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The minutae of my life

November 25th, 2017 at 01:51 pm

Leaves & Hornet Nest
I ran the mower over leaves on the lawn for about a half hour to mulch them. The lawn looks better than it did before.

Dad came over and he admired the big gap in the tree line, as well as a humongous hornet nest that's now clearly visible about 12 feet up in my viburnum, before we went to lunch at an Italian place.

Dad's going to bring his branch cutter pole, the kind where you can reach way up high, to see if I can get that hornet nest down. I think it would look nice on my dining room shelves. If we get it down, I'll put it in a plastic bag and close it before bringing it in the house, to make sure the warm air indoors doesn't cause any hornets to hatch.

According to National Geographic, only the queen and her eggs survive the winter, and they apparently shelter in other locations, not the nest.

Lunch
We had a young, inexperienced waiter at the restaurant. We had a very long wait to get our meals, even after the other table of people, who arrived after us, and then he brought out my dad's meal first; my meal came about 15 minutes later. Then when he was clearing our plates he spilled the shrimp shells from my dad's dish right beside our table and never did clean up the 4 or 5 shells so when we got up to left, we had to avoid stepping on them.

Other doings
I did 2 loads of laundry today and vacuumed 3 levels, due to possible flea eggs, including the basement, since the cat goes down there.

Sunday shopping plans:
Tomorrow I plan to:
1. get a haircut with coupon
2. get gas
3. go to lowes for 1 or 2 6-packs of LED light bulbs
4. go to walmart for cat food and peruse the sales
5. hit Aldi's for groceries
6. stop at the craft show on the way home

Food processor?
I browsed a few websites online more out of curiosity than anything else and idly thought about getting a food processor, but some bad reviews about food getting stuck inside certain parts and then turning moldy turned me off.

I try to use a blender for most things but if it's not that liquidy it doesn't work well; it's just not powerful enough to turn drier food around. So I chop most things manually. I would use a processor for certain things like coleslaw, for instance; cabbage takes forever to chop finely.

Decluttering
I've been in a bit of a decluttering state of mind lately. Last weekend, I brought 3 strands of Christmas lights to Lowes for recycling. I tried selling them briefly on Facebook, but after the woman who showed up to buy them declined to do so after realizing the price was $5 for each set, not $5 for all 3 (I mean, c'mon), I decided it wasn't worth the bother to try again. Now I have a pair of heavy navy blue clogs I want to dispose of.


Bought these Dansko clogs in 2010 because I really needed navy shoes for a new job, but have rarely worn them. Guess I'm no longer a clog type of person, though I loved them in high school. They're just so big and heavy. I paid over $100 for them at a pricey store because they were the only pair of navy shoes for miles around. They will last someone for decades, I'm sure, but they do have small scuffs on the toe. I fear they won't sell with those scuffs and the only way to fix that would be to buy blue shoe polish which again makes this probably not worth selling as I'd only ask $15 for them. So they will be donated...I hope Good Will doesn't toss them.

I do have a simple glass aquarium I'll try to sell for $9, about as much as I paid for it 2 summers ago to raise butterflies in. I now prefer netting over tomato hoop cages to the aquarium, which can heat up pretty quickly and doesn't have as good air circulation. So will try to take pix and post tomorrow. I figure now's the time to try to sell anything as people are in the buying mood.

4 Responses to “The minutae of my life”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I have a Cuisinart food processor I bought on sale years ago. Because everything comes apart, the bowl, the blades, etc. nothing gets stuck or moldy. I was the bowl and blades in the dishwasher. I've seen some of these same ones at thrift stores too in almost new condition. I chop most things by hand, but I do use the food processor if I have a lot to do and that's also how I make my pie crusts. I found a small older one that I use for when I chop herbs after I dry them. It also has a detectable bowl and blade. I agree..the blender just don't get things chopped consistently.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Do you use a dishwasher? We have a Cuisinart. We wash the bowl and blades and lid in the dishwasher, and it's never gotten moldy; we've had it for years. We have quite a powerful blender (Vitamix) but it's still not ideal for certain jobs, so we have the food processor for that.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think the reason people were complaining about food getting stuck in their food processors was likely poor cleaning. People can be very lazy about proper cleaning of things like that and then blame it on the machine. We have used 3 food processors over the years and never had this problem, with all different brands, too. Our most recent one has a spiralizer attachment as well so it is easy to make zucchini noodles.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I have a food processor I bought at Aldi's. I haven't had any issues with it.

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