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Posted On 07/12/2018 15:38:52


I love pancakes! I don't have them often, because not only do they totally 'fill me up' so that I don't feel hungry the rest of the day, but also because of the huge amount of calories!

The above photo is what I would have here at home: plain pancakes.   And that's pretty much what I had (though not as good as this!) this morning when we went to a family breakfast meeting at Cracker Barrel.  My husband's brother & his wife are in town visiting; so they suggested meeting  there, with Aunt Lois, because Cracker Barrel has always been the 'aunts' favorite. Aunt Lois is the only one left now, so we still go there in deference to her.   One good thing about Cracker Barrel: you can sit & drink coffee as long as you want, after you're done eating!  They don't "rush" you to leave--if you don't remain an overly long period of time.  But they only have 3 types of pancakes: plain, blueberry, & 'pecan'. Now, I ordered pecan--but got plain. I just shrugged & didn't make a big deal out of it.  I got 2 (smaller) pancakes & didn't even finish those--they just were not that good.  


However...if I really want good pancakes--we go to Denny's!  My favorites there include the Salted Caramel/Banana cream pancakes & the Dulce de Leche pancakes. The 'breakfast' comes with hash  browns, bacon/sausage, & eggs. However, I always have to give at least the hash browns to my husband--and I still bring home some pancakes! So, I started getting 'just' the pancakes. They have a fairly new item called Double Berry/banana pancakes which I haven't tried yet.



Be sure to read the Forums--New Posts!
Posted On 07/02/2018 11:08:33

I've had some questions recently on how to 'find' things here at  NOTH. 

Well...what I do: when I first log on here, I click on FORUM at the top of any page. It's in the same 'line' as Browse, Blogs, Polls, etc. Very easy to find. Then, I click on NEW POSTS.   

That will show you all the 'recent' posts from everyone, no matter what 'group' they are posting in.  Don't just stop at the first 'page'! Go on to the next...and the next...to find everything from the current day's posts to the previous day's posts, etc.  I always scroll through, in case I missed something from the day before--or the day before that, if I've not been online for some reason. 

I've posted in several places about our current Contest (as well as in the home page Shout Box)--and yet when I visit pages & mention it... I hear "What contest?" 

 If you scan the Forums daily, you'll be up to date on all that's happening, all over this site. It's really the only way to 'know' what is going on here on the Hill. 

Altara (Staff member)

Am I Irish?
Posted On 03/17/2018 12:42:45

Irish? Maybe not, sigh. When I was young, I thought I saw--in my great-grandmother's Bible--where some of my relatives had started out in Ireland. Well, by the time I was an adult interested in finding out if this was true, that Bible had disappeared. While I've mainly been able to trace back my father's family to where they came over from England & Scotland, I haven't been able to find much on my maternal grandmother's side of the family. So...I guess it's possible that I wasn't totally wrong. I may never know, since I'm not planning on joining any ancestry sites in the near future. But...I love Irish music...and I always 'share' my favorite Irish music videos on my website. So at least--like many others today--I can be Honorary Irish.

Posted On 01/27/2018 16:06:18

T  -  Tech

Today I'm playing Computer Tech!

Some of you may remember when my 'good' Desktop PC quit 2 yrs ago.  Well, since I needed something right away, I bought a laptop, fairly good but not very expensive; it works fine. It's better in one way (i7 processor) but not as good in another way (6gb RAM).  

However, I kept hoping that one day I could afford to get get this ASUS desktop looked at--and maybe fixed. After all, it has 12GB RAM (with a space to add more), an i5 processor, and was very fast.  Sadly, in the midst of trying to get it going again, back then I did a Refresh & the darn thing quit right in the middle of that--so..my hard drive didn't have Windows on it any more. That's another expense, getting Windows 10 put on it  for $119.  Well, that was the quote I got when I 'asked'. 

I've been using my very old Compaq laptop as an emergency back up. But it overheats easily--and it's very, very slow (only 3gb RAM). Today I decided to try something: I took the 500gb hard drive from that laptop and put it into the desktop.   Yes, it did the same old thing when I tried to boot it up: start/stop/start/stop, etc.  Then, I got the "Preparing to Automatically Repair" the pc--which then turned to: Unable to repair. Try other options. One of which I  thankfully didn't try: Refresh!!  (as long as this hard drive works, I can always return it to the old laptop)

But...after about 15 minutes, it finally did boot up & it's still working half an hour later.!  I remember that back in 2016, as long as I didn't turn it OFF, it would keep working. So...I'm not about to turn it off now!! 

However, a couple of funny things I've just realized: first, it has no internet since it's not wireless.  I'm pretty sure I have 1 or 2 ethernet cables stored here somewhere--so I might try that, if this keeps working. Next, it has no sound!  Yes, I do have speakers I can use if I want--but I hesitate to go to all that trouble.  We'll see how it goes first.   I'm using my smaller external monitor as well as 'wired' mouse and keyboard.  One thing I loved about this desktop is that it has plenty of USB ports! Something like 10, I think.   So...now we just see how long it keeps going! Fingers crossed!

Posted On 10/26/2017 13:02:50

Q--Quilts.  When we got married, my mom  gave us one of my great aunt's hand made quilts. Well, I 'used' it, didn't even think about 'displaying' it because we didn't have that kind of space!  Needless to say, it's long gone.  Now, I wish I'd 'saved' it.  But that's hindsight, right? 

Many, many years later, I found/saved a twin size hand made quilt from my late in-laws house.   Actually, I also 'found' a double size--but it was really 'foul' & even though I gave it to my sister-in-law, who is into Quilting,  I don't even she found a way to 'save' it.   As for the twin size, I am using it.  I still don't have 'space' to display it--so I figured I may as well get some use out of it.  I don't actually wash it; I just clean any spots (thankfully, not many since we have no children or pets in that room).   

O - Opalescent
Posted On 09/16/2017 19:23:11

O - Opalescent, which is the same thing as Iridescent. I had no idea what word to use for my “O” Blog until a few minutes ago. This week, I’ve been going through all the glassware which we had decided to sell in a yard sale. I found a few things that are actually Depression Glassware and are Opalescent. Naturally, I decided not to sell them! Not only are they pretty, but even though these pieces aren’t actually worth much--moneywise--they are ‘family pieces’. So they won’t go into a sale. Here is a photo of one of them:  


Changing Monitors
Posted On 06/24/2017 14:47:45

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Am I the only one who 'changes' my computer equipment around?   Actually, I had just answered a Poll question about the size of my 'monitor'--then realized I had to change my answer!

A few months ago, I put aside my larger monitors--21 & 23 inches--and started using my laptop with it's 15 inch monitor.  The main reason I did that was that I had put my cd/radio/tape player onto the desk, which left no room for 'extras'. I really didn't mind using a smaller screen; it worked just fine.

But yesterday, I decided to clean off my desk; I actually wanted to use the cd/radio in another room. That left plenty of space.  So I plugged in my largest monitor and am using it now. Actually, the 'color' isn't exactly the same; & to be honest, I think it's "better" on the laptop! But that's ok.

PS--I don't usually have both screens showing--so will probably change that later. 

My yard Sale
Posted On 05/06/2017 20:36:46

I used to enjoy going to yard sales occasionally. But I lost interest in that when I realized I could just go to the monthly Flea Market at the Fairgrounds.

We've only had a few yard sales, mainly because we hardly ever have enough 'stuff' to put into a sale!  Well, my husband came up with this idea a month or so ago; we've decided not to bother with a pool this year, since the weather hasn't cooperated the last few years. So, he wanted to get rid of all the 'extras' we've accumulated over the years.  And since we'll eventually be 'downsizing', I figured this would be a good time to clear out our cabinets.

After all the 'cleaning out', we had filled our huge dining room table twice; we put things into boxes and plastic containers to make it easier to carry them outside. But we still had the table half-full of glassware to box up at the last minute, after we'd emptied a few boxes. 

Our neighbor across the street usually has several yard sales throughout the summer. My husband decided it would be a  good idea to get our things together and have ours this weekend when they had their first one. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of rain recently; and for a while, it didn't look promising. But the rain stopped by Thursday night, so we decided to go ahead with it.  With the water-soaked yards, we put everything on tables on the driveway.

 I got up at 5am Friday morning, only to find my husband had already taken about 3/4 of the things outside!  But I helped him take out the rest of it and arrange things on the tables we'd borrowed.  One man actually showed up at 6:55am! This guy is usually looking for something specific; he shows up at every sale our neighbors have. And they have so many sales beause they go to auctions and bring home a lot of things to re-sell.

It was cold & windy! But it slowly got warmer. So it actually wasn't too bad at all.  However, I think because of the weather and the fact that it's still 'early' to have a yard sale, we really didn't have too many customers.   We 'cleared' about $42, after deducting the permit fee. So that's not too bad--and we did get rid of some things.  After the sale, we decided to go through what was left ( a lot!) & trash some things.  However, that still left a lot of things.

 I'm not sure if we'll bother with another yard sale; I'll probably use newspaper ads to sell more of the glassware we've collected over the years. Our daughter, who had come into town to help out with the sale, decided to take 2 sets of glassware.  I cleaned out our dining room hutch & kept only the 'special' favorite sets we like.  That was interesting: my husband and I collected all these glasses over the years, but we have different tastes when it come to which to 'save' and which to get rid of! Then I've got a lot of Beanies (small ones ), teddy bears, etc; I'll probably end up donating those somewhere.

 Then, our daughter had brought 9 bags of books & 6 or 7 bags of shirts & sweaters; what didn't sell of those will probably go to either Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  I'll check with local hospitals and cancer centers to see if they want the books.

So hopefully, we'll eventually get rid of most of this stuff!    

C- Chicken!
Posted On 04/12/2017 15:12:15

Well, I thought of this during my first blog (Animals). Now, one of my favorite dinners includes fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.  And no, it doesn't "bother" me when I fry up the chicken breasts.

 However, there was a time when I felt differently. One summer when I was a teen, I spent a week at my grandparents' farm. When we were younger--and lived in the area--we'd visit the farm often; I helped my great grandmother gather eggs from the chicken house while my brother helped with the crops & other animals. Once, they even tried to teach me how to milk a cow.  Let's just say I'm sure glad we didn't have to rely on me to bring in milk for the day!

 Now, the year I'm talking about, I think I was about sixteen. Most of my week there was spent sunbathing in the small area that wasn't shaded, or reading. But I did help out in the kitchen as well as other chores.  By this time, my great grandparents had passed on. So it was my grandmother whose job was to pick out the chicken & 'prepare' it for dinner.  She hadn't asked me to 'help'; but for some reason, I was nearby. I hadn't really thought about it, I suppose; the chickens weren't "pets".   And I didn't like the way they 'bugged' me when I went to gather eggs. But, still, I never wished them harm. 

 You've heard the expression "wringing someone's neck". Well, that's not just an expression on a farm. After that, of course, you have the "axe".  Without going into detail, I'll tell you that I did NOT eat any chicken that day--or for a while after that! I have a hunch that if I had to 'prepare' chicken that way, that I would not be eating it any more! (Thank heavens for Supermarkets!)

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