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I had leftover concrete reinforcement wire from original constriction and just formed a circle of it to contain compost. I placed it in the woods out of view and toss compostables into it. Living alone I have little compost now other than leaves and weeds so maybe I'll just toss used cat litter in it and keep adding leaves. By the time my property is sold after my expiry it would be harmless and could just be leveled where it stands. My compostable kitchen refuse at present is small enough to go in an uncontained pile that is leveled or moved .after composting has finished.
 

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I worked unsuccessfully on a dripping faucet. I used to be able to fix them with washer replacement but that no longer seems to work. They are Kohler valvets and I have occasionally replaced the valvet which transfers circular to vertical motion. I have emailed Kohler to see if modern replacements are available. Sometimes Kohler will provide free replacements (wish, wish). I have eight of these in total.
 

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I had some interesting conversations in Youtube comments. Learned that AC copper lines are brazed rather than sweated & that my AC guy probably did it wrong. A nice gentleman explained the differences in the processes.

Took mom to two doctor's appointments on Monday. Stopped at the Chinese place to say "Hi" and grab food. He was chewing out some woman who was getting takeout stuff and had overloaded the boxes and spilled a bunch of food all over the front area. Apparently this wasn't the first time she's done it & he was really mad. He vented to me for awhile and then apologized. Said it was so frustrating when people would do things like that and not even care. I understood though. Offered to help clean up a little but he declined and thanked me.

Went home afterward. One of the kittens I took to the vet died. Other one isn't looking so great. I'm sorely tempted to bring him home to take care of him. His mother is nowhere to be found and he's not hydrated enough. Kitten was supposed to be inside still but friend's gf threw the poor kitten out. I popped over there today after picking up mail. Killed a wasp in the living room. Friend's daughter is back from the funeral trip for her maternal grandfather. She told me her brother bullied her the entire way there but stopped when they reached their destination. Poor kid. She looked like she wasn't feeling so great- said she felt nauseous. But she'd just been outside and the actual temperature outside was 101°. Couldn't stay long bc I had to go make lunch for mom. So I cooked for her and then cleaned litterboxes. Namir was so excited about new litter that he got a litter shower jumping under the box as I was pouring it out. LOL.

Last couple of days the heat really got to me. Body aches had me barely mobile and then one of my teeth broke (back lower molar on the right side). Called the dentist & earliest they can see me is August 25. I'll have to see if another dentist can see me see me sooner.

I know lumber won't go down to what it used to be, but I'll be glad if/when it goes down. Metal is still high- not sure if it will go down. Owner of the local hardware store said hopefully metal supply will speed up & lower in price soon. Can't order my barn until then. Poor cows have been hiding under a copse of trees, under remaining parts of the barn, and in the car port.

Friend's daughter said to me that she wanted winter to come back already. I feel her on that one.
 

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I called another dentist around 9:30 this morning & told them I broke a tooth. They asked if I could be there by 10. I said "No, it takes at least an hour". So they scheduled me for noon. Got in there and they did an x-ray. Dr. Honey said she thinks my tooth can be saved/filled. Next appointment is the 17th. She gave me a scrip for antibiotics since my doctor confirmed I have mitral valve prolapses. I have to take them an hour before I go in. She told me to get it filled at the Super 1 Foods pharmacy for free. The bad news is the cleaning of all my teeth and filling of 2 will be over $700. Ouch. But local dentist couldn't even see me for assessment until the 25th. I just have to be careful not to break off more of the tooth. Soft foods for awhile I guess.

This morning when I first woke up I wanted to roll on to my right side but Fippy (the chiweenie dog) was in the way. So I rolled on my back and put my arm over him. He looked at me and saw I was on my back so he rolled on his back. It was adorable. He's been spending a lot more time in my room.

Stopped by to check up on my friend. He'd given an ultimatum to his employers- albeit politely. He said he needed to be put on part time/on call instead of full time because with his health he can't keep up with it. Plus he can't find childcare for the baby while the baby's mother is at work. He said he would train someone to do the fulltime work and even train a replacement if they decided to let him go. They answered back that they will keep him on part time & on call and have him train someone who can be there fulltime or be available when he can't go in. Since he is blind in his left eye and has diminished vision in his right eye, he can't see well enough to drive at night.
 

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Zannej... Do you need the fillings right now? I would put them off for a while if you choose to change your diet. If you eliminate all sugar and don't eat meat / dairy unless it's 100% Grass fed, you might not ever need fillings. Your dentist will never tell you that because she is Drug, Drill and Fill, but a holistic dentist will.
 

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Once the hard protective coating is broken off the interior will go to hell quickly...
 

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Yes, I absolutely need to get the teeth filled asap so they don't get infected. I let a couple of them go for too long. One for a few months and another for over a year. Both got infected and nerves got raw and started hurting. Worst pain I've ever had. Worse than kidney stones. The tooth that went a few months-- broken on the side-- had to be pulled. One that just had a filling come out in the center required a root canal. If I'd gotten them both filled/refilled sooner it wouldn't have gotten to that.

Today I ordered a new monitor because my last new one shattered and the one I'm using has lines down the screen. The lines just left of center are now 3/4 thick. New lines started right of center now too-- about 3 inches away from the other lines. Started with 1 line but now it's a few and getting wider each day it seems. Makes it hard to read the screen.
 

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I woke up at 0200 for no other reason than that, which is irritating because then I was tuckered by 0500 and slept until 1030. So while I did get the secondary forced sleep, I did not get adequate enough first hand *beauty* sleep, and I need three times that if I ever want to get over the ugly I have been forced to become! No less than 8 hours guaranteed! Make it happen! (Stewie voice)

I want to go back on Paleo, this time starting with a 3-5 day Bone Broth fast, but I will NOT spend around $200 on packaged broth for that, so in comes the homemade part, which any moron can do with a slow cooker. I have an Instant Pot (different brand), and while the SS interior is what I want, I'm on my 3rd one because the previous two boiled over on the slow cook setting, needing warranty replacement.

I haven't used my crock pot and wonder if the paint on the ceramic bowl will leach off during a 24 hour cook, everything says of course it will in my mind, so my search led to this all Stainless made in America version... The price seems ridiculous, but I weigh in what the broth would cost me just for that fast, and if I did said fast once a year, it makes the cost of the slow cooker moot. It's priced the same roughly as 12 days worth of packaged broth.

Other cons of the cooker include it's hot to the touch, there is no timer, there is no temp display, and there is no off besides unplugging. That presents a learning curve, but of course I can take the temp and have a log book for all the settings. I don't care about the timer, as it's a 12-24 hour process for that. For everything else, I have timers.

The pros are the SS interior, and it has a Lifetime warranty that goes with the pot for whoever I give it to. I just think of all the garbage kitchen gadgets I had or still have, all with 1 year warranties that have expired, and it just makes sense.

Then there's the fact that most Autoimmune conditions are a result of leaky bad guts, so repairing that with a Bone Broth / Paleo diet will make the price laughable compared to the gut pain and skin conditions and brain fog etc etc...

 

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I hope you can find something that works, Spicoli.
We got the Farberware 8qt and 6qt pressure cookers. Mostly use the 8qt but the 6qt one we use for rice. They have reservoirs in case of boiling over. They are good for making soups and stews.

I had trouble sleeping again because I wanted to get more measurements I forgot to take at my friend's house. Brought over a 30' measuring tape to leave in my tool bag at his house. That way, he agreed that anytime it gets used it will be put back in the bag instead of left lying around (which is how all the other measuring tapes disappeared). Turned out my guess on the distance that surpassed my 8' measuring tape was almost spot on. 8'6-1/4". So that leaves room for three 30" cabinets and two 6" pullout spacers. I found a site that has much lower prices on the pullouts but the shipping is $17 a pop (it does not combine things in a single crate for cheaper shipping). Site called Imeca. It's only $98 or so plus the shipping for a 6" pullout. But, I think it would be better (and cheaper) to build them. We can cut up a side panel from the homeoutlet to work as faces.

Part of the reason for customization is that one of the upper cabinets will need to be 24" or 25" and the other one will need to be 34.5". The 6" ones were only available in 30". The 24" one will need to be the same depth as the storebought one (a little shy of 12") but the other one should be just shy of 18". I've been studying the construction and it looks fairly simple. Get some drawer glides and some shelf standard rails and pins for adjusting... Some bungees for the side rails to hold stuff on..

I just sneezed (allergy meds wore off) so Mewlatto had to come climb on me.

As an aside, anyone know how to refluff pillows that have gone flat? Stuffing has spread out inside and they are all squished.
 

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@zannej: I don't know if this works, but you could try putting them in the drying machine on low or no heat for a while. Maybe it works depending on what type of stuffing they have?

My compost bin has been sitting, just a frame and lid, unfinished for a week. It's just been busy, I am not lazy. I have three kids; I hear about guys with 5, 6 or more and have no clue how they get anything done.
 

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Thanks, Flyover. My friend suggested that. The stuffing-- some kind of green fluff (they got some rips on the ends so I can see stuffing-- just need to handstitch them back up). I guess it's some kind of synthetic filler. It has clumped up in some places. I will have to try it if I can get the path cleared enough to get to the laundry room. Been washing my stuff in the sink bc I can't get back there without tripping.

I don't even have kids and I don't know how people get so much done. I'm such a low energy person. LOL.

Talked to my friend about the continuing kitchen upgrades. He wants to focus on the bottom cabinetry first. That makes sense. We want to make sure mice can't get in to the dishwasher. Friend lives about a block from a small grocery store that has a rodent problem. The rodents spread out from there to other places. He said he swore a giant rat was trying to take his entire stove the other night. LOL.

Meanwhile, I'm still working on a plan to build the upper wall filler pullout thingies. Was watching a video on how another guy made them but brain started to fade so I'm taking a break. I'm about to nap again. Woke up very early and couldn't get back to sleep. Rainy day so I stayed inside.
 

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I hope you can find something that works, Spicoli.
We got the Farberware 8qt and 6qt pressure cookers. Mostly use the 8qt but the 6qt one we use for rice. They have reservoirs in case of boiling over. They are good for making soups and stews.
Faberware appears to be Teflon coated? If so, you have to ditch those, there is nothing worse cooking wise than the nonstick chemicals that are released. Pressure cookers that have Stainless pots aren't much more than Farberware.
 

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I've never had a problem with the Farberware. Pretty much everything in this world can poison us somehow. I got exposed to so much crap on military housing (stuff they lied about that wasn't supposed to be there & made people sick) that I think I got a lifetime's worth of toxins. I'm beyond the point of actually caring anymore. LOL.

Today is a lazy day. I'm sitting here with cats piled on me. I just took y medicine so I have to wait an hour to eat. I'll see if I can muster some productivity today once I get out from under the cat pile.
 

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I downloaded and installed new video card drivers because Sketchup was saying it couldn't run on my computer bc my video card "failed tests". Sketchup ran after that. I then tried to remember all of the measurements for the cabinets for the kitchen. Countertops are not exact but I got the general layout. I opened up an older file where I had done part of my friend's kitchen, used that for ceiling height (although if I recall the ceiling is actually a few inches lower on that side because it slopes). I built the existing adjacent cabinets, made crude walls with cutouts for doorways. Then I went back and got measurements off the old cabinets and rebuilt them (bc I learned better/faster techniques that make them square & have fewer stray lines). So I built the new one, placed it over the old one, used the "hide" feature on the new one, and then deleted the old one. I downloaded a stove, a dishwasher (which had to be resized), a sink, dish rack, faucet, microwave, fridge, etc and plopped them down in the room. Looks pretty good. Friend said he loved it.

But he just messaged me that his gf's mother got sick while babysitting the baby so the gf went and picked him up. Then the mother tested positive for Covid. She's got major heart disease and her husband is in end stage COPD. Their chances of survival are not good. Particularly in this area. Local hospital is still batting 0 on Covid survival for any patients brought there. So friend said the baby & gf have been exposed, might be Delta variant, so we have to avoid contact with him for a couple weeks. I'm hoping my friend won't get sick. He had a bad reaction to the first dose of the vaccine-- so bad he didn't get the 2nd. He did survive Covid earlier last year but that was before he had the blood clots and stroke.

Tomorrow I have to go to the store to get more groceries and pick up my allergy medicine RX. It's actually cheaper than equivalent over-the-counter stuff and most of the over-the-counter stuff doesn't work.

Came in after getting food for mom and found my monitor face down. New one is delayed on delivery. It was supposed to be here already but they bumped it back to Friday. Which means I probably won't get it until Monday or Tuesday-- possibly even Wednesday the way things work here.
 

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Since my friend & his gf are quarantined, I got a grocery list from them via messenger. Went to the store & got the stuff, set it on the porch, did the shave and a haircut knock, ran to the truck and waited to make sure they came out to get it. They both look rough. Gf said she's feeling sick.

Saw another friend in the store who told me that Alexandria has what they are calling the Delta Plus variant. He said "I did not order this addon! I had the basic package and not the premium one! No Plus for me!" I told him it was one of those forced "upgrades" that screws everything up until they make a hotfix/patch for it.
 

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I am experimenting with a mix for peanut butter cups. There are several recipes online but so far I haven't found exactly the mix for me. I am doing small amounts for testing. First try was 2 tsp each of PNB, powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. It was good but I am going to add butter and play with the ratios some before making a pan full and topping with chocolate.
I want the recipe when its perfected!!!!

You all have been busy.

I finally finished the gate😳.
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My oldest son bought a house, closed on it a couple of weeks ago and is moving the last of his stuff out today. I rented a dumpster, it will be here monday. This is a 15 yard, set up on a trailer. You fill it, he dumps it and then he brings it back if needed. So.... I will get the equivalent of a 30 years dumpster for about $150 less. Now.... the dumpster will be parked about 10 feet in front of the gate. I am so excited.... and then with the gate. I can buy a riding lawn mower because it is 6ish feet wide when both sides are open.
I have been giving soap making a try these are my first 3 batches. I am hoping to make small business out of soaps and salves (even if it's just coworkers, friends and families)20210805_202405.jpg

AND my beautiful flowers make me so happy (I've20210803_145119.jpg20210803_145158.jpg20210803_144638.jpg20210803_145204.jpg
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My beautiful sunflowers!


And last but not least...
Some goodies from the garden

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Now... to add to the debate.... I co sider non-processed foods those that came from the ground, a bush or tree. And meats that have not been adulterated. Now do I eat totally that way? No..... do I wish I could.... yes.
Also.... I dont eat alot of what is in the center of the store, however I get pizza from a local restaurant weekly and eat at the cafeteria at work 🤢.
I'm hoping that as I get more centered and feel more in control of what's going on around me, that I will eat better. I also only eat twice a day most days.... today I have only eaten once. I cut out pepsi 9 months ago, I do drink sweet tea periodically.... however I have not lost one pound since cutting out all that sugar. It should be a higher priority currently.... however, life exhausts me right now and I just haven't prioritized that.

Anyone know of a good place for me to find plans for a multi-bar soap cutter? They are sooooo expensive.

I hope you all are well!
 

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@Spicoli I use my turkey roaster to make bone broth when I get a turkey. Maybe you should try that? I leave it on warm for 24 to 36 hours. I will also put some onion, carrots and potatoes under/around the turkey (and leave all the crumbles to small to serve) in the pan. It improves the flavor tremendously!
 

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Shan, everything looks great. Veggies look delicious! You could probably sell some of your soap on Etsy or if you use FB you could do it over FB marketplace. Have a location away from your house where you can have people agree to meet you to sell it to them. Although, might want to hold off on that with Delta variant going around.
Can you use cookie cutters for soap? Or can you make the soap in baking pans with shapes? I think they have some silicone pans that have little rectangles or even cute animal shapes.

Hey, maybe that soap would be good for wood drawer glides!

Eddie, I hope your peanutbutter experiments result in something you really like. I hadn't even thought about there being different recipes. I figured it's just peanuts and maybe some sugar. Although some add honey.

My sister just called. Haven't talked to her in awhile since she's been busy with work. My monitor got delivered in the middle of the phone call so I missed some of the conversation (she was talking to my mother).

Mewlatto has decided that I am his bed. He was super cuddly as a kitten. Loved sitting on my brother's shoulder and chest. Then he stopped being as cuddly for awhile. But lately he's been obsessed with me and wanting to be held and cuddled by me constantly. But unlike some of the other cats, he's very gentle and will climb on me slowly and carefully (while others literally pounce). He also pets my face with his paw and gingerly licks my nose.
 

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@Zain just got a couple of molds that are shaped. You could possibly cut it with cookies cutters but I think it would ruin the soap. Your recipe is what determines how long it takes to unmold and how quickly it gets hard. I am going to play around with some colors and designs, however I will probably do more natural soaps. I want to build a taller/thinner mold than what I currently have, we shall see lol
 

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