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Rush R40 Concert
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Another Haircut!

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 8:42 pm

Another haircut! I now have more gray hair than brown, and the brown has lightened up substantially. Also ditched my big brown glasses for my favorite color, red. A couple more cuts and I think all the color will be gone!

( photo / image / picture from Pianolady's Garden )

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Rush R40 Concert

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 4:30 pm

Rush R40 Concert on Mother's Day. Amazing as always.

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Surf Ballroom

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:43 pm

We took a mini-vacation over the weekend, and visited Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa. We'd heard about the Surf Ballroom ( and decided to visit, and we're glad we did. Talk about a step back in time!

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Today's Non-Gardening Project

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:50 pm

I drive a 2003 Nissan Frontier. It had the base model speaker system in it, which is as terrible sounding as you can get. Even FM sounded like AM radio. The head unit is okay, I have CD and mp3 through my transmitter.

I didn't want to spend too much on speakers since I have no intention of getting a new stereo. I found this for $35. Installed it today, which was a little challenging, but not bad. Getting the clamp off the window crank was the most challenging part (but I learned a quarter works great to dislodge the C clamp).

Compared to what I had, it's great and I saved a ton DIYing it and avoiding Best Buy!

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A Day Devoted to My Truck!

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:47 pm

Today I decided I'd not step foot into a garden and take advantage of the weather and work on my 2003 Nissan Frontier (which I dearly love) while it was cooler outside. These trucks had the option to have a cabin filter, but most didn't come with it. So I pulled out the glove box, cut out the hole for the filter (was pre-marked from the factory), and installed the cabin filter that I picked up from the dealership this morning. Really not a difficult thing to do at all.

Vacuumed out the car, cleaned the interior glass & vinyls, washed the car, Rain-X'd the outside glass and got new Firestone Destination LE2 tires for better traction installed this afternoon. Believe it or not, this truck was still rolling on it's original tires...which weren't very good when they were new. I'm looking forward to seeing how these handle in the snow, they were very high rated online.

RAGBRAI starts here tomorrow, so we've got 30 bikers tenting next door. That should make for an interesting evening. They'd be smart to sleep instead of party with the ride tomorrow, hopefully they will.

Got to have a few pics, I'm proud of my "older" truck, it only has 61k miles on it, and averages 22 mpg. I've put quite a bit of work into maintaining it since I purchased it a few years ago. Feels & looks like a new truck again!

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Another Clearance Score!

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:27 pm

I feel so off topic lately, but the bargains just keep finding me. Checked Target this morning for any electronics markdowns, and there sat a Gateway 15.6" laptop for $95.04, and I had a 5% off coupon plus 5% cash back. Yes, I brought it home and will replace my obsolete piano studio computer (and get a tax write off too!). In case you want to try to track one down (do it today or forget it!), the DCPI was 080-11-0017

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KitchenAid Mixer Score!!!

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:52 pm

Was hanging out at my favorite slick deal site and noticed the Tangerine KitchenAid mixers were on clearance at various Targets across the country. Lo and behold our store had one for 70% off, and I had a $5 coupon and 5% cash back...$85 out the door! Upgrading to the orange (my kitchen is terra cotta color so it works) and giving my old white classic one to my mil for Christmas.

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A Cleaning Day

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:04 am

This has been one of those days where I just wanted to clean and purge. I started with my kitchen, which had become counters filled with stuff. I removed the pots and pans hanging from the island, placing them in a cabinet. It really opened up the space. Then I cleared any appliance off the counter that didn't get used at least one a week. The dog bowls got moved to another room, and I cleared off the built-in desk, and returned the chair to the desk (where the dog bowls used to be). Everything is back to the way it was intended to be used. I'm a happy camper. Had to take a pic quick before it got messy again!

I've been watching too much HGTV lately, and decided to downsize the living room. Got rid of any cords running on the floor, hate those when it's time to sweep the floor. Took out the ugly wall multi-outlet and put back the original metal cover, removed a floor lamp we never used (with a cord that went across the floor), and removed the church pew seating that had blankets sitting on it the dog just used as a bed. I still need to see if I can find a new home for the antenna, that still bugs me.

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Just a Cute Pet Pic

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:55 pm

We purchased this church seating from an auction years ago when they demolished one the churches in town. Peanut now owns it.

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Flood Fatigue

Category: Off Topic | Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:29 am

Still waiting. The National Guard has been working 24/7 to keep our The Missouri River wraps around our city, so there's so much opportunity for a levee break. So far, so good. Levees north and south of us have breached, flooding the interstate and many homes and farms. Go here to see how bad things really are along the Missouri River.

This is the industrial levee on the wet side of the federal levee that protects my husband's employer. It's still holding, although seepage and sewer backups have become an issue.

Last edited: Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:31 am

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