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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Miss Bettijo has introduced an interesting aspect to the craft wall. Half the fun of a craft is making it possible to practice it! Like the set-up Miss Bettijo posted just beneath this. Warning!! If you get involved with this side venture, you will start collecting all things usable and re-usable. Makes for a really messy corner, room or house! Ask me how I know.

By accident, I discovered a really interesting, almost indestructible 4" diameter circle from a can of salmon.

I started out by using a battery operated can opener--the kind that opens the top leaving smooth edges. It appeared not to have worked so I used the old fashion crank can opener. When I was finished there was a POP! There on the counter top lay three separate pieces--the can with the salmon, the sharp edged top of the can and a beautiful, perfectly round, metallic ring!!

My mind went dizzy with all the possibilities!!
Saturday at 14:17 EST .

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   Gerty  If you are interested, I will tell you more. As it is, if you are thinking of trying what I found by accident---don't. I tried repeating the 'accident' myself and never could duplicate it.

However, there is a way to do it, if you are interested.
Yesterday at 14:25 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  For the past few weeks I have been buying KUMATO tomatoes. We love them! Not only do they have some serious old-fashioned taste going for them but they last ever so much longer than any tomato I have ever bought.

OK--so what am I missing here? Genetically altered species, toxic spray, suspected alien form of life, grown in China?
Come on...I can take it!
Saturday at 13:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I did a search for them, the seed will never be available to home gardeners, it is a hybrid so saved seed will not yield the same result. So for us it is a moot point. We will stick to our old favorites like Cherokee Purple, Pineapple, Brandywine, and German Johnson. Glad you like them. Our tomatoes this year are delicious but butt ugly to look at.
Saturday at 14:18 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss BirdsNest--The tomatoes you and Hagar produce are "home-grown" and there is NO match for those!

Without my garden, I am forced to buy tomatoes at the huge A&P type store in town. The tomatoes are tasteless and rot at an amazing rate! I understand this is so because they are commercially grown to withstand the rigors of the long journey to their place of sale.

And the Farmers' market (around here ) is a high-priced scam!!
Yesterday at 15:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Gerty-the tomatoes you buy are picked green, trucked from the field to a tomato shed, sorted,washed and packed in crates for their next destination, likely a wholesaler where they are held until needed. Then they are gassed to induce ripening. The Eastern Shore is a big tomato producer. Right now the trucks are going non-stop from the field to the sheds, back to the fields. Del
Monte purchased a lot of acreage at a bankruptcy auction-no one seems to know what they plan to plant, most of the fields are bare.
Yesterday at 16:59 EST .

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   Linder  Just finished my egg and toast breakfast off with a fresh from the garden, perfect Rutgers sliced tomato....and savored every bite as I reminded myself about the tasteless things we'll buy this winter.
Yesterday at 09:10 EST .

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   Safetydude  Ok, so this is just between you and me....I work part time for a produce distributor in SW Fl. As part of the 'warehouse' is aa retail outlet ie; 'farmers' market', which sells the same product as "Walmart" and "Publix", but at higher prices, in a 'rustic setting' to our northern visitors and local dupes.
Yesterday at 10:30 EST .

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   Rake King  Woah!!!! Safetydude you may have to be killed, letting secrets like that out to the public.

Almost like the gasoline truck from a no-name company filling tanks at several name brand stations, and then off brand stations, too. "We have a special carb cleaning solution in our gasoline"...I guess the guy puts it in as he closed the storage tank cap.
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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I guess this may come under Landscaping rather than Gardening but I don't know where else to place this bit of experience.

I love the little humming birds that come to my back deck. I hate those pesky little ants that get into the humming bird feeders! And they are relentless!

I searched the internet, etc. for all kinds of deterrents but found none I cared to use. So, until I do find some kind of ant repellent that meets my requirements, I jury-rigged a little deterrent of my own...I found some old fly paper in the basement and stuck it around the pole holding the feeder.

That was yesterday. Checked it all day today--just looking out my kitchen window, not one ant to be seen! I am still searching for a harmless ant repellent so I would appreciate anyone's recommendation. Also interested in any information on the old fly paper (the ones we used to unwind and hang under a light fixture or fan ). Are these things harmful in any way to the animals that come visit us?

PS Don't be concerned with the bear. I'm sure he can take care of himself!
Friday at 19:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just read something that might work for you. Take a paper plate (or use the old fly paper ) & spread some petroleum jelly or corn syrup on it, attach to your feeder and change as necessary. It's giving the ants an alternative to the sweet water hummingbirds like and makes it difficult for the ants to escape. Change as often as necessary. You might also want to check out the link to Jerry Baker's web page.
Friday at 21:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  This article suggests corn meal and I have read that before. There are other good suggestions here.

13 natural remedies for the ant invasion

Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. Thankfully there are natural pest control methods to help you cope with and eliminate the problem. Plus, many of the solutions use what you already have in your cupboard!

Read more:
Saturday at 08:32 EST .

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   Linder  Hummers make my day! My feeder hangs from a hook over the eave trough on the no ant problems. Because it's usually so hot and humid here I put barely enough boiled sugar water in the feeder to make it work...and then clean and refill often. I notice just a few quick visits each day but later in August they will be constantly fussing with each other over the feeder. Great entertainment.
Yesterday at 19:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Linder we have planted a humminbird vine called "Cypress vine"
and another called "Cardinal Climber"

we have not seen Hummers here for years but this year we have several of these 2 climbers and the Hummers are back. Those beauties just make me smile.
Yesterday at 07:34 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I have a hanging feeder. I coat the hanging cord with vaseline and wipe and recoat every few days. it works..Except in the heat of summer when it melts. But it still works somewhat. Ants don't want to crawl on it.

I've thought of mixing the vaseline with a little cinnamon. I hear ants detest cinnamon.

Now about the dozens of honeybees who discovered the feeder. The bee guards do NOT work. Any ideas? I will not harm a honeybee.
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   Gerty posted on Household Hints  I need to back-track on some erroneous (partly ) information I gave on this Wall several months ago. Apologies galore!

K-cups was the topic. I stated that it was possible to simply pour the contents of the k-cup in boiling water and get the same result as if you used their machine--adding that the contents of the cup were 'super soluble'.

This statement is erroneous if the contents are coffee grounds!! They do not use a kind of 'instant coffee'.

This statement is true if (like me ) you use teas and flavored cappuccinos sold in k-cup form.
July 21 at 09:15 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Faith  Lord, I try to have hope for the salvation of our Country. It has been increasingly difficult to do. There is so much "tearing down" taking place.

Can anyone deny that the present president has made a mockery of the Office to which he was elected?
To what end is the breakdown of our Country's boarders?
Pink slips to military LEADERS--even those on the battlefields? Who determined which of those officers were to be fired? And what about the Generals who have recently been "uncovered" for all kinds of charges--and let go?

These are just some of the present day perils, Lord. Please give us the strength and wisdom we need to get through these times. I know we will--eventually. Good will always triumph over evil!
July 13 at 07:08 EST .

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   Gram77  I pray every day for our country. I am there with you, Gerty.
July 13 at 08:32 EST .

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   Straitpath  Sit back and watch it happen. It is like watching the rerun of a football game where you thought your team would lose and then your team scores three touchdowns in the last ten minutes. You know who is going to win as you watch the rerun. God is in charge. Scriptures are being fulfilled before our eyes. It isn't fun and we must do our best, but good is going to triumph.
July 17 at 23:01 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Blessings  Thank you, Lord, for those remaining freedoms we still enjoy in these, the United States of America!

Please guide us to uncover those who will help regain what we have lost in the last few years.
July 4 at 23:04 EST .

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   MeiDei  Amen.
July 5 at 12:48 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Nostalgia  As a Summer project this year, I have decided to up-date our family tree. It is not as grandiose as some--I only go back to the time my grandparents arrived here from Italy in the very early 1900's. This was a fun project over nine years ago but now find I am amazed at the number of additions and changes that need my attention.

Additions as the result of marriages and births, and deletions caused by deaths do not present a problem, but some other changes do! How do I make note (or should I )of divorces? Worse still, how do I account for the birth of a family member whose mother or father is not married to the biological parent?

My first thought is to just keep tract of the DNA and leave the legality to the lawyers in the family. But I'm not sure.

Any ideas?
June 24 at 15:25 EST .

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   Rake King  Life is full of facts, and whitewash is very thin and requires many coats to hide its background.

Too many, and mine included, have omitted the more interesting members, like the horse thieves, bank robbers and politicians. Throw it out there Gerty and the "Chips Fall As They May".
June 24 at 17:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gerty, my very own grandfather did not have a father (hard to believe, but it is true ). He was born in 1900. His grandfather was listed as his father on his birth certificate. All we know is a nice Christian lady from Muskegon Michigan, went down to Illinois to a summer camp with "Christians" and "Jews". She got pregnant, and a marriage was nixed on both sides. Interestingly, she eventually married a Great Lakes ship's captain and had three more children. The girl died young, but the boys took care of my grandfather's family as long as they lived.
On daddy's side, three brothers came from France, they were Huegenots, and landed in SC. Two went north, and were never heard from again. His mother's family had divorces, or deaths or something, there are some weird branches in the family. But, you're right, it is often unexplained.
Daddy's family has a few people who have done research, they've been brutally honest (sort of ), but, the people they have talked about, were married once, lived into their 80's and had a ton of kids (Daddy's family started in this country no later than 1760 ).
We know my mormor's family (mother's mother ) came here in the 1890s. It's morfor's family (mother's father ) that appeared around the Civil War out of whole cloth.
If only people had not tried so hard to preserve their "morality".
June 24 at 20:35 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  MissBettijo--see comment #11 on your post below. It contains my explanation and apology.
June 23 at 10:53 EST .

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   Bettijo  Gerry, I was not offended in any way by your comment; just curious. The whole thing was meant to be funny.
June 24 at 06:35 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Not quite sure if this belongs here or on the household hints wall, but I am sure some crafters might find this useful. It is an activity which is the direct result of two of my favorite things: miniatures and candles.

Is there anything more fascinating than a miniature 'anything' which actually moves and works? Having collected so many of these little darlings has presented a problem of its own. How to keep them from getting impossibly dusty and so difficult to clean. Enter: the candle container.

Candles are enjoying a huge popularity today. Just look at all that are available wherever you shop. When buying one, the scent is most important, but I have added the usefulness of the glass container itself. Is it sufficiently sturdy? Does it have a transparent lid? Does it seem to be without imperfections in the glass? etc.

When I am through enjoying the scent, I thoroughly wash the container and lid and place my precious little miniature inside, put the lid in place and enjoy the dust-free sight! The lids are easily removed when I want to handle the miniature, the containers are dishwasher safe and there is the added benefit of keeping inquisitive little fingers of tiny visitors off the contents.

PS I have also added artificial flowers, etc. to enhance the presentations. Hope this helps someone.
June 19 at 09:38 EST .

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   NotaBene  Gerty, would love to see a photo of your miniature.
June 19 at 11:44 EST .

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   Gerty  NotaBene--with reddened face and hanging head, I must admit I STILL don't know how to post a photo. Sadly, it is not a lack of concerned people and websites that have tried to help me out of my cyber-ignorance. I just don't get it!
June 21 at 10:06 EST .

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   Phooey  Gerty, I or someone will help you over on the Computers wall.
June 21 at 17:58 EST .

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   NotaBene  Gerty, It is very easy to post a photo. You login and you will see that underneath the comment it says Browse. You click on browse and look for the picture you want to post in your computer. I always copy the photo to the desktop so it is easy.

Try it, it is very simple.
June 21 at 22:25 EST .

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   Gerty  NotaBene and all you wonderful people who have offered to help me in my journey to successfully navigate the world of computers: Thank you soooo much!

I realized how badly in need of help I was when I finally admitted to myself that I really did not know the meaning of the words 'desktop' (I thought that was the opposite of a laptop computer ) and 'browser' (hint, it has nothing to do with casual shopping )!

This very day I am enrolling in a course for beginner computer users being given at our small village library. I have always done well in classroom situations and I am looking forward to this. As I said on another wall, wish me luck!
June 24 at 09:56 EST .

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   NotaBene  Gerty, happy to hear you will take a computer course. You can post here so you know how to login and type which is a lot. Good luck. We are looking forward to your posting of your miniature.
June 25 at 03:40 EST .

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   Gerty  Thank you for your support, NotaBene.

While I have your attention, a question: much (if not all ) of any needle/craft work I have done over the years is based on religious themes like Christmas, religious icons, etc. How appropriate are these to display on an open forum such as the Connection?
June 25 at 11:29 EST .

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   NotaBene  I think they are very appropriate. Epirb posted her hand-painted Cypress knee Santas that are very beautiful. I am glad she posted them, I never saw anything like that. She enjoys making them, we enjoy seeing them.

There was another Ldotter that posted a beautiful embroidery she made for her church. I was also very happy to admire that work of art. There were many positive comments from many Ldotters.

Your comment makes me more excited about seeing your crafts.
June 25 at 11:57 EST .

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   Balogreene  Good luck Gerty. Computers are really easy, it just takes someone good explaining it to you.
June 30 at 21:46 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Health & Diet  Some one recently gifted me a package of kale all dressed up to look like tiny, green potato chips. After overcoming the urge to just re-gift it to my sister, I tried some.

I am truly amazed! Loved every bit of it and finished it all--especially after reading the benefits kale has to offer.

Looking for recipes now--trying to get that crispy crunch I experienced from the gift box.
June 16 at 19:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I considered baking some fresh kale but I wasn't sure if it would "stink" up the house.
June 19 at 08:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  For some reason kale, like mustard greens, doesn't keep very well for me. Mostly I use it in soup or sauted with bacon. Once, several leaves naturally dried out & I was going to discard them but since they were bright green I treated them like I do with fresh parsley that I dry...I broke up the leaves and put them in a small spice jar & the next time I made a seafood chowder I added the kale at the last 5 or so minutes. Pleasantly surprised it was better than using fresh.
June 19 at 08:58 EST .

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