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So I just caught a bit of a news story from an Oregon station. It was saying that although marijuana is legal in Oregon, the Feds still consider it a class 1 drug, like heroin.

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Well, I blame US Congress, because the Feds are supposed to uphold the laws as Congress writes them.
I particularly blame the US senators and representatives from Wa, Co, and Or, (and to a lesser extent those from states which have legalized medical use of marijuana) because they aren't making any real effort to change the federal laws to match what is clearly the will of the voters the represent.
I voted for WA's recreational marijuana initiative, but I'm very uneasy about the situation, because it sets a precedent for states to overset federal laws; it's no big deal for pot, but what about civil rights laws, or the ability of the Federal Election Commission to ensure honest voting?
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Once more, with pictures...

We've all heard the sad stories about a handmade quilt or a crocheted bedspread or something like that that many of us know take hours if not years to complete but ended up being sold for $5 at a garage sale.

So here's my problem: I have uncovered this hand crocheted bedspread among my mother's belongings. It was made by my step father's mother many, many years ago. I don't see any problems with it, no holes or fraying , and the sucker is huge. Without official measuring, it looks to be about 80x120". It also weighs over 11 pounds.

What do I do with it?? I don't want it, my kids sure won't take care of it...

Help, O Plusiverse, you're my only hope! 
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I'm looking at the "It also weighs over 11 pounds" and thinking someone with autism might enjoy the feeling of pressure it could give.
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Just sayin'.
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My granny used to quilt.I still have the safety blanket she gave me when I was born and I have one for my kids as well. Quilting is becoming a lost art.
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I'm looking forward to this one!
 
Over the next several weeks, leading up to the release of Warrior’s Glass, I’m going to release a short story in serial form, on my blog. At first glance, Gunslinger’s Bargain is a deviation from my norm. But if you forget the time, and change the setting, it could easily pass for steamy sci-fi. It’s a western, full of the gritty romance and violence that made the late 1800’s a time of legend. 

If you keep up with The Warrior Chronicles, you know I like to tie history into my storytelling. I think the spice of actual events can bring a flavor to fiction that just isn’t there when a reader knows the tale exists solely in the author’s mind.

Gunslinger’s Bargain is just such a story. It will take you on a romantic journey through the old west, and into unexplained history. Join me every Wednesday for a ride into the sunset. And as usual, if you like what you read, spread the word.
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It arrived! It arrived!

+Shawn Jones​ sure knows how to put a smile on my face. ;-)
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That is too funny. :0)
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I'm having a very minor surgery today. I need to check in at the surgery center at 1:15 pm. Of course I can't eat or drink anything after midnight. 

I am not amused.
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Heal quick!
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Drive-by post:

I've just passed Week 8 of travelling to and clearing out my mom's house to ready it for sale. 

I'm fairly disgusted with the amount of stuff that I'm having to go through (and at the amount of $$ that was spent on stuff that's either going to the landfill or donated to charity).

Yesterday, at my home, I tackled our utility room/pantry. After disposing of the saved coffee cans and expired cake mixes and jars of pickled artichoke hearts I'll never cook with and that unused set of pottery canisters that match my dishes... well, you get it...

Mr. W. had enough to fill the bed of the pickup and to make a dump run.

Yeah. I'm trying to buck the 'Like mother, like daughter' thing here. 
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Yeah. I have Mom's recipes, and Dad's Post Office badge (back when they had real ones) and corn cob pipe. That's all I need of them. 
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I might be the last person to find this, but just in case... 

Full screen with sound :-)

Thanks to Mr. W. for sharing this with me. There was some mood-liftage happening as I watched!!
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Whaddaguy, whaddaguy... Saving you money, time, and grief.

Heed his words, children.
 
Tips from a Service Tech: Dishwasher Cavitation

You should NEVER see this many suds in your dishwasher. What you see here is what we service techs call cavitation. Dishwashers don't like cavitation. What causes it? The primary cause of cavitation is the use of regular dishwashing liquid (Dawn, Joy, Palmolive, etc.) instead of dishwashing detergent. If you have run out of detergent go buy some. Cavitation can also be caused by soaking your dishes in regular dishwater (with dishwashing liquid) and then transferring the soapy dishes to the dishwasher without rinsing the soapy water off. 

What happens with cavitation? When you have cavitation going on there's more air than water going through your wash motor and that air (in the form of tiny bubbles) will eventually damage it.

How do you know cavitation is going on? The first sign of cavitation is that you'll hear your dishwasher motor "surge" instead of running steadily. You'll hear it go "uh...uh...uh" repeatedly. Newer dishwashers will shut themselves off if sensors detect cavitation. You'll hear the dishwasher fill with water, you'll hear it surge a few times, then it will stop itself to protect the motor. When you open the dishwasher you'll see lots of suds. Not a little. A lot. See the picture below? That's what I'm talking about.

So, your dishwasher is cavitating. What can you do about it? First, don't panic. Remove all dishes from the dishwasher and put them in clean, clear water to rinse the soap off. Next, pour 3-4 tablespoons (45-60 mL) of vegetable oil into tub of the dishwasher and start a wash cycle. Let it run for a few minutes. Open the door. If you still see suds add a little more oil. Let it run for a few more minutes. Open the door. If you still see suds, add a little more oil. As you go along doing this the suds should diminish. Once you can open the dishwasher an no longer see suds, close the door and let the cycle run to completion. This should resolve the cavitation problem. If it doesn't, repeat the procedure. 

When you load the dishwasher again make sure there's no soapy water on them and absolutely, positively, do not use dishwashing liquid (Dawn, Joy, Palmolive, you get the picture) in your dishwasher.

Do you need to call a service tech? No, you don't. You can resolve cavitation on your own and the motor shouldn't be harmed from an occasional cavitation event. 

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For my offspring: Happy Egg Day
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You know how many times i have explained to people this isn't a myth?
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I play with fabric and yarn. I read: Mostly sci-fi, fantasy, mystery. Chick-lit gives me a rash. I am a leader (or a bossy-boots). I ring handbells. I'm cooler than I sound and not as cool as I think I am.

Friends, family and acquaintances call me Diva.  I have no idea why.

I really shouldn't write a mini-bio before being properly caffeinated.
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