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So.

Yesterday was good, and sometimes weird.

The good was that the Monthly OctopodiCon Tea went really well. The lecture on the Pioneers of the Paranormal was exceedingly well received.

The new giant tea kettle I budgeted to buy for OctopodiCon worked really, really well.

And the weird?

I saw a Rottweiler wearing shorts and skateboarding down the street, followed by a pack of 6 tiny terriers each holding on to a different part of the same blue ribbon.  I never hated my camera so very much as I did at that moment, because if that stupid thing worked right, I'd have a most awesome pic to show you.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:29:07 PM PST

  •  It would have been a hilarious photo (13+ / 0-)

    Hopefully you'll be able to get a better camera to chronicle the weird/unusual sitings from OK. ;o)

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:37:25 PM PST

  •  yet, because of the gift of words you gave here, (10+ / 0-)

    I can see it in my mind's eye. Thank you, Noddy.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:27:22 PM PST

  •  I have a recipe for ice tea. (5+ / 0-)

    In yesterday's IAN diary comment thread,
    FloridaSNMOM said she would sit with me,
    and we could drink ice tea together.

    My reply to that is here,
    and it's a thank you for the kind words,
    and my recipe from last summer,
    for ice tea,
    bigjac style:

    I remove the old coffee grounds
    from my coffee maker,
    by pulling out the cone filter,
    and dropping it in the trash.

    I toss six cheap tagless tea bags in the coffee maker,
    rinse out the pot,
    fill the coffee maker with water,
    close the lid and hit the brew button.

    When it's done,
    I get a one gallon plastic pitcher,
    and dump at least one whole cup of sugar in it,
    and pour the hot tea on the sugar,
    and stir, with a whisk if I have it handy.

    Then I fill the pitcher with ice,
    and add water til it's full,
    stir some more,
    and get your tall glass ready,
    let me pour you some!

    Iced tea always tastes great to me,
    just then,
    when it's freshly brewed.

    •  Very nice, I'd love to try some of your tea! (3+ / 0-)
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      Noddy, weck, bigjacbigjacbigjac

      We drink so much iced tea that I cheat. I use the Lipton Cold brew tea bags, the big pitcher sized ones.... two of those in my gallon pitcher, with a half a cup of sugar stirred in. That's mostly what Dad and I drink, and sometimes Bit drinks some too. Draco and Caedy are not tea drinkers. But it's healthier and cheaper than soda! Dad is the only one who drinks coffee, and he has a little single cup brewer with the filter disks with coffee sewn into it (much more accessible for him, he tends to break the glass pots, and spill loose ground coffee).

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:42:14 AM PST

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  •  Interesting coincidence, I wrote the long (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, leu2500, FloridaSNMOM, weck

    tea brewing comment,
    in reply to a comment from yesterday,
    and I wrote it before I read the diary,
    the diary about tea brewing.

    I wonder how my cheap tea bags,
    brewed in an old coffee maker,
    would stack up against noddy's group's extra nice tea maker,
    in a blindfold taste test?

    Sometimes special equipment,
    or special methods
    are truly worth it,
    but my ice tea tastes pretty good to me.

    Maybe someday I'll find out,
    if there's a big difference,
    or not.

    I know,
    that's not important;
    just rambling.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    •  The only special thing (4+ / 0-)

      about the tea kettle is that it will heat water for tea for 50 people at once, instead of 4, like my older tea kettle. It was a slow process, making tea back then for large groups of people.

      What makes the tea tasty is the tea itself.

      I use monkey-picked tea, oolongs, nilgiri, and good quality black whole leaf teas - I can get up to 5 steepings from them before they become too weak to be tasty any more.

      Sometimes, I use a Pu-erh, and can get up to 20 steepings (but usually 10 - 15) from it.

      I only use tea bags for personal use when traveling because at most you can get 2 steepings from it, and I find it rather expensive to use tea bags compared to whole leaf teas. some people don't mind the expense because they like the convenience or the flavor.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:20:56 AM PST

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  •  same old, same old. pluggin' along. (7+ / 0-)

    DH got the first of the fabric cupboards structurally sorted, interior painted, today was doors evened up on the table saw, then insides painted (1st coat). the doors are plywood and the ding-blasted stuff seems to be bleeding through the paint, sigh.

    gotta get to bed, so we can get up early enough to do flea market tomorrow.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:03:49 AM PST

    •  It will probably keep bleeding (6+ / 0-)

      unless you use a sealer.  Kilz is my favorite, but there are others.  It's possible that several coats of paint will cover but just as likely that it won't.  :-(

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:41:17 AM PST

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      •  When I sell this house (6+ / 0-)

        if I have to repaint it all a dull, boring cream color, I'll have to seal it because I went crazy with the colors. They will, guaranteed, bleed through any wimpy cream color.

        All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

        by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:22:27 AM PST

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        •  Red is the worst. (1+ / 0-)
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          Noddy

          Anything with red in it (purple, orange) will bleed through.  Kilz is a good product, worth the extra $$ you have to pay for it.  It will look like it isn't covering, but when you put on the boring color, the others don't bleed through.  The color you're looking for, BTW, is "Antique White".  I used to do painting for the relocation folks at a local realtor.  I got so tired of antique white, I have never used it since.

          Also, use white tint base for the ceilings, not "ceiling" white.  Finally, roll on from two different directions (north-south, then east-west) on a ceiling.  You don't necessarily have to put on more paint for the direction change.  You just have to go two ways.  For some reason, roller marks show if you go all one way.  

          -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

          by luckylizard on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:51:48 AM PST

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          •  Ya think? (4+ / 0-)

            This is what I'll be covering:

            Finished Room Corner

            Northwest Corner

            Bathroom

            Even though I haven't got the house cleaned and staged for selling, I'm already planning the colors of my new house....collecting paint chips.

            All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

            by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:02:16 PM PST

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            •  I LOVE it!!! (2+ / 0-)
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              Noddy, bigjacbigjacbigjac

              Although, covering it will definitely be an issue.  :-)

              Wish I were closer.  I'd help you neutralize that house and I'd LOVE to help paint the new one!

              I did a house once that was like walking into a jack-o-lantern.  That place was orange, even inside the damned closets.  The kitchen was not only orange paint, but the tiles were copper.  Makes me shiver just remembering it.  ;-)

              -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

              by luckylizard on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:53:13 PM PST

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              •  Monochrome (3+ / 0-)

                just doesn't suit me. Every room has a minimum of 3 colors in it.

                And plotting and painting the striped room was an adventure - I found a strip of fabric whose colors I loved.  The colorist at the paint store worked so hard at getting the exact right shade of red and the right shades of yellow without them being too brown, and the right shade of gold metallic paint that separates some of the stripes.

                I am so going to regret painting over that.

                All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

                by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:32:54 PM PST

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                •  You may regret (2+ / 0-)
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                  Noddy, bigjacbigjacbigjac

                  having painted it in the first place.  The gold metallic could produce some interesting challenges.  

                  I do like your approach, though.  Our living spaces should suit us.  I can't paint colors here, so I have swaths of fabric draped all over the place.  It's not quite the same, but does soothe my color craving.

                  -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

                  by luckylizard on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:35:07 PM PST

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  •  Our pastor won't be coming back. (6+ / 0-)

    He's been on extended leave and last night it was announced that it's "highly unlikely" that he will return.  I will miss him.  He was a good pastor, boss and friend.

    They have assigned someone to us until July, when the new appointments come out.  I hate training new people, but at least he'll be here for a little while.  I'm trying to keep a positive attitude.  He could be very nice....

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:44:13 AM PST

  •  Good orning everyone! (6+ / 0-)

    The sun's coming out and it's going to be a beautiful day. We're going to Costco and out to lunch with friends.

    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:07:50 AM PST

  •  A rottweiler in shorts... and a bunch of terriers. (3+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, weck, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    Was some kid training up a circus act? I wish your camera was working as well! That sounds hilarious!

    A bit stiff today, but not feeling too bad, which is good because we have to fix the window later once Caedy wakes up.

    So our trip outside into the yard was short this morning, there's a loose boxer/pit mix in the neighborhood. I have no idea where her home is, but she was across the street from us. I quickly put Freya on her lead and got them back inside. I don't need a dog fight because she's trying to protect Sophie and us from another big dog. I also warned my neighbor next door who walks his poodle mix. He took her off in his jeep, probably to walk her up closer to the office. The loose dog looks really well taken care of and I haven't seen her before, so probably an escapee rather than a dog just let to roam free.

    Still had me thinking of Noddy and her loose dog diaries.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:50:53 AM PST

    •  Loose dogs can (5+ / 0-)

      be friendly, but it's always best to be leery of them.  Things can change so quickly, and disastrously.

      These dogs looked more like escapees than being trained.  there were no people in sight.  I think the Rottie stole the skateboard (there are always skateboards lying along the curbs around here).

      I know the terrier pack - they belong to this family down the street and they let their little dogs run the neighborhood rather than put them in their big back yard - because otherwise the dogs would dig up their flowers.  They don't care that their dogs dig up their neighbor's flowers.  These are renters, so I expect they'll move out soon.

      Where these terriers found that ribbon is something to ponder.  It may have been left over from Christmas decorations or present wrappings and hey found it in a gutter somewhere.  

      Terriers like to chase, so chasing a Rottie on a skateboard would be a terrier thing to do, and being dog-in-the-manger type dogs, they didn't wan to leave their ribbon behind.

      It was still a funny, funny sight.  And oh how I wished my camera was fast and focused properly.

      Once I sell this house, I'll have to buy a decent camera. I've missed so many good shots because of it, so many blurred pictures, and so many candids that changed before the camera fired up.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:33:23 AM PST

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  •  I discovered that the trick (6+ / 0-)

    of placing a half of one of those Mr. Clean Magic Erasers in the toilet bowl and leaving it there for 8 hours (unlflushed, so do it when you're away from home that long) really will remove mineral water build up stains in the toilet bowl.

    Using a disposable latex glove, I used the eraser to rub out along the water line as well, and my toilet looks almost new again. All those mineral stains I despaired of removing are practically invisible now. Maybe another treatment will finish off the last faint shadows of mineral build up.

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:10:23 AM PST

  •  The winds are howling here, with on and off (4+ / 0-)

    white-outs of lake effect snow then bright sunshine. Interesting.  When the fronts collided late last night, it sounded like a sonic boom!  My dog hid under the bed because he thought it wad thunder!

    I make sun-tea in the dark (of the refrigerator)when I want iced tea; 3 teabags, usually two lipton and one constant comment in a liter container of cold water, put it in the refrigerator, maybe 5+ hours and remove the bags.  The tea doesn't get cloudy or bitter and since I don't add any sugar (or ice either) to my tea, it is perfect for me.  For two quarts use 4-5 bags, to taste.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:30:56 AM PST

    •  We'd drink that faster than it was brewed :). (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, Noddy, bigjacbigjacbigjac

      Which is part of the reason I use cold brewed, we go through a gallon a day, a gallon and a half if it is hot out.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:13:13 PM PST

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      •  I can appreciate that, I only drink a little bit (3+ / 0-)

        of anything!  

        At one time I had about ten containers for partner to use, he would go through a lot, maybe three liters a day, I would make more each night.

        I take it that cold brewed is faster than overnight brewed?

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

        by weck on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:02:43 PM PST

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        •  Cold brewed... (3+ / 0-)
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          Noddy, weck, bigjacbigjacbigjac

          with the lipton tea bags made for it, takes about 3 minutes according to the package. I usually give it about an hour because I like my tea stronger. So if I make it in the morning, by the time I'm done with my hot tea and my first vitamin water of the day, my tea is ready.

          I drink a lot because if I don't my throat dries out, I cough more, and I end up with breathing problems. I've even had an asthma attack once because my lungs were too dehydrated! (I was working the grill at McDonald's and hadn't had enough time to drink.)

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:10:29 PM PST

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  •  good start to the day -- woke early enough to get (3+ / 0-)

    to the bi-weekly flea market at the Co. Fair Grounds. pickings are slim, but we're pretty picky, 8-) esp as we don't want to be collecting stuff to have to move, Please Dog, this year!

    anyway, I found a cute little Christmas mice storybook, probably in Danish, but I have another by the author, so hey. Teh DH found himself another Mad Scientist (TM) apothecary jar, with lid, for a reasonable price...

    then we realized it was Green Earth Home Show's last day, so we walked it. Boy has that filled out since the first one we went to, maybe 5 years ago! We actually saw something we need, so made an appt. for a ductless heater sales call. The dealer we picked actually had prices posted! well, the price after all the listed discounts & rebates, but we can manage the front money. Now we just have to see if we can get around the electric utility's "has to replace an existing electric heating system to qualify" jump, since we currently have NO heating, well, besides electric space heaters, and it was oil before that. but around 10 years before that.... the dealer's guy seemed willing to take that on (go to bat for us on that rebate...), we'll see.

    Hunger strikers all over. Just picked up this week's alternative paper and front page is about a young man who's hunger-striking for camping rights for the homeless in this town. we don't take the local paper & don't watch the local news, so I hadn't heard about this, will have to read up.

    hope everybody is reasonably safe from the cold; we're SO looking forward to rain, and the accompanying warm-up, next week!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:46:14 PM PST

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