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IrishAyes

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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Yes, you are helpful.

I guess I could've followed the same advice I give others when I'm mad at them - "look it up yourself on the internet!" - but after apologizing for my laziness, I must say this has been a fun run for me. Guess I was feeling a little lonesome this evening. Everyone's been very kind.

Now that's incredible. I love scented candles and already have tea lights because I have to prepare

well ahead for potential emergencies way out here. But I'm not likely to give too many away after 8 years of being beat over the head by a lot of these teabaggers. I could NOT survive here w/o the internet. Absolutely could not.

So I'll make some scented candles for myself and run some of the other beans through the blender so I can brew them.

Thanks, everyone!

Thanks - excellent idea except I don't have a mortar and pestle either.

Apparently many folks with great suggestions labor under the misimpression that I live in a civilized area, which is far from the case. I retired here 8 years ago because of 2 major reasons: cost of living and it's 850 above sea level. I can't swim.

Great suggestions that I'm not in a financial position to implement, sorry. Where I retired to a

remote tiny town in the Midwest, most people here probably haven't even heard of a coffee grinder. I bet they'd think it grows in powdered form somehow. None of the little stores here carry anything like a grinder. They don't sell coffee beans either. I could order online except for that pesky $ thing. You're right, even roasting and grinding your own beans at home is best, when possible.

I too benefit from well written manuals.

Or a friend's written instructions. I always remind people not to worry they might offend me by extremely simple directions. Someone in the computer group recently gave me EXACT step-by-step procedure to redo my computer's operation. I was afraid it was in the last death throes, but now it's running fine and I might even get another year or so out of it.

Good idea, except I think they're too hard for a rolling pin to make much difference.

Thanks, though. I thought about a metal meat tenderizer, but I don't have one of those either since I seldom eat meat. But I'm a coffee fiend! These were given to me by someone else who doesn't have a grinder either.

(X-Post) What to do with coffee beans when you don't have a grinder?

Would it harm my blender to crack them up a little and then simmer them overnight in a crockpot?

(X-Post) What to do with coffee beans when you don't have a grinder?


I'm wondering whether it would damage my blender to at least try to chop them up a little, then let them simmer in water in the crockpot overnight.

What to do with coffee beans when you don't have a grinder?

I'm wondering whether it would damage my blender to at least try to chop them up a little, then let them simmer in water in the crockpot overnight.

I admire your creativity and thrift. Sounds like a grand idea, and thanks for sharing.

Since I live in sweats during winter, I always have plenty around, in all conditions. Sometimes I use them to make dog clothes, too. In a pinch the sleeves or legs of extra large sizes can even be pressed into service as a nightcap! I'm fortunate to live where a church-sponsored used clothing store sells everything for 10 cents, so if I need something, it's always easy to find.

Old sweaters are great for repurposed clothing too, though they wouldn't be so good for cleaning. I even make pillows with them, occasionally a casual quilt or throw or a big blanket, sewing the pieces together with a simple embroidery overcast hand stitch. No end to what you can make with sweaters and sweats. Sometimes at the clothing thrift store they have really beautiful things with the sales tickets still on, never worn! Once I found a beautiful sweatshirt (too big to wear) with gorgeous embroidered roses on the front. I took it home and made a really cute beret.
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