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Chicken stock

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The amazing incredible awesome fantastic potato.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 12:08pm

Daniel, Your kitchen looks perfect! What a wonderful place to prepare your food, and enjoy the simple finer things of life. 

Oh! It pains me to think of covering that beautiful wood with ordinary paint. It will age, crack, and need repainting whereas wood gets more beautiful with time. There is no such thing as too much wood, beautifully oiled and maintained! 

I am impressed with the idea of the bamboo flooring. It sounds like the perfect way to finish the floors. 

With your lovely sun room, a nice new kitchen, your lovely meadow and garden, you must feel like you are living in utopia!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 11:25am

Michael, I am sorry to learn of your health conditions. Not the kind of news one wants to hear. If the worst case scenario comes about, you may want to find all the joy and pleasure you can with each moment. Looking for the small pleasures work for me, i.e. sunrises and sunsets, a developing garden, enriched community life with family and friends. Make each day count for something that makes you proud and have self-respect.  

Looking for the small pleasures works for me, i.e. sunrises and sunsets, a developing garden, enriched community life with family and friends. Make each day count for something that makes you proud and have self-respect. I want to be at peace, proud and dignified as my body ages. 

By all means, end that miserable marriage as fast as you can. See to it that you surround yourself with happy, healthy people who love you and you love.  

I blocked everyone who spouts religious superstition to me; they only make me mad. I don't want to hear any of that nonsense. I have a Methodist and a Jehovah's Witness that my granddaughters brought into the family. They learned very early on exactly what I thought of that stupidity. Thankfully, they like me and refrain from their dogma around me.

I wish you the very best of emotional, mental and physical health in the days to come. Take charge of your situation and create the quality of life that brings you peace and joy. The best revenge is to be happy. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 26, 2015 at 9:11am

Here is the current kitchen status.

The hutch in the background will be painted white, inside and out, and used as a pantry.   Ning likes keeping various beans, rice, quinoa, etc in clear jars, and stuff like spices and  baking supplies will work there too.   As it is, we don't have decorative table wear, so the hutch does no good in its traditional role.

The flooring.  I was so under the weather last fall, Ning felt sorry for me and bought a pickup-truckload of bamboo flooring on close-out.  It's harder than oak.  I soaked a scrap in water overnight, and it did not warp or peel.  Should be OK for the kitchen. 

Probably too much wood, but I think it's OK.

We have an order in for solar tubes - they bring outside sunlight into the ceiling.  For aging eyes.

Doing the work ourselves  takes a lot, lot longer.  But it is also a lot, lot less expensive, and we get things more like we need or want, for a kitchen that is really a cooking place, not a show place.

Fortunately it's nice outside, and we like grilled food outside in the summer. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2015 at 7:16am

Whew--bad news all around. And I thought I had problems. We're listening and hoping for the best.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 26, 2015 at 5:25am

Michael, I also hope your stressors can be reduced.

Comment by Plinius on May 25, 2015 at 11:35pm

I hope the stressors in your life calm down, Michael, and that you'll get good news about your health!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 25, 2015 at 10:50pm
Mike I sm sorry about your wife. This is a time when you need her support. So disappointing.

Not knowing all of your situstion, some people can survive liver disease for many years.

With my cancer I know my next scan could be the start of the end. Or not. Ive had a couple of years to get used to that. I try to live like tomorrow might be my last day, or the first day of thousands more.

Im glad you said that to your daughter. It seems to me that its true,
Comment by Michael Penn on May 25, 2015 at 10:45pm

I'm glad you are getting it done, Daniel. I was going to mail you these things privately but thought why not put it on here. I don't care if everyone knows. If my time is short I want to be a shining example and not like my whiney theist friend who has Jesus as best buddy and doesn't want to die. Hell, nobody wants to die.

Today i told my youngest daughter that death would be much like it was before you were born, and I explained that to her. Why in the hell would you be born into a world where everyone's destiny is written in a book? It don't make sense.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 25, 2015 at 10:40pm
Mike I truly hope your medical situation improves.

Seems like a lot of us on here are not shiny examples of health.

Well y kitchen now has 75% of a new floor. i could potentially do the remaining 25% this week. It might be less than that. Bamboo is easier than I expected.

Caninets are in too. That leaves the counter tops, plumbing, and electrical. I intentionally did not move the sink and dishwasher because I wNt to avoid plumbers.

then... makbe bake a pie. And so e bread. And make some chili. Those are my favorites
Comment by Michael Penn on May 25, 2015 at 10:38pm

One added stress is my wife. We were fine living apart until I refused to do taxes with her. I didn't want to pay her income taxes.

Today I took CD's to her apartment 40 miles away. She was not home and wouldn't answer the phone. I left the CD's anyway. Later she called me in shock because I had come to her home uninvited. Why did I come there? I told her to bring the CD's. This was said about 8 times. Better yet, she wanted to know how I knew where to go to. How did I know where she lived? I told her because that's where the mail goes to. This was said at least twice. (Remember that she is tribal African but knows 3 languages) She got angry, said it's over and it's divorce time.

By what sort of miracle did I figure out where she lived? I went to where the letters go to. Who in the hell would argue over crap like this?


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