Laurie, that is freaking amazing!!!! How do you set your phone to lost mode? I have an iPhone too but I am totally not savvy. I know how to take pictures and surf the web, and that's about it. Geez technology today can do anything. Ha, I love the idea of watching it zoom around on a train all day. LOL!!!
Kim, I'm so sorry that Nathalie has not been feeling well. I hope that you get it figured out and she gets back to her normal self very soon.
Bonita - Yum for all of that homemade sauce and juice.
AFM - I'm getting wicked excited about the new house. We batted some negotiations back and forth through the realtors yesterday, and I think we came to a verbal agreement that we're all happy about. So our realtor is drawing up the official offer today, and I assume that they will accept it pretty quickly since we already agreed on the terms, so.....yeah, at least that peice of it looks like it is a go. I can't wait to see the house once it is completely finished with the work he needed to do on it. That all has to be done before the inspection.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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One day back in 1990 or 91, before we all had internet and cell phones, I found a wallet on Haight Street. The ID was for a German man, I wandered around for a bit & didn't see anyone who looked remotely like him so I went home & took a better look inside. Along with about $400 in cash were two airline tickets back to Germany -- for that very night. I called the travel agency in Germany (international long distance!) and left a message on the answering machine; it was about 9pm so no one was in the office but I figured it was worth a try. I thought about driving down to the airport and giving the wallet to the people at Lufthansa, but I couldn't make the trip in time to get back to work that afternoon. A short time later, my phone rings, it's someone from the travel agency. The phone number printed on the tickets was an "emergency" number that automatically paged someone. I offered to take the wallet to his hotel, but she had already called the hotel and he had checked out. She thanked me for calling and said she was going to contact the airline to replace his tickets. Then I thought, she mentioned the hotel by name, maybe he'll call there looking for his wallet. I called the hotel and the desk clerk says, he's standing right here, and puts the man on the phone. They had checked out that morning, but left their bags while doing some last-minute sightseeing, and were on their way back to get them when they realized the wallet was missing. He & his wife got in a cab and came by my place on their way to the airport, with time to make their flight. And he gave me a wad of money, too, thanking me for being honest & kind, and saying he wouldn't be able to exchange it before his flight anyway.
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You guys should see my greenhouse veggies. The peas are out.of.control. The plants are so huge they've reached the top of the greenhouse and are pushing over the supports I have keeping them upright. Also, my tomato plants are flowering and I planted them from SEED. I am going to harvest some green onions tonight for our supper and the lettuce I just planted last week (maybe 12 in total) is sprouting. I also have some carrots that are about ready to pick. All that in a little 4' x 4' greenhouse. Best money I ever spent.
I am looking forward to being able to plant a second crop and hopefully have veggies well into the fall, as long as we have some sun. That little greenhouse sure gets warm inside, but then that's the whole point of a greenhouse, isn't it?
I am thinking of making some kind of netting for next year, but that would also keep the bees out. The major problems are the vine borers and squash bugs. So far I have gotten one meal from the carrots, one meal from the sweet potatoes, a ton of green onions (Plenty to freeze and give away), a ton of peppers (Plenty to freeze and give away), a bowl a day of peas for about a week, maybe 3 dozen tomatoes, around 2 dozen cucumbers, lettuce for about a month plus plenty to give away, 3 zucchini, 4 butternut squash and more coming, one freezer bag of radishes, and 6 sunflowers that are just about to bloom. I still have cucumbers, tomatoes, and butternut squash growing. I planted a new crop of green onions, yellow onions, and sweet potatoes. I have more lettuce to plant as well. We went to a youpick blueberry farm and picked a gallon of blueberries to freeze and I bought 25lbs of tomatoes from a fruit stand. I also got a dozen corn on the cob from the fruit stand.
The garden has done well, but I would be in trouble if I lived in a time where my life depended on having a garden. I do not know how people grow enough to sustain their families for the year.
Crazy phone stories!! I have used "Find my iPhone" many times, and I usually find it somewhere in my house or car. LOL One time I tracked it to my best friend's house and we realized that my daughter had climbed in their car with it when they were leaving our house earlier that night and they had taken it home with them without knowing.
Kim, really sorry to hear about your daughter. I have very bad migraines and can't imagine kids having them, although I have known a couple of kids that started getting them at some point in childhood. Food triggers are very common, but it would be odd for those to spring up out of nowhere. I hope you guys can get to the bottom of it.
Alissa, congrats on the new house! I laughed when I read "wicked excited" because I was just having dinner with some work associates that live in Massachussets and they were saying that "wicked" is such a popular word out there with kids especially. No one here says that!
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07