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I prefer to use sliced almonds with the dried cranberries; I use then in both muffins and cookies and my family  really loves the flavor combo.  I prefer to use pecans with oatmeal cookies.

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19 hours ago, havanaholly said:

I prefer to use sliced almonds with the dried cranberries; I use then in both muffins and cookies and my family  really loves the flavor combo.  I prefer to use pecans with oatmeal cookies.

Yes, I think that sounds good too, Holly. I'll have to make a note of that.

I got a big surprise today, I'd ordered a couple bags of White Lily self rising flour from Walmart, because a couple recipes I wanted to try specified the stuff. This morning I saw my shipment was at Fed Ex's Connecticut location, so I figured they wouldn't come today after all, but lo and behold! They wound up on my porch shortly after noon! An end table I ordered from Wayfair also arrived several days early by the same Fed Ex truck. What shall I try my hand at tomorrow? Biscuits? I haven't much cared for most biscuits I've eaten, but now and then I've tasted a really nice one. I'd like to achieve a lovely biscuit and have collected several different kinds of recipes. BTW, since I can't get fresh cranberries now I bought a bag of those dried Craisins. I remember using them in muffins a couple times. I need to try another muffin batter too.

 

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When my sons were little I made mayonnaise biscuits; 1/4 cup real mayo and up to 1/3 cup of sweet milk per cup of self-rising flour for up to six decent size biscuits, bake at 450F up to 10 minutes.

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54 minutes ago, havanaholly said:

When my sons were little I made mayonnaise biscuits; 1/4 cup real mayo and up to 1/3 cup of sweet milk per cup of self-rising flour for up to six decent size biscuits, bake at 450F up to 10 minutes.

Thanks! I'll try that too!

I was just standing around in the kitchen waiting for something and took one of the Jordan Marsh recipe muffins out of a ziploc bag and broke off a pinch to pop in my mouth. it actually got better over the last couple days, sitting in the bag! It was moister than when originally baked, no wonder it was such a popular bakery muffin! 

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This evening I was really tired and all I wanted to do was relax in bed and stream a movie, when the TV remote quit working, so I went back downstairs to get fresh batteries. When I popped the old ones out  of the remote, one of the little swirly wires fell out and I couldn't get it to stay back in. The batteries can't work the remote without the little swirly wires. I discovered that TV doesn't even have a power button. What to do? Then it struck me. Lead tape! I went up to my workroom, snipped off a piece of lead golfer's tape, stuck it into the gap of my remote, slid in the fresh batteries and ta-da, turned on the TV. Another way in which working in miniatures can be helpful  in day to day life.

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Talk about thinking outside of the box!  

My new washer started making a funny sound during the spin cycle.  When I had DH listen to it, we decided it was possibly loose change that had gotten around the center piece of the washer.  When he shone a light, sure enough, we could see silver and copper.  He tried grinding a pair of needle nose plies down to fit in the space but that didn't work.  He ended up using a pair of my bent end tweezers (looks like an L) and a small hand saw from my stash of tools.  He was able to remove 27 cents.  Bet he remembers to empty his pockets from now on.  

 

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8 hours ago, Gayle said:

Talk about thinking outside of the box!  

My new washer started making a funny sound during the spin cycle.  When I had DH listen to it, we decided it was possibly loose change that had gotten around the center piece of the washer.  When he shone a light, sure enough, we could see silver and copper.  He tried grinding a pair of needle nose plies down to fit in the space but that didn't work.  He ended up using a pair of my bent end tweezers (looks like an L) and a small hand saw from my stash of tools.  He was able to remove 27 cents.  Bet he remembers to empty his pockets from now on.  

 

I wish my husband would remember to empty his pockets. It's usually only tissues, but the mess those wet tissues cause!

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I finally cured our sons of not emptying their pockets by saving the bits of frogs and fish I'd find when washing their clothes and presenting them to the boys.

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42 minutes ago, havanaholly said:

I finally cured our sons of not emptying their pockets by saving the bits of frogs and fish I'd find when washing their clothes and presenting them to the boys.

eeeewe ugh. My boys stuck to pebbles, bottlecaps and micro cars.

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1 hour ago, havanaholly said:

I finally cured our sons of not emptying their pockets by saving the bits of frogs and fish I'd find when washing their clothes and presenting them to the boys.

Ahhh....the ingenuity of motherhood!

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11 hours ago, Gayle said:

possibly loose change that had gotten around the center piece of the washer.

The same thing happened to me, but the change was able to get under that plate and caused the screw in the center to break. The center piece started coming loose during the spin cycle. Eventually a quarter migrated to the drain pump and got stuck....Thank goodness for Youtube, and a handy husband!

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Today I found out about USPS informed delivery, where they'll inform you when mail is headed toward your mailbox, so I decided to sign up. As directed, I signed in to my USPS account and then enroll in the program, but all I got was a popup survey which ended with the usual : how likely are you to recommend USPS to friends? ........yeah, I'll tell people not to use it, just deliver your mail yourself by hand. Speaking of which, a friend living in Ketchikan Alaska says they were reduced to doing this when their PO sorting machine brokedown and all their mail was sent 800 miles away to be sorted and then sent back to Ketchikan...eventually.

But I digress....... So, I decided to make a new USPS account, mine was from my old business anyway. I went through the whole process of making a new account, then went to set up informed delivery. I got to the verification process where I encountered 2 options: verify by entering your mobile number or be verified by mail. Verified by mail???? Are they crazy??? I'm trying to sign up because I haven't been getting my mail!!  Yes, friends and neighbors, all over the United States people aren't getting their mail, it's not just your town or neighborhood..........Anyway, they said my mobile number wouldn't work for the verification and try another mobile number, DH's wouldn't work either.

Now I'm going to have to go to the post office to try and enroll. Or maybe I'll just say the heck with it.

 

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@grazhina More Aggravation. I swear, you have to have at least 3 different email accounts so you can verify who you are.

I am surprised they couldn't text you a verification code or some such thing!

Everyday at 9am our landline (yes we have a landline) rings. It is always Mary telling me that I qualify for an in-home medical device. Picture the "help I have fallen down and can't get up" device. I have tried several times to sit through the recording so I can speak to a human so they will stop calling.....I cannot get through. How is a person that might possibly want a device suppose to get one? I swear it is plot to drive me insane!

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23 minutes ago, Mid-life madness said:

I am surprised they couldn't text you a verification code or some such thing!

Carrie, for some unknown reason they just couldn't use my mobile number to verify that it's me. Maybe it just doesn't work in Maine? Living in Maine I'd say yes, that's a possibility.

DH bought a new set of phones for our landline that will weed out some calls. Supposedly we can block spam calls by marking them somehow every time the phone rings, but it just rings too darn often. Yesterday morning between 9 and 10 our landline & dh's mobile phone rang about 6 times, never leaving a message (spammers). Our new landline phones announce the calls, and lately the voice has sometimes announced that it was spam. Our cable service also shows who's calling on the TV screen, and sometimes it'll show it, but the phone won't ring. I guess it's already blocked it from going through. The phones are a really pain to set up though.

The problem with answering the phone and trying to get through to them to make them stop is that - bang - they know they have a live one at the end of the line and your number gets sold to the next ahole trying to get money out of you by hook or by crook. The constant calls used to drive me crazy, but now, most of the time, I don't even notice the phone is ringing. We have the phone on auto answer and just wait to hear the message. It's usually no one we want to talk to.

If you look for videos on You Tube by Jim Browning you can get hours of knowledge and entertainment as he deals with phone scammers. He's a software engineer and security specialist, and whenever any of these people contact him, he gets right to work on them. He's my hero.

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My last USPS experience was mailing #2 son's Christmas box 8 December, the hubs sent it Priority Mail.  After it got to VA the day before delivery was due (11 December) the Postal Gods redirected it to somewhere in OH where it sat until mid-January, when somebody sent it back to VA and they finally received it.

The lighted display on our Trac Phone died a week ago, so we no longer answer it at all, just open it when it stops ringing and, if we recognize the number, we call back.  We never answered it before if we didn't recognize the number, and we still seem to get a half dozen robo-calls or spam calls a day.

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13 minutes ago, havanaholly said:

My last USPS experience was mailing #2 son's Christmas box 8 December, the hubs sent it Priority Mail.  After it got to VA the day before delivery was due (11 December) the Postal Gods redirected it to somewhere in OH where it sat until mid-January, when somebody sent it back to VA and they finally received it.

Holly, I got a Christmas card from my daughter on January 23, she mailed it from Philly on Dec 14. Two days later she finally got the card I sent her.  On Dec 1st I ordered something from LL Bean, which is about a 45 minute drive north of my house. I waited and waited for it, it was a Christmas gift & I was getting very anxious. Tracking it I discovered that it travelled down the highway past my town down to Virginia, where it sat for a while. Then it made it's way back north and sat in Connecticut for about 2 weeks till it slowly made its way back to my house in Maine two days before Christmas. I could have just driven up to Freeport and picked it up. 

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It is entertaining to track a package that has gone off the rails! I really have problems getting packages from Florida....I watch it travel up from the southern part to the pan handle a couple of times back and forth.... Then it goes straight to Los Angeles and sits there for a few more days.....it flies right over Las Vegas (my home) then lands in Salt Lake city...The next day I will have it.

The back and forth thing in Florida makes no sense!

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I was expecting a small package, and at 5:00 checked tracking and saw it was still on the truck out for delivery. At 5:30 I checked again, only this time it sais that as of 3:09 it was available for pickup. WHAT THA???????????????

I had been planning to list some some miniatures on ebay in January, but doing that in this era of packages going every which way would be nuts, so I'll just wait.

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