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Out the driveway in a few minuted with destination of Carson City, Nv. and environs.  Get to see the grandkidlets on Saturday. ::):

GEM

Returned about a half hour ago.

Northern Owens Valley is wearing its early Fall Colors.  The farther north one gets the prettier it is.  The area around Mono Lake and towards Bridgeport is so colorful people are pulling over at every wide spot in the road to take pictures and just take it all in.

Didn't get to see the grandkidlets as both Cathy and I have developed runny noses from all the smoke from the still burning forest fires in the Sierras.  One area Wrst of Mammoth Lake/ski area is so smokey that visibility is down to about 3/4 mile at best.

Also Daughter Unit is under the weather with either flu or something that is borderline Covid symptoms.

Got hit with a "surprise" when we called our saleslady at Craftsman Homes. The Fleetwood Factory wants an additional  some odd  $7500 for "increased material costs".  We've already experienced two price increases from the time we first started  the loan application process so I told her to call our lending agent [who was her recommendation] on this.  We are qualified for a VA Loan and there are certain cost exclusions and locks involved with VA Loans.  My feeling is, the order was placed with the factory in mid-July and if they can't project their costs out to the delivery date than they either need to raise their prices up front or negotiate a better price with their suppliers for orders in hand.  The schedule was represented as being in the 30 day range when the order was placed and the delay is all on the factories part.

Needless to say, one Green Eyed Monster has little wisps of steam coming out of his pointy ears just thinking about this.

On the other hand, the good news is Craftsman anticipates project completion by the end of November.

Going to take most of tomorrow to get caught up.

GEM

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Tentacles, so many Tentacles
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I'm panicking. Husband just had to take our 18/19 year old cat to the emergency vet. She started laying in her litter box (thankfully, it's pretty clean). When we took her out she sat on the bed for a few minutes and then went back in and laid down again. He Googled some things and it said it could be a UTI or blockage. She already has kidney issues so we didn't want to chance waiting until Monday when her regular vet is open. It's about midnight here. Gonna be a long night. I'm hoping for the best but expecting the worst. I'm a mess right now. Looks like I'm not sleeping tonight.

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16 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

 

My disdain for coffee has never been stronger than it is today. Imagine a silent house, before the sunrise. You are in that sweet spot where you are barely awake, trying to snuggle into the warmth for a few more precious minutes...

 

And then suddenly an elfing coffee machine breaks the silence, because it sounds like a dang jet engine taking off

For the last 10 years I've used a press (French or euro) and a hand grinder so. The noise is kept firmly under control.  Sounds like either doing away with the equipment or finding a better method is the way to go.  Most morning coffee drinkers are not a fan of noise either, just desperate for caffeine....

 

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My never-changing feelings towards houseguests who don't act like a guest and act like the inhabitant/owner: GRRRRRRRRRR.

 

Sounds more like a people issue than a coffee issue.  The bean didn't do anything... ::D:.

 

OTOH. I have never been unhappy with someone willing to do my housework so I may be jaded...

 

14 hours ago, CaptainPete said:

I've never actually gotten one before. I usually forget or worry about shortages and rather someone who needs one gets one.

But, yeah, I just want to lay down all the time. Thankfully, I got it on my Friday so I have the weekend to recover.

 

Not looking forward to it but my doc has already done the third round of polite 'this would be a really good idea' speech and I will probably have to cave in here soon.

 

14 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

 

Happy holiday to you.  Just out of curiosity, do you ordinarily find a vegetarian diet difficult?  I’m the designated cook in my family, and do about half vegetarian cooking; my wife would miss meat if I increased that, but I wouldn’t, especially ovo-lacto vegetarian.  I would need to expand my cooking a bit to go vegan and not be a bit dull

Unfortunately for animals everywhere, the number of non animal protein sources i can't consume and the number that the rest of the family won't let me eat means I don't get to do much long term vegetarian dieting.

 

Good for you though! 

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@SparrowMarie hope it will be alright.

 

 

Over here Brutus is not feeling well this morning.

I'm worried since he had cystitis a week ago.

The last results were good.

And then we had the big scare which turned out to be nothing.

 

He doesn't want to have his breakfast, this in itself is not unusual, but I can see that feels a bit nausous and he walks slow, he isn't himself.

I hope it is nothing but I worry ( again).

 

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21 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

saturday morning of a vacation week.  Me and Mrs. Rex are off for a week!

 

Hopefully i gave enough warning and snapped at enough people that i will actually get some time away from work for a while.

 

but enough of that, I am off for a week! Gaming today, gaming tomorrow, and off to North Carolina for a week in a red white cabin rental property.  Not perfect but I had to improvise at the last minute when the rental company called to say that the last tenants had blown out the electrical system in the cabin and it was uninhabitable for our stay  Hopefully the new place will be as nice as it looks.

I hope you have great time!

 

Best wishes for all the furry family members who are feeling off.

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20 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

 

Happy holiday to you.  Just out of curiosity, do you ordinarily find a vegetarian diet difficult?  I’m the designated cook in my family, and do about half vegetarian cooking; my wife would miss meat if I increased that, but I wouldn’t, especially ovo-lacto vegetarian.  I would need to expand my cooking a bit to go vegan and not be a bit dull.

 

I rarely am a vegetarian, but with Indian food it's much easier. 

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Happy Sunday all! 

I woke up still feeling stuffed from our crepe dinner last night (thin French pancakes).  Filled with savory goodies for dinner and then filled with ice/whipped cream and other goodies for desert...  Both kids tackled us in our bed this morning for a morning cuddle and a 8 and 11, our queen-sized bed is really not big enough for that.  Still was a good way to wake up. 

Long week of worry ahead with one friend in for a liver transplant today/tomorrow and another in court for his verdict later this week.  A guilty verdict would see us loosing him for a long time after an almost 3 year trial...  

I didn't expect my little gang of gamers to start falling apart in our 40s..  At least I bred some little people to play games with!!  :winkthumbs:

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1 hour ago, BadgersinMeadows said:

 

I rarely am a vegetarian, but with Indian food it's much easier. 

After over two millennia of vegetarian tradition, they were bound to find a ton of good recipes.

 

It helps that their cuisine is rich with a wide variety of flavorful herbs and spices.

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52 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:
2 hours ago, BadgersinMeadows said:

 

I rarely am a vegetarian, but with Indian food it's much easier. 

After over two millennia of vegetarian tradition, they were bound to find a ton of good recipes.

 

It helps that their cuisine is rich with a wide variety of flavorful herbs and spices.

Indeed. The real problem with eating vegetarian is those people/places that think it means nothing but salad or the like. I'm also generally wary of vegetarian meats, and vegan cheese. Most of them are terrible.

 

I need to find a bigger base for the hag I'm working on, and then a matching base for the other hag. I'd really prefer them to match each other, especially since they're different sculpts of the same character.

 

COFFEE!!

 

Wait... sorry, no, BREAST MILK FOR THE BABY!

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19 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

If it sounds like a jet engine gargling rocks you can pretty much bet its an electric grinder firing up.  I have a reasonably nice one (Baratza Encore) and when we used it regularly I'd wrap it up in a winter hoodie to keep the noise down.  Nothing quite like the morning ritual of hugging a coffee grinder at 5:30 and hoping it doesn't wake up the upstairs neighbour's dog. 

 

Grinder doesn't get used anymore because said dog always woke up. I have two hand grinders for a reason, and not just because I can make coffee two different ways more readily... Hand grinder is fairly quiet. 

 

...But at 5:30am, soon to be 5am...  I have a Keurig for a reason... And it just isn't because of staff discounts. It's insanely handy. Does it make coffee as rich, aromatic, and tasty as my Clever or AeroPress? Nope. But even a "still three quarters asleep" fox can operate a Keurig.   A Clever has way too many easy ways of injuring yourself that early in the day, doubly so when you are NOT a morning person! (no seriously, 5am is a good time to contemplate going to bed, or tuck in with a nice book, then sleep two hours later.  If I let my schedule wander during vacation, my body will literally make a push for getting me back onto night shift hours in two days.) 

I want to know how Grump, doing the exact same things, with the exact same AeroPress can make make a so much better cup of coffee than I can. Other than the way he adds things. He adds a dash of things that make each cup unique, but my adding a dash of those same things just doesn't do it. I swear, he can add black pepper, and it makes the coffee taste better. Black. Pepper. <_<

2 hours ago, BadgersinMeadows said:

 

I rarely am a vegetarian, but with Indian food it's much easier. 

THIS. ∆

 

 

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13 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

I try - but not being from Appalachia, I don't know how close I come.

 

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Huh... game paused as we eat pizza, but the PCs have finally made it into the lower area of the smugglers den....

 

Surprise is off the table the kobolds saw to that last week.

 

The ogre that was set to handle Gorder and Phalz suffered from a bad case of Crappydice, and dropped in the first round.

 

Upstairs, Julie's rogue is dealing with Dunn - another ogre... and resident jerk. (She just figured out that he isn't one of the bad guys, he just doesn't like cops.) That sad moment when you realize you have been outsmarted by an ogre. (In her defense - this is an ogre that did not choose Int as a dump stat, and has Bluff and Sense Motive as class skills.)

 

Most of the smugglers aren't attacking - they are just running away, since the PCs never did get around to having folks watching the caves below the inn.

 

Spells are low, so it is likely that most of the smugglers are getting away - but they did capture the ringleaders, so it isn't a complete loss.

 

The Auld Grump

I've heard you using Dunn's voice in the Afterschool Special Game.

 

I KNOW we will be seeing him again. ::P:  And yes a complete "jerk" (real choice of words begins with A and ends with E).

 

I think Julie would have done better with him if she hadn't tried to be subtle, and just told him what she wanted to know and why. He's not evil just a "donkey cave".

 

But, she's a rat.

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Brutus hasn't eaten all day.

He drank a little water and that's it.

Sleeps a lot.

 

When we went to walk, he was alert when he saw other dogs.

Walked slowly.

He did do his business which didn't look off.

 

I will call the Vet tomorrow morning ( 19:25 hours now)

I worry since he also drinks so little.

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What I should have done last night: Cleaned and gotten ready for my Rifts one-shot game before Halloween.

What I did: wrote an in-depth, three page, panel by panel review of the first volume of Gigant. Because I'm thinking about starting a blog about reviewing (mostly older) anime and manga.

 

Someone stop me, please. You can use my golf club. Just make it quick. :zombie:

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