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  • in reply to: Sign failures #688558

    jwws
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    Reminds me of an e-mail we received a while ago, titled “But Will They Bloom???” Here’s the e-mail (I won’t post the pic but read on):

    But will they bloom???

    I wonder whether they would look better on the kitchen table or in the entry.

    I wonder if they come in different colors.

    I wonder about the fragrance?

    I wonder if they’re cheaper by the dozen.

    I wonder if it would help to put those preservative packets in the water.

    I wonder if they come in long-stemmed.

    I wonder if they will bloom soon.

    Captured at 115th and

    Allisonville Rd.

    in Fishers, Indiana.

    The sign is real and was up for two hours before someone

    stopped and told them how to spell PEONIES

    The picture shows a Nursery sign advertising fresh cut “peonies” for $7.99 a bunch however the o and last e in peonies were missing!


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    There is no sewer meter, as far as I can tell the city uses CCF in = CCF out (the sewer charges are the highest on the bill BTW) which is why if you have a leak try to get a rebate since the CCF lost to the leak didn’t go down the sewer but percolated through the ground…..

    in reply to: Need help with a new lawn #688491

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    EmmyJane,

    Before we got rid of our lawn altogether we used to re-sod 2 or 3 times a year (due to 2 large dogs that tore up lawn/killed it with urine). We always got our sod from JB Lawn in Woodinville (they will deliver the sod). They can probably answer all your other lawn questions as well.

    Don’t know about the slate tiles that you mention but you may want to check out Pavingstone Supply (they are in Ballard and also have a website) – they have a variety of stone products including Abbotsford interlocking pavers. We put in a Pennsylvania bluestone patio a couple of years ago over our existing old concrete patio – need to be mindful of sloping and drainage when you do this, especially if the patio is up against the house. We mortared and grouted however (and it’s a lot of work!).


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    Jo

    If your light bill is estimated it will say so under the meter reading in the Detailed Billing section.


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    Our bill doubled – we’re normally around 17 CCF but we DID have a leak – our main waterline broke at the point where it enters the house – no standing water or water in our basement was evident but it was obviously leaking for some time. The only way we discovered the leak was I started to hear running water, shut off water supply to the house and still heard running water. I went to the meter and sure enough it was running while the water main to the house was off so I shut the water supply off at the meter and no more sound of running water/running meter. Of course all this happened on a weekend while hubby was at Crystal ski instructing so I got to live without water for a few days then we dug up our front yard (losing all my oriental lilies and God knows how many perennials in the process) found and repaired the leak. Got a $510 water bill – OUCH. Called up SPU and was told there is a leak rebate program which you can apply for in writing. Have done so but am still waiting to hear from SPU about any rebates. Bottom line, if your water bill seems high check for leaks inside and out and if you can access your meter read it, shut off water to the house and then read again – if the meter’s moved you got a leak between meter and house.

    in reply to: hahahaha..borrowing our term #687864

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    Having gone to school in DC, they are not prepared for 2 inches let alone the 24 that are predicted for that area with this storm so it is a major event. Do we all soon forget how much complaining we all did just a year or so ago when we were snowbound?

    in reply to: sidewalk etiquette #687816

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    A few years ago we were taking out our outdated rockery – got all sidewalk permits from city and had caution tape up plus “sidewalk closed” signs. While the backhoe was in the ditch, after hours, our neighbor from a block over thought the backhoe and ditch was a wonderful place for him and his two toddlers to play. When my husband and I told him the sidewalk was closed and to not walk/crawl/play there he got indignant – like it was his right! What an A**HOLE! And if he or his “precious” toddlers got hurt guess who would be sued! What’s up with some people??

    in reply to: I am broke and no job #687631

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    lol garden-nymph! Maybe just not interested in a bouncing troll and PBR is kinda like Shlitz……

    in reply to: Any good printing stores. #687666

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    We’ve used them for our business cards and stationary – agree with DaveB they do a good job for reasonable prices – and they are local.

    in reply to: I am broke and no job #687629

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    NoNo,

    Aren’t there blogs in Vegas you can “vent” to? Curious as to why WS or have you exhausted all female possibilities in Vegas and need to branch out?

    in reply to: Outdoor concrete work #687201

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    Our company, TJW Construction, can do this. We are local, licensed, bonded and insured with over 35 years of experience. If interested contact Tom at 206 351-3484 or at tjwconstcoinc@mac.com. We can supply references and pictures of previous work. Good luck with your project!

    in reply to: looking for an arborist #686824

    jwws
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    Mark Harmon at Stonehedge is fantastic; also a WSB sponsor. all his crew are licensed arborists.

    in reply to: Fireplace Repair (Brick + New Wood Mantle #686707

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    Hi Tish,

    My husband and I own and operate a small general contracting firm specializing in custom remodels and hardscape design/installation. My husband, Tom, has a lot of experience with both masonry and wood construction and has built a custom fireplace mantle in our home – in addition to totally remodeling our 1945 era home. We would be happy to give you both a design and estimate for your work. Please contact us at tjwconstcoinc@mac.com if you are interested – we can also supply pictures of previous jobs.

    in reply to: Droning Hum all night long near Camp Long #686208

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    I heard it last night for the first time on Genesee Hill. I remember waking up thinking it was a container ship but it just kept on going so then I realized I was listening to the infamous West Seattle Hum. Alien spacecraft piloted by night-fighting ninja squirrels perhaps……

    in reply to: What's with all the honking after midnight? #686131

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    Boat horns are used for navigational purposes and it was foggy in the early am hours. I love hearing them as well as the trains – miss hearing Nobska Point lighthouse foghorn from my Cape Cod home so these are the next best thing!

    in reply to: Where is…… #686093

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    Big Sigh LuckyMom30 et al…You folks have too much free time on your hands.

    in reply to: Tax preparation help recommendations? #685708

    jwws
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    Try Stacey at Courtesy Accounting on California across from the PO.

    in reply to: Tax preparation help recommendations? #685608

    jwws
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    Try Stacey at Courtesy Accounting on California across from the PO.

    in reply to: WEB SITE DESIGNER #685618

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    I second Michelle at Zango she’s done West Seattle Garden Tour web and printed materials for the past year and does a great job!

    in reply to: WEB SITE DESIGNER #685718

    jwws
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    I second Michelle at Zango she’s done West Seattle Garden Tour web and printed materials for the past year and does a great job!

    in reply to: Favorite Cookie Recipe #684224

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    Mexican Wedding Cookies

    1 cup pecans or walnuts

    1 cup butter softened

    1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar, divided

    2 cups flour, divided

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Place nuts in food processor and process by pulsing to a fine ground (not paste)

    Cream together butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup flour, vanilla and salt. Mix at low speed until blended. Stir in remaining 1 cup flour and ground nuts. Mix well and shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 350 F. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies stand on sheets for 2 minutes. Meanwhile place 1 cup powdered sugar in a 13×9 pan. Transfer hot cookies to powdered sugar and roll, coating well. Let cookies cool in sugar. Sprinkle remaining powdered sugar over cookies before serving. Store tightly covered at room temp or freeze up to one month.

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    1 cup butter, softened

    1 cup packed brown sugar

    3/4 cup sugar

    2 eggs

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    1 3/4 cups flour

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    2 – 21/2 cups rolled oats

    1 1/2 cups raisins (can be presoaked in rum if desired)

    cinnamon

    sugar

    Cream together butter, sugars and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Gradually beat in dry ingredients mixing well. Stir in oats and raisins. In a separate bowl mix sugar and ground cinnamon to taste to make cinnamon sugar. Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes.

    in reply to: moving sale #684042

    jwws
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    Oops, Sorry TR

    I’ve e-mailed OP and hopefully she will update this post with her contact info.

    in reply to: Your best pot roast recipe….. #684271

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    FoxyDiamond,

    Try this recipe – very similar to osso bucco but no tomato – very flavorful guarantee you’ll love it!

    3 – 4 lb Chuck roast (or larger if you need – just will need to cook longer)

    flour

    salt

    pepper

    1 large onion chopped

    3 – 4 carrots chopped

    4 -5 ribs celery chopped

    4 – 6 cloves garlic minced

    1 – 2 bay leaves

    dried basil

    dried oregano

    olive oil

    beef broth

    chicken broth

    red wine

    Rinse and pat dry chuck roast. Place enough flour to cover roast in a large plastic ziplock freezer bag season flour with salt and pepper to taste. Place roast in bag, seal and shake to cover roast evenly with flour mixture, shake off excess. Heat 2 -3 tablespoons of olive oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat add roast and brown on both sides. Remove from skillet when browned and place on plate. Deglaze skillet with red wine and reduce, pour drippings over roast in plate. Wipe out skillet add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium heat add onions, celery and carrots and cook with stirring for about 8 minutes add garlic and and cook for about one more minute. Push vegetables to sides of skillet and return roast and drippings to pan, Add bay leaves and equal amounts of chicken and beef broth to cover (or to just below rim of skillet. Season with basil and oregano and cover skillet with lid or foil. Place in 350 F oven and cook 2.5 – 3 hours until met is tender – check liquid level hourly and top off with broth or water as needed so roast does not dry out. Remove bay leaves. Serve with mashed or baked potatoes. Note: veggies can be course or finely chopped your preference- I like more rustic course chop and just spoon the pan drippings and veggies over meat and potatoes.

    in reply to: Pasta machine recommendation? #683053

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    Lazybeard,

    The Kitchen-aide is great. It’s a lot faster than hand cranking and has an even thinner setting than my Atlas. Rolling and cutting is a breeze and the machine isn’t moving on the board/counter like my Atlas hand crank did. Well worth the investment if you make homemade pasta often.

    in reply to: Pasta machine recommendation? #683048

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    Agree with all posts – I’ve owned an Atlas for over 20 years but about 4 years ago hubby bought me the attachments for my Kitchenaid mixer – no more hand cranking and the pasta sheets fly through. My Atlas now has a purely decorative “roll” in my kitchen.

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