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That rice IS good, Miz.

We got the 20% boomers tonight. Some thunder but heavy rain for a while.

The house is looking rather decent. DD's stuff is pretty good if she'll keep it that way.
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Coffee, Tanya.

It's 68 and cloudy this AM at Cooter Farms. Shadow is having her canned food breakfast. I don't think she was happy when I decided to get up. She didn't have that much lap time in bed with me. She doesn't normally sleep with me as far as I know when DD is here because she tends to stay up a lot and Shadow can get more [sign in to see URL].

Grocery store run today for sure. DD has a lot of laundry to do. She didn't get those impatiens planted yesterday. I'm not too sure that I want to try that myself. We'll see.
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54 here this morning. The street is wet, but the steps are dry, and it's not raining now. Not a leaf is moving.

I've done two washer loads this morning, and the sheets are even now drying in the dryer. There was a time when I hauled everything down to the laundromat, was lucky to find a free machine and to be able to get quarters out of the change machine and to dodge the running children. It's such a luxury to have the washer and dryer in my own house. When I was a child, my aunts washed our clothes in a big pot of water over a fire out in the yard.

Seeing that I don't have to heat up the pot in the yard and keep the fire going, or take things down to the laundromat, I will spend the morning watching season 2 of "The Crown," which came yesterday. I am learning so much history from this series.

Did you all know that Edward VIII tried to make a deal with Hitler to retrieve Edward's abdicated throne in return for a German peace treaty with England? Edward was a rotter. He and Wallis, in the production, are wonderfully supercilious. It's a good thing they adored each other. Nobody else could stand either one of them. Even Billy Graham couldn't get Elizabeth to forgive Edward when she found out about his thwarted deal with Hitler.
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I wound up taking a nap yesterday morning, and have one under consideration for this morning. I just got a little over six hours the night before last and a little over seven last night.
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Good morning, all. We have 55F under light gray skies, heading for a forecast high of 65F. Unlike what Belle reported, I see no evidence of rain here.

This afternoon my son is coming by to help me wrestle (actually, he can do all the wrestling) my current hose off its stand and figure out what to do with it. Then we're going to Lowe's to get one of those lightweight, newfangled accordian-fold hoses that I'll be able to manage better. Hooray for newfangled!

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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Belle, I had no idea.... History is certainly interesting! Glad you're enjoying the series....

Good luck with your new hose, Robbie. Those old ones are so heavy to lug around....

Enjoy your nap, Cooter! Some cretin called at 8:30 this morning and didn't bother to leave a message. Tried for more than two hours to get back to sleep, but it was hopeless. So I'm up.

I, too, am grateful for not having to do laundry the old fashioned way.... When we were doing genealogy research for Andrew's 4-H project, we learned that Brett's great-grandmother was horribly burned while making lye soap in her front yard over an open flame. Her skirt caught fire, and in seconds, she was completely aflame. She died hours later in agony. I can't imagine.... And now we just pop a pod into the machine.

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The new hose sounds good, Robbie.

I got a nice nap in. I've got to wake up enough to get cleaned up.
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Lis - I recently heard a laundry story about my grandmother. Mom's dad owned a bakery, and Grandma had to launder all the aprons every day. They were caked with flour, so she had to get that out. Plus, she had to use a wringer, air dry and iron.

I find popping the laundry into the washer and then the dryer a chore. 😅
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My mother's parents had one of the old washers with a wringer on the open air half of the back porch. There were barrels to catch rainwater to heat to wash in. They of course hung them out to dry. They had a small "cotton sack" to hold clothespins hanging back there, but wrens built in it so they got something else for more clothespins. There's no telling how many generations of house wrens built in that sack.

Carolina wrens build in my garage. The last place was in a 100 foot rolled up extension cord wound up on a hanger. I bought two new ones. They are wonderful and sing like mockingbirds.
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We had a wringer washer when I was a kid. It was set up in the garage, though, not outside.

The clothes were then dried on a wooden A-frame contraption, also in the garage.

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We had a wringer washer when I was a kid. It was set up in the garage, though, not outside.

The clothes were then dried on a wooden A-frame contraption, also in the garage.



We had one of those folding wooden contraptions for indoor drying when I was growing up.
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Birdz, how in the WORLD did she get all of that flour out every day??? Wow, do we have it easy....

My grandma still used a wringer washer in the basement when I was growing up. Grandpa offered to buy her a new washer, but she didn't want it. She put the clothes out on the clothesline in the summer, and in an indoor clothesline in the basement for the winter. And, of course, she ironed everything.

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I miss clothes dried on lines in the sun. Drier-dried clothes don't smell the same. But I don't miss hand clothes out and bringing them in. And of course in this climate, during the rainy season, they would never get dry outside.

Permanent press clothes are the second-greatest invention of civilization, right behind alphabetical order.
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As I was coming back from the store, I saw one of our new larger local transit buses leaving The University. I remember thinking that it would never work when it was first started. The University subsidizes and students ride free. Only freshmen can live on campus unless you get a dispensation and parking is at a premium.

It also made me think back to when I visited Robbie and Noel. I was impressed with Bellingham's bus system but they are somewhere close to 90K last I looked and Oxford is around 33K now. But that's not all. Robbie ran me down to Seder-Wooley (hope I got that right) to spend the day with Noel and I rode that transit system back a ways for a dollar. Had to be at least 20 miles or a little more. Awesome! They had a Senior Center where lunch was served every day and they had music. I think the ladies liked me. It's the accent. emoticon
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Good job remembering Noel's town, Cooter. It's actually Sedro-Woolley and yes, it's about 20 miles down the road.

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Good job remembering Noel's town, Cooter. It's actually Sedro-Woolley and yes, it's about 20 miles down the road.



That was a great day. I met a lot of other [sign in to see URL] was definitely a [sign in to see URL] got to see the town and some of the surrounding country. He knew so much about the history of the area. That was really fun. I'm so glad that I said "what the hell" and flew up. It just wasn't long enough.
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Awwwwww, don't sell yourself short, Cooter. It's the accent AND your southern charm! emoticon

Sounds like all of you had a great time. emoticon

Went to our school's career center recognition evening. These kids are absolutely amazing....

The welding instructor said something interesting.... Year after year, as each student walked across the stage, we would hear the student was going to Hobart University in Ohio -- a one-year welding program. This year, the welding instructor said that he actually has more students moving directly into the workforce from the career center -- demand for welders is that strong. They have enough skills walking out the door of high school that they'll get full pay (STARTING over $50,000 a year) even without that college certificate. Wow....

Every one of the instructors highlighted the massive demand for people with skilled trades training -- approaching a million unfilled jobs.

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Good on those kids, Lis, and what a feather in the cap of the career center for producing ready-to-work graduates.

When I worked for a school district I always loved this time of year, in which outstanding students and programs were highlighted and honored. It's why school folks do this, despite lousy pay, lousy working conditions, and society's disrespect.

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It really does feel good to see all of the wonderful work that is done, Robbie. Heaven knows we see a lot of the more unfortunate side of life.... All kinds of ceremonies and presentations before graduation in a couple of weeks. And coming up soon will be Head Start graduation. That has become one of my favorites. Kids walking in to "Pomp and Circumstance" to the risers at the front of the room, all looking for their parents and waving at their grandmas -- EXACTLY like the seniors a few days later. Excitement at reaching your goal and seeing your family is the same at every age. emoticon

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Good morning, all. It’s a muggy morning and it’s a sign of things to come. My morning walks will be purges with a good sweat being part of it. I like the final stage of the routine at this point, that is a quick plunge into the pool.

I’m between my three month medical appointment schedule. My next appointments are in mid June and Sandy and I are enjoying the long breaks between tests and procedures.

We have two graduations to attend on Monday, Michele’s son, Aidan, and Tara’s son Ethan graduate from primary school. One is in the morning and one in the evening and are at different schools, so we’ll be able to easily attend both. But, where does the time go?

I wish everyone a good day.

Coffee, please, Tanya. Pick something full bodied for me please, and lace it with a shot of anisette.
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