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Old October 10th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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Default It's Saturday! and It's Raining Again!

Morning Mates, from another wet day in Caribou River.
We are headed out today to visit yet another kennel facility, in hopes of finding the right place to leave out dog and cat for next month's cruise.
So far we are batting zero with the places we've seen. Either they don't have very high standards here, or we are being too picky, but really, some heat and light would be nice!

Following that, we are going to a local extravaganza entitled "Christmas in the Country". It will be a large craft fair with food and other entertainment, and I hope to get some, if not all my Christmas shopping done, and maybe a few decorations for the house.

After that, it looks like a very good afternoon for a nap....

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Old October 10th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Good Morning where unlike RD our weather starts to clear.
RD you may want to try your local vet, ask them if any of their clients do home boarding. Also call your local rescue, often they know people who will board dogs in their home not as a kennel but as a home setting.
Things have been tiring. Difficult getting food into my mother. She has trouble feeling like anything, so I go meal by meal making what she "feels like", which yesterday for dinner was KD, now thats funny, she always hated the stuff and thought it was crap when we ate it ! Well, she did eat it last night and a good amount.
I have almost finished the cake for dinner tomorrow. My turkey is in the fridge slowly thawing and today I will do the table.
Have a good day every one.
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R/D,

Do you know someone well enough who might be willing to come into your home and take care of your pets? That is one possibility and is actually, if of course feasible, the least stressful for both you and your pets. That might not be possible in this instance, especially in view of your recent re-location, but it's an idea you may want to entertain for the future.

We are so very blessed. We have a very close friend who in truth is more like an "adopted daughter" who comes out from town every day and empties the litterboxes, feeds our furry children, and even spends "quality time" with them petting them and spoiling them. We insist on paying her what we consider hardly even a stipend (even though in order to do so we have to indulge in increasingly complex subterfuges to insure she takes it!). This past July when we returned home from our last cruise, we walked into the house and were truly stunned. She had swept and mopped all the tile in both the sunroom and kitchen (including moving all of the furniture), vaccumed the rest of the house and even dusted!! She said she didn't want her "Aunt Fran" who she knew would be exhausted follwing the trip, to have to be confronted with "catch up" housework! Obviously she's a much loved treasure and appreciated as such.

Last night we were confronted with thunderstorms and a Tornado Watch. This morning is overcast with promise fa little additional rain before ending this afternoon. It's off for some shopping at Sam's Club up in Johnson City followed by supper at Red Lobster (Fran has a coupon she's dying to use). Notice in an article where those are into coupons are now saving more than ever at the grocery store. Ever since we've retired on a fixed income, Fran has really got into that game and it's a rare day following making the rounds at Wal-Mart along with traditional supermarkets that she doesn't save at least fifteen bucks.

Speaking of tips, here's a consumer tip that if I have mentioned before, is worth restating as a result of the now explosive expansion of something of which all consumers should be aware.

Most low budget superstores have may offer some cuts of Choice beef that are completely unadulterated (usually high end steaks, etc.) But the rest of their beef, pork and chicken you may want to avoid like the plague.. The type of beef to which I'm referrring (again, other than Choice) often looks almost artifically red and "fresh." But is it? Flip over and read what the sodium level is. Boy are you gonna' be shocked. Now check the fresh port. After that check the chicken. After you do you'll probably be asking yourself, "Why would fresh meat that normally has around 45 to maybe 75 milligrams of sodium per serving now have 175, 225, etc.?"

The answer is "shelf life." These additives extend "shelf life." That doesn't mean it extends flavor, texture, etc. Actually if you cook a cut of the type of meat mentioned above and salt it as you usually would, the first thing you'll notice is, "Why is this meat so darned salty all of a sudden?" The same thing is happening with restaurant chains, including many that cater to the younger adult such as sports bar type places. Ever wonder why some offer steaks that are "marinated" "flavored." If you're not sure, ALWAYS taste your meat before salting it.

Pork and chicken are not exempt from this practice, either. One now really has to look in even middle level major supermarket chains to even FIND fresh chicken. Don't believe me? Do the same test on major brands of "fresh" chicken. Flip it over and look at the sodium level and boy will you get a shock. Can't be, you say, because the package says "All Natural." Now look really closely (and sometimes you really have to put on the magnifying glasses) and you're going to find a statement along the lines of, "Injected with a solution of.........." or maybe one along the line of "flavor enhanced by chicken broth" But, you say, they can't do that when the package says "All Natural." They most certainly can because "chicken broth" which you'll undoubtedly find there somewhere is technically "all natural," Salt is natural, isn't it? Why do they do this? The anwer you'll get is to enhance flavor, rarely that it tenderizes beef as that would prompt the question, "Wait a minute, why should the beef have to be tenderized?" When the "lightbulb goes on" are you gonna' get a very uncomfortable feeling. The answer, however, that you'll never hear is, "It extends shelf life!"

The solution to the above is really be a now even far more than an average aware consumer and ask your butcher or meat counter person if the "fresh" beef, chicken or pork you're thinking about purchasing is "minimally processed with no additives whatsoever." You will probably become really shocked at how hard it now can be to meet this requirement. In fact, you may have to start routinely doing your meat shopping in several different supermarkets.

Prayers continue for all those on the list as well as Blessing on everyone!

Todd
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Good Morning from New Orleans..we are all preparing for a small college football game of no significance this evening against some team from Florida, so it's just another dull Saturday night in the big easy

Todd..know very well what you mean..on Saturday's I go to the local farmers market and purchase fresh everything if i can...since I am not a big meat eater, this does not cause a problem for me...look how much sodium there is in a frozen meal..uggggggggg
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Old October 10th, 2009, 11:48 AM
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Good morning, everybody. Well, it's not raining here, but it surely looks like it could. The sun will burn through, however. The weather types insist that we will get about an inch here in SoCal between Tuesday and Wednesday

Not a lot planned, except another pile of ironing.

Have a good day!

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Old October 10th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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Good, late morning everyone.

I had to sleep by myself last night. There were major problems at Betty's work (or she needed to see her boyfriend ) and she didn't get home until 7:30 a.m. this morning. Of course Kramer was so happy to see her he had to wake me up with his barking. I didn't go to sleep until 02:30 a.m..

The "interesting" thing about this morning is the thin white blanket of snow on the lawn. Yes, we had our first snow of the year. It isn't much but it did stick. A harbinger of things to come?

Sleeping beauty will need to get her rest so there isn't much on the agenda until she emerges from her sleep chamber. At that point we'll figure out what to do.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Take care,
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Old October 10th, 2009, 08:21 PM
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Donna - another place where you might find a caretaker for your animals is the local dog park if you have one.

Muffy and I came back from there today (temp 94 degrees!) and know there are quite a few sitters available ... including for the cats!
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