in.

I don't think we should go down the rabbit hole of whether women should or shouldn't wear bras, sounds like it's just asking for a mod to step in and shut down the thread!
Good recipe, I'll try it.

You're right, I should never talk about anything to do with naturally born body parts on a forum where I'm not allowed to say the body part that is also the Democrat mascot because saying so is a "bad word" to 3 year old's.

My Bad.
 

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Now the fun of finding the tools starts, Shan! The Garden looks good. You don't get wind that will take those hoops?

I would get some Sea Magic for those tomatoes, you can use it on everything though. I'll try to find some comparison pics I have, you will be amazed at the production. The lady that told me about it owned a nursery and had a Cherry or Grape Tomato plant that was 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide at least, it was a monster. I wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't standing right in front of it. Granted, that was inside a greenhouse with a drip line and everything else, but she swore she didn't use any other fertilizers or anything.

I have gotten 5 foot tall tomatoes outside no problem, had to rip some 1x4's into stakes to support them.

I have seen a Blueberry plant saved from death overnight and a Stevia plant grow more than a foot overnight using Sea Magic.

One packet of Sea Magic makes 60 gallons or so, and you only use it every 2 weeks, so it should last all season, and you have to ditch the leftovers, no keeping it for next year, you will smell what I'm talking about if you do.

 

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For some reason Shan's post didn't show up for me. Looks great!
What doesn't look so great is my barn:
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I went down to look at it and get pictures of the lumber pile.
 

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I am envious of all that lumber. With the front of the barn still standing I would be trying to jack the rear back into place a little at a time. Adding interim supporting piers at each stage for safety until I finally reached full height. That barn has character.
 

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The wood has been sitting there a very long time. Some of it has split. I need to get a better setup for it-- but for now I will settle for reinforcing the supports underneath. I was thinking of getting one of those concrete pyramid thingies, a buffer in between so the concrete won't rot the wood, and then something on top. Will probably need some sort of jack to raise it enough to stick something under. Also considered a jack stand on top of a paving stone.

The barn was great back before the tree fell on it. I wish we'd maintained it better over the years though. It needed some paint and wood treatment. Loft boards needed to be replaced. When it's not too hot, I will have to go down and shovel up that mud in front of the barn and fill it in with something sturdy. It's so deep the cows get up to their knees in it trying to walk through.

I'm hoping I can make use of the lumber at some point.

Saw an interesting video from a woodworking group:

Looks pretty neat. I like the lift mechanism for the chainsaw. Allegedly wood prices are going to go back down. I'll believe it when I see it.

I went to bed early last night. Got a call from my cousin yesterday (well, one of my cousins). She wants to meet up with us in Lafayette next weekend. Had a good conversation with her. She's doing pretty well. She was married to a malignant narcissist for about 20yrs. Said she didn't realize how bad it was until she was free of him (for the most part). She's about to graduate from college classes to become a teacher. She said taking 20+hours of classes, working two jobs, being a single mom, and living paycheck to paycheck was still less stressful than sharing a room with her ex. He's a horrible person.

I'll probably have to go to get more groceries today. Mom is out of potstickers.
 

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Looks pretty neat. I like the lift mechanism for the chainsaw.
I can imagine you adapting this to your craft table maybe with a hole in the table top to insert a socket extension for the drill motor.
 

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@Spicoli, I was joking. Surprised to hear you say your chicken doesn't last a week, because it should if you freeze/refrigerate it.

We got home from a 3 day trip today; arrived home around 12:30, I took the chicken thighs out of the freezer immediately right after bringing in suitcases and put it in the sink still wrapped in plastic and ran water over it. A couple hours later it was fully defrosted, so I made my marinade in a bowl (apple juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, olive oil, put the chicken in, rubbed on the spices (ground ancho, ground chipotle, salt) covered that up, put it back in the fridge. Will grill it in about 90 minutes from now.

@zannej, we're a family of 5 and I eat like two people. We have one fridge and one pantry cabinet. But, we do use all that space to capacity.
 

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Thanks guys. I enjoy the garden alot. @Spicoli43 I will have to look into that. Thanks for letting me know about it.
I'll have to try to remember to take a picture of my greenstalk that is full of mostly strawberries.
I too am envious of all that lumber! Lol

I just got home from work and am pooped. I hope you all had a good weekend!
 

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