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I spent yesterday cleaning out the storage closet next to the laundry room.  When my youngest left to join the Army, he went through the closet looking for stuff, and trashed it.  Since then, my youngest daughter moved out and stuffed things she didn't want to move into it, and my mother died and many of her things got jammed into it, and well, it spilled out into what was going to be my library.

The former owner of the house had converted the garage into a room, but neglected to insulate it so for much of the year the room in uninhabitable because it's either too hot or too cold. Before I could get around to ripping out the paneling they put up, put in insulation, and add new walls, the room became a de-facto storage shed.

That is changing.

But oh my word!

A squirrel got into the closet and then couldn't get out.  In the process, the squirrel trashed every single one of my good wool blankets (managed to pop the latch on the cedar chest they were in), then ungraciously died in them, and oozed rotting squirrel goo all over them.

It must of been one of Big Sarge's many children - they never were as smart as their dad. I feel kind of sorry for the critter - it must have been horrible, getting into my cedar chest and dying there.

But - all my good wool blankets are ruined, and so is that cedar chest - the smell will never come out.

I did not take pictures.  Y'all be thankful.  That's my present to you - no pictures of rotted squirrel.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 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 Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:22:05 PM PST

  •  And I thought all the stuff and closets and piles (6+ / 0-)

    I'm going through was bad...No dead squirrels yet.

  •  Ick... (5+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, broths, weck, old wobbly, Noddy

    That's not cool.

    Kinda do feel sorry for the squirrel..But my stomach thanks you for not snapping and sharing pictures of the rotting squirrel. shudder

    Anyway, work today, and then dinner with my family afterwards. Gonna be fun! insert sarcasm here

    Have a wonderful Christmas eve day everyone!

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 01:07:16 AM PST

  •  poor squirrel, poor blankets, poor chest, poor (4+ / 0-)
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    sounds like an absolutely Thrillin' day!

    we... wrapped a buncha presents.

    almost fell over when we got a USPostal delivery ON SUNDAY -- maybe my last package, that is now 4 days overdue (BAD B&N!!!) will actually get delivered tomorrow, tracking SAYS it's been in town since 4am Sunday!

    Got the unsorted mass of my pack-rat-ery, that I AM sorting, but so slowly.... picked up and stashed neatly, enough for guest on Tues.

    Got several small clean-ups and one huge one done... teh DH, for some reason unknown to Dog or me, decided today was the day to clean the garden window in the bathroom! He found an amazing collection of slime and probably mildews. So it's good he started it, but never expected it to take nearly so long! Several years ago we about doubled the space in our teeny '50's bathroom by putting in a garden window. It is appropriately filled with a plant jungle, and has a lovely stone bottom shelf. Privacy is provided by a window-cling (golden bamboo print). Himself discovered that we had obviously not been paying enough attention to cleaning that area! Cleaned and groomed all the plants. Removed & cleaned & re-applied the clings. Cleaned the window glass while clings were off. Cleaned the upper shelf & all its multifarious parts... Discovered MORE caulk that needs to be replaced! Whee, a great way to spend the evening!

    OH! he made two batches of his specialty shortbread, both of which flopped. He copied the recipe card a couple of months ago and must not have been in his right mind at the time. We now have the baking powder line scratched out. (that was Thanksgiving's flop). Card has an optional extra bit of sugar suggested -- which we're pretty sure, now, isn't a good idea. And he somehow decided to butter the mold. So we got something edible, but definitely not his shortbread. He has given up; asked me to make my brown-sugar/almond biscotti. We'll see if MY recipe works... he's also conjecturing that changing brands of sugar may be having an effect, we took up with C&H again this year (after MANY years of going for the cheap), because of GMO sugar beets; the amount and nature of the molasses (& probably "etc.") with which C&H "browns" its brown sugars may be considerably different from the cheapo formulas. Wish me luck!

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

    by chimene on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 03:31:51 AM PST

    •  My recipe (0+ / 0-)

      for shortbread:

      1 stick unsalted butter
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
      1/3 cup brown sugar

      Cream the butter with the sugar you chose (confectioner's or brown, not both!).  Add the flour to make a stiff dough. Chill for 10 - 15 minutes, then press, pat or roll out.  Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet, and bake at 300*F.
      If you leave it as a single big circle, prick the surface with a fork, and score it where you want to break it into pieces. A big circle bakes for 30-40 minutes - drape the edges with foil if they brown too quickly. If you cut it into bars or use cookie cutters, bake them for less time, depending on the size of the cookie.  I generally cut then out into small bars (1"x2"), and they bake in about 12 minutes.

      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 Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:26:19 AM PST

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      •  thanks, that's about the proportions that we (1+ / 0-)
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        usually end up with. though the current recipe says a half-cup... hmm

        We have one of those ceramic circles with designs in the bottom, that come out on top when you flip it out. Reindeer & something else Christmas-y in this one. Also gives nice lines to cut into (heraldic) lozenges (which are longer skinnier diamond shapes), and triangles. ah, this one, actually

        the kind of open-pored ceramic that you're not supposed to wash with soap, lest it sink in and come back out into the next batch of whatever; like a Romertopf. This stuff does eventually season so that you don't usually need to butter it to prevent sticking. So his buttering the dish was overkill, there's certainly enough butter in the dough to non-stick almost anything!

        Even my grandmother's shortbread pan, 8-) An ancient 9" square cake pan with decades of dent in the bottom. She just cut squares, 8-). (that pan does get used regularly for yoghurt biscuits)

        Shortbread is too rich for everyday, we usually (HE usually) makes it just for holidays. He's fairly distraught over these failures; pretty much the first thing he ever cooked was this shortbread, and he won a prize for it -- age 7, at a local park (probably summer) program.

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

        by chimene on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 01:50:38 PM PST

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  •  Good morning! (3+ / 0-)
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    My glasses work better if I remember to put them on before I try to read the computer and watch the news. Just for the record. Oops. I'll get used to this yet!

    49 degrees this morning. So chilly but not as cold as it has been the past few days. Need my sweater but not my coat this morning. And that's in the house mind LOL. It's supposed to warm up into the mid 70's today and the high 70's tomorrow. And then of course drop a bit again by the weekend. This is why my lungs hate this time of year.

    Thank you Noddy for the lack of rotting squirrel pictures. But even that can't have been as bad as the smell. Those poor blankets and cedar chest. When we moved into this house we found a tiny fridge in the back room. We had all sorts of plans for this find, until we realized that the person before us had left an open pack of hamburger in it... for two weeks without power. Someone curb rescued it when we put it down for the trash; more power to them. I don't think that smell would have ever gotten out of the plastic inside though.

    We're supposed to have carolers around noon today. A group called Nathaniel's Hope, which does support and outreach for families with disabled kids. We've been part of them for years, though we haven't been able to use their respite program because without a car two hours at their center doesn't help much (and it's not really close to us). But it's a good program. We do use the Christmas gift/caroling program though. The kids look forward to it every year.

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

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 04:49:26 AM PST

  •  A merry good morning everyone! (4+ / 0-)
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    My condolences to Big Sarge.  By the way, I miss him, hint, hint.

    Today I'm cooking stuff to take to our friends tomorrow.  Actually, I made the chocolate bark last night, so that's done.  I'm going to make the noodle pudding now, and then the gumbo.  

    We're leaving at 5 to go to a birthday party.

    Hope you all have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:23:08 AM PST

  •  I up and already preparing for Christmas Eve (4+ / 0-)
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    at my dad's.  My stepmother, in her usual fashion, has pushed everybody into "getting this thing over with" by starting xmas eve at 2 in the afternoon, rushing through dinner and then supervising the throwing of the gifts.

    Folks who have to work today are either arriving late or skipping it altogether this year.  Our family used to celebrate xmas eve after church, around 8:30 pm. When the parents stopped going to church, I still went, until everyone got annoyed with me for making them wait.  She has pushed the whole thing up another hour this year.

    Cripe, the "Yule Log" doesn't even start on TV until 8:05 pm, what part of eve begins at 2 ???

    I am, however, ready for this event this year and I go with the fond expectations of laughing and talking with my own side of the family, encouraged by some delightful xmas cheer!

    Happy Holiday to each and every one of you in the IAN group, and peace to you as well.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:29:56 AM PST

  •  Zombies for Christmas? (5+ / 0-)
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    Nooo... I think I'll stick with watching "Buckaroo Banzai" again.

    I put up a cartoon on my Dkos blog in honor of Bwren, who gifted me with a subscription. (Yes, Noddy, I'm drawing again.  I'm still doing science and still working on research but I'm drawing again.  And writing.  And getting into trouble.  And building robots (got a new one from the kids!)  And drawing.)  

    The Lincoln Titanic has been gifted to my mother-in-law, who will drive it gently and loves it.  I have her 2005 Altima (with only 44,000 miles on it) -- my 2007 Altima (with 120,000 miles on it) will go to my son who can drive it to work.  It replaces the Infiniti we gave him (which is dying after an accident PLUS 230,000 miles.)  It's a very mechanical Christmas.

    •  I think the automobile shuffle was a wonderful (2+ / 0-)
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      way to celebrate the holiday!  I can hardly wait to sell the house=get new car=give old subaru to son!  2017!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:17:35 AM PST

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    •  HOGFATHER!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes, the first of the recent Pratchett/Discworld movies, and the best so far, so far as we are concerned.

      And the Doctor Who Christmas Special after Christmas Dinner tomorrow.

      Although... we did finally get to see RARE EXPORTS the other day at the local art house, and it is DEFINITELY going into the Christmas-Canon!

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

      by chimene on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 01:55:02 PM PST

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