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    Originally posted by wegs:
    Speaking of dressing up...anyone here attend any costume parties during Halloween? Since I'm dating someone, we are planning to attend a party or two...and guess what I'm dressing up as? I bet you can't guess.
    I would wager short odds on you dressing up as a fairy, elf or similar mythical being...possibly a wood nymph, lol...
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    Reviewed: Makita X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw - Popular Mechanics

    I was gonna say dressing up as an Ogre would be the safest bet. I strongly suspect that Wegs does not like fairies at all- not one bit.
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    I'm getting the Stihl saw. Makita is the brand of my carpentry tools.

    Stihl is a well known gas powered chainsaw manufacturer so I decided to go with their battery powered version on the logic that they specialize in chainsaws, hence probably have a good idea of what they are designing.



    No Gas, No Problem: Stihl's Battery-Powered Tools Get the Job Done - Popular Mechanics
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    I didn't know what brand you had ordered- I did a search on battery operated... chainsaws... and I opened the Makita link because I am a Makita fan. Then you said "Makita."

    I thought I was a psychic genius and posted what I'd opened.
    Now you say Stihl.
    So, I'm not a psychic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Originally posted by wegs:Speaking of dressing up...anyone here attend any costume parties during Halloween? Since I'm dating someone, we are planning to attend a party or two...and guess what I'm dressing up as? I bet you can't guess.
    I would wager short odds on you dressing up as a fairy, elf or similar mythical being...possibly a wood nymph, lol...
    A wood nymph! I like that! Yes you guessed right! What should my boyfriend go as? What would be a good accompaniment to a fairy? A sexy fairy, btw. hehe
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    Reviewed: Makita X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw - Popular MechanicsI was gonna say dressing up as an Ogre would be the safest bet. I strongly suspect that Wegs does not like fairies at all- not one bit.
    har har hey ...do you and seagypsy dress up? You guys would be SO fun to hang with!
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    All this talk about um...power tools...where's babe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    har har hey ...do you and seagypsy dress up? You guys would be SO fun to hang with!
    S.G. takes Halloween seriously- especially since she doesn't need halloween as an excuse to dress up and is liable to do so at any time during the year.
    She puts the fun back in that I take out. I'm more socially stand offish and tend to not dress up- even though I get some killer ideas on costumes... I usually keep such things contained within my silent head.
    Hell, if the money is there- I may just dress up for the first time in uhhh... 23 years... and go with a steampunk idea I've tossed around.
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    Originally posted by wegs:
    A wood nymph! I like that! Yes you guessed right! What should my boyfriend go as? What would be a good accompaniment to a fairy? A sexy fairy, btw. hehe
    Well, if you are going as a woods nymph, he could go as a huntsman or a lumberjack, capable men who would venture into a forest on their own and so be likely to encounter such a mythical being as yourself. Hubby and I are going to watch Snow White & The Huntsman tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. You can likely get some costume ideas from that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    All this talk about um...power tools...where's babe?
    She is on a 'power canning spree' by what she posted in the chat box earlier today.
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    I vote yes...dress up with seagypsy!
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    @ Scheherazade:

    I LOVE YOUR COSTUME IDEA! Guy I'm seeing is muscular too ...it will work out well. Hehe
    He's also a nerd. I've always wanted to date a sexy nerd and he finally found me!
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    Wait...what is "power canning?" Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Wait...what is "power canning?" Lol
    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
    wow ...what got her into that? I'd like to learn how to do that.
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    this weekend I canned tha last of the peaches and 9 quarts of tomatos
    more as soon as I get some more jars
    plums are almost gone,maybe 10 peaches still on the trees(had 3 for my breakfast)

    apples and a few veggies left , then it's on to nuts
    (drying some filberts, butternuts and beachnuts now)
    walnuts mostly still on the trees

    feels like early autumn here
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
    wow ...what got her into that? I'd like to learn how to do that.
    She has always done a lot of canning and it is harvest season for many species of plants and animals. I do not doubt that she would be happy to share some of her knowledge and skills if you contact her.
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    You know how I feel about iAnything.

    Especially about iDiots.
    I somehow cannot find your post!!! i.e. the IPHONE and my plan.

    I have a two year contract. I get a free upgrade at 18 months. Just received an e-mail that I am eligible and that it will only cost me $36.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
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    Wait...what is "power canning?" Lol
    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
    Husband calls me a whirlwind!! *chuckle* DERVISH to boot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
    wow ...what got her into that? I'd like to learn how to do that.
    been doing it for 33 years......ask away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Originally posted by wegs:Speaking of dressing up...anyone here attend any costume parties during Halloween? Since I'm dating someone, we are planning to attend a party or two...and guess what I'm dressing up as? I bet you can't guess.
    I would wager short odds on you dressing up as a fairy, elf or similar mythical being...possibly a wood nymph, lol...
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Reviewed: Makita X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw - Popular MechanicsI was gonna say dressing up as an Ogre would be the safest bet. I strongly suspect that Wegs does not like fairies at all- not one bit.
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    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
    wow ...what got her into that? I'd like to learn how to do that.
    been doing it for 33 years......ask away!
    okay...how do you can food? I've seen people use jars for pickled foods but how do you seal a can? And what have you canned so far today? :-)
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    Ignore the extra quotes wth? ^^ lol this only happens when I post from my phone. *shrug*
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    okay...how do you can food? I've seen people use jars for pickled foods but how do you seal a can? And what have you canned so far today? :-)
    The term 'canning' usually refers to processing food in jars by means of hot-water bath method for acidic fruits, vegetables, jams and jellies or by use of a pressure cooker for low acid foods including meats and fish. There is also a dry canning machine that seals food into tins but this device is only used to can items that contain little or no moisture. Information at this link. What is Dry Pack Canning? : Wheat Grass : Food Storage Containers : StoreItFoods.com
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    Any thoughts on the new IPhone5s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Ignore the extra quotes wth? ^^ lol this only happens when I post from my phone. *shrug*
    OK...whew...after posting that ...I tried to show you a video of me canning...however it gave my entire photo album to the world....*cough* and though there is nothing I'm EMBARRASED about in it.....there are some *cough* rather personal pictures in there

    So let me start.

    One you need special canners to can.

    Water bath canner, which I use for pickles ....special jar, lids, rings. Jars and rings can be reused, but lids are ALWAYS new.



    for tuna and marinara I use a different canning process......

    With a pressure cooker.

    CanVid Video by mjgovednik | Photobucket

    canning Tuna

    Each type of canning is individual in time to process and prep.

    If I can help you with something specific, let me know.
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    wegs video does work!! *S*
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
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    Wait...what is "power canning?" Lol
    She is busy canning food, lots and lots of food, almost as though she were a one woman factory!
    WELL I AM!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    My random comment (and action) of the day is that I just finished reading this entire thread, having missed it's start while I was working graveyard shift. In other related news, I have installed 14 of the metal fence panels before being held up by rain and my Lithium Ion Battery powered chainsaw has not yet arrived. I require that implement of destruction for the removal of the existing post and rail fence that the metal one is replacing.

    Always miss you. You are a delight!
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    Wegs....last year I was a princess.....

    http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/p...dnik/Queen.jpg


    this year I'm putting on my wedding night neglige, pasting my face and going as the "Ghost of Virgins Past"
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Wegs....last year I was a princess.....

    http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/p...dnik/Queen.jpg


    this year I'm putting on my wedding night neglige, pasting my face and going as the "Ghost of Virgins Past"
    OMG what a hideous dress/gown
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    This year couldn't possibly be worse, so I'm hoping for much better
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    There needs to be a multiquote tutorial on this forum so that people who don't know how to do it don't post 3+ posts in a row in a single thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    There needs to be a multiquote tutorial on this forum so that people who don't know how to do it don't post 3+ posts in a row in a single thread.
    I partially agree.

    Sometimes the responses to various posters are so different as to make for a rather jumbled post, has been my observation. Perhaps it is just me, but when I am in a hurry catching up on various forums, I tend to skip over replies to multiple posters. My bad...
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    Oh, I don't know... 7 is a different number from 3...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Oh, I don't know... 7 is a different number from 3...
    That's because I have the attention span of a gnat and by the time I have posted 3 replies, it's squirrel!!!! and I'm gone, lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    There needs to be a multiquote tutorial on this forum so that people who don't know how to do it don't post 3+ posts in a row in a single thread.
    I also agree with this, and with what schez said. It does tend to be overly redundant and tedious. I had to learn on my own and once learned it's fairly easy to apply anytime you want.

    I'm sure the [Preview Post] is most helpful in this little learning endeavor, as it will help anybody learn what their posts will look like after deleting the redundant parts of the multi-quote, and if they really mess it up they can exit without completing the post and try again.

    The same goes for pictures, sometimes it's okay to repost a picture, but I dislike seeing the same picture multiple times in a row. Nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    There needs to be a multiquote tutorial on this forum so that people who don't know how to do it don't post 3+ posts in a row in a single thread.
    I also agree with this, and with what schez said. It does tend to be overly redundant and tedious. I had to learn on my own and once learned it's fairly easy to apply anytime you want.

    I'm sure the [Preview Post] is most helpful in this little learning endeavor, as it will help anybody learn what their posts will look like after deleting the redundant parts of the multi-quote, and if they really mess it up they can exit without completing the post and try again.

    The same goes for pictures, sometimes it's okay to repost a picture, but I dislike seeing the same picture multiple times in a row. Nuff said.
    yeah I tend to delete pics and videos from quotes, sometimes I goof and miss it though. Other times i didn't even know a pic was in the post I am replying to until I quote it. I don't know how or why that happens but it is always annoying, and I try to go back and edit out the pic or video if I catch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    Originally posted by wegs:Speaking of dressing up...anyone here attend any costume parties during Halloween? Since I'm dating someone, we are planning to attend a party or two...and guess what I'm dressing up as? I bet you can't guess.
    I would wager short odds on you dressing up as a fairy, elf or similar mythical being...possibly a wood nymph, lol...
    A wood nymph! I like that! Yes you guessed right! What should my boyfriend go as? What would be a good accompaniment to a fairy? A sexy fairy, btw. hehe
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Reviewed: Makita X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw - Popular MechanicsI was gonna say dressing up as an Ogre would be the safest bet. I strongly suspect that Wegs does not like fairies at all- not one bit.
    har har hey ...do you and seagypsy dress up? You guys would be SO fun to hang with!
    one year before I met Neverfly I dressed up as Achmed the dead terrorist. I painted my face as a skull and put on a turban then wearing all black (turtle neck, gloves, pants) I dangled the body of a small plastic decorative skeleton from my neck so it looked like i was a floating big headed puppet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post

    yeah I tend to delete pics and videos from quotes, sometimes I goof and miss it though. Other times i didn't even know a pic was in the post I am replying to until I quote it. I don't know how or why that happens but it is always annoying, and I try to go back and edit out the pic or video if I catch it.
    Yes I did forget to mention the [EDIT] button. I just hate it when others screw up their posts and then are just to lazy to go back and fix it. Come on people take a little pride in your posts. Don't go off and leave an ugly deformed post in your name. People read these posts for many years to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
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    yeah I tend to delete pics and videos from quotes, sometimes I goof and miss it though. Other times i didn't even know a pic was in the post I am replying to until I quote it. I don't know how or why that happens but it is always annoying, and I try to go back and edit out the pic or video if I catch it.
    Yes I did forget to mention the [EDIT] button. I just hate it when others screw up their posts and then are just to lazy to go back and fix it. Come on people take a little pride in your posts. Don't go off and leave an ugly deformed post in your name. People read these posts for many years to come.

    I cannot but agree with you.
    Sometimes, I put more effort in editing my thread than I put effort in actually writing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    Yes I did forget to mention the [EDIT] button. I just hate it when others screw up their posts and then are just to lazy to go back and fix it. Come on people take a little pride in your posts. Don't go off and leave an ugly deformed post in your name. People read these posts for many years to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
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    Originally posted by wegs:Speaking of dressing up...anyone here attend any costume parties during Halloween? Since I'm dating someone, we are planning to attend a party or two...and guess what I'm dressing up as? I bet you can't guess.
    I would wager short odds on you dressing up as a fairy, elf or similar mythical being...possibly a wood nymph, lol...
    A wood nymph! I like that! Yes you guessed right! What should my boyfriend go as? What would be a good accompaniment to a fairy? A sexy fairy, btw. hehe
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    Reviewed: Makita X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw - Popular MechanicsI was gonna say dressing up as an Ogre would be the safest bet. I strongly suspect that Wegs does not like fairies at all- not one bit.
    har har hey ...do you and seagypsy dress up? You guys would be SO fun to hang with!
    one year before I met Neverfly I dressed up as Achmed the dead terrorist. I painted my face as a skull and put on a turban then wearing all black (turtle neck, gloves, pants) I dangled the body of a small plastic decorative skeleton from my neck so it looked like i was a floating big headed puppet.
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    Why do people seek entertainment instead of knowledge on their spare time.
    i believe one can do both.
    And why are celebrities rolemodels in this world instead of scientists?
    because many people in this world admire wealth and partying, more than they admire intelligence and hard work. i admire partying. hehe just kidding!
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    Why do people seek entertainment instead of knowledge on their spare time. And why are celebrities rolemodels in this world instead of scientists?
    I can't answer your question regarding celebrities except to ponder that our society focuses on material pursuits and wealth.
    When it comes to entertainment, it is a normal part of our nature, a way to relax while we assimilate that which we have already learned. Even other animals enjoy play as this very short video demonstrates.

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    Even animals enjoy play
    Nitpick:
    I always get a kick at how often such wording is used, as if we are not animals that developed the say way as other animals and are somehow different.


    "And scientific studies show that Even Animals engage in poopery."
    "Ohhh... I had no idea that animals did that. Did we teach it to them?"
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    Even animals enjoy play
    Nitpick:
    I always get a kick at how often such wording is used, as if we are not animals that developed the say way as other animals and are somehow different.


    "And scientific studies show that Even Animals engage in poopery."
    "Ohhh... I had no idea that animals did that. Did we teach it to them?"
    "No, we all developed it together. They also wank off, too."
    Boy, there's just NO pleasing you the last 24 hours. Who stuck the burr under your saddle blanket? Rock on...



    I went back and inserted 'other' into my previous post. Are you freaking happy now? (Not that your emotional state is of significance to me, but if you think this improves the accuracy of the post on a thread titled 'Random thoughts and chats'... )
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    but if you think this improves the accuracy of the post on a thread titled 'Random thoughts and chats'... )
    It did. That's much better, thanks.
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    lol ^^ neverfly being contrary just to be contrary some things never change. kidding of course well...two things everyone. 1) i'm at a cross roads with my 'faith'...i've been out of organized religion for a while, and have not followed the bible for a while...haven't taken it literal in a while...and then, i'm starting to wonder about God. i'll share more when i have more time. and 2) i'm falling in like.yep, to my chagrin. lol my bf is an atheist...i don't know if i shared this here. he is SO smart...like really smart...and has such a great heart. he doesn't judge my faith, but he told me the other day that if i do believe in God, i should know why. and for the first time maybe ever, i'm not sure why. i mean, i want to believe. maybe that isn't enough. i don't know. just thought i'd share my 'news.' hope everyone here is doing well...
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    lol ^^ neverfly being contrary just to be contrary some things never change. kidding of course well...two things everyone. 1) i'm at a cross roads with my 'faith'...i've been out of organized religion for a while, and have not followed the bible for a while...haven't taken it literal in a while...and then, i'm starting to wonder about God. i'll share more when i have more time. and 2) i'm falling in like.yep, to my chagrin. lol my bf is an atheist...i don't know if i shared this here. he is SO smart...like really smart...and has such a great heart. he doesn't judge my faith, but he told me the other day that if i do believe in God, i should know why. and for the first time maybe ever, i'm not sure why. i mean, i want to believe. maybe that isn't enough. i don't know. just thought i'd share my 'news.' hope everyone here is doing well...
    It seems you're inevitably going to switch your stance to atheism. I've seen this happen plenty of times already, where a state of half-theism/nonreligious turns into full nonreligious.
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    Ignore the extra quotes wth? ^^ lol this only happens when I post from my phone. *shrug*
    OK...whew...after posting that ...I tried to show you a video of me canning...however it gave my entire photo album to the world....*cough* and though there is nothing I'm EMBARRASED about in it.....there are some *cough* rather personal pictures in there

    So let me start.

    One you need special canners to can.

    Water bath canner, which I use for pickles ....special jar, lids, rings. Jars and rings can be reused, but lids are ALWAYS new.



    for tuna and marinara I use a different canning process......

    With a pressure cooker.

    CanVid Video by mjgovednik | Photobucket

    canning Tuna

    Each type of canning is individual in time to process and prep.

    If I can help you with something specific, let me know.
    you say 'you' as in...i'm interested in actally canning. haha i'm just interested in YOU canning. seriously, that is really pretty cool. canning or jarring my own tomato sauce, would be doable. i could see making use of that. canning my own tuna? thanks for sharing, babe. you sound like you are quite talented in the kitchen.
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    lol ^^ neverfly being contrary just to be contrary some things never change. kidding of course well...two things everyone. 1) i'm at a cross roads with my 'faith'...i've been out of organized religion for a while, and have not followed the bible for a while...haven't taken it literal in a while...and then, i'm starting to wonder about God. i'll share more when i have more time. and 2) i'm falling in like.yep, to my chagrin. lol my bf is an atheist...i don't know if i shared this here. he is SO smart...like really smart...and has such a great heart. he doesn't judge my faith, but he told me the other day that if i do believe in God, i should know why. and for the first time maybe ever, i'm not sure why. i mean, i want to believe. maybe that isn't enough. i don't know. just thought i'd share my 'news.' hope everyone here is doing well...
    It seems you're inevitably going to switch your stance to atheism. I've seen this happen plenty of times already, where a state of half-theism/nonreligious turns into full nonreligious.
    I have been thinking about all of this...I don't think anyone 'chooses' atheism. Unless you were not brought up in any particular faith, then, perhaps...you don't ever embark on a faith quest. but, when you are brought up in a devout christian, jewish, etc...home...you don't know anything else, you know? my bf never grew attached to any particular faith or religion. he said to me that he doesn't have the same ''connection'' to anything spiritual as i have had, so he knows that if i ever were to leave my faith, it wouldn't be an overnight, or 'easy' decision. i'm not sure it's really a decision at all. over the years, my faith life has changed. my perspective on life has changed. plus, my love for science, makes certain beliefs seem even more erroneous. i don't know...all i can say is...i don't know what life would be like without believing in God. are you an atheist, moon?
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    okay...how do you can food? I've seen people use jars for pickled foods but how do you seal a can? And what have you canned so far today? :-)
    The term 'canning' usually refers to processing food in jars by means of hot-water bath method for acidic fruits, vegetables, jams and jellies or by use of a pressure cooker for low acid foods including meats and fish. There is also a dry canning machine that seals food into tins but this device is only used to can items that contain little or no moisture. Information at this link. What is Dry Pack Canning? : Wheat Grass : Food Storage Containers : StoreItFoods.com
    The physics of the process my wife uses has always eluded me somewhat, she does not care to try to understand it, failed high school algebra, and dislikes technicality. Still, we've never gotten ill eating her canned goods. So, perhaps good lady, knowing of your thorough understanding of processes, tell me if my analysis of my wife's technique is even close. We picked peaches from our trees, she cooked them on the stove, adding whatever stuff she added, sugar, I guess, perhaps pectin (?), placed them in mason jars still hot, a big open kettle of water brought to a boil alongside the fruit cooker, the mason jars were covered with lids and screw-rings, tightened down mildly, then placed in the boiling water, which covered the tops of the jars of fruit! I expected to see exploding jars from steam pressure build-up. I'm positive I saw the fruit within the jars wiggling about, indicating boiling taking place. First, how could that be possible, as the sugary solution surely must have a higher boiling point than the water surrounding the jars, yes?

    After awhile, she used a large pincer-like device to remove the jars from the big vat, set them aside to cool, and went about other chores. Presently the "pinging" sound of lids being "sucked" down was heard. After complete cooling, she removed the screwed-down retainer rings! At that point I dis-involved myself, and went out to work off my nervousness by doing some target shooting.

    Was her technique acceptable? Is my perception of it's process accurate? joc
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    Scanning the last several posts, it seemed we were now canning atheism. HTH did we get there? jocular
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    lol ^^ neverfly being contrary just to be contrary some things never change. kidding of course well...two things everyone. 1) i'm at a cross roads with my 'faith'...i've been out of organized religion for a while, and have not followed the bible for a while...haven't taken it literal in a while...and then, i'm starting to wonder about God. i'll share more when i have more time. and 2) i'm falling in like.yep, to my chagrin. lol my bf is an atheist...i don't know if i shared this here. he is SO smart...like really smart...and has such a great heart. he doesn't judge my faith, but he told me the other day that if i do believe in God, i should know why. and for the first time maybe ever, i'm not sure why. i mean, i want to believe. maybe that isn't enough. i don't know. just thought i'd share my 'news.' hope everyone here is doing well...
    It seems you're inevitably going to switch your stance to atheism. I've seen this happen plenty of times already, where a state of half-theism/nonreligious turns into full nonreligious.
    I have been thinking about all of this...I don't think anyone 'chooses' atheism. Unless you were not brought up in any particular faith, then, perhaps...you don't ever embark on a faith quest. but, when you are brought up in a devout christian, jewish, etc...home...you don't know anything else, you know? my bf never grew attached to any particular faith or religion. he said to me that he doesn't have the same ''connection'' to anything spiritual as i have had, so he knows that if i ever were to leave my faith, it wouldn't be an overnight, or 'easy' decision. i'm not sure it's really a decision at all. over the years, my faith life has changed. my perspective on life has changed. plus, my love for science, makes certain beliefs seem even more erroneous. i don't know...all i can say is...i don't know what life would be like without believing in God. are you an atheist, moon?
    You are right, whether or not you believe in something is not really a choice. You are either convinced or you aren't. As a child we accept what we are taught by our elders out of blind faith and lack of experience. Over time, we gain experience and other perspectives that may reinforce what we were taught or completely contradict what we were taught. There are those that seem to choose to perceive things a particular way, and maybe they actively are choosing to believe because it makes them feel good and they are afraid of the idea of things being any other way. But not everyone has the same inclination towards logic. Not everyone has the same threshold for venturing into the great unknown. In my opinion, faith is more often than not the result of being afraid of the dark.
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    lol ^^ neverfly being contrary just to be contrary some things never change. kidding of course well...two things everyone. 1) i'm at a cross roads with my 'faith'...i've been out of organized religion for a while, and have not followed the bible for a while...haven't taken it literal in a while...and then, i'm starting to wonder about God. i'll share more when i have more time. and 2) i'm falling in like.yep, to my chagrin. lol my bf is an atheist...i don't know if i shared this here. he is SO smart...like really smart...and has such a great heart. he doesn't judge my faith, but he told me the other day that if i do believe in God, i should know why. and for the first time maybe ever, i'm not sure why. i mean, i want to believe. maybe that isn't enough. i don't know. just thought i'd share my 'news.' hope everyone here is doing well...
    It seems you're inevitably going to switch your stance to atheism. I've seen this happen plenty of times already, where a state of half-theism/nonreligious turns into full nonreligious.
    I have been thinking about all of this...I don't think anyone 'chooses' atheism. Unless you were not brought up in any particular faith, then, perhaps...you don't ever embark on a faith quest. but, when you are brought up in a devout christian, jewish, etc...home...you don't know anything else, you know? my bf never grew attached to any particular faith or religion. he said to me that he doesn't have the same ''connection'' to anything spiritual as i have had, so he knows that if i ever were to leave my faith, it wouldn't be an overnight, or 'easy' decision. i'm not sure it's really a decision at all. over the years, my faith life has changed. my perspective on life has changed. plus, my love for science, makes certain beliefs seem even more erroneous. i don't know...all i can say is...i don't know what life would be like without believing in God. are you an atheist, moon?
    An atheist, yes. I grew up in a religious upbringing but luckily(in my opinion) quit believing god was real by the time I reached 11-13 or so. Most of my reasons for not believing in god at that age were that preying didn't allow me to make items teleport, stuff like that. I was under the impression that some higher being could supposedly make impossible things happen like change my eye color to purple, maybe travel back in time or become invisible, but they never did. I also attended catechism until 14(if I was aware of the term 'atheist' I may have dropped out a few years earlier), and the 'teachers' spoke of Jesus as if it was some historical event, which is borderline lying.

    You're right, atheism isn't really a choice. Cause even if I tried 'choosing' Christianity, being a Christian is impossible for me because that would require me to lie about my beliefs, and in any scenario I'll always think gods aren't real anyways. I take it you have implications in your family if they findout you're an atheist? Currently I'm very discrete about 'my' atheism, and I'm not sure how many in my family have figured out I'm not Christian. The sick part is whenever someone tries converting me, I look at them as if they "have no soul", and I now look at a few family members the same way.
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    okay...how do you can food? I've seen people use jars for pickled foods but how do you seal a can? And what have you canned so far today? :-)
    The term 'canning' usually refers to processing food in jars by means of hot-water bath method for acidic fruits, vegetables, jams and jellies or by use of a pressure cooker for low acid foods including meats and fish. There is also a dry canning machine that seals food into tins but this device is only used to can items that contain little or no moisture. Information at this link. What is Dry Pack Canning? : Wheat Grass : Food Storage Containers : StoreItFoods.com
    The physics of the process my wife uses has always eluded me somewhat, she does not care to try to understand it, failed high school algebra, and dislikes technicality. Still, we've never gotten ill eating her canned goods. So, perhaps good lady, knowing of your thorough understanding of processes, tell me if my analysis of my wife's technique is even close. We picked peaches from our trees, she cooked them on the stove, adding whatever stuff she added, sugar, I guess, perhaps pectin (?), placed them in mason jars still hot, a big open kettle of water brought to a boil alongside the fruit cooker, the mason jars were covered with lids and screw-rings, tightened down mildly, then placed in the boiling water, which covered the tops of the jars of fruit! I expected to see exploding jars from steam pressure build-up. I'm positive I saw the fruit within the jars wiggling about, indicating boiling taking place. First, how could that be possible, as the sugary solution surely must have a higher boiling point than the water surrounding the jars, yes?

    After awhile, she used a large pincer-like device to remove the jars from the big vat, set them aside to cool, and went about other chores. Presently the "pinging" sound of lids being "sucked" down was heard. After complete cooling, she removed the screwed-down retainer rings! At that point I dis-involved myself, and went out to work off my nervousness by doing some target shooting.

    Was her technique acceptable? Is my perception of it's process accurate? joc
    LOL, your description is marvelous, jocular, and your wife sounds like she is very accomplished at hot water bath canning, which works very well for many fruits and vegetables. The addition of some sugar and or lemon juice is also common depending on the fruit, and with vegetables at least a bit of salt is commonly added both of which aid in the preservation process. The main ingredient is heat to sterilize the medium used (jars and lids) and the fruit/vegetables also to eliminate any potential pathogens. I'm sure your wife also very carefully inspects the jars for nicked edges, and wipes them before adding the lids, also carefully inspected to be sure that the seal looks good. Lids are only ever used once in canning, for food safety. It is important also to only use good, unblemished fruit in canning to prevent spoilage, for those reading this who may be new to the process.

    You are a fortunate man, jocular, to have a wife does her own canning for it is fast becoming a lost art as it is a lot of work. Please give her my respectful regards and be sure that you give her a big hug and help with picking and prepping those peaches for her.
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    @ Moon: My family doesn't follow any faith anymore and some are proud and loud self proclaimed atheists. Lol Its not that. It is EXACTLY what seagypsy pointed out. I'm afraid of how to make decisions without turning to God. I know that probably sounds crazy, but it is true. :/ I don't feel comfortable living like this anymore but it is a bit scary to think of leaving it.

    @ seagypsy...you always say the right thing and I needed that tonight! No joke. What you said was moving and it is just what I needed. I will post more tomorrow ...my phone is not letting me quite argh!Hugs and thank you both!!
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    Scanning the last several posts, it seemed we were now canning atheism. HTH did we get there? jocular
    The thread IS titled 'Random chat and thoughts' so depending on the participants at any given time, the multiple conversations could very well leap about like a tick on a coon hound.
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    could very well leap about like a tick on a coon hound.
    I disagree with this wording. Referring to racoons? And is the Hound a hound dog? Does it chase the racially challenged offender or the furry bandit?

    And ticks don't leap. They scuttle, like little crabs. And grab onto passing things. Fleas leap and jump but ticks do not.

    Really, you really must do better.
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    could very well leap about like a tick on a coon hound.
    I disagree with this wording. Referring to racoons? And is the Hound a hound dog? Does it chase the racially challenged offender or the furry bandit?

    And ticks don't leap. They scuttle, like little crabs. And grab onto passing things. Fleas leap and jump but ticks do not.

    Really, you really must do better.
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    'Tick' is the coat color, and being as it is feeding time, these 'ticks' are leaping about, lol...
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    Wegs....last year I was a princess.....

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    {/QUOTE}

    If I can help you with something specific, let me know.[/QUOTE]you say 'you' as in...i'm interested in actally canning. haha i'm just interested in YOU canning. seriously, that is really pretty cool. canning or jarring my own tomato sauce, would be doable. i could see making use of that. canning my own tuna? thanks for sharing, babe. you sound like you are quite talented in the kitchen.[/QUOTE]

    Pretty easy actually. If you decide to try, PM me.
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    running through the wood on a dark dark night
    with carbide headlamps lighting the way
    chasing the sounds of the baying coon hounds
    When old blue changed his pitch
    we knew that he had treed a coon
    then the spot light and the crack of the 22
    and on the morrow, we dined on roast coon
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    running through the wood on a dark dark night
    with carbide headlamps lighting the way
    chasing the sounds of the baying coon hounds
    When old blue changed his pitch
    we knew that he had treed a coon
    then the spot light and the crack of the 22
    and on the morrow, we dined on roast coon
    Have you considered changing your forum name to 'Hunter' or 'Forager'?

    Apparently 'coons are quite common table fare in some parts of the world. We do not have any raccoons in the Yukon, at least none presently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
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    running through the wood on a dark dark night
    with carbide headlamps lighting the way
    chasing the sounds of the baying coon hounds
    When old blue changed his pitch
    we knew that he had treed a coon
    then the spot light and the crack of the 22
    and on the morrow, we dined on roast coon
    Have you considered changing your forum name to 'Hunter' or 'Forager'?
    No
    Not until this very minute.

    1/2 a dozen chat rooms and a like # of forums over the years and always the same name.
    Even in the sculpture community-sculpture.net, "sculptor" is my moniker and nom de plume
    Does one throw off a name like an old shirt?
    When
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    Originally posted by sculptor:
    Does one throw off a name like an old shirt?
    When
    some days it fits
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    some days it seems to have shrunk
    One does not.
    I was but illustrating the idea that you have many talents and therefore could wear any of many hats/names.
    In these times there are few that openly admit to or discuss actually procuring one's own food by taking the life of an animal offered by nature in order to nurture the nature within ourselves.
    I salute you as another keeper of the old ways, lest they be too soon forgotten.

    Too many people have lost sight of the cycle of the seasons and the source of all that sustains us.
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    While I am reasonabley certain Fuddemon that there was a point to your posting.
    That point remains obscure.
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    I set a snare and checked it every dawn and dusk.
    It caught a rather nice sized doe.

    Living mostly from the land, we travel back in time to a healthier lifestyle.
    If one pigs out on whatever is ripening locally, the diet changes from week to week, month to month, and season to season.
    (And, accumulated toxins are replaced by others?)
    Early greens for springtime, then vegetables and fish over the summer, then high sugar fruits going into autumn(packing on some pounds for the winter's chill)
    Then, high protean, high fat over the short days and long nights of winter.

    I firmly believe that if we can retune ourselves to currently available locally grown produce, we will all be healthier for it.
    (I cheat a bit with my greenhouse)
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    On another thread about the heart, I was reminded of the value of knowing and feeling one's own pulse.
    If you can learn to feel your pulse at your extremeties(fingers and toes) then you can think extra blood to fingers and toes when it is cold, overiding your body's natural tendency to sacrifice the extremeties for the temperature homeostasis of the core, when you know that your core is protected by heavy clothing. Once learned, it only takes a calm mind to exercise control.
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    If this were your brain, would you be concerned about what looks like a hole on the left side?

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    yes
    damn, I was afraid of that. It's my brain. been putting off going back to the neurologist because I don't want to get more bad news.

    I guess its good though that I can be sure I actually have a brain though. Right.. silver lining and all?
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    maybe that's where it derails?
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    when you lose a train of thought
    maybe that's where it derails?
    Good point. It's just an overflow drain. So that I don't get too many stupid ideas at once.
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    I would be more concerned about a neurologist that gave a brain image to their patient without a thorough discussion of the image. My understanding is that one has to be quite skilled in the reading of X-rays, MRI's etc.

    When I had several X-rays taken locally after a horse mishap, we had to send them out over the internet and wait a few hours for a professional reading and analysis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I would be more concerned about a neurologist that gave a brain image to their patient without a thorough discussion of the image. My understanding is that one has to be quite skilled in the reading of X-rays, MRI's etc.

    When I had several X-rays taken locally after a horse mishap, we had to send them out over the internet and wait a few hours for a professional reading and analysis.
    The neurologist hasn't actually seen this yet. He sent me to a radiology clinic to have it done and I was supposed to schedule a follow up appointment to discuss it with him. I asked the radiologist if I could get a cd of the images as well. Patient Rights prevents them from withholding such things so they made me a cd and also sent the results to my neurologist. But after rushing home to look at nearly 250 images of my brain in various slices and some with iv contrast added. I got a bit unsettled and have no yet made my follow up appointment. It's been nearly 2 months.
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    That is the difference, then, in our Canadian and US health care systems. Through the public health system, the radiologist would send the results to the neurologist who would discuss them with the patient and provide copies to the patient if asked.

    I'm not sure what the situation would be if a person went to a private clinic for the images. I still can't imagine they would release them without a professional appointment and discussion but I could be mistaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    That is the difference, then, in our Canadian and US health care systems. Through the public health system, the radiologist would send the results to the neurologist who would discuss them with the patient and provide copies to the patient if asked.

    I'm not sure what the situation would be if a person went to a private clinic for the images. I still can't imagine they would release them without a professional appointment and discussion but I could be mistaken.
    It's pretty common here. It's only been relatively recent that the results of an MRI or Xray were sent directly and digitally to doctors. It used to be that the film slides would be given to the patient and it was the patient's responsibility to deliver them to the doctor for analysis.
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    That is the difference, then, in our Canadian and US health care systems. Through the public health system, the radiologist would send the results to the neurologist who would discuss them with the patient and provide copies to the patient if asked.

    I'm not sure what the situation would be if a person went to a private clinic for the images. I still can't imagine they would release them without a professional appointment and discussion but I could be mistaken.
    It's pretty common here. It's only been relatively recent that the results of an MRI or Xray were sent directly and digitally to doctors. It used to be that the film slides would be given to the patient and it was the patient's responsibility to deliver them to the doctor for analysis.
    That is worrisome because patients (at least most of them) are not trained in how to interpret these images and may either dismiss them as unimportant or read too much into them for lack of professional training.

    The more I learn about many different countries from my time on various forums, the greater my appreciation for this nation, medical system and politics, despite their own short-comings.
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    An atheist, yes. I grew up in a religious upbringing but luckily(in my opinion) quit believing god was real by the time I reached 11-13 or so. Most of my reasons for not believing in god at that age were that preying didn't allow me to make items teleport, stuff like that. I was under the impression that some higher being could supposedly make impossible things happen like change my eye color to purple, maybe travel back in time or become invisible, but they never did. I also attended catechism until 14(if I was aware of the term 'atheist' I may have dropped out a few years earlier), and the 'teachers' spoke of Jesus as if it was some historical event, which is borderline lying.

    You're right, atheism isn't really a choice. Cause even if I tried 'choosing' Christianity, being a Christian is impossible for me because that would require me to lie about my beliefs, and in any scenario I'll always think gods aren't real anyways. I take it you have implications in your family if they findout you're an atheist? Currently I'm very discrete about 'my' atheism, and I'm not sure how many in my family have figured out I'm not Christian. The sick part is whenever someone tries converting me, I look at them as if they "have no soul", and I now look at a few family members the same way.
    Pray tell, what in the world could you have been preying upon, at so young an age? jocular
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    running through the wood on a dark dark night
    with carbide headlamps lighting the way
    chasing the sounds of the baying coon hounds
    When old blue changed his pitch
    we knew that he had treed a coon
    then the spot light and the crack of the 22
    and on the morrow, we dined on roast coon
    The hillbillies in the Ozarks eat the coons raw. joc
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    turns into full nonreligious.
    I prefer "irreligious". It's less abrasive to the believers. jocular
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    Was her technique acceptable? Is my perception of it's process accurate? joc
    LOL, your description is marvelous, jocular, and your wife sounds like she is very accomplished at hot water bath canning, which works very well for many fruits and vegetables. The addition of some sugar and or lemon juice is also common depending on the fruit, and with vegetables at least a bit of salt is commonly added both of which aid in the preservation process. The main ingredient is heat to sterilize the medium used (jars and lids) and the fruit/vegetables also to eliminate any potential pathogens. I'm sure your wife also very carefully inspects the jars for nicked edges, and wipes them before adding the lids, also carefully inspected to be sure that the seal looks good. Lids are only ever used once in canning, for food safety. It is important also to only use good, unblemished fruit in canning to prevent spoilage, for those reading this who may be new to the process.

    You are a fortunate man, jocular, to have a wife does her own canning for it is fast becoming a lost art as it is a lot of work. Please give her my respectful regards and be sure that you give her a big hug and help with picking and prepping those peaches for her. [/QUOTE]

    Bless you Schez, for your complimentary words! Several seasons ago, while caring for the 'stead in her absence, while she aided her Mom in Indiana, who was recovering from 3 (!!) hip replacement surgeries, I found buried in the freezer, 16 pounds of uncooked peaches! Peach wine turned out to be a most acceptable alternative to canned peaches! joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
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    could very well leap about like a tick on a coon hound.
    I disagree with this wording. Referring to racoons? And is the Hound a hound dog? Does it chase the racially challenged offender or the furry bandit?

    And ticks don't leap. They scuttle, like little crabs. And grab onto passing things. Fleas leap and jump but ticks do not.

    Really, you really must do better.
    Having fought off the hoards of ticks present in the Ozarks for 13 years, here's a few things I learned which the "books" did not tell:

    A tick held between thumb and fingertip, placed anywhere on the body, but preferably to test this, use the back of the hand: it will always crawl upwards, against the tug of gravity; rotate the extremity 180`, so that it is now crawling downwards, and it will immediately turn around, to proceed upwards.

    I contend these bastardly creations have a sense of smell, or other sense which permits them to locate themselves where "scent" or skin oil has been deposited; this is the only possible explanation I can give for the fact that we many times found a tick waiting on a doorknob on the front or back door.

    They are uncannily adept at clinging to one's skin. It is impossible to shake one off your arm, for instance. Next to impossible to simply pick one off with the fingernail. They are extremely hard-surfaced, though one can be crushed between two fingernails, but not between the fleshy parts of two fingers.

    Feeding upon an animal, they may engorge to the size of small grapes, at which time they disengage and drop off. The worst of them were what the locals called "seed ticks"-- newly created babies which were almost too small to see easily, but already possessed the ability to penetrate one's skin!

    As an aside, the proliferation of ticks, along with biting flies of horrible constitution, was responsible for us leaving the Ozarks area. jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I would be more concerned about a neurologist that gave a brain image to their patient without a thorough discussion of the image. My understanding is that one has to be quite skilled in the reading of X-rays, MRI's etc.

    When I had several X-rays taken locally after a horse mishap, we had to send them out over the internet and wait a few hours for a professional reading and analysis.
    Here in the States, years back, images (only X-ray films then) were almost religiously guarded by the medical practitioners. A patient rarely possessed one, nor gained possession of one. This was also true of lab reports. This has changed. I now go to the lab, request copies of the images or blood work results, and they are provided to me, free of charge. joc
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    As an aside, the proliferation of ticks, along with biting flies of horrible constitution, was responsible for us leaving the Ozarks area.
    They must have really ticked you off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    That is worrisome because patients (at least most of them) are not trained in how to interpret these images and may either dismiss them as unimportant or read too much into them for lack of professional training.

    The more I learn about many different countries from my time on various forums, the greater my appreciation for this nation, medical system and politics, despite their own short-comings.
    I must respectfully point out a fact which has been repeated, in my experience, a number of times, pertaining to medical care in America, vs. the Nationalized systems of Canada and UK: Letters to our local newspaper have appeared numerous times, written by visitors from both Canada and UK, expressing intense amazement and satisfaction with the immediacy of medical care made available to them, all mentioning the extreme length of time they experienced at home to obtain care. joc
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    Seag., were you told that's a "hole", or just surmise it to be? Perhaps it isn't a hole at all, instead something to do with the concentration of tissue, or ?

    I can't imagine a vacuous "hole" in the brain. 'Course, not having seen mine, largely destroyed by ethanol, who knows? joc
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
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    That is worrisome because patients (at least most of them) are not trained in how to interpret these images and may either dismiss them as unimportant or read too much into them for lack of professional training.

    The more I learn about many different countries from my time on various forums, the greater my appreciation for this nation, medical system and politics, despite their own short-comings.
    I must respectfully point out a fact which has been repeated, in my experience, a number of times, pertaining to medical care in America, vs. the Nationalized systems of Canada and UK: Letters to our local newspaper have appeared numerous times, written by visitors from both Canada and UK, expressing intense amazement and satisfaction with the immediacy of medical care made available to them, all mentioning the extreme length of time they experienced at home to obtain care. joc
    Yes. The care is beyond excellent for those with travel medical insurance. There have been an equal number of stories of excellent care provided and fund raising efforts required upon return to Canada by those less fortunate.
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    This being a thread on random chat and thoughts, I think that I shall submit a photo of the carrot that I just harvested. I was looking for a healthy snack but this critter is like a whole meal, lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    If this were your brain, would you be concerned about what looks like a hole on the left side?

    Generally when they show these type of scans on TV, the little spots in question are whitish and not dark like the one on your picture. However you do pay good money or at least your insurance does to the doctor for his expertise on the subject of your health. If the result is that your going to get bad news, whether you know about it or not is not going the change the fact that it needs medical attention and maybe the sooner the better.

    Sooner or later we are all going to die. The big question is how it's going to happen and when it's going to happen. If you know you are going to die within 6 months time, isn't that better than not knowing your going to go within 6 months? At least you have time to get your affairs in order and make your remaining time count for more than if you didn't know.

    Having a quick death might be easier on you, but it would surely be much more distressing to your loved ones. My mother died 3 weeks ago, I was expecting it and it still seemed very sudden. But I have to say, I knew the quality of her life was at a very low point, her body was very frail and both her eyesight and hearing were bad. She was living in a useless body and I know death was and end to her suffering.

    Please let the doctors do their job and do it soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    This being a thread on random chat and thoughts, I think that I shall submit a photo of the carrot that I just harvested. I was looking for a healthy snack but this critter is like a whole meal, lol...
    I've seen nastier looking carrots, but these are just enough to make me wonder which one your going to eat first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    That is the difference, then, in our Canadian and US health care systems. Through the public health system, the radiologist would send the results to the neurologist who would discuss them with the patient and provide copies to the patient if asked.

    I'm not sure what the situation would be if a person went to a private clinic for the images. I still can't imagine they would release them without a professional appointment and discussion but I could be mistaken.
    THey gave me my last mammograms and ultra sound to take with me with the findings. I just had to ask. I had already had the ultrasound and mammogram and it was discussed with me within minutes of finishing the ultrasound. Didn't have to wait at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    This being a thread on random chat and thoughts, I think that I shall submit a photo of the carrot that I just harvested. I was looking for a healthy snack but this critter is like a whole meal, lol...

    *Laughing*....how did you do that!! I love it when you get the oddies!
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    Bad Robot!! My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    Having a quick death might be easier on you, but it would surely be much more distressing to your loved ones. My mother died 3 weeks ago, I was expecting it and it still seemed very sudden. But I have to say, I knew the quality of her life was at a very low point, her body was very frail and both her eyesight and hearing were bad. She was living in a useless body and I know death was and end to her suffering.

    My condolences to you and your family.
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