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   Balogreene posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We have made the economic decision to replace our broken air conditioner this summer, and not put in a lawn. I really suffer from the heat, and so find it best to cool the house. Next year though, we'll have a good plan.
April 12 at 12:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Wise move. We have to have one room to be able to be cool in and that is the bedroom. All other parts of the house have fans. We cannot survive summer without some way to get cooled.
April 12 at 12:27 EST .

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   Carmen  We have never had air conditioning and I have never missed it. Ceiling fans work great and I can keep all the windows open in the summer. If we finally are able to move to Tennessee however, I might change my mind.
April 13 at 13:02 EST .

   Carmen  We have never had air conditioning and I have never missed it. Ceiling fans work great and I can keep all the windows open in the summer. If we finally are able to move to Tennessee however, I might change my mind.
April 13 at 13:03 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  If anyone needs a smaller fan that is incredible- check this out on Amazon.

Holmes HAPF623R-UC Blizzard 12-Inch Power Fan with Remote Control

This little stinker packs some power. I love the breeze functions. And a remote for everything. Less than $35.00 on Amazon and worth twice the price. And it's whisper quiet.
April 13 at 15:42 EST .

   Balogreene  Carmen, we didn't really have air-conditioning growing up, I had it in the dorm in college, but not again til 82, in ABQ, we had an evaporative cooler. Then 10 years in NYC, no air. I got sick in the 90 degree heat, 90 percent humidity, and no air. Now, it's like clockwork, 80 degrees, and I'm sick. With home, work, and car all being air-conditioned, it takes two or three days before I get sick. But, right now, two days of 80 degrees, no air in the house, and I'm sick.
April 13 at 22:18 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Sports  Wrigley Field is 100 years old this year.
April 2 at 20:32 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I've said it before, but I believe there is no finer place to watch a baseball game.
April 10 at 07:22 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Health & Diet  Lately I've felt horrible, exhausted, dry skin, always cold (I'm usually always warm ), sinus infection I can't get rid of, blood sugar numbers I can't get down, blood pressure too high, I could go on all day. I finally went to the Dr. for the sinus infection. The P.A. insisted I do a blood test, since I'd put it off for so long. I told her it was nonsensical to have it, cause my numbers were bad, and they were going to tell me to do things I've been doing all along. She insisted.

Two days later, they called to say my thyroid had gotten worse, despite taking synthetic thyroid. They also said, come back in a couple months for a new test, as the results of the last one were invalid. The low thyroid causes high cholesterol, high blood-sugar, low-immunity. All in addition to dry skin, cold, exhaustion, hair loss, and dry hair.

Ten days later, I got the medicine from my "wonderful" mail-in pharmacy. I've taken it for two days now, hope it kicks in soon!
April 2 at 20:12 EST .

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   Cheese  Balo, I'm glad they did the blood test and found that your thyroid problem had worsened and it wasn't just the sinus infection and all that. When my low thyroid was first diagnosed and they put me on meds, they told me that it'd be about 6 weeks before I'd notice the improvement and they were exactly right -- and what a change it made in my life! Hang in there and I hope you're feeling great very soon! --Colleen
April 5 at 06:57 EST .

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   Gerty  I can feel your pain, MissBalo. I have never had a sinus infection---that I know of. Last week, I had to go to the dentist because of a "phantom toothache". I call it that because I could never figure out which tooth in my upper mouth was hurting. But the pain was sharp-- although of short duration. Doctor took a few x-rays and finding nothing wrong, suggested I see my GP for a sinus infection. She said it was not all that uncommon.

Smart lady.
April 5 at 20:34 EST .

   Attercliffe  Balo, here's a fresh new article:

Why so-called 'superfoods' could be BAD for you: Nutritionist says kale can send your thyroid haywire and quinoa irritates the gut

I have kale growing in a container outside on the deck. I'm not keen on raw kale anyway so I'll serve it cooked. Watch out for curly kale in the chopped salad bags.
April 7 at 09:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  After life, I saw that article too. I really dislike kale, I find it bitter. I love other greens, mustard, spinach, collard, etc. I should probably research them too. I try not to eat too many greens however, my blood tends to clot, and they are high in vitamin k, that helps blood to clot.
I have a quinoa recipe with goji berries thing I sometimes make, so I'm safe there. But, they also didn't like chia seeds. I have some, and use them because eating them lowered my friend's blood pressure.
April 12 at 12:13 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  So, this is our Misty Moon, the Puppy Mill Rescue. Last night I stopped at the grocery store on the way home (for mom ), and knew I was too tired to cook so I got Spring Rolls (vegetarian, 4 for $2 ) and Papaya Salad from my favorite Thai Restaurant. When I got home I ran the first load of stuff into the the house and dropped it on the floor. I ran out for the second load, and when I got back into the house, Misty had the bag from the Thai restaurant untied, and was pulling a styrofoam box of spring rolls out of it. She just figured I had brought her dinner.
   April 2 at 19:59 EST .

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   Surfhut  Adorable little face. Now I want Thai food.
April 2 at 20:07 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Yep, that got me thinking about some Thai tea, I love that stuff.
BTW she looks quite innOcent to me you must have imagined it.
April 3 at 00:04 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup with Pepperoncini

1 pound cucumbers—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped, plus cucumber spears for serving
10 small pepperoncini—4 stemmed, seeded and chopped, plus ¼ cup of liquid from the jar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped dill
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 cup buttermilk
¼ teaspoon ground cumin


In a blender, puree the chopped cucumbers with the chopped pepperoncini, the pickling liquid, 2 tablespoons of the dill, the yogurt and buttermilk until very smooth. Stir in the cumin and the remaining dill and season with salt. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

Ladle the soup into 6 bowls. Serve each bowl with a whole pepperoncini and cucumber spears on the side.

I never use the salt.
March 13 at 22:06 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Mount Vernon Colonial Peanut and Chestnut Soup
The restaurant at Mt. Vernon swears it's Martha Washington's recipe, but, I doubt she had canned Water Chestnuts. When I ordered this, I told the server how much I liked it. She told me they have most of the recipes available for family cooks. She then brought me this recipe.

¼ cup butter
1.5 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 quart chicken (or vegetable ) broth
1 quart water
1 cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup Unsalted peanuts, chopped
½ cup water chestnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire


Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour to make a roux. Cook on medium heat while frequently stirring until the roux is light tan in color.

Once the roux is ready, add broth and water and bring to a boil.

Add peanut butter and worcestershire sauce and stir.

Hold on stove at low heat until ready to serve.

The longer it heats, the thicker it gets.

Garnish with peanut butter and water chestnuts.
March 13 at 22:01 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Moroccan Tomato Soup (Chilled, Vegetarian )

2 medium tomatoes, diced (or a can of diced tomatoes )
2 stalk celery, minced
2 scallion, finely chopped (or some onion )
1 quart chilled tomato juice (I use V-8 )
¼ cup chilled orange juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove minced or pressed (I use more )
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (Juice of one lemon or lime )
Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce to taste


In a saucepan or a large refrigerator container, combine the tomatoes, celery, scallions, tomato juice, and orange juice.

In a small skillet on low heat, warm the olive oil. Saute the garlic, cumin, paprika, and cinnamon for just a minute, being careful not to scorch them. Stir the spice mixture into the soup, and add lemon juice and Tabasco to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

I saute the garlic, cumin, paprika, and cinnamon, then add the scallions (or onions ), celery, tomatoes, and juices. I let it cook down a bit, then cool, then run it through the blender so it is smooth. Then refrigerate it overnight.

Per 8 oz. serving: 71 calories, 1.9 g protein, 2.8 g fat, 12.1 g carbohydrate, 562 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol
March 13 at 21:56 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  This sounds great for summer!
March 17 at 19:09 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  A while back, a lady at work brought in a sign-up sheet, her son's group at school was selling Strawberries!!! I've never heard of that before, but, they are grown in Texas, picked and shipped in one day. They are fresh. Mine were picked on Monday, put on a truck, arrived in VA late Tuesday, and my friend brought them to work on Wednesday. I got a flat, 8 quarts, for $24. I checked at the supermarket tonight, they had Texas Strawberries for $5.49 a quart!

I'm taking tomorrow off to make jam, and ice cream sauce, and frozen strawberries, and a few fresh strawberries in "sugar". What a wonderful fundraiser!!!
March 13 at 21:35 EST .

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   Carmen  Yes, a great fundraiser! I get so tired of the popcorn cans, over-priced wrapping paper and yes - Girl Scout Cookies that taste like cardboard.
March 27 at 10:15 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  The other day, my boss called me into his office, and told me he had a "personal" gift, nothing to do with work. He would give it to me if I promised not to give him any grief between now and two-days after we move offices (April or May ). Since I give him grief at least once a week, I told him I would try.

He gave me an early Billy Williams baseball card. He told me he'd been at a flea market, and saw the Billy Williams, and a Thurmon Munson. He got the one for me, and the Munson for a Yankee fan friend of his.

He says every time I start with the grief, he's gonna just say "Billy Williams". I have a wonderful boss.
March 8 at 00:34 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Spongers.
A guy at work will be 67 in May, and is retiring. He is divorced, for a long time, his son and daughter-in-law live out of town and are doctors. His house has been paid for for a very long time. He buys his cars with cash. He get's a 6-month prescription for contacts every 6-years (wears contacts meant to be worn a month, for a year ). In his lifetime he has worked over 20 years at two huge company. Has a pension from one, and a 401(k ) from the other.

When he retires he is going to start voting Democrat, because if the Republicans get in office they will immediately stop all Social Security benefits. Okay, maybe I should have classed him as a stupid sponger. I asked him how he thought Democrats were going to keep Social Security going. He said raise taxes as well they should. Using Sean Hannity's question, I asked him how much of his money the Democrats could take before he would complain. He didn't have an answer. I asked him if he knew some people already pay over 50% of their income in taxes? He didn't care. Now, let me quote him exactly.

"I paid a lot of money into Social Security and I intend to get every penny of my money back. I don't care about anyone else. It is my money and I intend to get it."
February 27 at 22:52 EST .

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   Straitpath  Pure selfishness. I don't blame him for wanting his money back, but to vote for the ruination of the country is reprehensible.
February 28 at 14:08 EST .

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   Charactercounts  He may need his money to pay for a seeing-eye dog, if he keeps up his contact lens habit.
February 28 at 15:11 EST .

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   Straitpath  Great comment, Charectercounts!
February 28 at 15:19 EST .

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   Linder  How many ways can you spell jerk?
March 6 at 14:34 EST .

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   Ynaught  +I often hear comments about Baby Boomers being selfish. I don't associate with any that display selfish attitudes, so I have always taken issue with that sentiment. This guy - well, he's a selfish jerk who will vote for Democrats who will overtax his pensions, set up death panels, limit his prescriptions and make him regret his vote!
March 7 at 21:42 EST .

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