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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Random Thoughts


  1. I've been listing vintage bottles in my etsy shop yesterday and today.  I brought home several boxes of old bottles from an auction about three years ago and am just now getting to them!  It feels good to be crossing things off the To Do List!  The best part...a few of them have already sold!
  2. I sent Alex to school with his shirt on wrong-side-out one day this week.  They probably thought he dressed himself. ha.  We'll just let them think that!
  3. March Madness.  Sigh.  Need I say more?  The Mister can't hear me or see me.  I don't even know when he comes to bed because I've been asleep for hours! He does still come when I call him for dinner, though. ha.
  4. I haven't seen Peaches since I posted about the poor thing.  It's kind of hard to win his trust when he only appears once a week!
  5. I only lasted one week on the half decaf coffee.  I was trying it because I heard giving up caffeine can help you not grind your teeth while you sleep.  Well, I couldn't sleep on decaf! haha.  I was tired during the day and restless at night.  I went back on full caffeine and sleep like a baby again.  My fitbit stats were the real proof....the graph shows a very restless week and then a week of 100% efficient sleep. Strange, huh? 
  6. Spring is here.  It may not feel very warm or look very green outside but the bird couples are acting very romantic.   I saw Mr. Cardinal feeding Mrs. Cardinal this morning and Mrs. Robin is playing hard to get with Mr. Robin...which led to The Tango in the neighbor's yard. lol...or maybe it was the Fox Trot? 


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  1. I love that Kodak bottle. Wonder what scarey chemical came in it? So far as I can tell from old detective fiction (obviously the place to go for social history) people used to buy absolute buckets of poisons all the time.
    You might suppose spring had sprung here because there are primroses and coltsfoot in flower, but today was horrid with rain down the mountain and a really thick fog that was frightening to drive through.
    We went to the Co-op and bought some crisps!

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    1. I was wondering that, too...what chemical! Probably something to develop film. I have noticed while collecting old bottles for years that there are a lot of them marked POISON. Very interesting!
      Hope you get sunshine soon!

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    2. I sometimes wonder how the human race survived so long with all those poisons about.
      I think we are due sunshine on Monday. Just in time for me to fly home. But thanks for the thought.

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    3. Well, our life expectancy has improved over the years!

      At least when you fly, you'll be above all the dark clouds!

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    4. I love the Kodak bottle too. That logo was used around 1907.
      My dad was offered a job at Kodak once but was tired of sitting at a desk all day.
      Everyone else had parents that worked at either Xerox or Kodak. Ha ha!
      Photography and copiers.
      :0)

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    5. Check out this wonderful document - not sure I can make the link work - http://www.libraryweb.org/~digitized/tradecats/kodak/Kodaks_and_Kodak_supplies_1907.pdf
      Most interesting and what a huge range of stuff Kodak sold in 1907.

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    6. Oooh...thanks for sharing that! Very, very cool. I love those folding pocket cameras! $78 was quite a sum of money in 1907...amazing!

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    7. Amazing eh? You would have to be mad for photography to spend such a lot.

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  2. Some cool bottles in the shop! Maybe more than a week is needed re the half decaf but who knows. Hope the grinding is allevaited soon! Crossing my fingers for the return of Peaches. Sigh.

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    1. There might be a chemical in the decaf that doesn't sit well with me. But I'm happy to be awake in the day and sleeping at night with my lovely caffeine. ha.

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    2. Smiling at your amorous birdies - it's that time of year for a spring fling! :-)

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    3. I remember quite a few years ago reading someone's blog and he said two Robins were in his yard and he thought they were fighting and went to break up the brawl and then was terribly embarrassed when he realized what was really going on! haha....

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  3. That's an interesting bottle. Thank God amateur photography doesn't involve all those nasty chemicals nowadays.

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    1. Oh I know...so glad the dark room isn't something I have to go to every time I want to see what things I captured with my camera!

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  4. Old bottles are so interesting. Sure each has a story to tell locked up inside. I beginning to see some birds in our trees now too. The trumpet plant is blooming by the pool and that brings out the humming birds.
    Hey, I remember when seams on the outside were stylish...haha
    Wonder what's going on with peaches??? I was hoping he would come back so you could turn him into one of your beautiful, healthy cats.

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    1. Trumpet flowers...I'm sure you'll see lots of hummingbirds!

      Don't know about Peaches...he never comes two days in a row. Silly cat.

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  5. Old bottles have a lot of mystery to them. I collect only the ones that I find. My parents home had some and I found a neat old bottle under my porch when I was working on it. I bet you will have a lot of success with the old bottles.

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    1. Larry, I have a crate of old bottles from the auction out in my garage. They are caked with mud. Obviously, someone dug them up from the ground..probably a trash/burn site...and never cleaned them up. I can't wait until I get them washed up to see what there is! I'd love to see your collection...especially that one from under your porch!

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  6. Love your randomness.The second one made me chuckle. Something I would do:)

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    1. I didn't even notice until that evening! ha. And of course, he never noticed.

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  7. There wouldn't be any poison left in any of those bottles would there? I could sure use a drop for what I've got in mind. . . . . Ha!

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  8. Re coffee--have you tried cutting yourself off from caffeine later in the day? I find I don't have a problem sleeping if I have my last cup of coffee NO LATER than 4:30. 4:00 is even better.

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    1. It's not a matter of sleeping. I sleep great but I grind my teeth in my sleep. Someone suggested caffeine could make you grind your teeth so I cut it to half to see if it would help. The only thing that happened was that I stopped sleeping well! I went back to caffeine and sleep fine! No change in the teeth grinding either way.

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  9. As kids we dug old bottles up in the yard
    So many back there it wasn't too hard
    Geez, caffeine does the opposite to you
    Although I could have guessed that at your zoo
    But would they call that withdrawal or coming down?
    Geez, caffeine addicted at your town

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    1. You should check and see if any are left in the dirt
      and put them online so you can buy some new shirts. haha.
      I think it was the chemicals they use to make it decaf!
      I'm the opposite as everyone....makes me laugh.

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  10. Love the bottles Betsy.
    Laughed at you sending Alex off to school with his shirt wrong side out . . . did you know we call it inside out?
    Shame Peaches has not surfaced . . .
    It does not seem to matter when I drink coffee ~ I am having one now at 11.30 ~ I can still sleep well ..
    Oh the complexities of love life ~ in bird life as well I note . . . :)

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    1. Some people here say inside out. :)
      I never did drink coffee in the evening. I'm usually done with it by lunch time.
      I think it would keep me up if I drank it at night. But you're an odd duck....just like me. ha.

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    2. "The last tango In Cedarville" will now be demonstrated by Mr and Mrs Robin.

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    3. Sorry I disappeared...Peaches was on the back porch. Had to feed him and chat a while. :)

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    4. Slightly less shy...would come and get bites of chicken that were about 12-18 inches away from me. But he would still run back a few steps if I tried to come close to him. Still, progress is progress and I'll take it. Now, if would come back daily that would really be great! I'd have him to the vet before the week was done!

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  11. 1. Cool old bottles. Maybe one of the millions of photographers in blog land might want one for old times sake.
    2. My mother-in-law sent my oldest daughter to school one day with one of those pink foam rollers in her hair. LOL! You don't roll Alex's hair do you?
    3. Well at least you can lure Mr. with food. We don't do March Madness in my house. But now, if it was the Tour de France....watch out!
    4. I bet Peaches is just fine. He sounds like a hobo cat. He probably visits several houses.
    5. Hmmm. Caffeine anomaly, I'm thinking. That junk keeps me awake for hours, even if I don't drink it after 2 pm in the afternoon. But Lord knows, I love a good cup of coffee.....and diet Dr. Pepper....it does the same thing to me as coffee.
    6. Ha! Tango in the neighbor's yard....hilarious!! Makes me think of Rockin Robin!

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    1. I remember those pink foam rollers very well! I've said so many times I'm glad they aren't girls. ha.

      Rockin Robin...yep,...that's perfect! ha.

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  12. I completely relate to March Madness! Coffee is about the ONE thing I have not given up. Just today I found McDonald's breakfast blend on sale....can't wait til breakfast now!

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    1. I'm going to try to give it up again. I sleep fine and I see no need...and I love it. ha. Let me know how you like that McD's!

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  13. I have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and I don't think I will ever give that up!

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  14. My husband grinds his teeth in his sleep. He has a mouth guard that he wears to bed. It really helps him. We know this because it broke and he stopped wearing it an his teeth started to hurt again. We got if fixed and he is fine again.

    He does drink a lot of coffee... however, I don't think he will give that up any time soon!

    Maybe you should try a mouth guard if you don't have one already?

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    1. Yes..maybe! But I just had braces and got them off 18 months ago...with top and bottom permanent retainers and still moved my teeth! Maybe I need both! ha.

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  15. I love the old bottle. Laughed at the Alex story! And yes - you are a strange one but we love you anyway. :)

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    1. lol....I've always been the odd duck! :)

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  16. Interesting that you didn't sleep as well with half the caffeine in your coffee. My theory is that any big change like that is an adjustment for your body... I personally think you need to give it more time. It's been a long time since I cut most caffeine out so I don't remember how long it took me to adjust. Though the past couple weeks I've sometimes needed a cup of coffee at work as I haven't been getting many good nights of sleep lately.

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    1. Well, you could be right. I feel like if I can move my teeth with permanent retainers, it's going to take a special appliance or mouth guard to prevent that. Even with or without caffeine, I think I need something in my mouth to make it stop.

      Hope you start sleeping better!

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  17. Maybe I should give up the half-caf too... but then again the Benadryl is working pretty good and my eyes actually open in the morning.
    Poor Peachy. I hope he learns to trust soon.

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    1. I noticed the bottle was from Rochester. :)

      Peachy came tonight...sat on the back porch close to me and ate some chicken. A little less shy, too! Jack and Shadow wanted chicken and didn't understand why I kept saying no and that Peachy was germy. ha. A little more progress...

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  18. I make a pot for 4 cups (it actually amounts to two mugs) in the morning, and I gave up the afternoon 2 cups. This was about 2 years ago. Still I drink about 3 cans of Diet Pepsi. I'm a terrible insomniac and I clench my jaw and have really, really neck and back pain from tension that gets worse at bedtime. I know...I'm a walking mess. I'm trying the different La Croix mixed seltzer flavors...it gives me the fizz I find in my Pepsi. Fingers crossed. One advice column recommended relaxing the tongue and jaw and dropping your neck against your chest to sleep. Hmmmmmm....:)

    Jane xx

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    1. I know what you mean about being addicted to the fizz....I used to have one can every afternoon. I did give it up, though, and don't crave it anymore. I read somewhere that nutrasweet and other sweeteners actually make you crave carbohydrates so I weaned myself off of it. I can relate to the stress, too, and know that is why I grind my teeth. I have a lot of strange stress from a very dysfunctional extended family...I just don't share it here..but if I did, you all would faint from disbelief and not come to for a week. lol.... Anyway, all that to say that I know stress can make you do and feel crazy....even grind your teeth until you need braces. Although, I do sleep very well...just do it in my sleep! Sigh! I have been trying to make an effort to really relax my jaw, face and neck when falling asleep. Hope your La Croix helps you kick your fizz addiction!

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  19. Kodak was such an amazing company in my neck of the woods (Brockport) but alas has lost it's way.
    If I wasn't downsizing I would buy this cute little bottle.

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    1. It is a cute bottle...just love it!

      It's weird to think that a big company like Kodak could be obsolete....too bad they didn't jump into digital photography in a big way and keep going.

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  20. Good that you figured out what your body needs. I am still hopeful that Peaches will "come in out of the cold". ;) blessings ~ tanna

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    1. I was very excited to see him last night...and he sat on the porch and stayed a while after I fed him and went inside.

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  21. Many moons ago, I used to grind my teeth in my sleep. The dentist fitted me for one of those plastic mouth doohickies. Then the grinding stopped because I couldn't sleep because of the plastic in my mouth. LOL! I threw that thing in a drawer and it hasn't seen the light of day since. Somehow, the grinding stopped on it's own. Maybe it will for you too. I think it was from the stress of going to college with two small kids at home. I love old bottles. I bet you will sell them quickly.

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    1. I agree...it's from stress! I've been trying to remove anything stressful that is possible to remove. Hopefully mine will go away like yours.

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