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  • in reply to: BASEMENT #5860

    jacjak
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    Isn’t this weather great!? Spent a good part of yesterday and today cleaning up, storing, and covering all the yard stuff. Interesting that flowers in the pots are still blooming, even impatiens. And it looks like the lavender is actually flowering… what??? False spring, or something?

    Still, vanwa you are welcome to come and take care of moss around here any ole time you want. Grandson usually does the roof when he puts up Xmas lights after Halloween. We’re due, and need to bite the bullet and pay the big bucks for a new roof. Maybe in the next year or so.

    SIL brought over a nice batch of deer jerky. He was super lucky on his deer tag so is out doing his elk stalking now. Think that season has started, haven’t heard from him, but he was pumped about it all last week. Any sturgeon today, Vanwa? Yum, that’s great eats, so good luck.

    Not sure, Drift… not following too closely on a lot these days, but it seems to me the whole ‘opioid thing’ is turning into another horse that’s going to be beat to death until what their after is achieved. Personally, I’m suspecting more control by pharmaceuticals and less regulation of those same pharmaceutical groups by the government. Now that we totally understand Trump is OK with Equifax being criminally neglect with Americans digital information, it’s sort of turning into a ‘screw for all’. Frankly Drift, (must find a new exclamation, tired of sounding like Rhett Butler) I like your idea of blending a combination of resources to achieve optimum results. As a Veteran household, we both are very nervous about VA, their benefits, and the bullshit coupons or vouchers or whatever it is they’re trying to schlock us. Tricare is also suspect, but not sure yet what’s going on. So discouraging, they keep starting unwinnable wars that go on and on, but want to privatize the responsibility so even that can have a few drops of blood money squeezed out of it.

    Had to cancel our Newport trip that we always take in Oct for our anniversary. Hubby’s surgery is keeping him out of pools, hot tubs, and spas for the time being… something to do with water’s PSI. No point in going as the resort has a spa in the room. That, and the room service is the main things we enjoy as we watch the surf and sky. Oh well, there’s always Spring.

    Take care, all. Hear the rains are coming so enjoy the sky while it’s visible. Like Luvithere said, last winter was so hard for me that heading back into that season so fast seems a bit like heading into a really long dental appointment or maybe one of Daunte’s purgatories.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5857

    jacjak
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    It’s been 5 days and 21 hours since Drift posted the last comment. Are our words all dried up, or what? Trying not to think there’s not much left without the debate and combat, but hey, maybe that’s part of it. I move thru the days feeling pissed, frustrated, and less than optimistic for what comes to the generations that follow us. For example, this damn, damn, demon-damned oil terminal. How absolutely short sighted does some greedy private school red tie wearing idiot have to be to think selling off the last thing America has going for it, it’s natural resources, is all that smart? Nope, they know it’s not smart, stupid in fact. But they also know they’ll be dead before it’s total ramifications are felt in daily life. Can’t believe we as humans, as parents and grandparents, can’t picture our cute little cuddly grandkids as grandparents themselves. Well, I can. And will those grandkids or their kids have sleek hospital rooms or the highest quality surgical and lab facilities? Besides gasoline and heat, there are thousands of petroleum products that can’t be made with hydro power, natural gas, or nuclear. Gurrrr! Going to yet another fund raiser for Orange this afternoon. Been a weird summer so the oil terminal being placed here in Vancouver, or anywhere for that matter, is the only thing I’ve given more than donations to.

    Oh, and for the first time in my life, I voted for a dead candidate. Campbell had my vote, and still does. The ONLY thing I could find on his opponent was her stand on birth control and women based on her LifePac survey. Shiver, shiver…. I say it’s better to have Van City Council appoint someone in Campbell’s place if he wins.

    In the meantime, we’ve cancelled our cable tv again. Went without it before for two years because we never watched it, but Hubby was still working, and it took a while, but I missed the noise during the day, like cooking and home repair shows. So got it back right about the time he retired. And went back to never watching it. So saving the $74 again, and watching the Plus channels or Amazon, etc. Did watch a movie last night, “City Slickers” with Billy Crystal and Jack Palance. Forgotten just how funny it was.

    Nothing else to yammer about unless someone wants to talk books or dental appointments, and whatever other items that stake claims in the day. Just can’t do the politic insanity 24/7. It’s simply too rancid. Even local stuff has gone over the cliff, and in that I’m not referring only to the local GOP.

    Great weather. Hubby’s mowing as I type, and I’m heading out to hack away at autumn pruning for a bit before I head out to do my bit for The Greater GOOD!

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5852

    jacjak
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    Talk about good investment with a sound profit margin, drift! Cute! Read your comment and the link to Hubby, who’s recovering from emergency surgery last week. Home finally, and at the feeling antsy stage of recovery. Thank the light for YouTube and Skyrim. I’d be pooched for ideas to keep movement low and slow, otherwise. He’s never been much of a sitter, and always the caregiver. This is whole new territory for him.

    Did find a perk to all this hospital business…. no time for much news or the insane Donald or insane gun nuts. My latest favored Curse has to do with hemorrhoids. Must invent some sort of hand gesture to accompany said Curse for more impetus, maybe the Roman one. Hope does burn eternal Did manage to actually read two whole New Yorker Magazines in the last 10 days, tho. That’s a first.

    No, nails… you are NOT wrong. Legitimize, legalize, then research the hell out of it. You and Drift may know more, but I’m thinking it’s simply too late for pharmaceuticals to corner the market on something that grows everywhere, and that’s probably part of the roadblock to legalizing… the patents. But, even drug companies, and especially investors in those companies, are clever enough to turn plant products and bi-products into a cash cow. Look what they did to aspirin which started out as a plant derivative. Oh wait, they chemically synthesized the plant’s salicylic acid, didn’t they. Still, marketing and who profits will be the driving consideration, not those who benefit from any aspect of Marijuana. Investors don’t care if it’s organic or chemical. Only end users of their synthetic chemicals understand about side effects, and then only barely.

    Happy 13th back at cha.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5845

    jacjak
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    Interesting graph in this article about marijuana. Who says politics, administrations, and who’s majority in house and senate don’t play a roll in going to jail…

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/26/more-people-were-arrested-last-year-over-pot-than-for-murder-rape-aggravated-assault-and-robbery-combined/?utm_term=.16e4ea0c6ffe

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5831

    jacjak
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    Hey there, forum friends…
    Yeah, still around. Way to busy doing daily stuff like eating too much (discovered White Cheddar Poppables potato snacks by Frito-Lay) lazing, and being completely disgusted with almost anything to do with R’s, Trump, and politics in general. Hard to find much news here not about Trump and not without his O shaped mouth in pictures here in the US, so looking further afield, tho bitterness seems to becoming a universal 21st Century reaction to being overfed and poorly educated, but least America is coming in First in something.

    Always enjoy the pot talk, Drift and Nail, tho don’t smoke it. However, wouldn’t hesitate for a NY minute to get into it by alternate routes as aging seems to be an on-going downward spiral of surprises…mostly negative. Someone should tell Billy Ray ain’t just hearts that go all ‘achy, breaky’. Dang these joints!

    Yes, McCain came through. It’s tough having your life’s motives face your own morality, and kudos to the guy for standing up for America against his own. I’ve not been all that impressed with McCain over the years, of his votes that would have benefitted Vets had the ‘no new taxes’ and ‘benefits to the rich’ not been the driving force of the R’s for the last 40 years, all while saying he’s an advocate for them. Plus, there was his complete and total LACK of judgement when he tried to foist Palin onto America as some weird act of ‘gotcha politics’ when that one decision alone of selecting a running mate was his ONE opportunity as a candidate to show all voters and all parties his Leadership abilities and savvy. But, I’ve been having to back up and relenting in that opinion lately, first because of the 2 surprising votes of the R’s repeal health care bills. Then there was the complete and totally insane and unnecessary insult from Trump to McCain when he publically showed just how small he could be with his very public ‘I like people who were not captured’, and ‘he’s not a war hero’. What a slam! Not only to McCain, but every soldier who’s EVER defended this country. What an ass..terisk history will make of Trump! Like, The deferment king ‘I have a ittle, bitty, owee on my ittle, bitty heel’ could recognize a real hero from a meat sandwich! And, would someone please tie his flailing hands… so distracting when trying to hear his latest whiny, derisive, bullying speech. Now, he’s hissy-fitted his tiny fingers to the bone about how McCain has ‘let his best friend, Lindsey Graham down’ with the vote. Ok, so this guy hasn’t a clue, doesn’t realize Americans wellbeing is not some rich pubescent boy’s private prep school-private club BFF crap, and who happenes to like who better today. Even Graham was classy enough to say friendships are not about votes and politics.

    Started today removing two apple trees from the backyard. One’s too old and just holds up birdfeeders, and the other gets too much shade, no apples (or rotten before ripe) for 4 years. That whole aging thing (see above) says to simplify while I’m able for easy maintenance later on, so going to try something else come spring.

    Happy Autumn to you all. VanWa, we did have a beautiful kickoff for it, and after the last smoky month, we actually toasted the new season and fresher air with some chocolate wine. Yes, there is such a thing, too sweet and heavy, but fun for a sip or two, so worked well, along with the whole candle – equinox/solstice thing. Think I’m part pyro and just look for occasions to make flames.

    Any readers happen to read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami? Super good so far. This copy is from the library but may have to purchase, as tired of arm-wrestling hubby for this copy. Also, reading The Gunslinger by S. King. Again, great but bleak, like reading Dickens or P. Buck. Also reading a book about Einstein’s confirmation of space/time, and the ‘ripple’ wave detected here on earth last year when 2 black holes collided. I find that sort of stuff fascinating (and positive in the age of Trump), but it’s probably not for everyone.

    lovit, If looking for something ‘away from everything’ maybe buy an island, put up Keep Out signs. Or find a mountaintop where there’s no Wi-Fi and snail mail is delivered by burro. Otherwise, maybe start breaking it down into lists and details. You travel a lot, fairly cosmopolitan, not afraid to hail a cab, but also enjoy gardening. Maybe start with what appeals to you, like weather stats, amenities, the arts, dining, etc. Are you looking to stay in-country? Not sure Canada wants too many with our passport stamp, but think Mexico and So. America, or parts of Europe may have great merits. Unpredictable weather is everywhere, and probably here to stay, so not sure how you’d factor that into being away from it all. (There are whole swatches of the country that’d be off my list just because of tornados, humidity, and killer-sized bugs, but that’s me.) City life has so many advantages, as does country living, tho in the US I’m suspecting both has way too many busybodies and political agendas, but again, my perspective. Maybe time for a pro/con list, and start breaking considered locations down by what you intend to do with your time and energy, and how much money it will cost as you age. Me, the Northwest is the Best Place of all worlds… mountains, seaside, fantastic trails and parks, libraries & shops, the list goes on if it’s Tri-Cities or Cameo Island. It’s just so damn expensive. But my sister retired to TX, one diner, no library, no bookstores, many churches and knitting groups, but not much else. It was fine for awhile because land is so cheap, but not so much now that her life force is ebbing, and the huge but expensive triple lot has to be maintained by a service, and she no longer drives.

    Not much else happenin’ around here, just like this comment sounds. We also do some traveling in the Fall when garden stuff is more or less done, and summer is stored back in the shed, so heading to the beach, but not for a few weeks yet.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5802

    jacjak
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    Ditto, Drift…

    Maybe we should make a plan, some sort of Fred Flintstone Lodge Brother secret fist bump, or was it a belly bump? Anyway, some way of continuing beyond Forum. Yeah, I miss the…dare I say, heat of exchange and deeper pool of ideas and opinions. Not to give less credence to those of us still around, but where the hell is kat (?) or goldie? I could just sit back and lurk in those days and it’d be like reading a few chapters in a action book, those two. Damn.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5800

    jacjak
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    Oh, and hoping you are all fine after the Great Smoke. Call me a bleeping environmental tree hugger if you must, but just spent 3 days tethered to the news about the Eagle Creek fire. I’ve had a love relationship with the Columbian River and Gorge since I was a very small child and figured out I was a reincarnated Native American. Ok, that’s far out, but hey, it’s my own out of the body experience, no one else’s, so I say why not own it, right? Or some such… Anyway, hoping for total containment on this fire before the next ‘there’s no global warming’ catastrophe hits…another fire, or Irma, I think it’s called. Then, there’s Jose… sigh! But guess what? Tomatoes thrive on smoke! Who knew? They’ve all gotten ripe at once.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5799

    jacjak
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    Well, well…. Howdy there, partners!

    Not sure what the hell happened, but here we are, or I am at least, so it wasn’t my own drivers needing an update, or some other jargon I’m incapable of dealing with. I did write the Columbian, and suspect that whole ‘pagely’ thing was because of our spam event. Not sure but reading about Pagely, it’s suppose to block spam, among other bits on controlling your WordPress blog site.

    Thanks, Columbian!!!

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5796

    jacjak
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    Yeap, twice I think. Or at least I had to find my way back here twice. Where’s John Hill when you need him….

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5527

    jacjak
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    The counters are covered with tomatoes and lemon cucumbers. What to do?? The news SUCKS, fake and not fake. It’s too friggin hot to sit and read much or write about inane Trump antics. I’ve almost finished “The Stand”, and looking for something else good enough to take my brain, heart, and soul off all of the above. Any suggestions from the readers in this echo chamber? Thinking about FH’s ‘Dune’ series, or ‘The Dark Tower’ series by Stephen King. Read the first 4 years ago, but think there are like 10 or more. Maybe James Clavell. Finally broke down and joined Audible.com, but still like to read words when I have time.

    Good note, SIL doing well. Only 4 surgeries, and the PICC line comes out in two weeks, hopefully. He’ll still have to have reconstruction surgery, but probably next year when their beyond sure the infection is actually dead. Sort of puts a hiatus on his 2 years of much planning, spending, and exercising to walk the Pacific Crest Trail next year, but that’s still far enough out as to be doable. We’ll see.

    Hope all is well with each of you, and yours.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5525

    jacjak
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    Yes, we too saw the dragon eat the sun, and damn it got cold!

    To view the eclipse, all 99.1% of it, we walked up to Starbucks in order to get away from all these big trees down below this little ridge where we live. Figured between the shopping square at SB parking lot and the church across the street there’d be lots of open sky. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who thought of it, as it felt like a big party. Very fun, free nibbles, lots of smiles and chatter and photos. Nothing like a good ole astronomical phenomoma to poke at genetic root memories, huh? McMenamins opened early and served breakfast and bloody marys as their contribution to appeasing the dragon. I grew up right here in Portland and yet missed the one in 1979, was in Chicago for a year. So, unless we start jetting around the planet more, pretty sure the inherited genetics of longevity are not up to hanging around til 2029 when the next one comes along. Today was pretty cool.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5519

    jacjak
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    vanwa, Sorry, World War 2 was fought, and MILLIONS died, in a GREAT violent, bloody slaughter, mostly because of Nazis and fascists. Trump was WRONG, and you’re wrong to say ‘both sides’ were to blame. Nazi’s defending R. E. Lee is laughable, and even that ole racist would be aghast at the prospect of such a public shaming. No one here can help you to read history, which is not ancient by any means, but recent. It was our Dad’s war. Learn more. Keep your bonds to the war between the states or the confederate statues or your own ancestors part in it, that’s fine and your business. But just stop with the ‘both sides’ crap. Nazi’s are Nazi’s, here, there, or in the past. Defending them is just plain WRONG and CANNOT be equaled to removing a statue from a park, for crying out loud.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5491

    jacjak
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    Garden’s good. I don’t plant corn, but have green beans and tomatoes. Pulled the first carrots today, but they’re not very big, maybe 4 – 5 inches. Just thinning them a bit for more grow room. Loads of cukes, both lemon and straight 8’s. All the berries are done. Heat burnt up the marion barriers about half way thru their harvest. Loads of flower beds, and I’ve decided waaay too many flowers in pots… watering has become a real chore in this heat. Back yard is about the color of yellow straw, but not trying to keep it green, just alive. Keep the front green (mostly) tho, for aesthetics sake.

    Still, extra work, smoke, high water bills… not complaining. Waited 3 long, wet, dark months for the sun. Not complaining.

    We found a website that says on the 21st the solar eclipse would be about 98% in our zip code. Does that match what you all are seeing? I thought we’d have to travel down to salem a bit, so was surprised by that percentage number. With the zombie apocalypse Oregon is gearing up for, I’m not sure I want to even leave my street that day. But then again, Y2K was a hype, too. Hummm….

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5490

    jacjak
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    Speaking of cats…

    I’m still feeding the two strays that have been hanging on our street since winter. Put out food and water every evening, but took the little box and blanket away early spring, as they never would go in it.

    Try not to put too much food out because of ants, and have suspected for a while raccoons were also coming by because of the water. The water pan is filthy in the AM’s. They have no salivary glands so need water to digest, etc. Last night, was just closing the curtains and there were FOUR raccoons! A mama and 3 babies. Or maybe half grown now, but much smaller than the larger one. It was cool, but way too close to the whole bite/germ thing to get too excited right now. Not sure what to do now that I know. I bring in the food if I remember to, but water?? Everything needs water, and this heat is tough on animal life in the city, even in the suburbs . I have 2 bird baths, but they’re both in the backyard. They dogs would go ballistic if raccoons tried to get to that water. As it is, they go ape if there’s a opossum passing through.

    in reply to: BASEMENT #5489

    jacjak
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    vanwa

    To clarify… SIL was bit only once by his kitty. Tiny little puncture that SIL didn’t even think much about except for some soap, water, and Neosporin. It was about 12 hours later, lots of pain, swelling, emergency room, then hospital. Hospitals stays 3 times for three separate surgeries, and the 4th hospital and surgery was outpatient. Mass infection. The PICC line leads to his heart to administer antibiotics. Hubby, daughter, and I had to take a training class (nurse came to our house) so multiple family members would be able to administer meds into PICC line. Otherwise they could not have released him from hospital if there were not more than one person able to administer. Monday they changed it tho. He now has a pouch he has to carry that dispenses automatically every 6 hours.

    I’m just so amazed this is all from a kitty. My daughter and SIL have rescued 23 kitties over the years. This little biter came to them scruffy, beat up and torn, and starving. In one year he loves to ride in the car, takes walks on a leash, and weighs 16 lbs. He’s still a scrapper tho, and likes to pick on their other furry rescues. One is a new little scared, underfed, quiet not-quite-grown baby, and Mr biter was beating up on her. SIL jumped in the middle. He probably knew better, and has been bit before, but WTH – even he, with all his cat stories and history, didn’t even know this sort of life threat was possible.

    Human bites and cat bites… the worst kind of deadly bacteria to humans. And the strain of bacteria they are having do treat SIL for is the most common in cats, but the deadliest.

    Passing along this medical saga incase you or one of yours ever gets bit… run, don’t walk, to nearest urgency or emergency. Don’t wait 12 hours. Now we all know…

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