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By beckysdad on Sep 2, 2015 at 5:38 AM

Once you get over the summit and onto the western side things would certainly be better. Any rain that does blow in off the ocean gets dumped there as the clouds cross the hills. Get out among the redwoods and you can totally forget you're near silicon valley. Boo on ticks. They're just nasty. Thank god for Deet. With the lack of rain there's been zero problems with skeeters this year and even the flies aren't nearly as bad as usual. The Giants game was competitive but ultimately disappointing. We sure didn't get any calls go our way but if it comes down to that I'm not sure you deserve to win. Greinke is just damned tough.

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By beckysdad on Sep 1, 2015 at 5:57 PM

I didn't make the road trip today. As excited as I was to be among the trees, I know I always stop at an outlook above Palo Alto. It offers a great view of the valley. The problem is, it's been so long since we've had any rain that the sky would just be a dingy brown on the horizon. If it ever rains again I'll make it a point to get on the road. The sky needs a good scrubbin'. I envy you your living room views. The lure of Oregon is strong but it's not yet the time.

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By JeffCatsBookClub on Sep 1, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Chris10a from the book club: Marcel Prowls would have been so proud he finally has a book in our library. Great lol!

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By beckysdad on Sep 1, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Buffalo, eh?That kinda surprises me. It's been ages since I've thought of anything positive associated with the Bills. Ugh...NFC West is loaded except for the Niners. Houston could rank up there based on JJ Watt alone. I can visualize Elf going through those various stages...ahhh kittehs. It was a nice walk this morning. Temps were good and the Santa Cruz Mts. (hills) really looked good. I don't spend enough time looking at them and tend to focus on the neighborhood. I just wish I didn't share the view of those hills with a million other people...literally. That's just San Jose. The views are restricted by the homes. I might have to take a road trip today with the camera and get in touch with them again. I used to drive those roads every weekend but it's probably been a couple years since I ventured up there. They're only about 3500 feet tall at their highest point but they're covered with Oaks, Laurels and Maples on the exposed eastern side. Once you get onto the western side and especially in the little valleys you get redwoods and Doug Firs. That's a little slice of heaven right there.

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By beckysdad on Sep 1, 2015 at 5:07 AM

Though I watched most of it , that many extra innings takes me past my bedtime. I already knew the result before I fired up the computer this morning, though. You're right, not wearing hearing aidsis a pretty common thing. Do you suppose when we ultimately reach the age where we join that club we'll be the same way? That's the way most everything else goes...sigh. 90's and humidity will be annoying. We had 88% humidity for a few days last week and it wasn't even that hot. I was sitting around wondering why I felt so clammy and uncomfortable and then oooooooohhhhhh... I'm not cut out for humid parts of the country. I hadn't heard anything about the fires either but there was a wind storm in Washington the other day that killed a couple people. Still loving that mattress? What about Elf?

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By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Nice to see Luck being recognized as the elite guy he is. I'd love for him to get a ring. Who are the top rated defenses? A sweep would be amazing but that would mean beating both Grienke and Kershaw..and without our starting shortstop, second baseman and center and right fielders. That's a tall order. Yeah, with your dad you truly get where I'm coming from. I just don't get why they don't wear their hearing aids. I'm sorely tempted to try the walking away from the phone thing but I'd hate to get busted.

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By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Sp did Luck go number one? I haven't done all the research but he'd be my sentimental favorite. We open a three game stand against the Dodgers starting tonight. We'll face both Grienke and Kershaw so we're going to have to hope that we force them to throw a lot of pitches and get them out of the game that way. Fortunately tomorrow night we have Bum on the mound. It's going to be an interesting series. We're 9-3 against them so far this season. I hope we can get in their heads. You might ED my notes to Syl this morning if you want a helping of parental entertainment.

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By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Rogers is a good get. It's too bad he won't have Jordy available to him. I guess the good news is that expectations are so low for the Niners that it will be tough to be disappointed. I read one article making projections for how NFC teams will do and they had to poorest outlook. Best case scenario was 8-8 and worst was 1-15. Is that a victory that they are confident SF will win at least one game? I know it's petty and not attractive for me to feel this way but...I took great delight in watching the Dodgers get no hit for the second time in nine days last night. That made a day where the Giants lost again a bit more palatable.

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By beckysdad on Aug 30, 2015 at 6:21 AM

If too much brain activity is hampering your sleep at night you might consider becoming a political extremist...either side will do. They both seem devoid of much thought. Sadly I could have slept through the entire game yesterday and not missed any scoring by the Giants. We'll give it another go today. The Niners didn't look good last night. The running game was okay but the passing was pathetic. The right side of the O line is pretty weak. Bowman looks amazing though after missing all of last season. I did see the story about the guy falling in Atlanta...very sad. The furniture run went very well. Pick up was hassle free and my niece and I were able to put it together with no trouble. She's a good un'. I know we're not supposed to have favorites but...

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By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2015 at 3:11 PM

She deserves a good un'. She'll be busy responding to correspondence but she'll have a blast doing it. I guess the good thing about relying on ESPN ratings is you'll still get to own the results if you win and you can blame ESPN if things don't go well. That's not so bad in the scheme of things. Did golf inspire your nap? How bad did you need one? I'm hoping you had a good night on the new mattress but maybe it takes some time to adapt. I grabbed a nap when I got home from the folks' place and it was more than my usual 20 minutes. I fell asleep at the end of the first inning and came to in the middle of the fourth. There was still no score so I couldn't have missed much.

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By Sylviag on Aug 29, 2015 at 1:56 PM

You have a great rest of the day also. I think a nap was in your future - Bryan is taking one now So glad the mattress is comfy. The thing is you try it out in the store, feels good, and then get it home for an extended stay and you hope it continues to be good. Actually mattress "tehcnology" relaly ha imporved. I grew up with some purty thin mattresses and the old metal springs that made any privacy impossible for a couple LOL

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By Sylviag on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Aww Paws, my good bud, my life is richer to have you in it. Okaay, mushy outta the way :) I ED the mattress got into the house and upstairs with no probs and Elf approves. How was the first night sleeping on it? What I love is that they haul away the old mattresses. I remember when we got rid of the old school behemoth big screen TV. I told Best Buy I would not buy a new big flat screen unless they hauled the old one away The thing weighed a ton and the two hefty guys that came were straining to get it out of the house. Rats on no MRI result yet - hopefuy early next weekend. After this short road trip and the visit from our friend in WA I have to see the doc too. I still have that pesky way lower back issue that started the 4th of Jul camping trip. Not constant, mostly at night when I lay down so whatever is going on is not helped by laying flat. Not getting much sleep as a consequene and think I nee to start sleepng with a mass of pillow behind me to stay somewhat upright, . But Alleve does help. I just hope it is not a nerve problem cuz not much they can do with that.

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By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2015 at 5:22 AM

I'll second that Syl sentiment...a great day and a great year. I hadn't considered passing an Elf test but of course he's an interested party even if he's not a voting member. Yup...stone and wood...those are the preferred materials. It will be interesting when I finally get to give instructions to a realtor looking for property for me. "Don't show me anything with brick. If there's a single brick there better be incredible compensating features and a game plan for removing the brick." I prefer it when doctors aren't in a rush to tell you something. That's usually a better circumstance but when you've geared yourself up to ask the uncomfortable question, you want a reassuring answer and the sooner the better. Let's just hope the MRI leads to a steroid shot that gives Chuck big and lasting relief. How are the FF preps coming?

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By beckysdad on Aug 28, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Yeah, I don't know about the straw hat. I'd be much more of a John Deere baseball cap kinda guy...though really no hat is best. My niece has an SUV so there would be no trouble fitting the box in there. I spoke to Mom this afternoon and she managed to give away the old tv so it's already gone! My back already feels better. yeah, I guess any day destined for delivery of a new mattress makes lazing around for the duration pretty much out of the question. Are you loving that new mattress? Fresh sheets and a new mattress...I anticipate an early evening. I was watching real estate shows on HGTV this afternoon. They were showing lots of House Hunter episodes. There was one couple that I can't imagine how they stay together. It wasn't that they fought or anything. They just wanted totally different things. He wanted brand new, 2 story, carpets and absolutely no pool. She wanted an older, one story with hardwood floors and a pool. It's hard to compromise with those things as a starting point. That episode was shot in Dallas and it looked like every single home was built by a bricklayer. Do they have any homes that aren't made of brick? Did Chuck hear from the doc?

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By beckysdad on Aug 28, 2015 at 11:06 AM

I trust Kuip to use his powers for good. Bio-gas is just a way of using wood chips and all other scrap items to generate energy. Nothing goes to waste. How is your goofing off going? Have you uncovered any new methods of goofing off or are you sticking with the tried and true? I've been out on the farm this morning baling hay and harvesting wheat. I traded emails with my niece and I think we're going to grab the furniture in the morning rather than Tuesday I may still use her hubby to move the TV on Tuesday. He's having a boys weekend in Reno this weekend.

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By beckysdad on Aug 28, 2015 at 6:04 AM

Kuiper's got a great sense of humor and is a good man but I suspect that if he chose to...he could use that wit for evil. He could be wickedly sarcastic but that's not his inclination. That new mattress could be really nice. I hope it gives you lots of comfy nights. It will be interesting to hear how effectively the delivery guys negotiate the maze. There are four different food sources for cows so I don't have to worry about actually running out of noms but if I have all four available things run at peak efficiency and they produce the most milk. This far into the game I'm set up pretty well. I'm profitable enough that I can do any land or equipment purchases I want without going into debt. I own about 35% of the fields now and will expand further in a while. My bio-gas business is still in its infancy and want to really get that established before I take on anything more.

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By beckysdad on Aug 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

The 4th is tv day. We're both looking forward to good things next Friday. The herd is holding steady at 75 head. I should just go ahead and bump it up but I've held off because I don't know exactly how long it will take for me to refill the silage bin with grass. I don't want to run low but I have other sources now that I didn't have before. I just finished watching the G-men close out the Cubbies 9-1. There was another great line from Kuiper today. Tomlinson hit his first major league home run and it was a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. When they came back after the commercial break between innings they showed a Giants employee out in the left field stands talking to a guy with a Red Sox cap that caught the home run ball. Kuiper takes over: "And the negotiation for the home run ball begins. Oh no, it's a Red Sox fan. I've had negotiations with a Red Sox fan for thirty years in my marriage and I'm 0 for 1000 in those battles. "

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By Sylviag on Aug 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM

ED BD :) http://cheezburger.com/8558034944

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By Sylviag on Aug 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM

ED on the house and had to laugh at BIL - he just wants to squeeze as many bucks out of it as he can as a return for his less than helpful efforts in the hole process. So hoping it all goes through. Glad to hear Chuck is going n to see the do so at least he wll know where he stands once tey do all the necessary exams and tests. If it does have to be surgry at least he will have some say on when he will get it done as it won;t be an emergency procedure. Hoping a steroid shot wll take care of it for the time being Wow, quail babies grow really fast. The two batches that roam our bakyard a couple times a day are almost as being as the Moms and Dads now. Sounds like a good celebratory evening We're going Mexican Fri night with the fam to celebrate MIL's 89th birthday. It is a very good Tex Mex place that we all like.

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By beckysdad on Aug 27, 2015 at 9:21 AM

That was very well acted. They got a little carried away with the f-bombs, though. I have no problem with a strategically placed f-bomb for emphasis. In fact, sometimes nothing else will do but I think it was a bit gratuitous there. If they start playing Christmas carols on the muzak in September I think my ears will start bleeding. So when is the house deal supposed to close?

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