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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 34,032

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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People who are bored and have nothing to do all the time -

what's their secret?

Looking waaaaaay ahead -

I enjoyed a dinner of tapas recently. I'd like to extend that idea - I love the idea of a Christmas season gathering that includes cookies, fruit cake, petitfours, tea, crackers cheese, dried fruit and fresh fruit etc. (My kids would drive in for lunch, then head home for the evening). I've never figured out how to make this hearty enough for the men in the crowd. So - what would you add?

So, I carefully planted individual zinnias and cosmos in flats under lights last March.

Those flats are on my porch now looking rather wan. I had to be away for 6 weeks, so June 3 I mixed up all my leftover flower seeds and tossed them along a weeded bed I'd just planted lilies in.
You should see the size of the plants I got!

Is there a job search engine that ranks jobs according to distance

from a specified city? I'm thinking that if there are no jobs in City X, you'd be more interested in jobs 150 miles from X than 1500.

Blueberries - we have some old (15+?) plants that we have never pruned.

Right now, each bush has wood at the base about 2" around and bears about 2-4 quarts a season. They are about 4'5'tall. The question is, should we let the plants alone, prune them by 1/3?, prune them more vigorously and when?

Word of advice - pull out your Home Owner's policy and check it!

We received our annual bill, and noticed that it still lists a mortgage against our house that was paid off. Not a real problem, just a real headache should we ever need to make a claim.

BUT! - we have our barn insured under a second policy, and just realized that there has been no automatic increase for inflation since we bought the policy in 1987. We're working on getting that changed, since the amount we insured it for would have to be stretched to cover a 2 car garage!

(The young woman answering the phone at the agency apparently doesn't understand the concept of inflation. She kept asking us why we'd want to increase the assessed value of the structure! We're hoping the agent is a bit more knowledgeable!)

Q. How can chickens help you tell the weeds from the vegetables and flowers?

A. The chickens will carefully pull out any useful plants while leaving the weeds in place.

Q. When is a permanent marker not a permanent marker?

A. When you label all your rose bushes, go away for six weeks, and there are several big rainstorms.

Here's a news source I think most here would like to support:


Non-profit investigative reporting, actually gathering local news rather than reprinting public relations statements!

For example - here's a report from Buffalo, NY:

"City Hall alone would cost up to $180 million to bring up to snuff, the draft report said. Costly work is required for community centers, libraries, museums and other cultural centers, and park, police and fire facilities.

City officials said they have not released the two-year-old report, obtained from sources by Investigative Post, because they believe the cost estimates are high. They are scheduled to meet Friday with consultants in an effort to revise the figures.

Regardless of the final estimates, the work will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The cost of repairs and upgrades is so big because the city has deferred maintenance for years, allocated relatively little money for capital projects and been slow to spend money thatís been earmarked.


Mirror universes: this story is being spread on right wing

sources as an example of how bad ObamaCare is:

The original report in a local newspaper:


as picked up by the Left:


as picked up by the Right:


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