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Notes from a country kitchen


Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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What a big weekend. I had a reunion to attend in Cresco on Saturday, Aug. 30. It almost makes one embarrassed to see relatives and not remember who they are or their names. We did all wear nametags so that really helped. Then on Sunday the 31st we had my family plus Dick and Vonnie over to Vickie and Dennis for our last picnic this year. The weather was beautiful. We had our picnic dinner at 1:00 and then they (young and old) played games and about 4:30 someone said, I guess we should have had a hayride, well before anyone could say yes, that would be fun, Vickie had the tractor hooked on the wagon, backed up to the garage. We all helped put in chairs and benches, took some chips and cheese, pop to drink and we were off on our big and last hayride. We left at 5:00 and got home at 7:00 so everybody jumped out and helped unload everything. In 5 minutes Vickie parked the wagon and tractor and we all had a lunch and said good bye to those who had to be going. Three of us stayed and played cards till 10:30. Vickie thought she was pretty good by beating us all. What a wonderful Labor Day weekend.. . . . .ChuckleThe telephone rang in the office of a brilliant surgeon, when the doctor answered it a small voice inquired, who is this? The doctor immediately recognized the voice of his young son and replied, the smartest man in the world. I beg your pardon, the boy said politely, I have the wrong number.~~~~~~John had a big time with the boys one night and before he realized it, the next day had dawned. He hesitated to call home until a bright thought hit him. He phoned his wife and when she answered he shouted Dont pay the ransom honey, I escaped.. . . . . He who carries a tale, makes a monkey of himself.. . . . . The guy who said theres no use crying over spilled milk said it back in the days when it was 6 a quart.. . . . .The man who gets into a cage full of lions impresses everyone except the school bus drivers.. . . . . Where are my shoes and wheres my hat?Wheres my ball and wheres my batWe lose our stuff like countless othersAnd the finders are no one but mothers!. . . . . Grave WarningI recently revisited the litt .....
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Township Roads - Rediscovering the Homestead

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Its a quiet Labor Day. We have no plans and arent going anywhere. It is the end of a very busy summer. Our move and corresponding upheaval isnt over yet. The furnace installers are coming tomorrow. We had to move boxes and furniture today to make ..... 
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The Commute - I Was Cool Once

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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On a recent shopping trip, where it felt like I emptied my bank account on school clothes for my rapidly growing daughter, I did manage one purchase for myself. I bought myself a pair of jeans that were marked half price.

I gues ..... 
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Of People, Places & Things: Religious monuments should be kept out of public places

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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To do my duty, I must obey God.  Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

On Wednesday, a Ten Commandments monument was removed from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery thus ending a Firs ..... 
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Prairie Notes: Beyond the numbers

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Statistics confound me. Numbers, percentages, comparison charts showing past and projected statistics on earnings or accidents or deaths from HIV all make me long for more than 30-second sound bites or one-sentence captions. I pause near the radio or ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Today is Labor Day and we all think of school starting and the State Fair ending, and how we wish for rain. To a lot of people Labor Day means our last vacation before we all settle in to our routine of our fall plans. I wasnt thinking of hard work ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Arent we lucky! In all this heat we werent in the black-out and we dont have to use or heat the the old cookstove to make dinner for threshers. When I write this I can almost feel the heat from mothers old cookstove and feel the hot kitchen while ..... 
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Township Roads: Good Dog, Kacie

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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We had to have our Dalmatian, Kacie, put to sleep this last week. It was a hard decision, one that we had put off as long as we possibly could. She was a good dog and it was hard for all of us.

At just seven years, Kacie was sti ..... 
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Another one from Flaherty: Something for nothing

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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From what I have read in some of the more progressive garden magazines, ground covers are just as good as having grass, and if you know what you are doing, they wont cost you a cent. A case in point; my old friend and mentor, Malcolm Mildew. Malcolm ..... 
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