Monthly Archive: October 2006

Oct 30

local someone who does canning

I have an odd question: I’ve discovered I’m madly in love with persimmons …the only problem is that they only come into season once a year. :-(

A fuyu persimmon fruit

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I’d be quite pleased to find someone locally (RTPish) who knows how to “can” (/put up) fruit. I’d love to a canning afternoon and would buy said person some produce of his/her choice (and/or share persimmony goodness) in exchange for help with same. (I should mention that I also don’t have any of the appropriate equipment to do said canning, so that would be helpful as well.)

Also, does anyone have a dehydrator they’d let me borrow?


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Oct 30

Vampire puppy

I thought you might want to see pics of India in costume from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk on Saturday:

Needless to say, she was a huge hit amongst the youngsters (and adults for that matter) at the walk.  We walked the whole three miles (ok, except for the last couple hundred yards, when I carried her), and got tiny pieces of hot dog as a treat at the end (more accurately, I got two hot dogs, and shared tiny pieces with her).

Thank you again for your generous contributions — together we raised more than $600 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

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Oct 27

Last chance to help out! (and apologies for asking again…)

First off — THANK YOU to all the folks who’ve donated already!

I’m sending out one more “pleeeeease” to the universe  (or at least those of you who’ve got the dubious distinction of being friends) and asking again for your support for my walk in the JDRF Walk for The Cure (TOMORROW! Sat. Oct. 28th!).

As an additional incentive (or perhaps just because it amuses me), I’ve decided that I’m walking in costume (Draculette) and that my wee pup India will be walking (/bouncing) with me, dressed as a bat.

In my Martha-ness, I’ve handmade her little wings (which I daresay are TEH CUTE!), and, of course, I am planning on toting her should she become plum tuckered.

So, why don’t you join me!?  Heckle me!  Support me!

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal!

Thanks in advance!

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Oct 18

An unusual plea


Y’all know that I don’t (normally) (a) intentionally exercise or (b) ask for money, so this is a truly unusual circumstance.

This year, I’ll be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes research foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes along with some half-million other folks all across the country. Our goal: To raise $90 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. (*More info about Juvenile Diabetes below.)

So, will you sponsor me on the walk (Oct., 28, BTW, should any of you want to come walk also…or even heckle)?  I am starting extensive training by walking with my puppy (ok, not quite true, but it sounds a little less lame than the more truthful:  I’m terribly out of shape and will probably be huffing and puffing by the end of this. )

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:

(*) Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a nasty, often deadly disease that affects millions of people–a large and growing percentage of them children.  And though insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.

The good news, though, is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date.

(Huff. Pant. Wheeze.)

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Oct 09

Interesting products

I saw this in a catalog. Upon reading the full description, things made sense; intially, however, all I could think was “solar…powered…thermometer…ummmm….yeahh…”

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Oct 03


When it comes to getting lost, there’s nothing more dangerous than one’s own home town.

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