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posted on Aug, 6 2019 @ 02:31 PM
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a reply to: LightSpeedDriver

I'm glad you'll have reduced hours Light. Anything that can help improve your situation is a good thing.
How has the weather been? I always feel bad for anyone who has to work outside in the heat.




posted on Aug, 6 2019 @ 03:03 PM
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Hello Blue and Rico!

Been fatigued lately, but I'm alright.




posted on Aug, 6 2019 @ 03:53 PM
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Ok, I think that bread dough recipe I mentioned a while back is a keeper. I've made 6 consecutive loaves (batches of 2) that all turned out perfect O.O Personal record, PERSONAL RECORD!

We've got some big Koegel brand hot dogs, and the kids asked me to make some buns for those. Well, the bread loaves are technically a hot dog bun recipe, so....sure! If anyone's interested, it's this recipe here.

Using it for bread (and for this hot dog bun batch) I do alter the ingredients a slight bit -- I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast, so I don't have to proof anything first (works fine, just mix half the dry ingredients with the yeast first before mixing in the rest & the wet ones) Man, am I really liking the instant yeast, the active dry may have been where all of my doorstop loaf issues were...

I also use olive oil in place of butter, it works wonderfully. If you want to use olive oil, convert accordingly, you use less oil than butter!

I also don't bother basting the bread loaves with butter like the recipe calls for, I give it a light wipe down with, again, olive oil. Gives it a lovely crust!

I've also tried only honey in place of sugar (tastes GREAT) and 50/50 honey/sugar blend (not as good as pure honey) That's up to the baker's tastes, though.

And it differs from oven to oven, but mine tends to overcook things, so I dialed down the temp to 350*and increased the bake time to 25 minutes for 2 loaves at a time. I haven't done just a single hot dog bun batch yet, so I'll probably leave it at 350* and use the recommended time given.

Edit: OH! And this is more important! I do a triple rise (instead of two) before the final rise done after splitting and shaping before going in the oven. Everyone agreed that's the ticket, it works much better as a firmer, but still soft, sandwich bread with a third rise.
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posted on Aug, 6 2019 @ 05:52 PM
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a reply to: Nyiah

Oh wow, I forgot all about that site! I'll be looking for new recipes soon over there.

Thanks for posting the link Nyiah!

Rummages through the Shed kitchen looking for some of Nyiah's bread.

OMG, Pesto Florentine chicken with pasta. YUM!
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posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 12:04 PM
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originally posted by: Night Star
a reply to: Nyiah

Oh wow, I forgot all about that site! I'll be looking for new recipes soon over there.

Thanks for posting the link Nyiah!

Rummages through the Shed kitchen looking for some of Nyiah's bread.

OMG, Pesto Florentine chicken with pasta. YUM!


Lol, AllRecipes is a rabbit hole like no other, I've got a bookmark folder full of recipes from there



I had to do a water exchange today with the fish tank. I think the kids have been overfeeding them a little, it got gunky much faster than last time. That was a lot of floating particulate & sediment for not even a full week, yuck. Letting that slide too long is asking for trouble, so I got everything out earlier this morning, and siphoned out half the tank's water gallon by gallon.

At one point, when I was re-situating the gravel vacuum (that's the siphon, works entirely via gravity) Casper the Albino Catfish got a little too nosy for his own good. I kept trying to shoo him away with my hand, and he kept coming right back & getting way too close to the gravel vac's open end.

The little dummy got sucked up and deposited in the bucket I was using.

Oops.

I know that can be a major injury risk, but he's no worse for wear -- he was immediately munching on the particles in the bucket from the tank, lol.

I carefully poured him back in the tank and tried again and the little dingdong came back again. If he could talk, he was probably saying "WEEEE! That was fun, do it again!"
When I shooed him away that time, he finally got the hint and went to the opposite corner. Probably to sulk like any other kid would.
He's still totally fine and still snorting what he can find to eat, like nothing happened at all.

I also swapped the real and fake plants' sides, since the Octo grass was getting sucked up into the filter intake. Hindsight being 20/20, putting it right in front of the intake was not a bright idea. This "replanting" of fake and real plants also left the bottom really sloppily arranged. There's pits, slopes, and trenches to a greater degree, both catfish are extremely happy with it.
The Tetras seem to like the grass on the opposite side better instead of under the intake, too. I think they think they're hiding completely. Not yet, guys, it's still not filled out yet. I can seee youuuu.....

I should be able to trim that back 50% next week when it grows long enough to reach the opposite wall, it's on track to have tripled in size/length by then (it's already doubled in size in less than a week) I don't think we'll need to buy any more of this one, it rooted fine and is growing like, well, a weed. I might get something else this weekend to get established, probably something very short (I'd like to have a soft, grassy bottom for the catfish's bellies, since they sleep/rest on it)



posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 01:47 PM
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a reply to: Nyiah

Hahaha! That was a fun read Nyiah! You are a good fish Mommy.
Glad the catfish enjoyed his time being sucked up into the vacuum. Ahaha!
Instead of gravel, you could use those flat bottomed glass thingies. They come in clear and various colors. Just an option. I used the glass pieces in a very small tank. Gravel was messier. One day I will get another betta or maybe a small group of pretty fish. Low maintenance works for me.



posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 01:50 PM
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Greetings one and all! Here's hoping you are all well. Love and light!




posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 08:22 PM
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Me here. Hello everyone. I experienced a weird day of feeling "normal". Meaning my heart wasn't bothering me until about an hour or so ago.

Saw my therapist today followed by grocery shopping, buying more than I normally due as I was enjoying it and I don't know if or when my SNAP benefits may be cut.

Tomorrow is a long drive to the doctor. Don't know if she will want to put me in the hospital or not plus I may have to deal with dad thinking that if he goes to the doctor with me it will help my Social Security case.



posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 09:08 PM
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a reply to: LookingForABetterLife

You're not me, I'm me.


Good luck at the Doctors tomorrow Blue! Try some deep breathing techniques to keep calm. It will be good for your heart. I just wrote cal instead of calm. Who is Cal? Lol



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 08:27 AM
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I finally heard some good news. I'd had an MRI scheduled for my back but the insurance company blocked it, saying they wanted me to do physical therapy first. I'd already done it and I told them so. They wanted proof. Why they needed proof when they themselves approved the physical therapy in the first place is beyond me. Anywho, long story short, I finally got it approved. I get it done next week. Hopefully I can get one for my shoulders too.



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 11:26 AM
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Who is Cal?
a reply to: Night Star

I think we have a conspiracy in the works then. lol

Cal, if you are there speak up.



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 12:47 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

That is wonderful Skiddy!
Let us know how that goes. Great seeing you today! It's been a while since you dropped in and I was wondering how you were.



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 12:49 PM
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originally posted by: LookingForABetterLife



Who is Cal?
a reply to: Night Star

I think we have a conspiracy in the works then. lol

Cal, if you are there speak up.



LOL! It will be funny if one of the Sheddite's is named Cal. Cal, where are you?



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 05:35 PM
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The weather. It has got down to normal temperatures with showers interspersing the garden work a little. I got to work today just as it started to rain. The weatherman predicts that August will be wet. (This is good. Nice and cool and possibly extra coffee-breaks.)

So, there I am, fulfilling my obligations to the state, mowing the grass today. But instead of gently operating a floating, gliding hovercraft of a machine (gasoline driven Flymo (TM)) while prancing gaily and making it look like a joy to mow, it instead feels like I'm ploughing a muddy field with a blunt, rusty plough sideways with no animal at the helm helping. Anyway, 2 very young girls come up to me while I'm taking a breather. I'm guessing they are 4 years old-ish.

"Excuse us Sir, are there any monsters in the park?"

"No, there are no monsters here, we don't let them in." (I wasn't lying, the monsters wouldn't pay the entrance fee. I decided not to joke about monsters or money with very young children, just to be sure. I was going for the reassuring angle.)

"What about there in the corner? (points to wooded area) Or the other corner? (points to different part of same wooded area)"

"No, no monsters there either. We do have spiders though."

One of the girls does a shimmy-like shiver at the very mention of the word spiders so I change it up a little.

"Yep, and frogs, mice and (Eurasian) coots too."

A few simple questions followed and then they left. As they walked away a young boy of around the same age as the girls walked angrily past with a serious scowl on his face while looking at me.

"There's no such thing as monsters!"

I just smiled and put my hands in to the air gently in a peaceful, non-disapproving way as if to say "Hey, I told the truth. There are no monsters here."

I went back to ploughing. I think I did okay.


On the plus side.I'm outdoors, there's coffee, a toilet, my own pace, it should be good for my condition (that's what I keep telling myself), plenty of work and we smoke outside the park grounds anytime we want. I've done worse jobs and I actually don't mind it too much. It's not easy work to an IT guy (I sat on my arse for years in a nice, dry office clicking a mouse and a few keys, now I get to bend and stretch and walk and stuff) but I like the freedom and relatively stress-free working environment.



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 06:23 PM
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a reply to: LightSpeedDriver

So glad you enjoy what you are doing Light.

I would have sided with the little boy. Just sayin'.

If the little girls have nightmares about monsters and spiders, you'll hear back from them I'm sure. Lol



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 06:53 PM
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Short version of my day as i'm tired and hot from being out all day in temp that felt like 107*.

My heart is no bettor or no worse than from last year per the EKG. This means waiting to be referred to a couple of specialist. Paperwork that I needed filled out to continue getting SNAP was taken care of. Now I have to fax it to the right place.

Waiting on the results of xrays and blood work to know anything else.



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 08:19 PM
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a reply to: LookingForABetterLife

Thanks for the update Blue! Did you find Carl yet? He might be lurking in the bushes with everyone else.



posted on Aug, 8 2019 @ 11:03 PM
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a reply to: Night Star
Yep, Carl was out on a smoke break in the shrubberies but he hasn't seen Cal anywhere.



posted on Aug, 9 2019 @ 02:07 AM
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a reply to: LookingForABetterLife

Oooops, I goofed. Hahaha!

Now who is Carl? LOL



posted on Aug, 9 2019 @ 04:03 AM
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Hi. I have been very tired this week but mostly sober. I have a killer appetite today. Just had a huge salad, four tomatoes, jar of olives, chopped onion, feta cheese, bell pepper.

Kebab casserole is in the oven. It is potatoes, onions, kebab meat, cream, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

I also have about 18 beers in my fridge. Not going to drink all in one session. Too tired and not in the mood for being wasted. Yesterday was the same thing, i had beer and friend had brandy, but i chose sleeping instead of binge drinking.

Maybe this new med helps. Cigarette smoking has reduced to about half of what is used to be.

Have a peaceful weekend everyone



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