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  1. I've done it a couple of times with heavy wool socks.  The socks that come in a bag, 6 pairs for $10 (or whatever the current price is), get tossed.  Or used for car wash rags.  

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  3. https://pirg.org/california/articles/why-california-needs-a-new-plastic-bag-ban/

    We need a new California plastic bag ban

    We shouldn’t have to worry about plastic bag pollution. But the plastic companies circumvented a 2014 law that was supposed to ban them. We’re working to update the law, so that it bans all plastic carryout bags at grocery stores in California, including those slightly thicker plastic bags that are common at checkout stands today, and that plastic companies claim are reusable. The reality is that few people actually reuse them. Instead they end up as trash and harm our environment just as much as the thinner ones did. And because they are thicker, plastic bag waste by weight actually increased in the last few years to the highest level on record




    Per the Los Angeles Times this week:

    According to a report by the consumer advocacy group CALPIRG, 157,385 tons of plastic bag waste was discarded in California the year the law was passed. By 2022, however, the tonnage of discarded plastic bags had skyrocketed to 231,072 — a 47% jump. Even accounting for an increase in population, the number rose from 4.08 tons per 1,000 people in 2014 to 5.89 tons per 1,000 people in 2022.

    So a law that promised to slash plastic waste apparently led to a huge increase. The evidence has been obvious for a while, and it wasn’t hard to see that one coming from the beginning. For starters, those thin plastic bags that grocery stores used to hand out to shoppers weren’t really single-use bags. 



    ADDED:  Sorry about that original formatting.   It didn't look like that on my phone.

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  4. This has possibilities.  


    3 tablespoons cornstarch

    1/2 cup sugar

    11/2 cups Welch's Welchade Grape Drink

    1 tablespoon instant coffee

    1/4 cup butter or margarine

    1/4 cup rum

    In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and sugar. Gradually stir in grape drink and instant coffee. Add butter and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles and thickens. Cool slightly. Stir in rum and serve warm. Spoon over ice cream, peaches or cake squares. Yield: 2 cups.


    I'm thinking, reduce the corn starch, reduce it more, and use as a glaze on grilled meat or baked ham.

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  5. 17 minutes ago, Cypress Sun said:


    I'm on Microsoft Edge, if that has anything to do with it


    That looks like it is pulling up all from your Edge keyboard. 


    1 hour ago, Pat Riot said:

    Not today. 

    Here is what I see:


    I'd say that since your Frequently used" is almost the same as the total menu of emijis that you overuse emojis.

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  6. The Texas Quote of the Day:

    "For two and one-half years I never went to the post-office ---- Colorado City, 115 miles away ----- nor looked upon the face of a woman.  I allowed my beard to grow and never, never gave the matter a thought. I must have become as tough-looking a character as ever bestrode a horse in Texas. It is not strange, then, that when I did finally go to town and attend a "baile," Eliza Hudgins would not see fit to favor me, when I sought a dance. Late in the evening, the party broke up in a fight and it was several months before I saw the fair young lady again. But the memory of her drew me back to town and on to Plainview, where her family resided. This time I was shaved and slicked up like a city dude, or as nearly so as a sunburned, calloused cow-hand could be.  She smiled upon me and I rushed the case as rapidly as her breadcrumbs of encouragement would justify.  We were married in her father's home and I took her back to the Elwood ranch as a new top-hand.  As she accustomed herself to the rigors of the open range, she gradually became as good a hand with cattle as many of the men we had.  At the time, she was the only woman in four counties and very rarely did she see another of her sex, except on occasions when we could tear ourselves away from ranch duties to ride a hundred miles or so to a dance.  

    Later our savings enabled us to buy sixteen sections, which we fenced, the two of us, almost entirely by our own labor ... Then we got a windmill. I will never forget how happy we were, standing at the door of the little dugout, watching the flow of the first water the new windmill pumped for us.  Then came the cattle, slowly. We'd buy a cow here and a cow there; then we got a good bull and a few young steers for fattening ... Our first baby, Mary, was born .... She died at seven years ... Then came little Bob Lee, who drowned when he was three years old. Later, after we had proudly built a new house with several rooms, Ruth was born and we were blissfully happy..  

    From this time on, it seemed like everything to which we placed our hands prospered and multiplied."

    -------- Frank Norfleet, "Norfleet,"  1924. Norfleet, who stood all of 5'5" tall, was a Texas rancher and lawman who was responsible for the capture and arrest of over 100 criminals during the early 20th century. Why did a rancher become a lawmen?  Because in 1919 he lost his life savings in a stock market scam, but he didn’t take it lying down. With a revolver and a suitcase of disguises, Frank set out on a four-year pursuit of his swindlers. 

    He died at the age of 102. 

    Shown here: J. Frank Norfleet circa 1900



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  7. The Arcane Texas Fact of the Day:

    Today marks the 187th anniversary of the time a group of horse-mounted Texas Rangers captured a Mexican ship, earning themselves the sobriquet "The Horse Marines."  What happened was this: the rangers, who were commanded by Maj. Isaac Watts Burton, had been sent by Gen. Thomas J. Rusk to monitor a portion of the Gulf Coast south of San Antonio Bay. When they learned of a suspicious vessel in Copano Bay, the rangers hid on the shore and sent up distress signals. The ship responded first by hoisting American and Texan signals, which were ignored. Only when the ship raised Mexican signals did the rangers respond. Thus tricked into believing those in distress were Mexican, the captain came ashore. He was promptly captured. With him as a hostage, sixteen rangers rowed out, boarded the Watchman, and seized its cargo of provisions for the Mexican army. Burton and his men employed this decoying tactic twice more on June 17, when they captured the Mexican ships Comanche and Fanny Butler. And this is the reason they were called "Horse Marines."

    Shown here: Thomas Jefferson Rusk



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  8. When I was involved in War of 1861 reenacting EVERYONE was all eager to play with the gun, but when it came time to clean it, everyone disappeared.  Nor did they think about the cleaning and care it needed after an event.  Sponging with soapy water, rinsing, oiling it down, wiping down, and at least once a year, waxing the carriage and implements.  Touching up the paint.  

    Of course, there was also the fun the first time any of the neighbors saw me pull it out of the garage and roll it off the trailer.  :D  
    When we lived in Clearlake Oaks people warned us that we were on a "bad street." But for some reason, because people saw that parked out front from time to time, there was no trouble there.   

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  9. 13 minutes ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

    Thick-cut round steak has been sold for London Broil for several years now a


    I think I learned about that in the early '70s.  Convinced Mom to buy one and I cooked it.  Came out medium rare and very tender.  Dad was skeptical about the "raw" meat, but allowed that it was some of the best beef he'd had outside of a restaurant.

  10. 3 minutes ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

    Round steaks have great flavor but are tough. My ma used to pound them and braise them with sauces for what was called 'Swiss steak'.


    Yep.  Mom had a little meat tenderizer that she pounded it with.s-l1200(1).thumb.webp.9d5dde7aec29173002aa1bc9c18fe926.webp




    She used the side with the blades.  Two or three passes over the whole thing, then turn it 90 degrees and pound it again.  Both sides.


    Sear in oil, and braised in Lipton, or was it Wylers?, Onion soup.

    Served with mashed potatoes, green beans, carrot sticks, and slices of iceberg lettuce.  Kraft French Dressing for the lettuce.



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