Aren’t these lovely?
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Recently I told you that on a Sunday night we had to find someone who would help us with a clog between our home and our septic tank. We THOUGHT we knew where the cleanout was in the bed in front of the house. While we waited for the wonderful man to show up, we were frantically raking and hoeing rocks trying to find it. We couldn’t.
Finally, the man ran a snake some 90 feet from under the kitchen sink to where he could hear it in front of the house, so we were more able to figure out where to dig for the cleanout. Much digging ensued before we found the thing. Then a commercial sized snake was run from the cleanout to the septic tank on down the hill from the house, finally clearing out the clog. The nice man suggested we call our plumber to install and extender on the cleanout so that, if we needed it again, it would be much easier to find. We called, but our plumber is so good that EVERYONE wants him to come and help them, so he sometimes has trouble finding the time to do things like extenders.
My husband decided that ‘today-was-the-day,’ so we went to Yeagers Hardware to get what we needed. A really nice man helped us find the 6 pieces or so of pipe, coupler connector thingies, etc. that we needed. We already had pipe dope, so we attacked the problem. It’s really hot outside working in the sun right now, so we were thankful that the front of the house was still in the shade as we worked.
This pic shows where the cleanout is in relationship to the two brick planters on one end of the house.
You can’t see all the pieces that went together to make this, but now we’ll be able to easily find the cleanout – hoping we never have to again – in order to have an easier unclogging process. If you look on the brick above the cleanout, you can also see the new arrow my husband cut into the brick pointing to the line where the cleanout is.
We had to dig deeper to be sure the extender and parts would go onto the cleanout in the proper leaning fashion so that a snake can be easily inserted without having to make a 90 degree bend.
We again raked and hoed rocks to cover up the extender. Now it looks like we only have rocks in-between the two planters. :0)
We’ll have to wait for a rain to wash the dirt back down under the rocks, but we’ll let Mother Nature do the final cleanup.
Too bad that labor like this doesn’t count as minutes of exercise or calories burned on the My Fitness Pal app…
Now a shower and some relaxation before we go bowling tonight with friends!
I love the movement in this one! You can almost hear the sound of the water and neighing of the horses!
I think the eyes and teeth are magnificent!
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On the pavements of Wroclaw, Poland, at the intersection of Piłsudskiego and Świdnicka streets, Polish artist Jerzy Kalina installed a total of 14 life-like statues—seven people descending into the ground on one end of the junction and seven people emerging from the ground on the adjacent corner.
The public art installation called Przejście, translated as Passage or Transition was installed at the cross streets in December 2005 to mark the 24th anniversary of when martial law was introduced in Poland (December 13, 1981). It was a time when many ordinary civilians were killed and went missing, which is reflected by the descending pedestrians who disappear into the Earth. The imposing method of military ruling was lifted in 1983, as echoed by the rise of the ordinary man on the opposite side of the street. The installation provides a visual representation of time and power. (Source: http://www.mymodernmet.com)
I love this picture and quote just for general reasons, but it applies to me today.
Last night I was watching TV with my husband. I got up and happened to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I had ruptured a blood vessel in my eye! There was a large, crescent-shaped red spot on my eye between my iris and the outer part of my eye. It didn’t hurt, but it scared me.
We found some Dry Eye Relief drops. Later I Googled and found out that almost anything, like a cough or sneeze, can cause this. The only treatment listed for the problem was what we had already done – eye drops.
The articles I read did mention blood pressure, so I took mine this morning. It was a bit high, but nothing scary.
I’ll monitor the blood pressure and keep putting in the drops until the problem goes away.
It’s too bad I didn’t do this closer to Halloween. I wouldn’t need a costume!
I don’t know where this photograph was taken, but I think it’s gorgeous.
Our area doesn’t look anything like this, except that we have leaves falling, mainly on our driveway. Our grass is mostly brown and crunchy, the way my husband likes it best. This means he MIGHT get away with not mowing again.
We still have some flowers blooming, some of which have actually gotten a second wind with some cooler temperatures. Today is supposed to be glorious, with a high in the 70’s, but starting tomorrow the temps will climb once again, back into the high 80’s and the 90’s. I’m really ready to put the high temps with high humidity behind us for the year. I promise – I won’t gripe if I’m cold!
I’ve cleaned out the fishbowl and gave “Freckles” a new blue house in his bowl to give him a fresh outlook on life.
The last load of wash is in the washer. The shrimp is cleaned, cooked, and chilling in the back refrigerator.
I’ll get my rear in gear and do my first elliptical session of the day, and then head out to the garden.
Happy fall, y’all!
Today my day will be spent doing 3 main things:
- The first is trying to finish weeding our main square foot garden. The weather is cool today – just perfect for being outside. It’ll start warming up again tomorrow, climbing toward the 90’s by the end of the week, so today is definitely the day.
- We got some fresh jumbo shrimp in Fort Smith yesterday. I’ll peel and de-vein it this morning so that it can chill during the day for our dinner of shrimp and salad this evening.
- Exercising is on the schedule, as usual.
- The over-riding thing is enjoying this sunny, cool, absolutely perfect day!
I hope it’s nice where you are today. If it isn’t, I hope you have something fun to do inside that will bring you satisfaction or make you smile. Have a wonderful day!!!
It amazes me that given the task, “Carve a pumpkin,” people can come up with so many creative ideas! I think this one is lovely, and took quite a lot of work and talent.
I personally always had to concentrate on not slipping on dropped seeds on the floor or cutting off any body parts while trying my best to carve the traditional triangular eyes and nose, and then a couple of teeth in a smiling mouth…
I’m not sure how long this ‘ride’ lasted, but it’s special, isn’t it.
“Chicken Skillet Alfredo,” Dana Carpender’s 300 15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes
I’m just at the beginning on learning what to cook and how to cook it on my low-carb eating plan. From time to time, we find a recipe that we REALLY like, low carb or not. “Chicken Skillet Alfredo” is one of them.
- 1-1/2 pounds (680g) boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 medium onion
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
- 1 bag (16 oz (455g) frozen mixed cauliflower and broccoli or 1/2 pound (225g) frozen broccoli florets and 1/2 pound (225g) frozen cauliflowerets
- 1 cup (250 ml) jarred Alfredo sauce
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Cut the chicken into 1-inceh (2.5 cm) cubes and slice your onion. Saute’ the chicken and onion in the olive oil over medium heat.
- While the chicken and onion are cooking, put the cauliflower and broccoli in a microwaveable casserole. Add a tablespoon or two (15 to 28 ml) of water, cover, and nuke it on High for 7 minutes. Go back and stir the chicken and onion while the veggies are nuking.
- When the microwave goes ‘ding,’ check to see if the veggies are tender but not mushy. If they need a couple more minutes, give it to them. When the veggies are done, drain them and add them to the skillet. Stir in the Alfredo sauce, heat through, and serve. Pass a little Parmesan to spinkle on top, if you like.
5 servings of each with 8 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber, for a total of 5 grams of usable carbs and 35 grams of protein.
- I used 3 chicken breasts.
- I used a bag of mixed cauliflower and broccoli from the produce section, rather than frozen. I cut them up in the casserole into bite-sized pieces, added the water and a lid and hit “reheat” on my microwave. No need to cook longer or drain.
- I used Newman’s Own Alfredo sauce. 1 cup was about half the jar.
This could be served over rice or noodles, if desired, for the non carb watchers, or served with a side salad, or bread.
Reaction: We’re still learning what a ‘serving’ is, and it was a bit confusing trying to divide a skillet full into essentially 5 servings, but we did the best we could. My husband had some grapes on the side and a glass of wine. We both LOVED it. The flavor was really good. My husband suggested that I leave the broccoli and cauliflower like it came from the bag next time, rather than cutting it up first, to result in larger, more ‘forkable’ pieces to eat.
I was tired after a busy day, and I usually crab (at least to myself) about having to cook, starting at our usual 7pm, but dinner was on the table in less than 25 minutes from start to finish. This is a real selling point to me.
We like it so much that this will become one of our staple meals. The fact that my husband remarked no less than three times how good it was denotes a real winner. Kudos to Dana Carpender!
The one that got away?