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sKePTiKal

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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #60 on: November 24, 2017, 09:07:43 AM »
I wonder if she could understand the "well, bless your heart" response, as wielded by so many Southern women with impeccable manners. Maybe as a "talisman" it's better if she DOESN'T get it, ya know?    ;)

Yeah, I think the more I fight/resist being triggered - the more I lose that battle. It's just one of those things that I'm going to have accept about me (the warts) - live through it - and then force my brain to pay attention to other things - it can ruminate all it wants subconsciously, but life is busy for me and I ain't got time to indulge. Accomplishing things seems to be the antidote, anyway.

My task, should I choose to accept it - and I think I shall - is to spend the winter relearning how to make bread again. When Mike's mom died, there was this instant panic between Mike & Chris about finding her yeast roll recipe (which didn't exist; not written down) and being able to duplicate the rolls. Hers were soft dinner rolls. I baked for weeks in the multiple ovens I had at the beach -- and consistently failed. Chris seemed to master it, though.

The recipe I tried for Sat's dinner was more like crusty, rustic artisan rolls. They came fresh out of the oven like hockey pucks from Bisquick. I know I used the wrong yeast - but thought I could compensate and consulted with my friend in culinary school. The yeast was the first mistake. The rising just never seemed to happen until I recalled the new oven has a proof cycle. It never seemed warm enough to me - but by then I was firmly in "what do I know?" uncertainty. THEN, for some illogical reason, it said to refrigerate the dough for a couple hours or overnight. Maybe let it rest at room temp, I could see... but cold kills yeast action... so whatever King Arthur Flour knows about this process, they didn't share.

I'll drag out the recipe I used to use when I was working. It's a rustic white bread (2 loaves) that rises 3 consecutive days - and I used to leave the dough in the utility at the other homestead. That was the furthest away from the woodstove I could get. Super easy; it used to be super yummy and lots of air pockets.

Thank you Pepperidge Farm - I have a dozen rolls in the freezer that I like, as a back up.

I've always associated Alice's Restaurant & Thanksgiving with some flamboyantly failed cooking adventure, anyway. There have been many over the years - and I long ago decided it wasn't worth being upset about. Most of them were hilarious, in any case.

Between the cooking adventures and learning how to make a proper fire in the new woodstoves, I feel like I never get a chance to sit down. LOL. It really helps slow down the gas furnace's use of propane to keep a fire from afternoon till bedtime downstairs. I keep the garage/studio minimally heated as well - and when the temps dip, have to fill that fire box too. Found a new type wood splitter for kindling, that holds/splits the quartered log - with the use of a sledgehammer, instead of hatchet. I probably have close to a dozen hatchets in Mike's mess, but could only lay hands on 2. One was too nice to use and the other, standard, ordinary and very good quality one - needs a lot of work to restore the cutting edge/face of it.

I learned a lot about using a file making etching plates. LOL.
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« Reply #61 on: November 29, 2017, 10:46:48 AM »
I remember your bread baking phase, Amber.  It was nice, and I'm glad you're revisiting. 

About your mom's chaos manufacture.... it's hers, not yours.  If you can put on an imaginary helmet and keep it OUT before it gets in, maybe that's the secret.  To just not process her words, but know what she's about.... that you must resist hearing the first bit. 

She's a grown up girl, and wouldn't allow you to "fix" anything the right way if you could, IMO. Let her spin on her own.... that's what she does. You can choose to do something else.  Something better: )

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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #62 on: December 01, 2017, 05:49:49 PM »
Amber, this is in reply to your post on Tupp's thread...hope you see it before it's sold!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213930524/introvert-pendant-engraved-alder-wood?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_d-jewelry-pendant-wood&utm_custom1=58510249-b875-4800-a351-2bfb5d5d232c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwOX1jvLp1wIVVoGzCh0jKQ3QEAQYASABEgKkN_D_BwE

I'm sure this would really help in social situations. When we extros spot it we'll engage you in lively conversation about intro and extro!

Glad you made it through and sorry it was so uncomfortable. Your mountain move makes even more sense.

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« Reply #63 on: December 02, 2017, 05:58:38 AM »
Hops that's GREAT - like a medical ID - I should get 2, because Holly - for all she's comfortable in that kind of environment and seems to need a balance, gets into solitude too. She can use it like a mood ring.

Yes, I'm up way early because I went to bed when I was tired (way early) in the process of resetting "me". There's a list that's getting longer of the normal little things a person has to do that seem to "get in the way" of me having the kind of day(s) I want. Scheduling a bunch of things has gotten difficult because a person can no longer predict how long the first task might take - eye appt, oil change, shopping, whatever. Throw in the last few "projects" I want to finish up this year (before I start over with a new list after Jan1) and ACK! I wonder what happened to those days when I used to sit and just LOOK at things... and imagine what I want to do with it, etc. What I could make it into.

And I've been forgetting the normal list of stuff, too. My crazy inconsistent methods of "reminding" myself things works most of the time - but there have been some glitches lately. I think it's because things that should've been complete by now are still dragging on... it'll be another week before I was promised those buildings I ordered at the beginning of August, for instance. And by now, I was to be well into other things and just having a leisurely holiday month.

It will seriously be way too close to Christmas to schedule in those appointments, so I'm going to have to let them slide till after the holiday. There's another full week or two of hunting season out here (and my new driveway alarm just indicated that Ronnie is here already this morning - LOL) and businesses won't be making appts. The women out here are busy shopping, baking, decorating and freezing deer meat.

I may not try to visit anyone at Christmas after how long it's taking me to reset after Thanksgiving nor plan anything big here ON that day. Holly's birthday is the 6th - the 12th day of Christmas - so that whole week in between is "fair game" for get togethers.
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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #64 on: December 04, 2017, 09:02:49 AM »
Busy first part of the week about to commence. Involves getting out of here for those days and going elsewhere. It's mostly exciting - but I'm not exactly looking forward to it either. I'm still in vegetable mode - today I think I've graduated from cabbage to carrot - it's chilly and fixin' to get yucky out.

Paying for and concluding formalities on purchasing the "back 40" acreage today. It's only a little more than we paid for "the little cabin"... and way more productive/usable. It also puts back together a tract of land into it's original configuration. I like that idea. Then perhaps a bunch of errands.
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« Reply #65 on: December 04, 2017, 05:51:09 PM »
Congrats on your buffer land, I can't imagine the pleasures of birds and wildlife there...and I hope views!

Sounds like time to breathe deep, put up your feet and enjoy some cider.

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« Reply #66 on: December 05, 2017, 08:47:46 AM »
Views from the front porch are a ridge completely blocking the eastward (toward NoVa) civilization - I can basically see my whole original 10 acres sloping up the hollow to there. The back has views, for sure - right across that additional acreage and up the next ridge to the west. The actual property line, is just over the top of that ridge.

Today, I take ye olde Rubicon out to be inspected & get the oil changed. Poor thing has a new battery, that won't start without a jump, because I don't drive enough. This used to be my daily ride, bought new in '06, and it still has less than 30,000 miles on it. Once it was paid off, I gave Mike free rein to customize it the way he wanted, so it now has a 4 inch lift and 35 in. tires - which makes it a little harder for me to get in/out of, but still doable. It also means, in WV, that I have a smaller selection of inspection stations qualified to deal with it. (shakes head at silliness of bureaucracy)

It's filthy right now - took it out in the mud for an outdoor class I took in May and has tree dirt on it. But it's still a decent "guy magnet" - not as good as the '78 CJ kitted out to the nines for rock crawling, mind you. That one turned heads everywhere. But after getting that one running and inspected last year, I realized I had no business driving it - it made me that nervous. So it's sold. I couldn't possibly drive 3 different vehicles as little as I "go" anyway.

The Rubicon will end up being my snow vehicle until I get better tires on the Cherokee - or trade that in for something better suited to conditions out here. It has a long list of recalls on it - but no parts available yet - and it was chosen to be my "highway travel" vehicle because it's an automatic and way more comfortable for long distances. Except for runs from the beach up here, it's only made two trips like that in the 3 years I've had it. It's GREAT on gas; usually it only takes 1/2 tank to go from here to the beach. So there's that.

Rubicon's going to need a new top soon; it should have a winch, too. But these are the just the things that rattle through my head, that I need to clone myself to take care of. No jeep dealer locally... so I really need the 2 vehicles. There is just so much "required" to take on the challenge of living out here, that I sure could use a guy for whom all this kind of stuff comes naturally.

But there's that wishful thinking without the commitment to stop being so picky again. LOL.
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« Reply #67 on: December 05, 2017, 02:48:52 PM »
Keep wishing, Amber.  It's good to think about what you want.

About new tires, make sure they have open treads so snow can squish out sides. 

Congrats on the new tract of land.  Your property sounds wonderful, even if it's a handful.

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« Reply #68 on: December 07, 2017, 10:46:03 AM »
I still feel on the edge of frazzled. So I decided to just tackle one thing a day this week.

Monday - signed the papers and paid for the new acreage.
Tuesday - got the Rubicon inspected & oil changed (it needed it; only drove 180 miles in it last year and the current oil was probably 3 years old.)

Wed - drove to the little cabin, paid the guy who took down several dangerous trees and cleaned up my driveway very, very well. Brought home a load of stuff to empty it out. And I still need to go back and get some more. Signed the listing agreement; so I can't wait too long to go back.

Realtor for the beach house is now trying to angle in a potential buyer who thinks he can offer over 100k less than listing and steal the house from me. LOL... I countered 125k higher than his offer. Two can play this game, and I enjoy it. My realtor also has my back on this and plays like Mike would. This buyer will either run away screaming (not likely; he's a car dealer) or we have a really wide range of numbers to come to an acceptable price... JUST so I can be done carrying the responsibility for it. I'm pretty good at this - Mike was way better, but sometimes would cut off his nose to spite his face. I never lose sight of my ultimate goal... and will surprise people at being ready to settle out of the clear blue sky.  LOL.

All I really want is to simplify the business side of my life - so owning just one property, having one insurance company to deal with, etc - is the goal. But I'm not giving the house at the beach away. I'm just realistic about the market/style of the house - which is getting a little dated and is just too "over the top" ostentatious and way too big for me. Mike loved it, so I tried to work with it, to make it comfortable for me too. The interior shutters helped a great deal.

So today is a lazy day for me. Even though my list of things "to do" and "should get done" are still there. Knowing I have to make at least one more trip down to the little cabin I just want a day off RIGHT NOW. So I'm having one.
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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #69 on: December 09, 2017, 05:37:03 PM »
I assume you're buried in snow right now, Amber?  We sure are, and it's been a cozy lovely organization of the kitchen with my girls.  Winter wonderland out the windows..... Christmas lights reminding me if gumdrops on a gingerbread house.

Enjoy your new wood burning stove.

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« Reply #70 on: December 10, 2017, 08:35:58 AM »
It's COLD and it's windy too Lighter. We only got about an inch of snow yesterday. Some weather reports are calling for more today/tonight... but we'll see. New windows and doors are doing exactly what I'd hoped! I am so pleased - the gas furnace isn't running constantly today - and I'm sure there's a wind-chill out there.

So today I'm on woodstove duty - I hate emptying ashes on windy days, but it needs doing. And I MUST clean out the pile of cardboard in the downstairs garage today, because tomorrow I'm getting 10 packages of insulation for my "pantry" project. I've only been talking about that for a year now, and only now getting around it. I'm essentially covering one of the garage doors and turning 1/2 the garage into an insulated room. The plan is to not heat it - but we'll see how that goes. And I'll be insulating the floor under the kitchen/dining room. I know this isn't enough insulation to do the whole thing, but it should help.

Those long-delayed buildings get put up the end of the week.

I've had so much in my head, that I completely FORGOT that my second griddle kit for the stove came in and I need to go "over the mountain" to pick it up. I might can do that on Tuesday.

Little cabin is now listed on the MLS. I need to go back and load up/move some more stuff out, clean & spiff it up a little.

There's been some activity on the beach house too. I'm not sure (this morning) just where we are now, but I guess I'll find out in the next day or two.

I've been Christmas shopping - most of that will arrive next week too. And I've begged off a repeat of Thanksgiving for Christmas. I might try to get into Mike's D's new house one day... she's just bought what looks like a really good place for her & the kids; has a new boyfriend; and the house is older - so she's going to be thinking of projects too. Holly's birthday on the 6th, is when I'll be hosting the "big fling" of total chaos. She turns 40. Moooooouahahahaha!

I sure am getting my exercise with these wood stoves... upstairs, downstairs, down to the garage... more than once a day. When I start splitting my own wood (I have plenty of trees now, to sustainably harvest)... it'll be even more exercise. And plowing/shovelling snow...

I am certainly in no danger of becoming bored. As soon as I finish the last of the shopping, I need to start perusing seed catalogs. I still have a "stash" of seeds I've kept and tried to keep viable. But I'm starting all over in a whole new place... and I need to have a plan, so I don't "over" commit the first year. I know me; that'll backfire.
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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #71 on: December 10, 2017, 02:46:39 PM »
Never.

Ever.

EVER.

Put.

Any part of yourself into the path of the log splitter EVER.

It's a rule, and there's no reason to ever ever ever ever ever break it.  Only stupid people do that, and you're very bright.

::nodding seriously::.. 

My BIL's father crushed 3 fingers last year, and he's been splitting wood most of his life.... it just takes one tiny moment to make a very big mistake with a log splitter.  Even the pros lose fingers when they get careless one time.  I won't split wood with people who don't follow the rule.  ::shaking head::

I think we got a foot of snow, and last year I shoveled my drive only to have the sun come out the next day to melt everything off anyway.  It was the elderly man shoveling his next door that drove me to such madness.  I shoveled next to him, then did my own drive.  It cost my back dearly.

This time all my elderly neighbors have shoveled drives, with me being the only one NOT to clear her drive.  It's sunny.  My truck is warm and dry in the garage with only one pass over the drive to freeze solid so.... it should be no problem to get out today and stay parked in the dry street, need be, IMO.  I refuse to put my back in jeopardy when I know the sun is going to melt everything soon enough.


Tell me if that sounds crazy, bc I fret, and fear about it. DD17 has a piano recital downtown, and I'll be on the roads, which are dry.  I have to get ready to go now. 

Carry on with the daily list.  You're getting so much done!

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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #72 on: December 11, 2017, 03:30:08 AM »
I don't shovel either.
I have a short driveway and an old suv, so can drive through most piles o' snow.
If a heavy snow's coming I just stock up and snuggle down.

Doesn't take much for me to retreat to the cozy bed anyway, unfortunately.

Although I do have an excellent memory of drinking whisky with a crazy friend and making a gigantic snow-woman in another state once. The major metro paper sent a photographer because she was huge and very impressive. We added a bit of spray-paint rouge, big curves, and a bottle of bourbon tucked in her arm. (They didn't choose her picture for the montage on the cover page, I think she might've shocked the locals....)
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« Reply #73 on: December 11, 2017, 09:30:12 AM »
I am a crazy sicko I guess. I love shovelling snow. But if I don't really have to go anywhere I'm more than willing to just look at it and let it melt too. I won't do that, if it's forecast to put down more accumulation on top... because driving over it only causes ice to form. That's BAD here, because to get to the road, the very last bit of my driveway is pretty steep.

It's sunny but cold here - and my sinuses are reacting pretty violently. Or else I picked up a cold last time I was out. But I have a lot of non-physical work to do today... Christmas cards, bills, go find those links to assisted living for my mom again... (I reinstalled my browser trying to get it to function better without backing up my bookmarks - DUH)... plan Holly's birthday party. I need to talk to Matt.

So this is a good to day to be a little under the weather. I still have to clean woodstoves and light a fire later... and whenever my delivery arrives, move that inside. Tonight's weather is that lovely combo of rain/snow/sleet. Which in certain areas around here can be freezing rain. I don't go ANYWHERE in ANYTHING in that crap, if it can at all be avoided.
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Re: Just the crap I've been up to - LOL
« Reply #74 on: December 13, 2017, 05:00:59 AM »
Good, what a great snow woman image!  I that story.

As for my drive, I broke down and salted the tire track area.  Of course, everything melted the next day and now I worry about salt killing moss.  Drat.  I should have held my nerve, and course of non action.

Amber, sorry you lost your bookmarks.  I resist all things that muff up my groove like that.

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