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   StormCnter posted on Pet Peeves  Cashiers who not only cannot perform simple math, but apparently cannot read either. Yesterday, a fiftyish cashier at Walgreens actually argued with me about the 12 cents I was owed. I had given her 22 dollars for a 21.88 purchase. She insisted I still owed her twelve cents, not understanding that her register was telling her there was 12 cents in change. Yes, I finally rolled my eyes.
Tuesday at 12:02 EST .

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   Rake King  AS poorly prepared for math as we see workers today, can you imagine them being a cashier in the old days, without the newer registers that tell them the change due? The new registers, along with bar coding, should make these jobs bullet proof....until StormCntr visited Walgreens. Good "peeve"
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   StormCnter posted on Music  A 1942 movie short: Harry James, Trumpet Serenade. It's almost 15 minutes long, but fun, fun to hear and watch.





July 20 at 12:10 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Two things. I had planted 8 pittosporum, 4 on each side of the front sidewalk, a couple of months ago. The four on the south side get afternoon shade and are thriving, with new growth and healthy, perky foliage. The 4 on the north side of the sidewalk, just a dozen feet away, get full sun all day and are having trouble. Extra irrigation and a bit of fertilizer haven't helped at all. They look wilted and sick. Lo and behold, Texas got several days of the "polar vortex", with rain and much cooler temperatures. Those four pittosporum have sprung to life. They're not as large as the others on the south, but they are plenty lively. I'm loving it.

Second thing: I have a very large Brown Turkey fig tree on the southwest corner of this house. It extends well over the roof and bears two crops of figs each year. Right now, it is loaded with figs about a week away from full ripeness. My former habit was to stroll around the yard, plucking sun-warmed figs from the tree for munching. That was until last year when one of my beautiful sun-warmed figs had a salty flavor. I realized a squirrel had visited that branch before I arrived. Now I bring them in the house and wash them before I snack. The reward is great, but the experience is just not the same!
July 20 at 09:56 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Storm---Ain't Nature wonderful? (Chuckle.. )
July 20 at 18:52 EST .

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   Alice  Funny, thanks a lot squirrel... oh how lovely an 'untouched' sun-warmed fig is!
July 21 at 14:07 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Any James Lee Burke fans? There's a nice piece in today's Daily Beast about Burke and his latest.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/james-lee-b
urke-talks-about-his-fiction-history-and-the-american-dream.
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July 20 at 08:46 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Recipes  I no longer do the big elaborate recipes. Been there, done that for many years. A friend sent a quick Lemon Shrimp recipe that I will try this afternoon.

Lemon Shrimp

Melt 1 stick of butter in large baking dish
Slice one lemon thinly and lay slices evenly over melted butter
Place 1 lb shelled and cleaned shrimp(leave tails on ) on top of lemon slices
Sprinkle 1 pkg Italian Seasoning mix over shrimp

Bake for 8 minutes in 350 degree oven. Turn shrimp and bake for 7 or 8 minutes more.

Serve with rice, if desired.
July 19 at 10:13 EST .

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   Bettijo  This sounds wonderful. I am going to try it. Any suggestions if using frozen shrimp?
July 19 at 12:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  Then you will love my cucumber salad, below. Cucumbers, red onions, and bottled dressing (I'm not sure I'd bother with the water and sweetener, except it cuts down the taste of the dressing ). Marinate for a couple of hours and serve. It would be great with that wonderful sounding shrimp.
July 19 at 23:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  Balo,I saw the cucumber salad recipe and I agree it would go great with just about anything. I love cucumbers in any form.

Bettijo, I don't know why frozen shrimp wouldn't work just fine.
July 20 at 07:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Copied & saved! Frozen will work fine, shrimp is a quick cook.
July 20 at 12:07 EST .

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   Alice  This sounds great! Will try it with fish filets too.
July 21 at 14:44 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Main Page The Lobby  Has everyone noticed how fast Lucianne.com is today? And how speedy The Connection is, too? I've been here for years and I have never seen the site work so quickly and smoothly. Thank you, Luis!
July 17 at 07:18 EST .

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   CaptainLibra  Yes, lightning fast compared with yesterday. It's a pleasure to be back!
July 17 at 11:32 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Recipes  Want a quick and easy Quiche recipe? The tearoom at our Fort Worth Museum of History and Science used to offer a Southwestern Quiche. They shared the recipe with me and I have made it many times. Any basic quiche will do, but I use the following:

Preheat oven to 425

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/4 tsp salt
Sprinkle of pepper

Mix thoroughly and set aside.

In 9" unbaked pie shell, sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese evenly over bottom of shell.
Top cheese with 1 cup Pace's Thick and Chunky salsa, spread evenly

Pour quiche mixture over cheese and salsa.

Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for about 25 minutes until crust is golden and filling is set.
July 15 at 16:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  Sounds great, have to try it.
July 15 at 22:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sounds like another good dish to use Pepper Jack cheese with! At 425 oven - this will be a must do when the cold weather hits : )
July 16 at 12:25 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  I'm midway through "The Romanov Sisters" by Helen Rappaport, about the Tsar's daughters. I had read a couple of Rappaport's previous books and this one is a winner, too. For some reason, the book is also available as "Four Sisters", possibly the English release.
July 15 at 13:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  I love historical books that are based on letters & diaries so I'll look out for this one too.

The last good historical book about the only female to study under DaVinci that I read was "Guernica" I don't know if it's still in print; found it late last year in the Dollar Store.
July 16 at 12:40 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Pet Peeves  This is an old peeve, but I am newly reminded of it today. If a workman comes to my house for outside work and needs to use any of my water hoses and/or spigots, why won't they hook it all back up when they finish? Today I spent 45 minutes going from spigot to spigot to reconnect the hoses and even my spray nozzles had been removed and left on the ground. I have an irrigation system, but some things have to be watered by hand and I want my stuff put back the way I had it. Anyone else?
July 11 at 13:55 EST .

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   Gerty  I hear what you are saying, MissStorm. I learned long ago that I should not pay any work people until we have gone over the premises together. After we agree that the work has been done, we write the check.

Having a conversation outlining your expectations before the work is started also goes a long way.
July 11 at 16:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  I had my roof replaced a few years ago, the fellows were here on time, a whole crew set everything up leaving two to do the job in record time, even replaced the ridge vent. They left before the school buses came and there wasn't a nail or broken shingle anywhere - I was very pleased.

On the other hand, I had a crew come over to take away a wood pile left from taking down an A-frame, they did plus a wagon, a rolling cart for groceries, whatever was near the wood. A bit too good. But I agree with you Storm, some workers are just careless & work by the clock. We're still looking at a bathroom that was rebuilt but they used the wrong tile, didn't use a level, a bucket that was bought for a special purpose was commandeered for grout mixing (ruined ) and they took a silver serving spoon to mix it with. The contractor soon relocated to another State. I only have jobs done now when I'm home to oversee the whole project.
July 11 at 23:27 EST .

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   Straitpath  Reminds me of a peeve I have. We built a home several years ago and had a great new touch lighting system installed. We paid handsomely for this miracle system. It started breaking down and when we call the company they say, oh that never did work right, we have different equipment now.
July 12 at 00:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yes, I am not the most diligent of employers, I agree. I should have done what Gerty suggested, walk around before paying. But I have to share an example of my cluelessness in some areas of construction. This group (hard-working Tongans ) reroofed two old storage buildings. After they had gone (and been paid ) I went into one of the storage buildings to get an item I needed. While inside, I looked up and was horrified to see nail points protruding from the plywood decking. Obviously, I thought, the workmen's roofing nails were too long. The other storage building had the same problem. I was furious, but before I called to yell at anyone, I did an internet search and discovered this is the way shingles are SUPPOSED to be installed, so the nails go all the way through. Some roofing companies will not warrant the roof if nail points aren't exposed. Who knew? I certainly didn't.
July 12 at 10:42 EST .

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   Safetydude  If a roofer sees two or three layers of shingles he may not take the job without first stripping the roof. If he can't drive the nails through the deck he can't be sure the roof won't leak.
BTW...
You can't have too many nails in a stick built home. That's what keeps it together; and the bigger the nail the better.
July 14 at 19:16 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  I have a book to recommend. "Go Down Together", the 'true, untold story of Bonnie & Clyde'. I would have passed right over this book, because it's like the Kennedys or OJ Simpson, haven't we already read it all? But, this one is by Jeff Guinn, a fine, award-winning Texas writer and I bought it solely on my knowledge of Guinn. It was published in 2010 and is now available in e-reader format and in paperback. It's a goody. I hope some of you give it a try.
June 23 at 11:02 EST .

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