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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: 36,286

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.

Journal Archives

Yesterday's thread on Theresa Roemer's closet


brought these two comments from my husband:

1. At least she isn't using her money to buy our government like the Koch brothers.

2. How does her personal wealth stack up against others in the 1%? I doubt anyone here can really comprehend the kind of money that allows for a "closet" like this; but is she really wealthy compared to some others like the Koch Brothers, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the Walton family?

I think I'm in love with Janet Yellen -

According to a recent article in the New Yorker, she and her husband were always worried about losing their jobs at Berkley, so they timed their sabbaticals in government service accordingly.


The Hand on the Lever, Nicholas Lemann, New yorker 07/21/2014

Let me repeat that - we now have a head of the Federal Reserve who worried most of her life about being out of work. She understands! She's one of us.

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.
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