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By beckysdad on Jun 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM

I saw Confederacy of Dunces was your entry for the book club. I wonder if anyone will pick it up. I knew about the potential of falling into lava but I got careless. The other one to be careful of is mining a block directly over your head. If there's gravel above that block you're gonna get crushed under a cave-in. I spent a chunk of time this afternoon placing signs in that cavern to guide me back to the surface. It's easy to get lost when you're sprinting around placing torches to illuminate the areas around you. The real danger comes when there's a fork in the cavern. If you follow one path you can have a monster sneak up behind you from the path not chosen. Did you "work" on your recordings at all? The Giants game will be starting pretty soon. We've got MadBum on the mound so I'm feeling good. And the Dodgers are down 6-1 in the 7th. I really shouldn't take pleasure in the pain of another team,,,but I freely admit I'm a flawed individual.

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By JeffCatsBookClub on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Chris10a from the library: what else would a kitteh that keeps that type of company read?

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By beckysdad on Jun 25, 2016 at 1:08 PM

I forgot about the snake on the balcony...yikes. There's another reason for doing all activity in the morning when it's cooler. There's nothing exciting going on out here. We'll have our patio time a bit later. I'm bouncing between Minecraft and cleaning out recordings on my DVR. I ran onto my first dungeon network in this game. I've been running around throwing torches up on everything that isn't moving in order to keep the monsters off me as I explore. It's nervous work. I nearly died this morning as dopey me mined a block I was standing on and it turned out there was lava underneath. I got very disoriented as I tried to scramble out and throw a bucket of water on it. Fortunately my armor allowed me to last long enough to get reoriented. I had major repairs to do to my armor after that.

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By JeffCatsBookClub on Jun 25, 2016 at 12:23 PM

=O.O= Book Club Bulletin =O.O= Summer is finally here, so JeffCat's Book Club wants to know which books you'll be reading as you enjoy the summer sun. Make a lol about your current favorite and leave the link on the book club's dash =O.O= http://cheezburger.com/8811798784

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By beckysdad on Jun 25, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Ugh...poison ivy. I was afraid you were going to say snake though. I'm not a fan of either though. We deal with poison oak rather than poison ivy out here. I hate the stuff. I get it pretty easy so I'm quite cautious as a rule. Have you guys ever thought about forming your won league? I gather it's a whole lot easier any more with technology the way it is as compared to the old days. Still, you have to deal with personalities which can be a real hassle.

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By beckysdad on Jun 25, 2016 at 5:19 AM

And the Giants win again! Casilla almost pissed it away in the ninth though. He's been very uneven all year.When will the FF mags start appearing? Are you looking forward to the process? Are you going to stick with two leagues this year or go to just one instead? Were there more bugs or critters this morning?

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By beckysdad on Jun 24, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I think the Niners are going to be very competitive in their quest for the number one draft pick. The Browns re going to give them a run for their money though. It was 58 for the dawn walk which is plenty cool enough to make a bowl of warm tater soup very satisfying. Is it a cultural violation to serve Vichyssoise in a southern restaurant? I'm sure it was delish but I'd fear some Bubba walking in there, seeing Vichyssoise on the menu and saying "oh, HELL no!"

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By beckysdad on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Travel free and exertion free sounds like great planning. The teams we've been facing aren't the toughest available. Now, if we'd gone 9-1 against the Cubs, Cards, Rangers and Nats then I'd feel very differently. Still, I'm enjoying the hell out of the run we've been on. It hasn't taken all the sting out of the Warriors loss but it's helping. Hey, tater soup makes for excellent breakfast food.

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By beckysdad on Jun 24, 2016 at 5:34 AM

Markets are not going to be happy at all. The futures are showing a 3% drop right now. It will be interesting to see how we close the day. Yep, Giants are playing really well right now. The pitching has been carrying us but finally we're scoring some runs again. It's surprising we're still winning with all the injuries we've had. This could finally be the Cubs year though. We took two of three from them earlier in the season but they're looking awfully tough. It's interesting to watch the NBA draft and the moves various teams are making. It will get even more interesting when free agency opens up on July 1. How nice that your knee didn't act up but it's 80 already. Ugh...I hope you have a short to do list.

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By beckysdad on Jun 23, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Well, the reviews are in and the potato soup will do just fine. Dad will like this a lot. The recipe calls for scraping the flesh out of baked potatoes to add to the milk base. I cooked the bacon in my dutch oven rather than in a separate pan like the recipe called for. After crisping it up I removed the bacon and then added butter and flour to make the roux. The recipe wants you to add the crumbled bacon back into the soup later but next time I'll leave it on the side as a garnish since Mom isn't wild about bacon. Now the added benefit (or danger) of this recipe is dealing with the scooped out potato skins. Asked and answered...potato skins. Dad loves those, too. Tater skins as an appetizer and then tater soup is plenty 'o tater but it's all good. I planned on a protein to go with dinner but after snacking on tater skins while cooking the soup, I was all full after a bowl of soup. I share your frustration with people who can't seem to get things moving when driving. If I get trapped behind a slowpoke you'll often hear me yell "It's the one on the right!" Of course I always drive with my windows up so no one hears me yelling...except Becky and she doesn't complain. It's nice that your store run went well.

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By beckysdad on Jun 23, 2016 at 8:04 AM

I've talked myself out of a fry baby many times over the years as I don't fry that often and I feared getting one would encourage a bad habit. I expect I'll drag it out periodically and binge on it for a few days at a time until I need to change the oil. I've never had much luck making hash browns at home. It's not for lack of trying as I love good hash browns. I'm doing something nice but kinda crazy today. It's going to be warm here but I'm still going to make a run at a potato soup recipe I found. Dad loves soup and I'd like to be able to treat him to stuff he really enjoys. It's certainly not hot weather food and cooking soup in a warm house only compounds the problem but I'll survive. It's nice to have the watering done but it's too bad that can't be the end of your to do list.

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By Chris10a on Jun 23, 2016 at 4:16 AM

It's hard to update without real news. But we all know this takes lots of time, lots of patience, and will never be an easy road. I am glad Sylvia has good friends and family supporting her, and her Bryan is an absolute treasure.

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By beckysdad on Jun 22, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Losing power in that heat would be ugly. Gotta have AC to survive. I'm glad you have your priorities straight...we(Chuck gets to come), Elf and the ice cream. Did you ever teach survivalist courses? I've been watching an NFL Network replay of the '95 Super Bowl between the Niners and the Chargers. There are a few things that really stuck out for me. Obviously the camera work has gotten much better in the last twenty years. The biggest thing is you don't have the game bug on the screen with the score, down and distance and time remaining and such. It was positively barbaric. The other thing that struck me as odd was as they panned around the stadium you could see big advertisements for Marlboros. I generally used my cast iron skillet or my dutch oven when I fried chicken but I recently got one of those little fry baby jobbers. It did a fine job with fries and that bloomin onion and some chicken tenders. I'm almost afraid to try doing some chicken in there. It it turns out well I could be in trouble. I always use buttermilk for my batter which means I do all kinds of unhealthy items until the buttermilk I buy is gone. Nothing I make with buttermilk is good for me. It's lots of fun though. I'm glad your RAV4 is working out for you...nothing quite like a new ride.

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By beckysdad on Jun 22, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Does Chuck pan fry his chicken in a cast iron skillet or does he have another method? I generally cook chicken breasts if I'm cooking single pieces but I often prefer thighs when I'm going to use it as an ingredient in another dish. Still, there's nothing quite like grilling up some quarters. Ah, so the baby status is don't be looking for a call right away but don't be surprised if you get one. That's got to be pretty emotional just waiting. We could have used a couple of those runs the night before for MadBum. Still, it's awfully nice to have the Giants playing well despite all the injuries we've been playing though. I see you're at 93 now. I hope all your activity for the day is done.

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By beckysdad on Jun 22, 2016 at 5:36 AM

Mom saw me walk in with that big ol' bowl of tater salad and asked me if I was expecting an army. Hey, I just followed the recipe (mostly). I didn't pay much attention to the fact that it said it served lebenty five. It did turn out pretty well though I should have trusted my judgement that it needed a bit more dressing. Mom did keep a bunch but I'll have leftovers to enjoy for a while. The chicken would have been better if I'd been able to brine it as usual but it was still pretty good. There was more than enough food. We ate out on the patio and we snacked on fresh cherries as we chatted after the main meal. It was really very pleasant. How was the fried chicken? Are you a white meat or dark meat fan? Is there a baby yet? Love the sleeping to 5:30...80 degrees... not so much. I'm still enjoying watching the recording of the Giants game from yesterday. We had a 15-4 squeaker. It was nice to see the offense break loose. We've really depended on our pitching this year.

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By beckysdad on Jun 21, 2016 at 5:26 PM

Of course I put O's in there....nice red ones. The recipe called for celery to provide some crunch. I replaced it with bell pepper. Celery is useless except as a peanut butter delivery system. Fried chicken will make for a great dinner for you guys. Believe it or not I dissuaded Mom from doing the beans without offending her. I was getting ready to put the chicken on but checked with her to see how we'd do with everything finishing on time. She then rolled out the lineup...beans, corn on the cob and fruit salad. I then, as artfully as I could suggested that PERHAPS that might be a tad excessive. That's not a phrase you generally hear from me. She agreed and eliminated the beans right away. Oooohhh...grammasis! Yay!

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By beckysdad on Jun 21, 2016 at 2:04 PM

I really liked Harrison's All Things Must Pass album. I think I should have made a bit more dressing for the tater salad but it still had good flavor. We'll see how it turns out once the ingredients have had a chance to meld. Did you ED that note I got from Mamawalker a couple days back with the link to a bunch of photos. It's worth checking out if you didn't before. I'm going to share that with the folks this afternoon. That sucks about Chuck's hands. I was really hoping time would have helped out there. ICE CREAM!!!!

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By beckysdad on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Well, obviously McCartney screwed up. Of course, it should have been JJ rather than JoJo. Despite that glaring error he was still pretty good. With your nephew and his wife being gone so much it makes more sense to not have a pet. I survived my childhood without excess scarring due to the absence of a dog or cat but I think a childhood would be fuller with a fursibling. We're doing Wednesday on Tuesday this week because the folks have a rosary to go to tomorrow night before a funeral on Thursday. It will be fairly warm and I don't want to cook inside so we'll grill chicken quarters. I made potato salad this morning so we'd have a cool side dish. I suggested this to Mom and she signed off right away but wanted to make a contribution as well. She wants to open a can of baked beans... To my mind we're then doubling starches and opening a can isn't cooking but it's rude to take shots at her suggestion. Heck, it's enough that she'll have cookies(store bought) and ice cream on hand for dessert. Has Chuck made any comment on his hands?

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By beckysdad on Jun 21, 2016 at 6:32 AM

Gerardo is a little cumbersome but slimming it down to G makes it work. I do think Julius for an orange cat is very clever. JJ would work well. I'm afraid I'm lost on the lyric. I keep going back to the Beatles but that's not quite right. Where did I go wrong? I've never lived in an area with anywhere close to that much rain. I gauge my potential tolerance on how much time I spend indoors during a typical day. I'm not really considering expanding my potential home sites out towards the coast but when you have lots of time on your hands and are looking for daydream material it's tempting to wander through those homes. I really can't imagine 78" of rain in a year. Compromises are made all the time to bring couples together. Giving up animals is a big one. I lived most of my life without a pet. Now that I've shared my life with Miss Becky I know I'd be pestering every person I met with a dog for little scritch time.

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By beckysdad on Jun 20, 2016 at 5:21 PM

I remember now...it was Gerardo. "G" is much better though I'm still fond of Julius. Ah, my subjects got mixed together. The river view house I sent you the link for a while back isn't out along the coast. It's 20-30 minutes east of Eugene. It gets about twice as much rain as I get here but half as much as they do out along the coast. You average about thirty inches of rain a year don't you? Does that make you stir crazy? I know you're regular crazy but not sure about stir crazy. Can't go wrong with stuffed dogs or cats. What do you mean the parents aren't animal people?!?!?! When did they join Al Qaeda? That's just wrong. That can't be your sister's fault. It must be the influence from the in-laws.

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