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Morning. Grumph. I wish it would rain. And rain, and rain, and rain. It's been hot and dry. Pumpkins and watermelons are water hogs. All the watering, all the time. But at least it's cloudy, and there's supposed to be rain. Maybe there will be.

ETA: Rainy Day Booyah

Rain, rain, come today,

The garden needs to live, okay?

 

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You know, saying "ignore this thread" to this group is like saying "don't push the big red button!" 

Homeschoolers.     They always think the rules don't apply to them.

Coming out of my long time lurking because I couldn't ignore this thread..  :leaving:

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23 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

Critter, how do you keep squirrels and other creatures from eating all your corn before you can harvest it?

I don't know. We haven't got that far yet. It's just now got tassels. We have a fence, but it's not going to stop a raccoon or a squirrel at all. 

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14 hours ago, ikslo said:

You didn’t plant the corn specifically for the squirrels?  How rude.

I'm quite sure the squirrels will think we planted it just for them. Those, and the sunflowers. 

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Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Happy Independence Day!!!

I am up early making “my” famous potato salad (actually, it is straight out of the Betty Crocker Cookbook, I am a total recipe follower, but it is the best potato salad ever) because we are going to DH’s sister’s house for the holiday. We will likely be back early evening because we can’t do fireworks at their house, they live in the mountains and risk of forest fire is extremely high. Plus, there is an Indian casino (gambling is illegal in California, but the Indian tribes can do it because they apparently are not citizens, so they have huge lavish casinos everywhere) nearby, and the highway gets very dangerous in the evening. Anyway, in our small town it is legal to do “safe and sane” (read: piddly and expensive)  fireworks on our street, provided we have a hose and a bucket of water handy. So, we will do that on our street and have root beer floats.

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2 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

Reminds me of Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.  Funny and a sweet story.  (I think it was made into a movie? - not sure if it follows the book closely or not.)

Skipping Christmas is a great book, and I have read it each Christmas season since 2002, I think.  The movie, while corny and funny, isn't nearly as good as the book.

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1 hour ago, Where's Toto? said:

I liked Aquaman.  "Permission to come aboard". 

I don't think there are any official fireworks going on around here.   Probably will be some private ones going off.

 

Ft. Hood is supposedly still having their fireworks, which we can see from dh's school parking lot, but most people park at the community college and watch.  This year, you're not allowed to get out of your car to watch (their words:. no tailgating and stay in your car).  We will have fireworks at ds's house tonight, after swimming and grilling.  If we weren't doing that, we would be fine just skipping the fireworks.

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1 hour ago, KrissiK said:

Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Happy Independence Day!!!

I am up early making “my” famous potato salad (actually, it is straight out of the Betty Crocker Cookbook, I am a total recipe follower, but it is the best potato salad ever) because we are going to DH’s sister’s house for the holiday. We will likely be back early evening because we can’t do fireworks at their house, they live in the mountains and risk of forest fire is extremely high. Plus, there is an Indian casino (gambling is illegal in California, but the Indian tribes can do it because they apparently are not citizens, so they have huge lavish casinos everywhere) nearby, and the highway gets very dangerous in the evening. Anyway, in our small town it is legal to do “safe and sane” (read: piddly and expensive)  fireworks on our street, provided we have a hose and a bucket of water handy. So, we will do that on our street and have root beer floats.

Recipe needed!  Can I find it online?

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1 hour ago, KrissiK said:

Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Happy Independence Day!!!

I am up early making “my” famous potato salad (actually, it is straight out of the Betty Crocker Cookbook, I am a total recipe follower, but it is the best potato salad ever) because we are going to DH’s sister’s house for the holiday. We will likely be back early evening because we can’t do fireworks at their house, they live in the mountains and risk of forest fire is extremely high. Plus, there is an Indian casino (gambling is illegal in California, but the Indian tribes can do it because they apparently are not citizens, so they have huge lavish casinos everywhere) nearby, and the highway gets very dangerous in the evening. Anyway, in our small town it is legal to do “safe and sane” (read: piddly and expensive)  fireworks on our street, provided we have a hose and a bucket of water handy. So, we will do that on our street and have root beer floats.

Native Americans are US citizens, as well as citizens of their tribe, but reservations and other federally recognized tribal lands are considered sovereign nations (with limited powers and a delicate balance with federal and state laws). 

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1 hour ago, Renai said:

Native Americans are US citizens, as well as citizens of their tribe, but reservations and other federally recognized tribal lands are considered sovereign nations (with limited powers and a delicate balance with federal and state laws). 

Thank you for explaining that.  I knew that Native Americans were citizens, but I don't know much about how reservations work.

 

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3 hours ago, myblessings4 said:

 

Ft. Hood is supposedly still having their fireworks, which we can see from dh's school parking lot, but most people park at the community college and watch.  This year, you're not allowed to get out of your car to watch (their words:. no tailgating and stay in your car).  We will have fireworks at ds's house tonight, after swimming and grilling.  If we weren't doing that, we would be fine just skipping the fireworks.

 

My kids won't care if we don't see any fireworks.   They aren't huge fans and we stopped going to local shows about 4 years ago.   Sometimes we can see local ones from our backyard if you climb up the swingset tower. 

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4 hours ago, Renai said:

Native Americans are US citizens, as well as citizens of their tribe, but reservations and other federally recognized tribal lands are considered sovereign nations (with limited powers and a delicate balance with federal and state laws). 

I have seen a small bit of this in the past couple months from making a campsite reservation at a campground owned by a Cherokee citizen that leases the land from the Cherokee nation.  The campground is working with the Cherokees and the U.S. government on Covid safety and requirements.

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A testimonial:  Did 40 straight minutes of gardening (weeding). Even two years ago I was gritting my teeth through five minutes at a time.  Then I upped it to ten.  Then this year it has been 20.  But my PT is really working and I saw it today in being able to do 40.  I am bushed now, though! 

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18 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

A testimonial:  Did 40 straight minutes of gardening (weeding). Even two years ago I was gritting my teeth through five minutes at a time.  Then I upped it to ten.  Then this year it has been 20.  But my PT is really working and I saw it today in being able to do 40.  I am bushed now, though! 

SuperJean! 🏋️

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1 hour ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

A testimonial:  Did 40 straight minutes of gardening (weeding). Even two years ago I was gritting my teeth through five minutes at a time.  Then I upped it to ten.  Then this year it has been 20.  But my PT is really working and I saw it today in being able to do 40.  I am bushed now, though! 

Awesome!  Way to go Jean!  🎉🏆🎉

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3 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

That sounds exciting.  Do you have the pizza?  Lynn and I are almost there.

Secondhand Lions.

No. Tonight's fried chicken. I was confused when you said 4 hours. It takes 8 for us to get out of Texas.

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1 hour ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

A testimonial:  Did 40 straight minutes of gardening (weeding). Even two years ago I was gritting my teeth through five minutes at a time.  Then I upped it to ten.  Then this year it has been 20.  But my PT is really working and I saw it today in being able to do 40.  I am bushed now, though! 

Go, Jean, go!

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4 minutes ago, Slache said:

Secondhand Lions.

No. Tonight's fried chicken. I was confused when you said 4 hours. It takes 8 for us to get out of Texas.

It takes 4 hours for me to pick up Lynn, then 18 more hours to get to you.  Throw in a couple potty breaks, and we should be there by 8.  😂

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37 minutes ago, Slache said:

Secondhand Lions.

No. Tonight's fried chicken. I was confused when you said 4 hours. It takes 8 for us to get out of Texas.

 

31 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

It takes 4 hours for me to pick up Lynn, then 18 more hours to get to you.  Throw in a couple potty breaks, and we should be there by 8.  😂

We’ll take the copter!

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Now I'm crying. I don't know if I always cry or if it's pregnancy hormones. Has anyone seen this movie? It's one of my favorites. It makes me miss the greatest generation.

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8 hours ago, Renai said:

Native Americans are US citizens, as well as citizens of their tribe, but reservations and other federally recognized tribal lands are considered sovereign nations (with limited powers and a delicate balance with federal and state laws). 

Yes, that is it. 

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10 hours ago, myblessings4 said:

Skipping Christmas is a great book, and I have read it each Christmas season since 2002, I think.  The movie, while corny and funny, isn't nearly as good as the book.

I read the book and watched the movie. Enjoyed both.

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There are various fireworks going off in our neighborhood, which is in an interesting mix with a looming thunderstorm.  We lit some sparklers and I played ukulele songs on the front porch.  We decided to save the fire pit for another night since we didn't want to get rained on.

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1 hour ago, Susan in TN said:

I looked it up and seems it's the "classic" recipe?  Very tasty!

I think it is the classic recipe. It’s pretty easy. I think what helps is cutting up the potatoes when they are hot and putting them in the dressing right away and then chilling for several hours. I like this recipe because it’s salty enough and not dry. There is nothing more gross than bland, dry potato salad.

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Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Sunday!!!!!

I guess we will go to church this morning, but now we can’t sing.

Hot!!,!!☀️☀️☀️🔥🔥🔥☀️☀️☀️😩😩😩😩

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Morning. That's about all I've got. We had fireworks last night, because rural. One and done kind of thing, though. I like them, but it's nice to have them all done on one day if at all possible.  I wrote a lot yesterday as I had off, and that was nice. Now comes the fun slog through the hot part of the summer and I'm sort of dreading that. But we'll make it. Working on schedules for writing, housework, and watering the garden today. Everything kind of revolves around rain and watering from July until September anyway.

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Good morning!

We are back from early service.  It was FREEZING in there.  I kept texting dh snowflakes in hopes he would text the music director who can control the AC from his phone, but no luck.  (Dh is singing this morning, so we weren't sitting together.)  It felt so good to get out of there and into the sun!

Nothing on the agenda today.  I will work more on fall freezer meal planning and maybe go to Gordon's Food Service tomorrow morning and pick up some things so I can get started on soup.  

Coffee!

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1 hour ago, KrissiK said:

Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Sunday!!!!!

I guess we will go to church this morning, but now we can’t sing.

Hot!!,!!☀️☀️☀️🔥🔥🔥☀️☀️☀️😩😩😩😩

What do they do instead of singing?  Is there music at all?  That would be so weird.  💓

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1 minute ago, Susan in TN said:

Maybe they can lip-sync? 😂

I was thinking they could go outside to sing and then go back inside afterwards, lol.  But it's probably too hot there for that!  

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Our church has not allowed congregational singing since before the pandemic.  There is a group of about 6 people who stand distanced on the platform who will sing a few songs.  Also, we have had a string quartet for the past few weeks.  (The strings group is made up of teenage sisters + one other person, so socially distancing is much easier.)

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17 hours ago, Slache said:

Now I'm crying. I don't know if I always cry or if it's pregnancy hormones. Has anyone seen this movie? It's one of my favorites. It makes me miss the greatest generation.

We love Secondhand Lions.

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18 hours ago, Slache said:

Now I'm crying. I don't know if I always cry or if it's pregnancy hormones. Has anyone seen this movie? It's one of my favorites. It makes me miss the greatest generation.

I love that movie. 

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2 hours ago, Another Lynn said:

What do they do instead of singing?  Is there music at all?  That would be so weird.  💓

We sang. We have church outside and people are spread apart. 

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I think this afternoon we will go see DH’s aunt who just moved into the retirement village and is on quarantine. Apparently we call her and let her know we are coming. Then we go there and stand outside her window and knock and wave to her.

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2 hours ago, KrissiK said:

We sang. We have church outside and people are spread apart. 

This brings to mind the scripture about the church storming the gates of hell!  🔥🔥🔥🤣

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Many, many years ago we bought a train table (story below)*.

The kids used it a lot -- it was set up in the middle of our living room instead of a coffee table.

Ten years ago, we moved to this house and didn't have room for it.  It sat in ds19's room as a Lego table, but he had outgrown the trains so the trains went in the basement.

I realized a few weeks ago that since we only have 4 kids living at home full time, we could re-arrange some things and set the trains back up.

The little girls are thrilled.  Dd12 was 2 when we moved here, and dd10 hadn't been born yet.  So this is all entirely new to them!  They have been really good about the shelter-in-place -- they are currently at Day 116 of not leaving the property -- so I'm happy to give them something new to play with. :)

 

*So the story with the train table is that dh and I bought it for our 5th wedding anniversary. It's the "wood" anniversary. 😉  Dh and I saw the table for a great price that we knew we would never see again, and the kids had just had all of their birthdays.  We didn't really have room to store something that large until Christmas, but we really wanted the kids to have it.  So, we bought it as an anniversary present.  

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I took a nap!  Haven't done that in a while.  I ate perhaps the grossest cauliflower pizza ever created for dinner.  The crust was like stale soggy cardboard and I would have eaten just the toppings, but the toppings were so salty that you really needed the flavorless crust to balance it out.  I am not a picky eater. Realgood Pizza Co.  Got it at Publix.  I really like the cauliflower pizza that Aldi carries.  

We were going to go for a walk but it started to rain.  I suppose I could go by myself.  I need a puppy.

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