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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 1849733 views.

From: Susan1206


Hi Ernie,

It's another hot one here by the Lake.  Wow...AC set to about 73 degrees to keep Finn and all of us cool and happy.  Hottest temperature here in ten years.... Finn was walked twice (off the pavement as much as I could).  He usually loves the patio, but not yesterday.  He's content to recline on the cool wood floor.  I did purchase new bathroom mats (memory foam) and I found him enjoying the larger mat yesterday!

Yikes.  I did visit the fresh produce stand.  I was literally lured in by the aroma and visual beauty of the fresh strawberries.  A sign said they are especially grown for Pickering Hill Farms.   And....I smiled to myself because when I peddled my grandparent's produce so many years ago, I was wondering what Grandpa sold fresh strawberries.....  Now, I am hardly a spendthrift and I will quietly tell you what I paid for ONE QUART.   Yes, $7.00 a quart and they were worth every penny.  I know it will be a one time event unless I make a shortcake and then I will buy another quart.

Prices at the grocery store!!  Yikes and yikes.  They just opened a fresh meat market here in Avon Lake.  I bought enough chicken/beef for seven meals and only spent $22.00.  So, the money I saved here was spent on the strawberries.  That is how we ladies think!  LOL

Jim is home.  Finn and I picked him up from the airport.  He said the area was very cool (in the 50's) and he wore a sweatshirt and windbreaker and wished he had brought along something heavier.  Welcome home, Jim....it's 90 degrees here and the humidity is awful!   I find on the really humid days I have more difficulty with my breaths......

O.K.  Gotta run.  Happy Father's Day to you.  Hope your wife and family are kind to you on that special day.  I bought Jim a customized mug with Finn and Jim and pictures on...saying Dog Dad.  Hope he loves it... Oh, and a watch too.



From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

Yes, another very hot day here in Avon Lake.  The weather person stated that we have not had a day like this for TEN years.  Finn loves to spend time on our patio.....we have a rod iron fence and flowers and birds and creatures who roam about.  Yesterday he walked out and sniffed the air and headed right back into the a.c.!   I kept him off the pavement for his two very short walks.  He gets a yachting cut next Tuesday and that will help with the heat.  I have heard that Golden Retrievers should never be cut short....I will tell you from my experience, he is soooo happy with that cut and it grows back thick and furry by Fall.

Jim enjoyed his trip.  His brother lives two hours north of Seattle in Edison (127 population).   Can you even imagine?? The temperatures were in the 50's.   He will eventually put his cell phone pictures on to a device called Frameo and we will watch them from there.....

Enjoy your trek to the city.  Stay cool.    Susan


From: Susan1206


Hi Miss Kitty ~

How are you and Brian doing?   Are you getting the extreme heat that we are feeling here in Avon Lake?   It's very hot with a heat index (??) of 100+ and very high humidity.  Try taking a deep breath and it just doesn't happen.  I'm staying out of the sun and still nursing the cold sore blisters from Florida.   I need to purchase some pure zinc ointment as the 50 SPF did nothing to protect me.  I also have an rx now to take at the first sign of getting one..   They are super annoying.

Stay cool.  I have an errand to run and dinner tonight with a friend who lived next door.   Susan


From: Kittyarnold


temp here at noon is 66 so I guess we are being missed....and no sunshine.....hope your day is good....


From: Susan1206


Dear Kitty,

I guess I need to look on my new app to see where the cheapest gas is.  No longer filling up the CRV.  Gas now $5.09 if you are lucky......  And so it goes.... $7.00 a quart for fresh grown strawberries, gas and groceries.  Maybe it's time to look into a job.  (lol) just joking.   Susan


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, Kitty, and all.  63 and 96% humidity here this morn.  The sliding doors

are covered with condensation, rare.  The severe storms and tornado watch yesterday missed us.

Wednesday night we did get severe thunder storms and our sump pump controller inside a plastic

container still got soaked and quit later.  I disassembled and eventually got it working again.  Got a

good deal on a spare on ebay so that's on it's way. 

Susan, my mom grew strawberries when I was growing up.  I sold them along the road for $0.35 for

a heaping quart and was overjoyed if someone let me a nickel or dime tip.  Was the 60s when a new

car was around $1300.  My wife said the strawberries were the best she ever tasted.  I do remember

mom asking me to help pick the tiny wild strawberries for strawberry shortcake sometimes though.

Still remember and see the field where we went picking sometimes. 

Glad Jim likes Finn, makes for a happy home.  We both love our puppies which are growing into dogs fast.

I have to be careful to wear a hat when there's any sun, even through clouds or I get precancerous spots

that have to be frozen off. 

Have a great day all.



From: JavaNY


Hats and sunglasses are always good to wear. I spent too much time in the sun a few weeks back in Iowa and I have some peeling skin now. 

 I have family in Ulster County NY. As a child we'd go up there and eat the various berries straight from the vines, never bothered cleaning them. When the country paved the road ten years ago, an aunt was given the 'honor' of naming the street as they were the first residents on it. She named it Barberry Street. Barberries grew all over there, so I guess appropriate. I never see them in stores, and I don't think they are common, but they tasted pretty good. Healthy as most berries are.

Enjoy the day everyone.



From: Kittyarnold


have a wonderful weekend....


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul, Kitty, and all.  Supposed to be a cool day here around 60 and cloudy with a north wind.

Having a nice June, I seem to remember times when most of June was cool and rainy.  We are planning on

going to the Laurel Festival Parade today and taking the pups, almost 6 months old.  In my growing up home

town of Wellsboro, PA.  Last event Brandy attended last year I think.  Will be a challenge training the pups to

behave around all the people and an occasional dog. 

Paul, I love berries and especially healthy for a Diabetic.  Hope to go picking blueberries with grands in July.

The detox berry.  It's usually an annual thing we do together, though last year the grands didn't make it

picking with us.  My brother told me we went picking blueberries on state land when we were kids.  I do

have a picture of tall green bushes, in my mind, when I was little.  After a rain and everything was wet.

My parents had so many hardships in their lives wife and I didn't have to face.  I frequently feel bad for


Did some work on the Monte Carlo yesterday.  Had to get a new battery, change the engine oil, replace

wiper blades, and lube the front end.  Don't have grease fittings on our late model cars but do on the 85.

The paint is very thin, can barely touch the car without damaging the paint.  Lot better shape though, with

all the dents and rust patches gone.  Get lots of compliments every where I go.  Looks black until get close,

then it's purple.  Took the tape off the reverse lights, scraped the paint off the license plate lights and the

exhaust resonators, they are chrome. 

Also hope everyone enjoys the weekend.  A beautiful Summer.



From: Kittyarnold


daughter and granddaughter went to a local farm where you can pick strawberries for yourself....they picked us some huge and beautiful they are so delicious  will have a bowl with my yogurt for breakfast  l had some last night with my ice cream.....yummy  hope your day is lovely....we are celebrating Fathers day over there at lunch....Brian is a wonderful step-Dad to the 5  kids I already had when we met....