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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1550069)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Thank you, Vic, Esme and Lynn, for the gardening compliments.

Truth be told, our garden looked much better in early June than it does now. We have a severe drought going on here in California. My front yard is bone dry and very brown. My backyard is only marginally greener because I have been using water to grow some vegetables and to keep our fruit trees alive. In early June it was cooler and rain was not a distant memory. Now everything is brown and dying.


It bewilders me that California has not started up their desalination
plants. They were deemed too expensive and were shut down, but
with this drought going on as long as it has, you'd think they'd
reconsider.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1550066)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Now here is something that is right up this threads alley...


I'm not going to try this since I'm not a Halloween person, but
I'm definitely going to share it.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1550063)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Homemade Lemonade
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part simple syrup (50% sugar boiled with 50% water then chilled)
1 part sparkling water
1 part liberal outrage
Lots of ice
Garnish of fresh mint

Mix in a tall glass and enjoy, knowing that EVENTUALLY the political pendulum will swing the other way.


I really isn't as good without the liberal outrage.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1549255)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Well Mr. Sattler, since you managed to slip an unsubstantiated and offensive political jab into the Raccoon thread, I may as well come over to this thread and inform readers that your favorite pasta, Barilla, is on the boycott list in our home due to political reasons.


I didn't know about this. Thanks for the heads-up.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : You're driving me buggy! (or, don't post bugs in my thread thread) (Message 1549254)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Now THIS is what I call a swarm!

http://time.com/3028861/mayfly-invasion-midwest/
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1548413)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
I partly agree Suzie.
On the other hand i don't see one reason why private people should have pit bulls at all.
The risk for other people is to high in my honest opinion.


The reason for private people to have pit bulls is because there are
so many in shelters waiting to be either adopted or euthanized.
Shelters require adopted animals to be neutered or spayed, so there
is no chance these pits would add to the population.

I do wish people would stop breeding them, as well as other breeds,
so that more people would adopt from shelters.

I strongly support laws and ordinances that require anyone who
wishes to breed dogs to pay for a license - one that costs more than
spaying/neutering - and anyone who breeds without a license should
get slapped with a hefty fine.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1548362)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
I do not like 'toy dogs' at all. Nor pit bulls, the breed should be extinguished. Some say they are a problem written by their owners.
BS. They were bred and born to be angry attack dogs.
There have been more documented children killed by pit bulls than any other breed of dog ever. And the few who are not killers 'the few' do not let all the others off the hook. Kill the breed.


You are so, so wrong.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/truth-about-pit-bulls

To kill an animal because of its breed is ignorant. It's no different than saying
we should lock up all black people because of the crimes many of them are
known to have committed.

Educate yourself.

While you have every right to speak your mind, I have every right to tell you
that you are ignorant about pit bulls.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1548360)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
My Mom would make some very good split pea soup, turns out She bought some dried split peas and then bought ingredients that were listed on the bag of split peas, cause there was a recipe on how to make the soup there and that's how My Mom made that type of soup. She also liked Campbells condensed soups, since one just needed to add water, though milk could be added to their tomato soup instead.

Now as to spaghetti, I can and do make a big batch from time to time, but then I inherited some pans, two of which are great for spaghetti or even stew, though I prefer to buy Prego/Hunts spaghetti sauces, Hunts is in cans, Prego is in jars. I do use ground chuck in 1lb packages per batch, that minus any packaging gets cooked in the microwave for 5-10 mins in a corning ware ceramic baking dish with a glass lid and since I'd already chopped that up, once cooked they need to be drained in a colander, then added to the cooked spaghetti before the sauce is added. It's a simple dish to make.


I'm not real fond of the spaghetti sauce that comes in jars. To me it tastes like it
was made for kids, and some of them do have added sugar. I started buying the
stuff in the jars but checking to see that they didn't have any sugar. When the
store stopped selling my favorite brand, I went to marinara sauce, instead. Again,
I made sure it had no extra sugar. Nothing against sugar. I just don't want it in my
spaghetti sauce.

I added the canned tomatoes to thin it out a little bit, and to give it some chunkiness.

I added the sausage because there isn't any real meat in the jar stuff. (Although
some say "with meat," it's difficult to actually identify any meat.)

Nothing wrong with your recipe, zoom. I was just particularly happy with the taste
of this batch! Try the Italian sausage next time and see if you don't like that even more.
In my case it was cheaper than the ground beef I was going to buy.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1548268)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
> Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

> I have found at my age going braless pulls all the wrinkles out of my face.

> You're getting old when you don't care where your spouse goes, just
> as long as you don't have to go along.

> Statistics show that at the age of seventy, there are five women to
> every man. Isn't that an ironic time for a guy to have those odds?

> Middle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.

> By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to
> go anywhere.

> Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends, and have
> begun to grow in the middle.

> Last will and testament: being of sound mind, I spent everything.

> It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything.

> You're getting old when your wife gives up sex for lent, and you
> don't know until the 4th of July.

> You're getting old when "getting lucky" means you found your car in
> the parking lot.

> At my age "getting a little action" means I don't need to take a laxative.

> Middle age is having the choice of two temptations and choosing the
> one that will get you home earlier.

> Someone described heaven as a family reunion that never ends. What
> could hell possibly be like? Home videos of the same reunion?

> Laughing helps, it's like jogging on the inside.

> Middle age is when you choose the cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

> Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.

> Every time I think about exercise, I lie down till the thought goes away.

> The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight. Because by then
> your body and your fat are really, really good friends.

> Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

> Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes it comes alone.

I'm using a larger font size so that us geezers can read this easily.
You're welcome.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1548267)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
After Nigeria was eliminated from the World Cup the Nigerian captain personally offered to refund all the expenses of fans that travelled to Brazil.

He said he just needs their bank details and pin numbers to complete the transaction.


Now that's funny!
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1547926)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
I made the best spaghetti sauce that I've ever tasted! I can say
that because I didn't make it "from scratch," exactly. If I had,
I wouldn't brag about it.

I started by browning up about a pound of "mild" Italian sausage (the
loose stuff, not the stuff shaped like sausages). To that I added two jars
of Newman's Own Marinara and two cans of "Italian style" chopped
tomatoes (with garlic, basil, and oregano). (I added two jars/cans
because I wanted to make a lot of sauce that lasted a long time.)

It was fast, easy, and very thick, and oh so good! I normally would
make my spaghetti sauce with ground beef, but on a whim I picked
up the Italian sausage, instead. What a great decision. I'll never
use ground beef again.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1547920)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Well the cute little dog from next door isn't so cute any more. It just came into our house as bold as brass and jumped up on the sofa. When I went to pick him up to take him out he started screaming and pissed everywhere. I had to carry a pissing screaming tiny dog out the house to find his owner, whom it promptly bit.


Now you know why he's outside roaming around and not in his own home.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : You're driving me buggy! (or, don't post bugs in my thread thread) (Message 1547918)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Moths often come into your house with things like birdseed. If you
buy birdseed, keep the whole bag in the freezer for about 48 hours
to kill the moth larvae.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : You're driving me buggy! (or, don't post bugs in my thread thread) (Message 1546623)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
World's largest aquatic insect specimen found in China



http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/22/world/asia/giant-insect-china/index.html

I have found the occasional Dobson Fly on my house, but never one
quite that big. (Thank God.)
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1546145)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Here are a couple of cookbooks that you can download for free
in PDF format:

Go here: http://www.leannebrown.ca/cookbooks/

The cookbooks are "Good and Cheap" and "From Scratch"
by Leann Brown

I've just downloaded them myself, so I don't have an opinion about
them yet.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1546144)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Two hunters named Stash and Walter hired a pilot to fly them into the Alaskan wilderness where they managed to bag two big Bull Moose. As they were loading the plane to return, the pilot said the plane could take only the hunters, their gear and one Moose.

The hunters objected strongly saying, "Last year we shot two, and the pilot let us take them both...and he had exactly the same airplane as yours."

Reluctantly the pilot, not wanting to be outdone by another bush pilot, gave in and everything was loaded. However, even under full power, the little plane couldn't handle the load and went down, crashing in the wooded wilderness.

Somehow, surrounded by the moose, clothing and sleeping bags, Stash and Walter survived the crash.

After climbing out of the wreckage, Walter asked Stash, "Any idea where we are?"

Stash replied, "I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year."
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1545268)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
BABIES!!!



Now I have even more hungry mouths to not feed. :-\
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1544693)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Story here: http://io9.com/the-detail-in-this-hummingbird-photograph-is-unreal-1607478040

19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1544678)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Actually it might even be shepherds' pie...

Of course it is only shepherd's pie (or which ever variant of spelling you may choose) if it is made from either lamb or mutton. If made using beef (or any other meet for that matter) it is cottage pie.


I guess it's cottage pie that I like, then. I have never and would never use
lamb or mutton.

(Not judging anyone, btw.)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : You're driving me buggy! (or, don't post bugs in my thread thread) (Message 1544658)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Suzie-Q
Speaking of mosquitoes...

http://wwlp.com/2014/07/19/deadly-mosquito-virus-reported-in-eastern-mass/

"Mosquitoes: we’ve talked about them for months, and for the first time this year
mosquitoes have infected someone in Massachusetts with eastern equine encephalitis,
or triple E."


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