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Follow me over the orange decorative feature for what little I have this week.

Payday was Friday, so I spent Saturday morning doing my biweekly grocery shopping.  Since I was running low on my buckwheat honey, this entailed a trip to the Portland State University Farmers Market - I don't know that that is the formal name, but it's certainly where and what it is.

I ended up also buying a pound of pie cherries.  I'm not sure what I will do with them, but my daughter offered me some phyllo dough to do it with.

Trader Joe's is where I get my coffee (their New Mexico brand is both cheap and tasty) and butter (Kerry Gold for far less than the supermarkets charge) and goat cheese (that may change, but it hasn't yet).  And Fred Meyer had a sale on my favorite bread (Dave's Killer Spelt), and relatively cheap fresh blueberries and carrots, and discount pricing (however temporary) on a new variation on Arm & Hammer laundry detergent.

I did get some other stuff at both places, and went to PetSmart for two weeks worth of cat food (I try not to buy the cheap stuff - he's old and has a finicky stomach, and pukes much less often if I feed him the good wet food).  But this is less than I normally buy - largely due to my still having a freezer full of veggies and the number that summer weather does on my appetite.

Speaking of weather, I still think the PNW is the only part of the country that is having normal weather.  And that is what the lady said during the weather report I heard on my way home - that we're having normal weather.

I hope you all are doing well.

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  •  I think I'll veg out today. (16+ / 0-)

    Even though my laundry is calling me.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 11:51:17 AM PDT

    •  I'd agree, from down here (Eugene) (11+ / 0-)

      Low 80's & dry in the first half of July is pretty much normal. Means Country Faire is gonna' be a dust party, as is also pretty usual.

      Wish we'd gotten more usual damp-itude over the winter, but otherwise, weather here is "pretty usual".

      We went out today and finished cleaning the back pond & its filter and THEN went and got some gambujia (skeeter-larva-eater little bitty fishies), AND some water hyacinth. It's a great aerator plant and less messy than some of what we have now. Got some tips on over-wintering the hyacinth, too; will have to see if it works (or leave notes for new owners?)

      We spent some time later weeding in the garden beds & paths. Haven't planted any actual garden this year because we expect (& HOPE HOPE HOPE) to be moving before the end of the year and sorting and packing and finishing projects so as not to have to move raw materials, etc., is taking entirely enough time & energy as it is!

      BUT the lemon balm and the violet-thugs and the volunteer strawberries keep coming up (mostly in the gravel paths between raised beds), and the catalpa pods and now spent blossoms keep coming down (all over EVERYthing!), etc., so there's always something to clean up in the garden! Raspberries are toddling along fine practically by themselves, we have ravening hordes of weld (medieval yellow dye) giganto plants all over the place, the parsley has gone madly to seed (also not planted this year, it's a very sturdy perennial), and one of these days we're gonna' go dig this years volunteer potatoes & see what we get, 8-)

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

      by chimene on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 11:24:51 PM PDT

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  •  Good Morning (12+ / 0-)

    We had sunshine all day yesterday.  I worked on my sewing and went to the market also.  I bought enough blue berries to make jam.  I made pineapple, apricot and strawberry jam earlier this summer.  The strawberry is already half gone.  My grand daughter in law discovered how good  homemade strawberry jam tastes.  I have my jars washed and ready to go.  I just follow the recipe on the pectin package.  I did forget lemons so I have to go back out again today for lemons.  

    I spent time last night looking on the internet at school uniforms to get some ideas on finish details.  I noticed that in Europe they wear nicer uniforms.  Mostly made from natural fiber fabric.  I am glad I stumbled on their sites because I liked how they finished them. I learned the British call their pull on sweaters jumpers and what we call jumpers they call pinafores. There was a double breasted jumper that I really liked and it reminded me of a pattern from Daisy Kingdom from years ago that I still have.  I will have to get back up in my closet and drag down my pattern boxes and look for it.  I have to admit this is starting to get fun because I like the creative part of it.

    I hope MrFLSNMom feels better today.  Florida is having normal weather for this time of the year.  

    •  trkingmomoe -- you're MAKING school uniforms? (3+ / 0-)
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      ... ah, OK, now I understand. It's great that they (the school) will allow a LITTLE personality! Although I do see the point of uniforms when it comes to cutting back on the expense and social cost of non-uniform dressing.

      I would think the uniform-supply might be a "profit center" and purchase would be required (home-made not allowed)???

      of course, I've never hardly even seen or heard of an actual school uniform out here in the sticks in OR. I think there may be one elite girl's school in Portland, and, come to think of it, there's a military school quite nearby where the kids wear full camo to school (one of their buses unloads right outside my branch library -- a couple of blocks from a city high school, so lots of cognitive dissonance! the city kids are home by the time the bus gets in, so nothing like conflict, but... )

      congratulations on such an ambitious project. reminds me of my youngest aunt of the farm-side, she was dressed to the nines when she left farm country for college, because she and Grandma had raided the Vogue section of the pattern dept! 1950's. I don't really remember much but her later wedding gown... Grandma also had sewing friends and I think maybe a friend who did millinery who did the hats to go with the college coats...

      I'm not sure that feat could be duplicated anywhere in this state anymore -- no reliable source for quality fabric! even in Portland! (OR) Although there are one or two remainder houses up there where you can sometimes find natural fibers and fabric that is for something more than cotton quilt tops and household tchotchkis...

      The curse of monopoly. Joanne Fabrics bought out everything but the remainder houses maybe 15 years ago. My sewing friends have heard that there are like 3 couture fabric Joanne outlets, but they're in Chi, LA & NYC. Not much help there! There have been a few sort-of hubby-subsidized housewives' quilting shops, but they don't carry much that you can make wool & linen Medievals with! for those, you have to drive a 3hr round trip several times a year and cross your fingers that Mill Ends will have ANYthing reasonable on that particular day. You buy and stockpile when you do find anything. It's been fun trying to collect materials for my DH's Steampunk wishes also! That would be slacks & frock coat weight woolens, and brocades for vests... He's planning on making his own hats!

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

      by chimene on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:51:37 PM PDT

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      •  When you have time please tell more about (1+ / 0-)
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        about your adventures with steam punk costumes.  My grandson and wife have been making their costumes for the 3 day Comi-Con convention end of this month in Tampa.  One of the days they are going in steam punk.

  •  :o) (8+ / 0-)

    Rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji's first pitch

    http://www.youtube.com/...

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

    by Pam from Calif on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 11:54:53 PM PDT

  •  From the mid-Atlantic region, (9+ / 0-)

    we usually get some hot, humid weather in the summer.

    We don't usually get weeks where there's tropical midafternoon rains every day...and then just tropical hot humid air for another couple of weeks.

    In 1988, NYC had six weeks of "tropical rainforest" weather.

    I remember b/c

    (a) I lived there at the time

    (b) the weather was a major news story

    (c) that was the last time I went to Europe & while I was there, the weather in NYC made the front page of the International Herald-Tribune.

    Can't quite remember the degree of hot/humid to qualify for Tropical Rainforest, but we certainly are close enough here in PA to be miserable.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 12:27:53 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (8+ / 0-)

    85 today maybe thunderstorms this afternoon.

    We were supposed to go to a minor league baseball game today with Chicago Kossacks, but I've got a stomach problem so we're not going.  :(  It's a Cub's minor league team, so wait till next year.  I'm sure they'll all have a great time, and I hope it doesn't rain on them.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:14:24 AM PDT

  •  Morning! (10+ / 0-)

    Things are going well thus far, still on vacation, and apparently missing all the fun @ home.

    Figured out how to deal with Farrah, if only mom had told me to leash her earlier, things would have been much, much easier this trip. But, it's all good.

    Gonna snap some piccies maybe of da hounds, who are currently passed out until I decide to get up for breakfast (which will be after I finish this post).

    Food network playing <3

    We are going bowling today to celebrate my nephew's 8th birthday which was yesterday.

    Nothing says you're sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:01:05 AM PDT

  •  Normal in E. Iowa. (8+ / 0-)

    After a week of glorious, spring-like weather, we're back to hot and humid.  Finally turn the AC on yesterday morning.  I hate having the apartment closed up but I can't do the heat anymore...

    -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 Jul 07, 2013 at 05:53:18 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (7+ / 0-)

    Floors are swept and mopped, part of the main bathroom is done (I'll do the rest tomorrow probably), dogs are fed and out and I've had a shower. Now I can relax for a bit. Only took me 3 hours to get to this point.

    The weather however is nice, mostly sunny, warming up, with a chance of rain this afternoon. It's supposed to go up to 91. Typical July weather patterns. There is a Tropical wave out in the Atlantic I'm keeping an eye on. There's a possibility it will develop into a storm, and it's too far out to say where it will go from there. It is a bit early for the Atlantic Ocean Conga Line to start, but it definitely bears watching. Now we just have to try to find someone to cut the lawn this week.

    Right now I'm the only one up. My other half was feeling better last night so stayed up late to catch up on his writing. Bit is still curled up in Caedy's bed with Sophie. Draco is almost never up this time of day. Freya is asleep on the couch, and Dori is asleep on the kitchen table. But at least the birds are awake and at the bird feeder?

    "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 Jul 07, 2013 at 07:18:24 AM PDT

  •  Hot here, but hasn't been too bad. (8+ / 0-)

    We've had house guests all weekend, and it's too hot for my mother to head back into the city.

    Broths, hope that you tummy feels better!

    LB, the jams sound wonderful =)

    I can't find my patterns. I'm sure that I packed them!! I want to order roller skates online today. So excited =) I'll probably get good semi-custom ones.

    I have been dreaming about smoking. Bizarre.

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:24:38 AM PDT

  •  I love buckwheat honey too, LB. (6+ / 0-)

    I usually find mine at the flea market on Sunday mornings, and get 1/2 a gallon at a time.  The last time I got it in a plastic jug, but I don't want to do that again, it was too messy and too big to warm up when it crystalized.

    I have "east-coast tropical" weather too, a rainstorm is possible every day for the rest of the week during the afternoon.  There are things I need to do that require a few days in a row without rain, so it's getting frustrating.  The weather pattern may break by next weekend.  I hope so, I have two outdoor concerts soon, one on Friday and another the following Wednesday.

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

    by weck on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:03:36 AM PDT

  •  Just a fly-by hi from New England, where it is too (5+ / 0-)
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    hot and humid for my tastes.  Not as brutal as yesterday, but no barrel of laughs, either.

    I think I  overdid the outside stuff the last two days, so I'm paying the price today.

    The good news is...I'm paying the price in front of the a/c.

    Hope everyone else is doing fine...or getting there!!

    Take care, kids!

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:31:04 AM PDT

    •  over-doing! hah! yeah, us too. the arm that was (3+ / 0-)
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      getting better is tender again; and my mystery-damage leg is now sore & tender in a new place!

      guess we got cocky and forgot we were hurt! did too much outside work (cleaning up landscraping & garden mostly, weeding). it SEEMED like we were taking it easy, but the bod's disagree this AM. Course, Hubs stayed outside longer in the allergens, too. It would certainly make life easier if he didn't need to breathe while he sleeps, 8-(

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

      by chimene on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:07:11 PM PDT

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  •  A late hi to everyone... (4+ / 0-)
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    Trying to keep cool here in this soupy, sweltering heat.

    Hope you're feeling better, broths.

    Take care, everybody.

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