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Happy Hour / The Longest Hour
« on: November 06, 2018, 11:46:17 AM »
Well, Folks....just sitting here waiting for another hour to take my pup in to have him put to sleep. He was a rescue....have had him for 4.5 years. He came in as a stray to the animal shelter , and they estimated his age to be 8 or 9 yrs old then. He had a class 5 heart murmur and very bad teeth....but as soon as we brought him home, he was a ball of energy. He is a Chihuahua. Been a joy but started going downhill here recently....his heart is the major problem.  It is very enlarged now and has fluid on it....he has been coughing and gagging for 3 days. He is also mostly blind now from cataracts. Can tell he does not feel all that well...know he will only get worse from this point on. Seems to be a rapidly progressing situation...not going to put up with him suffering. This is my last dog....we have loved them all, but we just hate when this time comes. Am dreading 1:30 like the plague. RIP, Chico, you've been such a funny little guy and a  joy :'(

Happy Hour / Well....think I screwed up!!
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:26:08 PM »
Per my previous post("Somebody just kill me"), I decided to use straight vinegar instead of clorox on the mildew smell on the floor , carpet tack strip, and baseboards. I sprayed it well twice and let it dry completely both times. Did not work at all. So I  thought I would just go ahead and use the clorox. I never mix anything without checking first to see if it is ok. Found out clorox and vinegar produces chlorine gas(deadly) so now I cannot use the clorox at all. Remind me never to believe all the wonderful sounding "green" cures on the internet again.....they almost NEVER work for me, and I keep stupidly trying them!! My question......once the vinegar is totally dried out can I ever spray clorox on it if the mildew smell is still there? Will there( for eternity) always be a danger of chlorine gas?   Help....I need a chemist!!!!!!

Happy Hour / Please....somebody just shoot me!!
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:14:32 PM »
Well, thought I smelled a foul odor.....recognizable e as poop. Oh yes, it was poop.....all over my shoe, the carpeting , an oriental rug, a tiny area rug...and somehow a chunk in my sunroom,too. Of course my pup is the culprit but he has never pulled such a stunt!! Well, it was fresh and almost impossible to clean up, but I managed. I then walked back to my bedroom and detected another foul odor....mildew/mold?  On my hands and knees found moisture in a corner and along the baseboard.....I was horrified!! After detective work outside, I discovered that the downspout had become dis-attached completely from the the tons of rain we have had for 2.5 days poured directly on my foundation.....which, unfortunately, is a monolithic slab.....does not take a direct non stop soaking well.  Anyone who installs a monolithic slab has an IQ of 50....tons of that type slab here in Maryville. I have moved all the heavy antique solid mahogany/solid cherry furniture, pulled back the carpet, cut out the pad.....and now will spray clorox and get box fans to blow all dry. Later will cut new pad , install, and put everything back in place. Whew.....will let y[all know if I survive this day!!

General Discussion / Wasp question.....crowder peas
« on: September 11, 2018, 09:02:57 AM »
On a normal year, there are always LOTS of red wasps that love to hang around my crowder peas. They don't attack me at all, even when I am right next to them or disturb them while in there. They look just like plain ol red wasps but must be not,because I never have gotten stung or even had them act aggressive at all. This year, the entire season, I have seen ONE only!! Also, I have seen only one honeybee, only one bumblebee, and only one butterfly.....all season!! This is most abnormal for my garden. Crowder pea production has been normal,except I have had more of the RIPE(tan) pods that are shorter or more thin than usual. The absence of the red wasps on the crowders has been so very noticeable,because they have been a regular visitor every year and always in good numbers. Has anyone else noticed a drop or the disappearance  of these wasps that love pollinating crowder peas?

Happy Hour / Warning ....on recipe posted
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:59:50 PM »
Cannot remember who posted the recipe for oven baked okra not too long ago. I copied and pasted it to my recipe file and wondered when it said 400 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour to cook, if that was too hot and long.  -I checked mine after just 35 minutes and it was  a large cookie sheet of totally black burned up okra!!!! I had thought before I cooked it  that 400 degree oven for that long may be an error.....ha, I DO believe it is! Just thought I would warn.....

Happy Hour / Just a thought
« on: July 17, 2018, 03:52:18 PM »
It is just 6 more weeks til my Ole Miss Rebels kick the season off. Can someone please tell me where the time has gone? I read that time seems to drag for kids, because their metabolism is so fast, and inversely,time seems to fly for older adults because of their slower metabolism. I guess....all I know is that the past 5 yrs or so has been at lightening speed. To be honest, it is a little scary! At this rate I will be 95 by day after tomorrow....or so it will seem.

General Discussion / question about tomatoes
« on: June 23, 2018, 10:50:30 AM »
Do y'all pull the tomatoes off a very small(1ft or so) plant. I have 2 plants that produced one tomato each very early on, and the tomatoes have never ripened, and the plant are not growing  much at all. I started to pull the fruit off immediately but thought maybe I would wait and see, as I have read both pro and con on this. Have never had this happen before so was not sure.

Happy Hour / Just a thought.....
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:23:19 PM »
Our credit card was a call from Bank of America a few hours ago. Someone  in Texas tried to use it at a Dales(?). Thank heavens BOA felt it was suspicious($800) and denied the charge. They will ship us a new one tomorrow. We have another card, but we never use it.....and try not to use the main one much, except for gas. We 99% of the time pay cash or write checks. My brother has been hacked about 4 times in the past few yrs. People say we should go to a cashless, check-less society. The hacking these days has become epidemic....also I worry about computers going down,too. Without cash or checks (ha, or gold bars) what would we do??? Bartering is shaky because one may not have enough stuff that someone else would need or want to use. Ha, don't think that would work for a car payment, anyway! Mass chaos would ensue all because we decided to go cash free.....seems like that would be a terribly shaky decision for the world to make.

Recipes / Anyone have this recipe? Sweet (B&B) pickles
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:11:33 PM »
Back in the 70's my mother had a recipe that used those large jars of whole pickles you find in the grocery stores. She sliced those up and added cloves,etc to make the best B&B pickles you ever ate. Every yr at Christmas neighbors and friends( and mois) would beg her to make and give as gifts instead of anything else. I would sit and eat a ton of,so good! I have searched internet for this recipe that uses grocery store whole pickles to start with and can find nothing. Can anyone help???

Happy Hour / Question for y'all....Chromebook
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:25:59 AM »
Does anyone use a Chromebook? If so are you pleased with it? After reading about all the world wide complaints against Microsoft's completely idiotic update faux pas, which crashed everyone's computers(including my own), I do believe I want nothing to do with them anymore.....especially since they have given no guarantee it won't happen again on the next update. My sister says as little as I do on the computer, I should be fine with a Chromebook. I just email, am on 2 forums, Facebook a little, 2 news sites, and Google information. I don't play games, watch movies or do anything creative . Just was wondering if anyone on here has used a Chromebook and thinks it is ok for my purposes.

Happy Hour / I'mback but still having computer problems
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:34:46 PM »
Boy, have I had problems!! I have Windows 10 on my computer. It said it needed to update last Monday so I clicked on ok. Well, the update wiped out my computer.....everything! Nothing in my pictures, videos, no documents,etc. They were completely deleted from my harddrive . The computer guy said he copied my hard drive and there was almost nothing on it.Just got it back from the guy and am still having to reload some stuff,etc. Actually , this forum does not pop up correctly ....doesn't give the various catagories,etc.  My sweet sister likes to do stuff on the computer so she will get me back totally up and running on Monday afternoon.For some reason I cannot get my mouse to work----have tried  everything. I HATE using the dumb scroll pad on the laptop.....feel like a big spastic on it!!!!! WORD OF WARNING TO ALL.....Microsoft has messed up big time with this major faux pas. The computer guy said he has been working on many computers with the same problem in the past week. Folks are hopping mad....including myself!! Hope this mess doesn't happen to any of y'all. 

Happy Hour / Dogwood question
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:42:11 PM »
My neighbor across the street has 3 white Dogwoods near the street in her yard. I have a pink Dogwood  near the street in my yard.  The craziest of her white Dogwoods has this year gotten a pinkish hue. This has never happened in all the many yrs our trees have been there. She has been teasing me saying my tree inpregnated hers with a pink baby gene! I read where a pink Dogwood can turn pale or white if not enough of an acidic soil but can find nothing anywhere on a white one turning pink. Amazingly, I saw this happening on another street here,too. I have lived here a pretty good while and have not seen this happen before. Does anyone know if this is something that can happen if a pink one is near a white one? We have tons of pink and tons of white Dogwoods in this area, and this is a first for me! Maybe I have just not been as observant as I think I am, but knowing me, I would have noticed this if it had ever occurred before.

Tools and Equipment / Any recommendations?
« on: April 09, 2018, 01:13:41 PM »
Wondering if anyone could recommend an internet site where I could order DECENT tomato cages. I have a few very old ones that are tall enough and have lasted yrs, but the newer ones I have purchased in the box stores came apart in a yr or 2 and weren't that functional to begin with. THIS yr the only ones I can find look like they would be barely big enough for a pepper plant. I have to go online, I guess, and try to find some suitable ones----is that crazy? What is so difficult about tomato cages that one cannot find a decent one in 2 cities here? Does anyone know of a site where I can order suitable ones like there were maybe 6 or 7+ yrs ago?  Hopefully, not for an arm and a leg,tho I know they will cost some more.

Happy Hour / You want a hard job???
« on: April 03, 2018, 09:36:36 PM »
Try finding someone to help a homeless 80 yr old woman, if you want a really hard job. Every place gives you another place to call. Then when you think you have finally found the right one all you get is a recording----leave a desperate message, and no one returns your call. It is a long story as to how I have become involved in this....I have never even laid eyes on the poor woman. Boy, if one is a stray dog or a family with kids, everyone is busting to help....but, the elderly, not so much. What is wrong in this country??????????????

Tools and Equipment / Long life tiller
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:19:08 PM »
Talked to a man shopping at a garden center. We were commiserating about the cool,rainy weather that we cannot get rid of. Somehow the conversation went to tillers----of which I know nothing about , since I do "no-till" gardening. He said he had bought a tiller in 1980, and he had never once had any problem with it. He said it was a BCS tiller. Said it cranks right up and goes to work every yr.....since 1980. From what I hear from friends about some tillers, I think that is quite remarkable. Was wondering if it is still a good brand? I asked him, and he said he did not know, because he had never had to buy a new one. Amazing!

Hey, Gopherbroke..wanted an update on how you are feeling, treatment,etc. Know the weather is not good for getting outside much up there, as we are hours south of you and not good either right now. I absolutely cannot find the original post about your cancer, is probably staring me right in the face as I search but got tired of looking so started a new one. Hope things are going ok!!

General Discussion / Boy, this 81 yr old moves around like a kid!!!
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:55:21 PM »

Happy Hour / Time change
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:08:57 AM »
For the first time in my life, the Daylight Savings time change has really messed up my sleep. I usually try to go to sleep by 11pm or so. Sunday night I could not fall to sleep til 3:30am. Today.. I fell asleep last night at 11:30pm ,woke up a little before 2am and have been up ever since. Going to be a very long day!!!!! Have never had it affect me like this before. I love the later sunlight,though. Was wondering if it has messed any of you up,too????

General Discussion / Interesting man----a real treasure!!
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:01:16 PM »
The man, John Coykendall, is the Master Gardner at the Blackberry Inn, which is just a stones' throw over the small mtn behind my house. He lives here in Tn, but many in Louisiana know who he is. A real treasure----need as as many like him as we can get!!                                                                                                                                                 

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