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I’m seeing sun peek out. It’s been dreary here for days. I think I stop functioning when it’s gloomy out. This morning I got up at 7, much later than my usual 5 am, but then I was up for hours in the middle of the night. Got Hubby his lunch packed, and him out the door. Now I have peppers roasting. A nice variety of colors, red, yellow and orange. I think I’m pretty much over green. Once I peel the peppers and seed them, I’ll be using them on sandwiches, salads, and anything that stands still long enough. They’re my crave of the month. I put a poblano in for good measure. May add it to my cabbage casserole I’m making up later. I’ll let you know how that goes. 
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I missed out on these in the Onyx and White Shell, and the Turquoise Mosaic and White Shell reversibles, but I did get this Soladite and White Shell version.  Even with $5  S&H I think they’re a steal at the $10 clearance price, and the color goes with my everyday denim.   From HSN.
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GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS…
Snakes also known as Garter Snakes ( Thamnophissirtalis ) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here’s why.
A couple in Sweetwater , Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.
It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.
She let out a very loud scream.
The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.
He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him
on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.
His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.
The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him on the stretcher, and started carrying him out.
About that time, the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That’s when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.
But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.
The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.
The neighbor’s wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband’s mouth on the woman’s mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.
The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man’s throat.
By now, the police had arrived.
Breathe here…
They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little garden snake!
The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.
Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa and one of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.
The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.
Meanwhile, neighbors saw the burning drapes and called in the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire
ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires, put out the power, and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).
Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car and all was right with their world.
A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.
And that’s when he shot her.

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L’Shanah Tovah to my friends and family observing Rosh Hashanah.

Do you belong to MyPoints.com?  I fairly regularly earn enough points to get free giftr cards.  Generally I get restaurant ones.  Makes me feel like I’ve earned a treat.  Anyway, I want to applaud their customer service.  HSN apparently doesn’t send them the info to credit my account when I make purchases from them.  I recently had three purchases that weren’t credited.  One of them, a biggie, I worked out with HSN.  MyPoints took care of the other two within 24 hours, (which started on a Sunday).  I really appreciate good customer servicer.  There’s another one I have to wait another week on.  We shall see if HSN steps up.

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Giveawayoftheday.com has a nice photo editing program today.  Visually it’s not for me with my poor vision, and it has a large footprint.  One of the commenters suggested this free program, which I downloaded through CNet, so I felt safe about it.  http://www.funny-photo-maker.com/.  A couple of examples:

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You know I’m a BzzAgent and review products they give me for free.  I have two today

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1 – I am totally in love with Covergirl in general, but I will definitely keep purchasing these products, COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder.  My husband (see $2 bill) hates makeup.  He couldn’t tell (perhaps someone more observant could) I was wearing these, and told me how good I looked the first time I wore them.  He doesn’t usually comment on how I look.  Major thumbs up.  My daughter (beer glass), who usually notices everything, came out to visit and almost immediately told me how good my skin looked, not my makeup, my skin.  Another thumbs up.  This makeup doesn’t settle in your nooks and crannies (or if you’re not an English Muffin, wrinkles), and really smooths out your skin tone.  I’m a believer.

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2 –  I was sent coupons for free Glade Expressions room fresheners.

I had a hard time finding them.  I went to two different Walmarts and neither had them.  A local supermarket didn’t either.  I went to Pathmark in Port Jefferson and found them both there, but a prices higher than my free coupons allowed.  Being a good little bargain hunter, I was prepared.  I’d downloaded a coupon online for $2 off two glade purchases.  I did get them for free (if you disregard the price of gas).

I love the look and the scent of the oil diffuser starter kit in pineapple mangosteen.  I wish the scent spread out more, but that’s true of all diffusers I’ve used.  My livingroom is large, and I might want to have two going at once.  Very pretty and pleasant.

The Glade Experssions starter kit comes with an elegantly shaped white squeeze sprayer.  I got it in cotton & Italian mandarin.  I’m using that in the bathroom, where a squeeze will be more often desirable.  It’s also a pleasant scent which I’d prefer with more mandarin, but that’s just a matter of personal taste.  It does the job.

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Review:  I broke down and decided to try Dermastore’s SmartLash.  It’s not supposed to have the side effects of Latisse, so I felt pretty safe trying it.  I used it once a day (not recommended twice) for about 3 weeks.  I woke up last Sunday morning and when I went to put on my mascara, I saw dark rings around the iris’ of both eyes.  It looked like someone took a magic marker and drew a circle around them.  Very scary, monsteresque looking.  I could have done an episode of Supernatural, if I could act.  I called Dermastore Monday, and the customer service rep insisted that the product was all natural and couldn’t do any harm.  I mentioned that hemlock is all natural.  She may or may not have gotten the message.  She kept saying it couldn’t discolor my eyelids.  My eyelids aren’t discolored, so that may be true.  She apparently doesn’t know what the iris is.  I asked to speak to someone in charge.  Got a call back Thursday.  The person said she never heard any complaints like this before, but would surely keep on top of it, and asked me to contact her after I see my opthamologist, credited my card for the original purchase, and cancelled auto delivery.  She couldn’t understand why the person I originally spoke to didn’t do that.  Apparently she never met her.  Okay, I know this has worked for some, but, I do not recommend this product.  Just for the record, since I stopped using SmartLash, the thick dark rings have become thinner.  I’m really hoping they go away.

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This recipe is from Giada, and I call it a cheat recipe because it includes jarred marinara sauce (I used Newman’s because it was on sale, and is really good)  My chopped carrots never got soft enough, and in the future I will use only ones I’ve teeny tiny diced, or perhaps a cup of frozen mixed vegetables.  The pasta I used was small whole grain elbows.  It is really delicious, and for me it’s a meal.

Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped (diced tiny)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add the jar of marinara sauce, chicken broth, cannellini beans, red pepper flakes, pasta, salt and pepper. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
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My friend Patty sent this.  All my health conscious friends need to relax and read it.

NEW PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN
 Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good! Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?
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: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape! Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
And remember: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”
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For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans…
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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I’m sorry I haven’t been around for a while.  Not feeling great, and really being lazy about everything.  Some kind of crazy stomach thing.  May actually break down and see a doctor, eventually.

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I do have a great recipe for you today.  Made it yesterday.  This is originally from the Hellman’s site.  I made a couple of small changes, and will give you my version.  I’ve always been kind of potato saladly challenged, but am so proud of this one.

Honbee’s Potato Salad
2 lbs. potatoes (5 to 6 medium), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch slices
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. vinegar
1-1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup finely chopped red onion
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (optional-I didn’t use them)
Cover potatoes with water in 4-quart sauce pot; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.
Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper in large bowl. Add celery, and onion and mix to combine.
Add potatoes and mix gently till thoroughly coated. 
Serve chilled or at room temperature.  It was wonderful freshly made and warm.
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This is WOOT’s deal of the day.  I think it would be a great gift for someone going into their first home/apt, or someone replacing old with new.
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Staying in the kitchen theme, and knowing you feel guilty about all those plastic water bottles, this is a great idea.  If you speak Japanese you may enjoy the audio, but all you need to do is watch.

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