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Eddie, that is weird but makes sense. But for some reason stuff boils faster at my sister's house. Probably the combination of pots and stove though. I stand corrected. I wonder if humidity has any effect on it.

Things I forgot to mention: The guy who fixes my AC from time to time isn't going to be available for a long time. He's addicted to painkillers and apparently got high and got behind the wheel. Crashed in to a schoolbus full of kids. DUI, reckless driving, child endangerment, felony possession of controlled substance (even worse charge bc he didn't have a prescription). They didn't even give him bail. Fortunately, no one seems to have been hurt.

As an aside, today in the truck I was mentioning the trash can needs to be emptied in the kitchen. My brother then turns to me and said, "You need to wash the trash can, it's filthy!". I didn't respond but I was sitting there mulling over a response like "Hey, a$$hat, trash is supposed to be YOUR job!" But it never even occurred to him that maybe he could wash the trash can. He's not dumb but I don't get how he can lack self-awareness. I didn't want to argue so I just remained silent for like 20 minutes of the drive. I don't think he even noticed the side-eye I gave him. I wish we had an impartial mediator to sit down and help work things through to explain to him that I'm not his mother, he's a grown adult, and I'm not always going to be around to clean up after him.
 

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I didn't respond but I was sitting there mulling over a response like "Hey, a$$hat, trash is supposed to be YOUR job!" But it never even occurred to him that maybe he could wash the trash can.
I think that you should have answered exactly that. When appropriate, as I think it was the case, I think that people need to get a jolt like that so that they can pull their business together. But I think that *it did* occurred to him that he could wash the trash but was too lazy and irresponsible to do it. Unfortunately, I see too many people with very similar attitudes around, including my workplace, you know, where it is their job! 😠
 

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Things I forgot to mention: The guy who fixes my AC from time to time isn't going to be available for a long time.
Is there something wrong with the A/C now?
About 7 years ago I was nearly hit head on by a guy here in Ohio that was in process of getting his 20th DUI !!! ... Someone else at the time was also achieving 20th. I think the judges had had enough and they both got about 8 years in jail. Maybe a law was changed also around then.
 
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My ROKU Mod 3800 Streaming Stick remote died again and it didn't seem that long since I had replaced batteries. I started using a Romoku app on my Chromebook. Today I decided to check the remote so I rigged up a means to check current finding that it always draws several milliamps of current. The current fluctuates as if its charging and discharging a capacitor or maybe sampling the microphone or something. My temporary fix is putting tape on one battery to make a tab for easy removal and leaving the battery ajar just inserting when I want to send a command.

Turns out others are having the same problem so we're hitting on ROKU for a free replacement but I'm not holding my breath. Some have a more severe problem and batteries last only a couple of days, I think mine lasted a week or so but originally lasted for months.
 

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Mowed the lawn, then washed and detailed all 3 cars. That should get it to rain!
 

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I may see if I can get my friend to come over at some point. He seems to be the only one who can motivate my brother to clean (but only barely). He has actually cleaned my brother's room for him about 4x already. One time he came over to help me clean up the mess my brother made in the front room (his room had gotten so bad that he moved in to the front room instead & then junked it up so badly it was worse than his room so he moved back to his room) but ended up spending all his time cleaning my brother's room instead. My brother promised to clean it up but he didn't and my sister was going to need to sleep in the front room on a visit. She was arriving in a couple of days. I ended up having to clean almost the whole house by myself. I ended up having to pay someone to help my friend clean the front room the next day because I was busy cleaning other parts of the house & it was when my health was taking a dive & I couldn't do it by myself. Sometimes all I ask my brother to do is to hold a trash bag open for me and take it out when I'm done filling it. Or to hand me stuff or put stuff up when I hand it to him but that often seems to be too much work for him. He gets bored and wants to go play on his computer after 2 minutes.

AC is still working ok but sometimes the capacitor blows and has to be replaced.

Mom just paged and wants food.
 

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My mom and I both had MD appointments today. While I had my mom out.... I had my adult son remove all the empty coke cans from her room....... as expected, when we got home, she was pissed off. She said she had planned to work on them this weekend (that's laughable) and then she kept demanding that I tell her where they were. I just ignored her. Then she demanded I tell her where they were because she needed to see them....

She also told me that I need to have a sense of humor when I was trying to get her in the house, she said she needed a big strong man to carry her in the house..... I replied that she didnt, that she needed to keep moving while she still could and get herself in the house. (I was assisting) and then she said that.....
Which, why I didnt just ignore that idk, but I went on to tell her all the reasons why I am not humorous (which I am humurous at work). I said I was barely hanging on some days at work, struggling to work fulltime, and trying to care for a parent that doesnt think she needs cared for, and that my house was falling apart and I cant do anything about it currently partially because her cats piss everywhere, and that I work in a stressful environment and I am exhausted and have too many responsibilities and am very overwhelmed. She gave me a little smirk and that was it.

Monday was a supply run to finish that floor, yesterday was bloodwork and grocery order pickups, which walmart completely screwed me over and I had a bad day because of it and then all of that today.
Tomorrow I work, it feels like it will be a vacation, (however I know that's a lie)

Needless to say... I am exhausted and am in need of a vacation..... which I have coming up in a few weeks, although I can't go anywhere 😥. I can at least where pajamas for 9 days straight lol

I intend to put her on the back porch with me, if it's cool enough and have her go through stuff. I want my back porch back and there is no need for her to have a 10x20 porch full of stuff.
I told my daughter that she should come over with some popcorn and watch the crapshow unfold LIVE that day.

Part of me wants to record it.... for my own sanity.

These are the cans she had in her room, just like this20210929_171235.jpg20210929_171227.jpg
 

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My 91yr friend called to see if I could find soda crackers online. He said he was tired of saltines as they have little taste and are too flaky.I found a couple of brands on Amazon, Diamond Bakery Hawaiian and Dux. They are pricey, I hope they aren't lying about being soda crackers. The difference between soda crackers and saltines is presumably the addition of little yeast which might explain why they are too light and flaky. I know crackers are not as good as they were when I was a kid, especially Ritz.
 

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Shan, that sucks. I'm sorry she doesn't appreciate you or have any empathy. It can be so frustrating. It took a long time for my mom to ever show any appreciation for me. It didn't really happen until a few years after my dad died. I was 40 by the first time she ever apologized to me sincerely.

I couldn't get off my porch today because Fedex dropped off a huge heavy busted open package from Tractor Supply for my neighbor that I couldn't move. I called TSC and they said it wasn't delivered by them. Thought maybe UPS dropped it off. Found the label and saw three things. First was the neighbor's phone number (which I didn't remember). Second was that it was from Fedex. Third was that it had my neighbor's family name as the street name instead of my family name. I think they may be trying to get our street name changed without our consent. Might explain why my street sign was never put back up after they stole it (no proof they stole it, but they are the only ones who had motive). Name might be under dispute. So I'm going to call the guy in charge of the roads tomorrow to discuss it with him. I want him to know in no uncertain terms that it would completely screw things up for us if they changed the street name. We were here before they were and they are just being petty at this point. I'm hoping it was just some sort of mistake though or that they used that name because they have a street sign with that name in front of their driveway.

Another person with chronic fatigue syndrome suggested that I try Lion's Mane vitamins to see if they help me feel any better. He said it helped with his memory/concentration. I'm thinking of asking my doctor first but I might talk to the pharmacist and ask if it conflicts with any of my meds in any way.
 

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Zannej, you've mentioned this street name thing a few times and I'm intrigued. You live on a street named after your family? But it's not officially named after your family? Like, I'm curious 1) how your street would come to be named after your family and 2) how, once that decision is made (presumably by some level of government authority), it could possibly become contested (aside from the physical marker being stolen, which really only makes navigation harder, doesn't retroactively change what's on the books).

Also, for whatever it's worth I don't think telling whoever's in charge that this would screw things up for you personally is very persuasive. A better strategy is to show howit screws things up for everyone. (E.g. your neighbors didn't get their -- probably very expensive/important -- package.)
 

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I had bratwurst with sauerkraut... it wasnt yummy. However, with my stomach issues nothing is anymore.
You'd think I would lose a few pounds since I have to force myself to eat these days.... but nope, here I am still fat and sassy lol
Gotta do that fast!
 

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I had to change several lighbulbs that had recently gone out. It is not a tricky matter but considering how picky my wife is with lighbulbs and the cathedral ceiling in our bedroom it was an exciting thing to get out of my todo list.

Other than that, I ordered some gardenias and weed fabric for the backyard landscaping project. I will be having the contractor do it but ordering several of the things myself saves a ton! Thanks to Spicoli43's tip, I scored a Dewilt P5 6'x250' roll + staples for ~$100 which will be enough for the entire project (maybe with a bit of leftovers) and the contractor took $320 out of his cost. More than $200 savings. WOW!
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I still haven't taken the updated pictures but I will get them, I promise.
Good to know that. From his price reduction, it looks like he didn't want to hassle with getting the fabric. Maybe you can tell him you'll get everything else also, and just pay him labor? Do you have a Military discount at Lowe's or know someone that does? That's 10 percent right there.
 

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Is there something wrong with the A/C now?
About 7 years ago I was nearly hit head on by a guy here in Ohio that was in process of getting his 20th DUI !!! ... Someone else at the time was also achieving 20th. I think the judges had had enough and they both got about 8 years in jail. Maybe a law was changed also around then.
That's Montana. People get DUI's 8 times or more before anything is done. They drive their snow plows and snowmobiles to the bar and get hammered. In this County, the revenue from their bank accounts must be extremely high because it's almost impossible to get pulled over for speeding. You have to be REALLY speeding or driving like an idiot in the Ice. In the 10 years I have been here, I can count on one hand how many cars I have seen pulled over by the Staters. Same thing for City and the Sheriffs. It's probably under 10 for all 3 agencies.

In Washington State, speeding is their revenue. They have 4 or more Staters on a 5 mile stretch of Highway lighting people up one after another all day long.
 

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My ROKU Mod 3800 Streaming Stick remote died again and it didn't seem that long since I had replaced batteries. I started using a Romoku app on my Chromebook. Today I decided to check the remote so I rigged up a means to check current finding that it always draws several milliamps of current. The current fluctuates as if its charging and discharging a capacitor or maybe sampling the microphone or something. My temporary fix is putting tape on one battery to make a tab for easy removal and leaving the battery ajar just inserting when I want to send a command.

Turns out others are having the same problem so we're hitting on ROKU for a free replacement but I'm not holding my breath. Some have a more severe problem and batteries last only a couple of days, I think mine lasted a week or so but originally lasted for months.
One of my Roku's has a battery problem, it doesn't recognize the commands very much, and touching the console resets it to the home screen. My other Roku has none of those symptoms and works perfectly.
 

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@zannej: I'm with Flyover on the name of the street. Once it is accepted, then someone can't just change it without a very good reason, not to mention how will someone else (i.e., USPS, Fedex, or UPS delivery folks) know where to deliver stuff). I'm also with Flyover that you need to make it clear on how that means more trouble to everyone, them included, it a change is somehow being considered and, if not, that they should replace the stolen sign. BTW, I seem to have read somewhere that if something is delivered to you, even if you didn't order it, you legally in the clear to keep it. (This was supposedly to prevent companies from sending stuff to people and then saying that they had to pay.) In this case, this is your neighbor so I generally wouldn't do it... Maybe say to the roads guy that if there are errors in the deliveries and USPS/Fedex/UPS complain, you'll send them his way ;)

Good to know that. From his price reduction, it looks like he didn't want to hassle with getting the fabric. Maybe you can tell him you'll get everything else also, and just pay him labor? Do you have a Military discount at Lowe's or know someone that does? That's 10 percent right there.
He said something about using commercial grade weed fabric, blah, blah, blah, and being ~$300. Mind you, that's roughly how much the big box stores charge, so maybe he just doesn't know any better. Thanks to you, now I know! I think that the mulch charge is a bit high, but this is going to need 12-16 cubic yards... So overall I think that the prices he's asking are acceptable.
 

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Deliveries were OK even before my private road had signage. My neighbor put up street signs because others couldn't find his house. The 911 addressing named the road after me but the neighbor just put the signs up a year or so ago.
 

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He said something about using commercial grade weed fabric, blah, blah, blah, and being ~$300. Mind you, that's roughly how much the big box stores charge, so maybe he just doesn't know any better. Thanks to you, now I know! I think that the mulch charge is a bit high, but this is going to need 12-16 cubic yards... So overall I think that the prices he's asking are acceptable.
Well, Dewitt is the best I have ever heard of. I have seen Dewitt rolls at job sites, and everybody I have talked to that's a contractor uses it. As far as personal experience, I put some P5 down over an otherwise weedy driveway section, and it kept them at bay. There was 3 weeds that snuck between the edges in 4 years, and I took care of them. When the fabric wasn't down, they could grow to 4 feet tall easy... Weed Trees is what they are called here.

Other than fading, which should be expected after 4 years, it held up great. I just pulled those sections of fabric and re-used them in other parts of the yard that I put 3/4 minus over. One thing you want to remember is NEVER EVER put dirt on top of the fabric because the wind and birds will bring weed seed, the weeds will grow and root through the fabric in their search for water in the ground, and you're screwed.

As far as mulch, have you considered using rock like 3/4 minus to alleviate the Fire risk?
 
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