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How many other people are deleting their LJ accounts because of the Russian matter? I know at least one person is.
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[ profile] riverwynne !

I thought of you when I saw this. (The young woman writing it is friends with friends of mine, who sent me the link):
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I'm putting this here so I can remember what I want to tell her . . . the memory may have faded by the time she returns. I want her to know that in some ways, she has been the big sister I never had. In our UU Small Group Ministry, we discovered that our mothers were very similar(NPD). I remember after a brief sharing that revealed this, I suggested we have lunch together after our meeting, and we talked some more. It was remarkable how often each of us would say, "YES!!! That happened to me, too!" It was an incredible day. We both felt so connected.
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Happy Birthday, [ profile] aellia. This may be a redundant post (I tried posting before), but if so, twice the wishes for a great year!
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Just posted on a community listserv:

"We've got a black bear hanging around in our back yard and it won't leave. Any suggestions--so I can get out to my car?"
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I used to be Deanna Troi.

Your results:
You are Uhura
Beverly Crusher
Geordi LaForge
Will Riker
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Scott
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Jean-Luc Picard
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Deanna Troi
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
You are a good communicator with a
pleasant soft-spoken voice.
Also a talented singer.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Test

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May the election gods and goddesses give you the gift you wish!

('Cuz I'm sure it would be what I want, too.)
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This recipe is from a book so old (1976) that it probably was before this weird stuff called "yogurt" was widely available... it calls for sour cream. I in fact used sour cream when I thawed the base and served it recently, but now I wish I'd used plain yogurt. Greek yogurt would be even more appropriate, I imagine!

Cucumber Soup
Serves 4=6

Saute in large skillet:
3 cups sliced cucumbers
1/2 onion, minced
2 tablespoons butter

Add to the skillet and simmer 10 minutes:

1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups chicken broth
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of dried dill weed.

Puree in blender (I used food processor, something else that didn't exist back then) and chill.

Freeze, if desired, at this point.  (I did, and it worked just fine.)

Stir in:

1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt, as noted above)
1 cucumber, seeded and grated.

Serve cold.

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Jun. 13th, 2012 08:46 pm
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When I went out to the barn just now, I heard the peep of baby barn swallows! The parents showed up a couple of weeks ago to refurbish a nest either they or their own parents built. Always glad to see our swallows come home, even though I'm not sure which generation I am welcoming.


May. 9th, 2012 06:40 pm
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I was driving home yesterday afternoon when the low tire pressure light came on on my dashboard. Once home, I looked at all the tires and they seemed OK -- none seemed down. I figured one of them might need a little topping up and I'd take care of it when next in town.

This morning the left rear tire was FLAT. AAA came pretty quickly and put on the "donut tire." After lunch I drove down to Amherst Tire Center ( ). They could take me right away, so I sat down and started working on my laptop (and hey, they had WiFi!).

They are in the process of remodeling their rather cramped and dreary service desk and waiting area. Chairs and desks were being moved around, and two electricians came in and started measuring the distance between two overhead light fixtures. It was rather noisy and chaotic, but I could still do my job and didn't mind.

After about 30-45 minutes, the woman at the counter told me I was "all set" -- they'd found a tiny, very sharp metal fragment of some kind in the tire and had put in a "plug patch." (I think that's what she called it.) And because I had to "wait so long" (I didn't think I had to wait long!) and it was so "disruptive," there was NO CHARGE.

I protested, telling her I felt I should pay SOMETHING, and that I'd once worked for a contractor and had found observing the goings-on rather interesting.

"Oh, so you were entertained, as well?" joked one of the electricians.

The woman insisted I not pay anything; I told her I'd give the company a shout-out on LJ.

Of course, no one here is in the Amherst area, so I'll also put it on Facebook, where I do have local friends. Amherst Tire does not have a FB page to "like," alas.
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Here is the entire "periodical section" of my town's 900-square-foot library (the rack only has room for three issues of each periodical, which are displayed in alphabetical order. Issues older than three months must be discarded.).

Now look more closely . . .

Unless you are vegetarian . . . )
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I've been wanting to get more serious about my vegetable gardening this year. I built raised beds eons ago, and enriched them with composted horse manure, and kitchen compost, and the occasional freezer-burned brook trout (from husband's catch, which he'd freeze and then forget about) over the years, plus lime because, like much of New England, our soil is acidic.

But in recent years, the garden has done poorly. I blamed part of it on the fact that since the beds were built, we added a story to our original one-story house, and this has reduced the light in the afternoon. For this reason, I decided to try straw bale gardening this year for at least the tomatoes, positioning the bales in the center of the back yard where the light is best. Things like broccoli and lettuce, even green beans, do OK in the raised beds, but tomatoes and peppers have not been happy.

So a week or so ago I stopped by a garden center to get the fertilizer mix I need to get the straws bales ready. On impulse, I also bought a soil test kit.

I spent a lot of time doing it! I took samples from six different parts of the property (two from front yard circle garden, which is for flowers; one from the original little bed against the south side of the house; one from the rock garden with the hydrangea that Samurai created several years ago; and one each from the two raised beds). Each sample was in a separate paper cup, labeled with origin. The Ph tests were easy, and all came in at about 6.5 (slightly acidic, less than expected), with the amusing result of akalinity in the raised bed that I'd heavily limed in an attempt to get rid of moss! The hydrangea area was actually less acidic than blue hydrangeas want, which explains why this past year the flowers were more white than blue.

The other tests (nitrogen, phosphorus, potash) were more complicated. I had to take soil from each area and measure out a precise amount into their separate cups and then add a precise amount of distilled water, and let it settle. I did this a week ago Friday, and last Saturday morning began running the tests -- each took about 10 minutes, and there were 18 tests! (Six sample areas x 3). So it took all morning.

Having read the symptoms of potash deficiency, I was already expecting that result, given what I've experienced in the last couple of years. But I actually thought all my lovely composted horse manure might have meant I had TOO MUCH nitrogen.

WELL! The old bed on the south side of the house -- the one we've been using longest -- does have a surplus of nitrogen; the hydrangea area, which was only recently established (with horse manure added) is "N1," or deficient... and all the other areas are N0 -- DEPLETED in nitrogen!

The old bed at least registered a little phosphorus and potash. Maybe from rose food I'd given the climbing rose in the past. Not sure about that.

Front circle garden also had sufficient potash -- not sure why.

And both raised vegetable beds were inadequate in phosphorus and potash.

I feel both accomplished for having discovered this and foolish for not having done this sooner!

I'm still going to try the straw bales, though, since I know there isn't enough sunlight to make tomatoes happy in the raised beds, but maybe the peppers will be OK there if I fix the soil.

FYI to Samurai, I put a Miracle Gro product to acidify the soil in the area around the hydrangea, so maybe it will be blue again.
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Even if you are expecting a reply to an urgent business email, DO NOT go upstairs to  your office to check it while browning ground beef for tacos.

True, Spouse likes his ground beef "well done," and it didn't actually burn . . . but the cats did not appreciate having the smoke detectors go off!


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